Thursday, August 27, 2015

Farm Bureau Stormtroopers Arrest, Manhandle Silent Protesters

Well, what else would you expect from the assholes who deny human rights to anyone who is not white, straight, rich, xian, repug and male?

In a surprise development this morning, Chris Hartman, of the Fairness Campaign, and two others were arrested at the breakfast for protesting what they consider to be discriminatory policies. Here's a photo from the C-J's Pat McDonogh:

Chris Hartman of the Fairness Campaign was removed by two Kentucky State troopers from the Kentucky Farm Bureau ham breakfast, at the state fair. Hartman and others were there to protest the Kentucky Farm Bureau's practices which the protesters consider to by anti-LGBT, anti-teacher, anti-choice and pro-death penalty. Aug. 27, 2015. (Photo: By Pat McDonogh, The Courier-Jou)
Surprise development, my ass.  The Fairness Campaign sent out a press release yesterday, and the Farm Bureau had its stormtroopers ready.

According to witnesses, all Hartman, Carla Wallace and one other who was arrested did was stand up at their table.  The hateful, vicious motherfuckers of the Farm Bureau had their pet stormtroopers there to abuse and arrest anyone who dared to call out the KFB for its anti-American policies and stealing secret fees from its policyholders.

Shame on Kentucky State Police and shame on Governor Beshear, Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway and every other Democratic politician there who stood by while the KFB and the KSP blatantly violated the First and Fourth Amendment rights of Kentucky citizens and taxpayers.

How bad is the Kentucky Farm Bureau?  This bad:

 KY Farm Bureau Policies & 2015 Policy Book Page Numbers
  • The institution of marriage should only be recognized as the legal union of a man and a woman. (p.13)
  • We are opposed to any state-supported agency providing benefits to “domestic” partners. (p.14)
  • We strongly believe in the value of all individuals both born and unborn. (p.14)
  • We strongly oppose teacher strikes. We oppose legislation that mandates collective bargaining for public school employees. (p.61)
  • Alternative lifestyles should not be taught in public schools. (p.61)
  • We support the enactment of right-to-work legislation. (p. 75)
  • We recommend the federal prevailing wage law be repealed when dealing with government contracts. (p.76)
  • We oppose an increase in the minimum hourly wage. (p.76)
  • We strongly oppose any mandate that would require any government entities to recognize and collectively bargain with employee unions. (p.76)
  • Furthermore, we oppose public employees being permitted to strike, organize work stoppage or slow-downs. (p.76)
  • We oppose unionization of farmers and farm laborers. (p.76)
  • We support capital punishment. (p.88)
What makes it exponentially worse is that Farm Bureau policy holders are charged a fee that goes directly to the Farm Bureau's political arm to lobby for these hateful, inhumane and un-American policies.

And no, you can't just change insurance companies.  If you live in most rural areas in Kentucky, the Farm Bureau is your ONLY insurance company.  No other company will cover your house and farm.  I lived five minutes from an Interstate Highway and 30 minutes from the State Capitol and I had to take the shit the Farm Bureau shoved out because there were no fire hydrants on my road.

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