Quote of the day—Ted Turner

I don’t like what we’re doing to the national forests, cutting trees down at taxpayers’ expense and destroying the forest, just so we can have a few jobs. That is like saying, Adolf Hitler trying to justify the Nazi concentration camps — it provided employment for people. Bulls–t! I’m fanatical. A part of me is so angry that I want to take out a gun and do something about it . . . Even though in my heart I do get angry and frustrated, I have never done anything . . . and I want to go down and burn lumber mills in the middle of the night and spike trees, I don’t do it. I just dream about it occasionally. I work within the system.

Ten Turner
Sometime before 1993.
[Apparently Turner is a typical liberal with a propensity for falsehood (it’s not at taxpayer expense, lumber companies PAY for the trees and have to replant afterward) and violence. Trees are a great renewable resource and apparently Turner doesn’t comprehend that.

I would like to suggest Mr. Turner try living for a month or so without wood products. Of course I suppose he could use one of his silk shirts to wipe his ass when he runs out of toilet paper. Then someone should complain about the exploited silkworms.—Joe]


10 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Ted Turner

  1. How does dickweed feel about strip mining? You know, to obtain coal to burn in powerplants so the great unwashed can turn on the TV and watch the cable channel(s) that made him rich? Don’t like air pollution? Hey, about about nuclear then? But then the eco-whacks will protest even the hint of a notion about building a new nuke plant.

  2. I’m sure in your neck there are as many tree farms as they are in Maine. Strange how people get all bent out of shape when the harvested crop is pulpwood or hardwood, but never broccoli, potatoes, or soybeans.

    Really the only difference is those crops are harvested once a year, the trees are on a 10-20 year rotation.

    We also have a lot of private Forrest in our neck. Amazing what damage one windfall tree will do, and how much less damage can be done if you properly fell the tree before nature does so it doesn’t kill or injure several surrounding healthy trees.

    We used the trees we harvested for heat, but if you were of a mind to build things the wood of a diseased tree that is soon to die is just as good as one grown in a farm.

  3. I have a perhaps novel solution for Ted’s angst. I don’t believe there’s anything in the Constitution that permits the Federal government to own land outside of the District of Columbia. What I suggest, therefor, is that all of the national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges, military reservations, et al be sold, converted to long-term leases, or just plain let go.

    Et, voila! No more national forests. No more worries about how Productive-Americans are managing them (I bet you can quickly compare public lands vs privates in a thumbnail sketch as relates to management quality.), no more staying awake at night being concerned about our national resources’ being clear-cut. None of that.

    See? It’s like I always say, the Tragedy of the Commons is a tragedy of commons. No commons, no tragedy. How much simpler could it get?


  4. Turner has nothing against using forest products himself. He just doesn’t want you using them. Look at their words and actions over time and it’s clear that this is part of an anti human movement. The “Sustainability Movement” (Turner’s words mirror those of the sustainability movement) is the new term for Eugenics. They believe there are billions too many people on the planet and they want something done about it.

    But even that sustainability assertion is a lie, really, or a delusion. It’s about nothing but power. The rationalizations morph and evolve, but the players and their goals remain the same.

  5. Ted Turner probably thinks that the Native Americans trod lightly on the ground and when the Europeans came to the new world it was all forest primeval. Archaeologists nowadays recognize the extensive burning of the eastern hardwood forest by the native population pre-contact to create parklands for game, including buffalo as far east as Virginia, which was outside its natural range. Native Americans also hunted deer and other crop-eating game animals to scarcity near their corn fields, to preserve the crop, while farther away from towns and villages game was allowed to prosper through the burning of the underbrush.

  6. @ubu52, Toilet paper made from a redwood would be very expensive. And I’m not even sure it would be usable. Unless the oils are completely removed it would probably be a bit “harsh”.

    And aren’t most of the redwoods in National Parks?

    And if you want the original tree rather than the products made from the trees then you (with help from friends if necessary) buy them when they come up for a bid.

    The redwood argument is actually a red herring argument. As soon as you start talking about pine, cedar, larch and fir trees people in the Pacific Northwest won’t give you a the time of day.

  7. Yeah, I love those corncobs on the ol’ button. Just installed a chipper in the u-bend so they’d flush nice ‘n’ easy.

  8. Ted Turner is soley responsible for killing so many TV shows I loved in my childhood. Remember SWAT KATS in the 1990’s? I do. It was awesome. And he is soley responsible for its cancellation. Now I have a whole new reason to not care for him.

  9. No matter how crazy Ted gets I will always honor him for his America’s Cup victory. He was quite magnificently drunk at the press conference afterwards, too.

    Speaking of crazy, I have read that anybody he hired who would actually have to interact with him personally had to meet Ted’s psychiatrist, so as to have Ted’s “quirks” explained to him.

Comments are closed.