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Sea Lion to Be Executed for Eating Salmon
Wait. What? A sea lion, only the most recent of half-a-dozen this year, has been sentenced to death because he ate salmon
at the base of a federal spillway, which is a federal offense. The first court petition on behalf of the sea lion was rejected because animals have no standing under the law.
This current spate of ever-diligent federal officials using high-powered rifles to teach sea lions a lesson in respect for federal property is just one of a series of challenges facing the creatures. Mexican fisherman are talking about organizing a mass slaughter of sea lions
, unusual numbers of sick and dying sea lions are showing up along the Central Coast
, and poorly understood oceanic forces have caused oddities in migration patterns of the animals.
Although some might find the wanton shooting of foraging sea lions outrageous, government agencies are not prohibited from killing animals whose activity, behavior, or even mere existence is deemed at odds with public safety or policy, even in some cases when such an individual execution or mass culling is contrary to statutory protection of the species in question. Constitutional law assigns no inherent rights to non-humans (unless those non-humans are corporations, of course). That means the condemned sea lion will soon be some dutiful and fearless federal rifleman's bullet sponge.
Still, however, a few concerned citizens might reasonably comment that the feds are shooting a sea lion for eating salmon where he wasn't supposed to.
That's right, the feds are going to kill a sea lion who ate salmon.
Remember: except for federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, along with the President, the Vice President, Members of Congress, and thousands of bureaucrats who just follow orders for the good of the country, the rule of law applies to everyone.
Even to those who have no standing under that law.
I bet the sea lion wasn't even read his rights.
No, he wasn't, Moody Blue.
First, he has no rights.
Second, he did not specifically request to hear his rights.
Animals: they're just so not with it when it comes to the 21st Century.
That's why they need to be shot, of course.
Good evening, Dark Wraith.
I am once again sitting, as my day ends, puzzling over the commonly held idea that compassion is a commodity in everpresent danger of running out; that if we direct it toward nonhumans, there won't be any left for us. My friends, even my own blood, have said, "Yes, well, it's terrible, all that suffering, but we must first do something about the people." Yet I have scrutinized the charts and can find no separate chamber in the heart where one might secret away the blood that bleeds for others who do not look just like us. I wonder if these people, seeing a cat with a broken leg lying in the gutter, would pass by with sorrow in their souls and an explanation on their lips: I apologize for not helping you, but you have to understand that it would not be right until all the people have been taken care of, yes?
The powerful impose their will upon the weak; the strong confer their endurance to the fragile.
The powerful will, then, inherit a world they have destroyed; the strong will, then, flourish in a world of their equals.
— Dark Wraith
" Here's the survival tip: When you have to ask, "WTF?!" that's where you leave it. NEVER go find the answer to WTF? no matter what, especially in the middle of the night."
A couple months back I heard a noise like that. From the woods across from the driveway. In retrospect, we "think" it was either the local coyote or an owl getting a bunny and not doing a clean kill.... Then again, I didn't go look, having no desire to meet anything that could cause that sound. Then again, there was some variety of long toothed, sharpclawed weaselish critter as road kill by the driveway yesterday (neither the Imp... or the eldest Implet could identify what it was), so maybe that was it.
In other news, our two new 8 week old kittens have decided my 9 year old pug makes a great bed and/or pillow, and even someone to nurse on. At least she's a girl. When they try and nurse on the male Lhasa it is even funnier. Especially since both dogs let them. At least the Lhasa kind of looks like momma cat, despite being bigger, hairier, and smelling completely different. All three dogs are more excited over the kittens than our other cats, and the Lhasa and my old shephard mix even fight over their attention.
More to the topic at hand, the point is, animals are people too, and it just seems silly that we would spend huge amounts of money and effort to save that same sea lion if it was in the Gulf covered in oil, yet kill it for eating lunch in a no loitering zone.
More dumbassitude by government entities who seem to think that common sense is something that should be optional in whatever endeavor they undertake.
WC, you speak the truth. Picture oil-covered pelicans getting shot by game wardens, as oil cleanup crews stand nearby, shocked. Then imagine the headlines when the first judge torpedoes the case due to lack of standing.
Bill O'Reilly and Keith Olbermann would both be hugging themselves in glee for months!
This is what happens when animals don't join unions or incorporate themselves.
Had they registered as Republicans during the last 9 years, they could have voted this law out of existence.
At the very least, the Walrus in charge would have issued an executive signing statement against the law.
BTW, has anyone told Barry he can do that, too?
Re: Quoth the Dark Wraith:
Right-wing gadfly and persistently attention- and intelligence-starved Alaskan cuckoo Sarah Palin wants to go to Britain and, while there, have a meeting with the woman she claims is her "political heroine," Margaret Thatcher. According to a spokesman for the former British Prime Minister, Lady Thatcher has informally agreed to such a meeting.
Demented, meet Dementia:
Thatcher's Daughter Reveals Britain's Ex-Premier Has Dementia
Thatcher dementia fight revealed
These two articles (search: +"Margaret Thatcher" +dementia) are from August, 2008. Carol Thatcher said she first noticed her mother's failing memory while the pair had lunch in 2000.
Maggie and Sarah will find much in common.
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