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.
"and I -- along with two fellow sluts -- simply had to go check out this latest protest fad."
Damn. I wish I'd known Bird Dog was going to S.F. so I could have suggested a couple of fun places to visit. By the way, if you haven't seen a picture of him lately, that's him in the seventh pic, over to the left. It looks like he's trimmed down some, so I'd say that new diet appears to be working and we should all be very proud of him. Plus, he looks terrific in purple. It really brings out his eyes.
The one sign that really drove the point home for me was the one that said "Rape is caused by rapists". When you see that kind of "truth to power" being openly spoken in the public forum, you know you're watching history be made.
My only complaint was all the photographers who kept blocking my view by taking pics of the hot chicks in their skimpy outfits. Don't these photo bugs know that photography is just another form of 'visual rape'? I'm stunned that these New Age/New Sensitivity Women would put up with it. I can't imagine how many horrific indecencies took place after Zombie posted what could only be labeled "a call to rape" post.
I was, however, happy to catch up on the latest cover of Socialist Worker Gazette, and it appears they're not too happy with their socialist president.
1. My Inner Outcast has a lot of company, since I have a lot of "inners": my inner child, my inner saint, my inner sinner, my inner glutton, my inner zealot. If I could get the saint out more often, it would be a good thing. I keep most of my inner hooligans inner, though.
2. His Hopeful Changeness Barack Obama DOES have a different worldview. The article was written as though Huckabee was mistaken, but heck, Obama's own title for his book was "Dreams From My Father". The other was "The Audacity of Hope". Both titles are inspired by creepy, creepy people. Five years of his youth in Indonesian schools -- of course that affects his worldview. A dysfunctional mother who put him through dysfunctional family situations. Grandparents who raised him among America-hating socialists and communists. How could he have the worldview that I have?
I particularly enjoyed the first picture where the girl was holding a sign that read "Unwanted exposure to scrotum is never OK!". What would her reaction to a man holding a sign that reads "Unwanted exposure to breasts is never OK!" We'll never know because she'll never see a sign like that - and that's the point.
It's all part of the Left's agenda - be able to do anything you want with no consequences.
My husband-the-nature-writer and polar bear expert assures me that polar bears, tagged by experts, have been recorded as swimming more than 500 miles without getting on-shore. Mr. Monnett is toying with the truth, to say the least. Creating a tissue of lies, I'm afraid.
Far from diminishing, the world population of polar bears is growing, not shrinking. Downs, my husband, has studied the bears closely, even visiting Wrangle Island in Russia to see their birthing dens, and written some books about them. How about Mr. Monnett? Has he written anything? Or merely pontificated, as Al Bore is wont to do. I'll bet it's the latter.
As I understand some of the good doctor's own comments, he saw the bears from around 1500' altitude, at some little distance, for a few minutes. The animals were a sidelight on his survey trip. They were so small a blip that apparently he didn't even photograph them.
How could anyone possibly reach any conclusions about the condition of polar bear populations by viewing four bears, who might be dead or might not, from 1500 feet up, for a few moments, with no clear idea how they died? It's one datum. One point doth not a trend make.
In spite of being strong swimmers, I'm sure polar bears can drown in severe storms and I'm sure they do. Maybe some of them go swimming too soon after eating, too, and get cramps because they didn't listen to their mothers.
I also understand that Monnett's original statement was merely a speculation -- a reasonable one -- that increases in severe weather might cause additional drownings of polar bears. But he doesn't seem to have corrected the people who immediately and flagrantly misused his statement.
Geoff... Polar bears are defined as "the largest land-based marine mammal" so don't think of them as you do other bears. They resemble seals and walruses in their marine habits, even though they derive from the bear genus. Walruses and seals haul up on land to bear and raise their young, but they are fully capable of crossing the Atlantic or Pacific without making landfall. If this "scientist" saw them from a helicopter and not at close range, as my husband has, for weeks at a time, I can't credit Minnott's observational abilities. Downs has watched bears, in company with well-known accredited polar bear scientists for days at distances of less than fifty yards, photographing and taking notes. He has explored the birthing dens on Wrangel Island, again photographing and taking notes.
You might enjoy his book Polar Bear. It's interesting and well documented and there are some fascinating facts in it. For instance, a female polar bear can be inseminated when she is in estrus by more than one male. And then she stores away the fertilized ovum/ova while she builds up her body fat to a point where she and the cub/cubs can live off it until the cubs are able to emerge from the den. [How much human females would love to be able to postpone implantation of the ova until it was convenient.]
At any rate, when she has completed her fat build-up and her den to her satisfaction, then she lets her fertilized ova implant in her womb and the process begins. Once it begins, she stays in the den for about six months, not emerging to hunt or to eat until the cubs can walk and follow her on their own.
Oh, and one other fascinating thing, Geoff. Polar bears have black skin, under their white fur. The white hairs are hollow, not solid, and they conduct heat down to the black skin. Keeps the bears warm [to a certain extent].