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Other News - Stanley Harper

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to talk to you about his cats. Harper, a well-known cat lover, responded to an inquiry regarding his two cats, Stanley and Gypsy. The letter was enclosed with a formal headshot of Stanley (Gypsy apparently has no patience for the camera, says Harper). Even Harper-haters must admit, he’s pretty cute. Stanley that is…. National Post

Other News - Obama and PalestineObama calls for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Stressing the importance of a two-state solution, Obama urged Palestinians to drop their demands for a freeze in Israeli settlement building as a precondition for peace talks. While admitting that both sides may have to “push through” disagreements, Obama said that peace was possible. Israelis and Palestinians then came together in agreement over the nativity of Obama’s statement. BBC News

Other News - No BachmannYou know you’ve gone too far when Bill O’Reilly starts criticizing you. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly lashed out at Michele Bachmann for her recent attack on President Barack Obama during her CPAC speech. Bachmann criticized the president’s taxpayer-funded lifestyle of excess, which includes five chefs on Air Force One, two projectionists who operate the White House movie theater and someone to walk the president’s dog. O’Reilly said Obama was “entitled to protection, convenience and comfort” and that Bachmann’s attack was trivial and obscuring larger issues. Also, Obama does not have a dog walker. O’Reilly, 1. Bachmann, 0. Politico

Other News - Obamacare KILLSIn more Bachmann news, the Minnesota representative is now saying that Obamacare “literally kills” people and it’s her duty, as a Christian, to repeal it. On the House floor today, Bachmann is quoted as saying “That’s why we’re here: Because we’re saying let’s repeal this failure before it literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens.” In other news, Michele Bachmann is literally retarded. Washington Post

Other News - Spending BillGovernment meltdown averted! The House of Representatives approved a $984 billion spending bill to avoid the looming government shutdown and keep the government funded through September. The bill also passed through the Senate and is on its way to Obama’s desk. In related news, the House also passed Paul Ryan’s budget which calls for substantial cuts, smaller government and no more Obamacare. Although I don’t think that one will make it to Obama’s desk…. New York Times

Other News - India Rape LawIndia passes a new rape law to protect women against sexual violence. Better late than never I guess. The new law, which was hurried through parliament after the December gang rape incident, calls for the death penalty for repeat offenders or for rape attacks that lead to the victim’s death. It’s still ok to rape your spouse though – the government’s chose not to criminalize marital rape. CBC News

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Soldier and Stray Cat Find Love in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Stray Cat

Staff Sergeants Jesse Knott found hope in the companionship of a stray cat in Afghanistan and brought him back home to Oregon.

Knott first noticed the stray cat wondering around his army base in southern Afghanistan. The cat was in a rough condition with open wounds and paint in his fur. Knott, suspecting the stray cat was being abused, took the cat into his office even though army personnel are not allowed to have pets.

For seven months Knotts cared for the cat, who he named Koshka. But it turns out Koshka was the one who saved him.

“(Koshka) gave a lot of love back to me. He was the thing that got me through some of my darkest times on that deployment,” Knott said. “When two of my friends were killed in a suicide attack I lost all hope. It was my darkest time and he’s what got me through it. Just the bit of compassion and love that cat showed me is what it took to remind me to stay strong.”

When his service ended he knew there is no way he could leave Koshka behind in Afghanistan. Since he wasn’t able to get Koshka on a military convey, he sought out the help of a local interpreter who risked his life by travelling with the cat to Kabul. After weeks of waiting, Koshka eventually made it to Kabul and was able to fly to Portland, Oregon to be reunited with Knotts. It cost his parents $3,000 to fly Koshka home but now Koshka is happy and healthy living in Oregon. Totally worth it.

“He pulled me out of one of my darkest times so I had to pull him out of one of his darkest places,” Knott said, “That cat saved my life.”

Based on this story alone, I think we can all agree that the war in Afghanistan was officially worth the trillions of dollars spent and tens of thousands of lives lost.


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