October 19, 2018

Those “Dam” Beavers Be Damned

A friend today sent me a news article about how beavers are building dams near a road and a neighborhood in Farmingdale, Maine. It seems these days there is no simple solution to ridding public safety and property destruction problems caused by beavers.

In reading the article, I was reminded of the quite hilarious story of a letter written by a landowner in Michigan who was accused by the state environmental Nazis of unlawfully building dams and causing flooding and damage.

Evidently, the event is fabricated but is worthy of a good laugh – art imitating life. Below is a copy of that letter.

Dear Mr. Price:

Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N, R10W, Sec 20; Montcalm County

Your certified letter dated 12/17/97 has been handed to me to respond to. You sent out a great deal of carbon copies to a lot of people, but you neglected to include their addresses. You will, therefore, have to send them a copy of my response.

First of all, Mr. Ryan DeVries is not the legal landowner and/or contractor at 2088 Dagget, Pierson, Michigan – I am the legal owner and a couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood “debris” dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, nor authorize their dam project, I think they would be highly offended you call their skillful use of natural building materials “debris”. I would like to challenge you to attempt to emulate their dam project any dam time and/or any dam place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no dam way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

As to your dam request the beavers first must fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity, my first dam question to you is: are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers or do you require all dam beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request? If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, please send me completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits. Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Michigan Compiled Laws annotated. My first concern is – aren’t the dam beavers entitled to dam legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said dam representation – so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer.

The Department’s dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event causing dam flooding is proof we should leave the dam Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling their dam names. If you want the dam stream “restored” to a dam free-flow condition – contact the dam beavers – but if you are going to arrest them (they obviously did not pay any dam attention to your dam letter — being unable to read English) – be sure you read them their dam Miranda first. As for me, I am not going to cause more dam flooding or dam debris jams by interfering with these dam builders. If you want to hurt these dam beavers – be aware I am sending a copy of your dam letter and this response to PETA. If your dam Department seriously finds all dams of this nature inherently hazardous and truly will not permit their existence in this dam State – I seriously hope you are not selectively enforcing this dam policy – or once again both I and the Spring Pond Beavers will scream prejudice!

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their dam unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam right than I to live and enjoy Spring Pond. So, as far as I and the beavers are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more dam elevated enforcement action now. Why wait until 1/31/98? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then, and there will be no dam way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them then.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention a real environmental quality (health) problem; bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the dam beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! (The bears are not careful where they dump!)

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.

Sincerely,

Stephen L.Tvedten

 

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Anti-Hunting Mental Drool

Along with the time of year when there is much activity with hunting and trapping, we all regularly are subjected to the mental drool of those who don’t like any of the activities. Maybe if they just said I don’t like hunting and trapping and left it at that, some of us wouldn’t bother to single them out to expose their limited mental capacities while disparaging a worthwhile, long-standing, cultural heritage that has unlimited benefits to both man and wildlife – hunting.

A letter scribbler in the Bangor Daily News called hunting and trapping “incivil” – evidently meaning that any reporting in the news about hunting and trapping is offensive, rude, or impolite. The writer also called hunting and trapping an unworthy event and unsportsmanlike and said hunting was no longer “fair chase.”

Here’s a couple of things to ponder. Most of these terms – fair chase, sportsmanlike, etc. – have been crafted by men over the years perhaps as a means of pulling the wool over someone’s eyes about hunting and trapping. They are man-made terms much the same as when some mental midget declares hunting is an act to “prove one’s manhood.”

Fair chase is really nothing but abiding by the laws crafted by men for men to hunt and trap animals for consumptive use. All rules and regulations for hunting and trapping are grounded in species management and public safety – nothing more. I never thought of hunting as a “sport” therefore sportsmanship had nothing to do with the act. I see hunting as something I enjoy doing that occasionally (emphasis on occasionally) rewards me with a few good meals of healthy meat.

So give it a rest already. Take your “fair chase” and “sportsmanship” to the athletic field, where these days everyone gets a “trophy.” Hunting and trapping are a well developed scientific necessity to responsibly manage and maintain a healthy and sustainable game population.

The other issue is one in which I’ve never quite understood. Obvious this whiner takes offense – finds incivility – in news reports about hunting and trapping, and yet in order to find offense, the person must be reading the reports.

As this writer mentions, they find politicians offensive and rude, as do I. I find the solution sensible. Stop reading the articles and looking at the pictures. Any moron should understand that basic concept, but evidently, that is above the capacity of some who would rather whine, bitch, and complain about something they know nothing about.

 

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Open Thread – 19 Day, 10th Month, 2018

Why Would Anybody Bother Promoting Any of These Lying Criminals? To Hell With All of Them

Please use this open thread to post your ideas, information, and comments about issues not covered in articles published on this website. Thank you.

