Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Dear Mary Lou...

And once again, Mary Lou Schmidt has spoken. I’m talking about her letter in the Metro News last week as she told us the heart-wrenching story about the out-of-control, slaughter of innocent wolves that Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin was more or less personally responsible for.
Mary Lou did acknowledge the fact that laws permitting hunting the wolf in Alaska were already in place when Palin took office. What she didn’t tell us is that these laws were in place “way” before Palin took office. But that fact doesn’t help her cause, so it was simply tossed aside.
Mary Lou, I wonder. Is this like the global warming debate, you know, settled and all?“ Or are you willing to consider the possibility of another point of view?
First off, I find it amusing that you and the group you’re supporting are suddenly referring to Sarah Palin as “Governor” instead of some “small town, hick mayor” in the middle of nowhere now that using her name actually benefits your cause. I know, you do what you gotta do to these days to raise money. And what better way is there than attaching Sarah Palin’s name into it.
Mary Lou, have you ever considered the consequences of allowing the wolf population to grow unchecked? As their numbers grow they will need to kill more and more caribou just to survive. Sooner or later the caribou population will diminish to the point where wolves start dying off by starvation or disease. No way, right?
I’m not trying to start a fight here today. But have you heard about the deer problem they’re having over towards Kansas City? Shawnee Mission Park covers about 1280 acres and straddles the cities of Shawnee and Lenexa, Kansas. For the last decade the deer population has been allowed to grow unchecked to the point the deer are beginning to starve to death and dying of disease brought on by the ticks that thrive on them. There has been at least one confirmed case of a woman coming down with Lyme disease because of these ticks. Not good.
Officials are finally coming to terms with the fact they’re going to have to do something to get the number of deer down. Some of these officials refer to the situation as “culling or thinning” the herd. Another one was more to the point . She asked why not tell it like it is. Because so many of these deer are in such bad shape all we can do now is kill the estimated 400 deer in Shawnee Mission Park and allow for a new generation of deer to repopulate the park at a sustainable level.
This whole thing should have been dealt with years ago. And had the right thing been done concerning wildlife population control back then it wouldn’t be an issue today.
Mary Lou, I wonder if you’re going to hold Kathleen Sebelius personally responsible for the slaughter that sooner or later this one’s going to be. I mean, why not, she’s the governor and could change these laws if she wanted to, right? I also wonder if she’s going to hold every governor in every state personally responsible for the wildlife population management laws that exist in every state. I would guess, probably not.
Mary Lou, I’m assuming you’re not a hunter. That much we have in common. I’ve just never had the desire to go out and kill something. I have an old rifle my grandpa gave me years ago but I haven’t even seen it in years. So, no I’m not a big gun person either.
But you know what? Just because you and I don’t like something doesn’t automatically make it wrong for the millions of people all across the world who enjoy the thrill of the hunt. They cherish the time it allows them to spend tromping through the woods with family and friends in search of that perfect shot. And whether you like it or not. It’s their right to do so.
It’s kind of like the fairly new “pro-choice” chant I keep hearing. If you’re against abortion, don’t have one. Same thing here. If you don’t like hunting, don’t go. See how easy that was.
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  1. Excellent topic, here. I read Mary Lou Schmidt's letter and thought for the hundredth time, why don't these liberals actually READ a book by their hero Charles Darwin titled On the Origin of Species? Read especially the section on the importance of "The Struggle for Survival." It really is a wonderful book with lots to think about. Hey, I'm with Kevin, here. I'm not a big gun guy, either. But when I see the video of the wolf getting picked off from an aircraft, I feel the same sorrow as when I watch the caribou calf getting killed by the wolf. However, I don't feel morally superior to either hunter because of my sorrow. I suspect Mary Lou and her ilk do. How sad. And using that false moral superiority in a political way is simply pathetic.

  2. Glad you brought up the moral superiority thing Fred. The pro-choice people yell and scream when the pro-life side makes abortion a moral issue. But then they turn around and use the same argument when the issue suits them. Weird...

    How about the rest of you out there?

  3. Thought I'd give your pathetic blog one more chance. I should have known you were such a huge Sarah Palin supporter. You know, guns, guts, and the bible.

    At least you didn't bore us with another story about some dead relitive this time.

    Remember, love always wins out. You and your fellow hateful conservitives are dying off and the world will be a better place because of it.

  4. I don't have the words to express how grateful I am that you decided to give my place here another chance Anonymous.

    If you got something to say, say it. Otherwise I'm just going to start deleting the crap you post. Other than amusing me, it serves no useful purpose...

  5. Oh, no way. Don't delete Anonymous! It's rare to find better irony than this: "You and your fellow hateful conservitives are dying off and the world will be a better place because of it."

    I, too, am very grateful for Anonymous stopping by. It's not just amusing. It has a sort of intrinsic beauty.

    See, Anonymous. I'm pulling for you!

  6. i have written many letters about being wiccan and my love of animals. humans have messed up the circle of life so many predators have killed. i do not know what else i can say to make my point. my main problem is i let my emotions take over.there is a saying which i use alot-humans are not the only species on the planet we just act like we are.

  7. "My main problem is I let my emotions take over." Ah hell Marylou, we all do that.

    Thank you so much for stopping by this evening. I was hoping you would. To be honest though, I was expexting more of an attack response on your part. Not sure why, I just did.

    And you're right, we're not the only species on the planet, we just act like it. Good point.

    Marylou, I've probably disagreed with every single letter to the editor you've ever written but I've always respected that you had the guts to stand up for what you believe in. Your thoughts and comments are always welcome here...

  8. Oh and Fred, you crack me up man. Glad to have you aboard...

  9. Go ahead and censor me. That's what you religous nut jobs do best. I'm sure you were sooooo excited when your fellow nut job Kim Bitchers got her way with the PUBLIC library. You and I both know the courts will eventually turn this decision made by a bunch of religous zealots over and end up costing the Shawnee County tax payers millions of dollars in unesserary legal fees. There's some more irony for your idiot friend fred (Phred Phelps) to chew on while you're slobbering all over each other.
    Seriously, your blog is truly pathetic. Go ahead and censor me tough guy. But you won't be able to stop my message of love. In the end love always wins.

  10. Anonymous, you sound like a real loving person. Keep spreading the "love".

  11. Good to hear from you Open Road.

    Here's what I think. I think Anonymous is a spoiled brat who's been pampered and babied all his/her life and has no idea how things work in the real world. I think he/she's probably very insecure about who they are and is simply looking for attention. Like they say, "negative attention is better than none at all."

    Either that or he/she's just an asshole. But that's just my opinion. At least he/she put forth an argument this time. Maybe he/she's getting the hang of this after all...

  12. thank you so much for you invitation.(sorry i am a bad speller). i do not know how busy you are but if you have time i would love to talk with you at Lola's(a coffee shop in fleming place). i am usually there momday-wednesday-friday-saturday.Thanks again

  13. Hmmm, interesting. You say you're usually there. I'm assuming that means you work there. What's a good time for let's just say Friday or Saturday?

  14. i do not work there.i am retired. i have several people who sit at my table. we talk about everything. friday or saturday afternoon would be good. the weekend of march 7th and 8th i help put on the mind body and spirit fair at the expo. center.