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[VIDEO] Matt Jacobson and Tanya Rivero Discuss Maine Lobster Flavor & Fishing Rules

Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative executive director Matt Jacobson and WSJ’s Tanya Rivero discuss the highly lucrative Maine lobster market and efforts to maintain future fishing sustainability.

"This represents a complete collapse of our aquatic immigration system"

“Sustainability?”

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Lobster Boats Frozen in New England Harbor

"I just had a hot bath, I'm feeling much better. Who do you have to blow to get a cup of coffee around here?"

“Who do you have to blow to get a hot cup of coffee around here?”

FRIENDSHIP, Maine – The bitter cold weather is taking a toll on New England’s lobster industry which is losing a significant amount of money this winter.

Frozen waters in Maine have left lobstermen stuck on the mainland again this week.

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The boats are sitting frozen and stuck and ice is preventing many lobstermen from leaving the harbor. Read the rest of this entry »


Paul Bedard: Northeast Loses 40% of House Seats as People Flee High-Tax States

The Northeast, once the nation’s political engine that produced presidents, House speakers and Senate giants including the late Edward M. Kennedy, is losing clout in Washington as citizens flee the high-tax region, according to experts worried about the trend.

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“This result is one of the most dramatic demographic shifts in American history. This migration is shifting the power center of America right before our very eyes.”

The Census Bureau reports that population growth has shifted to the South and the result is that the 11 states that make up the Northeast are being bled dry of representation in Washington.

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“The movement isn’t random or even about weather or resources. Economic freedom is the magnet and states ignore this force at their own peril.”

Critics blame rising taxes in states such as Massachusetts and Connecticut for limiting population growth in the Northeast to just 15 percent from 1983 to 2013, while the rest of the nation grew more than 41 percent. Read the rest of this entry »


Rare Calico Lobster Turns up in Maine

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BETHEL, Maine –  The owner of a Maine bait and tackle shop says she found a rare calico-colored lobster that was caught off the state’s coast.

Sarah Lane says the crustacean, covered in orange blotches, appeared in a crate of lobsters brought from the Pemaquid Lobster Co-op in Bristol last weekend.

"We're investigating that other 5%'"

“I’ve always had a soft spot for girls with freckles.”

The University of Maine says the odds of finding one are about one in 30 million.

Lane named the lobster “Freckles.” Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Meet The Democrat’s Todd Akin

From Maggie Gallagher at The Corner:

Gallagher notes that she hopes “the pro-lifers hound her with video cameras on the campaign trail, because the 100 percent NARAL supporter is bound to come up with some doozies.”

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Sacré Bleu! Maine Teen Nets Rare Blue Lobster

"That's a rare one, indeed. They have their own special dialect, and use a lot of slang, hard to understand, but they sure are pretty, aren't they?"

“Blue lobsters sometimes deal with prejudice, in the lobster community, because of their exoskeleton color. But they’re real pretty, I think.”


LOBSTER APOCALYPSE: WSJ Food Writer Calls for Radical Escalation in War On Shellfish

"I've got a gun, a passport, some cash, and a wig. Can I borrow your car?"

“I’ve got a gun, a passport, some cash, and a wig. Can I borrow your car?”

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Know Your Enemy

1. Cup of drawn butter

2. Plastic bib

3. Fistful of moist towelettes

— from the Lobster Self-Defense Handbook

 For WSJ, Elizabeth Gunnison Dunn writes: Summertime, at its very best, announces itself in little rituals: the sprint down the beach to feel the ocean hit your toes, the beer yanked from an ice-filled cooler. Up and down the New England coast, the first lobster of the season emerges steaming from an aluminum pot and is served with a little cup of drawn butter, a plastic bib and a fistful of moist towelletes.

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“Claws like boxing gloves, prized for its hefty size…”

— Human Predator, describing targeted species

Then there is the second lobster, likely tossed in butter and mayonnaise and piled on a toasted roll. The third one might arrive by way of a creamy bisque. By then, most of us have come to the end of our lobster repertoires. We’re out of steam.

“I look for the lobster that scares me the most.”

— Chef Michael Hung

Lobster might be the ultimate totem of the seaside experience.Though it looms large in the summer vacationer’s imagination, it has traditionally been pigeonholed into a tediously narrow range of preparations.

