Ah Fall, Can Gun Legislation Be Far Behind? Revisited

Here’s some more fun from LaLa Land (also known as ‘congress’)

Handgun Safety and Registration Act



Guns and Congress - An Unhealthy Combination!


Emails: Essentially  they all claim that  the  US Congress has a bill before them that  would require all handgun owners to list  their handguns on their federal tax forms.

Senate Bill 2099  would require all guns be  listed on the 2009 tax forms and a $50 tax/gun be paid.

If you  like to watch your blood pressure reach the top of the charts, don’t miss  reading:   http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/taxreturns.asp

The Truth :  The truth is much  less sinister; SB-2099 was before Congress in 2000, not the year 2009 (old news).  It went no-where in Congress.


Blair Holt Bill of 2009

Haven’t we heard  of this bill before?  Yep! This bill was first submitted in 2007.   More info: http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/blairholt.asp

Emails::  There’s a list of things that would change in relation to guns.  In a phrase:  no license = no gun.

This bill also  addresses any semiautomatic firearm (that can accept any detachable ammunition-feeding device). Same idea:   no license = no gun.

The bill directs the Attorney  General to set up and run a federal record of sales system. It would be a criminal act not to register  as the owner of a firearm.

The emails go on to itemize  other requirements:

– all guns be sold through a licensed dealer,

– a driver’s license  #,

– your Social Security  Number,

– fingerprinting  of the applicant,

– a physical  and mental evaluation

– $25  fee each time a gun is sold; sale must be registered

– failure  to abide by above provision = loss of right to own gun + 1 year in            jail!

– All firearms must be locked and unavailable to folks under the age of 18.

– The govt. would  have the right to come in and inspect if guns are locked and  unavailable to those under 18.

– If owners  do not have the gun thus described (safe, locked), the fine is 5 years in jail!

The Truth :  The application has 10 parts for an applicant —

1) Provide  a clear, passport-type photo with a clear likeness

2) Name, address, Date of Birth,

3) Any other names this person has ever used or by which this applicant has        ever been known.

4) A clear thumb print

5) A statement from state and federal govt. that this person is not barred                from owning a firearm.

6) Certification by the applicant that he/she will not store guns where those           under 18 can get to them.

7)  Certificate of written firearms examination, relating to —

* safe storage of guns, particularly away from those under 18 years

* safe handling of firearms

* use of guns in the home and dangers of their use

* legal responsibilities of owner in relation to federal, state and local laws

* any other subjects the Attorney General may deem necessary

8  Authorization for release of any/all mental health records of               applicant to Attorney General

9)  Date of application.

10) Signature of applicant.

The good news is that there is no one willing to co-sponsor this bill.   Most representatives think this is an issue they don’t want to lose their seat over; and that says volumes!

For this nonsense, we pay those folks big bucks (& unbelievable health care)!


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Published in: on August 31, 2009 at 8:31 am  Comments Off on Ah Fall, Can Gun Legislation Be Far Behind? Revisited  
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Ah Fall, Can Gun Legislation Be Far Behind?


Guns and Government -- Ugly Combination!

Guns and Government -- An Ugly Combination!


As the days shorten and the heat gives way to balmier weather, can gun legislation be far behind?  These are issues making their way around the Internet.


Emails: It  seems that citizens and states are getting nervous about the federal government’s encroachment  into their perceived domain, especially regarding guns.

The Truth: Oklahoma passed a resolution in April of 2009, demanding that the federal government “cease and desist” mandates beyond those outlined in the Constitution.

The 10th Amendment of the US Constitution is cited as the relevant document that states the federal government’s rights and obligations. (Of course, no one mentions that US presidents have been ignoring the 10th Amendment since the days of FDR!)

This declaration was a resolution, not a law, and therefore is a symbolic act which has no legal effect.” (direct quote from http://www.snopes.com, http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/pending/oklahoma.asp).


Emails: This state went a step (or two) further. The emails flying around indicate that Montana has defied the federal government in relation to gun ownership.

The belief of these organizers is that the federal government wants to confiscate all firearms (a non-surprise).  Essentially, the emails indicate that Montana has the right to defy the federal claims of having the right to control arms.

The Truth: (Again from Snopes.com, http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/montana.asp) In April 2009, Montana passed the Montana Firearms Freedom Act.

Essentially it throws down the gauntlet to the federal government: “A personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Montana and remains in the borders of Montana is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce.”

