David Huntwork

I Am NOT An Animal

Preparedness: Hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst
Wikileaks War
The Rise of the Tea Party
Why I Signed The Manhattan Declaration
Boycott The One
Into a Twisted Future with Gary Wolf
We Shall Not Go Quietly Into The Night
Dancing Under the Ugandan Skies - A Book Review
The 99 Most Memorable, Interesting and Outrageous Political Quotes of 2008
Obama's Natural Born Problem
The Giggle Monster Lost His Giggle (A children's story)
Victory at any Price
The History of the Huntwork Clan
Palin and those "scary" Christians
Our "Little Barracuda"
Civility at Saddleback
The Top Ten Reasons Obama Should Not Be President
The Coming Fascist State
You're to Blame for Everything
Hillary's Close Call
The Jerry Springer Party
Christianity, Obama, Identity Politics and Liberation Theology
Tis the Season to be PC
I Am NOT An Animal
The Sad Saga of Amanda Marcotte
The Left attempts to define Political Correctness
In Defense of Blackwater and the Modern Day Merc
Some Thoughts on the Senate Sleepover and the Iraq War
The Salt Lake Shooter and Sudden Jihad Syndrome
Successes and Setbacks in the "Long War"
The Rise of the Anti-Jihadists
The Little Boy and the Magic Snowman (A Children's Story)
Exploiting Children in the Name of Climate Change
Workshop of the Second Self: A Book Review
The Mystery of 9-11, Dr. Graham and Jamal Khan
2996: A tribute to the victims of 9-11
Myths (and Truths) of the Illegal Immigration Invasion
Out of Control Teacher Reinstated after Anti-US Rant
Alternating Worlds: A Book Review
Defending Christmas
The Execution of Terri Schiavo
The Saga of SpongeBob SquarePants
Civility at Saddleback
Embedded Reporters: A Bad Idea
Death of a Monster: Yasser Arafat
Immigrations Unarmed Invasion
Post 47 and RAthERGATE
September 11th: Lives Lost and Lessons Learned
An Alliance of Evil
The Holy Land - A Book Review
The Nature of the Enemy
The Embracer: A Book Review
Final Battle of the Culture Wars
They Say Trevor Made a Mockery of MLK Day
Did You Lie to Your Kids at Christmas?
The Twists and Turns of the Jessica Lynch Story
Valley of the Dry Bones
Rush and Race
What's Wrong with the Caucasion Club?
The Seductive Temptress
A Just War
Living the Bill of Rights
The Institutionalism of Liberalism
Triumph of the Bush Doctrine
New Alliances for a New Century
The Real Reason for the Iraq War
The Family Historian
There Once Was A Little Brown Bug (A Children's Story)
Happy Birthday Ronald Reagan
The U.N. Agenda
Powell the Pacifist

For the last week HBO has been airing I Am An Animal: Ingrid Newkirk which is about the co-founder and president of PETA. I hate to sound harsh, but lady speak for yourself. I believe that all lies, religions and ideologies have roots in Truth, and that often explains their appeal to the masses and to otherwise intelligent people. You mix in just enough truth and people will buy just about anything including the underlying lies and delusions beneath it all.

In this case Ms. Newkirk and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sell themselves as a ‘we love animals’ organization with the mission to expose and kindle awareness about animal cruelty. What a great ploy. Who doesn’t like animals? But at the same time they are aggressively making the case that animals and humans are equivalent in all respects. It brings a whole new twist to the slogan “Hamsters have rights too” but, all joking aside, their twisted view of ‘animal rights’ is a dangerously seductive philosophy that equates even the lowest of disease spreading vermin with the sanctity and value of human life. And, in many ways, would elevate animal’s rights above the rights of humans.

It must be exhausting, and nutritionally challenging, to be a PETA follower. No eggs, no milk, no meat, living on collard greens and cucumbers, no pets, no leather, no fur, no Thanksgiving turkey and just another burden of guilt for Western man to carry around with him on a daily basis.

I always look for the sociological and psychological reasons why people turn out the way they do. One’s childhood shapes some people so completely that nearly all that they have become can be traced back, with virtually no ambiguity, to the events, traumas and people that shaped them during their formative years. Obviously, that affects us all, but some people embrace what they should reject while some reject what they embrace. And hopefully a well balanced person can retain the good that shaped their lives and overcome the bad while recognizing the impulses and compulsions one has and where it originated from. That is what separates us from the animals to begin with. We have the ability to use our intellect, common sense and will power to shape our lives instead of merely being driven by impulses, wants and desires that may or may not be wise and healthy for us.

According to Ingrid Newkirk herself, her childhood was far from ideal. She had a hot tempered, absent father and a distant, unaffectionate mother. With no siblings her sole companion and friend was her dog. She had herself sterilized at the young age of 22, was temporarily married but “didn’t have time for it”, thinks it is selfish and wrong to have the urge to have children of your own (one should adopt), owns no pets and thinks that is wrong (but how does that reconcile with her childhood experiences with her dog?), and is an avowed atheist. Just that little bit of background was enough for me to smile and think to myself ‘so that’s what’s wrong with her’ and helps explain much of her apparent estrangement from the human species and her lifelong identification with, and championing of, animals. I saw no apparent strong bonds with other humans through family, marriage, friends, or children.

