Well, if some of PETA’s past concepts hadn’t already jumped the shark, it’s latest one has. They’ve asked the rock group Phish to change its name to Sea Kitten.
“In this way, people might come to view fish the way they see cats and dogs, as smart and sensitive animals worthy of care and protection, said Ashley Byrne, a PETA senior campaigner.If this is successful, PETA has its work cut out. They’ll also have to get in touch with A Flock of Seagulls, Adam Ant, the Animals, Beatles, Beastie Boys, Black Crowes, Blue Oyster Cult, Boomtown Rats, Buffalo Springfield, Byrds, Country Joe & the Fish, Crazy Horse, Buddy Holly & the Crickets, Def Leppard, Eagles, Echo & the Bunnymen, Fishbone, Hootie & the Blowfish, Howlin’ Wolf, Iron Butterfly, Los Lobos, Monkees, Pet Shop Boys, Psychedelic Furs, Ratt, Scorpions, Snoop Dogg, Steppenwolf, Stray Cats, T. Rex, Three Dog Night, Turtles, Whitesnake, Wolfmother, and, of course, the Yardbirds.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton have converged on Michael Jackson's family since the King of Pop's sudden death last Thursday, acting as semi-official spokesmen and advisers.Now the two preachers — who have spent decades jockeying for the unofficial title of America's leading black activist — appear to be auditioning for a role in Michael Jackson's final act: his funeral.
The two have gone on television separately to speak for the family, but neither has yet been invited to preside over Michael's funeral, a coveted moment in the spotlight that both have sought and secured for years at several memorial services.
Oh, what the hell - let 'em all speechify!
A will drafted by Michael Jackson in 2002 which divides the singer's estate among his mother, three children and one or more charities could play a central role in determining how his tangled financial relationships will be unwound.
Several people close to the late Jackson said that a lawyer for the pop singer could submit the will, believed to be his last, to Los Angeles Superior Court as soon as Thursday. That filing would cap a tense period in which relatives and advisers of the late singer debated what document, if any, was valid.
One or two other earlier wills have emerged since Jackson's death last Thursday, according to people familiar with the situation. The Associated Press reported that Jackson's parents, Joseph and Katherine Jackson, said in a Monday court filing that they believed the singer had died without a valid will. Joseph Jackson isn't believed to be included in the most recent will.
Oh look, that nice Rev. Al Sharpton once again is taking the time to be with his very dear friend and champion of Black rights, Joe Jackson. Because the Rev. Al Sharpton only associates with those who are his very dear friend and champion for the Black community. I don't think he's had the time yet to go to the White House, or maybe it's just that he hasn't had the invitation.
The Jacsons are going to make vultures look like canaries. And they have to realize, whatever is there is subject to creditors first and presumably there is a lot of debt. I just hope that anything left for the children was placed in a trust with a non-family member named as trustee - only then could those kids hope to see anything at their majority.
The worst is that with Michael's passing, the family has lost something more than a son and brother, they have lost media relevance. And that hurts more.
Unless Janet has another wardrobe malfunction.
Or worse, Old Man Joe does . . .
"I want you to know: You have our support," Obama told members of the core Democratic constituency as he and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a cocktail-and-appetizer reception in the East Room for gay pride month.
It's been some four decades since the police raid on New York City's gay Stonewall Inn that spurred gay rights activism across the country.As activists work to change minds and change laws, Obama added: "I will not only be your friend, I will continue to be an ally and a champion and a president who fights with you and for you."By the time he
leaves officepulls out, the president said, "I think you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration."
After plugging his record company, Michael Jackson's father Joe said in a press conference outside his home Monday that the family was planning a large public funeral for the deceased singer.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Former Army reservist Lynndie England hasn't landed a job in numerous tries: When one restaurant manager considered hiring her, other employees threatened to quit.She's tried dyeing her dark brown hair, wearing sunglasses and ball caps. She even thought about changing her name. But "it's my face that's always recognized," she says, "and I can't really change that."England hopes a biography released this month and a book tour starting in July will help rehabilitate an image indelibly associated with the plight of the mistreated prisoners."We were just pawns," said England, who's appealing her conviction and has her next hearing in July. "People were just playing us."
