Weekend “RRR” Open Comments

It’s been a busy discussion week, what with Solyndra, Fast & Furious, Occupy {insert location here}, etc. Let’s take a break and discuss something else.

Some of the sites I peruse are frugal sites, and I get ideas on how to stretch a dollar. I don’t think I’m quite to the dumpster diving level yet, though I have been know to pick up an occasional item from the road side. I’ve made my own yogurt (not as difficult as you think, it’s actually quite easy), shop at thrift shops and garage sales (recently have been scoring BIG), do ad pricing and couponing (not as much as I should), and try to reuse all my leftovers (leftover chicken tacos, yum!).

Here are a few reduce, reuse, and recyle items I’ve found in my travels through cyberspace. Some are good, some are, well, “interesting”.

What do you do when you close your business?

I guess if you drink the wine first, you won’t care what these look like.
These ideas
are a little better.
Make lotsa stuff yourself.
I’m thinking number six could get you into trouble these days. The others are, well, hmmm, uh…I guess I could find something to do.
Not just for hats anymore.
This guy has really good advice.

So I hope I’ve managed to lighten your day.

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115 thoughts on “Weekend “RRR” Open Comments

  1. mharper;

    I know it’s late. So let me have it. :)
    ________________________________________________________________
    See you all tomorrow.

  2. The dumba$$es occupying Houston, d’oH, are planning on crashing Houston’s Energy Day. A left wing socialist administration’s celebration of the tax revenue producing capitalist economy that funds it being protested by, um, socialists that want said capitalists destroyed. I’m sure the irony is missed by both. Crazies denouncing ‘the man’ (Parker administration) for oppressing them if HPD steps in should be a hoot. I may go just to watch.

    http://occupyhouston.org/

  3. Happy Satiddy Yall……………………….now back to the trenches (so to speak)

    This comparison (IMHO) may or may NOT be what one wants to see/hear – but I feel it’s important to consider at the very least

    *SIBLING RIVALRY* – RT Interview On Occupy Wall Street

    Then for ‘dessert’ we should not ignore THIS one either:

    There’s a particularly odious and sickening piece of crap flying around today from “PajamasMedia”, one of the water-carriers for the “right” side of the aisle — and if we’re ever going to actually fix anything in this economy and in our banking system, these people need to be exposed as the liars they are, held up to public ridicule, and scorned everywhere, from the corner grocery to the barber chair to the doctor’s office.

    The “gun to the head” was obvious: “You really have a nice bank there. But if you walk out without signing this document, right here, right now, we will bring all of the regulatory and law-enforcement powers of the United States government to bear on your institution. Your depositors and shareholders will suffer immensely. Your bank won’t survive. It would really be a shame if that were to happen. But we promise you, it will.”

    Hank Paulson’s defenders will probably claim that provision (B) above gave him authorization to do what he did, and that the preferred shares the banks were forced to issue count as “financial instruments.” The problem with that “logic” is that these weren’t “purchases.” They were extorted ownership interests — and in case you’re wondering, there is no authorization to extort anywhere in the legislation.

    The economy as we knew it died that day — and virtually no one objected. As Michelle Malkin wrote: “If you don’t feel like throwing up today, you’re not paying attention.”

    PLEASE read it ALL here:
    Bald LIES From The Right (This Is IMPORTANT)

    …………….lastly please don’t shoot the messenger!

  4. lastly please don’t shoot the messenger!

    Thanks for linking that Katfish. As for shooting the messenger, please remember that some shoot back.

    :wink:

  5. I have long suspected Snopes to be more than just a little biased, then this came in my inbox:

    SNOPES NO MORE
    Snopes, Soros and the Supreme Courts Kagan
    We-l-l-l-l now, I guess the time has come to check out Snopes!
    Ya’ don’t suppose it might not be a good time to take a second look at some of the stuff that got kicked in the ditch by Snopes, do ya’?
    We’ve known that it was owned by a lefty couple but hadn’t known it to be financed by Soros!
    Snopes is heavily financed by George Soros; a big time supporter of Obama!
    In our Search for the truth department, we find what I have suspected on many occasions.
    I went to Snopes to check something about the dockets of the new Supreme Court Justice, Elena Kagan who Obama appointed and Snopes said the email was false and there were no such dockets so I Googled the Supreme Court, typed in Obama-Kagan, and guess what?
    Yep you got it; Snopes Lied!
    Everyone of those dockets are there.
    So Here is what I wrote to Snopes:
    Referencing the article about Elena Kagan and Barak Obama dockets:
    The information you have posted stating that there were no such cases as claimed and the examples you gave are blatantly false.
    I went directly to the Supreme Courts website, typed in Obama Kagan and immediately came up with all of the dockets that the article made reference to.
    I have long suspected that you really slant things but this was really shocking.
    Thank You, I hope you will be much more truthful in the future, but I doubt it.
    That being said, Ill bet you didn’t know this.
    Kagan was representing Obama in all the petitions to prove his citizenship.
    Now she may help rule on them.
    Folks, this is really ugly.
    Chicago Politics; and the beat goes on and on and on.
    Once again the US Senate sold us out!
    Now we know why Obama nominated Elana Kagan for the Supreme Court.
    Pull up the Supreme Courts website, go to the docket and search for Obama.
    She was the Solicitor General for all the suits against him filed with the Supreme Court to show proof of natural born citizenship.
    He owed her big time.
    All of the requests were denied of course.
    They were never heard.
    It just keeps getting deeper and deeper, doesn’t it?
    Here are some websites of the Supreme Court Docket:
    You can look up some of these hearings and guess what?
    Elana Kagan is the attorney representing Obama!
    Check out these examples:
    http://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.aspx?FileName=/docketfiles/09-8857.htm
    http://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.aspx?FileName=/docketfiles/09-6790.htm
    http://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.aspx?FileName=/docketfiles/09-724.htm
    If you are not interested in justice or in truth, simply delete.
    However, if you hold sacred the freedoms granted to you by the U.S. Constitution; by all means, PASS it ON!
    There truly is tyranny afoot.

