Posts Tagged ‘bears’

My responce to political bear cub murder

October 21, 2008

With the Palin VP announcement in late August the inbox of our website on Sarah Palin (grizzlybay.org) was barraged with hate mail from her supporters.  Particularly troubling was the overall violent tone of most Palin supporter’s letters, many of them threatening to inflict grotesque acts of violence upon us, “liberals”, “tree huggers”, “socialist maggots” and my particular favorite – “markists” (yes, that is how she spelled it). 

 

The similarity of tone and metaphor of the hate mails was uncanny.  They were often infused with violent threats against bears and wildlife and often used the same violent metaphors.  Threatening to “barbecue bears”, “eat bear steaks”, “shoot bears”, and “hang bears” up on their walls, Palin supporters were particularly virulent about describing the infliction of violence upon an animal that our website supports.  It is not insignificant that the implication of these emails was that liberals and “demorats” should be barbecued right alongside the bears.  As one Palin supporter wrote, “Too bad you dumb fucks can’t be hunted from the air…now that would be sport”.

 

Since Palin has a pathological hatred of bears (and all wildlife), threatening to kill them became a common way for Palin supporters to express their support for her when writing to us – the authors of a website that comes up on the first page of a google search on “Sarah Palin”.  We have gotten over 600,000 hits to our website in less than two months – which translates into lots of Palin supporters seeing the bear as a symbol of Palin opponents – or Obama supporters. 

 

Now these threats have become real and literal – a bear cub in NC was shot in the head, draped in Obama signs, and thrown onto the steps of Western Carolina University.  This signals many dangerous things:  Verbal threats against Democrats and Obama have now translated into real violence and death.  Palin supporters are willing to break the law to express their support (killing bear cubs is illegal).  Since serial killers and sociopaths torture and kill animals as a warm up for torturing and killing humans, this is a very real sign that violence towards Obama and his supporters is escalating. 

 

People anonymously wrote us threatening to kill bears in September.  Five weeks later a baby bear is shot in the head.  People are shouting in public at McCain rallies, “off with his head”, “kill him”, “treason”, “terrorist” and “bomb Obama” and my question to the American public is what is going to happen to Obama five weeks from now?

 

Palin has become the mouth piece for fueling and fanning violence infused sentiments towards Obama at her public rallies.  While McCain gives minimal lip service condemning the threats at his rallies – it is his campaign orchestrating this very escalation of public violence and mob infused hatred.  Everyone and anyone has a responsibility to condemn this behavior and to make it stop.  Palin must be held accountable for the violence she is stirring up, and the death threats she refuses to condemn as they are happening in front of her. 

 

As Obama’s support continues to grow it becomes apparent that the majority of Americans do not support this kind of hatred and violence.  Every political leader and individual needs to take a stand to stop this race infused hatred and violence before it is too late. 

What makes Alaska special

September 15, 2008

A few readers have asked why I live in Alaska.  Well – this photo explains why.  Isn’t this mother grizzly beautiful?  How lucky am I to live in a place where animals like this grizzly bear still exist!  If you’ve read my blog, you probably gathered that I’m not too fond of the humans in Alaska.  But I am head over heels in love with “Alaska” – the non human part.  Alaska is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen on the planet.  You can stroll down the street and stare at glaciers so big they punch you in the face.  I can glance out my window and see a bald eagle with a seven foot wing span, or a mother moose and her two fuzzy babies chomping on grass. 

I spend as much time as possible camping near grizzly bears in Katmai National Park – you can read my many, many stories about grizzlies and wolves on my website www.grizzlybay.org.  What breaks my heart nearly every single day, however, is that the Alaskan human culture is founded upon exploiting the natural world and wildlife, exploiting the very things that make Alaska so special.  Every industry in Alaska is about extracting something from the natural world – be it fish, oil, gold or timber or wolf hides.  My hope is for people to understand what it means to come from a culture that is founded upon the complete and total exploitation of the natural world.

Another reason I live here is I found Homer, Alaska which is the only town in the state I could imagine living in.  Homer is known for halibut fishing, hippies, and art.  It is quite an anomaly in Alaska -a liberal town that has very few dead animals on the walls.  Homer is a town in the most scenic location I’ve ever seen – on a bay with views of mountains and glaciers stretching as far as the eye can see.  Unfortunately when I first moved here I lived 20 miles outside Homer – you can read about the folks I met out there on this blog – which I think represent more of the typical Alaskan mentality. 

Please take my blog with a grain of salt and a dash of satire – of course not everyone in Alaska refuses to bathe or molests their children.  I’m talking about the predominant culture – not every single individual Alaskan.  Of course there are exceptions to the noisy, violent, stinky, stop sign shooting Alaskans I talk about on this blog.  But the predominant Alaskan culture remains one based on violence and exploitation of the natural world -you can’t deny that, and I’m trying to teach Americans that those roots produce a culture very different from the rest of the U.S.  The other thing that makes living here tolerable is the fact that there are so few people here.  There were twice as many people in the county I moved from in AZ than in the whole state of Alaska!  I absolutly love that, and how easy it is to escape humanity here in Alaska.

*photo copyright 2008 grizzlybay.org