Here’s a question for “progressives” in California: Which is more important to you, 1) protecting the northern spotted owl from extinction, or 2) recreationally puffing on a giant doobie?

That’s a tough one, dudes. When the northern spotted owl was threatened by the logging industry in the Pacific Northwest, it was an easy choice for industry-hating liberal environmentalists to go with the owls (and, of course, the trees), so the logging industry in that region was pretty much shut down. The northern spotted owls are still with us, but now they face an additional threat related to the many thousands of pot farms, mostly non-permitted, dotting the California agricultural landscape.

As it happens, rats love to eat marijuana plants. Perhaps this is because they enjoy the high, but I must admit I haven’t researched that. Anyway, pot is apparently like catnip to them, and they’ve chewed through acres of cultivated cannabis in what used to be timberland in Humboldt, Mendocino and Del Norte counties. (One might even speculate that rats get the munchies, causing them to devour even more marijuana and exacerbating the problem!) According to a study by the University of California Davis, these really stoned hippie rats also eat rat poison that has been put out for them by the marijuana growers, who, surprisingly, are not that much into organic farming. With all the marijuana these growers presumably smoke, they’re still not mellow enough to let rats eat up their profits, so the rats must go.

And when northern spotted owls eat rats that have eaten poison, they ingest the poison. Murder most fowl.


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The study determined that the same thing is happening to barred owls, which, paradoxically, were deliberately killed by the thousands during 2014-2018 by order of the Fish & Wildlife Service because they were thought to be competing too much with northern spotted owls. This slaughter was referred to as an “experiment.” Gosh, if only biologists could come up with a rat poison that killed barred owls and spared northern spotted owls, they could “balance” nature just as they’d like. (Hey, they think they can control the climate; why not this?) But until they can, marijuana growers will continue indiscriminately killing off birds of prey, which, ironically, are one of nature’s best forms of rodent control.

So, back to the original question: Which is more important to you pot-toking “progressives” –- the northern spotted owl or the Rocky Mountain high? Your ideology can be confounding, but at least a little weed takes the edge off for you.

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  • Linda Stamper

    01/24/2018 06:44 PM

    I love your stories/reports/posts so much I find myself laughing of course but also wishing I could force all of my politically correct, fanatic, leftist friends, family and acquaintances to read them. You are a treasure! Also your gutsy, brilliant daughter is so much to be admired and celebrated. Never an awkward or embarrassing moment, never one second of “deer in the headlights” syndrome. Wow, you Huckabees!

  • Deborah Myers

    01/24/2018 11:29 AM

    California is being run by really stupid people. I have to believe they must have been smoking marijuana for years, they can't be naturally that stupid. I am so disgusted by what they are doing to our beautiful State. My husband and I were born and raised here as well as our daughter, who has a 14 year old son who was born here. We are so upset by what is happening in California that for the first time ever we are considering moving to another state. Smoking tobacco was bad but marijuana is good, give me a break. Thanks for listening. I am so impressed with your beautiful daughter, she is so intelligent and strong. You must be very proud.

  • Stephen Russell

    01/18/2018 08:44 PM

    Save Pot Farms for Medical use alone, $$$$$. Expand for Medical usage.

  • Connie L.Scheible

    01/18/2018 01:41 PM

    Thank you not only for your comments but for standing true to The Word. Also, thank you for having a daughter like Sarah!! Love that child to pieces.

  • Sherm Ris

    01/17/2018 11:23 AM

    Liberals will opt for the pot. Owl deaths can be blamed on climate change, (aka "gorebal warming", named after it's inventor), homophobics, greedy oil companies, conservative policies and ideals. Liberals have never had a problem blaming everyone who doesn't agree with them for their failures. All they have to do is hush up the researchers claiming 7 out of 10 Northern Spotted Owls contain rat poison and put the blame where it belongs; Donald Trump.
    Proposition 64 supporters can easily see that conservatives are the rats wishing to gnaw away at their right to happiness as well in addition to the demise of their owl population.