This fancy bit of wording means that Montana says that the federal government has no right to regulate the firearms owned in Montana.

They are saying that:  Just because the federals have the right to regulate commerce (between states, etc.), that does not give them the right to regulate firearms that have nothing to do with interstate commerce.

The only problem with this feisty law is that states do not have the right to nullify federal laws. The Supreme Court is likely to shoot Montana’s law down (pun intended).


Lest you think that is all that our legislators in LaLa Land are up to, come back tomorrow. If you have “anger management issues,”  it would be best to skip tomorrow’s posting!


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Published in: on August 31, 2009 at 8:14 am  Comments Off on Ah Fall, Can Gun Legislation Be Far Behind?  
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What’s So Hot About Rear Window Graphics?


Beautiful Art for Your Back Glass!

Beautiful Art for Your Back Glass!


Actually, rear window graphics  aren’t just Hot — they are Very Cool!

The Scoop

Whether  they are called rear window graphics, see-thru glass capes or back glass designs, they are referring to decorated vinyl for the back window of your vehicle.



Feel the Heat Firefighters Endure!

Feel the Heat Firefighters Endure!

Some folks like to display scenes from their occupation:




Lab Pups that are Hyan Dry!


Others like to show off their pets:


Graphics are popular because they are easy to apply. The graphic: 50% holes and 50% vinyl.

The most useful tool needed for application of the graphic is an extra pair of hands. The graphic comes with a peel-off backing.  The image is centered and the excess is removed.

From Different Points of View

Looking  from the outside, the image looks solid (your eye is tricked into not seeing the holes).  From the inside, you see a clear view through the back glass (your eyes are tricked into not seeing the black vinyl).


Harley Davidson is Always in Style!

One of the amazing facts about vehicle rear graphics is that they give you privacy while making your vehicle easier to see!

Privacy is increased because others cannot see thru the back glass.

The graphics add an element of safety because the designs make the vehicle more noticeable – thus easier to see.

What Kinds of Graphics Are Available?

They come in an astonishing array of images: dogswildlife, military, horsescamouflagespecialty (scuba, other country Flags, etc.), patriotic, birds, fishingfirefighters,  Cowboy Up/Cowgirl Up ©, etc.


Unique Art: 'Night Mares'

Unique Art: 'Night Mares'


These full color images are the work of some of America’s most award winning illustrators, photographers and artists!

Other Benefits

The full window decals block half of the UV rays coming through the window. This protects the vehicle’s upholstery and reduces heat inside the cab.  Thus, the vehicle is cooler while the interior is protected from fading.


One Gorgeous Fish!

One Gorgeous Fish!

Upon arrival, the graphic will be rolled up and will look bland.

Once the backing has been removed from the graphic, the image will become vivid and clear.


American Symbols: Eagle in Flight on Flag

American Symbols: Eagle in Flight on Flag


Change your vehicle — from ‘wallflower’  to ‘very cool’ — by adding a beautiful, rear window graphic!  What a great way to add sizzle to your ride!


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Fishing & Kids II

Recently, we covered safety issues with kids and fishing. Now,  let’s talk about the “how” of fishing with kids.

Getting a Life-Long Fishing Buddy

Remember that the goal is to get a life-long fishing buddy! Making sure the first few trips are “all about them” will ensure their continued participation.

You will need to show patience  while you are untangling lines and baiting hooks.  If it is hard for you to split your time between your fishing and theirs, this may be the time to leave your rod at home.

Limit fishing time; kids are not going to enjoy fishing for a whole weekend (at first).

It’s All About Kids and Fun

Choose a place that is easy to get to, safe and offers other diversions. A fishing spot near a park is ideal; if the fish aren’t biting – kids will enjoy a swing ride or two — and then return when the fish get hungry.

Choose a place with plenty of action. Kids would prefer to catch lots of little fish versus a couple of large ones. If possible, use live bait. Children find this much more fun than lures, spoons, etc.

What if the kids decide to toss stones or chase around? Remember that this is their outing and take it in stride. The idea is that fishing is fun! 

Fishing Can Be Fun for All Ages!

Fishing Can Be Fun for All Ages!



Hooking Your Kids

Use simple tackle: a hook, split  shot, night-crawler and bobber.

Alternately, use an old rig (in working order) from the back of the garage. You will feel better about losing this rather than watching your child accidentally drop your new graphite rod  in the water.

