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  • May 30, 2008

    Discussion Topic: Is The National Park Gun Ban Unconstitutional?

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    It is according to Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who admits to packing in Big Bend National Park and offers no apologies for it.

    From a special commentary in the San Antonio Express-News:

    “Evidently, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson was absent from school the day the Constitution was covered,” wrote the San Antonio Express-News Editorial Board.

    While that's an awfully cute jab, the reality is I've learned the Constitution over the course of a lifetime – not just one day. I've taken oaths to uphold and protect our Constitution – as a U.S. Marine and as a state elected official.

    So look at the facts.

    The ban on loaded firearms in National Park is not a law. It is a rule enacted by unelected bureaucrats of the National Park Service. There was no legislative process — these bureaucrats arbitrarily terminated this Constitutional right.

    Fortunately, the clearly unconstitutional National Park Service rules on possessing firearms in federal parks are changing. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne recently proposed new rules that would respect state firearm laws and the Second Amendment.

    Check out the full commentary and tell us our reaction?

  • May 30, 2008

    Wyoming Trophy Wolf Hunt Planned For October 1st

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From the Sublette Examiner:

    A total “harvest quota” of 25 trophy-game gray wolves, in a hunting season suggested to open Oct. 1 this year in northwest Wyoming, is a new element in this year’s Wyoming Game and Fish (G&F) annual release of proposed hunting season changes.

    General licenses will cost $15 for Wyoming hunters, $150 for nonresident hunters.

  • May 29, 2008

    Discussion Topic: Toronto Mayor Targets Gun Clubs

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    He also has gun manufacturers in his sights. In fact, he’s pretty much after the whole shooting match.

    From the Toronto Sun:

    Mayor David Miller is turning his sights on shooting clubs and gun manufacturers.

    The mayor, who last month called for a national handgun ban, said yesterday he supports new recommendations to shut down two gun clubs that operate out of city-run facilities.

    The recommendations . . . also call for a new zoning bylaw to restrict the use of firing ranges to the police, military and provincial and federal governments.

    The bylaw would "prohibit establishments that manufacture, assemble, warehouse and/or distribute guns."

    Your reaction?

  • May 28, 2008

    Discussion Topic: On Golf And Fishing

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    “What you think,” a golfer asks his caddie. “Four iron?”

    “Nah, I’d go with a 7-foot cranking stick and a 1/2-ounce Rat-L-trap.”

    Believe it or not, that (or something like it) could soon be overheard on the groomed fairways of The Concession Golf Club on Florida’s Gulf Coast, rated America’s best new private course by Golf Digest. Next May, when the $15-million clubhouse opens, the operation will offer the nation’s first “Golf & Fishing Caddie Service,” with which your caddie doubles as a fishing guide on any of the course’s several stocked ponds and lakes.

    From a Concession Golf Club press release:

    “Members and guests may go fishing anytime at The Concession. Our Club will even provide the fishing poles,” explained the Concession’s Developer Kevin Daves. “The Fishing Caddie will not only load your clubs but also your poles! They will offer advice on the best fishing spots and what kind of bait to use...”

    Paul Azinger commented: “At the Concession will be golf meets fishing. Picture your golf cart filled with clubs and fishing poles in the most perfect surroundings you can imagine. Perfect!”

    What do you think? Sound like a good idea?

    Check out the club’s home page here.

  • May 28, 2008

    Bear Hits Orlando’s Hard Rock Hotel After Hours

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    The attractions at Orlando’s hotels and amusement parks just get more and more creative. Now the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Studios has a bear in it’s swimming pool. Or at least it had one.

    From the Orlando Sentinel:

    Police were first told of the bear sighting at 4:13 a.m., after a security guard spotted the bear on a security screen. Reports show that the bear finished its morning dip and left the pool area.

  • May 27, 2008

    Discussion Topic: Idaho Approves Wolf Hunt

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From the Idaho Mountain Express and Guide:

    "It's time to take a collective sigh," [Idaho Fish and Game director Cal] Groen said. "This is history."

    [On] Thursday, Fish and Game commissioners set the statewide season for wolf hunting this fall . . . . [H]unters will be able to pursue wolves from Sept. 15 to Dec. 31. From Sept. 15 until Oct.1, only Idaho's backcountry areas in the Frank Church-River of No Return and Selway Bitterroot wilderness areas will be open to wolf hunting. Hunters will be able to use any weapon during that time.

    From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, all of Idaho will be open to wolf hunting and hunters will be able to use any weapon. . . .

    [O]nce the statewide [mortality] quota is reached, all hunting will cease. Similarly, once pre-set quotas in individual wolf hunting zones is reached, hunting in those zones will stop.

    Your reaction?

  • May 27, 2008

    Circle Hooks Now Required For Gulf Anglers

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From the North Florida News Daily:

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds anglers that new rules go into effect June 1 requiring all people fishing from a vessel in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida for any reef fish species to carry and use circle hooks, dehooking devices and venting tools.

    These new rules are intended to help more Gulf reef fish survive if they must be released when they are not legal to harvest. Many reef fish species . . . need protection, and anglers can help maintain and rebuild reef fish stocks by properly handling and releasing fish.

  • May 27, 2008

    Deadly Rattlesnake Bites On The Rise

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From the Arizona Daily Star:

    The victim experiences extreme pain at the location of the bite, nausea, sometimes diarrhea. Then the mouth and throat swell, making it difficult to breathe. The victim gets lightheaded, collapses and goes into shock — all within minutes of the strike.

    The potentially deadly symptoms used to be fairly rare, but toxicologists in Arizona, Colorado and California say they're seeing some or all of them more than ever, and they could be contributing to an increase in fatal rattlesnake bites in Arizona.

  • May 23, 2008

    Discussion Topic: Alaska Governor To Sue Over Polar Bear Listing

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From the Anchorage Daily News:

    The State of Alaska will sue to challenge the recent listing of polar bears as a threatened species, Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday.

    She and other Alaska elected officials fear a listing will cripple oil and gas development in prime polar bear habitat off the state's northern and northwestern coasts. . . .

    Climate models that predict continued loss of sea ice, the main habitat of polar bears, during summers are unreliable, Palin said.

    The announcement drew a strong response from the primary author of the listing petition.

    "She's either grossly misinformed or intentionally misleading, and both are unbecoming," said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity. "Alaska deserves better. . . ."

    "Even the Bush administration can't deny the reality of global warming," she said. "The governor is aligning herself and the state of Alaska with the most discredited, fringe, extreme viewpoints by denying this."

    What do you think?

  • May 23, 2008

    Would You Like Gas Or A Gun With Your New Car?

    By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love

    From Kansas City’s KMBC-TV News:

    Max Motors in Butler is offering anyone who buys a car the choice of $250 in gas or a free semi-automatic handgun. . . .

    "We got high gas prices, theft, carjackings, innocent people getting hurt," Moore told KMBC's Chris Nagus.

    So far, the handgun is a more popular choice.

    "Right now were running 80 percent toward the gun," Moore said.

    So, which would you take?