Sep 282011

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue:

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover,” she said. “I really hope that someone can agree with me on that. … You want people who don’t worry about the next election.”

It’s thinking like this that lead to a rather notable event in American history. Maybe you remember this:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —

The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever:

If the governor was joking, as she claims, it was in truly horrible taste. If she wasn’t, she isn’t fit to serve in any elected office.

Sep 122011

Helping Paws
I went to the Helping Paws fundraiser dinner last Saturday. Great organization – and great food! From the Helping Paws FAQ:

What is a Service Dog?
Most people are familiar with the concept of a guide dog for the blind and the visually impaired or a hearing dog for the deaf and hearing impaired. Service dogs for people with disabilities other than those related to vision or hearing, guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired and hearing dogs for the deaf and hearing impaired are all types of assistance dogs. Service dogs assist an individual with many tasks. These dogs go through a very structured training process to prepare them for their life as a service dog. When their training is complete, they and their human partner complete a three week Team Training course.

What tasks can a Helping Paws Service Dog do?
Each dog is trained to meet the needs of an individual with a physical disability other than visual or hearing impaired. The dogs are trained to pick up dropped objects, open and close doors, assist in getting up from a chair or the floor, turn light switches on and off, get the phone, find help, and provide assistance as needed. Of great importance is the unconditional love and companionship that dogs also provide.