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Is my Husky a Liberal or a Corporation?

Posted in Humor, Miscellaneous by Michael LaBossiere on October 23, 2011
A copper "bi-eye" Siberian Husky.

Liberal or Corporation?

I have a Siberian husky named “Isis” and I sometimes wonder whether she is a liberal or a corporation.

Like a liberal, she has the following stereotypical traits

  • She expects handouts on a regular basis.
  • She cries if she does not get what she wants.
  • When protesting, she howls.
  • She is not overly concerned with personal hygiene.
  • She will eat some pretty strange stuff.
  • She does not have a full time job and shows no guilt over this.
  • She spends most of her day unconscious.
  • She likes people.
  • She is all for free health care and free cheese.

Like a corporation, she has the following stereotypical traits:

  • She expects handouts on a regular basis.
  • She cries if she does not get what she wants.
  • She stashes her wealth in secret places (buried in the backyard, rather than on in the Cayman islands).
  • She dumps where ever she pleases and expects someone else to clean it up.
  • She does not pay taxes.
  • She is a job creator (“dump cleaner” is one job she creates).
  • She has no qualms about gobbling up smaller, weaker things.
  • She thinks she is a person.
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  1. T. J. Babson said, on October 23, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Looks like Mike is the adult Tea Partier in the room, paying the bills and cleaning up the mess.

  2. ajmacdonaldjr said, on October 23, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Many Americans do seem to care more about their pets than they do people. I used to sit in a parking lot that was located near both a Petsmart and an abortion clinic and it confounded me how America could allow the spoiling of pets on the one hand and their dismemberment of babies on the other. Just goes to show how upside down this nation has become regarding ethics. Dogs are treated better than children; and people are allowed to kill their children in ways they are not allowed to kill their dogs. Very sad.

    • magus71 said, on October 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

      The only time I ever fired my weapon in the line of duty as a cop, it was at a dog. The local university news paper called for my imprisonment and firing from the force.

      Here’s one part of the story in the Bangor Daily News. By the way, the owner of the dog, interviewed in this article–Jodi Malley–was a drug dealer and criminal, outright.

      http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2457&dat=20000523&id=0KJJAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Xw0NAAAAIBAJ&pg=2798,2308352

      • dhammett said, on October 23, 2011 at 11:36 am

        You should have remained in law enforcement and moved to Ohio! :)
        Last week you could have shot lions, and tigers, and bears. Oh, my!
        Here’s a vid to add on this video Sunday. Watching the whole vid adds some very interesting info on one reason why the animals were there to begin with.

        • T. J. Babson said, on October 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

          The video says the farm owner “was found dead, his fences opened,” but doesn’t tell us how he died or how the fences were opened. dhammett, can you fill in the blanks?

          • magus71 said, on October 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm

            He committed suicide.

          • dhammett said, on October 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm

            TJ: I’m surprised anyone cares about such details. Of course, if you really cared, you could check for yourself. I’ve done so many times when your vids seemed to warrant it. Anyway . . .

            Of course, with any breaking news, not all the facts were in at that time.

            http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/234872/20111020/ohio-exotic-animal-escape-john-kasich-exotic-animal-rules.htm

            The owner “had been released from federal prison only weeks before after serving a year for possessing illegal firearms. He was convicted of animal cruelty charges in 2005 . . .” To answer your questions: He opened the fences and shot himself. . .likely with an illegal firearm. :) Did you think that perhaps he was shot by a rogue monkey who/that then opened the gates?
            “Ohio [is]one of only eight states that does not regulate the private ownership of dangerous animals.” [Other sources say seven, including Ohio]

            Gov. Kasich made haste to take the popular kill-the-animals-as-soon-as- possible and create-yet-another-regulation route.

            • T. J. Babson said, on October 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

              “Gov. John Kasich is being called out by animal rights activists, who said the governor failed to renew a ban on exotic animals in April, making Ohio one of only eight states that does not regulate the private ownership of dangerous animals.”

              So this guy obtained all these animals since April?

            • T. J. Babson said, on October 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm

              So the guy owns illegal firearms, is cruel to animals, commits suicide, but the real problem is that Gov. Kasich allowed an exotic animal law to expire for a few months while a new one was being crafted?

