McNamara - a reason we lost Vietnam

Monday, 13 July 2009 by Jim Patrick

When the former Secretary of Defense died at age 93, the MSM had canned obituaries, short bios, and eulogies ready to roll. But here are —previously unpublished— examples about who Robert S. McNamara really was and why we lost the Vietnam conflict. For those who believe we didn’t lose, Secretary McNamara is a strong reason we failed to win.

McNamara was reputed to be sharp; “lawyerly and a student of statistical analysis” is one media description. Yet it was a reputation manufactured by McNamara, foisted onto a gullible press who didn’t know the difference between statistics or hogwash. The truth about McNamara was the exact opposite; he deliberately ignored discarded facts.

Victor Krulak was assigned to be Robert McNamara’s special advisor on insurgency. Krulak went to pick up McNamara for a scheduled trip to Vietnam and found him writing like mad, finishing up his trip report. When Krulak asked McNamara how he could write a trip report before they went, McNamara replied “I know where I’m going to go and what I’m going to see.” (oral communication from Krulak*)

McNamara was US Secretary of Defense for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, was advisor during the first Cuban fiasco (the Bay of Pigs) and Cabinet level for the second Cuban fiasco (the Cuban Missile Crisis); but McNamara’s main legacy will be as ‘Architect of the War in Vietnam’.

McNamara was the Secretary of Defense who —along with others in the administration— lost all hope of winning the Vietnam conflict . . . after he had bought into the inhuman concept of ‘body counts’. The body count philosophy was that as long as the kill rate was higher than the [CIA's projected] North Vietnamese birth rate, McNamara could project that we were winning.

Another illustration of McNamara is from one of the first Saigon meetings that he attended:

The first presentation scheduled was from an Air Force General; not just a decent guy but a former pilot known to be smart and articulate. He had only gotten into his introduction when McNamara slammed his fist on the table and shouted, “Sit down! I don’t want to hear that bullshit!”

There was a shocked silence in the room; officers were used to respect. McNamara looked around the muted table, pointed at a Colonel and growled, “What do you want?” A crusty old Corps veteran of WWII and Korea, the officer was slightly deaf and thought McNamara asked ‘What do you have?’

Unfazed by the attitude and uncomfortable silence, the Colonel listed the manpower and equipment that made-up his division; what he had. McNamara sat silent as the officer carefully and completely enumerated the men and material he commanded. When the officer was finished McNamara stood up.

“Now that’s what I like to hear”, he said, addressing the room. Turning back to the officer, McNamara barked “You got them”

It took the Marines all night long to figure how to integrate a complete duplicate division. More important, it taught the military a harsh lesson about the jerk parading as who was Secretary of Defense.

* Lieutenant General Victor “Brute” Krulak

In researching the article, I found that Krulak had died six months before; on 29 Dec 2008. A man of sterling integrity, it is fitting that his words be contrasted to the mess that McNamara represented.

Not even five and a half feet tall, skinny and blond in addition, the sarcastic-yet-fond nickname of ‘The Brute’ stayed with Krulak from the Navy Academy. The youngest General the Marines ever had, respected among peers as ‘pure genius’ on military science, Krulak helped develop the modern landing craft and the strategy(ies) that use it.

One of Krulak’s credos was ‘to be a man’. It was Krulak who told Lyndon Johnson the truth about winning in Vietnam; knowing it ended any chance to become Commandant of the Corps when Johnson kicked him out of the White House.

The outlines of that incident are well-known. Krulak wanted to emphasize pacification, the effort to win over the South Vietnamese villagers by assisting in economic projects and protecting them from the enemy. He also advocated the bombing and mining of Haiphong’s harbor to cut off supplies to North Vietnam.

When I asked the General for more details, to tell me what happened next, he said: “President Johnson stood up, placed his hand in the small of my back and ushered me out of the Oval Office.”

In the past year we have read of retired Generals publicly criticizing the President over the war, but it should be remembered they are retired, and they were not looking the President in the eye when they criticized him. They had nothing to lose. General Krulak did the right thing. And there is always a price to pay for doing the right thing. He was not appointed Commandant. He did not receive his fourth star. But he did receive something that has eluded President Johnson: a lasting reputation as a man of integrity. —biographer Robert Coram

Requiem in pace General Krulak.

To my parents. Easter 2009

Sunday, 12 April 2009 by Jim Patrick

As this Easter dawns, the sun will have first passed over American soldiers fighting terrorists in a foreign land, and over an American ship held by pirates. These are the same problems at America’s founding, when a young nation first struggled to make its way in the world.

