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Rule Five Friday

2014_10_17_Rule Five Friday (1)Since today marks the beginning of our annual excursion afield in pursuit of a winter’s venison, I thought I’d present a few thoughts on the hunt, yr. obdt.’s history in such, and the state of hunting in America today.

I was born into a family of farmers and outdoor people.  The Old Man hunted and fished most of his life.  Both of my grandfathers were outdoor types, and fishing trips with both of them are among my earliest and fondest memories.

2014_10_17_Rule Five Friday (2)Since I was old enough to carry a .22 rifle in the woods, I did so – almost constantly.  Growing up in the hills, woods and fields of Allamakee County, Iowa presented plenty of opportunities to do so.  The endless summers of youth were long, in part because of my anxious awaiting of the opening of squirrel season in late August, the first of many small game seasons to open.  Hunting squirrels with a .22 teaches a boy to be quiet in the woods; it teaches him how to look over the terrain, to plan and execute a stalk, and how to shoot carefully.

2014_10_17_Rule Five Friday (3)Later in the year, I always laid aside rifle for shotgun when seasons for ruffed grouse and later, pheasant and Hungarian partridge opened.  In December, it was deer season – and hunting whitetails on the Old Man’s place in Allamakee County stuck me with a love of big-game hunting that has stuck with me ever since.

Moving to Colorado when I left the Army in 1989 was the icing on the cake.

2014_10_17_Rule Five Friday (4)Folks hunt for a variety of reasons.  Some hunt for trophies – and as every state requires, by law, the removal of all edible portions of a legally taken game animal, ‘trophy hunting’ as such should carry no animus.

Some hunt simply because they like to spend time wandering woods and fields, and that’s fine too.

Some hunt because they like eating wild game.  Why not?  It’s additive-free, lean, healthy meat – you don’t get any more ‘free-range’ than an animal you’ve hunted and killed in the wild.

I2014_10_17_Rule Five Friday (5) have hunted for 40 years or so for all of those reasons, mostly the second and third.  I like the chance at a big buck or trophy bull as much as anyone, and it’s no secret I like to eat.  You won’t find any better eating than an elk steak cooked over an open fire.  And, there’s no better way to kill a few days than bumming around mountains, fields and forests.

So tomorrow starts the annual ritual.  The bloodwind calls.  It’s time to hunt.

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Animal’s Daily News

Splashing-Bears5 Key Implications of Baghdad Falls To ISIS.  Excerpt:

Reports that ISIS has surrounded Baghdad and is quickly closing in on the Baghdad International Airport (armed with MANPADS, no less) are troubling. Baghdad itself has been rocked by a series of VBIED attacks in the past 24 hours by ISIS, indicating that the battle for Baghdad has begun.

The possible fall of Baghdad could be the most significant development in the War on Terror since 9/11. And yet many among the D.C. foreign policy “smart set” were not long ago mocking such a scenario.

So what happens if such a situation comes to pass? Here are five key implications (by no means limited to these) if Baghdad falls to ISIS:

By all means examine the five points, but it is the first of them that has the most repercussions, should it come to pass:  1) ISIS will not be claiming to the be the Islamic State, they will BE the Islamic State.

Angry-BearAt present ISIS are, religious pretensions aside, a gang of bandits at best, a large body of non-uniformed franc-tireurs at worst.  Like their fellows in al-Qaeda and other organized Islamic terror groups, they are not uniformed military, they are not afforded the protections covering soldiers in the Geneva Protocols and other recognized international laws of war, and in fact may be shot or hanged immediately on capture.

So, we should make no bones about killing these people – preferably before they capture enough of Baghdad to claim nation-state status.

Here’s the rub; ISIS will not and can not be defeated without intensive ground fighting.  The United States can’t at present provide ground forces for this; our forces have been cut back too far, have been stretched too thin, and the American people are too war-weary.  None of the nations in the region seem too anxious to take this on.

Sad-BearSo what happens in this scenario:  ISIS gains control of Baghdad and therefore Iraq, sets themselves up as a regional caliphate, obtains nuclear weapons from either Pakistan or Iran – and uses them on either Israel or America?  What will the Israeli or American people demand be done in response?  One would suspect the response would be catastrophic – for ISIS.

What global holocaust will ensue then?

Animal’s Hump Day Meat-Eating News

Happy Hump Day!
Happy Hump Day!

Here’s an interesting tidbit from PJMedia’s peripatetic undercover man-on-the-street Zombie:  I Am Ashamed To Be A Vegetarian.  Excerpt:

I’m a vegetarian. I haven’t eaten meat in 20 years.

Up until this morning I was OK with my dietary choice.

But then I saw this video just uploaded by “Direct Action Everywhere,” a radical vegetarian activist gang, and now I am ashamed. Ashamed to be associated with them. Ashamed that everyone I meet must think I’m some sort of anti-meat revolutionary. Ashamed that mean-spirited lunatics have hijacked my personal food preference and turned it into rallyng cry for passive-aggressive bullying.

