With the “Big Lick” defending the indefensible institution of horse soring with a “smoke and mirrors” approach all in the effort to protect its Cash Cow Cha Ching,
David L. Howard knew he needed first team help so he got some “players” to put up the $$$$$ to hire Purple Strategies.
So when a little lady from Cookeville, Tennessee
who loves horses came up with the novel idea of simply polling the TWHBEA members how they felt, “YES” or “NO”, about the passage of the PAST Act, HR 1518/S. 1406, and she didn’t favor the “vested interests” with the courtesy of asking their permission before she did so, and all of a sudden approximately 7,000 ballots were in the hands of TWHBEA members all over America and through the World, panic set in among the Big Lick crowd.
So David L. Howard and Son Jeffrey, Walking Horse Report Editor and PSHA spokesperson, called Purple Strategies to “try and cap the gusher”.
Jeffrey had previously brashly gone out on a limb and said:
“They’ll never count those votes”.
Informed sources say that Jeffrey was over confident about the outcome of the SHOW HIO lawsuit in Texas, and he apparently gave a lot of assurances around the barns and cross tie areas about the outcome, and then U. S. District Judge Terry Means “slam dunked” the Lickers in a Summary Judgement at the end of July right before the Celebration, but I digress.
Son Jeffrey apparently sent out a lifeline to Purple Strategies – saying we have to come up with a way to discredit this highly sophisticated poll that the little lady from Cookeville was doing. He reached out to Chris Mather who is head of Purple Strategies Chicago office
to see what she could do. Rather than get an independent unbiased professional opinion, Chris knew she needed to get an opinion that would make Jeffrey happy, so Chris conveniently rang up the “Purple Insights”
branch of Purple Strategies and asked her Purple colleague Mr. Brian Gottlieb
to see what he could come up with. Mr. Gottlieb write Chris back a “long winded”
and sent a copy of it to a nice lady named Kathleen Spears who happens to answer to Jeffrey Howard who is Spokesperson for PSHA when he’s not Editor of The Walking Horse Report:
Informed sources say Kathleen Spears was apparently hired as PSHA Executive Director by David L. Howard colleague and crony, Duke Thorson. It’s interesting to note that Ms. Spears apparently is doing her PSHA job while maintaining residence in Lexington, Kentucky, but that is another story for another day.
Some Stuff About Purple Insights:
“Purple Insights is our in-house group devoted to message and communications research, as well as strategy development and tactical implementation. Adept at rigorous, methodologically sophisticated research techniques, we translate data into crisp, effective messages that will resonate.Our research experts combine best practices from political campaigns, advocacy efforts and corporate marketing to determine the right strategic approach from the start and enable our clients to monitor progress and make critical mid-course corrections.”
Basically Purple Insights is called in to save the bacon when an outfit like the “Big Lickers” or BP gets in trouble and needs somebody to spin something or “attempt to discredit a Poll about a Law to prevent soring Tennessee Walking Horses”.
Now, according to Radar’s view
Mr. Barry Gottlieb comes off as a “City Slicker”.
Even Radar knows that Pat Stout did send the poll question to all 6,945 eligible to vote members of TWHBEA. In Mr. Gottlieb’s defense, perhaps Jeffrey told him that the Poll wasn’t mailed to all the members – but it was. Ms Stout’s attorney has provided documentary proof that this was done. So Mr. Gottlieb’s opinion that “this mailer is a flawed polling instrument” because “It is unclear that the mailer was sent to the entire TWHBEA membership; the “poll” would need to be sent to the entire membership to get an accurate sample from the responses mailed back, is a “flawed opinion”.
So Mr. Gottlieb, as we say out here at Theta, this “ain’t” no “self selected poll”.
It was a bonafide genuine Poll of the ENTIRE voting membership of TWHBEA.
The next thing Mr. Gottlieb gets off on is he assumes people do not know how to read both sides of a card by simply turning it over and looking at it.
and then you vote “YES” or “NO”.
which is exactly what 26% of the members of TWHBEA did, and they voted 63% “YES” For Passage of the HR 1518/S.1406 PAST Act to remove the pads and chains, eliminate HIOS and make horse soring a felony.
And Mr. Gottlieb should have learned in Politics 101, that people are much more inclined to vote negatively -“NO” – on issues than they are positively “YES”.
Come on Mr. Gottlieb!
The last high pappylorem thing Mr. Gottlieb wants to criticize and yimmer yammer about is the picture of the Horses asking people to vote for them:
Now Mr. Gottlieb, since you don’t seem to know anything about “fixing” or soring any horses – maybe it would help for you to please look at this:
You see Mr. Gottlieb, the TWHBEA members that the Postcard ballots were sent to happen to have horses and love them. Many of those members don’t want the Horses hurt by cruel humans or cruel methods that have evolved the last 50 years that would not be possible without pads and chains, and all the tricks and shenanigans associated with them, to create what Senator Joseph Tydings describes as a “bastardized gait” and these members of TWHBEA apparently just wanted someone to give them the opportunity to be heard on this issue.
And the folks who paid you for your “very important” opinion, trust me on this one, never had any plans to ask/poll the TWHBEA members, all of them, about a “YES” or “NO” vote on a law (you probably don’t know this) called:
Prevent All Soring Tactics Act.
These Folks who are paying you are totally happy with the status quo of the “Big Lick” which in their view cannot be left behind – when in fact, the soring stigma which surrounds the “Big Lick” has essentially destroyed TWHBEA and reduced the Tennessee National Walking Horse Celebration to a mere shadow of its former self.
Mr. Gottlieb, if you haven’t gotten it figured it out by now, please look at this again:
It is fact that 26% of the ENTIRE 6,945 TWHBEA members polled – 63% of them – voted “YES” For the passage of HR 1518/S.1406, PAST Act.
Mr. Gottlieb, that is a landslide, 63% to 37%, message to the World that the members of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association want the pads and chains removed, elimination of the failed self regulation smoke and mirrors, and people who sore the horses convicted of felonies and sent to prison.
Thank for your time which I am grateful that I did not have to pay.
You are welcome to come up on the porch out here at Theta any time, and if you would like, I’ll take you around to some places and let you see some things, and then I really would like to read your opinion on them.