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December 30, 2011

Looking Back in Nausea: 2011 in Review

By David E. Petzal

As 2011 lurches into history like a smelly old wino, I take MAC in hand to review some of the lows of the year.

You Can’t Get it Right All the Time: In the 1960s the Department of Defense decided that all future combat was going to take place at 300 meters or less and, now that the distance has increased again to 500 meters and over, is scrambling to come up with guns and ammunition that can hack it at long range. We, of course, are paying for all this.

What’s next? Tac Nukes? Some weeks ago, Mayor for Life Bloomberg referred to the New York City Police as “my private army.” People assumed he was joking. I don’t. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has coyly announced that the NYPD has the technology to shoot down airplanes, presumably to avoid a repeat of 9/11. Commissioner Kelly did not say what kind of armament was involved. It could be missiles, or it could be 30mm cannon on Mayor Bloomberg’s private jet. The NYPD averages one hit per 72 rounds expended with its handguns, so the mind reels at the havoc it can wreak with this kind of firepower.

The Inmates are Running the Asylum: Operation Fast and Furious, in which the BATF deliberately put 2,000 guns into the hands of bad guys. Of these, 600 have been recovered. One was used in the murder of a Border Patrol agent. The other 1,400 are still out there.

And Then There’s the TSA: On December 27, at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, a TSA agent confiscated two cupcakes “…because of their gel-like frosting.”

Don’t Bother Me with Reality When I’m Hysterical: Commentator Rachel Maddow believes there are all-plastic handguns that can pass through metal detectors, and says so shrilly at every opportunity.

Mixed Signals from Texas: On the one hand, Governor Rick Perry shot a coyote that menaced his puppy while the two were out for a jog. That was good. On the other hand, while on a nilgai hunt, I saw an Eastern diamondback—a 6-footer at least—glide across the sendero, and the driver of our vehicle, on strict orders from the ranch owner, refused to turn it into a good snake. This is not only bad, but a brazen violation of The Code of the West.

What Most You Fear Is Drawing Near: I can remember when the Republican candidate for President was General of the Army Dwight David Eisenhower. Boy, have we come a long way. Unless something changes dramatically, Barrack Hussein Obama may very well get a second term.

And Just to End on a Positive Note: Several times a year I get to meet West Point cadets and I invariably wonder how our country, which is increasingly fat, weepy, and stupid, produces people like them. Can there be hope after all?

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Infidel: (BlackOps Precision Translation- Revised)

1. Any well trained, God fearing patriotic and contributory American Citizen that says little and stands hard against those that target the United States. An Infidel will also not hesitate to protect the sheepish, complacent population of the United States that chooses to believe that a well armed society is unnecessary.

We are out here and we are watching!

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from NHshtr wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Usually I don't get excited about going into a new year, especially at my age. They just go by too fast. Someone once said, "A lifetime is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer to the end you get, the faster it goes."

But since this year has been a bummer for so many, let's get on with a new one where there may be more fun ahead.

BTW, that TSA agent was at McCarren Airport in Vegas. Logan has it's own infamous TSA agents, but not the one you cited.

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from Frosty24-7 wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Another good note to end on Dave is your "Project for 2012". We all just need to take the time to add adults and kids to our ranks, show them how much fun they can have shooting, plinking and hunting. Then, despite the political stupidity, this country might still have a fighting chance!! Brownells has a nice column right now along the same lines...

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

I say, if you are not a member yet; JOIN the NRA, give as much time as you can to local charity(both time and $$)and Pray fo peace in the World. Oh, and buy US made goods when possible. THEN we can see how 2012 plays out!

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from country road wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Dave, are you sure you wouldn't like to become the front running Republican candidate?

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from dickgun wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

DP,
I believe that you and I are about the same age, tho I might be a bit older. Your comments so closely track my thoughts about our world that it must be true. Our problem is very like turning a 1000' oil tanker in a couple miles to avoid a wreck. It may not happen when the speed and tonnage reaches 'critical mass.'
I hope we can do it.
Meantime, all best to all who read for a safe and joyous New Year and don't renig in 12.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

I am convinced that we will suffer through another 5 years of the Capon in Chief. With the current crop of GOP candidates, what else is possible? Hopefully, some prosperity and common sense will return with a Republican Congress, but I'm not holding my breath on that one either.

