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March 3, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Soundings. Intent. Being bad.

Yellow billed green parrot on branch. (Southerland/flickr/snowmanradio/

“Look, parrot. I don’t care if your name is Dee…(Southerland/flickr/snowmanradio/

Bored with constantly correcting people, is Spell Check auditioning for a comedy show?

With the “Close enough” and the”Well, they sound exactly the same and you know what I mean, so what’s the big deal?”, there’s enough hilarious lions to roar about.

Spotted, like a slow leopard, in a recent discussion jungle concerning the China Sea islands controversy: an observation concerning China’s missile capacity compared to other countries:

  • “They haven’t reached parody”.
  • Of course China might be building wit and satire which currently isn’t allowed on their internet, or it could be building military parity which is more easily recognized, even if less funny.
  • Or they could all be encouraging trade growth with the pairing of  teas.

No one likes a snarky Smarty Pants. Or a misplaced thought.

1952 Kennedy Tea with elegant silver service and full skirts featuring Kennedy slogan (JFK, his mother and sisters)TV cameras filming one of 33 campaign teas to support run for US Senate. (USPD:

Might be afternoon, but high aspirations brewed. A Kennedy Tea Party during 1952 Senate campaign.(USPD/

Another comment adamantly insists that Ash Wednesday and the observation of Lent is not Christian at all. It’s Catholic.

  • Please don’t tell the  Catholic congregation members….
  • Or the local Methodist and even Lutheran ones that also follow those traditions.
  • Some things not worth splitting hares over (unless it’s Easter and they are chocolate).

Talking about splitting, Spring is Gotta Get Away Time.

Men in vintage suits behind vintage motorcycles.1917. Sales and administrative force of Cleveland Motorcycle Mgg. Co. Image from Motor Cycle Illustrated (USPD:

Would you buy a motor cycle from this sales force? Not your basic Brando. (Cleveland Motorcycle Mfg. Co.1917/USPD/

Why walk when you can fly – and get all heads to turn as you go by?

“Why the 190 mph BMW S1000RR Would Make a Terrific First Motorcycle.”

Wait. Wait.

This writer is as logical and as convincing as Ralphie was in his persuasive essay about why he need a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200 Shot Range Model Air Rifle in “The Christmas Story”

And it’s funny:

“If ever a motorcycle was idiot proof, it’s this one. ….Our advice: keep it pointed away from trees. If you can manage that, you should be ok.”

See. Solid. Sensible. Feel free to try it.

Ralphie got his…

American bald eaglet receiving care (Image Wildlife Center of Texas/click2houston)

Yes, I’m grumpy. Dad was going to take me fishing.(Wildlife Center of Texas)

Flying along, you’ll love the sound of this: the little eaglet whose dutiful eagle dad was shot last weekend inside the Houston city limits by a 17-year-old (and his 2 friends) is safe at Last Chance Forever, the Birds of Prey Conservancy near San Antonio.

Hopefully a resident foster mom eagle (one injured so badly she cannot be returned to the wild) will adopt this little one along with her own. With her help, the eaglet will learn everything he needs to know to live in the wild.

Fall back plan is to raise the little chick with little human contact using an eagle puppet to feed and encourage him.(Read more expert’s interview in the link below.)

  • Video and story – with the man who saw and called 911. This eagle, well-known and loved by the neighborhood, is one of a pair who have nested and raised families there for at least 5 years. It takes both parents to hunt and feed a young eagle until it can live on its’ own which is why the decision was made to collect the young bird. His mom was grieving her mate and exhausted.
  • Listen to the expert talk about how the orphaned will be cared for at the sanctuary. You’ll learn why the eaglet was taken from the nest and a lot about American bald eagles. (Facebook page here.)

Do I have to spell it out for you?

Hope that eagle feather pluckin’ joker shows up for his court date in March and gets his.

There’s bad boys and then there’s bad, boys. Ask any of the wild ones.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.



  1. leggypeggy / Mar 3 2017 6:06 am

    Too funny.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 3 2017 6:44 am

      These days we all need a bit of gin, wait, that was grin. Maybe both? Tanks for driving a comment this weigh.


