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Check out this article (and the video) from  I do find it amusing that they finally adopted the gas-piston idea (Спрасибо, Товарищ Калашников).

Now, if we civilians could get them….

Dan posted the following comment under the post Words of the Sage:

One thing that we cannot overlook, in the rush to a global economy, we forget about our standard of living. Many feel that a global economy will not work in the absence of a more balanced global standard of living.

Will a global economy reduce the standard of living we have become accustomed ? We will know the answer to this experiment in due time.

I thought the concern wide-spread enough that it deserved a a full-blown post in response.

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I have noticed as of late that our commentors have dropped off by the wayside.  We have posted some very good articles and even some that should raise controversy (imagine that) yet we haven’t been seeing the traffic.  Now being as this blogsite is one of the top 10,000 conservative sites in the state of Virginia, I can surmize but 3 reasons for this condition:

1) August (summer for Americans) is the international vacation month of the year.  This is the time to bond with the kids before school starts or relax from the kids since they are with their friends having fun without you.

2) It is not winter where the sun goes down at 5pm, you aren’t on house lockdown and you aren’t bored to tears.  This blog has proven over and over that we aren’t a last resort before sleep.

or what I believe it to be is

3)  Everyone else is out shooting and at a friend’s house or restaurant drinking with there buds.  This is the only logical and rational reason that makes sense to me.  The other 2 I had to take drugs to leave my right mind so that I could even come up with those lame things.  Shooting.  Drinking.  Not together and not necessarilly on the same day (that means at least 2 outings).

If I get no responses to this then I will have to assume that Rod Serling was right and that I’ll never awaken from this nightmare.  Prove me wrong by getting those permission slips soon.  I’m thirsty.  I got different guns to try out.  What say ye?

Well, in the spirit of “It’s not whether you will you win or lose, it’s how you place the blame,” we have this from The Economist:

This month America’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) banned “naked” shorting—the sale of stock that investors do not yet have in their possession—of the American-listed shares of 17 investment banks as well as of the country’s mortgage giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Last month Britain’s Financial Services Authority (FSA) introduced a new disclosure regime for short positions in companies that are selling new shares. Both announcements bore a whiff of panic: they were made during steep falls in bank shares and the fine print was tidied up afterwards. Both were accompanied by the rattling of regulatory sabres. The FSA growled that “market abuse” could explain the “severe volatility” of shares. The SEC thundered that “false rumours can lead to a loss of confidence”. It has reportedly fired off more than 50 subpoenas, largely to hedge funds.

Please.  Short sellers do so because they think the price is going down, not because they think they can manipulate the price.  After all, it’s a hell of a lot less risky to buy a stock and talk up the company than it is to short the company and talk it down.  When buying a stock, your loses are limited to the purchase price, and your potential gain is unlimited.  When shorting a stock, your gains are limited, and your potential loses are not.

Rather than driving a stock price down, if a short seller guesses wrong, he will usually buy back quickly to cover the short position and cut his loses — further driving up the price.  If, however, he guesses correctly, and the stock price falls, he will, at some point, buy to cover his position and take his profits.  (Remember, his profits are limited, so it does not pay to stay in a short position for a long time.)  This creates a buffer for the stock — if the price falls considerably, the short-sellers will buy out of their short positions, and stop the free-fall.

Short-selling does not drive down the price of a stock – losing money does.

Well, Duh !


NEW YORK — The devil, as they say, is in the details.

So when an astute stamp collector recently discovered that one of the Old Glorys in the U.S. Postal Service’s “Flags 24/7″ series appears to have 14 stripes, it was bound to send a wave of excitement through the philatelic community.

“Is there any icon better-known to Americans than their own flag?” said Fred Baumann, a spokesman for the American Philatelic Society. “This is something somebody should have caught along the way.”

The stamp in question, “Night,” was released by the Postal Service on April 18 as part of a series of four stamps painted by Maryland artist Laura Stutzman depicting Old Glory at sunrise, noon, sunset and night.

Stutzman’s 42-cent stamp shows the flag flying proudly before a waxing moon, but instead of six white stripes, Old Glory has seven.

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Proof again, that if you want to screw up a really simple task, give it to a federal agency !

That may as well have been the title for this article by Susan Jacoby.

[Lack] of education correlates both with poverty and with simplistic types of faith. The Deep South is still the most religious area of the country, and it is still the area of the country with the poorest education–measured by everything from high school test scores to the proportion of college graduates.

Perhaps we should not ask why the poor turn to religion — after all, most we brought up in the faith.  No, we should ask why those with an “education” (i.e., schooling) turn away from the religion in which they were raised.  The Bible answers this question, too: hubris.  They think they got where they are by their own merits, not by the Grace of God.  “Professing to be wise, they became fools.”  (Romans 1:22)

“Better is the poor who walks in his integrity, than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. ”  (Proverbs 9:1)

“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 26:12) 

“Never let your schooling interfere with your education.” –Mark Twain

Got this off the VCDL e-mail.  Just more proof why you can’t trust liberal lawmakers.  Too bad Nancy wasn’t back “home” when this happened but she was too busy making an ass of herself here and stalling Congress.  Go here to read the article.

“Where do you get off blaming the NRA? Criminals and gang members do not care at all about the extra laws or outright bans that you put on the books to make citizens feel better. They are criminals. Do you think they will turn in the tools of their trade just because you pass another, more restrictive law?

You’re an IDIOT. I blame you for these murders mayor. You promote San Francisco as a sanctuary city and you should pay. These criminal low-lifes seem to have full immunity in your city.”

Sanctuary city.  How many cities, towns or even states can you name where the gov’ts are foolish enough to give sanctuary?  Who suffers by this?  What is it going to take before lawmakers catch on to the mindset of lawbreakers?  Are we really asking too much?