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Politics and the Puppies?

Where should we start? Because this blog is a little bit about dogs at the racetrack. And there may even be a little gambling mentioned. So where should we start? How about this as a starter? (Or maybe I just wanted to post this just because it’s Potamus)

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This really is a blog about politics and the puppies. Hence the title! Although, I just saw a highlight of Tom Brady with his hair strangely darkened, and I wish I could write about that. Just sayin’!

I will never forget the time that I went to watch the greyhounds race in Florida. I did not know what to expect. I just kept hearing that I needed to “go watch the puppies run”.

When I arrived, I noticed many retired grisly old men with their racing sheets. They had their cigars and drinks and were planning their bets.

I asked a table of men how they knew which dog they were betting. One said that, “I go down to the track to look at the dogs. If I see one of the trainers with a garden hose, filling the dog’s mouth with water, I know that is not a dog that is supposed to win that day”. 

In 2014, 17 greyhound dogs tested positively for cocaine. At least 383 racing dogs have at Florida racetracks since 2013.(Miami Herald)

According to the article, one farmer who told authorities that in 2002, Florida greyhound trainers were paying him $10 a head to “dispose” of aging, slow or gimpy dogs? The old farmer estimated killing between 2,000 and 3,000 greyhounds over the years, shooting them in the head with a .22-caliber rifle and then tossing their remains into a ditch.

You might be disturbed by this because you are a dog lover, but I write about this for an even greater theme.

You might wonder why there is still dog racing in Florida. It’s true, there is a large movement to do away with it. But the rationale is that it creates jobs. Yes… JOBS.

I have learned that there are a lot of societal ills that can be explained, if they create jobs. Pipelines through oceans and forests create jobs. Natural gas drilling creates jobs. Removal of regulations on businesses creates jobs.

At some point, legislators need to look at the big picture. Cleaning up an oil spill does create jobs, but is that really something that should cause pride?

And that’s my brief foray into politics.

And finally… My friend, Mike Thomas, posted this on Facebook and I had to put it in the blog!

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