Thursday, April 20, 2006

Targeting Pombo

A series of comments here, all in one post.

VPO is right. The focus has to be on Pombo, not on petty squabbling between Democrats. One more series like " Will The Real Steve Filson Staffer Please Stand Up?" and I think I will give up on this blog in spite of all the good it has done. It does not advance the cause, only adjusts egos.

In the past, I have suggested addressing fishing and hunting organizations to find other ways to attack Pombo. I think that the fishermen are pretty solidly against anything he does, esepecailly as they hold him at least partly responsible for the Klamath River Salmon disaster.

Here is another take on the hunters. I was provided with a reference to a story in USA Today about Hunters and our public lands. This is about Gordon Johnston, a 74 yr. old man, an ex County Supervisor who considers himself a "Hard-core, hard-ass Republican." So, this is not a partisan issue open only to progressive bloggers. This is right from the center of NRA country.
He (Johnston) has met with the U.S. Forest Service and Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal to lobby for keeping oil and gas rigs out of undeveloped forest areas. He worries that the energy development could harm the deer, elk and moose he hunts in the Wyoming Range south of the affluent resort town of Jackson.

"It saddens me. When you lose habitat, they're gone forever," he says about the animals.
He is talking about favorite policies of Richard Pombo and the Department of the Interior.

We need to be making the connection for our local hunters. I have sent letters to the editor of Field and Stream and other hunting publications. We all have to work on this one, because it cuts right to the heart of one strong Republican constituency.

Do you know how you are going to spend Earth Day? Pombo is going to a fundraiser sponsored by the Safari Club International, Golden Gate Chapter. If I knew which Snyders is hosting this, I would go there myself and protest what they are doing. The Safari Club is one of those groups that hold canned hunts, like the one where Chency shot his hunting partner. Why support Pombo? It is all about the ESA.

BTW, if anyone knows how to locate Snyders in Elk Grove, post it here. We need to let them know what a total affront this is to everything we want. We need to let the Safari Club know of all the things that Pombo does which they don't support. Even in the Klamath River case, the Safari Club would stand with the fisherman. But still they support Pombo with fundraisers and big donation.

They are also very secretive about who belongs to this private club, where they meet, etc. We need to break open this veil of secrecy and let everyone know what is going on.

And Babaloo, please get back to posts like "Sportsmen Tee off on Richard Pombo."


Blogger VPO said...

Pombo promotes both hunting of endangered animals (as a way to "conserve" them) and the hunting of whales. Here is something anyone opposed to Pombo should read, in this month's National Geographic Adventure magazine article, where the reporter went to Antartica on the Sea Sheperd ship to confront Japanese whaling:

"The killing of a whale by the most modern methods is cruel beyond description. An exploding harpoon, meant to kill quickly, rarely does more than rupture the whale's organs. The animal thrashes and gushes blood and begins to drown in its own hemorrhage. It is winched to the side of the harpoon ship, a probe is jabbed into it, and thousands of volts of electricity are run through the animal in an attempt to kill it faster. The whale screams and cries and thrashes. If it is a mother, its calf swims wildly beside her, doomed to its own motherless death later on. Often the electricity fails to dispatch the whale, so it takes 15 to 20 minutes of this torture before it drowns and dies. No matter what one thinks of whales' high intelligence, the advanced social structures, the obvious emotions, and the still mysterious ability to communicate over long distances, this method of slaughter would not be allowed as standard practice in any slaughterhouse in the world."

The Whale Warriors: Whaling in the Antarctic Seas

5:54 PM, April 20, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. 2% of a buck again (with a slightly different slant on how to "target" El Dicko)

1) It would appear that Pete McCloskey might be making some dents in Battleship Pombo -- first the complete overhaul of now underway in April (very early for a general election), and now...

2) ...this just in from Lisa V of the CoCoTimes -- For the first time, Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy, will share the stage with his GOP primary opponent Pete McCloskey in a Tracy candidate forum set for May 15.

3) This is of course open to the general public (so even progressives might be let in...;) so I would suggest you save the date and get those signs/shirts/banners ready...

4) ...and show the press in attendance just how many "Republicans" in the audience want to "clean House" with your enthusiasm for Pete.

To quote someone from the Chronicle...

"It could be a corker."

$.02 out.

6:48 PM, April 20, 2006  
Anonymous EDJ said...

Delta -

Thanks for keeping things focused on Pombo.

Your Pombo posts may not generate the kind of heat produced by the internecine blog battles, but they are often more illuminating. Perhaps, after the June primary, the focus will shift to Pombo and your analysis will gain more prominence. (And, I suspect, some Pombo Republicans casing the neighborhood for anonymous drive-by hits on our candidate).

Until then, keep the faith. This blog can be a tremendous resource to everyone involved in the anti-Pombo movement, especially after 6/6/6. But it's going to require a diversity of voices that ultimately harmonize in unison in the post-primary period. If you give up on SNTP, that will be one less eloquent voice in the anti-Pombo chorus.

How's that for a tortured analogy? ;-)


11:48 PM, April 21, 2006  
Anonymous EDJ said...


That National Geographic Adventure whale blurb made me nauseous (well, maybe it's just the bad campaign food ;-).

I couldn't possibly click the link. No time or stomach for it. Nevertheless, thanks for posting yet another excellent reminder of why Richard Pombo is ultimately public and planet enemy #1.

On a related note, anyone here see "Whale Rider"? Probably not on Pombo's NetFlix rental list ;-)

(yeesh, what WOULD Pombo rent?)


12:01 AM, April 22, 2006  
Blogger Delta said...

Well, EDJ, Pombo would probably rent "Mogambo" but choose Grace Kelly instead of Ava Gardner.

3:37 PM, April 22, 2006  
Anonymous EDJ said...

Has anyone seen Pombo's House Resources page for Earth Day?

Raw story covers the latest abuse of taxpayer funds:

On Earth Day website, House Republican Committee seeks to 'dispel environmental myths'

John Byrne
Published: Sunday April 23, 2006

On a little-noticed inside page of the House Resources Committee website, the Republican majority staff have prepared a folio celebrating Earth Day. The focus of the site, RAW STORY has found, is aimed at dispelling the "'sky is falling' sensationalism of environmental activists [that] lead people to falsely believe that our environment is getting worse when it's actually getting better."

Click the link above for the rest...

10:26 PM, April 23, 2006  

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