Happy New Year

December 31, 2009 by  
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We hope that everyone has a safe and uneventful, or should I say trouble free new years eve.  Take care friends we will see you next year.

God Bless

TB

Nature Photograph of the Year’s Authenticity Questioned

December 31, 2009 by  
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Critics are insisting that the Storybook Wolf photo by Jose Luis Rodriguez is a shot of tame wolf, making it ineligible to win the world’s largest nature photo The winning shot.competition. Judges give preference to wild animals, so if a tame animal is used in a staged photo, the photographer must declare it prior judging. Rodriguez is a Spanish photographer, and a group of his countrymen colleagues have taken up the investigation as they’re concerned about their own reputations.

Rodriguez is claiming innocence. This is the explanation of the shot from the Natural History Museum’s website:

José Luis visualized this image many years ago, when Iberian wolves first returned to Ávila in the Castilla y León region of northern Spain, and cattle ranchers declared war on them. His idea was a picture that would symbolize the ancient conflict between humans and wolves, while showing the beauty and strength of this fabled animal. But it took a long time to find the ideal location, let alone a wolf that would jump a gate. His chance came when he found a landowner who was happy to have both the wolves and José Luis on his property, and also had the ideal setting: a copse and an ancient, disused cattle corral.

This shot compares the background from Rodriguez’s shot to a Spanish private natural reserve.

Church to become rock-climbing centre

December 31, 2009 by  
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Parishioners at St-Raymond Roman Catholic Church in Gatineau will celebrate their last mass Sunday. (CBC) A Roman Catholic Church in Gatineau, Que., is facing a rocky future, but the archbishop of the diocese feels that’s not such a bad thing. Read more

Donor unloads 58 guns on LA County’s exchange program

December 31, 2009 by  
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Guns As part of its annual waste of time, effort and resources, the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. collected 252 firearms in yesterday’s no-questions-asked “Gifts for Guns” program in Compton. One man’s cache comprised fully one-quarter of all those firearms turned in–58 pieces, mostly cheap handguns–earning him thousands of dollars in retail and supermarket gift cards. They made out like bandits. Most of the guns turned in were unsafe or non working junk.

PETA Member Purposely Neglects Animals

December 30, 2009 by  
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for an exotic animal dealer have accused an employee of intentionally neglecting animals to further his work as an undercover investigator for an animal rights group. Read more

Moose can still kill you after death

December 30, 2009 by  
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NEW YORK -A Web designer says she was struck by the decor at a New York City restaurant — when it fell on her head. Raina Kumra says in a negligence lawsuit filed last week that a 150-pound stuffed moose head with 3-foot-wide antlers plummeted off a wall at the Scandinavian-themed White Slab Palace on Oct. 4 and hit her. She says she suffered a concussion and other injuries. The owner of the Manhattan restaurant hasn’t returned a telephone message left by The Associated Press. Nor has Kumra, who’s representing herself in the case.Kumra filed her lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. She’s seeking unspecified damages.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press

Memories of the .30-30

December 29, 2009 by  
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A favorite of lawmen and deer slayers alike, .30-30 lever-guns defended our Home Front in two World Wars, fed a then-mostly rural nation and still have ThreeLittleLeverguns2(3)utility for sport and home protection.

My childhood wasn’t different from others of the Baby Boomer generation.  Northern Virginia after World War II was an odd mix of The Walton’s and American Graffiti.  The rural south still existed where we now call it “outside the beltway.”  When Dad bought our Annandale house in 1954, State Route 236, aka “Little River Turnpike” was a 2-lane country road between Alexandria and Fairfax Courthouse, which wasn’t yet a city.  Our neighborhood was surrounded by dairy farms, hardwood forests were full of game, and we shot my brother’s open-sighted .22 bolt-action out the upstairs bedroom window to kill woodchucks raiding Dad’s garden.  Our neighbor was an avid hunter who let us watch him butcher deer and feed scraps to his two German shorthaired pointers. When I turned 12, he showed me his deer rifle, a Winchester Model 94 in.30-30.  Like any kid who watched TV cowboys of that era, I was enthralled! Read more

