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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?

    As long as the person isn't hurting the manatee in any way, I don't see why you shouldn't be allowed to ride one. Of course if one hurts you because it's 5 times your size, I feel no sorrow for you.

    It's dumb of the government to punish the woman for something that didn't harm the manatee in any way, and it's dumb of the tea party to get involved. It really isn't a big deal.
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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
    This post was a thinly disguised attack on the TP, and any responses pro manatee riding were tongue in cheek.

    There are some legitimate reasons to criticize TP actions, this is not one of them. Using this an example to oppose them is sophomoric and juvenile. It plays on the worst, most infantile knee jerk emotions and is not worthy of this site nor the thoughtful participants that engage.

    But that's just me. That being said, I'm done with this thread because I don't think there is anything more to be said.

    At least intelligently.
    I don't see piling on the TP in this thread.

    You participated quite a bit, but...ok.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gina View Post
    I don't see piling on the TP in this thread.

    You participated quite a bit, but...ok.
    What left is there to be discussed?

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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
    What left is there to be discussed?
    In the meantime, Molten replied. So I guess he thought there was something to add and it was pro-manatee riding with nary a tongue or a cheek.

    Participate or don't. Agree with me or not. I'm good.

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

    Next they're going to defend....I don't know something crazy.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gina View Post
    In the meantime, Molten replied. So I guess he thought there was something to add and it was pro-manatee riding with nary a tongue or a cheek.

    Participate or don't. Agree with me or not. I'm good.

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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
    Don't post from Examiner.com. There were underlying links that better explained the issue, Examiner.com is a website where any butt rumping a$$wipe can post their opinions and give them the aura of a responsible website.

    Think of the worst poster here, they can be a "journalist" on Examiner.com.
    I could care less if you think that no-one should post from the examiner.com because it is not the issue here it is the story that is the issue and whether or not the examiner wrote about it is a non-issue.

    There are more news sources about this grand war on the manatees by the Florida tea party:

    Tea Party takes aim at manatee regulations - UPI.com

    The Daily Show takes on Florida Tea Party group's fight over manatee rules | Tampa Bay Times

    The Daily Show takes on Florida Tea Party group's fight over manatee rules | Tampa Bay Times

    The issues is and remains, does the government have the right to forbid people riding manatees. The law says they do, the tea party says they don't.
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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Some of the things the far right says are just soooo difficult for most of us to understand we wish they were tounge in cheek but I dont really think they are. REmember teh bonehead that thought women could will themselves not to get pregnant if it was "really" rape? No. I think they are serious about manatees.

    We must ask ourselves, WWTND? with the manatees?
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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    As long as the person isn't hurting the manatee in any way, I don't see why you shouldn't be allowed to ride one. Of course if one hurts you because it's 5 times your size, I feel no sorrow for you.

    It's dumb of the government to punish the woman for something that didn't harm the manatee in any way, and it's dumb of the tea party to get involved. It really isn't a big deal.
    manatees are not humans play things, the cold hard fact is that it is illegal to ride/bother/disturb them. The law has been in place for decades, if you are dumb enough to break the law by bothering these animals you deseirve to be punished. But jail and huge fines may not be the answer for first time offenders, community service to help protect the manatees would be the best option IMHO.
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    Re: Should one be able to ride a manatee without interference from the government?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Manatees sleep under our dock, the largest collections of manatees in N. America gather in winter within waterway minutes of our home, and I'm FWC meaning it is my specific job to protect manatees. I see manatees - many - nearly every day.

    Manatees are very people friendly, beneign creatures. Not very smart creatures. Related to elephants, ie trophical, they die if water temperature falls below 68. So in winter they come to our warm spring waters to survive and breed. Hundreds can gather together in clear, shallow water. They have little body fat, unlike people think. Strict vegetarians.

    Riding a manatee doesn't hurt it and some would enjoy it. Some would. Others not.

    The problem is that if people are allowed such contacts, soon they are carving their initials on their backs. Manatees should be categorized as "protected", but not endangered in my opinion.

    Some of the regulations about manatees actually are harmful to manatees - particularly federal regulations by zippy pinheads.

    As for "riding" manatees? No, I think not because then some people would go overboard and seek out manatees in their breeding and baby-raising areas where they gather. Do I think doing so is a serious offense? No. Just write a ticket and leave it at that.


    There ya go.

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