Friday Wrap: Hooks, Harleys and Helicopters

Happy Friday, Care2 members!

The Middle East and North Africa

Syria: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad granted amnesty to those charged with political crimes (aka those who protest against the government). This was seen as a purely symbolic gesture, and protests continue. Assad has been accused of killing and torturing his own people, including a 13-year-old boy who has become a martyr figure for the opposition movement.

Yemen: Violence in Yemen is escalating at such a rate that the country is on the brink of civil war. Today, the presidential palace was shelled by opposition forces, and President Ali Abdullah Saleh and four officials were wounded.

Bahrain: For the past 11 weeks, Bahrain has been governed under matial law, meaning the government has been giving protesters death sentences and using violent police tactics to scatter anti-government protests. King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa has just lifted these restrictions, which should, in theory, end the government’s irrational violence. However, protesters are skeptical. Security is still heavy and brutality against protesters continue.

Libya: More of Gaddafi’s government is defecting to Italy as attempts to negotiate with the dictator have repeatedly failed. Meanwhile, more than 200 migrants are missing after trying to flee Libya in boats across the Mediterranean.

For complete coverage on the events in the Middle East and North Africa, click here.

Strange stories of the week

On his diplomatic trip to Europe, President Barack Obama used an auto pen to sign the Patriot Act renewal. Republicans tried to declare Obama’s signature unconstitutional. Maybe we should be focusing on the fact that Obama has renewed the Patriot Act instead of getting all riled up about what kind of pen he used? Just a thought.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie traveled in a state police helicopter to attend his son’s baseball game. After first insisting that this was no big deal, he eventually broke down and paid the state of New Jersey the $1,232.29 bill for using the helicopter. Now, it turns out that Christie has actually used the helicopters quite a few times during his time in office. So much for cutting costs for your state!

Who didn’t watch Sesame Street while growing up? Remember those lessons about being nice to your parents and not hitting the other kids on the playground? Actually, those seemingly innocent morals are actually pushing liberal propaganda on today’s youth.

For the first stop of her national tour, Sarah Palin crashed the Rolling Thunder motorcycle parade, which honors veterans every Memorial Day. However, instead of respecting veterans, Palin made the day all about her, and those in charge of the parade were not pleased.

Animal welfare success stories

25 circus lions from Bolivia have been rescued from their cages and are now living in a sanctuary in Colorado. After being cooped up and on the road for such a long time, it will be difficult to adjust to their new life. We wish them the best!

Laura Simpson brings us the heartwarming story of a raccoon family rescued from a drain pipe, where they were unfortunately stuck. Post-rescue, the raccoon mama and her babies are living happily in the forest where they belong.

Scientists have created a new fishing hook that will significantly reduce the chance of accidental shark catches. The SMART hook, as it is called, will minimize the number of sharks that get caught and killed by fishermen who are not trying to harm the creatures.

A temporary victory for sea lions who make their home on the Columbia River. Plans that would have killed as many as 85 sea lions to protect the local salmon population have been suspended. Thanks to Care2 members and our partner The Humane Society of the United States for taking action against this killing!

That’s all for me, Care2 members. Thanks for reading and have a fabulous weekend!


Image by Peaco Todd, a Care2 blogger.


Grace Adams
Grace Adams6 years ago

Being nice to your mother and to other children on the playground are liberal ideas. The conservative idea is each man for himself and devil take the hindmost.

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B6 years ago

Noted with thanks.

James J.
James J.6 years ago

The only difference between Obama and Bush is that Bush actually cared about the US.

If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you weren't a racist, you need to vote against him in 2012 to prove you aren't stupid.

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y6 years ago

Sarah Palin is not a Maverick. More like a Pontiac with bad emissions.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Thanks for the wrap-up.

Diane O., Sarah Palin may be many things but "a maverick" as you put it, she is not. She is a tea-partier, therefore by definition a member of that annoying Tea-party group that is nothing more than Republicans on steroids. Or the blue-collar cousins of the GOP if you want to piut it that way. They are a bunch of gun-toting, intolerant, racist, homophobic, elitist, selfish, science doubting, climate change denying, nationalist, protectionists that oppose women's rights, equal rights and are intent on pushing this country back into the 1700's. They care only about the conservative elite and nobody else. They frequently proclaim themselvesto be Christians and warp biblical teachings to justify their hatred and intoelrance of those they deem to be inferior simply because they are not wealthy, conservative, Caucasian or a combination of the aforementioned.

By the wy George "Dubya" Bush is no saint and will never be. War criminal is more like it. Think about it: Iraq and Afghanistan. Need I say more? The economic mess this country is in also started during the last two years of his second term. This is not all Obama's doing and it's ludicrous to dump ALL of this country's woes (and difficulty solving them) on his doorstep since there were many other factors and people (most of them conservative) involved in precipitating this nightmare.

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stella bleu6 years ago

Sarah Palin is a bubblehead slut and should be banned from the news like Donald Trump.
Who gives a rat's ass what she's up to?
Bush a saint? You're out of touch, Diane O. He's done more damage to the country than any other president in the US history.
Obama would need 2 decades to repair the mess that Featherbrain Bush left.
Nothing to be proud of. Just a lot of shame.

Mike W.
Mike W.6 years ago

Interesting! I hope that everyone's Saturday is going great and I hope that they have a great week!

Diane O.
Diane O6 years ago

President Obama continues to pave the way for George W. Bush to look like a saint in 2012. Obama has endorsed all of the Bush policies and, of course, The Patriot Act has now been renewed and for good reason.

Sarah Palin is a maverick and will continue to do her thing while rallying grassroots Americans. Her vision is clear for America "small government and following our Constitution" which many Americans agree with. She shakes up the liberal media and keeps them on their toes.