Democracy Wake Takes Empowerment to the Streets

 

Democracy Wake Takes Empowerment to the Streets

 

This is an unprecedented time in America, with people champing at the bit to take back their government from the forces driven by special interests and big money. And now, the average person has the opportunity to get involved, make a difference and do their part to rouse American Democracy from its too-long and too-deep slumber.

11070922_1117519341607873_8777186441861472698_n-300x236Democracy Awake will add an unprecedented element to its comprehensive service.For the first time in modern American history, an organization will not merely provide all the tools necessary to inform voters and empower potential candidates, but will also physically send teams throughout the country, often in barnstorming busses like the one depicted below.  These teams travel from town to town, city to city, and will educate and teach people how the system works. We will also make extensive use of social media and other online resources to support those our field teams can’t service.

Our field teams will: conduct seminars, speak at conventions, host conferences, send ‘train-the-trainer’ teams to create cadres of men and women who will then branch out and continue creating other branches in areas where they live, reaching, teaching, and educating as many people as possible how they can be a part of the solution.  Overall, Democracy Awake will provide the leadership, energy, passion, and encouragement necessary to keep the people motivated all the way through Election Day.

The main purpose of all those events will be to teach voters – using real, live, regular human beings – how all these elements work, answer questions, show them how they can be involved, and motivate them to get invested in making their country a better place.  I am a huge fan, of course, in the role innovative and cutting-edge technology plays in solving many problems in our country.  But at its heart, repairing our democracy is an issue of the human spirit, and while new technology is useful, nothing replaces good, old fashion, human touch.

For more information, visit DemocracyAwake.org; sign The Declaration, and help fund our cause and help take back what’s rightfully ours!

 

Original Source; Baret News Wire.org

For movies opening May 29, 2015

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules:

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening May 29, 2015

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

 

BIG BUDGET FILMS

 

Aloha (PG-13 for profanity and suggestive comments) Oscar-winner Cameron Crowe (for Almost Famous) wrote and directed this romantic comedy about a disgraced astronaut-turned-defense contractor (Bradley Cooper) who divides his time between a feisty Air Force pilot (Emma Stone) and a long-lost ex-girlfriend (Rachel McAdams) while on assignment in Hawaii. Supporting cast includes Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride.

 

San Andreas (PG-13 for action, mayhem and brief profanity) 3-D disaster flick, unfolding in the wake a devastating earthquake, about a helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) who flies with his ex-wife (Carla Gugino) from L.A. to San Francisco to rescue their missing daughter (Alexandra Daddario). With Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffudd, Archie Panjabi and Will Yun Lee.

 

 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

 

Barely Lethal (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, violence, drug references and underage drinking) Action comedy about a teenage spy (Hailee Steinfeld) who fakes her own death in order to have a normal life, only to find the treacherous waters of a suburban high school as challenging as international espionage. Featuring Jessica Alba, Samuel L. Jackson and Jaime King.

 

Gemma Bovery (R for sexuality, nudity and profanity) Screen adaptation of Posy Simmonds’ graphic novel of the same name, set in Normandy, about a baker’s (Fabrice Luchini) pursuit of a British beauty (Gemma Arterton) who has just moved to town with her furniture repairman husband (Jason Flemyng). With Isabelle Candelier, Niels Schneider and Mel Raido. (In French and English with subtitles)

 

Heaven Knows What (R for violence, sexuality, disturbing images, graphic nudity, pervasive profanity and incessant drug use) Screen adaptation of Mad Love in New York City, Arielle Holmes’s unpublished memoir, a tawdry tale of self-destruction and love between a couple of heroin addicts (Holmes and Caleb Landry-Jones) living on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Support cast includes Eleonore Hendricks, street legend Buddy Duress gore rapper and Necro.

 

I Believe in Unicorns (Unrated) Bittersweet drama about a vulnerable teenager (Natalia Dyer) who resorts to escapist fantasies to cope when her first romantic relationship turns violent. With Peter Vack, Julia Garner, Amy Seimetz and Toni Meyerhoff.

 

Results (R for sexuality, profanity and drug use) Midlife crisis comedy, set in Austin, revolving around a recently-divorced millionaire (Kevin Corrigan) who starts dating his hard-nosed personal trainer (Cobie Smilders), much to the chagrin of her jealous boos and ex-boyfriend (Guy Pearce). With Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Michael Hall, Brooklyn Decker and Tishuan Scott.

 

Survivor (PG-13 for action, violence and brief profanity) International thriller about a double-crossed, U.S. Foreign Service Officer (MillaJovovich), stationed in London, who ends up on the run and trying to clear her name in time to thwart a terrorist attack planned for New Year’s Eve in Times Square. A-list ensemble includes Pierce Brosnan, Angela Bassett, Emma Thompson, Dylan McDermott and Robert Forster.

