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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Shannon Burke Hates Dogs and Women

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Shannon Burke fallout: Domestic violence, animal abuse often go hand in hand, experts say

By Anika Myers Palm

Sentinel Staff Writer

May 9, 2009

For domestic-violence and animal-abuse experts, the case of radio personality Shannon Burke, accused of shooting his wife and dog, sounds very familiar.

Without referring to the specifics of the Burke case, they noted this week that there's often a relationship between abuse of animals and that of their owners.

"Once or twice a week, we have someone call Harbor House who wants to come in but is afraid to leave their animal behind because they know if they leave it behind, it'll be killed," said Carol Wick, chief executive officer of Harbor House, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Batterers often will use animals to torture and terrorize their human victims, "to basically say, 'If you don't do what I say, this will happen to you,'" Wick said.

Shannon Burke remains in the Seminole County Jail after a chain of events triggered by accusations that he shot his wife's small dog and grazed his wife, Catherine Burke.

Shannon Burke, 43, faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and animal cruelty, accused of firing a .40-caliber bullet that passed through the dog's leg and grazed the side of his wife's head the night of April 30.

He is being held without bail after he was accused of violating terms of his pretrial release after his arrest last week.

Meanwhile, Burke's arrests and the allegations against him have triggered strong reactions across Central Florida.

Fans have accused the media of unfairly demonizing the former radio personality. Others have denounced Burke, saying he deserves the harshest punishment imaginable.

Now the aftermath of his arrest includes emotional reactions from Burke's fans directed at his wife. A profane message was left on the voice mail of Catherine Burke's attorney, Michael K. Rathel. The voice mail — an edited version is at — was time-stamped late Thursday.

"That [expletive] deserved what she got," the message said.

"I had her home-phone and cell-phone numbers changed," Rathel said, so calls are coming into his Orlando office.

Catherine Burke isn't the only woman to accuse Burke of abusive behavior. His ex-wife, Susan Pendergraft, 47, of Winter Park, and former girlfriend Deanne Schulz, 39, of Heathrow both won court orders this week that effectively ban Burke from contacting the women or their children.

In a petition filed in Orange County, Pendergraft wrote that Burke was erratic and volatile and that he had once held a gun and threatened to kill himself. Pendergraft and Burke divorced in 2004.

Schulz's petition, filed in Seminole County, said Burke had bitten and choked her, and fired a gun in her presence.

Neither petition mentions animals.

Dog got out

In the incident involving Burke and his wife, dogs play a key role. According to her petition, Burke came home upset that his dog Waco had escaped a fenced area by digging himself out and that Catherine Burke did not know where Waco was.

That's when Burke threatened to shoot his wife's dog Charlotte, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, according to her petition. Then, according to his statement, his gun accidentally discharged.

The correlation between animal and personal violence is so strong that local agencies have sought to increase awareness of the problem.

In fact, domestic-violence and animal agencies generally accept statistics showing that 71 percent of women in shelters reported they'd had an animal battered or killed by their molester, and that three of four animals in homes where domestic violence occurs will be tortured and abused.

Harbor House is emphasizing the subject this year, and Orange County Animal Services has launched a program called Cruelty Hurts to focus on the connection.

The American Humane Association, a Denver-based network of child- and animal-protection agencies, has encouraged domestic-violence shelters to consider the needs of pet owners. The group launched the Pets and Women's Shelters program in February 2008 to provide standards for shelters housing domestic-abuse victims and their animals.

Help for pets

Harbor House personnel hope to break ground soon on a kennel for the animals of the people who stay at the shelter.

"As soon as we raise enough money for it, we'll be breaking ground," Wick said.

The shelter's kennel would be the first of its sort in Central Florida.

The only PAWS shelter in the state is in Naples, according to the American Humane Association Web site.

Currently, the Orange County shelter tries to find temporary foster homes for the animals.

Animal Services personnel have received training to work backward from cases of animal abuse, paying attention for hints of domestic abuse. If abuse is suspected, the Animal Services officers will contact Harbor House or the Department of Children and Families.

"We're out there investigating these kinds of situations all the time," said Kat Kennedy, a spokeswoman for Animal Services. "We did over 4,000 investigations of cruelty, neglect and abandonment last year."

Rene Stutzman and Gary Taylor of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report. Anika Myers Palm can be reached at or 407-420-5022.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Eve Ensler on Sarah Palin's Crazy Ass

Drill, Drill, Drill
September 17, 2008

Eve Ensler, the American playwright, performer, feminist and activist
best known for “The Vagina Monologues”, wrote the following about
Sarah Palin

Drill, Drill, Drill

I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. I dreamt last night that she was a
member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of
drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a
particular thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it’s their snowy whiteness or
their bigness or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have
never seen one in person or touched one. Maybe it is the fact that
they live so comfortably on ice. Whatever it is, I need the polar

I don’t like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life
trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence
against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the
Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people
who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of

But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical
to Feminism which for me is part of one story — connected to saving
the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls
options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence
and war.

I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is one of the most dangerous
choices of my lifetime, and should this country choose those
candidates the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so vast in so
many areas that America may never recover. But what is equally
disturbing is the impact that duo would have on the rest of the world.
Unfortunately, this is not a joke. In my lifetime I have seen the
clownish, the inept, the bizarre be elected to the presidency with

Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution. I take this as a metaphor.
In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets
better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting
of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the
pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God’s plan. She is
fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list. The
earth, in Palin’s view, is here to be taken and plundered. The wolves
and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. The oil is here to be
taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she
said herself of the Iraqi war, “It was a task from God.”

Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion. She does not believe women
who are raped and incested and ripped open against their will should
have a right to determine whether they have their rapist’s baby or

She obviously does not believe in sex education or birth control. I
imagine her daughter was practicing abstinence and we know how many
babies that makes.

Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. From what I gather she
has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense
with people who think independently. She cannot tolerate an
environment of ambiguity and difference. This is a woman who could and
might very well be the next president of the United States. She would
govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth.

Sarah believes in guns. She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle.
She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds
of wolves from the air.

Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right.
But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is
declared in God’s name, when the rights of women are denied in his
name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the
undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.
I write to my sisters. I write because I believe we hold this election
in our hands. This vote is a vote that will determine the future not
just of the U.S., but of the planet. It will determine whether we
create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for
humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialogue and
diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through
invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for
oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives
that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine
if money gets spent on education and healthcare or whether we build
more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is
a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism
and aggression.

If the Polar Bears don’t move you to go and do everything in your
power to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the
hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, “Drill Drill Drill.” I think of
teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction.
I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force
mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity
or dissent. I think of pain.

Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor
of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations
and peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call

Eve Ensler
September 5, 2008

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Bush calls U.S. "evil"

I was getting ready for school and heard our asshole president speaking on CNN about Times Square and endorsing John McCain. Of course I was annoyed; he tends to do that to me, especially when he's promoting the continuation of the war, using fear tactics, and basically being full of shit. But something he said stood out. He referred to "the terrorists" as evil, then clarified his statement:

"I call them evil because if you kill innocent people to achieve a political objective, you're evil."

Oh really...? What about all those innocent civilians in Iraq? What about the thousands of young American soldiers? What about this:

and this:

Who are the terrorists?
Who/what is evil?

And why is it even legal for the current President to endorse a Presidential candidate? It's so inappropriate. Par for the course...

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Happy Thursday

Thanks to Annie for posting this, so I can bring you a kick-ass grrl power "Happy Thursday"! xoxo