Humans are a social ‘animal’ and when that is absent it can cause severe damage to a personality. I’m afraid that may have happened in Ingrid’s case. Sociology and psychology are not exact sciences but this one is a classic study in many ways, especially in its outcome. Estrangement from one’s own species and intense identification with others seems to have been the result.

The best part of the show, and my wife’s favorite by far, was when a PETA infiltrator at a Butterball slaughterhouse was able to ‘liberate’ a domesticated turkey that had escaped in the parking lot. The undercover PETA operative excitedly radioed his ‘find’ ahead to headquarters and when the turkey arrived he was packed off to a special, straw lined room to rest. Ingrid turned on some soft music for the bird and quietly closed the door while whispering “rest sweetie” to the bewildered bird. He was eventually crated off to some PETA rescue farm to live out his life far from the threat of the Thanksgiving table.

We were cracking up for nearly ten minutes over that one. It was something you really had to see. If you get a chance to watch this documentary I would encourage you to do so. I am a firm believer in understanding the “how’s and why’s” of ideologies and theologies and this was a great look into the mindset of the animal liberation movement. It is also a great example of how the West has become so spoiled, wealthy and secure in its luxury that people have the time, money, energy, and distracted idleness to participate in such causes. Only the most leisurely and well fed societies produce the pseudo philosophers who ponder the ethics of wearing leather belts or fur coats and it takes a full belly and a lot of consistent calories to contemplate the horrendous nature of serving burgers at an eating establishment. Try to feed that spoonful of crap to those who know the pangs of true hunger in the belly and what it is like to survive outside the modern, successful, and productive First World.

In some ways it is a form of selfishness and elitism to describe the eating of meat as cruel, the keeping of animals as slavery or the use of stock to pull a plow as bondage. Only the most spoiled and privileged can wring their hands over such trivialities and with sweeping gestures condemn the necessities that have allowed humans to rise to the position we now enjoy as civilized human beings. Human’s were designed to be omnivores, not vegetarians and the use of animals as both food and laborer allowed humans to rise above merely being scavenging cave dwellers.

Miss Newkirk probably wouldn’t think to much of me. I raise and breed Shelties (I own two), have dared to reproduce (I have three daughters), and own a number of animals including a turtle, snake, african millipede, toads, scorpions, tarantulas, and a variety of exotic insects that I breed for profit (exploitation and confinement of other sentient species). The chasm between us is probably too large to be bridged.

Unfortunately, Ingrid Newkirk seems to be a driven, but disturbed individual who is glorified and idolized by many while receiving far more publicity than she and PETA deserve. The ‘animal rights’ agenda is one of the most distorted and manipulating of the various fringe movements that abound on the far Left. Shamelessly playing upon the public’s love of animals and our civilization’s natural inclination as a caring and humane people, they weave an elaborate web of fact and fantasy that seeks to radically alter the face of Western Civilization and man’s role in regards to nature.

“As someone said to me the other day—they had seen the HBO special—and they said, ‘Are you really a sad obsessed person?’ And I thought, ‘No, I’m not really a sad person, except when I lie awake at night in winter thinking about all the animals out without shelter, and then I’m sad!’ Who wouldn’t be? Wouldn’t anybody be sad if they have a heart? It’s just that I’ve seen so much.” - Ingrid Newkirk


"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

- President Ronald Reagan

 ”I will not cede more power to the state. I will not willingly cede more power to anyone, not to the state, not to General Motors, not to the CIO. I will hoard my power like a miser, resisting every effort to drain it away from me. I will then use my power, as I see fit. I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth. That is a program of sorts, is it not? It is certainly program enough to keep conservatives busy, and Liberals at bay. And the nation free.”

—William F. Buckley Jr.

"Liberals want to regulate just about everything: where we live, what fuels we use, what car we drive, whether we can drive or be forced to use government mass transit, where we send our kids to school, what doctor we see, and even to what extent we express our approval or disapproval of others’ lifestyles. It’s hard to find something liberals don’t want to regulate. Is that a world you want to live in?” 

"At such a time in history, we who are free must proclaim anew our faith. This faith is the abiding creed of our fathers. It is our faith in the deathless dignity of man, governed by eternal moral and natural laws. This faith defines our full view of life. It establishes, beyond debate, those gifts of the Creator that are man’s inalienable rights, and that make all men equal in His sight. "

Dwight D. Eisenhower

"And if we elect a government that subverts or weakens or ends our war against terrorism, we can count on this: We will soon face enemies that will make 9/11 look like stubbing our toe, and they will attack us with the confidence and determination that come from knowing that we don’t have the will to sustain a war all the way to the end."

- Orson Scott Card

"In response to skyrocketing gas prices, liberals say, practically in unison, 'We can’t drill our way out of this crisis.”' What does that mean? This is like telling a starving man, 'You can’t eat your way out of being hungry!'  'You can’t water your way out of drought!' 'You can’t sleep your way out of tiredness!' 'You can’t drink yourself out of dehydration!' Seriously, what does it mean? Finding more oil isn’t going to increase the supply of oil? It is the typical Democratic strategy to babble meaningless slogans, as if they have a plan. Their plan is: the permanent twilight of the human race. "

-Ann Coulter

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
-Samuel Adams