Give ’em hell, Bob

8 Feb

Just watched a snippet of news on CNN. About the 150 or so ice fisherman who knowingly went into dangerous territory … anyway. Uh, this time, things didn’t work out, they needed emergency rescue, etc.

The part I love-love-love about the story is the ever-so-irrate sherriff in the local area who is very upset about their irresponsibility and tying up emergency services and the cost to the county.

“This was wrong. These people endangered the life of volunteer firemen, [and] the United States Coast Guard,” Bratton said, estimating the cost of the sheriff’s office response at $25,000. “I’m sure that’s going to climb.”

Bratton told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the fishermen displayed poor judgment in building a makeshift bridge to get from one section of the ice to the other.

“I have no problem with people ice fishing, but these idiots should realize that when you see open water, you should not build a bridge and cross it,” he said. “It’s a shame you can’t arrest people for stupidity.”



Really, that era of expectation and thoughtless, reckless choices that impact us all (that includes, by the way, one’s diet)… that era is O-V-E-R.

I don’t normally type in all caps. You know that if you read my blogs at all. So feel my passion. Heed the warning. Straighten up and fly right. You are the only who command the ship called Y-O-U.


2 Responses to “Give ’em hell, Bob”

  1. lendahand February 11, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    The ice fishermen bring to mind the plight of the Polar
    Bears and the hopelessness they must feel.
    Who rescues the Polar Bears?

  2. pnadams February 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    So the citizens of that county decided it was the responsibility of the sheriff to rescue people on the ice, and now he’s pissed that he has to do his job?

    If you ask a fireman or a Coastie, they will tell you they live of that stuff. That’s why they became firemen and Coasties.

    Police and sheriffs are more interested in having control. So people that they can’t control piss them off.

    Last time I checked the purpose of government in this country was “to insure domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare”. So what promotes the general welfare, letting a bunch of fishermen drowned/freeze or to rescue them.
    I’d say $25-50K for 135 people is a good contribution to the general welfare. A much better investment the $100K per taxpayer to keep a bunch of bankers rolling in dough?

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