    Elana Kagan is bought and paid for and she sits on the court. ANYTHING that has to do with any legislation that O has been a part of requires that Kagan recuse herself as she can not be impartial. If she refuses to recuse, then votes in favor of something that obviously is unconstitutional, she must be impeached. This is the biggest of deals, and can not simply be “blown off”. With Kagan on the court, nothing is safe.

  6. I was waxing nostalgic last night and tripped down Hammy’s archives. Found the Event Horizon. I was surprised that it has been barely more than a year since Hammy tossed us a life-ring and the Hamsters coalesced.

    Good-bye, Lone Star Times
    Posted on September 27, 2010 by Tedtam
    Benzion & Company are closing shop.

    120 GJT says:
    September 28, 2010 at 9:24 pm
    Hope Hammy didn’t have any plans for his spare time, we just kinda slid ourselves on his couch
    /gonna need a bigger couch……and chips. Got any beer in here?.

    136 Adee says:
    September 28, 2010 at 10:57 pm
    Good night all. About to turn in after a pleasant day weatherwise and in the comforting surroundings of Hambone’s home filled with our merry madcap band transplanted out of misery. Thank you Hamous for sheltering the gang. We promise not to track in dirt or bring clutter and to dust and mop as often as necessary. Cheers

  7. #7 Whiskers: That article is devastating! Way back in sometime between 2007-2009, 60 minutes did a piece on the credit default swaps and it described some of what the article did. Those swaps were created to monetize the crappy mortgages that the banks were heavily pressured to make (by the wonderful Ds) because everybody has a right to have a house. I think this all got started with the community redevelopment act during Jimmah’s admin, which also had D majorities in both houses.
    The OWS crowd has a point in that those responsible for the outrageous ponzi-scheme risks incurred and absorbed by the tax payer have not been held responsible. Franklin Raines, Jaimie Gorelech, Maxine Waters, Chris Dodd, Bawney Fwank, Harry Wissin Reid, Nanzi Pelousi, et al, really belong in jail. I would have included Ted Kennedy in the list, but I think he would rather be in jail than where he is now.

  8. #7 & #9 – I’m having a real hard time grasping what the author is getting at. How ’bout a “Who’s the good guy/bad guy for Dummies” abridged version? All the yelling and screaming makes my head hurt.

  9. #17

    Glad you said it. I was waiting for Iron Mary to ask for clarification, she’ll ask anything! :D

    /unglazing eyes

  10. #17 – Hammy I completely agree that this is exceptionally “heady / deep” stuff………………………………….but for me it all boils down to TRUTH (or blatant LACK thereof)…………………..which of course is just about an extinct commodity – we as citizens / CUSTOMERS have been utterly bamboozled my entire lifetime from the left AND the right……………….

  11. #19 It is a game that both sides have been playing: How can we screw them again so we can all get rich at the taxpayers or stooooooooopid investors expense?
    In order to pull the big scam off (I don’t think that most participants even know just how corrupt the system really is) the R and L need to be constantly fighting against each other to disguise what is going on behind the scenes. Follow the money, that usually leads to the source of the trouble.

  12. Sweetie cleaned up at the subdivision garage sales this mornin. Easily 500 dollars worth of grandbaby stuffs for 50 bucks!

    BTW, saw grandson’s – I say anyway – first pictures yesterday! (ultrasound)

  13. #21 GJT

    When Lovely was born, she was (1) our first baby, (2) the first grandchild for one side of the family, and (3) lavished with all sorts of pretty little girl clothes. The girl was in the 99th %ile for height and weight at every checkup (even though I nursed her exclusively for the first six months). She outgrew clothes so fast, that I not only had a pile of barely-worn outfits, and I had a pile of NEVER worn outfits! I had a garage sale when she was between one and two years old, and I had a tarp piled with clothes. I sold a lot of them, but was still facing a pile by Saturday afternoon. A lady came by around 4:00 pm and started looking through them for her grandchild. I just wanted to get rid of them. “See that big yard-size trash bag? You fill it up, the whole thing for $5.” She started scooping and pushing and loaded that bag up, gave me my fiver, and left a very happy woman. I was happy, too, having gotten rid of a big pile of clothes that I no longer had to carry in. I still had leftover, but had depleted the pile by at least half. I didn’t have to carry it all back inside, stash it somewhere, and then load it in my car to take out for charity.

    Yeah, I could have sold those clothes for much more, but we both got what we wanted, and some little girl out there was very well dressed for the next few months.

  14. Good morning Hamsters. Wonderful 56 at 6 and golden ground mist when the Sun roused himself over the horizon around 7:30. Another lovely day in store even though it will be warm this afternoon. Looking forward to that cold front on Tuesday. Bring on the mid-40s.