 

The True Cost (PG-13 for mature themes and disturbing images) Eco-documentary examining the toll exacted by the fashion industry on underpaid employees sewing the clothes and on the Earth’s natural resources. .

 

Welcome to This House (Unrated) Lyrical biopic about the closeted love life of Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), the secretly-gay Poet Laureate of the United States.

 

Source:  Baret News Wire

Firebird

 

Firebird
by Misty Copeland

 

Illustrated by Christopher Myers
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group
Hardcover, $17.99
36 pages, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-0-399-16615-0

Book Review by Kam Williams

Firebird, by Misty Copeland, Book Review, by Kam WilliamsWith spare, poignant text, American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland writes of a young dancer whose confidence is fragile. Through hard work and dedication, Misty shows her how she can reach the same heights as Misty, even becoming the Firebird, Misty Copeland’s signature role.

An affecting story echoing Misty Copeland’s own remarkable and meteoric rise in ballet, paired with vibrant, memorable art with plenty of style and flair—a must-have for any lover of ballet.”

— Excerpted from the Bookjacket

Misty Copeland has undeniably arrived. First, this force to be reckoned overcame poverty and being a minority en route to earning a coveted spot as a prima ballerina in the prestigious American Ballet Company. She subsequently went on to write a best-selling memoir ostensibly designed to inspire others from humble backgrounds to pursue their own seemingly-unreachable dreams.

More recently, Misty was not only the subject of a feature story on CBS’ 60 Minutes, but she also landed on the cover of Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.Obviously, this is a woman with much more to share than dancing on her tippy toes.

Firebird, by Misty Copeland, Book Review, by Kam Williams

Misty Copeland
Photo: Gregg Delman

For these purposes, the subject of discussion is her latest opus, Firebird, a delightful picture book appropriate for aspiring ballerinas up to about the age of 8. Dazzlingly-illustrated by Caldecott Medal-nominee Christopher Myers, the enchanting tale is basically a poetic pep talk delivered by Misty in heartfelt fashion to a promising protege plagued with self doubt.

Misty’s points out that she herself was once “a dancer just like you… a dreaming shooting star of a girl with work and worlds ahead.” And in a telling postscript for the parents she explains how it isw her aim “to pave a more definitive path than the one that was there for me.”

A modern Horatio Alger parable with the perfect prescription for motivating many a rug rat to find their voice and spread their wings.

To order a copy of Firebird, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0399166157/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20%20%C2%A0

Source:  Baret News Wire

Primo Perino!

 

Dana Perino

The “And the Good News Is…” Interview

with Kam Williams

 

Primo Perino!

 

Dana Marie Perino was born in Evanston, Wyoming on May 9, 1972, where she grew up herding cattle at the crack of dawn on a cattle ranch. In college, she moonlighted as a country music DJ while majoring in Mass Communications. And after graduating from Colorado State University-Pueblo, she went on to earn a Master’s in Dana Perino,   The “And the Good News Is…” Interview,   with Kam WilliamsPublic Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.



Dana made history as the first Republican female to serve as White House Press Secretary. After seven years in the George W. Bush administration, she was recruited by the Fox News Network to co-host a new show, The Five, which has become one of the most highly-rated programs on cable TV.



Christians in word and deed, Dana and her husband, Peter, devote considerable time to philanthropy causes, traveling to Africa on numerous occasions to volunteer with charities ranging from Living Hope to Mercy Ships. The former is a faith-based organization working with AIDS victims, while the latter is a state-of-the-art floating hospital which sails down the Congo River to bring free medical care to desperate people living is some of the poorest countries in the world.



Here, she talks about her life and career, including the time spent as President Bush’s official spokesperson.
 
Kam Williams: Hi Dana, thanks for the interview. How are you?
Dana Perino: I’m pretty good, thank you.

KW: You know, I feel like I already know you, from seeing you on The Five everyday.  
DP: That’s one of the favorite things I hear a lot on the book tour. I think that’s a huge compliment to The Five.

KW: Even though I’m very liberal, I still enjoy the show, especially because you and Greg Gutfeld aren’t predictable in terms of your political stances.
DP: I know what you mean. Bill Shine, an executive at Fox, once said, “Who would’ve ever thought that it’d be Dana Perino always defending the unions and the TSA?”

KW: Or coming to the defense of Obama administration White House Press Secretaries. What were your expectations, when you agreed to do The Five?
DP: When we first started, we didn’t think it was going to be a permanent show, based on the way it was pitched to us. They said it was only going to run for six weeks. I said okay, because I didn’t really have anything to lose. And I didn’t want to have an act, since all I know how to be is myself. The good news for me is that Fox has let me be that person. It’s been great for me, actually.  

