No longer a sport of the ancient aristocracies or the modern lower class this reporter has witnessed, first hand, the infiltration of dog fighting into middle-class suburban America. While on a recent holiday trip to an undisclosed family residence I was horrified to see dog fights sanctioned by members of my own family.
The setup was typical. Participants gathered in a ring around the “pit.” In this case a wool shag area rug was placed to determine the bounds of the arena. (And, likely, absorb the blood that would surely be shed.) The nearby area was littered with the artifacts of training fighting dogs. Various animal figures made of fabric and stuffing were strewn carelessly about. These “toys,” as they are often referred to, are used to incite the animals into a rage before they are unleashed on each other. Some of the formerly stuffed animal figures had their innards strewn about foreshadowing what was to come.
As I approached the pit the snarling of two dogs engaged in combat grew louder. Though, not as loud as I would have expected. And then I saw why. The unwilling warriors tipped the scales between an estimated 5 to 7 pounds. They circled ‘round and ‘round in a blur, teeth bared and chomping down on each other’s necks and legs. There was no blood…yet. These specimens, possibly in the Chihuahua family, had obviously been bred to have a thick hide.
Little is known about his life before 1990, when he appeared in public, seemingly out of thin air, and began his campaign to be president.
He served one term as president, from 1994 until 1999. But among his accomplishments, Mandela told his biographers that his proudest moment was appearing in the film, “RECOiL” in 1991.
Mandela cited health concerns and his desire to spend more time with his family after leaving the presidency in 1999. However, after a year doing color commentary, he took the Ohio State head coaching job.
He is survived by his third wife, Graca Machel, the widow of former Mozambique president, Samora Machel, to whom he was married for 15 years. They met on e-Harmony.
His last public appearance was at the 2010 football World Cup.
The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?
Isaac Basal: Well, about 1 and a half years ago Canadian singer Karl Wolf performed at my brother’s birthday party and I was fortunate enough to be able to perform with him. One of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had and I wanna thank him right now for that. After the performance I said to myself, “Wouldn’t it be amazing if I could do this regularly?” and kept wondering until my journey in music began.
TDQ: Who is your favorite musical artist?
IB: I have a lot! It can vary from the Beatles and Michael Jackson to Usher.
TDQ: What was your favorite album growing up?
IB: I didn’t really listen to albums but songs. I listened to Akon, Sean Kingston, etc.
TDQ: Who are your influences?
IB: My influences are my parents, Karl Wolf and his team and my fans.
TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?
IB: To always be myself with a smile. To be confident and show no sign of nervousness or hesitation and everyone will love you.
TDQ: What is the worst advice you have ever gotten?
IB: I don’t really know any bad advice given to me.
TDQ: Tell us about your new single, “No Other Girl.”IB: Well it wasn’t really specifically written for anyone and it was recorded early when I started my music career. Albert Chambers, one of my producers, wrote and produced it. The video was shot in Florida by “Florida Film House,” a well known company that has done videos for Drake, T-pain… overall, it is a song that I love and that I think is a good song to put out there.
TDQ: What project are you working on now?
IB: I’m actually working on a few new tracks right now but the songs being released in the near future have already been recorded and pretty much ready to be launched!
“For too long now, for decades, for as long as I can remember, people have slurred the good name of the potassium-loaded, underrated, delicious fruit,” said Charles “Chiquita” Newberry, founder and leader of the Coalition for Banana Conservancy, the largest banana lobby in Washington. “And it sickens me. It literally sickens me.”
Newberry said insanity is no laughing matter, though to associate mental illness with a nutritional mainstay is ridiculously hilarious. “Unfortunately, I have no sense of humor, or so my ex-wife tells me.”
Newberry said he thought for some time that the banana was doing a good job on its own of “moving away from the small-mindedness and bigotry, and then that no-talent one trick pony Gwen Stefani puts out a hit song that ruined everything.”
The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be a costume designer?
Marina Toybina: I’ve been designing for quite some time now and have had the pleasure and the opportunity to experience all sides of design. Costume design feels to be the most appropriate world for me, at least for right now. I get to lose myself in my work; where I can truly express my creativity and imagination to its full potential.
TDQ: Who was your favorite designer growing up?
MT: Alexander McQueen and Eiko Ishioka.
TDQ: You have worked with such stars as Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Carrie Underwood, Avril Lavigne and Justin Bieber, just to name a few… Who has been the most fun to work with?
MT: All of these great artists have been a dream to work with. Each experience differs from the other and I’ve been very fortunate to say the least, to be able to design in such diverse measures.
TDQ: What is the best advice you have ever gotten?
MT: To quit on my dreams and find something else that will offer me stability and “normalcy”….this particular advice made me risk it all and do the complete opposite. I’m beyond grateful that words of negativity had a different outcome for me.