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  • Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is The B.S. approach:
    Cartoon by Tom Tomorrow - The B.S. approach
  • What you missed on Sunday Kos ...
  • The crazy never stops:
    Pratt predicted that President Obama may begin confiscating guns in order to provoke a violent response to justify further oppression, which host Stan Solomon feared would lead to the imprisonment of hundreds of thousands of people. Pratt once again insisted that Obama is acting like King George III, a sentiment with which Solomon concurred, saying, “That will happen quickly and they will wipe those people out to set an example.” But Solomon wasn’t finished: “I believe they will put together a racial force to go against an opposite race resistance, basically a black force to go against a white resistance, and then they will claim anyone resisting the black force they are doing it because they are racist.” Howard agreed: “You may be right because he has been sowing the seeds of racial hatred; we were healing quite well as a nation on racial issues until Obama came along and now we have a lot of racial discord.”
  • Ewwwwwwwww:
    Montana’s House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would permit people to salvage meat from game animals killed in traffic accidents.

    Representative Steve Lavin (R-Kalispell) is the primary sponsor of House Bill 247, better known as the Roadkill Bill.

    That sounds delish and super safe! Some pussy Democrat got all whiny about health concerns, but super-genius Steve smacked that down hard:

    Representative Jennifer Pomnichowski (D-Bozeman) spoke out against the bill before the Committee and the House, citing health concerns.

    “I understand the problem,” Pomnichowski said before the House. “I don’t like wasting and I really hate seeing the animals on the side of the road but I think I would hate even more for someone to be picking up the animals and eating the roadkill.”

    But Lavin thinks health is a pretty easy issue to settle.

    “People can look,” he said. “You can look at an animal and see whether it’s good or not. It’s pretty simple. I think you have a higher chance of finding E. coli in lettuce than having issues with this meat as long as you use your common sense.”

    Totes agree, Steve! Lettuce is goddamn treacherous, but animals found on the side of the road are good eating for sure!
  • Watch your TSA at work: Reducing a 3-year old to tears and threatening her mother with a non-existent law.
  • From the are-you-freaking-kidding-me files:
    Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind hosted a massive Purim party at his home yesterday that featured over fourteen hours of food and drink and, as is customary on the Jewish holiday, elaborate costumes. Mr. Hikind said a professional makeup artist came to his home to transform him into a “basketball player” with a costume that consisted of an afro wig, sunglasses, an orange jersey and brown face paint.

    “I was just, I think, I was trying to emulate, you know, maybe some of these basketball players. Someone gave me a uniform, someone gave me the hair of the actual, you know, sort of a black basketball player,” Mr. Hikind explained. “It was just a lot of fun. Everybody just had a very, very good time and every year I do something else. … The fun for me is when people come in and don’t recognize me.”

  • Today's edition of random dickishness:

    On our food poll we found that Republicans have a negative opinion of vegans...not sure what vegans ever did to them...
    @ppppolls via web
  • I will need to see this to believe it:
    It may have happened in Spider Man 2, but that was just the movies. But now three University of Leicester physics students have calculated that a single spider web, if anchored properly, could halt a four-car New York City subway train traveling at full speed.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, we talked to Greg Dworkin about the looming sequester, and  the launch of United Physicians of Newtown. Also: a post on elastic English, warped by Republicans, from jurassicpork, and surprising hard data on gun usage by CCW permit holders in Minnesota. More states should do this!

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  •  Yesterday's 4-Alarm Fire at Dallas gun range was (13+ / 0-)

    caused by a patron firing tracer bullets.

    http://www.juanitajean.com

    Go to the link for the story.  The fire was yesterday, publication of the cause just broke today.

    Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

    by Mayfly on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:02:44 PM PST

  •  I've heard before that pound for pound silk is (7+ / 0-)

    stronger than steel so I could see that being possible. But no spider web, no matter how strong, could apparently make another good Spiderman movie. :P

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:03:18 PM PST

    •  Tiny spidey web can stop a train...??? (0+ / 0-)

      My BS detector is in the red zone on this one.
      I doubt a tiny spidey web could stop a train,,,
      as much as I doubt a spider bite can kill a whale.

      Nuclear Reactor = Dirty Bomb

      by olo on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 03:26:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Wouldn't be a tiny one (0+ / 0-)

        It would have to be as big as the train. That's a lot of strands, all of them strong.