KW: I think the show has really humanized you and allowed you to blossom. Most people probably had you pigeonholed very narrowly, after only seeing you as the mouthpiece for the Bush administration.
DP: And who knew the show was going to be so much fun?

KW: It reminds me a lot of The McLaughlin Group.
DP: You’re not alone in that. Gutfeld says our show’s like The McLaughlin Group.

KW: I’m going to be mixing in readers’ questions with my own.
DP: Oh, good!

KW: Editor/Legist Patricia Turnier asks: What is the primary message you want people to take away from your book?
DP: That you don’t have to have attended fancy prep schools growing up, or gotten an Ivy League education, or have your life completely planned and mapped out to enjoy a great deal of personal and professional success.

KW: Patricia also says: You became the second female at your former position at the White House. She’d like to know what advice you have for women trying to break the glass ceiling, given that there have been so few females, historically, in such government positions as White House Press Secretary, Attorney General and Supreme Court Justice. She’s wondering if you think some obligatory measures should be taken ensuring parity between the genders?
DP: I don’t. I think I was the right Press Secretary at the right time. I know that I was chosen because President Bush felt I was the best person for the job. I’m also very encouraged by developments in Washington, D.C., a place where women in government can advance even more than in private corporations. If you look at the number of females who have been chiefs of staff and undersecretaries under the past two administrations, the chances of a woman succeeding there are very good, and I think that corporate America is trying to catch up. And that’s happening not just in terms of political positions, like the one I held, but with the bureaucracy as well. 

Dana Perino,   The “And the Good News Is…” Interview,   with Kam WilliamsKW: Scott McLellan, the White House Press Secretary who hired you, wrote a book which was a scathing indictment of the Bush administration after he resigned from the post. Did his memoir make your job even harder, and how did that betrayal affect you emotionally?  
DP: One of my favorite passages in the book is where I recount the lesson in forgiveness I was re-taught by President Bush.   

KW: I was astonished to read that President Bush had urged you to forgive him.
DP: That’s how President Bush lives his life. One of the reasons I wanted to write the book was to explain what I saw: he was focused on his job and he lived his faith. One way to succeed is to make sure you’re forgiving of little things… even big things. Certainly, that was a betrayal by Scott McLellan. And it made my job harder for about a week. But, at that point, when the president heard that I was still tied up in knots over it, he called me into the Oval Office at 6:40 in the morning and asked me to try to forgive Scott. That just took the weight off of my shoulders. But what really helped me continue to do my job well the most occurred later that day as I was leaving the White House, when President Bush said, “By the way, I don’t think you’d ever do this to me.” So, he was a good enough manager to know that I was tied up in knots because I was concerned about his press coverage, and about how I was going to deal with the briefing. But then I was also worried about my special relationship with him, and that the closeness and access I needed in order to do my job well was going to be curtailed. So, what he was doing was taking the time to assure me that that access was not going to be curtailed, and it certainly wasn’t.

KW: What’s your best memory of the late Tony Snow, your immediate predecessor as White House Press Secretary? 
DP: He was a giant of a Press Secretary. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received in my life was from him on his last day at the White house. I was very nervous, because I’d be taking over the next day, and he’d been so popular and so great at the job. I didn’t know how I was going to measure up. He was 6’5” and I’m only 5’ tall. He made me stand up, and he put a hand on my shoulder, tilted my chin up, and said, “You are better at this than you think you are.” I sort of made light of it at that moment. But it did hit me, after getting through two weeks of briefings and finding my rhythm. I thought, “Oh, that’s what he meant. I don’t have to be like him in order to be good at this job. I just have to be myself.”
That’s a theme that recurred throughout my career in Washington, and was also true with Roger Ailes at Fox News. I wasn’t really ready, but he gave me enough time to come out of my shell.


KW:
Speaking of your height, how do you feel about the way Greg always teases you about being tiny whenever he does the intro to the show?
DP: I love it. One of my favorites was when he said, “She uses toothpicks for ski poles.”

KW: Finally, Patricia says: As an executive at Random House, what would you say helps distinguish a great book from an unknown writer?
DP: I think trust between the editor and the writer, and a belief in the project. Word of mouth helps as well.

Dana-11KW: What inspired you to get involved with the Mercy Ships, and doing so much volunteer work in Africa?
DP: Initially, it was when President and Mrs. Bush launched the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS relief. So, I knew of the program for a long time, and I was familiar with the statistics, but I had never been to Africa until I went with them in February of 2008. I was really touched by the whole experience. I told my husband that I’d like to go back to Africa for six months after leaving the White House. He whittled that down a little and we went for six weeks. Volunteering and advocating for poverty alleviation, maternal health and early child development on a global scale are very important to me. Later, when I learned about Mercy Ships, I decided I’d like to see it for myself. And Peter, ever the trooper, came with me to the Congo. While we were there, we shot a video that reached millions and millions of people, letting them know about Mercy Ships. I was so proud of that.     


