By Rick Jones
Dateline: Houston 2011-04-02
LIKE MINDLESS CANCER CELLS on a frenzied march to kill their host, some members of the human species are not content merely with raping this planet for personal gain to the point of breaking down all major life-sustaining ecosystems, they must also cause the death of millions of helpless animals to get their twisted kicks. Behind a thick curtain of self-serving rationalizations, so-called recreational hunters fit this category to a “t”, and few can match Ted Nugent for the sheer dedication he brings to this lethal hobby.
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But killing animals for fun is not the only claim this sorry excuse for a human being has to rank high among world-class scumbags. Nugent’s creds as a reactionary are impressive. Just recently he filed a “A salute to Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, et al.” In a Washington Times opinion piece, Nugent cheered Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck “and all those who are standing up and speaking truth to corrupt power — the radical leftists (sic) who are temporarily in charge of our government.” Here’s an excerpt:
The undying appreciation Americans have for Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin speaks volumes about the self-evident truth and logic that remains common and sensible across this great land. On behalf of so many families with whom I am humbled to share a deep connection, I wish to thank and salute both Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin for speaking for us and representing the pragmatism that drives our quality of life. Of course, I cannot fail also to salute and thank sincerely… so many other conservative, sensible, courageous and reasonable voices all across this country.
In sum, the world upside down, but that’s “conservatism” for you. In his latest exploit Nugent is now using his celebrityhood to push Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder (who as a businessman and Republican doesn’t need much convincing) to lift rules supposedly hamstringing his favorite “sport”. Here’s the piece as reported by the Detroit Free Press:
Rocker Ted Nugent tells Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder: Lift rules on hunting
LANSING — Rocker and hunter Ted Nugent personally delivered a message Thursday to Gov. Rick Snyder: Dump rules that send hunters to other states and cost Michigan millions of dollars in business. Nugent said examples are the ban on using bait to attract deer for hunting in the Lower Peninsula, and requiring a license to shoot wild turkeys, which he said are as prolific as mosquitoes.
“Michigan has so many opportunities that are not being utilized because of so many silly, illogical, antiscience regulations that represent a blockade to sportsmen,” Nugent said at the Capitol before meeting Snyder.
He said Michigan should allow more bear-hunting licenses and stop trying to outlaw private preserves — like the one he owns in Jackson County — that host wild boar hunts. He said the state exaggerates the threat of escaped wild pigs.
“I hunt with hundreds of hunters every year and share intimate campfires where they open up and express stuff,” Nugent said. “And it’s embarrassing. They laugh at Michigan.”
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, overheard the interview and piped up that he agrees with Nugent.
“Cabela’s down in Monroe, No. 1 tourist attraction in Michigan, over a million people a year,” said Richardville, referring to the outdoor retailer. “They come here, they buy their hunting and fishing equipment and go hunting in Indiana and Illinois.”
Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said he is “always happy to talk with people who are passionate about Michigan.”
Mary Dettloff, spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources, challenged Nugent’s claims. She said the 2008 deer-baiting ban in the Lower Peninsula prevents the spread of chronic wasting disease among white-tail deer, and bovine tuberculosis in northeast lower Michigan. Dettloff said the Natural Resources Commission may lift the broad-based baiting ban.
She also said license fees for turkey hunting pay for wildlife management that maintains healthy wild turkey populations. And she said escaped wild pigs are a serious threat and cause millions of dollars of damage.
Detroit-born Nugent lives near Waco, Texas, but maintains his Jackson-area ranch.
“I’m still a Michiganiac,” he said.
A former hunter and chemical engineer, RICK JONES’s chief interest these days is the intersection of land use for industrial applications and water degradation.