Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Hound Blogging

We're thinking of renaming FHB "Who's Bashing Tucson Greyhound Park This Week?" Frequent reader(s) of this blog will know that Track CEO Tom Taylor and his wacky sidekick Dr. Joe "Needles" Robinson (Wally's College of Veterinary Medicine and Truck Driving School, class of '95) are about as welcome in polite society as a scabes infestation...erm...we mean know that we have reported on the festering boil that passes itself off as TGP here, here, here, here, oh and also, too look here and here as well.

Are you getting a feeling there's a pattern developing?

If you answered yes reward yourself with the beverage of your choice, sit back and enjoy this week's installment of How Big A Clue Do You Need, Tommy?
You might hear those words in promotions for the sport of greyhound racing, but there are other words you won’t hear: fractures, pulled muscles and lacerations. Injuries are the dark side of racing.
Well, actually we hear about injuries quite a bit but we have a feeling this is just your way of saying you're about to lay one upside old Tommy's head, so do go on.
Tucson Greyhound Park (TGP) CEO Tom Taylor has told 9 On Your Side over and over that the welfare of dogs is paramount.
The windup.
But does the track always put those words into action?
And the pitch.
9 On Your Side obtained a number of state reports that suggest otherwise. The Arizona Department of Racing documented 68 injuries at TGP over the course of just two months this year.
 It's a long drive to deep center...back...back...
More alarming is what greyhound caretakers told investigators about track conditions. Among their complaints: people in charge of the track and running the tractors “didn’t care;" unmaintained dirt near the inner rail caused dogs to get their toes broken; and the fast dogs pulled muscles from running on heavy sand.
 And it's outta here. Once again Tommy's credibility as anything other than a heartless shill for a barbaric practice thankfully dying a well deserved death vanishes into the clear Arizona air like a fart in a windstorm. Let's round the bases with a flourish:
The Department’s Chief Greyhound Veterinarian found that injuries are “consistent with poor track surface conditions.”
Well, that's got to sting Tommy, huh?
Taylor talked to 9 On Your Side in the past, but declined to be interviewed for this story, citing death threats.
HaHaHaHaHa! Death threats?  Dude, people already know who you are, what you look like and where you work. What'd they tell you? "If you say one more stupid thing about how you put the welfare of the dogs first, we're coming for you. And we mean it this time!" That's pretty funny Tommy.'re talking about the death of TGP aren't you? Then that's PRETTY FREAKIN' AWESOME!!

Now, in the intrests of being fair and balanced, since Tommy declined to favor us with some sort of hypocritical, bald face lie about how the dogs are cared for at this time, we'll bring you a hypocritical, bald face lie he told in the past:
“Everything we do here at Tucson Greyhound Park is what is good for the greyhound,” Taylor said in an August interview. “These dogs are athletes and we want to treat them that way. We have to give them the best because if we give them the best, then they race the best,” Taylor said.
 And no, Tip, Tommy's head didn't explode when he said that, although we did notice his eyes bugged out a little.

Tip is a four year old boy who did all of his racing in Alabama and Arkansas. He raced 91 times and won 11 races, but he never got beyond Grade C which means even though he was winning occasionally, he wasn't generating enough bucks to warrant keeping him around. For more information about this dog, and other rescued racing greyhounds looking for homes, go here. If you don't know about the plight of racing greyhounds go here.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Welcome To Tomás de Torquemada High

Back in the day, when we were but scurrilous trainees in our local educorporate training facility, our scurrilousness would occasionally come to the attention of the educational technicians and we would be unceremoniously perp-walked down to the Principal's lair and an official school sanctioned pedagogically approved butt thumping would be applied to our miscreant backside. Usually said application of what passed for the latest in educational theory vs-a-vis classroom management would be handled by none other than the aforementioned Principal himself, along with little homespun aphorisms concerning how to live the proper life, delivered between swats.

For the record, this did not make us better citizens, only more sneaky.

Well, we tell you this because, having gone on to earn our daily bread serving in the church of reason, we had just assumed that beating students, like bleeding patients, was a practice that has been assigned to the dustbin of history. Apparently we were misinformed.

Officials at a Texas high school plan to ask their board tonight to change a policy requiring that spanking punishments be administered only by employees of the same gender as the student to receive the punishment.  "The vibrations from paddling those bony old boy butts hurt my hand. Every once in a while I need to wallop on some bodaciousness to avoid carpal tunnel or something,"said vice principal Buford J. Smellings III. "I mean, we take our disciplinary responsibility very seriously here."
Taylor Santos, a well-regarded student and athlete at Springtown High School, near Fort Worth, Texas, chose to be paddled as punishment for allowing another student to copy her homework.  Her mother, Anna Jorgensen, agreed to the punishment as long as her daughter was OK with it, but was surprised the spanking was administered by a man. As far as Jorgensen knew, she said, school policy mandated that males spank males and females spank females. She said her daughter's buttocks were red and appeared blistered due to the force of the spanking.
 "Well, what did you expect," said vice principal Smellings. "You have a meeting with the 'Board' of education, it's gonna leave a mark. Besides, chances are she's probably going to end up in an abusive relationship anyway. This is Texas, you know. Might as well get used to it. And no, I did not yell 'who's your daddy' when I hit her."