The Supreme Court has ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.
Benedict said archaeologists recently unearthed and opened the white marble sarcophagus located under the Basilica of St. Paul's Outside the Walls in Rome, which for some 2,000 years has been believed by the faithful to be the tomb of St. Paul.Benedict said scientists had conducted carbon dating tests on bone fragments found inside the sarcophagus and confirmed that they date from the first or second century.
"This seems to confirm the unanimous and uncontested tradition that they are the mortal remains of the Apostle Paul," Benedict said, announcing the findings at a service in the basilica to mark the end of the Vatican's Paoline year, in honor of the apostle.On Saturday, the Vatican newspaper announced that a round fresco edged in gold featuring the emaciated face of St. Paul had been discovered in excavations of the tombs of St. Tecla in Rome. It was believed to have been dated from the end of the fourth century, making it the oldest known icon of St. Paul, meaning it was an image designed for prayer, not just art, L'Osservatore Romano said.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
About a decade ago, moved by a convergence of my longstanding fascination with religion and a time of great personal loss, I embarked on a search for a church and wound up a born-again Catholic. It was not a straight or untroubled path, guided as it was by both my attraction to and enmity for the Roman Catholic Church into which I was born and baptized.
But a radical nun was the first person to teach me anything sophisticated about poetry.
While I consider the brutality of the papacy, now and throughout history, a source of shame, Roman Catholic art, often commissioned by those very same bad popes is a source of pride, and comprises a tradition in which I, as a poet, often work.
I liked parishes that were racially and socio-economically diverse, houses of worship that were beautiful, the presence of women priests when I was lucky enough to encounter it. I had zero tolerance for folk masses, anti-abortion diatribes, ecclesiastical greed, rote reciters of scripture and congregants who refused to sing. (After all, as St. Augustine said, “singing is twice praying.”) When people in the pews were unkind to my generally well-mannered children, I crossed their church off my list. I preferred my homilists witty, lyrical and learned. A brilliant theologian and Dante maven who used to celebrate mass a few mornings a week in my neighborhood helped hook and reel me in. Most of all it was another — a lyrical priest I successfully hectored and charmed into serving as my de facto guru — who presided over my rebirth a s Catholic. And so I began to regularly attend Roman Catholic mass.
Once I accepted that being Roman Catholic did not require that I be a papist — once I understood that it was possible to be simultaneously outraged by and in love with the Church — I saw the obstacles to being a practicing Catholic in a new way.
Tree recalled the days of disturbance that followed the late night raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village - which became a defining moment of the gay rights movement - as hundreds of revelers poured in and out of the Inn.
"A lot of gay people don't realize how it all started," said Hector Cruz, 38, who stopped by the bar for a drink Saturday afternoon. "This year is more exciting, I think, because of the anniversary. People are finally talking and learning about what happened."
"Being younger, we do take for granted where we are now and how far we've come," said 23- year-old Chris Brown, who spent Saturday with his boyfriend Joseph Bayer, 25.
"I'm glad I can walk down the street holding by boyfriend's hand," said Bayer as they went into the bar.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
No, not that one . . . the original King. This is Elvis' gravesite at Graceland in Memphis.
I want to buy Neverland Ranch and Michael Jackson's body. I see the opportunity to create a West Coast version of Graceland. I see tourists coming from far and wide. Self-guided tours on iPods available in ten languages. Ample parking for busses. School and camp discounts! Holiday specials and special sound and light spectacles to mark the anniversaries of Michael's birth and death.
The revenue from the gift shop alone would be staggering . . .
New blood on Falcon ground - you're gonna look like cooked spaghetti!
Bad boys wear purple. Hey, tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots!
Go to Google.
Type "straight" and hit Google Search.
You will get the standard Google result page.
Go back to Google and now type "gay" and hit Google Search.
Notice the difference?
