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  •  OMG, Puddy (10+ / 0-)

    I laughed so hard at these my stomach hurts, then called my husband in and he cracked up too. We are huge dog people and have owned many between the both of us.

    I feel so great now, the way you do after laughing hard. Thanks, I so needed that today.

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 12:47:34 PM PST

    •  I did this because everyone (11+ / 0-)

      needs a laugh.  Particularly when the rest of the news is just plain dismal.

      Laughter is the best medicine sometimes.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 01:05:31 PM PST

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      •  okay, fine, but when did shaming those who (0+ / 0-)

        can't speak for themselves become a liberal value?

        Who do we shame next - homeless people? (the Republicans do that). disadvantaged school children who can't reach grade level? ? (the Republicans do that). people with developmental disabilities ? (the Republicans do that). impoverished single mothers ? (the Republicans do that).

        I'm sorry, but the more I think about this more upset I'm becoming. As I said, I've never liked this stupid meme, and I'm appalled seeing it posted here. This is NOT who we are as liberals - imo.

        Please, reconsider posting part 2. Enough is enough.

        Let's leave the act of shaming to the Republicans - they do it so much better than we ever could.

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        by jan4insight on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 01:39:36 PM PST

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      •  Someone has done actual scientific... (8+ / 0-)

        ... testing on the benefits of laughter.  I think there was something on PBS a long time ago..., and I know I've read about a couple of studies in articles online.

        Wouldn'tja know it... I didn't save the links (or they're on my old defunct PC), and while the whole idea of scientists actually studying the effects of laughter sounds ludicrous on the face of it, one can't deny the benefits of the release of dopamine &/or endorphins in one's system [feel-good natural chemicals in our own bodies].

        Laughter really is good for a person.

        For pet lovers, all these cute pix of dogs, cats, birds, other animals..., well..., it releases oxytocin, which makes one fall in love with one's own baby in a millisecond after baby is born.  The key word is "cute."  Apparently it's a cross-species thing where the parent(s) see the cute baby faces and react with love, care, nurturing.  (At the base reason, "cute" saves the offspring from becoming food for the parents or other adults, plus one's own genetic line goes on if one's young matures to adulthood and has young of their own.)  Oddly enough, the oxytocin rush happens when seeing the young of another species, too.  That was a more recent scientific study having to do with Cuteness, and that was online only a few weeks/months ago.

        Doesn't matter the species for me: human, feline, canine, panda, apes, chimps, giraffes, monkeys, langurs, leopards, cheetahs, elephants....  I get a "heart melting" physical sensation and my brain just helplessly goes "aaawwww..."  I'm almost 67, and a few years ago I finally analyzed my reaction and recognized the feeling as "love at first sight."  The Cute factor comes into play in a huge way with my reaction (and, I'm sure, others, since there seem to be so many cute kitten, puppy, other animal web sites and live streaming webcams for newborn to out-of-baby stages of other animals).  We're hard-wired to respond to "Cute."  [The few who do not respond to "Cute" are the ones who are abnormal.]

        Conversely, nothing can make me cry uncontrollably faster than reading a description of cruelty, and the pictures of sad animals in the ASPCA ads (no depictions of cruelty, just the pix of sad faces).  Kids or animals getting hurt?  Don't show me pix.  Reading about it makes me lose it.

        Maybe we should mandate our President, Congress Critters, and SCOTUS judges be forced to go to a week-long workshop where they're shown nothing but pictures of babies of all kinds, with and without captions.  They certainly seem to need to reconnect to their humanity... so they stop passing legislation that favors only corporations, banks, and the MIC.

        The world can easily tolerate Cute and laughter....

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 04:47:55 PM PST

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        •  This is a fantastic post! (5+ / 0-)
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          arizonablue, The Marti, NonnyO, Smoh, Puddytat

          Thank you, I enjoyed every word of it, nodding my head all the way through.

          OMG, those ASPCA ads break my heart and empty my wallet, but I've never regretted a dime given to helping animals, only wish I could give more. And I too recoil with horror when I read of acts of cruelty to animals. It's the whole idea of how out manned they are by the human race. It's never a fair fight.

          When I was a young woman I went to a bull fight in Mexico city because it was on the tour.  I was so sickened by it, I left after the first bull out of six. You'd never believe how beautiful that bull is when it prances into the ring, full of vigor, its coat shiny and glorious in the sun. Then the picadores come in on horse back, surround the bull and drill holes under its spine until that beautiful coat is covered with blood. Then, with the bull weakened substantially, the matador shows up.

          It's that lack of a fair fight, the inability for an animal to ever engage in a true match with a human that makes my heart sob sometimes. If you own a cat or dog or any pet, you understand just how dependent that critter is on you, on your love and kindness. The idea that anyone would betray that with senseless cruelty is repulsive to me.  Same thing goes for children btw, but that's a whole other sad story.

          And on that note, and the "cute" thing---I used to say to my husband when our son was a very rambunctious and mischievous toddler, "you know, if these little ones were ugly, hairy little monsters, you'd throw them right out the door and not look back."  But no, they are gorgeous with their chubby cheeks and their toothless grins, and you fall in love again every time you tuck them in.  BTW, LOVED your definition of "love at first sight."  Perfection.

          "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

          by StellaRay on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 05:12:15 PM PST

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