Are States Stripped Of Their Power To Manage Wildlife Because Of Endangered Species Act And Commerce Clause?
August 29, 2008
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was created and made law in order to help stop the eradication of certain species of animals, plants and their habitats. As such, a struggle of power has arisen between the states’ guaranteed right to “own” and manage its wildlife and a federal government bent on exercising its power over the state(s), seemingly given to it by Congress. Animal rights and anti-hunting groups have seized on the opportunity to use to their advantage to end all hunting.
If each of the 50 United States is granted, through our Constitution, the power to manage its own wildlife, how can the government take power over the state to accomplish that? Have we simply “allowed” the Congress to exert its will over that of the people, or has Congress written laws for themselves that grant them that power? Read more
August 27, 2008
I get a constant dose of, “Stop worrying about Barack Obama!”. I read it everywhere. One of the most spread about lies is the one telling Americans that as gun owners we have nothing to worry about. We are told that Obama supports the Second Amendment and respects the rights of lawful citizens to keep and bear arms.
When I read all this malarkey, I am reminded of a parrot a co-worker of mine used to have. After work one afternoon, I went with this guy to his beach-side condominium. From previous conversations at work, I knew Dave had a parrot. He had told me some of the shenanigans this parrot, named Julio, had gotten into since becoming of member of Dave’s family. One thing I was told is that the parrot was really only loyal to one person and that happened to be Dave. He merely tolerated the rest. Read more
August 20, 2008
Below is a copy of the email I sent to Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne asking him to please consider appealing the ruling of Judge Donald Molloy that placed the gray wolf back under protection of the Endangered Species Act. Above is Sec. Kempthorne’s email address. I urge each of you to take a moment and send Mr. Kempthorne a letter asking that justice be done.
If this ruling is not appealed immediately, the chances are excellent that through stalling and game playing, there is no chance the wolf would be taken back off the list for several years. Where will we be then? Read more
August 19, 2008
Such ado about nothing! Every environmental group and left wing media outlet in the world is up in arms over President Bush’s and the Department of Interior’s announcement that they are planning to change the consultation process to determine if a proposed development would be harmful to an endangered species and provide clarity of such.
I suppose because of the hatred of Bush and the resulting distrust, most people really are over reacting to this announcement. Read more
August 13, 2008
Today, George Smith, Executive Director for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine chastised the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for doing an inadequate job of managing the state’s moose herd. His criticism came in his weekly column in the Kennebec Journal.
While I can agree with Smith that the moose isn’t getting the attention it deserves, I can also say that other species aren’t either much because the MDIFW is strapped for cash and Gov. Baldacci thinks he can cure some of the problems by creating bigger departments and absorbing fish and game into another entity.
Smith suggests that Maine pays much better attention to the lobster than the moose and says the state falls short in taking advantage of the moose as a tourist attraction. Read more
August 12, 2008
In what can only be taken as an outright thumbing of one’s nose at the Ninth District Court of appeals, Judge Donald Molloy, exhibits total disregard for any science he doesn’t like while going one step further and pretending to be a scientist to define a scientific term he hangs his judgment on – Genetic Exchange.
Back in July, I reported that a panel of 11 judges from the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals stated that judges should not act as scientists in rendering decisions, yet this is clearly what Judge Molloy has done. He has hand picked only the portions of the case he seems to favor and not only disregards the rest but creates his own science as well. I find this extremely disturbing as an American while tearing down my confidence in our judicial system. Read more
August 1, 2008
I’m not sure I can figure out sometimes what exactly the NRA is trying to do and I don’t think I’m alone. What is odd is that too many people label the NRA as an extreme or radical gun rights group. Personally, I don’t think they are at all, as I and millions of other gun-owning Americans have witnessed as the NRA “compromises” our Second Amendment rights away.
Most of the time I will offer them support because they are the most powerful supposed pro gun organization America has. Read more
August 1, 2008
You cannot deny what’s taking place in Idaho concerning the overblown wolf population, or can you? Seems efforts are being exerted to do just that in hopes the wolf lovers and animal rights groups can continue their program of fleecing the public into believing that unmanaged gray wolves in the Idaho, Montana and Wyoming area are good for the ecosystem.
I was emailed an interesting bit of information today. Someone sent along to several people on a mailing list part of a weekly wolf report written by members of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. In 15 days, wolves in Idaho killed a minimum of 34 other animals, most of them private property. Read more