Couple stranded 3 days after GPS leads them astray

December 29, 2009 by  
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A Nevada couple letting their SUV’s navigation system guide them through the high desert of Eastern Oregon got stuck in snow for three days when the GPS unit sent them down a remote forest road. Read more

Turns out, sunshine states really are happiest

December 29, 2009 by  
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WASHINGTON (AP) — People in sunny, outdoorsy states – Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida, Arizona – say they’re the happiest Americans, and researchers think they know why. A new study comparing self-described pleasant feelings with objective measures of good living found these folks generally have reason to feel fine. Read more

BLM struggles against illegal dumping on fed lands

December 29, 2009 by  
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You are not going to stop it, it is the locals who do it, not people who come in to enjoy it.  So use those federal prisoners we pay so much to house to clean it up. SKULL VALLEY, Utah (AP) — During a warm spell this fall, vandals hauled 18 decrepit televisions and computers down a narrow gravel road in Utah’s picturesque Skull Valley, dumped them on a hillside, blasted them with guns and left them for dead. Read more

Wild horse roundup to begin in Nevada amid protest

December 29, 2009 by  
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A two-month capture of about 2,500 wild horses from public and private lands in northern Nevada began Monday amid protests that the roundups are unnecessary and inhumane. Read more

Antibiotics in agriculture

December 29, 2009 by  
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The mystery started the day farmer Russ Kremer got between a jealous boar and a sow in heat. The boar gored Kremer in the knee with a razor-sharp tusk. The burly pig farmer shrugged it off, figuring: “You pour the blood out of your boot and go on.” But Kremer’s red-hot leg ballooned to double its size. A strep infection spread, threatening his life and baffling doctors. Two months of multiple antibiotics did virtually nothing. Read more

Camera Man Attacked by Eagle

December 28, 2009 by  
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It always looks farther away through your viewfinder. This guy was shooting some pics during a Kazakhstan eagle hunt when the animals turned on him.

2 Lost Skiers OK After Being Found By Helicopter

December 28, 2009 by  
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A man and woman visiting Colorado from Hawaii were rescued after they spent a night out in the cold Colorado mountains.
Kira Davis and Duc Ong went backcountry skiing on Christmas Day west of Leadville and got lost. Read more

The lone survivor of a fishing boat accident leaves NJ hospital

December 28, 2009 by  
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The lone survivor of a fishing boat accident off the southern New Jersey coast has been released from the hospital, but the fate of two other crew members remains unknown. Read more

First Case of Fearsome TB Strain Found in US

December 28, 2009 by  
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LANTANA, Fla. (Dec. 27) — It started with a cough, an autumn hack that refused to go away.  Then came the fevers. They bathed and chilled the skinny frame of Oswaldo Juarez, a 19-year-old Peruvian visiting to study English. His lungs clattered, his chest tightened, and he ached with every gasp. During a wheezing fit at 4 a.m., Juarez felt a warm knot rise from his throat. He ran to the bathroom sink and spewed a mouthful of blood. I’m dying, he told himself, “because when you cough blood, it’s something really bad.” It was really bad, and not just for him. Read more

Dual-residency claims lead to 120 citations in Wyoming

December 28, 2009 by  
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Images Following an investigation with wildlife agencies in neighboring states, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has issued 120 citations to individuals who illegally claimed residence in Wyoming for the purpose of obtaining resident hunting or fishing licenses, resulting in fines of more than $36,000. The Casper Tribune.

US Biathlon Team Posts Historic Finish in World Cup

December 27, 2009 by  
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A steadily improving United States Biathlon Team posted historic Silver and Bronze medal winning performances at a major World Cup competition in Ostersund, Sweden recently as the team gains world attention leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Read more

At 100, Boy Scouts say they’re still `essential’

December 26, 2009 by  
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POCONO SUMMIT, Pa. (AP) — A fifth-generation Boy Scout, 11-year-old Brad Corr is steeped in all the lore and tradition: the Scout Oath and Scout Law, campcraft and community service, the daily doing of good deeds. Read more

Coast Guard suspends search for 2 Va. crewmen

December 26, 2009 by  
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TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard crews on Thursday searched the frigid Atlantic Ocean in vain for two men missing after their fishing boat was hit by a large wave and sank off the state’s southern coast. Read more

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