    The Wisconsin-Indiana game is on ESPN at 11 today, so that will require attention in this household. Camp Randall will be a rocking sea of red.

    Meanwhile, back at the Pantheon (118-125 AD) there is still great wonder amongst architects and engineers as to how the Romans built that dome without reinforcing the concrete and what keeps it from falling. The exterior is almost Spartan in its simplicity, basically a bare concrete drum with the gently curving dome above, unadorned with marble. But once at the deep porch that notion flies away fast. The staircase leading to it regrettably has long since been submerged by successive street levels over the centuries; only at the sides is the original ground level seen. The supporting columns bear stately Corinthian capitals, and marble enhances its interior as you walk to the entrace. The architect saved the good stuff for inside.

    The art historian H. W. Janson rightly describes: “The impact of the interor, awe-inspiring and harmonious at the same time, is impossible to convey in photographs….The dome is not shallow, but is a true hemisphere; and the circular opening in its center admits an ample–and wonderfully even–flow of light. The ‘eye’ is 143 feet above the floor, and that is also the diameter of the interior, so that the dome and drum, being of equal height, are in exact balance.” Awe-inspiring squared was our reaction.

    The tremendous thrust and weight of the dome required a base 20 feet thick diminishing to 6 feet thick. “Another surprise are the niches, which show that the weight of the dome does not rest uniformly on the drum but is concentrated on eight ‘pillars.’ The niches … are enclosed in back, but since they are screened by columns they give the effect of openings that lead to adjoining rooms and thus prevent us from feeling imprisoned inside the Pantheon.” The marble paneled walls and mosaic floors are essentially the same as in Roman times as are the dome’s recessed coffers, though the original gilt covering is gone. It is regarded as the best preserved and most impressive surviving Roman structure.

    The Pantheon was a temple to all the gods, but the it is arguable just who that might have included. All the Roman gods? All the gods worshipped within the Empire? Maybe even all the gods there are, even if not yet discovered? By the time it was built, Christianity was well known. It has been a Catholic church for centuries, and its original character exists in harmony with the tasteful addition of Catholic statuary, paintings, and altar. It and St. Peter’s were our two must-see churches in Rome.

    History of Art by H.W, Janson. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1965, pp. 134-135.

  15. #24 – MsAdee I’m soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo envious – especially since I was lucky enough to see Rome as a 9 year old lad (pre Cistine Chapel restoration)……….I’d love to see all again as an adult since I could appreciate it so much more (my only thought as we walked through St. Peters was the horror of “bodies in the walls and in the floors” and “Get me OUTTA here Mom!”)

    :)

  16. #18 Tim

    waiting for Iron Mary to ask for clarification

    Sorry, Iron Mary wuz out trimmin’ up yon hedges.

    It’s MHarper who always asks. I read the article in #7 but couldn’t even figure out what the questions were. Bones #16 matches my understanding of the initial named causes of the sorry state of our economy. By which I mean, pre-Obammy.

  17. I’m supposed to be heading out somewhere, but I’m staying to watch the last game in “Road to Glory”. Great movie. Handsome and I are watching the black guys stick to the snobby white guys on the court.

    Loving it.

  18. Well it was a sea of red in Camp Randall at Madison. U. of Indiana also has red and white uniforms, and that, good folk, is about the only reasonable comparison between the teams today. Wisconsin 59, Indiana 7.

    Gotta give the ESPN-2 play-by-play team credit for being polite in saying that the Badgers had a comfortable (!) lead going into the 4th quarter. We joined the game at the start of the 2nd half when the score was 34 or 38 to 7. Indiana had some really weird bad luck in addition to being outplayed, and the Badgers had lotsa good bounces right into their hands plus well-played football. Wonder if they’ll stay #4.

  19. #26 Katfish, St. Peter’s can also be described as a huge mausoleum given all the burials there. Forgot to mention that Pope John 23rd’s glass-sided coffin is displayed in front of a side altar, his body well preserved, almost looking like a wax figure. That was a surprise.

    You do take care to look before your step on the decorated floor in case there’s a tomb below. Not just there but in just about all the churches.

    The Pantheon holds the tomb of Victor Emanuel, the unifier of Italy’s disparate states and the father of modern Italy. There is an honor guard on either side and a guest book to one side. I asked if I could sign the book, and the guard was pleased to say yes.

  20. Sorry, Iron Mary wuz out trimmin’ up yon hedges.

    My bad, I forgot. Iron Mary has the answers, not the questions.

  21. #29 Sarge

    For a second there I thought it was Talk Like A Pirate Day again.

    Aaarrrggghh, matey K, ever blessit day be Talk Like a Piratey day, for them what can, if ye be diggin’ it?

  22. How ’bout a “Who’s the good guy/bad guy for Dummies” abridged version?

    Sorry, no such thing. But if you’re so inclined read this book. As I’ve said on this blog on more than one occasion, I rarely agree with Mr. Ritholtz on politics, but he does an exceptionally fine job of detailing the facts of the “too big to fail” era. The crash of 2008 had very little, if anything, to do with Jimmy Carter or the policies he put in place. Just use some common sense on that one. While the effects of fiscal policy at the federal level are rarely instantaneous, to maintain that a policy put in place in the 70s took more than 30 years to manifest itself is beyond ludicrous. The crash of 2008 was essentially a credit crisis and not a housing crisis. It was the combination of insanely low interest rates and allowing large banks to leverage themselves beyond a 12:1 ratio that caused the problem.

