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General Comments / BETSY ROSS
« Last post by Dave Price on August 03, 2019, 06:27:49 AM »

She was a Quaker (she didn't own slaves).

She married a man her family disapproved of. So they disowned her.

She learned a trade. Upholstery.

She and her husband opened a store.

Then war broke out and her husband left to fight for the colonies. He died in battle.

She kept the store running by making regimental flags for the war effort. She married again.

This time to a man who was fighting the British by sea. He also died.

She kept sewing and running the store. Her home was taken over by the British when they occupied Philadelphia.

She was a patriot.

She lost two husbands to the war and at that time in history, she learned a trade and was able to take care of herself and her children.

So that flag represents the birth of our country and in the case of Ross, early feminism!!

She's a female icon!!

This flag has nothing to do with slavery.

Nike made the wrong move. Again.

And Kaepernick is still an ignorant asshole.   :roflmao:
Predator Hunting / Re: Coyote hunting according to me!
« Last post by Cochise on July 14, 2019, 05:42:12 PM »
I've hunted the coyote a long time. There's not a creature out there that I have come across that has learned the respect that I've got for the coyote. To this day I often find myself being tested by this creature. Rather it's the coyote as a whole, or it's one or two different coyotes that make me really think hard on how some way I can bring them in. I myself like being tested. By being tested you learn to be a better hunter. You learn to be humbled. That's no doubt! In order to continue to being successful you got to adapt to the coyote and its ways. You got to know what a coyote or coyotes in general fears. You got to find ways to avoid those fears. That my friends is one of the biggest factors you must consider when hunting coyotes. Try to find ways to let them feel safe. Don't present them with things that they have already come to fear. You must learn to keep it real to them. You are not going to be very successful by treating them like they are stupid. Your just going to bring in dumb coyotes. When you step into a coyotes terrain. You are entering its home. The area for which it has learn to survive. The coyote knows the food that's available to it. The coyote knows where to find it. You got to learn how to use the coyotes terrain to your advantage. The coyote knows its home range pretty darn good. The experienced coyote is going to want to use cover when coming in to you. Always try to give it to them. There are those coyotes that don't use cover. They just come in a little at a time and checked their surroundings really good. Those are the hard ones. But if you give a coyote cover. Chances are good that they are going to use it. When choosing a stand. It's not only important what they hear, or see. It can be important where that distress is coming from. You got to be willing to consider how a coyote thinks and how they do things in order to survive. It's one thing a coyote wants to do. It wants to survive. One thing that I've come to know about the coyote. They may have a lot in common, but there's no two alike. So you can't hunt them all the same. There's always those outsiders to consider also.
General Comments / Re: Jokes
« Last post by JohnP on June 10, 2019, 10:36:26 AM »
Parade in Washington celebrating Pelosi

An associate of Nancy Pelosi told her she had a fantastic dream the other night.
There was a humongous parade in  Washington celebrating Pelosi.
Millions lined the parade route, cheering when  Nancy went past. 
It was the biggest celebration  Washington had ever seen.
Nancy was very impressed and said, "That's really great! 
By the way, how did I look in your dream?  Was my hair OK?

She replied; "I couldn't tell, the casket was closed".

God Bless  America !!!!!
General Comments / Re: Today in history.
« Last post by JohnP on June 04, 2019, 01:42:27 PM »
The Battle of Midway begins

On this day in 1942, Japanese Admiral Chuichi Nagumo, commander of the fleet that attacked Pearl Harbor, launches a raid on Midway Island with almost the entirety of the Japanese navy.

As part of a strategy to widen its sphere of influence and conquest, the Japanese set their sights on an island group in the central Pacific, Midway, as well as the Aleutians, off the coast of Alaska. They were also hoping to draw the badly wounded U.S. navy into a battle, determined to finish it off.

The American naval forces were depleted: The damaged carrier Yorktown had to be repaired in a mere three days, to be used along with the Enterprise and Hornet, all that was left in the way of aircraft carriers after the bombing at Pearl Harbor.

On the morning of June 4, Admiral Nagumo launched his first strike with 108 aircraft, and did significant damage to U.S. installations at Midway. The Americans struck back time and again at Japanese ships, but accomplished little real damage, losing 65 of their own aircraft in their initial attempts. But Nagumo underestimated the tenacity of both Admiral Chester Nimitz and Admiral Raymond Spruance, commanders of the American forces. He also miscalculated tactically by ordering a second wave of bombers to finish off what he thought was only a remnant of American resistance (the U.S. forces had been able to conceal their position because of reconnaissance that anticipated the Midway strike) before his first wave had sufficient opportunity to rearm.

