Friday, August 25, 2006

I'm Grateful Its Not A Polar Bear Hunt...

...because if Brendan and I were about to depart on a polar bear hunt, instead of a black bear hunt, I guess I would just have to call it off after having heard the latest dismal news about polar bears. I mean, even I am not that into hunting that much so as to be heartless enough to go out and hunt a species that is going through all the problems that polar bears seem to be facing lately.

First of all they have it pretty rough up there north of the Arctic Circle with Eskimos hunting them, and because it is about as cold as it gets on this earth much of the time. Yet, now that they have evolved to get used to that extreme bitter cold, what happens - global warming - or so Al Gore would have us believe (and after his recollection of his dad singing him that Union Ditty as a lullaby years before it was even written - I don't know how much I believe anything he says). Then as if Global Warming and all that super insulating fur was not enough to screw the polar bears over, what else could happen to mess up their chances of survival?

Well, I'll tell you what else could happen, if only because I read it at @,2933,210444,00.html

Here is a tiny bit of what they had to say at Fox:

The polar ice cap may not be the only thing shrinking in the Arctic. The genitals of polar bears in eastern Greenland are apparently dwindling in size due to industrial pollutants, a new
study finds.

That has got to be, shall I say - uncomfortable! Besides the obvious discomfort in that, can you imagine they just might freeze and fall off! As you probably remember from physics class, now that I remind you, smaller things lose heat faster. Egads man could you imagine that predicament - double ouch and turning blue and falling off at that. That is unless of course Al Gore is right about Global Warming; in which case shrinking testicles might not be a bad thing because they would not get all that sweaty if they were smaller since they would retain less heat.

Of course, as it stands now, scientists are worried that this shrinkage factor (thank you George Kastanza of Seinfeld fame) will effect their love making abilities. I wonder, is this because it will have the girl polar bears laughing at the guys with the really tiny balls? My guess is, if a guy polar bear was lucky enough to have been super sized before this all started, he would be normal sized after being effected by the pollutants in question, and therefore none the worse for the wear. The girls would not be laughing at him, would they?

Who was it that taught us about natural selection and the survival of the fittest, was it Darwin? I guess time will tell if he was right, at least in regard to polar bears. All kidding aside: I, for one, hope that there are a large number of survivalist polar bears out there which will make it through this latest set of problems, if these problems really exist at all. They have always been one of my favorite animals; and the planet truly would be at a great loss without them. They are magnificent beasts.

All the best,
Glenn B

Must have done something right...

...just recently anyhow. I say this because I have been getting an average of 9 people visiting this blog per day since it started, and today I have had 16 visitors so far. Nice to see more people are stopping by. It makes me sorry that I will be away for a week without any blogging in that time, but the Bear Hunt must go on. Of course, when Brendan get back from Maine, I suspect I will have some good stories to relate whether or not Brendan bags a bear. After all, the actual kill is only one of the parts of the overall hunt. Not that I don't want him to get one, I am anticipating bear meat steaks through much of the winter, at least the fall through the holidays anyhow; but I have hunted enough times where I got skunked to know the kill is not all there is to an enjoyable hunt. It certainly makes even a miserable trip well worth it though, if only for what winds up on the plate later.

Well anyhow, thanks to all of you who have visited the blog, I hope you have enjoyed it so far. I hope you will start checking in about September 4th again, when I figure I'll be blogging again. By the way, if they have a PC at the lodge, which I sort of doubt, I will try to write up something.

Thanks again to all of you.

All the best,
Glenn B

Blogging versus Bear Hunting...

...guess which wins!

Today is the last day before Brendan and I depart for the north woods of Maine for our bear hunt. We will be preparing for the trip today, so we will be busy throughout most of it. For example, in a few minutes, I'll be on my way to get the oil changed in the car. I'll pick up some windshiled wiper blades, and washer fluid and get that all set just right. Then it is time to do the laundry, to get our scent off of our clothes. Then time to pack our gear, check our guns and so forth. Then I have to buy our licenses online. All in all it will be a busy day.

Once we leave, I doubt I will have any access to a computer, and if I do, I may not have access to the internet. So once I get up from where I am sitting right now, my blog probably will effectively be shut down until we return from the hunt, that is unless I have a oment tonight. I hope the few readers I seem to have will understand, and that you will all come back to read my stuff once Brendan and I return from the hunt. That should be on or about September 3rd.

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Stay safe and enjoy other fine blogs such as Thanks

All the best,
Glenn B

Loose lips - not in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Two weeks after an alleged plot to blow up U.S.-bound airliners was thwarted in Britain, Pakistani authorities have screwed tight the faucet that had trickled intriguing details from their investigation.

The above quote is from @,2933,210404,00.html.

The thing about the statement and the whole article is that you get the feeling, or at least I get the feeling, that at least as far as the writer of the article, and maybe one or two others quoted in the article, it is implied this tight lipped trait on the part of the Pakistani government is a bad thing.

I see it as a great thing. Read the article and see if you agree with me. By being tight lipped, the Pakistani government is not keeping the information from the British, or from other friendly governments who need the info to conduct investigations of terrorists; but they are keeping the information from being leaked to such folks as those in: the media, in terrorist organizations, and to others who do not have a need to know. Good for Pakistan.

It is about time that some government shows some restraint in the amount of information they release or leak, to the media, the public, and to government bodies that do nothing but then blab it to the press, about these investigations. If you say - hey wait a minute, I am the general public - well just let me remind you that so too are the members of al Qaeda. Any leaked information, even about the names of those who are being detained could give a tactical edge to the bad guys. This would not be good. As it stands now, without this information being released, they have to wonder who is being detained, what knowledge might the detainees have that is potentially available to those detaining them, and so on. Keep them in the dark, and it gives the good guys an advantage to some extent at least. If the news media or the public does not get the information as soon as they would like, well in the words of Sister Walter Phillip (a nun of the Dominican order from my grammar school days): Tough Noogies!

It is about time that at least one government in the war against terrorism showed some sense in this regard, my hat goes off to Pakistan.

All the best,

Glenn B