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 seal hunt is always big news. So far some sealers whose boat broke down were killed while being towed by the Coast Guard and the Greenpeace ship, The Farley Mowatt has been captured by the Canadian Armed Forces. Paul Watson is calling for the Dutch (whose flag the Greenpeace ship sails under) to come to the rescue. hahaha. Used to donate to Greenpeace when I was young and foolish. No more.
I remember when Paul McCartney was trying to have Heather Mills play like she was Linda McCartney. They posed on the ice with some young seal pups and one of the pups almost tore her face off. Irksome to the people who live there to have a billionaire fly in and tell them how to run the place. Mostly agree now with ranchers and loggers that city people usually do not know squat about life in the bush. Can understand why many rural folks want Californians and NYers to stay home. They freely screw up their own nests, then move (or retire to spend a few weeks or months in second homes) and then belittle and abuse the local work force. They will attempt to legislate and thereby influence what is what by using NGOs, trust funds and so called economic developement plans that compete with the already existing business and culture. Tourism biz mostly rules nowadays for many rural areas. Sometimes in the NW, tourists are tasty treats to the bears. I never want to be eaten. Do not like hiking trails where there is a possiblity of becoming lunch unless I am well prepped for such an encounter.
Fencing moose? With what? In the wild? are you kidding?
Moose do attack. They are big. They have big (BIG) pointy things on their heads. They do not eat meat--but, they do trample and smash their prey around with those great antlers.
Thankx Patina. You left out the best part. THE UNIONS. They are supposed to be so liberal, so caring about the environment, unless of course taking care of the environment comes in direct conflict with providing jobs--usually to the unskilled, and many times to people who have alreayd s---t their own nest (MEXICO), and are in this country illegally. So many times I have had union leaders tell me that the job of American unions is to represent the workers of the world. That means construction jobs. That means development--ohh woops there goes the wilderness and our agricultural lands. Pity they don't believe in a fundamental ethic.
In my experience ap, construction unions are mostly on big one time civic jobs nowdays, like bridges and dams. That is why it is so hard to find trained welders and pipefitters, etc, etc. Not many places to train them. Home development and small commercial (and lots of large commercial too) is usually non union. I think the biggest unions now are government workers and teachers. Public employees.
My insiders tell me that the reason they support illegal immigration is because it provides a huge pool of new workers to be unionized in the near future. You are correct
about the teacher's union--that is a terrifying monster we have yet to confront.
Hmm. Makes some sense. Fills in some of the gaps in why the big push for illegals. Union construction jobs are good jobs. Think there would be lineups of legal immigrants from all over wanting those jobs. But by many reports, immigration departments are years behind in processing their cases. Doesn't Mexico have too many lawyers or politicians? Maybe we could import some and lower their wages too. ha. Kidding Mr. B.
ap, reread my first post and realized I may have offended some who have second homes and retirement plans. Please excuse my thoughtlessness. Nothing wrong with wanting out of the city. Just that there is no such thing as having no neighbors. Even in big open places there are property lines. Usually can't pick and choose neighbors either. I for one would really, really like that option but have never had it.
Remember seeing a video clip of a moose who was standing in front of a bank machine in a small town. Think it was as an old guy who tried to shoo it away and got stomped to death. Have walked on the sidewalks of Banff and had huge elk breathing down my neck. Lots of tourists will pose with them. I did not like having them so close.