  • Leroy Becker

    01/15/2018 04:22 PM

    We lived in Oregon during the time when the spotted owl shut down logging in the National forests, but did not appear to shut down logging in the private forests owned by the big corporations, simply because apparently no owls were found there. The result was that lumber prices doubled overnight, and the small sawmills shut down with thousands of lost jobs when they lost their supply of logs which came from the National forests.
    Was this an alliance between big timber and the back to nature pot smokers? Today, there are thousands of big trees in the National forests that have dead tops blown out due to storms. These big trees have a lifespan, and with several feet of rain (60 - 100 inches) every winter, the core of trees with a dead top will rot clear to the ground while still standing. Today, In the big timber there is lots of fuel for wildfires. ("Oregon Tan" is another name for Rust!)
    These owls can be raised in nesting boxes and do not need 640 acres of old growth timber for each nesting pair. Former President Clinton, in fulfilling an election promise, held a timber summit in Portland with numerous people in attendance. A county commissioner from Coos County put an owl nesting box in his pickup and drove to Portland to attend. He was not able to testify, because he was politically incorrect.

  • Leroy Becker

    01/15/2018 02:50 PM

    We lived in Oregon during the time when the spotted owl shut down logging in the National forests, but did not appear to shut down logging in the private forests owned by the big corporations, simply because apparently no owls were found there. The result was that lumber prices doubled overnight, and the small sawmills shut down with thousands of lost jobs when they lost their supply of logs which came from the National forests.
    Was this an alliance between big timber and the back to nature pot smokers? Today, there are thousands of big trees in the National forests that have dead tops blown out due to storms. These big trees have a lifespan, and with several feet of rain (60 - 100 inches) every winter, the core of trees with a dead top will rot clear to the ground while still standing. Today, In the big timber there is lots of fuel for wildfires. ("Oregon Tan" is another name for Rust!)
    These owls can be raised in nesting boxes and do not need 640 acres of old growth timber for each nesting pair. Former President Clinton, in fulfilling an election promise, held a timber summit in Portland with numerous people in attendance. A county commissioner from Coos County put an owl nesting box in his pickup and drove to Portland to attend. He was not able to testify, because he was politically incorrect.

  • Audrey Skarness

    01/15/2018 02:08 PM

    I had six sons. Four decided to start out on pot in their teens. Beside the pot, they sniffed, snorted, huffed, puffed, smoke, swallowed, injected any drug they could buy on the streets. I get to visit them all at one time now. They all reside in the same cemetery.
    So now let's all hear how great pot is for every one.

  • Jerry Brush

    01/15/2018 02:00 PM

    Well said! The irony is deep here.

  • Stan adams

    01/15/2018 08:23 AM

    What goes around comes around!
    Hilarious!

  • Bree Waters

    01/14/2018 10:50 PM

    Love your emails! Great info! Thanks!

  • Traci Enfield

    01/13/2018 02:49 PM

    I find this is a conundrum! I am from Oregon and love the spotted owl and all animals. Now, what are our doobie smoking friends going to do? They should not poison the rats if they are killing our owls. They will have to come up with a better plan! Good for the environment and animals!!

  • Brian Ash

    01/13/2018 12:52 PM

    Once again the liberal left wacko climate controllers have tripped over their own hypocritical snare and landed in a self produced pile of owl manure. Think for a moment how much our country would prosper and our citizens benefit if the pot smoking crowd would ask themselves this question. How can we produce real products in this country and not so much induce them? M.A.G.A.

  • Clif Earls

    01/13/2018 11:33 AM

    The answer of course is more regulation, as was hinted in the wapo article. It seems like this was and is very predictable. I hope they ask the federal gov't for some help with this because Mr Sessions will give them plenty.

    We love you in the Ozarks Mr Huckabee.

  • Jaime Dibello

    01/13/2018 11:29 AM

    Whenever man meddles with God's natural order the results are invariably bleak. I imagine not only owls are being poisoned, but other beneficial predators as well. Wondering how the snake population is handling a poisoned rat diet. And why do we need fields of pot? Has the "hippie" gotten so lazy he can no longer grow his own? I recall college friends having a grow light in their closets harvesting from their own personal, purely organic plant. On the upside, perhaps the blue states will eventually all become so stoned they'll stop voting all together and leave the running of the country to the grown-ups.

