Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Just got this video clip of some outstanding Wahoo fishing from the Captain I worked with when I was down in the Florida Keys aboard the SeaBoots boat out of Summerland Key...
Here is a description of the fishing going on down in the Keys that Captain Jim Sharpe sent me while I was spending my free time digging out from the 24"+ snow storm up here in Virginia...
"Last week we had the best day of wahoo fishing I have ever seen. A neighbor came down to weight a wahoo he shot, 63 pounds. He told us there was a whole school of these big wahoo in 100 feet of water off American Shoal Light. The next day we decided to take a bus mans holiday and target the wahoo. We are field testers for Rapala/Williamson products so this was a good excuss. Wow what a wahoo day, wahooooooo! in three and one half hours we fought 18 wahoo and landed 9 from 40 to 65 pounds, we were hooking them six at a time. I have caught as many as 25 wahoo in one day but they are usually 8 to 12 pounds. These were monsters. We lost many fish at the boat due to their size. Luckily I brought along my new Sony high Definition commercial camera and videoed the catch. I have attached a short clip of the wahoo action I hope you enjoy it. A full version DVD is available $14.99 plus shipping and handling. I recently wrote an article for Rapala on their knifes. I know they have a fine knife selection I test them but I never new the details of how they get such high quality steel and sharp blades until my recent research into the matters. I have included the article for you to enjoy, it will appear in Sport fishing magazine shortly You are seeing it first. Please have a happy and safe holidays! Captain Jim Sharpe firstname.lastname@example.org 800-238-1746 http://www.seaboots.com/"...
Video footage is aboard the SeaBoots Charter boat out of Summerland Key with Captain Jim Sharpe and can be found here: www.Seaboots.com
Tall guy in Yellow shirt and wielding the gaff is Captain Mike Weinhofer who also owns and operates the light tackle boat Compass Rose based out of Key West...
More info and photos from the Compass Rose boat can be found here...
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
"Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector."
"Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession's first 18 months — and that's before overtime pay and bonuses are counted."
"When the recession started, the Transportation Department had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000."
"The growth in six-figure salaries has pushed the average federal worker's pay to $71,206, compared with $40,331 in the private sector."
* Scientists who have repeatedly refused to share data, models and analytic techniques, even under peer review requests and Freedom of Information law.
* Scientists who would rather destroy their data than risk analysis of that data by someone outside their circle (recent reports indicate that they have destroyed original temperature records, retaining only the altered data).
* Scientists who selectively screen data in order to produce politically desired results.
* Scientists who propose coercion to remove journal editors who are willing to publish dissenting views.
So how do we trust these guys anymore?...
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Santa caught a ride with a couple Marines in dress blues and friends on a train coming into Craigsville to help promote and support the Toys~4~Tots program...
Once again Chris from Spank that Donkey has done a great job in coordinating the local Toys~4~Tots program and this year there is video showing the train carrying Santa coming into Craigsville where there was an impressive crowd...
Also included on this train were many other supporters including Rhonda Winfield, railroad support staff, and a brass band with a old friend Mark S.....
Note the amount of toys donated at this stop by the crowd and their support of the Toys~4~Tots program...
Monday, December 07, 2009
"One of the sacred cows in Virginia's budget, car tax relief for residents, is among the spending items outgoing Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and his team are analyzing as they look to plug a state revenue hole estimated to be anywhere from $2.7 billion to $3.5 billion."
"An outright repeal of the car tax subsidy could save the state $1.9 billion over the upcoming two-year budget cycle and fill a large chunk of the projected revenue hole. But it would also place localities that rely on those funds in a tough spot and likely mean higher tax bills for vehicle owners."
"House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, said any reduction to the car tax refund amounts to "a huge tax increase" that "hits the families of Virginia right in the eye."
Anything the state withholds, localities would be "entitled to bill" to their residents, he added."
Sunday, December 06, 2009
“They have taken a very frugal approach, saying they want to turn money back,” said Richard F. Sliwoski, director of the Department of General Services, which coordinates much of the transition work.