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from Charlie Nichols wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Thanks for the uplifting affirmation of the Sum of My Fears for 2012! You have, to the best of my projections, hit the proverbial nail on the head. I just hope the GOP doesn't think Chris Christi is really pro-gun in the next primary of 2016--provided this great country can hold together that long--but then there are the great folks in our nation's military as you so succienctly pointed out. Now just how in Hades did we get here? Maybe we just need more men to grow balls that don't have BASE, BASKET, or FOOT before them!

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from AlaskanExile wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Copper and Lead are going to become the "New Gold", my prediction.

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from firedog11 wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Some positives for all I consistently meet young people in all branches of business and government that truly work hard and believe in self sacrifice and humility. Now if we can just work on the other 50%. Now a word to all if you haven't been paying attention you all need to contact your Rep or Sen and voice opposition to two bills concerning the internet. One is the IP bill and the other is SOPA. Both will enable the attorney general of the US to shutdown any website based on 1! complaint without any sort of hearing etc. So if so called Miss Maddow felt that this site was causing her problems one call to the AG office and bye bye Gun Nuts. If we see four more years of President Jughead and the doofus gang then you can imagine what will happen.

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from Mark-1 wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

I too see Michael Bloomberg as a fascist. That man and his minions have no use for the democratic process. He taints all New York.

2012 I think will see a huge political shift. Look at all the Old Guard Congressionals retiring. I bet there will be another large Old Guard group being tossed out after the elections.

I’d like to see an end to the PC nonsense. The country’s forgotten how to handle thugs.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Bloomberg a fascist? NO, just a delusional mayor if he said his army of officers can shoot down an enemy aircraft....they are not even close to being allowed to shoot anything down. But good he is protecting our citizens. A very hard job when there are lots of pacifist folks wanting to get rid of the Patriot Act, and would have terrorists running through our neighborhoods rather than fighting them where they establish their infrastructure abroad.

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from tom warner wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Dave: One would find it hard to argue with most of your observations. As an official old fart, I could add many more, but what would be the point? The present political circus is downright surreal and extremely discouraging, although I have always had the feeling that the inmates were in charge right along. These just seem to be worse than usual. Just to reestablish my credentials as the usual know it all, the snake you saw was a Western Diamondback. Eastern's only inhabit the Atlantic coastal plain and so live far from Texas. Sorry to say that I do not share your view of serpents. I like all things wild.I do not watch or listen to most political commentators since I need to maintain my mental health. May the New Year be kinder to you all!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Lets shoot down a plane over New York City?

Plane is still going to hit town and that ordnance sent up in the air, has to come down someplace!

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from nc30-06 wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Lets all hope ( I really hate using that word ), for a better time of it all around, starting with getting rid of Hussein Obama. Also, up with growing balls, down with "political correctness" and idiots who live by it, up with logic and common sense, ( something that has been missing for a very long time ), up with the Constitution, the military, and faith. Oh, and up with new guns, and old favorites.

Happy New Year to all.

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from davidpetzal wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

To Tom Warner: I was told at the time that it was an Eastern diamondback, buy you are quite correct; it is a Western diamondback. The Eastern variety lives only as far west as Louisiana.

To Country Road: As I've said before, no one with an ounce of self-respect would run for President in today's America. This includes me.

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from Dewline wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Well said Dave, The best to all who enter here, and here's hoping for a better 2012.

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from Zermoid wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

God Bless us all in the coming year. (we need it!)

Keep on Guard friends, if Obummer wins re-election it will only get worse by an exponential factor......

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from Subzero wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

What does it say for the people of New York city that they would elect dictator bloomberg anyway?

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

The amazing thing is that Maddow,or Mad Cow as I've seen, has a Ph.D. Obviously, her education was wasted. On to 2012.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

The amazing thing is that Maddow,or Mad Cow as I've seen, has a Ph.D. Obviously, her education was wasted. On to 2012.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Had beers with a Navy SEAL last night. We are in good hands... Maybe the Armed Forces should over throw Congress?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

David,

All those rattlemoccasins look the same with a BF Goodrich T/A Radial tire track across them.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Ditto on West Pointers. Once upon a time when I was a whippersnapper myself, I thought all those Butter Bars were about as useful as teats on a boar. After going to West Point on a temporary duty assignment and giving a spec ops/recon briefing to upperclassmen, I realized that these guys were the real deal. They just needed a little time to mature. They probably did it in 4 years; took me way longer. I have known more than a few USNA grads and the same can be said, perhaps excepting one James Carter....