Another choice is to buy a “kid’s sized” tackle set. It’s the right size and fairly inexpensive.

Teaching Conservation

Teach conservation: Show the fish’s eyes, explain how they see. Let them feel the layer of “slime” (that protects them from bacteria).

Teach them only to catch what they can eat. Also, teach  ‘catch and release.’ Explain that releasing this fish today will allow the fish to reproduce many more for the future.

Being Prepared

Besides tackle and bait, be sure to bring some snacks, drinks, sunscreen, insect repellent and some basic items of  first aid.

Even with you hooking their bait and helping them cast, kids will make mistakes. Leave your temper at home! Calmly explain why it is wrong and how to do it correctly.

Lavish praise and take photos!


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How Fall and Winter Affect Fishing


A Guaranteed Stress Reducer: Fishing!

It is hard to make generalizations about seasonal fishing. Some areas have heavy ice in winter, while others have no ice at all.

Fishing in the Fall & Winter

During this time,  fish are slow moving, eat less and are more likely to be in deep holes — where the temperature is more stable.

This is a great time to pull out your larger lures and bait, while fishing closer to deep holes. Move your bait slowly.

Cold temperature causes a fish’s metabolism to drop and reduces his energy level and needs.

Why Do Fish Stay in Deep Pools?

Think about the fish that need fast-moving waters.  Since they need to reduce their energy needs during cold weather, they move deeper into the recesses behind submerged rocks.

They gather in deep pools, especially under bridges or under tree branches.  During cold weather, fish are less likely to come to you  — you need to use light tackle and cover more area, while moving towards them!

Ideas for Anglers in Cool and Cold Weather

The idea is to cast upstream and allow the bait to fall over the shallow water and rocks and into streams.

It’s important to get a map of any new area where you are planning to fish. Although you know fish hide in deep pools during this time, where are those deep holes?

The surprising thing is that they aren’t necessarily in the center of a body of water.  In fact, there may very well be deep pockets near the shore, so you do not need a boat to cast to them.

During winter, most fish are hiding in deep areas. But what happens when frigid ice takes over these pools? The fish must move and it’s a great time to try fishing around the margins where water is still flowing.


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Published in: on August 20, 2009 at 2:10 pm  Comments Off on How Fall and Winter Affect Fishing  
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How to Predict Rain While Fishing

OK, you are out fishing and it starts to rain. Could you have anticipated it?  Here are some tips to be more aware of conditions leading to a rain storm.

First Things to Notice



What Effect Will Rain & Lightning Have on Fishing?


Watch animals in your area.  Are sea birds moving to shore and staying put?  In our area, thousands of seagulls leave the coast and gather on an old (closed) Walmart  parking lot.

Marine biologists believe fish have evolved to the point where they sense rain — or  at least weather changes!

The Effect of Humidity on Weather

As humidity rises, the chance of rain increases.  Watch airplanes as they pass overhead. Those with a vapor trail indicate high levels of moisture in the air.

The longer the vapor lasts, the higher the humidity and the closer rain is. If there is no vapor cloud after a jet, or it disappears quickly, then the moisture/humidity level is low and the weather is stable.

Predicting Rain at Night

Use the stars to predict rain!  The more the stars seem to twinkle, the higher the moisture content in the air!

When Rain Turns to Lightning

Science Daily indicates that lightning requires ice!  It’s so hot where I live, how on earth can there be ice in the atmosphere?

The ice they are talking about is VERY high up in the atmosphere. These pieces of ice can be positively (+) or negatively (-) charged. When these -‘s and +’s collide, they build up a charge. Lightning is the release of the charge!

Since we cannot see how much ice is in the atmosphere when it is raining, it’s tough to be the angler-meteorologist  (weather person) to decide, “Will lightning start soon?  Should we go? or Can we stay?”

There are lots of factors in your decision.  Are you in a boat, far from shore?  Are you in a high, flat area, with no place to hide? Are you surrounded by trees?  All of these are good reasons to go home.

Unfortunately, a rod is an excellent conductor of electricity.You do not want to be holding it during a rain storm that turns to lightning!

Remember, smart anglers fish with one eye on their line and the other on the weather!


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Published in: on August 19, 2009 at 11:06 am  Comments Off on How to Predict Rain While Fishing  
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Clever Bait Tips (On the Cheap)!

There are lots of recipes for baits available. You may already have one.  However, here’s one you might like to try.

