Legislation and Acts of Irresponsibility

In 2009, the Illinois legislature introduced identical bills simultaneously in both the House and the Senate regarding the licensing of dog breeders.  The bills, as proposed, were problematic in multiple ways, ways that would adversely affect all dog breeders and would impose onerous burdens on responsible breeders as well as irresponsible breeders.  In spite of…

Rites of Passage: My New Driver

My daughter, Ariel,  got her driver’s license yesterday.  It was a momentous occasion. I am not sure if it was a greater rite of passage for her or for me.  She is busy applying for jobs and trying to back me into a  new schedule in which I will be permitted only limited use of…

Why I Cannot Support PETA and Ingrid Newkirk

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) describes itself as an abolitionist group in support of the total liberation of all animals. It is organized as a Virginia nonprofit organization that functions as a “humane society” and “releasing agency.” Ingrid Newkirk, the president and founder of PETA has stated that: “If anybody wonders ‘what’s…

The Horror of the Chinese Fur Trade

Below (at the bottom) is the video that set me on this path of blogging.  It is extremely graphic and extremely disturbing, so please be warned that you will be damaged from watching it. It is offered by PETA, and I am not a PETA supporter.  (More on PETA in a later post.)  Don’t let…

Why Blog?

I have many friends who are active bloggers and I have been dragged reluctantly into writing blog posts for my firm. Admittedly, I had always previously thought that blogging was such a self indulgent activity, and I suppose that I still think so. On the upside, blogging is a bit like being a columnist in…