  23. While the effects of fiscal policy at the federal level are rarely instantaneous, to maintain that a policy put in place in the 70s took more than 30 years to manifest itself is beyond ludicrous.

    I’d say the New Deal and the Great Society did just that and more. In fact Social Security could wind up taking us down 8 or 9 decades later. Yes they were jacked with, built on and shannoniganed to death, but so was CRA. My eyes glaze over on the financial arguements but the ‘free for all’ home mortgages and other loans has got to be a huge part of it. We all were touched by it and watched it as it was happening. We knew in our gut it was not going to sustain itself and the fall was going to be big.

  24. My eyes glaze over on the financial arguements but the ‘free for all’ home mortgages and other loans has got to be a huge part of it.

    For every homebuyer who took on a mortgage they couldn’t afford there was a bank who made the loan. There is fault on both sides. My gripe is not so much with allowing financial institutions to take stupid risks, it’s with our inability to allow them to feel the negative consequences of doing so.

    Allowing people and institutions to lose money is an essential part of the capitalist process. You can either be a “free market capitalist” on both the way up and the way down or you are not one at all. Claiming to be a “free market capitalist” who supported bailouts is like you’re daughter coming home and telling you she’s “sort of pregnant”. Either you is or you isn’t.

  25. And skim is healthiest of all with all the good stuff without the butterfat. Why pray tell does it have to be described as non fat or fat free instead of skim? Unifnormed buying public? Maybe there are still folks who think it comes straight from the cow into the bottle/carton?

    Used to have fun with eastern cityfolk who came to the University of Wisconsin, totally ignorant of how a dairy works. For a while we had them believing chocolate milk came from brown cows, and it went straight into the bottle from the cow. That was back in the days when milk came in bottles as well as cartons that were sealed with a waxy substance that flaked off into the milk sometimes. :(

    Showing my age…

    Spouse’s paternal grandparents had a dairy farm in southern Wisconsin about 35 miles from Madison.

  26. #45

    Don’t disagree with any of that. Just pointing out gubmint is part of it as well, from the incentivizing/forcing home loans who shouldn’t have gotten them to begin with to the protections given to those same people when they should have been foreclosed on.

  27. Live blogging from the Austin County Fair.
    Nothing to report. But it is……interesting….being here for the first time in 15 years.
    Next: Fashion Report
    :)

  28. Katfish #26;

    I’d love to see all again as an adult since I could appreciate it so much more (my only thought as we walked through St. Peters was the horror of “bodies in the walls and in the floors” and “Get me OUTTA here Mom!”)

    Heh. I once toured a Greek Orthodox church and then sat down with a nun (though I do believe the church do not call them nuns) to write a paper on it. One thing was sure: as I walked around the chapel (at awe from its beauty), it did seem like many other people were staring at me despite my being all alone. This, of course, was from the murals teaching the partons scriptural stories.

  29. War Eagles!
    Ducks and hauls BUTT, running that zig-zag pattern that I learned form our own “Southern Demostic Terriorist” :wink:
    Oh, sorry about the drive-by but I’ve been Viddy, Viddy Busy today!

  30. #37 Dooooooooooooooooooooooooodski:

    While the effects of fiscal policy at the federal level are rarely instantaneous, to maintain that a policy put in place in the 70s took more than 30 years to manifest itself is beyond ludicrous

    More like 25 years for the seed planted to grow into the poisonous tree it became. the initial act was put in place because of “redlining” or simply not approving loans in certain areas due to the significantly higher risk (due to historical stats) of default. The CRA was designed to eliminate that, but like all govt programs, the elected excretia chose to exploit the designed-in weaknesses for politcal gain. It was not an instant thing as there would be huge resistance in that case, frog in the pot syndrome. The loans that banks were being pressured to make were becoming gradually more risky over 15 years or so; the banks needed a way to monetize those loans as they had reasonable suspicion that they would be problematic later. Along comes mortgage backed securities or collateralized debt instruments; this was in the first wave of derivatives trading. The second wave was credit default swaps, and that is what became the 100-500:1 credit to asset disaster that bankrupted Iceland, and Lehman Bros and Bear Sterns, among others. The watchdogs were being bribed one way or the other and there was no congressional oversight (other than Bawney Fwank and his booty boy at Fanny May). The Rs got steamrolled by the Ds even when the Rs were in power because they were afraid of being called racist or sexist. The issue is that it started with the CRA. Not ludicrous at all. I hope this connects some of the dots for you.

  31. Thank y’all for the encouragement in producing the tales of our vacation through the western Mediterranean. I’ve barely scratched the surface of those three days in Rome, never mind the following 10 on the cruise. The people we met along the way are as interesting as the things we saw. And it is our impression that the news we’ve gotten in the US about the rocky fiscal situations in Europe, especially Italy and Spain, are right on and probably worse than reported here. Gulp.

    More tomorrow. G’night all.

  32. So the bartender sez, “Buddy we don’t serve your kind here.”

    A faster-than-light neutrino walks into a bar and says, “Gimme a double sarsaparilla.”

  33. #61 Imagine wissing off that nutrino; he punches you in the face a few times then he says “I’m gonna kick your azz” and you have to say “again?!?”

