We Win, They Lose

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The little graphic really has nothing, and everything, to do with today’s comments. The great Imposter is speaking his daily Bash Bush and Tromp the Tea Party rhetoric on my TV. I had to turn it off to keep what little sanity and reason remains.

Mr. Boehner needs to go home. He is personally taking the message of the Prevaricating Usurper and doing his best to make the potential downgrading of America’s credit worthiness a Republican Accomplishment in Bad Government.

Does Boehner really believe that the only way to “Save Our Country” is to continuously put forth ineffective plans that do nothing but capitulate to POTUS 0bama The Impotent Pantywaist Surrender Monkey? Why does he insist on submitting competing plans to subvert the reasons the Voters put Republicans back in charge of the House? All the while letting the Dimocrats stand around doing Nothing, submitting Nothing and accomplishing Nothing? Sounds pretty dumb to me. Kind of  like having the way-back second runner in the last national primaries take on 0bama, promising to defeat N0BamaScare with RomneyScare. Whoopee, What a loooooser!  Ya’ get my message, Vern, Huh? Huh?

I strongly encourage all the Tea Party Republicans and other conservatives to stand your ground. Do not cave in to Boehner-Reid-Obama rhetoric. No increase in Debt Ceiling without bigger cuts in spending NOW, not 10 years from now.

Side note: if you like the stuff I borrowed for today, visit the http://thepeoplescube.com/ for some really great stuff.

Get reday! Get set! GO! (to jail, that is)

Yes, we all know about the looming Manufactured Crisis the Impotent Imposter is initiating by telling you Grandma won’t get her money if he does not get reelected, or something like that. Or that Bush is responsible for the National Debt that is being increased by more than $4 Billion Dollars Per Day by our Reader in the White House.

Now, here are some that really may BE Bush’s fault.

No, we did not know (at least until today) that beginning sometime in 2012, it will be a violation of Federal Law to use a 100 watt incandescent light bulb. Use only lower wattage (not more than 60 watt). You could be fined or go to jail. Applies to ALL wattages of bulbs, including those little 20-watt refrigerator bulbs after 2014. Do you really want Mercury Fluorescent bulbs in your refrigerator, setting over your food? How about in your oven?

No, we did not know (at least until today) that those wonderful Mercury Vapor Fluoresecnt  bulbs the Gov. is requiring us to put in our homes have been outlawed since 2008 for use in outdoor lighting (like street lights) because they can pollute the environment. Keep it in the kitchen. Keep it in the bedroom. Keep it in the children’s play areas. Just don’t let it outside, that is a violation of Federal Law. You could be fined or go to jail for putting these hazardous bulbs in your porch or driveway light.

And you trust the Gov to run your Health Care? You gotta be nuts.

How to save a quick $35,000

I see that POTUS Nobamas The  Impotent Pantywaist Surrender Monkey, he who has yet to provide any one anywhere any kind of a plan of action to put our Country back on it’s feet, is to going to have a BirthDay Bash, but not on his birthday. He will have it on the same day he claims he has to screw over Seniors by not guaranteeing their SS checks will be in the mail.

He will have it in Chicago, obviously so the gangsters there will not have to fly home after droppong 38,500 to have dinner at his table.

Here is a real deal for you. I will have a belated birthday dinner at a wonderful, exclusive little Italian Restaurante located on the north end of Houston. We can have a Wonderful Dinner, Delicious Desert, and then have a Cheerful Time playing my Special Edition Pin The Tail On The Donkey game.

All participants will recieve my Special Donkey Commemorative T-Shirt, no extra charge.

Sign up now for only $500 per person, and save $38,000 plus airfare.

Will your senator’s paycheck bounce?

Never fear, Congress is here!

“Many have argued that if our nations politicians cannot resolve the debt ceiling issue they should be the first to stop getting paid. However this is unlikely since Congress and the President’s administration are considered an essential, top priority function so would be amongst the last groups to stop receiving payments”

So, even though they threaten to stop Grandma’s social security and let the airplanes run into each other in the skies, you won’t have to worry about your beloved Congress Person or POTUS going hungry! Isn’t that great? Your doctor will have to wait until Hell freezes over to get paid. Little Johnny won’t be able to go to school because Corporate Fat Cats are flying in their private jets high above the clutter.

