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Grounded In Reality — When Usually Peaceful Animals Charge, You Respond With Force

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Now as some of you may know from my posts at the other place, I have a groundhog living under my backyard shed. Well, actually now there’s a family, but I digress. Fact of the matter is I’m a friend of these furry creatures. However, after hearing this story, I have to side with the cops.

Police in northern New Jersey needed pepper spray to thwart a groundhog on the attack. Boonton resident Alex Scott told police the rodent chased him when he entered his garage and tried to get his truck. Police Sgt. Mike Danyo and Officer Paul Ryan said the groundhog went on the attack when they arrived.

Police said Danyo tripped and fell. His partner sprayed pepper spray into the groundhog’s face, giving the officers time to snare it.

The animal was euthanized and its remains will be shipped to the state health department for rabies testing.

This story was at the Huffington Post, and some of the comments about the officers macing/killing the rodent are … interesting.

This is disgusting. What kind of pansy poofter police do you have in “Boontown, New Joisey”, that they are so scared of a freakin groundhog they have to pepper spray it and then kill it in case it exacts revenge on them?? More homicidal abuse of animals by the stupidest humans on the planet.

Doesn’t say a lot about the truck driver and the two cops.. it took three of them to bring down this cuddly, fluffy hamster of doom.

The poor groundhog! I used to have a groundhog in my back yard and he would sit on the back steps and I would hand him carrots and he would stand there wobbling and chewing the carrots as we regarded each other across a chasm of evolution.

Poor animal. They usually just catch these things and release them in another location.

Now while there were comments like the ones above, there were others that noted groundhogs normally don’t come charging out like gangbusters. I agree. The groundhog(s) on my property freak out when I knock on the back door window and run back under the shed. Hey, it’s funny. What can I say? And for the theory that the groundhog was “cornered” or “protecting his home,” the better half and I ALWAYS go near our groundhogs’ residence and they have NEVER done anything to us.

Oh, and this just in. The groundhog DID have rabies.

An unusually aggressive groundhog that attempted to attack a resident and two police officers before it was doused with pepper spray last week was confirmed to have rabies, officials said on Thursday.

Good thing the groundhog wasn’t a Harvard scholar. The cops might be facing a civil lawsuit or, worse yet, have to have an adult beverage with President Hussein.

Written by kkktookmybabyaway

July 31, 2009 at 11:40 pm

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Rinse, Repave, Repeat

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Earlier this week while driving in that fun construction zone right next to my house, the better half and I opined the reasoning for this stretch of road to be redone. It didn’t seem to be in all that bad of condition.

Now we may know the answer.

Tens of thousands of unsafe or decaying bridges carrying 100 million drivers a day must wait for repairs because states are spending stimulus money on spans that are already in good shape or on easier projects like repaving roads, an Associated Press analysis shows.

President Hussein urged Congress last winter to pass his $787 billion stimulus package so some of the economic recovery money could be used to rebuild what he called America’s “crumbling bridges.” Lawmakers said it was a historic chance to chip away at the $65 billion backlog of deficient structures, often neglected until a catastrophe like the Minneapolis bridge that collapsed two years ago this Saturday.

States, however, have other plans. Of the 2,476 bridges scheduled to receive stimulus money so far, nearly half have passed inspections with high marks, according to federal data. Those 1,123 sound bridges received such high inspection ratings that they normally would not qualify for federal bridge money, yet they will share in more than $1.2 billion in stimulus money.

You know, there is at least one little bridge that I know of which needs rebuilt and it’s not being touched. Yet several miles of Rt. 30 that were just fine are getting redone. Nice.

Written by kkktookmybabyaway

July 31, 2009 at 11:25 pm

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