Right now, in the United States of America, government agents are swarming. Federal officials with guns and important looking documents signed by federal judges are all abuzz with activity at a certain compound in the northeastern portion of our country.
Their presence is vehemently protested by the local residents of this area, calling them Nazis and fascists and decrying the injustice of fourth amendment violations in a land that values such protections from the state.
Over what political hot-button has this firestorm erupted? Another militia-style group armed to the teeth? A mysterious religious cult with questionable intentions? Suspected international terrorists, perhaps?
Contrary to popular belief, I try to be understanding about most things. Really. I do.
But this isn't exactly Waco or Ruby Ridge... we're talking about 200 sheep here.... SHEEP.
They are sick sheep, too. Or, at least, a couple of them had been sick last year. Given the nasty nature of the sickness, that's close enough for comfort.
The press devours conflict though...regardless of the inanity of it. So I watch, incredulously, as this woman cuddles a lamb in her arms for the cameras, kissing its nose, ever so sweetly, and sheds crocodile tears over the destruction of her precious baby.
Wait a second.
This is a creature she is raising as livestock. Twice a year for the next 5 or 6 years she is going to shave it naked for wool, then toss it back outside in the cold. To top it all off, the reward for this heroism on the part of the beast is to wind up as dinner for several people.
We're not exactly talking about the family pet. I'm relatively sure they don't name most members of the flock.
OK, so all around, it sucks to be a sheep. That's not the point...
The seizure is occurring to protect other sheep from an outbreak of mad cow (why it affects sheep I have no idea but I'm not asking) disease, and the farmers are getting paid for the animals being taken.
Not to mention that the "injustice" has been in court for months, but the farmers lost their fight. Not quite the Gestapo tactics that the soundbites would have us believe, since "injustice" typically involves two things: absence of due process, and inequitable (or nonexistent) compensation for a loss.
Somehow I have a hard time generating sympathy for someone who had their day in court and is being paid for their trouble...even if it was the family pet.
Dilution of this country's own law will not come from the extremes, but from the ordinary, everyday application of how things are supposed to work being overloaded with bogus emotion from a group of people who like to see themselves on the news.
Well, that, and from the terrorists and doomsday cults and militias that are safe to operate while Uncle Sam tries to buy some lousy sick sheep.
So when the protesters get their panties in a bunch and cry "don't we have rights!?!" will someone please spell out clearly that a) yes, they do and b) those would be *your day in court* and *a check for your troubles* Guess what? You got them! You have rights, there they are. Isn't that cool???
Perhaps, someone might remind them that the system does occasionally work, even if you don't like the outcome.
Maybe you could buy them some tofu, too...just to piss them off.
:::::posted by erratic :: 11-something PM EST linky
Thursday, March 22, 2001
Point of order: I don't kick my cat. Ever. Well, sometimes she tries to trip me now and then but that is never on purpose and I feel more repentant than I probably should for something that wasn't my fault.
But "kick the cat" is an expression. That's all.
:::::posted by erratic :: 09-something PM EST linky
Random thought of the moment:
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:::::posted by erratic :: 04-something PM EST linky
Alan Greenspan, Chairman
United States Federal Reserve
March 22, 2001
Dear Mr. Greenspan,
Thank you for taking the time to read my correspondence. It is my sincerest hope that some unnecessary suffering currently affecting the economy of the United States can be avoided in the future.
You should find enclosed in the parcel to which this letter was attached the following items:
One AAA approved road map of New Jersey
One imperial gallon of kerosene
One box of 500 safety matches
One can of gray temporary hair color
One can of Pounce brand cat treats
One mens size 8 work boot (I hope the size is close)
One 500 mcg pellet of refined uranium 236
This assortment of items may seem confusing, however once I explain them to you I believe you will see the wisdom in my suggestion.
Recently the FED reduced short term interest rates by 500 basis points in expectation of an ever slowing economic expansion. This spooked the stock market even further and we are about to cap off a Dow Jones loss of roughly 2000 points for the past 4 months. I am afraid this was a needless action on your part.
Should you feel the urge to again run a little soft on the throttle of the economy, an equally effective and far less destabilizing alternative can be acheived with these items.
For starters, follow the map to my house (circled in red). Pour the kerosene over my front porch and light it with the matches. Be careful to only scorch the house, as my equity in the past year has suffered immensely, but should the house burn down at this point I would actually make a profit and that is not an accurate representation of what is happening.
Next, enter the house through the scorched front door. Locate me, most likely in the den or basement, and spray my hair with some of the gray coloring.
Next, put on the work boot. With the cat treats, lure the cat towards you, and kick her (not too hard).
Slip the uranium pellet under my chair. The radiation exposure should only reduce my life span by a few years and cause moderate nausea, so distance from my body is crucual.
Mr. Greenspan, performing these tasks and then cutting interest rates to the point that they should have been will allow the rest of the economy to function well, and would still accomplish the things that you have personally inflicted upon me. I feel that removing the suffering of the innocent bystanders in the market will make for a better nation.
I hope you will use this in the future.
:::::posted by erratic :: 04-something PM EST linky