  2. Satin Sheet Diva / Mar 3 2017 6:10 am

    That Eaglet is HUGE! I wonder though about giving animals human emotion – if the mother is indeed grieving the loss of her mate, then how much more traumatic is it that her “child” is gone now too? For the sake of brevity and keeping the peace, I will withhold my thoughts on humans and gun ownership. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 3 2017 7:06 am

      Cesar also says we over humanize behavior of animals. Objectively, many, like elephants, do have family connections and recognize/grieve loss, The Parks and Wild Life people did leave the eaglet in the nest for 3 days and monitored activity. The mother was circling (scared of of the area it seemed) but returned eventually and was trying to provide food for both of them by the second day, but when she left to hunt later, one expert was lifted up to check on the little bird who turned out to be badly dehydrated and weak.(Who knew 2 adult were needed to feed one hungry little guy) Because of the small number of birds and worried both would die, they decided to take the baby with the hope that the mom will seek another mate and perhaps have another baby this spring. (Apparently although pairs generally do mate for life, a widowed bird will get back in the dating pool). But you have to wonder.
      I do not consider high powered pellet guns “toys” as they are now classified. These are dangerous. It is against the law to shoot inside city limits and police do try to stop it. (one reason the wild hogs are thriving…some people obey the laws). It may be that this 17-year old (who isn’t a child, but an adult in reality) may have lost his dreamer status or will at least have a record from a moment of foolishness/taking a dare.
      Sad thing as the eagle plays an important role in culture.hewritage on both sides of the border.
      Outcome for the little bird is good with all the experience the sanctuary has. We need high flyers – to feed our souls, too.
      Thanks for nesting a comment here

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  3. sustainabilitea / Mar 3 2017 6:13 am

    I went from smiles in the first part to disgust in the second. This has to be my favorite, though: “They haven’t reached parody”. 🙂 Or maybe it has two bee.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 3 2017 7:12 am

      A bit of web spinning.
      SNL style has now officially stepped off the stage and into reel life.
      Tanks for toting over a comment


  4. easyweimaraner / Mar 3 2017 6:24 am

    all paws are crossed for the young eagle…
    my uncle tried to be a wild one after he saw the movie, he bought a bmw 25/3 and because that beast was eggs-pensive there was not enough money for a leather jacket… so he used a rubber rain jacket his daddy wore for poaching once… he was not really an eagle on his bike… well let’s say a little like Eddie the Eagle :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 3 2017 7:14 am

      Well, uncle was flying no matter how wrapped (and looked super in mind’s eye). Bet he impressed the girls anyway. Swagger counts. Thanks for pawsing to chat


      • easyweimaraner / Mar 3 2017 7:26 am

        not really… the bike mostly rested at home because he had not much moneeh for the gas :o) he mostly cleaned and polished it LOL


  5. roughseasinthemed / Mar 3 2017 6:32 am

    Humour and sadness together? The one overpowers the other. Well, you know my views on animal rights … and eagle beagles, or eagle-eyed reporters, and illeagle animal slaughter. And of such a reagle bird too 😦


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 3 2017 7:22 am

      I debated all the way to “publish”. Probably should have been 2 posts, but it is life and a bit of laughter is the way many of us keep flying. So we’ll just go look at the motorcycles.
      (Eagle have such a role in so many cultures. Familiar with the MX connection..apparently the kid wasn’t.
      Sad to take up a stupid dare if that was it. Not to mention the personality quirk that says it’s ok to kill a live thing. With luck both mom and baby will recover and fly high in safe skies) Thanks for the fly bye


      • roughseasinthemed / Mar 3 2017 7:27 am

        No, it worked. Just a bit of a stunner, but as I mix and match, I can hardly criticise.

        We have a lot of raptors come this way at migration time. Have I got myself there? Don’t answer.

        Take it easy, maybe in the Hotel California, such a lovely place (age showing here!).

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  6. Kate Crimmins / Mar 3 2017 6:52 am

    You made us smile then wiped it right off of our faces with that sad bird. Sure hope the kids get punished properly (like my Mom would have done).

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2017 11:15 am

      Just like life? Up and down, laughs and frowns. That little bird’s story simply wouldn’t leave the nest, then Ralphie’s popped in. Kid may be kids, but somewhere- someone Parents, school, church, laws – has to teach at an early age “don’t kill live things” Really sad in so many ways.Considering the 3 boys were cruising around with a aim to use that high powered pellet gun, you have to wonder what would have been the target if the bird hadn’t been there. He’s a year short of adulthood so the feds will treat him as a child…(yet another problem?) In any case his neighborhood and community (this is a very old historic part of Houston with mixed income levels and rich in diversity) all these people are very very angry. He’d be wise to stay inside the house.
      But how about this; Paul White on Facebook has cameras on another eagle’s nest just across the lake from us. The nest is 6-7 feet across at last check. Fingers crossed on egg hatching. Only one egg left last week.

