Time for Thorns

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Could it go wrong?

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Massachusetts plans to establish a colony of venomous timber rattlesnakes on an off-limits island in the state’s largest body of water.   Some people are terrified by the thought of the snakes getting off the island,  since rattlers can swim and there are two causeways connecting the island to the mainland.    Of course the state says that won’t be a problem,  since the snakes are timid.

Well,  I agree that rattlers aren’t naturally aggressive like water moccasins are,  and that most bites occur because dogs are too curious and people are too stupid,   but to claim that the colony won’t leave the island is absurd.   Last time I checked,  snakes weren’t much on reading signage.

Another group of people are afraid that the state will use the colony as an excuse to shut off public access to areas around the reservoir.   Truthfully,  there is more danger of this eventuality than the former,  but I can’t blame the groups for their concerns.

UPDATE:  John Hinderaker of the PowerLine blog  deconstructs  so beautifully the above-referenced article.

UPDATE:  Howie Carr has  chimed in  on this insane plan,  and uses the phrase “professional courtesy”  in an entirely appropriate manner.

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Written by timeforthorns

February 22, 2016 at 11:56 pm

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  1. This is a weird world.

    Brenda Davis Harsham

    February 23, 2016 at 1:47 am

  2. What’s the ancient Chinese curse — may you live in interesting times? Well, we ascertain do, don’t we?

    timeforthorns

    February 23, 2016 at 2:15 am

  3. All you have to do is check the news… Can’t get away from it.

    Brenda Davis Harsham

    February 23, 2016 at 2:17 am

  4. How true!

    timeforthorns

    March 15, 2016 at 11:14 am


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