Here’s the reality about the government shutdown.

Reality Check, America.

 

English: President Barack Obama speaks to a jo...

President Barack Obama speaks to a joint session of Congress regarding health care reform. Obamacare isn’t perfect, but it’s a start and it’s what we have left from Congress after Congress attacked the plan. To not have universal healthcare is a pity. It’s a shameful reality in the U.S. coming hopefully to a close. Now, as of today’s posting date, we have no government functions in most federal areas – why? Not because of health care. It’s irrelevant to the shut down. Due to ideological stupidity put in front of real persons with real health care needs. Everyone deserves health care. And it makes fiscal sense to provide it rather than deal with ALL of myriad results of NOT having it. How’s THAT for a damned caption? Photo credit: Wikipedia.

 

I’ve found myself pointing all of this out for days and I’m saddened by the low or complete lack of understanding that most people have about what the “government shut down” is spurred by; what it affects; what it actually meant, means, and will mean; and how absolutely unnecessary it all was and is.

 

I’ve got some things to say. I always do. If you knew, dear reader, just how many draft posts I have not put out there on my website you would see JUST HOW MUCH I have to say. But, I tend to write and then read it later and decide not to go there. I’ll be going there with this one.

 

And I’ll also be going there with this one.

 

On September 30th the White House sent this out:

 

If the United States government shuts down tonight and our economy takes a hit, it will be because House Republicans let it happen.

Right now, there’s a bill sitting in the House that funds the government for a few more weeks. It doesn’t demand the repeal or delay of the health care law, or deny women access to birth control, or include any other failed, partisan proposals. It funds the government. That’s it. And if Republican leadership allowed a simple yes or no vote on this bill — like the Senate has — it would get enough support from members of both parties to pass.

Instead, the government that these Republicans were elected to fund will close down and that will hurt our economy. Americans across the country won’t be allowed to show up for work. Paychecks could be delayed, meaning some folks will have to cut back on groceries or maybe even not pay a few bills. Businesses will have fewer customers. Veterans won’t get services they rely on — and it will put benefits for seniors at risk.

Even though they’ve already voted over 40 times to defund or delay the health care law, this group of Republicans in Congress is so obsessed with the idea of sabotaging Obamacare that they’re willing to take the economy hostage to do it.

Take a look at how this shutdown will affect millions of Americans — and then make sure you share it so other folks know, too.

President Obama has said time and time again that he’s willing to work with folks on both sides of the aisle to grow our economy and even improve the health care law. But using the threat of government shutdown or defaulting on the bills our country owes is reckless and irresponsible.

In fact, shutting down the government won’t stop Obamacare. The Health Insurance Marketplace will still open for business starting tomorrow, without delay.

Washington needs to stop manufacturing crises and focus on the issues that matter: creating jobs and building a strong middle class. Taking our economy over the cliff just to score political points isn’t fair to the millions of Americans who show up every day to work and do their jobs. It’s time for Congress to do its job.

Make sure you know exactly who this shutdown is directly affecting and then pass it on.

Thanks,

David

David Simas
Deputy Senior Advisor
The White House
@Simas44

P.S. — You’ll still be able to sign up for affordable health insurance on HealthCare.gov starting tomorrow, shutdown or no shutdown.

 

Cheese on Your Pizza

During my time overseeing the undercover investigations at Mercy For Animals (MFA) we documented horrific animal abuse. Much of it so shocking it was featured on national and international news media. This photo being featured by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on its Facebook page is from our (MFA’s) case at Willet Dairy in New York state. The photo shows a painful procedure called “disbudding.” This was one of our earlier employment-based cases (earlier = 2009, so hardly long ago).

At Willet Dairy we documented "disbudding," which is the painful removal of horns shown here without any pain relief or medical care.

At Willet Dairy we documented “disbudding,” which is the painful removal of horns shown here without any pain relief or medical care.

This is the Dairy Industry.

It doesn’t want you to know the truth.

Using a cautering device, this worker digs and burns the horn out of calf after calf. According to dairy experts who reviewed the footage, these calves were all far too old for the procedure not that it’s any less cruel or painful at a younger age.

Ag Gag laws are there to keep you from knowing the truth. You deserve to know the truth and these animals don’t deserve to suffer for absolutely no reason.

