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Weather and the Tide

By: mobal, 1:03 AM GMT on August 28, 2009

Well the increase in the bell curve for the cane season is upon us. Good luck with that all. Weather now out of the way.

Its football time, BAMA starts in 8 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 12 seconds! No 10 seconds, no 9,8,7,6,…..


Updated: 1:06 PM GMT on August 28, 2009


RIP Mary Jo

By: mobal, 1:16 AM GMT on August 27, 2009

On July 18, 1969, Kopechne attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island, off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, held in honor of the Boiler Room Girls. It was the fourth such reunion of the Robert Kennedy campaign workers.

Kopechne left the party at 11:15 p.m. with Robert's brother Ted Kennedy, after he according to his own account and others; offered to drive her to catch the last ferry back to Edgartown, where she was staying. Kennedy stated he made a wrong turn on the way and came upon a narrow, unlit bridge without guardrails. Kennedy drove the 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 off the bridge and it overturned in the water. Kennedy extricated himself from the submerged car but Kopechne died.

This is where the story gets interesting. Kennedy left the scene and walked past police and fire stations. He reported this 11 hours later, two hours after the police had already found his car...

Upon removing the car scratch marks inside the car most likely made as she struggled to stay alive and get out of the car were discoved. Because no autopsy was ever performed on Kopechne's body, her body being promptly whisked out of state it is uncertain how long it took her to drown.

Updated: 1:29 AM GMT on August 27, 2009


Have a Nice day

By: mobal, 10:19 PM GMT on August 22, 2009



Bearing False Witness

By: mobal, 12:45 AM GMT on August 22, 2009

On a phone call arranged this week purportedly to address people of faith, President Obama accused those who opposed the health care overhaul supported by his Administration of "bearing false witness." This accusation is an insult to millions of Christians who don't believe they are bearing false witness, but, in fact, believe they are exposing some important truths.

President Obama also said on the call that government funding of abortion would not be included in the health care bill. This is strange, given past pronouncements on the matter by the President and other members of his Administration. Consider also the fact that the current bill would allow for taxpayer funding of abortions, and numerous attempts to ensure the legislation was abortion neutral were voted down by members of the President's own party in Congress.

Updated: 12:47 AM GMT on August 22, 2009


Swine Flu Close To Home

By: mobal, 11:38 PM GMT on August 20, 2009

A coworkers son, 9 or 10 year old has been diagnosed with the media hyped Swine Flu. He is the second that they know of in his school. The school is waiting for state results that will take up to two weeks before they announce it. Seems they don’t trust Doctors..Only the state Beaurocrats to make it official.

Am I the only one that sees something wrong here?


Gun Sales Helping The Economy

By: mobal, 12:32 AM GMT on August 20, 2009

I have not verified, but this is being reported...

Looking for an extra box of rounds this last weekend for my little 380 I dont doubt it.....

Gun Sales Push Excise Taxes to New Highs
NEWTOWN, Conn. – During a time period of great economic uncertainty, firearm and ammunition sales have continued to increase throughout the country.

According to the most recent Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Collection Report, released earlier today by the Department of the Treasury, firearm and ammunition manufacturers paid more than $109.8 million in the first calendar quarter of 2009; up 43% over the same time period reported in 2008.

This dramatic increase follows a 31.3 percent increase in excise taxes from the previous quarter (4Q, 2008) and eight straight months of increased FBI background checks – another strong indicator of firearm sales.

A third reliable source, the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA), reported that in 2008, "Hunting and Firearms" equipment was the only category to grow double digits and only one of seven categories that exhibited growth. NSGA's forecast for 2009 shows "Hunting and Firearms" as one of only two categories to exhibit growth.

Manufacturers of firearms and ammunition pay a federal excise tax -- a major source of wildlife conservation funding -- on all firearms and ammunition manufactured (11% on long guns and ammunition and 10% on handguns).

This latest excise tax report which covers the time period of January 1, 2009 through March 31, 2009, shows that $33.0 million was collected in taxes for pistols and revolvers, $38.9 million for long guns and $37.8 million for ammunition. Compared to the same quarter in 2008, collections were up 65.5% for handguns, 42.9% for ammunition and 28.3% for long guns.

Translation to Sales

Using the latest collections as an indicator of sales, a projection of $1.03 billion was generated in the first quarter (calendar year) of 2009. Please keep in mind that although excise taxes are one of the best indicators of industry performance, they only report what the manufacturers paid in taxes and do NOT reflect retail mark-up and final retail sales.

Pistols and revolvers: $33,043,554.83 / .10 = $330,435,548.30 = $330.4 million for handguns

Long guns: $38,979,972.16 / .11 = $354,363,383.27 = $354.3 million for long guns

Ammunition: $37,846,038.52 / .11 = $344,054,895.64 = $344.0 million for ammunition

Total estimation for the quarter: $1.028 billion.


Toyota Wins Michigan 500 NASCAR

By: mobal, 10:11 PM GMT on August 16, 2009

Now thats a slap in the face.....

BTW the Camry is built in Georgetown, Ky., and Lafayette IND. and has more US parts (by dollar) then any other car.


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