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White Male Gun Nuts Are Terrorists

I constantly hear each “side” of the political spectrum accusing the other “side” of speaking inflammatory language that only serves to perpetuate the anger and hatred that so severely divides this country.

In the following case, a democratic political candidate in Tennessee claims to be a “pro-gun” candidate. According to the Guns America website, the candidate and the party that is promoting his election were quoted as saying that the biggest terrorist organization in America is “White Male Gun Nuts.”

Nice! Real nice. And all this time I thought the biggest threat to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness was totalitarian fascists.<<<Read More>>>

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Return to a “Savage” State

The below article has been sent for publication in the local newspaper, The Bethel Citizen.

James Beers, a former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee who spent considerable time in Washington, D.C., who became a whistleblower discovering as much as $60 million was stolen from Pittman-Robertson Federal Excise taxes to be used for reintroducing wolves to the Northern Rockies and other illegal activities, recently said that if we are not willing to put a stop to the current “Ecological Theory” that places man as equal to or lesser than that of plants and animals and “spiritual rewilding” our forests and plains, this lack of action will “…return all of us eventually into a “savage state.”

The definition of “civilize” is “to bring out of a savage state.” As our civilization advanced from what some have perceived as uncontrolled slaughter of many of our wild animals and destruction of the habitat that confronted the settlers, through responsible wildlife management which led to developing an understanding of the cooperation of both consumption and conservation, establishing the North American Model of Wildlife Management, we are now moving in a direction that is calling for a hands-off approach to plant and animal management; establishing wilderness and predator protection based somewhat on the belief that Nature produces a preferred outcome.

If the land was in a “natural” state when we found it, i.e. “savage state,” working to restore it to what it once was, or what we think it once was, surely must be a return to an uncivilized, savage state.

We have and are being misled that leaving things up to Nature, will provide for a stabilization of animal and plant existence, i.e. that Nature achieves a “balance” where everything is Nirvana. My very good friend, Dr. Valerius Giest, a professor emeritus at the University of Calgary, says that the Utopian belief in nature, free from the hands of man, achieving balance is “intellectual rubbish.” Life consists of constant negative and positive feedback loops where everything is in constant change.

Leaving it to Nature will yield what Nature has to offer. Reality shows us that Nature’s results are not what most of us prefer. We prefer control and manipulation to achieve healthy plants and wildlife as best possible, while at the same time continuing to provide an opportunity for that long-held, civilized existence of regulated hunting, trapping, and fishing.

If we prefer a healthy existence for our wildlife, someone has to manage and control it. Nature will not, contrary to what some believe, give us what we want in this civilized society. Taking from the resource in a responsible, scientific approach is a cooperation that undertakes the task of managing wildlife for a healthy bounty and providing opportunities for those who wish to take sustenance from that resource. It’s a win-win.

It seems with each passing year, the grumbles and groans get louder and louder of the need to end hunting, fishing, and trapping. As it currently stands, we exist in a back scratching situation where licensed hunters, fishers, and trappers pay the costs of wildlife management in return for an opportunity to reap the rewards of taking from the resource. To deny that privilege, thinking wildlife will manage itself is wrong thinking. To steal it away with a belief that wildlife will control itself is uncivilized, returning us eventually to the previous savage state.

The next time you see a hunter, trapper, or fisherman, thank them for providing the means of responsible conservation so that all of us can enjoy a healthy wildlife.

 

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Frog Jumping Over and Around the Endangered Species Act

A sensible person – there are so few left in this world – can see that the Endangered Species Act of 1973 is ancient, outdated, ineffective, and draconian – if you are of the rare breed of man who thinks man’s existence is at least a tick above that of an animal.

But it matters not how many people scream and yell and how often that something needs to be done about the Endangered Species Act (ESA), nothing ever gets done, except perhaps a bit of window dressing as the Trump Administration has been trying to do; also often referred to as smoke and mirrors.

Nothing will change with the ESA because man’s social and cultural demise in this country is so deeply embedded that animals, wild or domestic, deserve much more protection than the existence and well-being of man. This might be shown to us in a Patriot Post opinion piece written by Terence Jeffrey.

He suggests that San Francisco, California should consider declaring portions of the downtown as critical habitat for the grizzly bear. Why?

Because the mindset of the perverted culture of the U.S. citizen is that of favoritism to the animal and disdain for the people. According to some man’s history lesson, grizzly bears once “lived almost everywhere in California.” With today’s thinking, that is reason enough to force all people to learn to “coexist” with grizzly bears and because they once “lived almost everywhere” they should live there once again regardless of the practicality or even that habitat any longer exists to support such a creature. This is one of the stupid results of a bastardized, outdated, and a fascist/totalitarian administration of a law designed specifically for that purpose (but don’t go look).

