I’ve a good, long-time friend named Jim. We met in 1960!
Jim is a former Marine, and has worked for the federal government for years. He is a good man, even though we differ politically and philosophically on many levels.
Jim LOVES trains. Especially train history and actually traveling in them. My father, who had worked on the railroad for a time (like his father before him) left me a gold-filled pocket watch, with a fob and locker key. The key was to his locker in Grand Central Station, NY!
Jim loves trains so much that for his 50th birthday, I gave him my father’s watch, fob and key. I knew he would appreciate it much more than me.
When we were in high school, Jim joined the National Association of Railroad Passengers. Got me to join, too. And Jim, his younger brother John and I took an overnight train trip from Flagstaff to L.A., and back (after spending a day @ Disneyland.)
Amtrak’s Auto Train from Virginia to Florida offers passengers complimentary wine and cheese, and three long-distance routes provide complimentary wine and champagne to sleeper-car passengers, Alves said, costing Amtrak $428,000 in 2012.…
“The Amtrak Inspector General has confirmed that Amtrak cooked the books to cover up food service losses that now approach $1 billion,” [John] Mica [R-Florida, chairman of the House Government Operations Subcommittee - DB] said.
The government running goods and services just isn’t healthy for the economy! (BTW – my ‘membership’ in the NARP only lasted one year. My heart wasn’t in it.)
Sorry Jim! And that government-run postal service for whom you work isn’t a bastion of efficiency and profit, either! Maybe they should increase the cost of their ad deliveries and get into the 21st Century offering Email and computer message services?
Just a suggestion.
Well, G&A is well on it’s way to going the way of Newsweek.
Magazines. Not the spring-loaded ammunition feeding apparatus, but the old-school print media. Sure G&A has a website, but still relies primarily on subscriptions for advertising revenue to make a buck.
And it just shot itself in the foot…
Dick Metcalf (the long-time editor) just wrote a piece (In the December issue) regarding gun control. ’REASONABLE’ gun control. In a magazines devotes itself to the proliferation of…Guns and Ammo! What?
Most gun owners are reasonable people. But, if riled, they will get steamed. And take action.
NOT violent action, but political action. Like taking their hard-earned dollars elsewhere.
This just in - Mr. Metcalf has been FIRED from the writing staff of G&A!
Best you know from whence your bread is buttered, Bubba!
I’ve always loved Halloween.
From my own childhood as a pirate, or a hobo; a cowboy or a secret agent…it meant getting to be out of the house at night, after dark, extorting goodies from neighbors and even houses far away. Homemade popcorn balls, cookies and caramel apples sometimes weighed down the trick-or-treat bags of commercial candy though. (As if this were a problem!)
It was ‘safe’, in the 50s and 60s.
Then, not long after my Man-From-Uncle/James Bond excursion into the night air, I was too old. :-(
I didn’t go out trick-or-treating again for many years, when I accompanied my daughter Molly. I remember a number of years of fairy princesses followed by ballerinas – Molly had started taking dance lessons.
Guffaw’s Rule of Weather (in Phoenix) – It never really ‘cools off’ until Halloween. People have short memories from the previous years, and think when it reaches October it means cooler weather. Not necessarily so.
I remember one Halloween escorting young Molly door-to-door, resplendent in her costume, covered by my insulated Ike jacket. It was something like 45 degrees, breezy and humid. The drill was I was to wait on the sidewalk and remove the jacket while she raced all sparkley to the next front door, rang the bell, got candy, then raced back to the jacket I warmed up until her next house! Next house after next house… GEEZ, it was cold!
Then, she had gotten old enough she no longer wanted an escort, and good enough with her Mom’s sewing machine to make her own costume – Jean Grey from X-Men. Did her own makeup, too! She and her best friend had been making a killing buying, trading and selling X-Men comics at school.
My daughter – the 6th Grade capitalist entrepreneur!
She would have probably had another year before she was too old, but Jean Grey was to be her last.
You made a terrific Jean Grey - Happy Halloween, Molly!
Remember to hug those close to you and tell them you love them, because you never know.
OathKeepers copied an article in Zero Hedge which caught my interest…
After all, I’m interested in MONEY (even though I have none and am in serious debt), and in my mind GOLD equals money. I’ve no gold, either.
JPMorgan Is Selling The Building That Houses Its Gold Vault
On the surface, there is nothing spectacular about the weekend news that JPMorgan is seeking to sell its 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza office building. After all, the former headquarters of Chase Manhattan Bank, located deep in the heart of the financial district and which was built by its then chairman David Rockefeller, is a remnant to another time – a time when banking was about providing loans, not about managing and trading assets which has become the realm of Midtown New York, and since JPM already has extensive Midtown exposure with its offices at 270, 270 and 245 Park, the 1 CMP building always stood out as a bit of a sore thumb. Of course, as Zero Hedge readers first learned, the big surprise is literally below the surface, some 90 feet below street level to be exact, where the formerly secret JPM gold vault is located, which also happens to be the biggest commercial gold vault in the world.
