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(Cape Cod Times)   Feds charge Kennedys with illegally freeing entangled sea turtle, and warn them of the risks of being trapped underwater   (capecodonline.com) divider line 36
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2013-07-17 10:34:13 AM  
Too bad they weren't around on  July 18, 1969
 
2013-07-17 01:29:41 PM  
As passionately as I hate the Kennedy's, in this case they did the right thing. By the time the government got there over the long weekend, the turtle would have no doubt ended up like Mary Jo Kopechne. They let them drown and they get shiat. They jump in and save a life, they still get shiat.
 
2013-07-17 01:32:33 PM  
FTFA: "We've explained what they've done is a violation of the Endangered Species Act and we discourage people from doing it," he said.

Not sure I'd call that a charge as much as a warning.

Looks like people tried to help, were informed of just how risky what they did actually was, they were all "oh snap, you're right!", and information was included about how to contact people experienced with this sort of large marine animal rescue so that no one ends up drowned in the future.

All in all, a fairly mild "lesson learned" PSA.
 
2013-07-17 01:32:43 PM  
I thank them for rescuing the turtle. And what's the worst that could have happened? One more dead Kennedy? Who's even counting anymore?
 
2013-07-17 01:32:47 PM  
Feds charge Kennedys

*reads article*

o_O
 
2013-07-17 01:35:23 PM  
I gotta say, the Kennedys and water are a thing. So far, they're 2-1 at rescues, if you count the PT-109 crew and the turtle as one apiece. They're 0-3 at trying to keep their vehicles working on/near/over water.

I don't get Kennedy hatred, though. As rich people and political legacies go, they generally have a lot more sense of noblesse oblige than MOST American dynasties. I mean, their main competition is the Bushes.
 
2013-07-17 01:35:54 PM  
Being a Kennedy = Do a good deed and get ridiculed

/not that they don't bring it on themselves
 
2013-07-17 01:36:14 PM  
I figure if it's within my power to save a wild animal from human stupidity, I'll do it, but I agree with the logic of not wanting idiots to do this kind of thing.

So just have the Kennedys pay an exorbitant fine (which they could totally afford) so that people who can't afford fines will think twice, you know, if that even matters to them.
 
2013-07-17 01:36:31 PM  

rnatalie: Too bad they weren't around on  July 18, 1969


Whoa, way too soon, hoss.
 
2013-07-17 01:36:33 PM  
to save time from loading that website: a sea turtle found out the eggs his wife laid were from a different father.  He dug up the eggs and stomped them before swimming out to a buoy to commit suicide when those stupid liberals stopped him.
 
2013-07-17 01:39:05 PM  
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2013-07-17 01:39:19 PM  

garandman1a: As passionately as I hate the Kennedy's, in this case they did the right thing. By the time the government got there over the long weekend, the turtle would have no doubt ended up like Mary Jo Kopechne. They let them drown and they get shiat. They jump in and save a life, they still get shiat.


How are the wind turbines doing off of Hyannis Port?

That is right, they are a NIMBY family of hypocrites.
 
2013-07-17 01:43:32 PM  

Broktun: That is right, they are a NIMBY family of hypocrites.


About the nicest thing I could say about this clan of professional assholes.
 
2013-07-17 01:43:52 PM  
They turned the turtle loose on a nearby grassy knoll ...
 
2013-07-17 01:44:01 PM  
They most definitely did do the right thing, but the government is equally right in reminding us that not every schmuck with board shorts and a blunt knife should hop on a seven hundred pound turtle and drown them both trying to rescue it.
 
2013-07-17 01:44:44 PM  

symptomoftheuniverse: I thank them for rescuing the turtle. And what's the worst that could have happened? One more dead Kennedy? Who's even counting anymore?


It's like the curse of the Pharaohs!!
 
2013-07-17 01:46:03 PM  
Best to just leave to die.
 
2013-07-17 01:47:17 PM  
Next time just make soup and dump the shell and innards and bones over the side.
 
2013-07-17 01:52:16 PM  

Broktun: garandman1a: As passionately as I hate the Kennedy's, in this case they did the right thing. By the time the government got there over the long weekend, the turtle would have no doubt ended up like Mary Jo Kopechne. They let them drown and they get shiat. They jump in and save a life, they still get shiat.

How are the wind turbines doing off of Hyannis Port?


Right on schedule. Should begin construction next year.

My absolute favorite piece of opposition to Cape Wind was the tribe who said it would block their view of the rising sun. The wind farm is northeast of Martha's Vineyard, and the developed part of the island is between the tribe's property on the southwest tip and the wind farm. The wind farm will be @ 35 miles away, and over the horizon from the tribal property.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-07-17 01:58:20 PM  
They can't win a criminal conviction based only on a confession. They need the corpus delicti (turtle of the crime).