The Sun Ahead

Terrorism, cultural vandalism, and resurgent piracy depend on civilization’s weakness, exploiting the civilized part of civilization itself. They thrive on our reluctance to face hard facts, and our inability to perform hard tasks.

What happens when the highest value of in a civilization is to feel good about yourself? One of the reasons working through “proxies”, using rendition, or manipulating affairs through “engagement” is so psychologically attractive is that it is largely possible to pay others to do the dirty work. Just as tradesmen are paid to unclog sewers, butcher the meat and do the sweaty farming out of sight, we’d just rather pay someone at the UN or Somalia to do something which might stain our self-image. Who was it who said that if the safety of Washington DC were at stake they hoped someone would “do what was necessary” to get the information as long as he never told anybody. Take the risks, son. Do it for us. But have the decency never to mention it. The police and military become some kind of garbage collectors who are told specifically to stay unseen while the polite world sleeps.

The one advantage — or curse — that the World War II generation had was that they could not pretend to innocence. They had nuked Japan. They had destroyed the Nazi Armies. They flattened cities. But they bequeathed innocence to their children. That was their most precious legacy. When you asked them about the war, they told you only the good bits and laughed about the rest. Laughed so that we didn’t have to know.

One of the real moral dilemmas that the Boomers and Generations X and Y had to resolve was how to stay alive alive in a world where the struggle for survival has not yet been abolished. One way was to pretend they were outside the food chain. The other was to conceal the food chain through a series of abstractions. People think it’s fun to be a revolutionary fighting some Third World tyrant for as long as they’re not reminded of the occasional necessity to slit a police informer’s throat.

I have this theory that there are, as a general rule, no atheists in foxholes because people in those situations are very much of aware of things as they are, not as they are imagined to be. Of the need for forgiveness. Of the uncertainty of life. And the hope for salvation. It’s Good Friday in a world that desperately wants to forget that it ever happened. The problem is that if you forget the Good Friday, you forget Easter too.Richard Fernandez, Belmont Club

As we squint into the brilliance of the future, we hope it is a sunrise; not sunset. Civilization requires infrastructure, both material and cultural. Sometimes that glorious sunrise is a glare obscuring the gun-sights, and sometimes it is the blaze from an enemy weapon. Hard choices have to be made, and tough, dirty work has to be done.

Thanks to my parents —indeed to their generation— for the work and sacrifice they made to support our nation. In turn, it is our responsibility to maintain our culture’s foundation. As Fernandez says, there was sacrifice before resurrection.

In His image.

Lefty extremism in defense of restrictions

Thursday, 2 April 2009 by Jim Patrick

Woodland TrailCongratulations to Congresscritturs Cantor, Forbes, and Goodlatte on their votes for everyday Virginians and against letting our national forests get trashed. Of course the leftist hypocrites presented this vote in the opposite light, it’s a hallmark of partisan politics.

The vote was over placing federal lands —large areas of national forests in Virginia— into a ‘wilderness’ designation that effectively prohibits access by most people.

Lowell Feld’s Blue Virginia claims that allowing a forest to completely burn is ‘protecting it’, that leaving the woodlands to deforestation from disease or insect damage is ‘for the environment’, and that putting national forests off limits to families with children is ‘enticing to them’. The Star City Harbinger and Roanoke’s Christian Trejbal all bleat the same tune.

Wilderness Area FAQ
Forest fires can be fought in wilderness areas . . . if you carry the water in. Use of wheeled vehicles is prohibited. ‘Wheels’ includes wheelbarrows or travois, so few hunters go into wilderness areas, knowing they might have to carry a deer or bear out. Also intolerable to wilderness designation are bathhouses, bathrooms or septic facilities, porta-potties, picnic tables, or shelters; in short any ‘improvement’, including trail clearing, paving, grading, handrails or steps.

At issue is federal ownership of millions of acres. Despite current tax financing, they are not currently being cared for. By abusing the designation of ‘wilderness’, the National Forest Service —supposed stewards of those lands— can ignore their responsibility and effectively warehouse huge tracts. The money saved can (and typically does) go toward more personnel in the office.

USDA case studiesThe kicker is the photos, the pretty pictures. StarCity links to this photo from a USDA case study of tourism with campgrounds, picnic areas, and recreational areas. These usages or purposes are all forbidden in ‘wilderness’ areas, so areas that were used that way are now off-limits. Blue Virginia’s picture (top) is of a maintained trail, something else that’s banned in wilderness areas.

