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Behind the scenes of the fight for the protection of animals and workers and the preservation of the environment - my experiences as a Tyson slaughterhouse hanger/killer turned activist. Exposing the evils of factory farming, by Virgil Butler. If you have arrived here looking for the Tyson stories, view the early archives. Some of them are now featured on the sidebar for easy searching.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Meese Release! 

The little baby mice we saved have now been released successfully into the woods to live out their little lives. There was only one problem, though. There were supposed to be four of them, but only three were in the cage when we took them out to release them. That left two possibilities of what might have happened - escape or death and cannibalism (horrible, but it happens, and one had been observed having what looked to be a seizure one day).

I had that question answered for sure last night.

Just as Laura and I settled in for the night and were turning off the light, we heard sounds. Little rustling sounds. Then a kind of a "tch...tch...tch..." sound. Coming from a stack of my clothes...

We intend to borrow one of Laura's mother's live traps to try to reunite the little one with its siblings. Hopefully this will happen before I have to walk around worrying about being accused of indecent exposure. ;)

Moving right along, I have to say that Laura and I have been having a lot of discussion over the past week or so, both with each other and with friends and family, over the effects this election will have on not only our country, but the whole rest of the world that had no vote in what direction their lives were taken.

Although things look a bit bleak in a lot of ways, innumerable ways, there is also a beacon of hope out there. I have been passing around a wonderful article written by Mark Morford. From the overwhelmingly positive feedback I have gotten from this sharing (some were even moved to tears), I continue to have hope that the progressive and compassionate community of true patriots will ultimately prevail. It's just that the long road will be a bit longer and harder to tread than we would have liked. "We the people" need to come together and make changes.

Sigh...

Well, we never thought it would be easy, now did we? How many of us haven't longed at one time or another, even just briefly, how blissful it was to be among the sheeple, unaware and going about your busy little life, totally unconcerned about the many horrors of the world. Back when we thought we couldn't do anything about it anyway, so why worry?

Of course, that's impossible now. You can't just unlearn something. And for those of us who have awoken to just how important this fight for our world is, as tired as we may get, as discouraged and disappointed as we may feel after all of this, we can't exactly just give up, now can we?

How do you look your child or grandchild in the eye, shrug your shoulders, and say, "Well, I tried, but it was too hard. Sorry." Nope. Most of us can't even conceive of doing that, as tempting as it may be at times when you feel yourself wondering why in the hell you keep fighting against such odds.

The stakes are just too important.

And, you know, all may not be lost anyway. Have any of you been reading about the huge amount of voter irregularities in this election? Areas with vast majorities of registered Democratic voters showing Bush winning in a landslide. More votes cast than registered voters in some places! The tallies not matching what the exit polls say? I mean, when you ask people as they walk out of the door who they voted for and the results show something so completely different, you know there is a problem. There are others, but those are the biggies.

And, what makes it so very disturbing is that in each one of these cases, it not only benefited Bush, but also only appears to have only occurred where those optical scanners were used and where there is no paper trail. Equipment manufactured by someone who publicly declared that he would do whatever it takes to put Bush back in the White House!

I have been keeping up with what has been discussed on the various political blogs about this, especially Glen Reynolds and Keith Olbermann. Bloggers are certainly working their way into becoming a force to be reckoned with. However, I have to agree that if a blogger is writing something as fact, especially something uncovered through investigation and that is likely to be extremely controversial, maybe even criminal, they definitely need to back up these writings with referenced facts. Preferably using a source that most people would consider to be credible and without any bias at all. Even better when you can use your "enemy's" own facts and documents against them on top of that (as I often do, he he).

If there has been election fraud, if Bush has once again stolen the White House through corporate and political dirty tricks, to my way of thinking this is treason and should be treated as such. Don't let anyone get away with simply resigning in shame, paying a fine, or any other similar slap on the wrist. Oh, no. If there can be shown that there was a conspiracy to overthrow the will of the people and take over our government (industry is good at hostile takeovers, aren't they? And we also have those in government who are pretty good at political overthrows, too. Can't forget that, either...), let there be no mercy for those guilty. Make an example out of them and all of those who had anything at all to do with it, even those that may have just looked the other way and kept quiet.

Something like that should be taken very seriously.

Because, my friends, if we cannot even manage to conduct a proper democracy that is actually "by the people, for the people," in a credible way, well then, how can we credibly hope to "instill democracy" any other place on the world? And who would want it if this is what they got?

This isn't a Republican versus Democratic argument. This isn't "left versus right." It isn't even an "us versus them" fight, exactly, unless you consider the "us" to be the American people as a whole, without regard to party affiliation or religion or anything else. It's about making sure that our country has not been the victim of a hostile takeover.

By ANYONE.

For ANY reason.

Again, to me, that is treason.
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