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Since the dog show was just on I'd like to bring up something that has been bothering me for awhile.

Years ago I worked for a breeder of Corgis for a short time. (I needed some extra cash). When the dog and cat over population is talked about all that is ever mentioned is backyard breeders, never breeders who take their animals to shows. These people always had a dog going to shows and their dogs sold for about $1,400 way back 10 years ago.

There are a few things. First these dogs went from their dog crates, (regular crates like you would put a dog when you carry them in an airplane) to their runs and back again daily. Rarely did they ever get to play in the grass. Rarely did they ever get to socialize. If they did it was to procreate. They had a treadmill in the area where all the dog crates were so I assume that is where the trainer trained them, (I was not there long enough to see that).

There was always litters of puppies at various stages of growth. Unfortunately I only was there about 3 months so I did not get to see what happened to all of the dogs once they grew up.

When I read about the Red Mastiff that sold for 1.6 million I wondered how many mastiffs had to be born to get that one perfect dog. And what happened to the others?

I am beginning to think that our kennel associations, in the quest for the "perfect" dog and cat are a big part of the problem because they encourage these owners to breed and breed looking to "the one".

And then I think of my dog Paco and how he could have just as easily been bred at one of these places. (He just looks very much like a picture of a Chihuahua and has all the Chihuahua qualities) Peanut on the other hand came from a hoarder and she has green eyes and looks less "Chihuahua". I could care less because my heart belongs to both of them but what if Paco came from some fancy dancy place and just didn't measure up? How do we know they don't sell their dogs to pet stores?

I guess what I am getting at is are we giving these kennel clubs too much of a pass? I hate their emphasis on the "perfect" dog or cat. What the Hell is that anyway? And has there ever been enough investigation into exactly what goes on in "high class breading". I had my own tiny investigation and I don't have good news. I am so sick of seeing animals with no homes. It just breaks my heart. Maybe there is another culprit that has not even been looked at?

Just my two cents for today.

Anyone hear that person yelling out "YEA" and other things while the President is speaking?

It sounds like Nugent or is it just I expect it to be him?

I hate these hearts. It makes me feel like we are in high school and the cool people are

walking around with a bunch of stars and the not cool one, like me, have a pitiful one star that she got when in a discussion about whether or not you were given a star just for donating, (which you are not, which I pointed out because I had no stars at that point and someone gave me a heart)

So I go around and it seems like people are on American IDOL or something and me with my little star feels like I don't want to start threads now or post so much because I'm feeling a little......un-liked.

And don't anyone give me a damned heart because I wrote this. I am not looking for stars but for discussion.

I've been reading about Congress's powers regarding the Post Office and I see no instance where

they are allowed to "make the post office collect money" for anything. Here is the Wiki article for it.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powers_of_the_United_States_Congress

And this is from the Supreme Course Center:

http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/369/663/case.html


"Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, known as the Postal Clause or the Postal Power, empowers Congress "To establish Post Offices and post Roads".

We all know that they set up this back breaking funding that the Postal Service has to pay in order to.....break their backs so they will end up going under.

The question is, is it legal for them demand those monies be collected in the first place? I can find no section where Congress can dictate to the Post Office what monies it has to take in.

Anyone else know anything about this?

Some of the pro-gun people on here make the place look like Free Republic. Not good.

I made the mistake of responding to a couple of posts yesterday and everyone of my posts was responded back to with more pro-gun blather. It really looks like Free Republic people talking points. I don't want to discuss guns here. I am talking about the people. They are always jumping for a fight - just like Free Republic. They are 2nd Amendment lunatics - just like Free Republic. They are angry - just like Free Republic.

They use their knowledge in firearms to look like they are knowledgeable about social issues, which is no measure. They use the forum to post about their knowledge about firearms and/or the fact that they carry a concealed weapon as if they are trying to impress someone, (I am not impressed).

They post like they have an agenda which does not conform to the general DU posting requirements in our rules section. But they get away with it.

I wish someone would come up with a way to rid the forum of these people.

I hope these posts is not deleted. If it is I will re-write it and post it again differently.

GOP Rep. blames gun violence on "Welfare moms" and them "frauding" disability for their kids.

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/01/22/1479781/james-lankford-guns/?mobile=nc

Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), the fifth-ranking House Republican, laid the blame for gun violence at the feet of an unusual suspect: the children of “welfare moms” who commit fraud.

In a meeting with constituents earlier this month in Oklahoma City, a woman asked the GOP congressman what he was doing to combat all the children who were committing gun violence because they were high on psychotropic drugs. Lankford replied that he “agree with that” and then went on to blame Social Security disability fraud for the rash of gun violence around the country. “Quite frankly some of the overmedication of kids are because welfare moms want to get additional benefits,” Lankford said:


CONSTITUENT: My question is regarding the guns and is Washington at all aware of the psychotropic drugs that these children are taking? I guarantee it 100 percent that’s our big problem.

LANKFORD: I agree with that. I think there’s a bunch of issues that, quite frankly, most liberals are afraid to talk about. Where are we on all those psychiatric drugs? We’ve overmedicated kids. Quite frankly some of the overmedication of kids are because welfare moms want to get additional benefits and if they can put them on SSI through maintenance drugs, they can also put them on Social Security disability and get a separate check. That is wrong on every single level. Not only is it fraudulent to the government, but it also tells a kid with great potential, “don’t try because you’re disabled.”

A quote from Marianne Williamson that I think belongs on this board


Cynicism is just an excuse for not helping.

Marianne Williamson

Unbelievable ad by Christian right against contraceptives

Are there any anti-virus programs on the net? I have windows defender running

but my HP "assistant" says I am in "danger" because I have no anti-virus running. The last anti-virus I had was Norton and when I had that I got this terrible virus that knocked out my entire network. So now I have the free McAcfee site warning system and I don't go where it tells me not to go and I run Super Anti-spyware pretty much every other day and I get a ton of spy ware and even some trojans and malaware. I also run ComboFix and I still don't know how it works but I assume it takes off viruses because the guy who I paid to fix my computer used it, (and tried to hide the name from me).

So do I need another anti-virus? I would have to disable it every time I ran the anti-spyware I think. Right now my computer is/was running funny but we'll see since I just un and re-installed my dear HP "assistant".

Crazy business owner is threatening to fire the first bullet if Obama uses executive priledge.

I saw this first on FB but it was taken down. I think someone got a hold of it and put it back up or he edited it and put it back up, (was said on one of the comments). Either way I think it is a viable threat.

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