Can anyone be blamed for confusing leftist nonsense with deliberate, malicious lies?

Stuck on stupid, fake conservatives stick it to the people

Wednesday, 25 March 2009 by Jim Patrick

There are a number of right-wing blogs crowing about a ‘tax revolt’ in Augusta County where a committee is starting recall efforts to remove five Augusta County supervisors who voted to not repeal the 2009 property reassessments. Steve Bright, Jim Harner, and Elwood Hilderand are setting out to collect 10% of the votes cast in each of these Supervisors’ district.

Yankee Philip: KICK ‘EM OUT ! ! !: Recall Vote Coming In Augusta
SWAC: Augusta tax revolt tea party was a HUGE success
Rightwing Liberal: What if you held a tax revolt and EVERYBODY came?
Fishersville Mike: Going to Wednesday’s meeting?
The Journey: Massive Protest of Mass Appraisal, and
Tertium Quids: An Augusta County Tax Revolt?

If the required signatures are collected in Augusta County, they get presented to the Circuit Court, which must then rule on a recall vote for “neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence in the performance of duties [that] has a material adverse effect upon the conduct of the office“. — VA §24.2-233

A group that similarly petitioned Gloucester County Circuit Court last year for the removal of four Supervisors got slammed by the judge:

Substitute Circuit Judge Westbrook J. Parker ordered the residents to pay and made no effort to conceal his contempt for their actions. “I’ve never seen the judicial system abused so much for purely political ends,” Parker said. “This should not happen in America.“—RTD

Parker then ordered the group pay $80,000 of the Supervisors’ $130,000 legal bill, directing that the County pay the remainder. An appeal of the fees is ongoing and the ACLU is aiding the group.

But that citizens’ group faulted the Gloucester supervisors for holding secret meetings, firing the two top county employees, and hiring a Supervisor’s friend. They also relied on a grand jury indictment charging supervisors with 14 misdemeanors, although those charges were dismissed when a special prosecutor said there wasn’t enough evidence to proceed. But right or wrong, the Gloucester group had something resembling a reason.

In contrast, assuming they collect the signatures, the Augusta County group will present the Circuit Court with a novel ‘charge’:

“Your honor, these Supervisors neglect of duty, misuse of office, or incompetence is that they followed Virginia code and obeyed state law, resulting in material adverse effect upon the conduct of the office”

Yes, you heard right, they want the Supervisors recalled for obeying the law —or to be more precise— they want them recalled for failing to disobey state law.

Stuck on stupid.

1.Noticeably absent from the Augusta County recall committee are the people who are spearheading the fake tax-revolt movement: Churchville sort-of-attorney Francis Chester who has repeatedly promised to sue the Board, lone Democrat Supervisor Tracy Pyles, Kurt Michael, and Lynn Mitchell. These last two failed to wrest control of the county’s Republican committee, and their current involvement looks remarkably like sour-grapes and malicious retaliation against the Republican-led Supervisors.

2.The Augusta County recall petition will fail spectacularly. Just as there is no exception of state law allowing someone of the ‘wrong’ color to be lynched because a mob large number of citizens wants it; there is no provision in state law for a County’s Board to defy the law just because a mob large number of citizens wants it. That’s the heart of their argument: a lot of people asked the Board to break the law and the Board didn’t do it. Now the crybabies are going to fling feces.

The county’s assessments were accurate —as accurate as mass appraisals are— and conducted properly. If the county could back out of the assessment, it would face the inevitable (and this time well-founded) lawsuits from property owners of more recent purchases; whose assessments aren’t synchronized with their neighborhood and would bear disproportionally higher tax. That would have been unjust in addition to illegal, and the Board majority was smart to not go there.

3.Whether Bright, Harner, and Hilderand will be held responsible for their acts is uncertain. Following the Glouchester ruling, there is legislation waiting Governor Kaine’s signature amending §24.2-233 and §24.2-238 so that petitioners cannot be assessed attorneys fees or court costs.

We have electoral terms for a reason, and if signed, the legislature may well regret the change they made. As originally introduced, the change would have allowed a judge to penalize “clear and convincing evidence” of “malicious intent”, a fair and healthy balance. As it was passed by the GA, the new law protects petitioners from any sanctions at all, even when the petitioner is clearly malicious or intended only to harm the official(s).

