February 19, 2018

Ignopidity: Ignorance and Stupidity Both Without a Cure

It has always been said that ignorance can be corrected but stupidity can’t. I don’t know if that statement really holds any water but I have reached the conclusion that there is no cure for either one. What supports my claim is that there is an epidemic in this country called “ignopidity” – not only incurable but a symptom of the disease is the inability to recognize or understand that there is a difference between ignorance and stupidity. And, where we now live in a society in which ignorance is incurable, i.e. willful ignorance and the desire to remain that way regardless of such things as facts, what hope remains?

For those who might be curious, ignorance was once thought to be the lack of knowledge of a particular subject -stupidity as lacking mental capacity.

I read once that William Shakespeare was the master of “creative insults.” I know that often my writings can be disrespectful, offensive and rude, that is to those who know the difference, but I am no master at creatively insulting anyone. I remain rough around the edges and unfinished.

I’m getting way off the subject matter of this blog post.

Today I was sent a link to this article about the Florida panther. It was about how the Florida panther (the Florida panther is just a panther that happens to have a population in Florida) is being extirpated by people running over them with their automobiles. Of course, to the ignopid there are other circumstances that seriously affect the viability of the Florida panther, but it’s more fun to dump on the existence of man instead ignorant of the fact they are a man – somehow exempt.

I will not waste my time with those suffering from ignopidity to discuss whether or not the Florida panther is a subspecies of the panther or if it actually is in danger of being extirpated or of going extinct, which it is not. Unfortunately, often times those suffering from ignopidity display all the symptoms of chronic honeycomb brain infestation known commonly as liberalism (There is no known cure).

Liberalism and an overwhelming desire to better the lives of animals at the expense of man is a major manifestation of ignopidity. The linked-to article doesn’t come out and say that the only cure for protecting the Florida panther is to rid the state of human activity, but it is certainly implied.

Ignopidity caused the author to write: “I expect that without drastic steps the number of Florida panthers killed each year will continue to hit new records as the population declines on a curve toward oblivion.”

You should understand that this is Trump’s fault. The author admits that there are not enough protections in place for his liking for the Florida panther but somehow he says that because Trump is now president all hope is lost. Trump had nothing to do with the protection, or lack thereof, of the Florida panther. So why is it Trump’s fault? What isn’t it Obama’s problem, or Clinton’s? Hell, it might as well be George Washington or gOD himself.

Consider the statement made about the demise of the Florida panther. The author expects that without “drastic steps” – notice also the lack of any suggestion as to what those steps might be, other than killing a lot of people – the number of panthers killed each year will continue to set “new records” for the number of panthers killed each year…until when? Until they are all gone?

How is this even possible? There are a lot of variables to consider when seeking information on automobile collisions with Florida panthers. This author doesn’t consider any of them other than there are too many cars and people. Isn’t it feasible that the reason there might be a few more panthers killed by cars in Florida is that there are more panthers? That doesn’t fit the narrative evidently.

Regardless, it is an impossibility that more and more panthers will be killed until they are all gone. Think about it a minute.

A perfect display of ignopidity spiced up with a heavy dose of liberalism and animal perversion.

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Failing to “Look Big” Florida Man Mauled By Bear

It was a very unfortunate event. A Florida man, stepping outside his home to let his dog out, was attacked and mauled by a black bear. The resulting attack left him with 41 stitches on his face.

Those “experts” who have never seen a bear, let alone experienced an attack, tell everyone that when a bear attacks you need to “look big” and “make a lot of noise.” Evidently, this man didn’t have time to do any of that.

They will also tell you that a bear is more afraid of you than you are of it and that attacks are rare. Polar bear attacks are rare in Florida too, but if the state had them, thousands of them, attacks wouldn’t be so rare. Is that so difficult a concept to understand?

Evidently, it is.

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Florida: Bear Hunting Is Essential to Management….Er, Except When Politics Rule

During the deliberation portion of their June 2016 meeting that resulted in the postponement of a bear hunt that year, dissenting FWC Commissioners claimed their wish was to polish the scientific data supporting a hunt which was to be presented this year. They had no desire to “kick the can down the road” or “study the issue to death.”

