The God-King will allow the import of elephant trophies. Yes, that relates to Roy Moore…. (More)
“Legal, well-regulated sport hunting….”
The Trump administration plans to allow hunters to import trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the United States, reversing a ban put in place by the Obama administration in 2014, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official confirmed to ABC News today.
And in the down-is-up manner of modern conservatism, they say this will help save elephants:
“Legal, well-regulated sport hunting as part of a sound management program can benefit the conservation of certain species by providing incentives to local communities to conserve the species and by putting much-needed revenue back into conservation,” a Fish and Wildlife spokesperson said in a statement.
Ahem. The problem, of course, is that elephant hunting in Zimbabwe is rarely “legal, well-regulated.” There’s a whole lot of poaching, not to mention an incredibly corrupt government:
The United States has listed African elephants under the federal Endangered Species Act, and hunting trophies can only be imported if the federal government finds that killing them positively enhances the survival of the species. Under the prior administration, FWS made the eminently reasonable decision that Zimbabwe – one of the most corrupt countries on earth – was not managing its elephant population in a sustainable manner. Government officials allegedly have been involved in both poaching of elephants and illegal export of ivory tusks. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe even celebrated his birthday last year by feasting on an elephant.
Zimbabwe’s elephant population has declined six percent since 2001 and evidence shows that poaching has increased in areas where trophy hunting is permitted (such as in the Chirisa and Chete safari areas). A number of problems with Zimbabwe’s elephant management remain unresolved to date: the lack of an elephant management plan; lack of sufficient data on population numbers and trends; anemic enforcement of wildlife laws; lack of information about how money derived from trophy hunting by U.S. hunters is distributed within Zimbabwe; and lack of a national mechanism, such as government support, to sustain elephant conservation efforts in the country.
Yeah, so much for saving those elephants. And if that’s not the reason, why reverse the rule?
“Being anti-establishment is an escape clause from personal responsibility, and #war means proudly defending the indefensible.”
Reversing the ban on elephant trophy imports fits neatly with modern conservatism’s most basic credo: F—k you. If it pisses off The Establishment and even better pisses off Liberals … then Do It Loud And Proud. Because F—k you.
Roy Moore is the Steve Bannon project in a nutshell.
For the former Trump operative, the Alabama Senate candidate’s tattered credibility is a feature, not a bug. If Moore had well-considered political and legal views, good judgment and a sterling reputation, he’d almost by definition be part of the establishment that Bannon so loathes. Since Moore has none of those things, he’s nearly an ideal representative of the Bannon insurgency.
Events in Alabama make it clear that Bannon’s dime-store Leninism – burn everything down, including perhaps the Republican Senate majority – comes at a considerable cost. In this project, the truth doesn’t matter, ethics don’t matter, and standards don’t matter. Being anti-establishment is an escape clause from personal responsibility, and #war means proudly defending the indefensible.
Today the Washington Post reports that two more women have come forward to say Moore made sexual advances while they were teenagers, and AL.com reports that another woman says Moore “grabbed” her bottom after representing her in a custody hearing. In response, Moore threatened to sue AL.com and a local pastor said the accusers are “satanically motivated” and Republicans are “a bunch of sissies” for refusing to stand by Moore. And Bannon said there is “zero chance” that he will back away from Moore and said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should resign.
Because F—k you.
“It’s blurring the lines because it’s so unusual”
Taxpayers are footing the legal bill for at least 10 Justice Department lawyers and paralegals to work on lawsuits related to President Trump’s private businesses.
Neither the White House nor the Justice Department will say how much it is costing taxpayers, but federal payroll records show the salaries of the government lawyers assigned to the cases range from about $133,000 to $185,000.
The government legal team is defending President Trump in four lawsuits stemming from his unusual decision not to divest himself from hundreds of his companies that are entangled with customers that include foreign governments and officials.
In the cases, Justice Department attorneys are not defending policy actions Trump took as president. Instead, the taxpayer-funded lawyers are making the case that it is not unconstitutional for the president’s private companies to earn profits from foreign governments and officials while he’s in office.
“We’ve never before had a president who was branded and it’s impossible to divorce from that brand,” said Stuart Gerson, who served as chief of the Justice Department’s civil division for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. “It’s blurring the lines because it’s so unusual. I can’t think of a precedent where another civil division lawyer has been called on to defend the president under these circumstances.”
Yes, the God-King has the Department of Just Us defending his ‘right’ to use the presidency to make himself and his family richer. Because F—k you.
That’s why the God-King nominated a chemical industry flack to head the EPA’s chemical safety office and nominated as a federal judge a GOP campaign flack who’s never tried a case – but happens to be married to the chief of staff in the God-King’s judge-picking office. That’s why the God-King insists the GOP tax plan won’t help him personally, despite clear facts to the contrary.
From elephant trophies to Roy Moore to the GOP tax plan, it’s all the same song. And the title is: F—k you.
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