Rodents and Quiet Time

James Winslett loved the few minutes of peace he got each morning as he enjoyed his coffee and watched 20 to 30 minutes of news before taking a shower.  Those few minutes were his morning meditation and quiet time.   It was a time when neither of the dogs, his wife nor his son were awake.  It was just him, a cup of coffee and local news.den

His house was split level, that is one of those houses where almost as soon as you enter the foyer you are faced with a decision, go strait to the main level, go up to the third floor and the hall with the bedrooms or go down into the den.  The den in  his house was carpeted and paneled with the TV mounted in front of a very worn and comfortable couch. Peaceful would best describe it.

Today however, as James watched Matt Lauer drone on about some global warming theory James saw, out of the corner of his eye a wisp of a gray thing going around the corner where the stairs headed up to the foyer.   For a moment he thought it was a shadow, a trick of his sleep filled eyes.  Still, curiosity got the best of him so he followed it. Running to the stairs then around the corner he saw that same  gray unidentified wisp turning to go to the next level.  Whatever it was,  it had reached the 3rd floor.  As he topped the 3rd floor stairwell and looked down the hall and saw the tail go into his son’s room.

At this point James knew  3   things.  First, the tail was real, it was a squirrel.  Secondly, it was in his sleeping 4 year old son’s room.  Third, that a good number of wild squirrels carry rabies or other diseases.  It was that third thing that moved James from sleepy eyed stupor and curious to hero father mode.  Sprinting down the hall and into his son’s room he scooped up the sleeping boy in one arm and carried him out the door, while shutting the door to prevent the escape of the vicious disease ridden creature.   squirrel

He deposited the now confused and sleepy child in his bedroom and started on a plan.  Going downstairs into the garage he found just the right tools.  He picked up  a 6 by 9 inch Tupperware container and thick work gloves.  In his mind he had decided to trap the creature under the Tupperware, put something under it and carry it squirrel back outside where it could live happily ever after while not endangering more children.

He got one of his dogs, the 70 lb white German Sheppard, Klink, named after the  Colonel from Hogan’s heroes. (And about that smart.)   The goal was to have Klink flush out the squirrel, then fast as he could, capture it with the Tupperware.  If things went south, he had the thick work gloves to keep himself from being bitten.  Things did not quite go as planned.

Klink did his part.  He barked and scared the squirrel out from under the bed, then out from under the desk.  That is when the squirrel made a mad dash across the open floor.  There was no where to hide.  James took that Tupperware  container and slammed it down.  The squirrel was lightening fast.  Strike and miss!

By now Klink was fully on duty and once again the squirrel made a mad dash across the open space.  This time James was ready.  BLAM!!! The container slammed down onto the floor catching the squirrel.  Actually, it had only caught the back end of beast.  James’ first instinct was to hold the creature there and push him back under the container with his gloved hand.  Sadly,  there was no need.  The Tupperware had been lethal.  James’ catch and release program had turned into an impromptu squirrel memorial service.  He carried the carcass outside, said a few words and returned it to the thickets from whence it most likely originated.

I am sure there a many lessons to be learned from this.  Best laid plans, how not to use quiet time, etc.  It has been over ten years so I think PETA will no longer be able to come after James for animal cruelty.  Actually, it was quick so the squirrel did not suffer. No complaint was filed.  In the end one child was saved from having rabies and the dog got some exercise.  So it was a good day for mankind. Less so for squirrel kind.


The Cattle are Lowing then Being Shot

Lowing, that is nothing more than mooing.  Cattle just living their normal lives make contented or uncontented sounds mooing day in and day out.  It is a pretty standard existence for cows.  I guess the cows might worry about becoming a steak at some point, but I sure bet that they don’t expect the government to be slaughtering them just to make a political point.  If this were in India, government officials would be destroyed for even proposing such an action as shooting cattle that graze on public land.  Killing grandma ma ma just would not go over well.  Image

For some inexplicable reason the Federal Government is threatening to kill cattle in Nevada because the cattle wander onto Federally owned scrub grass.    It is an old fashioned range war, except that the government has no sheep or cattle, just a stake in the power and control represented by its ability to forbid access or charge for access to the public land.  The rancher’s cattle are being rounded up because they are trespassing on Federal Land, land which is not being used for anything.  Its land that the government has spent no money on yet wants to charge fees for, as if the government and not the people own it.  

The rancher’s son was tazed protesting the government’s rounding up of the rancher’s cattle.   Many others, neighbors and interested parties have come to protest this Federal power grab.  Like Waco, the government is poised once again to take out US citizens and United States bovines. Is it a dry run for future government intrusions into freedom?  I have a few questions regarding this.

If the government shoots the cattle will they process them for school lunches?

Would Michelle allow beef in school lunches?

How does the government own 28% of the land in the United States? 

How can the government charge people to use public land where the government spends zero dollars to maintain it?

It this a dry run for a much bigger government crack down?

Will PETA complain if the government shoots the cattle?

Will the ranchers be shot as well as tazed?

Will the government try to confiscate the private land as well?

Do the cattle know they are trespassing on Federal Land?

If they don’t know, is shooting them fair?  Perhaps they need to learn to read first.

Are the protesters going to be required to bring their own body bags? 

Is lowing considered free speech?

if lowing occurs on Federal land and the government shoots the cow does that violate the first amendment?

If the cattle are shot who removes the carcass?

All that ammo the government bought, is it about to be used?

How out of control is the government?  

Do they get away with this and the many other violations of our constitution?