The power of fresh snow

When I grew up Thanksgiving was time of great joy. Not for football season starting.   This was the start of hunting season! We thought only wimps set around the TV watching football. We wanted to be out in nature pitting our our feeble weapons against what nature knew how to avoid. Tramp around in the cold for few hours working through the bramble and bush. This was not done just to kill game.  The rule was if you don’t eat it you don’t shoot it. There was a joy in a successful shot and an admiration when the shot missed.  Both outcomes were worthy of happiness. You never got them all but some times you got a few. The next rule was if you got it you cleaned it.  Most of anti-hunting crowd have never done the deed themselves. Many of them have never cleaned a chicken even though they eat them everyday.

The winters snow beaconed with a fresh layer of tracking snow. It called out for hunting trip.

Tracking snows of 1/4 of inch overnight made the hunting great. The tracks meant the game was here this morning. Of course it required the ability to read the tracks for direction and ownership. It wasn’t unusual to lose the track over open ground. Tracking snow in the woods is never distributed evenly. The deep woods some times got very little

Now I’m citified out of touch with the nature. I sent my guns up to my brother in Michigan no place to use them here.

Some things need to passed from father to son but this part of living will be denied for me to pass on. Now our conversations about the snow are limited to how much it interferes with life in general.

Are we going to a two tiered gun law?

Gun control act exceptions.  Are we going to a two tiered gun law?  Once set of rules for the common man and another set of rules for those retired law enforcement officials? See section 4C below. They are  allowed  “possession, by an individual who is retired in good standing from service with a law enforcement agency and is not otherwise prohibited from receiving a firearm, of a semiautomatic assault weapon”.  Read carefully it seems some citizens will have different rights than others in our modern world. Also consider that this law can always be amended so those that have the right to own this type of firearm today could be denied it tomorrow.

Now don’t get me wrong I have the utmost respect for retired law enforcement officials. It seems like a great way of telling the professional crooks where the high firepower weapons could be.

Part of this legislation is a listing of those firearms not affected. Interesting that they define what is legal instead of what is illegal. That’s a rather weird way of doing things. Perhaps they did it that way so the uninitiated have no idea of the entirety of the reach of this legislation.

Firearms Prohibited Trail Sign

Firearms Prohibited Trail Sign (Photo credit: Al_HikesAZ)

The right to bear arms now becomes “The right to bear some arms for all and other arms for certain special individuals”.

You can read the whole  gun control act at this link:

`(4) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to–

`(A) the importation for, manufacture for, sale to, transfer to, or possession by the United States or a department or agency of the United States or a State or a department, agency, or political subdivision of a State, or a sale or transfer to or possession by a qualified law enforcement officer employed by the United States or a department or agency of the United States or a State or a department, agency, or political subdivision of a State, for purposes of law enforcement (whether on or off duty), or a sale or transfer to or possession by a campus law enforcement officer for purposes of law enforcement (whether on or off duty);

`(B) the importation for, or sale or transfer to a licensee under title I of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 for purposes of establishing and maintaining an on-site physical protection system and security organization required by Federal law, or possession by an employee or contractor of such licensee on-site for such purposes or off-site for purposes of licensee-authorized training or transportation of nuclear materials;

`(C) the possession, by an individual who is retired in good standing from service with a law enforcement agency and is not otherwise prohibited from receiving a firearm, of a semiautomatic assault weapon–

`(i) sold or transferred to the individual by the agency upon such retirement; or

`(ii) that the individual purchased, or otherwise obtained, for official use before such retirement;

`(D) the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a semiautomatic assault weapon by a licensed manufacturer or licensed importer for the purposes of testing or experimentation authorized by the Attorney General; or

`(E) the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a firearm specified in Appendix A to this section, as such firearm was manufactured on the date of introduction of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013.



