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Bad Doggie!

bad doggieYesterday I was out on a mission of a civic nature that had me wandering my neighborhood alleyways. One of the first things you notice in such a pedestrian endeavor is how many goddamn dogs infest the tiny backyards that make up the Cloverdale Edition of Casa View.

In this blue-collar precinct in which I fester these are not pets, they're Alpo-powered burglar alarms. Nasty, smelly, noisy, and totally unable to discern a happy wanderer from a nefarious scallawag. And it always seems that the more disheveled the shack the larger the canine, or canines, guarding the place.

So you can imagine my delight when, while deeply engrossed in a bit of mental mathematics, a large brown object hurtled the cyclone fence about twenty feet away and came racing towards me, teeth bared, no doubt intent on wishing me a nice day by surgically removing any bothersome stray limbs I might have available.

Fortunately I've been to this dance before and the one thing you never do is run from a dog protecting its turf. So I stood calmly and screamed like a capybara in heat until the owner of the mutt came racing out, obviously torn between watching the rest of Judge Judy and having to hock his pick-up to pay my beneficiaries.

It's not the dog's fault. Cthuhlu knows it's borderline torture to leave such intelligent animals exposed to the elements, year-round, just because some guy wants to have a bigger TV than anyone else on the block. Small wonder that dogs try and break the monotony by releasing some of that inner tension on passing strangers.

It's just that next time it might be a kid the dog goes after. What then?

At the very least, there ought to be some sort of ordinance that limits an owner to certain breeds depending on fence height. The shorter the fence, the shorter the legs. It's a start.

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Note 1: To all my Conservative friends out there, I'd just like to admit that Barack Obama is a failure... at creating a Kenyan socialist caliphate.

Note 2: Ben and Jerry, the ice cream guys, are stumping to pass a Constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United. Be a good little American and go sign their petition.

Note 3: Politico did some wishful thinking and mistook Wisconsin's state flag for a union banner. Oopsies! They're making amends by whitewashing their site of the error. Double-oopsies!

Note 4: How can you tell when someone is lying about how devout they are? Like a politician, for instance?

Answer: You can't, but weasels like these are not the problem. Religion is.

Note 5: Conservatives want women to go back to the kitchen and let men bring home the bacon. That might work if the Right could provide good jobs. Something which they historically do badly.

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And now our Chart of the Day: A Two-Fer! The Cost of Gas as illustrated by Fox News and a chart showing the actual trends.

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=Lefty=


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Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation2-22-2012: Congress is still on holiday for President's Day. Cushy gig, huh?





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Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies! As far as Fox News is concerned, Iran is always one year from having nukes.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.


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Today's Google Chow.

Offscreen friend: a piranha in the wading pool?
Aren’t you afraid that it’ll turn on you?

Offscreen parent: Don’t worry. We raised him from a guppy. He’s totally harmless.

Bumper sticker: Santorum 2012.