"The Texas Education Code and our local policies state that if a parent or guardian does not want corporal punishment administered to his/her child, for each school year the parent or guardian must provide the district a separate written and signed statement to that effect. Otherwise, the use of corporal punishment is permissible," Mike Kelley, superintendent for the Springtown Independent School District said in a statement. "We like to call it our opt out of the 19th century program."

The day after her daughter's paddling, Jorgensen called the vice principal to complain, but was told it was "normal for her bottom to look like this after receiving swats."

The vice principal added that he had no idea about the same gender swatting, Jorgensen said. "The District is always sending out those policies and guidelines," Smellings told reporters. "Who has time to read all that stuff?"

Another student, Jada Watt, said she mouthed off to the same male vice principal, and received the same punishment, which was observed by a male police officer. Her mother, Cathi, said she "wasn't expecting a bruise." "Two men giving her a swat behind closed doors, that is creepy," she added.

 "I remind you that we are educational professionals," Smellings said. "So there is nothing creepy about  me and some minimum wage rent-a-cop taking a minor into a room, bending her over a desk and playing a little Ina Gadda Da Vida on that scrumptious, little booty. Wait, let me rephrase that."
Springtown ISD Superintendent Mike Kelley told WFAA that he will ask the board to eliminate the requirement of same gender spanking.  He said the same-sex spanking policy can be difficult to observe in smaller schools where aren't enough female administrators around to mete out punishment to female students.
Whoa. "Same sex spanking?" Sounds like some of those San Fransisco values have sneaked into the Texas Education Code.

Springtown ISD Superintendent Mike Kelley leaves the School Board Meeting

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Hound Blogging

We're coming to you today from the When It Rains It Pours Department here in the marbled halls of IM Central. WIRIP is a division of the Blood In The Water Corporation, a wholly owned subsidy of Mene, Mene, Tekel, u-Pharsin, NA.

As reported in this blog, the overlords in Tucson have found themselves in a spot of bother of late. First the legislature says, Dude. Race or don't race, we don't care. Then Dr. Joe "Needles" Robinson (Wally's College of Veterinary Medicine and Truck Driving School, class of '95) gets busted trucking the dogs into Tucson proper to shoot them up with steroids and the city commission is all like "Go somewhere else to break the law, ya freakin' embarrassment to Veterinary Medicine." And all this after several visits to the track by the local tee vee talking heads to interview track CEO Tom Taylor and get his explanation of why the welfare of the dogs always comes first.

As you may imagine, that didn't turn out so well.

Now, a normal person might think, "Dag! dealing with this many hassles to continue to provide industrialized animal cruelty to the people of Arizona is just not worth it, wonder if Walmart greeter school is still accepting applications," but one thing you can say about the overlords is, they aren't normal people.
After weeks of public scrutiny, the Tucson Greyhound Park won't be injecting female dogs with steroids any more. Instead of injecting the dogs with testosterone to prevent estrus, the track has decided to become female-free. CEO and general manager Tom Taylor said the track won't be accepting any more female dogs and expects the track to be all male in about a year and a half.
 Oh wow, the first all greyhound fraternity. What will you call it? I Beta Buck? Busta Bona Day? I Broka Leg? Iota Bank A Bunch? Man, the possibilities are endless here. But Tom, what happens to the girls in the mean time?
He said the current female dogs at the park will be allowed to go into heat. While in heat, the dogs will be separated and will not race for approximately 30 days.
Wait, aren't the girls already separated from the boys?  Even if they aren't in heat, you know how guys are, just a bunch of old hound dogs. Well, in this case literally hound dogs, but it sounds like what you're saying is nothing is going to change except the girls will be stuck in their cages even more when they're in heat. Why not just spay them and get it over with?
Taylor said spaying the dogs was not an option because it presents a serious risk to the dogs' health. "We've been advised by veterinarians across the country that this is the best course of action," Taylor said. "There's too much danger in spaying a female greyhound.
Now Tom, just because you talk to Joe "Needles" Robinson (Wally's College of Veterinary Medicine and Truck Driving School, class of '95) every day and he went to Mexico once does not mean you've talked to Veterinarians all over the world. Besides, if spaying is so dangerous, how come so many people recommend it?

Now that you mention it though, if you did go the spay route, Joe "Needles" Robinson (Wally's College of Veterinary Medicine and Truck Driving School, class of '95) would probably be the one doing the surgery huh? OK we see your point.
Fewer dogs mean fewer races and Taylor said he is uncertain if the track will survive if it can't find enough dogs to maintain a sustainable number of races.
Bummer. Still, the only other option is honest work so we have to give it to old Tom, not going to enter the labor pool without a fight. So, heat problem solved. Now can he get on with the business of exploiting innocent creatures for profit, meddlers and animal rights wackos?
Despite housing more than 700 dogs, Tucson Greyhound Park hasn't licensed any of them in 60 years. County records show there are only three licensed greyhounds listed in South Tucson, where the track is located. According to the city of South Tucson's animal ordinance, for every unaltered dog kept within the city for 30 consecutive days each year, owners must pay a $45 licensing fee.
 Holy crap! It's like these people just don't want you around or something. OK, Tom? Dude, let us give you a hand. Here's five bucks. Why don't you go buy a clue. Maybe you would like to tell him where to go Jazzy.

