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In southern California, it is easy to forget that the cities here are surrounded and criss-crossed by foothills and mountains of wilderness.
ANAHEIM HILLS – It’s 88 degrees and not yet noon. A warm wind licks Walnut Canyon Reservoir and tumbles up the Santa Ana foothills, along Hidden Canyon Road to where snake wrangler Jason Magee is digging trenches and telling stories.
Two weeks ago, he says, a nearly 4-foot Southern Pacific rattlesnake “with an attitude” buzzed him from under a doggie feeder in a Ladera Ranch backyard.
Magee scooped up the buzzing snake with a 3-foot-long set of tongs and dropped it in a bucket.
“I don’t know if I’d call it being nervous, but nerves and adrenaline kick in that make you more alert,” he says. “You definitely know you’re holding something that’s deadly.”
While most Southern Californians run away from rattlesnakes, Magee spends his summers chasing them. And this summer, he’s chased more than ever.
“This has been my busiest year by far,” says Magee, who owns OC Snake Removal and who has removed more than 1,000 rattlesnakes from yards in the past eight years. […]
“They’re definitely on the crawl,” Magee says, of Orange County’s three rattlesnake varieties – Southern Pacific, red diamond and southwestern speckled, which can grow to more than 4 feet.
More brilliance from Michael Ramirez
Whether it is emotion or just a crude attempt at achieving political goals, America has walked that path of good intentions before:
Now I generally don’t support the “don’t just stand there, do something” school of criminal law. When all the proposals seem likely not to work, or do more harm than good, implementing one of them for the sake of “doing something” strikes me as a mistake.
But let me offer a concrete analogy (recognizing that, as with all analogies, it’s analogous and not identical).
Every day, about 30 people are killed in the U.S. in gun homicides or gun accidents (not counting gun suicides or self-inflicted accidental shootings). And every day, likely about 30 people are killed in homicides where the killer was under the influence of alcohol, plus alcohol-related drunk driving accidents and alcohol-related accidents where the driver wasn’t drunk but the alcohol was likely a factor (again not including those who died in accidents caused by their own alcohol consumption). If you added in gun suicides on one side and those people whose alcohol consumption killed themselves on the other, the deaths would tilt much more on the side of alcohol use, but I generally like to segregate deaths of the user from deaths of others.
So what are we going to do about it? When are we going to ban alcohol? When are we going to institute more common-sense alcohol-control measures?
Well, we tried, and the conventional wisdom is that the cure was worse than the disease — which is why we went back to a system where alcohol is pretty freely available, despite the harm it causes (of which the deaths are only part). We now prohibit various kinds of reckless behavior while using alcohol. But we try to minimize the burden on responsible alcohol users by generally allowing alcohol purchase and possession, subject to fairly light regulations.
We know that alcohol is a very destructive substance. Alcoholics don’t just wreck their own health, but have an substantial and adverse effect on their families.
Our focus is now on alcoholics, not the general public that uses alcohol lawfully and reasonably. There is no good faith reason why we should treat gun-ownership any differently.
Not that the gun-grabbers let a thing like good faith, or facts, stand in their way.
Gun-grabbers claim people who support the Second Amendment don’t care. Yet, they seem to have no problem putting law-abiding people, like these old women, in harms way.
They had run through the night, leaving the shrouded forest behind just as dawn pinked the sky.
She slid from Shi-iro’s back. He pawed the ground, snorting, muscles twitching under his foamed-flecked hide. Her hand touched at where she had hidden the bottle in her sleeve.
Still there, a last resort.
The key, dangling from twine on her neck, between her breasts. In the grimness of her flight, it gave her hope.
She walked to the edge of the cliff, the sea spread out at her feet, the salt air in her nostrils. Yes, there, on the horizon.
Now, your turn.
That worked out well now, didn’t it?
When was the last time a ‘mass-shooting’ took place at a gun show?
Prayers for the survivors, their families and the families of the victims.
