NOTHING BUT CHICANERY AND MENDACITY – REPRESENTATIVE MARSHA BLACKBURN’S SNAKE OIL ALTERNATIVE BILL HAS FOXES GUARDING THE HEN HOUSE FOR SURE AND NO INDEPENDENCE WHATSOEVER

THETA, TN –   Mounting its final effort to try and stop the PAST ACT,  the sore Big Lick operatives “manufactured” a letter from the Tennessee Farm Bureau President Lacy Upchurch of Crossville, TN thanking the seven Tennessee  Republicans for co-sponsoring Representative Marsha Blackburn‘s HR 4098 alternative to the PAST ACT.

The letter was apparently written by the $17,000.00 per month team of Lobbyist Jeff Speaks and PR guy Phil Osborne.

Left to Right - Phil Osborne, Jeffrey Howard, Jeff Speaks

Left to Right – Phil Osborne, Jeffrey Howard, Jeff Speaks

http://www.walkinghorsereport.com/news.aspx?cid=10665

TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT LACY UPCHURCH, CROSSVILLE, TENNESSEE
TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT LACY UPCHURCH, CROSSVILLE, TENNESSEE

TENNESSEE FARM BUREAU PRESIDENT LETTER

“The Tennessee Walking Horse Industry is not only important economically to Tennessee but the  breed is iconic to our state.  Over  forty percent of Tennessee Walking Horses reside in either Tennessee or Kentucky.  The Equine Industry as a whole provides a valuable market for many agricultural commodities and owners patronize many farm service businesses. We are proud of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and support shows and competition within all breeds and types of horses.  Competition showcases the performance and capabilities of a horse.  It also encourages steady improvement of genetics and lineage to ensure quality within the breed.

H.R. 4098 addresses the inspection inconsistencies and provides certainty to the inspection protocol.  Certainty will allow the vast majority of horse owners, trainers and breeders and those who play by the rules to confidently participate in the horse shows.  Congressman Blackburn’s bill sets up a fair and scientific process to provide that certainty.  H.R. 4098 implements an objective, science based testing process and provides a bright line indicator of the misuse of both chemicals and equipment.  This technology and process insures the basic rights of those who follow the law will be protected.  For those who do not, the inspection process will provide undisputable evidence.

We can accept subjective opinions on the beauty of the horse but when it comes to inspections objectivity is a must.  We support H.R. 4098 and thank you for your support as well.
Sincerely,
Lacy Upchurch
TFBF President”

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Perhaps when cattle farmer Mr. Upchurch  says the “breed is iconic to our state”  he should pay attention to what a real Walking Horse “Icon” W. W. “Bill” Harlin of Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennessee,  recently said, “Tennessee is getting a reputation as a horse abuse state”.  

And perhaps “iconic” pictures like these which are giving Tennessee that “horse abuse state” reputation:

"BUCKET STANCE" PHOTO - EXHIBIT #3 INTRODUCED AT WHEELON PRELIMINARY HEARING ON AUG. 13, 2013

“BUCKET STANCE” PHOTO – EXHIBIT #3 INTRODUCED AT WHEELON PRELIMINARY HEARING ON AUG. 13, 2013

It is interesting to note that one of the key features of the  Blackburn Bill  is that the Tennessee and Kentucky Commissioners of Agriculture appoint  4  of  9  people to the “Independent Board” to oversee the “Independent HIO”.

Unlike some states where the Commissioner of Agriculture is elected,  in Tennessee and Kentucky, the Commissioner is appointed by the Governor.

That gives sore Big Lick people like Steve Smith total control of the “Independent Board”:

STEVE SMITH IN MTSU BASEBALL REGALIA, CAP AND BOOTS

STEVE SMITH IN MTSU BASEBALL REGALIA, CAP AND BOOTS

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Under Representative Blackburn’s  sore  Big Lick bill, all U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander Campaign Finance Chairman  Steve Smith  has to do is call Tennessee Republican Governor  Bill Haslam, and ask him to “suggest” a couple of names ,  i.e.,  Mike Inman  and  Walt Chism, to the appointed Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner.     Viola. You have two INDEPENDENT members from Tennessee.   Repeat the same “connected process”  in Kentucky,  and you have  4  of the  9  members of the  INDEPENDENT  COMMISSION.  Then these 4 play a large role in appointing the other 5 members.