        Best of all, spider silk stretches astonishingly far, fighting back every inch of the way. It can absorb a lot of energy that way.

        Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

        by Dogs are fuzzy on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 07:05:47 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Republicans have a negative view of vegans (17+ / 0-)

    A staunch conservative acquaintance of mine was pissed when his grocery store started selling gluten-free baked goods. How dare those people with special diets intrude on his lifestyle? They should just eat what he eats.

  •  Roadkill (21+ / 0-)

    I'm not a meat eater, but it's not uncommon for police here in New England to notify locals of deer/moose roadkill so they can come claim the free meat.  

    Nobody's forced to eat the roadkill.  The Montana bill probably legitimizes what people are already doing.  

    We do not forgive. We do not forget. The whole world is watching.

    by Tracker on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:05:45 PM PST

    •  A lot of states (including my own - IL) (9+ / 0-)

      ...have those laws in place.  Quite reasonable, really.

      GOP Agenda: Repeal 20th Century.

      by NormAl1792 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:08:59 PM PST

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    •  I would add these provisions to the bill… (9+ / 0-)

      1. It is illegal to sell the roadkill.
      2. It is illegal to giveaway the roadkill under the pretense that it is anything but roadkill.
      3. It is illegal to use your vehicle to deliberately kill an animal out of season (ie I don't care if you f--- up your car ramming a deer in deer season).

      Union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone: DemSign.com.

      by DemSign on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:10:23 PM PST

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      •  The devil's in the details (5+ / 0-)

        I've heard 'rural rumors' (it can't be an 'urban legend' in the backwoods, can it?) that folks re-enforce the front ends of ther trucks and 'accidentally' hit deer. I can't imagine the cost/benefit would be worth it. I hit a deer once and it effed up my car pretty badly.

        What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

        by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:14:06 PM PST

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        •  If you have the bumper at the right height and go (0+ / 0-)

          at the 'right' speed, I can see how one could do that.

        •  Deer (6+ / 0-)

          particularly males, can weigh a shit ton. And they will destroy the front end of your car.

          •  They can also fly through your windshield (5+ / 0-)

            and cause your decapitation. Sad and true.

            If you haven't been around wild game hunters who are also your family, friends, and neighbors, I'm sure this sounds ghoulish and bizarre. My dad grew up hunting with his father and siblings; that's partly how they fed a family of 8.

            My brother in Maine talks about the people who are ready to collect their share of any moose that's killed in traffic. Even if you aren't carnivorous, you can appreciate that this isn't factory-raised meat. Nobody is feeding the deer antibiotics, or plumping them with hormones.

            •  My grandfather was a big hunter (1+ / 0-)
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              cocinero

              Plenty of hunters back where I'm from. Personally I wouldn't eat roadkill, but I know people who have. As long as its fresh, you're fine.

            •  Saab test: fake moose (1+ / 0-)
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              wenchacha

              Involved a bundle of heavy cable hung by chain, then pulled back and let fly at the Saab windshield. Also required sudden maneuvering around an obstacle without flipping or rolling the car. When I lived in Sweden a colleague explained it: more people are killed in moose-car collisions than any other road issue and all Volvo and Saabs are tested using "the moose test".

              Ah, here it is:
              http://en.wikipedia.org/...

            •  Aren't some wild animals (1+ / 0-)
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              wenchacha

              infested with parasites? And how long does it take before flies and other insects start laying their eggs on the roadkill? Not long, I'd imagine.

              I wouldn't eat it...but I'm a vegetarian.

              •  Oh, sure, that's a concern (0+ / 0-)

                In fact, my husband shot a deer two years ago on an unseasonably warm fall day. When he went to tag it, he saw that it was crawling with ticks! In Lyme disease territory.

                The game commission said that the meat would be fine, but he ended up digging a big hole (backhoe) and burying it. Later, a deer processor told him that what he saw were wood ticks, not Lyme-carrying deer ticks. There's also a wasting disease that is affecting deer in many states; not a deer I want to put on my plate.

                Deer move lots in the fall here in the north. They are mating, running from hunters, going farther for food. If it's cold weather and you see the deer get hit, I think you'd be fine. Generally, a hunter will open the deer, remove all the internal organs, and then hang it from a rafter in the garage, or tree in the back yard for a day.

                Some trappers will stop to pick up dead animals for their fur, pelt, or hide.

        •  According to my Alaskan relatives (9+ / 0-)

          this is the reason for the Alaskan road kill system wherein the person at the head of the waiting list gets the roadkill rather than the person that hit it.