KW:
I think a lot of people were very impressed by your doing that, especially since so many Democrats are convinced that Republicans only care about the rich?
DP: That’s a shame! It surprises me that people might think that, because when they publish the charitable donations each year you see that, across the board, conservatives give more. The AIDS relief program was started by President Bush, in part, because of encouragement from Evangelical Christians who felt a moral obligation to save a continent that was about to lose an entire generation of people. And now, Bono starts his concerts by asking everyone in the audience to thank President Bush for saving ten million lives.

KW: Documentary Filmmaker Kevin Williams says: It seems like the past several White House Press Secretaries since you left the job have been much more combative and antagonistic towards reporters asking tough questions. Do you think that’s the result of the recent jobholders’ nerves wearing thin or of a fundamental change in the role of the White House Press Secretary?
DP: I would say that there was a great deal of tension as well between the press and my two predecessors as well. But I don’t necessarily need to comment on other people’s styles. I would just say that I didn’t feel that it was very productive or helpful to the people of America for the White House Press Secretary and the press to be at each other’s throats everyday. That wasn’t how I wanted to live my life. They had a job to do; and I knew it was an important one. And I had a job to do, too. So, I tried to meet them halfway. I saw 50% of my job as advocating and defending the United States of America through the eyes of the Bush administration. I saw the other 50% of my job was defending and advocating for the press so it could maintain its access to the president. I don’t understand the antagonism we see today, or why this administration has cut off some access, like they did with photographers. President Obama is so handsome, he never takes a bad picture. So, they didn’t need to antagonize the press with that piece. In Chapter Six, I write about how swallowing sarcasm and carrying yourself with dignity and grace will make you more effective as a communicator than fighting all the time.  
KW: Kevin has a follow-up: Is it fair for people to see an unhealthy relationship between the political class and the press at the White House Correspondent's Dinner? Did you enjoy the so-called Nerd Prom?
DP: Hate’s a strong word, but I hate the Nerd Prom and I have not been back since 2008. Big group events don’t suit me well. I’m not impressed by meeting celebrities. And one of the things that disappoints me about the dinner is that it is meant to celebrate the young people who are being awarded scholarships. Yet, the guests sitting at the tables won’t shut up long enough to allow the young people to enjoy their moment to shine.   

KW: Harriet Pakula-Teweles asks: What would be the most important piece of advice you’d give to an incoming Presidential Press Secretary?
DP: I think I would pay forward the advice I got from Chief of Staff Andy Card, o say a little prayer of thanks every morning before the Marine opens the door to the West Wing for you, and it will set your day off on a better foot.  

KW: Children’s book author Irene Smalls asks: What is the toughest challenge you faced at the White House?
DP: I’d say the accumulation of stress and intensity, and the overwhelming amount of work we had to do. If I got to go back and do it over again, I would have taken better care of my health, because I really let things spiral out of control, and I think I would’ve been a better Press Secretary, if I’d focused on taking better care of myself.
KW: As Press Secretary your hair was short. Now it’s long. Which is your preference?
DP: I had long hair for a long, long time prior to the White House. Now, I have the benefit of professional help in getting ready to appear on The Five. But I loooooove to wear a ponytail.
KW: Irene also asks: What are your hopes for the country?
DP: That we would recognize that we are so blessed to have been born here, and that we are an exceptional nation with a great deal of responsibility in the world which we need to take seriously. And that we need to live our lives with joy, because that’s what was intended. And that we would come together and recognize that our problems are solvable. We sometimes just lack the will to solve them.

KW: Is there any question no one ever asks you, that you wish someone would?
DP: [Chuckles] I’d just like to share my favorite piece advice from the book: Choosing to be loved is not a career-limiting decision. My marriage has helped me in my career more than perhaps anything else I could’ve done, despite leaving an enviable career-track in Washington, DC when we had nothing.
KW: What was the last book you read?
DP: I’m almost finished reading “All the Light We Cannot See,” which is a novel about World War II. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1476746583/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20   I’m also reading “Munich Airport” by Greg Baxter. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1455557951/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20
Another book by him I loved was “The Apartment.”   http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1455548367/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20
KW: What is the last song you listened to?
DP: Last night, I listened to the new soundtrack from the TV series “Nashville,” a show which is like a combination of “Dallas” and “Fame.” [Laughs]  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00W4B0JEK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20
KW: What is your favorite dish to cook?
DP: My husband and I love steak with some sort of vegetables. But I’m also very good at making a dish I call Blue Cheese Heaven, which is stir-fried vegetables with blue cheese crumble melted served over sourdough toast with horseradish spread.
KW: Who is your favorite clothes designer?
DP: I didn’t really learn a lot about fashion growing up in Wyoming, so I’m a little intimidated in Washington and New York at times. I’m lucky that I found a young designer named Bradley Scott who takes such great care of me. Whenever I have a special occasion, I pull out one of his dresses.

