If you like free speech and want to support what we’re doing, feel free to donate to the Turtle fund:
Hello Turtle Riders. As you know if you follow Turtleboy we are constantly getting censored and banned by Facebook for what are clearly not violations of their terms of service. Twitter has done the same, and trolls mass reported our blog to Google AdSense thousands of times, leading to demonitization. We can get by and survive, but we could really use your help. Please consider donating by hitting the PayPal button above if you’d like support free speech and what we do in the face of Silicon Valley censorship. Or just buy our award winning book about the dangers of censorship and rise of Turtleboy:
We crap on the Boston Globe a lot, but today they actually put out a pretty good public interest story, and it involves an old Turtleboy character a lot of people probably forgot about. Here’s a rundown of the story:
- Protagonist Paula Howard adopts neglected cat named Muse from Odd Cat Sanctuary in Salem and gets very attached to it.
- OCS president and antagonist Tara Kawczynski sues her to get the cat back after seeing her post a video of the cat on a leash in her fenced in backyard in Salem.
- As part of the contract she agrees not to let the cat outside because cats live twice as long if they never go outside, and OCS reserves the right to take the cat back if she violates the contract.
- Paula Howard has to pay thousands of dollars for a lawyer to fight for the right to keep the cat that she saved from being euthanized.
- Paula Howard offers her $500 to keep the cat, drop the lawsuit, and promises never to bring the cat outside for even a moment ever again. Kawczynski declines.
- Kawczynski insists that the cat has been outside multiple times even though she has no proof of that whatsoever, and is basing it entirely on a video of the cat rolling around on a leash.
- Kawczynski claims the purpose of the lawsuit is safety for the cat, but obviously she’s just a crazy cat lady.
- Kawczynski demanded that Paula Howard also pay for her legal fees, for the lawsuit she was choosing to bring to court.
- Paula Howard’s lawyer argued the contract was never a valid one to begin with.
- Kawczynski’s lawyer says he’s not filing any more complaints against Laura Howard because he thinks she’s a good owner, and that his client has made her point.
- Despite this Kawczynski has not officially agreed to drop the lawsuit.
I understand that there are two sides to every story, but when the “other side” of the story is that they “know” the cat was outside, even though there’s no proof of it, and then that person’s lawyer basically says they want their client to drop the lawsuit, you know that this is a case of right and wrong.
The really messed up part about this is all the money Tara Kawczynski is wasting on this frivolous lawsuit. The cat is obviously fine. Cats are wild animals at heart, which is why they kill mice. They love to be outside and hunt because it’s what comes naturally. I understand that their life expectancy goes down if they become outdoor cats because of cars and predators, but that’s not what happened here. It was a fenced in backyard and the cat was rolling around in the sunshine on a leash. Obviously the cat is not in any danger, but Tara Kawczynski is wasting OCS resources on this stupid lawsuit to take joy from a woman who saved the cat from dying.
And OCS solicits donations as soon as you go to their page.
And Tara sells overpriced t-shirts all over her page.
They also have run a shitload of GoFundMe’s.
So this is what people’s donated money is going towards. Not helping cats find good homes, but for filing frivolous lawsuits to take cats OUT of good homes.
Here’s my question – how does the cat get to the vet without going outside? What happens when Paula Howard goes on vacation? Does the person watching the house and vet both have to do a house call so the cat avoids sunlight?
Anyway, the Globe did a decent job, but not a really thorough job investigating this story. Because had they done their research they’d find that there is much more to Tara Kawczynski that would let you know exactly how crazy she really is.
If her name rings a bell, that’s because we blogged about her twice in one day in August of 2017, after she sent an online mob after an innocent woman over a misunderstanding.
The girl did taxidermy, which is completely legal and doesn’t involve murdering kittens, but nonetheless Tara convinced the mob she was a feline Cruella de vil, and put an APB out for her because the woman’s phone died and she stopped at her parents house to charge it.
Turns out the cats were fine, and she sent the cops to get them.
Despite that Tara did nothing to update the mob of literally hundreds of thousands of people who read the viral post, to let them know NOT to kill the taxidermy chick. Thus her followers did not believe that the Hopedale PD had found the cats.
Anyone who didn’t go along with the kidnapping narrative was told to kindly shut their traps.
The mob threatened to show up at her house to save the kittens.
And Tara did nothing, even though she knew the cats were safe.
These were really rational people we were dealing with.
Then they started calling her employer, even though taxidermy has nothing to do with her job and was just a hobby of her’s.
And the mob grew angrier as Tara refused to update, assuming HPD was lying.
Tara owns the “non-profit,” and is the only board member.
She paid herself $77,000 in salary, which is easy to do when you’re the only board member.
Yet she claimed she couldn’t update her post with the correct information, so as to avoid a mob lynching of an innocent woman, because she was at work.
Even though she pays herself $77K a year to run a non-profit.
According to her LinkedIn she worked in telecommunications until 2 in the morning, which was the reason why she couldn’t update her post.
Except no one in telecommunications works until 2 AM.
Either way, this just once again proves that we’re two steps ahead of the mainstream media when it comes to everything. I feel bad for this Paula Howard woman because she seems like a really nice woman, and she’s just another victim that Tara can attack under the guise of keeping cats safe. This woman is obviously unbalanced and has no business running a cat rescue. If anything the cats should be rescued from her, and she should refund everyone who has donated to her, because no one should have their philanthropy go to a sleezy lawyer who’s taking a retainer to fight a case he doesn’t even believe in.