Skate Bait

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  1. What's the consensus on the Penn, 525 Mag casting reel? I found it for $119.99 I have been using a spinning reel but would like to try a casting reel this year. Is this a good place to start?
  2. When 31-year-old Tejdeep Singh Rattan graduated into the army from Fort Sam Houston at San Antonio, Texas this week he did something that no member of his community had done in nearly three decades. He became the first Sikh in a generation who had continued wearing a traditional turban and yet joined the United States military, a feat not achieved since 1981. On graduation day, surrounded by a gaggle of other members of the Sikh community and media a beaming Captain Rattan said to reporters, "I'm feeling very humbled. I'm a soldier. This has been my dream." Harsimran Kaur, Legal Director of the Sikh Coalition, a community-based organisation, spoke to The Hindu about the rare exception that Captain Rattan's case is. She explained that in 1981, the U.S. Army banned "conspicuous" religious articles of faith for its service members. This included a ban on Sikh turbans and unshorn hair. Ms Kaur said that Captain Rattan was initially enrolled in a dentistry course and signed up for training for the army back in 2006 through a Health Professionals. At the time he was told he would be able to enter the army wearing the traditional Sikh turban. However by the time he was near graduation, in 2008, he was informed that that decision had been revoked. It was at this point that the Sikh Coalition got involved, Ms. Kaur said. The Sikh Coalition along with legal counsel supported Captain Rattan in putting in an application for an exemption from the U.S. Army. After a process that was drawn out over nearly six months, they finally got news that the application had succeeded. Additionally another Sikh applicant had succeeded, it was learnt -- Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, also with a medical background. On the victory for the Sikh community Ms. Kaur said "We're very happy that the army has accommodated Captain Rattan. We are working towards the day when it will be possible for all Sikhs to serve in the army without compromising their religion." She added that Captain Rattan's case illustrated that Sikhs could serve in the army with no issues around "unit cohesion, safety concerns or esprit de corps" A press release by the Sikh Coalition said that contrary to the concerns of some, Captain Rattan was able to meet all the requirements of a solider during basic training. He wore a helmet over a small turban during field exercises. During gas mask exercises, he was able to successfully create a seal with his gas mask, the release said. While the general policy disallowing Sikhs from maintaining their articles of faith in the military still remains in effect, the two recent exceptions reflect the U.S. army's need for soldiers with health care skills. According to reports this may be linked to continued the country's engagement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Captain Rattan said he did not encounter any trouble from fellow soldiers during training. "The Army is all about what you have to offer... If you're up there running with them, you have good scores, you run neck-and-neck with them, they love you," he said, adding, "I made a lot of friends."
  3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each the in-line circle hooks versus the offset circles? Why are only inline circle hooks pemitted on the Deleware River in the spring?
  4. Someone burning a clown?
  5. DR WU Katy tried I was halfway crucified I was on the other side Of no tomorrow You walked in And my life began again Just when I'd spent the last piaster I could borrow All night long We would sing that stupid song And every word we sang I knew was true Are you with me Doctor Wu Are you really just a shadow Of the man that I once knew Are you crazy are you high Or just an ordinary guy Have you done all you can do Are you with me Doctor Don't seem right I've been strung out here all night I've been waiting for the taste You said you'd bring to me Biscayne Bay Where the Cuban gentlemen sleep all day I went searching for the song You used to sing to me Katy lies You could see it in her eyes But imagine my surprise When I saw you Are you with me Doctor Wu Are you really just a shadow Of the man that I once knew She is lovely yes she's sly And you're an ordinary guy Has she finally got to you Can you hear me Doctor
  6. Let's see McBush do this!
  7. June 1, 2006 -- UPDATED -- Rocky shoals for Bush marriage? Informed sources Inside the Beltway report that First Lady Laura Bush has established temporary residence in the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC as a result of a tiff with President Bush over an extramarital relationship involving her husband. Mr. Bush's tryst is said to involve Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It is not known how long Mrs. Bush plans to remain at the Mayflower, however, her security detail has been present at the hotel during hours when the First Lady would normally be residing in the White House. While she was National Security Adviser, Rice, who has never been married, referred to George W. Bush as "my husband" before she corrected herself and said, "President. Bush" Rice was speaking at a dinner hosted by New York Times bureau chief Philip Taubman when she made her "husband" remarks. June 2, 2006 -- A White House source, speaking on background, vehemently denied to WMR that there are marital problems between President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush over a reported extramarital affair between Mr. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. However, two mainstream media sources have confirmed that their sources also have reported an ongoing affair between Mr. Bush and Rice. The mainstream media is hamstrung in reporting stories about Bush's personal life. For example, in 2001, the media highlighted Bush's comments about his passing out from choking on a pretzel while watching a football game in the White House. In reality, Bush, who claims he gave up drinking years ago, passed out from being inebriated. Washington's movers and shakers knew the story about Bush's drinking but the media studiously avoided it.
  8. A local school district official confirmed after the event that of the 6,000 people estimated by the fire marshal to be in attendance this morning, more than 4,000 were bused in from schools in the area. The entire 2,500-student Defiance School District was in attendance, the official said, in addition to at least three other schools from neighboring districts, one of which sent 14 buses. Well at least we know why Unlicensed Joe was AWOL. He didn't want to prove that he is not smarter the a 5th grader. On the bright side, he's not the Weakest Link. That honor goes to Sarah Palin, by gosh.
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