A fifth major engagement by 55 U.S. dive-bombers took full advantage of Nagumo’s confused strategy, and sunk three of the four Japanese carriers, all cluttered with aircraft and fuel trying to launch another attack against what they now realized—too late—was a much larger American naval force than expected. A fourth Japanese carrier, the Hiryu was crippled, but not before its aircraft finished off the noble American Yorktown.

The attack on Midway was an unmitigated disaster for the Japanese, resulting in the loss of 322 aircraft and 3,500 men. They were forced to withdraw from the area before attempting even a landing on the island they sought to conquer.
Predator Hunting / Re: Coyote hunting according to me!
« Last post by Cochise on May 27, 2019, 12:41:10 PM »
Getting winded is a big concern for most predator hunters. I don't believe it's a big of a deal that most folks make it out to be. I've have had many coyotes come in when wind should of been a factor. Sometimes I've watched them come in, and others I didn't know that they were there until I stood up and looked behind me. A lot of these coyotes were far from pups. If getting winded is such a big deal. then why wasn't wind a factor during these times? I do know that when I make enough mistakes in an area. Coyotes can learn to fear my scent. Just like a coyote can learn the scent of an rancher. Or someone that tends to want to harm them in any way. They learn their scent, and will try to avoid them when possible. Coyotes can detect a human scent. But if it's not a scent they have come to fear in a certain way. They tend to be cautious but not overly real concerned unless given a reason to be. Like a common dog. Coyotes can detect several scents at one time. So masking your scent is a waste of time. In fact a really educated coyote could learn the mixture of certain scents mixed with a human scent could be a reason for concern. Coyotes can also link a human scent, and even get to know your scent and link it as a easy food source. Ever wonder how many coyotes link the smell of a hunter. (The sound of a shot, or and the mixture of gun oil odor) that has led them to a gut pile? So coyotes don't actually fear hunters. But they can learn the ways of predator hunters and learn to avoid those situations. So anytime you can take the kids out, or go by yourself and shoot some jacks and leave them laying around here and there doesn't hurt you any. It just may confuse the coyotes when they scent you. Is it danger, or an easy meal. The lure of an easy meal just might trump any dangers that they might feel. You just got to be smart about it. Chances are if they come in? They will be coming in real slow and cautious. Remember it's not the fact that you are going to be educating them. It's the type of education that you give that's important.
Predator Hunting / Re: Coyote hunting according to me!
« Last post by Cochise on May 26, 2019, 01:42:00 PM »
I don't believe that coyotes are given their due. A lot of folks don't really don't know how smart a coyote can be. If given the chance to learn? I think one of the biggest things when it comes to hunting coyotes is the ability of the over all hunter. As long as the over all hunter is taking some coyotes. They are not going to put much effort in hunting the experienced coyote. They don't see that there are more and more experienced coyotes out there. More coyotes are adapting to what is going on. The problem with todays hunter is that they are not adapting to what the coyotes are doing. They are still doing what they have always done, or what they were told to do. In todays world there are a lot of coyotes out there that are not being hunted. The experienced coyote has learned to avoid being hunted. With todays hunter being stuck in their ways. The experienced coyote knows what to avoid. The over all hunter may believe that there are not coyotes in the area. But the fact is, If there's a food source around? There are coyotes around. It's just that those coyotes are not going to waste their time doing something stupid. As a hunter you have to be willing to adapt to what the coyotes are doing. You need to find ways of getting that experienced coyote's attention, and keeping it. The less you present yourself as a hunter. The better off you will always be. You need to step out of your world, and step into the coyote's world. You want to be the hunted. As long as your the hunted. The coyote will come looking for you. Even the educated ones. You got to think about a coyote's safety and well being.  If a coyote feels safe? That coyote is more likely to show up. One problem with today's hunter is lack of reading a coyote's body language. To many folks believe that they are being winded when they see a coyote all of a sudden just advert coming in. If a coyote circles wide of you doesn't mean that they are searching for your scent. Always take the time to watch any coyote that is coming to a call. Just before a coyote turns away and decides to break it off. That coyote did something to let you know that it wasn't wind that got it's attention. Think about it. It's always nice to see a coyote coming to call. It's important to watch what that coyote is doing, and how it's coming in. That will let you know how to bring it on in and finish the job.
General Comments / Re: Today in history.
« Last post by JohnP on May 11, 2019, 10:56:15 AM »

Dust storm sweeps from Great Plains across Eastern states

On this day in 1934, a massive storm sends millions of tons of topsoil flying from across the parched Great Plains region of the United States as far east as New York, Boston and Atlanta.

