I see everyone is getting all upset about "government out of control", but it ain't nothin' new.
Go to Yellowstone. Go to Yosemite. Try to take home a souvenir. One of them giant pine cones. Maybe a rock. They'll be on you like white on rice. Why? Government gone mad? No. It's quite simple. Federal property belongs to everyone in the country. So you can't just pick up a piece of it and leave. It ain't yours. It's everybody's.
How about this? The Cub Scouts go into your yard. They are picking up leaves. You don't care about the leaves. Then they start picking flowers. "Hey, stop picking my flowers". Why? They are just flowers. Maybe they start picking up the fruit that fell from your tree.
Like one of the commenters said:
>Appropo story! Rules are rules, for sure, but in this case, there is false assumption: that a government can own what God has made. The trees may be “federal property,” but the leaves became divorced from the tree due to seasonal influence, and well could be involuntarily moved and shuffled on or off Federal property by the wind or animals surrendering to still further seasonal influence initiated by … GOD!
I think God wins!<
So let's change that from leaves in the Federal tree to apples in your tree.
"It might be your fruit because it's on your tree, but once it broke loose from the tree you lost all claim on it, and it's anybody's fruit".
Would you agree with that? Would it be all right for the Scouts to go into the White House Rose Garden and pick the flowers? Why not?
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy, and taste good with catsup - George of Lod, Year of Our Lord 297
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Beware the Evil Bullet Fairies.