          •  I can just imagine the phone call... (7+ / 0-)

            "Heh, Jim. It's Frank. Listen, does that '68 Dodge of yours still run? OK, I'm at the top of the road kill list and the meat locker is pretty empty. Think you could take a couple trips down old Durham road this week at dusk? The elk herd has been grazing near the Becker's farm again. Yeah, I'll pay for the gas and tow."

            What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

            by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:45:54 PM PST

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        •  If your whole car is worth less than a deer (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          stagemom

          It makes perfect economic sense. A $500 tank from the early 70s would be a perfect hunting vehicle.

        •  I have been hit by a deer. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          tb mare

          As someone who has crossed paths with many, many deer on rural roads, I can say that it would be almost impossible to run them down with any vehicle.  Deer don't tend to linger on the roads--they just run across from wooded areas. They are upon you before you know it. In Kentucky, we also have a notification system for deer which have been hit and killed. Deer meat is popular here and is meat for the winter for many families.  

          "This isn't for the ones who would gladly swallow everything their leaders would have them know". Mary Chapin Carpenter

          by malenda on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:33:41 PM PST

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    •  And garnish the food trough with a dead dog (0+ / 0-)

      Fine, Montanans can eat all the dead possums
      they want as far as I'm concerned.
      Belly up, cowpoke.

    •  It's a common practice in rural areas (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      nchristine, scott5js, stagemom

      and if you are dumb/brave enough to pick up dead animals on the side of the road for dinner, then the consequences are yours.
      Natural Selection, Natural Selection.

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:25:31 PM PST

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      •  If you're dumb enough not to be able to tell (3+ / 0-)

        good meat from bad on a dead animal you probably fail at lots of other things. natural selection natural selection.

        How big is your personal carbon footprint?

        by ban nock on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:08:06 PM PST

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      •  An employee did this (0+ / 0-)

        I hired a kid at UCSB who was a pretty serious climber. He'd head out on a Friday evening up 395 toward the Eastern Sierra and get in to camp after dark. Thing is, he would stop if he saw road kill and check if it was fresh, if it was, he'd "field-strip" the critter (as he called it), season it up, wrap it in foil, put it on his manifold, and head out. Dinner was usually done by the time he hit camp.
        So he said. And he was just earthy enough to make you believe him.
        Later on became one of the guys that started the multi-agency group that began coordination of environmental regs surrounding the SF Bay. Great guy.

    •  Yeah - I don't see a problem with it. (1+ / 0-)
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      cocinero

      Honestly, picking up roadkill and eating it strikes me as only unsafe if you pick up an animal that was dead when you got there -- and you have no way of telling how long it's been dead.  If it's an animal you hit yourself, what's the difference between that and picking up an animal you shot?

      It is of course possible that there is something I'm missing, in which case please tell me.

    •  I have great memories of one such case (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Korkenzieher, tb mare

      About 20 years ago in Vermont State Representative Ron Squires (openly gay, state party vice-chair) was driving up from the southern part of the state to attend a Democratic event in Burlington.

      Along the way, he found a very recent deer road kill, loaded it into the back of his truck, and brought it with him. He said it would have been a shame to let that much good meat go to waste.

      He proceeded to hang it and butcher it in the driveway of a very urban home of friends in the Old North End of Burlington (much to the chagrin of neighbours). Ron was a country boy who had gutted and dressed many a deer in his day, and he completely the task quickly and efficiently.

      I was vegetarian at the time, so didn't try it, but there was a great deal of meat that Ron was able to share with friends and take back home for him mother and siblings. No one got sick, and the meat helped a lot of people eat.

      My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world - Jack Layton

      by terjeanderson on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:25:59 PM PST

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    •  Roadkill -- a solution to the sequester (0+ / 0-)

      meat shortage caused by laid off meat inspectors.

    •  Found roadkill (1+ / 0-)
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      happy camper

      I don't think I'd eat roadkill that I found by the side of the road...unless I knew it was recent. If I hit a deer, I should be able to fill up my freezer with venison. I'm sure that's all the Montana bill does. It may sound creepy to people who sniff urban exhaust fumes more than they smell pine trees, but to the rest of us it's common sense.

