Saturday, October 3, 2009

Bore Patch: Historian and Web Miester

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Borepatch, Ethelred, and Obama

This post by Borepatch is too good and too timely not to have a "Post of Note" its own.

Comparing the disastrous reign of Ethelred the Unready to that of our current leader, Borepatch's comparisons are uncanny and spot on.

"The more people see him - at home and abroad - the less they fear him. Like Ethelred, he may have a ruthless streak, but in October - what should be the high water mark of his power and influence - he seems unready. He thinks too highly of himself but he doesn't know how to accomplish his goals, he keeps changing his goals, his enemies are increasingly confident, and he surrounds himself with unraed - bad council."

Not only do you get excellent and informative commentaries from Borepatch, but you also get a great history lesson too!

Find it at: Bore Patch: Ethelred the Unready

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Saturday Blog Rodeo 10/3/09

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Blog Rodeo: 10/3/09

Well, here is another Saturday and it is time for another Rodeo!

As usual, I've picked out posts that I especially enjoyed this past week from the hundreds of blogs I follow. Remember if you bump into a post you especially like, drop me a note and I'll include it in the Rodeo. You can even feel free to copy this whole post and run it on your own blog; always nice to give a little link love to our fellow bloggers!

Wild Ed shares his impressions of not only the Walther P22, but a Kimber .22 conversion mounted on his Springfield. Check them out at Wild Ed's P22 and Kimber 22 I'll tell you what, that P22 is a good looking piece. And the Springfield is beautiful, with its two tone look and ivory grips.

Among the folks I love to argue with is Dukkillr over at The Daily Limit. DK has a good demonstration on breasting out doves. How to Clean a Dove has step by step pictures you can easily understand. Uhmmm, you might notice his sink needs a good scrubbing, but what young fellow's sink doesn't?

Up in Maine The Rabid Outdoorsman has brushed off a few old traps, bought a couple more, and is busy pre positioning some sets for a hopefully fruitful trapping season! "It's been a long time!" he says, but he's very hopeful that skills learned long ago will serve him well in a new season. Find his musings at Trapping.

NorCalCazadora touches on a troubling aspect of becoming a new hunter: Where are the mentors, and where are the opportunities? These Women Want To Hunt. Can You Help? NorCal says, "A woman I met last week had a different story: Her husband and others in her family hunt, and she often goes along. When I asked her, "Do you want to hunt?" she looked at me quizzically for a second, then said brightly, "Yes!" It was as if it was the first time anyone had extended the invitation. She couldn't make it to this weekend's event because of a conflict, but she really wanted to go."

Following NorCal's post and on the same theme, is Henhouse Pottery's Looking Out for the Next Generation of Women Hunters "Little boys were taught to hunt as a rite of passage in families where hunting was a tradition. Girls and women were not included...And I'm not sure when being excluded as women in a "men's sport" turned into not wanting to participate." More musings with important thoughts to ponder.

And if you haven't read it yet, this is the #1 post two months running, believe it or not: SiegeWork Creations American Longbow

Remember to let me know if there is something you want me to highlight for you! And don't forget, leave a little note on folk's blogs and let them know you stop by and appreciate their work.

Best regards,

Friday, October 2, 2009

Environmentalist or Conservationist

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I think I'll take the day off. That cold front that's come through has me thinking about grilling on the beach, and maybe catching a few fish.

I'll post the following as a reminder of some of the questions that are sometimes posed to us, or that we might even have ourselves.

The Rodeo is scheduled for tomorrow as usual, and I may throw in a couple of other things here and there as the weekend progresses.

Best regards,

Environmentalist, or Conservationist;
Which Are You?

"The term environmentalist has been adopted by groups who don't believe that we can use natural resources and still have them available for the future."

I happened upon this interesting exchange between a young lady and Dr. James Earl Kennamer, Director of Conservation Programs for the National Wild Turkey Federation:

"Q:  I've always been very concerned about the environment and pollution. I told a friend of mine that I'm an environmentalist, but my dad, who's been a member of the NWTF for years and years, said that I'm not an environmentalist, I'm a conservationist. What's the difference?

Anna Cromer, 16
Newtown, Ct.

A: Well, 50 years ago, there wasn't much of a difference between an environmentalist and a conservationist. People who wanted to do good things for the environment and wildlife understood that it was important to focus on the managed use of the world's natural resources, which is the definition of conservation. Hunters and non-hunters worked together to create laws to protect specific resources that were being depleted and ensured people could use renewable resources wisely and sparingly.