“And that applies to the transition period just the same as it does to his time in office,” Martin said. “While the potential savings identified are proportionately small in the context of the overall state budget, they are symbolically important when it comes to setting a tone for how government must operate in these tough fiscal times.”
Saturday, December 05, 2009
3 to 4 foot breakers on the beach, and cold water temp...
Thursday, November 26, 2009
A seagull in Point pleasant Beach, NJ has developed the habit of stealing Doritos from a neighborhood convenience store.
The seagull waits until the manager isn't looking, and then walks into the store and grabs a snack-size bag of cheese Doritos.
Once outside, the bag gets ripped open and shared by other birds.
The seagull's shoplifting started early this month when he first swooped into the store in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, and helped himself to a bag of Doritos. Since then, he's become a regular. He always takes the same type of chips.
The manager thinks it's great because people are coming to watch the feathered thief make the daily grab and run, and that's good for business, and especially since customers have begun paying for the seagull's stolen bags of Doritos because they think it's so funny.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
44,000 avg. vehicles each day, 138 days, exposure to 6,072,000 vehicles...
Now that was fun...
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
"In Louisiana, for example, the administration's Recovery.org Web site shows that nearly $5 million went to the state's 8th Congressional District, $2.8 million was spent in the 22nd District, $1.8 million in the 32nd District, and other monies spent in the 26th, 45th, 14th, 32nd and, inexplicably the 00 district. But Louisiana only has seven congressional districts."
"Powerful Washington special interests who pocketed big checks from the stimulus bill included the AARP, which reaped $18.2 million, and then endorsed the president's health care plan. The National Council of La Raza, an immigrant rights advocacy group, got $156,620; a fund for the Service Employees International Union, one of the president's biggest union backers, got $265,136; the liberal Urban Institute received $1.443 million; and National Public Radio got $50,000."
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
"At issue was a credit for first-time homebuyers enacted in 2008 and significantly expanded in this year’s plan to jumpstart the economy. It gives a refund from Uncle Sam of 10 percent of the purchase price of a home, up to $8,000. The credit is refundable, so individuals who owed no tax at all could receive a tidy $8,000 check from the Internal Revenue Service."
"That’s right: Congress passed a law that made it possible to have the IRS mail you a check for $8,000 if you claimed you were a first-time homebuyer. That’s all you had to do -- assert that you deserved the credit. The IRS didn’t require you to provide proof that your claim was genuine before your check was put in the mail. Sound like a recipe for fraud?"
"Did you forget to buy a house before claiming the credit? Not a problem. “We identified more than 19,300 electronically filed 2008 tax returns on which taxpayers claimed the First-Time Homebuyer Credit for a home which had not yet been purchased,” reported J. Russell George, the U.S. Treasury inspector general for tax administration, who testified about his department’s investigation."
"Were you unable to purchase a home because you haven’t finished preschool and don’t know how to read the forms? Not a problem. George cited the “more than 580 taxpayers younger than 18 years of age who claimed almost $4 million in First-Time Homebuyer Credits. The youngest taxpayers receiving the credit were 4-years-old.”...
Friday, November 13, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
During the recent Democratic Party Candidate's campaign for Governor here in Virginia, a local newspaper reported that Creigh Deeds was using "Twitter" to keep in touch with his loyal followers and staff...
He even went as far as "Tweeting" that he was on a Bruce Springsteen marathon and had been listening to "The Boss" all day...
Here is a Frampton classic that I believe the voters of Virginia answered on election day....
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Beverly Manor Supervisor Jeremy Shifflett working the polls near the Stuarts Draft Middle School...
Theresa Hunt at Sherando...
Staunton GOP Chairwoman Anne Fitzgerald working the results...
Delegates and hosts Dickie Bell and Steve Landes...
Delegate Steve Landes Campaign Manager Savanna Rutherford compiling the results...
Monday, November 02, 2009
The full College Republicans staff took the opportunity to meet the team at the Charlottesville airport when then flew in for a bit while touring the state...