Tag: Conservation

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It’s unusual to think that Second Amendment proponents and members of the freedom movement would celebrate the day that a tax took effect. But that’s precisely what the Pittman-Robertson Act is – a tax often celebrated by gun enthusiasts, patriots and pro-freedom elements in the United States. Its story is one of the more fascinating in the history of American legislation. […]

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Conservation Beats Environmentalism


American Conservatism is conserving America. Conserving we the people and the land on which we live. Democrats have used environmentalism to give a generation of young voters a feeling of purpose, but it is time for Conservatives to demonstrate how conservation is something superior. People will sometimes use the terms synonymously but there are profound differences between the tradition of conservation and the religion of environmentalism.

Specifics vs. Abstractions

Conservation is a practical tradition of managing specific resources with specific goals in mind. Conservation is measuring the populations of animals, the conditions of habitats, the accessibility and utility of land, and actively managing it with a specific plan. When a species is threatened or endangered we make a plan to bring them back to a stable population so that we can enjoy that species in our ecosystems and our communities. The Bald Eagle, The Grizzle Bear, The Gray Wolf, only a few successes of looking at specific objectives and taking sensible goals to achieve them.

Prepare to Be Thagomized!


A friend of mine passed along this Mental Floss article on Gary Larson’s Far Side. Many of us here are probably Far Side fans. I know I am. It was normal, growing up, to see Far Side clips taped up in practice rooms, on lab doors, and in teachers’ offices. I didn’t know, though, that Larson’s nickname for the spikes on a stegasaurus’s tail, “thagomizer”, is now an acceptable paleontology term. I had heard of “shmooing” before, a process named after cartoonist Al Capp‘s shmoos excuse me, shmoon:

[T]he cellular bulge that is produced by a haploid yeast cell as a response to a pheromone from the opposite mating type (either a or α) is referred to as a “shmoo,” because cells that are undergoing mating and present this particular structure resemble the cartoon character.[12] The whole process is known to biologists as “shmooing.” Shmoo[n] are essential; without them, we would have neither bread nor beer.

Too many of my friends diddled about with microbiology for me not to have heard of shmooing. The migration of the thagomizer from The Far Side to reality is new to me, though.

Conservation Is Conservatism. Animal Rights Radicalism Is Not.


Michael Scully has apparently decided to take leave of his senses and join PETA.

Then, to take a final illustration, we have the 5 or 6 percent of our population who still think it is normal, and indeed praiseworthy, to stalk, sneak up on, and dispatch animals for no better reason than the malicious thrill of it, memorializing these moments with their “trophies.” It’s a passion captured by an American bow hunter who wrote of deer, “I have so loved them that I longed to kill them,” and these days it extends well beyond deer to “game” of every kind. The creepiest of the lot is a type whose low character can escape no outsider to the trophy-hunting mania: thousands of people who compete throughout the world to kill the most and biggest animals. Members of outfits such as America’s own Safari Club International, these hunters are mostly men of means who still assume it is their prerogative to kill even elephants, rhinos, lions, grizzlies, and every other kind of creature in every place on earth.

Richard Epstein looks at how the modern regulatory regime has slowed development and hindered infrastructure projects.

Giving Gaia Her Due: Conservative Environmentalism


shutterstock_160298246The environmentalist movement is filled with loons. That’s obvious enough. Frank Soto dismembered the extremists in his great recent post “Gaia Demands a Sacrifice“. As always, Frank is precise in his reasoning and hilarious in his takedown, but there is something of the knee-jerk in here, something that has cost conservatives much. Environmentalism should be a conservative cause, and, even amidst the lunacy, there is something to be said for Gaia and man’s place with her.

Reid Buckley made this point in a 2009 article at The American Conservative:

But within the hysteria and exaggeration of political activists, mostly of the Left, too often supported by cooked science, there is often a kernel of legitimate concern, be it economical, sociological, aesthetic, or environmental. We conservatives have shut our ears.