We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The domestic cat is no more "natural" than a cow in a field. Why wildlife-lovers hate house cats:
People who wouldn’t dream of taking a shotgun and blasting a bird out of a tree let their cats outside, which accomplishes the exact same thing but in a slower and more horrifying way. The cat doesn’t need to tear the bird to pieces, either: one tiny nick will of a cat’s claw or tooth will subject the bird to enough bacteria to kill it, only it will take the bird one or two days to die. If the bird is a single parent feeding nestlings, they will all starve to death.
Precautionary measures simply do not work. During an 18-month period, a single cat roaming a wildlife experiment station killed over 1,600 birds and small mammals. A study in England showed that cats wearing bells killed more birds than cats without them; during a study in Kansas, a free-roaming declawed cat killed more birds than the cats with claws.
Benefits, Amazing the slight dig at President Bush in the article blaming the problem on him. While its true,if Bush had been a Dem it would have said how wise he was to have policies in place to take care of people.
Ah yes... those cats killing those birds. Don't forget rabbits - especially baby rabbits. Not to mention mice and voles and, once in a great while if the cat is exceptional, squirrels. One of mine (the only one left at the moment) even helped me nab a mole once.
There's no shortage of domesticated dogs that will gleefully grab a groundhog by the back and shake it to death. They're legion (both the groundhogs and the mutts what wish them harm.)
Just curious... why is it perfectly OK for foxes, falcons, and Our Friends and such to hunt but not OK for domesticated cats to do so?
"Those who profess to love the cats they let outside ignore the fact that the average life span of an indoor cat is 15-19 years, while the life span of cats allowed outside is two to three."
Which, in my experience, is hogwash. I've had a fair number of cats which I've let roam. Perhaps 7 or 8. Not a statistical sampling, I fully admit, but none has lived only two or three years. The most recent to pass was 17+. I seriously doubt he killed anything at all his last 10 years. He showed no interest in much beyond making sure other cats stayed off his property. The 10 yr old female we have now still hunts mice, rabbits, birds. She's not very good at birds anymore though.
I'm pretty sure my two large windows kill more birds than she does 'cause the critters see what looks like a path from one side of the house to the other and smash themselves into the one or the other window.
The greatest slaughter of birds I've ever witnessed, however, was the net I tried to use to keep birds from my blueberries. That was a bad idea. Nearly every day a bird was trapped in there. I got rid of it for that reason - tired of burying birds.
In Bonnie Erbe's case, it's not that she reveals any hatred towards Michelle Malkin, it's just that her comments are incredibly stupid. Fortunately, this was not lost on her readers. Ms. Erbe should be embarrassed by what she wrote, but, as the saying goes, the clueless are completely clueless that they are clueless.
"...the clueless are completely clueless that they are clueless."
ha. I read a great article a few years ago about smart people. Most smart people don't know they're smart. The authors went on to talk about it and ended up saying, if you find yourself mumbling, "My god, he's stupid." or "Man, they're stupid." a lot, chances are you're smart. I'm making it sound simple, but it wasn't. The gist is that we tend to have the same expectations of others that we have for ourselves and are often surprised to find ourselves going "Hunh?" when someone reacts differently than we expect. So, your statement makes sense - they really are clueless as their expectations and perceptions are much lower than those of a smart person.
Darn.... I think I just came off as a simpleton... D'oh. :)