4.Welcome to the world of eternal elections, where special interest groups’ can repeatedly and continually collect signatures to keep properly elected officials —elected during scheduled elections— permanently in court defending themselves. Community organizers, ACORN, and bevies of student activists can keep the electoral polls churning endlessly.

“The court may require the state agency or political subdivision … to pay court costs or reasonable attorney fees, or both, for the respondent”, so the cost of defending against the frivolous lawsuits recall petitions will fall —as it always does— squarely on the taxpayer. So will the added costs of special elections. The people screaming loudest about assessments and taxes are the ones raising costs the fastest. Regular taxpayers, not ‘a government’, are the ones who would have lost $50,000 if the Board deferred the assessment, and regular taxpayers will bear the cost of this ‘recall’ petition too.

Sticking it to the taxpayers. Again. Stuck on stupid.

Irony beyond irony: one of the proponents for the Augusta recall petition is decrying that Alaska Governor Palin is getting hammered by frivolous legal bills. You simply can’t make this stuff up.

Update 2
Lynn Mitchell objects to my use of the term ‘wrest control’ or ‘commandeer’ in terms of herself and the party apparatus. Everyone else I have spoken to, including members of her own faction, speaks in those terms which refers to the Hanger and Sayres split. Mitchell describes herself simply as a grassroots member, but uses the terms of ‘we’ and ‘they’ to describe who had or has party control. Her objection is noted —it may be more valid than I credit— and the reader is left to draw their own conclusion.

Update 3
Last night, Supervisor Tracy Pyles announced he would no longer ‘fight the good fight’ and considered the assessment issue settled. The other public face of the movement, Francis Chester, said only he was surprised by Pyles announcement. Last night’s Board meeting had only the usual (small) audience. If Chester fails to carry the movement —my guess— the issue is almost over.

Digital sense adds up to dollars

Tuesday, 24 March 2009 by Jim Patrick

Tux, the Linux penguinWant to save a few bucks? A couple of posts at CatHouse Chat reminded me of how much money the Commonwealth could be —and should be— saving, and how rotten and slow Microsoft’s Vista® is.

When my old computer died, I was astonished that the new computer took four minutes to boot. Even after it was started, it ran slug-slow. Then it wouldn’t run my CAD programs, which was a deal-stopper, those programs had to run.

Kat’s articles about how she fixed her problem (on her laptop too) reminded me of how I fixed the problem the same way, by installing Linux instead of Windows. We both used a version of Linux called Ubuntu.

Technical stuff, skip if you want.
This is on a computer that has four processors (4!) all running three times faster than the old one, quadruple the memory and quadruple the speed, etcetera. What should have been blazing fast was poking along like a snail.

Reformatting for Win2k didn’t work at all, the hard drive was too big for it to recognize. WinXP needed special drivers for the network card that were on the internet, a catch-22. Reinstalling Vista took 3 hours! and wasn’t complete when I got frustrated.

So I tried the Ubuntu CD. This version of Linux recognized and used every piece of hardware immediately. The installation took 12 minutes from boot to final re-boot. And it enabled me to get the WinXP drivers, as I still needed Windows for the CAD programs.

But now Linux is installed for good,. It was awesome the way Ubuntu outshone, outran, and outperformed the Microsoft systems. And it plays nice with the WinXP system I have to use.

The Ububtu software looks a lot like Windows and operates like Windows should. It comes fully outfitted with an Office suite, productivity tools, educational programs and games for the kids, photo and graphics software, music and video, a planetarium, and all the internet, messaging, calendering, contacts, email, Bluetooth and IM gadgets you can imagine. Similar to more expensive Windows or Apple computers.


Nobody in the family can tell that it didn’t cost $150 for the operating system, plus more for the software and virus protection. Which comes around to what cost savings Virginia should be looking at.

Using free software such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint would save the state taxpayers at least $29 million per year. Not only is the software absolutely free, it is easier to administer than Windows, and maximizes computer life.

That’s $4 for each and every citizen in Virginia. Enough to fund and reverse every service cutback VDOT has proposed. Or simply give you that much back.

The iron trap of prejudice

Monday, 23 March 2009 by Jim Patrick

My neighbors believe some not-very-provable things. It isn’t harmful, and none of the other neighbors publicly criticize them for it. But some beliefs draw out meanness and spite from others. One of those just snagged the Below The Beltway blog.

It went like this:

1) Calling himself ‘The Searcher’, Derek Chatwood of Seattle WA —a liberal, gay rights proponent, and Obama supporter— makes and posts a graphic on his photoblog in March 2007. It is purportedly a page from a child’s coloring book that shows Jesus riding a dinosaur.