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from keithjoyner wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

If you think you're vote doesn't count, look at the results of the 2008 election. Study the issues. Examine what the candidates have DONE (not SAID). Then VOTE with wisdom, not emotion and feelings. We deserve the leaders we vote for!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

buckhunter

“We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
-Abraham Lincoln

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

PS

Besides, those on Capital Hill wouldn't do it, they rely to much on insider trading. How do you think they make all that money!

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from WesMontez wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

DP: You've got to give up this futile hope in the "guvment." Government is the problem not the solution. All you can do now is hope some people from outside the government (people that cannot be bought or sold) come along to negotiate with the government for our rights like M. Ghandi and M.L. King back in the day.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

buckhunter:
A "Seven Days in May" scenario would be the worst solution. Military rule would be a disaster. Look at the results everywhere its been tried. Not a great track record. It sounds like a great way to clean the slate but would destroy our constitutional government. I choose to stand with the vision of the Founding Fathers, instead.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Ruck, My statement is intended to convey the need for men in Congress with the character of a Navy SEAL or WP Grad.

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from duckcreekdick wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Your "positive note" suggests to me you need to spend more time out of the city and beltway and into the country where old fashioned values and love of country are still very much in vogue. At least they are here in N.E. Colorado.

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from etexan wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Dave,

The eastern diamondbacks are really big.

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from O Garcia wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

remember that in 1996, Slick Willie was facing an opposition Congress and was already involved in a few controversies, yet still won because the GOP had no strong candidate. Yup, Barack Obama could win a 2nd term.

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from O Garcia wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

The plastic gun thing only proves that a lot of people believed everything they saw/heard in "Die Hard 2"

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from Longhunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

I agree with all of the opinions sans one. Running over a rattlesnake, seriously? Can we have a little more respect for a few other animals besides the animals we hunt? Or are we really going to be the knuckle- dragging neanderthals that the animal rights zealots say that we are? If it was in your blind fine, but going out of your way to kill one is just plain wrong.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

buckhunter:
Sorry, I must have misunderstood. Agree with your response to my earlier post.

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from davidpetzal wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

To Wes Montez: I have no faith in the government. Haven't had for many years.

To DuckCreekDick: I spend a lot of time in rural parts of America, but the problem is that most of the people live in the cities and suburbs, not on farms and ranches.

To Longhunter: The anti-hunting zealots are going to despise us no matter what. And it would not have been going out of our way go end its career; it was right out there in the road. In any event, Rule Number 3 of the Code of the West is "Kill every snake you see." This goes back to before barbed wire, and there's a good reason for it.

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from Del in KS wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Longhunter, My guess is you have yet to lose a good hunting dog to a diamondback. My family has lost several and will continue to kill them when we can.
Dave is absolutely right on about snakes. The Eastern is the biggest rattler and grows to huge proportions in Florida. One good thing about wild hogs is they do kill and eat rattlers.

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from Longhunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

While I agree that anti-hunting groups are going to hate us no matter what I don't think that we will make a lot of new friends among those who don't hunt if we shoot every snake that we see. A good rattlesnake is a dead one just does not sit well with me so I respectfully disagree.

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from O Garcia wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Del,
one of the cool facts about pigs, they have some resistance to snake venom, depending on the toxicity and efficiency of the venom's delivery, of course. but in general, pigs shrug it off.

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from Tim Platt wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

It is against the law to kill snakes in Tennessee for some strange reason. From what I've seen it doesn't stop many people...

