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REQUIEM

Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010

5/31/2008

Not for the Squeamish

(Please read the entire preface before scrolling down to the photo at the bottom, so as to achieve the full effect of nature at work.)

A little break from politics ...

At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty, and even a certain justice, manifested within that cruelty.

The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators, normally considered the 'apex predator', can still fall victim to implemented 'team work' strategy, made possible due to the tight knit social structure and 'survival of the pack mentality' bred into the canines.

See the remarkable photograph below courtesy of Nature Magazine. Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator preventing it from breathing, while another dog has a hold on the tail to keep it from thrashing. The third dog attacks the soft underbelly of the gator.

Not for the squeamish...

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13 comments:

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kathymlynczak said...

I look forward to your "little breaks from politics" almost as much as I look forward to your political columns.

So cute!

daveburkett said...

LOL!

German Shepherd pups?

robmaroni said...

Cute. :>)

john galt said...

Right now with Obama about ready to clinch the Democrat nomination, I think you picture of puppies is just what we need! ;)

Dark days are ahead.

3timesalady said...

They look like Siberian husky puppies. But whatever they are I want one!

calbrindisi said...

Joanie, have you seen the YouTube video of the lions and croc trying to take down the baby water buffalo at Kruger (the baby survives)? It's one of the most watched videos-- 33 million views. Fascinating:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM

lori_gmeiner said...

Thank you for brightening up my day. ;)

Anonymous said...

Joanie, your opinion of Obama leaving his church?

PatriciaEnglert said...

calbrindisi,

I saw that Youtube video of the lions and water buffalo. It's unbelievable that the baby buffalo survived after being involved in a tug of war between lions and gator, and that its herd drove off their natural predator.

al Deluca said...

I just spent the last hour reading the articles here. Great blog. I'm glad I stumbled on it and I'll be back. Keep up the good work!

Luis said...

great photo :-)

Anonymous said...

nice