Monday, May 14, 2007

Excuses & Around the Web

Bear with me a bit, dear readers! I have just begun my eagle book, mentioned below, and am stll shaking down a schedule. Also doing last reread of my collaboration- in translation of Cherkassov's 1865 Notes of an East Siberian Hunter with Vladimir -- a labor of love that will not be an easy sell! A check came in in pounds sterling that will likely take 5 weeks to cash, and we need it now. Libby is on 50 hours a week at the PO, neccesitating a lot of hours for me with animals (mating up all the pigeons) and garden. So I am not blogging or even surfing as much as usual..

Still, a lot of good stuff out there-- well, good and awful, but Attention Must Be Paid.

Awful: smoking will get you an R rating. See also here. Casablanca unsuitable for the young??

Awful 2: almost anything to do with the California mandatory spay- neuter - at - 16 weeks bill. Eric at Classical Values has posts here and here, among others.

"Considering that this is my ninth post on the subject, it may seem that I have become single-mindedly obsessed with AB 1634, but the fact is, that bill is only one tentacle of a growing, seemingly unstoppable juggernaut. To me, government-mandated pet surgery is both a symbol and a clear line that is being drawn. It's an early warning sign of something far worse -- the growing public acceptance of the idea that government can and should invade the most utterly personal areas of our lives.

"Few things are more personal to me than my relationship with my dog, Coco. The idea that the government can make me a criminal for not cutting out her ovaries (something which is entirely my business and no one else's) fills me with horror.

"What happened to all the people who used to scream "KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR BEDROOMS?"

"What about the idea that a man's home is his castle?"

He is starting to sound like me-- or at least that is what people say I am sounding like these days.

Sad news: Tasmanian devils are succumbing to a grotesque and incurable facial cancer. One of the strangest threats to a species seen yet...

Patrick has been on a roll lately. Read The Whole Blog! He has posts on animal experimentation and breast cancer, and on the pathetic "wolf man" from the National Geographic show (who, though he hasn't yet been eaten, is beginning to approach Timothy Treadwell levels-- according to his new girlfriend, he has dropped from Alpha to Omega pack member and "... is in charge of diffusing tensions between the wolves so he spends a lot of time lying on his back, showing his underside and whimpering.."). Patrick also posts on the terminology of scat, deconstructs the "heroic rescue by Jack Russell" story, and (rightfully) disses Tony Blair. What more could you ask for?

More good stuff: a wonderful essay by Odious on food and the pleasures of the table: "When things are bad, I want to eat, and when other people are having trouble, I want to feed them. I told this to a psychology major who responded that I had confused food and love. This is utter nonsense (I am in no danger of eating my wife or son). Food makes things better. Things are always worse on an empty stomach; only after a seriously good meal, and some good drink, and good company, is life manageable."

More delight: Pluvialis is back at the top of her form, writing one of her trademark perfect essays, this one relating pigeons kept in her youth to an air disater she witnessed, and Icarus (also including one of my favorite poems):

"I’ve always found the sight of a rolling pigeon strangely disturbing: it looks too much, to me, as if they’ve been shot. But perhaps that’s why they are here. As if the whole point of this artificial selection was to show pigeons cheating death, day after day after day. Pigeon-breeders reinscribing a defeat over mortality: little feathered souls falling, righting, and winning. One in the eye for god."

Finally. Chas reports on a new "Code of the West". Something like it should be required reading for Nuevo westerners. An example:

"Agriculture is an important business in Larimer County. If you choose to live among the farms and ranches of our rural countryside, do not expect county government to intervene in the normal day-to-day operations of your agri-business neighbors. In fact, Colorado has "Right to Farm" legislation that protects farmers and ranchers from nuisance and liability lawsuits. It enables them to continue producing food and fiber."


"The topography of the land can tell you where the water will go in the case of heavy precipitation. When property owners fill in ravines, they have found that the water that drained through that ravine now drains through their house."

That is all for now. Soon, I hope. picture posts and a long one on how you shouldn't bet on North American wolves staying "benign".


Heidi the Hick said...

First of all, Steve, I've kept up my blogging semi- regularly but I admit it's keeping me away from what I should be doing, so never feel guilty for writing rather than blogging!!!

Also Pluvialis continues to take my breath away. Few people leave me unable to comment...

and finally I'd love it if all farmers would be protected by a "Right to Farm". I mean, what's a little shit between friends, y'know?

Anonymous said...

RE: "What happened to all the people who used to scream "KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR BEDROOMS?"

Here is your corrective. Nick Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief of the libertarian monthly REASON magazine. Watch the video. He is an impressive speaker.

Diane said...

Bravo for speaking out against AB1634: I personally am involved with purebred dog rescue but am also a one-time breeder who may breed in the future, a former hunter and all-around dog lover who doesn't believe the government has any business mandating our dog's breeding status. Where is the enforcement for humane conditions for all the puppymills we know exist all over the state? Where is the enforcement of dog licensing? We can hope this law too will suffer from lack of interest in enforcement but we cannot count on that. I foresee a police state for dog owners. I also have had personal experience with this 4-month spay which makes me believe it has the potential to be completely unhealthy for some animals: One of my own puppies was spayed earlier than the 6-month recommended age now and she developed long, spindly legs compared to her 2 littermates. She also shortly afterwards suffered a hind leg fracture, I am sure due to this abnormal bone development caused by the early spay. She also is reported to be showing dog aggression which the other pups haven't shown at all. I will NEVER have any of my dogs spayed at this age again. I think early spay/neuter might have application at shelters and in rescue but never for pet owners who have a choice. Keep speaking out. There is a hearing tomorrow (May 16th): Don't forget to fax or call the committee members. See
for the latest status.