  34. In other words, the Romney administration in 2005 essentially did what Barack Obama’s EPA wants to do now. He imposed CO2 emission caps — the “toughest in the nation” — in an effort to curtail traditional energy production. Not only did Romney impose these costly new regulations, he then imposed price caps to keep power companies from passing the cost along to the consumer. As we have seen in RomneyCare, regulation and price controls eventually drive businesses into bankruptcy or relocation.

    So what has happened to Massachusetts’ electrical production since signing these regulations into law? According to the EIA, whose latest data is for 2009, it dropped 18% in four years, from over 46 billion megawatt hours to 38 billion. International imports, however, went from 697 million megawatt hours in 2006 to 4.177 billion megawatt hours two years later, and to almost 5 billion megawatt hours in 2009, more than twice the amount imported in any of the previous twenty years.

    And who advised Romney on these regulations? Why, none other than Obama’s chief science adviser, John Holdren:

    (snip)

    “Holden” here is Holdren, who co-chaired the NCEP in 2005. This is the same John Holdren who wrote in favor of coercive government population-control policies in the 1970s, and who in 2007 suggested government-imposed redistribution as a cure for American exceptionalism. The other adviser mentioned in this paragraph comes from a group which has among its top five donors in 2009 a familiar name — the George Kaiser Foundation. Kaiser, one will recall, is a big Obama bundler — and the main investor in an outfit called Solyndra.

    YIKES! 8O

    I would very much like Romney to lay out precise energy policies on the federal level as President.

    Will Romney hire Obama’s climate-change guru Holdren?

  35. #59 Boney, that doesn’t connect any dots at all. Read this link (it’s pretty short) but here’s the thrust of the evidence of why CRA had very little to do with the 2008 meltdown:

    First, with respect to the CRA, the main culprits in the crisis were private sector financial institutions that were not subject to the requirements of the CRA. In the story being pushed by free market advocates, the CRA forced banks to make loans to unqualified, low-income households. When those loans blew up, it caused the financial crisis. But the largest players in the subprime market were private sector firms that were not subject to the CRA’s rules and regulations. For example, “Only one of the top 25 subprime lenders in 2006 was directly subject to the housing law that’s being lambasted by conservative critics.” The largest losses had nothing to do with banks covered by the CRA.

    Second, even if the banks themselves were subject to the CRA, not all loans that they made were covered by these rules. Even in banks where the CRA applied, most of the problems were in loans that did not fall under the CRA’s jurisdiction.

    Third, the CRA has been in existence since 1977. If the CRA was responsible, why didn’t the crisis occur sooner? The timing simply doesn’t match up.

    Fourth, the CRA only applies to domestic firms, but the crisis occurred in many countries. If the CRA is the problem, why did countries that had nothing like the CRA experience similar problems?

    Fifth, even if this story had any validity, both parties promoted an “ownership society,” so blaming Democrats alone is about politics, not reality.

    If you can show me some actual data to indicate that points #1 & 2 are not true, I would think differently about this.

  36. Was not the consequence of CRA the bundling of loans involving the entire banking system, globally as well? Honest question, I don’t know.

    As far as the effects of CRA taking so long, it’s not hard for me to see. From the dot com boom to the outrageous housing market, the economy was just covering itself. We all watched the balloon slowly grow and expand beyond it’s limits.

  37. I heard on home-improvement-talk-radio yesterday that the next droughty thing to worry about is weakened trees taking out power lines as they lose branches or get uprooted during even mild wind storms.

    Good morning, Hamsters.

  38. This is interesting; Browning Reintroduces the Auto-5 Humpback.
    You have to wonder though if it’ll be as good as the original. The old Auto-5′s receiver was machined out of a solid block of steel and was expen$ive to make. When Browning introduced their gas operated shotgun in the 80′s, they dropped the A-5 out of the line up but they had so much blowback from the die hards, that they reintroduced at a much higher price. They stopped making it in the late 90′s.
    Mornin’ Gang

  39. Oh, since I’ve been too busy to post I wanted to say that I really enjoy Ms Adee’s trip details. If I live long enough, I’d like to go to Europe, England & Ireland.

  40. #67 Dooooooooode: Let’s try to conceptualize it a little differently. The CRA was the camel’s nose under the tent. That act, by not being fought vigorously and defeated, said that the gov’t could tell private lending institutions to whom they must loan money without standard risk return considerations. That act institutionalized discrimination in favor of those who were not sound credit risks and against those who were. If the banksters were forced to make a percentage of loans that they reasonably suspected would go south, the cost to absorb those loans would then have to be spread out over the paying loans resulting in higher interest rates for everyone. If the loans were then sold to Freddie and Fannie, the taxpayer is on the hook for bad risk. Don’t leave out of the equation the race issue as it has been used as a bludgeon against conservatives to further socialist policies. In the beginning there were not a whole lot of problems, because, just like the frog in the pot of cool water, there would have been massive revolt. 15 – 20 years later, the banks are being pressures to make $0 down payment loans with no proof of income and that is when the feces made contact with the fan. The sound banking (and community building) practices were abandoned to make it easier for those who could not pay for a loan acquire one, all in the name of fairness, and the right to own a home.
    A similar thing happened with education and forced busing, education overall plummeted.

  41. #73 SD: From your linkie:

    Suggested retail prices start at $1399.99

    That is pretty wissin steep for a shotgun. It won’t take that b@st@rd 3 1/2″ shell and the article did not say if it could be had in a left hand model.
    I use a 35 yr old Remington 1100 lightweight 2 3/4″ modified choke on a 28″ bbl and it is a left handed beauty. To try to get a handle on how important a left handed auto loader is, try shooting a right hander off of your left shoulder with a breeze blowing in you face – not cool!

