Heard Around the Nation 11

A word about this regular section: It contains only outrageous, outlandish, and disturbing pontification. Any sensible, progressive, or intelligent statement will be instantly punted into cyberspace. This from the radical conservative, anti-environmental, anti fly-fishing forum “The New England Outdoor Voice”: “Probably the best thing anyone can do for endangered species is put them out of their misery. It would help advance Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Why spend the money we need for health care on species that are not making the cut? What will we do next put the last one on life support? I say send in as many kids with pellet guns as you can find and get the job done. Species come and go all the time, it’s all natural. Why wait?” — Exception: In fairness, however, I must also quote from a somewhat thoughtful post at the same site, the first such that has come to my attention. As an aside, I’ll point out that I “attacked” no one. Instead I reported documented facts (most of them uttered or published by the subject himself). John Whalen—whose shrill, inadequate, and thoroughly undignified defenses the poster missed—is the former Maine game warden and current propagator of native and alien baitfish who is encouraging bucket biologists with his loud advocacy for more pike and bass in more Maine waters. In addition, I’ll point out that the FR&R conservation blog is open to anyone and everyone, no matter what his or her opinions may be. The reason I have deleted most (but not all) of the comments from NEOV participants is that those participants have trouble following what I had thought were exceedingly permissive ground rules for this blog, clearly delineated in my welcome message. Here they are again: “While I welcome dissent—even sharp dissent—it must be somewhat civil, somewhat intelligent, and only moderately profane.” And here, under the thread title "Our Lamentable Decline," are some of the more relevant and comprehensible parts of the groundbreaking, somewhat thoughtful NEOV post: “The general tone of NEOV, at least in the fishing forum, has been very negative/reactive/defensive/offensive/paranoid…. Most of the threads for the past few months have been responses to threads on other forums or postings by TW on his blog. By creating these threads we are…humiliating ourselves by an attitude of self-defense. There is truly nothing more pathetic…I fully understand, for instance, that Ted Williams has falsely attacked John Whalen… I might note that I don’t recall that John has ever posted threads in his own defense, a measure of the diginity [sic] of the man. We seem to have become obsessive in our scanning of other forums for criticism of NEOV…. The number of slights found indicate a willingness on our part to take offense at the least opportunity….. Remeber [sic] the rules set in January: 1. NO PERSONAL ATTACKS, PERIOD….” 3 Responses to “Heard Around the Nation” Mike Says: June 20th, 2006 at 7:12 am “”Probably the best thing anyone can do for endangered species is put them out of their misery. It would help advance Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Why spend the money we need for health care on species that are not making the cut? What will we do next put the last one on life support? I say send in as many kids with pellet guns as you can find and get the job done. Species come and go all the time, it’s all natural. Why wait?” I bet this was the same guy who laughed at Hillary Clinton’s universal health care program. You really have to wonder about guys like that. Sad to see something like that even written. I guess tame woodlots for everyone, and a man made bass pond in everyone’s yard! Now that’s conservation…is it? Ted Williams Says: June 20th, 2006 at 8:25 am The thing that blows me away is that these guys hunt and fish. For the life of me I can’t understand how people can be out and about in nature—participating in it, even—and still think like this. Alan Gregory Says: June 20th, 2006 at 10:45 am Probably the same fella who thought President Bush really did mean “clear skies” and really did mean “healthy forests.” Also reminds me of birders who get all uppity when reminded of the link between habitat and birds—whenever they’re confronted with their vote for a jerk who believes in development and “growth,” not birds.