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Open Thread – March 23, 2012

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Bard Peak, Portage Lake, Alaska

Photo by Al Remington


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Ruger Firearms Suspends New Orders. Can’t Keep Up With Demand

A press release found at The Outdoor Wire, says that Ruger Firearms manufacturing company has temporarily suspended all new orders for guns because it cannot keep up with demand. Year to date, wholesale distributors have placed orders for more than one million guns.

Tom Remington


Open Thread – March 22, 2012

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MDIFW: Woodcock Names Rafferty to Head Division of Public Information and Education

AUGUSTA, Maine – Chandler E. Woodcock, Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, today named Doug Rafferty to head the Department’s Division of Public Information and Education. Rafferty joins the Department after a 21-year career as an anchor, a reporter, and an IT specialist at WGME-TV, in Portland.

“To me this is an honor to be named to head up the Division of Public Information and Education. I want to thank the Governor and the Commissioner for placing their confidence in me,” said Rafferty.

Rafferty comes to the Department after a long career in news that began while he was a student at Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. He graduated from there and went on to earn his B.A. in Telecommunications at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. While still a student he landed an early morning news position with WTTV in Indianapolis and went on to spend 18 years there. He began his duties with WGME in 1991.

While at Indiana University he also completed a double minor in Forensic Studies and Marketing. He also served five years as an officer with the Carmel Police Department, in Carmel, Indiana.

During his career at WGME Doug covered a wide variety of issues, ranging from George H.W. Bush’s final State of the Union address to flying with the world-famous Blue Angels. Along with Kim Block he co-anchored the station’s nightly news broadcasts until 2007, when he stepped away from the anchor desk. He subsequently was named to the Maine Broadcasting Hall of Fame. But he will always be known for his “Doug’s Discovery” broadcasts. He covered many facets of the outdoors-from bees pollinating a field of hay to students setting salmon free in the Saco River; from search and rescue for those lost in the Maine woods to those canoeing the Allagash for the first time.

“Much of my life has been spent outdoors and I’m thankful I can continue that tradition by joining one of the finest Departments in state government,” said Rafferty.

Doug and his wife Beverly reside in Yarmouth with their daughters Sarah and Emily and three cats. In addition to his love of the outdoors, Doug also finds time for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

The Division of Public Information and Education is established within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and is responsible for the administration of programs to increase the public’s knowledge and understanding of inland fisheries and wildlife resources and the management of these resources, including the administration of education programs for hunter safety and for safe operation of snowmobiles, watercraft and all-terrain vehicles. The division’s responsibilities include public education, promotion of inland fisheries and wildlife resources and the dissemination of information. In addition, the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray and the Swan Island Wildlife Management Area are also part of the Division.

For more, go to: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/bureaus_divisions/publicinformation_education.htm


A Dog is a Dog, is a Dog Unless It’s an Agenda

*Editor’s Notes* On or about the 17th of March, 2012 an article appeared in The Oregonian (I found a copy here.). The article was in reference to a dead dog found in northeast Oregon, weighing 97 pounds. Officials found the need to necropsy the beast and send for DNA testing to determine what kind of a dog it was. For those who are already lost in this conversation, they wanted to determine if it was a preciously, federally protected wolf, while at the same time attempt to determine if it was murdered by a human(s).

Approximately three days later, Jim Beers, retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, responded to that article with a letter of his own. That letter is published below.

Beers writes: “Wolf “biologists”, government bureaucrats, University professors (bought and paid for by government grants), and the “DNA Analysts” can set those chromosome definitions and limits ANYWHERE convenient. Want 5 “species”? No problem. Want 50 “species”? Just a minute, we can do that. It is “science” truly worthy of the “noble animal” tripe and hidden agendas of the entire wolf debacle.”

As has become the practice, the wolf, which is nothing more than just another dog, has been exalted to a level of nothing less than a Greek god or goddess. The same can also be said of the common coyote, again nothing more than a dog. All family pets are placed in a category all unto themselves, at times receiving better care than thousands of human Americans.

Much of the tragedy in all of this comes from the government-authorized setting of “chromosome definitions and limits” in order to fulfill political agendas.

While reading Mr. Beer’s piece, bear in mind how what he says has implications in where you live. Are there those suggesting and proposing the existence of yet another “species” of wolf, i.e. dog? Is your state protecting wild canines as though they were some “sacred” animal and yet the only way to tell the difference between all of these dogs is via DNA tests?

Consider the inanity of it all.

Here is Jim Beer’s letter:

It was with wry amusement that I (a retired federal wildlife biologist living in Minnesota) read in your paper about that 97 lb. “animal” found dead in the Grande Ronde Valley. To think that after decades of hoopla about how “important” wolves are; this “animal” in the custody of the august “professionals” of both the Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife must be examined for DNA “analysis” (questionable at best) to determine if it is A. a dog, or B. a coyote, or C. a wolf, or D. a dog/coyote cross, or E. a dog/wolf cross, or F. a wolf/coyote cross, or G. a (this gets too confusing).