  42. #76 Bonecrusher, I have a 1970 Belgium made Auto 5 “Light 12″ 28″ modified (non vent rib), it costs $211 in 70, that would be $1232 in today’s dollars. This gun fits me perfectly it always shhots were I look so if I miss, I didn’t lead enough. For south paws Browning makes a copy of the great Ithaca Pump, the reciever is closed on both sides and it spits the shells out the bottom. Browning BPS :wink:

  43. Good morning Hamsters. Yea for another day starting at 57 at 6 and having windows open all night and up to right now. Will have to close them before noon I’m sure. Bring on that cold front Tuesday.

    Now for some grim observations regarding the riots in Rome and Spain over their pending and seriously not far off economic disaster, since we were in those countries within the past two weeks. The cruise went from Rome to Livorno to Monaco to Barcelona to Mallorca to Tunis to Palermo to Naples and back to Rome after the three days in Rome on our own. Tour guides in Italy, Spain, and Tunisia said the official unemployment rate was ~20%, but their implication was it was actually higher. We believe higher from what we saw.

    Certainly the far lefties have already infiltrated and taken over segments of the protests and are trying to run the show. Peaceful demonstrators with legitimate complaints seem to be as much at risk as bystanders–not good. The very last thing any of the countries currently beset by these riots need is to scare away tourists. The tourist season isn’t over yet, but this stuff will kill it. And they desperately need the tourist money, be it euros or dollars. Even though the exchange rate favors euros, our dollars are acceptable in many places.

    The Italian hotel our travel agent booked is within a nice section of the old city of Rome and within walking distance of many places on the must see list. When we and spouse’s brother and wife arrived jet lagged in the early afternoon after the 9-hour overnight from Charlotte and an hour’s drive from the Rome airport, our rooms weren’t ready. Management immediately contacted a nearby hotel to see if rooms were available, which they were, and asked if a transfer there would be ok. It was, so off we go a block or so down the street behind the bell captain pushing a cart with all our luggage. Management at the first hotel had given spouse’s brother a gift certificate for a 3-course dinner for 4 at a very nice nearby restaurant as a sorry for your inconvenience gesture. Much appreciated. And the hotel was very nice if old–but that was charming.

    Lesson learned: do not schedule a tour the afternoon of the arrival day. But we had, and that just added to the fatigue and brain fog. More on that later. At dinner in the hotel dining room that evening, brother-in-law treated us, and in his tired state mistakenly tipped the waitress 40%. Discovered that later. We had the best darn service in the place after that you may be sure. It is customary there to tip up to10% for really good service, not above. We pretty much ignored that and tipped as if at home. Umm, but not that high again.

    The waiter at the nice restaurant the first hotel sent us to was somewhat perplexed to be tipped on the full value of the gifted meals, so I explained to him and the manager we felt comfortable keeping with our custom but did ask about tipping cab drivers. Tipping them isn’t customary other than not asking for change if you pay just a bit over the fare. Well, we tipped as here, much to the delight of the cab drivers. Also discovered that if you called for a cab the fare starts from wherever the cab was when the call came. If you hail one at a stand it starts at the stand. And at the stands there is a rule that the one in front gets the passenger unless there are extenuating circumstances. Going from the Vatican back to our hotel the first cabbie wanted too much, like double what it cost to get there, so we took the second in line and told him the guy ahead wanted too much. That was ok. And the tip was appreciated.

    The bartender at our hotel when asked about the economy said it was difficult, and inflation is eating away at pretty much fixed wages and in his case dependence on tourists at the hotel. Ends were not meeting at month’s end any more. We saw roving street vendors selling postcards or sun glasses and hats near tourist attractions, many of them older men seemingly at or beyond retirement age, in several Italian cities. The strangest street person was in Naples at the edge of the large square in the shadow of a building sporting statues of the various kings that ruled the area. He was a tall blond fellow, maybe under 30 and slightly wasted looking, manipulating a monkey puppet playing a violin, and he had a cd player on a stand with quite a mucial selection. I wouldn’t have paid much attention, but when I heard The Yellow Rose of Texas, I just had to go back and put some coins in his basket. He played it again a little later. That was the last thing I expected to hear in Naples. Was thinking, OK Lord, you’re telling me this guy needs the money, right?

  44. #78 JBB: Long time no hear from. Great article, this is the first I have heard of it. I am not at all surprised that the current Justice Department would be fighting against something that clearly upholds the law and using race to incite hysteria in the process. I have to wonder how long it will be before charges are filed against Holder for perjury, gross dereliction of duty and the flagrant illegality of the gun walker scandal.

  45. Big time D billionaire, Mort Zuckerman dumps on O.

    ‘It’s as if he doesn’t like people,” says real-estate mogul and New York Daily News owner Mortimer Zuckerman of the president of the United States. Barack Obama doesn’t seem to care for individuals, elaborates Mr. Zuckerman, though the president enjoys addressing millions of them on television.
    /snip
    A longtime supporter of the Democratic Party, Mr. Zuckerman wrote in these pages two months ago that the entire business community was “pleading for some kind of adult supervision” in Washington and “desperate for strong leadership.” Writing soon after the historic downgrade of U.S. Treasury debt by Standard & Poor’s, he wrote, “I long for a triple-A president to run a triple-A country.”

