Hiz Honor Lacks Horse Sense
Feb 13, 2014
As the new mayor of New York, one might think Bill de Balsio has plenty of important stuff on his to-do list. That's why we're scratching our heads over his vow to eliminate carriage horses from Central Park. He says the carriage rides "are not humane."
Of course, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is absolutely giddy with the prospect of eliminating the horses from New York and the fact that the new top-dog in New York City government has so little horse sense. Here's a dose of reality for hiz honor the mayor from a carriage operator: "What would be abuse is if we go out of business – we can't keep these horses," says Ed Hemingway, standing next to a massive Belgian draft horse named Duke. "I guarantee you, we go out of business, they'd be in a bag of dog food in a month." And that thought doesn't consider the jobs lost if the carriage rides are eliminated. We think hiz honor would be better served to focus on eliminating some real abuse in the Big Apple, like the kind you get when you slide into a New York taxi.
"Cowgirl Up" – Idaho Ranch Girl Wins Olympic Gold
Kaitlyn Farrington upset three Olympic champions to claim the gold medal in the women's snowboard halfpipe competition in Sochi on Wednesday. She gave a shout out to her parents and her ranch background for aiding her success. "Growing up in Idaho and growing up on a ranch made me the person I am today, it definitely made me a tough girl," she said. "As my parents have been saying, this whole journey is 'cowgirl up' as that's kind of what I've got to do." The result maintained the U.S. domination of snowboarding at these Games, where they have won three of the four gold medals.
An Offer Italian Farmers Couldn't Refuse
American farmers fear drought, low prices and being late for dinner. Pretty mild stuff compared to some Italian famers who have feared reprisals from the Mafia. That's because the Cooperativa Placido Rizzotto was established in 2001 on Sicilian land confiscated from organized crime leaders such as Giovanni "The Pig" Brusca, now in jail for killing between 100 and 200 people—he can't remember exactly. Now the network of organic famers called Libera Terra produces wines that bear the name of slain mob victims, and products are labeled "organic" and "Mafia-free."
Brawley to National Beef: Please Stay
Can Brawley, Calif., city officials convince National Beef Packing Co. to stay? Tuesday the details of the incentives package offered to the packer were released. The community proposes a rate reduction for utility costs that could produce a savings of $2.1 million per year, and a reduction in water rate and utility tax for another $700,000. The proposal is an attempt to prevent National Beef from closing the California facility in April, and the loss of 1,300 jobs.