But you can be certain Air Force One will be able to jet His Impotence and the FL to far-away places.

Isn’t wonderful to know how little pain and suffering your Elected Official will have to endure because Congress has so far been able to go more than EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTY DAYS (under both Democratic and Republican control) without ever being able to even pass a budget to fund the Government?

Several times a week I look in the mirror and say, “Why bother?” Then, I think about the futures of my children and grand children that this Useless POTUS and congress have brought upon us. And I know exactly why I bother.

Challenge-Surrender

President Kennedy was a WWII veteran. He also was a Catholic and a Democrat.

According to my dad and grandparents, he had 2 strikes against him before he ever got to the election. My Grandmother had conclusive proof the Pope was moving into the Lincoln Bedroom. My dad said that after Ol’ Harry (as)S Truman, the last thing this country needed was another Democrat.

Granted, he did act like a typical Democrat in that he screwed up the Bay of Pigs invasion. In spite of that, he did get the Communist missiles out of Cuba. He believed in personal achievement, not the New Deal Welfare State. He believed in America.

He also threw out a great challenge to our country. He really pushed the space program. Overall, the entire world has benefitted from 1000’s of new products, has a technology that was barely a dream of Flash Gordon. Without the early development of our space program, you would still be using Rand-McNally, not Garmin to find your way to unknown places. Without the early development of our space program, you would not have DirecTV or Dish Network. Without the early development of our space program, we would not have the American flag planted on the moon. Without the early development of our space program, you would not have something as basic as a Tempur-Pedic mattress.

We now have another “first” in a Democratic President.

He is not a veteran. He is not Catholic, Baptist, or a member of any other know Christian church. He is not really even a Democrat. He is an Ultra-Liberal Progressive Socialist who is bound to destroy all freedom everywhere so we can have world-wide slavery and despotism, just like in so much of the Middle East. He believes that all who donated to his campaign get special treatment and to-hell with everyone else, especially the taxpaying Americans who worked so hard to make this the greatest Country the world has ever known.

Unfortunately, he is not even eligible to be president, has no love for America and is doing his best to turn our Great Sovereign Country into a third-world dictatorship.

He ended our space program today. Unlike President Kennedy, POTUS 0bama, the Impotent Pantywaist Surrender Monkey and Prevaricating Usurper, decided that rather than tell Russia where to put their missiles, we will stand on the side of the road with our thumb out, kinda like the hairy dirty bums we see looking for a free ride to nowhere.

One more stab in the heart of America. One more reason to throw this particular hairy dirty bum out of office.

sosume

For those of you in doubt. I met Shirley Lawler in 1994. It was very romantic. I was a budding computer builder (4th or 5th major lifetime career change). She, dumb reddish blond that she is, bought one of my creations. Since it took a lot of maintenance, I stuck around. We ended up both involved in a 2nd marriage.

Date: 7/2/2011 3:08:52 PM
To: shirley@shirleyscathouse.com
Subject: article in The Dog Press “Why Dog Show Entries Decline

Hi Shirley,

I was just reading your article on why dog show entries are declining , I found it a very good article. as they say you hit the nail right on the head. I live in Canada and have been showing for approx 5 years. This year not near as much, it seems when you go to the shows you can pretty much guess at the ones that are going to place in group. It is not fair to compete against judges and handlers that due to who they are, you know are going to place. It is a dying sport and unless changes are made by these associations there will be no dog shows or all that will be left is the judges and handlers. I totally agree with you and found your article very interesting. I love showing and specially talking about my breed to people, however can’t afford to keep wasting money. Lets all hope that changes will be made before the shows are gone for good.

Thank you

Debbie

Saw the above email, and dug up her article. Originally written in 2008 for DogPress, it is even more pertenant today. If she gripes, I will tell her she gave me reprint rights years ago.

Entries are declining in both AKC and CFA shows. We as vendors (in case you haven’t noticed) are not participating at the smaller dog shows or one-day cat shows. Why?

