Showing posts from December, 2017

Square Peg: Manitoba Hunters Romanticized Champions of Environment

27. Dec. 2017
By Debbie Wall - Bio

Hunters are always trying to romanticize themselves as the champions of the environment, but they are the only ones who equate killing with conservation.  Their focus is on sustainable yield rather than balanced ecosystems and certainly not on the well-being of the individual animals who are victims of their so-called "sport".  None of the profits of the hunting industry are directed towards the wildlife rescues and rehabilitation organizations who deal with the resulting injured and orphaned. True predators play an integral role in maintaining the health of prey species by selecting the weak and diseased.  Human hunters, on the other hand, target the biggest and most robust.  I suppose a sickly animal does not provide a good photo op. While the killing of females during the spring black bear "hunt" may be illegal, that certainly doesn't mean it doesn't happen.  Mother bears will cache their babies in trees for their saf…


24. Dec. 2017  By Ken Poyner - Bio

Ordinary people shut their windows
And, even when there is a breeze, rely on air conditioning.
Screened in porches are left vacant.
Johnson has let loose his wolf again.
When it was fresh from the northwest
Children would hold it to their necks,
Passing child to animal, animal to child,
The speed of the blood.  Now, almost
One hundred pounds, Johnson lets it out at night.
His garden is still eaten by rabbits
But boys dare each other in groups of three
To wait at the edge of the marsh
Where last week footprints of some kind were found.
Grown men talk of seeing it in their yards,
Of not being able to get off a clear shot.
In daylight Johnson brings his beast
To Henson’s store, where it sprawls flat on the porch,
With Henson scratching it behind the ear
And ladies in house cleaning clothes
Dodging its happy but lethargic tail.
In the dark it has no collar.  It loves
The corners of houses, the backs
Of metal sheds bought prefab from Sears.
One man saw i…

Healthcare As A Tax Deduction Part II

23 Dec. 2017
By Alex Nuttall - Bio
Back on January 26, 2011 we published an editorial about healthcare as a tax deduction. This was before the second term of President Barack Obama. The Affordable Healthcare Act was enacted in 2010. This is a follow up to that editorial:
Recently our president, Donald Trump and the Republican Congress and Senate have celebrated passing a bill on tax reform. This group also attempted to reverse and repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care). While the repeal of the mandate to pay for healthcare  is welcome the rest of the tax bill is not what would help the people who pay taxes and need healthcare in the United States of America.
Why not have healthcare as a tax deduction? 
Instead of a bunch of  changes to the existing tax system. Instead of trying to make affordable healthcare act go away without any thing useful in place. Why not have the health of every single American as a…

Cary B. Epes Jr. Original with Michael - Merry Christmas and F%#k You

5. Dec 2017
By Cary B. Epes, Jr. - Bio and a dude named: Michael YouTube Video: by vdeel

Cary and Michael perform Cary's original tune, "Merry Christmas and Fuck You", at Cozzy's Open Mic in Newport News, VA 12/4/2017 -- by vdeel
Published on YouTube -- Dec 5, 2017

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Square Peg: Churchill Wants Fewer Polar Bears Shipped South

4. Dec. 2017
By Debbie Wall - Bio
     A glaring omission from this story is how the cubs become orphans in the first place.  Here in the south, untold numbers of black bear cubs are orphaned during the spring bear "hunt".  This heinous activity involves setting out stations baited with fatty, calorie-dense foods to attract bears who are in a state of semi-starvation after a winter of hibernation.   The very brave "hunters" shoot down on them from above on stands in the surrounding trees. Because determining the sex of the bears from such an angle is virtually impossible, females are inevitably killed and their cubs are left on their own to starve to death.
     Given that polar bears are apex predators,  one must wonder if it is unethical hunting practices that are also leading to the deaths of so many mothers.  Perhaps our conversation should revolve around preventing that from happening instead of deciding the fate of the resulting orphans.

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Review: Surprised by Jeanette Winterson's Christmas Days

03. Dec. 2017
By Ghillian Porter-Smith - Bio

Christmas is hard to find these days. It’s getting heavier to lift the Yule spirit from under the shellac of expectations and obligations. Then I picked up Jeanette Winterson’s collection Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days. And there it was. Christmas! 

Irreverent and reverent, evocative and wickedly funny at times, these stories will warm even the most cynical soul. I had thrown my long-overlooked copy into a bag (along with several others because you never know when a hostage situation might occur and you’ll be stuck with nothing to read - thank you, Ann Patchett, for that lesson learned), and without much hope, prepared to skim while waiting-room waiting. It was as if Ms. Winterson breezed in with a tumbler of scotch and a Yule log, turned off the horrid over-head lights, lit some candles and sat down to spin tales of ghosts, gifts, and magic. These are not your schlocky O’Henry stories - apologies to any Magi fans. The…