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Saturday, January 19, 2019

If It’s Christmas, It’s Basset Hounds

If it’s the Christmas season, it’s time for the Fred and Beverly Santa photo. Our two basset hounds have passed, but the Santa photo lives on—a family classic.

I defy anybody to look at it without smiling: Beverly lolling happily in St. Nick’s lap, with Fred indignant and under restraint: “Never mind taking my picture, get me out of here!”

Santa was a trouper. Fred could pull like a 4-WD pickup.

We can’t imagine life without basset hounds. Indeed, the Lyons Plan for Universal World Peace includes mandatory basset ownership. The stubborn little brutes make you smile every time you look at them.…

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Lame-Duck GOP Congress Targets Endangered Wolves

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.


Gray wolves have been listed as endangered or threatened in the lower 48 states since the 1960s, but the lame-duck Republican House wants to strip federal protections from most wolves.

The House voted 196-180 to approve H.R.6784 on Nov. 16 with 187 Republicans and nine Democrats voting for it. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), would strip federal protection from gray wolves, except Mexican wolves in the southwest, and prevent courts from reviewing the changes.

“This final, pathetic stab at wolves exemplifies House Republicans’ longstanding cruelty and contempt for our nation’s wildlife,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Zinke Plans To Destroy Interior Dept Records On Endangered Species

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.


Republicans have been trying to weaken protections for endangered animals and now they are trying to get permission to destroy some records about what animals are protected.

Trump’s Interior Department, headed by Ryan Zinke, wants to destroy records such as proposals to help endangered species recover and proposals for protecting where the animals live. The request is part of a proposed massive purge of Interior records that also includes records about oil and gas leases, timber sales, dams and land purchases.

“This is really bad for endangered species, which need to be monitored over time and to ensure conservation action has been effective,” said Noah Greenwald of the Center for Biological Diversity.

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