Re: Ilana Mercer’s Animals Gone Wild:
Great read-entertaining, yet sadly quite true. Another good example of putting wildlife ahead of humans is out west (WY, MT). When in Wyoming last year, I was informed there were a great many ranches for sale in northern Wyoming and southern Montana, because the wolf population was decimating the ranchers’ livestock. Apparently, we’ve now chosen to PC our way to putting hard-working ranchers out of business, in favor of protecting the swelling wolf population.
If there are any liberals out there that are aware of a good “wolf whisperer,” they could use some help out west. I’m sure if the wolves and Homo sapiens could just sit down and talk, all this would resolve itself. I personally would like to see a good wolf whisperer coax the wolf population to become vegans. That would solve the crisis for the ranchers, but I imagine we’d see an outcry from the greens…. as gangs of scrawny wolves descended upon their organic lettuce fields, leaving nothing behind but a few rotting heads of lettuce, large paw prints, and empty ranch dressing bottles.
A dozen years ago when my son was in grade school and in love with killer whales and wolves, he brought home book after book from the library about these noble predators. The books said there had never been a documented case of a wolf attack on a human in North America, and there had never been a documented case of an Orca attack on humans period. Then, he brought home a book that described how a killer whale had tried to break the ice around an arctic explorer so he would fall into the sea. Somehow, this incident did not merit someone’s notion of a documented attack. I wondered how many other cases failed to meet the proper definitions. No doubt the predator would have to clearly announce that it recognized its victim was human before we could blame it for the attack.
— Bill Boyd
A big paws up to Ilana Mercer’s fine article. Watch just about any nature documentary and much of it is dedicated to telling us simpletons that though many of us are afraid of snakes, sharks, bears, etc., in reality humans pose a greater threat to the critters than they do to us. While that is, at best, arguable, and only so on a statistical and species-by-species basis, it is based upon the flawed premise that the life of a human and, say, a black widow spider, are equivalent. Regardless, such discussions are of no particular relevance if it’s your leg that said critter happens to be gnawing upon.
The issue brings to mind the recent passing of Steve Irwin (aka the “Crocodile Hunter”). His death, while tragic, was hardly a surprise. One simply cannot handle dangerous animals on a daily basis and expect never to be attacked. I know nothing of Irwin’s political leanings but he certainly took liberties with the word “hunter” by referring to himself as such; “crocodile wrestler” would have been more accurate.
In any case it speaks volumes of the Liberals’ mindset that they think they can even socially engineer wild beasts. Our animal-skin-wearing, frontiersmen forefathers would be astounded at such stupidity.
— R. Trotter
Those wild animals that attack humans who have invaded their territory are actually doing the rest of humanity a big favor, by removing those without any survival instincts from the gene pool.
At some point, common sense will prevail. When those wild animals attempt to eat politicians, or environmentalists, sentiments will change. Years ago, I remember that a certain Washington columnist was very anti-gun. Yet, when his home was invaded, he produced a gun and shot the intruder.
Many of the self-same animal lovers of today never, never, go near any place where they would be in danger of attack.
I don’t wade or walk near fresh water lakes here in Florida. Alligators can run faster than I can.
— R. Goodson
Vero Beach, Florida
Regarding the blurb on your home page concerning the above-referenced article: As a recovering musician, I can tell you with complete certainty that the correct lyric is “Oh the shark bite/ has such teeth, babe.”
— John Waters Wright
The editor replies: We relied on Bobby Darin’s all-time “Mack the Knife” rendition, which no doubt took a few liberties.
THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED
Re: G. Tracy Mehan, III’s Grassroots Conservation at the Polls:
Perhaps the illustrious professor will have one of his aides research the amount of land the conservation cabal controls. After that little exercise, identify just how much of it is “off limits” to the taxpayers and contributors to the various funds. On another front, we need to be aware of their next target, the watershed issues. The philosophy here is “those who control the watershed” dictate where, when and how housing, business, etc. can be built. Quite frankly this movement is about total control of land and water. Private property does not exist when they are on the march. I’ve lived in So. Calif. my entire life watching them take and take and take, land and billions in bonds. Even fishing along our coast will soon be a thing of the past. When our taxpayers here finally wake up their property will be gone, their cars will be gone and the totalitarians have won.
— Edda Gahm
Diamond Bar, Ca.
