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I am an animal photographer named Grace Chon and these images are from my new photo series titled HAIRY.
I’ve always found before and after photos from dog grooming to be really funny. Usually it doesn’t even look like it’s the same dog in each photo! I had the idea of shooting a photo series that highlighted this extreme transformation. Each dog went way beyond their normal grooming schedule to grow their hair long and shaggy for the shoot. There’s something so funny to me about seeing a dog so shaggy that they can’t even see! I wanted the after photos to be really extreme by showing a type of cut that’s uncommon to most of us here in the United States.
All the dogs have been groomed in a Japanese grooming style, which doesn’t follow the usual breed standard cuts and rules for grooming that we’re used to seeing. Rather, the emphasis is on making the dog look as adorable as possible – cute on steroids- by highlighting the uniquely cute characteristics of the dog. These cuts are works of art – each haircut takes hours as the majority of the styling is all done with hand scissoring. All the dogs in the series were groomed by the incredibly talented groomers from Healthy Spot in Los Angeles, CA. Many of the groomers there specialize in this style of cut and have been trained by masters from Japan. Hope you enjoy!
You adore your furry little friend and what better way to show your cat that you care than buying it some stimulating toys. An easy way to keep your cat entertained is to purchase high-quality cat trees. A cat tree is a multi-level climbing toy that can serve many purposes. So instead of a buying million different toys, activities and scratching posts you can get it all in one. Finding a cat tree that will be perfect for your fancy feline can be a little difficult. You never know if what your getting is the best quality or if your cat is even going to like it. Well over at Cat Nip Toys review site they have done most of the legwork for you. Finding the best quality and highest recommended cat supplies.
To get a better idea about what options are available with the latest cat trees, check out Cat Nip Toys YouTube Channel to see a handy review video. The video goes over some of the best-reviewed cat trees around and covers what features they can offer for your kitty. You will see that they have a variety of options for any type of cat. From large cats to multiple cats. Find out what materials are best on a cat tree and get a look at what style might best fit your home. There are wooden options for more durability and even portable options for the cat owner with limited space. This review site makes it simple to find exactly what you are looking for when it comes to keeping your feline entertained, stimulated and happy.
The cat tree has been around for many years but the newest generation of tree towers offers cats more fun that fits their specific personality. Made with better materials, lasting quality and well-designed cat toy elements these trees are bound to please any cat. As a cat owner, you know that keeping your cat stimulated and exercised can reduce bad feline habits. So keep your furniture safe from little claws and your decorative items on your shelves instead of knocked onto the floor. The multiple levels of a well-designed cat tree can give your cat all the climbing they need to satisfy that irresistible urge. The little houses attached to the levels also offer you kitty safe spaces to hide without having to get stuck behind furniture or under the bed. Hanging toys offer endless hours of play when you are too busy to dangle their favorite toy for them.
Owners of multiple cats know that they love to play fight and hide from each other. These clever little trees with attached hiding spots can offer your home the perfect playground for more than one cat. This can also offer you as the owner endless entertainment from observing their wild antics. Also the golden opportunity to snap some of the cutest cat pictures the internet might ever see. So check out the some of the best cat trees the market has to offer and find the perfect one for your feline friend.
I am a white American male. I’m married to a beautiful blond-haired green-eyed woman, and have two amazing blond-haired blue-eyed boys. I was a blond-haired blue-eyed child who grew up in suburban New Jersey in a solid family with a mother, a father, a brother and two dogs. I lived a life marked by opportunity and forgiveness; and while I may not have always had “much,” I have always had the benefit of the doubt.
I was raised to treat everyone equally, regardless of race, or any other demographic for that matter. And while my town may have been predominantly white, I certainly didn’t grow up isolated from other races and cultures.
But even with the upbringing and exposure I was blessed with, I’m probably still a racist. I don’t mean racist like a hate-filled bigot who dehumanizes and devalues the lives of others based on skin color. I mean that I am uncomfortable with, ignorant of and distant from racial inequalities that exist in my country.
I lived a life marked by opportunity and forgiveness; and while I may not have always had much, I have always had the benefit of the doubt.
It is okay for me to admit this. It doesn’t make me evil. It makes me ready for change. This admission took two things: research and honesty. Over the last couple of years, I have read, watched, listened to and participated in countless discussions on the topic coming from a broad range of sources. Through this process I was able to realize the aforementioned realities. Which is great for me, but for purposes of this post, let’s unpack them a little.
