Monday, November 26, 2007


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IKMCC has a three day get-together each year. This one in Holland Michigan showed off 75 cars built between 1946 and 1969 in Athens, Ohio. You can learn more about the King Midgets at . A 90 minute DVD of the event with lots of car footage is available by contacting poorpete (at) optonline (dot) net. Pete lives in NW New Jersey.

WWII Veteran - The Ball Turret - B-17

Earl Mills tells his story about one particular raid over Germany. Eventually, Mill's B-17 was shot down on his 28th mission. He explains his disability in the full interview. He is 100 percent disabled for a chronic nervous condiion. His full interview from is on an hour long DVD. These interviews are designed to become a part of the collection of Veteran Histories at the Library of Congress.  Volunteers are encouraged to participate.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Seizing Destiny

Just finished Seizing Destiny-How America Grew From Sea to Shining Sea by
Richard Kluger (won the Pulitizer).

600 pages-easy read; would make a great college sophomore survey
course. Covers from Britian/France/Spain, through colonial times; the
addition of the "Old Northwest" from Virginia; the La. purchase/the Great
Lakes region/Florida (East and West) from Spain/Oregon Territory (54/40 or
fight!)/the War with Mexico/the Gasden purchase/Alaska/stealing
Hawaii/stealing Phillipines/trying to steal Cuba/with all respect to Ronald
Reagan: "the Panama Canal is ours, we stole it fair and square!" etc etc.
Gives the historical contex of each expansion, and our growing
"Manifest Destiny" philosophy. Did you know that President Polk added more
territory to the US than any president before or since?

I really enjoyed it-I knew practically nothing about the Mexican
War, except that there was one. (Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor, Santa
Ana, etc).

I am now moving on to Blood and Thunder-An Epic of the American
West-by Hampton Sides; picks up in the New Mexico territory in the middle of
the Mexican War with Kit Carson and the impact on the Navaho. To be followed
by Path Between the Seas by David Mccullough regarding building the Panama

Reading books is easy if you don't have a life.!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

11-15-07 Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (CALM) | Wallstrip

CalMaine Foods - Wallstrip
I learn more about the market here than in many hard boiled business magazines. Enjoy this episode and learn. this is one of my favorite websites to visit regularly. No - I do not invest in all the stocks they mention, but you learn a lot from just watching and enjoying the way business is presented. Hint: because Wallsrip's focus is on trending stocks that are at new highs - there is
always a strong potential for them to find a peak and take a bad tumble with any market dips (like recently).

Fauxtography (Military)
an interesting analysis of the many photos that come in our email.
Some are accurate - some are big-time fake.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Obama from Bill Lear - LEAR JETs

A serious comment by Bill Lear (Lear jet) a smart, successful business man and an Independent.
Most Americans are aware of Bill Lear, because of his Lear Jet business; His opinions are worth a read:
A Humble Plea to McCain and Obama Supporters:

Dear friends,
I am truly astonished by the ignorance Obama supporters have displayed in their quest to get someone - ANYONE - into the White House. Now, wait a minute. I can well understand your dislike or even hatred of our clown, GWB, but he is not the root cause of all of our problems. Our Congress is. And a change there would be welcomed by all. You ain't gonna get it done with Obama. You gotta fire the whole damnable crooked Congress. (Read my book, "BERNIE'S WAR!").

Perhaps I'm looking at all of this from a different perspective than you because my life experiences have been so different from yours. I'm 80-years old and have traveled the world where I've seen a great deal. I spent five years on active duty as a fighter pilot in the USAF and another seven years flying with the Air National Guard in California and Texas as well as a few years flying in the USAF Reserve. I spent three years on active duty in Germany flying Czech border patrol with "cold guns" in aircraft inferior to the MIG during the Korean "Police Action" when it was thought that Korea was a diversion for a Soviet invasion of Western Europe.

