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07 December 2010

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Basilisk

I shot deer and antelope, and countless varmints. I too quit hunting in my twenties. I still love to shoot paper. Thanks for reviving those memories. Somehow, I don't see ex-Governor Barbie as much of a hunter, or a shooter.

Cloned_Poster

That Caribou died of old age methinks

Tyler

Since she can see Russia from her house, maybe she can call up Putin and ask him to come show her how it's done.

Cal

John

My land is posted. And I do have the right you know to express my opinion on limp dick idiots who think killing animals for sport is acceptable.
But any "real hunters" who don't like my characterization of their hobby are welcome to come on down...I'll stick a pair of antlers on them and give them a 30 minute head start to prove their
'hunting' prowess.

Blue

Putin would have owned that beaste? Strange expose.

Patrick Lang

cal

"limp dick idiots who think killing animals for sport is acceptable" That's once. Another instance of personally abusive language will get you banned.

When I was a kid in Maine there were more deer killed in November each year than there were people in the state. The alternative to killing them in hunting was to have them starve to death in the winter. pl

jon

All that checking out Russia from her kitchen window. It's only natural that she now follow in Putin's footsteps, if smaller and dimmer.

DanM

I'm from very suburban new jersey, but with patches of preserved forest here and there (we call them "reservation). Far too many people about for safe hunting, but the deer population has exploded. Every year or so now, the county where i grew up hires hunting teams who go out in the evening with night scopes and cull them (after the community is warned this will be happening and to stay out of the parks and forests).

It's either that, or reintroduce large numbers of cougars, coyotes and wolves, which can have unfortunate consequences for kids and fido.

Abu Sinan

Having lived in Alaska for two years I can tell you that hunting this animal is not really a sport. Not any more than hunting buffalo in the American West was. The fact that the animal stood there as multiple shots were taken in it's direction proves that.

Going after moose, that would have been better, brown bear? Yep, but taking pot shots at these animals wouldnt prove much even if she did know how to load and shoot the rifle herself.

confusedponderer

Land can only support so much game. Game lives on land they have to share with humans. If there are too many animals on too little land there is necessary to hunt them, since there are no natural enemies left.

That's simply what good stewardship demands.

I am not opposed to hunting. I am opposed to cruelty and needless shooting of game, just for the heck of it, and incompetent hunters wounding game instead of killing it.

If one likes like thrill blasting or needs to exercise, by all means, he or she can go to to the shooting range and have it. Live ammo training on some poor creature is indecent. Mercy demands a clean kill.

zot23

I have to admit I like her show. It's filmed in beautiful HD and Alaska is just an absolutely gorgeous state. Now if Sarah and the Palins weren't always in the shot flapping their gums this might even be a hit show. Alaska is an amazing place. They should have the Palins go "Survivorman" for a week in the deep woods and put it on the air, there would truly be something for everyone in that episode.

Norman Rogers

"As I recall the Germans pray over dead rehbucks and those other bigger greyer deer that they have."

German hunting rituals are legendary. In order to wear the hunter's hat, which is a badge of honor equal to nothing else at the right kind of fest, one must test as a hunter, submit a game management plan, and produce results. Failure to properly cull and maintain the animal population in the section allotted to a hunter is tantamount to letting your garden grow over. Nothing makes a German madder than dead plants or the untimely demise of the wrong member of the local deer herd.

And, yes, there are "liberals" here who hunt. Hunting should not be subject to the American predilection for "big city, coastal liberals" way of thinking. How small minded.

jonst

Col,

Unexplained (so far)fall off in the deer population up here in Maine. Fairly dramatic. So I am told, anyway.

Patrick Lang

jonst

Someone ekse has just told me that. Strange. There are white tails on every wooded pocket of suburban (ugh!) Alexandria. My wife and I scared up a six point buck that was sleeping in a neighber's yard last year. We were dog walking. Scared the hell out of the dogs. We also have coyotes and red fox in here as well. This is six miles from the WH. pl

John Minnerath

Chronic Wasting Disease.
A strange disease that affects all members of the deer family and causes high mortality rates.
It's been spreading at an alarming rate across NA. I haven't seen anything about Maine specifically, but I wouldn't be surprised since it's know to be breaking out in New York state.

walrus

I don't have a problem with hunting. I have a problem with "Faux" hunters who hunt Deer with dogs and lose them, leave rubbish around and only take the head for a trophy.

Best hunter I know is a friend of Italian extraction who takes his deer, then spends the next month or so making the most exquisite meats and smallgoods out of it.

Then there is another friend who makes deals with landowners to run escorted hunting groups on their land.

Deer are an introduced pest here and the Kangaroo numbers are swelling after very good rains and will need culling in a year or Two. The deep green PETA types will complain as usual.

I just wish I'd chosen a lighter barrel on my .308.

Nancy K

I live in Southern California in the suburbs, as if there were anything else, and I have seen deer and a racoon in our alley, coyotes walking down our street, and squirrels, rabbits, snakes, owls and hawks everywhere. My husband saw a mountain lion at the end of our street early one morning. We do live butted up to the Santa Monica mountains so that is probably the reason. Bear have even been sighted in the nearby hills.
I have to admit though I have never felt inclined to get out a rifle and shoot them. I quess I will never be able to have my own reality show, appear on fox news or run for office as a republican.

Cal

cal

"limp dick idiots who think killing animals for sport is acceptable" That's once. Another instance of personally abusive language will get you banned.

