published Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Ag-Gag

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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AndrewLohr said...

Ha.

"The righteous mindeth the life of his beast, but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."

Support the Unborn Babies Cruelty Prevention Act.

April 27, 2013 at 12:29 a.m.
mosquito said...

I believe this bill includes provisions for individuals who video animal cruelty to be charged with Class C misdemeanor if they don't report within 48 hours.

I have read somewhere but cannot find source that Humane Society and ASPCA have suggested veto of this legislation. ?????

However, we should not abuse dumb animals. Let the jib jabs begin....

April 27, 2013 at 7:45 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

You really have to wonder about politicians who create legislation that only seems to accommodate the bad guys. . . Are they crooks or just dummies?

April 27, 2013 at 8:35 a.m.
fairmon said...

I do not condone cruelty of any nature to animals but there has to be a limit on what legislatures legislate. We elect them, some good and some bad, and they think they are a deity that knows best.

April 27, 2013 at 8:47 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

mountainlaurel @8:35.

They are both.

April 27, 2013 at 8:54 a.m.
prairie_dog said...

The head of the Human Society was on TV talking about this. It is very obvious that they take video of abused animals and then hold on to it for their own agenda, rather than reporting the abuse to law enforcement. It's a very hypocritical position for people who claim to be in the business of protecting animals to take. They'd much rather use the video on their own TV shows and commercials for fund-raising purposes, which MOSTLY supports the salaries of the staff.

April 27, 2013 at 9:01 a.m.
alprova said...

prairie_dog, you don't think there is a more nefarious purpose behind this kind of legislation?

Turn over the videos to US and we will "investigate" the claims "fairly and impartially," but (wink, wink) we must protect big business at the same time from those who would try to take them down.

After all, they are most likely big supporters of we Republicans.

April 27, 2013 at 9:18 a.m.
magenta said...

mountainlaurel said... You really have to wonder about politicians who create legislation that only seems to accommodate the bad guys. . . Are they crooks or just dummies?

Or, they already knew, condoned it and were a part of the abuse and crime all along, is the more likely scenario.

April 27, 2013 at 9:26 a.m.
degage said...

Al, Of course you would claim the big supporters could only be republicans. A liberal couldn't possibly be guilty of such things. What a crock!!!

April 27, 2013 at 9:35 a.m.
alprova said...

Indiana Democrats have been fighting a bill that makes it patently illegal to expose factory farms, clear-cutting, and fracking.

The mere act of reporting animal abuse or environmental violations is proposed by State Republicans to be a punishable act of up to a year in jail.

If Tennessee legislators are successful in getting this watered down bill passed, it would be nothing to amend it later to make any act reporting animal abuse just as illegal as Indiana is attempting to do now.

Anyone who believes that this kind of legislation is not meant to protect the abusers is operating their brains in a highly delusional state.

April 27, 2013 at 9:36 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

Wonder if Planned Parenthood supports this cruelty act?

April 27, 2013 at 9:46 a.m.
alprova said...

degage wrote: "Al, Of course you would claim the big supporters could only be republicans. A liberal couldn't possibly be guilty of such things. What a crock!!!"

Do you have evidence to present otherwise or did you just jump without researching the matter?

April 27, 2013 at 9:46 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

In a statement this week, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said, “President Obama has done more than any president in history for women’s health and rights.” What about the rights of the unborn and just born?

April 27, 2013 at 10:28 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Prairie_Dog says: “The head of the Human Society was on TV talking about this. It is very obvious that they take video of abused animals and then hold on to it for their own agenda.”

And what about private citizens, Prairie_Dog? What about the concerns they're expressing? Some people like this women quoted in this WSMV article have proven their suspicions by taking photograps. It doesn’t look like an agenda to me - unless, of course, you're saying putting bad guys behind bars is an agenda:

“Dawn Roberts. . . is not a lobbyist or a member of an animal rights group. She's just an animal lover who knows first hand what it takes to stop abuse.

"When you are driving by there everyday and you're seeing horses laying on the ground or see a horse and you picture it, and then a week later . . . it's thinner. . . . And then you see a dead horse," Roberts said.

Roberts documented a tough case near her home. She said Robertson County sheriff's deputies would run out to Lee Krisle's farm, and Krisle would say, 'Oh, that horse - just bought home. He came that way.' So, it didn't go anywhere.

Roberts and her neighbors then started taking photographs - daily, for months - and all of a sudden it wasn't "he said, she said." It was "look at the proof."

"We showed that it was the same animal for a period of time . . .telling the law enforcement or the agriculture extension officer was not correct," Roberts said.

A grand jury indicted Krisle this week on multiple counts of animal cruelty, and all horses have been taken off the farm belonging to Krisle - a convicted horse rustler and felon.

If the governor signs the legislation, the kind of investigation Roberts and her neighbors conducted would no longer be legal.”

http://www.wsmv.com/story/22090137/thousands-appeal-to-gov-haslam-about-animal-abuse-bill

April 27, 2013 at 10:34 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

Animals have a right to privacy. Clearly defined in the Constitution.

April 27, 2013 at 11:26 a.m.
PlainTruth said...