I lived abroad for a total of 28 years. Three years in Germany, twenty years in Switzerland and five years in Great Britain where I was based doing "spook" work for the U.S. behind the Iron Curtain before it fell. During that era of the Cold War I ventured to Moscow, Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, Peshawar, Pakistan and Bulgaria posing as a Swiss French-speaking arms dealer purchasing weapons we surreptitiously supplied to the Afghani Mujahedeen in their successful fight against the Soviets - all of which came back to haunt us. I've been there and done that and have had close associations with top government people in Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain. I've had more foreign affairs experience than Obama could ever dream of and, yet, wouldn't have the temerity to deign myself "Presidential" material; although I feel eminently more qualified to judge who would NOT be best for our country. My long-time world experience should count for something in my plea to you to abandon this flake. You will only be doing yourself and our country an enormous disservice if you persist in your support of this flash- in-the-pan opportunist. On this, you MUST trust me.

I've associated closely with European royalty and African politicians. I've traveled to the Far East to observe their cultures. My point is that Obama, although formally well educated and a brilliant orator, is a neophyte when it comes to understanding the world and is uniquely unqualified for the job as President of these great United States. His knowledge of economics is nil and his tax proposals absurd and life-threatening to the U.S. not only in economic terms but in preserving our national security as well. I don't want a "citizen of the world" to be President, I want a citizen of the good old USA to be President. Screw the rest of the world as they have well and truly screwed us. The time has come for us to awaken and start looking after ourselves. Now THAT would be CHANGE if that's what you're looking for.

While McCain has abstained from playing "the race-card", Obama is playing it to the hilt even though he's technically not an African-American. To qualify for this distinction you must be at least one-sixth black. Obama is only one-eighth. His father would be, as he was one-sixth. No, Obama is more Muslim than black yet he trades on his blackness.

The larger question I have about him is that we really don't know much about him other than what HE tells us, what we read on blogs and from some serious non-partisan investigators whose factual reports are, unfortunately, generally ignored and which receive precious little media exposure.

I, as a registered Independent, a military veteran and a patriot, beseech you to put aside party considerations and vote for the lesser of the two evils. Yes, I am NOT a McCain supporter, but he is, at least, not a flake, doesn't carry Muslim baggage and is a PROVEN hero and patriot WITH experience. It's not a party issue. It's all about electing the best we can trust with what we've got to work with. Mr. Obama is NOT that guy.

Please, please rethink your voting position. Thanks for reading my innermost thoughts. I care about all of you, but I care more about our country. Please help me to do both.

William P. (Bill) Lear, Jr.

Friday, November 02, 2007

PR Opportunity Missed by alQaeda

It appears some very motivated soldiers - some who would not survive - had the honor of taking away a Photo Op from alQaeda only days before General Petraeus testifed before congress. This is a PR war as much as a blood war. Often our own press chooses to take the bait offered by the enemy and ignores the results from our own soldiers. Here is a close look at a battle for the headlines that might have highlighted enemy success.


I would have never expected these folks to support McCain.
This is a true story. (SEE THE END) Names and location not clear to permit privacy.
Ours is a BLUE state. Solid blue. No hope here for a McCain victory that I can see.
REGARDLESS - some will do their best to help the McCain/Palin ticket win. Today is November 1, 2008.

This is from TWO HOMELESS PEOPLE - explained that they were well aware of the news. They watch TV. They read papers. They understand completely the relationship between the Democrat agenda in past administrations and congress to the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac destruction that contributed to the current economic crisis. They understood a LOT!

