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Ethical (?) PETA Treatment of Animals

Environment, Ethics, Politics

What PETA says...

Here’s something rather unexpected.  You would hope to expect better, from an organization that claims to care for animals.

The following story is from This is True dated 17 July 2005. It is Copyright 2005 Randy Cassingham, all rights reserved, and reprinted here with permission:

“Ethical” Defined

After more than 100 dead dogs were dumped in a trash dumpster over four weeks, police in Ahoskie, N.C., kept an eye on the trash receptacle behind a supermarket. Sure enough, a van drove up and officers watched the occupants throw in heavy plastic bags. They detained the two people in the van and found 18 dead dogs in plastic bags in the dumpster, including puppies; 13 more dead dogs were still in the van. Police say the van is registered to the headquarters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the two occupants, Andrew B. Cook, 24, and Adria Joy Hinkle, 27, identified themselves as PETA employees.

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Positive Election Results

Ethics, Local, Politics

I’m glad to see that the Election did not devolve down into a mess.   We’ve not heard of any rumors following up on the Obama Birth Certificate controvery, for which I’m glad.

I believe it’s time for everyone to pull together, and work together, to get past the two years of negative campaigning.   

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Obama Birth Controversy will Start Riots, Damage Constitution

Ethics, Politics, Society

A lawsuit filed in August of this year, by Pennsylvania Democrat Philip J. Berg is the ticking time bomb hidden in this year’s election madness.

The constitution of the United States requires that the president must be over 35, in the country for at least 14 years, and a natural born citizen.

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As an American, I am Ashamed of This

Politics, Society

This is completely wrong, and I can not stand the thought that some other person, calling themselves an American, saw fit to put this image up in the name of “political debate”.

Growing up, I thought of America as a shining example of all of the best things in the world, a place where people could disagree, without resorting to the baser instincts.  I saw this country as someplace where I could believe differently than you, and not have to worry about whether the thought police, were going to suggest I should be killed.

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Who Owns America?

Economics, Politics, Society, The Economic Beat

It might surprise you to know the answer to that question.  The common understanding is that We, the People do, but that’s not anything like the truth.

America’s assets are owned by foreigners.  Lots of Foreigners.  The Chinese have $1.4 trillion (that’s $1,400,000,000,000) in foreign assets, and nearly 70% of that is held in U.S. Dollar denominated assets.  Whether it’s in conservative, low-yield instruments like Treasury notes and federal-agency bonds, or showy, high risk stock equity deals with American companies, China has a very large stake in our economy.  

How has this come about?

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Do YOU Have 5 minutes?

Advocacy, Human Rights, Politics, Society

Have you done your part?

Or are you going to just sit there, and let them DO this to YOU?

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Monday’s Bailout Vote was Political Theatre…

Business, Economics, Politics, The Economic Beat

During a conversation Tuesday, I mentioned in passing that I thought Monday’s bailout vote, and resultant 777 point fall in the Dow was purely political theatre. The person I was speaking with asked me what I meant by that.

I explained, “It’s simple.  1) They vote down a horribly crafted bailout plan, 2) the markets stumble, 3) everyone panics, and agrees to support the next bailout (even if it’s obviously worse than the Monday plan).” 

Well, we’ve seen exactly this scenario play out. The senate took the same basic bailout plan, added some perks to make it “more acceptable” to the Republican leadership, and changed it from a $700 Billion plan, to an $800 Billion plan.

Our senators, here in Tennessee both voted for this new package, and this morning, the new package was rolled out in front of House of Representatives once again. The house passed the newer, bigger, bill 263 to 171.  The thing to understand is that both of these bail out bills are several hundred pages long, and that they were brought up for a vote sooner than anyone could have possibly read the entire thing.

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Bailout Fails to Pass Congress

Economics, Politics

The vote ran 228 against the $700 billion bailout plan , to 205 for.

And here’s how the Tennessee congress critters voted:
1st Congressional District, David Davis, (R) - NO
2nd Congressional District, John Duncan, (R) - NO
3rd Congressional District, Zach Wamp, (R) - NO
4th Congressional District, Lincoln Davis, (D) - NO
5th Congressional District, Jim Cooper, (D) - YES
6th Congressional District, Bart Gordon, (D) - YES
7th Congressional District, Marsha Blackburn (R) - NO
8th Congressional District, John S. Tanner (D) - YES
9th Congressional District, Steve Cohen (D) - YES

So much for this being a vote to support Bush robbing the country.

A White House spokesman said that President Bush was “very disappointed.”

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