Stories like this just don’t make the five o’clock news or the trending click bait dictated by bots with a bias, which is also a similarly and named newly formed political action committee consisting of programmed algorithms joining the fight for social justice ponzi scheme. Because, according to an esteemed group of enlightened people, bots are human too.
In a real life script with more moving parts than a rogue self-driving car programmed to reeducate passengers with selections from the Anarchist’s Cookbook, as the driver snidely lounges behind the wheel quietly humming a musical number from an adult anime special armed with a taco in one hand, and the other appendage swiping right on every profile featuring a pleasantly plump neon colored hair selfie of more piercings than birthdays hosted by the hipster dating site, Don’t Make Aggressive Eye Contact With Me. This can’t end well.
The surreal saga began in 2012, as a Louisiana encountered the misguided wrath of the federal government and the Mississippi gopher frog (no offense to Kermit), a delightful critter struggling to adapt to a changing world, reports Nola.com. In a blatant working example of government bureaucracy stamping on constitutional rights, the Department of Fish and Wildlife decided that the territory of the amphibian was just not up to specifications and promptly extended the protected area of the frog into Louisiana, even though the species does not reside there.
Enter stage left the Poitevent family and their legacy logging operations on 1,500 plus acres of harvestable land worth $34 million, located across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. On one fine day in 2012, the feds decided to slap a “critical habitat” label on the entire property, while officially designating the acreage as an extension of the frog’s range (there’s virtually a gopher frog named for every state ). To substantiate the motion, the wildlife agency had the devious audacity to change the name of the critter to dusky gopher frog.
Fortunately, the Poitevent’s fought back through legal channels and secured the services of property rights gurus, the Pacific Legal Foundation, in suing the government. Unfortunately, the judge sided with the US in the initial case, and subsequent appeals in a comical game of ideological musical chairs, have yielded absolutely mind numbing results, in pandering to the endangered species act. Even though the property has been determined to be unsuitable as a possible hosting site for the species, the feds are bent on pursuing what boils down to an unethical and brazen land grab. What makes matters worse is that the previous administration chose to amend verbiage pertaining to potential remote habitats for threatened or endangered species, in putting the perfect ambiguous touch on giving the government the latitude to seize property as they see fit. Basically, landowners across the entire breadth of the nation are subject to losing their property if it is determined to be a possible sanctuary for a critter that does not even inhabit the locality. Currently, Trump and cabinet are attempting to reverse this horrid policy and other dangerous EPA legislation towards property owners.
According to a super article by the National Review, the case of the Poitevent family and the dubious frog have progressed to the highest legal authority in the land, as in January of this year, the Supreme Court decided to hear the case.
In the meantime, for those who own large expanses of undeveloped wilderness, the only logical recourse is to clear cut forests and drain the wetlands, in order to prevent an overbearing government from awarding the property with a fatal title based on the crocodile tears of the environmental movement, in stealing land without any form of compensation. The precedent has been set, if a species is naturally dwindling into the darkness of finality, government must act as God, even at the expense of citizens. This is one neatly gift wrapped package from Obama that keeps on taking.
Now that the endangered species act has morphed into a criminal enterprise featuring conservation by proxy and engineered with the foisted legacy of the EPA and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, where do residents rank, especially those who own property, in the agenda-ridden drama act of embracing illegal immigrants and creatures through litigious undertakings? On the recycled muddled civic paperwork, not very high. Maybe, the homeless can find a permanent situation through a tidy land grab.
In a narrative that demands the quest for low hanging fruit, perhaps the nation’s capital should be transformed into the ultimate wetland sanctuary.
Read the Nola.com story here.
Read the National Review story here.