It was only a month ago when we learned that JPM was planning to exit the physical commodity business, ….
Further down the page…
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, as a result of our cursory examination, we have learned that the world’s largest private, and commercial, gold vault, that belonging once upon a time to Chase Manhattan, and now to JPMorgan Chase, is located, right across the street, and at the same level underground, resting just on top of the Manhattan bedrock, as the vault belonging to the New York Federal Reserve, which according to folklore is the official location of the biggest collection of sovereign, public gold in the world.
At this point we would hate to be self-referential, and point out what one of our own commentators noted on the topic of the Fed’s vault a year ago, namely that:
Chase Plaza (now the Property of JPM) is linked to the facility via tunnel… I have seen it. The elevators on the Chase side are incredible. They could lift a tank.
… but we won’t, and instead we will let readers make up their own mind why the the thousands of tons of sovereign gold in the possession of the New York Fed, have to be literally inches across, if not directly connected, to the largest private gold vault in the world.
You should go and read the whole article.
Now, I know little about the economy, but I do know that we are no longer on the gold standard, and that the government keeps printing fiat capital to pay it’s debts (Federal Reserve), and that the PRC is making serious moves to get the rest of the World off the American Dollar standard, and we owe them and Japan boo-koo monies and the Federal Reserve is a privately-held bank which has never been audited, and people Worldwide have been buying gold and silver at an alarming rate, and hoarding it for
if when the Dollar collapses. whew!
After you read the article, go and read the Ian Fleming classic Goldfinger.
Then figure out who is planning on becoming the richest man in the World. Hint: It’s not Soros or the Koch brothers.
Cui bono? (Who Benefits?)
PHOENIX — Over the next three Saturdays, Phoenix will be hosting the largest gun buyback program in the city’s history.
On Monday, Gov. Jan Brewer signed a law that keeps cities from destroying guns collected during buy-backs but that law doesn’t take effect until 90 days after the current legislative session ends. Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said guns turned over in the Phoenix events will be melted down.
“We will check the guns to see if they’ve been stolen or used in the crime and then destroy them within this 90-day period.”
Martos said the city initially intended to offer gift cards for people turning in high-capacity magazines but that has been scrapped to allow the bulk of the gift cards to be used on firearms.
“We would prefer that people bringing in the firearms have them in the glovebox or trunk or bed of a pickup and unloaded. We don’t want people approaching these events with guns in their hands.”
The buy-backs will take place at the following locations:
• Southminster Presbyterian Church, 1923 E. Broadway Rd.
• Betania Presbyterian Church, 2811 N. 39th Ave.
• Sunnyslope Mennonite Church, 9835 N. Seventh St.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the city runs out of gift cards.
The city is giving away $100 gift cards to AJ’s, Basha’s or Food City for handguns and shotguns and $200 for semi-automatic assault rifles.
PS – AJ’s is a high-end yuppie market, with nice stuff. A $100 gift card will get you some arugula and a large T-bone. All three markets are owned by the same liberal family, whose patriarch just passed away. Basha’s is middle-class, Food City for the underclass.
h/t KTAR Radio
While we were all engrossed with the drama that is terrorists being treated as common criminals, and before that, The Senate voting on how to control and spin our natural rights, ‘they’ were doing other things.
“Never let a crisis go to waste!” – Chicago Mayor (and former Presidential advisor Rahm Emanuel
No man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session – Mark Twain
The media seems to think this is a good idea. After all, how are we to pay for all this crippling debt, wars, and government handouts. There simply aren’t enough taxes.
AGAIN, please call/write/Email your Congressmen and Senators. And, the President (who supports Internet taxation).
(from my personal Email, in part…)
Call it the Valentine’s Day Tax Massacre.
On February 14, 2012, statists in Congress introduced S. 336, the National Internet Tax Mandate.
Of course, the tax-and-spenders sponsoring the bill mislabeled it the “Marketplace Fairness Act.~
~Under the new National Internet Tax Mandate:
*** All Americans would see their taxes go up as big spending governors of BOTH parties work with the federal government’s IRS goons to implement a state sales tax on ALL goods purchased online.
Big spending governors are running their states into bankruptcy, and – instead of reducing spending – they want the IRS to force YOU to bail them out with new Internet taxes!
