And you thought the NSA snooping issue was a constitutional crisis. Albuquerque attorney Penni Adrian (photo above) is starting a recall petition for ABQ City Councilor Sally Mayer because of the HEART ordinance, which Adrian calls:
“a thinly veiled attempt to circumvent the Fourth and Fifth amendments to the Constitution.” (quote from ABQ Journal story by Isabel Sanchez)
And stupid us, we thought it was a thickly overwritten attempt to crack down on puppy mills.
Adrian claims she has “hundreds” of volunteers helping with the recall petition effort, which must be especially sweet from a multi-tasker’s perspective as Adrian is also running for a District Judge position as an independent. In a District Judge race with zero name recognition across the board (thanks Andrew Jackson!), it certainly can’t hurt to latch your name onto a controversial issue, regardless of how overblown and melodramatic you are in doing it.
Overblown and melodramatic has been an apt description of the entire HEART ordinance brouhaha to this point. I certainly wish the U.S. Congress had considered the invasion of Iraq as much as the City Council discussed HEART, and if we’d had half as many crying public commenters on Iraq as with HEART who knows how many lives would have been saved?
And special thanks to Penni Adrian for focusing on the important challenges to our constitutionally guaranteed rights. That whole NSA wiretap, phone record, ECHELON thing is just a smokescreen. Just like flouridation, the real totalitarian plot is being hidden in seemingly innocuous, cuddly things. Like puppies. They’re using puppies, I tell ya! Will they stop at nothing?!?