At the heart of the legislation is a cap-and-trade system that sets a limit on overall emissions of heat-trapping gases while allowing utilities, manufacturers and other emitters to trade pollution permits, or allowances, among themselves. The cap would grow tighter over the years, pushing up the price of emissions and presumably driving industry to find cleaner ways of making energy.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Ken Pagano, the pastor of the New Bethel Church here, is passionate about gun rights. He shoots regularly at the local firing range, and his sermon two weeks ago was on “God, Guns, Gospel and Geometry.” And on Saturday night, he is inviting his congregation of 150 and others to wear or carry their firearms into the sanctuary to “celebrate our rights as Americans!” as a promotional flier for the “open carry celebration” puts it.“I don’t see any contradiction in this. Not every Christian denomination is pacifist.”
Song: I'll Be There
Artist: The Jackson 5
Thursday, June 25, 2009
There are a few more veteranos who they should investigate, si, Alfredo?
According to ABC News reports, a Catholic priest has given actress Farrah Fawcett her Last Rites. Fawcett's health is worsening and has sadly taken a very serious turn, resulting in the summoning of a Catholic priest to give her the Last Rites.
ABC reports that Farrah Fawcett is a devout Catholic Christian. A close friend has described her being "fearless" at the moment thanks to her faith. The Catholic priest reportly administered her the Last Rites in a Los Angeles Hospital.
President Obama suggested at a town hall event Wednesday night that one way to shave medical costs is to stop expensive and ultimately futile procedures performed on people who are about to die and don't stand to gain from the extra care.He added: "Maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller."
- Action! There is a lot of EXPLOSIONS and FIGHTING and SCREAMING FIGHTER JETS and ARMY GUNS WITH GUNS BLAZING and MORE EXPLOSIONS and MORE FIGHTING!!!
- Megan Fox has one job in this movie - to stand there and look sexy. Which she does very well.
- Language was, at times, surprisingly rough, which I thought would not be so as they want the kids to come to this movie and then immediately proceed to Target and buy the toys. On the other hand, when a guy is acting like a pussy, maybe he deserves to be called that.
- EXPLOSIONS and FIGHTING and MORE EXPLOSIONS and MORE FIGHTING!!!
- When one robot is talking about his parents, I thought, how do they reproduce? A scrotum shot of a Decepticon later in the movie helped answer that question, in part.
- A touch of "mushy" stuff to appease any romantics in the crowd, but not to long with that so we could all get back to the EXPLOSIONS and SCREAMING FIGHTER JETS and FIGHTING!
- Careful - hot sexy girls at college are not always what they appear to be. And why couldn't Bumble Bee figure that out when she got in the car? Dumbass.
- Those four words are heard that send a thrill up the leg of any Y-chromosome carrying giy: It is your destiny. Have some super cool leader tell that to the hero and every guy automatically thinks he's being addressed personally.
- Did I mention there was EXPLOSIONS and FIGHTING and GUYS SHOOTING MACHINE GUNS AND YELLING INTO WALKIE TALKIES and PARIS, FRANCE GETTING PRETTY MUCH DESTROYED and EGYPT PRETTY MUCH GETTING TOTALLY DESTROYED and PRETTY GIRLS RUNNING IN SLO-MO and MORE EXPLOSIONS and MORE FIGHTING?
- And as an added treat . . . subtle slam on Obama! Oooh, snap!
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The Bay State senator was telling a group of business and civic leaders in town at his invitation about the “bizarre’’ tale of how South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford had “disappeared for four days’’ and claimed to be hiking along the Appalachian Trail, but no one was really certain of his whereabouts.“Too bad,’’ Kerry said, “if a governor had to go missing it couldn’t have been the governor of Alaska. You know, Sarah Palin.’’
The Democratic-centric crowd laughed.
Tuesday's crowd at the Teamsters Local 952 Hall in Orange cheered and others cried when a Santa Ana College student by the name of Abraham gave something of a testimonial in rap-song form.
"I still have a dream," said Abraham who only gave his first name. But right now, "We are doctors, teachers and lawyers, living in terror from ICE."
Paulina, a 22-year-old from Santa Ana, said her undocumented status has left her struggling, despite having just graduated magna cum laude two weeks ago from UCI, with degrees in psychology and social behavior."It's really bittersweet," said Paulina, who wouldn't give her last name for fear of deportation. "I graduated at the top of my class, yet I really don't know what to do."
