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Sunday, July 17. 2011
There's always the option of throwing it in the back of your truck, giving it a stick, chopping its head off and making a soup out of it. They are known to be quite tasty. That's what Chinese people do when they find a big Snapper on a road. FYI, any Snapper on a road is probably a female headed for her egg-laying site.
Now the UN and the NGOs are arguing against biofuel subsidies
Chinese Ghost Cities And Towns
How Vermont drives business away
Vermont hates profitable businesses but loves taxes
Nearly half of college grades are A's, study finds
That must be because Americans are so darn smart. I took an Econ course in college where the Marxist prof gave everybody an A, and said he would do so on the first day. It was a popular course...
Also via American Digest, Origins of the Race Hustle
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BD - You forgot to caption the pic. I'd suggest:
Pic: Eager for a round on the courts, I whip out my trusty 200-year-old wooden racket. "If it was good enough for the players of the 1800's, then it's good enough for ME!" I told anyone who would listen.
And do we assume those strings are real cat gut? Should PETA be notified??
"RIGHT-WING BLOGGER KILLS CATS TO ENJOY SPORTS" screams the New York Post.
If I were one of your neighbors and owned a cat, I'd be a little disconcerted when I saw you looking at it with "potential sports equipment" in mind.
And as far as this moron goes:
"Why Hasn’t The Earth Warmed In Nearly 15 Years?"
"Do we now understand why there’s been no change in fourteen and a half years?"
"But the reason this is all so important is that if there is no good explanation for the lack of warming..."
Hey, bozo -- there IS. It's because you and your fellow myopic fools are viewing climate in human terms, rather than geologic terms. Geologically, our earth has been warming for the past 150 years and will continue to do so for another 500. Put another way, 500 years from today Greenland is going to be green again, and there's nothing this clown can do to stop it. People like this who claim "there is no warming" are doing just as much harm to science as those claiming the temp is rising due to man-made intervention.
I'll tell you what - I would never pick up a snapping turtle to move it. Grab a branch or stick, get it to bite then slide it where it needs to go.
Ain't gonna pick one up - uh uh - no way, no how.
Biofuels - heh, so they finally figured it out huh? Well howdy do morons. Anybody with a lick of sense could have seen that coming - well except for the blind mice who run the UN, all those NGOs and our own EPA who started all this in the first place. And let's not forget the ridiculous tariff on cheaper Brazilian ethanol that our farm lobby has in place. Ever wonder why all those big tract farmers have new John Deere mega-tractors? Give you one guess.
But, but, but I thought the Chinese economy was growing like a weed and that they are going to have another 10% growth in GDP this year? This can't be true - Chinese ghost towns with all that economic expansion going on? Tom Friedman must be so proud.
The reason the Earth hasn't warmed in 15 years is because we are in the beginning stages of a cooling cycle caused by solar cycles. You heard it here first.
Vermont - left over hippies, wanna be amateur subsistence farmers, a couple of socialists Senators and one Representative and ski resorts - what did you expect? I know a guide who has worked Lake Champlain for many years who just gave up - can't afford to do business out of Burlington anymore. Sold all his boats, his rental cabins, business - moved to..ahem..South Carolina and started all over again. :>) Got a growing business out of Charleston and he's happy, his wife is happy, his kids are happy and I'm happy because he's a really good guide and fisherman and I occasionally hire him for speckled trout and redfish trips. He's really good at finding redfish.
Elizabeth Warren. You know, this is kind of interesting. There are two ways of looking at this. (1) She's a complete nut job, a weirdo academic with no common sense who is universally hated by the business and economic community and will fail miserably creating another level of administration to something that doesn't need it or (2) because of the fact that she is a (all the reasons above) she actually makes this work. I can see a need to protect consumers from financial shenanigans - then again, you should be able to make your own mistakes and learn by them. I'm of two minds on this although my instinct is this isn't gonna be good.
With respect to regulations....good grief. Maybe we should have moved to Costa Rica instead of South Carolina.
