Sorry for the spotty post schedule lately. It’s certainly not because the PSAs have dialed down the crazy or become any more enlightened. It’s just a hellishly busy time of year here in the real world and Mother Nature has been a huge bitch the past little while. Anyhow, I thought we would take a quick peak in with our PSA buddies to tide y’all over til Friday’s festivities.
Slaughterhouse Suey has made her triumphant return from her Washington DC field trip with Mindy`Puppymill’ Patterson just in time to fan the flames of paranoia and conspiracy amongst the ever dwindling UH loyalists. They were hanging with Crazyass Steve King and Annette Sweeney from Iowa. Just a reminder, both the Iowa peeps are all about the puppymills and Big Ag asshattery. Quite the little clutch of animal haters for sure. The PSAs are really fortunate to have such awesome individuals leading their charge. Suey took the time to throw a few biscuits out at the UH upon her return.
“We are wrapping up a great week in D.C. this morning. Mindy Patterson just headed to the airport, Annette Sweeney is spending the weekend with friends before she heads back, I’ve got a couple more visits on the Hill and will be on the plane this afternoon. Last night we had dinner with Congressman Steve King, Iowa…what an outstanding champion for agriculture and common sense! He is in a tough race with the wife of the former Governor of Iowa, now Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack’s wife Christy. She moved into his district and rented an apartment–that’s right, she isn’t even bothering to invest in the community she seeks to represent. Speaks loads about her committment, I would say. If you are in Iowa, or you have resources to help Rep. King, it would be an excellent place to focus your efforts! Rep. Cynthia Lummis took time out of her evening to stop by and visit with us, as well. She is another great champion of animal owners and agriculture”
– Yes, Crazyass King is all kinds of awesome. Just to refresh your memory on him, you can read this entry (https://shedrowconfessions.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/slaughterhouse-sue-finds-her-soulmate/)All you really need to know about Crazyass, is pretty much an equal opportunity hater. He hates animals, gays, and people that use birth control because he thinks that’s the same thing as abortion. I also find it funny how Suey is all pissed about Christy Vilsack’s community commitment due to her lack of investment, when Suey is basically all about her own pockets. I guess Suey can afford to stump for Crazyass King since her constituency is basically made up of her own clan that don’t seem to have a lot of forks in the family tree.
“Yesterday morning we had a good meeting at USDA, and I am happy to report that we have what I believe are strong commitments from the agency for a clear path forward in the horse business in the next couple of months. Nothing will happen in Washington D.C. until after the election. That is just the nature of the beast.
It has been a good and productive week! Now I need a couple of days to unwind and process everything that we have learned and accomplished.”
– So, basically tax payers paid for their little field trip and Crazyass King love fest and they didn’t really learn anything new? Somebody elect me because my travel bills lately are atrocious! Apparently, I need to be a little less `high maintenance’.
Now let’s move onto the righteous indignation portion of today’s discussion. One of the UH PSAs decided to do his part and write his representative, Martin Heinrich imploring him to vote in opposition of the Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. He posted a portion of his letter… “I request that you vote in opposition to the the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (S. 1176/H.R. 2966). Horse slaughter needs to be regulated in the U.S. and it is a very necessary method to help us control the horse overpopulation problem, caused by sick, infirmed, or just unwanted horses. …” So far, so good, right? The hilarity comes in when this PSA received a form letter response that not only indicated that Heinrich had never actually read the letter, but he was pretty much anti-slaughter in his leanings.
“Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 2966, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011. Horses are an iconic part of the Western landscape, and I appreciate knowing your thoughts on this legislation.
Representative Dan Burton (IN-5) introduced H.R. 2966, which prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption.
You will be pleased to know that I am a cosponsor of this legislation. H.R. 2966 was referred to the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and Agriculture. While I am not a member of this committee, I look forward to supporting legislation that will prevent the transport or sale of horses for human consumption.
