Thursday, November 24, 2011

News Roundup

  • From the "Born to be Wild Turkey" Department - The Wild Turkey distillery, which by the way is a great place to hold a meeting,* has offered to take the turkeys President Obama pardoned recently to use as an attraction and as spokespoultry.  I support this idea.  Nothing tastes better than a bird that's been fed distiller's grain for months, then slowly smoked using the wood from old bourbon barrels.
  • From the "Shocked Face" Department - The NYPD is reporting that several make-shift weapons and large knives were found in Zuccotti Park after the Occupy Wall Street people were cleared off.  The kitchen knives I can understand because they were actually running a kitchen there for a while, but pipes wrapped in cardboard?  I guess it all went for nothing since the crowd left after the police showed up in force, but it doesn't take much for some bozo to turn a tense situation into a riot when he starts swinging for the fences against Officer Friendly. But of course, the peaceful protesters of OWS would have nothing to do with the injuries or property damage.
  • From the "Bunnies on the Boulevard" Department - Authorities in Colorado are looking for the person who dumped between 40 and 70 rabbits on the side of the road the other night.  My gut tells me that someone got few pet or meat rabbits and forgot to get two of the same sex, and they just got away from them reproduction-wise.  Of course, putting hutch or home raised bunnies in the wild is only good for the coyotes, so I certainly can't support the decision to set them free.  The rabbits were gathered up and are being taken care of by an animal rescue group.  The group is asking for community support in the form of donations of carrots, celery, potatoes, onions, red wine, and flour.  
  • From the "That Could Have Ended Badly" Department - The Swedish government is investigating an incident in which police mailed a loaded rifle to a forensics lab.  Apparently someone forgot to tell the good officers that dropping the magazine and clearing the chamber before boxing a gun up is a good idea.  Swedish authorities are planning on holding training to make sure that everyone knows that a loaded gun doesn't go in the post.  In related news, the Norwegian government has purchased 2000 surplus septic tanks from Russia, which they plan to use to invade Sweden as soon as they can figure out how to get the darned things started.
*I am blessed to live smack dab in the middle of bourbon country, and all of the major distilleries have meeting halls that different groups can rent out, hold a meeting, and have a 'tasting'.  

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