” Obama’s herd control is a masterpiece. He already can lie and have millions believe him. For those who do not follow him or are slow to worship him other tactics are necessary. Chaos has escalated each day after Obama was first elected. Tragedies have increased in America and the end is nowhere in sight. Some have already blamed Chechnya or Russia for the Boston bombings as though all Muslims are that unified. It is doubtful the Chechens want to cause trouble in the US especially since Obama is doing such a good job there." -Pravda - hard to imagine we have to turn to Pravda for the truth

April 27, 2013 at 11:59 a.m.
EaTn said...

One of the earliest signs of a sadistic person is their tendency toward cruelty to animals. Politics should not hinder locating and stopping these pieces of garbage.

April 27, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Magenta says: “Or, they already knew, condoned it and were a part of the abuse and crime all along, is the more likely scenario.”

Yes, you’re probably right. . . Politicians don’t do something for nothing, do they?

Well, I can tell you one thing. You won’t find me woofing down a hamburger or having a slice of shepherd’s pie at one of those Flying J’s owned by the Haslam family. . . No-sir-ree-bob.

It might be just a coincidence and I know most of these “horsemeat” scandals that I’ve been reading so much about lately are occurring in European countries, but you can’t ever be sure when it comes to politicians. . . Know what I mean?

April 27, 2013 at 12:36 p.m.
tifosi said...

I guess this means Clay Bennett can't torture Maximus and Conservative anymore.

April 27, 2013 at 1:16 p.m.
anniebelle said...

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Mahatma Gandhi This country has become a cesspool of morality.

April 27, 2013 at 1:43 p.m.
Maximus said...

Anniebelle.....oh yea Gandhi and India the moral high ground? Really? Ever done any research about Gandhi's personal life? A freak. The caste system still in place in India......not so much! Ever been to India? I have. You never forget the smell or should I say stinch. Regarding the PC animal parade....news flash....Traveler, Robert E. Lee's beloved horse suing U. S. Grant and General Sherman for damages.

April 27, 2013 at 1:58 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

Ted Cruz on vile Sac Bee cartoon: 'Liberal leanings' shouldn't 'trump respect and decency'. (and common sense) amen, brother

April 27, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
fairmon said...

Another piece of legislation perhaps with good intentions but undesirable consequences. People keep insisting on and legislatures keep initiating legislation to take control of some aspect of our life or to extract some of our assets. Each time a choice it taken away, a little more liberty slips from our grasp.

April 27, 2013 at 4:04 p.m.
conservative said...

Unbelievable!!!

Owebama to largest abortion provider Planned Parentlesshood: "God bless you"

What utter contempt for God!!!

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter Isaiah 5:20 KJV

http://visiontoamerica.com/14743/obama-to-largest-abortion-provider-god-bless-you/

April 27, 2013 at 4:14 p.m.
Maximus said...

George Jones......an American bad ass original. There will never be another Possum. RIP.

April 27, 2013 at 4:21 p.m.
anniebelle said...

Yeah, and Maximus, you sit on the top of the cesspool.

April 27, 2013 at 5:07 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Fairmon says: "Another piece of legislation perhaps with good intentions but undesirable consequences."

Legislation that makes it difficult to gather evidence against bad guys can hardly be considered legislation with good intent. Indeed, when it comes to intent it’s obvious that this particular legislation is more of an attempt by a Tennessee lawmaker to cover the backs of the bad guys.

April 27, 2013 at 5:12 p.m.
Maximus said...

I guess "so sensitive" Clay would have walked everywhere back in the day before the automobile because he would have not wanted to "hurt" his horse by putting a saddle on it. Clay Bennett is such a predictable liberal idiot. If there is a wacko liberal cause put Clay down for a yes. In the words of the great American Forrest Gump stupid is as stupid does and liberals have a crap load of stupid.

April 27, 2013 at 6:49 p.m.
Maximus said...

No anniebelle I sit on top of the food chain. Some eat steak others get grilled. Your Gandhi crap is embarrassing.

April 27, 2013 at 6:53 p.m.
Easy123 said...

If Democrats want to win elections or get legislation passed in the future, all they need to do is let WingNut/TeaBaggers talk. Need examples? JonRoss, Maximus, conservative, AndrewLohr, and PlainTruth.

If you let these mouth-breathing, maladapted ignoramuses talk for long enough, they will surely say at least 5 things that are either ignorant, racist, sexist, or crazy.

I've never experienced a group of like-minded individuals that hang themselves with their own words as much as those WingNutters. It's almost unbelievable.

April 27, 2013 at 9:38 p.m.
PlainTruth said...

President of no college records makes joke about smoking pot in college. classy

April 27, 2013 at 10:52 p.m.
Easy123 said...

PlainTruth,

"President of no college records makes joke about smoking pot in college. classy"

Which President are you referring to? The POTUS has college records from Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard. People that actually went to college know that academic records are off limits to anyone but the student via the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Your own parents can't even access them. G. W. Bush refused to release his college records in 1999, but they were leaked to New Yorker magazine

As for smoking pot, I'd consider that an upgrade from the alcoholic, coke-head that came before him. Real freaking classy!

How's that for plain truth?

April 27, 2013 at 11:10 p.m.
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