Illegal Raccoon

Man arrested for keeping raccoon


ANIMAL INFORCEMENT: An Arizona Game & Fish Department vehicle rests on Long Avenue in Original Bullhead, just down the street from the home of Stan Morris, who was arrested Wednesday morning after Game and Fish officials determined he had been illegally keeping a raccoon as a pet for the past several months. His pet raccoon, “Sonny,” will be taken to a Phoenix-area wildlife center, and is expected to eventually become part of the Phoenix Zoo’s educational outreach program once Morris’ case has been adjudicated.

Stan Morris, 57, was arrested at his home in the 100 block of Long Ave. after officers with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, with help from the Bullhead City police, searched the home following credible reports that Morris had been keeping a raccoon as a pet for several months. According to Game and Fish Wildlife Management Supervisor Velma Holt, Morris had been observed in recent weeks in public with the raccoon perched upon his shoulder.

 “A Bullhead City PD officer actually contacted us saying he was out patrolling in that area and happened to see this guy walking down the street with a raccoon on his shoulder,” Holt said. “At that time we started looking into it, doing some surveillance.”

JAMES CHILTON/Mohave Daily News

Oh, the horror! Illegal raccoon-keeping! Is there no depth the citizenry won’t plumb?

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Cross-posted at El Nuevo Chingon


Strangling Us


When I was a young man, I wanted a Corvette so bad I could taste it. It was not to be, because there were bills to pay and I needed a truck to get me and my tools to work. My first truck was a new ’75 Isuzu Pup, purchased on time for $2088. I sweated the $149 payments. When that truck wore out, I tried used trucks. I went through a succession of old beaters, thinking I could fix them up like new, for cheap. It didn’t work. The more things I fixed, the faster the trucks broke. So I finally settled on a strategy, if you can call it that, of buying the cheapest truck on the lot and driving it until it wasn’t dependable. I didn’t have an air-conditioned truck until the late 90’s. But through it all, I would loved to have bought a nice 4-wheel-drive truck, like the one pictured above.

Enter my golden years. A little more financially settled, not much wiser, but savvier. My lust for a Corvette is long over, but the yearning for a 4-wheel-drive truck is still with me. And I could probably afford one now, but there are problems. Work is sketchy and intermittent, and prudent purchases are necessary. I never know where my next job will be, or if there will be a next job. I could even deal with that, except for the next problem. Half the cost of keeping a truck for ten years is the insurance, DMV fees, and the sales tax from the purchase. Now I’ve had insurance on my vehicles since before it was “required.” It sticks in my craw that I’m forced to do something I would have anyway. Only now that it’s mandated, the cost is hugely inflated. The insurance companies have us by the balls and they know it. And sending sales taxes and DMV fees to the state so that they can pay more and more po-leece to harass us just doesn’t seem like a good idea.

So I have to wonder. How many others, like me, are digging in their heels and holding off on vehicle purchases because of out-of-control state governments? How many houses are not being built because of building departments and property taxes? How many tools are not being purchased because houses aren’t being built? The list of such questions is as endless as the “recession” is deep. Say all you want about how government “protects” us, “they” are strangling us. And we’re letting them.

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Deeds Without Doers

Dude. I mean, really.

“… lenders who sold loans to people who couldn’t afford them, buyers who bought homes they knew they couldn’t afford and banks that packaged and traded bad mortgages to reap phantom profits.

These actions triggered the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, and the housing crisis remains the single biggest drag on our recovery.”

Barack Obama

Dude. The housing “crisis” is just a side distraction. The real cause of economic distress in America is the endless wars and worldwide garrisons financed with inflated scrip. A drain on the old coffers by a Ponzi-scheme, Socialist-Security giveaway is a close second. These two accounting items remain the “biggest drag on our recovery.”

Dem ole debil banks! And all those unnamed lenders and buyers. Actions triggered crisis. Deeds without doers. Let’s fix that. Since you, Barry, are alleged to be the Commander-in-Chief of the US military, you could stop most of the red ink instantly by telling the boys to come home. It’s not Bush’s fault anymore; now it’s yours.

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When They Have To

The ostensive purpose of codified laws is to force people to act against their natural inclination to “misbehave.” This presupposes that people are unable or unwilling to behave morally. A consequence of law is that people will follow the law instead of deciding for themselves what actions are moral. I’m guessing, although I admit it’s just a guess, that people will do their own thinking when they have to. I base this on observations of fellow carpenters. If you load up a carpenter with new responsibilities, most will perform them with aplomb. but they won’t take on new responsibilities without a little push from the necessity to think for themselves. 


Some thoughts:


Trying to return our government to its Constitutional limits is like putting the toothpaste back in the tube.


“Conservatives” talking about socialist schemes to “redistribute wealth” implies that it was “distributed” in the first place. WTF?


The majority of people in any country just want to work to produce enough for their wants. They care nothing for war.


If everyone in the military said, “Screw this! I’m going home!”, war would end immediately.


So the US is a country of “laws, not men?” Then why is the choice of whipholder so important? Why is everyone looking to elect a good and kind master that lets us have a square-dance on Saturday night?


I wince whenever someone talks about the President “running the country” or “managing the economy”. Isn’t he supposed to run a government? I sure as hell don’t need anyone to “run” or “manage” my life.


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Right-Wing Hate Radio

“Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.”

  —  Thomas Jefferson


A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.

 — James Madison


I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

 — Thomas Jefferson


I sometimes listen to Hannity and Levin on my drive home from work. Both of them mist up at the mention of “The Founders”, but apparently, neither has bothered to read any of the Founders’ words. Both of them roundly denounce Ron Paul as a clueless, naive moonbat, and Levin calls Ron Paul supporters “Paul-tards”. Ron Paul is the only sane candidate and he’s much more aligned with the thinking of the Founders.

Why is it so hard to see that standing army = constant wars? Why is it so hard to see that Federal Reserve Bank = worthless, inflated scrip?

I’m beginning to understand why Mencken despised men that earn their living by talking, e.g., actors, politicians, radio personalities.


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