SHIRLEY LAWLER, THEDOGPRESS WRITERShirley Lawler © TheDogPress November 2008 –     You drive all night, you set up early, you tear down and drive back late. So why is this a problem?   We can’t afford it! At one day cat shows, there’s little or no gate, i.e. spectators and the same with small, un-promoted dogs shows. Exhibitors are busy showing their dogs/cats and do not have time to shop the vendors. Most professional dog handlers don’t buy from the vendors, they carry their supplies with them. But if you’ve lost your brush or coat dressing, you are desperate for a vendor! Spectators, if they show up, like to shop too. So it’s simple; if the vendors don’t cover their expenses, next show venue they don’t vend.

There is one thing AKC dog shows and CFA cat shows had better ‘get’. No vendors, no gate, no show, finished. Dog and Cat Shows are a spectator sport, it isn’t all about comparing breeding stock. In addition to entries, it is the spectator gate that all clubs count on. This is free money for the clubs. There is no expense related to the gate. Spectators are extra income for clubs to offset show expenses. And most dog shows charge handsomely for vendor space, which is also extra income. But for Vendors, the gate isn’t “extra” income, they count on spectators! That is where most of our sales come from.

DOG SHOW JUDGEInstead of solving the problems (I will cover the second in part two) some clubs are not even putting on shows anymore. The first solution is advertise the show! If they don’t know about a dog or cat show event, local spectators (gate) will not come.

Exhibitors also need gate to show off and sell puppies/cats to people interested enough to attend a show. Many people won’t buy what they cannot see. PETA and HSUS are doing their best to defeat us, including trying to sabotage dog and cat shows and making breeders fearful of local advertising. But clubs can advertise the show, thus affording vendors, exhibitors, and spectators the opportunity to connect. For certain we are all facing difficult times in lieu of the ARist agenda and now the economy but you won’t have a show if you do not get priorities straight. Advertising the show is a priority!

Spectators come to see particular breeds but with most of AKC dog shows, you show your dog, you take your points and go home or onto another show the following week-end. Since there are just a few bench shows left, potential puppy buyers come to a show to see a particular breed but by the time they get there, that breed is judged and the exhibitors are gone except the BOB winner tucked away somewhere in the midst of the grooming area. There is nobody to talk to, ask questions of and learn about that particular breed. Spectators rarely stick around until Group judging because they don’t want to see just one dog of each breed, they want to see several.

Did I mention also that a lot of exhibitors are just plain ‘rude’ and too ‘obnoxious’ to take the time to talk to spectators? At least with the way cat shows are structured, you are there until the very end, as you never know if your cat will be called for a final. There is plenty of time to chat with the ‘gate’ and brag about your breed.

AKC could change the way dog shows are run and educating the public should be a major concern of the show giving clubs. Putting out pamphlets is okay but first you have to get the spectators there! Then you have to give them what they came for – hands on time with dogs and dog breeders. Whether the clubs make it mandatory that dog show exhibitors are not allowed to leave until after a specific time and both AKC and CFA makes show approval dependant on local newspaper ads, perhaps even the times a breed is to be judged. Spectator gate and one-on-one educational opportunities are priorities and clubs should not be allowed to hold a show the following year unless they provide what spectators and vendors come for.

EXHIBITING - DOG AND CAT SHOWSAnd speaking of what spectators come for, I have noticed that at the really big shows like the Houston shows, you cannot get near the show ring to ask a question or get a card from anyone coming out of the ring. What a joke that is. A person pays to go to a dog show to decide about a particular breed they would like to inquire about and they are practically BANISHED! They can only watch the dogs “show off” in the ring and then the handler rushes off to the private grooming section or to another ring just when the spectator thought they might get a ‘hands on’ experience and talk to the exhibitor… well, guess what happens?

Next year when the show comes around, they won’t even go. After all they can order their shampoos and toys on line or go to the big box stores. They may have decided to order their puppy or kitten online, at least they got to talk to someone who is happy to answer questions.

Back to no gate, no vendors = no show clubs. I recently took issue about this with the cat fancy. Although the cats and their breeders are much more accessible to the public, cat show entries are also down and I suggested changes be made there too. I bluntly pointed out that it was unfair to cat show vendors to have people price shop on line and then comparison shop cat show vendors, and then go to a dog show to buy stuff because it was cheaper! I found that absolutely appalling as it is the cat show vendors, like the dog show vendors, who support the sport.