For example, at the turn of the 20th century, many wildlife species were in danger of becoming extinct. They were over hunted by a growing nation without game laws, and their habitat was disappearing as people needed more space. In the 1930s, hunters and anglers saw that the United States would soon be without many of the animals they enjoyed. So, they asked the government to tax them, believe it or not, so that the money they spent on firearms, ammunition, fishing gear and licenses could be used to help wildlife rebound. This was proposed as the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, also called the Pittman-Robertson Act.

Since its adoption as law in 1937, the Pittman-Robertson Act has raised and spent more than $3.95 billion toward wildlife and habitat projects, solely funded by America's hunters and shooters. This great conservation effort has resulted in the amazing comeback of many of North America's wild species including white-tailed deer and wild turkeys.

Even though the success of this model has been proven over and over, today, there is a polarization in the outdoors. The term environmentalist has been adopted by groups who don't believe that we can use natural resources and still have them available for the future. They don't want people to hunt animals, they don't want foresters to use timber, they don't want people to have access to the rich wilderness areas of our continent.

This protectionist view is scientifically flawed for several reasons. Without human management, wildlife species become overpopulated and disease ridden, which eventually leads to plummeting populations. The same is true for forests and trees. Left unmanaged, ground litter builds up and can fuel wildfires that destroy thousands of acres of wildlife habitat. With active management, such as timber thinning, prescribed burning, legal hunting and fishing and other management tools, people can enjoy the use of our natural resources and provide the conditions for a healthier environment.

Dr. James Earl Kennamer"

That's the answer to have on hand when you are asked!

Albert A Rasch
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

.416 Ruger Hawkeye Alaskan

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Hawkeye Alaskan and the .416 Ruger
A New American Standard in
Dangerous Game Rifles
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Hawkeye Alaskan and the 416 Ruger
I posted this quite some time ago, and it has been so popular, that I thought I would revamp it a little and post anew. As you all undoubtedly know, I have always wanted to convert a Mauser 98 I own to a 416 Taylor. I need a short barreled pig thumper for the occasional unscheduled and intimate dinner parties I get invited to with the wild hogs I hunt. Boar hunting rifles come in every size and shape, for every style of hunting. But for me, I like it up close and personal. Hence the need for something short, maneuverable, and heavy hitting. Something with the punch of a big bore express rifle but in an affordable package. (For more on hog hunting rifles calibers see: Boar Hunting Rifle Calibers Parts I and II)
Ruger Hawkeye Alaskan in .416 Ruger
Photo courtesy of Sturm, Ruger, and Co.

Well, Ruger beat me to it. While at the Bass Pro Shops sponsored "Media Day at the Range," (Held the day before the Shot Show starts.), I found the Ruger table laden with all sorts of new goodies! Drawn like one of my bees to honey, I spied the new Number 1 in .300 RCM (Ruger Compact Magnum), a couple of Mini-14s, and two or three new bolt rifles on the table. Tom Sullivan, VP of Operations, noted my interest and offered the new Hawkeye Alaskan in 416 Ruger for my inspection.

Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of stainless steel, black plastic/composite stock, or all weather rifles, having had my fill of black plastic things that shoot when I was in the US Army. But this beauty from Ruger turned me around like a set of long legs in a mini-skirt on a hot Miami street.

The first thing I noted as a held it, was the comfortable grip the Hogue OverMolded rubber stock afforded. "Grippy" not sticky is what I would call it. I could easily change my grip or slide my hand on the forearm. But when I held on, it held back. The texture, a small continuous pebble-like surface, afforded an excellent grip that didn't slip, slide, or move. Tom reminded me that the synthetic rubber coating is bonded to the fiberglass stock, and is impervious to gun cleaning solvents.

The rifle weighed in at a reasonable 7 3/4 lbs so it wasn't the weight that moderated the recoil from the Ruger 416 that it was chambered for. Control was phenomenal, and I believe that the Hogue stock along with the new improved recoil pad, had a lot to do with the relatively reasonable recoil generated by the cartridge/rifle combination.

