Tuesday, March 9, 2010

More Stoopud Laws

There's obviously no end to the lengths the Dark Lord will go to in his efforts to control our lives, enslave and deny our very existence. To which the Captain remarks, "He can kiss my hairy..."

"...When the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) completed their successful campaign to convince the Ontario government to end one of the best scientifically managed big game hunts in North America (spring bear), the results of their agenda had severe economic impacts on small family businesses and the tourism economy of communities across northern and central Ontario," said Phil Morlock, director of environmental affairs for Shimano.

"Now we see NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the administration planning the future of recreational fishing access in America based on a similar agenda of these same groups and other Big Green anti-use organizations, through an Executive Order by the President. The current U.S. direction with fishing is a direct parallel to what happened in Canada with hunting: The negative economic impacts on hard working American families and small businesses are being ignored..."

It's doubtful such a law will be enacted in Minnesota, since we have the right to fish and hunt in our State Constitution. Nor would state residents stand still for such stupidity even from their god.

Fishing is the Number One draw for summer time activities in Minnesota. The Walleye is the state fish. Fishing license sales are in the high millions of dollars-- in the neighborhood of 700 thousand were sold in 2002 alone and the number rises each year. Multiply that by this year's fee of $17 for an individual fishing-only license, and get an idea of how much revenue will be lost by the state alone. (Minnesota offers a 'combination' license for fishing and small game hunting at a reduced cost as opposed to buying the two separately. The fee for the 'combo' license this year is $29.50.) Having a fishing license is one of the best ways to gather dietary protein and have more fun than you can wave a rod and reel at so far as Minnesota's DNR is concerned.

Then there are the spin-off industries that profit immensely from fishing. A $1.58 BILLION (the "B" is correct) industry is nothing to sneeze at-- it's the largest sport industry in the nation.

Gas sales rise dramatically Opening Day, usually the second week end of May. Hundreds of thousands of people work in related industries- not to mention the numerous fishing related television and radio programs that promote the sport. Hundreds of small businesses provide jobs and, thereby, income for thousands of state residents. From kids growing worms and operating minnow traps to full-blown businesses doing the same, there's money to be made in chasing after the 158 different species of finned friends in Minnesota.

Minnesota has one boat for every six residents. (In that case, I have enough for a family of 48!) That's 900 thousand registered boats in Minnesota. And with 3,800,000 acres of fishing waters, that's more water acreage than a lot of states have for total landmass.

Tackle manufacturers sell millions of dollars of product every year, whether rods, reels, or hooks, it's a huge business. Nearly every gas station, mall, drug store and grocer in Minnesota has some fishing related products on their shelves.

And that moron and his green weenies think they're going to stop fishing in Minnesota?

I dare them to try.

Bless God, God bless.


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