Mayor Bloomberg made the front page of our Nashville paper last week when a Tennessee lady tried to check her pistol at the 9/11 memorial. She faces a minimum of 3 1/2 years in prison. He said he didn't know why everyone in the world didn't know the gun laws in NYC. I guess he thinks the world revolves around the big apple. I respectfully disagree.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

David, truthly, is our America that bad to find distain to those who run for leadership roles in our government? WE as a FREE PEOPLE become only a refection of those in control; or does personal responsibilty end at the Beltway? Are not all forms of "grass roots" movements the beginnings of many a young government? Maybe history is ripe for repeating itself? Either way, our life here isn't all that bad, and at least we live in a country with freedom to VOTE and HELP make a CHANGE.
TO ALL: Have a GREAT and PROSPEROUS 2012!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Longhunter,

Where do you live and/or grow up? Not a trick question. It probably has everything to do with your outlook on snakes. Either way, I understand and respect your opinion, not that I agree.

WAM

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from Longhunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

WAM Thats a fair question. I live in Northwest IN. and as you have correctly surmised, rattlesnakes are not at all common here although they do exist in small numbers. Not all snakes are pit vipers of course, and some do some valuable service in the area of rodent control. If the number of rattlesnakes were a safety issue then I have no problem at all with decresing their numbers. I just believe that haveing some rattlesnakes around or any other undesirable animal wolves, bears whatever makes being in the outdoors a bit more interesting for me. Certainly, there is a place in the world for rattlesnakes as well.

This opinion is, of course, a personal belief. Though are viewpoints differ I respect your opinion as well.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Longhunter,

I don't have venomous snakes where I currently live, but I grew up where there were plenty and don't care to have them around. We have agreed to disagree on this one!

WAM

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from Longhunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

WAM Agreed! The best thing about participating on this site is to hear the diverse opinions of other hunters. At least we are able to communicate like adults without getting angry. Ever try debating with a tree or bunnie hugger sometime? You would think that you were Satan or worse. The biggest effort in futility ever. It's downright painful ugh!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

I have been accused of being less than civil myself, but I have renewed my New Year's Resolution to be more patient and less abrasive with the young 'uns and buffoons who occasionally stumble onto the blog! Just ask 'Hoski' if I'm doing OK. LOL!

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from blackjac wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Thought for today.....remember this in November 2012!

In the USA, only 40% of the public vote and 100% BITCH!!

Time to wake up friends! The "O" man could well do it again....his followers will "vote early and often"!!!!!

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from MReeder wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

Just wanted to assure Longhunter that our population of western diamond rattlesnakes down here in Texas seems to be hanging on just fine, even in the midst of all us "knuckle-dragging neanderthals."
I don't have any problem with co-existence if that means not turning over every rock looking for every snake, and I'm well aware that poisonous snakes have a place in the eco-system, just like mosquitos must have (although I've yet to figure that one out.) But unless the rules say otherwise, when I see a rattlesnake, I kill it. I don't want to pass on the chance to kill something that might kill someone else's child or bird dog because I didn't act. I've known some folks that have lost both, and that drains your sympathy for rattlers pretty dry. That's the code of the west DP's referring to in his post.
Incidentally, our coyote population is doing just fine, too, even though our governor did take that one out that threatened his dog. Unlike some politicians who claim to be hunters even though they've never bought a license or who claim to support gun rights even though they have a record of opposing them, our govenor was a shooter and hunter before he ever ran for office. That used to count for something, just like actions used to speak louder than words. One more reason to lament this rotten age.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

I say, if you are not a member yet; JOIN the NRA, give as much time as you can to local charity(both time and $$)and Pray fo peace in the World. Oh, and buy US made goods when possible. THEN we can see how 2012 plays out!

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from Tim Platt wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

It is against the law to kill snakes in Tennessee for some strange reason. From what I've seen it doesn't stop many people...

Mayor Bloomberg made the front page of our Nashville paper last week when a Tennessee lady tried to check her pistol at the 9/11 memorial. She faces a minimum of 3 1/2 years in prison. He said he didn't know why everyone in the world didn't know the gun laws in NYC. I guess he thinks the world revolves around the big apple. I respectfully disagree.

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from Longhunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

WAM Thats a fair question. I live in Northwest IN. and as you have correctly surmised, rattlesnakes are not at all common here although they do exist in small numbers. Not all snakes are pit vipers of course, and some do some valuable service in the area of rodent control. If the number of rattlesnakes were a safety issue then I have no problem at all with decresing their numbers. I just believe that haveing some rattlesnakes around or any other undesirable animal wolves, bears whatever makes being in the outdoors a bit more interesting for me. Certainly, there is a place in the world for rattlesnakes as well.

