Friday, May 30, 2014

President Obama takes the resignation but forgets what he said in his book....


President Obama took the resignation from the top guy at the Veterans administration today and said this:
“With considerable regret, I accepted,” Obama said. “We don’t have time for distractions,” he added. “We need to fix the problem.”

But yet my same Liberal Democrats friends forget what Obama said back six years ago in his book that he made $$MILLIONS$$ off of from my same Liberal Democrat friends....

"The current Administration has consistently underinvested in the health care for our heroic veterans. ... As President, Barack Obama will fully fund the VA so it has all the resources it needs to serve the veterans who need it, when they need it. ... Finally, an Obama Administration will take on the massive backlog of hundreds of thousands of VA benefits claims. As President, Barack Obama will hire additional claims workers and spearhead an effort to develop an updated training and management model that will ensure that VA benefits decisions are rated fairly and consistently and stem from adequate training and accountability for each claims adjudicators."
From the book "Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise," (NY: Three Rivers Press, 2008), p. 123-124

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Florida Keys Dolphin Championship ~2014~


Team "Signs Unlimted" out of Key West took First Place and over $25,000 in prize money by winning the Florida Keys Dolphin Championship with a 46.8 lb Bull Dolphin...


Team Captain and owner also owns and operates the "Signs Unlimted" production and sales location in Key West and is also a local resident. He was fishing the tournament with his family on the boat for the two day tournament.


This was the first time that this team ever fished a tournament and in fact stopped at the local hardware store on the way in to pick up frozen pre-rigged bait for the trip. I registered this team the night before at the registration party and the Capt asked me what to do if they caught a large fish. My advice was if it happened to slowly turn the boat towards land and make sure they got to the weigh station before closing or the fish would not count... Signs Unlimited arrive at the weigh station 2-1/2 hours early and paced the dock several times !!...





The FKDC "Florida Keys Dolphin Championship" encompasses the entire Florida Keys with District weigh in locations from Key Largo to Key West  providing the opportunity to weigh any caught fish at any district location...


The Florida Keys always provides a nice environment for this tournament and favored by both locale and out of state anglers...



This tournament provides numerous categories to compete in including a Female Anglers division as well as winnings for each of the five districts...


A predetermined percentage of the total winnings is automatically set aside and goes towards several local charities who provide volunteers during the tournament...




Registration night is always a party providing the numerous fishing teams to go over rules & strategies for the upcoming two days of fishing...



Many fine boats in this tournament including this 45 foot SeaHunter center console...




Tournament T-shirts always prove to be a popular item...








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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Visited Ottie...~1891 - 2014~


Every year or so I make the hike to the top of Bluff mountain which is SouthEast of Buena Vista just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and along the Appalachian trail to visit the marker for little Ottie Cline Powell. 


Back in 1891 Ottie and his schoolmates were instructed by their teacher to return with some wood for the schoolhouse stove after their recess period but Ottie never returned. The town came out in force searching the mountain areas for the boy but were not able to find him. Ironically one of the families friends brought a dog that knew Ottie well and the dog insisted in heading upt towards the top of the mountain but the searchers disregarded the dog thinking that there was no way Ottie could\would have headed for the top of the mountain. Ottie's body was found a year later and returned to the town for proper burial. Very good write up of this also posted here...


The hike up to Bluff Mountain is not a long one at about 1.8 miles but with a considerable elevation climb in a short distance. Nothing compared to the 7 miles that Ottie hiked from the schoolhouse... 


In the several hikes that I have made to this spot I have always found items left by the Applachian Trail hikers at the marker and have heard that several Thru-hikers doing the entire 2,227+ miles of the trail carry something to leave Ottie as a present of their visit. Also note that the neame "Ottie" is usually worn & shinny from the hikers rubbing the name. It is also common to see coins left on the marker to record the hikers visit and Dimes are common. This is a variation to the tribute used by many military friends to companions graves....

According to some, leaving coins on a headstone has very specific meaning for military burials. Generally speaking, a visitor who did not know the deceased well enough to be considered a friend might leave a penny. Someone who went through boot camp or a training class with the deceased might leave a nickel. A friend who served in another platoon within the same company might leave a dime. A buddy who served in the same outfit, or was with the deceased when he died, might leave a quarter.







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Monday, May 05, 2014

Exactly how hard is Terry McAuliffe working to get a Virginia budget passed?...






Candidate McAuliffe said he would NOT hold the budget hostage over Medicaid but where is the action & promise?...

Sunday, May 04, 2014

The Historical Bottle Diggers of Virginia bottle show...


This past weekend The Historical Bottle Diggers of Virginia had our annual bottle show at the Rockingham County Fair grounds with a great turnout and many interesting bottles\artifacts for sale and on display.


Upon entering people came to a memorial in remembrance of bottle club member and friend David Beyeler who passed away this year. A long time member of the club and friend to many involved in this hobby...


With over 70 tables this is one of the biggest bottle shows in central Virginia and has always had a strong draw of people from many States and other clubs. Many club members specialize in specific type of bottles such as Milk bottles, Medicine bottles, Soda\Beer bottles, Spring water bottles, etc.


