COTTON PATCH WINS 20TH ANNUAL

 

COTTON PATCH WINS 20TH ANNUAL

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST BILLFISH CLASSIC

WITH 633-POUND BLUE MARLIN

 

 

Biloxi, Mississippi:

It was the ideal formula for success. With 81 of the top boats in the sport, more than $1.7 million dollars at stake and excellent fishing combined with perfect weather, the prize money had to be spread out. That’s exactly what happened as multiple teams pocketed six-figure checks at the conclusion of the 20th anniversary Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic Sunday.

 

“Winner, winner, chicken dinner,” was Johnny Dorland’s reaction after Cotton Patch earned the top team award for a 633-pound blue marlin weighed Friday night. Combined with optional entries, Cotton Patch won $176,000 for its efforts. Dorland is also skipper of the Hatteras 60,  based in Orange Beach, Alabama, while Clint Herring was on the rod.

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Angler Jeff Spangler and Capt. Eddie Vanmeter and their crew aboard the Insetta Boatworks 45 won the second-place blue marlin honors with a 597.4-pound fish, good for a $47,500 payout. Carrie Gerber and Capt. Geoff Collins on Cut N Run, a 64 Tribute, won $116,000 for the third-place marlin that tipped the scales at 506.3 pounds. Gerber was also named the top lady angler for the tournament.

 

With Capt. Patrick Ivie at the helm, owner Matt McDonald and his team aboard Breathe Easy, a 68 Viking, captured the fourth-largest marlin, a 416.5-pound blue. With the optional entries, however, that fish garnered the top payout of $232,875.

 

“I’m very tired but excited also,” McDonald said. “We had quite the adventure, yet we accomplished what we set out to do. This crew really wants to compete.”

 

Ryan and Jerry Long, fishing aboard Mollie, a 66 G&S with Capt. Jeff Shoults, also had a good weekend. Ryan scored with a 398.2 blue, while Jerry added the second place dolphin at 40.9 pounds. With optionals and the dolphin prize, Mollie took home $175,730.  J.J. Tabor on Double J, a 37 Freeman, caught the largest dolphin at 41.7 pounds, good for $19,000, while Mike Akui on Relentless Pursuit, a 95 John Smith, captured third with a 39.9-pounder. Add in an optional tuna prize and Team Relentless Pursuit won a $93,965 share of the pot.

 

Sea Mixer, a 66 Spencer, was named the top Catch and Release Team with 1,800 points, good for $159,975. Devin Potts is the Sea Mixer’s skipper. Mono Chongo, a 61 Viking, won $129,285, followed by Pour Intentions, a 56 Viking, $34,290. Other boats earning checks for releasing billfish include A Work of Art, Born2Run and Done Deal.

 

“MORE”

 

In the close tuna division, Peacekeeper, a 31 AmeriCat, took top money ($120,250) for its 179.6-pound yellowfin, followed by First Choice ($84,275) with a 178.3 fish and You Never Know! ($87,505) for a 172.3-pounder.

 

The crew of The Kraken, a 33-foot Conch Boatworks center console, slapped a 96.6-pound wahoo on the deck, good for a $28,675 check. Team Intense, a 39 Contender, came in second with 86-pound wahoo ($105,530) while Nicki Bella settled for third (73.4 pounds) and $30,695 consolation prize. Other boats earning checks in optional categories include Black Tip, Lolita, OIFC, One More, Over Ride, and Tailwalker. Fifteen-year-old Brynn King on No Weiser was named the tournament’s top junior angler.