I live my life day in and day out and only rarely am I forced to confront these realities. Certainly the media, social and otherwise, shine a light on the issue, but that is not what I mean. Reading a powerful blog post or an inspiring tweet does not constitute confronting anything. What I mean is that when I get pulled over, shop in a store, go for a job interview, meet a new person for the first time, etc… I expect to be judged by who I am.
Yes, I am tattooed and bearded so I’m sure that on occasion someone generalizes about me, but I don’t worry about it because I know that once they get to know me they will move beyond those judgements. And I assume that they will eventually get to know me, because even with their judgement, they will give me the benefit of the doubt. I live my life benefiting from other people’s glass walls. That is simply not true for people of color. They are forced to confront it every single day. Perhaps not in an overtly bigoted and hateful way (although I’m sure that happens too), but in the “deficit of the doubt.”
I live my life benefiting from other peoples glass walls. That is simply not true for people of color.
The security guard that makes a mental note that they are there, the woman who locks her car door as they walk by, and yes, the times they get pulled over for driving while black. (No matter how much or how little you think that happens, we all know it happens.) So you see, while I am very uncomfortable when forced to confront a terrible reality that I can generally avoid, my friends and neighbors of color are forced to confront it every day.
Consequently, they have formed a thicker skin to the subject and are more free to discuss it. This can easily be misunderstood as being rash or aggressive because it creates an uneasy feeling in me. Let me put it this way: we all have that person in our lives who always manages to say the one thing that makes everyone in the room uncomfortable. Maybe it’s a friend or coworker, maybe it’s your cousin or your sister-in-law; whoever it is, our attitude is generally that it is their problem. We feel like they are doing something to us, because we are feeling uncomfortable with what they are saying or doing, rather than taking responsibility for our own feelings.
Until I can acknowledge that I feel more uncomfortable talking about racial inequality than people who have been forced to deal with it every single day of their lives, I will never be able to get over myself enough to be a part of the solution. And if I’m not a part of the solution, I’m a part of the problem.
I was recently watching a Sunday service from North Point Church. In the service the lead pastor, Andy Stanley, invited two African American men who were also Christian leaders to be a part of a discussion about recent events and racism in general in this country. They both explained the reality that they were taught how to behave if they ever got pulled over by the police. They talked about it as if it was just another part of growing up. An obvious lesson like don’t drink and drive or always pay your bills. This may not seem so strange until they described exactly what they meant by “how to behave if you ever get pulled over.”
One of the men relayed that he was taught that you never reach for your wallet. Now, I understand that if you are being addressed by a police officer you don’t want to be erratic or make any sudden moves, but the degree to which this lesson was ingrained in him as an African American young man was startling. It ran so deep in his heart that when he heard about recent events he admitted that there was a part of him that thought to himself, “Why’d you reach for your wallet? You know you’re not supposed to reach for your wallet.”
I will teach my boys to always be respectful of police. I will teach them not to resist or run if addressed by police and to always be upfront and honest, but I will not have to teach them not to reach for their wallet. I cannot imagine feeling like I have to teach my children how to protect themselves from the people who are meant to protect them.
If ignorance is defined as lack of knowledge, education or awareness then I am most certainly ignorant of the racial inequalities that exist in our country. The beautiful thing about ignorance, though, is that it is easily remedied but not without willingness and intention.
I cannot imagine feeling like I have to teach my children how to protect themselves from the people who are meant to protect them.
There is a video that has been circulating recently showing several people sitting in a diner, all of whom are white except one. The waitress comes out and brings all the white patrons pie. The African American man then asks the waitress, “Where’s my pie?” to which the other patrons respond, “Why are you making such a big deal? All pie matters.” It is meant to illustrate the tension between #blacklivesmatter and #alllivesmatter. I think it is an excellent illustration except that it misses one of the most important factors. It would have been far more accurate if the white guys who had received their pie were blind-folded. Because whether or not we mean to, most of us are blind-folded to the things that people of color deal with every day. That is not our fault, but whether or not we stay that way is on us.
My discomfort and my ignorance can be attributed primarily to one thing:
I live in New Jersey. I am not someone who has gone their whole life without interacting with people of color. I am not someone who is solely informed by the media in regard to cultures and races outside my own. I have friends, coworkers, neighbors, mentors and family members who are people of color, but I am still distant from the racial inequalities that mark their lives. I have never made it a secret that I was a “rebellious youth”. And by that I mean that I was a criminal. I made very bad decisions and did a lot of awful things. Some things that I will never be able to fully make amends for.
