Re: NANFA-L-- Interesting news article

Gerald Pottern (
Fri, 28 Jul 2006 08:14:16 -0700 (PDT)

Very true Dave, and the public loves to see govt
agents look like overzealous buffoons. Remember the
story about the Michigan guy who got a
cease-and-desist order from the Corps of Engineers for
beaver dams on his property? Turns out the beavers
were long gone (the guy claims that his neighbor
killed them) and he really was re-building the dams
himself! The Corps knew this and their notification
made perfect sense, but the owner tried to make it
look absurd (and succeeded with media and internet
help). (see
I suspect this one is similar - Mr. Ly was likley NOT
truthful or cooperative with reasonable enforcement
efforts, and now he and media government-bashers are
trying to make him look like a victim. It's a common
ploy with slimeballs trying to get revenge on the
government or avoid prosecution for willful violations
of wetland and stream buffer protection regs too. The
fact that the agency arranged for a New Hampshire shop
to hold the fish for Mr. Ly is strong evidence of
their goodwill in this case.


---original message---
>>Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 21:54:14 -0500
Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- Interesting news article

>>You know, most of us know almost no particulars
about this case. A news story was posted, and we have
responded to it. We don't know how many times the
fellow imported fish (if he ever did), we don't know
when he did other than that he has had fish for 15
years according to the story. He may have bought fish
repeatedly during that time, including within the past
weeks for all we know. We just don't know

News media are good-in-making something sound like a
lot more or less than it is, depending on how the
reporter wants to play it. People who read the
stories are good-in-making even more of it than the
story does.
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