Mo-Sen: The primary is heating up – Sarah Palin has endorsed, and there’s a bit of drama

Former Vice Presidential Candidate and Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin has endorsed a candidate in Missouri’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate.

Ya don’t say?

Retired bomber pilot Tony Monetti has earned the nod from Palin, who will campaign for him in Kansas City on June 27. A public rally will be held along with a VIP fundraiser, which Monetti says is “a game changer” for his campaign.

Monetti told TheBlaze, “So many [of our supporters] want signs, and we can’t afford to make them fast enough.” He said, “I had one supporter say, ‘I don’t have a lot of money, but I’ll paint signs and put them in my neighbors’ yards.”

But Palin’s endorsement is expected to breathe extra life into Monetti’s campaign.

How did that happen?

Tony’s wife, Penny, has always loved Sarah Palin. So after Palin posted on her website that Tony’s announcement release was the “best campaign video of all time,” an introduction was in order.

Penny flew to meet with Palin and told her about Tony’s initiatives.

In the campaign video, Monetti says, “I don’t know about you, but I’m just sick and tired of what’s going on in D.C.,” all while he’s flying (mostly upside-down) in a single engine Extra 300.

“I’m willing to do it, but I need your help,” Monetti tells his audience in the video. He told TheBlaze, “We’re moving hearts and minds, but we need more money.”

I have to report this:

Monetti’s campaign manager, Jonica Hope, was arrested last week for allegations of falsifying a sworn statement. Hope evidently admitted to a charge of fraudulent use of a credit device a few years ago, and failed to report it when she was signing up to run for the Christian County Republican Committee.

Under advisement by her attorneys, Hope was not able to speak about the situation. But Monetti told TheBlaze in laughter, “We are the basket of deplorables, after all. We’re a ragtag team but we’re all heart and we’re going to win.”


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When He Went To Get His Newspaper, His Heart Stopped When He Saw Them Staring Back At Him

When a man heard a noise outside his home, he never could have imagined what was there waiting for him. As a photographer in Alaska, Tim Newton was used to taking images of wildlife, but to have the wildlife literally come to his doorstep was a totally new experience. Upon hearing a commotion on his front porch, Tim went to investigate, telling The Dodo: “It was right near dawn. I heard some noises; it was like something scrambling on the deck.”

He continued: “Coming out of my slumber, I thought, ‘What the heck is that?’ So I put on my bathrobe and slowly eased back the curtain. And right there, 2 feet away, was a lynx kitten. He was sitting there watching his siblings race by.”

But that wasn’t all. When he was able to get a better look, he saw three or four lynx kittens playing on the porch. He noted: “They were running back and forth, pouncing on each other.”

He grabbed his camera and explained: “I started snapping away. I thought, ‘Wow! What incredible luck. This just beats all. This is just wonderful!’”

The special moment wasn’t lost on him as he had seen them before in their natural surroundings, but to have this gift land on his front deck was remarkable.

When they left after a few minutes, he assumed that was the last he would see of the kittens, but to his surprise, the mother lynx appeared with seven kittens. He said of the scene: “I’ve never seen so many lynx,” adding, “To see all these lynx on my deck, I was gobsmacked.”

The coolest part is that Tim went unnoticed because they were so busy playing. He was even able to snap an entire family portrait! Tim explained: “They started to play again. For the next 40 minutes, they all played on my deck. They were chasing each other, rolling and wrestling.”

The mother lynx attempted to wrangle her kids and Tim noted: “She has her hands full. I’ve concluded that lynx must spend 1 percent of their waking lives chasing rabbits, and 99 percent chasing their kids. What a handful!”

One of the animals came closer to where Tim was behind the screen, as he explained: “I don’t know why I did this — maybe to say to him, ‘Oh, what a cute little kitty!’ — but I pulled the camera away from my face a little, and my eyes showed.”

He continued: “The look of terror on that kitten’s face! His eyes were wide open, and he just flew away from me! But the others didn’t pick up on it.”

Eventually, they finished playing and the mother lynx got her kids together to leave, leaving Tim with a very unique memory.

Those weighing in on social media with comments were floored by Tim’s cool experience and blown away by the animals, with notes such as: “Look at the size of the paws compared to rest of body. Very young” and “Wow look at those huge feet.”

Another commenter added: “Wow. Not just an awesome experience, but at a professional photographer’s place! Now that’s luck!”

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Dead humpback whale found on Admiralty Island, Alaska

A humpback whale has washed up dead on Admiralty Island across from Douglas Island, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. It’s not clear yet how the whale died or if it was struck by a vessel. NOAA spokesperson Julie Speegle said the carcass has most recently been spotted on the beach at Point Young, which juts out from Admiralty Island into Stephens Passage on the backside of Douglas. NOAA believes the whale carcass has come to rest there after being beached in other places. “It’s on the beach pretty high up and we don’t anticipate it will refloat, so at this point it’s not a hazard to navigation,” Speegle said.

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Bears vs. Lightning: Which is more Deadly?

Bears or Lightning: Which is more Deadly?
Bears or Lightning: Which is more Deadly?

Arizona -( In online discussions of bear attacks, it is not unusual for people to claim that a person is more likely to be killed by lightning than to be killed by a bear. That is true, in a gross sense. You are also more likely to die of a heart attack or to be murdered than to be killed by a bear when you use the entire United States population as a measure.

This comparison is disingenuous. It is easy to avoid being killed by a bear, simply by staying out of areas where there are bears. Lightning strikes occur all over the United States. Significant bear populations are limited to a fraction of the United States. The relative danger of bears and lightning depends a great deal on where you are.