 

“With more than $1.75 million in prize money and the number of boats, this was definitely the smoothest event we’ve held in the last decade,” Tournament Coordinator Bert Merritt said at the conclusion of the awards ceremony. “The eight blue marlin were the most we’ve ever weighed in a single tournament, but the 87 percent release rate was even more impressive considering the amount of fish on the dock. We are already looking forward to next year. The 2017 Classic is scheduled for June 5-11 right here on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

 

The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Biloxi serves as the Classic host. Platinum sponsors include Miller Lite, Release Marine, Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, the City of Biloxi, Smith Optics, Yeti Coolers and Gorenflo’s Tackle and Marina Store.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Top Ten DVD List for May 31, 2016

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

This Week’s DVD Releases, Kam Williams, Top Ten DVD List, May 31

Top Ten DVD List for May 31, 2016

                                        

Race

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01BTDOSFY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Life of Verdi

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01BEDN1BQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Miami Vice: Season One
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01CZ3K1WG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Last Panthers

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01BEDN0KS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

12 Sci-Fi Cult Classics

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01EK3WOF6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Knight Rider: Season One

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01CZ3K1W6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Triple 9

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01D52PV12/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 

Zoolander No. 2: The Magnum Edition

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B018IDVB6W/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Pride + Prejudice + Zombies

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01BI75VBG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Terror
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01F5SXHSI/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

Airwolf: Season One

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01CZ3K1ZS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Gods of Egypt

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01DUHP2E8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Fever

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00Y4S75FM/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News

For movies opening May 27, 2016

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules:

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK, Kam's Kapsules, Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

For movies opening May 27, 2016

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Alice through the Looking Glass (PG for fantasy action, scenes of peril and mild epithets) Adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland finds Alice (Mia Wasikowska) traveling backwards in time in order to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) from losing his mind. Ensemble cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans and the late Alan Rickman.

X-Men: Apocalypse (PG-13 for violence, action, destructon, suggestive images and brief profanity) 9th installment in the franchise based on the Marvel Comics series finds Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) recruiting a team of young X-Men to prevent a seemingly immortal and invincible mutant (Oscar Isaac) from triggering an extinction-level event. With Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Rose Byrne.    

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Holy Hell (Unrated) Mind control documentary revisiting The Buddhafield, an ill-fated, religious sect located in L.A. in the Eighties which was run by a charismatic cult leader called Michel.

The Idol (Unrated) Against-the-odds biopic about Mohammed Assaf (Tawfeek Barhom), the Palestinian kid from Gaza who used a forged visa to enter Egypt where he proceeded to win the 2013 Arab Idol competition. With Ahmed Al Rokh, Hiba Attalah and Kais Attalah. (In Arabic and Spanish with subtitles)

Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang (Unrated) Reverentail biopic about Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke unfolding from the perspective of his Brazilian colleague, Walter Salles. (In Mandarin with subtitles)

Ma Ma (R for some nudity and brief sexual references) Character-driven drama, set in the Canary Islands, revolving around a young mother (Penelope Cruz) recently diagnosed with cancer who forges a friendship with a soccer scout (Luis Tovar) who just lost his wife and daughter in a car accident. With Asier Etxeandia, Teo Planell and Anna Jimenez. (In Spanish with subtitles).

Presenting Princess Shaw (Unrated) Prestige biopic about Samantha Montgomery, New Orleans healthcare worker-turned-Youtube singing sensation   with the help of a stranger, Kutman, a pioneering composer/musician/video artist located half a world away in Israel.   

Unlocking the Cage (Unrated) Animal rights documentary chronicling the efforts of attorney Steven Wise to secure personhood status for primates, elephants and whales.

Source:  Baret News

Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

 

Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

By Burt Carey

God bless America,

Land that I love, 

Stand beside her and guide her 

Thru the night with a light from above? 

 

From the mountains, to the prairies, 

To the oceans white with foam, 

God bless America,  My home, sweet home. 

God bless America,  My home, sweet home.

 

God Bless America, National Park Service, centennial anniversary, Woodrow WilsonWhen he wrote the lyrics to God Bless America in 1918 and revised them in 1938, Irving Berlin expressed his love for and devotion to the United States. His song could very well be used to describe our national parks.

