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

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  • yes, the government can forbid manatee riding

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

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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 Gipper View Post
    Feel free to travel down to your local horse track and shout your outrage to the heavens.
    Agreed to a degree, but horses are not an endangered species and are domesticated animals. The manatees are wild.

    I'm all for helping the manatees and see them prosper. But a balance based on sane and reasonable regulations need to be in place that balances the needs of the manatees with the needs and concerns of the local human voters and taxpayers.

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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
    Then why do so many people self identify as Tea Partier? I understand the point, I just find the denial amusing.
    Same reason Occupy supporters, who are all over the map as to what Occupy is about, self-identify.

    Just personally, the TP movement never quite seemed the right way to go for me, in any incarnation.

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

    The mere existence of laws against something so inane warrants derisive laughter.

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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
    There's more to this story and you won't find it at Examiner.com. I'm not going to defend the TP when they do something stoopid, but their issue isn't about riding manatees but Federal control over what is basically a local and state issue.

    Tea party members tackle a new issue: manatees | Tampa Bay Times

    It's not just the local 800 member TP...

    "Tea party members are far from alone in opposing the new rules. The Crystal River City Council and Citrus County Commission contend the new regulations will be bad for the local economy. "

    It's about the new far reaching federal regulations, not riding manatees.

    IMO anyone posting an article from Examiner.com should be given an immediate 10 day suspension. It's just too stoopid to take seriously.
    Actually, I was informed about this issue when I watched the daily show, in there Michael Coffman, who supports the tea party was voicing his opposition to the interference of the government with, in this case, manatee riding.

    Although it was something that also has to do with other issues but in this case it was manatee riding. Sure, they made it out like it was more an issue about loosing rights but saving animals is also an important duty of mankind and if the federal government takes measures to protect endangered animals than they should be allowed to do so.

    The manatee is also protected by state laws so it is not just federal laws.
    Former military man (and now babysitter of Donald Trump) John Kelly, is a big loud lying empty barrel!

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

    There is no reason to want to ride a manatee if it might cause them harm. Hey, I got an idea, maybe they could ride great white sharks instead.
    God Bless the Marine Corps.

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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
    There is no reason to want to ride a manatee if it might cause them harm. Hey, I got an idea, maybe they could ride great white sharks instead.
    Someone died from being hit by a snowmobile during the X games.

    You tell someone it's dangerous, and they have to do it.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    Actually, I was informed about this issue when I watched the daily show, in there Michael Coffman, who supports the tea party was voicing his opposition to the interference of the government with, in this case, manatee riding.

    Although it was something that also has to do with other issues but in this case it was manatee riding. Sure, they made it out like it was more an issue about loosing rights but saving animals is also an important duty of mankind and if the federal government takes measures to protect endangered animals than they should be allowed to do so.

    The manatee is also protected by state laws so it is not just federal laws.
    The manatee riding incident has become the poster child for both sides and IMO is nothing but sensationalism for the purpose of increasing ad and donation revenue, not to mention stoking peoples emotions who are easily stoked.

    Get down to brass tacks. It's the only way to make an informed opinion and decision.

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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
    The manatee riding incident has become the poster child for both sides and IMO is nothing but sensationalism for the purpose of increasing ad and donation revenue, not to mention stoking peoples emotions who are easily stoked.

    Get down to brass tacks. It's the only way to make an informed opinion and decision.
    It might have been a bit tongue in cheek the way I posted it here, but I do think it is a real and current problem. I think people have to take a stand in the defense of animals (through democratic ways) and if that limits some rights people think they should have than that is something these people will have to live with.

    Now if it endangers a persons lively hood than actions to help him must be taken but if we do not do our best in conservation efforts then a lot of animals will go extinct.
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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    It might have been a bit tongue in cheek the way I posted it here, but I do think it is a real and current problem. I think people have to take a stand in the defense of animals (through democratic ways) and if that limits some rights people think they should have than that is something these people will have to live with.

    Now if it endangers a persons lively hood than actions to help him must be taken but if we do not do our best in conservation efforts then a lot of animals will go extinct.
    As I said, sane and reasonable regulations that take the concerns and needs of all parties into consideration.

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

    There is no need to ride a manatee. They could ride cows if they need to ride something. Hint: cows dont like it.
    Quote Originally Posted by spanky View Post
    As I said, sane and reasonable regulations that take the concerns and needs of all parties into consideration.
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