The Hawkeye action is the standard length M77 rendered in matte stainless steel with controlled round feed. The extractor is a proper, beefy, Mauser type claw that will see to it that the expended cartridge leaves the chamber with alacrity. The three position safety was smooth and relatively quiet. The rifle sports a 20 inch stainless barrel, with a windage adjustable shallow V rear sight and a white bead up front. The rear sight debuted with the .375 Ruger M77 and is a substantial improvement over the folding rear sights they used to put on the rifle. The sights lined up easily and were surprisingly accurate. Accurate enough for me to put all my 416 rounds in a four inch circle at one hundred yards! For my eyes, that's better than good, it is great!

The receiver is of course, machined for the Ruger scope rings, which are included. The Ruger scope ring and action interphase design is by far the best made. The machined grooves in the action do not allow the scope base to move in any way, but allow quick and easy removal and replacement of the scope as the situation warrants, without losing zero. Not only that, but you can get aperture sights like those offered by NECG that lock right into place, again with no loss of zero. With the larger aperture you can line up the sights far quicker than even the standard iron sights allow. Carried with your gear, it can also save your hunt should a scope go awry.

LC 6 Trigger Photo courtesy of Sturm, Ruger & Co.

Tom pointed out that the trigger subgroup was the new LC6. Out of the box it is a much improved trigger, smooth pulling and breaking somewhere in the 3.5 to 4.5 range.

The .416 Ruger is a proprietary beltless cartridge that is being manufactured by Hornady for Ruger. Made to replicate the power and performance of the classic .416 Rigby and the more recent .416 Remington, it does so in a standard length action with a 24 inch barrel. Using 400 grain bullets it churns out 2400 fps at the muzzle, with 5116 ft/lbs and at 100 yards it is still a very convincing 2143 fps and 4077 ft/lbs. In the 20 inch barrel that the Hawkeye sports, and using the latest powder technology, it is supposed to nearly equal the fabled Rigby. Viewing the ballistic charts I am not certain what criteria they are following and how the comparison is made, but if you take 300 fps off for the 20 inch barrel, you are still very close to the 5000 ft/lbs considered necessary for dangerous game.

Hornady is offering two loads: one a steel jacketed, copper clad soft point, capable of expanding to one and a half times its diameter, and a steel jacketed, copper clad solid with a super tough alloy core that will not deform allowing for deep penetration. For the handloader there are an innumerable number of bullets available for the .416 from all the manufacturers.

Both Phillip Loughlin of The Hog Blog and I were able to fire several rounds through the Alaskan. We were both impressed by the handling characteristics of the rifle, and the ballistics are compelling, to say the least. Remember we are talking about Rigby performance out of a 20 inch barrel!

Phillip Loughlin at full recoil with the .416 Ruger

The only recommendation I made to the folks at Ruger was to add a barrel band for a sling. Even though the Hawkeye was fairly reasonable in the recoil department, a sling stud could chew up a misplaced hand in the heat of battle. I noticed they had removed the stud at the show, perhaps someone had already experienced a stud bite! (Note: I have been told that they have changed to a barrel band. 9/2009)

I think I will look no further for a bolt action hog hunting rifle. Not only does it meet my criteria for a close range battle stopper, it's made by Ruger. (Always a big plus for me!) In addition the ammo is commercially available, and all the components for reloading, from brass to bullets, are on the shelves. So when you are in the market for a Dangerous Game Rifle that is rugged, controllable, weather resistant, and accurate, look no further than the Ruger Hawkeye Alaskan. As a dangerous game rifle with a street price of less than a thousand dollars, I think you will be as taken by it as I!

And remember, when it says Ruger it's made in America!

MSRP: $1079.00

Related Posts:
.416 Ruger and the Hawkeye Alaskan

Best Regards,
Albert A Rasch
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Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
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The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles, Albert A Rasch, Hunting in Florida

Albert Rasch,HunterThough he spends most of his time writing and keeping the world safe for democracy, Albert was actually a student of biology. Really. But after a stint as a lab tech performing repetitious and mind-numbing processes that a trained capuchin monkey could do better, he never returned to the field. Rather he became a bartender. As he once said, "Hell, I was feeding mice all sorts of concoctions. At the club I did the same thing; except I got paid a lot better, and the rats where bigger." He has followed the science of QDM for many years, and fancies himself an aficionado. If you have any questions, or just want to get more information, reach him via TheRaschOutdoorChronicles(at)MSN(dot)com.

