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Open Thread – March 7, 2012

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Stunning View Across Kachemak Bay, Alaska

I am told that from this view and perspective, Homer Spit is to the left and out of view.


Photo by Al Remington

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Presidential Candidates Talk Sportsmen’s Issues with USSA

(Columbus) –Like so many other states during the last 90 days, Ohio is now taking its turn as the center of the political storm. The Republican candidates for the White House are crisscrossing the Buckeye state to make their case to voters prior to tomorrow’s “Super Tuesday” primary.

This full court press, in the backyard of the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance’s national headquarters, provided staff leadership a chance to visit and have dialogue with the campaigns and candidates.

Today, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum agreed to sit down to talk about the most important issues facing sportsmen with USSA staff. Bud Pidgeon, USSA president and CEO; Rob Sexton, Senior Vice President; Doug Jeanneret, Vice President of Marketing; and Evan Heusinkveld, Director of State Services, spent 30 minutes with the presidential hopeful at an American Legion hall.

“I have spent my career fighting to preserve the 2nd Amendment and the traditions of the sportsman, and I will continue working to ensure these rights are never infringed upon,” said Sen. Santorum. “I have to admit though, that one of the best things about being on this campaign was the Iowa pheasant hunts – and the high point for me was watching my oldest son take his first pheasant.”

Prior to the meeting, the Santorum campaign provided information on his views on hunting and second amendment rights. Click here to read the Santorum document in its entirety. USSA will publish Sen. Santorum’s responses to questions asked by USSA leadership tomorrow on the organization’s website www.ussportsmen.org.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s campaign also provided information explaining his views on hunting and the second amendment. Click here to read the Romney document in its entirety.

Governor Romney recently addressed his feelings regarding our outdoor heritage during a campaign stop in Ohio on Feb. 29, 2012.

“My own view is, lets protect the second amendment, lets protect the right of Americans to bear arms, whether for hunting, for sportsmen, for personal protection, for whatever legal purpose someone might have,” said Romney.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance was pleased to have a discourse with both candidates.

“Given that one of these two men could very likely lead our country, it is vital for sportsmen to have every chance to learn more about where they stand on hunting, conservation and gun rights,” said Bud Pidgeon. “We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to visit, and will continue to provide information on the candidates whenever possible.”

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Open Thread – March 6, 2012

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Scientists find fungus that kills Lyme disease-carrying ticks

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Local scientists have found a way to control the ticks responsible for passing Lyme disease on to humans. A new natural pesticide, derived from a strain of fungus that is deadly to the black-legged tick could help keep tick populations under control.

Unlike some synthetic pesticides that can be dangerous for more than just ticks, the fungus does not harm honeybees, earthworms or other beneficial insects.<<<Read the entire article>>>

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NRA’s “Trigger the Vote” Campaign

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Fly Tying Contest to Highlight Fishing Expo

HMH Vises is sponsoring a Fly Tying Contest for all ages at the Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo scheduled for March 24 at The Bethel Inn Resort Conference Center in Bethel, Maine. An HMH Vise will be presented to the winners of the youth, 15 and unde,r age division, and the open age division of 16 and older. Tyers must tie either a Black Ghost or a Grey Ghost, two classic western Maine streamer flies. Contest preliminaries will be open from 9:30 am to 11 am and the finals from noon to 2 pm. Materials for the finals will be supplied by North Country Angler and Featherside Flies. Complete rules for the contest are available on line at www.westernmaineflyfishingexpo.com.

Along with the contest , the expo will feature 40 exhibitors, rod building and fly tying instruction, entomology seminars and fly casting techniques and strategies. Door prizes donated by the exhibitors will be awarded every hour. The Expo hours are 9:30 am to 4 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and free for juniors 15 and under.

For information contact the Upper Andro Anglers Alliance at 207-824-3694. On line information is available at www.westernmaineflyfishingexpo.com.

For a copy of contest rules (pdf) click this link.

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Ronnie Milsap Sings “My Life”

The link to this video was sent to me by Robert Fanning, GOP candidate for governor of Montana. Thank you! Great message, powerful and moving.

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Ted Nugent Endorses Mitt Romney

*Editor’s Note* The posting of this information is not an indication that I or anyone associated with the web site endorses the candidate Mitt Romney. This is being made available for the readers as information.

After much soul searching and due diligent research, I endorse Governor Mitt Romney to be the GOP nominee for president because I believe he is the best man to chart a course for renewed America prosperity.

I respect, admire and applaud all four candidates, but endorse Mitt.

Good government always begins with good people. Governor Romney is a good man, a self-made man, an independent man, a smart man. My kind of guy, a real all-American MotorCity Madman sans ponytail.

We live in brutal economic times. Tough times require tough people willing to make even tougher decisions. I only support tough, creative, smart and bold people, and Governor Romney is just the man America needs right now for these turbulent times and the even tougher times in front of us.

Too many Americans are unemployed and under-employed. Putting America back to work and restoring America’s economy is job #1. Governor Romney has the hands-on private sector experience that is critical to understanding how to ignite our economy and put Americans back to work. President Obama has no private sector experience and we have a stagnant, sinking economy to prove it.

Governor Romney knows that one of the key economic anchors drowning our economy is that we have too much government that consumes too much of our GDP. He knows the path to prosperity is not lined with more government, more bureaucracy, more borrowing and spending, more mountains of unsustainable debt, and more fiscal insanity such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac who amazingly are still making bad loans.

He understands the way forward is not more of the same disastrous policies and tremendously expensive programs that have pushed America to the brink of economic collapse. Under a Romney presidency, America will chart a much different course that begins with much less spending, lower taxes, and more accountability.

Governor Romney understands how the voluminous stacks of burdensome federal government regulations are suffocating the free market. Bureaucratic, anti-job regulations will become immediately extinct when Governor Romney becomes President Romney. The days of irresponsible, costly, unaccountable government will soon be a thing of the past.

Restoring basic fiscal sanity in a system that is addicted to irresponsible spending begins with banning earmarks across the board. President Romney will work to get the president line-item veto power and work to get a Balanced Budget Amendment.

Businesses will once again feel secure in investing and expanding their operations with a pro-business Romney Administration. If you want a job and a brighter future, Governor Romney is clearly the best choice to occupy the White House.

While becoming energy independent is difficult and will take time, President Romney will begin this journey by implementing a pragmatic energy policy that includes nuclear power, a Keystone pipeline, more off-shore drilling, and other real energy innovation and research and development.

As a tried and true conservationist, I know a President Romney will place the interests of the hunting and fishing community first and foremost over the current animal right’s terrorists infesting our government agencies. There will be zero pandering or tolerance of radical, leftist, clown-brigade environmentalists in a Romney White House.

Governor Romney is strong on national defense. Though a peaceful man, he knows that lasting peace is ultimately achieved through a position of strength. There will be no time tables to withdraw our warriors from the battlefield, only timetables for victory which will be established by our warriors.

There will be no apologizing for America to the international community by a President Romney, only praise for our freedom, our warriors, our culture, and our values. America will once again be respected on the international stage with President Romney at the helm.

During my heart to heart talk with the good Governor, I am convinced he better understands the inescapable truism of a God given individual right to keep and bear arms. No re-interpretation necessary.

There are stark and clear differences between Governor Romney and President Obama. This is good. Governor Romney believes the engine of America is the free market while President Obama believes in punishing the producers of the free market and growing an even larger federal government and legions of soulless dependents.

Governor Romney is clearly the best man for the job at hand. To restate President Reagan’s campaign theme of 1984, it will once again be morning in America with Mitt Romney in the White House.

Let’s rock, America.

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Open Thread – March 5, 2012

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