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  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty May 4, 2018 7:04 am

    How special and wonderful for the “cop.” Now read that story with an ordinary Mass. citizen as shooter. Jail time, for sure.

  2. Comrade X
    Comrade X May 4, 2018 8:19 am

    I don’t understand how anyone can be offended by Apu when I’s not offended bout;

  3. larryarnold
    larryarnold May 4, 2018 8:24 am

    The demonstrations were significantly smaller than the National Student Walkouts March 14 and the March for Our Lives 10 days later, with participation in the hundreds rather than the tens of thousands. (Los Angeles Times)
    Of course the gun rights supporters didn’t have megabucks donated by celebrities paying for busses and hotel rooms, the organizational support of anti-gun groups, and the enthusiastic approval of teacher unions.

    Right, ML. Plus, There was a sign on the former officer’s house that said “Never mind the dog, beware of owner!” but that didn’t stop the alleged burglar.
    Probably because it happened in Massachusetts. Everything’s illegal in Massachusetts. You pretty much have to run into a retired cop to find someone who can get a gun permit and back up the sign.
    Down here, that’s the kind of sign a newby gun owner would post. Even our Democrats are packing.

    I’m not in any way excusing what the Brazilian mayor did. OTOH the population of Santa Cruz do Arari is 6,190. It doesn’t give a timeline, but 400 dogs rounded up indicates that they had a serious canine overpopulation, for which there aren’t many good solutions.

  4. Claire
    Claire May 4, 2018 10:11 am

    “OTOH the population of Santa Cruz do Arari is 6,190. It doesn’t give a timeline, but 400 dogs rounded up indicates that they had a serious canine overpopulation, for which there aren’t many good solutions.”

    Most likely they did have a canine overpopulation problem. But given that the mayor was paying bounties to have people’s pets picked up for extermination, I don’t think the 400 figure tells us much. And of course there are vastly better ways to deal with canine overpopulation.

  5. jc2k
    jc2k May 4, 2018 12:58 pm

    Also, Larry, in regards to the size of student rallies, they were actively discouraged and prevented from spreading the word. I would imagine they would have gotten more participation if they hadn’t been threatened with retaliation and been blocked from posting on group fb pages.

    I found this article about Venezuela encouraging. People creating their own economy when the damn government won’t get out of the way:

  6. larryarnold
    larryarnold May 4, 2018 4:28 pm

    Again, I DON’T approve of the mayor’s solution. Pets getting rounded up was a foreseeable consequence of the bounty, and the rest of it was horrific.

    But you aren’t going to find homes for that many, euthanizing them humanely would be expensive, and sheltering them even more so. Sometimes civilization costs money that second-world countries don’t have.

    We have a well-run county animal control facility here, and it’s a significant chunk of the budget. We also have heavy emphasis on getting pets fixed at vet-offered discounts, which costs money short-run but saves long-term. The folks that want a no-kill facility have their own shelter, and manage to get many of the more-adoptable puppies and kittens adopted, but they see that no-kill isn’t a viable option.

    With all that, ranchers out in the county still find packs of feral dogs. We’ve also had six rabies cases in bats and raccoons this year.

    I’ll cheer when the mayor’s behind bars, but that many stray dogs is still a major problem in poor areas.

  7. anonymous
    anonymous May 6, 2018 7:11 am

    “Although things aren’t looking good for gun rights, gun owners are increasingly young and female — and that’s got to be a good sign.”

    Democrats support a Woman’s Right To Choose ™, as long as they don’t disagree with her choice.

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