BROTHER ROY EXUM KNOCKS U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN) OUT THE TREE – “…(Lamar Alexander) when he is viewed at his worst, his best comes in at second place” ~ Roy Exum, (Roots deep in Vaughn, Yazoo County, Mississippi)

CHATTANOOGA, TN  – Brother Roy Exum cut loose with both barrels Friday on U. S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)    over Senator Alexander’s claims to  The Tennessean Editorial Board following the 2013 Celebration when Alexander said,    “I am not an expert on veterinary medicine ““ but I know of the inspections that they have there. Almost all of them are 96% to 98% successful.”

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)

Roy busted both caps on the fact that at the 2014 Celebration, the USDA Vets found 51% of the Horses they inspected to be SORE.

Senator Alexander put his personal reputation and credibility on the line with the journalists based on what TWHBEA President Steve Smith – Celebration Chairman David L. Howard hired hand Dr. Jerry Johnson apparently told him which was wrong based on information finally made available by the USDA last Thursday.

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At the 2014 Celebration, USDA Vets, under the capable direction of Dr. Rachel Cezar,

DR. RACHEL CEZAR

DR. RACHEL CEZAR

 found 51% of all entries they inspected to be sore per the above document prepared from Reports released by Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) this week.   It was actually worse, much worse, the first five days Dr. Cezar was in charge:

  • Thursday – 75%
  • Friday – 77%
  • Saturday – 64%
  • Sunday – 59%
  • Monday – 47%

That is an average of 64.40%

After Dr. Cezar was threatened with bodily harm, Dr. Chester Gipson took over the next five days:

  • Tuesday – 42%
  • Wednesday – 39%
  • Thursday – 39%
  • Friday – 48%
  • Saturday -28%

That is an average of 39.20%.

And Dr. Gipson did NOT pull the shoes on “I AM JOSE”

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The USDA findings of 51%  sore of the entries inspected (above) were enabled in part by science based objective inspections  by using  Thermography which detected scar rule violations because the horses are trained with stacked chains on pads with soring chemical applied to their pasterns (feet) and the skin is abraded and damaged.

TENNESSEAN CARTOON - ACCOMPANYING THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL URGING PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT

TENNESSEAN CARTOON – ACCOMPANYING THE TENNESSEAN EDITORIAL URGING PASSAGE OF THE PAST ACT

THERMOGRAPHY – USE OF IMAGING TO AID THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE HORSE PROTECTION ACT BY DR. TRACEY TURNER  

Brother Roy Exum only has one thing wrong in his article.

The PAST ACT,  S. 1406,  is not tied up in Senate Committee.  It was reported OUT of Senate Commerce Committee, and it is on the Senate Calendar with 59 U. S. Senators sponsoring/co-sponsoring it.

ONE OF TWO THINGS NEEDS TO HAPPEN:

  • Majority Leader Harry Reid,  after one (preferably two or more) Senators co-sponsors the  bill makes it filibuster proof, then calls for a floor vote, and if a filibuster is attempted, Reid calls for a cloture vote to stop the filibuster, and if the bill passes the Senate (The Votes Are There To Do It), then it goes to the House where it is voted upon,  or
  • The Hastert Bill requirement is met,  a majority of the majority (Republicans) co-sponsor it (it’s about 3 Representatives short at present) then Speaker John Boehner allows the bill to be brought to the House Floor and voted upon,  and if it passes, and the bill goes to the Senate,  where Harry Reid puts in on the Senate floor for a vote, and it passes.

Then the bill goes to the President who signs the PAST ACT into law, and “The Horses” rejoice.

THEHORSES

Nephew Eugene knows how to do this, but he is not sure that some of the folks entrusted with bringing this ship into port know how to do it.   Nephew Eugene is positive that we have the right man in Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) to fight the fight on the House side.

More to follow on this.

