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  1. 12bitphoto
    12bitphoto April 24, 2015 2:02 pm

    You might be interested in a Bill that would effectively ban dog ownership in Texas. Only a mentally unbalanced dog hater could propose legislation this ludicrous.

    https://madmimi.com/p/818226?fe=1&pact=29747429779

  2. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau April 24, 2015 6:21 pm

    It’s amazing that raisin program, a hangover from FDR’s fascist experimentation, is still with us. Finally someone had enough balls to say no to the government. Horne ought to market them under his own name, something like “Horne’s Outlaw Raisins”. He could make a bundle.

    I think Tom Knapp is wrong. America is definitely ready for Hillary. Good way to kick off a revolution…

    “For all the unanswered questions that remain, the released documents do show that the BLM coordinated with local law enforcement for heightened security at their offices.”

    Hmmm, local cops working for the feds. I guess there are a lot of cops who aren’t oath keepers…

    “The problem of general crime on public recreational wildlands is compounded by organized crime marijuana grows.”

    Uh, it’s a bit hard to have any empathy for the game wardens over this one. Decriminalize marijuana and the problem goes away. But government is not about making problems go away, after all. That would put them out of business.

    It’s a shame those red light cameras are being decommissioned because the rulers find they don’t work, rather than because they are shot full of holes. What’s wrong with us? 🙂

  3. LarryA
    LarryA April 24, 2015 11:15 pm

    I think Tom Knapp is wrong. America is definitely ready for Hillary. Good way to kick off a revolution…
    Speaking of revolution:

    In New York, where a full-fledged rebellion against Common Core-based standardized testing is underway, about 17 percent of students have reportedly refused the English Language Arts exam, and similar numbers for the Math exam are still flowing in.

    http://reason.com/blog/2015/04/24/tens-of-thousands-of-new-york-students-r

    There are certainly dangers in the woods, but to me the interesting part is:

    Some studies by the University of Oregon have found that thousands of people are living in National Forests in that state, some just to save money, others to get away from the world. No one knows just how many people are doing this nation-wide, but there are several Internet websites designed to help homeless folks who survive in the wilds, and even a Wikihow Internet page with suggestions on how to survive life in the wilds.

    Please note: That’s not meant as a solution for Claire’s house problems!

  4. Claire
    Claire April 25, 2015 7:18 am

    12bitphoto — Thanks. I read the text of the bill (http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=84R&Bill=HB1800) and you’re right; it’s pretty awful. Insanely too broad and full of language allowing damn near any dog to be decreed dangerous on purely subjective grounds. (Oh, how that’ll be used by scaredy-thug cops!) Ugh.

    I see that there was supposed to have been a hearing on the bill on 4/21, but see no news reports on that.

  5. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau April 25, 2015 7:37 am

    I wonder if those refuseniks in New York are aware of John Taylor Gatto’s Bartleby Project?
    http://www.bartlebyproject.com/

    I looked at their web page and find it strange Bartleby is not mentioned anywhere, particularly since Gatto spent his entire teaching career in New York and is one of the most prominent critics of government “education”.

  6. LarryA
    LarryA April 25, 2015 7:53 pm

    The Texas Legislature ends in 37 days* so a House bill “left pending in committee” and with no companion bill in the Senate is pretty much toast. The author, Rep. Armando Walle, is one of the “interesting” representatives Houston seems to produce.

    * The Texas Legislature meets for 140 days, starting in January of odd-numbered years. It’s an interesting system. Right now I’m tracking 122 RKBA bills.
    http://www.txchia.org/legistex15.htm

  7. Claire
    Claire April 26, 2015 7:48 am

    LarryA — Thanks! Figures you’d know about that. I expect the committee members got some scathing comments on that anti-dog bill. Now, good luck with those (yikes!) 122 RKBA bills.

  8. 12bitphoto
    12bitphoto May 1, 2015 10:26 am

    Thanks for the responses. I looked Armando Walle up and found an article that claims he is a dog owner. So he may just be an idiot and not a dog hater. It’s no surprise that someone proposing idiotic intrusive open-ended legislation is a Houston Democrat.

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