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  • Pistols for Defense against Bears? Failures are Rare

    01/19/2018 4:31:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 66 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 January, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    While discussing bear attacks, a consistent refrain is that pistols are useless as a way to defend yourself against bears.  In discussion groups, nay sayers claim that pistols are difficult to use, of insufficient power, and there are numerous instances where people who attempted to use pistols to defend against bears are badly mauled. I have read of numerous cases where people used pistols to successfully defend against bears, so I asked one poster to give some examples where pistol defenses failed. The exchange occurred on “Actually, there are legions of people who have been badly mauled after...
  • Massachusetts Dog Attack Shows need for Home Carry

    01/11/2018 5:26:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 January, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Image A father in Massachusetts was horrified when the family pet pit bull attacked his one year old daughter. He initially retrieved a pistol to shoot the dog, but the pistol was unloaded.  Firearms stored in the home are required to be locked up in Massachusetts. From The Boston Herald reports that according to Falmouth police the child was playing in the kitchen Sunday morning when the family pit-bull terrier attacked her, biting her in the face causing major trauma. The father tried to pull the dog off but couldn’t. Police said the father got a pistol...
  • MT: Bear Spray Failed, Rifles Worked on Halloween, 2015

    01/04/2018 5:09:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 Janary, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    I have not found any other reports of this attack and the defensive use of spray and firearms. This is not unusual. None of the people involved were injured, except for the exposure to bear spray, which did not incapacitate them. This story was published in on 27 December, 2017. The writer is Jake Purlee. Although not explicitly stated, a comment on Jake's facebook page says the the events recounted occurred two years ago in 2015. Jake and his friends were hunting elk and wolves. They encountered evidence of bears and decided to leave the area. The two...
  • Arizona: Mt. Lemon Bear Attack, Details from 1996

    12/22/2017 6:00:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 December, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Over 20 years ago in 1996, I was driving to Phoenix, Arizona to catch a flight to Wisconsin. I had the radio on. The news was reporting a horrific bear attack on Mount Lemon, near Tucson, Arizona. A teenage girl had been badly mauled by a bear, in her tent, as part of a 4-H outing.A camp counselor had accessed a handgun and shot the bear, driving it off. As the hours rolled along, the AP stories started getting vaguer and the story less heroic.  The Internet wasn't well developed in 1996. It took me several years to track...
  • Merry Christmas! Six of President Trump’s Greatest Wins for 2017

    12/22/2017 4:53:12 AM PST · by x1stcav · 5 replies
    Victory Girls Blog ^ | 12/22/17 | Jodi Giddings
    The Washington Examiner published a lengthy piece on President Trump’s accomplishments in his first eleven months in office. It’s a lengthy Nice List, and one that much of the liberal media and the Democrats—that’s redundant, I know—refuse to discuss. So what are the Best of the Best in my oh-so-humble opinion? Well, here are my Top Six Trump’s Greatest Wins for 2017: Trump: Winning! (Photo Credit: Denver Post) ISIS: Barack Obama spent years pretend-fighting ISIS, a product of his piss-poor foreign policy. Candidate Donald Trump promised to beat the hell out of them if elected. Well, promise kept. And his...
  • Conservative Group Gives Gardner ‘Enema Of The State’ Award

    12/21/2017 9:08:28 AM PST · by x1stcav · 28 replies
    Huffington post ^ | 12/18/17 | Jason Salzman
    U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) has been taking it pretty hard from all Coloradans, judging from his low approval ratings, and his conservative base isn’t giving him a pass when it comes to criticism either. In one recent Facebook post, for example, the North Jeffco Tea Party shared an image of an “Enema of the State” award that was apparently bestowed on Gardner by a vote at the Christmas Party of the Jeffco Liberty Party Coalition. The award, also given to Sen. John McCain of Arizona, was for Gardner’s “Conduct Unbecoming of a Conservative.” Gardner has also been under serious...
  • Former Soldiers Get Bail in Murder Case After 25 Years in Prison