I have, however, never spent more than a weekend in jail. I have always attributed the reality that I am a free man to God protecting me and allowing me to learn my lesson without prison time. I still absolutely know that to be true. However, I have to acknowledge that my “get out of jail free cards” came, at least in part, due to my ability to catch a good sunburn in 15 minutes. I also regularly share with people how grateful I am for all of the opportunities I have been given to do things I really wasn’t qualified for. I have been allowed behind the scenes in a lot of situations that shaped who I am and developed me in my field with no explainable reason.
I have a certain degree of … privilege because of my skin color. The responsibility for having it isnt on me; but the responsibility for what I do with it is.
While I will never really know for sure, I have to wonder if my experience would have looked the same way if I didn’t. The “deficit of the doubt” that people of color experience throughout their lives is something that I am only beginning to understand. And that understanding is really only an intellectual one. It is often said that the greatest distance in the world is 18”, the distance from your head to your heart. I will always remain distant from the deficit of the doubt until I allow it to hit close to my heart. The question then is: how?
I don’t mean know someone in that way that white people tend to reference when racism comes up in conversation. That, “One of my best friends is black” way. I mean I have to enter in. I have to make it my business to overcome my discomfort; I have to be intentional about educating myself and raising my awareness so that my ignorance can diminish; and I have make it personal.
I need to let my heart break at the fact that there are people in this country who do not receive the benefit of the doubt, ever. I need to care enough to do something. Something more than just write a blog post or share a powerful video clip. I have to build genuine relationships with people of color and stop the whole ridiculous “I don’t see color” BS.
I need to see color and learn to appreciate it for what it is. I need to allow myself to participate in and grow from and enjoy a culture that is not my own. One that has its pluses and minuses like all others. I need to be willing to get close enough to applaud when there is a victory, mourn when there is a loss and call it out when there is a shortcoming. I need to actually see my brothers and sisters of color as family.
I have a certain degree of power and privilege because of my skin color. That is not something I need to feel guilty about. I didn’t ask for it or seek it out, but I have it. The responsibility for having it isn’t on me; but the responsibility for what I do with it is.
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Recently, during my daily jaunts around the internet, I have been running into something I find genuinely upsetting:
This article, Why I’m a College Student Voting for Donald Trump, was published to the Odyssey Online and has received 53,000 shares since July 13th. Before you continue reading, please take a moment to click the hyper linked title above and read Ms. DeWitt’s article.
The above article disturbs me, and not because I disagree with Ms. DeWitt’s point of view (though I do), it upsets me because Ms. DeWitt is so woefully misinformed and so very young.
It upsets me because Ms. DeWitt, and the portion of the 53,000 other people who took this article as fact, have power. They have the power to cast a vote that will help determine the future of our country and our world. So, since you have said your piece, Ms. DeWitt, allow me now to say mine. Here are 10 reason’s (in direct response to your 10 reasons, I have a lot more reason’s than 10) Why I’m a College Student and I’m not Voting for Donald Trump.
Before I go any further, I would like to express that in writing this article I by no means want to discourage young people from sharing their voices and opinions. But the beautiful thing about the internet is that it is an open forum for lively political debate, isn’t it?
So, Ms. DeWitt, let’s debate.
1. “Free college will never work.”
First off, the fact that you disagree with one of the platform points of Bernie Sanders’ (who is no longer in the race) is by no means grounds to vote for Donald Trump. Of all the platform points you could discuss, why choose this one?
Also, while we are pointing out plans that will never work, take a look at Donald Trump’s completely unviable economic plan, as analyzed by the non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Furthermore, I agree with you (at least partially) that free college, though ideal in concept, is a far off dream. But to make college more affordable? That is a necessary goal. Students in this country are forced to choose careers not based on their dreams, but on salary, because otherwise they will spend their foreseeable after college future drowning in debt.
You say, the harder you work, the more affordable your college becomes. But, my misguided friend, this is not a question of hard work. Say you worked full time as a waiter, while still somehow making time for school (a virtually impossible task) you would make, on average, about $20,000 a year, which isn’t quite enough to pay for college, which requires about $23,410 a year in tuition at a state school, not to mention vital necessities like food and shelter.
For many, paying for school is not a matter of hard work, it is a matter of impossibility. Based on the fact that you had the time to write this article, my guess is your parents are, at least partially, paying for your school, as mine are. And that is fine.
But making college more affordable is not for you or me. It is for over half of American’s who cannot get a college degree, and therefore can never dream of moving up in the world. I would guess that you were born middle class, so obviously you don’t care about student loans, because you don’t have to.