What did they do at the meeting last Wednesday? They decided to revise the bear management plan to incorporate the new data and hunting as a management tool. This updated plan will be presented to the Commission in two years. To the best of my understanding, 2019 will be the earliest bear hunting is considered again.

Can kicked. Issue studied and dead. For now.<<<Read More>>>

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Endangered Species Act Petitions for Florida Black Bear and Mojave Desert Tortoise do not Warrant Further Action

Press Release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed reviews of petitions to list the Florida black bear and uplist the Mojave population of desert tortoise from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service found that neither petition presented substantial information that the requested action may be warranted and so no further action will be taken.

Due to conservation efforts by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, private landowners, conservation groups and others, Florida black bear numbers have rebounded from approximately 300 individuals in the 1970s to some 4,350 today. Conservation efforts will continue for the Mojave population of desert tortoise, which will remain listed as threatened under the ESA.

The Federal Register docket numbers and links for the two findings are:

Species Range Docket Number and Link
Florida black bear AL, FL, GA, MS FWS­–R4–ES–2017–0015
Mojave population of desert tortoise AZ, CA, NV, UT FWS­–R8–ES–2017–0009

The notice for the above findings is available here: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.

The Service is actively engaged with conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species. For more information on the ESA listing process, including 90-day findings and status reviews, please visit: www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/listing.pdf.

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Florida Representative Proposes Ten Year Ban on Bear Hunting

*Editor’s Note* – As we continue to see such legislation that strips wildlife managers of necessary tools to do the jobs they are commissioned to do, is there any wonder that other states, sick and tired of ignorant animal rights perverts and environmentalists crafting legislation to rule out science over emotional clap-trap, crafting some of their own bills that would prohibit any legislation of this kind pertaining to wildlife management. Where will this nonsense end? 

Press Release from the Sportsmen’s Alliance:

Take Action! Currently House Bill 491 is in House Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee. Florida sportsmen should contact their state representatives and ask them to vote NO on House Bill 491. Members can use the Sportsmen’s Alliance Legislative Action Center to contact their state representative.

In Florida, Rep. Amy Mercado (D-Orlando) has proposed legislation that would place a ten-year ban on black bear hunting in Florida. House Bill 491 also requires bear-proof garbage cans, and restricts burning in habitats that could impact bears. The bill also would commission a study on the effectiveness of non-lethal means for the management of bears.

In 2016, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission paused plans to have a hunting season for bears after anti-hunting groups pressured both commissioners and legislators.

“HB 491 would set a terrible precedent by removing the management authority from the commission altogether and instead establishing an arbitrary timeline,” said Luke Houghton, the Sportsmen’s Alliance associate director of state services. “The Commission was created to make scientific decisions regarding wildlife, and House Bill 491 undermines that process and politicizes wildlife decision making.”

Taxpayers would also be on the hook for at least $1 million to pay for bear-proof trash cans, which local governments would then apply for funding from. HB 491 also mandates an end to any timbering of palmetto and oak trees in state forests. Rep. Mercado claims that bears will avoid garbage if there are more food sources available naturally.

“HB 491 substitute’s politics for science, ignoring the advice of Florida’s wildlife experts,” continued Houghton. “It sets a precedent that politicians can step on sound scientific wildlife management decisions when opponents of hunting become upset. HB 491 also poses a serious public safety risk, as Florida’s growing bear population expands unchecked.”

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Florida’s Gun-Free Businesses May Soon Be Held Liable for Violence on Their Premises

“A new proposal would hold store owners responsible for the mayhem that results when they decide to ban guns on their premises.”<<<Read More>>>

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Hurricane Hermine

We weathered the storm, it seems, better this time than back in the Spring with Tropical Storm Collin – we haven’t lost our power.

The worst day, so far, for us seemed to come on Wednesday, long before the storm arrived. The early morning began with thunderstorms and torrential downpours that lasted all morning, leaving us with around 9 or 10 inches of rain. There was some localized flooding but not too bad.