KW: When you look in the mirror what do you see?
DP: An older version of myself. [Laughs] I have found a way to be joyously content. I don’t see myself as worried, or stressed or fearful anymore, like I use to. I also used to see a very hard-edged person when I worked in the White House, although that wasn’t the kind of Press Secretary President Bush wanted me to be. And it wasn’t good for my marriage either, so I tried to be the way I believe God intended my life to be, which is a little more joyous.
KW: I suppose that position forces you to be a little harder-edged.
DP: I think it’s very hard to leave those arguments in the Briefing Room. But I was very much supported by President Bush and the White house.
KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?
DP: I would like the feeling of serenity to be shared by more people in the world.
KW: The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory?
DP: My earliest, childhood political memory was watching the inauguration of Ronald Reagan. My earliest memory was riding a pony my grandfather bought me named Sally at the ranch. I loved that pony.

KW: Would you mind giving me a Dana Perino question I can ask everybody I interview?
DP: Sure: What keeps you up at night? President Bush used to ask that of other world leaders because it would help him understand what their anxieties were so he could work better with them.
KW: Excellent! Thanks. The Melissa Harris-Perry question: How did your first big heartbreak impact who you are as a person?
DP: I remember very well when I was dumped in college by this guy I’d dated for two and a half years. All of a sudden he failed to show up one Friday night; and I never saw him again. I got the flu and was feeling sorry for myself until my friend Andrea said, “We gotta get you up and outta here.” And we started going to these country music bars in Pueblo. We’d danced with every guy but go home with no one. She and I are still such good friends. That experience taught me that you can survive a broken heart.
KW: What is the biggest difference between who you are at home and the person we we see on TV?
DP: I think I’m quieter at home. I need time to think, and I need time to read which isn’t an indulgence but part of my job, since I get a lot of galleys
KW: The Judyth Piazza question: What key quality do you believe all successful people share?
DP: I actually believe it is optimism, not the unrealistic, Pollyanna sort, but the type that enables you to keep striving to achieve in the face of adversity.
KW: The Tavis Smiley question: How do you want to be remembered?
DP: As kind.
KW: Finally, what’s in your wallet?
DP: Some credit cards and an I.D. And you know what I carried around in my wallet for five years? A scrap of paper with my sketch of an outline for this book I wanted to write. For some reason, I never threw it away, even after the first publisher I approached said the book would never sell. When I showed it to the one who did end up publishing the book, he said, “Leave this with me.” And he even wrote my proposal, because he believed in it so much.
KW: Wow! And it’s been #1 on Amazon’s best-seller list for several weeks straight.
DP: Would you believe it? Well, I loved talking with you, Kam.

KW: Same here, Dana. It’s been an honor. Like I said, I love you on the show because you’re not a predictable, hack Republican spouting the party line, but a very sensitive and intelligent person who obviously thinks for herself.
DP: Thank you, Kam, you made my day!
To purchase a copy of “And the Good News Is…” visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1455584908/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 Source:  Baret News Wire

Green Propulsion Helping Preserve Water Access

 

Green Propulsion Helping Preserve Water Access

 

Clean water — especially in urban areas — is becoming more and more of a hot button topic all across the United States. As additional source-water bodies are being protected, boaters and anglers are finding themselves in the crosshairs of restricted access. Fortunately, some innovative anglers and new technology are helping change that.

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Beck with his Torqeedo Motors

One such example of actually expanding public access in a time of dwindling on-the-water resources are the Metro Reservoirs, located just outside Baltimore, Maryland. The  Metro system, comprised of Liberty, Loch Raven, and Pretty Boy reservoirs, is the primary source of water for the city of Baltimore. Restricted to the use of electric motors only, these impoundments are some of the most pristine waters found anywhere in close proximity to a major metropolitan area.

Freeland, Maryland resident Mike Beck operates Beck’s Gunsmithing. In addition to providing bespoke gunsmithing services, Beck is one of the foremost authorities on converting and rigging conventional boats with electric propulsion for use on source-water bodies like the Metro Reservoirs. He’s been involved in the business for more than 35 years.

“A number of years ago, there was a move to shut these reservoirs down due to zebra mussels,” says Beck. “But Baltimore had allowed access to them since they had been built. No one in government really understood the commerce that these bodies of water generated.”

Beck said that after just one year, the closure caused a ripple effect with the closures of marine-related businesses, tackle shops, and other related businesses. The re-opening of the reservoirs was spearheaded by a coalition of both fresh- and saltwater fishermen.