    His words struck a chord. When I visit Mr. Zuckerman this week in his midtown Manhattan office, he reports that three people approached him at dinner the previous evening to discuss his August op-ed. Among business executives who supported Barack Obama in 2008, he says, “there is enormously widespread anxiety over the political leadership of the country.” Mr. Zuckerman reports that among Democrats, “The sense is that the policies of this government have failed. . . . What they say about [Mr. Obama] when he’s not in the room, so to speak, is astonishing.”

    The foul O knows he is a one termer and he will attempt as much destruction as possible while he is there. The objective is to destroy the current system to achieve the goal of rebuilding it into a socialist utopia.
    /cusses and spits

  46. The sound banking (and community building) practices were abandoned to make it easier for those who could not pay for a loan acquire one, all in the name of fairness, and the right to own a home.

    But again Boney:

    But the largest players in the subprime market were private sector firms that were not subject to the CRA’s rules and regulations. For example, “Only one of the top 25 subprime lenders in 2006 was directly subject to the housing law that’s being lambasted by conservative critics.” The largest losses had nothing to do with banks covered by the CRA.

    Show me data that indicates that this is incorrect and my opinion will change. 24 of 25 largest subprime lenders were not forced by the government to make the bad loans they made. That’s a fact.

  47. 76 Boner,

    It is difficult if not impossible for a left handed shooter to use most automatic weapons. Very few are built for lefties and the LH Shooter always gets a blast of hot powder in the face after every shot. Almost every LH Shooter went UNQ (unquallified) in Marine Corps Basic Marksmanship Training, which is the finest basic marksmanship training in the world.

    Curious thing though… Lefties are given the chance to train as right-handed shooters. The PMI’s and DI’s spend extra time with them to help them adapt. I know! I was a Drill Instructor and life long lefty. The lefties that convert do quite will; most will shoot Sharpshooter or Expert. I have long believed that having to discard all the bad shooter habits and start from ground zero was the principal factor.

    Those lefties that refused to switch and went UNQ and the final day of shooting. I would make them stand at attention in the far rear of the shooting lines with their bag lunch sandwiches on top of their non-shooting heads. The sea gulls have to eat too.

    Simple

  48. #83 Dooooooooooooooode: Back away from the tree a little and you may start to see the forest. I did not say that the CRA was the direct and only cause and effect of the financial meltdown, I said it set the principle in motion; it was the first step.
    Did Muddy Waters use her influence to pressure banks to make loans to people who would not otherwise qualify, outside the CRA? Do you think that she would have been able to get away with that had the CRA not been in place for 15 years or so?
    Please try to think bigger picture.

  49. 80 Adee,

    I lived in Florence in the late seventies while I went to school there. The conditions you describe are almost identical to the one that I witnessed. The Lira prices in the shop windows looked more like social security numbers than prices and the prices changed daily. Italian workers would spend their entire checks on payday. They did this because of the inflation, which could 3-5% between paydays.

    The tourist industry in Italy has always been cyclic, but I suggest that you also visit Bolongue, Milan, and Florence where much of their industry is located. The Italians are not the most efficent manufacturers in the world, but I was always impressed with the final quality of their products.

    Yes…the strikes, protests, and chaos was prevalent then too.

    Simple

  50. #84 Simple: I did ok the last time at the range a week or 2 ago with my M4 and I was shooting left. My m4 has a deflector so the brass is not a problem and I never got the burning powder in my face. I was shooting open sights at the 25 yard range and most were in a 50cent piece. I am a strong left eye dominant but right handed (for the most part).

  51. Speaking of Yoda, I wish I COULD speak like Yoda. I have several friends who can mimic that odd sentence structure Yoda used. I can’t do it, though.

  52. #87 Simple, The ship’s stop at the port of Livorno offered bus tours inland. We took one to Florence and Pisa, pretty much an all-day outing and got a wonderful view of the Tuscan countryside as well as the art and architecture sights in Florence. Stopped at a wonderful leathergoods company, The Leather Guild, and bought a small purse and wallet made of butter-soft leather. The tour guide recommended the store/factory and introduced the owners. They also sold elegant gold jewelry. I passed on that. After a restaurant lunch it was off to Pisa and the tower, then back to the ship.

    I’ve been trying to keep commentary in calendar order for the most part, and I haven’t gotten out of Rome and onto the ship yet. :)

  53. Hubby’s never seen Star Wars in any form. I’m watching it, and I’m still amazed at how iconic this film has become, and how much of it has permeated our lives still today. The music, the references, the images…

  54. #83 Boney,

    I see the trees and the forest just fine. I never claimed I thought the CRA was a good thing. I simply put the evidence out there that it had virtually nothing to do with the financial meltdown of 2008, contrary to the unsubstantiated claims of many right-wing mouthpieces since then. I have my own opinions of Democrats. I don’t knowingly base them on false information. And I don’t agree that the CRA even “set the principle in motion” that led to the meltdown. I think you’re grasping at straws to validate your own ideology rather than taking an impartial look at the facts.

  55. 92 Adee

    Did you go to the Ponto Vecchia (Covered bridge across the Arno) and Gucci’s #1 down the street? You can keep Rome, but Florence and the cities of the north I loved. Stay long enough and you will note a difference in the attitudes and work ethic between the north and the south.

