Well the election is over. For that, I am grateful.
That’s about all I CAN be grateful for.
By first thing this morning it was abundantly clear to me that too many people wanted a piece of my thoughts for me to be able to respond individually so I am going to write this out and link it to everyone. Sorry, it’s just a lot quicker that way.
Obviously, liberals in America are riding a wave of optimism that Change– I mean, Obama– has been elected. Therein lies a problem. I don’t think people were paying all that much attention to the details. They heard “hope” and “change” and they fell down before Obama like he was their Messiah. Well, I’m a libertarian. I don’t get much into messiah-worship. I will say this as positives for the Obama administration. That was pretty much a mandate. That wasn’t some wussy vote total. That was a lot of Americans turning out with a message. This is good. Second, the racial barrier finally fell. This is potentially good all over America. Minorities can really dream, and it may help to motivate them. That would be fantastic! Thirdly, since economics is in part a game of psychology, there may be some short-term benefit. Or at least long enough for us to sell and get the (bleep) out of the Cuckoo Coast (previously known as the left coast).
I wonder when the honeymoon will be over for Obama? I wonder when hope and optimism will be replaced by desperation and deep suffering? He’s not a small-government kind of guy. He is saying the T word like it’s not a cuss word. I don’t hear a lot of “I want to cut xxx out of government” Of course not, he’s a Democrat. This bodes badly in a poor economy such as this. I worry that the next four years will be substantially worse, becoming a depression or worse. I don’t think that we would weaken to the point of a full coup within a year, but a financial coup from China isn’t outside the realm of possibility. Then there is the foreign policy situation which frankly isn’t looking too good either. I will give Obama this much. His experiences in Indonesia will give him an edge in Middle Eastern relations. He knows the customs of the Islamic world (I’m not saying he is. I’m saying he had excellent exposure to the culture) and won’t create a gaffe by his presence. He is also regarded a bit like a “prodigal brother” rather than a “satanic outsider” which is worth a great deal.
I had a dream a few weeks ago that I was standing up seeking the nomination for the LP nod in 2012. (I am NOT declaring, this was ONLY a dream… or possibly nightmare) So anyways I start out my speech by verbally telling Obama that he’s not up to snuff agriculturally. I guess that dream plays into my personal fear that Fusarium blight could be another X factor in the next four years, one that I worry could bring much suffering. I won’t elaborate here except to say that it’s been a fear of mine for some time. I bring this up to mention one of my other fears, that Obama will listen so much to advisors that he will be handled rather than actively lead. He doesn’t know much about agriculture, so he will listen to advisors, who are unfortunately in bed with the very interests who could be (accidentally, and I don’t think they know this) fostering the conditions for a Fusarium breakout. (the reasoning here is long and tortured but suffice it to say that it could easily happen).
Enough about the Presidency.
Out here on the Cuckoo Coast we had one good and one really bad Congressional result. The good news is that Tom McClintock appears to be winning up north. He’s a fine economic conservative and will be a help to Dr. Ron Paul. So this is good. Locally however, Calvert used his OC muscle to wrestle past Bill Hedrick. Calvert is as crooked as they come so this is not good.
Perhaps more interesting– in a Lackeyan sort of sense to that word– were the initiavites/questions/measures/propistions put to the People.
I’ll start with Massachusetts. Question 1 would have eliminated certain taxes in the Governor’swealth of Taxachusetts. Question 1 would have provided an economic stimulus and would have been good for the people. So of course it got soundly defeated. Grrrr. Question 2 will decriminalize marijuana possession back there. I know the people I write on this have widely varying opinions on MJ, but I tend to see it as being less evil than some other stuff out there (no one can tell me that caffeine isn’t a dangerous mind altering chemical, or MSG for that matter) with some positive sides (I know someone who has survived adrenal cancer due to MJ, so it has its uses). I also see decriminalizing its use as freeing up police resources to fight real crime, like the gang problem in Springfield. Question 3 is perhaps the saddest of all. The people got barraged with the old AR line that “Greyhound racing is cruel” and voted to ban it. I have to say, this is a bum deal. There is an economic impact to racing, and there will be a lot of jobs and a lot of tax revenue lost. Racing in itself is not per se cruel, and as for the confinement issues, they are confined a lot less than you think they are, and besides the fact they like to sleep more than most dogs. The conditions at a well-run kennel are not cruel and I have seen that with my own eyes. Plus over the next year or so bunchloads– maybe 1500-2000?– dogs will need placement into the adoption system. The system is already overloaded with track closures due to economic conditions and this might burden it to the point of breaking. I do know that there is a strong GUR system back there but this is going to take professonal haulers and other measures. I hope the tracks don’t do this all at the last second. If they are smart, they will close off the schooling and not allow new placements into the track. Any dog that gets injured needs to be automatically off the roster. That will cut down the dogs to a more manageable level and then maybe we will only have to place 500 or so at once. Much easier if still a huge strain. The other problems are– by 2010 I expect more tracks to close so that the vast majority of the remaining tracks will be in the South. Any serious closure issues between now and then and we could rise to crisis level. The second issue is that once this big chunk of placements is done– it may actually become difficult to get an adoptive Greyhound down the road. I know this plays into the AR rulebook– they’d rather not see pets. A lot of AR types don’t like dogs. Seriously. But those of us whose hearts have been permanently hollowed into with a pack of needlenoses curled up contentedly within– well, I see the writing on the wall. What’s going to happen when we are down to 10 tracks and the number coming off the tracks is 1/2 of the replacement rate or less? Am I the only person seeing this? People in the GH world need to plan, now, for this eventuality. We’re not always going to me M&Ging in desperate hopes of increasing our adopter pool, gang. The day is fast approaching when the replacement rate and the grade off rate are going to be about equal, and then only if Southern tracks regularly Haul to the rest of the country and Canada.
