June 29, 2008
We know of no other enumerated constitutional right whose core protection has been subjected to a freestanding “interest-balancing” approach. The very enumeration of the right takes out of the hands of government—even the Third Branch of Government—the power to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the right is really worth insisting upon. A constitutional guarantee subject to future judges’ assessments of its usefulness is no constitutional guarantee at all. Constitutional rights are enshrined with the scope they were understood to have when the people adopted them, whether or not future legislatures or (yes) even future judges think that scope too broad.
Justice Antonin Scalia in District of Columbia vs. Heller.
I actually seems quite ridiculous that is has taken over two hundred years to get a definition of this great Amendment, the Second. So has been the case with District of Columbia vs. Heller, more commonly known as the D.C. Hand Gun Ban. Read more
June 27, 2008
In a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Second Amendment was declared constitutional and guarantees an individual the right to keep and bear arms. In what some are calling the greatest decision by the Court in a decade or maybe even 70 years, I believe this is perhaps the grandest moment in American history, defining once and for all the Second Amendment.
First let me apologize for not getting something out on this sooner, as most of you know Heller vs. District of Columbia is something I have followed for a long time and has been a bit of a passion for me. Read more
June 26, 2008
My god it is late at night – much later than I am accustomed to for doing work but when feeling compelled, as I am at this moment, I have to at least begin this article and finish it in the morning. If I wait until morning, I fear little sleep and good rest.
Today, I was reading two opinion pieces in the Bismark Tribune out of North Dakota. One piece was written by Roger Kaseman, perhaps the self-appointed leader of the North Dakota Hunters for Fair Chase. Kaseman uses “deceptive” practices in order to convince readers that a group, also in North Dakota, called the, “Citizens to Preserve North Dakota Property Rights”, is using “deceptive” practices in doing battle against the Fair Chasers who want to outlaw hunting on game ranches. (Make sure you read all the comments that follow) Read more
June 23, 2008
While I was busy interviewing and pounding away on my laptop keyboard trying to improve audio quality and keep the streaming going to over a thousand viewers, Milt Inman and his son Gregg Inman were just as busy behind the scenes. Milt was taking pictures, keeping people from in front of the camera lens, etc., while Gregg passed out decals, helped with set-up and technology difficulties and made some in-roads with fellow media experts. Read more
June 16, 2008
By Scott Ellis
Turkey Tale Number one:
It was Thursday evening, April 3, 2006 at the Ellis’ household. My nine year old son Zachary and myself were headed turkey hunting the next morning. We were hunting with my protégé and good friend Aaron “Boomer” Walters. Boomer is a former Florida State Junior Calling Champion and a very accomplished turkey hunter. My wife Kim, Zachary and myself were hanging out on the back porch getting ready to fire up the grill when my phone rang. It was Boomer and he had been out trying to roost a bird that evening. I could tell by the excitement in his voice it was something good. Sure enough, he had put one to bed with his owl hooter that had gobbled some 100 times on the roost . I told Boomer “well at least if we don’t bag him we should have some fun in the morning“. We talked about the lay of the land and a little about a game plan for a set up the next morning. Read more
June 16, 2008
Groups are suing to stop the supplemental feeding of elk at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming saying that by doing so it is promoting the growth and spread of diseases such as chronic wasting disease and brucellosis. Supporters of supplemental feeding say without it thousands of elk will die. Read more
June 14, 2008
Earlier this month in a story about groups suing to stop the feeding of wild elk at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming, I also reported that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University researchers say they have developed a test for chronic wasting disease that can be done on live animals. This is a test of rectal tissues of live animals that can yield promising results on detecting CWD. It seems that the report I read wasn’t completely forthcoming on more specific details of the test. Whether intentional or not, I have no idea. Read more
June 13, 2008
Actually, my head is still buzzing from the excitement of the event last evening that took place at the Kittery Trading Post in Kittery, Maine. It is my understanding that this is the first time that this event has been held at a venue like the Kittery Trading Post – a place of trade or business.
Although I am not a veteran of many previous Maine Moose Lottery drawings, I think it can be said that this one was a big success. Read more
June 3, 2008
Mark your calendars for June 12, 2008. That is the date of the annual Maine Moose Lottery Drawing, this year to be held at the Kittery Trading Post in Kittery, Maine. More information below.
I’ve been working with the folks at KTP and Bob Adams has given me a great Internet connection speed so that I can stream audio and video from our web site. You will be able to do that by clicking this link at Skinny Moose Media broadcasting. We will make this link available at several of our websites so that you can more easily find it. Read more
June 2, 2008
I’ve talked some about his subject from a couple different perspectives. In Pennsylvania, the state is in the middle of a major deer population reduction in order to regrow the forests. According to reports from studies and officials, there are areas where too many deer have destroyed the natural under story of the forest allowing for growth of invasive plant species. Read more