I modeled him off of bronze cowboy sculptures, I only wish I could have found better Jesus reference that weren’t so confoundingly serene and calm.” —The Searcher

2) An anonymous blogger in Dublin, Ireland re-posted the picture earlier this month asking, “Another one for the miscellaneous file?“.

3) On Sunday, Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic re-re-posts, claiming “A coloring book for evangelical children.

4) Doug Mataconis of Below The Beltway rises to the bait, and re-re-re-posts it with the comment,From a children’s biblical coloring book

Fake Coloring BookOf the entire chain, Chatwood may be unpleasant, but honest in stating the drawing was made up. The Irish blogger is not really clear about it; her comment is ambiguous.

It is at Andrew Sullivan’s entry that clear misrepresentation is found. Sullivan —a liberal, Christian-hating, bitter homosexual, and hypocrite— needs little introduction to most people, but Wikipedia can fill in for those who aren’t familiar. He is no stranger to creating and starting malicious gossip.

It was Sullivan who posted the rumor that Palin faked her fifth pregnancy, and that the baby was actually her daughter’s. When confronted with proof to the contrary, Sullivan caved but defended his article spreading the rumors. Now Sullivan claims this graphic is ‘a coloring book’, when a few seconds of link-hopping reveals the source as manufactured parody.

Those seconds of link checking would have saved a Virginia blogger from repeating the same lie. Regrettably the bias was too strong —the preconception of ‘stupid creationist Christians’ too powerful— for Doug Mataconis to bother confirming the validity. Below The Beltway was pwn’d, it’s content usurped..

That’s what prejudice will get for you.

Squeezing more Mexicans into immigrating

Saturday, 21 March 2009 by Jim Patrick

Yet again, we see American policies helping to raise the heat under a boiling pot. Mexico is rife with corruption, and now violence right on the border rises to unprecedented levels.

In the current situation, a city of 1.5 million people on the US border is erupting into armed conflict. The current staffing levels of Mexican police and army (ratio of peacekeeper to civilian) in Ciudad Juárez is almost equivalent to US and Iraqi staffing in Bahgdad. Note also that CNN’s math is poor: 1,500 soldiers to join the 3,500 there plus 3,000 federal agents are 8,000 added personnel.

That’s a lot of armed and law enforcement personnel, but violence in Mexico is increasing exponentially. There were 5,400 slayings in 2008, more than double the 2,477 reported in the year before. The murder rate in Juárez is three times more than the worst US city.

The situation in Ciudad Juarez is of special concern. Mexican authorities report that more than 1,800 people have been killed in the city since January 2008. Additionally, this city of 1.6 million people experienced more than 17,000 car thefts and 1,650 carjackings in 2008. Travel Alert, U.S. Department Of State


Concerned conservatives should support a deflated drug war, so crime organizations would have less profit and fewer Mexicans would try to flee its violence by entering the US illegally. Concerned liberals should support deflating the drug war, so crime organizations would have less profit and fewer Mexicans would try to flee its violence by entering the US illegally. And as usual, partisan hacks will exploit the people caught in the crossfires.

Partisans on the right use the issue to gain organized labor votes while simultaneously getting the cheap-n-cheating businessman and day-labor voters; and they also garner support for cultural stability. With ‘eevul-Republicans’ exploiting the poor this way, it means it’s acceptable to for partisans on the left to exploit the same people —as long as it’s exploiting the opposite way— pushing union protections while keeping cheap labor for cheap-n-cheating businessman under the guise of ‘helping the poor’ and pro-foreigner rhetoric.

Most people who immigrate to the US —legally or not— do it for a better life. Many are pressured into leaving their homes by corruption or violence in their native country. Violence or corruption in Mexico doesn’t excuse breaking US laws, but commonsense tells us that reducing Mexican drug-cartel violence will reduce illegal entry into the US and improve the quality of life for all Mexican citizens.

Recent rhetoric from the White House implies Mexican narco-traffickers are armed with US firearms, making the violence even more valuable to gun-control supporters.

As history repeats itself, watch carefully as nothing is done unless until the violence spills into the US. Keeping the Mexican pot boiling is to both parties’ advantage.

Not so intelligent transportation systems

Saturday, 21 March 2009 by Jim Patrick

Zombie signToo many people place dependence on technology. Gadgets certainly help make our world better, but common sense sometimes get misplaced in the presence of gizmos. In this instance, so-called intelligent signs are warning us “Caution! Zombies Ahead!“.