This opinion is, of course, a personal belief. Though are viewpoints differ I respect your opinion as well.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Infidel: (BlackOps Precision Translation- Revised)

1. Any well trained, God fearing patriotic and contributory American Citizen that says little and stands hard against those that target the United States. An Infidel will also not hesitate to protect the sheepish, complacent population of the United States that chooses to believe that a well armed society is unnecessary.

We are out here and we are watching!

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from tom warner wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Dave: One would find it hard to argue with most of your observations. As an official old fart, I could add many more, but what would be the point? The present political circus is downright surreal and extremely discouraging, although I have always had the feeling that the inmates were in charge right along. These just seem to be worse than usual. Just to reestablish my credentials as the usual know it all, the snake you saw was a Western Diamondback. Eastern's only inhabit the Atlantic coastal plain and so live far from Texas. Sorry to say that I do not share your view of serpents. I like all things wild.I do not watch or listen to most political commentators since I need to maintain my mental health. May the New Year be kinder to you all!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

buckhunter

“We the People are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
-Abraham Lincoln

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from AlaskanExile wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Copper and Lead are going to become the "New Gold", my prediction.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Lets shoot down a plane over New York City?

Plane is still going to hit town and that ordnance sent up in the air, has to come down someplace!

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from davidpetzal wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

To Tom Warner: I was told at the time that it was an Eastern diamondback, buy you are quite correct; it is a Western diamondback. The Eastern variety lives only as far west as Louisiana.

To Country Road: As I've said before, no one with an ounce of self-respect would run for President in today's America. This includes me.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

buckhunter:
A "Seven Days in May" scenario would be the worst solution. Military rule would be a disaster. Look at the results everywhere its been tried. Not a great track record. It sounds like a great way to clean the slate but would destroy our constitutional government. I choose to stand with the vision of the Founding Fathers, instead.

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from Longhunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

While I agree that anti-hunting groups are going to hate us no matter what I don't think that we will make a lot of new friends among those who don't hunt if we shoot every snake that we see. A good rattlesnake is a dead one just does not sit well with me so I respectfully disagree.

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from Frosty24-7 wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Another good note to end on Dave is your "Project for 2012". We all just need to take the time to add adults and kids to our ranks, show them how much fun they can have shooting, plinking and hunting. Then, despite the political stupidity, this country might still have a fighting chance!! Brownells has a nice column right now along the same lines...

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

I am convinced that we will suffer through another 5 years of the Capon in Chief. With the current crop of GOP candidates, what else is possible? Hopefully, some prosperity and common sense will return with a Republican Congress, but I'm not holding my breath on that one either.

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from Charlie Nichols wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Thanks for the uplifting affirmation of the Sum of My Fears for 2012! You have, to the best of my projections, hit the proverbial nail on the head. I just hope the GOP doesn't think Chris Christi is really pro-gun in the next primary of 2016--provided this great country can hold together that long--but then there are the great folks in our nation's military as you so succienctly pointed out. Now just how in Hades did we get here? Maybe we just need more men to grow balls that don't have BASE, BASKET, or FOOT before them!

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from Mark-1 wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

I too see Michael Bloomberg as a fascist. That man and his minions have no use for the democratic process. He taints all New York.

2012 I think will see a huge political shift. Look at all the Old Guard Congressionals retiring. I bet there will be another large Old Guard group being tossed out after the elections.

I’d like to see an end to the PC nonsense. The country’s forgotten how to handle thugs.

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from keithjoyner wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

If you think you're vote doesn't count, look at the results of the 2008 election. Study the issues. Examine what the candidates have DONE (not SAID). Then VOTE with wisdom, not emotion and feelings. We deserve the leaders we vote for!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

PS

Besides, those on Capital Hill wouldn't do it, they rely to much on insider trading. How do you think they make all that money!

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from WesMontez wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

DP: You've got to give up this futile hope in the "guvment." Government is the problem not the solution. All you can do now is hope some people from outside the government (people that cannot be bought or sold) come along to negotiate with the government for our rights like M. Ghandi and M.L. King back in the day.