1. Democrat cronies placed in FRE and FNM made hundreds of millions in bonuses that fed back to support Democrat agendas and more cronyism that loops again and feeds off the less fortunate in our country. Many of the "high bonus financial executives" are ardent Democrats too. it PAYS !
2. Democrat congressmen blocked oversight and regulation of FRE and FNM when it was proposed by Bush and later by McCain - and other Republicans. Why? See #1 above.
3. They understand the difference between giving people a thousand dollars today versus leaving multiples of $1000 in a small business that will invest in more production and more jobs that can provide people with $30,000 a year plus health benefits - thereby not needing a hand-out.
4. They are fearful of an Obama presidency because they have not seen any record on his accomplishments. They have only heard platitudes in his speeches.
5. They do not believe he has been vetted for the job even as well as someone who might apply for the job of scoutmaster of a local cub scout den.
6. His history of associations tells them he is not likely to understand the nuances of capitalism and how it creates wealth for everyone. The McCain-Palin ticket exhibits strength here.
7. His vague disassociation from militant people in his past does not soothe their concerns that he might view some terrorists as morally justified in their acts.
8. They understood that Bush has made some poor choices in his administration, but he also made some good ones - that the economy after 9-11-2001 was due for an immediate crash except for some of his actions. So they understand the crash is partially a delayed effect of the Al-Qaeda attacks.
9. They think that McCain and Palin have none of the baggage associated with Obama and that their approach to job creation in the private sector is far more effective long-term than the Obama plan to create more government subsidized jobs. They know private sector job growth means more government revenue down the road whereas more government subsidized jobs mean more government spending down the road. It starves the chicken that lays the eggs. McCain includes ENERGY intelligence in the team. Oil and Nuclear are priorities with significant development assistance to bring along solar, wind, geothermal, clean coal and tidal energies.
10. McCain and Palin are known entities with track records that can be verified. McCain's is a long one - not all perfect - but well known. Palin's is a short record but with a lifetime of consistency - none of which is out of character to mainstream America.

These homeless women are greatly concerned about an Obama administration. While in a life crisis mode - when they would be assumed by many to be thoroughly on the side of an Obama ticket --- YET - they are expressing themselves as ardent supporters of McCain / Palin.
I hope that more people in dire straits in this difficult economic period are thinking like these ladies.
And, I really hope things work out for them soon.
I do understand they will be able to move into subsidized housing in another week.
(Subsidized housing -- see -- there are sometimes things the government does that can be helpful).
Name Witheld
State Witheld
Blue State - Businesses and people leaving in droves for two years now since the state is among the highest taxed states in the nation. You may have noticed there are a number of states in this mode ... especially in the Northeast and around the Great Lakes region. You might also note that these states are in rapid economic decline beyond explanation by the current economic emergency. And they are all controlled by Democrats. You would think this would be obvious to the residents of those states who vote -- but maybe they never read "Free to Choose" by Milton Friedman (the "Chicago School of Economics" - a mis-identification if there ever was one since the "Chicago Machine" is behind the current "Obama Economics School".

I Vote Democrat Because

I'm voting Democrat….

Liberals are so elite, and I don't want to be jealous anymore. They are just never wrong about anything. Read along and you will know why!

I'm voting Democrat because English has no place being the official language in America .

I'm voting Democrat because it's better to turn corn into fuel than it is to eat.

I'm voting Democrat because I'd rather pay $4 for a gallon of gas than allow drilling for oil off the coasts of America .

I'm voting Democrat because I think the government will do a better job of spending my money than I could.

I'm voting Democrat because when we pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq , I know the Islamic terrorists will stop trying to kill us because they'll think we're a good and decent country.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe people who can't tell us if it will rain in two or three days, can now tell us the polar ice caps will disappear in ten years if I don't start riding a bicycle, build a windmill or inflate my tires to proper levels.

I'm voting Democrat because it's alright to kill millions of babies as long as we keep violent, convicted murderers on death row alive.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe businesses in America should not be allowed to make profits. Businesses should just break even and give the rest to the government so politicians and bureaucrats can redistribute the money the way they think it should be redistributed.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe guns, and not the people misusing them, are the cause of crimes and killings.

I'm voting Democrat because when someone with a weapon threatens my family or me, I know the government can respond faster through a call to 911 than I can with a gun in my hand.

I'm voting Democrat because oil companies' 5% profit on a gallon of gas are obscene, but government taxes of 18% on the same gallon of gas are just fine.

I'm voting Democrat because I believe three or four elitist liberals should rewrite the Constitution every few months to suit some fringe element that could never get their agenda past voters.

I'm voting Democrat because illegal aliens are not criminals, are not sucking up resources through government aid, hospital services, education, or social services, but are just people trying to make a better life by coming to America illegally. We can't blame them for that, can we?

I'm voting Democrat because I can now marry whatever I want, so I've decided to marry my dog Peanut.

Makes you wonder why anyone would ever vote Republican, doesn't it?