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Friday, August 26, 2016

Protect the Cajun Navy, don't regulate it

I follow West Virginia Delegate Gary G. Howell on Facebook and Twitter, even though I am not in his district. I am not really sure why, but he likes cars and he is witty.

He wrote this on Facebook:
Mountaineer Navy Good Samaritan Act
A Louisiana State Senator has proposed a bill that would require a group of Louisiana volunteers, the Cajun Navy, be required to get permits before helping rescue efforts in Louisiana flooding. This could have led to massive loss of life had those people not pitched in during the time of greatest need while government resources were overwhelmed. This is not a good idea.
Having just experienced deadly flooding here in West Virginia many people were rescued by Good Samaritans. I want to make sure that the Good Samaritans of the Mountaineer Navy are simply covered by our Good Samaritan Law. I have instructed legislative council to take a look our current Good Samaritan Law to see if it currently covers this situation. If not, then I want to make the changes to make sure the Mountaineer Navy can immediately mobilize without a permit to save lives under our Good Samaritan Law.
Now I know why I follow him.

ADDENDUM: The lawmaker seeking to regulate this ad hoc "navy" is Republican State Senator Jonathan "J.P." Perry of the Vermilion-Lafayette area in Louisiana.

10 comments:

  1. People like this Louisiana State Senator come up with asinine rules like that one, then wonder why people hate government. He's probably from a parish that didn't get flooded...

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  2. Good idea. In West Virginia we have an advantage over Louisiana because we have hills to climb when the water comes up. - Elric

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  3. Never heard of an organized group called the Good Samaritans of the Mountaineer Navy. Was Howell trying to be witty? Don, I don't know why you didn't point out that the La. legislator introducing the bill is a Democrat, cause you know the MSM would.

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    1. Thanks. Error on my part. I shall amend

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    2. NOW it makes sense. Rescuing is MUCH TOO IMPORTANT to let just anyone do it ad hoc. (Hey, I DO know Latin past et cetera!)

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    3. Repub, according to his info:
      http://senate.la.gov/senators/senpage.asp?SenID=26

      Looks like edutcher is right.

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  4. IANAL, but in some situations isn't there a legal (as opposed to moral) duty to aid? If so, the proposed Louisiana law would appear to conflict. Any such law is ill-advised. It will have the same unintended consequence as recent sexual "affirmative consent" laws do: people will be wary of getting involved when others are in need of help, and only those of the strongest moral character will ignore the potential consequences to themselves.

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  5. Drudge posted a link to a news item about this. According to that news item the local authorities in one parish blocked access to boat ramps so that Cajun Navy volunteers could no longer launch their boats. Supposedly that event led to the idea of certifiyng the Cajun Navy members as lawful volunteers.
    If ad hoc volunteers do the job that the local authorities are suppossed to do how long before people question why they are paying taxes to support the overwhelmed (or un-responsive) government agents? The Cajun Navy made the authorities look bad and they needed to protect "their turf" from the "rank amateurs".
    When it comes to government self-reliance is the enemy of self interest.

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    1. Thanx. That makes a lot more sense now.

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  6. If you thought Demo, the guy's a Whig.

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