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John Kerry href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml;sessionid=20VNR4MM0WLLFQFIQMGCM5OAVCBQUJVC?xml=/opinion/2004/07/27/do2702.xml&sSheet=/opinion/2004/07/27/ixopinion.html">can’t
shoot deer, so he went shooting geese. In what Dick Cheney calls the “ href="http://www.local6.com/politics/3841422/detail.html">October Disguise”
of the great statesman-coalition builder, we can actually see quite a
remarkable progress. John Kerry has finally realized he can’t hunt the big
guys.

While a
deer is a relatively smart individual who can blend with his habitat, a goose
is just a stupid bird (no offense meant, and I hope that none was taken). Kerry
can spend the morning with the campaign’s hairdresser, have his shotgun triple-checked
(the last time he used it was before his 1st campaign for Congress),
and do his shooting photo-op before lunch. It doesn’t take determination or
resolve to shoot and make a kill when your opponent is a flock of geese. Even
Democrats can do that.

These birds
are simply a nuisance, especially if you are a big-city liberal who feels most
comfortable in a 5-star hotel. And treated they are as such. One shot, one
kill, game over. Two rolls of film or a 64MB CompactFlash card are the trophy
that the campaign is going to brag about for the next 10 days: look at the man,
he is a … man!

No kidding.
When John Kerry went to Vietnam, the Army didn’t accept women for combat
positions. If there’s anyone questioning Kerry’s manliness, it’s safe to assume
they are not interested in a macho gesture. No, the nagging thought that
bothers American voters is this: can this guy actually do something besides
talking and posing for a photo-op?

We’ve got
our answer, albeit in an indirect form. When the terrorists are a bunch of
clueless punks without a leader, John Kerry will crush them with vengeance.
Prior to that, he’ll “ href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml;sessionid=20VNR4MM0WLLFQFIQMGCM5OAVCBQUJVC?xml=/opinion/2004/07/27/do2702.xml&sSheet=/opinion/2004/07/27/ixopinion.html">crawl
around on his stomach” and hope they won’t notice him. After all, there are
so many targets around the world that have an appeal for Osama & Co, the
probability of a peaceful, nurturing Kerry presidency is greater than zero.

If it is
higher than that of another Ground Zero remains to be seen.

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  • http://philosoraptor.blogspot.com Winston Smith

    Oh, fer chrissake.

    If anybody’s a big fat phoney it’s Bush.

    I grew up on a farm and my folks now have a “ranch” (i.e. a farm on which you quit growing stuff and now just have cattle.)

    Any real farmer should know that Bush is a phoney, because any real farmer who got as filthy stinking rich as Bush would never get out in the rattlesnakes and poison ivy and mosquitoes and horseflies and sweat bees and clear his own damn brush. It makes for good teevee for all the regular guy wanna-be’s out there, but it’s a hoot to me.

    And as for deer hunting: no, you don’t ordinarily crawl around on your belly, but you do sometimes. You can hunt deer by walking and tracking and trying to sneak up on ‘em. (Heck, it’s even *possible* to do this with turkeys, believe it or not…but you can imagine the success rate there…) That’s the fun stuff. Sitting around and waiting in a tree is just deer murder. Efficient, and fine if you really need to put meat on the table, but I’ve never seen the fun in it.

    The American people virtually demand that their presidential candidates be phoneys to some degree. Kerry’s at least reluctant about it. Bush revels in it.

  • andy marsh

    I’d like to watch someone sneak up on a deer!!!

    Kerry’s reluctant about what??? he never saw a gun law he didn’t like and he does photo ops with weapons in his hands that would be illegal if the laws he voted for were passed!!!

  • http://philosoraptor.blogspot.com Winston Smith

    I’ve walked up on deers lots of times, and I’m not even a good hunter. It’s not like you have to sneak up close enough to wrestle ‘em to the ground, you see. One ordinarily uses a rifle, you see…

    The question is, are you really interested in killing a deer? When I used to hunt (I don’t anymore, but just b/c it’s inconvenient for me now), deer hunting was really an excuse to just walk around in the woods with guns. We almost NEVER got anything, but it sure was fun. Since that’s how I learned to hunt, I’ve always been baffled by people who think it’s fun to do it the other way…

    But, then, since we always had cattle, we never had to rely on hunting to get food, so I guess we could afford to be inefficient.

  • andy marsh

    I go for a week every year with my father and my brother…we do both, walk some…sit and wait some…go eat breakfast…then go back and do it all again…for me, it is more about the time I get with my father and my brother than the actual hunt itself.

    Like you said, a good excuse for a walk in the woods.