Watch and weep, as a contingent of vegetarian fascists burst into a random restaurant in San Francisco and try to pull some kind of creepy mind-game on the bewildered diners:

Watch the video.  It’s a hoot.

Speaking as the guy who actually wrote the book about these people, this protest is typical – factless, clueless, and achieving nothing but an unearned sense of moral superiority on the part of the protestors, with no real effort on their part.  (See my own PJMedia article on the topic of “ethical veganism for some idea of what a real effort might entail.“)

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Protein on the hoof.

Personally I prefer to hunt my own protein.  Only last Sunday all of us here at the Casa de Animal enjoyed venison burritos for supper, using up some of the last of last year’s fat meat muley.  This coming Friday loyal sidekick Rat and yr. obdt. will pack up high-powered rifles and sidearms and take to the field again to pursue wild ungulates, with the intent of killing and eating them.  Don’t like it, “vegans?”

Tough shit.

But, I digress.  Let’s get back to Zombie’s protestors.

The proper reaction on the part of the restaurant owner in this case would have been one sentence:  “Get the hell out.”  The incident described took place in looney San Francisco, however, where rational reactions are the exception rather than the rule.

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Breakfast.

Make no mistake about the ultimate goal of these people; given the opportunity, they would use the force of law to prevent you from eating meat.  The “vegan” movement is, at its heart, fundamentally anti-choice; they are fundamentally against that very basic bit of individual liberty.

Fortunately they are a small part of the nation’s lunatic fringe.  Let’s hope they stay that way.

Animal’s Daily News

triple-facepalmGwyneth Paltrow Is A Fucking Moron.  Relevant quotes from the admittedly-hot actress at a recent Democrat fundraiser, in which she said of President Obama:  “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly,” and continued on to say, “It would be wonderful if we were able to give this man all of the power that he needs to pass the things that he needs to pass.”

Holy shit.  That’s probably the single most idiotic remark I’ve seen all year – possibly so far this decade.  Even including remarks made by daffy old Joe Biden.

No President in the history of this nation should have the kind of power Ms. Paltrow would cheerfully give President Obama – who, gushing of Hollywood lackwits aside, is probably the least competent President since Andrew Johnson.

The linked article also contains a telling comment from Hillary Clinton:

Facepalm-bearSpeaking at the Economic Club of Chicago, Clinton detailed her decision-making process after Obama offered her the position of Secretary of State. “I said no, and then I said no again, and I said no again, and finally I just gave in,” Clinton said. “As I said to somebody the other day, I told my husband no, and I wouldn’t get married, and no, and just gave in. So I have a history with charismatic, attractive men who just wear me out.”

Can you imagine the outcry from the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow had a male politician made a comment along the lines of “…I have a history with charismatic, attractive women who just wear me out?

At least there’s this:  Gwyneth Paltrow (who, if she is relying on her wits, is half-way there) is just another show-business bubblehead.  But Mrs. Clinton was a carpetbag Senator for New York, then SecState, and now harbors Presidential ambitions herself.

Is this the best the Democrats have to offer?

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Goodbye, Blue Monday!
Goodbye, Blue Monday!

First, a programming note:  Due to the approaching deer/elk season that begins Saturday, there will be no news or other regular posts on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.  This week’s Rule Five Friday and Saturday Gingermageddon will proceed as usual, and next week’s posts will be replaced with some pre-loaded totty posts for your amusement until we return, hopefully with venison.

Next, once again our thanks to Blackmailers Don’t Shoot and The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!

The latest round of Colorado polls sure are interesting.  RealClearPolitics shows our Senate and Governor’s races as essentially tossups.

On the Senate side, the RCP average has GOP challenger Cory Gardner holding a narrow lead, 44.8 to 43.5, with the latest poll (Fox News) showing Gardner leading 43 to 37.  That poll was before the left-leaning Denver Post somewhat surprisingly endorsed Gardner; it will be interesting to see what happens this week.

On the Governor’s race, the situation is somewhat different; as yr. obdt. predicted some time ago, Governor Hickenlooper is showing a narrow lead, and may well keep his seat.  The RCP average has him leading Bob Beauprez 46 to 43.5, but the lead may be narrowing.  The latest poll, again by Fox News, has the race at a tie, 42 to 42.

Thoughtful-BearIt’s interesting to note that neither incumbent is polling anywhere near 50%, and it’s an oft-repeated truism in elections that undecideds tend to break towards the challenger.  Being well under 50% in the polls three weeks before the election is a very, very uncomfortable place for an incumbent to be.

But, as is (also) often said, the only poll that counts is the one on election day.  And both of Colorado’s key races will be fought down to the wire.