Again, thank you for contacting me. For more information and additional details about legislation, please visit my website, http://heinrich.house.gov/. While you are there, you can also sign up to receive periodic updates on my work in Congress.
As always, I value your input and hope you will continue to keep me informed of the issues important to you.”
Now, I believe that this sort of thing happens all the time. That’s not to say we should stop writing letters and making our voices heard, but we also need to realize that there are people that handle the mail and depending on volume, the response isn’t going to be all that personal. The hilarious part was the indignant comments that followed.
“He didin’t even read my email to see I was opposed to this regulation. Representative Heinrich is our enemy”
– I’m actually kinda liking Heinrich right about now….
“Mr. Heinrich, one of your constituents, XXXXX, recently contacted you, urging you to vote against this irresponsible and completely out of touch with reality legislation, only to receive a generic response assuring him of how wonderful it is that you are actually a co sponsor of it. That, Sir, makes you part of the problem, not part of the solution. As a member of the horse industry, you know, the ones who actually do care for and about the horses, as well as spending a LOT OF MONEY providing for them so that they, in turn, contribute a LOT OF REVENUES into the economy…THAT HORSE INDUSTRY, I am PART OF THE SOLUTION. Another part of the solution will be to vote clueless legislators, such as yourself OUT OF OFFICE.”
– Yup, when all else fails threaten and insult the person you are trying to sway. Works every time!
“It’s a canned response to add insult to injury. I got the same letter……..BTW, he is also a co-sponsor of the PUPS legislation. He’s AR all the way which is why HSUS had given him $3< towards his campaign and an approval rating of 80%”
– I bet he likes Bob Barker and Betty White too. That bastard!
“There has been SEVERAL replies from legislators that have stated they are opposite of what we stand for-I am not sure if the staff are anti-slaughter and purposely change your e-mails or if they just dont read them. I try to phone and VERY EXPLICITLY make sure that they know I am PRO-slaughter and I also point out that it is a violation of my rights to tell me what I can/cant do with MY property, and I give the very simple solution-if people dont like slaughter, dont sell their horse to anyone who may take it to slaughter, and if they dont like me selling MY horse to slaughter, they can offer me more for my horse than the meat buyer…”
– Don’t these politicians realize how important these hillbilly PSAs are???? Why aren’t they taking eleventy billion calls a day?
“CALL EVERY SINGLE LOCAL OFFICE HE HAS AND TALK TO THE STAFFERS! I have had this happen to me too and that is what I do – they are damn sure where I stand when I get done chewing their ears. Guy told me that they get over a million emails A WEEK. No one is reading those.”
– All aboard the Crazy Train! Next stop the Land of Entitlement!
“We are too quiet. There is not a doubt in my mind, of and kind, that we are the majority.”
– I beg to differ….
“If the hacking into even the most highly secure military servers and accounts can be achieved by private sector geeks, who’s to say that the anti’s can’t hack congressional accts and intercept these emails? It’s “out there” but feasible. Also, all they need is for the staffers and interns of congress members to be antis, not the congress people, themselves. The staffers are the ones who send out the replies.”
– Seriously, coffee all over my laptop when I first read this. I’m still laughing so hard I’m crying. They found us out! None of us own horses….we’re all computer hackers!
“we need to get organized and kill these bills. What other organizations and blogs can we contact to start a phone and letter writing campaign? I know of N’Tee Tobiano but that is about all. We also need to be known as something besides Pro-Slaughter, something like Caring Owners, Responsible Equines, or something else that doesn’t make us sound like blood thiristy rednecks.”
– I’m having trouble breathing at this point…..Yes, they should have NT lead the charge to get heard. That will show all those Washington types and make them pay attention! Now they don’t want to be known as Pros? They want to disguise themselves as `Caring Owners’ and `Responsible Equines’? I can’t make this stuff up!
This is just a teaser from our PSAs this week. I have a feeling Friday will be epic if I can do it justice. Keep up the good work everybody!