Some folks have their bucket list of things they hope to do before they expire. We keep a “loser list,” activities we consider losers because they’re either dangerous or extremely stupid. Climbing Mount Everest, for instance. Riding a bull (why strap yourself to an angry bull when horses are much more congenial?). Now we hear about this creepy clown craze.
“Police are getting calls about threatening men dressed up as clowns luring children into the woods with money, running around with machetes, pipes, knives or even guns and generally scaring the bejesus out of everybody.”
What’s up with that? Have these creepy clowns not heard about the increase in concealed-carry permits? Or police that sometimes shoot first and ask questions later? That’s a “loser list” item, for sure.
Describing the creepy clown scourge, the Washington Post wrote: “Turns out that people with a lot of face makeup and bizarre, billowy hair aren’t just frightening America from debate podiums.”
Ammon Bundy has been on the witness stand this week defending his actions in the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that lasted 41 days.
The Oregonian reported that Bundy carried a worn Bible to the witness stand Tuesday and portrayed himself as a weak underdog pitted against a powerful federal government that has tried to crush his family. Bundy became emotional on the stand several times, his voice quivering as he described how "useless'' it seems fighting against federal authorities who have put his father, his brothers and him behind bars. The trial is in its third week.
In New Mexico, a rancher who visited the Malheur refuge during the occupation and threatened to terminate his grazing contract with the Forest Service, is now all paid up.
In January, Adrian Sewell, who uses 33,000-acres of public land near Silver City, New Mexico, made a public statement that he was cancelling his grazing contract. But the Forest Service says that rancher Adrian Sewell’s permit was never cancelled and he has continued to pay his fees on time.
Feedyard Foodie Profiled
A woman originally from West Palm Beach, Fla., is one of the beef industry’s biggest advocates. Anne Burkholder’s journey to a feedyard near Cozad, Neb., started at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., where she met her future husband.
Twenty years later she’s known as the Feedyard Foodie, an enthusiast of all things beef, telling stories about her life and cattle on her blog.
The Atlantic published a feature about Burkholder that gives her an opportunity to describe how beef is raised.
Canadian Sustainability Benchmarks
This week, the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) released the findings of the National Beef Sustainability Assessment and Strategy—a two-year, ‘farm to fork’ study that benchmarks the environmental, social, and economic performance of the Canadian beef industry.