Saturday, February 18, 2006
My new tag.
My state has about 2,499,872 specialty tags. There's tags for education, astronaut memorials, manatees, panthers, college teams, NFL teams, whales, social causes, coral reefs, the Indian River lagoon, flat tires, soup spoons, and dry roasted peanuts. ( Well, there probably will be soon)
Our almost totally corrupt, lobbyist infested state legislature loves making these, because it makes some group happy at home (= votes).
That said, these tags are not a bad idea. There have been a few that bounced around in the separation of church/state area, but they were reworded in more generic ways or withdrawn.
The positive thing about them besides getting something besides our generic orange symbol (which looks like a peach) is that the extra money spent goes to the cause represented by your tag.
They finally made a specialty tag for me.
I love the sea, fish, and really love the idea of farming aquatic animals instead of market hunting, which is what commercial fisherfolk do.We banned the market hunting of land mammals and birds a hundred years ago. If people felt warm fuzzies for scaley, coldblooded fish the way they do for the furry and feathery clans, there would be no driftnets or trawls stripping the ocean of it's inhabitants.
Alas, we are highly biased in favor of our warmblooded cousins. Couple that with the fact that fish live in a separate earth, mostly unseen, and it's not hard to see why they are essentially out of sight...out of mind.
Okay, ...I was soapboxing. I really just wanted to show you my cool new tag. The extra money I paid for the tag instead of buying my wife a nice dinner out will go to support Harbor Branch Oceanographic aquaculture research. Of course the actual tag has letters and numbers not black blotches. That was just for a little privacy.
...I'm still not sure if any of you are internet stalker ax murderers who hate fish.
Posted by R.Powers at 8:03 AM