The New York Times reports that
An American dentist who admitted that he killed a well-known lion this month in Zimbabwe and planned to mount the head kept his office closed on Wednesday as the furor about the hunt turned vitriolic and, at times, threatening.
Dr. Walter J. Palmer’s neatly groomed property near Minneapolis, adjacent to a preschool, has turned from a dentist’s office to a memorial to the lion, called Cecil, with red roses and more than a dozen stuffed animals laid outside the locked front door.
There was no answer to repeated knocks and doorbell rings at his large, stucco house in an affluent neighborhood. And his neighbors would not talk.
In an email distributed Tuesday night to his patients, Dr. Palmer said “media interest” had disrupted his practice and had caused people to overwhelm his staff with comments and phone calls. Patients seeking help were being referred to other offices for the time being.
In the hours after Dr. Palmer apologized for the shooting, saying he had killed the lion under the impression that the hunt was legal, he has gone from a dentist and longtime hunting enthusiast to the villain at the center of a virtual firestorm over the ethics of big-game trophy hunting.
The Godfather of Conservative Talk Radio, Rush Limbaugh, made an excellent point about this story on his program, yesterday.
I have a simple question. I understand. I love Cecil the lion. I understand it. I understand crying. I myself was ravaged with sadness when I heard about the death of Cecil the lion. You know why? Because, even when talking about a lion, it was in a game preserve. It wasn’t a pet, and you’re never gonna make a pet out of a predator beast. But it still is the essence of innocence, and it wouldn’t do anything to us if we didn’t threaten it first. It is just senseless for somebody to shoot it. I don’t care whether he was a dentist from Minnesota or a terrorist from ISIS, it is senseless to be let onto a game preserve — “preserve,” protection — with a bow and arrow and think you are engaging in sport while you kill a lion. It’s just senseless. And I understand the sadness.
People have an attachment to animals that is inexplicable. What I don’t understand… Now, Jimmy Kimmel broke down almost in tears last night on his program, and the very same people will express sadness, tears, shock, dismay over the death of Cecil.
I love cats, too, and I think Cecil is a great name for a lion. In fact, if I ever get another cat I’m gonna name it Cecil in honor of this one. My own cat was disappointed when she found out Cecil was killed. All animals are worried about this. Understand that. But how in the world can you get teary-eyed and misty-eyed and sad over Cecil and, at the same time, participate in burying what’s happening at Planned Parenthood? Can somebody explain that to me? (interruption) What do you mean, “Well”?
What do you mean, “Well”? Is this too controversial a question? What do you mean, “Well”? Is this somewhere I shouldn’t venture? I do know how the animal people are. But I know that most animal people have the same attitude toward human beings. Look, I understand the difference. Human beings, adult human beings, are not the essence of innocence. But babies in the womb are. Babies in the womb are more innocent than any animal is. But to a lot of people, that would be an argumentative statement.
I understand that, but a baby in the womb? I mean, you can’t get a more pure definition of innocence. Now, I understand there’s a picture of Cecil the lion as he’s alive and sitting there with his harem and looking like a lion, looking like the king of the jungle. He’s sitting there and he’s just enjoying life, everything is fine and dandy, you see that picture and you hear the news that some reprobate with a bow and arrow was let in there for 50 grand, and to claim it was hunting?
There’s no hunting.
That wasn’t any sport in this.
Cecil had no idea. It was at night. Cecil had no idea. He’s in a game preserve. I understand all that. And there aren’t any pictures of the baby chop shop operation. I understand that. And we are a photo- and image-driven society, but nevertheless, it’s a matter of I don’t know curiosity, concern, that so much emotion can be dredged up — and justifiably. I mean, I’m with you on this death of Cecil business. But I’m also just, if not more sickened by what Planned Parenthood’s doing.
I tell you, Planned Parenthood’s hired this PR firm called SKDKnickerbocker or some such thing and their job is single purpose, bury the story. They are harassing Drive-By Media, to the extent that necessary to get them to ignore the story. For example, Politico ran just a little bitty blurb about this and how it just makes a lot of people uncomfortable and this SKDKnickerbocker bunch just jumped on ’em, and Politico retracted or deleted it from their Web page or did something.
That’s what they’re trying to do is get this story buried. They’re not even gonna try to argue the story. They’re not even gonna try to say we all misunderstand it. They’re not even gonna try to say, “There’s great medical research to be had here.” They’re not gonna say, “It’s just a clump of cells.” They’re not even gonna try to say, “It’s an unviable tissue.” They’re just gonna lean on their buddies in the Drive-By to suppress the story.
There are a couple of Psychological Devices on display here.
1. Deflection – The Main Stream Media, in all their underhanded glory, have purposefully pushed the story of Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion…oh, wait, that was the lion on “Daktari”, the 60s television show…I mean “Cecil”, the Lion King of Zimbabwe.
As Rush said, the story tugs on the heartstrings and makes you feel sorrow for ol’ Cecil.
The MSM was, no doubt, searching desperately for something…anything…to take the story about the Second Coming of the Third Reich, a.k.a., the selling of aborted baby body parts by Planned Parenthood, off of the front page of newspapers and to bump it from the first story of the nightly news.
They found it.
And, it worked, at least for a moment, thanks to a second Psychological Device…
2. Diversion (The “Squirrel!” Factor) – We live in a rapidly-changing world, full of momentary distractions. If you don’t maintain your focus on what is important, just like the dog in the movie, “Up!”, you will continuously be distracted by things of little or no consequence.
While the killing of Cecil the Lion was brutal in nature, it in no way whatsoever, overshadows the irrefutable fact that Planned Parenthood, an American Taxpayer-funded Organization, has been caught selling the body parts of aborted babies, like the ghouls in Victorian England once did, digging up cadavers and selling them to Medical Schools.
Actually, the parallels are quite remarkable between Victorian Society and Modern American Society.
Those living in Victorian England considered themselves to be “enlightened” and quite “civilized”.
So do Modern American Liberals.
During the Victorian Era, a certain class of intellectuals believed that Religious Faith “constricted” and “limited” science.
So do Modern American Liberals.
Soulless Victorian “Men of Science”…Soulless Modern American Liberals
Until He Comes,