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Thread: Staten Island Groundhog Charles G. "Chuck" Hogg

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    Violence and Controversy Mar Groundhog Day

    February 2, 2009

    NEW YORK, N.Y. (WPIX) -- Violence and controversy reared their ugly heads at the annual Groundhog Day ceremonies Monday.

    In a classic case of biting the hand that feeds him, Staten Island Groundhog Charles G. "Chuck" Hogg was coaxed out of his house, did not see his shadow and attacked Mayor Mike Bloomberg during the morning ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo in West Brighton. The cranky groundhog apparently bit the mayor on his gloved left hand and even drew some royal blood.

    The mayor seemed fine after the unprovoked attack, wrapping his hand and going on with his day. PIX spoke to mayoral spokesman Stu Loeser Monday afternoon and he confirmed there are no rabies worries as "Chuck" was raised in captivity and has never been around other animals.
    Later at an unrelated news conference, the Mayor addressed the attack:

    “Let me say this: For security reasons, there’s a limit to what I can say, but I think it is fair that whenever the people of Staten Island are at risk, the mayor is willing to put himself at risk, his physical well-being in harm’s way, to protect them,” Mayor Bloomberg said.

    He added, “Given the heightened response against terrorism, and clearly in this case a terrorist rodent who could very well have been trained by Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, I’m not at liberty to say any more than that.”

    As for the controversy, the groundhog wars continued. As "Chuck" was looking at an early Spring, Pennsylvania fur ball Puxatawny Phil threw down the gauntlet, flaunting his own shadow and predicting six more long weeks of winter. Phil, considered to be the world's most famous groundhog saw his shadow with nearly 13,000 witnesses on hand at the annual event in Punxsutawney, PA.

    As for "Chuck's" prediction, the Mayor said, "If Chuck embarrasses us, this is going to be a very long winter for the Staten Island Zoo." And with all the Mayoral budget cuts announced this week, could Charles G. Hogg become the unkindest cut of all. Guess we'll have to wait 'till next year.

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    OK. Who's up to commission a small ground-hog statue with the words "Sic Semper Bloomberg" on the base?

    I'll make you an offer: I will argue and fight for all of your rights, if you will do the same for me. That is the only way freedom can work. We have to respect all rights, all the time--and strive to win the rights of the other guy as much as for ourselves.

    If I am equal to another, how can I legitimately govern him without his express individual consent?

    There is no human being on earth I hate so much I would actually vote to inflict government upon him.

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    Three cheers for the groundhog :celebrate
    Laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. Thomas Jefferson

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    Smart rodent
    "Research has shown that a 230 grain lead pellet placed just behind the ear at 850 FPS results in a permanent cure for violent criminal behavior."
    "If you are not getting Flak, you are not over the target"
    "186,000 Miles per second! ... Not just a good idea ... It's the law!"

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    The cranky groundhog apparently bit the mayor on his gloved left hand and even drew some royal blood.

    Royal blood? WTF, does Bloomy or the media think he's a friggin king? Royal A$$ would be more like it.

    It's said that animals can easily tell if someone's good or evil. I'd say this groundhog pegged Bloomy for what he is.


    "You can teach 'em, but you cant learn 'em."

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    Charles G. Hogg, I salute you!

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    Charles G Hogg should rush to the veterinarian clinic to get protection from distemper - hizoner Blommie may have infected him.

    Yata hey
    Better to not open your mouth and be thought the fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.

    You will not rise to the occasion; you will fall back on your level of training. Archilochus, 650 BC

    Old and treacherous will beat young and skilled every time. Yata hey.

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    Does this mean 6 more years of higher taxes?

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    Even the groundhog hates that f%$@.
    Bob Owens @ Bearing Arms (paraphrased): "These people aren't against violence; they're very much in favor of violence. They're against armed resistance."

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