    Italians are always friendly toward individual Americans. Most have relatives in the USA.

    Both sides of my family are from Germany, but I would take my vacation bucks to Italy every time.

    Have you gotten the joke about American Champangne yet? (Bottled Water sin gas)? They do regard us as being a little cheap in the restaurants.

    Simple

  56. My father’s side is from Italy, my mother’s from Italy. I’ve always gravitated toward my Italian side, though I see more of the other side of the family here in the states.

    I also was amazed by the work ethic (or lack thereof) in southern Italy, especially Sicily. Too many things to list.

  57. Adee #65;

    The Romney rivals need to have this info in their campaign conferences and plans.

    If I were in the campaign I sure would.

  58. Simple 92, We saw the bridge from the riverside and took picutres. Being in Florence reminded me of the Broadway musical Kiss Me Kate, based on The Taming of The Shrew.

    Gucci will never get a penny from me or from many other owners of Arabian horses. A decade or more ago the @&%!!# waste of oxygen bought a lot of them and set up a farm in New York state I believe. They were an “investment,” and when the market started going soft, he lost interest. His place was raided by humane groups that found dead and starving horses, nobody caring for them. His name is anathema. I don’t hesitate to tell anyone looking at or owning a Gucci item about his disgusting behavior. He claimed he didn’t know about it, which nobody believed, but the buck stops with him.

    We prefer the sparkling water and had it throughout the trip. :)

  59. 101 Been too busy to pay much attention, but I thought I would get over the 100 hump so the discussion could continue. Y’all are welcome. Start new job tomorrow and expect to be real busy for a while. Out for now.

    Should have refreshed … sigh :(

  60. For the last several years a company called “The Freedom Group” has been buying up American gun and ammunition manufacturers.

    Some people worry that Freedom Group is going to control most of the firearms companies in the United States. Of course, If you control the manufacturers you can decide not to sell to civilians, or, you can raise the prices to ridiculous levels or you can make the supply of guns and ammo scarce – all sorts of logjams.

    What a perfect way to control America’s guns!

    If you do some digging you will see that The Freedom Group is owned by a Wall Street investment company called “Cerberus Capital Management“.

    “Cerberus” in the epic book “The Inferno” by Dante Alighieri, is a three-headed demon hound (from Roman mythology) that guards the Gates of Hell to prevent those damned souls who have just crossed the river Styx, from escaping back to the world.

    Investor GEORGE SOROS owns Cerberus!

    That’s scary. Fortunately, it seems completely false.

    Here’s the crux of the matter. People send these emails around like manic ping-pong balls over the internet, never bothering to check if they have any basis in fact. Five minutes with Google would have disproven this theory to anybody possessing cognition and a little will.

    Unfortunately, there are those who prefer to rely on others to tell them what to think. For those people, there’s always Dancing with the Stars.

    LOL!

    George Soros Owns Gun Companies?

  61. Texanadian;

    Start new job tomorrow and expect to be real busy for a while.

    The best fo luck to you, sir.

  62. What’s next? German beer for when Netanyahu visits? Does the President of the U.S. not know the history of Japanese atrocities in WWII? Koreans in all 57 states would like an explanation.

    Heh!

  63. 109 Darren,

    1. If the steak speaks in Japanese or Texan; then send it back. It is not done.

    2. The matrix of atrocities between Asian peoples would have you serving saltine
    crackers and cans of Cheeze-Whiz.

    No Heiniken for Netanyaho. He gets the cheapest Mogan-David that I can find.

    3. Personally, I would have served American cusine. Chicago-Style Baby Backed Ribs, Enchiladas, NY Style Pizza, and South Carolina Pulled Pork. Followed by Hush Puppies, Iowa Corn on the Cob, Idaho Mashed Potatoes, and a nice mixed salad freshly picked by California Un-documented workers. Cap it whole thing off with Hot Apple Crisp and Blue Bell Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

    Simple

  64. The Thomas Fordham Institute released the results of a study September 19, entitled “Do High Flyers Maintain Their Altitude? Performance Trends of Top Students.” This is among the first studies to examine the performance of America’s highest achieving children over time and at the individual student level. Produced in partnership with the Northwest Evaluation Association, this study’s results indicate that many high-achieving students struggle to maintain their elite performance over their school years and often fail to improve their reading ability at the same rate as their average and below average cohorts.

    The study raises a troubling but predictable question: Is the U.S. preoccupation with closing achievement gaps and “leaving no child behind” coming at the expense of our “talented tenth”?

    Although this study was done at the elementary school level, it has a direct bearing on higher education. So focused are academics on an egalitarian ethos, that distinctions, once critical in the Academy, have virtually disappeared.

    No Child Left Behind means leave the best behind.

    The Neglect of “High Flyers”

  65. Comments from the linkie in #114

    Sean’s Daddy, Arthur was a
    Submitted by Milkshaker on Sat, 10/15/2011 – 2:46am.

    Sean’s Daddy, Arthur was a blacklisted Red. A confirmed member of the Communist Party.

    It’s easy to see where Sean gets his anger from. It’s a pity, I like him as an actor, but as people I think him and his Dad are nothing but human garbage. In the early days of the union, they both would have been hanged as traitors.

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    turd
    Submitted by AntiMedia on Sat, 10/15/2011 – 6:45am.

    The turd doesn’t fall far from the ass.

    I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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