3/16/2012 9:02:00 AM The Good, Bad, and the Ugly, March 16
The good ...
The good news is that the state is going to have its first wolf hunt in more than 50 years, after the Assembly approved it this week 69-25.
The wolf population has certainly grown too large and is a palpable threat to domestic animals and livestock. In 2011, wolves killed 20 dogs.
The season is set to start Oct. 15 and end in February. Wolves could be hunted with firearms, bows, crossbows and leg traps. Bait, dogs and electronic calls would be legal.
It's a long time coming but much needed in the state.
The bad ...
The bad news is the Assembly voted on the measure at 3:30 in the morning as they did their usual last minute, late night rush to get legislation through. Its really nonsense, of course, to avoid legitimate debate and vetting of statutory language.
But both parties engage in it, and the politicians like the way the game is played.
The ugly ...
One of President Obama's strategies is to try and paint people who don't like him as stupid and uneducated, and he has a lot of accomplices, including Democratic pollsters.
Consider the polling firm PPP. In Mississippi, their recent survey stated that 52 percent of respondents believe that President Obama is a Muslim while just 12 percent say he's a Christian. In Alabama, 45 percent allegedly believe he is a Muslim and only 14 percent responded that he is a Christian.
Does any sensible person believe so many people in those states really believe that? Of course not, unless perhaps you've never been to the South and only watch the mainstream media. A steady dose of NPR and CBS will do that to you.
But, in this case, even some of the mainstream media aren't buying it. Here's a Matt Lauer interview on Today with NBC's chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, as replayed on Sean Hannity:
MATT LAUER, CO-HOST: You are not so sure on these numbers, you don't like this survey?
CHUCK TODD: Well, there are a couple of things. One, it's an automatic - it's a robo-survey, so you get an automatic phone call and you press a button to answer the question. One, if he's a Christian, two, is he's a Muslim. But you introduce it, the way the question was asked, I think it just was designed to get a higher number because there are some Republicans who may not believe the president, who may believe the president - who may not believe he's a Muslim, but like saying it because it's a way to attack him. It's sort of a way to needle him."
Precisely, fed up with getting a robo-call and not liking Obama, just hit the Muslim button, and most likely they did it as much to needle the pollsters by messing the survey up as to needle the president.