But wait, if all those Eastern and Midwestern cougar sightings of the past 30 years are any indication perhaps the “experts” in government will explain that dingoes or jackals (each of which enjoy “fertile unions” with dogs, coyotes, wolves and any of the infinite crosses therefrom) either A. escaped from a zoo, or B. were “pets” released by un-(federally)regulated pet owners to consummate an affair with some poor “Native” wolf or coyote or even some unsuspecting “Invasive” dog one evening. I wait with baited breath for their “findings”!

Truth be known, the classic understanding of animal “Species” is a group of animals that successfully interbreed and produce fertile offspring with characteristics of each parent. The difference between wolves, coyotes, jackals, dingoes, and (all) dogs is therefore the same as the difference between Chows, Chihuahuas, Dobermans, and Wolfhounds. That one (the wolf) is so “important” that killing one carries government sanction and that its destruction (humans, cattle, dogs, big game, etc.) must be endured by powerless rural folk is bad enough (actually monumentally bad): that this sacred wild and destructive animal can “only” be identified by “DNA analysis” completes the fairy-tale nature of the entire wolf “science” treated like some “Law of Physics”.

Wolf “biologists”, government bureaucrats, University professors (bought and paid for by government grants), and the “DNA Analysts” can set those chromosome definitions and limits ANYWHERE convenient. Want 5 “species”? No problem. Want 50 “species”? Just a minute, we can do that. It is “science” truly worthy of the “noble animal” tripe and hidden agendas of the entire wolf debacle.

I am reminded of the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. If the “experts” find that some poor bumpkin is responsible for the demise of the “97 lb. animal” that only some secret laboratory can declare what it is; he will wind up like Alice in “Wonderland”. When the Queen cries “off with her head” and poor Alice mentions that she hasn’t been found guilty, the Queen (i.e. government) simply says, “first the sentence and then the verdict.”

Did Lewis Carroll write The Endangered Species Act?

Jim Beers


Open Thread – March 21, 2012

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Nanny State Run Amuck: Bloomberg Bans Food Donations in New York City

Food Might Be Salty or Too High in Calories, City Explains

Washington, D.C. – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration is now banning all food being offered to the city’s homeless shelters. New York City’s bureaucrats have become so singularly focused on what people eat, says the National Center for Public Policy Research, that they’ve lost their common sense.

“So much for serving the homeless: The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term ‘food police’ to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless,” writes Jeff Stier, director of the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Risk Analysis Division, in an op-ed in Monday’s New York Post.

“In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services has recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans,” writes Stier.

New York City DHS Commissioner Seth Diamond told the National Center’s Stier that the complete ban on food donations is consistent with Mayor Bloomberg’s emphasis on “improving nutrition for all New Yorkers.”

As Stier writes, “A new inter-agency document controls what can be served at facilities — dictating serving sizes as well as salt, fat and calorie contents, plus fiber minimums and condiment recommendations.”

“Diamond insists that the institutional vendors hired by the shelters serve food that meets the rules but also tastes good; it just isn’t too salty, ” writes Stier. “So, according to the commissioner, the homeless really don’t need any donated food.”

Stier’s research reveals that there’s more to the story.

“For over a decade, Glenn Richter and his wife Lenore have led a team of food-delivery volunteers from Ohab Zedek, the Upper West Side orthodox congregation. They’ve brought freshly cooked, nutrient-rich surplus foods from synagogue events to homeless facilities in the neighborhood,” explains Stier. ” The practice of donating such surplus food to homeless shelters is common among houses of worship in the city,” he writes in the op-ed.

Mr. Richter’s experience suggests Commissioner Diamond and the Bloomberg administration are out of touch.

“[Glenn Richter] says the beneficiaries — many of them senior citizens recovering from drug and alcohol abuse — have always been appreciative of the treats he and other OZ members bring. It’s not just that the donations offer an enjoyable addition to the ‘official’ low-salt fare; knowing that the food comes from volunteers and from community members warms their hearts, not just their stomachs,” writes Stier.

“So you can imagine Richter’s consternation last month when employees at a local shelter turned away food he brought from a bar-mitzvah,” says Stier in the piece.

Richter, Stier writes, “is a former city Housing Authority employee, while his wife spent 35 years as a South Bronx public school teacher, so they’re no strangers to bureaucracy and poverty. But an exasperated Richter says, ‘this level of micromanagement is stunning.'”

Stier is an expert on how the nanny state is undermining the credibility of the public health community. Among his many articles: “The Happy Meal Ban Flops” for National Review Online, “Obama Healthcare: Government, Heal Thyself,” for the Los Angeles Times and “Regulating Junk Food Advertising” for Townhall.com.

The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank with over 100,000 recent supporters. Contributions to it are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.