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from Longhunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

I agree with all of the opinions sans one. Running over a rattlesnake, seriously? Can we have a little more respect for a few other animals besides the animals we hunt? Or are we really going to be the knuckle- dragging neanderthals that the animal rights zealots say that we are? If it was in your blind fine, but going out of your way to kill one is just plain wrong.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

David, truthly, is our America that bad to find distain to those who run for leadership roles in our government? WE as a FREE PEOPLE become only a refection of those in control; or does personal responsibilty end at the Beltway? Are not all forms of "grass roots" movements the beginnings of many a young government? Maybe history is ripe for repeating itself? Either way, our life here isn't all that bad, and at least we live in a country with freedom to VOTE and HELP make a CHANGE.
TO ALL: Have a GREAT and PROSPEROUS 2012!

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from NHshtr wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Usually I don't get excited about going into a new year, especially at my age. They just go by too fast. Someone once said, "A lifetime is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer to the end you get, the faster it goes."

But since this year has been a bummer for so many, let's get on with a new one where there may be more fun ahead.

BTW, that TSA agent was at McCarren Airport in Vegas. Logan has it's own infamous TSA agents, but not the one you cited.

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from country road wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Dave, are you sure you wouldn't like to become the front running Republican candidate?

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from dickgun wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

DP,
I believe that you and I are about the same age, tho I might be a bit older. Your comments so closely track my thoughts about our world that it must be true. Our problem is very like turning a 1000' oil tanker in a couple miles to avoid a wreck. It may not happen when the speed and tonnage reaches 'critical mass.'
I hope we can do it.
Meantime, all best to all who read for a safe and joyous New Year and don't renig in 12.

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from Dewline wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Well said Dave, The best to all who enter here, and here's hoping for a better 2012.

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from Subzero wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

What does it say for the people of New York city that they would elect dictator bloomberg anyway?

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Ditto on West Pointers. Once upon a time when I was a whippersnapper myself, I thought all those Butter Bars were about as useful as teats on a boar. After going to West Point on a temporary duty assignment and giving a spec ops/recon briefing to upperclassmen, I realized that these guys were the real deal. They just needed a little time to mature. They probably did it in 4 years; took me way longer. I have known more than a few USNA grads and the same can be said, perhaps excepting one James Carter....

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from davidpetzal wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

To Wes Montez: I have no faith in the government. Haven't had for many years.

To DuckCreekDick: I spend a lot of time in rural parts of America, but the problem is that most of the people live in the cities and suburbs, not on farms and ranches.

To Longhunter: The anti-hunting zealots are going to despise us no matter what. And it would not have been going out of our way go end its career; it was right out there in the road. In any event, Rule Number 3 of the Code of the West is "Kill every snake you see." This goes back to before barbed wire, and there's a good reason for it.

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from Del in KS wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Longhunter, My guess is you have yet to lose a good hunting dog to a diamondback. My family has lost several and will continue to kill them when we can.
Dave is absolutely right on about snakes. The Eastern is the biggest rattler and grows to huge proportions in Florida. One good thing about wild hogs is they do kill and eat rattlers.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Longhunter,

Where do you live and/or grow up? Not a trick question. It probably has everything to do with your outlook on snakes. Either way, I understand and respect your opinion, not that I agree.

WAM

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from firedog11 wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Some positives for all I consistently meet young people in all branches of business and government that truly work hard and believe in self sacrifice and humility. Now if we can just work on the other 50%. Now a word to all if you haven't been paying attention you all need to contact your Rep or Sen and voice opposition to two bills concerning the internet. One is the IP bill and the other is SOPA. Both will enable the attorney general of the US to shutdown any website based on 1! complaint without any sort of hearing etc. So if so called Miss Maddow felt that this site was causing her problems one call to the AG office and bye bye Gun Nuts. If we see four more years of President Jughead and the doofus gang then you can imagine what will happen.

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from nc30-06 wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Lets all hope ( I really hate using that word ), for a better time of it all around, starting with getting rid of Hussein Obama. Also, up with growing balls, down with "political correctness" and idiots who live by it, up with logic and common sense, ( something that has been missing for a very long time ), up with the Constitution, the military, and faith. Oh, and up with new guns, and old favorites.