BGBRADARHEADSHOT

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Roy Exum: 51 Percent Of Horses Sore

Friday, October 03, 2014 – by Roy Exum

Senator Lamar Alexander, a 74-year-old Republican who is currently running for re-election, has shamefully and famously tried to derail the PAST Act, which is much-needed legislation in the Senate and the House that would help curb the rampant soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. Last December Alexander told the Editorial Board of the Nashville Tennessean, “I am not an expert on veterinary medicine, but I know of the inspections they have (at the National Celebration in Shelbyville.) Almost all of them are 96 percent to 98 percent successful.”

Columnist Roy Exum

Columnist Roy Exum

Anyone who knows, sees, or plans to vote for the senator should make him aware that he has horribly “misspoken.” It has just been learned the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors examined 389 horses at the 2014 show in August and found 199 to be in violation of rules outlined in the Horse Protection Act. In short, that’s 51 percent that the government agency found ““ as the senator might say ““ was “unsuccessful.”

Further, according to Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), in 2012 the USDA found 154 horses in violation after 719 were inspected (21 percent) and in 2013 found 77 of 702 horses in violation (11 percent).

The 2014 numbers are staggering ““ more horses were in violation than were tested by the USDA! The PAST Act, which calls for a much-greater presence of government inspectors and outlaws the padded hooves, pressure shoes and other hideous devices to make the horses dance a grotesque and unnatural dance, is long overdue. A number of trainers say the Big Lick can’t be produced without torturing a Walker.

As sad as Alexander’s stand for those who continue to abuse horses might be, it has been revealed the number of horses entered in the horse show has dwindled by 50 percent in the last two years. Let’s go ahead and admit it: the despicable “Big Lick” faction of the horse industry is dying and, when it does, the huge donations to charmers like Alexander, Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Jasper) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Franklin) will dry up faster than a falling leaf.

It is widely known that Alexander’s State Finance Chairman is Steven B. Smith, who heads the “Breeder’s and Exhibitor’s Association for the increasing unpopular “Big Lick” crowd. Steven B. has personally been cited for violating the Horse Protection Act but “¦ he has also raised hundreds of thousands to elect the Big Lick’s Republican “operatives.”

Allow me to explain: Right now in Congress there are 304 cosponsors of the PAST (“Prevent All Soring Tactics”) Act — 190 Democrats and 114 Republicans. But eight of nine Republican members of Congress from Tennessee aren’t among them. No, Chuck Fleischmann, Scott DesJarlais, Jimmy Duncan, Steven Fincher, and Phil Roe are instead among 11 cosponsors of a badly watered-down alternative bill that would better benefit the Big Lickers.

Alexander sponsored a similar “saliva” bill in the Senate, so called because it is as lukewarm as spit. Out of 100 U.S. Senators, there are today a majority of 58 who are cosponsors of the PAST Act (called S. 1406) but neither of Tennessee’s Republican senators is among them. Alexander is the alternate bill’s sponsor and ““ to date ““ there are only three cosponsors.

I do not believe any living person can condone scientific evidence that over half the horses tested at this year’s National Sore-abration were held from competition and their owners, riders and/or trainers were ticketed. As the Horse Protection Act now stands, all that happens is these people are sent a citation which they dutifully ignore. I am told more horses would have been caught but, without the PAST Act, the USDA cannot get the funding to do things right.

The most damning fact? In the state of Tennessee, horse abuse is now a felony, punishable with one to five years in jail. Of the 199 horses withheld from competition due to obvious signs of soring, not one arrest was made, not one civil summons was given, and all the miscreants simply went their way, trying to devise a new way not to get caught.

Lamar Alexander had a deep and rich history as a notable Tennessean, I’ll give him that, but when he is viewed at his worst, his best comes in at second place. I am told there is legally a way Alexander and his “Big Lick” buddy in Kentucky, Senator Mitch McConnell, can successful tie up the PAST Act in committee forever. Forget that a majority of Senators and members of Congress are co-sponsoring it.

The only good news is that the Big Lick is dying, all because of its self-inflicted wounds.

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