The Watering Hole; Friday April 25 2014; A Win for Biological Diversity

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
an’ foolish notion
What airs in dress an’ gait wad lea’e us,
an’ ev’n devotion!
(Robert Burns from “To a Louse”)

Yesterday, I received this uplifting note from the Center for Biological Diversity (an environmental-and-wildlife-activist organization HQ’d in Tucson, Arizona):

Public Opposition Helps Defeat Arizona Wolf-kill Bills — Thank You

Mexican gray wolf After an outpouring of public opposition from Center  activists and others, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer this  week vetoed two anti-wolf bills, including one that  would have allowed ranchers to kill endangered  Mexican gray wolves on federal land, contrary to  federal law.

Thank you to all who answered our call to action against these bills, especially those who flooded Brewer’s office with phone calls this week.

There are just 37 Mexican gray wolves in the Arizona wild. This struggling population desperately needs protection to survive — and some state lawmakers are intent on making sure it doesn’t get that protection. We’re happy to see Brewer veto these disastrous bills, but we also know that wolf-haters in Arizona remain a potent force. We won’t relax our vigilance.

Read more about the Center’s long battle to save Mexican gray wolves from extinction.

Much as I detest AZ Governor Jan Brewer’s politics, I do give her credit for occasionally making the right and proper decision. I also maintain the hope, no matter how faint, that SOMEONE, or some agency, will act NOW to stymie the idiots in the state of Idaho (and elsewhere, of course) and thus prevent the entire wild wolf population there (and anywhere else, for that matter) from being completely wiped out . . . by idiots.

I know, I know, common sense is an alien notion amongst both idiots and wingnuts (assuming there’s any difference), but still, we of un-shriveled mind can dare to hope, right?

In that vein, remember the words spoken by Mitt Romney in advance of the 2012 elections? “Corporations are people, my friend,” he said in all seriousness. Gives me an idea: if corporations which are in no way definable as “people” can be legally designated as people, then why not also so-designate wolves, polar bears, eagles, dolphins, whales, coyotes, owls, puma, tortoises, butterflies . . . etc., et al., as “people”? Why can’t we insist the SCOTUS also legally grant wildlife all the protections that both idiots and corporations now enjoy?

Time for a vote. Choose A or B (in order of presentation below) as either “people” or “non-people” — I’ll forward your votes to the SCOTUS (If I can find their email somewhere).

Bundy

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Oh, and in the process of deciding said issue, maybe the Scotussians could also agree to define wingnuts as non-people, and then let the chips fall where they may? Now THAT would be a definite job-creator, one that prolly even the NRA might support!

I know. My bad (on rare occasion). Oh well. Clearly some critters deserve protection, some don’t. It’s so simple.

OPEN THREAD

44 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday April 25 2014; A Win for Biological Diversity

  1. Dana Loesch: Cliven Bundy not ‘media trained’

    “I hope no one is surprised that an old man rancher isn’t media trained to express himself perfectly,” she wrote, noting that “it’s justified to have a healthy suspicion of the New York Times” for raising the issue.

    Apparently Dana Loesch isn’t media trained either, else she’d know better than to defend this puke.

    • One of the biggest problem with rightwhiners is that they seem to think there’s a “right way” to say horrific things. What they believe is wrong no matter how you dress it up in flowery speech. “Enhanced interrogation”, for example, is just their way of saying it’s fine by them to torture brown people.

      • I absolutely agree, Pete. Despite the GOP autopsy on why they lost telling them voters rejected their message, they still insisted that the American people would want what the Republicans are trying to offer them if only the GOP could phrase it correctly. I mean, they’re still trying to convince people that Charles and David Duke pay too much in taxes.

        They think their problem is their medium, and not the message itself, and that’s why they’re so wrong all the time.

        • David *Duke* – intentional slip of the keyboard … or did John Wayne up there get you reminded of someone…..?

          • Wayne had Duke on his mind ’cause Jon Stewart said that Bundy was a graduate of Duke University – David Duke University. Or maybe he’s remembering Trading Places.

            • No, it was just a stupid typo. I don’t know why I wrote Duke when I meant Koch. If I had reversed the brothers’ names, I probably would have gotten it right. Or I would have said David and Charles Nelson Reilly.🙂

    • Either she’s incredibly stupid, or she doesn’t understand that people outside her “kind” can read her drivel.

      I say all of the above. 🙄

  2. Big news! I have decided to give my cat a new, and politically incorrect, name. When I throw his mice up on the couch he jumps into the back of said couch with reckless abandon and sometimes even bounces all the way back to the floor. So? His new name is Banzai.

    • What an idiot! I’m sure he just wants people to be able to sit anywhere on the bus they want to, but he should be able to ride the bus for free.
      He’s also another RW moran who believes freedom of speech means he can spew any stupid, offensive, and demeaning stream of complete and total bullshit he wants and no one should ever point out that he is stupid and offensive.