Okay so I get passionate about Greyhounds. On to other subjects.
In Arkansas there was a measure to ban cohabitating unmarried people from adopting kids. It passed by a wide margin. Those poor kids.
In Colorado voters actually still appear to have occasional functioning brain cells. They voted, among other things, to preserve TABOR and voted down some other taxation stuff. They resoundingly told the theocrats of ElPasoco to go screw themselves on a spire of the GoG and voted to keep the status quo on personhood intact. The only glitch appears that a civil rights amendment is too close to call.
On the Cuckoo Coast things were very different. titles are not official.
!A– Spend yet more nonexistent money on a bullet train pipe dream– passed. Argh!
2–ARista intrusion into the private affairs of farm life, forced non-ranching in CA– passed, resoundingly
3–spend yet more nonexistent money on children and hospitals– passed.
4– force even abused kids to seek parental permission for an abortion– thankfully failed.
5– Ease up on Drug offenses but create a giant bureaucracy to deal with it– failed.
6–“criminal justice” and yet more bureaucracy– failed, resoundingly, didn’t carry a single county.
7–Forced socialism concerning renewable energy– failed.
8– Ban loving GLBT couples from being able to take the plunge, tie the knot, and in general be married– PASSED, you darned IDIOTS!! (sorry, I feel strongly on this one. Similar bans exist now in AZ and FL. It’s sad)
9– Victim’s rights bureaucracy– passed.
10– Alternative fuels socialism– failed.
11– the “R and D’s plan to gerrymander the state while looking fair” plan– headed for recount land I hope
12– more nonexistent money for veterans– passed.
Measure K- SF– decriminalize prostitution– failed.
Two trends in here I find particularly disturbing
First– The people on the left who voted for Obama undoubtedly had something to do with the strength of the passage of Prop 2 and probably also helped pass Question 3. This is frustrating for those of us who work hard to counter the animal rights extremists. I warn those of you who are inclined in their direction. They DON’T like animals. They DON’T see any joy in a puppy curled up against its Alpha (owner) or in the traditional Thanksgiving feast. Hey, clue here– dogs are not people, nor are pigs or chickens. My dogs relish their collars as the symbol of their bond to us, their Alphas. I do not do well on a vegetarian diet, and I’ve come to the conclusion that a lot of people need *some* animal products in their diet. The AR agenda wants to force us towards the path to veganism. This is deeply disturbing to me. Oh yeah, and I’m still somewhat undecided as to what may happen with AR extremism and Obama– certainly this may spell enhancement, enforcement and more trouble with NAIS.
Second– What IS it with people and their hatred of the GLBT community?!? Hey, clue here. A GLBT marriage does not threaten traditional marriage– it enhances and complements those of us who are happily traditionally married. I think everyone who is likely to read this already knows, but just to reiterate. I’m basically straight. I’ve been happily married for 11 years. My hubby and I have spent plenty of time with lesbian and gay activists, with several bisexual individuals, and even a transgendered individual while he was becoming a she. They DON’T harm us!! We’ve known some of these people for some time now and frankly, if anything they’ve strengthened our marriage in several cases. They are NOT abominations– they are really nice people who see love from a different angle.
Darn it, get a clue already. All they are asking for is the same chance that you got. The same hopes and dreams that marriage to someone you truly love can bring. The same responsibilities, the occasional squabbles over home life, even the heartbreak of losing a partner. That’s ALL they are asking for– a chance. And the voters couldn’t even do that.