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Yes, folks, there will be a Big Tent at the Democratic National Convention in Denver:

The Big Tent will be the place to be for new media journalists, bloggers, reporters, and non-profit leaders covering the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer.

What does one find in a Big Tent?  A circus with a bunch of clowns and freaks.  Welcome to the Democrat Party.  (And the sign said, “Long-haired freaky people need not apply themselves.”)

If you are planning on taking your life savings and going on that dream vacation to the Chinese Olympics, it be best to do your homework so that you don’t get more than you bargained for or you bring home a souvinier you would rather have not.  I just want to see the below Olympic records in some events, caused by the polluted air.  Then again, we might be able to steal that Chinese technology (big fans) that push smog and hydrocarbons into the upper atmosphere where nobody (other that astronauts and space aliens) go anyway.  Hey-I’m a realist!

First up is protesting and there is quite alot to protest about China.  Being as they are tolerant, they will allow you to protest-with stipulations.  You need a permit, you need to be in a “protest zone” (there are only 3) and be careful to read the fine print.  Atheletes competeing need to be aware of this also.  I imagine that the “higher profile” individual would be kicked out of the country for a violation.  A schmuk like me, well let’s just say a little fish in a big counrty.  If you disappear do you think your government will make an international incident over it?  And when the Chinese government shrugs their shoulders and says “we don’t know what happened to him but we will check it out to be sure”, then it is time to bundle up cause you’re going to a camp in Mongolia.  See ya!

Second, be careful what you eat.  Don’tcount on that meat to be beef.  It appears that there is a high incidence of mercury in their Tolapia (fish) that they farm and export by the thousands of metrik tons all over the world.  We are catching on to it in the U.S. but if you are in China, well….  It has appeared in most of their waters and in food crops.  As a matter of fact, if you aren’t wearing an oxygen mask with an internal source, you are probably inhaling gobs of it.  It debilitates and kills, people.  Unless you take…forget that.  You will know when they diagnois you.  And we worried about leaded gasoline!  Sheesh.

Next up is Asian flu.  Scratch that.  Avian flu which is most prevalent in Asia.  Now how come they get all the good kooties over there?  These people are BIG on chicken.  And it has been found in many of their other bird populations.  The whole of southeast Asia and northern Africa is a hotbed for this flu and IT KILLS!  We don’t here much about it anymore but that’s because people are dying in small numbers.  Wipe out a village-big news story.  There will be other nationalities there carrying their own brand of disease (remember hepatitis, AIDS, tuberculosus, pneumonia and others), some of which are highly contagious.

I don’t know about you but I am all stoked now.  Throw in the smog and you have what’s called Utopia.  There is nothing in China that I can’t get here at Wal-mart, K-mart and the like.  Matter of fact, we have things from China HERE that you can’t get in China.  I have a TV set that is willing to give me everything I couldn’t get a ticket to plus I can record if something pressing comes up.  I have been in my share of dictatorship countries where iron fists and terrorism rules.  I think that if I just sit on the couch, barring the TV from blowing up or a plane falling on the house, I will be able to enjoy the parts of the Olympics I want to watch in safety and without spending the kids’ inheritance.  I know-my loss but each and everyone of us needs to make sacreficies at times in our lives.  Enjoy the games!

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 !