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