Whitetail Deer Passion: Early Season Antler Rattling

Great link to Othmar Vohringer's article on early season rattling at his "Whitetail Deer Passion" Blog.

Whitetail Deer Passion: Early Season Antler Rattling

Best regards,

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Range Reviews: SeigeWorks Creations Takedown Recurve

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SiegeWorks Creations Takedown Recurve:
Pre-Production Sneak Peek!

Dave at SiegeWorks Creation forwarded a few pictures of his latest bow. These are, as I mentioned, pre-production and unfinished. Think of them as proof of concept and the final step before he releases this design to the bowhunting fraternity.

Dave and his crew specialize in short bows and this takedown is no exception! This newest model is a takedown recurve, featuring short limbs designed to minimize finger pinch at normal draw lengths of 28-29 inches. The strung, overall length is only 48 inches.

Dave tells me, "We designed the recurve to help put the power into the early draw, but help the draw feel smooth and light." It's heavy right from the beginning of the draw, but the smooth and consistent effort required allows it to feel lighter than it is.

Paudak and Wenge Riser

As for taking it down for travel, the maximum length of any of the components is 24 inches, allowing you to transport it and the arrows in a case less than 30 inches in length!

Notice the nice smooth curves of the drawn bow. Dave mentioned, "I will be chrono’ing it in the morning but my eye is telling me 180 feet per second on this short bow."

That is darn fast!

Dave surprised me when he told me that he will be offering this bow with two sets of limbs. "We like this, as most people want a hard hitting heavy bow, but also want the easy plinker." Dave added, "MSRP will be set in the low $500’s in this configuration with choice of two color risers standard. High end exotic woods will raise the price slightly – but you know – a person will be able to get out the door with a good, stable short bow at under what most midrange takedowns start at."

Dave has promised me a closer look at this model when he finalizes the design and moves into production. And don't forget, these are made one at a time, to your order, tuned, and finished by Dave and his small cadre.

SiegeWork Creations is open from 10am to 4pm M-F and closed weekends. On the off chance that they can not answer the phone, Dave and Sara do return ALL phone messages left. Call them at 903-285-4347.

Web Store: SiegeWork Archery

Post of Interest:
The SWC American is Here!
The Range Reviews: SiegeWorks Creations American Longbow Part I
The Range Reviews: SiegeWorks Creations American Longbow Part II

Albert A Rasch
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Ruger 10/22 Tutorials now on PDF

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Recently I was asked if my posts on the Ruger 10/22 magazine repair and maintenance tutorials could be used to create PDFs.

"Bear" Luallen of Tactical Image Guys specializes in the creation, design, and production of the M249 SAW Conversion Kit for the Ruger 10/22, and thought that it would be a great asset to his customers. I was more than happy to oblige!

M249 SAW Conversion Kit for the Ruger 10/22

The conversion kit is a well engineered accessory for those folks looking to have a little more fun with the 10/22, but Bear is currently working on far more serious stocks for our fighting men and law enforcement personnel. I'll have more details on those as production starts and the first ones come out for testing and use.

I would like to thank Bear and his team at Tactical Image Guys for thinking enough about my work to want to share it with their customers.

You can find all the tutorials in printable PDF form, Disassembling the Ruger 10/22, Cleaning the Ruger 10/22, Assembling the Ruger 10/22, and Disassembling and Cleaning the Ruger 10/22 Rotary Magazine, at Tactical Image Guys Hints and Tips.

Best Regards,
Albert A Rasch
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Though he spends most of his time writing and keeping the world safe for democracy, Albert was actually a student of biology. Really. But after a stint as a lab tech performing repetitious and mind-numbing processes that a trained capuchin monkey could do better, he never returned to the field. Rather he became a bartender. As he once said, "Hell, I was feeding mice all sorts of concoctions. At the club I did the same thing; except I got paid a lot better, and the rats where bigger." He has followed the science of QDM for many years, and fancies himself an aficionado. If you have any questions, or just want to get more information, reach him via TheRaschOutdoorChronicles(at)MSN(dot)com.

Best Regards,
Albert “Afghanus” Rasch
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Hunting Fallow Deer Pt II: Destinations

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Hunting Fallow Deer Part II: Destinations

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As American hunters continue to expand their hunting horizons and look for new and exciting opportunities, exotics, as non-native game is referred to, are becoming more sought after. Many of them, of course, are still available in their original ranges, and are as accessible, if not more so than ever before.

