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Friday, August 29, 2008

McBridges to Nowhere Has Blood on Her Hands

SO IT'S SARAH PALIN as John McCain's Vice President. The Obama Camp has just commented: "McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency." And that is, indeed, a sobering thought. But one thing about Ms. Palin hasn't been mentioned, in my perusal of the politcal blogs since-- and that is her barbarous and reprehensible support-- her insistence, one could call it-- on the aerial hunting of wolves in her corruption-riddled home state-- one feather in a dismal cap of anti-environmentalism.

This is how it's worked, for the past five years: people who delight in the killing of things (many of them fat white rethug males, one would imagine) hightail it up to Alaska for this delightful pasttime. They board a small plane, with like-minded souls, and go out looking for wolves. Once a family group is found, they are harrassed out into the open, then shot from on high-- adults, juveniles, and pups. Sometimes they miss, of course, and wounded and bleeding pups are left to limp off into the wilderness, where they'll die a slow and solitary death. On other occasions-- this is for the really ballsy guys-- once the group is found, and chased out into the open, they're pursued for hours, to the point of utter exhaustion. Then the plane or helicopter lands, the men get out, and the wolves are executed at point-blank range, with a bullet to the head.

Nice, huh?

A group of environmentalists, and people with even a shread of human decency (dismissed as 'out-of-state tree-huggers' by the powers that be in Alaska) led by the Defenders of Wildlife, who have worked tirelessly to end this slaughter) managed to get an initiative on the ballot, for this past Tuesday's State of Alaska primary elections. (Twice in the past, Alaskans have voted to ban aerial hunting-- both times the governor and legislature, fueled by the the hunting lobby, overrode that mandate.)

Thsi year, Palin and the pro-hunting lobby, led by Safari Club International (no, not that Safari Club, or dubious Boston fame) sprang into action, and launched a massive ad campaign of the usual disingenuous obfuscation, saturating the air waves with their lies. Palin spent $400,000 of Alaskan's taxpayer money to help defeat the initiative-- when, again, twice Alaskans had said NO to aerial hunting. The last thing this country needs is another blockhead, more committed to big interests and lobbying groups than the will of the people.

As Obama said, America can do better. But can't we do better as a species as well? How is it possible that such a barbaric practice is deemed as sport?

Defenders of Wildlife has just released its reaction to Palin's appoitment, and it follows-- please help get the word out, as this issue is not be covered elsewhere.

Shocking Choice by John McCain

WASHINGTON-- Senator John McCain just announced his choice for running mate: Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. To follow is a statement by Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.“Senator McCain’s choice for a running mate is beyond belief. By choosing Sarah Palin, McCain has clearly made a decision to continue the Bush legacy of destructive environmental policies.“Sarah Palin, whose husband works for BP (formerly British Petroleum), has repeatedly put special interests first when it comes to the environment. In her scant two years as governor, she has lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, pushed for more drilling off of Alaska’s coasts, and put special interests above science. Ms. Palin has made it clear through her actions that she is unwilling to do even as much as the Bush administration to address the impacts of global warming. Her most recent effort has been to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, putting Big Oil before sound science. As unbelievable as this may sound, this actually puts her to the right of the Bush administration. “This is Senator McCain’s first significant choice in building his executive team and it’s a bad one. It has to raise serious doubts in the minds of voters about John McCain’s commitment to conservation, to addressing the impacts of global warming and to ensuring our country ends its dependency on oil.”


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