At the time the Great Plains were settled in the mid-1800s, the land was covered by prairie grass, which held moisture in the earth and kept most of the soil from blowing away even during dry spells. By the early 20th century, however, farmers had plowed under much of the grass to create fields. The U.S. entry into World War I in 1917 caused a great need for wheat, and farms began to push their fields to the limit, plowing under more and more grassland with the newly invented tractor. The plowing continued after the war, when the introduction of even more powerful gasoline tractors sped up the process. During the 1920s, wheat production increased by 300 percent, causing a glut in the market by 1931.

That year, a severe drought spread across the region. As crops died, wind began to carry dust from the over-plowed and over-grazed lands. The number of dust storms reported jumped from 14 in 1932 to 28 in 1933. The following year, the storms decreased in frequency but increased in intensity, culminating in the most severe storm yet in May 1934. Over a period of two days, high-level winds caught and carried some 350 million tons of silt all the way from the northern Great Plains to the eastern seaboard. According to The New York Times, dust “lodged itself in the eyes and throats of weeping and coughing New Yorkers,” and even ships some 300 miles offshore saw dust collect on their decks.

The dust storms forced thousands of families from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico to uproot and migrate to California, where they were derisively known as “Okies”–no matter which state they were from. These transplants found life out West not much easier than what they had left, as work was scarce and pay meager during the worst years of the Great Depression.

Another massive storm on April 15, 1935–known as “Black Sunday”–brought even more attention to the desperate situation in the Great Plains region, which reporter Robert Geiger called the “Dust Bowl.” That year, as part of its New Deal program, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration began to enforce federal regulation of farming methods, including crop rotation, grass-seeding and new plowing methods. This worked to a point, reducing dust storms by up to 65 percent, but only the end of the drought in the fall of 1939 would truly bring relief.
General Comments / Re: Today in history.
« Last post by JohnP on May 08, 2019, 10:59:09 AM »
V-E Day is celebrated in America and Britain

On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine.

The eighth of May spelled the day when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms: In Prague, Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists, after the latter had lost more than 8,000 soldiers, and the Germans considerably more; in Copenhagen and Oslo; at Karlshorst, near Berlin; in northern Latvia; on the Channel Island of Sark–the German surrender was realized in a final cease-fire. More surrender documents were signed in Berlin and in eastern Germany.

The main concern of many German soldiers was to elude the grasp of Soviet forces, to keep from being taken prisoner. About 1 million Germans attempted a mass exodus to the West when the fighting in Czechoslovakia ended, but were stopped by the Russians and taken captive. The Russians took approximately 2 million prisoners in the period just before and after the German surrender.

Meanwhile, more than 13,000 British POWs were released and sent back to Great Britain.

Pockets of German-Soviet confrontation would continue into the next day. On May 9, the Soviets would lose 600 more soldiers in Silesia before the Germans finally surrendered. Consequently, V-E Day was not celebrated until the ninth in Moscow, with a radio broadcast salute from Stalin himself: “The age-long struggle of the Slav nations…has ended in victory. Your courage has defeated the Nazis. The war is over.”
General Comments / Re: Today in history.
« Last post by JohnP on May 05, 2019, 11:20:35 AM »
Alan Shepard becomes the first American in space

From Cape Canaveral, Florida, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a major triumph for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

NASA was established in 1958 to keep U.S. space efforts abreast of recent Soviet achievements, such as the launching of the world’s first artificial satellite–Sputnik 1–in 1957. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, the two superpowers raced to become the first country to put a man in space and return him to Earth. On April 12, 1961, the Soviet space program won the race when cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was launched into space, put in orbit around the planet, and safely returned to Earth. One month later, Shepard’s suborbital flight restored faith in the U.S. space program.

NASA continued to trail the Soviets closely until the late 1960s and the successes of the Apollo lunar program. In July 1969, the Americans took a giant leap forward with Apollo 11, a three-stage spacecraft that took U.S. astronauts to the surface of the moon and returned them to Earth. On February 5, 1971, Alan Shepard, the first American in space, became the fifth astronaut to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 14 lunar landing mission.
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