Oh, No! Just Dough! Recipe

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup cornmeal

1/4 cup white (clear) Karo syrup

3 heaping Tbsp. creamy peanut butter





2/3 cup water

In a small pot, combine and heat the water, peanut butter and syrup, using a low flame.  Separately, mix the dry cornmeal and dry flour in a  bowl.  Slowly add the flour mixture into the pan, while stirring constantly.

Continue cooking until either the water is gone or until it is too thick to stir.  After the dough cools, you can mix in some cotton ball** fibers or cattail fuzz to help hold the balls on the hooks.  Add scent (strong spices and/or extracts).

Form your dough into round gum-ball size  treats.  Allow them to harden in the refrigerator.


Catfish Stinky Baits – Make Your Own

Use the same recipe as above with the following changes: Instead of the 2/3 cup of water, Use 2/3 cup of fruit-flavored soda (NOT a diet soft drink) and add several drops of anise oil, while heating the liquids in the pan.


Keeping Soft Baits on the Hook

This idea is for keeping your soft treats (blood, cheese, dough) from falling off the hook.

If you want to use blood bait, saturate the blood in cotton balls** overnight.  The soaked cotton balls will keep the blood scent longer and the cotton will stay on the hook longer.


**BTW, I have only used cotton fibers,  most of the puff balls available today are not cotton.


Simple Aerator


Keep Your Bait Alive and Frisky!

Keep Your Bait Alive and Frisky!


Put a few pieces of broken terra cotta clay pots (common garden variety) into your bait bucket. If you drop some every couple of hours, your baits will stay alive and frisky!


Why?  The oxygen escaping from the clay pot pieces will aerate your bait bucket for hours!


Want to Turn Your Plain Shiners into Golden Shiners?

This trick is super simple! Place some dried red onion skins in the water with your plain shiners.  In a few hours, or overnight, they will turn into golden shiners!   The water and fish will change colors!

Why do this? One, it does not harm the fish. Two, golden shiners are more attractive to the fish you are trying to catch!


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Fishing in Cloudy Waters



Murky Water Can Be Prime Fishing Time!


Marine biologists tell us that fish are more likely to feed in turbid (cloudy) waters. There are two main reasons for this.

Predator Fish & the Light Shining into Cloudy Water

As sunlight shines down into cloudy water, there is a sharp contrast between the look of the fish (the predator wants to eat) and whatever surrounds it.

Therefore, the predator (eater) feels more confident that he will be able to see or sense whatever live food that comes his way!

Small Fish’s View of Murky Water

On the other hand, the small fish (the predator is looking for) thinks that the murky water will protect him from ‘the big, bad fish.’  Therefore, he is more likely to scurry around, looking for insects, worms and other morsels to eat.

Therefore, both the eater (predator fish) and the eatee (smaller fish) think they are both in a better position than their enemy. They are both suffering from delusional thinking (also called “stinkin’ thinkin’).

How Can an Angler Take Advantage of Cloudy Water?

Water that becomes cloudy (through storm or flooding) offers anglers great opportunities for snagging fish!

Is a fish’s sense of smell affected by cloudy water? No, not at all.

The predators that need their eyes to “see” small fish, must now rely on their sense of smell to lead them to fish! Thus, this is an excellent time to pull out the stinky baits!

Stinky Bait and Other Tools for the Angler

Start by fishing with scented/stinky/smelly bait near the surface of the water.  If you get no bites on the surface, keep moving your “stinkers” lower (in the water) until fish start to bite.

This is a great time to use metallic-headed lures or lures with shiny threads.  Since fish have a harder time seeing, their eyes are attracted to shinier objects.

This is also a great time to imitate the slower-moving fish species – by twitching and pulling flies along slowly.

Another idea is to cut open your freshly-caught fish — to see what is in the stomach.  If there are lots of flies and insects, this is what you should be using for bait — real or artificial (your choice).

Tomorrow: Making Your Own Stinky Baits!


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Fishing in Turbid Waters

What is Turbid Water?



Taking Advantage of Turbid Water!


Sediment (fine particles of sand or grit) in the water changes how fish see. Generally, it makes it much more difficult  for fish.

Light in Cloudy Water

Predatory fish (pike, for instance), move into these waters and take advantage of the situation.  Light changes the fish’s view under water. Fish can see in their immediate area – but not whatever moves at a short distance.