Angus and Maura from the Isle of Orkney, had scrimped and saved to go on this pilgrimage. When they got to the Promised Land, they weren't disappointed. Maura said she could feel his presence and received a great healing of her own anxiety from that. Angus liked the ribs at The Rendevous!
North Korea threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of missiles in the coming days.
where else can you go and get pancakes adorned with dwight schrute in confectionary sugar?
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Iranian authorities have ordered the family of a student shot dead in Tehran to take down mourning posters as they struggle to stop her becoming the rallying point for protests against the presidential election.
Neda Salehi Agha Soltan, 26, was killed as she watched a pro-democracy protest, and mobile phone footage of her last moments have become a worldwide symbol of Iran's turmoil.
The authorities had already banned a public funeral or wake and have prevented gatherings in her name while the state-controlled media has not mentioned Miss Soltan's death.
Today it was reported that they had also told her family to take down the black mourning banners outside their home in the Tehran suburbs to prevent it becoming a place of pilgrimage. They were also told they could not hold a memorial service at a mosque.
Denied a public funeral, the mourners travelled in minivans to Behesht Zahra cemetery where Neda was laid to rest on Sunday afternoon. It was a muted affair, as they were - to their fury - under official orders not to sing her praises loudly or to mourn her loss.
The family, clad in black, stood at the curb of the road sobbing. A middle-aged mother slapped her cheeks, letting out piercing wails. The father, a frail man who worked as a doorman at a clinic in central Tehran, wept quietly with his head bowed.
Minutes before, an ambulance had arrived from Tehran's morgue carrying the body of their only son, 19-year-old Kaveh Alipour.On Saturday, amid the most violent clashes between security forces and protesters, Mr. Alipour was shot in the head as he stood at an intersection in downtown Tehran. He was returning from acting class and a week shy of becoming a groom, his family said.
Upon learning of his son's death, the elder Mr. Alipour was told the family had to pay an equivalent of $3,000 as a "bullet fee"—a fee for the bullet used by security forces—before taking the body back, relatives said.
Mr. Alipour told officials that his entire possessions wouldn't amount to $3,000, arguing they should waive the fee because he is a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war. According to relatives, morgue officials finally agreed, but demanded that the family do no funeral or burial in Tehran. Kaveh Alipour's body was quietly transported to the city of Rasht, where there is family.
A Republican lawmaker accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats of "shutting down the process" in the House of Representatives to block his effort to investigate the national community organizing group ACORN.Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, said in an interview on The Washington Times' morning radio show "America's Morning News" that Mrs. Pelosi and the Democratic majority had recently authorized an unprecedented change in House rules to curb the right of the minority to offer amendments to appropriations spending bills.Democrats say the restrictions are needed to ensure Congress has the time to pass a dozen individual spending bills in the next few months to fund the government, while lawmakers also deal with health care and energy reform.
It is said, that if you stroll down Riverside Drive in Santa Ana, California on a moonless night, and you whistle, "Jimmy Crack Corn (And I Don't Care)," the Ghost Girl will appear . . .
Monday, June 22, 2009
"The burka is not a sign of religion, it is a sign of subservience. It will not be welcome on the territory of the French republic," the French president said.
The United States said Monday its invitations were still standing for Iranian diplomats to attend July 4 celebrations at US embassies despite the crackdown on opposition supporters.President Barack Obama's administration said earlier this month it would invite Iran to US embassy barbecues for the national holiday for the first time since the two nations severed relations following the 1979 Islamic revolution."There's no thought to rescinding the invitations to Iranian diplomats," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters.
Yo, G. - don't be a h8r.
Buy this book, leave it right out on the coffee table during a party or visitors, and watch the hilarious reactions. The conversation over the great pages of rappers usually turns into a lively debate on who was the greatest rapper of all time. They are all in here: Biggie, Pac, KRS One, Cube, 50 Cent... about 40 in all. Just be sure to hide it sometime during the party, or you'll wake up the next day and find someone has colored-in your DMX. GREAT BOOK!