            • dhammett said, on October 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm

              TJ: I provided the second source simply to update the ” Breaking News!” The article had a slight anti-Kasich view, which, to me, for some reason seems surprising coming from the International Business Daily. I don’t say Kasich was the problem. I painted him as a typical pol, trying to catch up with events in the only way pols seem to know how. Maybe that’s why states don’t handle small problems any better than the federal government handles larger ones.
              For a more up-to-date take on the story see:

              http://www.fallsnewspress.com/news/article/5112990

              “Earlier this year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources let a temporary ban on the ownership of such exotic animals expire. It was part of an executive order signed by former Gov. Ted Strickland before he left office and covered a variety of species, including alligators, bears, gray wolves and pythons.
              Under the terms of the order, existing owners would be allowed to keep their animals, though they would have to register with the state annually. It also gave the ODNR the authority to develop rules prohibiting future private ownership of wild animals.
              The executive order stemmed from an agreement Strickland helped to broker between the Humane Society of the United States and major farm groups to keep an animal welfare issue off of the November ballot.
              Kasich was supportive of the ban, but state officials said they did not have the authority to enforce it or require existing owners to register their animals.”

              My suggestion would be for Gov. Kasich to send two members of his task force to some of the 42 other states that already have legislation dealing with personal wildlife and exotic animal collections. Better yet, he could video conference with leaders in other states and save taxpayers a bundle in wasted travel funds . He could see whether he thinks their regs are “comprehensive” and effective enough. That way he could avoid burdening his assigned working group with the task of reinventing the wheel and save his taxpayers a few extra bucks in the process. He could. . .

      • T. J. Babson said, on October 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

        Magus, I can’t believe anyone gave you a hard time about defending youself when this sort of stuff is happening everyday:

        • magus71 said, on October 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

          Well, the hard time was mostly from the criminal owners of the dog, plus some college kid who really believes “good is better than evil because good is nicer.”

          Funny thing about my story is that the guy cited at the end of the article I posted as being the only credible witness was actually a postal delivery employee. I guess someone could have complained about him just having a grudge against all the dogs that’ve chased him out of yards.

          He came to the front counter of the police station and said that he’d read the account of the story in the newspaper–which had interviewed the owners of the dogs–and said that the story didn’t match what he had seen from across the street. I was on official administrative leave while the investigation took place, as is always the case in these circumstances. My shift sergeant emerged from the interview with the man and said his story matched mine “second for second”. That was a great feeling. But that and some other things that happened later made me realize the thin ice all cops walk on. I got to feeling like it was only a matter of time before some investigation or judge didn’t find what I said to be true, then I was screwed. I realized at that point that fighting wars in 3rd world countries may be safer, so I joined the Army. Lawfare was more dangerous than warfare, from a professional view anyways.

          Here’s another case that made me think a lot:

          http://www.med.uscourts.gov/opinions/kravchuk/2001/mjk_05112001_1-00cv80_francis_v_angelo.pdf

          The defendant name at the top of the page “Moor” was another officer; the plaintiff, Francis decided he wanted to sue all the cops involved in his arrest, but got one of the wrong cops; my name is spelled “Moore”. I still had to testify in federal court. This one could have cost us all our careers and our livelihoods. Fortunately, we won this one, and Francis went on to search a cool 7 years in the fine facilities of the Maine State prison.

    • Michael LaBossiere said, on October 23, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      People often love most what is closer to them. I would, in some cases, prefer my dog over a human being and be morally justified in doing so. As I see it, a good dog is better than a bad person. As you might imagine, I’m not a Kantian in this regard. However, I do agree with Kant that we should treat our pets well and find his argument interesting.

      I regard abortion as morally undesirable (I have a general moral preference in favor of not killing-this even applies to things like spiders and lizards) but do find the utilitarian arguments that justify it to be convincing. On the same grounds I also accept that the death of innocents in battle might be morally tolerable, yet not morally good.

  3. T. J. Babson said, on October 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Looks like they got it right in the narrative :-) I like the “administered punches” phrasing…

    Moore arrived at the scene at about this time and observed Angelo fall off
    Francis’s back, holding his arm in obvious pain. Moore’s first thought was that a knife
    might be involved and Angelo might have been stabbed. By this point in time it is
    unclear whether Francis was in any condition to comply with directives, but to an
    objective observer it appeared that he was still trying to get up and get away. Moore
    jumped on top of him and administered punches to his back and kidneys while Woolley
    continued working from the right side to free Francis’s arms for handcuffing. After a few
    seconds Francis begged the officers to stop hitting him and submitted to the handcuffs.

    • magus71 said, on October 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      The guy (Francis) asked me in court if they teach kidney punching at the academy. No kidding.

      • T. J. Babson said, on October 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm

        Of course it was a liver shot, not a kidney punch :-)

    • magus71 said, on October 24, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Also, I think there’s something to what my friend in Afghanistan says,( a retired Marine), that a good ass kicking pretty much solves all problems.


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