About those Russian attacks in Syria …
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow’s role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, President Bashar Assad.
President Vladimir Putin called it a pre-emptive strike against the militants, and the Russian Defense Ministry said its warplanes targeted and destroyed eight positions belonging to extremists from the IS group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. It did not give specific locations.
But French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told lawmakers in Paris: “Curiously, they didn’t hit Islamic State. I will let you draw a certain number of conclusions yourselves.”
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter also said the Russians appeared to have targeted areas that did not include IS militants and complained Moscow did not use formal channels to give advance notice of its airstrikes to Washington, which is conducting its own airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State group.
Be prepared, strongly worded letter to be sent to Russia!
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington was prepared to welcome Russian military action in Syria as long as it is directed against IS and other al-Qaida affiliates, but would have “grave concerns” if it conducted strikes against other groups.
Grave concerns, he said.
Oh my, Top.Men., indeed.
One might even conclude that Putin is enjoying himself:
Putin’s message at the U.N. podium Monday was a simple one: U.S. interventions and unilateralism have backfired in the Middle East, and it is time to try something new.
His speech will do little to undercut a widespread impression in many Western capitals that his aim in Syria is not just to bolster a Moscow ally but, primarily, to thwart U.S. power and influence in the Middle East.
Putin took particular aim at U.S. involvement in Iraq and Libya, which he said fostered a power vacuum filled with “extremists and terrorists.”
“Do you realize now what you’ve done?” he asked.
That “you” is Obama. Stability evaporated with King Barry’s precipitous and unilateral withdraw from Iraq.
The f**ker has repeated the Democrats deliberate betrayl of South Vietnam.
Stop with the smoke and mirrors …
Every Republican tax-reform plan should be rooted in this reality: If you are going to have federal spending that is 21 percent of GDP, then you can have a.) taxes that are 21 percent of GDP; b.) deficits. There is no c.
If, on the other hand, you have a credible program for reducing spending to 17 or 18 percent of GDP, which is where taxes have been coming in, please do share it.
The problem with the Growth Fairy model of balancing budgets is that while economic growth would certainly reduce federal spending as a share of GDP if spending were kept constant, there is zero evidence that the government of these United States has the will or the inclination to enact serious spending controls when times are good (Uncork the champagne!) or when times are bad (Wicked austerity! We must have stimulus!).
In other words — TANSTAAFL
Yes, another from the Protein Wisdom examines the Pressing Issue of Transmisogyny series …
As a straight, white, cisgender male, I don’t face the challenges that many women, minorities, or genderqueer do on a daily basis. My life is easy. I benefit from a patriarchal system that lends power and privilege to individuals with my characteristics. While I didn’t ask for it, it is my duty to own it. I want to preface this article by acknowledging my privilege, and apologizing beforehand if I step out of line, or any of the following causes offense. […]
I’m speaking, of course, about the disappointment of raising a child who subscribes to the traditional gender binary.
Gwen and I, despite our best efforts, are currently the parents of a cisgendered son. […]
I heard it before I saw it. The banging sound had returned, only when I spun around to look I saw with horror Pat using the African-American doctor Barbie as a hammer. Gwen did not allow me a second chance at fixing this. She tipped over the chair as she ran toward Pat. Yanking the doll out of his hand, she screamed “No!” repeatedly. We left quickly, not willing to risk any more male toxicity creeping into our child.
We couldn’t believe it. Not only had Pat exhibited masculine traits despite our best efforts, he had done so by using a woman as a tool, and an African-American woman no less. He was only two, and not only was he already a sexist, he was a racist. On the way home, Gwen rightly placed the blame on me. I sat quietly as I accepted her righteous anger, waiting for her to finish before I would apologize repeatedly. Her amazing wisdom and intuitivity rocked my very core as she screamed and scolded me, and I had to remind myself that I needed it.
Please, do read the whole thing.
PS … Poe’s Law … above the headline on the article is “Satire”
Bravo. Brandon Morse!