THETA, TN – WWW.BillyGoBoy.Com put the cards on the table 84 days ago with the September 15, 2014, article below.
It is now December 8, 2014, and the silence from PAST ACT lead operatives Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle, unfortunately, tells the tale.
A political scandal – a political deal – a political ‘fix it’ job – a policy decision – a lack of resolve by those entrusted to see that the PAST ACT received a Floor Vote – regardless of the reason, with each passing hour, it is becoming more and more clear that the PAST ACT is not going to be passed.
CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD (R-KY)
“WALK ON WASHINGTON” – JUNE 18, 2014
At this point, Nephew Eugene believes that even Radar would be seriously challenged to get the PAST ACT out of the Swamp created by a combination of “Ethics Gate” detritus, and well placed sore Big Lick money.
It appears more and more with each passing hour that the American public’s desire to end the practice of animal cruelty known as the sore Big Lick with sweeping federal legislation is not going to happen.
Meanwhile, down in the heart of the Red Part of the above map, the Lickers are proceeding with their 2015 plan to save and “rebrand” the sore Big Lick. Part of the LIcker Plan is to use TWHBEA as the front organization to accomplish this. Unfortunately for the Sound side, the TWHBEA By-Law changes were passed due to the inept, late and ineffective opposition by Sound Directors led by Maryland Director and HSUS official Keith Dane. The By-Laws are now in place and 40% of the United States which presently has a TWHBEA Director will no more.
KEITH DANE, MARYLAND DIRECTOR AND HSUS OFFICIAL
What is depicted on the following Map did not have to happen, and the fact that it did is going to make things much more difficult in the fight for the Sound Horse. To Keith Dane’s credit, he was integrally involved in the HSUS undercover investigation which ultimately resulted in Jackie McConnell pleading guilty to a felony violation of the Horse Protection Act.
THE 2015 BIG LICK PLAN TO “REBRAND”
Last Friday night, the Washington, DC Licker Lobbyist Jeff Speaks met with the Trainer BOYZ at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall in Bell Buckle, Tennessee
Mr. Speaks told the Trainer BOYZ, like it or not, that they going to have to do some things to get away from this image which is killing them:
He said business as usual is over and things are going to have to cosmetically change.
His words were not well received.
Today, ShelbyvilleNOW presented the Licker blueprint:
Change is in the Air
“A newly elected group of Tennessee Walking Horse breed officials sit at a crossroads and hold the reins for the entire industry.
When a Washington DC lobbyist articulates “Please understand, the status quo is no longer an option. The industry must come up with alternatives.” It must be taken seriously. The newly appointed leadership now has to take action for the industry to survive another show season. What will it be? “Alternatives” is the way Mr. Jeff Speaks, phrased it as he addressed the Walking Horse Trainer’s Association.
A look at the picture above should give us all some ideas about the type of show ring appearance the Tennessee Walking Horse should strive for. Small changes would be the first “alternative”.
1. Smaller and well proportioned shoeing
2. A boot replacing the chain
3. Well groomed hooves and tails, go back to the old style tail brace (no straps on the horses back)
4. Good rider posture in the proper saddle seat position
5. Overall professional appearance
These small changes will make a big difference if implemented. But, this is the first of many other changes that should be made.”
‘THETA VIEW’ -“LICKERS VS FLATTERS” -“WAY OF LIFE” VS A “MOVEMENT”
In order to fully understand the nature and perspective of the struggle, you must understand that there is a HUGE DIFFERENCE between the Sound Horse Movementand the Big Lick.
1. The Sound Horse effort is a “MOVEMENT”.
2. The “Big Lick: is a “WAY OF LIFE”.
Historically, the Big Lick “Way of Life” is much more united than the Sound Horse movement.
The Sound Horse Movement rarely unites.
Although it proudly did so for the “WALK ON WASHINGTON”.
STATUS OF THE PAST ACT
The PAST ACT is presently STALLED. There will be NO vote on it ““ if There is a Vote ““ until AFTER the NOVEMBER 4 election.
If there is a vote, it will most likely come in the HOUSE after Nov. 4 because there are 305 co-sponsors. The Whitfield ethics inquiry needs to resolve favorably for there to be a vote. That Ethics allegation was one of the cards that the Lickers had to play, and Gannett Reporter Paul C. Barton caught them playing it. The PAST ACT is three Republicans short in the HOUSE from satisfying the Hastert Rule.
No meet Hasert Rule, no vote.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will not allow the PAST ACT to be put on the Senate floor until there are 60 or more U. S. Senators on board. Right now, there are only 57. Senators. There is a problem in the Senate because one sponsor Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is under the thumb of Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who along with Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is effectively BLOCKING the PAST ACT in the U. S. Senate.
Senator Lamar Alexander is controlled by his Campaign Finance Chairman TWHBEA President Steve Smith.
TWHBEA PRESIDENT STEVE SMITH, U. S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHAIRMAN
U.S. SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN)
The other PAST ACT Senate sponsor, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) apparently does not have the clout due to his lack of seniority to “move the pile” with Majority Leader Harry Reid. The key to the PAST ACT getting out of the Senate Committee was Senator John Thune (R-SD). And even if you have 60 Senators on the bill, it’s going to take some Senate “Heavy Hitters” to weigh in with Reid and get the bill on the floor.
And right now, those Senate heavy hitters are NOWHERE in sight.
One thing which could help pass the PAST ACT is TWHBEA members dealing Senator Lamar Alexander’s benefactor, TWHBEA President Steve Smith, a blow by TWHBEA members voting down the proposed TWHBEA ByLaw changes.
THE TWHBEA PRIMER
TWHBEA has existed for 79 years. It is the official breed registry. It is losing money, but it is nowhere close to being insolvent.
It is important to recognize that many of the vital relationships which led to the PAST ACTbeing introduced by Sound Horse supporters developed from associations and friendships originating from TWHBEA interactions.
The Pat Stout Poll served Notice to the United States and the Big Lick that TWHBEA members wanted the PAST ACT passed. In September 2013, the members voted 63% to 37% landslide “YES” in favor of the PAST ACT removing the pads and chains.
The Pat Stout Poll was the impetus for the editorial endorsement of the PAST ACT by the Chattanooga Times Free Press newspaper, and The Tennesseannewspaper’s endorsement of the PAST ACT.
In response to the Pat Stout Poll, the Big Lick came together to fight for its “WAY OF LIFE”.
The Steve Smith TWHBEA ByLaw changes represent a Big Lick Power Grab to eliminate almost half of the United States and all the international (except Germany) TWHBEA members from having a Director represent them.
It takes 50% + 1 to defeat the proposed draconian By Laws.
The people tasked with fighting this fight are the Sound Horse TWHBEA Directors and the TWHBEA members who support them.
The Sound Horse Movement needs to support the Sound Horse TWHBEA Directors and TWHBEA members who are fighting against the By Law changes.
And once the By Laws are defeated on October 15, 2014, the Sound Horse Movement needs to unite for the FINAL November push to PASS THE PAST ACT.
Nephew Eugene says everyone up at Hilltop Market understands it, and he hopes you will, too.
THETA HILL TOP MARKET