Jazzy will be two years old next month. She only raced nine times, so not the most profitable investment for the overlords, which meant she was booted early--a lucky break for her and the person who decides to offer her a permanent couch. For more information about this dog, and other rescued racing greyhounds looking for homes, go here. If you don't know about the plight of racing greyhounds go here.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Next Up: Ann Asks For A Divorce

This has to be good news for John McCain.

Tim Pawlenty quit as co-chair of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign on Thursday to become one of Wall Street's top lobbyists in Washington. "Well, actually he quit three weeks ago," said a Romney aide. "We just noticed it today. Not the most dynamic guy in the organization if you get my drift."

Yeah, but he's pretty good at quitting.

"It is an honor to call Mitt and Ann my friends," Pawlenty said in a written statement released by the Romney campaign. "Calling Mitt my boss? Not so much. Dude's a walking talking car crash, know what I mean? It's like working for Donald Trump, but with a better haircut."

"Tim Pawlenty is a dear friend," Romney said in the same statement. "But he's part of the 47% now, so kiss off T Paw. You're getting bupkus in a Romney administration."

"You've got about as much a chance heading a Romney Administration as I have winning the nude version of America's Got Talent," Pawlenty replied.

"While I regret he cannot continue as co-chair in this (vulgar unprintable phrase) people are referring to as  'my campaign,' his new position is in an office with glass walls so people will at least know he's in the building," Romney said.

Romney passed over Pawlenty in his search for a vice presidential candidate, eventually settling on Congressman Paul Ryan. Pawlenty had been discussed as a possible running mate for Sen. John McCain in 2008, but the veteran lawmaker picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin instead.

"Thanks for bringing that up," Pawlenty said.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Smarts? We Don't Need No Stinking Smarts

So the old newspaper saying goes dog bites man, that's not news. Man bites dog, that's news. OK, not being trained in the journalistic science of journalism or anything, explain to us where this headline came from:
Rick Santorum tells audience that ‘smart people’ will never be on his side
"We will never have the media on our side, ever, in this country," Santorum said, according to video posted by Right Wing Watch. "We will never have the elite, smart people on our side, because they believe they should have the power to tell you what to do."
Yeah. We'll leave aside for the moment the fact that if you're by definition not a smart person, as you have just stated, you could probably use a smart person to tell you what to do. You know, things like don't eat dirt and come in out of the rain. Stuff like that.
"So our colleges and universities, they're not going to be on our side," he added. "The basic premise of America and American values will always be sustained through two institutions — the church and the family."
Umm...Rick? What about colleges associated with churches? You know, like Notre Dame? We once dated a girl from Notre Dame. Dropped us like a bag of hot rocks for a pre-med student. Seems pretty smart to us. Oh, and what about Liberty University? That's the university whose name is plastered all over the backdrop during your speech?
During his campaign for the Republican nomination, Santorum got some blowback after saying President Obama was a "snob" for promoting higher education. "President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college," he said at the time. "What a snob." He walked back that comment after it was criticized by some Republicans, saying in a CNN interview that the remark was "probably not the smartest thing."
Ooh! Ooh! Let's show off our smart elite college education here and use a syllogism to explain why you shouldn't be surprised that you say dumb things:

Values Voters are not smart.
Santorum is a Values Voter.
Santorum is not smart.

For all you Values Voters out there who won't understand that because, you know, what Rick said. We've got a translation for you: Obama is a Kenyan Muslim who wants to force you to gay marry a socialist in a Sharia ceremony. Also, too. No guns.

Hope that clears it up.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Romney/Ryan 2012! Motto: If We Win 47% Of You Will Have To Move To Canada

OMG!! OMG!! OMFG!!!11!!!1! It's the whitey tape.

Wait, that's not Michelle Oblackma. That's M. Mittington Mitteroy III. Jeeves! Cut the power to the servants' quarters. If they see this there'll be hell to pay.

Now here's our question: how could anyone except some dissolute millionaire who lives in a gated community somewhere even half way consider the idea of voting for this walking bag of scorpion droppings? The melanin infused races figured this out long ago, but even if you're a Bubba, if you're getting social security, or are on medicare, our are just working some crap job somewhere and occasionally getting food stamps because you get laid off all the time, you've got to know this guy doesn't give a rat's ulcerated rectum about you, and if by some mystery of the universe he gets elected is not going to lift an expensively manicured finger to help you and most likely will back policies that make your pitiful life even worse.

Bonus douchebaggery: Mitt says his comments are accurate but not elegantly stated. How do you elegantly tell a senior citizen who worked all his or her life and lives on a pension now and pays no income tax that he or she is a whiny victim reliant on government handouts and by implication an irresponsible leech on your bank balance?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sheriff Arpaio Call Your Office

Frequent reader(s) of this blog are haunted in the deep and silent night by the filmy specter of commitment, and lie restlessly in their beds, nearing blessed sleep, but watching it flit soundlessly away as they long for the morning and the warming rays of rationalization...erm...we mean will recognize the name Sheriff Joe Arpaio America's Sheriff tm. Now, we have to admit when we introduced you to Sheriff Joe we figured, well, Arizona, you know? Something about the dry heat apparently acts on the normal firing of neurons in the brain and produces cascading failures which result in, well, Arizonians.

