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California is taking a stand against anti-LGBTQ states

  • California has a travel ban of its own.
  • On Thursday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra blocked any state-funded travel to Texas, Alabama, South Dakota and Kentucky because of anti-LGBTQ legislation passed in these states.
  • These four states join a list of others — including North Carolina, Kansas and Mississippi —where nonessential travel is restricted for government employees.
  • Taxpayer money “will not be used to let people travel to states who chose to discriminate,” Becerra said, according to the AP
  • Each of the four states has passed anti-LGBTQ legislation since 2017 began. Read more (6/23/17)
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Storm chaser captured this video while stuck in the mud in Kansas

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Kansas man shoots two Indian men he thought were Middle Eastern, killing one of them

  • On Wednesday, a suspect allegedly shouted “get out of my country” before opening fire at two Indian men at a bar in Olathe, Kansas.
  • Adam Purinton, 51, reportedly targeted two Indian men — Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani — before shooting his third victim at Austin’s Bar and Grill. 
  • Kuchibhotla died from the shooting. Purinton was charged with first-degree murder for the death of Kuchibhotla, and was also charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
  • Ian Grillot, the third victim, was shot after trying to stop Purinton from his shooting rampage, according to Kansas City Star
  • Purinton then ran from the scene to an Applebee’s in Clinton, Mo., where he told a bartender he had killed two Middle Eastern men. Read more (2/24/17 9:13 AM)
LOST PARAKEET

Hey guys, I found this posting on Craigslist and received permission from the owners to cross post this. 

If you or someone you know is in the Wichita, Kansas area, please be on the lookout for a lost parakeet.  12 year old “Charlie” escaped his travel box sometime yesterday (3/19) in the vicinity of Greenwich and Pawnee.  Coloring is gray with blue/pink chest and stomach (picture embedded)  No band. The wind yesterday was blowing south-southeast anywhere from 10 to 25 miles an hour, and today south-southeast at approximately 12 mph plus bursts.  Not sure where that would put him by now. 

Owners are distraught and offering 50 dollar reward but the bird is priceless to them.  His bondmate is extremely distressed, I was given permission to list the owners number for texting, so if anyone does happen to spot him, please notify Jay and Em at (316) 258-8193.  Please take a photograph, even if you can’t trap or coax him down, that will at least keep their hopes alive of getting him back.  Jay is disabled and Charlie is his therapeutic companion bird. 

If you don’t live near here, please reblog this in the hope of finding someone who is.  The desperation in Em’s messages is absolutely devastating, this bird is their precious baby.  If, like I do, you follow any fellow birblr you can get your hands on, you know there has been loss today.  Please help this couple hope there won’t be more.

Text of Tweet: 

PP Great Plains KS:  “Senator Fitzgerald did NOT appreciate having a donation to @PPGreatPlains made in his honor.  Just FYI.”

(text of letter is very cranky, and compares having the donation is his name “as having one’s name associated with Dachau.”)

Oh, it is ON.

@vaspider, @ellenkushner @jesilverstein, can we get some boost on this?  I’d love to let him know (via lots and lots of donations in his name) that we don’t appreciate him comparing compassionate health care with Nazi concentration camps….

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Storm chaser prepping for the 2017 season shared this magnificent video of a 2016 tornado they spotted in Kansas.