An Okeechobee Veterinary Hospital employee used a .22 rifle to kill a 17-foot, 2-inch, 207-pound Burmese python in a ditch on the facility’s property yesterday—the largest free-roaming python ever found in S. Florida. “It was a complete shock,” said Patty Harvey, a technician at the hospital. “We see huge gators all the time being in Okeechobee, but you would never expect to see a snake this size.” The Miami Herald.
Good for him he will not be intimidated by NYC officials who think they are royalty and who lied saying they were conservative to get in office. This is just like the Robinhood story where the wicked brother of the real king, sent the sheriff of Nottingham to abuse the citizens of the county who were not breaking the law. One man stood up and hopefully other New Yorkers will follow.
Michael Littlejohn, a Brooklyn, NY resident and lover of American history, stood his ground when New York City authorities insisted he must register his replica flintlock long rifle. “This is the last legal gun that you can have without registration in New York,” Littlejohn told the New York Daily News. “And yet Mayor Bloomberg is driven crazy by my flintlock gun—the one that won the American Revolution.” More at my Slugs & Plugs blog.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. reports net sales for the second quarter of 2009 of $72.4 million and earnings of 46¢ per share, compared with sales of $38.7 million and earnings of 5¢ per share in the second quarter of 2008. Additionally, for the six months ending July 4, 2009, net sales were $135.9 million, compared to net sales of $81.2 million for the same period in 2008.
In a letter to Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Customs and Border Protection has officially backed off their proposed revocations and rulemaking in recognition of the Amendment that was passed by the Senate which would add a new exception to the Switchblade Act covering assisted and one-hand opening knives, at least until the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill is acted upon in Conference Committee.
You can read the letter here, but the key paragraph reads “The amendment would effectively obviate the need for CBP’s proposed revocations and render the current issue moot. Additionally, due to the numerous comments received in response to the proposed revocation, it is unlikely that CBP will take any further action prior to passage of the Appropriations Act.
This is about as close to a victory as we can come at this time. It may not be over until the fat lady sings, and we actually get the Amendment through Conference Committee, but for all practical purposes, we shouldn’t have to worry about Customs reaching into your pockets for your pocket knives anytime soon. Do take note that Customs has included some ambiguous wording in their letter, leaving their options open, no surprise. But, make no mistake, they have gotten the message; don’t mess with our pocket knives!
We still need to get this Amendment through the Conference Committee, but that becomes much easier with each passing day as the pieces, such as this, fall into place. We’ll continue to work in cooperation with the other advocacy groups to line up support in the House to accomplish that after the August Recess. As we noted in an email earlier this week, for the moment, just sit back, celebrate this victory and bask in the knowledge that we have come together to overcome great odds to get to this point. YOU did this, the voice of the people; the system sometimes still works.
This is the government plan to reduce health care cost, next the letter will go to children and adults with disabilities and mothers of new born children with medical concerns. Then people who hunt, fish or own guns will be denied health care because they are involved in dangerous activities like and mentally unstable for wanting guns and partaking of wildlife flesh. Do not say it can’t happen, if the government runs health care because it has already been suggested as part of the future plans.
Ahhhhhhhhh! That feels better! At least that’s what a new British study promises.
If you’re trying to ease the pain of an injury, says this first-of-a-kind research, start cussin’.
Dr. Richard Stephens, a psychologist at Keele University in Staffordshire, England, accidentally smashed his little finger “really, really hard” with a hammer while building a shed in his garden awhile back. “While it was throbbing,” he recalls, “I swore a bit.” His wife later cut loose a string of expletives during the pain of childbirth—and those two incidents got him wondering about the psychology and physiology of cursing.
With two colleagues, he arranged a simple experiment. Drawing on somefive dozen undergraduate volunteers, the team had subjects submerge their hands in a bucket of ice-cold water and see how long they could endure the pain while continuously repeating a swear word of their choice. The test was then repeated, but this time the students could only utter a neutral control word, like “brown” or “square.”
Well, [bleep] me! Cursing helped, especially with female subjects!
