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returntocommonsense
Democracy is a verb - or at least it should be.
06:41 AM on 07/14/2011
""We cannot elevate nature above people," explained Edna Mattos, 63, leader of the Citrus County Tea Party Patriots, in an interview. "That's against the Bible and the Bill of Rights."

Edna - (1) people are a part of nature, (2) where in the Bill of Rights does it say that people are above nature and (3) since you believe God made the Earth, which includes nature, shouldn't any damage to nature be considered a crime against God and therefore blasphemy?

Since the manatees are bringing tourists to the area, you would think that they would want to protect them because tourist dollars creates jobs. I guess that is too much logic for the Citrus County Tea Party.
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DMSmith
03:47 AM on 07/14/2011
"We cannot elevate nature above people,"
Actually, Edna is right. But she doesn't realize what she's said. We cannot elevate one over the other because they are the same thing: People ARE nature - as much as the manatees are. They can't be separated, let alone one elevated over the other.
Although she's right...she's an idiot.
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jessivehadit
Philosopher, Scientist, Writer, Researcher
03:37 AM on 07/14/2011
epic face-palm.
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Dan1902
United we bargain,divided we beg!
02:37 AM on 07/14/2011
What are they called The Mental Midget ManaTea Party??
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DMSmith
03:48 AM on 07/14/2011
I really, really wish I hadn't laughed. Damn.
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Sister Bluebird
12:03 PM on 07/14/2011
OMG! THAT IS HILARIOUS!

Like that joke about crossing state lines for illegal porpoises. :)
MarkJudiGoet
Diogenes was an optimist
02:08 AM on 07/14/2011
I once heard a wise man say,"The more people I meet, the more I like dogs".
Thats how I'm starting to feel about Tea Baggers.
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02:03 AM on 07/14/2011
i am not certain these people can spell manatee,less legislate their protection.
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Sister Bluebird
01:11 AM on 07/14/2011
Serious wack-a-loonery in Florida going on. Manatee Conspiracy? Holy Black Helicopters Batman!
12:58 AM on 07/14/2011
They don't call us Circus County for nothing!

(One wonders what this area would be like if there never was a Fox News.)

-Live from Circus County from one of the few liberals at large...
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whirlybird
Time's a-wastin'!
05:46 AM on 07/14/2011
If Murdoch gets what's coming to him, maybe there won't be a Fox News for much longer. Such a thing would restore my faith in God.
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ken607
Nothing natural about gas,nothing clean about coal
07:03 AM on 07/14/2011
that would be awsome then the people can get back to work!
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MinneMike
I am 1% deal with it
12:48 AM on 07/14/2011
From the article:

"We cannot elevate nature above people," explained Edna Mattos, 63, leader of the Citrus County Tea Party Patriots, in an interview. "That's against the Bible and the Bill of Rights."

Federal officials "want to restrict the entire bay," she contended. "They don't want people here."

I cannot disagree with this view. That "God gave to man a dominion over the inferior creatures, over fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air"
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Sister Bluebird
01:13 AM on 07/14/2011
Whatever. If we destroy the ecological diversity of our planet/habitat, it won't matter what your god allegedly gave anyone. It won't sustain us, the manatees or much of anything else. Then we can watch the rise of the cockroaches and see what their god has to say about the matter.
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MinneMike
I am 1% deal with it
01:27 AM on 07/14/2011
Good heaven's. You are unredeemable. I will pray for you.
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01:28 AM on 07/14/2011
You can not dismiss the value of that which you do not understand.
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MinneMike
I am 1% deal with it
01:51 AM on 07/14/2011
Wow! A touch of sanctimony on a late evening.

And of course, you, the self appointed wizard of all that is not understandable by others.