Happy New Year to all.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

The amazing thing is that Maddow,or Mad Cow as I've seen, has a Ph.D. Obviously, her education was wasted. On to 2012.

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

The amazing thing is that Maddow,or Mad Cow as I've seen, has a Ph.D. Obviously, her education was wasted. On to 2012.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

David,

All those rattlemoccasins look the same with a BF Goodrich T/A Radial tire track across them.

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from duckcreekdick wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Your "positive note" suggests to me you need to spend more time out of the city and beltway and into the country where old fashioned values and love of country are still very much in vogue. At least they are here in N.E. Colorado.

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from etexan wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Dave,

The eastern diamondbacks are really big.

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from O Garcia wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

remember that in 1996, Slick Willie was facing an opposition Congress and was already involved in a few controversies, yet still won because the GOP had no strong candidate. Yup, Barack Obama could win a 2nd term.

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from O Garcia wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

The plastic gun thing only proves that a lot of people believed everything they saw/heard in "Die Hard 2"

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from Ruckweiler wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

buckhunter:
Sorry, I must have misunderstood. Agree with your response to my earlier post.

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from O Garcia wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Del,
one of the cool facts about pigs, they have some resistance to snake venom, depending on the toxicity and efficiency of the venom's delivery, of course. but in general, pigs shrug it off.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Longhunter,

I don't have venomous snakes where I currently live, but I grew up where there were plenty and don't care to have them around. We have agreed to disagree on this one!

WAM

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from Longhunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

WAM Agreed! The best thing about participating on this site is to hear the diverse opinions of other hunters. At least we are able to communicate like adults without getting angry. Ever try debating with a tree or bunnie hugger sometime? You would think that you were Satan or worse. The biggest effort in futility ever. It's downright painful ugh!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

I have been accused of being less than civil myself, but I have renewed my New Year's Resolution to be more patient and less abrasive with the young 'uns and buffoons who occasionally stumble onto the blog! Just ask 'Hoski' if I'm doing OK. LOL!

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from blackjac wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Thought for today.....remember this in November 2012!

In the USA, only 40% of the public vote and 100% BITCH!!

Time to wake up friends! The "O" man could well do it again....his followers will "vote early and often"!!!!!

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from MReeder wrote 2 years 12 weeks ago

Just wanted to assure Longhunter that our population of western diamond rattlesnakes down here in Texas seems to be hanging on just fine, even in the midst of all us "knuckle-dragging neanderthals."
I don't have any problem with co-existence if that means not turning over every rock looking for every snake, and I'm well aware that poisonous snakes have a place in the eco-system, just like mosquitos must have (although I've yet to figure that one out.) But unless the rules say otherwise, when I see a rattlesnake, I kill it. I don't want to pass on the chance to kill something that might kill someone else's child or bird dog because I didn't act. I've known some folks that have lost both, and that drains your sympathy for rattlers pretty dry. That's the code of the west DP's referring to in his post.
Incidentally, our coyote population is doing just fine, too, even though our governor did take that one out that threatened his dog. Unlike some politicians who claim to be hunters even though they've never bought a license or who claim to support gun rights even though they have a record of opposing them, our govenor was a shooter and hunter before he ever ran for office. That used to count for something, just like actions used to speak louder than words. One more reason to lament this rotten age.

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from Zermoid wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

God Bless us all in the coming year. (we need it!)

Keep on Guard friends, if Obummer wins re-election it will only get worse by an exponential factor......

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Had beers with a Navy SEAL last night. We are in good hands... Maybe the Armed Forces should over throw Congress?

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Ruck, My statement is intended to convey the need for men in Congress with the character of a Navy SEAL or WP Grad.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Bloomberg a fascist? NO, just a delusional mayor if he said his army of officers can shoot down an enemy aircraft....they are not even close to being allowed to shoot anything down. But good he is protecting our citizens. A very hard job when there are lots of pacifist folks wanting to get rid of the Patriot Act, and would have terrorists running through our neighborhoods rather than fighting them where they establish their infrastructure abroad.

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