MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ — The Arizona Game and Fish Department believes a pack of wild dogs might be responsible for attacking three miniature horses at a home north of Phoenix. Read more
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Many media outlets have misfired about guns. Countless newspapers and television networks — from CBS to MSNBC — have misreported that conservative protesters are threatening President Obama with guns at public events. It hasn’t happened.
In Portsmouth, N.H., a man carrying a gun, William Kostric, joined an Aug. 11 health care protest. This was blocks away and hours before Mr. Obama’s town-hall meeting in that city. Mr. Kostric was given permission to be on church property where the protest occurred and was not at the place the president visited. What most of the coverage left out was that Mr. Kostric didn’t carry his gun only for the protest; he legally carries a gun with him all the time for protection.
While the media regularly used terms such as “hotheads” to mischaracterize the situation, the coverage ignored that union members who opposed the protest had attacked Mr. Kostric and a friend, kicking, pushing and spitting on them. Despite violence against him by Mr. Obama’s supporters, Mr. Kostric did not draw his gun or threaten anyone.
On the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric asked, “Are we really still debating health care when a man brings a handgun to a church where the president is speaking?” Deliberately or not, she got the facts wrong. As we know, Mr. Kostric did bring a gun to the church, but the president was not there and never was scheduled to speak there. Mr. Obama spoke at a separate event at a local high school at a different time. Not letting facts get in the way of her hysterical story line, Ms. Couric linked Mr. Kostric’s gun to “fear and frankly ignorance drown[ing] out the serious debate that needs to take place about an issue that affects the lives of millions of people.”
In another case in Arizona, a black man staged an event with a local radio host and carried a semiautomatic rifle a few blocks away from another Obama town-hall meeting. According to the radio station, the staged event was “partially motivated to do so because of the controversy surrounding William Kostric.” This occurrence was not an example of an outraged gun-toting Obama protester, but a stunt to garner attention for a shock jock. Of course, this inconvenient truth was ignored by most news outlets.
MSNBC misrepresented the facts to try to back up a bogus claim about racism being behind opposition to Mr. Obama’s agenda. On Donny Deutsch’s Aug. 18 show about the Arizona town-hall meeting, the producers aired a clip of the anonymous black man carrying the so-called assault rifle — but the network edited the tape so the man’s race was obscured. Truth be damned, MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer said, “There are questions whether this has a racial overtone. I mean, here you have a man of color in the presidency and white people showing up with guns strapped to their waists.” Another commentator on the same show worried about the “anger about a black person being president.” The supposed result: “You know we see these hate groups rising up.”
MSNBC’s irresponsible behavior is more than just bad journalism; it sows distrust between races. Ernest Hancock, the radio host who staged the event, was hoping to get some free publicity for himself and his show. Whatever one thinks of this PR stunt, it had nothing to do with race. MSNBC misrepresented a black man carrying a gun as a white man to invent a racial dynamic that didn’t exist.
Media disinformation about guns is a sad sign of the drastic action liberals will take to undermine support for gun rights for law-abiding citizens. It’s also an indication of liberals’ extreme desperation as Mr. Obama’s agenda unravels.
The annual Key Underwood Coon Dog Cemetery Labor Day celebration will be held Sept. 7 at the historic Colbert County, Alabama. rural graveyard. The celebration will feature bluegrass music, buck dancing, liar’s contest, food and souvenirs. I will also bet a bit of drinking will be going on as well, I think that is how they got the idea? not saying just guessing. More than 200 coon-hunting hounds have been buried there since Underwood buried his dog Troop there in 1937. The Florence Times.
Kathy Konen has lost guard dogs to wolves in the past, but nothing prepared the Dillon rancher for the killing of 120 buck sheep last week. “They were in the sagebrush, on the creek bottom – just all over the pasture,” Konen said Thursday. “It’s a terrible loss to our livestock program. Read more
A 78-year-old man who was part of a Green River rafting party was hospitalized Friday with injuries he received when he was attacked by a black bear in a remote area of eastern Utah. The bear was shot and killed by another camper. In the Deseret News.
The rescue operation for a 28-year-old American doctoral student from Chicago is still running through Costa Rica. David Gimelfarb walked into the jungle at 10am on Tuesday, August 11th after signing a guestbook at Rincon National Park. His searchers have posted a list of hikers who also signed in on that day in the hope that they can track down the people who entered the jungle about the same time as him. They’re trying to narrow the search grid, so if you have any friend who were in Costa Rica, take a quick look at the guest list on Facebook and see if they’re on it.
A 19-year-old seasonal worker came up from Chicago looking forward to some adventure in Alaska when he took a job just outside Denali National Park. Last week Don Carroll struck off with a friend to find Chris McCandless’s ‘Magic Bus’ from the book Into the Wild. The two stashed their food and water before a river crossing and planned to pick it up on their way back. Well, they found the bus but got lost before they could reclaim the food and water bag. They survived by drinking river water and eating berries until a helicopter plucked them from the Alaskan wilds. But it gets better. In June this same kid headed into the front country around Mount Healy in Denali National Park by himself wearing jeans and a hoody. He got lost, soaked in the rain, and then (of course) text messaged rangers clues to his whereabouts. They found him and sent a high-altitude rescue chopper Read more
A 68-year-old Ulster Park, NY man died when he was thrown to the ground after striking a deer while riding his bicycle Thursday. Warren “Bud” Clark was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, but suffered injuries to his head, authorities said. In the Daily Freeman.
