10 thoughts on “Twits

  1. How does one manage a beaver? Perhaps they can taxidermy it and put it in a barbershop? Wait… that’s done…
    Anyone else want some “managed beaver” to display in their office?

  2. Does any one else think that moving our political discourse onto a medium that has a 140 character limit on its message entries an inherently bad idea?

  3. beavers CREATE wetlands. why do they want to manage them? my grandfather’s cousin had a jihad on beavers and damns. because he thought they made the ‘family’ lake rise. yeah. the spring fed lake. now the lake is lower than ever.

  4. Huh. He said “beaver.”
    Funny that they should bring that up, considering the GOP’s great efforts in creating Our Nation’s Greatest Urban Wetland (aka New Orleans). Because, y’know, one of the things beavers (and their cousin the nutria) do is dig holes. They dig holes in things like stream banks and earthen levees whichcan weaken the levees in flood conditions.
    Then, of course, theydo build dams (PDF):

    Beaver populations have increased in recent years due to a poor fur market and the fact that they have few natural predators. Beaver management in the Southeast consists mainly of controlling beaver densities.In Mississippi, beaver damage is estimated at $3 to $5 million annually. Beaver population monitoring and management is the foundation for all other operations on the Delta National Forest. Without it, unacceptable economic and ecological losses occur.
    In 1994, over 14,000 acres (or nearly one-fourth) of the Delta National Forest were under beaver-impounded water. This happened during a time of year when natural floods do not occur. Trees flooded during the growing season suffered a loss of growth. Even species adapted to periodic high water can die if their root systems remain under water for one or more growing seasons. Timber growth loss was estimated at over 5 million board feet annually. Over 4,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forest died due to the inundation. Uncontrolled beaver populations plagued the forest to the point that flooding spread onto adjacent private lands. Campers had to contend with muddy conditions in campsites, on trails and forest roads.

    Beaver management began on the Delta National Forest in 1995 when the beaver population was at a higher than normal
    level. Management includes removing dams, clearing culverts, constructing and maintaining beaver exclusion devices,
    and trapping and killing beavers.

    Republicans probably wouldn’t have a problem with “beaver management” if they were shooting them from planes.
    Ahoy from the Beaver State (now 150 years old).

  5. every day they reach even more astonishing levels of cluelessness.
    and almost more astonishing is the way the media just looks up at the ceiling and yawns.

  6. Actually, Robert Earle, I think there’s something to be said for the 140 character limit. It forces a certain clarity of thought in order to be effective.
    It also allows us to quickly and easily identify the idiots so that we may ignore them better.

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