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Miss Kansas Almost Committed Suicide Following Bullying! Says Tattoos Remind Her How She Got Through It!

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In many people's minds, Theresa Vail was the ideal candidate to win Miss America!

Representing Kansas, she is a sergeant in the U.S. army, she can handle a bow and arrow like Katniss Everdeen, and she's the first ever contestant to sport a couple of tattoos!

Theresa's ink was clearly visible on her ribs during the swimsuit portion, and she opened up about how tattoos in a beauty pageant is usually a big no-no:

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Gwen Stefani Reports For Duty In Paris

How do you say "Hooah" in French??

No, really, the Army is calling you, Gwen Stefani! They're missing a cadet back in the homeland!

This is such a far cry from her chic London look last week!

The mom of two arrived at Paris' Gare du Nord train station on Monday ready to receive her orders in a camouflage jumpsuit with a puffy satin green jacket, and red Dr. Marten boots.

Doesn't she realize that Halloween is over?

Or maybe she just wanted to go commando….

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Woody Harrelson Writes Army To End Monkey Poisoning

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Woody Harrelson has joined PETA and many others in the protest of the U.S. Army at Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Ground poisoning of monkeys for nerve gas attack simulations.

Way to go, Woody!

This is great. The more people who join the fight, the better chance of getting the Army to stop testing on those poor monkeys.

The actual letter he wrote is below:

September 12, 2011
Gen. Raymond T. Odierno
Chief of Staff
United States Army
200 Army Pentagon, Rm. 3E672
Washington, DC 20310-0200

Dear General Odierno,

Congratulations on your new post as chief of staff. I learned from PETA that the U.S. Army will soon conduct outdated tests in which a nerve agent is injected into monkeys at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The monkeys forced through this procedure will suffer the wretched symptoms of chemical poisoning, including seizures, breathing difficulties, loss of bowel control, and convulsions. In a laboratory worksheet that PETA obtained from Aberdeen, one student compared a monkey’s violent reaction during the exercise to “a chiwawa [sic] shitting razor blades.”

Because superior non-animal methods are used for this exact training by military and civilian programs around the world, animals are clearly not required to meet your objectives. Sophisticated human patient simulators can be programmed to mimic the human response to a nerve agent attack and used in various scenarios that actually recreate conditions in which such an attack on humans may occur. They are far more relevant to military medical personnel than poisoning monkeys in a laboratory and watching how their tails twitch and their paws sweat. There is even a video of all this that can be used if you really want to show how monkeys react to a specific nerve agent.

General, I urge you to stop this crude exercise at Aberdeen. I’m sure you agree that our military personnel deserve state-of-the-art training and that our country deserves to be respected for its civilized treatment of animals. Among PETA’s members and supporters are physicians, researchers, and other personnel— including medical simulation experts at Harvard Medical School and other institutions—who can help facilitate this transition to modern, humane training methods.
Thank you. I look forward to some good news shortly.

Yours truly,
Woody Harrelson

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Lt. Dan Choi Chains Himself To White House Fence In Protest Of DADT!!

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What a hero!

During the Human Rights Campaign march this morning in Washington, DC, Lt. Dan Choi, who famously has been under fire from the US Army for serving his country out of the closet, announced that he was chaining himself to the White House to protest the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy!!

Choi, who appeared on stage while comedienne Kathy Griffin was there supporting the LGBT community, read this statement before heading to the White House:

“Hello. My name is Lt. Dan Choi. I am being discharged from the US Army because I am gay and dared to say it out loud.

Today, I am here on a mission with Capt. Jim Pietrangelo, and we are asking you all to join us. We’re calling you to action because we are at a turning point — a moment in time where talk is no longer enough, and action is required.

Equality is not going to happen by itself.

You have been told that the President has a plan. But Congressman Barney Frank confirmed to us this week that the President still is not fully committed to repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell this year.

And if we don’t seize this moment it may not happen for a very long time.

Some may tell you that I am one of the lucky ones. I have been welcomed back by my unit with open arms. And it would be easy for me to stay quiet and hope that change will happen.

But what I was taught at West Point and learned in war is — hope is not a strategy. As officers, James and I both find it a dereliction of our moral duty to remain silent while thousands of our brothers and sister are not allowed to serve openly and honestly.

Capt. Pietrangelo was honorably discharged under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in 2004 and I will be subject to the same shortly. As officers we are here today fighting for those in the ranks, and we need our Commander in Chief to do the same.

Our fight is not here at Freedom Plaza, it is at the White House. We are walking to the White House right now to send the President a message. So…take out your cell phones and your cameras. Document this moment. Join us as together — we make history.”

He then proceeded to march to the White House, and as we write this, is still chained to the fence with a crowd of supporters!!

As of now, only one woman, Robin McGehee, has been arrested for helping Capt. Pietrangelo handcuff himself to the fence on the grounds for 'disorderly conduct.'

Stand strong!! We are 100% behind you!!

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!

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