August 2008

Following a 3 year investigation Scientists with the National Institute of Standards and Technology determined the demise of WTC building 7 was actually the first time in the world a fire caused the total failure of a modern skyscraper.

The article goes on to say,

No one was killed in the collapse of building 7 because it had been fully evacuated. A new, slightly taller World Trade Center 7 opened in 2006.

A spokesman for the leaseholder of the World Trade Center, developer Larry Silverstein, praised the government’s work.

Larry Silverstein and his partner Frank Lowy acquired a 99-year lease on the entire World Trade Center complex just weeks before the 9/11/01 attack.

And more on who stood to profit from 9/11

If anything has come out of this most recent report it is an even firmer conviction that something is seriously wrong. The first time in the world…?


In perusing the paper version of this past week’s Morrison County Record (August 10, 2008), I noticed that the Letters to the Editor section was heavy on the pro-Republican letters.  In fact, all of the political letters were pro-Repub.  Supposedly the Rec tries to keep things even, but I find it hard to believe that the newspaper didn’t receive a single pro-Democrat letter in the last week.  If you local Dems are feeling slighted, feel free to leave your comments on Fish Wrap.  Of course we’ll moderate everything – we don’t need a libel suit – but go ahead and defend your position.  Because this is the web, your audience is potentially world-wide.

Fish of a feather, flock together (assuming you’re a Rooster Fish),

Phineas F. A. Pickerel

There was a report on WCCO News last night about several anarchist groups planning to disrupt the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.  One of their planned tactics is to block delegates from getting to the convention by bottle-necking the roads.  Do the anarchists realize that one of the stated goals of Republicans is to dismantle the government?  Isn’t that the definition of anarchy?  Why aren’t the anarchists working with the Republicans?

In a side note, if you owned a business, would you hire someone who stated he wanted to dismantle your business?  The answer seems obvious, doesn’t it?  Well then, why would you elect someone to the government if his stated goal is to destroy the very institution he is supposed to be serving?  (This thought is not one that this fish can take credit for.  It comes from Bill Press’s book “Train Wreck”, plus I’ve seen it on some internet sources.)

Watching the waves of anarchy,

Phineas F. A. Pickerel

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Fish Wrap.  In that year, Fish Wrap writers have written 257 posts and the blog has received 16,031 views.  Our most popular post, with 1,145 views, is 9/11 Conspiracy Theory – Zeitgeist by Brooke Trout.  The day that received the most hits was Tuesday, June 24, 2008.  That was the day that Gordon Wheeler, Sr., held county commissioners hostage at the Morrison County Courthouse.  The two posts that caused the flurry of hits were Outrage (232 hits) and Sanity in the Courts (40 hits).

While those popular posts dealt with serious topics, one of my favorite posts, written by Suckerlip Blenny, is a humorous post that hasn’t had nearly enough hits in this fish’s humble opinion (a mere 10).  It’s called Bat Boy Moonlighting in Morrison County and it’s got pictures.  Bat Boy is a cultural hero, having been spawned in the pages of the Weekly World News.  We’re pleased he’s decided to make his home in Morrison County.

On that note, we’d like to thank our readers for checking in with us over the year and wish Fish Wrap a happy anniversary.

Bubbling happily in the pond,

Phineas F. A. Pickerel