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  7. roughwighting / Mar 3 2017 7:17 am

    Yes, as others said, above, your post was lighthearted and made me grimace (I’m a proof reading hound) but then I dove into despair about the eagles. I know it’s human nature that there’s always some who seem born with no conscience or empathy. And so, others suffer. But I’m glad that there are also humans with love for all beings, and who help take care of the suffering Eagle family. But my heart hurts. Whatever punishment is doled out to the eagle killers, is not enough.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2017 11:20 am

      Somewhere the “kids” didn’t get the messages of “do not kill”….(and then sneak back and try to grab a couple of feathers – only Native Americans are permitted to have eagle feathers.) He said it wasn’t;’t dead when they got to it, so he shot I 2 more times. Great.
      They are out there driving around the neighborhood – lucky it wasn’t a child they disliked?
      Judge really needs to put some thought into this one for the kid’s views in the future.
      Thanks for adding a nod to the rescue groups

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      • roughwighting / Mar 6 2017 1:14 pm

        Ugh, horrible to hear all this. I wish the judge would come down hard to deter others from doing the same….

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  8. Littlesundog / Mar 3 2017 10:11 am

    I try to remember that we all learn from these experiences. No matter the situation, I try (not always successful) to ask what I can learn, instead of giving into anger that justice won’t be/or isn’t served. I can’t do anything about that kid or the powers that be – whether it will turn out like I think it should. We have similar situations here… but I offer up donations to help the rehabilitators or organizations that try to help. There is always something positive we can do.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 3 2017 10:39 am

      I was hoping the Brando clip would lighten things a bit. Vintage culture is worth a smile. Also the at risk bird (who many outside the area were not aware of) was safe and is expected to do fine. Rescuers have learned so much and are now able to save so many injured animals. (The interview was pretty interesting).
      You are right, it’s the volunteers and public support that help organizations exist.
      (I wonder if the eagle feathers will be donated to a Native American tribe. They are the only ones who can be permitted for them. It would be give a positive end and meaning.)
      Thanks for gliding by to comment.

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  9. heretherebespiders / Mar 3 2017 3:10 pm

    My first boyfriend was trying out my pellet rifle and somehow managed to hit a crow, right in the wing joint which broke it completely. He was HORRIFIED at what he had done, and probably never picked up a ‘toy’ gun again. My mom took the bird to the vet and we fostered it for a while. Never admitted to my parents that I was involved in the injury, however. Too ashamed.
    I have a Harley – it’s an 883cc, not 1,000cc’s, and I can tell you it takes a lot more work than not hitting trees! Eejits.
    Love the mistake. Wonder who was translating that?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2017 11:25 am

      Experience is a harsh teacher sometimes – wise the kid that learns and goes on to make the world a better place with the memory.
      That article’s title was enough to make me stop and read it – he is quite a funny writer as well as motorcycle reviewer. From experience it is true that trees and ditches seem to note a new rider and love to make life difficult for them HA HA (wanna see a broke off foot rest?:)
      We’d better watch out – Spell Check has a sense of humor and is bored at work…it was Spell Check, right, not the author…
      Thanks for driving this route

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  10. Jane Dougherty / Mar 4 2017 4:05 am

    People taking pot shots at the national emblem, isn’t that like burning the flag? If it isn’t it ought to be.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2017 11:29 am

      While now off the endangered species list, eagles are a state and federal protected species. So there are lots of laws involved…and apparently Homeland Security for some reason. Problem is he’s 1 year short of adult…unless it’s a human murder and he can be certified as adult. Also the 3 drove off and came back to grab some eagle feathers – also against law as only Native Americans can legally posses real eagle feathers.
      The shooter is out on bond and back at home. No sign of parents in court. I can tell you the neighbors are outraged. Who didn’t teach him that “killing live things is wrong and don’t do it”? Probably some finger pointing going to happen there…but he’s not a little kid.
      Thanks for flying by with a comment to put in this nest


      • Jane Dougherty / Mar 6 2017 1:26 pm

        Difficult to explain how killing some things is right, killing other things is wrong—owning a gun is right shooting it is right, so what’s the problem?


