Red America vs. Blue America: State Maps Illustrate the Difference

Until we understand how we have a climate change denier POTUS in office, appointing people that we all know will do more damage to our animal ethics, environmental policies, and damage to our society in general, we must learn how we got here and more importantly, #resist.

With the current transition team directing the coming administration actors, policies, etc. if we are not careful in where we fight our battles, we will never be able to win the war. This important fight will be for our very lives and the lives of the most vulnerable among us, along with the generations to come.

Researching why Republicans were able to take over our government, I found this amazing research by Josh Sager that will explain the insane rhetoric that made this madman the next President of the United States, based solely on lies in order to manipulate these vulnerable, impoverished fellow Americans.

We must education and do our level best to expose this fraud. Knowledge is indeed our power against the ignorant.

The Progressive Cynic

© Josh Sager – March 2014

As Justice Brandeis said, the individual states are laboratories of democratic policy. Instead of doing everything at the federal level and trying to pass standardized policies over diverse populations from different states, our system of government allows states wide latitude to implement their own ideas. Sometimes, these ideas travel to other states or the federal legislature (ex. Massachusetts’s RomneyCare was reborn as the federal ObamaCare) and sometimes they die because they are ineffective.

In this article, I will present many maps, detailing widespread trends including everything from education and health to income equality and happiness. These maps will draw a clear and distinct pattern, where states with conservative leanings tend to have poorer societal outcomes and states with more progressive leanings tend to have better policy outcomes.

…but first, we need to identify conservative and progressive leaning areas.

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Before looking at the coming maps…

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Art and Equine Abuse

This is a very telling history of equines throughout the ages, viewed through the lens of artists.  These artists offer insight from paintings which express many of the fears and present danger we are exposed to and discuss daily on Epona regarding equines.

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EPONA Vehemently Opposes Trump Administration!

Let me explain why this page is now discussing politics so vehemently and give the evidence as to why we will oppose this administration. Each link will take you to evidence to explain this position.

For well over 16 years, let me repeat this…for 16 YEARS advocates (along with very minimal bi-partisan efforts,) have worked tirelessly, begged, pleaded, cajoled our Congress to put protections in place to stop wild and domestic equines from not only ending equine transportation as a toxic food commodity to Mexico and Canada, which is shipped out to the unsuspecting Asian and European market, but to also put in permanent protections to end equine slaughter and exploitation in our country once and for all and to redress the many violations to animals in general. The vast and overwhelming majority of opposition? Republicans.

We have asked our Congress to stop the cruelty and torture of Tennessee Walking horses, and it has fallen on deaf ears repeatedly. Equine Preservation of North America – EPONA and many others do not believe that any animal should ever be tortured as a luxury food, nor for a ribbon, prize or prestige. One of the people that has held up legislation for the PAST Act is Marsha Blackburn (R) out of Tennessee. She will now sit on Trump’s transition team. Other top picks is a Who’s Who in animal cruelty and exploitation for profit.

Republican State and Federal representatives continue the assault on our public lands, public lands where most, if not all, of our wild equines’ live, along with other vulnerable populations of animals which are virtually without any protections in place against the alt-right agenda which historically is made up of an all-white male coalition. The Alternative Right are also entrenched in many of our police and sheriff departments, non-governmental orgs, and federal agencies, they just happen to hide it very well. However, with the recent exposure of officers killing or maiming minorities, without compunction, and usually acquitted of those crimes by jurors which are solely made up by usually an overwhelming white majority and picked by the officers’ defense attorneys’, will walk away unscathed. Same outcome is happening with violent animal abusers.

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Recently, there was an important article which exposed many of dangers posed by men that are entrenched in the Alternative Right movement, also know as “patriots.” Many of these so called “Patriots” are also responsible for Trump Phenom. These men have become more of a danger in our society due to long standing indoctrination by our educational system which teaches them that the only protected class is the white males, which claim to have founded this country alone, which of course is nonsense.
This group is extremely dangerous to minorities including blacks, women, children, but also animals and more dangerous than any Islamic group combined. Incredulously, they are our fathers, brothers, uncles, our fellow citizens, and live in every community in the Nation. EPONA has proven repeatedly that this demographic poses real and viable risk to us all, but more importantly to innocent and defenseless women, children and animals.

One of the most disturbing acts perpetrated on an animal is how a mare is bred.  It is extremely cruel, and as usual, perpetrated by mainly white individuals who are seeking to find a goldmine in racing, (in which these young animals are ran to death,) rodeo, urine, blood, tissue, etc. Mares are bound, usually by both legs in order to allow a dangerous stallion to mount her, in which he becomes so aggressive, the mare is harmed irreparably.  These hostages have no voice and these acts are authorized by our own government, using our tax dollars. PMU Mares are also victims of exploitation and abuse.  These mares are kept in a constant state of pregnancy, and once they foal, their baby is shipped off to slaughter.

Honestly, this is just the tip of the iceberg.  There are many, many more ways equines and other farm animals are exploited for profit, and there are really no minimum care requirements in place to protect them from this continued exploitation, cruelty or abuse.

With the previous evidence that has been presented here, and the clear and present danger from this new administration, it will be crucial to become the ears, eyes and voice for these animals and people.

