29 Jan 2011


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.

11 Nov 2010

Earlier, I found a PR release from the AVMA (American Veterinarian Medical Association) undermining Missouri's Proposition B in favor of its "model bill". In an associated video, the AVMA's CEO, Dr. DeHaven, states that Proposition B only sets limits on the number of dogs that can be kept, when in actuality, Proposition B does more (DeHaven's video)—much more than the AVMA model bill, which relies almost completely on a commercial dog breeder honor system (and large scale commercial dog breeders are not necessarily known for their honor).

Afterward, I received an email related to a bug I'm following in the HTML5 working group. In response to detailed, thoughtful request for a way to provide alternative text for a video poster, the HTML5 editor, Ian Hickson, declined, writing as rationale:

9 Nov 2010

So much for the importance of the vote. So much for the will of the people.

Other stories have popped up about Missouri state representatives deciding to undo Proposition B in the state legislature. Not a lot of representatives, and none from the urban areas:

4 Nov 2010

The election results are the classic "good news/bad news", with the good being Proposition B winning, and the bad pretty much the rest of the election results.

It was an anxious night watching the returns. The rural counties report returns before the cities, so most of the night, Proposition B was behind. I was feeling pretty miserable until a little after 11pm, when the last of the city reporting came through: Proposition B won, 51% to 48%.

We expected a larger percentage based on polls. However, the next day we found out that only 47% of Missourians voted, and I have a feeling a significant number of those who "skipped" the election were city-dwelling Democrats. This stay-at-home attitude almost cost a reliably Democratic representative seat, as Russ Carnahan almost lost to Ed Martin, who is Missouri's version of Christine O'Donnell.

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