Collage/University inflated A grades are the direct result of high school inflated A grades which are directly reflected in....well, you get the idea. I almost had an academic career teaching my true scholarly love mathematics until I realized that (1) I'd have to deal with some really annoying students and people in general and (2) I would most certainly be a "hard" grader and create more problems for myself than I wanted. One semester at a University was enough to convince me that it just wasn't gonna work. This was twenty-five years ago too boot.
Sorry about the rant(s) - I'm feeling rather peckish this morning, I'm all by myself for the day and I'm bored. I should take my boat for a ride - yeah, that's the ticket.
"Regulations" --the concept of what folks mean when they use the term --are not that simply silly, trending to harmful, little over-reach by the largely benign if smothering nanny state.
Naw, the concept is the belly of the fascist beast --in the classic sense of fascism being what the 20s and 30s NYTimes described as the new 'trains-on-time' economics of Italy (followed by Germany, but by then the bloom was coming off the rose).
Mussolini wanted industry to stay private --owners maintain property, even when government regs control it, because, in the back of every mind, 'there's always tomorrow'. So regulations were used to not only drive the government control at minimum political cost, but also, for the sake of 'scale economy' to drive smaller enterprises out of business in favor of larger combined corporations, so that, in the end state, every industry would have but several large players, in a controlled competition, within any given industry, closely supervised and influenced by the government. Visualize control of a national economy via simple meetings of a half dozen or so --the state guy (Il Duce hisself usually) with a handful of corporate heads who represented virtually all of that industry.
This is what the Dems and obama are up to, of course. They will say, because they must say, it is in the common interest. Yes, it creates no abundance of supply and thus no increase of availability to greater numbers of people and thus no diffusion of wealth downward ('upward mobility'), but that is the price of the love of (pick one or all) country, the planet, the future, the children, the Deity.
But that's okay, because it keeps these lyrics more apt in a larger place, every passing year:
(the 'funny paper' song --by the astonishing Fab Faux --iirc an old Maggie's find)
It would be naive to think that the CO2 tax in Australia or elsewhere is or ever was about climate change. It is about money and power and regime change. It is the biggest scam the left has ever invented and it will steal most of the wealth from the productive and give it to the Marxist/leninist left.
You will know CO2 is a serious problem when they figure out that champagne is a source and shut down production. When they go after beer -- the riots begin. Until then CO2 is a scam and a new source for taxes.
My snapping turtle is a dyed-in-the-wool pacifist. The other day I picked up a wild snapper in the road using a 'new' method (for me) and it was difficult to manage the animal. It was about the size of the turtle in the video. It was angry and fast, and the way I was holding it let it push its claws into my hand pretty hard. I thought I'd use the tried and true method of picking the next one up by the tail, but I don't like doing it that way. I've carried 25 pound turtles back in the day and I don't know how getting under the plastron would shake out with a big snapper, but I'm looking forward to finding out. Thanks for the video.
As smoking bans encroach on more and more territory, we will have an act not criminal in itself, but criminal to pursue in nearly every place. When will this bump against Jim Crow? Smokers have the same rights as everyone else, and separate enjoyment of public goods is not equal enjoyment.
Add the addictive power of nicotine, and these bans are punishment against those with an illness/disability.
Re: Eating snapping turtles - I've never really given a thought to eating a snapper, although I've joked about eating Findik (my snapper). Fin has been with me since he was the size of a silver dollar.
There's a recipe I found for Amish Turtle Soup, but it incorporates "1/2 c. chicken fart". I'm sure they meant fat, but it's not helping their cause.
Don't Chinese prefer soft-shelled turtles or some such. Well, it's neither here nor there. It's turtles all the way down...and it's what's for dinner.
"It's turtles all the way down..."
Good ol' KRW.
I'm with the Cap'n as far as that goes. No way I'm getting close enough to be clamped on by those jaws.
XRay, actual the wild snappers aren't all that bad once you get used to getting a good grip on them. Once you have control it's all thunder and no lightening.
KRW had a way with turtle metaphysics.
I know that, on the sane side of my mind, Jeff. But life isn't always rational, no matter sane. And there is a difference.
As KRW was good at pointing out.