March 31, 2015

Bear Lovers’ Undies Sure To Get Bunched Up Over This Movie

Field and Stream is reporting about a “wilderness survival thriller” movie based on a true story of a man and a woman who become victims of a black bear attack.But, but, but……there’s never been a black bear attack on humans before….I thought…or maybe not so much?

The idea that cute and cuddly black bears are portrayed as they really can be is sure to bunch a bunch of fudged undies.

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Milt’s Corner – Bald Eagle

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Open Thread – Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Milt’s Corner – Florida Panther

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Fish and Game Hypocrisy Over Commenting on Issues?

Back on March 19, 2015, a Maine guide wrote an editorial about the decision by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) to issue a certain number of cow moose permits for a Wildlife Management District (WMD) near Greenville. The writer believes that there are not enough moose in this region to justify the number of permits. There is a system in place that allows for public comment on this issue.

In this editorial, it states that in a telephone interview with Judy Camuso, wildlife division director of MDIFW, “Our rules don’t allow for us [to comment] because the public comment period is still open,” Camuso said. “We don’t want to sway people’s comments.”

In a subsequent editorial response, a writer claims that there exists hypocrisy with MDIFW because the department was very outspoken during the recent bear referendum but MDIFW claims it is against the rules to offer public comments while the comment period for that issue is still open.

One might understand, to a degree, the issue about following rules, however, it would appear that the rules for one issue do stand hypocritical to the rules of another issue. The argument can be made that MDIFW has already made their statement about the issuance of cow moose permits by the act of issuing the number of permits they did. They obviously must support the action and was approved by the department.

However, this action would seem to support the argument made by those opposing the department to be able to participate in referendum campaigns when they say that the MDIFW should be able to make a statement only and that public participation in other campaigning programs should be disallowed.

Even though the issues are different, i.e. one a referendum, the other a permit allocation management decision, there does seem to be a bit of unexplained hypocrisy going on here. If the rules prohibit the discussion of an issue “while the comment period is still open” in fear of “sway[ing] people’s comments” then this rule needs to be changed. Can comments be effectively and honestly made if information and explanations are being squelched?

Some, of course want to change the law, to prohibit or censor MDIFW from participating in referendum campaigns beyond the issuance of a statement of position. I disagree with that approach. The state of Maine created a department for the purpose of managing game and other wildlife. While I am not a blind supporter of all things MDIFW, voters do rely on the department to offer the facts and data that they use to make decisions. Those same facts and data must be made transparent and available to all taxpayers.

Having said that, it would only seem the right thing to allow MDIFW to discuss with anyone who questions decisions at all times and not just relegated to an obscure and not very “public” public comment period.

The people are entitled to information. That information cannot be gotten through government and totalitarian censorship. Let the facts speak for themselves and thus let the facts be well seen and heard.

Open Thread – Monday, March 30, 2015

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Open Thread – Saturday, March 28, 2015

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North: “Saudi First Strike at Tehran”

[Oliver]NORTH: “So here is the frightening part of it. The Saudis clearly feel threatened by what’s happening in Iran. In fact, the big losers with Yemen going upside down in the hands of Iran is all the shipments that go through the Suez canal go right through the Coast of Aden, right? And so, you can’t have that area if you are Saudi or an Emirate or an Egyptian. You cannot have that controlled by Iran.

“What we are looking at is the likelihood I think it’s very strong — excuse me, Senator Graham on just a little while ago, I think you are looking at the very strong likelihood of a Saudi first strike at Tehran. I’m saying that because the meeting that took place 10, 12 days ago now in Riyadh. King Salmod calls a (inaudible) out of Egypt, (inaudible) out of Turkey. He invites Abdullah, but he has got his hands full in Jordan. He couldn’t make it. The two guys run the emirates, UAE, and Sharif of Pakistan. Now, why would they do that? Because they are getting ready to go to war against the Shiites, and what we are looking at is having absolutely zero influence on it.

“The frightening prospect is if you think the market went back in 2008, as soon as anyone cracks off a nuke, the market is going to drop like a stone and it’s going to take us a decade to recover from it. And all because this administration cannot figure out what they want to do. This talk — what they really are trying to receive is Kissingerial Nixon (inaudible) like they did in China. The difference is China wanted to survive the experience. These people in Tehran don’t care about that.”<<<Read More>>>

Stealth Military Training Among Civilians?

“Seven Southwestern states will soon be infiltrated by 1,200 military special ops personnel as part of a controversial domestic military training in which some of the elite soldiers will operate undetected among civilians.
Operation Jade Helm begins in July and will last for eight weeks. Soldiers will operate in and around towns in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Colorado where some of them wil drop from planes while carrying weapons loaded with blanks in what military officials have dubbed Realistic Military Training.
But with residents of the entire states of Texas and Utah dubbed ‘hostile’ for the purposes of the exercises, Jade Helm has some concerned the drills are too realistic.”<<<Read More>>>