However, that explanation no longer fits the facts as we have discovered Michigan has its own version of Sheriff Joe.
Eaton County Sheriff Mike Raines is part of a burgeoning nationwide movement that sees the county sheriff as the last line of defense against an overreaching federal government.
And all this time we thought the Sheriff's job was to catch criminals and such.  Eaton county is just a couple of counties over from the World Headquarters of IM Central and we have driven though the Duchy of Raines on several occasions and have been guilty of overreaching the limits on vehicular velocity. Good thing we aren't the federal government.

The sheriff has the power to stand in the way and can help restore the U.S. Constitution as the “supreme law of the land.” Silly us. All that time we spent in Civics class learning that it was the ultimately the Supreme Court that decided how to interpret the Constitution and here it was Sheriff Mike all along. Wonder if Scalia knows that.

Raines said it would be his duty to turn away a federal agent from the county — including an Internal Revenue Service auditor — if the agency was “overstepping (its) bounds.” When asked how the IRS could overstep its bounds, Raines said he wasn't exactly sure, but he basically "just don't like them revenuers."
“A lot of people think they’re losing their rights,” Raines said in a recent interview. “If we can get back those rights, one county at a time, it would be better for all the people in the U.S.”
Uh, Sheriff Mike? A lot of people think Mitt Romney killed Osama bin Laden, so that may not be your strongest argument.
Raines was among nearly 100 sheriffs from across the country who earlier this year attended the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association’s first-ever convention in Las Vegas. A second convention, also in Las Vegas, is scheduled to begin today. Raines said he is not able to go. Organizers expect about 75 sheriffs who weren’t at the first convention to attend. There are more than 3,000 sheriffs in the U.S.
Hmm...a 100 Sheriffs out of 3000, and about 75 make it to the convention. The rest are getting their medications rebalanced we suppose, but we're thinking professional journalist, trained the the journalistic science of journalism Kevin Grasha, author of this article doesn't know the meaning of the word "burgeoning."
One particular right Raines and other “constitutional sheriffs” focus on is the right to bear arms. They believe it’s in jeopardy. “Get on the news, and you’ll find there’s always been a threat to take Second Amendment rights away,” Raines said. “There’s always been a threat out there.” He wasn’t specific, but said he’s heard about legislation that would take away Second Amendment rights.
 In Sheriff Mike's defense, we often see stories on the news that are not specific. Why just the other day we saw one that was about a tiger cub being born at a local zoo. Now, that wasn't specifically about them coming for your guns, but you never know.
The constitutional sheriffs association’s founder, Richard Mack, was sheriff in Graham County, Ariz., more than a decade ago.
Wait, this whole movement was started by a sheriff from Arizona? Back to our original theory.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Hound Blogging

You know, you have to give the overlords credit. Rather than admit no one wants to have anything to do with the industrialized animal cruelty from which they draw their meager incomes, they keep telling themselves if they could just find that one angle, that one idea, that one connection with people times would be better. It's a hard slog. Take the overlords at Hall Green Greyhound Stadium for example. They face quite a challenge.
Greyhound racing has been a familiar part of Northern British working class culture, and it is one of the few elements of that culture to escape a renaissance in the last 20 years. Sadly, it has remained resolutely uncool.
"Resolutely uncool." Well, that's one way to put it. Certainly if you walked up to any odd bloke on the street and said, "Bloke. How'd you like the chance to spend an evening in a broken down old facility with people who don't have all their teeth watching greyhounds risk severe injury and death and lose money too?" That bloke is likely to say, "That's resolutely uncool man."

You see the problem.

Well, the folks at Hall Green Greyhound Stadium are not giving up.
Hall Green Greyhound Stadium is leading the way in this relentless charge into the new. The changes at the Hall Green Greyhound Stadium have widened their audience far beyond the traditional greyhound racing fan base. Now people from all walks of life are visiting the stadium, and it is continually being recognized as one of the best things to do in Solihull.
Yeah. Well the population of Solihull is less than 95,000. You can get more people than that in the football stadium at the University of Michigan, so we're thinking the competition for things to do isn't that intense, but do go on.
The main change in perception has come from the new restaurant. Food available at greyhound stadiums has traditionally been a long way from haute cuisine, but the restaurant at Hall Green has completely defies those prejudices by serving up a culinary offering that is being widely described as one of the finest places to eat in Solihull.
Being "one of the finest places to eat in Solihull" is probably similar to being the best ballerina in Boise, but seriously dude, a restaurant? That's your big idea? OK, OK, it's a good restaurant but even if you're sitting down to Italian Herb Crisps topped with balsamic glazed tomato salsa followed by Linguini Alfredo marinated pasta noodles with mushrooms tossed in a white wine garlic sauce and you top it all off with a Caramel Fig Crepe, all while sipping on a fine Rasteau 2011 Ortas, Côtes du Rhône Reserve, when you look out the window and see dogs flying through the air, breaking their legs and fracturing their skulls, it's bound to have a bad effect on the ambiance, know what we mean?

You'd be better off shutting down the track and going with the restaurant. Just saying.

