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Salazar's horse sensitivity

News: Dec 13, 2012
by Jonathan Thompson

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Idaho: No return policy on this one ... For good reason. Courtesy Ron Spiewak

COLORADO

Should you bump into Interior Secretary Ken Salazar anytime soon, you might ask him about his future plans, his family's well-being, or even his hat. (How does he decide whether to wear black or white?) But whatever you do, don't mention wild horses. Colorado Springs Gazette reporter and High Country News contributor Dave Philipps found this out when he brought up Bureau of Land Management wild horse policy at an election day rally. After the informal interview, Salazar turned to Philipps and accused him of setting him up: "You do that to me again, and I'll punch you out, OK?" A wild horse advocacy group immediately sent out an alert, and the news went viral, to many a conservative blogger's heartfelt glee. Salazar apologized to Philipps by phone and offered him a formal interview, which is all Philipps wanted in the first place. For the record, Salazar -- who is typically mild-mannered to a fault -- was wearing his white hat on the day he made the threat.

AMERICA

If you want to flush the crazies out of the woodwork, just hold an election. A woman in Gilbert, Ariz., ran over her husband with a car, leaving him in critical condition, because she believed his failure to vote caused Romney's loss. In a case of 2008 déjà vu, gun sales again went bonkers as soon as Obama was re-elected, "with weapons retailers reporting AK-47s flying off shelves 'like hotcakes,' " reports The Telegraph. A Montana state legislator demanded he be paid in gold and silver, saying he believes Obama's re-election will cause a currency collapse. And citizens of all 50 states filed petitions to secede from the Union.

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