I got the idea for this coloring book from a friend who had it sitting on her coffee table. I bought three for little Christmas gifts and everyone loved them! Well, I had to keep one for myself. Nothing like a coloring book with Crayon Bullets to brighten any holiday!
This Color Book is a disgrace to every African American. As a Homicide Investigator who has worked many murders of young Black teenager males this coloring book doesn't help to stop the problem on "Black on Black Murders" involving juvenile males. I am outrage by the images of weaponry and killing and prison and thing of that nature. I don't see this coloring book to be a fitting image for our young people. Maybe the Author of this coloring book should come and spend a day with me during an autopsy of a 15 year Black male who was killed by gang violence.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Prove your devotion, Miscavige told them, by winning at musical chairs. Everyone else — losers, all of you — will be banished to Scientology outposts around the world. If families are split up, too bad.To the music of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody they played through the night, parading around a conference room in their Navy-style uniforms, grown men and women wrestling over chairs.
I have been advised that you have decided to move forward with your story without my interview. This, despite the fact confirmed more than three weeks ago that I would make myself available on a date certain (6 July), after you spoke to other relevant Church personnel and toured Church facilities, and that I would provide information annihilating the credibility of your sources including the fundamental crimes against the Scientology religion that were the reasons for their removal from post. You were advised that information would include addressing the extraordinary "admissions" of one of your sources regarding a long-settled legal matter.
The parade started with ex-wives of the three male defectors. All three are Scientologists still. Each praised Miscavige's visionary leadership and said their ex-husbands can't be trusted.
Berkeley is so left-wing……that when 7th- and 8th-graders at an expensive prestigious private school are asked to design their own tiles for a permanently displayed mosaic, they draw a big hammer-and-sickle and declare as their message to the world, “Capitalism will fail.”
The story goes on to describe this mosaic that is on an outside public wall of this private school, so that the world can see how progressive it is and how its students are ever so smart, which is to say, they ape and mimic the rhetoric of the faculty and parents.
And do you want to hear the kicker in all this? Tuition at this tony institution is $17,100 for a ten-month session.
Happy Father's Day, Dad. I wish you were here on Earth so I could spend it with you, but I only have to look at my own children's faces and see that Irish in them. I love you. I miss you.
This is a picture of my Dad, taken in 1959 in Florida while he was on his honeymoon (yes, with my Mom).
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Actually, my friend Connie Linnert is not under the gun, but just relating something she needed to talk to me about while I was sitting in the back room of her bridal shop, Ferndale's. I just like the image of her surrounded by all of her work in progress.
BTW, for your bridal and formal needs . . . Ferndale's in Orange, California. Connie and Tom Linnert are professional and classy people.
I love the people at my parish. This is Ed Thaete, our sacristan extraordinaire, at last night's scholarship dinner. WWII vet, Ed is about 85 years old, but a trivial fact like that won't stop him from embracing new technology, like his digital camera. Ed sets a great example for us all!
Something sweet . . . last night was the annual Sr. Michelle Scholarship Dinner to help benefit our school kids. In attendance was Gerry Moore, one of the parishioners from St. Joseph, my church. He told me that my dress was lovely, and then added, "But that's because you make it lovely, my dear." Young men can take lessons from the older gentlemen on how to compliment a woman . . .
In Washington, President Obama called the government’s reaction “violent and unjust,” and, quoting Martin Luther King Jr., warned again that the world was watching what happened in Tehran.
Original source - Facebook: Basij shoots to death a young woman in Tehran's Saturday June 20th protests At 19:05 June 20th Place: Karekar Ave., at the corner crossing Khosravi St. and Salehi st. A young woman who was standing aside with her father watching the protests was shot by a basij member hiding on the rooftop of a civilian house. He had clear shot at the girl and could not miss her. However, he aimed straight her heart. I am a doctor, so I rushed to try to save her. But the impact of the gunshot was so fierce that the bullet had blasted inside the victim's chest, and she died in less than 2 minutes. The protests were going on about 1 kilometers away in the main street and some of the protesting crowd were running from tear gass used among them, towards Salehi St. The film is shot by my friend who was standing beside me. Please let the world know.