    12/21/2017 8:31:31 AM PST · by x1stcav · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 12/21/17 | Kate Bruback
    More than 25 years after being locked away for a killing their lawyers say they didn't commit, three former soldiers are free on bail and preparing to go home to spend the holidays with their families. Mark Jason Jones, Kenneth Eric Gardiner and Dominic Brian Lucci were in their early 20s when they were convicted of murder in the Jan. 31, 1992, slaying of Stanley Jackson in Savannah, Georgia. Prosecutors said the crime was racially motivated. The three former soldiers are white, and Jackson was black. Calculate Pay Now. Find Out what Your Next Promotion Could be Worth Click Here!...
  • Hate-Heaping Desperado Dems Can Never Vanquish Christmas

    12/17/2017 11:16:15 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/17/17 | Judi McLeod
    The message of the Geese is “Keep Going!” “NEVER GIVE UP!” My favorite ‘Christmas Carol’ is the honking of geese flying overhead; my favorite because of innate assurance that the honking of the geese will remain long after Christmases past or present. How many times will the distinctive sound of the geese as I work return to remind me that worrisome as they may be, special counsel Robert Mueller, the filth of Hollywood, Barack Obama waiting in luxury and comfort to strike out at America from ‘Resistance Leader’ status, are, like all other earthly creatures, only passing things while in...
  • Don’t Count On A Utah Shale Boom

    12/05/2017 8:23:21 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 24 replies ^ | 12-04-2017 | Nick
    On Monday, President Trump announced his plan to shrink Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent, while also cutting Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by half, a move that could open up Utah to more oil and gas drilling. More than 90 percent of the Bears Ears territory is thought to overlap with oil, gas and coal reserves, according to Bloomberg. Last year, EOG Resources, a prominent shale producer that is well-known in other shale basins, such as the Permian, is one of the few companies chomping at the bit in Utah. Last year, the shale driller won an approval from...
  • WY: Fisherman uses Pistol to Defend Against Grizzly in Park

    12/05/2017 5:06:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 November, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On August 25, 2015, a 27 year old man was fishing in the Snake River about 3/4 of a mile downstream from the Jackson Lake Dam, in the Grand Teton National Park.  He heard a noise and turned to see three grizzly bears approaching him from behind, a sow and two cubs. The fisherman was carrying a pistol and bear spray. The sow stood on its hind legs. He fired a shot into the ground near the bear. The three bears then left the area. The angler said that the bear spray could not be used in the incident....
  • Hunter Accidentally Kills a Woman Walking Her Two Dogs

    Wednesday evening, 43-year-old Rosemary Billquist decided to take her two Labrador Retrievers, Sugar and Stella, on a walk in a field behind her western New York home. Little did she know that she would not be returning home. Shortly later, Rosemary's husband, Jamie, heard his dogs barking. When he went outside to see what the commotion was about, he was greeted by EMTs who were pulling into his driveway. One of the EMTs was also a family friend. "Jamie, we've got a gunshot wound," the friend said as he rushed into the field. The victim ended up being Rosemary. How...
  • Boys like girls. Girls like boys.

    11/10/2017 7:09:24 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 56 replies
    That's how it is in nature with regard to human beings. Generally speaking, opposite sexes attract. It's how nature intended. Also, a vital factor in perpetuating the species.
  • Looking for Sports Afield September-October 2012 125th Anniversary Edition quote

    11/04/2017 9:12:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 November, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    I am looking for help from someone who has access to the September-October 2012 edition of Sports Afield magazine. It is the 125th Anniversary edition. I am looking to confirm a quote from BYU professor Tom Smith. It is probably in the "Hunt Safely in Grizzly Country" article, but I do not have a page number. The quote is:  "If I'm actually out hunting and I have a gun in my hands a suddenly a bear comes at me--do you think I'm going to lay the gun down and pick up bear spray? Are you out of your mind?"...
  • Deal: Purina to invest in new Georgia facility, creating up to 240 jobs

