Monday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr , 6:40 PM GMT on January 07, 2013

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My new mantra, two a week, two posts a week. Good luck me keeping this one. :-)

So on Facebook and friend of mine who we differ opinions on many subjects and still remain friends for some odd reasons posted about an elk that was killed in Boulder Colorado and the neighborhood folk of which this elf decided to call home the last 2 years held a memorial service for. Now my friend thought this crossed the line bordering on the absurd and I have to admit from the short article he posted on his timeline his conclusion was easily obtained. I looked into it further and whereas the first article did not detail that the elk had been in the neighborhood for two years, many families considered the elk a sort of pet and the police officer that killed the elk of which he stated was sick and injured immediately took the animal to a meat processing plant so that part of the memorial service was also a protest against the police department, for those reasons my opinion differs from my friend. Still it brings up the question where do we draw the line in this situation and others like it and that brings us to the QOD:

How do we determine where the line is drawn and at what point does a differing opinion become foolishness instead of a differing opinion?

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12. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:01 PM GMT on January 10, 2013
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11. whitewabit (Mod)
8:38 AM GMT on January 09, 2013
Quoting ricderr:
well beel...the officer stated after not filing a report nor notifying the department that while on duty he discharged his gun, both policy violations that he felt the animal was sick and injured...although...neighborhood residents say that is not the case and since he took the meat to be processed seems to counter that theory also....and although some have called the elk their neighborhood pet...can a wild animal ever be a pet...and would all neighbors call it a pet?.....so like most of life's perplexing questions...you get to fill in the blanks


I wouldn't call it a pet, but can see people becoming attached to an animal .. I have a Great Horned Owl that visits my property each winter and builds an addition to its nest and has three chicks. Its not my pet but I am attached to her and her mate!

Sounds like the officer should be charged for a number of offenses you listed .. would hunting without a permit, hunting out of season, hunting with a improper firearm, these all come to mind too ..
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10. Ossqss
5:03 AM GMT on January 09, 2013

Well, I think the clinic can help!

Smiley Face....... Ha, no emoticon involved here>

I hope all are well

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9. auburn (Mod)
3:30 AM GMT on January 08, 2013
yea cant fix stupid..and when I see that side of the person I am discussing with I move on and stop wasting my time..
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8. beell
1:47 AM GMT on January 08, 2013
And more blanks get filled in. Which goes back to my original answer to the QOD.

A hastily voiced opinion that is formed solely on our own inherent biases has a good chance of being "foolish" after some fact-checking. If the facts appear to match one's reflexive opinion-well...all the better!

On the flip side, all those inherent biases and reflexive opinions we all carry, well, ric, to quote a world famous blogger I follow...

"I'm Glad I'm Not You, Cus Then I Wouldn't Be Me"


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7. ricderr
11:36 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
well beel....according to the article i read....the police officer should have first notified the dept of wildlife...which they state has a manned phone 24/7....and is also required to notify his command any time his weapon is discharged while on duty.....there's two investigations against him...one internal and another by dept of wildlife....
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6. beell
8:22 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Quoting ricderr:
well beel...the officer stated after not filing a report nor notifying the department that while on duty he discharged his gun, both policy violations that he felt the animal was sick and injured...although...neighborhood residents say that is not the case and since he took the meat to be processed seems to counter that theory also....and although some have called the elk their neighborhood pet...can a wild animal ever be a pet...and would all neighbors call it a pet?.....so like most of life's perplexing questions...you get to fill in the blanks


You filled in a few more of the blanks, ric. A good cop would have done a little CYA before acting ADDED: unless there was an immediate danger.
Thanks.
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5. NEwxguy
8:17 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Quoting airman45:
When my opinion is right and yours is wrong!!


LOL,sounds like something my wife would say.
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4. ricderr
8:02 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
airman....a perfect answer...LOL
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3. ricderr
8:02 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
well beel...the officer stated after not filing a report nor notifying the department that while on duty he discharged his gun, both policy violations that he felt the animal was sick and injured...although...neighborhood residents say that is not the case and since he took the meat to be processed seems to counter that theory also....and although some have called the elk their neighborhood pet...can a wild animal ever be a pet...and would all neighbors call it a pet?.....so like most of life's perplexing questions...you get to fill in the blanks
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2. airman45
7:53 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
When my opinion is right and yours is wrong!!
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1. beell
6:56 PM GMT on January 07, 2013
Hi, ric.
By the quality of the facts supporting the opinion. There should be some, at least.

In your example, a wild elk ("wild" is an assumption!) treated as "a sort of pet" raises some issues if the animal was "sick and injured".
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