Monday, April 20, 2015

FISH TORTURE

This Minneapolis Star-Tribune story tells about the Peterson family, residents of the northern Itasca County wide spot in the road called Effie. The folks have boated 1260 sturgeon since 2003 and haven't eaten a single one. All have been released back into the water. Pretty neat, huh?

Well, when you see junior pulling the wings off of a fly or poking a frog with a sharp stick you wonder if he's going to turn into a serial killer. It ain't nice to be mean to animals. Unless they're fish. Since nobody can hear the fish scream in terror, it's OK. It's called "playing" the fish. Catch 'em and throw 'em back in so somebody else can torture them at a later date. This is also the normal practice at fishing tournaments, where perhaps thousands of fish are yanked from the water by pros and then released, many of which will not survive.

It seems odd in an era when people are worried about the confinement of laying hens and injuries to race horses and discomfort to rodeo animals that nobody seems to care about the treatment of our piscine brothers, If you're going to go to the trouble of catching a fish, why not eat it?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Bad Parents Let Kids Roam Again

A Maryland couple has once again disturbed the neighbors by not leashing their children and the authorities have taken action. As we reported earlier this year here at Pulverized Concepts, Mrs. Meitiv is defending their parental policy of allowing children, yes, children, to walk unescorted by adults about the hamlet of Silver Spring, Maryland. And without helmets.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Wood Bison Finally Make It To Shageluk, Alaska

If you've been following the saga of the marooned wood bison, you know that these hairy creatures had been held prisoner in Girdwood, Alaska, a suburb of Anchorage, while bureaucrats at every level had shuffled papers back and forth in an effort to avoid responsibility for any unfortunate consequences. Our initial report on this fiasco is here.  A later update on the odd story is here. We don't know if all of these beasts have been set free or if a reserve is being maintained in captivity to provide reinforcements.

Sussex County Virginia Sheriff's Dept. Encourages Nightclubs to Hire Them as Security

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Raymond Bell, Sussex County, VA Sheriff wants nightclub owners to employ his deputies as security. Or else, according to this article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The former owner of the club has shut down his business and filed a $15 million lawsuit against Bell and one of his lieutenants.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Pennsylvania woman posed as lawyer for decade

Impossible, you might say, that a person without a sheepskin from some legal diploma mill might be able to perform the duties of an attorney. That's the outrageous aspect of this story from Fox News. The lady was perfectly capable, or at least as capable as anyone else, of doing estate planning that's restricted to members of the bar, that membership being determined by the bar itself. It's a guild system rooted in medieval European society that has nothing to do with an ability to navigate the maze that is the always-growing legal structure. The point is that she wasn't "posing" as a lawyer, she was "being" a lawyer, doing lawyer work, probably in an effective manner. Requiring a license to practice law isn't any different than requiring one to perform manicures, cut hair or work on an air conditioner. It's an interference in the freedom of contract.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Retired LA cop thwarts petty theft from Starbucks tip jar.

Scott Fahey, a retired cop, foiled an attempted theft of a tip jar from a Huntington Beach, CA, Starbucks walk-up window in a confrontation with a bike-riding thief recently according to this OC Register story. Two notable things about the incident are: the retired Fahey is 55 years of age, he's walking about armed with a Glock 26. Maybe you could say that Fahey is still, in fact, a cop. On duty and armed at all times. The law enforcement establishment not only includes uniformed cops but also plain clothes operatives, SWAT teams, secret agents of various government entities like public schools. transportation authorities and parks and all those retired from those positions at an age that few private sector employees can emulate. There are a lot of well-armed cops around.

 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Parents Become Criminals

This WaPo article tells what can happen when a parent allows their children to walk home from school. The nanny state has decided the parameters of parenthood and determined how much latitude exists in the freedom allowed to children outside the doors of their home. There'll be no more Huckleberry Finns or Tom Sawyers in the land of the free and the home of the brave.