Knives and Flaming Cats

Saw this: Firefighter attacked by knife-wielding woman; is saved by coat

A Tucson fire captain responding to an apartment fire early Friday morning was attacked by a knife-wielding woman who tried to stab him in the chest, police said.

The firefighter’s turnout, or firefighting coat, served as body armor and kept the knife from penetrating his chest, according to a press release issued by Tucson Fire.

The firefighter wasn’t hurt and was able to get out of the apartment.

But noticed this:

Firefighters were able to see inside and determine the fire was burning on top of a small stove. Officials say the woman had a dead cat on the stove and was burning it.

Burning a dead cat on the stove.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Wolf Hunting Opponents Resorting to Lawsuits over Petition Collectors

Wolf hunt opponents challenging Michigan law on collecting signatures for ballot questions

LANSING – Animal rights groups opposed to the law authorizing wolf hunting in Michigan have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s restrictions on how signatures must be collected for ballot questions.

The lawsuit, filed electronically on Sunday by a coalition of groups including Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, asks a federal judge to rule that Michigan’s requirement that petition circulators be Michigan residents is an unconstitutional restriction on First Amendment rights…

State law requires each page of a ballot proposal petition be signed by a witness, who must be qualified to vote in Michigan.

Restrictions to keep out-of-staters from doing too much to influence in-state politics without sufficient support from residents seems reasonable to Murdoc. No one’s saying the out-of-staters can’t speak their mind or contribute to the cause. But Michigan politics need to be based on Michigan residents’ efforts. Without enough Michigan work on it, why should Michigan residents have to give two cents to the personal opinion of someone from Florida?

MasterPiece Arms MPAR 6.8

MasterPiece Arms MPAR 6.8
MasterPiece Arms MPAR 6.8

MasterPiece Arms:

The MPAR 6.8 rifle is a superbly accurate rifle with a short stroke piston design and a lightweight, two-piece aluminum handguard with user located Picatinny rails and QD Mount. The MPAR 6.8 features an innovative front handguard cap to keep debris out of the internals of the handguards and providing strength and stability to the assembly.

The MPAR 6.8 rifle will also contain a side folding 6–position polymer buttstock, locked bolt action and a side charging, non-reciprocating handle with forward-assist. The rifle also features a full-length top rail and a 16-inch barrel with a 4 groove 1:11 twist. The MPAR 6.8 will be finished in a durable, corrosion resistant black phosphate hard coat black anodized finish or an ATACS coating is optional. It will be made available for purchase in the first quarter of 2014. MSRP is $1103 with Vista Camo Coating and $1028 with Black Phosphate Finish

Disassembly will be very user friendly, both for access to the internals of the weapon, as well as the piston assembly housed in the front handguard. This gun is American Made and offers the MasterPiece Arms Lifetime Guarantee. MSRP is $1103 with Vista Camo Coating and $1028 with Black Phosphate Coating.

Looks like a good all-around rifle with the capability of hunting bigger game.

Going Hog Wild in Texas

feral swine at nightCompetition to kill the most feral hogs starts

A competition among participating Texas counties to kill the most feral hogs and to educate the most residents about the animals starts Monday, and Hays and Caldwell counties are getting ready.

Both have offered a $2 bounty per feral hog tail to encourage people to participate in the program, a grant competition administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Counties can collect points during the Hog Out County Grant Program from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 for the number of feral hogs taken and the number of people who participate in an educational course to learn about the animals.

I think we’ll be seeing more programs like this.

Oink Oink

Michigan’s ban on wild pigs takes effect today

As of today, wild pigs, or feral swine, are officially outlaws in Michigan — illegal to keep, even in a private hunting preserve.

The state Department of Natural Resources has had shoot-on-sight approval on the critters for more than a year while trying to work out regulations for the game ranches that import them for trophy hunters. But with the Legislature failing to agree on anything, the DNR’s invasive species designation took effect Oct. 1 and will be enforced as of today, DNR Public Information Officer Ed Golden said Friday.

“We delayed active enforcement to give anybody who had them an opportunity to depopulate,” Golden said.

News Possible cougar reported at U. of Michigan campus


Campus police and housing security officials searched the area but didn’t find the animal, which was described as a “possible cougar.” The department urged area residents to call police if they spotted the animal. Authorities say they didn’t find any potential cougar tracks during their search.

The last known wild cougar in Michigan was killed in 1906

Why Would Anyone Ever Want a Gun in a National Park?

Mountain lion snatches Leander boy in Big Bend; child survives

Taking all the recommended precautions wasn’t enough to keep a mountain lion from snatching a 6-year-old Leander boy from his mother’s hand and clamping its jaws on his face at Big Bend National Park on Sunday night…”This attack did not happen on a trail. We were not hiking,” Harris said. “We were on a paved walkway in between a restaurant and a hotel, and this cat grabbed my child from me.”

The cat grabbed the boy from a group of four from a well-traveled paved walkway in an area of human habitation. They had to jump on it and finally managed to stab it with a pocket knife.