Polly Want a Crack? Michigan Man Arrested in Fight With Parrot

A 49-year-old man in Michigan has been arrested following a novel alleged crime: a man-on-parrot fight. Police say that the man was seen shaking and punching his pet parrot.

The responding officers say that they found a bleeding man and a limping parrot with feathers scattered about the park. The man said that he was attempting to train the bird.

He is being held pending charges.

Source: Detroit

18 thoughts on “Polly Want a Crack? Michigan Man Arrested in Fight With Parrot”

  1. Punching out the parrot is really not funny.

    There are a lot of unscrupulous parrot breeders out there who charge almost $1000 for one of these big macaws, but give no training or warning about how intelligent and obstreperous they can become. The article doesn’t say what breed of parrot but the picture shows a blue and gold macaw.

    Some of these birds have the intelligence of a 5 year old child and like a 5 year old need attention and get frustrated and bored if left alone.

    Hope the bird got a good home. There are a lot of rescue organizations out there. I fostered a blue and gold for a year once.

  2. Woosty

    That’s my question. Why couldn’t he be tried for treason, in absentia if that’s legal, and if found guilty, revoke his citizenship and then sentence him to imprisonment or execution.

    Maybe the evidence is not that compelling? Maybe it couldn’t be done that way?

    As you say, there must be some reason it’s proceeding the way it is.

  3. AY, “Now would our government be capable of propaganda….nah…..but then again….could an intelligence organization do such a thing…..I’m thinkin…..could the CIA do something like this……maybe….but heck, I don’t know…..everything….”

    of course all those entities could do such a thing, ability is the nature of power…but if the brush I used to paint with were overly broad I might be inclined to say that it would be only a corrupted entity that WOULD.

    …it’s Woosty…;)

  4. Anwar al-Awlaki (also spelled Aulaqi; Arabic: أنور العولقي Anwar al-‘Awlaqī; born April 22, 1971 (1971-04-22) (age 39) in Las Cruces, New Mexico) is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Yemen, and of Yemeni descent.[8] He is an Islamic lecturer, spiritual leader, and former imam who has purportedly inspired Islamic terrorists against the West and, according to U.S. government officials, also become “operational” as a senior talent recruiter, motivator, and participant in planning and training “for al-Qaeda and all of its franchises”.[3][7][9][10][11][12] Stuart Levey, U.S. Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism, warned that al-Awlaki “is extraordinarily dangerous, committed to carrying out deadly attacks on Americans and others worldwide” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anwar_al-Awlaki
    It is also possible to forfeit U.S. citizenship upon conviction for an act of treason against the United States.[31] Prominent former Nazi officers who acquired American citizenship have also had it revoked if the Office of Special Investigations has been able to prove that the citizenship was obtained by concealing their involvement in war crimes committed by the Nazis in World War II.[35][36]

    someone please enlighten me, why would the Government be approaching things in the current manner if they could simply revoke citizenship and toss the bugger out…or imprison him for crimes if he is guilty…what is the real scoop here?

  5. Wootsy,

    There are a number of underground publications that are published dealing with various levels of interests for vary diverse markets. Now would our government be capable of propaganda….nah…..but then again….could an intelligence organization do such a thing…..I’m thinkin…..could the CIA do something like this……maybe….but heck, I don’t know…..everything….

  6. just to clarify…I think the frso bears a striking resemblance to that preacher in Florida who thought burning the Quran was a spiffy idea.

    Why do people think that in order to make positive change in thier world it is necessary to destroy what is already positive? There isn’t enough illness and poverty and ugliness out there to deal with? A world doesn’t become bright by making someone elses dark……in fact you end up with twice as much darkness ….blech….

  7. so this is a tad unerving….I’ve never heard of the frso.org sothis is what I found on thier site:

    ‘Class in the U.S. and Our Strategy for Revolution

    (The following document is a portion of the political program of Freedom Road Socialist Organization. It was adopted at our 5th Congress. Other parts of the program are still in the process of development.)

    To change society and end oppression, we need a plan to get from where we are now to liberation – a strategy that will work. Any successful revolutionary strategy must address the fundamental issue of who are our friends and who are our enemies and explain how we will go about uniting all who can be united to end the existing order of things.’

