The Gross National Debt

Monday, September 26, 2016

Life in prison, death or starvation?

Those of us old enough to remember the wacky movie The Gods Must Be Crazy, recall the little bushman sitting in a cell staring at the window. The movie would have us believe he would have died, staring at the window and the freedom he lost.

I happen to believe orcas resent being kept in giant fish bowls. Not a fan of bird liver, but if you are, note pate can be made without force feeding. This kinda thing goes on and on. Which brings me to the Rant du Jour.

Because of well-meaning ninnyhammers, a preserve in Africa is gonna shoot some lions.

Don't take my word for it.

Please note preserve said they are willing to MOVE the lions IF suitable territory can be found for 'em.

• No human conflict.

• Won't get beaten up by existing prides.

• Can get money to effect the move.

These lions will be shot by the preserve owners. All right, they HIRE someone. Same difference. The government there will NOT collect the huge licensing and trophy fees associated with a lion hunt. The animals, probably, will be donated to area tribes. That's where the meat from these hunts go.

But trackers, bushmen, porters and guides won't get paid. Won't get tips. Won't earn much needed money.

All because a bunch of yappers who do not know what they are talking about got too excited because someone shot a lion with a radio collar.

If you yapped, please note: You are directly responsible for this lion cull. If there's a murderer anywhere in this, it's you. You yapped. People lost jobs. You yapped. Lions, being lions, overpopulated the preserve. You yapped. People lost money.

You gonna replace that money? You gonna send checks?

Didn't think so.

You gonna save the lions? How? Where? The preserve laid down the conditions.

'Cept there's another one. Zoos, if they can find a zoo to take some lions.

Wild animals, sentenced to life behind bars. Wonder if they'd rather die than be stuck in a tiny enclosure the rest of their life.

Some yapper is going to ask "Well what happened when free range lions overpopulated?"

They starved to death.

Someone is gonna say those lions were raised to be hunted. And? Any idea how many animals die daily to provide even the most devout vegans with food? If you eat any kind of meat, STFU now.

So lemme hit you upside yo haid with one more Clue X 4.

Would you prefer to starve to death, be locked in a tiny enclosure for the rest of your life and separated from everything you knew or be killed quickly?

C'mon keyboard warriors. Hit me with your best shot. Then, think about what you did to those lions.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Random observationings

The is not universal, but it is common.

The same groups that want to ban my AR-15 and other guns believe the police are enough to protect me. Then, they rip the police apart for a handful of cop-committed murders.

Pick one. Either the police can protect me or they are corrupt.

I pick neither. LEA (law enforcement agencies) are a reactive force the great majority of the time. They cannot protect me 24/7. Do I need that protection? No. I have a gun. I still believe this is the reason I'm intact today.

The person accused of this attack is serving life w/o parole for murder in another community.


If you have a major infection in your leg, do not worry about a hangnail on a toe.


Colds suck. The rhino virus family ONLY exists to irritate people.


I appreciate my haters. They inspire me to work that much harder to make this world a better place while all they do is complain. If you are a hater, thank you.


I need a nap.


If you hunt and kill deer or hogs and do not want them, the food bank does. Get aholt to me and between us, we'll figure some way to gettem to my house for processing for the food bank.


This week was too rough. Far too many people believe they cannot get by without me. Far too many people believe they can arrange my schedule.

If you demand I lead, then do not complain about the direction and the decisions. You probably can do better than me. Ready to take these reins? Then either take 'em, get out of the way or pitch in. Otherwise, yeah, I may run over you.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Time to get over it

If this story is correct, that the US gummint intends to round up wild horses and turn the land over to cattle production, then... Well, a lot of people are quite excited about this.

There's a simple solution that costs taxpayers nothing and actually generate revenue.

Eat more horse.

It is legal in the US. I ordered some horse jerky from Great Britain. It was good, but so is beef, coon, buffalo, elk, gator and other animal jerky. Pretty much the only reason I ordered horse jerky from GB was so I could put horse on the list of animals I've eaten. I plan to add kangaroo, lion, ostrich and rhea to the list soon as I get money.

France has horse farms. Canada has processing plants.

Two ways to do this:

1) Let ranchers out west round up the horses.