With the National Park Service celebrating its centennial anniversary this year, it’s time for Americans to reflect upon and enjoy our most treasured public lands. From national seashores and bird sanctuaries along the Atlantic Coast to the deserts and mountains of a now-tamed West, there are 59 national parks spread across the United States, and you’re invited to their birthday party.

Yellowstone National Park was the first, of course, established by an act of Congress March 1, 1872. Its founding creating a worldwide movement to protect lands for the enjoyment of the public. Today more than 100 countries have followed Yellowstone’s path by setting aside some 1,200 national parks.

Other lands were set aside in the ensuing years and fell under the jurisdiction of various federal agencies. Finally, on Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established.

An Executive Order in 1933 transferred 56 national monuments and military sites from the Forest Service and the War Department to the National Park Service. This action was a major step in the development of today’s national system of parks—a system that includes areas of historical as well as scenic and scientific importance.

The National Park System now comprises more than 400 areas covering more than 84 million acres in 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands, all of which are serviced by some 20,000 employees. California has the most national parks (nine), while the largest, Wrangell-St. Elias in Alaska, is the largest, occupying more than 8 million acres.

Admission fees to national parks will be waived Aug. 25-28 to celebrate the National Park Service birthday, and again on National Public Lands Day Sept. 24, and Veterans Day Nov. 11. To find a national park, go online to www.nps.gov or for brief descriptions, photos, historical notes and other information, Wikipedia offers this.

Source:  Baret News

New Home Sales Jump in April

 

New Home Sales Jump in April

By Burt Carey

Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau.

April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year.

new homes, highest rate, market pressure, new home builders, housing inventoriesThe median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent from sales one year ago. The median price reflects the number at which half of the homes sold at a higher price and half were lower.

While the sales point to improving employment rates and continued low interest mortgages, the 619,000 homes expected to sell this year lags behind the decade from 1990 to 2000, when Americans bought an average of 716,000 homes per year. New home sales peaked in 2005, with 1.3 million sales. The market began crashing in 2006 and by 2011 was selling just 300,000 homes per month. In 2015, Americans bought 503,000 new homes.

New home builders were surprised at the figures released this week but are buoyed that the spring sales are a harbinger of the industry’s best year in a decade.

Tuesday’s report showed that low housing inventories are holding back the overall market and have contributed to prices rising faster than wages for most would-be home owners. Analysts say it would take 4.7 months to sell the 243,000 new homes now on the market if the current pace holds up. In March, new home inventories were expected to sell in 5.5 months.

Inventory numbers in new homes are joined by low inventory numbers of existing homes, putting even more of a squeeze on first-time home buyers, and driving up prices.

New home sales are important to the overall economy because they create construction jobs as well as demand for building materials, such as lumber, bricks, cabinetry, bathroom fixtures and appliances. Construction expenses and commissions are used to calculate the country’s gross domestic product.

The news boosted the stocks of several publicly traded builders. Toll Brothers saw its stock jump 8.71 percent, KB Homes was up 7.46 percent, and Beazer saw a 9.17 percent increase.

Economists quietly worried that the April surge may be limited because of the inventory shortage and reluctance by builders to ramp up to pre-recession building levels. Such market pressure could result in even higher prices that would cause the number of sales to drop.

Regionally, new single-family homes sales increased 15.8 percent in the South to the highest level since December 2007. Sales soared 52.8 percent in the Northeast to their highest level since October 2007. Sales in the volatile West climbed 18.8 percent after dropping 15.2 percent in March. The only part of the country to see a decrease in new single-family homes sales was the Midwest, which fell 4.8 percent.

 

Source:  Baret News

Freshwater Flushing Adds Years to the Life of an Outboard

 

Freshwater Flushing Adds Years to the Life of an Outboard

 

Most of us take good care of our marine equipment. We wash and wax our boats and outboards, change the oil and oil filter regularly, and replace the fuel filters, but what about your outboard’s cooling system. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked in a maintenance regimen.

