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  Bureaucratic Blues
by Mr. Ed
Thursday, March 22, 2012
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“No Good Deed

Goes Unpunished.”


Oscar Wilde



Music: Hit The Road Jack




I used to work for our nation’s uncaring bureaucracy

I had mistakenly thought my job was to help our vets

Bureaucrats said: “No, now we'll reduce their benefits”

So I left my job, and today, like some others, I help pets


But even the sad world of pet rescue, contains these callous bureaucrats

A very compassionate employee was just fired, for saving one dog’s life

His bureaucratic bosses, had decided to euthanize this abandoned canine

The man thought the dog deserved a chance, and took him home one night


Most bureaucratic bosses are outraged when their ‘sage directives’ are ignored

They immediately gave this man an order to return this canine to be euthanized

“Return Dog #275 Now, Or You Will Be Terminated From Your Employment!”

Good Deeds are routinely punished, so today, many give up, and don’t even try


But I salute this man, who had the courage and the conviction to rescue this dog

I know several others who have been arrested for freeing starving dogs on chains

And others who were labeled ‘domestic terrorists’ for their protests at puppy mills

For so many today, doing the right thing, is often accompanied by ridicule and pain


And like the man who was just terminated from his job for saving a worthy canine

I was told that I was no longer welcome at a shelter where I had been volunteering

Since I found a terrified little dog in a back room, that was about to be ‘put down’

And I put her in my car, drove off, and today, to my wife and I much joy she brings


Fighting for a cause today has become extremely difficult in our bureaucratic society

Road blocks and layer upon layer of bureaucratic red tape now always get in the way

But if you have a cause that you believe in, it’s worth all the hurdles and the obstacles

And I, for one, hope you’ll consider adopting Dog #276, before he is euthanized today




Saving One Canine Won’t Change This Sad Old World,

But It Will Change The World, For The One Being Saved.



©March 2012, Mr. Ed




You Can Read Our Latest Rescue Effort At The Care2 Animal Welfare Website,

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Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 3/23/2012
Insuring one's soul to be saved includes
caring for God's creatures!!! Not corrupt
politics..Thanks, *Mr Ed* for the caring!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by jude forese 3/23/2012
powerful points, ED ... bureaucracy always slows up progress ...
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/23/2012
Amazing the things we never realize that go on, ED! You'd think they'd be glad someone cared enough to take them. How do some humans become such idiots,and nasty too! Thanks for sharing Ed!
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 3/22/2012
"Show me a successful Salesman, and I'll show you a Whore!"

"Show me a big-wheel Boss, or Bureaucrat,
and I'll show you a Non-Caring Rat-Bastard!"

Reviewed by T Jett (Reader) 3/22/2012
Those bureaucrats has no compassion whatsoever. Wonderfully written, Ed ...
Reviewed by Laura Fall 3/22/2012
Truly a moving write as always and it is so sad that awful things like this towards these animals happens so much and it is so wrong as they deserve the best and so nice to know that is what you give to them Laura
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 3/22/2012
If an employee wants to adopt an animal let them do it. Makes
me upset to see such b. go on and on. Good for you Jake !
Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 3/22/2012
Impossible to believe the callous disregard for life any life, I wonder how many of these soulless creatures work for the government, are you sure they're human, and not from another planet, it wouldn't be that far out, that gentlemen that adopted the dog anyway, is a true human being, a Mensch in German. Bless you!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/22/2012
To Ed Matlack:

Dog #275 is already at this terminated employee's home. He's sticking to his guns; he's adopted him, and he's already looking for another job.

Saving Dog #276 is my way of asking people to head down to their own overflowing local shelter or pound before the next innocent dog is put down.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/22/2012
Ed!! How do I go about adopting that dog right now...??!! U adopt him if u want and I will get out to him somehow...don't let him be put down...I WANT HIM! Jurseeeeey
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 3/22/2012
There's no end to the stupidity of some humans!!! When the rules can't be bent to save a precious life...something is terribly wrong! Kudos to that man who stood up for a poor helpless creature that deserves every chance at a good life...

Reviewed by Ruan Mills Burke 3/22/2012
It's UNBELIEVABLE how authorities put up hurdle after bloody hurdle to stop people from doing good! I'll bet, when they need someone to do good for them, they won't be so hasty!

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