Mad Biologists love puppies, too

Barb Shelly has another excellent run down of what's happening in Jefferson City this session, not only about Proposition B, but so many of our other votes. In Silly Lawmakers aren't just in DC, she writes:

Only the all-knowing, all-powerful Missouri General Assembly can be counted on to do the right thing.

Thank heavens for legislative sessions. Besides warming a cold planet with five months’ worth of hot air, they provide a chance for lawmakers to undo the damage caused by the meddlesome federal government, hapless local governments and clueless voters.

Puppies aren't the only thing being kicked in Jeff City this year. Add to this workers, unions, civil rights, as well as the young, and we're really showing the world what a warm and caring place our state is—not to mention how much the people we elect respect our vote once they're in office.

And Mike, the Mad Biologist over at the famous ScienceBlogs network, weighs in on the Senate vote on SB 113 with Missouri GOP Hates Puppies (And schoolchildren. And the elderly.) No, Really, They Do:

And why wouldn't you want to keep puppies between 45 - 85 degrees? The Honorable Sen. Parsons explains:

"We don't do that for our senior citizen facilities, we don't do that for our schools, we don't do that for the state Capitol," Parson said.

That sound you just heard is my jaw hitting the floor. In Missouri, it's legal to house the elderly or children in facilities that aren't at least 45 degrees? Because that's pretty damn cold. I realize the founders froze their asses off at Valley Forge, so who are we to complain about 45 degrees, but, seriously, what the fuck is wrong with you?

You don't house puppies or people at 45 degrees. If it's not illegal, make it illegal.

But then, Mike is a biologist, so what does he know about what organisms need to survive and thrive?

However, Senator Parson is inaccurate in his statement, as we do have regulations that govern nursing homes and senior centers in our state, as well as schools (and other government centers). So not all of us in Missouri are callous—just some who call themselves our representatives.