Epona will never stop exposing equine exploitation for profit, nor will it stop exposing the criminal elements in our government. If you are not interested in learning about these schemes, then please go where you can. It is going to take every one of us to speak out and against any and all atrocities against not only our innocent animals, but women, children and minorities that are at greater risk now than ever before.

Fattening up wild horses for slaughter

“BLM’s got those wild horses as fat as butterballs–all paid for with taxpayer dollars,” explained an anonymous source. “That way they always have buyers wanting them by the truckload.”

This statement was reported by Protect Mustangs here.

For those of you who questioned them, perhaps you understand the strong words I used in this post from last month “Branded. Liars and Killers. The BLM and Its Political Allies” better.

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I signed it. And here is the comment I made:

These are heinous crimes, breaking federal law, which would usually result in a long prison sentence. These BLM employees and the people they are trading with are making money off killing a federally protected species and go unpunished. They are subjecting America’s wild horses to the horrors of the brutality of being killed for their meat…

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Bitch Hunts

I have observed many, many times that these so called “advocates” create “bitch hunts” and then, like a pack of rabid dogs, target an individual and do so much damage to that persons reputation either through discriminatory language, vile character assassination, hate speech, whose once important thoughts, ideas and comments, common sense voices are “run out on a rail” and those voices are lost forever. This is the antithesis of advocacy.

Any advocate that would allow anyone to dominate the conversation through hate, disproportionate anger and inaccurate facts but instead allow these radical voices the ability to dominate the conversation about our Wild One’s and give any organization dead set on removing them from their rightful homes or further a agenda that will eventually cause the extinction of our beloveds must be silenced.

When you join forces with these destructive ideas and voices, it speaks volumes to those of us that form opinions about advocates who have been sensible in the past, and normally offered invaluable insight, opinions and ideas. In other words, it damages your credibility within our advocacy. Those of us that work tirelessly, day in and day out, will no longer trust your voice in this matter and will eventually cause your important thoughts and ideas to vanish as you will be ignored.

What you are about to read is exactly right on point and speaks to the egos of pro-slaughter, PZP proponents and their rhetoric. There must come a time when we speak as individuals, or as a group, and take what you need, discard the rest. For example, I no longer participate in groups, nor donate my time, or money to any group or organization that does not accept the science on PZP as clear and present danger to our wild horse/burro populations.

The science has clearly spoken, there is no overpopulation, that PZP will damage herds, mares and their foals permanently. It is just another scheme in order to profit, using our tax dollars to again to exploit these innocent animals to justify a budget for which there is clearly a nonissue.

Any solution that requires any form of damage or harm to family bonds, mares, foals, etc. should always be suspect…always. If you don’t have evidence, then your argument is moot. We have plenty of evidence to refute PZP, and the overpopulation myth. What you do with that information will most certainly determine the outcome of thousands of innocent lives that are the brink of extinction.

Decide to remove these corrupt voices from your realm of influence and take heed from those that have the evidence to back up their claims.

I love sheep, but care not to emulate them.

Did you join the group requesting Nazi-like sterilization experiments on pregnant wild mares?

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Call to Action: Complaint – Medical Malpractice Related to Unnecessary Surgery

Now this is what I call ACTION! The letter itself guides you and gives you the knowledge you need to stop the needless ‪#‎vivisection‬ that will occur on innocent wild mares and foals.
Please, if you do nothing else today, take what you need from this letter and make it your own, with your own thoughts and comments, and get this out in order to stop the brutal and unnecessary surgery on our innocent ‪#‎AmericanIcons‬, our ‪#‎wild‬ ‪#‎horses‬. Their freedom depends solely on your actions. Don’t delay.

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: Wild Horse Freedom Federation

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“We are all, collectively, disgusted and dismayed at the concept of the Oregon State University (OSU) partnering with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct cruel and unnecessary sterilization experiments on federally protected wild fillies and mares.  It is unconscionable and we do NOT want it to proceed and we surely don’t want to watch/observe it.  We want to STOP IT!!!

Many times our readers ask what they can do to help, how can they make a difference, what can be done to stop the madness…well here is your chance to speak out.

Printed below is a letter, minus your personal contact information, that you can update, print out, snail mail or email electronically to OSU and even cut and paste into the…

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Bill introduced in the U.S. House to prevent the slaughter of horses

Federal legislation to prevent the re-establishment of horse slaughter on U.S. soil, bar the live export of horses for the purposes of slaughter, and protect the public from the consumption of toxic horse meat was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, April 22, 2015.

H.R. 1942, also referred to as the SAFE Act, is sponsored by Rep. Frank C. Guinta (R-NH-1) and has 41 originating co-sponsors. View co-sponsors here.

“For centuries, horses have embodied the spirit of American freedom and pride,” said Rep. Guinta. “To that end, horses are not raised for food – permitting their transportation for the purposes of being slaughtered for human consumption is not consistent with our values and results in a dangerously toxic product. This bipartisan bill seeks to prevent and end the inhumane and dangerous process of transporting thousands of horses a year for food.”

Rep. Michelle Lujan Griffin (D-NM-1) who helped…

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