FBI Admits: Hate Crime Tracking Sucks

Hauff Gay Bashed

Alright, those are my words. They didn’t say “sucks” but trust me and my personal experience working with survivors of hate-based discrimination and violence and how tracking these personal and vicious crimes go:

It Sucks.

My mother always hated it when I said something “sucked.” But when something is done so poorly that one might say it’s really awful … a stronger word can better express the reality of said situation. I think “sucks” is appropriate here.

Hate crime tracking does suck.

[Sorry, Mom ... but it does.]

This week I’m going to share some aspects about being gay bashed that I haven’t shared on the site before. Continue reading

We filed a federal lawsuit against Idaho.

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Constitutional Challenge Made to State’s Attempt to Silence Factory Farm Whistle-Blowers

Contact:   Daniel Hauff, DHAPR Group 312.650.9210

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOISE — A coalition of organizations dedicated to civil liberties, animal protection, food safety, labor rights, and the environment, along with journalists and experts in covert operations, filed a federal lawsuit to overturn Idaho’s newly passed “ag gag” statute, signed into law by Idaho governor C.L. “Butch” Otter on February 28. The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Idaho’s ag gag law (Idaho Code sec. 18-7042), and was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho by national nonprofits Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho (ACLU), and the Center for Food Safety (CFS). Idaho is the seventh state to pass an ag gag law, and the first to do so since 2012.

The U.S. Constitution protects free speech and freedom of the press, including journalistic exposés of industrial animal production. Like other ag gag laws, Idaho’s statute criminalizes whistle-blowing investigations at factory farms, and specifically targets animal advocates who expose illegal and cruel practices. Idaho’s ag gag law makes it illegal for anyone to take photos or videos at a factory farm or slaughterhouse without the owner’s express consent. If convicted under the ag gag law, a whistle-blower would face up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine. By comparison, the maximum jail term for a first-offense conviction of animal cruelty in Idaho is six months. In other words, Idaho more severely punishes those who expose cruelty to animals than those who commit it. Continue reading

Cancer. Julie. $, $, $. Faggots. (Obamacare)

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As a follow up to my previous post on Julie, a Cancer survivor used and abused by this misleading anti-Obamacare campaign, here is some more just out on the Koch brothers.

Shameless.

Did I mention that I have a few haters on my Facebook “public figure” page in response to the Julie post?

Not surprisingly, I’m still awaiting any substantive information on the false claims by my attackers, one of whom called me a “fruit cake” and a “sorry excuse for an American.” Continue reading

Oh, Julie: You are a Pawn. (BS attack on “Obamacare”)

New to Being Veg? Some good tips.

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There are lots of blogs and lists out there for those new to a compassionate, animal-free diet. One Green Planet just posted a great list of items to have on hand in your fridge to assure your taste buds are delighted, no matter what you are cooking up.
A vegetarian diet without any animal products, called “vegan,” is the only way to avoid paying others to be violent on your behalf.

Violence is inherent in the egg, dairy, and meat industries.

And yes, aquatic life are made of flesh, too, and therefore you cannot call yourself a vegetarian if you are eating flesh. Continue reading

Republican Policy: Kill Tens of Thousands of Americans

Jim Morin cartoon published in the Miami Herald makes a major point that irritates me greatly about the anti-universal health care stance of far too many (I'm certain all with their own health care coverage) people.

Jim Morin’s cartoon, as published in the Miami Herald, makes a major point – one that irritates me greatly about the anti-universal health care stance of far too many people in the U.S. I’m fairly certain those with this view all have their own health care coverage and probably haven’t been without it … yet. Note the “yet.”

I’ve got some points to make for all of those out there who are anti-universal health care.

If you are against universal health care,

you are pro-DEATH.

It’s true.

Point Number One:

10K Lux. 4,145 Mornings (Give or Take for Leap Years)

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Reeve and I with my really cool alarm clock shining like the morning sun on us even though it was dark “as all get-out” outside. Thanks to “What’s Up, Doc?” for the gift. Love it!

Good Thursday to Ya’.

Reeve, my partner, dislikes mornings and prefers to make the rest of us do the morning routine, that is … the “barn chores.”

This is the case even though I wake him with 10,000 lux of good, vitamin D-production-helping, filtered “sunshine” – artificially-produced from my alarm clock. Ten minutes later the [admittedly very fake sounding] birds begin to chirp.

And then today’s musical selection about five minutes after that was Ellie Gouldings‘ 2013 album, Halcyon.

But still, even with that and all of the cuddling and warm welcome into a bright new HAPPY DAY, came the whining. Continue reading

Russian Olympics: Brown Water, Homophobes, Dog Killing

OK, well ... Here's to seeing the funny side of things for sure!

OK, well … Here’s to seeing the funny side of things for sure!

Hate Homos? Go to Sochi.

Hate Dogs? Go to Sochi.

Hate People Generally? Go to Sochi.

Could the Russian government give us more reasons to boycott the Russian-based Olympics? I’ve never been more certain on not having any interest in watching the Olympics or avoiding companies supporting the Sochi-based events as I am right now. Continue reading