The other night I dreamt repeatedly (or ongoing – in various states of consciousness) about Anne Frank and her family. I know why she was on my mind. I have been thinking about her and what it must have been … Continue reading
Republican Tantrum continues?
Yes, U.S. Government 101, friends. This is the Republican Party that has shut us down. President Obama on Congress’ [Republican] Unprofessional & Unacceptable Government Shutdown: Continue reading
Reality Check, America.
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.
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.
Deputy Senior Advisor
The White House
P.S. — You’ll still be able to sign up for affordable health insurance on HealthCare.gov starting tomorrow, shutdown or no shutdown.
A college. An agribusiness program/project that uses animals as things rather than the sentient individuals who they are. The individuals? Two cows – Bill and Lou.
Conflicting stories as to their fate – from the same institution telling the stories, all representatives of the college and the affiliated farm. And a group of concerned citizens who wish to know the truth.
I am among that group of people. And I hope you’ll join me in urging Green Mountain College to be upfront in what it did with Bill and Lou – two cows whose fates were in the hands of the institution’s administrators. Their plight raised an international outcry. The school planned on sending them to slaughter and serve them to the students – yep, you heard me right. You might even recall that story as I remember it. Then school officials said they wouldn’t. Then Bill and Lou disappeared. Now sources within the school (Green Mountain College’s Cerridwen Farm) allege that Bill and Lou were sent to slaughter anyway. Wouldn’t surprise me even though that action would/will (?) stomp all over Green Mountain student body’s belief in its school administration’s integrity.
Over 3 million voices were heard in 2012 before their deaths – make yours heard today.
Hey U.S. Government!
Look what happens when you deny rights and then actually slam someone who has been holding YOU accountable. Now you get to pay for the medical treatment that you are trying to squirm out of. Shame on the U.S. Military for this one.
Get it right. Stand behind Chelsea and be the “bigger man.” ha. Guess you’re hiding behind fear again. Let’s see …
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?
Big Fat Zero = Failed.
Please rework your policies and bring them by my office in the next few days. Thanks.
- “I Am Chelsea Manning”: On The Epidemic of Anti-Trans* Violence (bluestockingsmag.com)
- ‘Illegal’ for U.S. military to deny Manning sex change (mobile.wnd.com)
- Who is Chelsea Manning? (tylervilekutner.wordpress.com)
Yes, I had some things to say about Russia’s leadership. OutJustice is my outlet for that type of commentary.
Russia has a law criminalizing “propaganda” that shows LGBTQIA persons in a positive light. Anyone who participates in “gayness,” or says it’s pretty OK in some way (so to speak) is to be shut down. Violence? Sure, why not. Go ahead.
Two women holding hands = crime.
Waiving a rainbow flag = crime.
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).
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.
Today in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed an historic lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of “ag gag” laws. Given my years overseeing some of the most important undercover investigations for farmed animals in U.S. history, I am a plaintiff in the case.
Ag-Gag laws are unconstitutional.
What better way to show how much animal agribusinesses have to hide than for them to push for laws that violate our constitutional rights and target a specific demographic of “rabble-rousers?” Some of my biggest heroes are the people who wire up with hidden cameras and pull back the curtain on the meat, egg, and dairy industries. They show us exactly what would happen on any other day.
We legally expose and educate the public on all of the gruesome violations of basic human decency to those who are incapable of fighting back – nonhuman animals – and I ask that you stand with us in this fight.
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.