“This scrumptious shellfish is nothing to be intimidated by.”

— Wall Street Journal, promoting shellfish combat tactics

This is a shame, because lobster has so much to recommend it. It’s sustainable, for one, in an ocean full of creatures being fished toward extinction. It’s lean. It has also, in recent years, become a bargain.

The cost of meats, fish, poultry and eggs has risen, overall, by almost 8% in the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but lobster is getting more affordable. Thanks to a glut of so-called soft-shell lobsters—the delicate specimens in new shells caught off the coast of Maine in the summer months—the past three seasons have delivered deals for anyone buying close to the source. Consumers at the seaside this summer are finding local prices as low as $5 a pound, as much as 50% below where they were a decade ago. Read the rest of this entry »


It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Former President George Herbert Walker Bush’s 90th Birthday


Half of Illinois Wants to Leave State

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If everybody in America had the opportunity to pack up and move to the state of their choice, Illinois, Connecticut, and Maryland would empty out, according to a new Gallup poll. Around half of residents in all three states said they would relocate to another state given the chance, with Illinois having the highest rate of people (50%) who want to get out; Connecticut clocked in at 49%, and Maryland at 47%. People in Montana, Hawaii, and Maine were the most inclined to stay put, with just 23% of residents of each state saying they would take the opportunity to move. Read the rest of this entry »


Democrats Unveil New Campaign Message: ‘There’s No Such Thing as Obamacare’

Supporters of Obamacare are no longer just distancing themselves from the president’s controversial health-care law — they’re now denying it even really exists.

“There’s no such thing as Obamacare”

— Senator Angus King I., Maine

I always imagined it was a matter of time before a prominent Democrat dropped some LSD, went on national TV, and vocalized internal auditory hallucinations.

Perhaps Senator King is expressing an understandable longing for the relative safety of the pre-Obama era. I hope someone tells him the nightmare of Obama is unfortunately quite real, and offers him a comfortable place lay down until the hallucinations subside. 

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Detroit Police Chief: Armed Citizens Can Make City Safer

Historic photo of armed black panthers members on capitol steps in Seattle, 1969. Washington state is among the few very liberal states that has pro-citizen gun-rights laws that protect  2nd amendment principles

Historic photo of armed black panthers members on capitol steps in Seattle, 1969. Washington state is among the few very liberal states that has pro-citizen gun-rights laws that protect 2nd amendment principles. Washington is a ‘shall issue’ state, unlike ‘may issue’ laws that many states use to interfere with citizen’s right to self-protection.

Jessica Chasmar writes:  Detroit’s police chief is sticking to his guns after being criticized for supporting citizens to arm themselves.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig whispers in the ear of Jayvon Felton, 9, after Felton was named Chief for A Day by Craig, at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters in Detroit on Friday Jan. 31, 2014. Felton, 9, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)

Detroit Police Chief James Craig whispers in the ear of Jayvon Felton, 9, after Felton was named Chief for A Day by Craig, at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters in Detroit on Friday Jan. 31, 2014. Felton, 9, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)

Police Chief James Craig responded Thursday to a Detroit resident who challenged his pro-gun stance. Mr. Craig made national news earlier this month after he said armed citizens could serve as a deterrent to criminals, The Detroit News reported.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig speaks with the media during Operation Mistletoe, a raid targeting drug dealers on  Detroit's west side. Violent crime is down in Detroit, police have improved their response time to 911 calls and officers are solving a greater percentage of homicides, according to the Craig. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Steve Perez, FIle)

Detroit Police Chief James Craig speaks with the media during Operation Mistletoe, a raid targeting drug dealers on Detroit’s west side. Violent crime is down in Detroit, police have improved their response time to 911 calls and officers are solving a greater percentage of homicides, according to the Craig. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Steve Perez, FIle)

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U.S. disability rolls swell as jobs vanish

breadlineMILLINOCKET, MAINE — The huge mills along the Penobscot River roared virtually nonstop for more than a century, turning the dense Maine forests into paper and lifting the thousands of men who did the hot and often backbreaking work into the middle class.

But the mills have struggled in recent years, shedding thousands of jobs. Now this area, whose well-paying jobs provided an economic foothold for generations of blue-collar workers, has become a place where an unusually large share of the unemployed are seeking economic shelter on federal disability rolls. Read the rest of this entry »