    09/27/2017 9:45:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Athens Banner-Herald ^ | September 27, 2017 | The Associated Press
    HARTWELL, Ga. | A pet care company is investing $320 million and will create as many as 240 new jobs in a manufacturing facility and distribution center in Georgia’s Hart County. Gov. Nathan Deal announced Nestlé Purina PetCare Co.’s plans Wednesday. Purina’s vice president of manufacturing, John Bear, in a statement said the Hartwell site is “an excellent location” for the company’s first new U.S. factory in 20 years.....
  • What new Fox Sports analyst Michael Vick really did

    09/27/2017 12:09:11 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 55 replies
    Chicago ^ | Sep 5, 2017
    What new Fox Sports analyst Michael Vick really did Leave a comment By Friendly Curmudgeon, September 5, 2017 at 12:43 pm Fox Sports announced August 27 that it has hired former NFL quarterback Michael Vick as a studio analyst for its NFL Kickoff program that immediately precedes NFL Sunday on the Fox network. The news release announcing the hire was hilarious in the way it avoided the elephant in the room; namely, Vick’s 2007 felony conviction for operating an illegal dog-fighting ring and subsequent year-and-a-half stint in federal prison. As mostly everyone knows, Vick was a successful quarterback for the...
  • Wounded warrior Johnny ‘Joey’ Jones: Dogs are being shamefully abused in VA labs. This must stop

    09/20/2017 5:33:21 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    FoxNews Opinion ^ | Sept 19, 2017 | Johnny "Joey" Jones
    snip... That’s why I am proud to join the majority of my fellow veterans and other Americans who support Congress’s bipartisan work to defund painful and inefficient dog experiments at the VA. This legislation is truly a light among the gloomy partisan clouds surrounding D.C. these days. With all of D.C.’s political gridlock, my dear friend and fellow double amputee and bomb technician Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., and other House members deserve applause for unanimously passing legislation this summer to prohibit taxpayer funding for questionable VA research that causes dogs significant pain and distress. [puppers act...
  • A Calf Named Irma

    09/12/2017 10:39:12 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/12/17 | Judi McLeod
    Hurricane Irma Florida House Call It was definitely in a “glad-I’m-still-here-to-see-for-myself” mood that Doug Bronson ventured outside early this morning to see what kind of damage Hurricane Irma left on his multi acre farm, near Haines City, Polk County, Florida. Doug, known fondly as “Dub” had spent Sunday at his house, hunkering down with neighbors and friends listening to the shrieking winds, house pounding and lashing rains of Hurricane Irma. He was pretty sure that his 45 KW, 30 HP diesel generator would keep the electricity running, and it did.
  • Dog Care Tips

    09/11/2017 10:38:19 AM PDT · by davidgreenberg · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/9/2017 | David Greenberg
    As everyone here knows, I hit the road last month with my dogs Kyrie and Rawley, to spend the summer in Michigan. Our 2,400-mile trip wasn’t without its challenges, many of them due to the fact that Kyrie, at 12 years old, is not handling stress the way she used to. In my column today for, I talk about the lessons I learned from our trip, and what dog-owners can do to make travel easier on senior pets: 1. Listen to your dogThe biggest mistake I made was thinking I could set a schedule to exercise, feed, walk and...
  • 23 Powerful Photos of Harvey Rescues This Week

    09/01/2017 4:25:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 31, 2017 | Kelsey Lucas
    The disaster in Texas brought out the best in us this week. These 24 moving photos prove it:
  • Chewy to expand in South Florida, hire 1,100 new employees

    08/16/2017 10:13:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The South Florida Business Journal ^ | August 4, 2017 | Debora Lima
    Chewy will create a customer service hub in Hollywood and hire 1,100 people, a move that will make the online pet product retailer the largest private employer in the city, it was learned today. Expected to be up and running by October or November, the new customer service outpost will be in the Hollywood Mall at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Park Road, according to Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy. “[1,100 new jobs] is huge, for any city,” Levy wrote in a Facebook post making the announcement. “I am very excited for the surrounding restaurants and businesses who will benefit...