February 17, 2019

A Vegetarian’s Nightmare or A Dissertation on Plants Rights

I believe I remember this from the Johnny Carson show from a few years back. It’s funny as heck and very entertaining, well, I guess unless your a vegetable.

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Open Thread – May 9, 2012

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WMD 9 In Maine Opens for Turkey Hunting

This from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:

“As of Saturday, May 5, 2012, Wildlife Management District (WMD) 9 is open to turkey hunting through June 2nd. WMD 9 includes the area northeast of Greenville to Baxter State Park. Analysis of data and observations indicate the turkey population in the WMD is healthy and will support a hunting season like neighboring districts 10 and 14. All the rules and regulations involved in turkey hunting will apply, including having a valid spring Wild Turkey Permit and a valid hunting license.” (emphasis added)

I sure would like an explanation of “Analysis of data and observations”. Hmmmmmmm

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Open Thread – May 7, 2012

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Open Thread – May 4, 2012

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Tampa Mayor’s Request To Ban Guns During Convention Shot Down by Governor

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, ignorantly proclaimed that, “licensed concealed weapons might get loose and fall into the wrong hands.”, and that if he can’t ban guns in downtown Tampa it will increase the threat of violence during the convention. Buckhorn offered no data or anything else to substantiate his claim mostly because none exist. This is old hat, anti-gun rhetoric that somehow legally qualified people will turn criminal during a political convention.

Buckhorn also stated that, “Some of the people that will be here in August are not exactly model citizens.” But I don’t think he was talking about all the lying, cheating and thieving politicians and their lackeys that will descend upon the city. I wonder if the mayor is much concerned about the actions of the Secret Service while they are in town?

Yes, there will be protesters and some of them will, more than likely, become violent much because our society has tolerated a skewing of the First Amendment right to peaceably assemble. Because of a bunch of thugs, who will be bussed into the city to make a scene, why should any citizen have to give up their rights?

Consider if you will the hypocrisy that also exists here with rights. While convention planners are banning every known item that might be used for protests, including how much string you can possess, the Secret Service, i.e. Federal Government has banned guns and other things from anywhere near the convention center. However, while some attendees to the convention have had to cede their rights to self protection, the politicians, I’ll guarantee you, didn’t have to give up theirs.

I can easily predict that any events that end up in violence or result in arrests, etc. will not have come from law abiding citizens – that is those who exercise their right to self protection if they so choose. No, it will come from those citizens Mayor Buckhorn calls “not exactly model”, who more than likely are not legally eligible to carry a concealed weapon.

Once again, we see the ignorant and misguided attempting to steal the rights of law-abiding citizens to some how prevent crimes perpetrated by crooks. Just how is that supposed to work?

Tom Remington

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Open Thread – May 3, 2012

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David Trahan and Gerry Lavigne On a $5 Million Bond to Protect Winter Deer Yards

The Bangor Daily News carries an opinion piece coauthored by David Trahan, Executive Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine(SAM), and Gerry Lavigne, former deer biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife(MDIFW) and member of SAM. The piece is a call to the governor, the Legislature and voters of Maine to pass LD852, a $5 million bond to fund Land for Maine’s Future.

For readers to better understand exactly what this means as it pertains to protecting deer wintering areas, first please consider the Summary as provided in LD852:

The funds provided in this bond issue are to recapitalize the Land for Maine’s Future program with $36,000,000 to continue Maine’s land conservation efforts, leveraging a minimum of $36,000,000 in required matching funds. It provides $12,000,000 for natural resource industry based infrastructure improvements and enhancement related to natural resource industry and to provide capital for state park maintenance and improvements. It also gives land conservation projects that protect and enhance deer wintering habitat preference and directs the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Conservation to pursue projects that protect and conserve deer wintering habitat(emboldening added).

I would strongly suggest that all voters thorough read and understand LD852 before voting on it. Below is part of LD852 which speaks of disbursement of funds if the bond is passed. I’ve highlighted some key points as it relates to protection of deer yards.

