Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Hound Blogging

Now, usually when we read a letter to the editor that starts out "I am deeply saddened by the action of the New Hampshire Legislature and our governor in banning greyhound racing from the state..." we expect it to end "because now I'm going to have to go out and get a job and what kind of a market is there for a third grade dropout with personality disorders?"

Not so with the missive penned by overlord Karen Keelan though. No sirree. She knows she's part of something bigger, something special.

As someone whose family has been involved in this sport in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for many years, I took great pride in our race tracks when we managed to get through a card without having to stop for injured dogs. I was proud that our family-run businesses were contributing hundreds of low wage no benefit jobs, millions of dollars in payroll and tax revenues sucked off social security rubes two dollars at a time, and great entertainment for people who loved watching greyhounds run. Well, more specifically loved betting on greyhounds running. Hey if you just love watching them stay home. I got bills, you know?

I also took great pride in our greyhound adoption programs, which were among the most successful in the industry. Working with dozens of dedicated volunteers, we made sure that every retired greyhound found a loving adoptive home.Well, except for the ones who were shipped off to other tracks when they quit winning here, were injured and euthanized, or sold for medical research, but no system is perfect, right?

But best of all, I had a chance to work with the most amazing dogs in the world and then dump them when they couldn't turn a profit. Even when our track was losing money, which was most of the time, I loved my job because, well it wasn't really my job since the greyhounds did most of the work and took all of the risk. I was raised to appreciate, respect and care for them as long as they were earning money, and I always will miss sucking my trailer payments off their innocent backs.

Greyhound racing in New Hampshire is history now, but state residents should not be deceived about the reasons. It wasn't about greyhound injuries, which occur in fewer than one-half of one percent of all racing starts. It wasn't about greyhound care at the track, which must be first-rate in order for greyhounds to race at their best. It was about the fact that the industry treated innocent living creatures like disposable lighters for years and then lied about it, tried to cover it up, change the subject or blame the victims and attack those foolish enough to try and bring the public's attention  to this institutionalized animal cruelty that was the heart of greyhound racing.


Or it could have been about economics. In recent years, gambling competition has greatly increased. Greyhound racing has found it difficult to keep up with the explosion in high-tech casino gaming and online wagering. This made us easy targets for animal rights extremists looking to ban greyhound racing completely. Also the fact that slot machines aren't sold for medical research when they can't perform anymorelike greyhounds are  might have had something to do with it.


Animal rights groups won't stop there, however. New Hampshire dairy, egg and meat producers will be next on their hit list. So all you farmers out there keeping your cows in three by five crates for up to 22 hours a day, all you poultry people making your chickens race on unsafe tracks, and all you cattle people feeding your stock 4D meat, you better watch out.

Crap Red, she's figured us out. Now our plan to turn the whole world into Vegans, starting with the greyhound racing industry will have to be rethought.


Red Light is a little shy but very affectionate. She likes to shadow her foster mom around the house. She is playful and puppy-like. She has comical ears that stand in different ways. She wants to nuzzle and touch her foster mom with her nose all the time. Red Light would do best with a family with someone home more often. She is good with other dogs and she would probably be fine as an only dog. She would do best around children 10 and up. For more information about this dog, and other rescued racing greyhounds looking for homes, go here. If you don't know about the plight of racing greyhounds go here.

30 comments:

Jen Krebs said...

I.M. -

You just totally let the cat out of the bag.

It was our little secret that after dog racing ends, we are moving on to protecting racing chickens nationwide, and closing chicken tracks.

Thanks a lot!

HUMANWEAR said...

It is so good to hear someone from the inside inform the public about the reality of greyhound racing.

Anonymous said...

Karen Keelan did not "create jobs". She "created misery".
She preyed on the poor to keep herself in business.
And when that "business" fails due to fraud and cruelty, she merely cashes in at the nearest animal research laboratory.

Anonymous said...

Karen Keelan will probably now start to raise pit bulls! These people only get more devious and more uncivilized with time.

Anonymous said...

I find the correlation between Greyhound Racing (dogs) and the vulnerable blacks(niggers) astounding!
When Shirley Sherrod spoke of her childhood memories and how she remembers how she and her family were always victims, the phrases she recalls are :

1. Burn you down
2. Blow your head off
3. KKK
4. Nigger Nigger Nigger

Karen Keelan, with all your history of violence may you and the others be "headlighted" in
KANSAS KING.

Anonymous said...

Like most Republicans, Karen thrills to use the poor.
Like slaves.
Like Greyhounds.
Like all the "dogs" of the poverty -stricken Gulf coast "killed" by BP.
Destroyed through corruption.
Through abuse of power.
All due to the ever poignant pursuit of eternal greed.

