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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, June 29, 2007

RE: Rachel Carson and a rant

OK, one little note, and then I'm pretty much done with this person. Rational thought processes are obviously not her strong suit.

Obviously DDT was good at killing the mosquitos that carry malaria. Unfortunately, it's pretty good at killing other things, too. It also has an annoying tendency to build up in the fatty tissue of the animals higher up the food chain that eat those mosquitos, like the bald eagles I talked about yesterday, or fish. It's that whole food chain thing they taught you about in 5th-grade science class. (I know how a lot of right-wing politicians struggle with basic science, so I thought I'd review.)

Well that's interesting. I'm sure zoologists everywhere will be stunned to learn that not only are Bald Eagles now indigenous to Africa, but apparently our little friend has also discovered that they consume mosquitoes. Or maybe it's only the African Bald Eagle that eschews fish, rodents, and birds in favor of an insect they probably can't even see. How ironic that she offers lessons in basic science to "right-wing politicians." I think maybe the right-wing pols are not the only ones who should have paid a little better attention in the fifth grade.

Of course in the interest of truth, it is necessary to point out that the Bald Eagle DDT myth has been debunked on numerous occasions, but then again, little left-wing enviro-wannabes have never been very good at examining evidence. Zoologists and biologists warned of Bald Eagle population problems 22 years before DDT went into production. In fact, at the time DDT went into production, the Bald Eagle population was in recovery. And just to put the icing on the cake, biologists fed large doses of DDT to Eagles for 112 days and determined that the residue had no adverse effect on the Eagles or their eggs. The Bald Eagle population problems were mostly a result of two factors. Farmers and ranchers found them to be nuisance animals and shot them whenever and wherever they saw them. The second, and more profound factor was the loss of suitable habitat. So why are they coming back? There are many reasons, but the biggest clue for you is that half the current population of Bald Eagles live in Alaska and British Columbia. Yeah, banning DDT saved the eagles.

You see it's the half-truths and full-out-nonsense spewed by over-educated and under-intellectual people like this that cause, or should I say allow, bureaucrats everywhere to act on half-baked myths and conjecture. The fools get a warm, fuzzy feeling because they "did something." Their little sunny worlds are never disturbed by the fact that their nonsense has cost people their homes, their livelihoods, and in some cases even their lives. As Thomas Sowell once put it, never before have so few worked to create so much destruction.

Sorry, this is like shooting fish in a barrel. There's no sport in it and eventually you begin to feel sorry for the barrel.

2 Comments:

Blogger JMH said...

Have you ever had a "warm, fuzzy feeling" because you "did something?"

Listen, I'm not defending liberal logic, but warm and fuzzy feels pretty good.

Saturday, June 30, 2007 12:50:00 AM  
Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

The point is the cost to the rest of us for that warm, fuzzy feeling. I couldn't care less what liberals do or why they do it until it starts to have an affect on me and mine. Of course that's the problem with liberals, they do things in herds and can't seem to understand that some of us aren't interested in being part of the stampede.

Sunday, July 01, 2007 9:39:00 PM  

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