The ongoing Political Musings of a former (now Stray) Yellar Dawg Dem.
This is a Feminist Blog, in the tradition of Susan B. Anthony.
"Just Tell Them...
I have worked 40 years to make the Women's Suffrage platform broad enough for Atheists and Agnostics to stand upon, and now if need be I will fight the next 40 to keep it Catholic enough to permit the straightest Orthodox religionist to speak or pray and count her beads upon."
outgoing President of the ASPCA leaves in his wake a legacy of
controversy and betrayal. At its best, the ASPCA of 2013 is merely
ineffective. At its worst, it causes animal suffering and death. It is
bloated, bureaucratic, and insincere. But it doesn’t have to be. It
could, in fact, be amazing. And it all depends on who the ASPCA Board of
Directors selects as the new President & CEO.
In a letter
to the ASPCA Board of Directors, we urge them to consider how the next
president could impact lifesaving for companion animals, wild animals,
“working” animals, “farmed” animals and more. The possibilities are
Given the vast, untapped potential that exists to
help animals through the ASPCA; given how much the ASPCA could
positively affect American society on behalf of animals in truly
profound and lasting ways; and given the gravity of what is potentially
at stake; we ask them not to pick yet another, in a long line, of empty
suits. The animals deserve better.
I was outraged when, even in the wake of the Oklahoma City tragedy, Mr.
Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of N.R.A., defended his attack
on federal agents as “jack-booted thugs.” To attack Secret Service
agents or A.T.F. people or any government
law enforcement people as “wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm
trooper uniforms” wanting to “attack law abiding citizens” is a vicious
slander on good people.
Al Whicher, who served on my [ United
States Secret Service ] detail when I was Vice President and President,
was killed in Oklahoma City. He was no Nazi. He was a kind man, a loving
parent, a man dedicated to serving his country — and serve it well he
In 1993, I attended the wake for A.T.F. agent Steve
Willis, another dedicated officer who did his duty. I can assure you
that this honorable man, killed by weird cultists, was no Nazi.
John Magaw, who used to head the U.S.S.S. and now heads A.T.F., is one
of the most principled, decent men I have ever known. He would be the
last to condone the kind of illegal behavior your ugly letter charges.
The same is true for the F.B.I.’s able Director Louis Freeh. I appointed
Mr. Freeh to the Federal Bench. His integrity and honor are beyond
Both John Magaw and Judge Freeh were in office when I
was President. They both now serve in the current administration. They
both have badges. Neither of them would ever give the government’s “go
ahead to harass, intimidate, even murder law abiding citizens.” (Your
I am a gun owner and an avid hunter. Over the years I
have agreed with most of N.R.A.’s objectives, particularly your
educational and training efforts, and your fundamental stance in favor
of owning guns.
However, your broadside against Federal agents
deeply offends my own sense of decency and honor; and it offends my
concept of service to country. It indirectly slanders a wide array of
government law enforcement officials, who are out there, day and night,
laying their lives on the line for all of us.
You have not
repudiated Mr. LaPierre’s unwarranted attack. Therefore, I resign as a
Life Member of N.R.A., said resignation to be effective upon your
receipt of this letter. Please remove my name from your membership list.
[ signed ] George Bush
Thank you President Bush, for standing up to extremists.
visted the shelter today and got to love on each one of these urgent
dogs. They all have such different personality and all just want the
same thing TO HAVE A CHANCE TO LOVE.... Some were just balls of energy
so happy to see a human infront of their kennel door to shower them with
love and talk to them, some were very silent wagging their tails and
pushing themselves up as close as they could to the front of their run
door so you could love on them better. I can tell all of these dogs are
full of life, full of love and only want what any of us want - A SAFE
LOVING PLACE TO CALL HOME."
Humane Society of the Ohio Valley 90 Mt. Tom Rd. Marietta, OH 45750 740-373-5959 www.hsov.org
On the Right we have the gun lobby, arguing that an assault weapon ban is the first step in banning all guns.
On the Left we have the Pro-Choice lobby arguing that a ban on Late Term Abortion is the first step in banning all abortions.
Both arguments are killing our children. And any sane person can see it.
That's all I have to say about the dead children in Sandy Hook. Shame on the extremist adults that hold our nation hostage from pursuing reasonable protections, with their "slippery slope" threats and grandstanding.
In "real life" Dawg is a mom, a nurse, a pet rescuer and a tireless advocate for animal rights.
Dawg is happily married for thirty years and has raised three awesome children. She holds an advanced degree in Family Science, wherein her research was focused on women's support circles during parturition. Her dedication to Women's Rights is directly affected by her belief that motherhood should not be a sentence to isolation and disenfranchisement.
Dawg is on hiatus from political bloggery d/t the intense demands of her engagement in the No Kill movement at this time. However, she remains influenced by PUMA politics and reads the blogs of her fellow PUMAs (at right) regularly.
Thanks for the Visit, all you Stray Dogs and PUMAs!
"Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave.