Friday, July 20, 2012

The Dump (Part II)

Another Day.  Another Dump.
As discussed in yesterday's edition of 'The Dump (Part I)', my Dad would often take my Black Lab, Maxie, with him when he made the weekly trip to the local 'Dump'.  In the spirit of full-disclosure, my Dad would actually ALWAYS take Maxie on the weekly pilgrimage to our local landfill.  It made her incredibly happy from the time she was old enough to jump in and sit unassisted on the front seat of the Plymouth Duster until years later when she required help getting into the Chrysler New Yorker. 

Through the years, Maxie learned the sequence of events which preceded each trip:  

1.  My Dad would sleep a little later than normal on Saturday mornings. 
2.  He would NOT wear a tie. 
3.  He would walk into the backyard where twin garbage cans were hidden behind the hedge next to the shed.
4.  He would emerge from behind the shrubbery with a galvanized steel can in each hand.
5.  He would be smiling.  

In essence, my dog learned to PREDICT the future by LEARNING from the past.  Why can't people be this smart? 

Maxie watched.  She waited.  She'd work herself into an agitated state of frenzy while 'The Man' executed the ritual which brought her complete and unbridled joy.

On Saturday mornings Maxie was WIRED as she paced the house and yard waiting impatiently to hear the words which brought her to an indescribable level of bliss, "Hey Maxie, you want to go see the birds?"

Yes, once again Maxie was going to see the birds at the dump.  And the birds?  They would learn that the 'Dark Terror' was back.  Week after week she would tell them (the birds) exactly what she thought about them.  

Oh yes, the birds the birds would pay for their insolence...   They would pay for digging through her garbage and pooping on The Man's car as they took flight as the trash was dumped...

This above segue is my way of letting you know that there is more trash ahead. 

Prepare to shovel.  The cans are preparing to move.  The birds are airborne.  

The Dump begins anew...   Part II

San Francisco eyes law requiring some buildings to install reusable bottle filling stations

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco, the city that regulated Happy Meal toys and banned plastic grocery bags, has a new target in its health-conscious, eco-friendly crosshairs: plastic water bottles.

City officials are considering an ordinance that would require owners of new and renovated buildings with water fountains to install special bottle-filling taps. The law’s designed to encourage thirsty people to refill containers instead of reaching for another bottle of Evian or Aquafina.

“This is the appropriate next step to make it easier for San Franciscans to get out of the bad habit of using environmentally wasteful plastic water bottles and into the good habit of using reusable water containers,” said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who introduced the legislation in June.

Bottle-filling taps like the ones that would be required if Chiu’s measure passes already are found at San Francisco International Airport and at some city parks and schools. Installed behind a drinking fountain’s regular faucet, they dispense chilled water in a quick-streaming vertical jet that is high enough to accommodate most water containers.


Chiu’s ordinance calls plastic water bottles “bad for the environment,” unnecessarily taking up landfill space and causing greenhouse gas emissions when cheap tap water is available. San Francisco city departments have been barred from buying plastic water bottles since 2007.

Chiu said he considered other aggressive measures to curb the bottle, including a fee and an outright ban. The proposed ordinance is less severe and is meant to raise awareness about drinking tap water as an alternative, he said.

Environmental groups are supportive of efforts to wean San Franciscans from plastic water bottles.

“San Francisco has among the best drinking water in country. It’s ridiculous that people would go out and spend their now very limited dollars to buy bottled water,” said Mae Wu, an attorney with the National Resources Defense Council.

Moos Note:  The city which loaned America their Number One Gal (Speaker Pelosi) to preside over our National Economic Recovery sets the tone for the rest of us by acknowledging that the economy is SO BAD that people need to use their "limited dollars" for things other than bottled water. 

Hey San Francisco, I got two words for you (no, not those words)... 

Garden Hose.

You want to save the Earth - install garden hoses all over the city

And while you're at it, your little, bag-carried, butt-ugly yippy dogs are thirsty too.  You need to protect them from the upcoming 'bottled water' ecological Armageddon also. 

Why don't you legislate a couple-thousand of these bad boy Pet Fountains prior going Bankrupt with the rest of your State?

NOTE:  NOT Nancy Pelosi's Dog.
It's her sister...

Not wanting to leave the Left Coast - yet another smokin' nugget of political malfeasance from San Francisco:

CBS 5, SAN FRANCISCO ONLINE:  SF Considers Strict Outdoor Smoking Ban – Except For Medical Pot

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Smoking anything other than medically-prescribed marijuana at San Francisco street fairs, festivals and other outdoor events held on city property would be banned under new legislation before the Board of Supervisors. 

Supervisor Eric Mar said he introduced the proposal because of the health impacts of secondhand smoke when people light up in public.

“It’s widely known that secondhand smoke is responsible for as many as 73,000 deaths among non-smokers each year in the United States, and there is no safe level of exposure,” he said.

“It’s carefully crafted also to exclude smaller neighborhood organized events such as block parties. And also, importantly, it does not prohibit the use of medical cannabis,” Mar said.

Event sponsors would be required to post “No Smoking” signs and make “No Smoking” announcements, but Mar said he does not foresee the city being able to actively enforcement this tobacco ban if it becomes law.

Moos Note:  I believe this second news item regarding 'medical cannabis' almost completely explains the first one...

What it does NOT explain however, is how politicians continually get away with hypocrisy like this...

Excited Supporters (wearing really bad hats and
'Terminator Glasses') want to know!!!  - Photo AP
"Ladies, I'll show you mine if you promise NOT
to show me yours", Love Moos

BostonHerald, July 20, 2012: 
Nancy Pelosi dismisses idea of Congress releasing tax returns
WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders were defiant Thursday that Capitol Hill lawmakers should not release their tax returns — even as Democrats kept demanding Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney release his.

"When I run for president of the United States, you can hold me to that standard," House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who refuses to disclose her returns, told reporters during a tense news conference.

A day after McClatchy Newspapers reported that most members of Congress refused repeated requests to release their tax returns, Pelosi talked at some length about why Romney, who has released 2010 returns and says he will release 2011 data when it’s ready, should release even more returns.

But she reacted testily when asked whether she and members of Congress should abide by such rules.

"There are no rules. There are no rules. There’s no rule about releasing his tax return, so what rules are you referring to?" she asked, growing clearly frustrated. Asked about the standard she had cited for a presidential candidate, Pelosi said: "It’s up to the American people. The American people are the judges of that."

After being questioned about why her demand for more transparency from Romney shouldn’t apply to Congress as well, she briefly changed course and said the issue of tax returns was not important.

"Now I’m not here, this is not important to me, let me
say this: What’s important to me are jobs and the rest..."
Photo credit - AP

"The tradition that was honored by this same person’s father," Pelosi said, recalling how George Romney released several years of his tax returns when he ran for president in 1968.

"Now I’m not here, this is not important to me, let me say this: What’s important to me are jobs and the rest," Pelosi said. 

(Okay, everybody 'got that'?  Nancy Pelosi is NOT here, this is NOT important to her.  Pay no attention to anything she says as she is focused 'like a laser' on job creation.  OMG!!!  WE MUST TAKE THE SENATE BACK!!!)

Moos Note:  "The tradition that was honored by this same person's father..."  Is Nancy Pelosi physically incapable of saying Mitt Romney's name out loud?   Is she afraid that she'll burst into flames if she speaks his name?  Is she THAT afraid of Romney?

I certainly hope so.

Could someone please get Pelosi a nice icy cold drink?  Could one of her handlers sho her where to stand to make the water shoot up after her sister is done 'hydrating'...

"Patches Pelosi" - last seen next to Michelle Obama's organic garden -
Then, suddenly, she's 'not here' either...
And Barack is no longer hungry.  Hmm?

Have a nice weekend folks - see you around...

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