Turbid water helps fish feel safer; however,  predators know that cloudy water is the best time to prey on smaller fish.

Predators (for example: largemouth bass and northern pike), use their sight and prefer to feed in clear waters.

However, they have learned that turbid waters bring increased fish movement and lie in wait.  Although they cannot see the fish, they use their lateral line (refer to the article: ‘Fish Senses & How They Use Them – Part 2,‘ posted 6/20/2009 — for more information about fish lateral lines) to sense on-coming fish.

How Anglers Can Use Turbid Waters to Their Advantage

For anyone  fishing in turbid waters, use a larger plug (also known as a “minnow style bait).” Make sure the one you select can vibrate or waggle – and move it slowly through the cloudy water.

An excellent example of this is a plug that has a jointed body and that wobbles through the water, as you reel it in.

Tomorrow: Fishing in Cloudy Water


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Published in: on August 16, 2009 at 5:42 pm  Comments Off on Fishing in Turbid Waters  
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Photos of Pearl Harbor, December 1941**

An Update on 24 September 2009, 4:15 pm

This is what I love about the Internet. I posted this article and photos on 15 August 2009. It took less than a month for someone (William, to be exact), to advise me of my error!

William, I appreciate your comments!  I was particularly touched by your last sentence: ‘Now, we need to remember those there that day; but we must do it truthfully or we dishonor that memory.’

I couldn’t have said nearly so well; thank you.  I’m going to leave the photos online for their historical value.  However, I’m attaching this “mea culpa” to the beginning.

Now future readers will understand that these are historically accurate, but the info about being from one man’s camera is not possible.

Snopes Speaks

If I had followed my own policy of checking with Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/photos/military/pearlharbor.asp), I would know that the story attached to these photos (‘Fantastic photos taken 68 years ago — sent from Ted Cowen in Arizona.’) is bogus.

Snopes makes the point that Mr. Cowen would have had to have been in an airplane, as well as all over Pearl Harbor, to have gotten so many photos.

Thanks again, William!

— Marylouise

Direct Copy of Photos and Info Sent to Me

“Fantastic photos taken 68 years ago — sent from Ted Cowen in Arizona
Some of you will have to go to a museum to see what a Brownie camera looked like.

These photos are absolutely incredible….Read below the first picture and at the end…

ATT00000Thought you might find these photos very interesting — what quality from 1941!
Pearl Harbor photos found in an old Brownie stored in a foot locker and just recently developed.


Photos Taken:   PEARL HARBOR  December 7th, 1941












On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor , Hawaii By planning his attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in port. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island , where it had just delivered some aircraft. The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States .)

In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu , he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which st ruck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields in Hickam, Kaneohe and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets.

At 075 3 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2 ‘Kate’ torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 ‘Val’ dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the attack.
When it was over, the U.S. Losses were:

US Army: 218 KIA, 364 WIA.
US Navy: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA.
US MarineCorp: 109 KIA, 69 WIA.
Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA.

TOTAL: 2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA.

USS Arizona (BB-39) – total loss when a bomb hit her magazine.
USS Oklahoma (BB-37) – Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor.
USS California (BB-4 4) – Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS West Virginia (BB-48) – Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS Nevada – (BB-36) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired.
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) – Light damage.
USS Maryland (BB-46) – Light damage.
USS Tennessee (BB-43) Light damage.
USS Utah (AG-16) – (former battleship used as a target) – Sunk.
USS New Orleans (CA-32) – Light Damage..
USS San Francisco (CA-38) – Light Damage.
USS Detroit (CL-8) – Light Damage.
USS Raleigh (CL-7) – Heavily damaged but repaired.
USS Helena (CL-50) – Light Damage.
USS Honolulu (CL-48) – Light Damage..
————————– — —————————- —————————————————————
USS Downes (DD-375) – Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Cassin – (DD -3 7 2) Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Shaw (DD-373) – Very heavy damage.
USS Helm (DD-388) – Light Damage.
USS Ogala (CM-4) – Sunk but later raised and repaired.
Seaplane Tender
USS Curtiss (AV-4) – Severely damaged but later repaired.
Repair Ship
USS Vestal (AR-4) – Severely damaged but later repaired.
Harbor Tug
USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) – Sunk but later raised and repaired.
188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps.)”

From BJ Cassady

in Guthrie, Oklahoma


I think the photos are in reverse; the bombing started while things were still dark.  If I’m wrong, please advise!  — Marylouise


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