2) Let hunters thin the herd.

Hunters will gladly pay for the privilege of hunting horses. You say no? Hunters pay mondo bucks to go to Africa to shoot zebras. What's the difference? Hunters in the US are already paying to hunt wild and feral sheep, wild and feral goats and Watusi.

The idea of eating horse is probably causing bile to rise in the throats of some reading this. I tell you that some people find the idea of eating cheese to be as disgusting as you find eating horse.

Before you technicolor yawn, lemme point out you are eating bugs pretty regularly. Alcoholic beverages, and medicines containing alcohol, are made from rotted fruit, grain and vegetables. The antibiotic Penicillin is a product of bread mold.

It was recently brought to my attention that the "Paleo Diet" is nothing of the sort. It does not include insects, grubs, wild bird eggs and carrion.

Some people are aghast at the horse roundup. The Humane Society of the United States says something else should be done, like birth control. Any time the HSUS wants to start horse birth control at its expense, have at it. Just don't use taxpayer dollars.

I'm also opposed to spending tax dollars to round up the horses.

If you are one who opposes this, on whatever grounds, then put your money where you mouth is. Pony up the bucks to do something else with these horses. Me? I'd pay to go on a horse hunt and gladly bring home meat to eat.

If you are not willing to drop some cash to support something you believe in, then you are not serious about it. If you are not serious, get out of the way of the people who are serious.

Monday, September 12, 2016


I don't give a compost heap what professional sports players do on the sidelines when the national anthem is played. I really don't. If every professional sport in the world ceased to be played, I'd likely never notice the difference.


I am quite irked over the current furor over some pro athletes who choose to kneel instead of stand when the national anthem is played.

KNEEL - v. - be in or assume a position in which the body is supported by a knee or the knees, as when praying or showing submission.

Wikipedia - Kneeling is a basic human position where one or both knees touch the ground. It is used as a resting position, during childbirth and as an expression of reverence and submission. It is possible to kneel with one leg and assume another position (such as squatting) with the other leg. 

When does one kneel? When showing respect to a superior. To show submission.  Players in HS football "take a knee" when a player is injured on the field.

And one last thing for all you "CHRISTIANS" out there whining about players kneeling during the national anthem:

Christians kneel in church.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Whackin', stackin', yakkin' and put up or shut up

Back when "Cecil" the lion was killed, I said I supported the hunt. As expected, I was vilified.

Several people even said killing the lion was murder.

So, what do you think about THIS?

Yes, Zimbabwe later said it won't cull lions. Backtrack much? Negative publicity has made African governments back up more than once. When the keyboard warriors move on to the next Cause du Jour, the African governments quietly go back to what they originally planned.


How? Where?

Try this.  "There is basically no more space left in Africa for a new viable population of lions."

The outcry over the lion hunt is condemning far more of these beasts to death without the financial remuneration which comes from a paid hunt. If you are one of those who bitched and screamed and whined, then YOU are responsible for these critters' deaths. And more of 'em too boot.

So. How does it feel to be a murderer? Keep reading, I splain. Call it huntersplaining if you will.

While I'm on the subject, read these (except you won't because they directly and with evidence aforethought contradict your weltanschauung)


“Whenever I donate a hunting trip for the Children's Leukemia Foundation, Ronald McDonald Cancer House, all these children's charities, I offer the anti-hunters an opportunity: if you donate more to the children's charity than the hunters donate we won't go hunting.”
Ted Nugent

How much have you contributed?

This is, bluntly, economics. Are the animals worth more alive or dead? The qualified answer, I 'splain below, is they are worth more when they are hunted. "And in other places, the fees derived from legalized trophy hunting can fund important conservation efforts on the ground. As WWF researcher Robin Naidoo points out in a new paper in the journal Conservation Biology, the Western opposition to trophy hunting is a bit ironic given how much funding legal hunting generates for wildlife management and conservation in North America."

And "The results suggest that most conservancies need both hunting and ecotourism to benefit from their wildlife. Between 2003 and 2010, ecotourism benefits were larger than those from hunting, while hunting overshadowed ecotourism from 2010 onward. Hunting allowed payments and non-financial benefits (i.e. meat) to accumulate faster than ecotourism did, though ecotourism-related salaries have grown ten times faster than have those from hunting-related jobs."