Sec. 5. Disbursement of bond proceeds. The proceeds of the bonds must be expended as set out in this Act under the direction and supervision of the Executive Department, State Planning Office; the Department of Conservation; the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources; and the Department of Marine Resources.

1. The proceeds of the bonds for the Land for Maine’s Future Board as set out in section 6 must be expended by the Executive Department, State Planning Office for acquisition of land and interest in land for conservation, water access, outdoor recreation, wildlife and fish habitat, farmland preservation in accordance with the provisions for such acquisitions under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 353 and working waterfront preservation in accordance with the terms of this Act, including all costs associated with such acquisitions, except that use of the proceeds of these bonds is subject to the following conditions and requirements.

A. Hunting, fishing, trapping and public access may not be prohibited on land acquired with bond proceeds, except to the extent of applicable state, local or federal laws, rules and regulations and except for working waterfront projects and farmland protection projects.

B. Payment from bond proceeds for acquisitions of local or regional significance, as determined by the Land for Maine’s Future Board, may be made directly to cooperating entities as defined in Title 5, section 6201, subsection 2 for acquisition of land and interest in land by cooperating entities, subject to terms and conditions enforceable by the State to ensure its use for the purposes of this Act. In addition to the considerations required under Title 5, chapter 353, the board shall give a preference to acquisitions under this paragraph that achieve benefits for multiple towns and that address regional conservation needs including public recreational access, wildlife, open space and farmland.

C. The bond funds expended for conservation, recreation, farmland and water access must be matched with at least $36,000,000 in public and private contributions. Seventy percent of that amount must be in the form of cash or other tangible assets, including the value of land and real property interest acquired by or contributed to cooperating entities, as defined in Title 5, section 6201, subsection 2, when property interests have a direct relationship to the property proposed for protection, as determined by the Land for Maine’s Future Board. The remaining 30% may be matching contributions and may include the value of project-related, in-kind contributions of goods and services to and by cooperating entities.

D. Of the bond proceeds allocated to the Land for Maine’s Future Board, $4,000,000 must be made available to protect farmland in accordance with Title 5, section 6207.

E. Of the bond proceeds allocated to the Land for Maine’s Future Board, $4,000,000 must be made available to protect working waterfront properties in accordance with Public Law 2005, chapter 462, Part B, section 6.

F. Because portions of the State have deer populations that are struggling and deer wintering habitat protection is vital to the survival and enhancement of these populations, projects that conserve and protect deer wintering areas are considered to have special value and must receive preferential consideration during scoring of new applications for support under Title 5, section 6200, et seq.

2. The proceeds of the bonds for the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources must be expended on agricultural infrastructure improvements.

3. The Department of Conservation and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife shall take a proactive approach to pursuing land conservation projects that include significant wildlife habitat conservation, including conservation of deer wintering areas. The departments shall include in conservation negotiations under this section provisions for the appropriate management of deer wintering areas. The proceeds of the bonds for the Department of Conservation must be expended as follows.

A. Two million dollars allocated to the Maine Forest Service must be used for forestry infrastructure improvements.

B. Two million dollars allocated to the Bureau of Parks and Lands must be used for public recreation infrastructure improvements.

C. Four million dollars allocated to the Bureau of Parks and Lands must be used to preserve state parks and lands managed by the Department of Conservation.

4. The proceeds of the bonds for the Department of Marine Resources must be expended on commercial fishing infrastructure improvements.

5. To the extent the purposes are consistent with the disbursement provisions in this Act, 100% of the bond proceeds may be considered as state match for any federal funding to be made available to the State.

Yesterday, I shared some thoughts on this subject.

Tom Remington

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Maine Turkey Hunter Attacked By Coyote

Hiding in the brush and using a hen turkey call, Maine turkey hunter Bill Robinson called in a hungry coyote that attacked him believing the noise to be a turkey. Bangor Daily News has more.

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Open Thread – May 2, 2012

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