Anonymous said...

Ironicus Maximus...would love to see a pix of Karen Keelan.
Does she have that same "afterglow" as Kay Smith?

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget all these isolated backwoods where Shirley Sherrod was raised.
They were the beginnings of all the hotbeds of the KKK.
All their cross - burnings and scare tactics reinforced with big guns and racism.
This is exactly the kind of hate we see today.
Fox News perpetuates it in all its support of the SB 1070...anti -immigration...along with the NRA.

Anonymous said...

McCarthyism Rising

Look all the way up.
Now whaddya see?
McCarthyism rising,
Just as clear as can be.

It looks like a handgun,
All covered in stars.
These colors shine brightly.
All copper to shards.

Straight shooters are plenty.
Their heros ar none.
Ain't no-one to tame it.
Execute number one.

Clouds give their soft cover.
Bombs drop like a hat.
The will of its people.
America's at bat.

Look all the way up.
Now whaddya see?
McCarthyism rising,
Just as clear as can be.

Anonymous said...

Whoever Jen Krebs is, I hope she will make a point to cleanse herself and her past with "transparency".
If this is the same Jen Krebs who worked with John Parker...Alabama-Texas..."treasurer" with Gary Guccione, how "ghoulish" is that?

Anonymous said...

You know, it's interesting.
All this mega cheap industry using the handicapped, desperately poor or speechless animals ("dogs") to get rich by taking advantage of their silent suffering.
As a teen, Shirley Sherrod was shaking out peanuts, a bloodied cotton picker, going through all the shit the white man shoved in her direction. Dumping on all "the black dogs".
And you "Karens" feel nothing when they took backs of buses, or colored toilets, only, even to this day!
You still underpay!
You still offer neither safety nets nor re-education!
Because, as always, you "Karens" are out for yourselves.
And when democratic parties call you on it, you merely kill the very dogs that let you get away with it.
It's called "entitlement". Better known as "no remorse". Also known as BP and all the wars they "fuel".

Jen Krebs said...

I am Jen Krebs, the Vice President of GREY2K USA. I work every day to end dog racing.

As for 'transparency', that's kinda funny coming from someone posting wacked out comments and racial slurs as 'Anonymous'.

Anonymous said...

Here we come with more people whose names start with "K"!
Karen, you even got a double "K"! Kay Smith gonna be jealous!
However, like all you extreme right wings, the third's the charm.

Anonymous said...

Giving a shout out to that Karen who's "a keelin"! :)
Oh honey, y'all see the names you dub your poor working "units"?
Ironicus Maximus tryin' to find a home for "Red Light".
You gals all into "ho" but so uncool to scream it, oil it, and fuck it.
Them bad reputations goin' to follow y'all everywhere. And we at Greyhound Rescues, will make sure of it.

Anonymous said...

Here, in Florida, "The New Times" wrote another excellent article pertaining to Marco Rubio, by Tim Elfrink.
Rubio is as corrupt as Joe Barton, John McCain and Joe Manchin. And people like Karen Keelan are 100% guilty of keeping these criminals "in business".
Organized crime?
"You betcha"!

Anonymous said...

Thurgood Marshall knew it.
The constitution and the 14th amendment proclaims it. Ain't no-one, even Fox News, can be racist. So how come "y'all" Republicans get away with it?
Heads up Jan and Michelle. Sarah Palin, too.

Anonymous said...

The South spread out when they found inter-connecting helped with all the booty.
Like Marco Rubio , they all spread their dark wings.
Don Black. David Duke. Mark Williams. All Republicans. Like the new "Tea Party Caucus"(the four most being proud, Mike Pence, Pete Sessions, Joe Barton and Pete Hoekstra) all into "WASP".
All into "NRA".
All on their knees to not "God" but "Oil" and "Arms Race".

Anonymous said...

Don't forget all the crippled vets returning who did their horrendous jobs (dogs) coldly dismissed.
Exactly in the same manner that workers "get slipped" and "get broke" all on white, corrupt trash.

Anonymous said...

Ask any of these gutless white supremists if they ever read Nelson mandela's "Long Walk to Freedon".
The answer is surely no.
That's the Republican Party of NO!
No equality.
No leadership.
No sharing.
No love.
Just profit.

Anonymous said...

Sick of Republican garbage. All their lies!
The very fact President Obama has had approx. 85 days vacation in 18 months as opposed to George fucking Bush's 260, for the same amount of time, speaks for itself!
You blodd sucking pigs!
You "whiteys" with a chip on your shoulder since the end of slavery, now YOU find a job! And don't dare bother with your Martin Ropers and all those empty "Bible calls".
You are all evil and satanic.
Period.

