Posted by: Jay | May 5, 2008

Ignore PETA

A lot of follow up to the tragedy at Churchill Downs on Saturday. For those that don’t know, the filly Eight Belles finished second to Big Brown in the Kentucky Derby, but broke down as she was galloping out going into the first turn. She broke both legs and had to be euthanized on the track.

The idiots at PETA are calling for the suspension of the jockey saying he should have noticed she was injured and should have pulled the horse up. This is complete BS. I’ve been interested in horse racing for nearly 20 years and this kind of injury doesn’t happen allowing the jockey to continue to make the horse run while it is injured. If she had gotten this injury while going all out down the stretch, there’s a good chance that jockey Gabriel Saez and others would have gotten hurt because Belles would have went down in a heap in front of the 18 other horses and jockeys behind her. The notion that he was giving her the whip when eventual winner Big Brown was 4 lengths ahead makes no sense. No jockey is that stupid. When I saw him giving the whip, I immediately thought he was doing it to keep her off the rail and that’s exactly what he was doing.

The worst part in all of this is that PETA is being treated with some kind of legitimacy. Let’s be real. PETA is a nutcase organization that relies on celebrity involvement to hide how nutty it is. Do you know how whacked these people are? They implored the mayor of Fishkill, NY at one point to change the city name because it shouldn’t be associating the word ‘kill’ with fish. Of course, the word ‘kill’ comes from the Dutch and means ‘body of water’ or ‘river.’ Therefore, the city name is translated into Fish River.

Kooks.

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  1. […] … as the Brady Campaign knows about guns.  Fortunately, Jay is a horse racing aficionado, and has debunked the PETA claims. […]

  2. It amazes me when the media cites PETA for anything other than throwing blood on fur wearers or their “Got beer?” campaign.

    It’s like citing ELF on environmental issues.

  3. Tally Ho…. PETA commenter over on my site!

  4. […] Racing Follow-Up Some people were asking me about the sport of horse racing after my post about […]

  5. I was at the Downs that day. I watched 8belles in the paddock and warming up on the track. She was light on her feet, alert and generally looked relaxed given the nature, size and noise of the crowd. Saez and the filly rode a clean race. I could only see her clearly down the home stretch to finish, but there no indication of any trouble. I saw Saez use the whip and also thought he was trying to get her off the rail. Saez stood up at the finish line, the horse galloped with ease and then at the first turn, she made three awkward looking steps and went down. Saez hit the ground hard. Amazingly, he got up and ran over to the fallen lady. He stayed with her up until the point when they were going to euthanize her. He walked all the way back, carrying the saddle with his head down. He never once looked at anyone and appeared to be competely devastated.
    In person this horse was a big, muscular, fine tuned athlete. Her appearance was very convincing that she could take on those boys and I firmly believe she deserved to run that race.

    PETA’s accusations that she was physically mistreated, abused and beaten to death on the track have led me to concur that suspensions and fines should be issued. Against PETA. Clearly some idiot at that organization decided that they could exploit the death of this fine little filly and receive some free publicity at her expense. They have several important stake races they can now use to put themselves in front of the camera. I can almost visualize them sitting in a circle singing kumbaya before agreeing to go ahead with this ludicrous claim. They conducted no investigation, interviewed no people involved with this horse and as far as I can tell, know very little about the industry and how it works. Fines and suspensions should be issued? Oh yeah, PETA deserves max on this.

  6. We have the Constitutional Right to Bear Arms and Defend Ourselves – 2nd Amendment

    The Second Amendment is one of our most cherished. The right to keep and bear arms is what keeps government subservient to its citizenry. Without the right to bear arms, we would have anarchy in the streets, the criminals would still have guns, and violent crime would escalate.

    You might also ask the Jewish survivors under Adolph Hitler how things might have been different had they kept their weapons.

    Did you ever wonder why the 2nd Amendment was so important to our Founding Fathers?

    Patrick Henry’s gave his famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Speech” March 23, 1775 at St. John’s Episcopal church in Richmond, Virginia. The colonists had experienced a ten year reign of terror under King George III. Henry made a motion for the immediate armament of a militia. His motion was seconded by Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

    During the summation on behalf of his motion Henry said : “If we would be free, if we mean to hold inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have so long contended, if we mean not basely to abandon the noble cause for which we have so long endured, and to which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon, until the glorious object of our contest should be obtained, then we must fight! I repeat Sir, we must fight! A call to arms and an appeal to the God of hosts is all that we have left.”

    Less than 30 days later on April 19th, the first official shot of the American Revolution occurred at the Battle of Lexington and Concord. THE WAR STARTED OVER THE ISSUE OF GUN CONTROL. A church Pastor was leading his troops in close order drill, a British Regiment came by and ordered them to lay down their arms. They refused, shots were fired and the war was on.

