Wednesday, 26 August 2015

08:45 – The morning paper reports that a woman was killed Monday evening by a dog, which of course was described as a “pit bull”. Another woman who came to the first woman’s aid was also attacked. Fortunately for her, a cop arrived just in time to shoot the dog as it was attempting to drag her from the car in which she was trying to take refuge. The dog had apparently escaped from the owner’s home during a thunderstorm by climbing out of a window. No charges have been filed.

World stock markets are still in turmoil, with mixed results yesterday. The Chinese market was down yesterday by more than 7%,for a total loss of more than 20% over the last four days. The US market was down again, but only by about 1.3%. A few markets showed small gains yesterday, but the trend this morning is down. As I said, the real indicator will be the market closes this coming Friday. If the markets haven’t started to recover by then, things could get dire. Apparently, the hope is that investors will be bargain-hunting and start to scarf up these stocks. The problem is, equities are still way overvalued, so there still aren’t many real bargains to be found even at current prices. I make no attempt to predict the stock market. As far as I’m concerned, J. P. Morgan got it right about predicting the market, so there’s no point to wasting time reading predictions by so-called experts. What’s going to happen is what’s going to happen. We’ll all find out when it actually happens.


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82 Responses to Wednesday, 26 August 2015

  1. OFD says:

    There it is; I am a rank noob on financial speculation and suchlike but I agree that Friday afternoon close-of-biz will tell us the score.

    As fah as I’m concerned, we need to ramp up on the food supplies here; we’re good on heat, shelter, wotta and lights but probably only have a two-persons-one-month stash on hand right now. Plus top off the gas tanks and the oil tank and order more firewood and start building another stash of fiat currency for the short term.

    Breaking nooz of yet another shooting, this time down in Virginia; two tee-vee people KIA, apparently.

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/26/us/virginia-shooting-wdbj/index.html

    No word on the suspect yet that I have found.

  2. MrAtoz says:

    I just saw the TV killing. The MSM is paying to Allah the shooter is WHITE!

    I’m attending a stock market investment seminar on Saturday. It should be a great discussion on how to make money. Perfect timing! I still think Buffet and Soros are drooling.

  3. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Yeah, that incident is curious. It’s also a bit close to home for us, about 100 miles NNE of us.

    I don’t much care about bubble-headed bleach blondes, but I’m enough of a dinosaur to feel more keenly the murder of any 20-something girl more so than that of a guy.

  4. Ray Thompson says:

    I just saw the TV killing.

    Unfortunately our local TV stations will now be running stories on how their reporters are protected (or not), could it happen here, etc. Local TV stations never let a tragedy go to waste and figure out some way to benefit themselves.

    Anytime something happens here, such as a recent train derailment of hazardous chemicals, there was all manner of useless reporting. Reporters were scraping the bottom of the barrel. Locating the dumbest people they could find to interview with comments it “looked like a war zone”. Seriously? Have you ever been in a war zone? Bimbos with visions of CNN dancing in their heads.

    Then a week later the ads for the station where they were first to do something (on location, report, interview, lie, cheat, steal, whatever) and thus you should watch their station. Never let a good disaster go to waste.

  5. OFD says:

    “…I’m enough of a dinosaur to feel more keenly the murder of any 20-something girl more so than that of a guy.”

    Ditto, but I’m at least as pissed about these scumbags, wackos and hadji pieces of shit blowing away unarmed, defenseless people. They’re now saying no ID yet but they think it was a “disgruntled former employee of the station…” Sounds like he’s still on the loose out there. But it’s not clear. Thanks to media rumpswabs who can’t or won’t report the straight info, as Mr. Ray mentions above. They’re all about aggrandizing their own positions.

  6. Chad says:

    Wasn’t there some study where they had “Wallstreet experts” pick stocks and then had some chimpanzees throw darts at a dartboard to randomly pick stocks and the performance in the two sets of picks was pretty much even over a lengthy time period.

  7. Ron Snider says:

    What did J.P. Morgan say about the stock market? Google is strangely un-helpful 🙂

  8. Dave says:

    @Chad

    A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel.

  9. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    When someone asked Morgan what the stock market would do, he replied, “It will fluctuate.”

  10. Jim B says:

    “…fluctuate.”

