Monday, July 22, 2013

Fishing Trip, Pt. II

As soon as the thunder boomer passed, I launched the boat & headed out to throw the line.

The wind was still blowing hard, so I avoided any of the larger bays & lakes, staying in the smaller canals. I decided to try a spot at a washed-out weir structure. The tide was very high, so the whole structure was underwater. I tied the boat to a 2x4 someone had planted against the submerged weir and put a couple of shrimp on my shad rig.

I caught a small black drum (+/- 12 inches...too small) on the very first cast. I missed a couple of strikes, then finally hooked what had been taking my bait...a hard head catfish. As I was lifting it into the boat, the words "...a gon-gonk!" popped into my head. It was a term that one of my relatives made up to label hardheads back when I was a kid. I hadn't thought of that in years!

As I laid the catfish on the floor of the boat so I could get a glove on to remove it from the hook, it started making it's signature noise: "gon-gonk, gon-gonk", hence the term remembered above.

After I removed it from the hook, I noticed the next wave of thunderstorms approaching fast, so I packed up and hauled ass back to the launch to head for home.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Waiting to go fishing

I have been trying to go fishing for the last 2 months. Seems like I always have other stuff that needs attention that takes precedence. A couple of weeks ago I finally got a chance to go and took my neighbor with me. We got to the launch and realized that my battery in the boat was dead. We tried jumping it off, but the battery was so dead that the engine wouldn't even stay running! We packed it up & headed home. 

Today I am trying it again, solo. I get everything loaded up, the boat hooked up, and start out for the boat launch. 

BLAM! Dark clouds to the south! They seem kind of far off, so I continue to the launch. When I arrive, there is a slight drizzle, so I check the radar and this is what I see:

There are lots of boats coming in to get out of the weather. So I am now sitting in the truck waiting for this thunder storm to pass so I can launch the boat and maybe, just maybe, red out & catch some fish!

I'll post my results when I get back home. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Fifth Amendment

A person sits on the witness stand... A question is asked of the witness... The only response is... "I plead the fifth! " meaning that they won't testify against themselves.
This scenario is played out on television, in the movies, and in real life on regular basis.
But this amendment is about a lot more than commonly portrayed in television and the movies.
" No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation"
So it looks like double jeopardy, self - incrimination, being imprisoned without charges being filed, and eminent domain seizures without fair compensation all come from the Fifth Amendment.
I think that the NDAA is probably already violating this amendment.
I feel pretty dumb now that I am half way through the Bill of Rights and really didn't know what they said.
You are welcome for the enlightenment, I certainly know I am!
You can find the text of the Constitution online at:
Fifth Amendment specifically:

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Fourth Amendment

Consider this, if all of you communication is done through letters and snail mail, then no government entity has the right to look through them without a warrant. This inalienable right is protected by the Fourth Amendment as detailed below:

" The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized"

But, in today's modern digital age, most communication is via email, text messages, and other electronic methods. These mediums are subject to monitoring without a court order for at least seven days prior to making an official request for permission to monitor them. Also, if your email sits on a server for longer than 180 days, it is considered abandoned and legal for any government official to look through without a warrant or court order.

You can find the text of the Constitution online at:

Third Amendment specifically:

The Third Amendment

In case you haven't noticed, there is a theme going on here... I realized that with all of this talk about things being unconstitutional, I decided to educate myself on what the amendments to the United States Constitution actually said. I also decided that it could help me to post more in my blog, so here we are. Today's post is about the Third Amendment.

" No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law"

This Amendment says that the government cannot force citizens to keep soldiers in their homes in times of peace, and the only way they can force citizens to house soldiers in times of war is by passing specific laws to be able to do so.

The threat I can see is that since we are in a forever war, it would no be hard to comply with this. That being said, I don't see it happening because they would rather keep the soldiers in the disciplined environment of their own camp. (just my opinion)

You can find the text of the Constitution online at:

Third Amendment specifically:

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Second Amendment

Today is the 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Happy Birthday, US of A!

Now for a little knowledge :

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"

The Second Amendment does not GIVE United States citizens the right to bears arms. It merely states that the inalienable right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed because it is necessary to the security of the states.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The First Amendment

Read this:

" Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances"

This is the first Amendment to the United States Constitution. It is commonly referred to as the Freedom of Speech. Because of this, people, folks, if you will, assume that it GIVES you the freedom of speech and religion and the press, etc. The first five words state that "congress shall make no law"... That means that Congress can't legislate our already inalienable rights to these freedoms. Any attempt to do so is, by definition, unconstitutional.

Think about that as you go into your holiday weekend in celebration of our nation's independence on July 4th.

Resource on the Web to see the rest of the Constitution of the United States of America:

First Amendment: