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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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Maine Should Prepare for a Wolf ESA Listing From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This is the opening paragraph from an article about the plans for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to remove gray wolves from protection under the Endangered Species Act nationwide, while at the same time list “subspecies” of wolves as endangered in regions, including the Northeast.

Portland OR – infoZine – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended removing federal protections from gray wolves that remain on the endangered species list after wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains and upper Midwest had their protections stripped last year. The move could be devastating to wolf recovery. Fish and Wildlife conceded it will still consider protection for subspecies or breeding populations (including Mexican gray wolves, a recognized subspecies) and for populations in the Pacific Northwest and Northeast; its recommendation came in a five-year review of the Endangered Species Act listing for gray wolves in the lower 48.

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Open Thread – March 3, 2012

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Byron Glacier Near Portage Lake in Alaska

The other day I posted a photo and map of the large Portage Glacier on the southern end of Portage Lake, Alaska. Below is another photograph of Byron Glacier, near the same Portage Lake. Byron Glacier can be found on the western side of Portage Lake further to the North from Portage Glacier as is shown and labeled on the Google Earth map shown below.


Photo by Al Remington


Map photo compliments of Google Earth

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