The hanging gardens of Aztlan
While I certainly understand the temptation to focus all of our blogging efforts on exposing Ned Lamont's latest efforts to abet Islamofascism, it is imperative that we remain alert to The Left's other assaults against Freedom. I'd like to point out to my readers the latest America-blaming jihad to undermine Our Nation's Glory, right off the coast of California. When most people think of Catalina island, they think of a weekend destination for happy go-lucky college students, where they can indulge in some much needed binge-drinking and not have to worry about crashing anything larger than a golf cart. Unfortunately for these young Americans, allies of their radical MEChA classmates are trying to eradicate the flora of Western Civilization directly beneath their feet:
The nonprofit Catalina Island Conservancy, which owns and manages 88% of the island, is preserving Catalina as nature intended, one plant at a time. With facilities in Avalon and Middle Ranch, the group is doing more than simply revegetating the island's wild areas with native species. It's also embarking on a measured campaign to change what Catalina residents plant at home, replacing those geraniums, bougainvilleas and other imports with flowers and shrubs that better fit the island's fragile ecosystem. ...This is Outrageous! Must even the gardens of Avalon fall prey to the defeatism of The Left? Anyone with half a brain can't help but notice a preponderance of European names in the list of invasive plants (German ivy, English Ivy), and this whole thing reeks of liberal guilt. Somebody better tell Michelle Malkin, because this is yet another step in the Reconquista to eradicate any and all traces of Our Nation's Judeo-Christian heritage and turn the Southwestern United States into a giant Home Depot that illegal aliens can loiter in front of. Remember: When invasive non-native plants are pulled, Baby Jesus weeps. Praise Him!
CONSERVANCY botanists Denise and John Knapp share a house in Middle Ranch with their 18-month-old son, Wyatt Jepson, named for California's most eminent early botanist, Willis Linn Jepson. Denise researches native plant populations on the island, particularly those affected by nonnative species. John, who also tracks local invasive plants, says the list has grown to 76, including fennel, English ivy, Arundo donax, Vinca major, German ivy and bridal creeper — a South African native that's also called Asparagus asparagoides or smilax asparagus and is one of New Zealand's worst weeds.