    That was Jesse Livermore.

  11. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    If he said it, he stole it from Morgan.

  12. MrAtoz says:

    It is probably not a good time to immigrate to Venezuela.

    LA SIBUCARA, Venezuela—Hours after they looted and set fire to a National Guard command post in this sun-baked corner of Venezuela earlier this month, a mob infuriated by worsening food shortages rammed trucks into the smoldering edifice, reducing it mostly to rubble.

    Insert Detroit, DC, NYC, etc in the above.  Could it happen here?  Will it happen in our lifetimes?  Which way are you betting?

  13. MrAtoz says:

    lol. The Mighty Trump ™ throws WhoreHey Ramos out of his presser. Like WhoreHey is a reporter. Now Twitter is a screech with “why didn’t the other reporters walk”. Because they are reporters, not activists like WhoreHey.

    Trump 2016! “Pump the Trump ™”

  14. OFD says:

    “Which way are you betting?”

    I’m betting that that sorta thang will happen in large cities that have large populations of “underclass” derps and further, that the cops and troops will give it a pass and let it rip.

    If the rulers wanna run an exercise, they oughta shut off the ATMs and EBT cards and gas pumps for a coupla weeks. Then we’d see real fast how certain areas could look a whole lot like Venezuela or Greece.

    And said rulers might not have to actively shut anything off; the Grid could go down regardless; we’ve seen reports that it’s constantly being probed by outside entities; sooner or later one or more of them will flip a switch somewhere.

  15. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Maybe we should all do as the federal government recommends, and keep a three-day supply of food and water on hand.

  16. OFD says:

    Yeah, three days is all they need to set up FEMA camps and food/water distribution points, lol. All we gotta do is hang on till then.

    Do the Feds have any advice for defending our three-day supplies? Oh yeah, that’s right; the latest potential Prez candidate recommended the pump shotgun and warning shots.

    We’re all good here.

  17. dkreck says:

    Oh oh! Not an angry white redneck gun nut. How they gonna spin this? Driven by racial aggressions?

  18. Dave says:

    “Oh yeah, that’s right; the latest potential Prez candidate recommended the pump shotgun and warning shots.”

    Actually I believe he recommended firing off both barrels of a double barreled shotgun (at the same time?) as warning shots.

  19. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I got email the other day from someone who said that money was really, really tight and wanted to know how to get the most bang for the buck in laying in some emergency food. I recommended the following (with walmart prices):

    Flour, 50-pound bag (~$15)
    Rice, 50-pound bag (~$18)
    Beans, one 25-pound sack (~$20)
    Sugar, one 20-pound sack (~$7)
    Vegetable oil, one gallon ($6)
    Non-fat dry milk, 8 pounds ($32)
    Assorted spices, garlic, onion, bouillon, imitation maple syrup, etc. ($30)
    Generic chlorine bleach, gallon ($3)

    That’s enough to feed two people for two months at a total cost of about a dollar a day each. It won’t taste great, and they’ll be eating a lot of pancakes and rice, but it’ll provide basic nutrition for him and his wife for two months, which is pretty good for that price.

  20. Jim B says:

    http://quoteinvestigator.com/2013/09/28/market-fluctuate/

    “In conclusion, currently the earliest instance of this joke appeared in 1922. The tale was attached to Henry Poor who died years earlier in 1905. Poor supposedly asked John D. Rockefeller about securities associated with Standard Oil, a topic of intimate knowledge for Rockefeller. Hence, the earliest anecdote was not about the stock market in general.

    Over time the story evolved, and it was reassigned to J. P. Morgan and William Rockefeller. Since J. P. Morgan did not have special knowledge about Standard Oil the tale was altered so the query was about the overall stock market.”

    Both of us are wrong… or right. Anyway, it is a good quote, and a favorite over the decades.

  21. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I’ve always thought it was probably Dorothy Parker who actually said it first.

  22. Jim B says:

    BTW, your brief trial of the (?) skin for this site worked much better on my Android phone.

    This one still scales the Post Comment box poorly, and for some reason makes pasting difficult or sometimes impossible. Works fine on the desktop.

  23. OFD says:

    If they can at all swing it, they might wanna throw in some bulk pasta and tomato sauce, and a case or two of tuna.