*** Tax collectors in one state would now be free to pursue retailers across state lines.
For example, if a customer in New York makes a purchase from an online retailer in Texas, that retailer MUST collect New York’s exorbitant sales taxes and send it to New York’s tax collection agencies;
*** New and higher taxes would CRUSH economic growth and set the stage for massive new regulations that threaten the very existence of the Internet.~
~Now the one-world socialists at the United Nations want in on the action, as well.
Just a few months ago, the U.N. drafted a new “Telecommunications Treaty” to impose restrictive regulations, global CENSORSHIP, and a massive new tax on all Internet operations.
If ratified by the United States Senate, the United Nations’ “Telecommunications Treaty” – designed to take effect in 2015 – could give control of the Internet to U.N. bureaucrats.
Ultimately, the U.N. hopes to use this scheme to take a tax bite out of the TRILLIONS of dollars exchanging hands via Internet commerce – money that will make the U.N. a true world government.
And this National Internet Tax Mandate is playing right into their hands.~
Please go to the link above and sign Congressman Ron Paul’s No National Internet Tax Petition. Whether or not you contribute to the cause is your business. Internet Taxation may kill all of ours!
So, my roomie and I frequent a local restaurant. Actually, it’s a sports bar and grill. We started going there a few months back, whilst exploring local businesses to support.
You all know I’m not a sports guy, but they have pretty delicious food (pulled-pork sliders topped with onion strings!, and teriyaki wings, and fish & chips-roomie’s fav. YUM!) and a good selection of beer, including many regional microbrews.
And all was right with the world. Until they stopped stocking our fav brew (the brewery raised their price) and consistently ignored State smoking regulations. They have a patio, right outside the front door, intended for folks to enjoy the weather. It is NOT a smoking area, but folks treat it as such. And, whenever someone goes in or out, smoke comes in. Now, smoking is legal, and I’m not particularly fond of the smell, but my roomie is asthmatic, and the slightest whiff can set her off. We’ve complained numerous times to the fine wait staff, but the AZ legal distance to door is not consistently enforced. And my roomie coughs up a lung and grabs for her inhaler.
I finally had enough (and perhaps one-too-many beverages) and got snarky with a waitress, then we left. And I followed up with a more sobering email to the manager. Hell, I said I’d buy the signage at the nearby Ace Hardware, if necessary! We’ll see what happens.
SO, today I received a text from my pharmacy one of my meds was ready for pickup. A great system ,except I pay for texts and I already picked up this med four days ago! I called the pharmacy to advise them to remove the auto-message from their system, and was told they are unable to do that. Huh?
I’m beginning to sound like an old person. “Back in MY day, they used to pay attention to the law, and detail, and customer service, and took care of the customer!”
B&G update – I received an email response stating they apologize, and will make certain signage is more visible remind everyone of the State regulations. Unsigned email. Oh, well, it’s better than a poke in the eye with a frozen washcloth. We’ll see…
A quick perusal of about 105 blogs (and news and opinion sites – most mornings) doesn’t bode well the answer to this question.
People who support individual, Constitutional liberties over collectivist ‘it’s for the
children people sea birds, snail darters et al’ rubbish are scrambling for this very answer.
It’s obvious the Grand Old Party has no backbone, and hasn’t had for some time. Nor does their platform have anything to do with preserving American Freedoms. It’s our government control versus their government control.
Democrats Progressives have been completely assimilated by the progressive movement, in the forever-forward effort to ‘fundamentally change’ the nature of this Nation. Brick by bloody brick. Away from its founding documents and principles.
The Libertarians! (you answer.) While they did best this year of any election year, ever, they are still a drop in the bucket. And, as libertarians, they philosophically don’t lust for power and control. It’s against their nature. And the Demopublicans are reluctant to give up any of their monopoly.
The Tea Party(s)? And there’s is a two-fold problem. 1) There are many of them, some with differing views, and 2) The Left has successfully painted them as racists, even though there is scant evidence of that – largely promoted by the (largely Left) media.
Want proof of anti-Constitutional furor? It’s all over the media…
Haven’t 95% of all elected federal officials already done that, beginning with denying their Oaths of Office to said Constitution?
And bloggers and commenters abound on the Internet, blustering about how they’ll stand behind every blade of grass with a rifle, and the Three-Percenters will, and the Oath Keepers will refuse to take disarmament action against United States citizens…
All while the TSA, and the FBI and the NSA and a myriad-of-alphabet-soup-other-agencies quietly and consistent erode all of our civil liberties, with the tacit approval of Congress and multiple Presidents!
SO…where DO we go?
It’s for the children, you know…
THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. - Thomas Paine (1776)
For that little glow-in-the-dark child in all of us…