18′ Python. Again.

A handout photo of a near record-breaking Burmese python found in Everglades National Park near Miami.A Burmese phython found in Florida measured 18 feet, 2 inches, short of the state record by 6 inches

Engineers in the Everglades stumbled upon a near-record-breaking Burmese python measuring more than 18 feet long during a routine inspection of levees on Tuesday, a water management district spokesman said.

Murdoc says that any day where you find an 18-foot snake is definitely NOT ‘routine.’ But whatever.

Last year, a snake collector in the state discovered the largest python on record there, measuring 18 feet 8 inches, commission spokeswoman Katie Johnson said.

The pythons, which can grow to more than 20 feet in their native habitat in Southeast Asia, are one of the most problematic invaders of Florida’s sprawling Everglades wetlands.

They eat indigenous species and their food sources, fueling concerns that the predator snakes will fundamentally change the ecosystem.

The snake was killed. Officials say they think that there could be up to 150,000 pythons in the Everglades. Murdoc thinks maybe snakemeat sandwiches should be pushed.

Eat them out of existence.

Pizza Guy

West Melbourne, Florida: Pizza Delivery man shoots and kills armed robber

Detectives say 54-year-old Bryon Park of Palm Bay had just returned to his vehicle after delivering a pizza to a room in the motel complex, when he was approached by [32-year-old Fredrick Lorenza] Kelly who had a large knife.

Kelly demanded money from Park and threatened to kill him if he did not comply. Deputies say that’s when Park, the pizza delivery man who happens to be a former law enforcement officer, grabbed a gun from his car and defended himself, by firing one shot towards Kelly.

Kelly was struck and pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies say this wasn’t the first offense for Fredrick Kelly Jr. It turns out he has a lengthy violent criminal history that includes Armed Robbery, Aggravated Battery and False Imprisonment. Brevard County Sheriff deputies also said that the suspect in this investigation, Kelly, was released from prison in 2009, after serving a reduced sentence for similar violent crimes.

The driver works for Domino’s.

Woman shoots, kills bow-and-arrow-armed intruder

Florida:

Auxiliary Trooper Tabbatha Nussbaumer was in the shower in her upstairs bathroom when her 9-year-old son told her a man he didn’t recognize was in the house, the Pensacola Police Department said.

When Nussbaumer left her bathroom, Harris was at the bottom of the stairs holding the bow and arrow, police said.

Nussbaumer said Harris asked for money.

In an effort to get Harris out the house, Nussbaumer told him she had money in her truck. As Nussbaumer went out the front door, Harris followed and removed his clothes, police said.

She retrieved a handgun from the truck and ended up shooting the naked archer. It will be interesting to see how this turns out, as though the encounter began in the woman’s home it ended on the street. From the write-up, it sounds like a clear case of self-defense, but it will depend upon the exact circumstances. Didn’t he have to put down the bow to undress?

For what it’s worth, this is just another example of why the “magic wand solution” wouldn’t be any solution at all. Even if you could wave a magic wand and make all guns disappear forever and make it impossible to ever build more guns, we’d be worse off than we are now.

Naked guys with bows could rule the world. No one wants that.

They’re worried that they’ll be punished for breaking the law, that is

End of local concealed-gun bans worries officials across South Florida

Effective Saturday , many of South Florida’s “No guns allowed” signs are gone. That’s thanks to a new state law imposing fines of up to $5,000 on county and municipal officials, and even threatening them with removal from office, if they enforce firearms and ammunition restrictions other than those spelled out by state statute.

Seems straightforward. So what are these officials “worried” about?

The state legislation has been on the books since 1987. But because it did not contain any penalties until now, many local governments passed their own, more restrictive laws.

People who have been breaking state law since 1987 are suddenly worried that they’ll be penalized for it now.

One city manager, Joseph Gallegos of Wilton Manors, claims that penalizing officials who break state law is “speaks to a degree of intimidation seemingly unprecedented.” What an idiot.

Via Instapundit.