    James Wilson, an original Justice on the Supreme Court, exhorted: “The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it.

    “Amen, Amen, Amen!

    Sadly this sage advice has been discarded. Now an all powerful Supreme Court MAKES laws rather than interpret them.
    So here are just a very few quotes which will explain the “meaning of those who made it”:

    Alexander Hamilton:

    “The Supreme Being gave existence to man, together with the means of preserving and beautifying that existence. He invested him with an inviolate right to personal liberty and personal safely

    Sam Adams, Father of the American Revolution:

    “The Constitution should never be construed to prevent the people of the United States…from keeping their own arms.”

    Patrick Henry:

    “The great object is that every man be armed… Everyone who is able may have a gun”

    Thomas Jefferson:

    “And what country can preserve it’s liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.”

    George Mason, Co Author of the Bill of Rights:

    “Divine Providence has given to every individual the means of self defense.”

    George Washington:

    “A free people ought to be armed.”

    James Madison:

    “The advantage of being armed the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation..the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”

    Thomas Paine:

    “Arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property.”

    Edmund Randolph:

    “A people who mean to be free must be prepared to meet danger in person , and not rely upon the falacious protection of armies.

    I could go on and on with other quotes, but I would say its pretty clear what the intent of the Fathers was. Oh but you say it couldn’t happen here, Americans wouldn’t stand for it, But my friend it HAS HAPPENED HERE!!!!!!!!!

    We plan on exercising these rights to the fullest extent of the Constitutional Law.

    Our society today is brainwashed that when some people abuse their constitutional rights we must punish all of society and revoke that right and privilege.

    When some one uses a weapon, any weapon, gun, knife, pick, ax, saw, car, etc. they get prosecuted, when convicted, they are sentenced not all the people of the country.

    Abuse by some people has been going on since creation and will continue till the end of time. We must control and punish the abusers, not the whole society.

    Case and point is the punishment society is taking today due to terrorism. Since governments are helpless to fight and control terrorism they punish the masses in the name of safety and cause extreme economic hardship and the loss of our constitutional liberties.

    There are Nations that under their Laws citizens are permitted to posses firearms. Check out some of those countries. Crime rate has not increased. Abuses happen, the abusers are punished and not the rest of society.

    It is a known historical fact that the Criminal will always find a way to get a weapon.

    Restricting the average citizen from having a weapon to protect himself and his family, leaves the door open to the criminal to violate those citizens, due to the knowledge that the average citizen has no weapon and cannot protect himself and his family.

    A weapon is a tool like any other tool and should be used properly.

    A knife, pick, ax, saw, car, etc. is also a tool that must be used properly. It is not outlawed, is it?

    A car in today’s society is an absolute must. Do the citizens of this country know how many people are killed and injured by automobiles every year, it amounts to thousands, which is much less than with guns.

    And to those who would say this was but a “temporary violation” for the greater good, Ben Franklin admonishes;

    “THOSE WHO WOULD GIVE UP LIBERTIES TO OBTAIN FREEDOM DESERVE NEITHER.

    Folks, we live in dangerous times, a government that does not trust its citizens to bear arms, is a government not to be trusted by its citizens.

    As the threat to all of our liberties continue basically unabated, remember the words of the great political philosopher Edmund Burke; “The only way for evil men to prosper is for good men to do nothing.”

    The right to keep and bear arms should be of great importance to all Americans, if we are to remain a free country we MUST NOT let this right be taken from us
    Remember, freedom isn’t free. God Bless you, and God, please bless the United States of America.

    By: YJ Draiman, Northridge, CA

    PS

    SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES – Right to Bear Arms

    OTIS McDONALD, et al., PETITIONERS v. CITY OF CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, et al.

    ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT

    Decided June 28, 2010

    This evidence plainly shows that the ratifying public understood the Privileges or Immunities Clause to protect constitutionally enumerated rights, including the right to keep and bear arms. As the Court demonstrates, there can be no doubt that §1 was understood to enforce the Second Amendment against the States. In my view, this is because the right to keep and bear arms was understood to be a privilege of American citizenship guaranteed by the Privileges or Immunities Clause….

    I agree with the Court that the Second Amendment is fully applicable to the States. I do so because the right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment as a privilege of American citizenship.

    The Supreme Court ruled on the Heller case at the end of its term in June, 2008. The Court, which found for Heller in a close 5-4 decision, wrote that the 2nd Amendment did, in fact, protect an individual right. While the court was careful to note that the case did not call into question any laws that regulate guns, it did state, unequivocally, that Heller and his fellow petitioners had a right to own guns in their home. The Court also ruled that while reasonable regulation may be permitted, the requirement that guns be locked and disassembled was not reasonable.


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