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July 18, 2013


A small town in Colorado is considering an ordinance that would create a license and bounty for hunters to shoot down drones.

(Thanks to Jon Harris and Suzie Q. Wacvet)


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It looks like Florida is way ahead of them.


Well, it'll open up a lot of interesting, so far unexplored, legal issues, anyway. In a lot of places, it would be Malicious Destruction of Property (same as if you shot someone's dog). And of course if it turned out to be a government drone, well, could be an act of rebellion. But of course, I guess that's what they're talking about.

The real question is, what are they worried about? They up to somethin' out there?

Beware: some drones are camouflaged alien spacecraft, and shoot back. I read it on the internet.

Omni, your remark about what are they worried about reminds me of the people who say ,"If you've done nothing wrong, why worry about surveillance?"
To those people, I would ask, "Do you have curtains on your windows? If so, why?"

On our honeymoon, Mrs. NMUA and I were the first guests in a new cabin on the Oregon coast. It was beautiful and a great way to start our married lives.

The cabin was so new that there were no curtains.

I was fine with enjoying the view. Mrs. NMUA not so much.

Whenever I tell the story, it's 50/50 on whether or not there was a problem. Amazingly, the split is along gender lines.

Never bring a .22 to a drone fight.

What's this curtains / windows thing of which you speak?

Omni -- I think they are a religious object. Our neighbor keeps on saying "For G_d's sake, close the curtains!" when I head to the fridge for a snack.

New experience for hunters: game that shoots back?

I've got a few bosses that drone on. Do they qualify?

Hmmm. Could I buy a drone and then get a license to hunt the hunters? This could be a new sport. I'd arm my drone with paintballs and a camera, and if I nailed one I'd post him on Facebook.

The drones will tell campfire stories and sing songs about this town:

On a dark mountain highway, cool wind in my rotors
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through my motors
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My fans grew heavy and my cameras grew dim
I had to stop for the night.

There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
I remember thinking to myself
'Is this drone heaven or is this drone Hell'
Then she lifted a rifle and she fired my way.
Bullets whizzing down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say

Welcome to Dear Trail, Colorado
Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face.
No drones allowed in Dear Trail Colorado
Any time of year (any time of year) you can shot drones here

Her mind is mechanically-twisted, she shot the Mercedes Benz
She got a lot of broken, broken toys, she shows to her friends
Drones lie in the courtyard, oil hydraulic
Some with only cameras, some with mikes parabolic

So I called the police Captain,
'Please come protect me'
He said, 'we haven't allowed drones in town, since two-oh-one-and-three'
And still those bullets keep coming from far away,
Shoot you up in the middle of the night
And you hear them say

Welcome to the Dear Trail Colorado
Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face.
They're shooting drones up in Dear Trail Colorado
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise), bring your alibis

Ricochets on the ceiling,
She slips on some ice
And she said, 'you are all just targets here, little spy device'
And in the master's chambers,
They're gathered by cell phone
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can't kill the drone

Last thing I remember, I was
Floating towards the door
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
'Relax' said the night man,
'We'll change your programming this eve.
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave!'

max: brilliant! But you forgot the <guitar solo></guitar solo>

Before I got to the last stanza, I knew it was either by max or ligirl.


Wonderful, Max!
I've always wondered what the words to that song were.

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