    But crawling around on your belly??? I just got this picture of a snake, with kerry’s head on it…slithering around in the weeds!!!

    What a picture!!!

  • http://screenrant.com Vic

    a goose is just a stupid bird (no offense meant, and I hope that none was taken).

    I certainly hope none of our pro-goose readers happen upon this bit of racist, anti-goose propaganda. ;-)

    Vic

  • http://philosoraptor.blogspot.com Winston Smith

    O.k., granted. Crawling around on your belly while deer hunting is probably extremely rare.

    Would it be overly charitable to suggest that he spoke in haste and got a little hyperbolic, when what he really meant was something like “slog around in the mud”?

  • http://philosoraptor.blogspot.com Winston Smith

    Oh and:

    I’ve only seen him with a shotgun. I’ve never heard him say anything in favor of banning shotguns. He’s just simply NOT anti-firearm. I bet he’ll try to re-institute the assault weapons ban, which I disagree with, but that’s a kinda tough borderline case.

    Just means I’ve gotta run out and buy some high-cap guns before it’s re-instituted…

  • andy marsh

    for me…it would be overly charitable…but I respect your right to believe that he “spoke in haste”.

    Some would call that, putting your foot in your mouth!

  • http://philosoraptor.blogspot.com Winston Smith

    Well, if it’s overly-charitable then I don’t want to do it. That would be unreasonable.

    perhaps you’re right.

    It seems like a pretty minor thing to me, though.

  • andy marsh

    Winston…the Shotgun that he was holding up was a semi-automatic shotgun…some of the weapons ban legislation that has come up in congress would ban ANY weapon that could be converted to full auto. And like I said…kerry never saw a weapons bill he didn’t like…unless it was for teh military!

  • http://philosoraptor.blogspot.com Winston Smith

    Did Kerry vote for that *particular* proposed ban? If so, then he was definitely wrong. It would make my endorsement of him rather less enthusiastic.

    But technical question: can ANY semi-auto be converted to full auto?

  • andy marsh

    I figured, you being a member of the Smith family, you would be able to answer that question better than I!!!

    I will see what I can find out…but I do remember a few gunners mates that told me that just about anything that was semi-auto could pretty much be changed to auto with a few modifications.

  • http://philosoraptor.blogspot.com Winston Smith

    The technical acumen must have been on the Wesson side…

  • curt

    now andy, the concrete jungle kid from new jersey, is gonna lecture us on how to hunt. sheesh, joisey, is there anything you’re NOT a know-it-all expert on??

    curt,
    a 5th generation montanan

  • andy marsh

    LOL…I am a wealth of useless knowledge curt…what can I say!!!

    I will be in Joisey, as you say, in a few weeks, to kill bambi!!!

    I have an 8 pointer, mounted…and it is the only deer I’ve ever killed…

    I grew up in Central Joisey…lot of open spaces…you’d be amazed…

    I guess you’re right…I do have a lot of opinions…

  • curt

    joisey andy –

    please don’t take this wrong, but if you were to mount and then be proud enough to actually display a 4-point buck (out here we count only one side) in montana, you’d be laughed all the way back to joisey.

    p.s. joisey don’t stink so good no moiw!

  • andy marsh

    yeah well….they don’t grow as big back here in the big city!!!

    And the guy who stuffed it said I could call it as many points as I want to…it is my deer after all….

    I would of thought you’d like joisey…they vote liberal all the time…

  • curt

    joisey andy –

    so central joisey has a lot of open spaces, ehe? just for the record, montana has 917,000 people in 147,000 square miles, while new joisey has 8,638,000 people crammed into 8,700 square miles. that’s 8 times more people in 1/17th the area. we’ve got wheatfields bigger than the entire state.

    and as for your “monster” buck, a montana jackalope is bigger than a new joisey deer. maybe the guy who stuffed it just didn’t want to hurt that fragile ego of yours.

  • andy marsh

    curt….I think you’re trying to hurt my feelings!!!…not that I have any…

    One of joiseys claims to fame when i was a young man was that it was the most densely populated state in the country…not sure if that’s true anymore…but hey, it’s where I grew up and it was a lot of fun. I don’t live there now…I can’t afford to pay the taxes.

    fragile ego…am I that transparent???

  • http://philosoraptor.blogspot.com Winston Smith

    Curt,

    Inside Yankee sources of mine report that Joisey is actually quite beautiful as soon as you get away from the industrial wasteland of the I-95 corridor…

    Never seen it myself, but my source is reliable. For a Yankee, that is.

  • curt

    andy,

    i just found it amusing that the same guy who was making fun of john kerry’s hunting would also brag about killing, mounting and displaying a 4-point buck.