View Poll Results: Should the government be allowed to forbid manatee riding?

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    4 9.52%
  • yes, the government can forbid manatee riding

    15 35.71%
  • the tea party has lost it's mind to campaign for manatee riding

    15 35.71%
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Thread: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Quote Originally Posted by spanky View Post
    How do you know when the manatee has given consent to be ridden?
    I don't - but maybe they show you - kind of like when a horse bucks you in the nuts if he doesn't like what you're doing.

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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    What I want to know is do manatees have the right to stand their ground?
    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I don't - but maybe they show you - kind of like when a horse bucks you in the nuts if he doesn't like what you're doing.
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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Two things here:
    1) the Tea Party isn't an actual political party and local groups can call themselves anything, doesn't mean their chosen platform is shared by anyone outside their local group. They're much like the Occupy movement in that regard.
    2) it's against the law to ride the manatees because there's no compelling reason for riding the suckers and the rest of us have to pay to have your dumbass rescued when the manatee crushes your moronic self.

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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Quote Originally Posted by mak2 View Post
    What I want to know is do manatees have the right to stand their ground?
    I could be wrong, but I don't think they do much standing - but I, personally, wouldn't be about to challenge a 1,200 lb beast's territory unnecessarily.

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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Quote Originally Posted by spanky View Post
    How do you know when the manatee has given consent to be ridden?
    Feel free to travel down to your local horse track and shout your outrage to the heavens.

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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    You ever notice how when a Tea Partier or the party itself, says or does something really stupid all the other Tea Partiers start talking about how the Tea Party aint really a Party...?
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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Quote Originally Posted by mak2 View Post
    You ever notice how when a Tea Partier or the party itself, says or does something really stupid all the other Tea Partiers start talking about how the Tea Party aint really a Party...?
    Kind of like Democrats when Joe Biden opens his mouth.

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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Quote Originally Posted by mak2 View Post
    You ever notice how when a Tea Partier or the party itself, says or does something really stupid all the other Tea Partiers start talking about how the Tea Party aint really a Party...?
    Ever notice how those who use the TP movement as a political foil conveniently don't understand it has never been a political party?

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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Two things here:
    1) the Tea Party isn't an actual political party and local groups can call themselves anything, doesn't mean their chosen platform is shared by anyone outside their local group. They're much like the Occupy movement in that regard.
    2) it's against the law to ride the manatees because there's no compelling reason for riding the suckers and the rest of us have to pay to have your dumbass rescued when the manatee crushes your moronic self.
    This is the argument of the locals. The fed regulations in place to protect the manatee have resulted in the local population going from 100 to 500 in ten years or so. In other words, what's in place is working. But the enviro feds are using this stupid issue of the woman riding the manatee as an excuse to put new far reaching regulations in place (never let a good crisis go to waste). They want to prohibit ANY kind of water craft from the area. This is a tourist area that has grown and seen significant investment in that tourism. Hotels, restaurants, local curio shops etc. The new regulations might shut that down and cause a significant loss in investment, revenue and jobs.

    It's an arguable position. You may not agree with it entirely, but one should take the concerns of the locals into consideration.

    So it's not about riding manatees and i question the purpose of the OP in posting this questionable article from a questionable source with questionable goals which IMO was to spin to the good and intelligent participants of this site.
    Last edited by spanky; 02-21-13 at 03:22 PM.

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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Then why do so many people self identify as Tea Partier? I understand the point, I just find the denial amusing.
    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Ever notice how those who use the TP movement as a political foil conveniently don't understand it has never been a political party?
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