I'm seeing some wailing and gnashing of teeth over one of the President's recent pronouncements. While I think that it is perfectly reasonable to be prepared to experience horror, bewilderment and dread any time he opens his mouth, it is still important to actually listen to what is said since there is always the possibility (however remote) that such reactions will be unwarranted.
For instance, it would seem to me, given the usual complaints from those complaining, that it would be more appropriate to cheer...or at least nod knowingly at the Presidents completely uncharacteristic decision to defer to state and local wishes with regard to federal land management decisions, and the decision itself seems perfectly reasonable.
For real fun, imagine this power in the hands of President Trump...
Posted by: J Greely at Mon Aug 31 15:07:41 2015 (ZlYZd)
I don't think even he would have the gall to rename, for instance, Mount Rushmore... (oh, my head hurts)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Mon Aug 31 18:16:40 2015 (+rSRq)
Considering the President's motivations, I wouldn't be surprised if he directed the monument to be renamed the Mt. Rushmore Monument at the Lakota name for the mountain. Which isn't really that big of a deal except for all of the politics behind it. It doesn't "fix" or even "help" anything; it's purely a political action, just like with Mt. McKinley.
Less of an issue would be something like Mt. Taylor. It seems that most people know the mountain equally as Taylor or as Turquoise Mountain. If you're able to pronounce Navajo (and even if you can't, for some) you might call it Tsoodzil. If the President wants to rename it, though; he better check in with the Zuni, Hopi and a handful of other American Indian nations that all call the mountain by different names. I notice President Obama didn't check with the Ahtna or Dena'ina to see what name they wanted for the mountain.
Posted by: Ben at Mon Aug 31 18:47:31 2015 (S4UJw)
"Denali is not just a mountain in Alaska."
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Mon Aug 31 19:40:36 2015 (PiXy!)
True dat. It's also the awesomest trim-level for GMC trucks.
Posted by: Ben at Mon Aug 31 20:50:12 2015 (S4UJw)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Tue Sep 1 02:29:59 2015 (RqRa5)
"Pique Should Not Be a Default State...for Anyone"
Well said, sir!
Although, I believe that pique is
the default state for a badger.
Posted by: L. Beau Macaroni at Tue Sep 1 17:13:57 2015 (P2Eio)
I thought Denali was a coat company from Colorado.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Tue Sep 1 23:10:29 2015 (ZJVQ5)
Although, I believe that pique is the default state for a badger.
Though not, of course, for a honey badger.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wed Sep 2 05:52:51 2015 (PiXy!)
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