You got to give the people what they want, like the Palm Beach Post.
We’ll reallocate the space we save to give you more information about the topics you have told us you care about most, such as football — pro, college and high school —baseball and pro basketball. For example, when conference play begins in college football, we’ll print conference standings every Monday.
See that? Giving the people what they want. And what was it that the people apparently didn't want that got its space "reallocated" away?
Starting Monday, the Palm Beach Post no longer will carry entries or results for greyhound racing at Palm Beach Kennel Club.
Oh. Um...OK bad example, but it does point up the importance of good community relations between the track and its neighbors. Take Tucson Greyhound Park in the city of South Tucson  for example. They didn't take the time to explain to their neighbors the benefits of injecting female greyhound with steroids to interrupt their cycles and so the City Council passed an ordinance outlawing the practice. Luckily, the overlords learned their lesson and when they began trucking  the dogs into the city of Tucson to skirt the ordinance, made sure to explain themselves and that was all the difference.
The city of Tucson has joined South Tucson in banning the use of steroids in racing dogs.
 So, the lesson here is make the investment in a little PR and educate...wait, what?
The Council then voted unanimously to ban the practice.
 Oh. Apparently the people of Tucson think greyhound racing is resolutely uncool. What's that you say Stardom? They should just tear the place down and open a Burger King? Do they serve wine at Burger King?

Stardom Aim is a very sweet boy. He was somewhat afraid of people at first but he is warming up to them now as he is finally around people who are loving and caring towards him. He is playing with toys, especially the stuffed animals. He is curious and interested in people and then can become outgoing once he gets to know people. He is housebroken and does not mind going in his crate. As Stardom Aim does not mind being in his crate, he would do well in a working family. He would do best in a home with no children or older well-behaved children due to his slight nervousness. He would also do best with other dogs in the household. For more information about this dog, and other rescued racing greyhounds looking for homes, go here. If you don't know about the plight of racing greyhounds go here.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

In Which Ironicus Spots A Similarity

Responding to the killing of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his staff, Fox News Bafflegabber Ralph Peters had this to say:

"They kill four of ours, you kill 400 of theirs." Isn't that always what the evil Nazi Commander says in every bad WW II movie when the partisans have managed to blow up the truck full of troops he sent to shoot up the local orphanage?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Romney/Ryan 2012! Motto: It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

So, there's a terrible tragedy in Libya and Bob 2.0 decides to make some political hay out of it. Turns out he zigged when he should have zagged though because the statement he bases his attack on actually was issued before the attack.

Don't you hate it when that happens?

Well, it's not like this is the first time this has happened and it probably won't be the last, so we have to figure team Mittbot is pretty good at damage control by now.
But the embassy's statement was issued before violence broke out—prompting Democrats to claim Romney launched a misguided political attack. Asked whether he "jumped the gun" in attacking Obama before he knew all the facts, Romney defended his response, insisting the administration's initial statement was "reiterated" after the embassy in Cairo had been "breached" and the administration stood by the "inappropriate" statement for hours.
Yeah, except no. Here's what the President said:

I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America's commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives.
I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe. While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.
On a personal note, Chris was a courageous and exemplary representative of the United States. Throughout the Libyan revolution, he selflessly served our country and the Libyan people at our mission in Benghazi. As Ambassador in Tripoli, he has supported Libya's transition to democracy. His legacy will endure wherever human beings reach for liberty and justice. I am profoundly grateful for his service to my Administration, and deeply saddened by this loss.
The brave Americans we lost represent the extraordinary service and sacrifices that our civilians make every day around the globe. As we stand united with their families, let us now redouble our own efforts to carry their work forward.
OK, so another day, another blunder. Time to move on, right?
While Romney stood behind his initial criticism of Obama, not everybody on the Romney team appeared to agree. In an interview with National Journal's Major Garrett, John Sununu, a top Romney surrogate, said the campaign should have been more cautious. "They probably should have waited," the former New Hampshire governor told National Journal. "You look at the way things unfolded, you look at the timing of it, they probably should have waited."
Peggy Noonan: "I don't feel that Mr. Romney has been doing himself any favors in the past few hours." @CPHeinze via web
 MSM CW on Romney: "One of the most craven and ill-advised tactical moves in this entire campaign," says Halperin. @GrahamDavidA via TweetDeck
 If you think the eye-rolling at Romney is just coming from the MSM, call up some Republican foreign policy hands.@BuzzFeedBen via TweetDeck 

Romney appears to have launched a political attack even before facts of embassy violence were known. Then uses day to issue vague FP vision
@davidgregory via Tweetbot for iOS
In the House and Senate, top Republican leaders refrained from mentioning Obama, and instead offered messages of sympathy, unity and even praise for the State Department.
A joint statement from three of the Senate’s most prominent foreign policy hawks, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT), took a similarly measured response that acknowledged that the full story of what happened on Tuesday had not yet emerged.
Ruh Ro. Hey professional journalist, trained the the journalistic science of journalism Gary Langer, looks like you're going to need to make another late night visit to those both registered and certain to vote.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Journalism! Motto: Fitting Square Facts In A Round Narrative Since 1980