“This is the only water access you really have close to Baltimore,” says Beck. “And it was really important to people that didn’t want to have to travel to get out on the water.”

The re-opening of the Metro Reservoirs was a big deal, and eventually spawned two major bass fishing clubs that host competitive events on the three impoundments. Beck has custom rigged a number of single and twin engine installations with remote, tiller, or stick steering for competitors.

 

From the beginning, Beck has seen a number of changes in the all-electric world:  “It’s gone from just kind of putting around with traditional electric trolling motors to actually being able to get out and cover ground with actual electric-powered outboards like the Torqeedo,” says Beck.

Although he says that the company’s Cruise 4.0 is one of the most popular options for reservoir bass fishing, Beck said there are a number of

Torqeedo Cruise 4.0

Torqeedo Cruise 4.0

considerations to take into account when putting together an electric-only bass rig.

“Most guys let the customer determine how the boat is going to be rigged,” says Beck. “But you’ve got to consider what type of batteries you are going to use, as well as how to distribute them.”

Beck says lithium batteries like those manufactured by Torqeedo are less of a concern with regards to distribution because of their lightweight, compact design. But traditional lead acid batteries offer different challenges.

“Heavier batteries need to be distributed between the bow and the stern of the vessels, and you also need to make sure you’ve got adequate battery storage,” says Beck. Most boats that are converted weren’t built with that in mind.”

If too much of the load is distributed in the bow, Beck says body weight alone can’t compensate in helping to trim the vessel. That can translate into a loss of overall speed as well as a safety issue if the bow pitches too far down.

Beck’s personal rig is a 16-foot aluminum SeaNymph, weighing in at 560 pounds. With lithium batteries and twin Torqeedo 4.0s, he’s able to cruise at 11 mph with a maximum of 1 hour and 45 minutes run time.

“If it’s just me in the boat, I can reach planing status at 14 mph,” says Beck. “If you want easy access to fishing, this is the way to go.”

But not all are refurb boats. A new market segment is emerging and supporting custom boat builders like Reservoir Boat Works that are pushing the design envelope and specifically building electric-only watercraft.

To learn more about Beck and his unique electric conversion services, visit www.becksgunsmithing.com. To learn more about Torqeedo, the world’s leading manufacturer of green power solutions and and its unique line electronic propulsion and accessories, visit www.torqeedo.com.

 

Original Source; Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Tidewater 2800CC: Perfect for Dolphin Season Everywhere

 

Tidewater 2800CC: Perfect for Dolphin Season Everywhere

by Ted Lund

From the offshore canyons in the Northeast to the Florida Straits, summertime means one thing to serious anglers: dolphin. They are one of the world’s most popular offshore gamefish; they are readily accessible, usually willing to bite, and make for great table fare. Being an open-ocean wanderer, you’ll want the perfect machine to chase them with; Tidewater’s 280CC Adventure fits the bill.

Running and Gunning

280 CC Adventure

280 CC Adventure Tidewater Boats

One of the most effective ways to specifically target big dolphin is to actively run-and-gun for them; seek out structure-like palettes, trees, or towing hawsers. You’ll also want to keep an eye to the sky for birds. You’ll find a number of smaller birds like terns and noddys, which follow dolphin. Chances are if you spot a frigate bird, a trophy is near by.

Study the body language and actions of the frigate; if it is cruising high on the thermoclines, it is either following a fish from a distance or keeping an eye out for one. Frigates are usually on the hunt when they are lower to the water and flying in a straight line. Get ready to get hooked up if you find them wheeling and plucking baitfish off the surface.

Tackle

The best tackle for trophy dolphin is usually spinning gear that allows anglers to pitch hefty live or deadbaits. Usually a 7- to 71/2-foot spinning rod, dolphinm-lgarmed with an 800-series reel is the preferred weapon of choice. You’ll want a reel that can handle several hundred yards of 20-pound monofilament or braid. To the end of that, you’ll want a 50- to 60-pound floro leader, attached to a Bimini in the braid by a Bristol knot. This allows the knot to be wound right up into the guides and flow easily on the cast. For hooks, you’ll want to opt for a large J-hook. The idea here is to hook and land a big fish. Your chances are better if you have a large J-hook firmly embedded in the dolphin’s gut. Remember, no one ever released a 40-pounder — deliberately.

Baits

When running and gunning dolphin, you’ll want a mix of live and dead baits to pitch to large fish. Live blue runners, ballyhoo, goggle eyes and herring are top choices. In order to get them to live longer, as well as hook up better, you’ll want to bridle them to the hook using a floss loop or rubber band.