New Zealand is quickly becoming the go-to place for hunting Fallow deer. Introduced many years ago as an alternative to cattle ranching, New Zealand Fallow deer has furnished the majority of venison available worldwide, and in Europe in particular. In an excellent move toward diversifying their holdings, many forward thinking land and game management experts in New Zealand are managing their wild herds for trophy quality. Hunters bring in money, tourists, and affiliated revenues. Red deer, tahr, and Sika are also benefiting from the change in management principles. Rugged and beautiful, New Zealand is quite the destination in and of itself!

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Hungary is "The" destination on the Continent for trophy world record fallow. World record fallow deer have been taken there repeatedly, with more undoubtedly to come. Some of the government run concessions are in excess of 30,000 acres, made up of swamp, oak forests, and acacia groves. These are beautiful, intensively managed game parks in the European tradition. Along with fallow deer hunting, there are opportunities for Eurasian wild boar, Red deer, Roe deer, and Mouflon sheep.

With the opportunities to travel severely curtailed due to economic conditions, it makes sense to many sportsmen to keep their hard earned money here in the United States, support American businesses, and have a world class experience none-the-less. A carefully managed property like Native Hunt in Monterey California is one such option.

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At Native Hunt for instance, the opportunity for a world class hunting experience is part of the allure. Not only are you availed to the amenities of civilization within reasonable proximity, but the facility itself is appointed for your comfort, convenience, and as a place to forget about civilization!

The property is intensively managed to provide quality cover and forage for both native and non-native game. This is sustainable land use at its best. Natural water availability is considered, along with weather, so that no additional water inputs are required. Likewise native California flora is managed with the intent to maximize both the useful aspects that the plants have and give to the land itself and the animal's well being. Mike has a continued reclamation plan that has, with great success reversed years of imprudent cattle grazing that occurred before his acquisition of the property. Even the game animals themselves were given an initial veterinary check before they were introduction to the Native Hunt properties. Some supplemental feeding is part of the program, simply to help the animals, both native and otherwise, through the lean months. This also saves the land itself from overgrazing as it is still recovering from the former use as a cattle ranch.

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Don't let the fact that it is managed fool you. The game is generations wild, the terrain unforgiving, and the experience wild. Mike Riddle has committed himself to providing not only a hunt, but an experience to all his clients.

If you are considering a trophy hunt for Fallow deer, or perhaps a mixed bag of exotic game, give Native Hunt a call and book a hunt. Mike runs an exceptional operation that caters to his clients needs and desires. Native Hunt is a licensed, state-bonded, and insured hunting guide service. They have been in business since 1990 with ranches located in beautiful Monterey and Fresno counties. A hunt at Native Hunt will be a hunt to remember!

Native Hunt

Contact Native Hunt and Mike Riddle with any questions, or to make reservations:
General Questions:
Hunting Questions:
Bookings: 408-837-0733
Or call toll free: 1-888-HUNT-321

Related Links:
Hunting Fallow Deer Part I
The Hog Blog: Busy Weekend!
Phillip takes a Fallow
Doves: The First Feast of Fall

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Monday, September 28, 2009

PeTA at it Again: Naples, Florida

One old man to another, "You think those are CupidFish?"
"Nah," responded the other, "But I sure wish I landed one!"
Overheard at the Naples Dock

I can't post the picture here, but my friends over at PeTA Watch have one of the less, ahem, provocative ones posted.

For those of you unfamiliar with Florida, Naples is pretty much an active seniors city. I mean it really is about 75 percent old folks that are kickin' it "Florida Retiree" style.

On the East coast the city fathers permit topless beach going on account of the Europeans. Here on the West coast not so much.

So imagine the surprise when a half dozen spandex suited, body painted, and topless ladies with shimmering fins, laid themselves out for all to see.

The local matrons were indignant.

"It's indecent exposure!" said one.

"They should be arrested!" complained another.

The older fellows weren't so sure.

"It might be a First Amendment Right issue..." commented one, as others nodded in agreement.

"Yup," chimed in another, "Got wounded during the Battle of the Bulge so they could do this." With that, near unanimous approval was voiced.

Thus, once again, the glory of America and its Bill of Rights is upheld by the wisest among us.

Albert A Rasch
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
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More Facts About Hunting #1

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More Facts about Hunting

Hello everyone!

I am going to start a new, but occasional series titled: "More Facts About Hunting." They will usually be brief but informative, and describe the actions taken by sportsmen as conservationists and stewards.

With this series I will help everyone arm themselves with the facts so that you can help defend our cherished sport.

The Alabama Chapter of The National Wild Turkey Federation

Today I highlight the contributions made by the chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation in Alabama.

The NWTF of Alabama State has assisted directly in the purchase and acquisition of 8430 acres of wildlife habitat in the Lauderdale Wildlife Management Area. The majority of the purchases could not have been made if the NWTF had not assisted the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The DCNR as neither the flexibility, resources, or funds to acquire these valuable parcels. But with the help of the NWTF they were able to do so. Furthermore, the NWTF's has committed to allocating one-fifth of their funds toward land purchases and provides the DCNR a source of acquisition money every year.

The National Wild Turkey Federation has consistently worked to improve access to hunting s,throughout the United States. Spending more than $9.4 million since 1987 to obtain more than 413,000 acres for hunting, the NWTF has helped maintain the North American hunting tradition of accessibility to hunters.Their purchases help maintain and secure wildlife habitat for the enjoyment of everyone.

"The National Wild Turkey Federation is a national nonprofit conservation and hunting organization that, along with its volunteers, partners and sponsors, has worked for the conservation of the wild turkey and preservation of the hunting tradition. When the NWTF was established in 1973, there were only 1.3 million wild turkeys. Today that number stands at more than seven million birds throughout North America, and hunting seasons have been established in 49 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico." NWTF About Us

Best regards,
Albert A Rasch
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Suspected Flag Burner Pilloried

It's about time that people started being held accountable for their crimes. This numbskull decided to disrespect not only members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1938 in Valley Falls, NY, but the American flag.

Numbskull tied to chair and flagpole.

After burning the post flag, which by the way flew in Iraq, the numbnut was captured by the Veterans and given a talking to:

"The young man was given three choices: get turned over to the police, go one-on-one in a fight with a seasoned war veteran, or be duct-taped to a flagpole for six hours with a sign around his neck identifying his alleged crime: flag burning.

The man sat pilloried as the village had its fall youth soccer picnic with a long parade of children passing in front of him.

"He'll never disrespect the flag again, I can tell you that," Normile said.

Yes sir, those are real American and know the real meaning of justice!

Read more at:
Suspected flag burner pilloried
Alleged offender hunted down, ridiculed after incident at VFW post

Hat tip to Borepatch

Debunking Senate Bill 2099

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Senate Bill 2009 is an Urban Legend!

I'm up to my third e-mail this year on the supposed Senate Bill 2099. Among the dozens of things that drive me straight up a wall, it's the recurring nature of this urban myth. All of a sudden, it has gone viral, again! As I have mentioned several times, that bill died nine years ago and is not anywhere on anyone's radar! We, the gun owning public, look like a bunch of fools every time this comes up and a bunch of emails get sent to Washington!

If you get anymore emails about S.2009 refer them here, we always try to have the up to date skinny!

Friday, May 29, 2009

In the last few weeks, NRA-ILA has received hundreds of e-mails warning us about “SB-2099,” a bill that would supposedly require you to report all your guns on your income tax return every April 15.

Like many rumors, there’s just a grain of truth to this one. Someone’s recycling an old alert, which wasn’t even very accurate when it was new.

There actually was a U.S. Senate bill with that number that would have taxed handguns—nine years ago. It was introduced by anti-gun Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and it would have included handguns under the National Firearms Act’s tax and registration scheme. This has nothing to do with anyone’s Form 1040, of course.

Fortunately, S. 2099 disappeared without any action by the Senate, back when Bill Clinton was still in the White House. We reported about it back then, just as we report about new anti-gun bills every week. Now, it’s time for gun owners to drop this old distraction and focus on the real threats at hand.

It was introduced by Sen. Jack Reed of (RI),and cosponsored by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (NJ) and Charles Schumer (NY). It died in committee...

You can read the summary of the original bill at The Library of Congress: S.2099

More related posts:
Xavier Thoughts: On SB2099
The Shootist: SB2009 and the Blair Holt Bill
Debunking Senate Bill 2099

Please feel free to copy this post and reprint it on your own blog, the more folks that get this out, the more likely we can bury this hoax once and for all!

Albert A Rasch
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
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