Some dealers have been coming to this show for years and look forward to both the sales as well as trading with other collectors and dealers. There was some pretty intense selling & trading going on before the show began. Also there were many tables selling off "Old" inventory to make room for newer additions. I even meet another Scuba diver who dives near Richmond and has some interesting stories to go with many of the bottles he has found...



Numerous dealers from all over the east coast...




In addition to dealer tables there were several display tables of artifacts and collections. 



Club member Sonny S. picked up a impressive flask from Harrisonburg, VA. by W.H. Willis....



Sonny then picked up this very impressive "Black glass" bottle that is very old, possibly late 1600's - early 1700's and one that will be very interesting to learn the history on this item...



New addition this year was food prepared by "Shaney's Shack...




Gene D.  Indian arrowhead collection included a fish hook made out of bone...


Award for most educational display...






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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Just in case you forgot, "Candidate" Terry McAuliffe said he would NOT hold the budget Hostage with the Medicaid Expansion....



Many of us saw this coming a "Media-mile" away but unfortunately the majority of the Virginia voters thought Terry-Mac was the way to go this last election. Now he is just a mirror image of Obama in Wash DC ...


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Vance Wilkins looking to bring back winning...


Bob Stuart over at the NewsVirginian has a good piece on the upcoming battle in the 6th district for the chairmanship held by Wendell Walker and being challenged by Vance Wilkins.

The Republican Party of Virginia needs to get back to sending Conservative Republicans to both Richmond and Washington DC and not take for granted that the Shenandoah Valley and most rural areas of Virginia will always vote "R" on election day. I don't see conservative voters falling for the "Well packaged" BS coming from the Democratic Party and their players but I do see the conservative voter staying home in protest as they have in several recent election days...

For too long we saw the candidates and RPV come to the Valley telling us that we must come out to "Tow the line" for the VA-GOP candidate and to cancel out those voters in north Virginia that continues to vote for the Democrat candidates. This worked well for a long time as long as the VA-GOP was winning and the big guys at RPV in Richmond held their positions and all was well with the "Inner circle"...

But now the political environment has changed and that was evident when the nation voted for and elected Obama who had no real world political experience but had a great marketing plan. Even with the failed policies and actions by President Obama the Democratic Party continued with this marketing plan and Virginia now has two Democrat Senators and a Democrat Governor. It has come time to get back to electing and sending conservative Republicans back to State offices and get Virginia & America back on track and working for those who make this country work and not just "Buying Votes with Govt programs" as the Democrats have...

Bob Stuart has two very interesting quotes from Wilkins that really hits the mark...

 "We knew six years ago Mark Warner was running for re-election,'' Wilkins said. "We have done nothing to prepare to beat him." He said only now are Republican candidates critical of Warner's voting record.
"We are just getting on him now for voting for Obamacare. We could have torn down that facade of being a moderate Democrat a long time ago,'' he said.
Wilkins said it is his relentless efforts that can help the GOP. "No one can outwork me. I am persistent. I think I can bring something to the party that can help us win elections,'' he said.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Boston Strong" - Justice Weak.... CBS this morning a joke...



CBS this morning just spent the first 7 minutes of their program covering and describing the ceremonies covering the first year anniversary of the "Boston Bombing" incident. CBS was extensive on their coverage of the "Giant Hug" that Boston has received from across America but left out and did not mention anything about the legal case against the remaining bomber of this crime or why it has been over a year without a trial. In fact the start of the trial is set for upcoming November... Swift justice?

"The trial date — scheduled to begin less than 19 months after the April 15, 2013, bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 — cannot come quickly enough for some victims."

 “I think it should be sooner,” said Marc Fucarile, a bombing survivor from Stoneham who lost a leg and attended the hearing on crutches. “Everybody should be on the same page. It’s pretty cut and dry with the evidence. Don’t waste anybody’s time.”

CBS also failed to report anything about this terrorist attack which involved back to back bombs to inflict the most damage. The CBS crew is now talking about how they love the "Boston Strong" slogan but yet ignore the obvious terrorist attack...

BOSTON  -- The two brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon appear to have been motivated by a radical brand of Islam but do not seem connected to any Muslim terrorist groups, U.S. officials said Monday after interrogating and charging Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with crimes that could bring the death penalty.

CBS this morning was then quick to follow up with their report on the recent shooting in Kansas involving a shooter that was\is a member of the Ku-Klux-Klan and how that shooting has been labeled and charged as a "Hate Crime". In fact CBS this morning was also sure to say that this shooter was a member of a "Right wing extreme group" but yet did not mention the Boston bomber or his ties to Islam in their opening story...

"Yesterday's attack ... strikes at the core fundamental freedoms ... of how our country was founded and what we live by every single day," said FBI agent Michael Kaste. "We've now determined that the motivation behind this was a hate crime. The acts that this person committed were the result of beliefs ... that he had."

"Boston Strong-Justice Weak-CBS a Joke"...