The Senate’s first order of business: Polar bear carcasses

posted at 10:46 am on November 14, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Congress officially reconvened for the lame-duck on Tuesday, but I’m only mentioning this bill because, 1) it’s just so gloriously, headdesk-ishly appropriate that while we teeter in the breeze on the edge of the fiscal cliff, the U.S. Senate’s first accomplishment has to do with that noble symbol of eco-progressivism, the polar bear; and 2) because, on second glance, the gist of the legislation actually sounds pretty great — it at least seems like a solid win for both outdoorsmen specifically and fans of common sense everywhere. Just checking off the items we can all agree upon first, I suppose, before getting down to the ugly fiscal stuff. Via the AP:

In its first roll call since September, the Senate voted 92-5 on Tuesday to debate a bill to ease restrictions on hunters and fishermen and allow 41 U.S. hunters to bring home polar bear carcasses trapped in Canada due to a ban on trophy imports. …

The idea was that the bill would pass easily postelection. Reid said it was “one of the most popular bills” the Senate had considered in the last session. …

Tester’s bill combines 19 measures favorable to outdoorsmen. In addition to dealing with the polar bear hides, it would allow more hunting and fishing on federal lands, let bow hunters cross federal land where hunting isn’t allowed, encourage federal land agencies to cooperate with state and local authorities to maintain shooting ranges, exclude ammunition and tackle from federal environmental laws that regulate lead, boost fish populations and protect animal habitat. A similar bill passed in the House earlier this year.

A ban on bringing in polar bears legally offed by hunters up north, presumably to deter hunters from bothering to go north and hunt polar bears at all? Three guesses who thought up that genius bit of top-down virtue that the federal government has no business imposing. (Polar bears are doing just fine, by the way, and the Endangered Species Act is one of radical environmentalists’ most effective tools for prohibiting productive land use by designating areas as untouchable wilderness.)

The legislation has the support of the NRA, and fewer regulations and hurdles for sportsmen — who are the greatest conservationists you will ever meet, I might add — that simultaneously rain on the over-controlling parade of the enviro-bureaucracy’s many regulations (although they may actually get a few other ones out of this, ugh), is a small but solid step in the right direction.


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I like polar bear coats, and car seats

Conservative4ev on November 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Priorities

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

This is most relevant. The elections showed that the country is very polarized.

Shy Guy on November 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Reid said it was “one of the most popular bills” the Senate had considered in the last session. …

Second only to the budget I refuse to put to paper.
-Reid

Gatsu on November 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

The roof… the roof… the roof is on fire…

Gingotts on November 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM

This is the kind of political reach-around the country is craving.

CorporatePiggy on November 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Need a pic of President Revenge and Putin subdueing these bears.

Shirtless of course.

FlaMurph on November 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM

How weird… What a coincidence… We’re having polaspottadarter, a variant of turducken, for Thanksgiving this year.

M240H on November 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM

This is most relevant. The elections showed that the country is very polarized.

Shy Guy on November 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

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: )

listens2glenn on November 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Uh, aren’t those polar bear carcasses a little, … ripe, right about now?

platypus on November 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The Senate is doing the bare minimum

faraway on November 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The Senate is doing the bare minimum

faraway on November 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I see what you did there. Nice.

platypus on November 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

But I thought they where endangered? Global Warming and all.

rich801 on November 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM

But I thought they where endangered? Global Warming and all.

rich801 on November 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Please don’t tempt them. They’ll soon start banning ice cube dispensers in home refrigerators, if we don’t shut up.

Shy Guy on November 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I hate polar bears. Recently watched a youtube video with a “snow cam”. It’s a camera disguised as a lump of snow. First the bear puts his two front paws on it and jumps up and down, thereby destroying it in seconds. The only think polar bears do is keep the seal population down. We don’t need them. They terroize and kill people.

Blake on November 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM

This polar bear is for the radical environmentalists.

PatriotGal2257 on November 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I think trophy hunters should only be allowed to use bow and arrows when after polar bears,…or Kodiak brown bears for that matter.

a capella on November 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Why don’t we lock Harry Reid in the same room with a hungry polar bear?

We’ll make it a fair fight………Harry will be armed with a rubber band and a pea shooter.

pilamaye on November 14, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Priorities

cmsinaz on November 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

And get ready….Senator Mark Kirk (Illinois) is coming back to work come January. While he’s made a remarkable recovery from a devastating stroke…..he’s still the same old moderate he’s always been.
“Kirk tells WLS that he will make a ban on dumping sewage in the Great Lakes his priority for this Congress”

*sigh*

tencole on November 14, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Post Office up next.

Jabberwock on November 14, 2012 at 11:23 AM

But I thought they where endangered? Global Warming and all.

rich801 on November 14, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Not in Canada. Hell, they even jail’em in Churchill. Manitoba.

katy the mean old lady on November 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Congress loves polar bears, hates Americans.

Axion on November 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Not in Canada. Hell, they even jail’em in Churchill. Manitoba.

katy the mean old lady on November 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I’d hate to be in the next cell..

Kraken on November 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

At least this issue didn’t polarize the Senate.

davidk on November 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Sorry about Tester, folks. We tried to get rid of him but the negative ads did Rehberg in.

Kissmygrits on November 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I think trophy hunters should only be allowed to use bow and arrows when after polar bears,…or Kodiak brown bears for that matter.

a capella on November 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I get enough of a rush stalking feral hogs with an AR and a sidearm. You’d have to be on bath salts to go after a polar bear with a bow. I suspect it’s already been done, but that’s a bad sort of crazy.

TexasDan on November 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Hunters in the Northwest Territories used to receive $400 when they submitted polar bear pelts to Genuine Mackenzie Valley Furs, a government-run fur marketer. For this season, authorities have upped the figure to $1750.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/01/03/n-w-t-ups-price-paid-for-polar-bear-pelts-to-1750-as-demand-for-the-fur-rises/

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davidk on November 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM

protect animal habitat

Hmm…

theperfecteconomist on November 14, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Israel is bombing Gaza and HA is talking about polar bear carcasses.

(It cuts both ways…)

Israeli air strike kills Hamas military chief Jabari
By YAAKOV LAPPIN, JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
LAST UPDATED: 11/14/2012 18:37
IAF hits 20 underground sites housing long-range launchers capable of striking Tel Aviv; strikes mark start of targeted anti-terror campaign; Hamas says Israel “opened the gates of hell” with Gaza hit.

Per Drudge.

Akzed on November 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

I think trophy hunters should only be allowed to use bow and arrows when after polar bears,…or Kodiak brown bears for that matter.

a capella on November 14, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Only if they can use bait…like you.

iconoclast on November 14, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Is the law tagged “Knut’s Law”?

andycanuck on November 14, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Akzed on November 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

True. Dead Hamas leaders and attacks on long-range missiles is almost as enjoyable as reading about hunting polar bears. Except I have more sympathy for the polar bears than the Gazans.

iconoclast on November 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM

The Senate’s first order of business: Polar bear carcasses

Obviously, millions of jobs are at stake….somehow….


/sarc>

landlines on November 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

FU Neveda for continually voting for this POS

burserker on November 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I could use a new rug.

Ward Cleaver on November 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

The legislation has the support of the NRA, and fewer regulations and hurdles for sportsmen — who are the greatest conservationists you will ever meet, I might add — that simultaneously rain on the over-controlling parade of the enviro-bureaucracy’s many regulations (although they may actually get a few other ones out of this, ugh), is a small but solid step in the right direction.

Run on, much?

PersonFromPorlock on November 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM