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My Condolences To Thomas Massie

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks, 5 days ago

Massie is one of the very few good men in Congress.

Source.

Rhonda Massie, the wife of U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-KY, has died, the congressman announced Friday morning.

“Yesterday my high school sweetheart, the love of my life for over 35 years, the loving mother of our 4 children, the smartest kindest woman I ever knew, my beautiful and wise queen forever, Rhonda went to Heaven,” Massie wrote on social media.

“Thank you for your prayers for our family in this difficult time.”

I’m sorry.

The King’s Men Hunt The Royal Forests

BY Herschel Smith
3 weeks, 3 days ago

Outdoor Life.

An aerial program to remove predators from caribou calving grounds in Southwest Alaska has wrapped up its second year with a total of 81 brown bears and 14 wolves killed between May 10 and June 5, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced on June 14. The removals are intended to improve calf survival of the Mulchatna caribou herd, which has declined by about 94 percent since 1997.

This spring ADFG employees tracked caribou in the western half of the herd’s calving grounds while patrolling for evidence of predators chasing or actively feeding on caribou. The removal of the 95 total predators was conducted on state land only, according to officials, with efforts focused on an area of about 530 square miles. That’s half the size of the 2023 predator-control area, when 104 total predators were removed (94 brown bears, five black bears, and five wolves). The herd’s eastern calving grounds were not subject to predator removal this year, as officials plan to compare calf survival between the two regions.

No, don’t sell tags to let hunters cull the predator populations. Only the king’s men get to do it, you see. Because only the king’s men hunt the royal forests.

PSA Sued

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

James gives the rundown. I’ll just say this. I’m skeptical. For the time being, I’ll leave this in the category of “politics.”

Cornyn Has Seen the Light: He Will Now Fight for the Second Amendment

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 4 weeks ago

Source.

Forty-five Republicans U.S. senators filed a Congressional Review Act resolution to block a Biden administration Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives rule from being enforced that would require anyone who sells firearms to register as federal firearm licensees.

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Cornyn, who was booed at a Republican Party of Texas convention after he pushed through the bill, is now saying he will fight “this lawless rule tooth and nail to ensure the God-given right to keep and bear arms is preserved and this flagrant distortion of congressional intent of our landmark mental health and school safety law is struck down.”

Some Texas Republicans oppose Cornyn for any consideration as the next Senate majority leader, citing what they argue is his anti-Second Amendment stance, The Center Square reported.

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC, who did not join the CRA, but was a cosponsor of the bill being cited by the Biden administration to implement the rule, said it was “outrageous that the Biden Administration decided to take a good faith effort to curb the mental health crisis across our country and turn it into an unconstitutional attempt to restrict firearms from law-abiding American citizens. This overreach is exactly why Republicans don’t trust this Administration, and it will setback any attempt on future bipartisan legislation as long as President Biden is in office.”

Yeah right.

He’s a real 2A champion at the moment, isn’t he?

This CRA, whatever that is, can’t even garner the support of all of the republican senators, much less the majority it needs to prevent a presidential veto.

This is all carnival light and action show, fit for nothing more than electioneering. Cornyn and Tillis are both communists and knew this would happen. Now they get to blame the ATF for it in election season.

Georgiaboy61 explained it in more detail than I have patience for. I hate all of these controllers.

Prosecutors say they will not retry an Arizona rancher accused of murder near the US-Mexico border

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

Source.

Good. He should never have been charged to begin with.

That is enough said. Unless readers want to add more about out-of-control prosecutors playing political games to prove a point.

Rules are for little people

BY Herschel Smith
3 months, 3 weeks ago

You’re a little person. The rules always apply to you.

If you’re politically connected and believe in disarming the public, the rules don’t apply to you.

You’d Think His Opponent Would Be Ashamed To Get Up In Front Of People And Say Things Like That

BY Herschel Smith
4 months ago

The only reason his opponent advocates handing hard-earned money over to the Chamber of Commerce and doing their bidding is that he wants to fleece middle class taxpayers to fund his own constituency.

The representative is right. It’s called socialism, and it has never worked anywhere. By another name it’s theft.

Red Dots And Other Things Not Made In The U.S.

BY Herschel Smith
6 months, 3 weeks ago

This is a mildly interesting video, but I neither have heroes nor get involved in drama.  The most interesting part to me was this comment.

Hop is spot on about where the RD’s come from. I do have one caveat about the claim about the PCBs however. I’ve worked in the industry as a consultant and the number one question I was getting from CEOs and CMOs was how to make sure they stay legal with “Made in USA” and “Assembled in USA” regulations and how much in fines they can expect to pay when they violate them. And almost everyone violates them. In many countries, including the United States, there are strict regulations governing these labels. To be labeled as “Made in USA,” a product generally must be “all or virtually all” made in the United States. This means that a significant portion of the product’s total manufacturing costs must be incurred in the US, and the final assembly or processing of the product must also occur in the U.S. This is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission. The supply chain for everything is global and massive. You’d be shocked if I told you how few things are “honest to God” made here (that actually satisfy FTC compliance). The number of US-located CNC machines, the cornerstone of modern manufacturing, is such a tiny percentage of World’s CNC fleet that I immediately distrust the “Made in USA” certification of origin of some small part (and large parts too). I’m also highly skeptical when manufacturers claim that their PCBs are made here. We’d need to have 20-25x more PCB manufacturing plants for the amount of PCBs that are claimed to be “Made in the USA”. Don’t believe me? Just call up some of the PCB manufactures and try to get some quotes and lead time. You’ll quickly realize that your product will be ready in 2 years time and it will cost 2-3x what your C-suite is asking for. Even the F-35 contractors got into hot water when it was found that most of the PCBs that were “Made in the US” were actually Made in China. Even today, most of the multi-layer, high-speed/high-frequency, PCBs for F-35 are Made in China. A fact that everyone sweeps under the rug now.

This is honestly a very sad thing.  America lost its ability to do large steel construction long ago with the demise of that work in Pennsylvania, the ports in Virginia and a couple of places in Alabama. Thus, today we can no longer fabricate large sea-going vessels such as battleships or carriers. Even the reactor vessels for Catawba Nuclear Station were made in the Rotterdam shipyard.

Optical quality glass is obviously made now only in Germany and Japan.

I guess it’s the same for printed circuit boards. What a shame and a sham that we cannot make our own electronics. You can blame our rulers for that as they whored themselves after globalism.  The whole thing is ridiculous and it’s not only a sad commentary on our competitiveness, but national security as well.

I thought after the Covid scam Ford intended to start up manufacturing of PCBs in America? I don’t know how that’s going.

Are Animal-Rights Activists Hijacking Our Wildlife Commissions?

BY Herschel Smith
8 months, 2 weeks ago

Outdoor Life.

This week, as North America’s wildlife professionals gather in Louisville, Kentucky, for the annual meetings of The Wildlife Society, the question of who calls the shots in wildlife management will be a hot topic.

Last year’s Wildlife Society annual meeting, in Spokane, was defined by what some in the wildlife-management profession characterized as a takeover by animal-rights activists who generally feel left out of traditional wildlife management.

They’re not entirely wrong. Most state wildlife agencies are funded mainly by hunters, either through license sales or pass-through revenue from taxes on guns, bows, and ammunition. And while state fish and game departments have wide authority to manage butterflies, minnows, and songbirds, most manage primarily for catchable fish and huntable game.

The wildlife activists, who want state agencies to de-emphasize hunting and fishing in favor of more tolerance for carnivores and non-game species, are not politely asking to be included, as last year’s Wildlife Society meeting indicated. In many states, they’re using the political process to win gubernatorial appointments to fish and game commissions. Washington, where these animal-rights advocates now hold a majority of commission seats, has become the leading indicator of a transition away from agencies that cater mainly to hunters and anglers.

Colorado is quickly moving toward a similar model, with the recent appointment of three commissioners who represent constituents who may have never bought a hunting or fishing license.

I know someone from Colorado.  I can vouch for what he’s saying about Colorado hunting.

This is just great.  Now they’re coming for hunting!

All of you “We’re not voting our way out of this” guys may want to reconsider your position.  I have long said that politics is warfare, plain and simple, just done in another way.  If you don’t want to put in the effort to engage in the front lines of the warfare, when will you?

So, you may want to think about who your state is electing to the governor’s mansion.  It matters.  It matters to hunters and shooters.

You’ve Got A Lot Of Gall, Mister!

BY Herschel Smith
10 months, 3 weeks ago

After you are the one who orchestrated the nationwide shutdown, kept kids home from school, and marched that communist Fauci in front of the TV cameras for a year and failed to reign in the NIH and CDC.

And on top of that took the credit for rolling out an untested shot that causes blood clots and destroys the immune system. Yeah, you’ve got the nerve.


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