Daily Archives: July 30, 2011

I usually scoff at the “we’ll save money by cutting fraud and waste ” argument but …

The Pentagon makes Medicare look like skinflints. Our budget woes are far larger than wasted money, but when the Pentagon pays $80 for a $1 pipe, there are bound to be some savings there. If we could only get federal bureaucrats to think of the dollars they were spending as their own, rather than other people’s money, we’d make some progress.

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Destroying Northwestern communities for no purpose

No logging, no spotted owl, either. As a certified, back-packing tree-hugger, I am not in favor of polluting trout streams, wiping out forests or exploding the world in a nuclear war. But I also don’t like environmental regulations that destroy small towns and wipe out entire categories of jobs for no reason. The EPA did this when it shut down logging in the Northwest to “save” the spotted owl. I was out there in the early 70’s, when there was a vibrant collection of small towns and I’ve been back there since and seen the difference. Yet no one cares -pass another regulation.

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Bring us more mountain lions!

Escaped wild boars killing pets and chasing people in Sullivan County (New York).  Any pig will go feral in a generation or two, I believe (I generally trust my knowledge but maybe you shouldn’t and you may want to research this further) but these tuskers are escapees from game farms and are raring to go. They breed like rabbits, although the results are dramatically different.

In the south, pig hunting’s considered a great sport – don’t know what the status of these New Yorkers is – open season? Protected species? Certainly not the latter, I should think. Large caliber required.

UPDATE: Good article here on hunting these creatures. And I love the writer’s inclusion of this quote from one of my favorite authors:

I decided that unless I become a vegetarian, I’ll get my meat by hunting for it. … I’ve seen slaughterhouses, and anyway, as Sitting Bull said, when the buffalo are gone we will hunt mice, for we are hunters and we want our freedom.

—Thomas McGuane

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The first domino

Central Falls, Rhode Island going belly up on Monday, most likely. Watch for this adventure to be repeated throughout the country in the coming year.

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The Hobbits say we need some rehab, Dems say no, no no

Senate kills Boehner debt plan.

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National Outdoor Leadership School and bears

NOLS defended by other wilderness experts. As well it should be. The quality of training I received there back in 1973 was superb and daughter Sarah reported the same back in 2007. I post this only because some parents may have doubts after the grizzly attack of last week. The only caveat, and it’s a minor one, is that i went through the course when I was twenty (as was Sarah, I think) – each kid is different, of course, but this is one tough thirty days, and I’d suggest twenty is a better age for it than, say, 16. Summer camp, it ain’t.

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