June 13, 2018

"This raccoon is unifying all of Minnesota."



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Carter Wood said...

James Lileks, today's The Bleat.

There’s so much in this little story. I mean, it’s just a raccoon up a very, very tall tree. But the reasons this went global are fascinating. For starters, there’s this:

Things are so bad we can all unite around wishing the best for a creature in peril.

Or:

Things are so good we have copious excess emotion to expend on a creature in peril, whose situation is known to us only because of the vast technological miracles we take for granted.

Take your pick. Or choose your percentage of each.

narayanan said...

Trump should invite him to the White House before he is released in the wild to MAGA other raccoons

Rob said...

That's the wrong clip, unless the raccoon took hostages.

Known Unknown said...

And he's doing it from Orlando, Florida! What a determined little critter.

FYI - we probably shouldn't give guns to raccoons.

Michael K said...

The video on the post is about the multiple murder in Orlando.

There was a somewhat similar case in Phoenix a week ago. Four people were killed by an angry ex-husband.

Why do educated black women choose such violent men?

Domestic dispute calls are probably the most dangerous calls police make. I saw lots of consequences at County Hospital years ago.

BAS said...

I hate raccoons they are aggressive vicious creatures.

Ann Althouse said...

"That's the wrong clip, unless the raccoon took hostages."

LOL. It automatically advanced to another video and I copied the code from that. Fixed now. Thanks for pointing it out humorously!

rehajm said...

we can all unite around wishing the best for a creature in peril.

What? After months and months of carefully planning the route and the hours of exhausting free climb you fuckers came along and wrecked it!

Unbelievable...

Fernandistein said...

Lileks sez -

"USB’s ...primary tenant is a Swiss money firm. ...

... and the boss wants to know why they’re getting dragged and hammered on Twitter because they’re not rescuing a nocturnal scavenger in this city, what, St. Paul? Where is that? By Mindianapolis in Minnekota or some state?"

rhhardin said...

Ohio would have to change its law. Here you can't release a trapped raccoon elsewhere. Killing it is the only option.

Apparently they're considered to be weeds.

Seeing Red said...

It’s like shark watch.

Greg said...

Racoons are the one critter I will swerve to hit.

Yancey Ward said...

Trump is the raccoon.

Teller said...

Take that, Messner.

robother said...

"How can anyone root against a small furry creature?" Over a course of a couple years, a raccoon chewed its way into my roof, causing leaking after every snowfall melt. $10,000 roof repairs later, I bought a trap and have successfully caught and removed every raccoon I hear on the roof (usually February) to... a farm up in the mountains where they all live happily.

chuck said...

Wait until they find out the raccoon voted for Trump.

mockturtle said...

Yes, raccoons can be a problem but this little guy deserves our respect. Free climbing, too! Well, not counting his crampons...

Trumpit said...

I love raccoons. Wh? don't ?o?? These bea?tif?l & intelligent creat?res are killed with imp?nit? by heartless h?nters wherever the? are fo?nd. Twent? ?ears in prison is not too harsh a sentence for barbaro?s h?nters. Don't ?o? agree?

Ralph L said...

The raccoon needs a psyche evaluation. What an idiot.

Every few years, the squirrels manage to get in my dad's attic at the same corner, despite all attempts to stop them. They must pass the preference down the generations somehow. Fortunately, the wiring is old and metal-sheathed, since they pull off the plastic insulation on newer wiring.

Trumpit said...

"Yes, raccoons can be a problem but this little guy deserves our respect. Free climbing, too! Well, not counting his crampons..."

The fault, dear mockturtle, is not in raccoons,
But in yourself, that you piteously lack understanding and empathy for other species. At your advanced age, you are tragically irredeemable. So, shut your snapping turtle beak!

Michael K said...

Thanks for pointing it out humorously!

Sorry I wasn't humorous but I had just read about the man who murdered the four child hostages before killing himself.

Yancey Ward said...

Climbing up is easier for animals than climbing down. Once he got past floor one, down was probably never an option.

Big Mike said...

Raccoons are tough. Note that the raccoon was the only member of the Gaurdians of the Galaxy team to survive Thanos.

Clyde said...

I figured that the raccoon was just seeking attention in order to get a summit meeting with President Trump.

tcrosse said...

St Paul sits on a lazy S bend of the Mississippi river. Raccoons abound there. They are a goddam nuisance.

Clyde said...

A lot of people were wondering if the raccoon might be ill, perhaps rabid, to be out in the daytime like that. I hope they give her a full checkup before releasing her to the wild.

Clyde said...

I actually saw a raccoon in my back yard a couple of days ago, wandering into the bushes. Yes, in the daytime. I also saw a coyote about 4 a.m. when I was driving to work, less than two miles up the road. Lots of wildlife around here!

Trumpit said...

"St Paul sits on a lazy S bend of the Mississippi river. Raccoons abound there. They are a goddam nuisance."

You are hating right-wing vermin - a goddamn Trump-inspired troll. I love raccoons. Trump is a catastrophe. How dare you speak ill of an animal superior to you in every way.

AllenS said...

Sorry, but raccoons are assholes.

pacwest said...

"Wait until they find out the raccoon voted for Trump."

Winner!

William Chadwick said...

Getting to the roof, the raccoon called down: "Yippee-ki-yay, mother*ckers!"

Rick Turley said...

Now somewhere in the tall buildings of Minneapolis
There lived a young boar named Rocky Raccoon...

C'mon Rocky boy!
C'mon Rocky boy!

EDH said...

Don't you know?

Scaling the outside wall of a skyscraper and wearing the raccoon mask is essential to "always keep the element of surprise on our side".

Fernandistein said...

"This raccoon is unifying all of Minnesota."

Send it to all of Korea.

Big Mike said...

@Ralph L, there are two kinds of exterminators. One kind kills the squirrels and comes back next year to do it again, and the year after that, and the year after that, and ...

We lucked into a guy who figured out how they were getting in, trapped them in havaheart traps, and sealed all the possible openings with metal.

Ann Althouse said...

“Sorry I wasn't humorous but I had just read about the man who murdered the four child hostages before killing himself.”

I’m sorry to have expressed my appreciation for humor in the context of murder (which I had not noticed).

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tcrosse said...

Minny-sota is full of Coons.

But not so many Coon-asses.

Paul said...

That ain't no raccoon... that's ROCKET!! Guardians of the Galaxy!

CWJ said...

Wait till Trumpit discovers that racoons catch and eat other cute animals, including puppies. What to do. What to do.