Nearly a week ago a southern Kentucky animal shelter received a devastating blow when it burned to the ground. Dozens of animals died in the fire at the Knox Whitley Shelter, but as WKYT’s Amber Philpott tells us now there is a story of survival emerging involving a cat that managed to beat the odds.
Last week, a devastating fire destroyed the Knox-Whitely Animal Shelter in Southeastern Kentucky. This was the county’s only shelter for pets, and it was a long time coming. While most of the dogs were saved, most of the cats, who were sheltered in the center of the building, died when the roof of the structure collapsed. However, one cat, named Freckles, was discovered alive in the rubble a week after the fire by an insurance investigator. Hopefully this cat will recover from her injuries and eventually be available for adoption.
In the meantime, donations to build a new shelter can be sent to the local chapters of Forcht Bank in London and Corbin, Kentucky, as well as the Whitley County EMS.
America’s gang sign here got me thinking:
She navigates the multiverse using a portal shaped like a five-pointed star.
Billy’s “Demiurge” moment was accentuated by a gigantic five-pointed cosmic star. America seemed to be aware of Billy even before Loki pointed him out to her.
Basically: There are some pretty obvious cues that America’s powers, and the world she comes from, are tied closely to Billy’s demiurge status. America might represent the new “rules of magic” that Loki was trying to control. And since he in no way can control America (quite the opposite, actually), we can see just how futile Loki’s quest was.
The barrel ride. Clip from Desolation of Smaug.
My favorite of the newly-released clips. Martin Freeman is fantastic in this fun, comic scene; I’m so glad they’re keeping to the books the nature of the dwarves’ escape. We even see drunk elves! The final moments, in which Bilbo sees the flaw in his plan, are particularly wonderful.
I don’t remember the part where Inigo wandered into Middle Earth during his hunt for the six-fingered man.
To Smaug: I am Bard the Bowman. You killed my great-great-great-grandfather. Prepare to die.
THIS IS CLEARLY THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON.
I have no idea where this is from. Would love to know.
Don’t you know there’s a war on? With the help of youth volunteers from schools like the University of Kentucky, federal programs have been fighting poverty in Appalachia for nearly 50 years now. A panel of historians and organizers will reflect on these programs this Wednesday at 3:30pm in the Center Theater! Hosted by the UK Appalachian Center. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1bDT9Eo
No, I don’t think a lot of people in Southeastern Kentucky know that there’s a war on. Mind you, UK Extension Offices are amazing for promoting cultural and technological development, but sometimes it’s difficult to see the practical work they do in the community. Plus, a lot of the quality of that work depends on who is locally heading the project up, how bright their passion is for the area. The one in my home county is truly excellent.
I’d be curious to attend this and hear about why the war might not be obvious to those it professes to help.
Queen Elsa of Arendelle.
Having watched the movie twice now, I’m struck by how they could have made him into a really complex and fascinating villain instead of…what we got. As it stands, the writing with him feels super inconsistent re: before and after the reveal. We see him doing things that don’t add up if everything…
Okay, some serious spoilers up ahead, so if you haven’t seen Frozen yet (and you should see it!), don’t read on.
Still with me? Okay.
I do think that the big reveal is a bit abrupt, especially with how completely different Hans acts towards the beginning of the film. It could have been handled with a bit more grace and complexity, but I have a feeling that several scenes have been cut from the film. The “That’s no blizzard - that’s my sister!” dialogue from the trailer is probably the most obvious one, but I had a feeling that some pieces of the Hans story were also absent. We do get a couple warning signs, though:
As for his behavior not making sense with his goals, I think some of it does. Hans is not trying to take over Arendelle by force. It’s crawling with soldiers and with so many merchants visiting at once that risk is too big for him to take. That “accident” might be too public.
So what Hans opts for instead is a more friendly, subtle takeover. He goes out of his way to please and woo the princess Anna and seems very insistent that they get married ASAP. I think, had Elsa not freaked out, he would have probably tried to be married that night. Hans has to appear to be Anna’s ally when this happens, so he offers to go with her and then solemnly agrees to stay behind when she names him regent. He has to be so gleeful on the inside - this is precisely what he wanted! While playing at regent in Arendelle, he makes a show of supporting the sisters. When Anna’s horse returns without her, it has to appear that Anna has died. Still, it’s obvious that Arendelle’s people love both Anna and Elsa, so he has to go along with that and he bravely goes after her. He makes a point of taking men from the kingdom with him. That way, they can see him showing mercy on Elsa. After this moment, you know those men went home with that story to their families. Hans is right where he wants to be now in the minds of the people.
When Anna returns, Hans reveals himself to her and makes up the story about their tragic marriage. He probably intended after this to kill Elsa and take up the crown of Arendelle. Unfortunately, Anna is a lot more awesome and intelligent than he initially took her for (and Elsa is FAR more powerful), and he instead gets shipped back to his brothers. Serves him right, the snake.
A villain song is missing here, though. I agree with the OP that a creepy reprise of “Love is an Open Door” would have been fantastic and probably an instant classic, and it might have made Hans’ earlier subterfuge a bit easier to swallow if he’d monologued a bit in front of Anna before abandoning her. It would have made him look even more evil, as well. My only guess is that time got in the animators’ and editors’ way. Hopefully some version of a villain song will be on the DVD or in the stage musical, should there ever be one.