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Officials Say Raining Arkansas Blackbirds Were Targets of a Crime
FoxNews.com ^ | 1/2/12 | NewCore

Posted on 01/02/2012 5:09:15 PM PST by ColdOne

BEEBE, Ark – Blackbirds raining from the sky for the second New Year running over the town of Beebe, Ark. was more likely a criminal rather than a supernatural phenomenon.

The authorities in the small US town said Sunday the 200 or so dead birds littering the streets -- exactly a year after 4,000 plummeted to the ground sparking a media frenzy and apocalyptic prophesies -- were targeted.

In a statement, Genny Porter from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said, "We know that there was evidence of fireworks set off in the middle of the roost, and it wasn't a coincidence."

Most scientists eventually agreed the thousands of deaths last New Year were caused when the birds were spooked by fireworks and flew into buildings, trees and each other.

Police in Beebe rushed through an emergency ban on fireworks

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: arkansas; napl

1 posted on 01/02/2012 5:09:18 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne

Killing blackbirds is a crime?


2 posted on 01/02/2012 5:14:04 PM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: saganite

Killing blackbirds is a crime?

Particularly when they are enfolded in a pastry crust.


3 posted on 01/02/2012 5:16:02 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Chickensoup

Then they become a dessert and cease to be a crime.


4 posted on 01/02/2012 5:21:52 PM PST by goldi (')
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To: ColdOne
Police in Beebe rushed through an emergency ban on fireworks

Interesting. Back in my childhood, the legislative branch made laws. And the administrative branch enforced them.

Sounds pretty dictatorial when you get police making laws.

/johnny

5 posted on 01/02/2012 5:25:16 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ColdOne

6 posted on 01/02/2012 5:27:06 PM PST by null and void (Day 1077 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: goldi
Savory pies are NOT desserts. ;)

I know this because I actually have pie recipes for small birds, recorded by Escoffier in his book. I refuse to say whether or not I have tried any of them. :)

/johnny

7 posted on 01/02/2012 5:28:55 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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Blackbirds just came through here in huge flocks. Waving from tree top to tree top. Quite a sight to see.

They have their place in nature. I don’t think killing one is a crime. But I do think, without some good reason, whoever did this is a bit sick.


8 posted on 01/02/2012 5:34:13 PM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: null and void

What’s racist? Blackbirds baked in a pie???

Blackbirds baked in a pie are not racist, and desserts are not a crime, especially at 2 am in the morning.


9 posted on 01/02/2012 5:35:44 PM PST by goldi (')
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To: JRandomFreeper

What kind of small birds, may I ask?


10 posted on 01/02/2012 5:38:00 PM PST by goldi (')
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To: Slings and Arrows

blackbirds target of crime ping.


11 posted on 01/02/2012 5:38:28 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: saganite
I have been murdering starlings and grackles in the middle of town with a pellet gun for at least the last 50 years and intend to continue to do so.

My only regret is that I can't figure out how to get hundreds of them at once without attracting attention and having to explain that I hate the things.

12 posted on 01/02/2012 5:38:50 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: ColdOne

I wonder if this would work for grackles?


13 posted on 01/02/2012 5:39:52 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: goldi

You obviously haven’t tasted my ex-girlfriend’s pastries.


14 posted on 01/02/2012 5:40:41 PM PST by Eagles6
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To: elkfersupper

Ah, beat me to it!


15 posted on 01/02/2012 5:41:07 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: goldi
Escoffier lists thrushes, blackbirds, larks, warblers, jacksnipes and buntings.

/johnny

16 posted on 01/02/2012 5:46:04 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: elkfersupper
Blackbird Control Legal Status: Are Blackbirds Protected?

Blackbirds are federally protected by the United States under Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. They may only be killed when they are found “committing or about to commit depredations upon ornamental or shade trees, agricultural crops, livestock, or wildlife, or when concentrated in such numbers and manner as to constitute a health hazard or other nuisance,” as stated in federal laws regarding migratory birds (50 CFR 21). Additional blackbird killing restrictions will vary per state.

http://www.crittercontrol.com/facts/animals/blackbirds.html

17 posted on 01/02/2012 5:51:57 PM PST by Fido969
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To: ColdOne

Mebbe they were just restin’ their wings, walking:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7X43Cfowz4


18 posted on 01/02/2012 5:53:04 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: JRandomFreeper

Yum.


