Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The New Face of Criminality

Judge Robert G. James of the United States District Court, Western Division of Louisiana has ruled that Amercan boaters, fishers, hunters, swimmers, waders, are committing criminal trespass while using the Mississippi River or any other U.S. navicable waterway. One suspects those drowning would also be in violation.

Judge James rejected the findings of Magistrate Judge James Kirk last month. Judge Kirk earlier ruled the American public has the right to navigate, boat, fish, and hunt on the waters of the Mississippi river up to the normal high water line of the river under federal law and Louisiana law. Judge Kirk based his decision on long held and established federal and state principles on navigation recognizing the navigational rights of WE, the people. Kirk found that these rights

"…entitles the public to the reasonable use of navigable waters for all legitimate purposes of travel or transportation, for boating, sailing for pleasure, as well as for carrying persons or property for hire, and in any kind of watercraft the use of which is consistent with others also enjoying the right possessed in common."

Judge James, however, overruled Kirk in Normal Parm v. Sheriff Mark Shumate, claiming federal law grants exclusive and private control over the waters of the river, outside the main shipping channel, to riparian (waters edge) landowners. Declaring the shallows of navigable waterways closed to the public, effectively makes boating, fishing, swimming, duck hunting illegal, a federal crime, across most of this nation.

"Even though this action seems like a horrible pre-April fools [day] joke, it is very serious," said Phil Keeter, MRAA (Marine Retailers Association of America) president, in a statement. "Because essentially all the waters and waterways of our country are considered navigable in the US law, this ruling declares recreational boating, water skiing, fishing, waterfowl hunting, and fishing tournaments to be illegal and the public subject to jail sentences for recreating with their families."

IBI Magazine 14 September 2006

"The Fishing Hole"

Well, now, take down your fishin' pole
And meet me at the fishin' hole,
We may not get a bite all day,
But don’t you rush away.
What a great place to rest your bones
And mighty fine for skippin' stones,
You’ll feel fresh as a lemonade,
A-settin in the shade.
Whether it’s hot, whether it’s cool,
Oh what a spot for whistlin' like a fool.

What a fine day to take a stroll
And wander by The fishin' hole,
I can’t think of a better way
To pass the time o’ day.
We’ll have no need to call the roll
When we get to The fishin' hole,
There’ll be you, me, and Old Dog Trey,
To doodle time away.
If we don’t hook a perch or bass,
We’ll cool our toes in dewy grass,
Or else pull up a weed to chaw,
And maybe set and jaw.

Hangin' around, takin' our ease,
Watchin' that hound a-scratchin'
At his fleas.

Come on, take down your fishin' pole
And meet me at the fishin' hole,
I can’t think of a better way
To pass the time o’ day.

(Words to "The Andy Griffirh Show" theme song that were never used.)

Meanwhile, back at Guantanamo, Cuba...

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


atheling2 said...

All the more reason for entire towns to go have a day at the river. See if they have enough jails to fit them all.

Bloody judges.

Tom C said...

Some one should tell that guy with the fish to put it back and get the boat the hell out of there.....Think he will listen?

Indigo Red said...

I doubt it. He looks to be your basic clueless type.

don said...

The whole concept is ridiculous. The shady character with the hapless guppy bears watching however.

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This is GREAT Indigo!!! I love it! Hehehehehehehehe

You made my morning!

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