When I was a kid in Maine there were more deer killed in November each year than there were people in the state. The alternative to killing them in hunting was to have them starve to death in the winter. pl

Posted by: Patrick Lang


Well, what can I say, I'am too blunt, I'll try to contain myself and if I slip again kick me out. I am an animal lover and also run a animal rescue group. If you had seen some of the things I have seen you would question who the animals were... us or them...so I have an 'edgy' attitude about the animal question.

I know all about wildlife conservation and culling,I belong to a private 1800 acre hunting preserve in Eastern NC established after the Civil war as everyone in my family has belonged to for a hundred years. We grow acres of fields for deer and partner with The Wildlife Conservacy. I personally stick to bass fishing in the three lakes. And once in my teens my brother and I hunted and captured alligators in our lakes to transfer to Florida's everglades.
So yes, I know all the ramifications, justifications and theories surrounding hunting in depth and I am still personally against the sport hunting of most animals.

I'am basically with confusedponder, who put it more politely than me.

Eric Dönges

German hunting rituals are legendary. In order to wear the hunter's hat, which is a badge of honor equal to nothing else at the right kind of fest, one must test as a hunter, submit a game management plan, and produce results. Failure to properly cull and maintain the animal population in the section allotted to a hunter is tantamount to letting your garden grow over. Nothing makes a German madder than dead plants or the untimely demise of the wrong member of the local deer herd.

Norman,

while it is rather difficult to get a hunting license in Germany (see the section on Germany at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunting_license for details), our hunters are not anywhere near as effective as you claim - they actually hunt too little, so every winter the hungry deer do lots of damage to the forests by eating the bark and needles of young trees.

That being said, I do agree with cal that killing purely for sport is rather pathetic unless you're willing to give your prey a fighting chance (like hunting wild pigs with a spear or something equally foolish). Hunting for food I have no problem with, though I would probably go vegetarian if I had to kill my meat instead of buying it in the store.

anna missed

Funny. Especially considering the audience Palin is obviously playing to. It's ironic that this flight of fancy is designed to appeal to people who, one would think, would immediately see that the woman doesn't know the first thing about hunting, firearms, or proper technique.
What this reminds me of most, is that (laughable) terrorist instructional video made by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi doing much the same thing, with just about the same amount of smarts. Fools.

flite

I don't kill anymore. But I did as a kid on the farm almost daily, shooting ground squirrels, rats, and starlings on the barn. And rabbits for dinner. I also hunted wild game into my thirties, but no longer.

Although I no longer hunt, I have no problem with true, sportsmanlike hunting and hunters. But I do have a major problem with dangerous charlatans, like Palin. Thanks for exposing.

Fred

Folks should look at this before they complain about hunting:

http://www.factoryfarmmap.org/

How do you think these animals are treated? This is where your kid's happy meals are coming from, just as the toy inside comes from some overseas sweatshop.

Spafford

The Palin video should be viewed by youths in hunter safety classes. So many BASIC hunter safety issues seen in this video. As part of a final test ask the students to list the problems noted. Oh, you like the end where she walks up on the carcus--holding her rifle BACKWARDS? Yea, sure ready to get off a shot. And, her partner to the right handing her the second gun-with the safety off! A bunch of idiots! No way would I hunt anywhere near them. Our former VP mush have been there somewhere, too!

Cal

I think morally you can separate killing animals to sustain yourself when you have no other access to food, from killing animals for sport even if you subsequently eat your kill.

I am not a PETA person but over the years red meat became repugnant to me. I compromised with myself by eating only 'other flesh eaters'...pigs,chickens, fish....not eating any herbivores, gazing animals. Seemed like a fair exchange according to my own conscience and health wise I am 100% so it has had no adverse affects.

Basically it is foreign to my mind what kind of satisfaction one could get from killing a animal like a deer, elk or other in their now overrun with humans environment who 9 times out of ten pose no challenge at all to even the lousiest shot in the world. I just don't get it.

optimax

BBC reality show starring Sarah Palan, Assange and his two Swedish accusers and hosted by Eric Holder.
Alaska wilderness.
Eric Holder: "We start by giving Assange a Macnotebook with a satelite feed, releasing him from his cage and giving him a half hour head start.
He unlocks Assange's cage, who runs off into the woods followed by a cameraman.
Next we arm Sarah with a .30-06 bolt-action rifle with a scope. And then we give the Sedes a GPS tracking device to follow Assange who is fitted with an RFD collar. Good hunting, girls."

We see Assange running and franticly working the keys on his computer. Sarah and the two Swedish women follow, laughing and joking about how much fun this is. Soon Sarah has Assange in her site, steadies herself on a boulder and takes a few shots at Assange but misses. "Ouch, this really kicks." The Swedes are holding hands.

Cut to Assanges computer screen. We see he has hacked into the controls of a Predator drone armed with a Hellfire missile parked on a runway somewhere on the Aleutian Islands. Soon he has it flying.

Sarah moves closer to Assange and takes aim. She misses. In the background the Swedish women are kissing. A round jams in the chamber, Sarah works the frozen bolt feverishly, "This darn rifle bolty thingy!"

Now we see from the Pedators camera. It is closing in on Sarah, whose rifle is still jammed, and the two Swedes, who have most their clothes off and are making out heavily. The drone fires the Hellfire and we see the three women atomised.

TITLE: Three Birds With One Drone.

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