It’s all a  political farce.

One of the invited witnesses to appear before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee was Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson.

TENNESSEE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE JULIUS JOHNSON

TENNESSEE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE JULIUS JOHNSON

Before Julius Johnson was nominated by Governor Haslam to be Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture,  he was the President of the Tennessee Farm Bureau.  Johnson is a nice man, but he didn’t know what he was talking about when he testified before Congress on November 13, 2013.      Johnson read his statement to the Congressional Committee,  then he struggled with questions asked him by the Congressmen. He said he did not have the facts necessary to provided answers to certain questions.

This was especially glaring when Johnson said the PAST ACT  by taking away the pads and chains would keep young people from being involved  with Tennessee Walking Horses and it  would eliminate the Walking Horse altogether.

Here is a www.billygoboy.com   article which followed:

TENNESSEE AGRICULTURE COMISSIONER JULIUS JOHNSON NEEDS TO GO BACK TO HOMECOMING AT ALMA MATER TO SEE THE FUTURE OF THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE

Posted on  November 16, 2013

NASHVILLE, TN  ““ One has to seriously wonder just how little Julius Johnson, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, actually knows about Tennessee Walking Horses
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when he says, “Rural Tennessee would suffer if the legislation is enacted. I believe the proposed legislation is based more on perception than sound science,” Johnson said.

“It will potentially  eliminate  the walking horse altogether.”

WHOA Julius!

You attended The University of Tennessee in Knoxville during the last century, and you need to know that the University of Tennessee doesn’t think the Walking Horse is about to be eliminated.

Julius if you attended Homecoming last Saturday at Alma Mater, you would have seen this lovely young lady from rural Franklin County, Tennessee exhibit a sound flat shod Tennessee Walking horse which is truly the  future  of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed.

“AMAZING GRACE” WITH CAROLINE EMERY UP

Joy Kimbrough | The Daily Times

Joy Kimbrough | The Daily Times

Or if you had been at Homecoming a year ago, you would have seen:

“A DARING AFFAIR” WITH KIMBRELL HINES UP

2012 - UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Homecoming - Kimbrell Hines Up On "A Daring Affair" - Taking The Place Of 'Big Lick' World Grand Champion Walk Time Charlie

2012 ““ UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Homecoming ““ Kimbrell Hines Up On “A Daring Affair” ““ Taking The Place Of ‘Big Lick’ World Grand Champion Walk Time Charlie

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Mr. Commissioner, I know you were appointed and don’t run for election.

But if you did, I think you would get out and realize just how much  potential  the sound Tennessee Walking Horse has if only the soring stigma can be removed once and for all from around the neck of the breed.

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Last year when the Tennessee Farm Bureau supported the “AG GAG” Bill, and Carrie Lee Underwood came forward and people from all over Tennessee spoke up.
“Both the Tennessee state House and Senate have approved the  Animal Cruelty and Abuse bill, which declares that anyone who photographs or films video of acts of animal cruelty must turn their material in to police within 48 hours. While supporters argue this prevents animal cruelty, many animal advocacy groups are outraged. Nicknaming the legislation the “Ag Gag bill,” they argue instead that it will deter investigations into animal abuse by reducing undercover videos and not giving those investigating enough time to collect substantial evidence. That’s not to mention that it arguably goes against freedom of the press rights, as spelled out in the First Amendment, along with the risks this bill may pose to food safety issues.    Read More:  Tennessee ‘Ag Gag’ Bill Infuriates Carrie Underwood  | http://theboot.com/tennessee-ag-gag-bill-carrie-underwood/?trackback=tsmclip  “

That needs to happen again.

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  1. Mr Upchurch & Mr Johnson I hate to inform you that the TWH & the Spotted horse are alive & well in other states. If you added up all the states together, there would obviously more horses out of state than within the states of TN & KY. In fact, the Walking Horse should not have to bear the name of the state that continues to promote abusing it. Not should it’s welfare & future be in their Ignorant hands. It is shameful that these two public officials are allowed to speak publicly on subject they know nothing about or more cynically, accept $$$ to promote the abuse.

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