What’s important to grasp here is that this madness has nothing to do with hunting, which the politicians always claim to be defending, and everything to do with the use of firearms to resist policies and lawful government actions that some gun owners don’t like.A new book by Dennis Henigan, a vice president at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, goes into detail on this point. In “Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths That Paralyze American Gun Policy,” Mr. Henigan refers to a Harvard Law Journal article written by an N.R.A. lawyer titled, “The Second Amendment Ain’t About Hunting.” In the article, the lawyer makes it clear that for the N.R.A., the right to bear arms is “directed at maintaining an armed citizenry. ... to protect against the tyranny of our own government.”
Gun craziness of all kinds, including the passage of local laws making it easier to own and conceal weapons, is on the rise. Hate-filled Web sites are calling attention to the fact that the U.S. has a black president and that his chief of staff is Jewish.
It might be wise to pay closer attention than we’ve been paying. The first step should be to bring additional gun control back into the policy mix.
Friday, June 19, 2009
In his most critical comments to date of the Obama administration's policies, former President George Bush Wednesday warned against the nationalization of healthcare, government overreach in the country's financial system, and the potential effects of closing the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay."Government does not create wealth. The major role for the government is to create an environment where people take risks to expand the job rate in the United States," he also said in the closed-door speech, according to the paper.
Asked about Bush's remarks during Thursday's press briefing Gibbs had a simple response. "We won," Gibbs told reporters.
She may be a lady and a senator, but don't expect an apology from Barbara Boxer for making the distinction to an Army brigadier general this week.Aside from a briefly worded statement about a "friendly" conversation she had with Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh after dressing him down for calling her "ma'am," Boxer remained silent Friday in the face of growing calls for her to apologize.
One woman was described as being Hispanic, about 23 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 235 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. The other woman is Hispanic, between 20 and 23 years old, 5 feet to 5 feet 3 inches tall, about 140 to 160 pounds with blonde hair, Franks said.
That last woman . . . I think it's a dye job . . . I know!
A federal jury ruled Thursday that Jammie Thomas-Rasset willfully violated the copyrights on 24 songs, and awarded recording companies $1.92 million, or $80,000 per song.Her attorney, Kiwi Camara, said he was surprised by the size of the judgment. He said it suggested that jurors didn't believe Thomas-Rasset's denials of illegal file-sharing, and that they were angry with her.
As for his claim that jurors didn't believe his client . . .
In testimony this week, Thomas-Rasset denied she shared any songs. On Wednesday, the self-described "huge music fan" raised the possibility for the first time in the long-running case that her children or ex-husband might have done it. The defense did not provide any evidence, though, that any of them had shared the files.
Artist: Curtis Mayfield
Thursday, June 18, 2009
One in four South African men questioned in a survey said they had raped someone, and nearly half admitted having attacked more than one victim.
The study found that one in 10 men said they had been raped by other men.
A South African inventor unveiled a new anti-rape female condom on Wednesday that hooks onto an attacker’s penis and aims to cut one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world.
From the minute Colby saw the previews to the Disney-Pixar movie Up, she was desperate to see it. Colby had been diagnosed with vascular cancer about three years ago, said her mother, Lisa Curtin, and at the beginning of this month it became apparent that she would die soon and was too ill to be moved to a theater to see the film.
After a family friend made frantic calls to Pixar to help grant Colby her dying wish, Pixar came to the rescue.
The company flew an employee with a DVD of Up, which is only in theaters, to the Curtins’ Huntington Beach home on June 10 for a private viewing of the movie.Colby died about seven hours after seeing the film.
Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was testifying on the Louisiana coastal restoration process in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He began to answer one of Boxer's questions with "ma'am" when Boxer immediately cut him off."Yes, ma'am," Walsh interjected."It's just a thing, I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it, yes, thank you," she said."Yes, senator," he responded.
The family of a U.S. Marine is outraged after a Michigan amusement park insisted on charging the veteran admission to enter the park — despite his being a quadriplegic -- according to a newspaper report.But even after she explained that Hoffman had been paralyzed in 2007 by a sniper's bullet in Iraq and is unable to speak, let alone go on rides, the park insisted both Hoffman and his nurse could not join her in the park without paying, Lovell told the Press.