And "Of 52 conservancies that had any sort of financial benefit from wildlife (that is, their income was higher than their expenses), more than half derived all or almost all those benefits from hunting. Just six were wholly or mostly reliant on ecotourism, while 18 conservancies benefited equally from both activities." Again, few hard numbers, but this piece contradicts the NPR article.

So, if you object to trophy hunting, how much are you sending these African communities? Cash. Hard dollars. Money. Moral support does not feed hungry children. Lion and elephant steaks feed hungry children.


You. Are. The. Problem. You are the reason lions, elephants and other animals are killed.

You. The person reading this. Me, the person writing this. All those hungry children in Africa. There's the problem.

Larry and Andy Wachowski nailed this one in The Matrix. "'I'd like to share a revelation I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with their surrounding environment, but you humans do not. You move to another area, and you multiply, and you multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague, and we are the cure."

Not a new statement. Scott Westerfeld said the same thing, "...humanity is a disease, a cancer on the body of the world.” Similar statements appear in Red Dwarf, by Dave Foreman and many others.

There's a harsh truth for you.

The NGS article puts this slightly less plainly.  "Culling is a management tool that may be used for many species. That includes: elephants, lions, kangaroos, and deer, basically animals that have very little natural control mechanisms other than disease and starvation, and that are now bounded by human settlements and live in smaller areas than they did historically."

In other words, PEOPLE are pushing animals. We shove them into ever more tiny habitats. They are not free to roam, hunt and naturally control their own numbers. Animals move. When they move, they bring their diseases, habits and ability to reproduce with them. They ruin crops grown to feed you and me. They attack people and pets. "Mountain lion attacks on people apparently increased dramatically since 1986."

Animals behave like animals. They do not respect man's boundaries.

More people means less room for animals. When animals run out of room, they run out of food, be that other animals or vegetation. They move to find more food. Food is highly concentrated around people.

Because I like simple things, and like to make things simple, I tell you there is a simple solution to this. You can support the people, which means killing the animals that threaten the people or you can support the animals, which means the people have got to go. I'm seriously leaning toward fewer people.

Compromise? On a large scale it does not work. Micro scale, it can and does work. Wildlife does not operate on a microscope, neither does humanity as a whole.


I say revise your thinking. Many will not. In the face of empirical evidence, people will double-down and entrench deeper. 

Reality is under no obligation to conform to your beliefs. Reject it and get run over. Let Darwin rule. Which solves some problems mentioned above.

Trophy hunting is NOT the problem.  "However, impoverished Africans are killing lions at a rate estimated at five to 10 times the number of lions killed from trophy hunting, and the hunts take place almost entirely within national parks and other 'protected' areas." "Kenya’s much-praised ban on hunting, in fact, has had an impact opposite to its intent: wild animals are disappearing at an accelerating rate."

Botswana has a hunting ban, about 2.5 years old now. Many are asking the bank be lifted.

The third option is to starve, people and animals. Elephants starve to death naturally. Their teeth wear down and they cannot eat. Many other critters also starve to death.

I'm told by some anti-hunters and animal rights activists, this is natural. Let nature run its course.

Lemme axe you this: Which is more cruel? Starving to death or being killed by a hunter? Careful how you answer because whatever you say may be used as a Clue x 4 on you.


Cut out the extraneous parts. Let's get right down to it.

"If you want to save a species, simply decide to eat it. Then it will be managed - like chickens, like turkeys, like deer, like Canadian geese."
Ted Nugent

That is the reality. When people are trying to make a living and protect what is theirs, animals have an economic value. The highest economic value will be protected. If animals are worth the most as trophies, the community will guard them for licensed hunters. If the animals are worth the most as parts on the black market, poachers will kill every one they can find. If the animals are worth the most as a tourist attraction, then hunting of all kinds won't be allowed.

It's money. Period.

Free-roaming animals may bring in tourist dollars, but if that does not offset the crop, livestock and other damage created by the free-roaming critters, they will be killed. 

Your call. Your wallet. You decide.