Ah, the QueQue loves the French. And the QueQue admits, a bit sheepishly, to also loving that velvety delicacy foie gras.
Weak QueQue used to indulge in foie gras before becoming visually acquainted with the production methods: harried looking geese force-fed corn and fat till their little livers are the size of a VW bug (vintage). Fattened up for the kill in true horrific Brothers Grimm detail.
Now on a Saturday evening, instead of dining in cozy Bistro Vatel, QueQue keeps time with the soldiers of Central Texas Animal Defense lined up on the sidewalk along Olmos Drive. One diner clucked at them like a chicken, says San Antonio resident Aja Van Dyke, unimpressed with the argument that Bistro Vatel chef Damien Watel is simply doing justice to his homeland’s culinary traditions. “I haven’t had the desire to eat people as part of my Blackfeet heritage,” Van Dyke counters.
Watel retorts with something about the protesters burning up the ozone layer driving down from Austin. “It’s the democratic process,” he argues. “If enough people don’t want it, you go and get a law passed.”
QueQue reflects that this is perhaps not a topic to be taken lightly and retreats to a friend’s dinner party at Biga on the Banks, which no longer serves foie gras, in goose-friendly company with Restaurant Le Reve and Las Canarias, according to CTAD.
Fine by Watel. He’ll take their unused livers. Based on a two-protest survey sample, “We sell double the foie gras every time `protesters` come,” he says.
Dutiful deer hunters
So, we’ve strayed from the tortured geese pieces (Who could blame us?) only to be guilted for failing to kill others.
Maybe you hunted once and you got your mark, only to find the neighbor’s black lab muttering in a mesquite thicket with blood pouring from her mouth.
Maybe the shot was true but dark thoughts followed you after after lending a hand cleaning the hanging corpse in the garage.
For whatever reason (blood), American adults are falling out of this whole hunting thing (guts) and aren’t bringing their children up to replace them (death).
Nationally, numbers are down from 14 million hunters to 12.5 million.
Into the abyss steps Sportsman Bush with an executive order requiring any federal agency with a patch of grass to work hunting into the equation – including national forests and military bases.
You know, Queque has long fantasized about hunting with night-vision goggles. Hello, Camp Bullis?
Anyway, somewhere behind this order, you know that Cheney is lurking with that hair-trigger shotgun and wandering, vicious eye.
It comes at an interesting time, since the “Deer Factory of Texas,” otherwise known as the Hill Country, can’t seem to get ungulate birth control on track.
A Cibolo Nature Center rep writes in the Boerne Star that “as the primary predator on white-tailed deer, we humans have a responsibility to maintain their numbers at a level that the environment can sustain.”
So, we’re to… what, exactly?
“Don’t quit hunting until you have done your duty and harvested at least four does!”
Why is it that whenever “duty” is invoked, killing is the request?
Meanwhile, the human animal received a temporary reprieve in SA. After a three-hour crash course in Haven for Hope 101 recently, the City Council – to no one’s surprise – unanimously voted to move the construction of the human-services campus forward.
What was odd, however, was the withering of resistance from the Prospect Hills Neighborhood Association that same week. Opponents from Day One, PHNA hoisted the gray flag of neutrality a few days prior to the big vote.
PHNA president Jason Mata confided in Queque that he had been advised by legal council to go Swiss because “things were getting a little bit too political” and PHNA members were worried that the group could lose their tax-exempt status if they continued to vocally oppose the shelter.
However, a spokesperson at the Nonprofit Resource Center of Texas said if that was the advice the group got they may want to start shopping for a new lawyer.
“`Non-profits` are prohibited to participate in political campaigns… But what `PHNA` seemed to be doing was grassroots and that can’t get them into trouble,” added Saytown lawyer Glen Yale, author of Am I Liable? Responsibilities and Liabilities of Texas Nonprofit Organizations.
Asked about this, Mata digressed.
“Maybe `we went neutral` because we gave up a bit,” he said. “We need to start focusing our attention on other things like safety now that Haven is happening.” •