Among the catchier Friday morning headlines: "Rocker Ted Nugent Tells Belmont Shore Patch Columnist He'll Kill 20 Whales."
That was followed by the subhed: "Controversial hunter-rocker modestly vows to slay the mammoth creatures this year."
Now for some perspective. The Patch.com story clearly was posted because of the sensational value of Nugent's claim. Of course the Motor City Madman, as fond as he may be of hunting down wild animals, isn't going to slay any whales.
The rocker/hunter/conservationist made the claim, jokingly, during the Thursday night debut of the Philip Friedman Outdoors radio show, which airs at 9 p.m. on AM 830.
Nugent, an ardent bow-hunter with outspoken beliefs on just about any topic, was asked what he thought about Capt. Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's annual efforts to harass Japanese whalers during their controversial hunts in the Antarctic region.
In other words, Nugent was goaded by Friedman, who knew the rocker does not have a filter and would provide entertaining sound bytes.
It might have surprised some, however, to hear that Nugent would side with the Japanese over minke whale hunts that are condemned by so many nations and individuals. The hunts are carried out in the name of research to get around a loophole in a global moratorium on commercial whaling.
Nuget claimed that minke whales are a renewable resource, like many land critters, and that if the Japanese like to eat whale meat they ought to be able to hunt the whales. (Minke whales are not endangered.)
Watson might counter that fewer Japanese are eating whale meat these days, that a lot of meat is wasting away in freezers and that whale meat contains high levels of mercury. That is, if Watson even cares about what an aging rock star might think about the way Sea Shepherd operates.
Friedman, of course, has extended an open invitation for Watson to appear on his show.
Those who missed the Nugent interview can hear it via this link.