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During the course of normal use, the water pump can ingest mud, sand, and silt, which then flows through the engine. Marine growth can also occur behind the inlet screens interrupting the flow of water to the engine.  Over time, debris can accumulate in the outboard’s cooling passages. This build up can damage the water pump’s rubber impeller and plastic housing.  Eventually, the buildup can also restrict the amount of water available to the engine resulting in poor cooling, which will damage the engine. It may even promote corrosion in the exhaust system because increased engine temperatures—along with the effects of using ethanol blended fuels—can cause increased exhaust temperatures.

 

Freshwater Flushing Facts 

The outboard should be flushed after every use in salt or dirty water. Freshwater flushing with clean water will dislodge most contaminants (sand, silt, mud, etc.) and force them out of the passages in the cooling system. Perhaps even more importantly, flushing removes salt buildup, which can lead to poor cooling as well as corrosion of the engine block and midsection.

 

Generically speaking, there are three methods to flush an outboard: using a flush bag, flush muffs or the freshwater flushing attachment built into the outboard.

 

Flush Bag Method

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What:  A flush bag is a sturdy collapsible bag that fits under the lower unit of the outboard and fills with water.  Submerging the gearcase allows the motor to take in cooling water from the inlet screens and return it to the bag through the propeller. There are different bag designs; some are designed to be used with the boat moored.

 

Where: Use the Flush Bag method with the boat on a trailer or the boat moored. It requires running the engine (but only after the bag is filled with water). Outboards with more than one inlet on each side of the lower unit should be flushed using this method.

 

How:

  • Trim the outboard to the vertical position
  • Remove the propeller
  • Screw the garden hose into the connector on the bag and fill the bag
  • Make sure the water level is as high as possible above the cooling water inlets on the lower unit. This will assure that the water pump is completely submerged
  • Start the outboard and set the throttle to no more than a fast idle (800-900 RPM max)
  • Watch for water coming out of the pilot tube at the lower rear of the cowling. Run the engine for 10-15 minutes. Note: it may take 20–30 seconds to fill the water passages before water will exit the pilot tube
  • Stop the engine and turn off the faucet
  • Never run the engine without cooling water
  • Turn the freshwater on before starting the engine; turn the water off after stopping the engine
  • Add water to the flush bag while the motor is running to maintain the maximum water level
  • Do not leave the outboard unattended while running

 

Flush Muff Method 

(For models with single inlet lower units)

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What: Flush muffs are rubber cups that fit over the water inlet on the gearcase (one of the cups has a hose fitting). They require running the engine (but only after the garden hose is in place and water running).

 

Where: Best done with the boat on a trailer or a lift, completely out of the water.

 

How: 

  • Trim the outboard to the vertical position
  • Remove the propeller
  • Screw the garden hose onto the flush muff connector
  • Place the flush muffs over the water inlets on gearcase
  • Turn the water on slowly, until you can see a bit of water leaking from around the flush muff rubber cups
  • Check to ensure the rubber cups are still in place over the inlets
  • Start the outboard and set the throttle to no more than a fast idle (800-900 RPM max)
  • Watch for water coming out of the pilot tube at the lower rear of the cowling. Increase the water flow, if necessary, to maintain a flow of water    from the pilot tube. Note: it may take 20–30 seconds to fill the water passages before water will exit the pilot tube
  • There should be some water exiting the back of the gearcase, through the exhaust also
  • Run the engine for 10-15 minutes
  • Stop the engine and turn off the faucet

 

Never run the engine without cooling water. Turn the freshwater on before starting the engine; turn the water off after stopping the engine. Running the outboard with little or no cooling water will cause expensive overheating damage in a very short time. Don’t rev the engine while using flush muffs, because there isn’t enough water flow/pressure to sufficiently cool the engine at high rpm.

 

Built-In Flushing Device

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What: A built-in flushing device is a hose fitting, usually located near the lower rear cowling.  Do not run the engine during this procedure.

 

Where: An outboard can be flushed with the boat on a lift or in the water; it works best if you can trim the engine up so the gearcase is out of the water.