19 posted on 01/02/2012 5:53:19 PM PST by goldi (')
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To: gleeaikin

Thanks ColdOne. There were four and twenty of them.


20 posted on 01/02/2012 6:22:51 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

My depression era father-in-law (God rest his soul)
could wax eloquently on the cooking methods and taste difference
for several species of small birds including crows and robins.


21 posted on 01/02/2012 6:28:15 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: saganite
Killing blackbirds is a crime?

My dad used to sprinkle corn out by the barn, when the black birds flock to get it, one shot gun blast would kill a half dozen of them, then the cats came a runnin' when they heard the shot gun they knew it was supper time.

22 posted on 01/02/2012 6:59:01 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
I refuse to say whether or not I have tried any of them.

I tried it but the danged feathers kept getting stuck in my teeth.

23 posted on 01/02/2012 7:00:56 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: Graybeard58

How many cats could your dad get with one shot?


24 posted on 01/02/2012 9:39:16 PM PST by matthew fuller ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." Winston Churchill)
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To: Fido969
They may only be killed when they are found “committing or about to commit depredations upon ornamental or shade trees, agricultural crops, livestock, or wildlife, or when concentrated in such numbers and manner as to constitute a health hazard or other nuisance,”

Ain't seen a blackbird yet that didn't fill that bill.

25 posted on 01/02/2012 9:43:10 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Nutrionally, you are what you eat. Politically, you are who you endorse.)
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To: ColdOne; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...

"Heads up!"



26 posted on 01/02/2012 10:18:40 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Heh...love the graphic!

So...blackbirds are endangered now?

GOOD!


27 posted on 01/03/2012 12:02:12 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and an evil Capitalist.)
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To: dixiechick2000

Been in your garden, have they?


28 posted on 01/03/2012 12:15:18 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Nah...just don’t like ‘em.

I guess I’m a racist.


29 posted on 01/03/2012 12:17:31 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (Proud barbarian TEA Party SOB and an evil Capitalist.)
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To: dixiechick2000
That's Racist!
30 posted on 01/03/2012 12:19:40 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: D-fendr

31 posted on 01/03/2012 6:25:31 AM PST by Daffynition (*Pray for whatever passes for America these days* Amen. ~ ScottinVA)
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To: Slings and Arrows

32 posted on 01/03/2012 6:27:14 AM PST by Daffynition (*Pray for whatever passes for America these days* Amen. ~ ScottinVA)
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To: Daffynition

Wow, cool picture, thanks.

That’s an incredible sight. I live in the woods and don’t get that view. I see them overhead in the trees. A tremendous cacophony and then.. silence, then a roar of wings as they move in waves.


33 posted on 01/03/2012 6:33:27 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: D-fendr
Hope your car isn't under the trees! :)


34 posted on 01/03/2012 6:37:13 AM PST by Daffynition (*Pray for whatever passes for America these days* Amen. ~ ScottinVA)
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To: elkfersupper
My only regret is that I can't figure out how to get hundreds of them at once without attracting attention and having to explain that I hate the things.

Go to your local machine shop. Get iron filings. Mix with starling/grackle bait. Place near the infestation.

Don't expect instant results. The local population will drop, they dead birds won't all be in one place, nor will they drop at onetime. Toxicology tests, should anyone be so motivated, will be negative...

35 posted on 01/03/2012 9:15:43 AM PST by null and void (Day 1077 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Slings and Arrows

Luv that photo. Sr71 of of my fav’s!


36 posted on 01/03/2012 9:33:27 AM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: ColdOne

Magnificent machines, they were.


37 posted on 01/03/2012 9:48:13 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Daffynition

Keep ‘em away from my car.


38 posted on 01/03/2012 10:25:15 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: D-fendr; Slings and Arrows
Send in the *Batcopter*! ;)
39 posted on 01/04/2012 7:40:36 AM PST by Daffynition (*Pray for whatever passes for America these days* Amen. ~ ScottinVA)
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To: null and void

“I’ve seen a horse fly and I’ve seen a house fly but I’ve never seen an elephant fly”


40 posted on 01/04/2012 7:43:40 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: AppyPappy

What has six wheels and flies?


41 posted on 01/04/2012 7:46:04 AM PST by null and void (Day 1079 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: saganite

Quoth the raven...”nevermore”.


42 posted on 01/05/2012 9:59:40 PM PST by Redcitizen (If I did a Vulcan mind meld on you, there would not be much to review. ;))
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