Only one phrase can describe that article. BS. Maybe people are fond of putting property beyond the developers’ touch, etc, but it does impact us private land owners in multiple ways. The biggest one is the fact of removing these properties off the tax rolls, plus impacting how we use our own land. Most of those initiatives pass by a slim majority, while the locally mandated ones (passed by ordinance or state legislative act) are the result of intense lobbying by well-funded groups. Land Trusts themselves ensure that the people who reside on those properties will never own the land they live on nor realize any profit above a small percentage if they sell their dwellings. More and more property is being designated wilderness, wetland, or other by well-meaning people who don’t have a clue as to how this property will ultimately end up. In Vermont, we have had thousands of acres of productive land removed from use through wilderness designation, much to the concern of the people living near by and who have made their living on that land, especially loggers. Eventually, any use of that land becomes controlled by elitist groups who ban hunting, and other recreational sports, even access in many cases. Finally the land deteriorates because of poor management practices. It has been estimated in Vermont alone that over 4 million cords of wood a year are wasted by blowdown (trees being felled by wind or disease) which results in the release of methane gas as they rot (resulting in acid rain). This blowdown and lack of select cutting also results in no new growth, resulting in older disease prone trees and a failing forest.
— Pete Chagnon
Re: Shawn Macomber’s Straight Shooter:
I am writing to remind everyone of the simple fact that Donald Trump will not even pay his own debts and instead foisted his ill-conceived business failures upon the taxpayers and shareholders of his Atlantic City casinos to bail him out.
When being interviewed on Fox News Sunday by Chris Wallace some 2-3 years ago, Wallace asked him straight up: “Doesn’t declaring bankruptcy tarnish the Trump name?
Trump: “No, not at all. We’re just shedding some debt.”
Wallace failed ask what “shedding some debt” means.
What it means is that Trump had a change of heart about the terms of his own debts and therefore shoved it into everyone else’s pocketbook and gave us unnecessary inflation prior to the bankruptcy laws changing. A simple google search would have revealed a half dozen articles of the other Trump casino shareholders decrying Donald’s move as well
The thing is; Trump could have afforded the hit. But he instead chose the little guy as the sucker.
[The heck with] him, and any puff piece about him. Straight Shooter? My [such and such]!
— P. Aaron Jones
Huntington Woods, MI
I can’t believe I actually read through this piece by Shawn Macomber, but perhaps even more unbelievable is he sat through it all! Oh my.
— Roger Ross
Wow, what a windbag! In theory he and Ross Perot should team up for a presidential run on the third party Kook platform since they both apparently believe the solution to all problems is found in banal sound bites. Thankfully that campaign will never be as neither one of their colossal egos would abide being the vice presidential part of the ticket.
— R. Trotter
Re: Lisa Fabrizio’s Justice and Love:
Actually, some others sum this up better than Pope Benedict XVI.
The first is Jesus the Christ. In giving the Great Commandments found in the Holy Bible’s Gospels, in the Book of Matthew, Chap. 22, the Christ said the first is to love God and the second of the two is, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
The second is the Apostle Paul. In the Bible’s New Testament, in Chap. 13 of the Book of First Corinthians — the “love” chapter — he said that of faith, hope and love, the greatest is love.
And in their book Love Is Always Right, Dr. Norm Geisler, who also wrote the book I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, and Josh McDowell state emphatically that love is a universal moral absolute. Thus, to love is always right; not to love is always wrong.
Obviously, in this world of moral relativism and situational ethics, not to mention outright hatred of Christianity and God, especially the Christ, no wonder groups like FFRF want to rewrite history. It offends their very being, their philosophy, their egocentric view of creation.
But try as they may, they will never succeed in silencing the Christ and dampening His charity manifest through others. For even in the FFRF’s hardened, angry, fearful, jealous and spiritually darkened hearts — for which we who believe in the Lord God should pray for their softening and liberation from such bondage — lies dormant the seed of love and true charity God’s planted in every human heart.
— C. Kenna Amos
Princeton, West Virginia
Re: Robert VerBruggen’s Campus Psychiatry Comes Clean:
I appreciate Robert VerBruggen’s writing and reviews. He writes clearly and concisely, and does not have to resort to liberal name-calling or generalizations to make his points, the hallmark of a good conservative writer. Please continue to feature his work.
— R. Mays
Re: Jerrold Goldblatt’s letter (under “Libertarian Lines”) in Reader Mail’s Fears and Loathings:
Response to Jerrold Goldblatt re: his response to John Tabin’s Cold Fusion:
It is apparent Mr. Goldblatt that you have either not read Ayn Rand or did not understand what you read.
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