In this same opinion piece, we read of what is taking place in Louisiana, where the U.S. Supreme Court might soon decide whether the ESA can rule over the welfare of mankind for the purposes of attempting to protect and restore a species that is biologically impossible to exist in habitat that no longer is supportive of the species the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) intends to protect.

The USFWS declared nearly 5,000 acres as critical habitat for the dusky gopher frog, even though those acres will no longer support the existence of the frog.

It seems Weyerhaeuser owns some of that land yanked away from them by the ESA’s designation of “critical habitat.” Weyerhaeuser has had to stop their logging operations because of the designation, which shows us how the ESA is used in the destruction of private enterprise, particularly logging and ranching. Weyerhaeuser has sued the USFWS.

In addition to Weyerhaeuser’s logging operations, some of this same land is being earmarked for development of housing to get people out of the path of destructive hurricanes when they blow ashore. Should any animal take precedence over men? Should any animal be given ESA protection and critical habitat designation when such habitat will never support the appointed species? And even if the habitat is supportive, at what lengths will the government go to halt the existence and pursuit of happiness of private citizens?

That’s perhaps what the Supreme Court will decide. In arguments concerning the frog, it has been brought out that the elements needed in a habitat to support the frog no longer exist. Why then is the USFWS extending their fascist reach to shut down Weyerhaeuser and stop the protection of the human species?

Maybe, there is a light of some interest in this matter when the U.S. Supreme Court heard this case (no decision has been rendered yet). According to Jeffrey, Justice Roberts was quoted as saying, “…if you have ephemeral ponds in Alaska, you could build a giant greenhouse and plant the longleaf pines and the frog could live there.”

The system we are forced to operate in is a rigged system. All facets of the U.S. Government operate in unison with this rigged system – that’s one reason it is rigged. If it is decided that the real purpose of the ESA is to be used to shut down private enterprise and take over land regardless of its purposes for a man, then that’s the way it shall be. From time to time, the government positions their smoke and mirrors in attempts to mislead the insane public into thinking they really give a shit. This could be one of those cases, but…

The government doesn’t care. I look for a ruling from the SCOTUS that their hands are tied because the ESA gives the Federal Government the authority to administer the Act and that the Service is granted their deference based on “Best Available Science.”

Business as usual.

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Open Thread – 18th Day, 10th Month, 2018

They Belong Together…Or Something

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Wow! Maine’s New Digital Tagging System Sure is a “Benefit” to Hunters?

How is Maine’s bear hunting season going? How is Maine’s moose hunting season going? How is Maine’s deer hunting season going? Your guess is as good as mine. Although we weren’t promised that the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) would share their “instant” tagging information, we were told that it would be a great benefit to hunters. Really? In what way?

We were told that MDIFW would have virtually real-time tagging data. One might assume that would be shared with the public. One might also assume that because it is a law that MDIFW has to make this data available, steps would have already been taken to get this data onto their website where those who are interested can go there and see how the harvest is shaping up. It’s what hunters care about…don’t we?

The secret remains with MDIFW officials. Evidently, their intention is to keep hunting harvest data a secret but to let us know when the next report comes out on piping plovers.

And taxpayers/licensed hunters paid how much to have this digital tagging system put in place?

I guess that no longer matters.

Maybe if you decide to go to the polls and vote for governor in November, you better ask the candidate of your choice who he or she will pick as commissioner of MDIFW and whether or not they care to share the data from the new tagging system.

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“The Love of Many Shall be Cold”

I noticed a headline this morning that said, ” Fascist. Communist. Brazilians Spewing Hatred at Each Other.” This headline will take you to a link where the article is titled, “Brazilians are Spewing Hatred at Each Other Ahead of Presidential Runoff.” Like this is endemic to Brazil?

I’m so sick and tired of listening to and reading the political hatred that has gripped this country. There is only one explanation for it. It is the fulfillment of prophecy and the Word of Yehwah.

Matthew 24:12 says, “And because iniquity shall be increased, the love of many shall be cold.”

Matthew 10:35-38, “35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.

36 And a man’s enemies shall be they of his own household.

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me. And he that loveth son, or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me.

38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

It is for this reason the world rages in hatred, anger, filth, and immorality. When the focus is on man and man’s creations more than on the Creator, we were told that sin would be on the increase and that the love of many will run cold. With that increase in sin and cold hearts, father and son, mother and daughter, will turn against each other. And we should understand that because such anger and hatred are within us to turn us against our own family members, how then are we going to treat all others?

Fascist? Communist? Maybe. Lost? Absolutely!!

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Down For a Day

The night before last, a weather front blew through here with a bit of rain. It was followed by strong winds. Consequently, about 2:30 a.m. we lost our power and didn’t get it restored until around 6 p.m. last evening. As a result, I had no computer and Internet access.

 

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