In fact, my best friend is an iguana

iguana in the crosshairs

Murdoc continues to be amused by the reaction his old posts on hunting Florida iguanas are getting. Here’s another good one:

While Iguanas are not native to Florida, we have no right to be slaughtering them like this. First of all, you can’t effectively erradicate a species from an area too easily. Mankind in its path of destruction has killed off species in the past, but it requires alot more than a couple of hill billies with pellet guns to do so.

A “couple of hill billies with pellet guns” cannot “effectively erradicate a species,” yet they are “slaughtering them”?

With all the species we have introduced to Florida, its next to impossible to perserve the ecosystem there at this point anyway. Its depressing I know, but nature has a way of bouncing back from disasters. METEORS HAVE HIT THIS PLANET AND THERE ARE STILL LIVING CREATURES HERE!!!! In a few million years, the imported creatures in Florida will become part of that ecosystem as other creatures adapt and evolve to deal with them. I say let it happen, stop trying to prevent what can’t be stopped.

So I’m sure the commenter would agree that it’s pointless to stop polluting the atmosphere or trying to clean up industrial waste dumped into rivers. BP dumping oil into the Gulf? “Let it happen, stop trying to prevent what can’t be stopped.” In a few million years, what difference will a little oil in the water make, anyway? Mother Earth is tough, you hill billie:

EVEN IF HILL BILLIES HAVE KILLED ALL OF THE IGUANAS IN FLORIDA AND THERE WOULD STILL BE LIVING CREATURES HERE!!!

(Murdoc only used three exclamation points instead of the five used in the commenter’s version. Five seemed over the top.)

So when it all boils down, what I’m saying is that I think we should just leave this mess alone.

Yeah. We got that.

I personaly think that you lowly, pathetic creatures, should I even call you human, are using this as an excuse to murder these beautiful animals. This horrifying brutallity that you people call a “Sport” makes me want to vomit out the deepest contents of my digestive system. I’ve always loved iguanas in particular. I’m fascinated by them really. In fact, my best friend is an iguana, a very loyal, trusting pet. Seeing one of these marvelous creatures dead in your arms… There are no words to describe the burning hatred I have for you, sir. You and all your trashy friends who have brought death to these animals. I hope multiple tornados come to decimate your trailer park. May you be tormented for eternity in the deepest, most vile pit in hell!

This last bit seems sort of tacked on. Like suddenly they decided to abandon their logical attack (such as it was) and begin the passive-aggressive trifecta of name calling, bleeding heart pleas for peace and love, and hopes for the violent death of those who advocate violence.

Obviously, the biggest disconnect seems to be the fact that the commenters calling for the violent deaths of those who hunt feral iguana don’t seem to get the idea that it’s not pet iguanas we’re talking about. Just like those folks who are in favor of illegal immigration from Mexico because America was founded by immigrants.

Murdoc needs to remind himself that iguana lovers who post on GunPundit are probably NOT a fair representation of the typical iguana lover. Dear Lord, he hopes they aren’t…

Good for a laugh, anyway. Carry on.

Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop.

Couple recount fatal fray at their Tierra Verde home

25-year-old beauty pageant winner:

Meghan Brown had fired her pink .38-caliber handgun only inside a shooting range. Even there, she said, she wasn’t very good.

The 2009 Miss Tierra Verde, 25 and a slender brunet, had trouble pulling back the trigger. When she did manage, she said she almost never hit the target.

That Saturday was different.

OC coming to Florida

Florida’s ‘open carry’ gun bill clears another hurdle

The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee voted 10-3 for the proposal by Rep. Chris Dorworth, R-Lake Mary, over the objections of law-enforcement lobbyists and representatives of retail merchants. Dorworth said his bill is only intended to protect licensed concealed-weapons carriers who inadvertently show their weapons.

Marion Hammer, the veteran lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, said there have been several prosecutions of law-abiding gun owners for “brandishing” their weapons by accidentally letting them show in public.

Seems like some people don’t know what “brandishing” means. Or are just idiots.