While half of people from high-income families will get a college degree by age 25, just one in 10 people from low-income families do.
Student debt in the U.S. topped an absurd $1.29 trillion this year.
Check your privilege. Maybe watch this video.
2. “The American Dream will stay Alive.”
This one is almost too ridiculous to respond to, but I admit I just can’t help myself!!!! In this point, you use a James Truslow Adams quote: “Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement, regardless of social class or race.” Then you go on to say, “The American Dream is achievable according to a person’s ability and achievement, Donald Trump has accomplished this himself and will keep it alive if he’s elected president.”
If you read the full quote, it actually begins, “The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone…” Key word: “should.” This quote is referring to an ideal, one of a post racial, post class, society. A society that does not exist in America today. There are massive achievement gaps that exist between races, genders and social stations in our country. I see that quote as a goal for the U.S., not a reality.
According to NeaToday, “The reason we’re either rich or poor is simple: We’re born that way. In fact, a Pew Charitable Trust report shows that a mere 4 percent of people born into low-income U.S. households will ever become high earners.”
Do you think every person born poor simply has less ability than those born rich? Do you think that, perhaps, opportunity doesn’t have something to do with it?
Additionally, you say “Donald Trump has accomplished this already,” This, I assume, meaning the American dream.
But let’s reflect on some facts shall we? Donald Trump’s father gave him ONE MILLION dollars to help him achieve the American dream. Trump is not exactly a rags to riches story. To say he actually worked for even a fraction of his “success” would be generous. In your next point, let’s consider what that “success” actually looks like.
Trump is, in truth, more of a reality TV show character than a business man. Let’s take a quick look at his “success”, as examined in Fortune magazine.
Needless to say, Trump is, truthfully, not an exceptional business man, he is merely a famous one.
Aren’t you tired of politicians? Meaning aren’t we tired of people who work in politics, working in politics? What you’re saying is that you will vote for Donald Trump because he is not a politician?
That’s a little bit like saying, “I would prefer a brain surgeon who has never been to medical school.” Or, if you want to argue that running a corporation is not that dissimilar from running a country, that’s a lot like saying, “I would like an orthopedic surgeon to perform my brain surgery.”
You go on to say that it would be nice to have someone in the white house, who, “isn’t going to lie to us, has real plans, and will actually change something for the better in the white house.”
I’m sorry, are we talking about the same guy?
Let’s list just a few of Trumps nauseating lies:
And those are just a few of my favorites! For more, check out the Daily Wire. As for “real plans”, that’s just laughable. Trump is gaining notoriety by the minute for refusing to state any concrete plans. Instead, he just spews buzz words and hateful rhetoric. If you don’t believe me, read the transcript of his 60 minutes article here: Donald Trump’s amazingly vague ’60 Minutes’ interview, annotated.
You say “confident”, I say “foolishly arrogant.” For goodness sake when asked about his advisors he stated that he “consults himself.” That’s not confidence, that’s arrogance.
I might even say “laughably insecure” or “dangerously quick tempered” before I said “confident.” On March 3rd he opened the Republican debate by defending the size of his penis. That’s right, this is a man who is just a step away from leading the most powerful country in the world, and he felt so threatened by a passing comment on the size of his hands by Marco Rubio, that he bragged about the size of his genitals on national TV. How can we expect foreign leaders to take him seriously?
What does Trump even feel confident in? He told Wolf Blitzer in 2004 that, “In many cases, I probably identify more as Democrat, it just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans.” Not only that, but he once supported Bill Clinton’s candidacy. So, yes, perhaps he is confident moment to moment, but his confidence bounces from one position to the next at light speed.
Here you state that “Illegal immigrants are a nightmare for America; they take advantage of all the United States has to offer while not paying taxes.”
Actually, according to NewsWeek, “Other than their violation of immigration laws, these “illegals” commit far fewer crimes per capita than lesser educated, native-born Americans. They do take jobs, but they also create more jobs for Americans. They use some social services, but a lot of that is offset by how much they pump into the economy. The aggressive enforcement of U.S. immigration laws has given rise to an organized crime network that smuggles people across the border, often while subjecting them to rape, kidnapping and even murder. And as for the most popular, easy-sounding solutions, such as building walls and having mass deportations? They are ridiculous and would require spending hundreds of billions of dollars to accomplish virtually nothing, while upending the American economy.”
Additionally, it actually doesn’t make sense. At all. In fact, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, none of Trump’s plans make sense:
This one’s easy, because it’s just false.
