Archive for August 9, 2009

SEIU Warning

Heh. Guess the Democrats need to post this at all their “town hall meetings” whenever union thugs are present:

seiu meeting

H/T buckaroo at GCP

See also Dems Continue Listening Tour.

OMG, I’m part of the mob!

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Man Trying to Rob People in Church Subdued by Parishioners

From News4Jax.com:

LAKE WORTH, Fla. — Parishioners at a Lake Worth church thwarted a robbery by rushing a gunman who burst in and demanded money during an early morning service.

Eighteen-year-old Ludesson Nestor allegedly tried to rob the Spanish-language service in English, according to Palm Beach County deputies.

Some attendees didn’t understand what he was saying, but others fought back. Nestor was overtaken, disarmed and held down until deputies arrived.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Nestor was arrested on several charges of robbery and aggravated assault.

There seems to be a lot of crime directed at immigrants lately.

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Python Hunter in Florida Everglades

Read the entire story in the Miami Herald.

If pythons are big enough to swallow adult deer, they’ll be coming for my sheep. Why am I worrying about sheep squeezin’ from non-native pest bigass snakes when so far they’re confined to south Florida? Because they won’t remain confined to south Florida. The battle that is being fought (and lost) in the ‘glades will continue to spread. The cost to livestock growers could be enormous.

Fast Facts – Burmese pythons in the wild in Florida
■Approximately 112,000 of these Asian snakes have been imported into the United States since 1990.
■Everglades National Park has been the site of suspected releases of these exotic pets, with population predictions in the tens of thousands. The National Park Service reported the removal of 311 Burmese pythons from the Everglades in 2008.
■Other pythons have been captured in Big Cypress National Preserve and Collier Seminole State Park, north of the Everglades; areas around Miami to the northeast; Key Largo to the southeast and other lands, both public and private, throughout the region.
■A recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows that the Burmese python could survive throughout Florida. The report states that other factors, such as food and shelter, need consideration, but the “Burmese pythons and other giant constrictor snakes have shown themselves to be highly adaptable to new environments.”
■A non-venomous constrictor, the Burmese python preys on native Florida species of mammals, birds and reptiles, as well as nonnative species including black rats.
■According to the National Park Service, the appetite of the Burmese python poses a serious threat to some of Florida’s already endangered species. Burmese pythons have eaten Key Largo woodrats, a federally endangered species.
■The Burmese python may reach a length of 26 feet and a weight of more than 200 pounds. The largest Burmese python captured in the Everglades was 16 feet and 150 pounds. Its native habitat ranges from India to lower China, throughout the Malay Peninsula and on some islands in the East Indies. It usually lives near water.
■Although semi-aquatic, this snake is a good climber.
■Pythons lay eggs, unlike boa constrictors. A female Burmese python may lay 50-100 eggs and will wrap its body around the clutch to keep it warm and to defend the eggs against predators. The female python can raise its temperature by rhythmically twitching muscles, which generates heat and helps incubate the eggs. This incubation process may last two to three months. Once the eggs are hatched, young pythons are on their own to survive.
■The USGS and the Everglades National Park are investigating the behavior and biology of the Burmese python to get a better understanding of the snake’s requirements for survival. Their findings also will assess the risk of invasion into other areas of the United States.

I have read that potentially 1/3 of the continguous United States could become home to pythons.

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