    …and I was just starting to think Ahmadinejad wasn’t too far off the mark when he said “Ahmadinejad spoke of the U.S. wars in Iraq and deaths of over 1 million people for oil .”
    (from the above link…)…all I can say is I hope you lawyers are doing your best jobs to protect and restore our civil rights and I hope the Media gets up to snuff and pushes the corporate owned fluff-muffins out of the spotlight pretty darn soon…I am American aned while I enjoy visiting other places I don’t appreciate where the government backsliding has left me……

  8. “At this point, I didn’t believe it was possible, but the Obama administration has just reached an all-new low in its abysmal civil liberties record. In response to the lawsuit filed by Anwar Awlaki’s father asking a court to enjoin the President from assassinating his son, a U.S. citizen, without any due process, the administration last late night, according to The Washington Post, filed a brief asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit without hearing the merits of the claims. That’s not surprising: both the Bush and Obama administrations have repeatedly insisted that their secret conduct is legal but nonetheless urge courts not to even rule on its legality. But what’s most notable here is that one of the arguments the Obama DOJ raises to demand dismissal of this lawsuit is “state secrets”: in other words, not only does the President have the right to sentence Americans to death with no due process or charges of any kind, but his decisions as to who will be killed and why he wants them dead are “state secrets,” and thus no court may adjudicate its legality.

    …I would hope that nobody needs me or anyone else to explain why this assertion of power is so pernicious — at least as pernicious as any power asserted during the Bush/Cheney years. If the President has the power to order American citizens killed with no due process, and to do so in such complete secrecy that no courts can even review his decisions, then what doesn’t he have the power to do? Just for the moment, I’ll note that The New York Times’ Charlie Savage, two weeks ago, wrote about the possibility that Obama might raise this argument, and quoted the far-right, Bush-supporting, executive-power-revering lawyer David Rivkin as follows:

    The government’s increasing use of the state secrets doctrine to shield its actions from judicial review has been contentious. Some officials have argued that invoking it in the Awlaki matter, about which so much is already public, would risk a backlash. David Rivkin, a lawyer in the White House of President George H. W. Bush, echoed that concern.

    “I’m a huge fan of executive power, but if someone came up to you and said the government wants to target you and you can’t even talk about it in court to try to stop it, that’s too harsh even for me,” he said.

    Having debated him before, I genuinely didn’t think it was possible for any President to concoct an assertion of executive power and secrecy that would be excessive and alarming to David Rivkin, but Barack Obama managed to do that, too. Obama’s now asserting a power so radical — the right to kill American citizens and do so in total secrecy, beyond even the reach of the courts — that it’s “too harsh even for” one of the most far-right War on Terror cheerleading-lawyers in the nation. But that power is certainly not “too harsh” for the kind-hearted Constitutional scholar we elected as President, nor for his hordes of all-justifying supporters soon to place themselves to the right of David Rivkin as they explain why this is all perfectly justified. One other thing, as always: vote Democrat, because the Republicans are scary!”

  9. This was happening in Michigan on the 24th…

    “The FBI is confirming that this morning they began a number of “raids” against the homes of antiwar activists, claiming that they are “seeking evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism.” (antiwar.com) based on material support people.

    Yes, by all means vote for Obama/Democrats. He and other Democrats will protect your civil rights. Please don’t think about voting for a third party. If you don’t vote Democratic it could mean we might have wars, environmental disaster and people starving, along with imprisonment of the innocent and the abrogation of the Constitution. Go team Democrat! Go team Republican. Don’t even think you have another choice!! But, you do.

  10. Shaking his parrot now?

    The man had previous arrests for publicly choking his chicken, flogging his monkey, hugging his hog, pumping his python…..

  11. The man said that he was attempting to train the bird. However, he later confessed that he’d been driven mad by the bird repeatedly taunting him with the words …

    “Birds can’t talk…birds can’t talk.”

  12. I think that could be a misdemeanor or felony animal cruelty charge…I am surprised since it was a parrot they did not charge him with assault on a Police Officer or some related offense….

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