It's laughable, how predictable the local posse is.
The option of anonymous commenting has allowed some in our farming community to speak out against the content of this blog. Ironically, they are not addressing the substantive information regarding DOA/BAC.
No, no, can't defend the indefensible. Instead, they've attempted to malign the blog owner, with tactics better served in school yards of their youth. The fallacy of their attacks is known as:
Definition of ad hominem
- 1 : appealing to feelings or prejudices rather than intellect an ad hominem argument
- 2 : marked by or being an attack on an opponent's character rather than by an answer to the contentions made made an ad hominem personal attack on his rival
Local application amounts to: Shoot the messenger. A poorly executed attempt to intimidate and demean others in the agriculture community.
The previous blog entries by whistleblowers plainly prove a pattern of deceit, deception, and outright retaliation against select community members. The posse forgets that it could just as easily have been themselves targeted. The words and deeds of the folks representing the DOA do not serve our state well, and most certainly, do not encourage and promote more farming.
Director Keyes has had hands on the slaughter plant, that is plain and true. His actions there do not encourage and promote farming. His actions against specific Alaskans, most certainly do not serve to promote and encourage farming. His lies and obfuscations testified to the legislative body, do not serve to promote and encourage farming.
None of this would have come to light publicly without this blog. Instead, it would be whispered about, lamented in private, rumored, and most would have done their best to keep their heads down-because those who step up and speak out, tend to get ruined if they do. That's the intimidation tactic that has worked well for the CBC of Ag for decades.
The victims need to know they are not alone. And they are not. They also need to know that others care about their plight....and they do-many people care. And those numbers are larger than the posse can imagine.
The community should condemn these actions and demand accountability.
Remember: These people work for you.