Yeah, in the razzle-dazzle of having programmable signs, some people forgot that anybody can program the signs. To say anything. In one case they warn of zombies, in another to take your SUV back to Detroit, warn of raptors ahead, telling drivers to don’t drive, or to take a left at the Pacific Ocean.

The problem is people get dazzled by techno and forget the basics. In Texas, they forgot to put a padlock on the program box. Duh! Stacy Sager of VDOT’s office in Shenandoah County says the office was alerted by the sign company to potential pranksters, so they put padlocks on all the control boxes and changed the controller passwords.

But techno-glitz struck the makers themselves. OK, it smacked them along-side the head and made them silly. The sign manufacturer failed to tell VDOT that —by design— the password can be overridden and reset by anyone. [Sorry dudes, the Shenandoah County folks know about it now. Try hacking signs in some other area.] Just how stupid is that?

It’s not a huge problem, and sometimes it’s cute; but in Texas it cost money. Transportation personnel, cops, and a prosecutor. Tax money, also known as your money. The tiniest little bit of thinking would have made the signs with detachable programmers, locks with keys, or a thousand other things to ensure these $50,000 signs are secure.

Tattoos or a coathanger

Friday, 20 March 2009 by Jim Patrick

People are breaking in, stealing stuff, and assaulting each other; while the Front Royal police are concentrating on charging a local man for ‘illegal tattooing’.

Some weeks ago Jeffrey Gilliom plead guilty and got a 30-day suspended jail sentence and $250 fine for illegally tattooing a 16-year-old girl. He was originally was charged with tattooing three 16-year-old girls but in a plea bargain two of the charges were dropped in exchange for Gilliom pleading guilty to one of the charges.

Now he faces three more charges because the department places a charge for each tattoo, but involve a different minor. “It’s a separate individual offense each time a juvenile is tattooed” said the head of investigations.

bflyattoo.jpg“He didn’t have a license, and our biggest thing is the juveniles and the health [issue],” David L. Fogle, an investigator with the Front Royal Police Department who has been working on the case, has said. “That’s why you have to have parental permission before you’re allowed to tattoo a juvenile.” — Northern Virginia Daily

What a load of hogwash. We all know health is just the excuse; parents not wanting their kids to permanently paint themselves is the reason, and class perceptions of tattoos are the motive. Can’t say I blame them, but I realize my prejudice about tattoos; and I don’t feel right about putting someone in prison for it.

The girls wanted the tattoos and Gilliom provided them. The equipment was sterile; nobody was infected. Yet we have (and pay taxes to their salaries) two police investigators and an attorney tied up prosecuting him for that. And society —our local society— is apparently willing to put this guy in jail for up to thee years.

The purported reason for requiring licenses is health, yet the legal violation is tattooing on minors. People don’t have to be licensed to pierce ears; where a needle goes completely through the skin, not just the top layer like tattoo. Would we do the same if the girls gave themselves the tattoos?

Yes, health is only an excuse. If he’d used a coathanger surgical steel wire in the girls’ uterus the government would pay for it, the police would be guarding him, and it would be none of the parents’ business.

Funny how law works. Just don’t call it justice.

Appalling ignorance

Thursday, 19 March 2009 by Jim Patrick

In Florida, Sen. Larcenia Bullard took objection to the term ‘animal husbandry’ in a discussion of a bill outlawing unmentionable acts with animals.

Rich’s legislation would target only those who derived or helped others derive ‘’sexual gratification” from an animal, specifying that conventional dog-judging contests and animal-husbandry practices are permissible.

That last provision tripped up Miami Democratic Sen. Larcenia Bullard.

”People are taking these animals as their husbands? What’s husbandry?” she asked. Some senators stifled their laughter as Sen. Charlie Dean, an Inverness Republican, explained that husbandry is raising and caring for animals. Bullard didn’t get it.

”So that maybe was the reason the lady was so upset about that monkey?” Bullard asked, referring to a Connecticut case where a woman’s suburban chimpanzee went mad and was shot.Miami Herald

The problem isn’t just ignorance, she is from a big city. It’s not that she didn’t catch on, the topic being debated was disturbing. It’s not that she was slow on the uptake, she is 61 and been in elected office for 17 of those years.

The problem is state Senator Larcenia J. Bullard (D-Miami) is Vice-Chair of the state’s Senate Committee on Agriculture.

Just don’t mention to Sen. Bullard that Wednesday is ‘humpday’.