“Swearing increased pain tolerance… and decreased perceived pain compared with not swearing,” Stephens reported. The swearers were able to keep their hands submerged an average of 160 seconds, compared to only 100 seconds for the non-cursers. That’s “quite a big difference,” Stephens says.
Outdoor gear retailer Cabela’s, Inc. has announced a second quarter profit increase of 25 percent, with a net income of $9.12 million, up from $7.28 million a year earlier. Same-store sales showed an increase of 6.1 percent. Reuters.
By Karen MacNutt,
There is nothing rational about guns laws in the United States. Over one hundred years ago the Supreme Court held that the right to travel freely is a basic civil right; however, today you can not travel freely throughout the United States with your guns. Read more
July 30, 2009 12:13 AM EDT
In a daring experiment in Europe, scientists used mosquitoes as flying needles to deliver a “vaccine” of live malaria parasites through their bites. The results were astounding: Everyone in the vaccine group acquired immunity to malaria; everyone in a non-vaccinated comparison group did not, and developed malaria when exposed to the parasites later. Read more
With a growing black bear population in parts of rural southern Missouri, the Department of Conservation is alerting beekeepers to be vigilant and to protect their investment after a Taney County farm recently lost five hives to a hungry bruin. The department currently receives about 200 bear reports a year. The Springfield News-Leader.
According to documentation from the FDA, the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, and a number of respected veterinary and pathology researchers, the risks associated with microchip implantation are numerous. They include paralysis or death from improper insertion, MRI incompatibility, migration of the implanted transponder, transponder failure, electrical hazards, tumor formation, infection, abscess, cancer — and now, death from bleeding. A lot of people think it is ok to chip themselves, their children and elderly parents. Better think twice.
In an opinion released yesterday, Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper ruled that a statewide ban on weapons at school events trumps the new state law allowing concealed carry in public parks. CCW permit holders cannot take firearms into an athletic or recreation facility located on park land when a school is using it, Cooper said. The Tennessean.
After he was alerted by his daughter about 11:30 Saturday night of a bear inside their rural Grants Pass, Ore. home, Everett Skinner grabbed a shotgun and rushed to his den, where he shot four times, killing the bruin. The Skinners say from now on, they will keep their windows closed. “That’s the last fresh air we’re going to get at night,” Skinner said. Via AP.
In the past month, western N. Carolina resident Cindy Woody has lost 30 chickens to a coop-raiding, 400-pound black bear sow and its three cubs. So much for teaching her children about farming and chicken-raising–instead, they’re learning lessons about bear safety. “It’s a Chick-fil-A down there,” Woody said. The Asheville Citizen-Times.
The brief but dazzling celebrity enjoyed by Ohio’s rare, bubblegum-pink katydid has sadly ended. Ohio Division of Wildlife’s Jim McCormac, who was keeping “Pinky” in a terrarium, said the insect to a parasitic wasp that injected its eggs into the rare bug prior to its discovery at The Columbus Dispatch
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports three hunting hounds were fatally attacked by gray wolves in the past week, bringing July’s total number of dogs killed by the predators to seven. Historically, bear hunters are allowed to train bear trailing dogs during summer months in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Ag Connection.
The US forest service has done extensive study on bear behavior, OC for bears, and guns against bears. I have been involved in all aspects of that from the beginning.Almost everything you hear or read is personal opinion based on either no or very limited data points. And does not always work. In fact rarely works. Read more
The person who killed the bear obviously was not a hunter. It took three rounds from a shotgun, five from a handgun and two shots from a rifle to kill the 120-pound black bear that broke into a Boulder County home early Monday morning. The incident marked the third such home intrusion by a black bear in the county in the past four days. All occurred while residents were home. The Boulder Daily Camera.
Research from Eötvös University, Hungary, indicates that through 10,000 years of human/dog relations, certain breeds are superior in comprehending visual commands. The study found that gun dogs were better than hunting hounds, earth (digging) dogs, livestock dogs and sled dogs at following a pointing finger. In Science Daily.