    We’re a bit tight on funds here, too, and that is one good way of putting together a two-month emergency supply for a couple of hundred bucks, maybe two bucks a day per person.

    “Driven by racial aggressions?”

    Ha, good one! The perp, who apparently just shot himself during a police chase, is/was black! Maybe this is a reverse hate crime?? Naw….the white folks at the station messed him over…the Man was down on him…and he’s just a kid…etc.

    Let’s hear from Reverends Jackwagon, Sharpless and Minister Fartinican on this one, shall we? While Obola rants some more about “gun violence” and gun control.

  24. dkreck says:

    I don’t recall if this was linked here

    http://spectator.org/articles/63873/smoke

    Markets are moved by human beings, armed with computers, who move the markets any damned way they think will make money for them. Markets predict nothing. They know nothing. The people who run them just know how to make money and then make up reasons for it besides their own greed.

  25. ech says:

    Wasn’t there some study where they had “Wallstreet experts” pick stocks and then had some chimpanzees throw darts at a dartboard to randomly pick stocks and the performance in the two sets of picks was pretty much even over a lengthy time period.

    The Wall Street Journal used to do this to test the hypothesis from Malkiel’s book. They put a bundle of stocks on a wall and threw darts and compared to picks by experts. The experts won 61% of the time. There was one time I saw when the experts got trounced because the dart hit a stock that had a huge runup, the best return in that period for the NYSE. Overall the experts had higher returns than either the DJIA or the darts.
    http://www.investorhome.com/darts.htm

  26. nick says:

    Based on preference and not nutrition,

    I probably would cut the flour, milk, and sugar in half, as that is a ton of flour and sugar for most people (if the budget could increase, I’d leave it in.)

    I’d then add $100 in some canned meat, some koolaid mix (presweetened), and a big bag of onions.

    I know it’s not minimal, but the meat will go a long way toward making the medicine go down, and so will the flavored drink mix. Onions keep forever long time in the dark and cool.

    Spam is onsale at costco atm. 4 bricks = $80

    nick

    added:

    http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/preppers-checklist/

    10 things to do RIGHT NOW. The first 8 are buying food. I like his mix better than yours purely on taste, I haven’t considered nutrition. He adds multivitamins.

  27. dkreck says:

    @ech
    They put a bundle of stocks on a wall and threw darts

    So it was chimps?

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  29. jim C says:

    I don’t remember who said it, the best quote on the stock market I ever heard was “someone buying thinking it was going up from someone selling thinking it was going down, only one of them will be right”.

  30. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Oh, sure, there are all kinds of things I could do to improve that mix of food, but all of them cost money and this guy is pretty much broke. Broke as in behind on his mortgage, wife just lost her job, etc. etc.

    I sent him what he asked me for: maximum nutrition at minimum price. As many calories as possible, with sufficient carbohydrates, protein, and lipids. The protein is amino-acid balanced, which is one of the reasons the dry milk is in there. It’s about a third protein, and it’s animal protein which by definition includes all of the amino acids, including essential ones that our bodies can’t make. The only exceptions I made to the bang-for-the-buck was on stuff like spices, bouillon, etc., which cost relatively little and make worlds of difference in palatability.

    I’d have preferred to specify less rice and flour and more pasta and noodles, but the latter cost three times what the former do. I included the sugar because it’s basically the same price per pound as flour or rice, has the same nutrition, but its sweetness makes bland food more palatable.

    On a bit larger budget, I’d switch some of the starches to pasta and add some canned soups, tomato sauce, etc. as meal extenders. But this guy can’t afford them. He actually specified two adults for 60 days. I’m not sure how he decided on 60 days, but I gave him a list based on what he asked for.

  31. nick says:

    And in related news:

    Venezuela Is Adding More Zeroes to Its Currency to Deal With Hyperinflation

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-26/venezuela-said-to-ready-larger-bank-notes-as-inflation-soars

    “Many Venezuelans have to carry wads of cash in bags instead of wallets as soaring inflation and a declining currency increase the number of bills needed for everyday purchases. The situation is set to get worse. Inflation, already the fastest in the world, could end the year at 150 percent, said the official.”

