Real “Mama Grizzly’s”

In the wake of last week’s election, I saw a video Sarah Palin put on her Facebook page featuring all the winning candidates she endorsed.  Conspicuously lacking was any mention of all the losing candidates she endorsed.  At the end of the video was a large mama grizzly up on her haunches.  So to the woman who coined the term “mama grizzly’s” here are a few fun facts about real mama grizzly’s:

Mama grizzly’s (Ursus arctos horribilis) are referred to as sows.  They are normally solitary animals.

They reach sexual maturity at five years old.

A sow will care for her cubs for two years and then they’re on their own.  While a sow is caring for her cubs she will not mate.  After the cubs leave she may not mate for another three or more years (Todd!  Get your paws off of me!).

As male grizzly’s have a large territory (up to 4000 sq. km) it’s difficult for a mama grizzly to find a mate.  Grizzly’s are subject to population segregation which results in inbreeding, and the resulting genetic problems.

They are also known for “recycling” their own crap.

Mama grizzly’s have a particularly foul odor.  This strong scent may be to attract papa grizzly’s and repel those who don’t want to interact with them.

Their natural enemies are the gray wolf, though to date they haven’t shot any from helicopters.

Grizzly’s are ill tempered and the most aggressive of all bears.  They have been known to attack other bears, particularly black and brown bears that have ventured into their territory.

Mama grizzly’s have really big butts and haunches.  Really big.

Given these facts, it’s interesting that some of Sarah Palin’s followers like to think of themselves as “mama grizzly’s.”

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48 responses to “Real “Mama Grizzly’s”

  1. TempeBev

    Dooty – that story does make me feel good – thanks.

  2. TempeBev

    D – I think you should send this to Sarah! It’s great!

  3. TempeBev

    One more comment for now – Arizona never ceases to amaze me with their apeshit bullshit. We are definitely becoming the “south” of the “west.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/08/trash-tea-party-fountain-hills-arizona-_n_780345.html

  4. Doots the guy has to be a closet case, big time!

  5. dog's eye view

    Great post, dnd.

  6. From today’s WTF column

    Bush’s Opposition To Abortion Grew After Mother Showed Him Dead Fetus In A Jar

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/08/bush-abortion-fetus-jar_n_780675.html

  7. dog's eye view

    Good morning all.

    Have you noticed a lull over the internets? It’s like everyone is burned out or chastened over the midterm results, but there is no point being too sad because our new Republican overlords are good at conveying a simple, simplistic message.

    And they suck at governing.

    Wait and see period ensues.

    ==========

    How is fall treating you?

    Quite chilly this morning in Southern California. The bowl of mountains surrounding Los Angeles area has been visible for about a week, with all the shadow play and crevices and ridges.

    I live for seeing it, and hope to get a drive into the mountains in the next day or so.

    =======

    Took a new yoga class yesterday, and have muscles that apparently haven’t moved since the Carter administration. Ouch!

  8. TempeBev

    Dog – hope you get to take our driving trip to the mountains.

    AZ has finally cooled off. We’re in the low 80’s and even 75ish today. We’re actually cool! What a change from 115.

    Keep those Carter muscles stretched!

  9. Dooty

    Dnd,

    pollution keeps the mountains behind the yellow/brown clouds. But it really depends on where you are and where you are looking. Out east the mountains are closer and easier to see. Near the ocean, you are a long way from the mountains. Lots of stuff in between.

  10. dog's eye view

    Too funny.

    Mama Grizzlies can also cost their party control of the Senate.

    It’s true.

    Because a Republican just said it. (And then spokesmen are behind him, cleaning up his remarks and saying nice things about the Tea Party.)

    But thank the FSM (flying spaghetti monster), Mama Grizzly Palin has now cost her party the presidency and a highly competitive Senate majority midterm, in that order.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/09/AR2010110904915.html

  11. TempeBev

    D- Better snow on you than me! Enjoy it. This weather is why the snowbirds come here.

    However, we’re going to SL,UT this week and expect to be COLD!

  12. dog's eye view

    I hope Tif has started a trend with the SL,UT wear.

    It’s clever.

    How are you all doing with the time change?

    Still not acclimated. It’s just dark.

  13. morning peeps, what’s the good word?

  14. Dooty

    Brian,

    you ever get that job?

  15. alas I did not, few other things in the works right now, life in the Great Recession!

  16. Dooty

    sorry to hear that. good luck

  17. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Wed, November 10, 2010 — 1:06 PM ET
    —–

    Panel Weighs Deep Cuts in Tax Breaks and Spending to Narrow Deficit

    A draft proposal to be released Wednesday by the chairmen of
    President Obama’s bipartisan commission on reducing the
    federal debt calls for deep cuts in domestic and military
    spending starting in 2012, and an overhaul of the tax code to
    raise revenue. Those changes and others would erase nearly $4
    trillion from projected deficits through 2020, the proposal
    says.

    The plan would reduce Social Security benefits to most future
    retirees — low-income people would get a higher benefit —
    and it would subject higher levels of income to payroll taxes
    to ensure Social Security’s solvency for at least the next 75
    years.

  18. Wow…

    This site has turned into an adult site.