Bear populations in North America
Bear populations in North America

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I looked up lightning deaths in areas where there are significant bear populations. What I found was startling. Wyoming is rated as the most dangerous state for lightning deaths, per capita. Wyoming is also one of the top states for fatal bear attacks.

During the decade from 2004-2014, there were two deaths from lightning strikes in Wyoming. During the same period, four people were killed by bears. At least for that decade, for Wyoming, bears were twice as likely to be the cause of death as lightning. The number of people killed by bears has been rising in the last two decades, while the number of people killed by lightning is falling.

Consider Alaska. Lots of bears, and lots of lightning. But Alaska has had zero, zilch, nada people killed by lightning since 1990! During the same period, 1990 to 2014, 16 people were killed by bears in Alaska.  Two more people were killed by bears in Alaska in 2017. I have not found any lightning deaths in Alaska for the period after 2014. In Alaska, people are far more likely to be killed by bears than by lightning.

While looking for bear attack information, and lightning, I came across a site from the National Park Service for Yellowstone National Park. During the period since the park was created, there have been more people killed by bears (eight) than have been killed by lightning (five).  From

Since Yellowstone was established in 1872, eight people have been killed by bears in the park. More people in the park have died from drowning, burns (after falling into hot springs), and suicide than have been killed by bears. To put it in perspective, the probability of being killed by a bear in the park (8 incidents) is only slightly higher than the probability of being killed by a falling tree (6 incidents), in an avalanche (6 incidents), or being struck and killed by lightning (5 incidents).

In most of the United States, there are few bears, and few bear attacks, or people killed by bears. But in areas where there are lots of bears, especially grizzly bears, bears are a much greater risk than lightning, as the data from Alaska, Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park (quite a bit of overlap with Wyoming) show.

If you are in the woods, and are confronted by a bear, the odds of an attack have increased enormously. The reason bear attacks are rare is because most people spend little time where bears are. In areas where bears are hunted heavily, most bears learn to fear humans. Bears that have lost fear of humans are very dangerous.

If you see a bear, and the bear does not run off, you may be one of the unlucky, statistical, few for whom a bear attack becomes a reality.

©2018 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

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About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Outdoor Edge Orange Swingblade Knife – Review

The Outdoor Edge Swingblade knife is actually two knives, so you get a double whammy.
The Outdoor Edge Swingblade knife is actually two knives, so you get a double whammy.

U.S.A.-( Years ago Outdoor Edge came out with their Swingblade Knife. It was an ingenious invention. Two knives in one and you don’t have two separate blades requiring two different locking systems. With the push of a button the blade rotates offering another cutting tool.

The main cutting blade is designed for marking the pattern and skinning your big game animals. The secondary blade is designed to run the cut up the belly. If you’ve skinned many animals you know it is always possible to make the cut too deep and cut through the thin stomach muscle and pop the gut, thereby making a mess and contaminating the meat. Then the only option to correct this mis-cut is to trim off any contaminated meat.

Years ago the Wyoming knife was invented to prevent the above problem. This secondary blade eliminates the need for a Wyoming Knife. It has a ball on the tip to prevent puncturing the gut which allows you to work faster. The way it is designed it cuts from the inside out which eliminates cutting through the hair. There are two benefits to this design:

  1. Cutting through hair dulls a knife.
  2. Not cutting through the hair reduces contamination.

You could also use it to mark the pattern. The pattern is the initial cut down the belly line and out each leg to the hoof.

Ok, to be a little bit old school. I’ve never really used a Wyoming knife or belly ripper of any kind. I’ve always preached to learn how to skin with a straight blade and learn how to use it. But if you’re inexperienced, no doubt they help eliminate busting a gut and you can make your cuts faster without fear of doing so.

There is one angle that you could argue with me on my point of view though. If you’re hunting dangerous animals many times you will wait an hour or two after the shot before tracking him to ensure that he is dead. During this wait the belly will bloat and be skin tight against the hide making it tough to not slip and cut the belly open. The swelling is speed up immensely if you’re hunting in warm weather.

The same scenario can be true if you’re a bow hunter since you need to wait 30 minutes before tracking your animal.

A third scenario is if you make a marginal shot and your animal runs off. You’ll want to wait 1-2 hrs. to let it bleed out and expire. If it is marginally hit, there’s a good chance that you hit behind the chest wall. If the shot hits in the stomach area, then there will be more stomach swelling than normal, making it harder to skin without hitting the gut.

So as we close, I think this is a well-designed knife. If you like a drop point blade, then you should like it. It’d be cool if OE made it in two options. With a drop point and a clip point blade. But it seems like drop point knives are top of the choices over clip points as compared to 50 yrs. ago, so I understand why they only make one option.

It comes with a decent canvas sheath which appears like it should hold up for years to come. And as usual, we will close with the specs.


  • Skinning Blade: 3.6” / 9.0cm
  • Gutting Blade: 3.2” / 8.1cm
  • Overall: 8.3” / 21.1cm
  • Steel: Aichi AUS-8 Stainless
  • Rockwell-C Hardness: 57-58
  • Handle: Rubberized TPR
  • Sheath: Nylon
  • Weight: 7.2oz / 205g
  • It is available in three colors. Black, Blaze Orange and Pink.

About Tom ClaycombTom Claycomb

Tom Claycomb has been an avid hunter/fisherman throughout his life as well as an outdoors writer with outdoor columns in the magazine Hunt Alaska, Bass Pro Shops, and freelances for numerous magazines and newspapers. “To properly skin your animal you will need a sharp knife. Also he has an e-article on Amazon Kindle titled Knife Sharpening for $.99 if you’re having trouble”

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