Ed Naile, CNHT

Hear Ed Naile every Wednesday morning on WLMW 90.7 FM on the Girard at Large radio show or listen to the archives at Voter Fraud Radio

Nature Boy Update

A week ago I was having lunch with my logger buddies Shane and Dan in a Hillsboro pizza joint when they told me I had a caterpillar on my shoulder. It was a Saddled Prominent!

I have not seen one of these rascals since 1981 when there was a defoliation of sugar maples and beech trees in the Sunapee - New London area. It was pretty devastating if you ever heard about it or saw it. I was working with a company spraying Gypsy Moths in the spring during that time and we turned to spraying these pests later in the summer.

Then a day or so later I spotted a Saddled Prominent in my driveway in Deering and saw another in its spiny stage in the Town of Washington last Thursday.

Here is how the State of Maine describes these caterpillars on their web site:

Description and Habits
Adults of the saddled prominent are brownish-gray moths, with a wing spread of 1 1/2 to 2 inches. They emerge from early June to mid-July from pupae that passed the winter within the upper 2 inches of the soil and leaf litter.
Eggs are laid individually and mostly on the underside of hardwood leaves from mid-June to mid-July. Hatching takes place after 9-10 days. The majority of the eggs usually have hatched by the middle of July in Maine.
Larvae, at first, appear as very tiny reddish-brown "antlered," spiny caterpillars. When the larvae molt for the second stage they lose the "antlers" and are smooth-skinned, except for 2 small horns behind the head. During later stages they lose these horns and are generally of a yellowish-green color. The last stages have a prominent saddle-shaped patch of contrasting red to brown colors on the mid-back. Larvae at this stage resemble those of the variable oakleaf caterpillar but the saddle is much more distinct and mature larvae occur much earlier (July). At maturity, some 5 weeks after hatching when the larvae are about 1 1/2 inches long, they drop or crawl to the ground to pupate.
Stripping of hardwood stands appears to take place suddenly during the latter part of July and in August. However, feeding by the first few stages of the caterpillars usually goes unnoticed. Upon hatching, the tiny larvae are found feeding on the underside of the leaves where they merely skeletonize small patches (windows). The second and third stages then start feeding along the leaf margins and start to consume entire leaves except for the larger veins and stems. As they grow larger, the larvae accelerate their consumption of food with much wasteful feeding, and when present in large numbers cause rapid defoliation.

Rapid is the key word! Plus we had a late spring in NH this year and these defoliation times may be off a bit.

So if you have some favorite sugar maples or beech trees in your yard. Take a look up at the leaves from the ground and see if you notice some rolled cigarette sized figures nibbling at the edges or find a bunch of brown granular “stuff” all over your car. If you are in the Sunapee Washington region it may be these guys back for another bite at the maple.

It may not pay to spray the top of your trees but you can certainly put a duct tape barrier with some sticky stuff like Vaseline or insecticide soaked cloth around the base.

These guys get big fast and walk from tree to tree unlike gypsy moths who can hang on silk for a while and go airborne when they are young.

If your tree does get stripped you can feed it before winter and cut the damage the Saddled Prominent do. Unlike Gypsy Moths who strip leaves in the spring when they can grow back to feed the tree this SP damage occurs in late summer and the new leaves get frozen before they can do much good.

Heads up. It could be next year we get hit as well. It is a native species as far as I know so I would assume they will be back in force some time.

Remember. Trees are not really "killed" by anything like bugs or diseases. They simply starve to death fighting off whatever it is attacking them. In this case the trees would have to be stripped several years in a row to not come back. But why put them through that stress.

Keep and eye on them.



The new Democrat Governor of New York, Elliot Spitzer, has an issue swirling around him for the moment. Apparently his top aids were trying to set up a Republican rival by having the NY State Police track state owned helicopter trips this opponent was taking so they could claim that his target, State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, was abusing the privilege.

Governor Spitzer’s boys got caught and here comes the kicker – his staff tried to cover up the scandal by hiding emails they sent between each other. Both refused to testify about the incident to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

God bless the New York Post. These journalists are digging into the story. Why not? NY Governor Spitzer has got to be presidential or at least vice presidential material in any future Democrat primary. He certainly has the ego and desire for it. Using the State Police to sting a Republican opponent would show Democrat voters he has what it takes to win so they would obviously support him.

Here is a kicker. Spitzer’s staff even made a claim they went after Joe Bruno because the leader of NY’s Conservative Party tipped them off to Bruno allegedly abusing the state helicopter – a two’fer! Wrap up the top Republican and the Conservative part leader in one fabricated scandal!

Not so, says the Conservative party leader Michael Long. In fact he states that the assertion by the Spitzer people was a bold faced lie. Records from Bruno’s travel and witnesses at the events he went to tend to support Joe Bruno.

So into the vat of sleaze goes the fresh new NY Democrat Governor.

On another high note. Spitzer’s top environment aid, Steven Mitnick, just resigned over allegations he tried to intimidate a member of the state public utilities commission into dropping a probe into ConEd.

I like majority Leader Joe Bruno’s quotes from the NY Post:

"This is like something you'd expect in a Third World country, where some dictator has his enemies followed to see how they could either do something to them or disgrace them. "This is dangerous in a free country."

About sums it up Mr. Bruno.

I would sum it up this way though.

The recent gains by the far left of the Democrat Party causes some to suspect they may “over-reach”. I would argue that they are “over strangling”.

(And the voters elected Spitzer to “clean up corruption” in Albany. Sound familiar?)


Taking The Lead In Hiding The Lead

I have been following the news accounts of illegal lead paint chip dumping by NH DOT employees.

Since I was introduced to the goings on with the NH DOT, specifically the Bridge Dept., back in 1991 when they covered up the bait and switch of materials put into a bridge in my town I feel I am somewhat of an expert on how they handle controversy.