      The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

      by Korkenzieher on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:23:29 PM PST

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    •  In Michigan (0+ / 0-)

      if you hit a deer you can take it home. If the animal was hit hard a lot of the meat may be ruined anyway, so there are still a lot of dead deer lying by the side of the road.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:39:21 PM PST

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  •  "sort of" black? (6+ / 0-)

    Republicans represent both sides: the insanely rich and vice versa.

    by Crashing Vor on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:07:32 PM PST

  •  EPIC Meetup! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mayfly, stagemom

    Glacier National Park Meetup!

    Promises to be a most excellent adventure!

  •  Mmmm.....road kill. (6+ / 0-)

    I'm pretty sure at least one other state has such a law allowing "harvesting" of road kill (Tennessee?)

    As disgusting as it sounds, I'm nonetheless of a mind that anyone who would clean and eat road kill meat would also have a pretty good idea what freshly killed animals look like.  I mean, if a deer bounces off my car's grill, I don't see why it wouldn't be okay to take it home and put it on my other grill.  That's not for me, but just sayin'.  But scraping up somebody else's road pizza for dinner?  No thanks.

    The flip side is that I can see an increase in poaching/out of season hunting by the less scrupulous.  "I didn't shoot this deer, officer, I hit it with my truck."

  •  I've eaten MT roadkill. (2+ / 0-)
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    Mayfly, wenchacha

    Although I wasn't informed it was roadkill (bear and moose) until after I'd eaten it.  That was 30 years ago.  

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:13:07 PM PST

  •  In re: Larry Pratt (4+ / 0-)
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    Mayfly, annieli, milkbone, Tracker

    Someone's been reading The Turner Diaries.

    In truth, I think these guys are hoping for a 'Race War' so they can use those big nasty guns on not white people and not go to jail for doing so.

  •  apparently-- (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mayfly, terjeanderson
    Montana’s House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would permit people to salvage meat from game animals killed in traffic accidents.

    Representative Steve Lavin (R-Kalispell) is the primary sponsor of House Bill 247, better known as the Roadkill Bill.

    He has never been to Cajun Louisiana. You drive the back roads, you never see any road kill.. They fight over roadkill down there.

    "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government" T. Jefferson

    by azureblue on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:14:39 PM PST

  •  "So who are you wearing?" (4+ / 0-)

    What an utterly bizarre question.  Every time this question was asked at the Oscars, I expected to look up and see them interviewing Hannibal Lecter in a skin suit.

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:14:55 PM PST

  •  One week to go before all the commercials for the (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ontheleftcoast, arizonablue, JeffW

    casino vote are all gone!!!  They're starting to get personal against each other.

    I hope I have only 24 hours to go before I hear something about the job I interviewed for 3 weeks ago.  Well, that's the soonest I can reasonably expect them to get back with me with more information.

  •   GetTheBlaze-Blazing Beck? (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mayfly, annieli, JeffW, milkbone

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Glenn Beck Wants To Make Cable Subscribers Pay For His Conspiracy Theory Channel

    Since Glenn Beck left Fox News in 2011 and founded his own web channel, TheBlaze, the former right-wing sensation has been less prevalent in the mainstream political conversation. Still, Beck has cultivated a substantial audience for his subscription-only programming, and is now using that following to pressure cable networks into carrying his channel.

    Beck started promoting GetTheBlaze.com on Monday, asking fans to demonstrate to their television provider that there is wider demand for the libertarian channel. If his channel does get picked up by cable television providers, anyone who pays for cable will subsidize Beck’s channel, regardless of whether or not they watch it. As The New York Times explains, TV channels get small per-subscriber fees, whether or not the subscribers ever watch.

    Beck argues that carrying TheBlaze would be no different from supposedly ideological cable channels like MSNBC and Al Jazeera America. But since leaving Fox, Beck’s radical libertarianism has gone even further fringe. In the past few months, Beck has promoted multiple conspiracy theories via the channel he is now trying to push on cable subscribers:

       1. Cop killer Chris Dorner was supported by liberals. As Los Angeles was turned upside down in the manhunt for Chris Dorner in February, the former police officer who killed 4 people, Beck claimed “the American left” was supporting Chris Dorner. His evidence was a Facebook page with “thousands of likes.”

        2. Obama secretly tried to release the “blind sheikh” bomber. Relying on a single anonymous source “close to the Obama administration,” TheBlaze accused President Obama of plotting to secretly release a 1993 World Trade Center bomber. The conspiracy theory quickly took hold in Tea Party circles, even prompting top House Republicans to parrot the false theory.