Yesterday, as the storm approached, eventually reaching hurricane status before making landfall north of us, in the Big Bend region of Florida, we experienced a few rain bands spiraling out from the storm center. At times these rain bands would have pretty gusty winds. About 3 miles, as the crow flies, at the beach, a wind gust was officially reported at 78 m.p.h. We saw nothing like that here.

The afternoon and most of the evening into the night, was pretty quiet – just occasional gusty winds. I went outside around 9 p.m. last night and the stars were out.

Around 4 a.m. today, I awoke to thunder and rain squalls with gusty winds. These were almost nonstop until around 6:30 a.m. or 7:00 a.m. There are breaks in the clouds and I expect the sun to pop out through the broken clouds. The forecast is for the risk of thunderstorms throughout the day.

I am going to guess that including Wednesday’s rains, we have had around 12 – 15 inches of rain right here at my house.

I’m actually hoping what is left of this storm will churn its way up the eastern seaboard and dump some much needed rain onto Maine and all of New England. My well at camp is drying up.

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Is Florida Becoming Large Predator Save Zone?

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One has to wonder, with increasing reports of encounters in Florida between humans and black bears and mountain lions, whether, like in most places where animal perverts think there should be more than one in everyone’s back yard, there are too many, with plans to grow even more.

Recently, captured on video, was someone walking on the elevated wooden walkways of Corkscrew Swamp in southern Florida, who encountered a mountain lion walking, mostly unconcerned, and coming straight at them. The “panther,” as those who have swallowed the myth that it’s a “distinct” subspecies of the mountain lion, became a bit nervous but hurried right on by, fortunately, without stopping for a better look or a taste of some human flesh.

I recall visiting one of these Florida “parks” and asking an attendant if these elevated trails, often winding through dense forest, and in particular mangroves, became a convenient “game trail” for critters of the forest. I was looked at like I had mountain lion dung in my mouth.

I know from the many, many years of being in the woods that animals create their own trails. Why? Other than what might be somewhat obvious to some, (some don’t even suspect) animals like and choose the path of least resistance. Duh? While in the middle of a dense forest, what better way for a mountain lion to get from point A to point B than to take I-95 (a made-up name for the boardwalk – keep up) that crosses the swamp and forest.

But don’t go look.

We are now getting reports of the “YUGE” success of the “conservation” (overprotection) of the black bear. Official estimates (which means this is the only number officials are willing to make public) are Florida now has 4,350 bears (probably at least 6,000). Granted, Florida is a large state encompassing about 65,750 square miles. But, the state also has close to 20,000,000 residents and far more than that when the “Snowbirds” arrive. As bear populations grow, along with human population growth, Florida residents should expect to have increased encounters with bears and mountain lions.

Just this week, an elementary school in Lee County went into “lockdown” because of a bear roaming the neighborhood.

Expect more!

*Update*

Get More!

A Fort Myers, Florida man discovers a “panther” sitting on his porch. Nice!

 

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1,200 Florida Bear Hunting Permits Sold in Two Days, Tensions Escalate

Despite efforts to stop Florida’s first bear hunt in more than 20 years, wildlife officials say the state sold nearly 1,200 bear hunting licenses in just the first two days of availability. According to a story from the Daytona Beach News Journal, because there’s no limit on the number of available licenses, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) officials expect sales will continue to climb right up to the opening of the state’s first seven-day bear-hunting season, on October 24.

Source: 1,200 Florida Bear Hunting Permits Sold in Two Days, Tensions Escalate | Field & Stream

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Welcome To The Guntry Club, Where There’s A Boardroom And A Shooting Range

A couple weeks ago, I walked into The Alamo in Naples, Florida, a state-of-the-art, self-described “shooting destination.” The newly-constructed, 26,000-square-foot facility into which its owner has invested over $10M is bright, airy, and modern. It was built from the ground up on what was once a dirt lot; it opened in early May. Kevin Creighton, The Alamo’s marketing manager, describes the opening as more of a “squishy” launch than a soft launch because this is the area’s off season; “snowbirds” from the East Coast and the Midwest will flock down here en masse come winter.

Source: Welcome To The Guntry Club, Where There’s A Boardroom And A Shooting Range

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