About five years ago a fisherman got in trouble for freeing a whale from his nets. Letter of the law.
 
2013-07-17 01:59:00 PM  
Well the feds didn't charge them with anything. They basically warned them not to get near endangered wildlife for any reason.

I think danger was more to the kennedys than to the turtle. Sea turtles have a sharp beak and can give a nasty bite. I imagine a 500 pounder could take your hand off.
 
2013-07-17 02:00:01 PM  
They can celebrate their rescue with a nice waitress sandwich.
 
2013-07-17 02:04:34 PM  

Flakeloaf: They most definitely did do the right thing, but the government is equally right in reminding us that not every schmuck with board shorts and a blunt knife should hop on a seven hundred pound turtle and drown them both trying to rescue it.


All true... It still strikes me as somewhat ironic that it's illegal under the endangered species act to save an endangered species from being endagered by human activity.
 
2013-07-17 02:16:49 PM  
garandman1a
As passionately as I hate the Kennedy's, in this case they did the right thing. By the time the government got there over the long weekend, the turtle would have no doubt ended up like Mary Jo Kopechne. They let them drown and they get shiat. They jump in and save a life, they still get shiat.

10/10, wonderful.

/I think the Kennedy family is huge, and don't assume they are all assholes.
 
2013-07-17 02:20:41 PM  

mongbiohazard: It still strikes me as somewhat ironic that it's illegal under the endangered species act to save an endangered species from being endagered by human activity.


NMFS is one of the quintessential goverment bureaucracies. If you can't do any good deed according to their regulations, it really is not a good deed.
 
2013-07-17 02:35:48 PM  
If the Kennedys weren't such AWs, they would not have gotten into trouble.  Running around telling people to pat you on the back because you saved a turtle brought them the attention they had not anticipated.
 
2013-07-17 02:47:17 PM  
ZAZ

Letter of the law.

Comic Sans?
 
2013-07-17 02:52:28 PM  
It's the law, it doesn't have to make sense.

NSCSB

On my way home one night around 11pm.  See a Statie with his lights on stopped in the right lane.  As I'm going by I see a dear in the road about 10 yards in front of his cruiser legs are shattered, lots of blood.  And the Statie looking at it kinda puzzled.  It was a large deer so I figured he was trying to figure out how to drag it off the road.  I stopped to lend an extra pair of hands.  I walk over and realize it's not dead.  I told the Statie to shoot it and we'll get it off the road.  He said he was not allowed to shoot wild animals, only a game warden could. It was illegal for anyone else to dispatch them, it was considered poaching or some such ridiculousness.  The animal had to suffer for 3 hours before a warden showed up and put it down.
 
2013-07-17 03:13:37 PM  
Kennedys = No jail

You  knowthat
 
2013-07-17 03:40:20 PM  
That's NOT how Uncle Teddy would have done it.
 
2013-07-17 04:14:58 PM  
So...... let an already endangered species die and we're good right. No Feds??

Does turtle Karma exist?
 
2013-07-17 04:17:05 PM  

mongbiohazard: Flakeloaf: They most definitely did do the right thing, but the government is equally right in reminding us that not every schmuck with board shorts and a blunt knife should hop on a seven hundred pound turtle and drown them both trying to rescue it.

All true... It still strikes me as somewhat ironic that it's illegal under the endangered species act to save an endangered species from being endagered by human activity.


The brothers told the Times they are certified wildlife rehabilitators, something Bullard confirmed, but clarified. "It's different," he said of interacting with distressed turtles and larger marine life such as whales.
 
2013-07-17 05:12:22 PM  
Neither Mary Jo Kopechnenor Martha Moxley were available for comment.
 
2013-07-17 05:34:31 PM  

Brew78: FTFA: "We've explained what they've done is a violation of the Endangered Species Act and we discourage people from doing it," he said.

Not sure I'd call that a charge as much as a warning.

Looks like people tried to help, were informed of just how risky what they did actually was, they were all "oh snap, you're right!", and information was included about how to contact people experienced with this sort of large marine animal rescue so that no one ends up drowned in the future.

All in all, a fairly mild "lesson learned" PSA.


Yeah, no harm, no foul. If you're a Kennedy.

I'm certain that if they had been average jackoffs they would be, at the very least, heavily fined.
 
2013-07-17 09:07:14 PM  
So they're 1 and 1 for water rescues.
 
2013-07-18 05:13:04 PM  

MerelyFoolish: So they're 1 and 1 for water rescues.


What about PT109?
 
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