I do not see dog show vendors recommending to feed a cheap dog food in order to help cover expenses for the next show as was suggested by the one of the cat fancy powers to be. She even went so far as to suggest buying Wal-Mart litter to cut expenses. The problem with this is that two major corporate sponsors for cat shows are Royal Canin pet foods and Dr. Elsey for litter. The corporate sponsors for AKC dog shows pay a huge amount of money to the clubs. Many clubs count on that corporate income offset the show expenses and the dog food companies bring in tons of dog food, set up a booth and people buy like crazy. Even some show people wait to stock up on food at the shows but some dog food sponsors no longer support dog shows. Why? Because the clubs don’t advertise enough and cater to spectators like they used to. They got too big on the income from corporate “vendor” space and forgot why they held dog shows. So the gate dropped off, corporate support went away, and, well you see what happens. Even if you don’t buy their dog food (we do not use the main sponsored cat food), please stop by the vendor’s booth and let them know you appreciate them being there and supporting the club.

Big campaigners or long time exhibitors are at every show and usually share the top placements, leaving the others out to make or “fill” points for the dogs that at every show, keep racking up the points. It isn’t just one show, it is all the AKC shows and yes, even some cat shows. With AKC, when the breeds go into the group, there they are, the same dogs week after week, show after show. Those who advertise and have the big time handlers get the top three slots with some judges being kind to a “new” dog.

No surprise there, the judges know who the big dogs are, and if not, they know which handler is on top because of the heavy advertising. And then the magazines proudly tout the top dogs in each breed. Here is a reality check folks, those dogs in the top 20 are not necessarily a great dog or even a good one. In today’s show ring, it is mostly a matter of big money, big handler, big advertising budget that gets the dog there.

I hear the complaints time and time again at the shows, with many saying something like “I really prefer showing at UKC shows anymore, it seems to be fairer”. That may be true, I don’t know but I do know that the small local AKC shows used to be a good place to start a dog and now, it seems like the big dogs are there too. Well, for those looking for small shows, you got your wish. I was at a cat show recently and the club had 103 entries. Dog shows that normally drew way over a thousand are down to a few hundred. Not a good thing when you consider that the clubs already had a major outlay of funds to put on the show.

Worse yet, the good dogs with good pedigrees that can contribute to the whelping box are lost to the breed because the dog owner says ‘the hell with it, I don’t need this’ and they quit showing altogether, and as I’ve said before ‘ you can’t buy what you can’t see’. In this case, most people won’t breed to a dog unless it has at least a CH title and to sell to good show homes, it just about has to be a “ranked” dog to sell the puppies.

JUDGING THE CATSo the spiral downward continues, and it appears that it hasn’t even hit bottom yet. Maybe it is time for AKC to re-evaluate how they do shows, change the Rules and make it fair for all exhibitors. It is too expensive to get lucky and still only come home with a point or two. First, the points system needs to be adjusted, and quickly! Majors are hard to come by gone are the days when you could drive to a little show and think you could get some Group points for that new special. All the big guys are doing the same thing! And they get paid to travel.

“Hurricane Ike” caused a lot of damage to the Texas/Louisiana area, but even though a lot of show vendors sustained a lot of damage to their homes, most made it to support the shows and provide service to the show exhibitors. Sure it was an added hardship but we here in the Houston/Galveston area pretty tough cookies. We all chose to live in this area, and it isn’t the first hurricane that we’ve been through. The hurricane is not the reason shows are losing entries.

The bottom line is, declining entries can be remedied but there must be changes. This goesJUDGING A CAT SHOW for AKC, CFA, and probably other dog and cat clubs too. This is the 21st Century, things have changed dramatically over the past few years but it appears that both dog and cat shows are stuck in a ‘time warp’. Instead of meeting the current economic climate, they think they can continue to ‘do business as usual’. Entries are down, families and hobby breeders are giving it up and PETA and HSUS are turning the pressure on. All of which is affecting the sport of showing and breeding, whether it be dogs or cats. Things are just not like what they used to be and never will be again.