  3. Rachel Maddow last night did a remarkable segment on the origins and definition of the various Posse Comitatus crapola that pops up with too much regularity, Cliven Bundy the latest example. If you missed it, it’s well worth the time to stream it in. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show#51059957

    Interesting, too, how so much of what’s wrong with this country today has its roots in slavery, the civil war and its aftermath, and the fear and hatred all of that generated/generates in the marginal masses.

    • That really was an amazing segment. I knew Posse Comitatus went way back, but I didn’t realize it went back to Civil War days.

      That’s why I like watching Rachel, she’ll dig into the background of a story, that sometimes I’m thinking, “What does this have to do with anything?” And then she tells us. Wow.

  4. Cliven Bundy apparently hasn’t heard the adage, “when you find yourself in a deep hole, stop digging”.
    He ought to move to Mogadishu. There’s no ‘oppressive gummint’ to wring his wrinkly hands over in that neck of the world.

  5. Florida School Stops Serving Mountain Dew Before Tests

    A central Florida elementary school has stopped a long-standing practice of serving students Mountain Dew before standardized tests.

    Florida Today reports that a woman contacted local media outlets after learning that students were being served three tablespoons of soda and some trail mix before taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

    Why not just give them all a hit of ritalin? It’s probably not any worse than the Mountain Dew.

    • Taylor’s school they’d give them peppermint candies when they wanted them to wake up. It’s not like kids can go get a cup of coffee.

    • The students probably find it helps to refocus/calm the nerves having three tablespoons of soda and some train mix, then diving into the testing.
      (3 tablespoons isn’t a great deal) They could certainly serve sugar-free soda and continue the tradition.

    • Q: What did Brad Pitt say to the family that was being loud in the movie theater?

      A: Shut up or we’ll adopt your kids!

      BTW, I have an adopted brother and he has curly hair and tans easily.

    • I can’t watch video at all with my wretched internet provider. I admit I would probably appreciate a boob job, but am insufficiently vain to worry about it much.🙂

  6. Dutiful daughter or human shield? One of the Bundy brood appears to have drawn the short straw and has assumed the task of condemning inSeannity and crew. I sure hope there’s enough popcorn in the stores to last for this whole sorry spectacle.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/hannity-bundy-fox-news-daughter

    BTW. I have a cunning plan. I think that the feds should start hovering a black helicopter, well out of rifle range, over Bundy’s house 24/7. I think the wailing and gnashing of teeth would be worth the expense.

    • A drone would be cheaper. Hang a camera on it. It doesn’t matter if anyone monitors it or not, it would drive them crazy (or crazier).

      • I was thinking of the noise of a chopper but I suppose they could just take the muffler off a drone. For that matter; there are foam models of drones available for under $200.00. They could use the most annoying model airplane engine they can hang on the motor mount and even fly it around low enough for the crack pots to take a few potshots. Heck! Once the first round went off they would probably climb out of their spider holes and start shooting at each other.

        • They’d probably just shoot up into the air, miss the sucker, and the rounds would kill cattle when they fell to earth. Win-win.

  7. Mark today as the day when Rick Perry’s brain fell out. Thank goodness it was just a small splat.

    Let’s start with Rick’s refusal to disavow Cliven Bundy’s racist statement and then move quickly to this:

    “What we have in the state of Texas … the federal government is coming in and attempting from our perspective to take over private property,” he continued.
    Perry had previously made remarks critical of the armed federal presence during the Bundy Ranch standoff over cattle grazing. “I have a problem with the federal government putting citizens in the position of having to feel like they have to use force to deal with their own government,” he said Wednesday on Fox News.

    So, Rick is all hissy fitting over the government wanting to take land. Uh huh.
    Does he think we’ve forgotten about the Trans Texas Corridor, that 580,000 acre land grab by Perry to sell to Spain for them to pour concrete on?

    …………Rick Perry may be good at invoking states rights and property rights, while disavowing ‘foreign creditors,’ but his actions as Texas’ longest serving governor tell a different story. Public private partnerships (or P3s) are part and parcel of the United Nations’ Agenda 21. Two of the purposes of Agenda 21 are to abolish private property and restrict mobility and P3s act as the vehicle to do it. Perry made P3s a centerpiece of his transportation policy since he stepped in as governor. It started with the Trans Texas Corridor, known at the federal level as high priority corridors, corridors of the future, or the NAFTA superhighways. Just in Texas, it was to be a 4,000 mile multi-modal network of toll roads, rail lines, power transmission lines, pipelines, telecommunications lines and more. It was going to be financed, operated, and controlled by a foreign company granted massive swaths of land 1,200 feet (4 football fields) wide taken forcibly through eminent domain.

    http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/article.php?articleid=7435#sthash.Gj95lBJ6.dpuf

    • I’m actually hoping that the rightwhiners win a couple of these cases where they claim the federal government can’t control land. And I would be willing to bet that the First Nations are drooling at the prospect of a Supreme Court ruling that the federal government can’t take land away from people!

    • If the federal government can’t control land, wouldn’t it nullify ever deed in the western states that was ever bestowed under the Homestead Act?

    • Excellent, Wayne! Am wondering if the Feds are actually fomenting a plan to knock this dolt out of the media…and freeing up Federal land or collect what this fellow owes!

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