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Mercy For Animals’ Unethical Behavior

Former Mercy For Animals [sic] (MFA) US Director of Investigations Daniel Hauff speaking to reporters at a Boston news conference following the Quality Egg of New England investigation, a Maine Contract Farming facility owned by Austin "Jack" DeCoster of the salmonella outbreak.

Former Mercy For Animals [sic] (MFA) US Director of Investigations Daniel Hauff speaking to reporters at a Boston news conference following the Quality Egg of New England investigation, a Maine Contract Farming facility owned by Austin “Jack” DeCoster of the salmonella outbreak.

MFA could be stronger if they do the right thing.

I suppose I should share the letter I wrote to Mercy For Animals‘ Executive Director Nathan Runkle about his and the organization’s unethical behavior. You can write to Nathan directly at NathanR@MercyForAnimals.org.

For your convenience, here’s the letter:

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YOU’RE invited to the RECEPTION, BAYBEE!

Wonder what I’m doin’ whenever I’m not bloggin’ here on DanielHauff.com? (I know, I haven’t been doing it all that long, but she [me] does throw some good stuff at ya’, right? Am I right?)

What do I do in order to get back into health after throwing out my back (only the third time in fifteen years, which ain’t so bad, right?)? I mean, what do I DO since I stopped overseeing the despicable abuses inherent in the dairy, egg, and meat industries? Really want to knowContinue reading

Threw my back out …

Released into the public domain by PETA.

Steve-O did a voice over for a Mercy For animals commercial we did once, but other than that his naked self has nothing to do with this article other than to remind one to please lift with your legs. Released into the public domain by PETA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s been a long time since I threw my back out.

In fact, it’s been since the day I was to work undercover (or, let’s just say “covertly” for that situation, without announcing myself: “I’m here to film you harming animals so that the state can tell us there are no laws to protect these animals and we can push for better laws and inside I truly despise you, Animal Abuser!”) early in 2007 with a colleague to document some abuse in [State Redacted]. Continue reading

Abused, Injured, Tossed Aside and Left for Dead: A Modern Farming Theme

Some things just never change. Or do they?

Some of you know me from my time serving as U.S. Director of Investigations with Mercy For Animals. I oversaw some of the most important undercover investigations into contemporary animal agribusinesses of nearly every type, and certainly the ones that affected the most animals, in U.S. history. It was an ugly, miserable job. But, it was important and I did it. Why? Because I could.

Every investigation we did was chosen completely at random. Continue reading

Pleasure in Violence

I’ll say it until I’m dead:  Neither pleasure nor convenience are acceptable reasons to pay someone else to be violent on your behalf [period].

Thank you, Ed, for pointing out a lame bogus excuse when you see one.

Not sure about my statement? Totally confused? Not sure why? Here’s why. It’s 12 short minutes of your life and if you eat eggs, dairy products, or meat (or things with those items in them, kids), then you owe it to the animals to spend 12 short minutes understanding only the basics of what you are paying others to do for you.

HOLY FRIGGIN’ SMOKES. I had no idea you were following me!

HOLY FRIGGIN’ SMOKES. I really didn’t.

I was just about to transfer one of the wildlife questions that I just received into a blog post – a “Dear Daniel” sorta’ idea. I get questions all the time about wildlife, companion animals, farmed animals, and human rights given the work I’ve done over the years and my current work, too. So, when I was about to paste in my draft response, I noticed the “Follow” button was an option even though I’m the owner and administrator of the blog. So, I thought that I ought to “follow” my blog. So I did. To my shock and amazement (seriously), the WordPress site has 3,299 “other amazing people” following my blog of only a few postings. Oops!

Image Daniel Hauff blog 3,299 subscriptions

3,299 people follow this blog with only four blog posts ever placed. That’s pretty decent (!). Thanks for your support and I’m sorry I hadn’t been bloggin’ as I shoulda’ been!

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New Day

“New Day. NEW DAY!” – The Cure

Entreat

Entreat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Never, ever, think outside the box

It’s been a long journey to get the various web presence/sites up that I’ve been working toward while also working on some special projects and looking for regular employment. Many props to the Continue reading