I met during that 1991 bridge fiasco in my town, then and now again, Commissioner Mr. O’Leary and his assistant Leon Kenison, so to me this illegal lead paint chip dumping ordeal makes perfect sense.

All you have to do is follow the story:

It comes to light through what seems to be a disgruntled DOT employee’s complaint that DOT workers have been dumping lead paint on NH DOT property—specifically tons of materials buried under a floor of a DOT building on Range Road in Franklin. This has been going on, off and on, for about 18 years.

DOT Commish Charles O’Leary, who was Commissioner during some of the alleged dumping time period is now in charge again - appointed by the little Governor himself.

June 2007, the dumping comes to light. O’Leary states that mistakes were made and that one employee was fired and others disciplined. The NH Attorney General’s Office declared that they had completed a 15 month investigation related to this matter.

They vow to clean the mess up. Meetings are held — can’t have a situation like this without powerful people at meetings. Right?

The DOT gets “fined” some $330,000.00 by the DES? (Haven’t figured that one out yet.)

And the “clean-up” has a price tag of $1.5 million. Boy that’s tidy—and quick.

It was reported by the AP on June 23 that the “testing” of properties near the Franklin dumping site were cleared of lead pollution. So far so good. Tons of lead paint get buried for a twenty year period and there is no trace to be found in adjoining properties. Amounts in the 50 parts per million range are found but the threshold for clean up is 400 parts per million. But then more “testing” needs to be done.

Some “testing” has been coming in though.

August 1, “The Citizen” reporter Gail Ober quotes State Rep. Jim Ryan in her lead paint story that the Governor himself wants to keep a “bright light” on this. That should prove interesting.

And farther along in August 1, The Citizen article is says that one third of the famous floor of the Franklin, Range Road DOT building was dug up and only two pieces of epoxy the size of a thumb were found. Not only were just two tiny pieces of possibly lead paint bearing epoxy found, it looks as though no dumping occurred. Other test pits were “equally unremarkable.”

Now it all makes sense to me.

An illegal lead paint dumping scandal hits the DOT.

The new Commissioner, just appointed by Mr. Popularity, takes charge.

The AG’s Office steps in.

Anonymous state employees get sacked and disciplined. Even though there is as of now no trace of any illegal dumping those anonymous state employees stay quiet, fired, and disciplined.

The DES gets a $330,00.00 windfall.

The NH DOT has $1.5 million in fresh cash to spend “cleaning up” the mess.

No lead is found.

The Governor takes credit for being on top of the whole thing.

So far, so good!


All "They" Have To Do Is Hold Up A Mirror, That Will At Least Slow Him Down

John Edwards has a new video release of a rant he gave at some liberal function about how "they" are trying to shut him up. Here is a quote from his new campaign theme:

"This stuffs not an accident. Nobody in this room should think this is an accident. You know, I'm out there speaking up for universal healthcare, ending this war in Iraq, speaking up for the poor. They want to shut me up. That's what this is about. "Let's distract from people who don't have health care coverage. Let's distract from people who can't feed their children.... Let's talk about this silly frivolous nothing stuff so that America won't pay attention."

They will never silence me. Never.

If we don't stand up to these people, if we don't fight em, if we don't beat them, they're going to continue to control this country. They're going to control the media. They're going to control what's being said. They do not want to hear us talking about health care for everybody."

This from the guy who was caught in an unguarded moment on a microphone he thought was off scheming with Hillary to get the lesser "not serious" candidates out of Democrat debates. 

Yep, he's a lawyer all right.


My Other Life, Part Two

This year the Stihl Timbersports Series finals were in Stillwater, Minnesota. The event had pole climbing and log rolling, also known as burling, along with boom running, a competition involving running across a pond of floating logs. They even had a black Lab that could do it.

I work for Granite State Lumberjack Shows and we handle all the “heavyweight” events like chopping and stock racing saws as well as monster saws made from snow mobile engines. We ran our events between other shows.

This gave us time off during log rolling and climbing events to roam downtown Stillwater. I put it to some “political” use you might say.

Three of us hit several used book stores. John, the Barrington school teacher, and Garrett our Renaissance Man from Maine dived into the racks with me. John is a classic liberal and Garrett is a Libertarian/Free Thinker, if I can pigeon hole him at all.

I told them what I was looking for and that was some extra classic conservative books to fill out my collection. Garrett was interested in a book I told him about last year called, A Treatise On The Constitution, by John Story, one of our first US Supreme Court Justices.  Garrett had it online but wanted a hard copy. We could not find that book but it did lead us to the section I would love to own.

Human Action by vonMises in hard back cost me $25.00. I was happy to have it. I snagged a book on the history of tax revolts in America and a great book of photos of American Indian artifacts I am sure I had seen years ago at a neighbor’s house in Pa. when I was a kid.

Then I spotted what I thought was a real gem, The Correspondence Of Adam Smith. There were two copies.

There in that book were all the existing letters Adam Smith wrote to and received from the people of his time such as David Hume in the late 1700’s. I read some Hume last year but did not finish the book I had.

Since we were in a USED book store I had visions of loading up on several rare items. Wrong!

The Adam Smith book - $100.00! - so I left without it. On to the next used book store.

This store had for sale a set of books I own called, A Biographical Dictionary Of The Left, by Francis X. Gannon. My luck, they had no price so I could not find out what they are worth on the used book market. I own vols. I, III, and IV, and now that I know they are worth saving I guess I will keep them.

So I am content with the books I bought in Stillwater and I am encouraged that the ones I found interesting are still worth a few dollars.

That makes me ready for Matt Simon’s NHInsider.com reading challenge I would assume.