 

How: 

  • Connect a garden hose to the outboard’s flushing device fitting
  • Turn on the faucet; let freshwater run through the outboard for 10-15 minutes
  • Turn off the faucet; disconnect
  • Put the cap back on engine’s flush fitting (per owner’s manual)

 

Which Method to Use 

There is no single best method for flushing an outboard motor. There are only best methods to suit the circumstances. For example, the flush attachment method is the easiest and quickest for a boat that is moored, while the flush bag method is particularly useful on motors with multiple inlets per side. In addition, the flush muff method and bag method are the only methods to use when fogging the engine for winter storage.

 

Testing has shown that even the flush attachment method allows water to pass into the cylinder head passages, in spite of the fact that the thermostat does not fully open. This means that there is no disadvantage to using the flush attachment.

 

While conventional wisdom might indicate there is some benefit to flushing with the engine running—such as with flush muffs or a flush bag—there is no clear data to indicate this is true.

 

What’s important is to in all cases, regularly check to see that water inlet screens on the lower unit are clear and clean. Flushing your outboard with freshwater on a regular basis can go a long way toward extending the outboard’s life span – especially for those who boat in saltwater. Freshwater flushing is easy and cheap, so keep the garden hose handy. Y

 

Original Source: Yamaha Outboards.com

NFL Awards Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles

 

NFL Awards Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles

By Burt Carey

Are you ready for some expensive football?

Make that billions. The National Football League on Tuesday awarded Super Bowls to three cities that have invested – or will invest – billions of dollars upgrading or building new stadiums in the National Football League, Super Bowl Cities, Eric Garcetti, new football stadiums, upgrades and rebuilding, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angelesyears 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Atlanta’s new $1.4 billion stadium will open in 2017, just two years before the city hosts its third Super Bowl. Miami is spending $500 million to renovate its stadium and will play host in 2020 to its record 11th Super Bowl. And Los Angeles, which just four months ago was granted approval to bring the Rams back to Southern California, will soon begin building a state-of-the-art, $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood that will be ready for the 2019 season and the 2021 Super Bowl.

The three cities join a growing list of major metropolitan areas that invested big on new stadiums in recent years and were also awarded Super Bowls. Super Bowl 50 was held earlier this year in Santa Clara, California, in the 49ers new stadium, and Minneapolis is set to host the 2018 Super Bowl in a new stadium that will open this year.

New Orleans and Tampa Bay were passed up by NFL owners, who decide where the NFL’s marquee game is played each year.

Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium is under construction next door to the Falcons current home, the Georgia Dome. It will feature a retractable roof. Atlanta’s Super Bowl bid of $46 million will be funded with a mix of private and public funds, including $10 million in sales tax relief that was passed by the Georgia Legislature earlier this year, $16 million from the city’s hotel-motel tax, and $20 million from corporate donations.

Atlanta last hosted the Super Bowl in 2000, when a major ice storm impacted the week’s activities. The new stadium will also host the January 2018 national college football championship game and the NCAA Final Four in April 2020.

Miami was awarded Super Bowl 54, which will be played at the conclusion of the NFL’s 100th anniversary season. Fellow NFL owners gave Dolphins owner Stephen Ross the nod based on his pledge to spend a half-billion dollars, and after hearing a pitch from Hall of Fame running back Larry Csonka.

“I want a Super Bowl winner,” Ross told the Miami Herald. “That’s my legacy. That’s what I would love. This is great for the community. I didn’t win anything. The community won. I think that’s what’s important, to bring everybody together. That’s why you own a football team, to bring South Florida together and make them proud. It makes South Florida proud.”

For Los Angeles, Super Bowl 55 will be the first NFL title game held there since 1993, when the Rose Bowl in Pasadena hosted it. Out of football’s biggest event for the past two-and-a-half decades, the LA contingent put together a strong bid for its 8th Super Bowl.

