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Just a Reminder

June 5, 2012

I often hear that conservatives blow things out of proportion when the fantsize about the “slippery slope” arguments.  You know, if we allow the concept of marriage to be extended to gays then we’ll be eventually allowing bigamy and marrying donkeys… etc.  If we were only like those even-headed liberals, we’d see that progress is good for America, yadda, yadda…

Let’s remember that everyone occasionally gets their shorts in a wad:

Legislation that would guarantee hunting and fishing rights on some federal land has provoked outrage among conservationists, who believe the proposal could eventually open places like Yosemite National Park and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to gun-toting mobs in camouflage.

The essence of the House bill (which has passed, it’s in the Senate now) is that lands are considered opened unless specifically closed.  That’s effectively the story on private land today, though clearly there are nuances for property rights.  The measured response:

“I think they ought to call it the open season on national parks act,” said Craig Obey, the senior vice president of government affairs for the National Parks Conservation Association, a nonprofit group established in 1919 to look out for the interests of national parks. “This would be the most fundamentally damaging statutory change to the national parks in memory.”

“There could be hunting dogs on the National Mall or in the wilderness of a national park. People could hunt ravens at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site,” Obey said. “It’s ridiculous, and nobody would ever propose that, but that’s the kind of door that would be left open.”

So, okay.

I didn’t necessarily write this to defend hunting rights (I don’t hunt, though I’m open to starting based on how food prices rise).  I didn’t necessarily write it to pick on liberals, either, since I respect their ability to have an argument.  I mostly just want to point out that everyone takes sides, and sets a strategy to defend it.  I welcome arguments, as long as mine are respected.  Too bad that’s not always the case.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2012 5:41 pm

    A case in point would be the forests and Manzanita thickets of California. It used to be legal to harvest dead wood, but not anymore.

  2. June 5, 2012 1:22 pm

    Donkeys you say? When Sharon married Cindy, she was not marrying an ass:
    http://level-head.livejournal.com/229943.html

    I can imagine, though, that the slope involved would be intentionally slippery. More comfortable that way.

    ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

    • June 5, 2012 8:31 pm

      At least there’s no domestic partner benefits going on, at least not that we know.

  3. JWoods permalink
    June 5, 2012 10:21 am

    This whole thing is nuts, I spend an enormous amount of time, hiking, taking pictures (NaturePhotographer).
    And it constantly amazes me, how little these coservationists, know about the thing they are sworn to protect. I am less concerned with hunters, than I am with all the dead trees and blowdowns, that are everywhere in the forests of Oregon. But instead of allowing logging and firebreak cutting to remove some of the tinder, the armchair
    envvironmentalists insist that nothing be done to the pristine forest, we’ll just watch the pristine forest go up in smoke at sometime in the future. By the way did you know, that if you shoot pictures in Mt Hood national forest, and you get some great shots, which you could sell, you have to purchase a permit to shoot photographs? So my tax dollars pay for park services, and I happen to.get a great shot of Mt Hood, which would highlight the beauty of Hood. I sell the image, pay tax on the sale, support Hood and others. Please understand I personally would buy the permit just to support the park. I wonder how many other NPs have this also?

    • June 5, 2012 10:40 am

      Forest management is a particular thorn in my side, and yea, I’ve almost been stranded by blowdown, especially after “open” trails in the fire areas are left uncleared. Lets not forget all the environmentalists that suggested that George Bush had a hand in one of our largest fires in OR, the B&B Complex, since he was here the day before it blew up promoting his Healthy Forest Initiative…

      I didn’t know that about photos. Now I’m going to have ot check on Three Sisters Wilderness.

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