        3. The Muslim Brotherhood infiltrated the US government. Beck hosted Rep. Michele Backmann (R-MN) to defend her widely denounced anti-Muslim witch hunt. On Beck’s show, Bachmann once again accused Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, of being a Muslim Brotherhood spy, a ludicrous charge vehemently condemned by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Scott Brown (R-MA).

        4. The Petraeus scandal was orchestrated by the White House. Like most of the right-wing blogosphere, Beck was obsessed with a purported cover-up of the Benghazi consulate attack. When CIA Director David Petraeus was caught in an affair with his biographer, Beck claimed the White House deliberately orchestrated the scandal in order to discredit the military and distract from the Benghazi attacks. In Beck’s mind, the White House was also behind last year’s Secret Service prostitution scandal, another supposed attempt to undermine trust in law enforcement.

    The Sheriff is a Ni(nny)

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:18:55 PM PST

  •  Who needs the FDA - you can just look and see (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    JeffW

    whether that squashed varmint is good eatin.
    Heck, its only been in the roda a day or two. Maybe 3.
    Looking forward to seeing you in the ER, Montanans.
    Dont forget to bring your insurance card.
    Because this is America.

  •  Re: Montana Road Kill... (1+ / 0-)
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    Mayfly

    ...the only guy even on tv that does that is Bear Grylls, and he is an admitted total fraud!

    Next time on Diners, Drive-Overs, and Dives.....

    Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. ALL ROYALTIES BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 1, DONATED TO THIS SITE, DAILYKOS!! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:22:46 PM PST

  •  What a coincidence! (6+ / 0-)

    Republicans have a negative opinion of vegans?  What a coincidence!  Because I have a negative opinion of Republicans.

  •  I heard... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tb mare

    ...that Dick Cheney can stop a city bus with his sneer.

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:44:04 PM PST

  •  Seriously wincing at the Purim costume thing. (1+ / 0-)
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    jeff in nyc

    I have been having a hard time trying to explain the problems with blackface costumes (and race- or ethnicity-based costumes in general) to people who don't already get it.  I would love a primer for the clueless on the subject.

  •  GOPers hate vegans because (2+ / 0-)
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    davehouck, dinazina

    they assume vegans are also liberals, the people they consider an existential threat to their Liberty™ and Freedumb and worthy of their white-hot hatred.

  •  Roadkill (2+ / 0-)
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    ban nock, claude

    Being originally from WV I am used to this common attitude. And if you think about it a bit more than the knee jerk revulsion you get the point they are making.

    Deer are hunted and killed in pretty good numbers in most states. But of course they still jump in front of vehicles and freeze causing accidents. There is really not much difference between a hunter shooting a deer and a fresh deer on car strike except for the tenderizing caused by the collision. (its a joke).

    What these guys consider roadkill are simply strikes that just happened, not bloated or flattened carcasses laying in the midday sun cooking. In a lot of areas, these carcasses are left to rot after an accident making one nasty smelling mess days later. But what, I think, they are doing here abeit stupidly through legislation, is trying to allow hunters to get an extra deer during hunting season. This hamhanded attempt at being smart just backfires when it's brought out into the public eye.

    "I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately." -- George Carlin, Satirical Comic,(1937-2008)

    by Wynter on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:59:55 PM PST

    •  it's montana, deer are called elk and they weigh (2+ / 0-)
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      claude, terjeanderson

      six or eight hundred pounds. They are trying not to waste good meat. Everyone should know how to butcher a large mammal. The funny part is that the writer of this post finds it unusual, when actually she is the one out of touch with the natural world and where our meat comes from etc.

      How big is your personal carbon footprint?

      by ban nock on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:14:15 PM PST

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    •  Couple of Years Ago ... (0+ / 0-)

      a co-worker clipped a deer with his light duty pickup on the way to work. Got another worker to join him, and they went back and picked it up. Field dressed it out behind the plant. He figured it was payback for the damage done to his truck. (This was not WV or MT, etc.)

      "Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything even remotely true." -- H. Simpson

      by midnight lurker on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:22:08 PM PST

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  •  roadkill? (1+ / 0-)
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    terjeanderson

    Barb, FYI,  I am not at all alone in having eaten meat freshly killed on the highway,  and no law is required to avail oneself of this gift.  Roadkill is  fresher than what comes wrapped in plastic at the supermarket.  No unnatural additives,  either.

