May 27, 2017

Trump’s Dysfunction Carrying Into USFWS

As has been shown since Donald Trump became President of the United States, much of what he attempts to do proves either a lot of blather or useless drivel, and about all of it embroiled in controversy and corruption. Blame the Media if you choose, but Trump ain’t the first president to have to deal with a Media, of which he or any other president has the authority to control. In other words, Trump’s Administration is no different than many that have come before him.

In another way the President and his administration are showing their ineptitude, is the carrying out of such elementary, and yes, probably mundane, task of getting the newly appointed Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, to name a director of the Fish and Wildlife Service. What’s the big hold up? Excuses are like – you know what – and they all stink.

I was told that a director had already been picked but that the department was waiting for the “right” time to make the announcement. WTF? What kind of Nazi approach is this? What’s the right time? Is it that Zinke is that dysfunctional himself that he can’t name a director? Or, is the holdup in order that certain political and criminal activities can be undertaken while nobody is looking?

Regardless of the reasons the Department of Interior hasn’t appointed a director, the fact that it has been nearly 4 months since there has been new Trump Administration leadership at the Fish and Wildlife Service, like much of what Trump has done so far, it’s just another reflection of how he and his administration are not up to the task.

I remember when George W. Bush told the public about his job: “It’s hard!” And now he is followed by another, whom everyone thought walked on water, who seems to now think his new job as President of the United States is “hard.”

Well no shit Sherlock!

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Sportsmen’s Alliance Appoints Heusinkveld as President, CEO

Press Release from the Sportsmen’s Alliance:

The Sportsmen’s Alliance and Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Evan Heusinkveld as president and CEO. The appointment is effective immediately.

Heusinkveld, who has served as interim president and CEO since Dec. 1, has been with the Sportsmen’s Alliance for the past nine years, most recently serving as the vice president of government affairs. During his tenure, Heusinkveld has led the organization’s legal and legislative divisions. He brings more than a decade’s worth of experience in government affairs, public policy and campaign management.

“Evan has shown key leadership qualities that should take the Sportsmen’s Alliance to a new level,” said Mason Lampton, Chairman of the Sportsmen’s Alliance Board of Directors. “His knowledge of the issues that surround hunting gives him the ability to hit the ground running. He is aware of the fraud that surrounds the anti-hunting movement and, likewise, he knows how positive hunting is for the environment.”

Evan Heusinkveld
His recent work to protect hunting, fishing and trapping at the local, state and federal levels, includes managing the strategy that defeated the Humane Society of the United States when they initiated a ban on hunting and trapping bears in Maine and overseeing the appeal of the gray wolf court ruling that returned the apex predators to the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

Heusinkveld has also been key player in paving the way for the next generation of American hunters to take to the fields through his work to enact Families Afield legislation, which reduce barriers for new hunters seeking to experience the outdoors.

“It’s an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to lead our team of professionals in protecting our hunting heritage,” said Heusinkveld. “Hunting and wildlife conservation as we know are under constant attack from animal rights and anti-hunting extremists. Our adversaries are extremely well funded, and they will stop at nothing to end our way of life. It’s imperative that hunters, anglers and trappers work together and fight to protect what’s right.”

About the Sportsmen’s Alliance: The Sportsmen’s Alliance is a 501 (c) 4 organization that protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing and trapping – that generate the money to pay for them. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 organization that supports the same mission through public education, legal defense and research.  Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible. Stay connected to Sportsmen’s Alliance: Online, FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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