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The right to close public land access for sport on a whim defeated in congress

It seems someone wanted the ability under the guise of climate control to shut down public access to government lands. This was supported by “Defenders of Wildlife and the Wilderness Society and the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council. ” They wanted the right to close down access not based by the present situation only on the threat of climate change causing disruption to nature. Another power grab defeated. I have not found the vote count at this time.
This is from the 4th of February 2014. Are they through trying this? I’ll expect it gets brought up again under another guise. As usual for the public’s good they would be restricted. No problem about restricting access during times of drought or other natural disaster but on just the possibility of an unspecified impact?




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Excerpts from


113th Congress (2013-2014)


SPORTSMEN’S HERITAGE AND RECREATIONAL ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2013 — (House of Representatives – February 04, 2014)






Sportsmen are among the first to notice the effects of our changing climate as changes in seasonal distribution of game and diminished natural habitats becomes more evident. As the climate continues to change, we will experience worse drought, flood, wildfire, and extreme weather events.


For public lands and recreation there, climate change will mean changes in hunting seasons, migratory patterns, and the native and invasive species populations. We will experience sea level rise, wildfire, drought, and other manifestations of climate change. All of these are altering the landscape and changing the existing opportunities for hunting, fishing, and recreation on public lands. These should be considered. These will have a greater effect on sportsmen and on fishermen and hunters than all of the other things we have been talking about today.


More than 75 percent of the Federal lands are open now for recreational hunting, fishing and shooting, but climate change would transform irreversibly, and in fact is transforming irreversibly, our public lands in ways that will limit the ability of sportsmen to enjoy recreational activities in these areas.


So this amendment says the Department should consider those things. In fact, it is even more limited than that. It says nothing will prevent the Department from considering these things. That is what this amendment is. I would hope that the House will accept this. I have been joined by a number of members of the House Sustainable Energy Coalition in offering this amendment. It is supported by Defenders of Wildlife and the Wilderness Society and the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council.


Mr. HASTINGS of Washington


Now the gentleman is proposing that we give the Secretary another new tool to close lands, without scientific decision making, without accounting for their actions. The gentleman proposes that we simply grant the Secretary the sole authority to dictate that we close off any and all of our Nation’s lands from hunting and fishing based simply on the Secretary’s mere opinion that hunting and fishing are a threat to our Nation’s land because of climate change.


The question was taken; and the Acting Chair announced that the noes appeared to have it.






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Being a dumb cluck can be fatal

Drink deep from the fountain of knowledge because being dumb can be a fatal error.


3 Dumb Clucks

3 Dumb Clucks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shipboard in the late 70’s there were some dumb clucks still playing with drugs. Nineteen years old and that thought they knew it all. This particular dumb cluck was also very very stupid. Some one (another dumb cluck) told him that huffing Scotchguard got a good high. So he locked himself up in the space just above combat. Then proceeded to inhale the Scotchguard. They found him later that evening dead of asphyxiation. Scotchguard is designed to lock out moisture to make clothing waterproof.  In this it sealed his lungs from moisture and air.  When it dried he died. Now anyone with common sense wouldn’t do the huffing  stuff but this one did.


Drink deep from the fountain of knowledge. Accidents happen but dumb things can be avoided. If it feels wrong it probably is. Dumb clucks aren’t always funny…




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When things get rotten

things get complicated when you get past 18. Ah remember the dreams we once had! The shining future where the results of our work would inevitably lead to a secure retirement. Well wake up it isn’t happening yet! The economy over the past 5 years has drained my retirement and my 401K. It a mater of survival when you have no income you use your savings. Now I’m back on my feet again with the ability to retire a faded dream.  Unlike the rest I refuse to give up.


English: Retirement savings for various period...

English: Retirement savings for various periods with squirrel and nut analogy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

y actions and options will continue to be adjustable. My only requirements I refuse to take advantage of those around me. I went to one of the salesmen meeting quite a while back. Their attitude was if you can make a buck selling defective devices to the masses take advantage of it. Can’t handle that. The ability to look into the mirror in the morning and not see a crook is ingrained in me.

This is just a little statement of fact. Nothing earth shattering.

Could you bilk the masses for money without any regrets? If so you should go into  politics. Our present leaders and many of the past leaders seem to think the US taxpayer has an unlimited bill fold and a short memory.

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