The same idea is true with dead baits. Large squid, ballyhoo, or flying fish are popular choices. Unfortunately, once thawed, the baits can become flimsy and fly off the hook easily. This is resolved by sewing them to the hook using wax floss or rigging wire.

Regardless of the bait, the next step is finding and hooking the fish. You’ll want to cast the bait out in front of the fish on an intercept course. Big dolphin are usually always hungry, so getting the bite isn’t much of a problem. But what you do after the bite makes all the difference in the world. Even though these are big fish, you’ll want to let them eat; they’re trying to swallow a big bait. Count to 10 with the bail open, then lock the reel up and wind. The rest is up to you.

Full Featured

The 280CC Adventure is equally at home on day trips to the Stream or overnight trips to the canyons. At 28-feet, 4-inches, its the flagship of the Tidewater line. It’s 9-foot, 10-inch beam is roomy and creates a wide pattern for trolling lures and natural baits; but it’s also a great choice for running and gunning. Boasting a maximum 600 hp with 205 gallons of standard fuel capacity, anglers can really stretch their legs in search of these highly migratory pelagics.

Family-oriented fishermen are sure to appreciate the amenities like a 19-gallon freshwater tank perfect for quick showers and a 13-gallon waste capacity for an internal head.

One of the biggest problems for dolphin fishermen is storage; it’s often possible to catch a limit of fish so quickly you barely have time to find some place to put them. Not a problem thanks to the 280CC’s cavernous fish boxes. Four plumbed compartments total 160 gallons of useable fish storage area.

The 280CC’s pair of 30 gallon livewells are sure to be a hit with offshore anglers as well; giving them the ability to carry live ballyhoo,  goggleyes, or blue runners separately.

Other standard features on the 280 CC  Adventure — and the rest of Tidewater’s lineup — include all-composite, no wood construction with fiberglass stringers and a hand-laid fiberglass hull. Each boat is rigged to AYBC standards and backed by a 10-year transferable hull warranty.

For more information on the CC Adventure family of boats or the entire Tidewater line, visit tidewaterboats.com,

 

Original Source; Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Harrowing Earthquake Adventure Does for San Francisco What Jaws Did for the Ocean

 

San Andreas

Film Review by Kam Williams

 

Harrowing Earthquake Adventure Does for San Francisco What Jaws Did for the Ocean

 

If you were afraid to swim in the ocean after watching Jaws, you might be just as reluctant to visit San Francisco after seeing this spectacular disaster flick. Directed by Brad Peyton (Journey 2), San Andreas features a character-driven plot as riveting as its dizzying special f/x.


San Andreas,  Film Review by Kam WilliamsThe film stars Dwayne Johnson as Ray Gaines, a highly-decorated helicopter pilot with over 600 rescues on his resume. At the point of departure, we find the fearless L.A. Fire Department chief risking life and limb to pluck an accident victim (Stephanie Johnston) from a car dangling precipitously over a deep canyon. To you or me, attempting such a dangerous maneuver would be unthinkable, but to Ray, it’s merely business as usual.

Meanwhile, Professor Lawrence Hayes (Paul Giamatti) is delivering a lecture at California Institute of Technology on the incredible power of earthquakes. Then, when a colleague (Will Yun Lee) detects some unusual seismic activity in the vicinity of the Hoover Dam, the two quake chasers rush off to observe the event firsthand.

They arrive in time to witness the considerable wrath wrought by a shift in tectonic plates registering 7.1 on the Richter scale. Worse, their state-of-the-art gizmo indicates that this event wasn’t an anomaly but rather a precursor to an impending disaster of much greater magnitude.

The ensuing rip in the San Andreas fault wreaks havoc all across the State ofSan Andreas,  Film Review by Kam Williams
California. Of course, Chief Gaines jumps into action, plucking his estranged wife, Emma (
Carla Gugino), from the roof of a teetering skyscraper before pointing the chopper in the direction of the epicenter, San Francisco.

That’s where their terrified daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario) called from after being abandoned by her mom’s billionaire boyfriend (Ioan Gruffudd). At least she is in the company of a couple of chivalrous, young British lads (Art Parkinson and Hugo Johstone-Burt).

Nevertheless, the search is on, as the desperate parents negotiate a perilous gauntlet to the Bay Area via air, sea and land, encountering everything from turbulence to tsunamis to landslides en route. Unfolding like a classic Seventies disaster flick, San Andreas serves up a smorgasbord ofreadily-identifiable archetypes: the musclebound hero, the effete coward, the damsel in distress, the terminally-nerdy professor, and so on, each played with perfect aplomb by a talented cast.

Still, the best reason to catch this bombastic summer blockbuster is for the eye-popping panoramas which must be seen in 3D to be appreciated fully.