OK, we don't claim to be professional journalists, trained in the journalistic science of journalism or anything. We are not the keen observers and steely eyed watch dogs of the fourth estate, or any estate for that matter. In fact, any place with estate in its name probably wouldn't let us through the door, but the point is, it was our--non-professionally trained and unjournalistic to be sure--opinion that the whole purpose of  professional journalistic journalism, written by professional journalistic journalists, was to make things clear to those of us who were not fortunate enough to be professional journalists, trained the the journalistic science of journalism. So we read headlines like this:

Obama Leads Romney By 5 Points In Ohio After Conventions

And this:

Obama maintains post-convention lead over Romney

And this:

Gallup: For First Time Since April, Obama Reaches 50 Percent Mark In Head-To-Head With Romney

And this:

Poll: Obama Opens Up 10-Point Lead In Minnesota

And we think...hmm...apparently the keen observers and steely eyed watch dogs of the fourth estate have discerned that President Obama is leading Mitt Romney. Well, after all they are the professionals thinks us, trained to ferret out trends and pull meaning from the cacophony of an election year. Then along comes professional journalist, trained the the journalistic science of journalism Gary Langer who tells us:

Obama Gains a Convention Boost - But Not Among Likely Voters

Oh, head snap! Has professional journalist, trained the the journalistic science of journalism Gary Langer discovered something his colleagues have missed? Is he even more steely eyed than his steely eyed colleagues of the Fourth Estate, so much so that he has risen to the Fifth Estate? Eagerly we perused his article, hoping some of his steely eyed steeliness would rub off on us.
Barack Obama has emerged from the nominating conventions in his best position against Mitt Romney since spring, a 50-44 percent race among registered voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.
Umm...OK. So you start off your article on how President Obama isn't ahead by telling us he's never been more ahead. Odd, but then we're not  professional journalists, trained the the journalistic science of journalism, so we probably wouldn't understand even if you tried to explain it to us.
For the first time he's numerically ahead of Romney in trust to handle the economy, the key issue of the 2012 contest, albeit by a scant 47-45 percent. Obama's seized a 15-point lead in trust to advance the interests of the middle class. And strong enthusiasm among his supporters is up by 8 points from its pre-convention level; Obama now leads Romney by 10 points in "very" enthusiastic support.
Yes, well...uh...perhaps we misread the headline.  Let's see Obama got a boost, but not really, just the best one he's ever had and one that's "very" enthusiastic. No wonder the Obama camp is putting out memos telling people to calm down. No wait, that's the Romney camp.
The 50-44 percent race among registered voters compares with a 46-47 percent Obama-Romney contest immediately before the conventions; while those shifts are within the survey's margin of sampling error, Obama is at his best vs. Romney since an ABC/Post poll in early April.
Umm...This is good news for John McCain?
Among other groups, Obama's support has reached a new high among men, while Romney is at new lows among moderates, whites and higher-income voters, all in ABC/Post polls since April 2011.
OK, we see what's going on here.  Gary Langer wrote the article, but Sarah Palin wrote the headline. Are we right? Huh, are we right?
Additionally, there's been a shift in preferences in the eight tossup states identified by the ABC News Political Unit: Registered voters in these states now favor Obama over Romney by 54-40 percent, vs. 42-48 percent in these same states before the party conventions. And in the states with mid-levels of unemployment, it's 51-43 percent, vs. 40-53 percent pre-convention, further suggesting some progress for Obama in his economic arguments.
 Now you're just messing with us.
Among likely voters - people who say they're both registered and certain to vote - the race squeezes shut at 49-48 percent, Obama-Romney, essentially unchanged since before the conventions (+2 Romney then, +1 Obama now, well within sampling error.)
We're not lawyers or anything, but if you're planning to vote, don't you have to be registered? We mean even if a person "certain" to vote, it wouldn't do them much good if they weren't registered, right?

Be that as it may, let's recap what we have learned. Obama is ahead with registered voters, among those who are concerned with the economy, among moderates, whites and higher-income voters, in eight of the tossup states and in the states with mid-levels of unemployment.

But somewhere in all those groups of people is another group of people. A shadowy group known as people who say they're both registered and certain to vote, and they favor Obama, ah not so much.We have to give Mr. Langer credit though. It probably wasn't easy to find this group among all the other groups, the economic group, the registered voter group, the racial, and income groups, all those groups Mr Langer just passed on by because he knew there was another group. A group that didn't have a voice. A group not invited to the polling table with all the other groups.

We envision Mr. Langer standing outside of a closed Doughnut shop at three in the morning. It's raining and he's wearing a khaki trench coat belted at the waist and a Fedora pulled down over his right eye. He looks a little like Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep. A car pulls up, its light off. The window rolls down and a man nods to him to get in the back. Inside another man puts a bag over his head and they drive off into the night.

The next thing Mr. Langer knows he's sitting in a chair in a large room. In front of him is a screen and behind that a chair. It's dark so he can't see the face of the person who enters, but its one of those both registered and certain to vote. For the next hour they talk in hushed tones, and then, as quickly as it began, it's over. Mr. Langer is once again masked, bundled off to a car and just like that finds himself standing once again in front of a closed Doughnut Shop as the car, without a license plate he notices, fades into the early morning gloom. But in his pocket is his reporter's notebook, and in that notebook are all the secrets of the group known as those both registered and certain to vote.

