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Let’s Talk the Rats Out of the House
By Carl Langley
posted March 26, 2009
GUEST COLUMN – Let us take up this morning
what may become one of the burning issues of our time. In brief, do
chickens have the right to bring a class action lawsuit against the
Kentucky Fried Chicken chain? Can pigs sue the snouts off of those so
brazen as to cook barbecue?
In Chicago lawyer Cass Sunstein’s world that question is not out of the
question, if you are to believe a lengthy piece on Sunstein that was
published in the most recent issue of America’s 1st Freedom magazine.
Sunstein, whose outbursts imply that he may been left out in the sun
too long, is a fierce advocate of animal rights, and now he may be in a
position to enhance the advancement of his beliefs.
Sunstein, a University of Chicago Law school professor, has been
appointed by President Obama to head up the White House Office of
Information and Regulatory Affairs. It is a clearinghouse or gateway
for national legislation, and, as the magazine puts it, that includes
gun licensing measures.
Sunstein’s Chicago ties apparently led to his appointment, and we all
know about Chicago politics and the magnetic hold they exert on Obama.
According to 1st Freedom, Sunstein has uttered some bizarre statements
and at the top of the heap is his proclamation that animals have legal
rights. He believes they should be provided lawyers to sue those who
would and do abuse them. I would imagine exemptions will be made for
Chicago political bosses caught dipping into the till..
In an effort to warn us, 1st Freedom cites a speech Sunstein made a
couple of years back at Harvard University (a rather suitable setting)
in which he called for an outright ban on hunting. “That should be the
law, and it‘s time now,” he is said to have declared.
1st Freedom, a magazine serving gun collectors, gun owners, hunters and
sports shooters, said Sunstein told the Harvard gathering that “any
animals that are entitled to bring suit would be represented by human
counsel who would not only serve as legal advocates but guardians of
their furred and feathered clients.
I thought lawyers had found everything that can be sued, but apparently
I am mistaken. Ticking off by the numbers the potential clients,
Sunstein finds a fertile field of litigants. He said livestock and wild
animals, greyhounds used in racing, rabbits used in cosmetic tests,
mules used to pull wagons for hayrides and flocks and herds of others
should have legal rights.
The professor, who noted that current use and abuse of animals is akin
to “human slavery,” didn’t spare anyone, even including those
cold-hearted people prone to set traps for mice and rats who have
sneaked into households, stores or granaries.
“People should try to expel rats in a way that does not harm them at
all,” Sunstein told his rapt audience, many of whom I suspect suffer
from rapid eye movement or knee jerk reaction to such simple matters as
attempting to order from a restaurant menu.
I suggest that Sunstein‘s remark about rodent relocation is certain to
get the Harvard whizzes to working at ways to oust mice and rats,
meaning many are likely to call for “meaningful dialogue” with the
creatures. Meaningful dialogue, I remind, are Harvard spin words,
loosely translated into “I give up,” or “I surrender.”
Before closing his momentous remarks, Sunstein suggested that those
selling everything from fried chicken and hamburgers to supermarket
meats of every description be forced to display a picture of the doomed
animals on the packages.
I wonder how you display a picture of an oyster on a pint container?
National Rifle Association President Wayne LaPierre said while most
folks will be bent double laughing at these suggestions, “it is no
joke.” LaPierre said that as the White House regulatory czar Sunstein
will have a say in all laws dealing with the sale and resale of
firearms and hunting licenses. This includes, of course, the thousands
of regulations bureaucrats insert in legislation that House and Senate
members never read before they are voted into law.
Now that I have told you about this lunacy it’s time for me to get into
the kitchen and begin preparations for my evening dinner. I have come
up with a couple of hot new recipes for escargot flambeau and canard
l’orange and can‘t wait to try them out.
For those of you untutored in international cuisine, that’s braised
snails and duck with orange sauce. They are long time favorites of mine
and go well with marinated collards, cabbage on the half shell and a
cornbread, okra and peas pudding that has been in my family for more
than 100 years.
God bless America!
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