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Monday, September 04, 2006


I got this story from Leslie Davis.

The Mouse Story
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall and saw the farmer and his wife opening a package.

"What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered - He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning ... "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him ..."There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow and said ..."There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose."

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap-- alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house - like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.

But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember - when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The farmer went broke. He had no eggs since he butchered the chicken. He had no milk since he butchered the cow. The pig was also eaten. He had no meat. He was starving and couldn't maintain his farm. The city limits encroached upon his property and building inspectors had the dwellings demolished.

The Farmer & mouse move under a bridge.

12:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bridge was his only chioce because family and friends had to reject him, one more person in their home would violate the cities guidelines for how many people can be in a private home. In return their home would have to be demolished next if they were caught helping a homeless friend. When are these code enforcement officials going to be ordered to follow the laws of the constitution? If you look at how other cities handle properties/problems you will find it is done in a much more civil manner. Most other cities help people; either with funding or comminity groups to fix and cleanup properties. Other cities do not just kick people to the curb and say tough luck the St.Paul does. St.Paul inspectors have destroyed more homes than mother nature(tornado's)in Minnesota. At the rate they are going they will out do a hurricane. Instead of tornado warnings(sirens) we should have city inspector warnings, in St.Paul they have become more of a threat to ones private home then a storm.

7:38 AM  
Blogger Rick Mons said...

Anonymous wrote:

St.Paul inspectors have destroyed more homes than mother nature(tornado's)in Minnesota.

This has been stated several times lately, so I'm curious.

How many homes have been razed as a result of St Paul inspectors and over what time period?

How many homes have been destroyed by tornadoes over a comparable time period.

(I'll admit I'm a bit sensitive to this having lost a home to a tornado 22 years ago.)

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The City of St. Paul isn't done yet. So who is to know, but go around the Payne/Phalen area and their is an abundance of condemned homes and some have been placarded as early as August 31st.

It's not even a question of razing more than a question of condemning and/or a forced sale. Either way it's a force out.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well lets see at last look there was 720 vacant buildings, and increasing at an average of 10 per month or better. So the way I see it the bulldozers are gonna be busy, but of the 720 properties I am sure the city of St.Paul owns a few which will be left standing until they collapse on their own. Thats ok though because the city owns them so theres no rush to repair or remove them. So with those numbers in mind, I would still have to say we are looking at a St.Paul storm thats man made!
Best of luck to all!

4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering what everybody's thoughts are on the latest death in the community correction department? What kind of lame excuse will they come up with this time? I think it is time for some changes in the way problems are handled in the correctional facilities, death should not be a way to restrain anyone.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think people getting hurt (that means killed also) while in custody seems to be happening too often. WAY TOO OFTEN!

Let's face it, most of the people in these institutions are not the pillars of the community, and they get written off as people because they are an "accepted class" of people to marginalize if you will.

Couple with that the fact that most either have drug or alcohol problems or have mental problems, and we as a society do not want to confront those problems with anything more than the usual lip service.

I am afraid that it will probably not get a lot better either until people start standing up together as a group for what is right rather than their own self serving pet projects that only they are interested in.

It is really a shame. It has gotten to the point that people are dying. Who's next?

7:46 PM  

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