Thank you Mr. Langer. Thank you for your persistence, your insight and your bravery. When all those other groups go to the polls and reelect President Obama, you can at least sleep well with the knowledge that you did your part. You were their voice, Mr. Langer, the voice of those both registered and certain to vote. The last group in America that lives within the margin of error.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Friday Hound Blogging (Monday Edition)

Let no one say that this blog isn't light on its feet. Nimble, we mean. Agile, quick, adroit, springy, fleet. Able to thread a needle at 30 paces. Stop on a dime and give you nine cents change. Turn a 90 degree corner using only 85 degrees.

OK, so not so nimble getting to the point, which is, last week we stepped away from our usual Friday routine of bringing you news from the exciting world of industrialized animal exploitation for a special edition of FHB in which we brought you the comedy stylings of Tom Taylor, Tucson Greyhound Park CEO and General Manager and Joe "Needles" Robinson, (Wally's College of Veterinary Medicine and Truck Driving School, class of '95) in which they tried to explain why it was necessary (and good for the dogs too--they always come first donchano) to truck them off to the city of Tucson and shoot them full of steroids.

Apparently their explanation was less than effective because the City Commission of Tucson is considering an ordinance that in essence says, Nuh Uh. Not here either Bucko. Now, all of this has been incredibly upsetting to overlord Elaine Summerhill who recently took to the inter tubez to elucidate the many failings of the proposed ordinance (no link--the stupid would melt your circuits). Let's listen in shall we?
I cannot believe anyone would be so stupid to fall for the animal rights agitators, Grey2K BS, and the 100 veterinarians, who have issued an "edict" that all female racing greyhounds are to be forbidden access to birth control.
Now, if you have an IQ higher than a salt shaker you're probably thinking, Wow, how can one sentence have so much wrong in it? Where does one start? Let us help you parse this little gem of  discombobulation.

First of all, you can forget about the Grey2k reference. This is what's called "boilerplate." Whenever anything in the world happens that in any way shows the overlords in a less than favorable light it's always Grey2K's fault. Sort of like when you were taught in grade school to start a letter with a salutation like Dear. The overlords start everything they write with GREY2K!! BLORT!! SPUFF!! KAAK!!!

And yes, in the second part of the sentence overlord Elaine does imply that she knows more about how to care for greyhounds than 100 Vets, but she also reveals that she doesn't know the meaning of the word "edict." In her defense though, edict is a seventh grade vocabulary word, and as her third grade completion certificate proudly describes, she never made it that far. She also apparently doesn't grasp the concept of birth control because the injections are not to reduce the chances of unwanted litters of puppies, they are...well...let her explain:
For at least 40 years, the administration of estrus suppressants to greyhound bitches has been standard operating procedure for actively racing greyhounds. Let me tell you why you do not want bitches coming into season in a racing kennel.  It's simple, really...  young male greyhounds, which are bred to be fiercely competitive and in peak physical condition, bursting with athletic vigor are horny. If the bitches come into season, and please note they ALL come in together, it puts the dogs under tremendous stress.  Really, most of you already know as it is basic "Dogs for Dummies" material.  If giving estrus suppressants are made illegal, there will be dog fights, physical battles for dominance and the right to breed.  That's bad but it is natural.  It is also unavoidable if bitches in heat are in close proximity.
See? The overlords need to disrupt the natural cycle of the dogs with drugs Can't have that many dogs in that close of proximity have let them be, you know, natural and stuff.

The rest of her letter is a story about how she lost a female dog who was attacked by the other female dogs while out in the exercise pen. Not really sure what that has to do with her point about steroid injections as we have to assume such a staunch advocate on interfering with her dogs' normal cycle would have had all her females injected.

Seems more like an example of too many dogs in too small a space and poorly supervised, but that was probably Grey2K's fault huh Serenade?

Serenade is a three year old girl who, as a racer was a miserable failure. She raced five times, never even came close to winning  and was booted. As a friend and companion though she's first rate, plus since she's only three she didn't have to be injected with steroids as much so the chances of her developing any of the side effects* from steroid use are small. For more information about this dog, and other rescued racing greyhounds looking for homes, go here. If you don't know about the plight of racing greyhounds go here.
*The Medical Director of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona said such steroid injections can cause serious side effects. “Most commonly, it can affect the liver and cause swelling of the liver and also hepatitis,” said Dr. Karter Neal. Long term, Neal said steroids can inhibit the dog’s immune system or cause birth defects like hermaphroditism.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Friday Hound Blogging

We here in the marbled halls of IM Central would like to propose a debate. Not between President Obama and Bob 2.0, but between Tucson Greyhound Park CEO and General Manager Tom Taylor and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Wally's College of Veterinary Medicine and Truck Driving School, class of '95) Joe "Needles" Robinson the track Vet.

Now you might say wait a minute Ironicus, we've met Tom  Taylor and Joe  "Needles"  Robinson (Wally's College of Veterinary Medicine and Truck Driving School, class of '95) before. Between them they have the IQ of a tablespoon, and you want them to debate?

Exactly. But the purpose of this debate would not be to defend a position, or to elucidate a policy, but to see, in a given period of time who could say the most stupid things about greyhound racing and the care given the units...erm...dogs.