 

“The Los Angeles region is built to host the Super Bowl,” L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts said in a combined statement. “We helped forge this great American tradition at the Coliseum when it began in 1967; and we’re thrilled to bring it back where it belongs for Super Bowl LV.”

Source:  Baret News

Top Ten DVD List for May 24, 2016

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

This Week’s DVD Releases, by Kam Williams, May 24

Top Ten DVD List for May 24, 2016

 

The Finest Hours

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B019PQ0NZG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Risen

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01BZ4DOGQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

How to Be Single
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01BU9B742/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Eleventh Hour
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01BEDN03K/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

1916: The Irish Rebellion

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01CJCQ870/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Bad Influence

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01BHCPR0W/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Sex, Love & Therapy

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01CRPMXGE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Rise of the Legend

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0142WBPA0/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Outsiders: Season One

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01BZBO91S/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

David Holt’s State of Music

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01DFK3H3S/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

The Wonder Years: Season Five

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01DPLS7I2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Sporty-Thon

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01BUQ72IU/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Beyond the Known Universe

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B018GDUGPQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Major Crimes: The Complete Fourth Season

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01BG7RL52/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Kate & Mim-Mim: Balloon Buddies

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01DBVRCOQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News

Basic Ropecraft

 

Basic Ropecraft

Five Knots Every Boater Should Know

 

If you spend a little time in docking areas, you’ll be able to identify the novice boaters from the experienced just by watching how they tie up their boat. When you see a shiny new boat pull up to the dock and someone on board throw a few granny knots around a cleat or piling to secure it, there’s a good chance you are observing a new boater in action. Watching someone else struggle to untie their boat because they used an incorrect knot to secure it is another identifier. While most boating courses teach newcomers the basic rules of the road and safe operation of their craft, very few cover ropecraft – and it is an important part of safe boating. Just ask anyone who has watched their boat drift away from the dock and down the river after it was improperly secured, only to watch it hit two other boats before it was rescued by a passing Good Samaritan.

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The basic knots used by boaters are all quite simple and easy to learn.  With a little practice, they will serve you well both on and off the water. With a few elementary techniques, you will be able to tie more secure knots that are also easy to untie when you are ready to launch your boat.

 

Cleat Hitch

What could be easier than tying your boat to a cleat when docking? You’d be surprised how many neophyte boaters get this simple procedure wrong. The Cleat Hitch is the proper way to secure a boat to a dock cleat or to secure a line to a cleat aboard the boat when the line does not have a spliced loop on the end.

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  1. Take the line to the ear of the cleat farthest from its opposite end, and take one wrap around the base of the cleat.
  2. Then make a figure eight across the top of the opposite ear.
  3. Finish with a simple half hitch turned under so the line is coming away from the cleat in the opposite direction from which it came in.

 

Bowline

This is an extremely versatile knot that can be used to form a temporary loop in a line, which can then be put over a piling or cleat. It can also be used to attach a line to an eye. What’s nice about the Bowline is it doesn’t slip or jam, which means it’s as easy to untie as it is to tie.

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  1. Make an overhand loop that looks like the number 6, and then bring the end back up through the hole in the 6. Adjust the length of the line for the size of the loop you want to make.
  2.  Wrap the end of the line around the back of the standing line.
  3. Pass the end back down through the hole in the 6 in the opposite direction and give it a pull to snug the knot tight.

 

Reef Knot

The reef knot (nautical name) is also known as the square knot. It is a light duty knot for tying two pieces of rope together of similar or different diameters. It is one of the simplest knots to tie, but one misstep and you end up with a granny knot, which is not as strong and can be a pain to untie once it is cinched tight and put under pressure.

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  1. Wrap the two pieces of line together left over right.
  2. With the ends of the two lines in your hands wrap the right over left.
  3. Pull the two standing lines tight and it’s done. To untie, just hold both standing and tag lines in opposite hands and push them toward each other to loosen.

 

Clove Hitch

This knot is used to tie a line around a piling for temporary docking. It’s very easy to tie and will not jam tight when the boat pulls on it making removal fast and easy. To untie, push the tag end while pulling the last loop, and you can unwrap it in a couple seconds.

