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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Monday Thursday Morning Afternoon Reading

Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th, I sure did. Squeezed a full round of golf in before the rain started and then it held off enough to get the meat on the grill. Could have used today off....But when you are making the big, non-profit bucks there are certain expectations of you....

Controversy abound over replacing the H.L. Mencken statue in Union Square. The Sun provides this quote from Mencken as his response to the bickering over his memorial.
"If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl."
Done and Done.

Beer shakes and the power of wine.

Now this is just stupid. God, what a wonderful time we live in where people have the time and energy to spare on advocacy like this:
Tina Patael of Baltimore plans to wake up bright and early today, buckle a dog collar around her neck, go outside and chain herself to a doghouse for six hours.

Ninety-eight people in 31 other states will be doing the same on and around Independence Day as part of "Unchain the 50," an event sponsored by Dogs Deserve Better, a non-profit animal rights organization fighting to toughen laws against keeping dogs chained for long periods.

Dogs Deserve Better has held its annual "Chain Off" around the July 4 holiday for the last 5 years in order to raise awareness about dogs who are kept chained or penned for long periods, sometimes their entire lives.
Go to the Dogs Deserve Better website, where you are immediately greeted by their celebrity spokesman...Officer Romano from TJ Hooker. He informs us: "The only chain Cubby has is attached to my heart." Well...That's not too queer. The big question remains, what is more revolting...Thinking about how much peanut butter Officer Romano goes through on a monthly basis, or the fact that this website has a link on its navigational panel that says Get Laws!. I'm voting for Get Laws!. Here's the bit from the How To section for lobbying:
Third, inhumane laws and policies do not reflect the views of the majority, but rather those of anti-animal minorities with a strong local or national presence. Fourth, this will not change until animal advocates voice their feelings to the legislators and let them know they will be held accountable in the voting booth."

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6) KNOW YOUR OPPOSITION. Its important to think about the type of people or groups that may oppose your ordinance. Know their arguments and be ready to counter. These might be hunters or low end breeders, or if you live in Alaska or the cold climates, sled dog groups. These people have large packs of dogs and frequently keep them chained. They are a working animal to them, not a companion.
Fuck those working stiffs and their opinions on how to best take care of their own property. They just aren't enlightened enough to understand how to best care for their dogs....

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