  32. Miles_Teg says:

    Chad wrote:

    “Wasn’t there some study where they had “Wallstreet experts” pick stocks and then had some chimpanzees throw darts at a dartboard to randomly pick stocks and the performance in the two sets of picks was pretty much even over a lengthy time period.”

    One of my pals is in free AFL (Aussie Rules) and NRL (Rugby League) tipping competitions. His results aren’t good, so I suggested he start deciding his picks on a coin toss. The coin is marginally ahead.

  33. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    @nick

    That makes no sense. If inflation ends the year at 150%, that just means that what cost someone $10 on 1 January costs them $25 on 31 December. No one would need cash bags for that, or even a larger wallet. Are you sure he didn’t mean “end the year at 150% per day”?

  34. OFD says:

    In other words, Venezuela is heading in the same direction as Zimbabwe (formerly the hatefully white-ruled prosperous nation of Rhodesia).

  35. Ray Thompson says:

    Hillary Clinton talks about TV crew’s killings: “We have got to do something about gun violence.”

    Here is a clue you witless twit, it is not gun violence, it is people violence. A gun has never once committed violence. Banning people, as in low life scum, from the planet would be effective.

  36. nick says:

    Well, it appears that they don’t currently have enough large banknotes, or large enough bank notes so you get this:

    “A customer would need at least 1,280 bank notes to purchase a 24-inch Samsung television on sale at a mall in eastern Caracas for 128,000 bolivars. Some banks, meanwhile, have reduced daily withdrawal limits at ATMs because of shortages of the highest denominated notes.”

    That’s a lot of notes!

    For the inflation rate, they didn’t specify a time, but I think it’s more likely per month, based on what I’m remembering from previous articles.

    Even if it was /year, while that wouldn’t mean wheelbarrows of notes, it would certainly suck.

    nick

  37. nick says:

    @Ray, that wouldn’t fit the narrative.

    Also, it’s a racially motivated hate crime, and black on white violence. If it didn’t go out live, I doubt we’d have seen it reported outside the local area.

    nick

  38. nick says:

    From zerohedge

    Virgina Killer Sent “Suicide Note” To ABC, Says Massacre Is “Race War” In Reaction To Charleston Shooting

    “Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15…”

    “Yes, it will sound like I am angry…I am. And I have every right to be. But when I leave this Earth, the only emotion I want to feel is peace….”

    “The church shooting was the tipping point…but my anger has been building steadily…I’ve been a human powder keg for a while…just waiting to go BOOM!!!!”.

  39. nick says:

    Lots of interesting numbers in this article by bloomy

    U.S. Silver-Coin Buyers See Bargains While Investors Dump Metals

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-26/u-s-silver-coin-buyers-see-bargains-while-investors-dump-metals

    Surging demand prompted the Mint to suspend sales last month for more than two weeks because of a lack of inventory. The physical buying has done little to stem the metal’s price plunge. Futures in New York are heading for a third straight monthly loss, and money mangers cut their net-bullish wagers by more than 90 percent since the end of May.

    “Most of the coin buyers are retail investors who see these levels as extremely attractive,” Lance Roberts, who helps oversee $650 million as chief strategist for STA Wealth Management in Houston, said in a telephone interview. “These investors do not look at the daily price movements to make their decisions.”

    Purchases of American Eagle silver coins reached an all-time high of 44 million ounces last year, the Mint’s statement said. That topped 2013’s 42.7 million ounces, the previous all-time high, according to data on the website. Sales at the Canadian Mint has also been strong, according to an e-mailed response from the Mint.

    Well, it’s not an investment, but a way to preserve wealth, or as an alternative currency among some groups, but isn’t it nice that bloomy doesn’t think of silver coin buyers as ‘investors.’ Only the guys trading make-believe electrons and marked up paper are ‘investing’.

    And look how late to the party they are with this:

    “Solyndra May Have Lied to Get Loan Guarantee, Watchdog Says ”

    nick

  40. OFD says:

    “Here is a clue you witless twit…”

    I’d fix this for ya but it would cross the line of family-type good taste so I won’t.

    Plus, why add to your micro-aggression?

    “If it didn’t go out live, I doubt we’d have seen it reported outside the local area.”