  • Linda Hosse

    01/12/2018 11:02 PM

    ''Rocky Mountain high''..Indeed ! Mike, you are so funny! ??And,by the way, love your new show on TV
    Thanks for all you do,
    Linda

  • Eileen Lupkes

    01/12/2018 07:17 PM

    We were born without any kind of a cigarette. My husband Don is fighting the VA right now for stem cell therapy. We paid $8000 for stem cell in Phoenix AZ ourselves on June 1, 2015. We provided the VA Dr with the results of a 5 year study and he still says he does not see a benefit. Don was able to be without albuterol for over 3 months. Sadly our ages are working against us. Don turned 74 Dec23rd. December 10th he came down with Influenza A. It took 4 days for his primary Dr to get the message and she gave him one at 10 on Dac 14th. 3 am he could not breathe and we called an ambulance and in the ER he went code blue. The night Dr wanted him to stay, but the day Dr R Miller ordered him to go home. He never told me about the code blue. He said"Don is stage 4 COPD. We can do nothing further, take him home!"

  • Eileen Lupkes

    01/12/2018 07:16 PM

    We were born without any kind of a cigarette. My husband Don is fighting the VA right now for stem cell therapy. We paid $8000 for stem cell in Phoenix AZ ourselves on June 1, 2015. We provided the VA Dr with the results of a 5 year study and he still says he does not see a benefit. Don was able to be without albuterol for over 3 months. Sadly our ages are working against us. Don turned 74 Dec23rd. December 10th he came down with Influenza A. It took 4 days for his primary Dr to get the message and she gave him one at 10 on Dac 14th. 3 am he could not breathe and we called an ambulance and in the ER he went code blue. The night Dr wanted him to stay, but the day Dr R Miller ordered him to go home. He never told me about the code blue. He said"Don is stage 4 COPD. We can do nothing further, take him home!"

  • Eileen Lupkes

    01/12/2018 07:16 PM

    We were born without any kind of a cigarette. My husband Don is fighting the VA right now for stem cell therapy. We paid $8000 for stem cell in Phoenix AZ ourselves on June 1, 2015. We provided the VA Dr with the results of a 5 year study and he still says he does not see a benefit. Don was able to be without albuterol for over 3 months. Sadly our ages are working against us. Don turned 74 Dec23rd. December 10th he came down with Influenza A. It took 4 days for his primary Dr to get the message and she gave him one at 10 on Dac 14th. 3 am he could not breathe and we called an ambulance and in the ER he went code blue. The night Dr wanted him to stay, but the day Dr R Miller ordered him to go home. He never told me about the code blue. He said"Don is stage 4 COPD. We can do nothing further, take him home!"

  • Bonnie Horn

    01/12/2018 06:07 PM

    Mike, I'm in your camp. I LOVE your sassy pants daughter. But this wasn't written from you personally. I refuse to believe you dismiss real people who appreciate access to real therapies. Don't be vulgar.

  • todd Stewart

    01/12/2018 05:09 PM

    And licensed pest control companies will get the blame and new regulations will be placed on us. All the while unlicensed "pot farmers" will literally throw rat bait on the ground around their farms. Killing a lot more than just rats and owls!

  • Rick

    01/12/2018 04:45 PM

    Duhh WOW man! That's a very spacey topic man. Can I get a few tokes to think about it? Huh? HAHAHA what was it we were talking about? Oh yea, growin weed, yea that's right. It's cool yea, growin weed. Yea man lets do that! Lets grow some weed man. It'll be good man yea. Cool man, cool. GROW IT! yea.

  • Carol Head

    01/12/2018 04:21 PM

    Right on! Nature has a way of taking care of itself when one species grows too large in numbers. We would do well to leave it alone and let it take care of itself.

  • Ken Heins

    01/12/2018 02:33 PM

    Hey, it will be an easy call for a liberal: 100% down for saving the pot farms and 100% down for saving the Northern Spotted Owl. Hey, we can do that when we smoke that Cognitive Dissonance brand pot. No problem, dude, be cool