Anonymous said...

These hoods making a fortune with all their sleazy associations like Marco Rubio, it's just more of the same and as simple as BP and Lockerbie.
Dogs are dogs.
Yacht are Yachts.

Anonymous said...

So much for the "American Way". One more hick out of Utah says with his oh so Christian head ever so high:
"They drove here; they swam here; they crawled here. Whatever way they came, they can all go back the same way."
Oh yeah.
God Bless America.

Anonymous said...

Considering there are more than 50 human bodies just discovered in a mass burial hole by Juarez, Mexico,( another Greyhound Racing capital), it's looking more and more like Marena Riggins and Karen Keelan through these Mexican drug cartels.
"McCarthyism Rising"?
Well sure.
Along with the help of the ever- present NRA.
Brings back all those "memories" of bodies executed in
"Alabama 3000".

Anonymous said...

Being cruel is not a "God-given" right.
Any "christian" who pushes that scam must be jailed.
Are you listening Karen Keelan and Martin Roper?
Ken Strawbridge too.

Anonymous said...

Warren Jeff's conviction thrown out in UTAH? Well, we know these white republican "Justices" involved are all Mormon sympathizers. Into polygamy...But what seems to get worse is going to get a little better when this s.o.b. is transferred to Texas. Because there, he has personally raped an 11 year old and his punishmnet will finally be brutal.
So much for organized crime and playing the "God" card.

Anonymous said...

They are finding so many severed heads in Mexico cities , all the decapitations are becoming an embarassment!
Personally, I'd send them to WACHOVIA in MIAMI!
I think, through all their Mexican drug cartel clients, they made 39 BILLION! You can be sure REPUBLICANS have "found their beef".

Anonymous said...

Surely no-one is surprised with the violence Republicans endorse with their every breath. Arizona is just the tip of the ice-burg.
How about Democrat, ANTHONY WEINER, going after "GOLDLINE"?
These right wing conservatives were trying to screw the public, as usual, with the fear factor.
Inflated gold prices for COINS!
Saying there is another depression (which they caused, of course)...but trying to reap again, from the ignorant and vulnerable. (dogs)
Such well-knowns as Fred Thompson and Mike Huckabee used their notorious fame for yet one more scam! And Glenn Beck, whether he is "going blind' or not, still knows where to cash all these GOLDLINE checks!
Despicable.

Anonymous said...

Unlike the Supreme Court in Utah which just loves the Republican pedophile...after all...they are the pedophile state of America! All their child brides, etc...Arizona will now hopefully tackle the REAL problem of drug cartels and slave labor. The fruit pickers and the leave blowers are NOT the problem.Even all the cops with their "posses" admit that.
But the Mormons, all the racists, all the KKK want you to forget about the ten years' cost of all the needless wars and making millions of Muslims our enemy. And thousands of American children, parentless.
And for what? And for why?
Just for the top 1% who want their reduced taxes and all their tax breaks.
Oh sure...these Mormons are the richest religions, ever!
And so very "patriotic".

Anonymous said...

BP is not only in the habit of killing its employees, but according to boaters in Cocodrie, Loisiana, that estuary has absolutley NO bait. NO mullet. The ENTIRE body of water is DEAD! What the hell?
It is "Planet Suicide" for ALL off shore drilling and now we hear BP wants to get out of the Gulf, PRONTO?
A.S.A.P.
Boy.
These oil compnaies are just all damn "serial killers".

Anonymous said...

It's so typical that all these Republicans with their mega companies use the line "too big to fail".
Oh really?
That's why we now demand TRANPARENCY!
That's why WACHOVIA was investigated and fined for absolute MONEY-LAUNDERING with MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS smuggling TONS of cocaine on their private jets!
The US Treasury and DEA warned us all about this "back-door to drugs" with all the agents for drug cartels simply walking in!
DRUG THUGS!
Thirty nine BILLION!!!
Reporter, Mike Smith had the balls to follow it all. The Money Exchange Houses in Mexico...GIGANTIC! All blatantly illigitimate.
Electronically.
Physically.
All BACK to the USA!
The filth of the extreme right wing with their "Honky Tonk" religions, Bristol Palin pregnancies, hell-fire preachers and politicians, half of them GAY and all their hatred of the human race because they are either too stupid or too rich to CARE, has forced our country into the deepest recession ever and brought down the entire GLOBE because they are always hungry for MONEY? At no matter what cost?
We kill Mexicans because the top 1% reap totally from the NRA?
WAKE UP AMERICA! We indeed, are the "LIVING DEAD"!