8. “Hillary and Bernie just aren’t the right people for the job.”
This one is so foolish I can hardly make an intelligent argument. You claim Hillary isn’t right for the job because she’s a liar. I just proved above Trump is the king of the liars. Yes, there are arguments to be made that do hold merit on why Hillary shouldn’t be president, but she has been a servant to the American people for decades and has consequently lived in a harsh spot light. She has expertise, experience, political savvy and for God sakes some common sense.
You say Bernie, “is a nice guy, but America should stay as far away from anything close to socialism as possible.” That’s it. You don’t follow up with why, or what socialism means to you, you just make an ignorant assertion likely based on what you learned about socialism in 8th grade social studies. Bernie Sanders is a DEMOCRATIC socialist, and it’s fine if you disagree with what that entails, but at least know what that is if you’re going to openly oppose it.
In fact, Democratic Socialism is defined by dictionary.com as “a form of socialism with a democratic government; the ownership and control of the means of production, capital, land, property, etc., by the community as a whole combined with a democratic government.”
If you’re basing this point entirely off your vague memory that Stalin was a socialist, let me tell you your candidate shares a lot more personality traits with Stalin than Bernie does.
So I guess you only have selective memory of that 8th grade social studies class, huh? Justices of the supreme court are non-partisan. Sure, they’re considered to lean left or right ideologically, and the idea of a balanced supreme court is pretty widely accepted, but Donald Trump’s list of potential justices contains not merely conservatives, but extremists. For example, William Pryor (one of the 11 possible justices Trump named) fought for the Supreme court to uphold a Texas law banning gay sex. That’s right, not gay marriage, gay sex. He argued, “A constitutional right that protects ‘the choice of one’s partner’ and ‘whether and how to connect sexually’ must logically extend to activities like prostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, possession of child pornography, and even incest and pedophilia.” This is a man not merely opposed to gay marriage, but a man who sees homosexuality as an abomination and a sickness. That isn’t an opinion; that is prejudice. That is hate.
Another prime example of the kind of “balanced” ideology displayed by Trump’s candidates for the highest court in the land, is that of Don Willet. He is known professionally primarily for refusing to separate church and state. According to Reuters, “Before becoming a judge, Willett was part of Texas’ legal team that won a Supreme Court battle to display the Ten Commandments on a monument in the state Capitol despite opponents’ concerns that it amounted to government endorsement of a religion.”
Not only are Trumps potential SC picks terrifying, but your claim that Trump would “balance” the court is just false. The Supreme Court is now evenly divided with four conservative justices and four liberals. Scalia, who died in February, was one of the court’s most conservative justices. So, what you’re arguing for is not a balanced court, but a conservative court, and a not very diverse court at that, as every single person on Trump’s list is a white person, and the majority of them men. If you would like to read more about Trump’s all-star Supreme Court picks, read Reuter’s Trump’s Supreme Court list: all conservative, some provocative.
Now this is an opinion, so I can’t tell you you’re wrong, but I think our thoughts on what a “great America” looks like differ hugely. Your closing sentence of this inexplicably viral article is, “Let’s stick to our roots and make America great again with Donald Trump by our side.”
Our roots. Yes, I think Donald Trump would return us to our roots. The roots of America are steeped in racism, sexism, ableism and close mindedness, and I agree with you, those are exactly the kind of ideals we would return to with the Donald as our president.
Ms. Dewitt, I applaud you for voicing your opinion, and I do not mean to discourage you from doing so, but by putting your opinion on the web like you did, you leave yourself open to response and correction.
Donald Trump has shown this country time and time again that he is nothing but a loud voice, willing to do and say anything for attention, and for some reason people like you see that as a positive.
Some people see Trump’s vocalization of the same prejudiced, hateful thoughts that go through their own head as an indication that he must be a good candidate. If you can truthfully know all there is to know about Trump, if you are actually familiar with all the moments where he made his ignorance and hatred clear, and you still want to vote for him, then go ahead. But perhaps you should examine what that says about you, and the kind of world you want to live in.
What I think, Ms. DeWitt, is that you’re guilty merely of ignorance, not hate. I don’t think you realize the hate, misogyny, and racism that you’re supporting by supporting Donald Trump. I think you think it makes you different from your millennial peers, that it’s against the grain and maybe even a little rebellious. But this isn’t a band that your friends hate, so you support it all the more openly, this is people’s lives, this is your future.
So, Ms. Dewitt, I will not be voting for Donald Trump and I hope, that after a little research, you won’t be either.