Uh huh. Uh huh. Now you're saying "Whoa. That could be quite a competition." Right. We'd have to give the early edge to Taylor simply because of his experience saying stupid things about how the greyhounds are cared for. We thought he couldn't top that whole Taj Mahal thing he said a while back when he was refusing to let reporters into his kennels to look around, but we'd have to say the "birth control" explanation for why he has the dogs trucked out of the city for steroid injections has got to come pretty close. Wouldn't you agree Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik?
"Those dogs are muzzled, and they're kept in kennels they can barely stand up in for something like 18 hours a day. Then you've got some moron like (track manager) Tom Taylor saying the dogs like it this way, and that people like me just don't understand how to train a dog to be an athlete."
Councilman please. Leave the personal insults to the professionals, OK? Besides, calling Tom Taylor a moron is like calling Mitt Romney's positions on the issues "flexible." It's kind of true, but it just doesn't seem to carry the linguistic oomph the situation requires. Sort of like saying Rory Goree has some intellectual challenges instead of dude's dumber than a bag of dryer lint, man.

Now Joe "Needles" Robinson (Wally's College of Veterinary Medicine and Truck Driving School, class of '95) on the other hand, doesn't have the track record of public asininity that Taylor has, but if you listen to his colleagues in the field, you can get a sense that this guy is no slouch when it comes to embarrassing his profession, violating his oath and just generally giving Veterinary Medicine a bad name, right Arizona veterinary board Executive Director Victoria Whitmore?
Robinson has had troubles with the state veterinary board in the past. He was placed on probation by the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board in 2010 for a medical records violation. He was ordered to get a premise license for his practice and to take some continuing education classes. Robinson got the license but refused to take the classes, so his probation was extended a second year. A few weeks ago, Whitmore said, the board resolved the case by fining Robinson $1,000 in lieu of the education courses.
Well of course he refused to take the classes, wouldn't you? We mean, classes are where you go to learn stuff. Joe "Needles" Robinson (Wally's College of Veterinary Medicine and Truck Driving School, class of '95) had the same problem in Vet school where they also wanted him to learn stuff. How much do you need to know to shoot a dog full of steroids, or look at a greyhound who just fell on the track and has a bone sticking out of its leg and say, "Yep he's done for?"

See, that's the problem with people who have never been to a track and so don't know about greyhound racing. They have all of these unrealistic expectations, right Super C?

Super C is a very sweet, patient and gentle boy. He wants to be close to you and loves attention. He is housebroken. He will go in his crate but does not like it. He is not cat safe and shows a bit too much attention to small dogs. He is a big goofy boy who runs into things and trips on rugs. Super C would do well in a working home. He would do well with older well-behaved children due to his clumsiness. He may accidentally knock small children down. He would do well as an only dog or in a home with dogs his own size. For more information about this dog, and other rescued racing greyhounds looking for homes, go here. If you don't know about the plight of racing greyhounds go here.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Goode/Akin 2012! Motto: Goode for Virginia, The Rest Of Us, Not So Much

Frequent reader(s) of this blog know that experience is nature's way of curbing your enthusiasm...erm...we mean will recognize the name Virgil Goode. Old Virg visited this blog a while back when he suddenly discovered that security guards around the Capitol were not under orders to shoot Muslims on sight and consequently, one had not only gotten into the building, but had brought his Quran along with him, a state of affairs that had Virg convinced made the baby Jesus cry and dropped the burka of Sharia law over the whole nation. He was not reelected.

Well, Virgil has returned and this time he's running for President...of Virginia.

Former congressman Virgil Goode Jr. has qualified for the presidential ballot in Virginia, the State Board of Elections ruled Tuesday, adding a potential obstacle to Republican Mitt Romney’s hopes of winning the pivotal state, and replacing Mitt Romney as the biggest potential obstacle to Mitt Romney’s hopes of winning the pivotal state.

Goode’s status as a longtime officeholder — he spent 12 years in Congress and 24 years in the state Senate before that — could bring him more support than usual. "I served the people of my district for 36 years," Goode told reporters. "Well, the white people anyway, but then folks came to me and said, 'Virg'--that's what they call me, Virg--they said 'Virg you need to find something else to do.' So here I am."

Goode submitted more than 20,500 signatures to the election board, far more than required, although there was some question as to whether and X constituted a valid signature. The Virginia republican party has challenged the Goode petitions on this basis and if they are successful, the number of signatures will drop to 14, including Goode's and his wife's.

“That’s absurd for [Republicans] to even make a charge like that,” Goode said in an interview. “I have to wonder about their motives in doing something like this. It sounds like they don’t want any view other than theirs out there.” When reminded that President Obama and several democrats would be on the ballot which would guarantee views other than republican "out there", Goode responded, "You talking about the Kenyan?" He got on the ballot and they want me off? This is just another example discrimination against christians."

Goode has said that he expects to take votes from both Obama and Romney, but his support is more likely to come from the GOP side. "Them democrats can read," he said, "So it'll mostly be the Bubbas that vote for me."

He is running on a mostly conservative platform, with a heavy emphasis on stemming both illegal and legal immigration. Goode also opposes abortion, free-trade agreements, minimum wage, child labor laws, rain on the weekend and the multiplication tables.