07 March 2008

Do we condone slapping people in this country?

Remember a couple of years back? An American teen entered another country...I have no idea what country it was. But BEFORE this child entered that country, there was a law in place that said, in essence, "You egg a car, we will hit you with a stick." The law and the punishment were in place BEFORE that kid ever stepped foot on those people's soil. And it was THEIR country.

So, the kid goes out and eggs a car and honey...all hell broke loose. International incident. HOW DARE these people even CONSIDER physically striking a United States citizen? It was just EGGS. It was just a CAR. It was just a LAW.

Clicked on AOL last night and this headline pops up about a professional golfer, Tripp Isenhour, who killed a redtail hawk by hitting it with a golfball. I flipped on through without reading it...didn't this happen to Tiger a couple of years ago? Or someone? During a tournament? Hit a tee shot, hit a bird, bird died and there was an uproar.

EXCEPT. I'm listening to the radio this morning and it turns out? Tripp Isenhour? Was filming a (probably) severely self-promotional TV show, Shoot Like a Pro, and the bird was making noise. And the noise bothered Isenhour. And he didn't accidentally hit the hawk...he chipped shot after shot at the bird, on two separate holes.

The 39-year-old player, whose real name is John Henry Isenhour III, became angry while filming "Shoot Like A Pro" on Dec. 12 at the Grand Cypress Golf Club when a squawking red-shouldered hawk roughly 300 yards away forced another take.

Isenhour hit at the bird for a while, it left, he moved on. When the bird came back, this time to within about 75 yards, Isenhour started chipping at it again until he hit it. In the head. And it died.

Growing up, the general consensus around these parts: There's a bird squawking at you? There's a nest. Nearby. And you're making that bird nervous.

Jethro Senger, a sound engineer at the shoot, said hitting the bird was "basically like a joke to Isenhour).""He just kept saying how he didn't think he could have hit it, which I think is a stupid thing for a PGA Tour golfer to say," Senger said. "He can put a ball in a hole from hundreds of yards away, and here he is hitting line drives at something that's, I don't know, a couple hundred feet away?"

Where we live, there are hawks about every six feet. Big hawks, little hawks, mean hawks, useful hawks. Point is, you can't kill the hawks. Doesn't matter if they're eating your chickens or stealing your kittens or just getting on your nerves in general...there's a law. Don't kill the hawks. You don't agree? Call your congressman. Lobby the Congress. Write a letter. Just DON'T get "annoyed" because a hawk is...making noise? MAKING NOISE?

Damn. Better make sure you don't sit down at a restaurant next to this guy, if your kids are with you. Just imagine if you REALLY pissed him off!

1 comment:

Melissa said...

We have a similar law with the freakin' grackels. I soo hate them, but you can't do anything that will harm them.

Oh...tried to vote for you guys, but it keeps freezing me out. I'll keep trying though. Your kind of obnoxious shouldn't go unrecognized. :)