I've been busy over at Puppies @ Burningbird. The Missouri Senate Agricultural committee did vote on a bill about Proposition B to send to the general Senate, but they did so in such an underhanded and deceitful way that I find myself equally dismayed at both their actions, and the result.
Rather than say they are repealing Proposition B, they told news organizations they are only "strengthening" it. We're removing the 50 dog limit, they said, and adding new enforcement criteria.
Bad enough, but then when you open up the PDF for the bill text rather than just read the bill summary, you see that the representatives gutted every last bit of Proposition B. Rather than be honest about what they've done, they've tried to deceive the people of Missouri, using one of the most underhanded, slimy moves I think I've ever seen in a legislative action—and let's face it, we've all seen our share of underhanded, slimy moves in legislative sessions.
I was also disturbed by these state representatives' assumption that we won't actually open and read the full text. What disturbed me more is that none of the news media covering the bill announcement did actually open the bill, and read the text.
All except for Fox. I don't care what people say about Fox at the national level, the local Fox station has been a good friend to dogs.
I can't wait to see what the House agriculture committee tries, as they come up with their version of "gut Proposition B" next week.
Passions are high, and times are stressful when it comes to defending the dogs...and our votes. It helps, then, to get a little perspective from stories like Puppy mill ban leads to sharp rise in puppy flour prices.
I also upgraded one of my sites to Drupal 7. I ran into some significant problems. I'm working on a detailed write-up on the result, to be published later in my tech space.
My move to upgrade all of my sites will be going much slower from this point on. Much, much slower.
Fun and games with HTML5 continues with an article in InfoWorld, HTML: The standard that failed? In a comment to the article, Ian Hickson wrote, "The spec is by far the most stable and mature specification for HTML so far."
Oh, yeah, I'll have more on that later, too.
It's going to snow here again next week. Not as bad as back East, which is shoveling out from yet more feet of snow, but still, I"m ready to be done with it.
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