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2017 3:02 pm

          In an ideal world, nothing would be killed ( but then there’s the overloading the environment and no food – the stuff of any sci-fi fi novels)
          I’m not following the logic of a gun = killing indiscriminately. Same thing could be said about knives, axes, high heels (famous case here) – not to mention cars (used as weapons – once again history here).
          Easy to see how kids can be confused as to the purpose of guns with all the violence all over the screens – both reel and real and if not raised to respect them and their purpose for protection/defense if your life is in danger.
          And there’s nothing wrong with skeet/Olympic shooting – like archery or fencing as a sport.
          (Please. Dangerous real life stalking background inserted here from previous posts. If you personally haven’t faced real fear and no calvary coming, it’s may be difficult for you to understand the necessity of personal protection. Some are not evolved and are violent individuals)
          If you eat plants, you kill them ( and jerking the out of the ground is painful – behavioral -bio research has clearly shown they react to pain and do recoil from danger.
          A balance has to be found by each. Respect to what end life so you can live and a commitment to walk softly in the environment and leave it better than you came.
          What strikes me very sad is that the eagle has cultural/historical importance not only in the US, in Native American culture, and very I important in early civilizations of Central/;sSouth American – and especially Mexico as an eagle was the sign as to where to build what is now Mexico City (Aztec before the Spaniard arrived.
          You’d think something would have said “don’t shoot the eagle”? Kids. Not always logical – especially if trying to impress others.


          • Jane Dougherty / Mar 6 2017 3:09 pm

            No, I’ve never been in the position where I’ve had to shoot someone to defend myself and hope it won’t ever crop up. Killing for sport is something I don’t understand either, or for entertainment. There’s no logical reason why the kids would have thought to not shoot the eagle though. It’s just a bird, isn’t it?


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2017 4:01 pm

            If you’re ever attacked by a line of rusty tin cans on a dirt bank, I’m the one to call HA HA.
            Shooting is a skill just like skiing. Neither easily accomplished. The modern equipment is far past my experience. I would like to try clay pigeon shooting. Real birds/animals have no interest for me.
            I guess mythology and symbolism is lost on some. Another sad thing if the stories and legends and their importance aren’t passed down parent to child or taught in schools. (Not to mention “don’t mess with the food chain”) Such connections lost: to place in nature and social connections to civilizations past. No wonder mankind is wobbling
            It could just a bird or a symbol or it could be a soul and spirit guide – depends on your belief structure. In any case, it shouldn’t be dead.


          • Jane Dougherty / Mar 7 2017 2:07 am

            Too right. Some things shouldn’t have to be explained. The Native Americans didn’t know about food chains and gene pools but they did know not to destroy more than they needed.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 7 2017 9:29 am

            As in the novel Lord of the Flies, young minds must be guided. (Wonder if that title is still mandated reading along with Animal Farm?). New grew up around Native Americans in an area respectful of them and rather admiring of their philosophy/beliefs. All of us knew they hunted and killed buffalo in the West, but said thanks for the gift of the animal and used every single part of it so as not to be disrespectful to the animal that died so they would have what was needed. I do think knowledge of the food chain and how each part plays a role was/is pretty well understood. Dark skies, stars and wide open spaces tend to bring a person down to size – and understanding.
            Thanks for walking softly and speaking wisely here


          • Jane Dougherty / Mar 7 2017 9:32 am

            I walk softly because I’m small, speak wisely…maybe 🙂


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 7 2017 9:40 am

            Small in size only means you have to be clever and smart to survive 🙂


          • Jane Dougherty / Mar 7 2017 9:42 am

            One of my sisters used to call me ‘the whippet’. Small and speedy 🙂

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  11. sportsattitudes / Mar 4 2017 7:21 pm

    I don’t know how common it is when juveniles murder animals and are treated like adults in the courts but I suspect it is rare. And that’s a shame. This should be a teaching moment for the entire city but because the suspect is just under an age threshold nothing further will likely come of this. There needs to be accountability to enforce how senseless and inhuman this behavior is.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2017 11:35 am

      Cops and psychologists will tell you most serial killers started out killing animals, so here people do take note. He’s facing laws from all sorts of local, state, and federal agencies. (Even taking a feather is a fed. offense as only Native Americans can legally possess eagle feathers) The Fed. fish and wildlife has already said he will not be treated as adult by them (up to 9 years in jail). So we’ll see in mid March. Can tell you his neighborhood is pretty angry and while bailed out at home, he might want to stay out of sight. Judge needs to think long and hard about this one.
      And who failed to teach him “Do not kill live things”? Parents/church/school/community?- up to legal system now.

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