    Mock this at peril of showing your ignorance in country matters.  Country folk can tell the difference between fresh killed and too far gone to eat.  And be sure not to do research on techniques over the centuries for curing and hanging meat to season it.

    Or maybe you have never been hungry?

    don't always believe what you think

    by claude on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:16:12 PM PST

  •  mix that roadkill w/ horsemeat and voila!! (0+ / 0-)

    meatballs from ikea?  your local food cart?  food court?
    this will b the end of meat-eating, at least anywhere near MT

    "A dollah makes me hollah"-- Stephen Colbert, pretending to be S. Palin

    by stagemom on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:20:48 PM PST

  •  I haven't flown for over two years (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    OldGrandet, tb mare

    and it's largely because of the TSA.  I'm considering flying again after June, when they will have gotten rid of those privacy-invading backscatter machines.

    "Optimism is better than despair." --Jack Layton, the late Canadian MP, liberal, and Christian.

    by lungfish on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:24:54 PM PST

    •  You can opt out of the scanners (2+ / 0-)
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      tb mare, lungfish

      as I did this weekend. That's going too far for me -- we shouldn't have to be scanned or x-rayed or whatever to travel.

      Not that the rest of it is that much better: opting out means being very firmly and closely frisked down (with fingers down my pants and hands against my crotch), and ordered around to stand on those footprints, hold my arms just so, and don't move or touch anything until they've finished with the explosive test.

      The security kabuki has reduced the odds that I'm willing to fly, too.

      •  Opted-out last time (1+ / 0-)
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        lungfish

        I opted out the last time I flew, when I saw they were funneling me into the body scanner.

        It wasn't quite as intrusive as described above, but that probably depends entirely on who you get.

        That, and they did ask if I wanted a private screening.  I declined, so it wasn't that much of a snag to the line (they didn't need to call a second officer). I was just told to stand there, arms out.  He put on gloves, did his thing, warned me before touching near any sensitive areas.

        I'll admit, I was half hoping (and half dreading) to have one of those terrible groping stories, or some other aggravation.  I don't know if they were used to it, or, because it was a low volume airport with a quiet line, they just didn't care enough to take it out on me, but it wasn't even that much of a delay relative to the scanner.

        Your experience may (and even likely will) vary.

      •  Yeah, I heard that the opt-out frisk-down (0+ / 0-)

        was even worse, which is why I just decided to opt out of the whole flying thing.  

        "Optimism is better than despair." --Jack Layton, the late Canadian MP, liberal, and Christian.

        by lungfish on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:26:25 PM PST

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  •  I have friends in the Texas Hill country who (0+ / 0-)

    stake out a few miles of highway and check it at dusk and then again at dawn so they know what is fresh kill and what's not. It's a decent way to make food stamps go farther.

    I'd tip you but they cut off my tip box. The TSA would put Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad on the no-fly list.

    by OHdog on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 01:38:17 PM PST

  •  maybe it's how i grew up (0+ / 0-)

    but i don't have a problem with people eating road kill. there's a govt program in Alaska that gets dead moose to charities. apx 270 of them a year. that's a lot of meat for poor folks!

    Road Kill Moose Retrieval

    war is god's way of teaching americans geography. -ambrose bierce

    by sillyalicia on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 02:55:26 PM PST

  •  Roadkill: in Vermont, the person who (0+ / 0-)

    hits and kills a moose is entitled to the meat. I worked at a hospital in northern VT and on a walk past the ER one evening I heard someone screaming about "that moose" so naturally I inquired of the nursing staff. They reported she was furious because the police brought her to the ER w/o letting her call her relatives to go get the moose! Seriously, that's a whole lot of excellent stew on one of those suckers. Helps a family get through the endless winters.

  •  It's "crazy" to insinuate the President (0+ / 0-)

    will confiscate guns, but it's doubly crazy to assume that any meaningful reduction in gun violence can be accomplished without confiscation, assuming we don't address the cultural origin of violence.

    Can we actually confiscate guns? No, that'd be the next Civil War in America.

    Here in Vermont, we have a very low gun violence incidence rate, yet we allow anyone to carry concealed without a permit.

    There is obviously a cultural aspect (I believe it's socioeconomics) that enables lower violence rate ... because we demonstrate here that more harsh laws aren't necessary.

  •  Mmm mmm roadkill! (0+ / 0-)

    Especially when gets nice and crusty.

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