South Park-Family Guy Feud Spreads to Florida

“‘We cannot elevate nature above people,’ explained Edna Mattos, 63, leader of the Citrus County Tea Party Patriots, in an interview. ‘That’s against the Bible and the Bill of Rights.'” The cause of her ire? Manatee protection. [St. Petersburg Times, via JWMcSame]


The It Gets Dumber campaign goes viral.

The trouble with elevating yourself above nature is that it’s a long, hard fall when an ecosystem collapses beneath you.

another paper reported the teabagger as saying:

“If some of these environmental movements had been around in the days of the dinosaurs, we’d be living in Jurassic Park now,” Mattos told the paper.

does she mean environmental movements like earthquakes, volcanos, and meteors?

a lady here at work vacationed in crystal river recently and took her little kid to swim with the manatees. he can’t quit talking about them and draws pictures of them when he is here. it makes me wonder what teabaggers tell their kids when they take them to the zoo. next will the teabaggers demand the right to pack heat at the zoo? do teabaggers let their children watch animal planet unarmed?

For visiting Florida on a budget, Crystal River is one of those non-Disney attractions that you usually don’t hear much about. A very nice corner of the state to visit. A shame for the locals to shoot themselves in the foot with so much of the economy dependent on tourism there.

For those that are interested, an even less commercial attractions, a little farther south is Homosassa Springs, a state run wildlife area.

For the fans of Elmore Leonard, there is Weeki Wachee Springs for the mermaid show described in “Maximum Bob”.

@DElurker: I remember the TV ads for the mermaids.

@DElurker: I’m a big fan of Elmore Leonard. Best writer of street-level dialog we have. Also an Elmore James fan (“Dust My Broom”).

I mean. I get the argument about tourism and all that. I think that, at least, is kinda fair. But. What the FUCK does the Bible have to do with anything? Is she talking about the passage where Noah accidentally runs down a manatee and God says it’s all cool ’cause it’s not like it was actually doing anything important anyway?

@JNOVjr: Something about how we have dominion over all the animals, I think. I’d have to look it up.

@nojo: Sounds right. From the KJV of Genesis 1 (cuz KJV is the only translation accepted by the baggers):

26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it [italics mine]: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

I wonder if I did the kid a disservice by not having him know much about the Babble. He misses out on some references and stuff, but I think it’s better than having his head full of that junk like mine is. Meh. Let him take a religion class (hopefully more than one) if he wants.

It strikes me as disrespectful of “god” in the extreme to be so cavalier with “his” creation.

Dodgerblue – I have a few of Elmore James CDs. I have read most of Elmore Leonard. He has written so many stories I stopped being surprised when I find one that I haven’t read. I am grateful that he is still alive and productive. I wish Ross Thomas were still alive. Just think of the stories he could have written over the past 15 – 20 years. If you aren’t familiar, he wrote stories from experience or even with an insider’s angle. To see what I mean by that look for “Missionary Stew” and read it. I am pretty certain that the copy write date was before Iran Contra.

On an unrelated subject, driving home I was thinking that the other half would be watching continuing coverage of Casey Anthony when I arrived. You can still see shows on this subject 24/7. Well I had an idea. You know how MSNBC is sort of the anti-Fox? Why can’t there be an anti-TruTV or anti HLN where it is dominated by mediocre defense lawyers discussing cases from the defense point of view. I think Reverend Al could be one of the hosts or moderators now that he has refined his schtick on MSNBC.

@nojo: @JNOV: Hey, I‘ve seen plenty of Neon Genesis Evangelion get plenty of references. Still, where does it say anything about it being alright to drive those things to extinction just because some folks are really attached to their waterfront property?

I mean. I’m pretty sure that manorialism has shown that it’s possible to have dominion over something while still giving it a place to live. Maybe that’s not the best example, but I really feel like, even if we lived in a topsy-turvy world where there is no separation of church and state, and Bible thumping is a completely legitimate debate tactic, that argument wouldn’t really hold water.

@karen marie has her eyes tight shut: @Benedick HRH KFC: The stewardship vs. dominion debate.
I remember a few years back some judge in Cali cited that passage from Genesis to rule that it was OK for Asian markets to sell live chickens or something else that was upsetting PETA.

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