I think that will be great. Then you can finally duel with them. Kentucky State Rep. Darryl Owens, (D-Louisville), has prefiled a bill that would eliminate the provision in Kentucky’s constitution that requires all lawyers and political office-holders to swear they have never engaged in a duel with deadly weapons. The languarge has been part of official state swearing-in ceremonies since 1849. The Lexington Herald-Leader.
An East Coast liberal felt compelled to revise the history of the state of Arizona. According to his letter to the editor in the Washington Post, The gunfight at OK Corral was “largely about gun control. The gunfight at O.K. Corral was about control but had nothing to do with gun control. Read more
Md. Air Rifle Team Is Improving Skills, Learning Focus
NEW LONDON, Md. (AP)
Focus. It’s one of the most important skills shooters on Linganore High School’s air rifle team acquire.Blocking out distractions like a bad grade on a science test or a ball smacking a nearby wall, and just breathing steadily and with control are key to success, Henry Lane said.Lane, a senior naval science instructor who has led Linganore’s rifle team since its 2004 inception, is learning how to teach his shooters.
The team is part of Frederick County’s only Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Program, he said. At practice, he applies the analogy of riding a bicycle to shooting. Once your body learns the mechanics, you can focus on the refinements of skill, the art of the sport, he said.
In March, the team took second place in a statewide National Rifle Association championship and third in a statewide Junior Olympics tournament.The Linganore shooters compete most of the year at matches sponsored by other Navy JROTC units in their area, which includes 61 teams from high schools in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and U.S. Department of Defense teams in Spain and Italy.
Four area teams, three from Maryland, competed in the national JROTC Championship.The team improves each year, Lane said. But statewide tournament wins remain elusive because of local competition.”You don’t get to a national level in a year,” he said.
Unlike other high school teams that play in a single league, Lane said the variety of shooting programs means five paths can lead to national championship competition.”Shooting is very, very competitive,” he said.The team shoots a “Sporter” category air rifle, a gas-powered pellet gun. Air rifle teams shoot from three positions: standing, kneeling and prone.The target is 10 meters from the shooter.
In a match, a rifle team consists of four shooters, with a total possible score of 2,400 points. Matches award trophies for team performance and medals for individual performance.Five basic skill sets are needed to do well in air rifle shooting: focus, hold control, breath and shoot control, aiming and follow-through, Lane said. Kyle Carter joined Linganore ‘s rifle team in part to prepare for a possible future in the military.
Carter, 18 and a senior, joined the team his sophomore year and found the sport fit him well. He improved to become one of the team’s best shooters.Though he has postponed plans to enlist because he hopes to attend college next fall, he said the shooting skills he has learned translate to other areas, like hunting.
Carter’s younger brother Justin, 15, joined the team this year and earned first place in the 14- to 16-year-old category at the state Junior Olympics tournament.Justin said he has learned to control his breath and think positive thoughts to prepare for shooting.
John White, 16, and a junior with three years on the team, was the most improved shooter last year. He has also picked up focus and relaxation techniques that are helpful in and out of practice and tournaments, he said.
You may think it is strange that an outdoor guy cares about politeness and social behavior. However it is at the top of my list. I am taken back in social settings I attend. I see people who have no clue how to talk or behave. It is amazing what our society has become. Read more
It promised to stretch reality television to the limit: one man pitting his wits against the Yukon wilderness with just a camera for company.But hopes for an epic three-month contest between man and nature were dashed when adventurer Ed Wardle failed to go the distance.Seven weeks after striding out into the rugged forests of western Canada armed with a shotgun and a fishing rod, Mr Wardle had to be airlifted back to civilization suffering from starvation. Read more
Hazmat crews and six different emergency agencies responded to a report of an unidentified odor causing guests at Yosemite National Park’s Wawona Hotel to suffer respiratory problems and nausea. A dozen people were treated at the scene. The cause of the noxious odor was later discovered to be someone’s bear spray that had been accidentally discharged. NPS Morning Report
Bass Pro Shops’ new store opening today in Altoona, Iowa features something unique for the mega-outdoors retailer: a 12-lane bowling alley. Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill, a 15,000-square-foot bowling facility, is a joint effort between Bass Pro and Illinois-based Brunswick Bowling & Billiards. The Springfield Business Journal.
So much for that new car smell. After a black bear got trapped inside Jeff Leistand’s brand new parked Subaru Forester, it proceeded to deploy the vehicle’s air bags, relieve itself on the front seat and chew away a portion of the steering wheel before responding police freed the it. “My whole interior is totaled,” said the East Vail, Colo. resident. The Vail Daily News.