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated PG-13 for intense action, incessant mayhem and brief profanity

Running time: 114 minutes

Studio: Warner Brothers Pictures

 

Source:  Baret News Wire

African-American Mother and Son’s Adjustment to Autism Chronicled in Inspirational Biopic

 

Bass Clef Bliss

Film Review by Kam Williams

African-American Mother and Son’s Adjustment to Autism Chronicled in Inspirational Biopic

 

 

Before Terrence Partridge turned 2, his parents first noticed an arrest in his development of age-appropriate social skills. In fact, he actually started regressing soon thereafter, as words he had already been using began to disappear from his vocabulary.

Bass Clef Bliss, Film Review by Kam WilliamsBut it would still be a couple more years before they would receive the devastating diagnosis that their son was autistic. Unfortunately, the marriage would not last, as is so often the case with families touched by this affliction, and the burden of raising Terrence alone would end up falling entirely on his mother Therese’s shoulders.

Since early intervention can be critical in a kid’s prognosis, he was lucky she committed herself to giving him the love and support of even more than two parents. And she resolved to become an expert in autism, since it can manifests in myriad ways, making what might be a viable protocol for one child, totally inappropriate for another.

In Terrence’s case, he exhibited an early interest in music, being among the 1 in 10,000 people blessed with perfect pitch. His attentive mom recognized his talent which she proceeded to cultivate with the help of Louise Titlow, his trombone instructor. Under his patient teacher’s tutelage, the boy blossomed into a promising prodigy to the point where he would one day play in San Diego’s New Youth Classical Orchestra as well as jazz in a combo led by trumpeter Gilbert Castllanos.

Louise modestly explains away her student’s seemingly miraculous achievements with, “All it takes with Terrence or any autistic child is a little bit more love, a little more time, and a little more faith.” Perhaps of greater significance is her further assertion that, “He can be an angel of healing self-expression through music, and heal others as he’s uplifting himself.”

Directed by Patrick Scott, Bass Clef Bliss is an alternately heartrending and uplifting biopic chronicling the tight bond between a mother and son as together they confront an assortment of daunting challenges associated with autism. Scott makes a most impressive debut here, as he oh so delicately balances the access he was afforded to his subjects ‘daily lives with their plausible concerns about personal privacy.

Besides focusing on Terrence and Therese’s trials, tribulations and ultimate triumphs, this informative documentary features a cornucopia of facts and figures about autism, courtesy of both experts and anecdotal evidence. Did you know that in 1985, 1 in 2,500 babies developed the disorder, and that today the number is about 1 in 68?

Thus, autism is now, effectively, universal in nature which makes a labor of love like Bass Clef Bliss certain to resonate deeply with any spiritually-inclined soul compassionately attuned to other than self.

Excellent (4 stars)

Unrated

Running time: 70 minutes

Distributor: BKLYN2LA Productions / Drama House Productions

 

Source:  Baret News Wire

We Have a Siri-ous Problem Here

 

We Have a Siri-ous Problem Here
Witt of Will by Will Roberts

 

So the other day I’m having a conversation with Siri, you know, my iPhone. So I’m asking her questions and I repeat it over and over and over again, but shes not understanding me, or is she.  Then I determined that I think Siri doesn’t really like people.  Now, I don’t really blame her, I mean after all if you barked orders and questions at me all the time at me all the time, I probably wouldn’t like you either.

 

But if you spend enough time with Siri and its a proven fact; that people spend more time with their phones then their loved ones, I think you’ll find out a couple of things. First off, I think she is politically; right wing, that’s not bad, but,  I asked a question about a liberal and for the life of me, she wouldn’t display the word “liberal”. She put in limbo, libel, liberty, anything but Liberal.
This is all really weird because Siri is a free service that helps people. And she auto corrects your words, suggested by who I WONDER… Maybe Siri is an NSA socialist thing that was built to control, the words we put out.

 

I know it’s only a minute away when they start selling advertising with Siri.  Then when you speak the words “take me home” it’ll come up with Home Depot, and you won’t have any control over it.

 

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Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

Top Ten DVD List for May 26, 2015

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

This Week’s DVD Releases, by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for May 26, 2015

 

Murdoch Mysteries: The Movies

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00TV6C1ME/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

So Bright Is the View

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00TRUJ6UY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Glee: The Final Season

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00T6KIMR8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Gun Woman

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00T73AOTI/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

The Larry Sanders Show: The Complete Series

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00V5JEJ1Q/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Battlestar Galactica: The Remastered Collection

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00Q2OQNEU/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

The Wonder Years: Season Three

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00UBZLLZC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00UBJQ3ME/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Sons of Liberty

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00SVLX4GW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Sword of Vengeance

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00TQGGFL2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 

Honorable Mention

 

The House across the Street

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00T5DYUTK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

The Loft

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00HLTDAGO/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00UO05D8U/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20