The future of the dog and cat shows comes down to having new people come to shows believing they can win because they will get a fair shake. We need them to get involved in the sport and they cannot do that if they do not first, come to the shows. And second, talk to average exhibitors who are not discouraged, who still love the shows and the social opportunities and win often enough to make it worth while. Then new people can fairly decide whether it is for them or not. But if they come to a local show and there are no vendors to show them new products, and even worse, no one has time to talk to them, or those who do project an increasingly negative picture, well, they won’t come back.

So it is back to no gate, no vendors, no entries, no shows.

Happy 4th

Not wanting  over-stress my readers by writing about POTUS or my normal political commentary, I decided to just kick back and relax for the long weekend.

I found a nifty little ale to sample. Not only a good tasting brew, but also a good commentary on the current political situation. The label states “A media-ready Jobless Recovery Ale.” Here, stolen from their home page:

“From our earliest days of striving to make consistently good beer, and instead making beer that ranged from vile, to barely drinkable, to wonderful, to elegant, to questionable-at-best. From being castigated by our West Marin neighbors to finally suffering an ‘eviction’ by our West Marin septic system. From landing in the welcoming arms of Petaluma, and actually getting our beer into bottles, onto the streets, and into the hands of sympathatic beer geeks, to steadily losing less money each month. From all this and more, Lagunitas Brewing Company is emerging as a battle-tested brewery capable of making great beer out of goat’s milk, brambles, and asphalt on the surface of the Moon, if need be.

A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day. “Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party,” said the report from Harvard.

Have a happy 4th of July. And remember to take your favorite Democrat to a patriot parade and maybe some fireworks.  And join me in enjoying a glass of WTF

Ben Franklin

I recieved a copy of a very well-reasoned blog today. On the surface, it makes a lot of sense.

IMMIGRATION IS HURTING THE U.S. WORKER
“Common sense, economic theory, and a fair
reading of the research on this question indicate
that allowing in so many immigrants (legal and
illegal) with relatively little education reduces
the wages and job prospects for Americans with
little education. These are the Americans who are
already the poorest workers. Between 2000 and
2005, the number of jobless natives (age 18 to
64) with no education beyond a high school degree
increased by over two million, to 23 million,
according to the Current Population Survey.
During the same period, the number of
less-educated immigrants (legal and illegal)
holding a job grew 1.5 million.”

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I think the premise is wrong. Other statistics show that finding the actual number of citizens on welfare is extremely difficult. Searching Google for “number of people on welfare in the US – 2010” turned over 85,700,000 results, most all NOT dealing with how many. I found how much we spend, broken down into varying small amounts that make summing the money almost impossible, let alone coming up with realistic figures.  The chart at the right, from USA Today, will give a little light on the subject, but I am suspicious of the findings. I think the red Welfare line does not reflect many who get state aid, Medicaid and other semi-permanent assistances.

What many areas have found is that when the illegal workers are removed, jobs are not always filled. Especially agricultural and transient type jobs. The benefits of welfare, which are based on poverty levels of $23,000 annual income and higher, along with Medicaid and Food Stamps and extended unemployment benefits, make taking these types of jobs undesirable for our general population. After all, why work when you can walk to the mail box every week and get a check from good ol’ Uncle Sam? (A notible exception was a recent raid on a meat packing company. When all the illegals were deported, over 500 people showed up for the few jobs available. Companies paying arbitrarily low rates to force out all but the illegals are a whole subject on their own, stay tuned for my thoughts on that.)

Am I knocking the assistance? No, there are many who temporarily need assistance through no fault of their own. They should have it. Permanent assistance? Other than disabled Veterans and a very few others, a resounding “NO!”

The current administration is busy getting more and more millions of our citizens “on the welfare rolls” and “off the tax rolls.” The current administration is busy promoting class warfare Why? Look at the Socialist agenda. Take all the wealth of a country. Help yourself to generous amounts, and redistribute just enough of the crumbs to get reelected.

Oh yeah, back to the title subject. Ben Franklin, a quote for our times, I think.

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.

  • On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor (29 November 1766)