Friday, August 01, 2008

Turtle Power

I like turtles. I think they are cool. This story in WAPO today caught my eye. I felt sorry for the turtle with the radio transmitter on his back. But wait. It gets worse. Be sure to read the comments. They are the best part.

For those of you who are time challenged basically the article is about a turtle who was unfortunate enough to have a "scientist" strap a radio to his/her shell to track the goings ons of a turtle through Rock Creek Park which you know is VERY IMPORTANT information to have. Every once in a while the "scientist" goes to visit the turtle which was the case on this particular day. Wouldn't you know the turtle is hanging in a patch of 10 marijuana plants. The 46 year old scientist has "seen" marijuana plant pictures so he calls the cops. The cops monitor the plants and who do they catch but some 19 year old. Duh. They then arrest him for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. They said the 1 1/2lb. of weed had a street value of $6500.

The comments are great but my favorite is:

This is ridiculous. Did you actually look at those crappy little plants? Pound and a half indeed! Those plants might have produced an ounce and a half if the deer (or turtles) didn't eat them first. Intent to distribute? Let's consider economies of scale. If someone were looking to distribute, they'd be planting a lot more than 10 plants, and certainly not out in the open for all to see. BTW, are they all female? Only fems produce buds anyway. Hope this kid gets a lawyer that knows a little somethin' somethin' about this stuff. These charges are complete and total B.S.

This is a sad, SAD story that they're going after a kid for trying to grow some schwaggy weed he's trying to grow with low-grade seeds found in the bottom of a bag of Brown Frown Brick Weed - the same crap that grows in ditches in the midwest.

Priorities people - priorities. The only other thing I can say is that it's good the kid wasn't a black rapper, and not an aspriring "alt rocker" otherwise they'd be getting him with conspiracy and asking for the names of all his gang members.

Utterly absurd. What a waste. With all the gang-related shootings in the Gaithersburg area lately, THIS is where MC Police decides to spend their time...

As a taxpayer and law-abiding citizen caught in the crossfire of the shootings mentioned above, I'm outraged that MC Cops are more focused on going after this kid than preventing murder. So stupid.
8/1/2008 10:03:23 AM

Followed by this one:

Hurray! The Federal Government found marijuana. Too bad they can't find Osama though.

They can with Turtle No.72 on the case. Hero in a half-shell...TURTLE POWER!


Blogger Carol said...

I don't know whether to laugh or cry...

8/01/2008 02:39:00 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Turtle #72 may get my vote this fall.

This whole thing sounds like a page out of the Bush playbook - "Do something, anything, just to make it look like you're doing something!"

8/03/2008 02:21:00 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Poor turtle and poor dumb 19 year old. true.

8/03/2008 07:24:00 PM  
Blogger dawn said...

I think the turtle should run for Presiden. I must say hysterical ,one of your better posts hehe

8/04/2008 11:04:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Just another example of our tax dollars doing monumental shit.

8/04/2008 12:06:00 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

ahh, absurdity! where would we be without comedy of the absurd.

8/05/2008 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Brandon said...

He's slow, but always get his man. Slow and steady wins the race, I always say!

8/05/2008 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Don't even get me started about the antiquated marijuana laws in the country. Sickening!

8/06/2008 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

ppor little fella...probally needed some medicinal weed for his aching back....and probally hearing baby monitors on his transmiter and giving him a horrible headache...

( and yeah....the kid probally thought it was a good spot to grow some- that does not make him a criminal....)

8/06/2008 08:37:00 PM  

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