    That’s exactly right. Now picture the event happening in the reverse; a pissed-off white guy goes to a BET broadcast station and blows away the black female anchor and the black camera guy and meanwhile has written screeds about his anger and “race war” stuff.

    They’d hear the howling on Mars, for weeks, and Obola and Cankles would be raving and ranting nonstop.

  41. MrAtoz says:

    Speaking of ObuttWad, has he chimed in yet? Maybe the shooter’s mother was WHITE! or sumpin’ and he could…oh wait. Never mind.

  42. OFD says:

    Just the Press Sec so far.

    Again, picture it in reverse; Obola would be all over it like….white on rice? Never mind.

  43. Clayton W. says:

    ‘….white on rice?’ A micro-aggression if there ever was one!

  44. Chad says:

    “Like white on rice in a glass of milk on a paper plate in a snowstorm.” 🙂

  45. nick says:

    So here are the first page of comments on the Hillarity article, from UKDailyMail with some emphasis added. I didn’t skip any or add any. This was what was there. Not to many H voters there….

    Johnnyboy, Leeds, United Kingdom, 2 minutes ago

    I can actually see her horns.

    Leopoldtrench, Maine, United States, 3 minutes ago

    Last week here we had a 59 year old woman with her throat s l i t in the ice cream isle at a local grocery store, what are you going to do to stop those violent deaths Hillary?

    Michael Jeansonne, Gotham City., United States, 8 minutes ago

    She had no problem standing over the dead bodies of the fake Benghazi video victims and now doing the same here to score political points. This woman has no heart, no morals, no standards. No wonder no one trusts her .

    Rome3215, Lakeland Fl, United States, 9 minutes ago

    Hillary learned from Obama, “Never let a crisis go to waste”!

    shesays, Little Rock, United States, 9 minutes ago

    It’s mental health issues…….

    NeeKoLas, visalia, United States, 9 minutes ago

    Maybe it’s the murderers who are too readily available.

    Topdr, Orlando, United States, 11 minutes ago

    She’s still in the race?

    RobertG, Rockville, United States, 12 minutes ago

    Typical of a useless liberal to stand on dead bodies to push their evil agenda.

    Misfit, SoCal, 14 minutes ago

    “…so that whatever motivated this murderer, who eventually took his own life, we will not see more deaths…” — Hillary, it was because of a Youtube video!

    ROCK, midwest, United States, 16 minutes ago

    He could have murdered without a gun. Hillary is a puke.

    Rwestmoreland, Macon, United States, 20 minutes ago

    You can’t make this stuff up. HRC would eat a live baby on TV (sponsored by Planned Parenthood of course) to get elected.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3212029/Hillary-blames-Virginia-news-crew-shooting-guns-readily-available-touring-machine-shop-students-learn-gunsmithing.html

    nick

  46. OFD says:

    It would be funny if it wasn’t so sickening and evil. It’s no joke, the fact that someone might be able to see her horns and possibly cloven hooves and tail. What a disgusting fugly beast, and yet millions of imbeciles in this country would give her the WH For Life.

    There’s incompetence, ignorance, stupidity, carelessness, negligence, and then there’s malice aforethought. After that? Evil. Pure and simple.

  47. nick says:

    So for all the Bracken fans out there, here is an interesting tidbit:

    Flanagan fled after the shooting and police located his 2009 Ford Mustang parked at the Roanoke Regional Airport.

    Flanagan left his car at the airport and continued his escape ina Chevrolet Sonic that he rented earlier this month, Overton stated.

    Overton said they tracked the vehicle as it traveled along Interstate 81 for hundreds of miles after the shooting.

    A license plate reader was able to pick up the Sonic’s location on Interstate 66 in Fauquier County, Virginia traveling east, where Virginia State Police Trooper Pamela Neff began to follow him until backup arrived to assist.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3211992/How-Virginia-shooting-manhunt-WDBJ7-TV-shooter-Bryce-Williams-ended-highway-license-plate-reader-rental-car-killed-trooper-tried-pull-over.html

    Somehow they found his car at the airport, connected him to the per-positioned rental car, and marked it for attention in their network, which was scanning every passing vehicle. Wanna bet they had his car in the database when it entered the airport? Using ANPR is common at airport parking garages. Then how did they tie him to the rental? And then they have a system in place to search for and flag vehicles they are interested in. All very interesting, and if Bracken had put it in a book, 99% of the population wouldn’t believe it.

    nick

    BTW, I was driving around downtown recently, and noticed that EVERY intersection had 2 surveillance cameras (domes mounted on poles) tied back to somewhere with their own WiFi patch antennas. These were NOT the traffic/intersection control cameras which have their own WiFi net, probably a mesh ’cause the antennas point all over the place. Bracken’s Homeland surveillance scenes coming true right before our eyes.

