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Squirrel shoot in upstate New York denounced by NYC pol.

HOLLEY, N.Y. (AP) — A weekend squirrel-shooting contest in upstate New York is a sell-out, with all 1,000 tickets spoken for, organizers said, despite a push by animal rights groups and others to cancel the event.

The 7th annual “Hazzard County Squirrel Slam” will raise money for the volunteer Holley Fire Department, the event sponsor.

Critics have sought to stop the event through online petitions and protests, calling the event cruel and a bad example for children. The contest targeting red and gray squirrels is open to anyone over age 12 with a hunting license.

Supporters say hunting is just part of life upstate, including in the largely rural village of 1,800 people on the Erie Canal.

“This is a community of hunters and they’re going to hunt anyways. Why not hold a fundraiser that will reach our community,” the event’s chairwoman, Tina Reed, told the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester. She said the event has grown each year: This year, 1,000 tickets were made available after it sold out of 200 tickets last year.

State Sen. Tony Avella, a Queens Democrat, called the contest insane during an Albany news conference with the group Friends of Animals earlier this week. The group planned to protest outside the Holley Fire House on Saturday afternoon.

There’s no reason to expect a city boy to know from squirrel hunting, but it’s not too much to ask that he acknowledge his ignorance and keep his yap shut about an event occurring 300 miles away in a world he’s never visited. Besides, squirrels are tastier than the rats Mr. Avella’s constituents cook up.

UPDATE: According to MapQuest, it’s 6 hrs, 34 minutes, 368 miles from Avella’s home in Whitestone to Holley, New York

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11 responses to “Oh shut up

  1. LAK

    Poor little squirrels. They’re so cute!!

  2. Walt

    Dude –
    DUDE!!! Again, you miss the most obvious problem with this squirrel hunt. The Lizard People are pulling this off all in plain sight. Right in front of us!! You dummy whacker.

    This Tony Avella guy, with his greased back hair and olive oil skin – GODFATHER DUDE!! – is a diversionary tactic. A fall guy. A patsy. Just like you used Lee Harvey Oswald when you shot JFK!!

    Look at the squirrel shooting rules. They let you shoot grey squirrels, right? They are the ruling class of squirrels, so they represent the white ruling class. So they are fair game to snuff.

    And you can shoot the red squirrels. Red squirrels are no different than human gingers. They are fiery, moody, hot tempered, and difficult to please. How do you get a redhead to argue with you? Say something to her!! So they are fair game.

    But what can’t you shoot? Black squirrels!! Why is that? You think it’s a coinkydink? You shallow little man.

    It is subliminal messaging!! {You dolt} It says black squirrels are a protected class {you weenie}. It says black squirrels cannot be touched {you peckerhead}.

    This is as obvious as a squirrel tail growing out of your ass. The black squirrels will take over!! THAT’S THE PLAN!!

    Tony Avella and his thug white guilt cohorts will not be happy until this happens.

    Your Pal,

  3. dogwalker

    Don’t anybody tell my terrier about it . . . PLEEEEEEEZ . . . she’ll want to go and I just can’t this weekend!

  4. Anonymous

    Avella might change his mind if someone prepared this fine Rosemary Parmesan Squirrel recipe. Yummmm.

    3 squirrels cut in pieces
    2 c. flour
    Olive oil
    ¼ c. white wine (white zinfandel or Liebfermilch)
    1 tsp. rosemary
    ¼ c. sun-dried tomatoes
    ¼ tsp. salt (chopped coarsely)
    ¼ tsp. coarse black pepper
    2 chicken bouillon cubes
    Brown rice (for 4 servings)
    ¾ c. cream or half and half
    ½ pkg. onion soup mix
    1 c. fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
    Place flour in bag, add meat and shake until thoroughly covered. In large frying pan, heat olive oil until it’s almost but not quite smoking. Place meat in pan and brown on all sides. Just before meat is completely browned, add 2 pats of butter to oil to finish browning. Remove and drainandCook meat in wine in a shallow saute pan, covered, on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes to tenderize. Remember to turn occasionally.
    Put chopped tomatoes, rosemary, salt, pepper, and bouillon cubes in water and bring to a boil. Add rice and cook according to directions on rice package. Stir and fluff to distribute rosemary and tomatoes evenly.
    In a saute pan on low heat, blend cream, onion soup mix and half of the Parmesan cheese. Stir constantly until the mixture is smooth and the cheese is melted into the sauce. Salt to taste. Use white pepper, if desired. Serve squirrel over a bed of rice, spoon sauce over top and garnish with remaining Parmesan cheese.

  5. Walt

    Dude –
    You think I should reply? You want me to hook you up?

    From: Janet Napolitano
    Sent: Friday, February 15, 2013 8:30 PM
    To: Walt
    Subject: Your Comments on FWIW

    Dear Mr. Walt –
    We have been reading your posts on Mr. Christopher Fountains (AKA “Dude”) “For What It’s Worth” blog for some time now. Even though we find his “writing” offensive, as I am sure you do as well, we feel it is a necessary part of our job to endure pain if it is so required to protect the public’s safety.

    Anyhows, we respectfully request you to stop referring to the “Lizard People”, the “Master Plan”, and other items that we believe are sacrosanct to Homeland Security.

    And even though it has been almost 50 years since the JFK assassination, please stop discussing you know whose role in it. To repay our gratitude for his contribution to that coup d’état, it is the only reason we let him blog. That, and the fact he only has one other reader. Hiram!! Who we consider to be a moron.

    So please cease and desist from disclosing information protected by national security. Especially the racial squirrel war. That is know at only the highest levels. How did you decipher our cunning little plan. You handsome witty genius. Brilliant I say!!

    Barry says hi, and respectfully requests you knock of the Wookie jokes. Michelle may look like a middle linebacker, but she is pretty thin skinned. So do me a solid, would ya?

    On a side note, I am very attracted to ex-lawyer, no talent hacks, so can you send me the Dude’s contact data? And you Lezbo and homo jokes are a big hit in the LGBT community!!


    She seems like fun. You two may be a good match.

    Your Pal,

  6. RL

    extra crunchy please !

  7. TheWizard

    Having done the whole hunting deal in my youth, I’ve since decided I don’t like killing things.
    What I like even less are nanny-state politicians thinking they are somehow empowered to dictate behavior to the rest of us.

  8. Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

    The best paragraph from the whole article is from this nut case. I bet his mother didn’t let him walk across a creek bridge as a boy.

    Morningside Heights resident Christopher Durham was among the protesters who went upstate Saturday. Durham is one of three certified animal rehabilitators in New York City, and said he is now rehabilitating a 19-week-old baby squirrel to release back into the wild in the Catskills this spring.

    “Hunting is a very violent sport,” Durham said. “Something gets killed.”

  9. It’s always under the guise of protecting children too. How does it hurt children to learn to hunt and survive on their own? These people are insane.