THETA, TN – Up here on the hill out in Northern Maury County, Tennessee, Radar, Nephew Eugene and I believe that there are two sides to every story.
In the interest of fairness and objectivity, unlike Herr Howard’s Der Spiegl, BGB has offered Virginia TWHBEA Director Pam McKinney an opportunity to explain her position on the PAST ACT, and if she wishes, her side of what transpired at the historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” last Wednesday.
BGB thinks the more important explanation is why Ms. McKinney opposes passage of the PAST ACT since she owns a flat shod horse, Sunny, who I am sure she dearly loves.
Here are photographs of Ms McKinney and her natural flat shod horse “Sunny” purchased from Westwood Farms of Locust Dale, Virginia.
“Westwood Farm” – “Our focus is on breeding naturally gaited, intelligent, golden horses with unparalleled beauty and versatility. We believe in sound, natural horses and for the most part, our horses are never even shod. They perform their gaits naturally and without the use of artificial “training” devices.”
So how does a woman who buys a horse from Westwood Farm go to handing out radical “TWHGRO” literature at the most historic GRASSROOTS rally ever associated with the Tennessee Walking Horse breed?
Here is the email sent to Ms. McKinney earlier today:
“Hi Ms McKinney,
I have learned from multiple sources that you were at the center of a controversy at the “Walk On Washington” Rally before the U. S. Capitol last Wednesday on June 18, 2014. The purpose of the Rally was to urge Congress to pass the “PAST ACT” and it appears you are on record opposing it. The independent sources say that in your interaction with the WOW rally volunteers that you used profanity and dropped the “F bomb” repeatedly, and that Capitol Police were called to request that you leave the “permitted premises” at which the WOW event was being held. It also appears that you are a TWHBEA Director from Virginia. Below is the story written based on the accounts of witnesses.
In the interest of fairness, I would be glad to receive from you a narrative statement saying anything you might wish about the incident or what led you, according to eye-witness sources, to use profanity and display an obscene gesture. You are also welcome to explain why you are opposed to the PAST ACT, and what you were trying to do at the permitted Rally site.
To date, Ms. McKinney has not yet replied to the above invitation to tell her side of the story.
It’s interesting to note that in “The Poll” of the TWHBEA members for the State of Virginia, that an outstanding 24% of the members responded and 67% of the VIRGINIA members voted “YES” to passage of the PAST ACT. That number mirrors the U. S. House of Representatives which has 293 members on record co-sponsoring the PAST ACT.
67% of Virginia and 67% of the U. S. House favor passage of the PAST ACT.
The bottom line is it is not necessary for Ms McKinney to explain the gesture or her language, but she is welcome to come in and explain why Pam McKinney, TWHBEA Director from Virginia, is opposed to the passage of the PAST ACT to remove the pads and chains and end the sore Big Lick, and eliminate the corrupt HIO system and make horse soring a federal felony.
Teachable/Learnable moments are good things.