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July 23, 2008

Like Shooting Wildebeest in a Barrel
Posted by Heather Hurlburt

Making fun of Duncan Hunter seems almost too easy.  So I'll just point you to this brilliant Al Kamen column on Hunter's idea that he should go hunt wildebeest in Kenya and then donate the carcasses to refugee camps in Chad. I can't improve on it but I can, with the help of sources, make some contextualizing points. 

1.  Wildebeest are endangered:  why would you hunt them?

2.  Wildebeest aren't native to Chad; why not just ship over surplus ostrich and llama from all the people in the US who optimistically started ostrich and llama farms?  Or carp and tillapia from all the fish farms that are going belly-up because of the increase in feed grain prices?

3.  Wildebeest are currently more endangered than usual because the political unrest in Kenya has disrupted tourism and heightened incentives for poaching.  This suggests Duncan Hunter could be really helpful by going to Kenya, spending lots of money in and around game parks, but only shooting at animals which are currently overpopulated. Oh, wait -- he could be really useful by advocating in Congress policies that provide meaningful economic development support and trade incentives to Kenyans and other Africans, and policies that provide more financial support to refugees and increase options for refugee resettlement.  Wait, that's not as much fun as hunting?

On second thought, I have another idea.  Go hunt as much as he likes -- let the wildebeest take their chances -- and put someone else in the Congressional seat.


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FYI...Duncan isn't running for re-election...his son is running for his seat.... Do you think his son will be any different?.... Believe me, I know he isn't...just younger and more ambitious if that is possible... These guys were friends with old Duke Cuttingham... and Jerry Lewis..

I say we hunt Duncan. After all, he is an endangered species that should be allowed to become extinct, you know, for the sake of humanity and all.

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