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I usually don't do those, "go look at this" type posts, but this one was just too much to pass by and very topical.

I hunt, and I go to Walmart, and I relate maybe more to rural America than the coasts, and I even knew that this whole Duck thing was a TV show about guys with long beards, but beyond that I was fairly clueless.

This in depth roundup via WaPo is well worth a look.

Duck Dynasty has books that hit the top of the NYT best seller list, and it's an extremely popular show, I'd no idea it was this big a thing.

Take a look.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 11:17:03 AM PST

  •  in a choice between (2+ / 0-)
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    Joy of Fishes, grover

    him and Terry Bradshaw, bothe former LA Tech quarterbacks, who's the real loser

    Here's Robertson on why he thinks Shintoism — much like Communism, Nazism and Islamism  — leads to violence:
    All you have to do is look at any society where there is no Jesus. I’ll give you four: Nazis, no Jesus. Look at their record. Uh, Shintos? They started this thing in Pearl Harbor. Any Jesus among them? None. Communists? None. Islamists? Zero. That’s eighty years of ideologies that have popped up where no Jesus was allowed among those four groups. Just look at the records as far as murder goes among those four groups.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 11:26:38 AM PST

    •  I'd never read the actual quotes, this and other (4+ / 0-)

      ones. Their so over the top, no wonder it blew up. Then again a fair reflection of what one often hears out in the real world. All of the comments.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 11:34:54 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •   Nazis no Jesus????? (3+ / 0-)
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      annieli, ban nock, freerad

      Kinder kuchen kirchen didn't exist, now?

      These guys are rich jerks who think it's cool to spout ignorance.
      I am damn glad I never watched their show or bought their crap.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 02:28:40 PM PST

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  •  My Tweet from last night: (7+ / 0-)

    Truth be told, when I first heard the name "Duck Dynasty", I thought it was a Disney cartoon about Donald and his family.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 11:32:09 AM PST

  •  I thought all the brouhaha ... (2+ / 0-)
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    awhitestl, ban nock

    ... had something to do with Duck Tales.  Silly me.

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

    by Joy of Fishes on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 12:10:33 PM PST

  •  I watched a few episodes (1+ / 0-)
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    ban nock

    a couple of seasons ago. I kinda thought Uncle Si was a hoot. But, it grew tiresome very quickly. The scenes with Phil were always the least enjoyable.

  •  Rachel Maddow did a (3+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, CJB2012, ban nock

    show and discussed the popularity of the Dynasty  at length about maybe a month ago.

    I had never heard of it before then.

    Goes to show, Maddow often has her finger on the pulse of the nation.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 12:52:27 PM PST

    •  well that was more than I've seen before (0+ / 0-)

      I'll have to seek out a you tube segment or something.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 05:29:47 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Apparently us Left Coast duck hunters are 'elites' (4+ / 0-)
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    grover, marina, ban nock, tmay

    At least that's how the article's opening paragraph frames us.

    What exactly is an 'out of touch coastal elite' anyway?  I bring coffee and bologna sandwiches to the duck blind just like the southern and Midwestern rednecks I've hunted with.

    Oh wait, I did once slow roast mallard in mint sauce, and I've made a couple Christmas geese with apricot glaze.  That must be it.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by DaveinBremerton on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 12:55:38 PM PST

    •  Articles like this drive me crazy. (5+ / 0-)

      Backpacker Magazine once asked online "how will we bridge the conflict between backpackers and hunters?"

      Of about 450 responses, 449 said, "there is no conflict." MANY said, "media makes up these things to sell magazines. Knock it off." And "hunters help us conserve wilderness lands. Are you too stupid to realize this?"

      I have no idea what hunting magazines say about backpackers. But out there in the brush and woods, we all get along just fine.

      But I guess that doesn't sell copies of WaPo either.

      Robertson is a tool. But painting all hunters with that sort of broad brush is  moronic.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 01:10:59 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  What hunting mags say about backpackers is (5+ / 0-)

    more hunters ought to emulate their fitness routines and learn from their insistence on lightweight gear and good footwear.

    Also insulating clothes & footgear for rotten weather.

    The outdoor community is a community and needs to remember & continue to be that -- giving in to the Murdochian "Divide & Conquer" strategy will only mean the sale of all our parks for drilling & development, and no more wilderness or wildlife for anyone.

    LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 02:35:21 PM PST

    •  Bingo! (3+ / 0-)
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      BlackSheep1, ban nock, 43north

      I hike more than I hunt, but I dearly love both endeavors.  For the most part, I like the people involved in both.

      "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

      by DaveinBremerton on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 04:02:44 PM PST

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      •  Most of my hunting nowadays is with a camera (3+ / 0-)
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        ban nock, DaveinBremerton, 43north

        because, honestly, where I live the closest thing to game is pigeon and squirrel.

        Not that you can't eat well with those, just ... it's town.

        LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 05:19:57 PM PST

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    •  we are banned from parks anyway. (2+ / 0-)
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      BlackSheep1, 43north

      Hunting gear is pretty good. We have to hike off trail, often in very cold temps, and often we have to hike through the night etc.

      We've got plenty of wilderness it's the low elevation winter range that is in danger of being sold out to developers.

      I really feel sorry for you folks in states with very little public land.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 05:34:49 PM PST

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      •  We're almost ok in Texas thanks to (2+ / 0-)
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        ban nock, 43north

        the idea of the conservation easement. It may be the best tool we have, and we're the only state that's got it. The best explanation for It I've ever come across is in a murder mystery by D.L. Meredith called Murder By Deception (and if you happen to get addicted to John Lloyd Branson in the reading, that's not a bad thing either).

        LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 10:11:47 PM PST

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        •  conservation easements are widespread (1+ / 0-)
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          BlackSheep1

          Most "land trust" properties aren't owned by the land trust, it's a development easement with the property retained by the owner or heirs.
          USDA Farmland Preservation is another example, but that states "AG use only" on defined sections of land, preventing all non-Ag motorized traffic on the defined areas, along with camping and other non-agricultural uses.

          •  this preserves against all drilling, mining, (0+ / 0-)

            farming, timbering ... but you're allowed to manage for good cover for wildlife.

            LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

            by BlackSheep1 on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 08:02:05 AM PST

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  •  I've never seen an episode. (2+ / 0-)
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    ban nock, freerad

    Sadly, however, I had to hear a full explanation from a passing acquaintance over drinks tonight.  I didn't care, but one doesn't want to be rude.

    I am not left wanting to see an episode, even after the descriptions...

    "No amount of belief makes something a fact." --James Randi

    by theatre goon on Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 04:13:09 PM PST

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