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This Day in My History

2000:  The Problem
2001:  Come to the Circus
2002:  View from a Yearbook
2003:  Keeping Abreast of Things
2004With Liberty & Justice for All

2005:  Activist Judges

"Smokey Joe's Cafe"

Books Read in 2006
(Updated 8/20)


Orchid Garden

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Mefeedia Video Archive

My Favorite Video Blogs

Desert Nut

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Look at these videos!
Colbert on Wikipedia
The Domino Effect

Kung Fu Lassie
Dancing on Treadmills 
Laughing babies
Ben Sings Major General

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Wright's Lake
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Support liberty and justice for all

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24 August 2006

For those who read this journal, but still think that gay marriage is not really something we should be supporting, I offer the following to you to help when you are arguing the point...

Ten Absolutely Unbeatable Arguments
Against Civil Same-Sex Marriage

01) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

02) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

03) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

04) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, Blacks still can't marry Whites, and "no fault" divorce is still illegal.

05) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Brittany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

06) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile straight couples, "DINK"s and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because they don't need marriage and our orphanages and foster care programs aren't full yet.

07) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children since straight parents only raise straight children.

08) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.

09) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, computers, the Internet, or Blacks and women voting.

OK.  Off the soap box and into the litter box.  Today we have to say goodbye to the puppies.  I knew we were on borrowed time and was actually surprised that things had been so calm for so long.

sheilamouth.jpg (24723 bytes)This is how Sheila disciplines the puppies.  When they do something she doesn't like, she grabs their whole head, gently, in her mouth and just holds it there until they get the message.  When they start to squirm, she lets them go.  I've been very impressed with her over the past several days, watching her in action and seeing how the puppies respond to her, and how their behavior has changed as they begin to get the message.

In fact, last night I was really impressed with Sheila, who seemed to sense that the puppies were about to swarm all over Kimba again and seemed to position herself between Kimba and the puppies.  Then it erupted.  Perhaps Kimba snarled at the puppies.  I don't know.  But in an instant the calm was gone, and Sheila had gone for Kimba again.  I had to drag her off of Kimba and I locked her in the bathroom for punishment while I got everything calmed down and the puppies locked in their crate for the night.

Whether coincidence or not, the first time Sheila did this, when Latte was here, I had given Kimba a bath and cut her toenails right beforehand.   Yesterday afternoon I gave Kimba a bath and cut her toenails.  I don't know if that has any bearing on things or whether I am just clutching at straws for an excuse.

But the bottom line is that I can't trust Sheila around Kimba with the puppies here any more, so I wrote to Ashley and asked if she would please find them another home after they have their "operation" on Wednesday.

One way or another, they go up for adoption on Saturday.  I don't know when Luna is going to her home, but I made a bunch of photos of the other two for Ashley to post on the SPCA web site.

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They have grown so much in the nearly 3 weeks they have been here.   They are sweethearts.  But ... sigh ... I hate it that I can trust Sheila with the puppies, but can't trust her with Kimba.

Kimba is showing signs of really, really slowing down.  She walks painfully.  She occasionally whines.  There have been times when I've come across her and thought she was dead because she doesn't move and doesn't seem to respond.   I don't know how much longer she has but I haven't always been very nice to this dog and she deserves a better end of life than having to live in fear of Sheila.  So it's time to turn the puppies in and wait for the next orphans who need bottle feeding to come along.



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Zack and Darcy
(Anybody want a puppy?)

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