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Birds / Re: Duck season 23/24
Last post by msmith - Today at 05:19:49 PM
Quote from: FinsnFur on February 19, 2024, 09:37:37 PMThat is one proud lab  :congrats:  :congrats:

He's my buddy
Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Mallards
Last post by msmith - Today at 05:17:54 PM
Quote from: FinsnFur on February 19, 2024, 09:31:55 PMThats pretty cool.
My first question was why do you have trail cam on the pond?
Ok, to check the mallard traffic. I like it.
How do you have the camera out there? Is it setting on something floating?
These are gonna be some fun shots :eyebrow:

I live right between flyways. WV is one of the most non waterfowl hunting states there is, yet there is a niche group that hunts them. With that, I find it pretty cool when mergansers or ducks check out my little pond. Last year I had a couple of mallards decide to check it out so I ate them  :biggrin:. This year was a bad year everywhere for duck hunting so I decided to make a small duck paradise. I started by tossing out a few decoys and scattering corn in the shallow water and along the edge. I took an old broken camera tripod that I had and put my game cam on it. I set the tripod in the water where the cam was about 18 inches off the water. I'm going to disc up an area above the pond and plant some millet this year and if the pond drops in hot weather, I may try to plant some rice in the mud. Anyway, it's a neat little project/experiment that I'm trying out. With a little luck we'll get a small local population of mallards to hunt a couple times a year. My cell subscription ran out so I'm done with pics for the year.


Birds / Re: Duck season 23/24
Last post by pitw - Today at 10:55:19 AM
Quote from: msmith on February 17, 2024, 08:55:20 AMwe had fun and spent some quality father/son time together.

I always thought quality time with the boys involved a switch. :shrug:
The Tailgate / Re: Today in history 2-21
Last post by Okanagan - Today at 10:51:16 AM
When I was 12 years old, in 1958 during a time of strong anti-communism in the US, I decided to read the Communist Manifesto and decide for myself whether it had any truth or value.  When I got done, I thought, "This will not work."

The heart of Communism is the belief:  "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."  (I think Engels wrote that but don't think that it is stated so in the manifesto, though it has been a long time since I read it.)

To each according to his need.  Who decides what I need?  As a kid, I thought that that means someone has to decide what each of us needs.  That requires that the decider have total dictatorial control over everyone but himself.  Marx and Engels saw the problem and came up with the impossibly naive solution of the "dictatorship of the proletariat/workers/masses."  (I never have figured that one out, except that it must mean that a bunch of humans tell each other what the other fellow needs.)

In practice, communism turned out as reality would expect:  a dictator and a few henchmen controlling everybody else and living above the masses they controlled. 

Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Mallards
Last post by pitw - Today at 10:51:11 AM
Good looking beeves. :highclap:
The Tailgate / Re: S'posed to get my biggest ...
Last post by pitw - Today at 10:49:23 AM
Luck man.
The Tailgate / Today in history 2-21
Last post by remrogers - Today at 09:23:39 AM
Feb 21
Karl Marx publishes Communist Manifesto

On February 21, 1848, The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx with the assistance of Friedrich Engels, is published in London by a group of German-born revolutionary socialists known as the Communist League. The political pamphlet—arguably the most influential in history—proclaimed that "the history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles" and that the inevitable victory of the proletariat, or working class, would put an end to class society forever.

Originally published in German as Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei ("Manifesto of the Communist Party"), the work had little immediate impact. Its ideas, however, reverberated with increasing force into the 20th century, and by 1950 nearly half the world's population lived under Marxist governments.

Karl Marx was born in Trier, Prussia, in 1818–the son of a Jewish lawyer who converted to Lutheranism. He studied law and philosophy at the universities of Berlin and Jena and initially was a follower of G.W.F. Hegel, the 19th-century German philosopher who sought a dialectical and all-embracing system of philosophy. In 1842, Marx became editor of the Rheinische Zeitung, a liberal democratic newspaper in Cologne. The newspaper grew considerably under his guidance, but in 1843 the Prussian authorities shut it down for being too outspoken. That year, Marx moved to Paris to co-edit a new political review.

Paris was at the time a center for socialist thought, and Marx adopted the more extreme form of socialism known as communism, which called for a revolution by the working class that would tear down the capitalist world. In Paris, Marx befriended Friedrich Engels, a fellow Prussian who shared his views and was to become a lifelong collaborator. In 1845, Marx was expelled from France and settled in Brussels, where he renounced his Prussian nationality and was joined by Engels.

During the next two years, Marx and Engels developed their philosophy of communism and became the intellectual leaders of the working-class movement. In 1847, the League of the Just, a secret society made up of revolutionary German workers living in London, asked Marx to join their organization. Marx obliged and with Engels renamed the group the Communist League and planned to unite it with other German worker committees across Europe. The pair were commissioned to draw up a manifesto summarizing the doctrines of the League.

Back in Brussels, Marx wrote The Communist Manifesto in January 1848, using as a model a tract Engels wrote for the League in 1847. In early February, Marx sent the work to London, and the League immediately adopted it as their manifesto. Many of the ideas in The Communist Manifesto were not new, but Marx had achieved a powerful synthesis of disparate ideas through his materialistic conception of history. The Manifesto opens with the dramatic words, "A spectre is haunting Europe–the spectre of communism," and ends by declaring: "The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workers of the world, unite!"
Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Mallards
Last post by nastygunz - Yesterday at 10:15:14 PM
Them wood ducks are bout impossible to hit, for me anyways :biggrin:
Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Mallards
Last post by remrogers - Yesterday at 10:05:50 AM
Mallards are good looking birds. For flash, you can't beat a wood duck drake, but foe elegance, a pintail drake take first prize. In MHO.
The Tailgate / Today in history 2-20
Last post by remrogers - Yesterday at 10:01:43 AM
Feb 20
Pilot Edward O'Hare becomes first American WWII flying ace

Lt. Edward O'Hare takes off from the aircraft carrier Lexington in a raid against the Japanese position at Rabaul—and minutes later becomes America's first WWII flying ace, shooting down five enemy bombers.

In mid-February 1942, the Lexington sailed into the Coral Sea. Rabaul, a town at the very tip of New Britain, one of the islands that comprised the Bismarck Archipelago of Papua New Guinea, had been invaded in January by the Japanese and transformed into a stronghold—in fact, one huge airbase. The Japanese were now in prime striking position for the Solomon Islands, next on the agenda for expanding their ever-growing Pacific empire. The Lexington's mission was to destabilize the Japanese position on Rabaul with a bombing raid.

Aboard the Lexington was U.S. Navy fighter pilot Lt. Edward O'Hare, attached to Fighting Squadron 3 when the United States entered the war. As the Lexington left Bougainville, the largest of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific for Rabaul, ship radar picked up Japanese bombers headed straight for the carrier. O'Hare and his team went into action, piloting F4F Wildcats. In a mere four minutes, O'Hare shot down five Japanese G4M1 Betty bombers—bringing a swift end to the Japanese attack and earning O'Hare the designation "ace" (given to any pilot who had five or more downed enemy planes to his credit).

Although the Lexington blew back the Japanese bombers, the element of surprise was gone, and the attempt to raid Rabaul was aborted for the time being. O'Hare was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery—and excellent aim. In 1949, Chicago officials named the O'Hare International Airport after him.