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  1. Wrap the line around a piling or pole, and bring the end back around and over the standing line.
  2. Pass the line around the piling or pole again on the opposite side.
  3. Slip the end under the line as shown and it’s done. If you plan on staying tied up for any length of time, add a couple half hitches with the tag end around the standing line for added security.

 

Double Half Hitch

This simple knot is used when setting up a permanent slip for a boat and can be tied to pilings or metal mooring rings. It offers a more secure connection than the Clove Hitch and is recommended for boats that will be rocking in their slips for weeks or months on end. It’s a little more difficult to get untied, but the added security is worth the time.

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  1. Take two full turns around the piling or ring so the line won’t slip.
  2. Make the first hitch by passing the tag end around the standing line and back through.
  3. Make the second hitch exactly the same way; tighten by pulling the tag end while sliding the hitches down to the wraps.

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Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Teens Speak Up…and Win!

 

Teens Speak Up…and Win!

by Amy Lignor

 

Although it is a worldwide belief that all teenagers do in 2016 is play on their cell phones and pretend the rest of the world doesn’t matter, this is a belief that’s actually very misguided. When questioning whether or not teens have a care in the world about the state of their world, such as if
http://www.nationofchange.org/2015/02/25/teens-sue-government-failing-address-climate-change-future-generations/they’ll be living in a healthy one, the answer just so happens to be yes.

 

To prove that fact, just last week in the state of Massachusetts, a group of teenagers sued the Massachusetts state government over its absolute failure to address “the threat of climate change.” Sued…and won a major victory that is not the first in this area. In fact, it is just the latest addition in a very long line of victories teens have experienced while fighting for the health and well-being of the planet.

 

A Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Judge ruled in favor of these plaintiffs, stating that the Department of Environmental Protection was not doing its job and making good on its goals and promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agency was ordered to produce and implement new and more stringent regulations that would lead to the mass-based reductions in greenhouse gases that the state legislature already asked for and signed into law back in 2008. Called the “Global Warming Solutions Act,” this law stated that greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced 25% below the levels shown in 1990 by the year 2020; and 80% below by 2050.

 

A plaintiff just seventeen-years of age showed how important this was to him and his peers by issuing this statement: “This is an historic victory for young generations advocating for changes to be made by government. The global climate change crisis is a threat to the well-being of humanity and to my generation that has been ignored for too long.”

 

This verdict comes after another group of teenagers in Washington State sued, asking their government officials to alter science-based emission regulations. It was ruled that the “urgency of climate change and the government’s responsibility to protect citizens require that the state’s Department of Ecology be held to a deadline.”

 

But that’s not all… Heading into Eugene, Oregon, a group of teen plaintiffs numbering twenty-one were victorious when the U.S. District Court there denied motions made by both the federal government and companies operating in the fossil fuel industry to dismiss a lawsuit over climate change and basically “dismiss” the harm it brings to the planet. These plaintiffs were angry; they stated their constitutional rights were being violated by the never-ending failure to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Our Children’s Trust is the nonprofit group backing these plaintiffs in all three states, as well as other states with pending lawsuits brought by teenagers against various governments, focusing on their own state’s lack of direction when it comes to stopping the horrendous effects of climate change. This organization believes that the trend of YA plaintiffs stepping forward to speak up and out about their own rights is not going to end anytime soon. And…it shouldn’t. After all, the rights of these young plaintiffs to demand people in power get off their behinds, open their eyes, and fix the horrific issues causing our planet to die and thus ruining the future for our children, is what America is all about.

 

As it is with most things in the political realm, the “laws” signed and the “vows” made are not kept a great deal of the time. But it is incredibly rewarding to see that the next generation has no trouble putting down those cell phones to fight for their health and welfare. We need to stand behind them to make sure that all voices – no matter how young they happen to be – are heard.

Source:  Baret News