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


Seeing as how I gave you the full rundown of stories pertaining to Mr. Gordon Wheeler’s legal issues as they appeared in the Morrison County Record, I thought I should link you up to the final (I hope) story in the saga.  The headline says it all:  Wheeler v. Morrison County case dismissed; restrictions set.   If I had legs, I’d do a giant happy dance of glee.

As reported by Matt Perkins in the Record:  “Gordon Wheeler Sr. will no longer be able to file complaints against Morrison County unless they are either endorsed by an attorney or approved in advance by the court.”


What does this say about the attorney who allowed Mr. Wheeler to bring forth this case?

The final paragraph of the Record article is a summation of Judge John Scherer’s decision.  Quoting the judge, it says, “The three lawsuits in this case appear to continue a trend, established by Wheeler in his previous action against the County, of meritless suits which serve no purpose other than to harass county officials, cause needless expense and squander judicial resources.”

You go, Judge Scherer!  Thank you for seeing right through Wheeler’s tactics and for upholding the spirit of the law (and for keeping an eye on the purse strings of citizens).

While I said I had hoped that this would be the final story in the Wheeler saga, I realized while writing this post that Judge Scherer’s decision does not deal with Wheeler’s $1 billion case against the State of Minnesota, in which he and his wife are citing “crimes against humanity.”  If the powers that be are communicating properly, hopefully Judge Scherer’s decision in this case will reach the ears of those working on the State’s case.  Judge Scherer dismissed the county case for “failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.”  I’d say the whole “crimes against humanity” thing falls into the same category.

Aside from dismissing that case outright, the only thing that would make me happier is if the judge in the State’s case would require the Wheelers to make a sizable donation to the local food shelf.  (Hey, a fish can dream.)  We’ll just have to wait and see.

Crimes against humanity, ha!

The murky waters of the pond just got a little clearer,

Phineas F. A. Pickerel

In this week’s issue of the Morrison County Record, there is a long article on page 12 of section A about preventing identity theft.  There’s some good advice in the article, although in some instances of identity theft, I’m not sure how people can really protect themselves more than they already are.  I mean, if the State Department of Motor Vehicles is allowed to sell our names and addresses and an identity thief gets hold of one of these lists, there’s not much we can do about that now, can we?

Anyway, I made it through to the end of the article and discovered these final words:

“For more information, go to”

That’s it.  Empty space.  Nowhere to go to.  Apparently, identity thieves have stolen the end of the sentence and don’t want us to learn any more about their tricks.

Where did I put my eel-skin wallet?

Phineas F. A. Pickerel

P.S.  The identity thieves didn’t get to the online version of the story, where the sentence comes to this conclusion:  “the Minnesota Attorney General’s Web site at”