    All this talk about SL,UT’s. LOL…LOL…LOL…

    Too bad for those who are going to get lower benefits from the Repug commission. What they need to do is raise the limit on earnings to collect the tax on and means test for those who collect it with the higher income earners getting a smaller check and the poor and middle class getting more or keeping the same amount on their checks.

    KISS, problem solved.

  19. AP I don’t have a problem with SSI having some form of means testing in the formula.

  20. dog's eye view

    I wonder if means testing is actually the third rail people suppose it is.

    Why can’t we have a society that’s more patriotic (to its citizens, not just the flag symbolizing them) and embrace means testing as shared sacrifice.

    If one is depending on every penny to cover medicines and food, you get it.

    If one is comfortably covered by other income, kick some more into the pot to cover one’s fellow travelers.

  21. fellow travelers! right on comrade!

  22. dog's eye view

    Oh. Does “fellow travelers” have a political meaning?

    Hunting for article by someone who suggested — in late 80s or 90s — that the government use red ink to print all checks to SSI beneficiaries who have exceeded their pay-ins. On theory that beneficiaries might notice they run through their black ink pretty quickly and live for a long time on funds provided by younger workers in the social compact.

    Think it was Jessica Tuchman Matthews or someone named Jessica who was with the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Anyone else remember the article?

    • dnd

      Social Security was enacted to prevent seniors living in dire poverty. When first enacted, a significant number of workers didn’t live long enough to reap the benefits. These days people are living longer and working longer and a non-trivial portion of the population is wealthy enough that the benefits would be chump change. So things like raising the wage cap, raising the retirement age or means testing make sense. Means testing may not be politically popular as it’s breaking a compact with those who have paid in all their lives, so perhaps an commensurate income tax break might make it more palatable.

      But the problem is not Social Security, it’s Medicare. Means testing would be a good first step.

  23. dog's eye view

    Wow. I did not know of “fellow travelers” in that context. Thought it just had to do with shared humanity.

    Learn something every day, no?

  24. dog's eye view

    Come to think of it, I first heard term in college, used by a professor, but not in connection with the communist party or any political context. Think it was in a literature class …

    So: heard it from an elitist in an ivory tower. (Even though it was a state school.)

  25. Dooty

    I thought it was in reference to the name that the Gypsies are sometimes referred as..The Travellers.

    We have a pretty large group of them here in the Fort Worth area. My wife works at 6 Flags and she tells me they are constantly out there causing trouble cutting in line trying to steal stuff causing fights generally trying to take advantage of regular people. They always travel in fairly large groups.

  26. dog's eye view

    Hello there Sr. Doots.

  27. TempeBev

    If they ever remake Clint Eastwood’s movie, “Two Mules for Sister Sara” would Sarah refuse to acknowledge it unless it were “two tea bags” or “two pachyderms?” Just wondering since she seems to know everything about everything. I know the above is stupid, but I just read the latest about her know-all about economics.

    PS. AZ doesn’t go on daylight savings time. Hurray! Don’t think Hawaii does either.

  28. dog's eye view

    But if you could demonstrate that those who paid in all their lives are getting way beyond the value of their contributions?

    Because isn’t that true for most people, and the really high earners are not likely dependent on SSI in the first place?

    There must be some sort of calculation formula on teh internets for that.

    Agree totally re Medicare and means testing.

    What bothers me: I know a lot of seniors, and they ascribe their situation to their foresight and excellent planning (and that’s true for many).

    Then they look at their grandchildren, who are barely scraping by and “having babies on charity” (direct quote), and ascribe that to character flaws and laziness in the grandkids.

    Plus, a lot of fine Southern Californians in the defense/aerospace industry just about spit in talking about “socialism” and government handouts.

    Defense industry, mind you.

    Life might look a little different for those truly off the dole.

  29. dog's eye view

    Re all things Palin:

    Thought dnd’s blogpost was charming, but I don’t click on stories about Sarah Palin anymore.

    She’s the kudzu of American politics.

  30. Yes even the wealthy collect SSI benefits and they pay into it the same as you or I do. It would be fair if there was no cap on the amount paid in each year. This way it would be solvent for a lot longer than it currently is.

    I have no problem with them collecting, however I do have a problem that they can afford to pay more into it because they earn far more then the average citizen does and they need it the least.

    It’s like the way the tax code is structured, the wealthy reap all the benefits and pay the least amount of taxes. While the working poor get the scraps of garbage off the floor or out of the garbage can.

    There should be no cap on payment into social security and one should pay a set amount (percentage) into it like we do now on every dollar one makes. In other words no stop of collection at a set level of income. It should continue as a weekly payment on all wages earned per year like the tax code is set for the payment of income taxes.

    Of course that’s just my two cents worth of opinion on social security.

    Later, maybe.

  31. In case my comment is not clear, there is a set amount paid in in a years time into social security. If that amount is reached no more money is taken out and put into social security for the person who reaches that total, even if you continue to make a lot more money in that year.

  32. dog's eye view

    Indeed, anon, particularly as wages earned is treated differently than income earned (which could be solely investments).

  33. Dooty

    hey Mz Dog how is the dog? and you.

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