Saturday, October 22, 2005


Okay, a while back we asked for your help, on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States “Things You Don’t Know Much About,” May 18). They were working on a getting a ban on the slaughter wild horses on the American range for sale to satisfy overseas palates.

That measure, the Rahall-Whitfield amendment, passed, but now it might be stripped from the Agricultural Bill because a Senator from Montana wants it that way. His name in Conrad Burns and he’s a (r)epublican.

His constituency is made up of many self-described individualists who think poor people shouldn't get and help and the "Guvment" should play no role in American life except for letting cowfolk roust up horses grazing for free on federal lands so that they might sell them to the highest bidder.

The Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121. Ask your senators and representatives to maintain the amendment passed earlier this year to save the horses.

The Human Society suggests a monologue along these lines:

“Hello [optional], I’m calling from [ie; Los Angeles] to let you know I’ve heard that the ban on horse slaughter in the Agricultural Appropriations bill is being stripped by the conference committee. I want [Rep. Congress Man] to oppose any Agriculture Appropriations conference report that doesn’t include the ban on horse slaughter. Thank you [optional].”

Also, don’t forget that the scribe and Omar “dare we dub him the Latin Hendrix” Torrez will be generating some flamenco groove at 33 1/3 Books & Collective at Alvarado and Sunset Bvld, on Dec. 15. the scribe will read four pieces from “Vedette” to the following works from Omar’s “La Danza”: Tango Gitano, Etude #2 in E minor, Spanish Romance, and Pica Pica.


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