  48. OFD says:

    That is all very good local AO intel, Mr. nick; if I were you, I’d be keeping a notebook of whatever sort, hardcopy and/or digital, and keeping my eyes and ears open for a chance at some point to make use of it, for yourself and/or others.

    I’m on the same recon ops, limited though they may be, in this particular Retroville AO, and no shortage of opportunities to observe underclass elements, commo, and multiple “law enforcement” organizations in action.

  49. OFD says:

    Science peeps more knowledgeable than little ol’ me, what do you make of this?

    http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/08/willis-eschenbach-and-the-myth-of-the-sixth-wave-of-extinction/

  50. OFD says:

    Well, Barry kept mum about one of his sons committing double homicide early this morning but his minion spewed the usual Prog/Fascist crap:

    http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2015/08/robert-farago/white-house-react-to-roanoke-shooting-we-need-common-sense-gun-control/#comments

    The comments below are fun, too.

    And Cankles just had to spout some manure, too:

    http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2015/08/robert-farago/hillary-clinton-reacts-to-roanoke-shooting-calls-for-more-gun-control-measure/#comments

  51. OFD says:

    Damn. Hard decision to make here, folks.

    $900 to spend.

    Another AR?

    Or one of these:

    http://store.xm42.com/category-s/106.htm

  52. nick says:

    I think you are less likely to hurt yourself with the ar….

    nick

  53. OFD says:

    “Breaking News” on lewrockwell.com tonight:

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/08/anne-williamson/weaponizing-migrants/

    What our rulers have done makes Pandora’s Box sound like a child’s harmless toy; we sowed the wind and now shall reap the whirlwind.

    This is a sound historical summary of the last several decades’ misrule and mischief and it will redound on our childrens’ and grandchildrens’ heads.

  54. Miles_Teg says:

    OFD wrote:

    “…millions of imbeciles in this country would give her the WH For Life.”

    By voting for her, or by not voting for her opponent…

  55. OFD says:

    Yeah, that’s right, Mr. Greg, I give up. You just ain’t never gonna git it, are ya?

    Well, at least we can still own and shoot guns here and we’re not about to be smothered by the Chicoms.

  56. Lynn says:

    “Walmart Bars Sales Of AR-15s, Self-Defense Shotguns”
    http://www.grandviewoutdoors.com/guns/walmart-bars-sales-of-ar-15s-self-defense-shotguns/

    Walmart has drunk the koolaid. Again.

    “Reports indicate the retail chain will sell off the rest of its inventory of AR-style rifles and self-defense shotguns at deeply discounted prices.”

    Might be a good time to buy a Remington AR there though. Or semi-auto shotgun.

  57. ech says:

    Then how did they tie him to the rental?

    They could get DHS to see if he had flown out. If not, look for a car leaving on security cameras at the right time. Or simply check with the auto rental desks. Flash badge, “Did you rent a car to this guy?”

  58. Miles_Teg says:

    Dave, I understand that I wouldn’t want HC in the WH if I was a Yank. And unlike you, I haven’t imbibed deeply of the anarchist Kool-Aid.

  59. nick says:

    How much cheaper could they get? Deep discounts sounds great but I’d be shocked if they were less than $550. Since there are places selling them for ~$650. Deep sounds like $350 but I am pretty sure we won’t see that.

    I’m pretty sure if wal*mart wasn’t selling ARs it’s because who the heII thinks of shopping there when it’s time for an AR? And they’ve had real problems stocking inventory.

    nick

  60. nick says:

    @ech, the badge and picture won’t work. He rented it a month ago, and who knows which staffer gave him keys?

    ‘course it’s early days, and most of the reporting is likely wrong, so we’ll see.

    nick

    And how did they get him at the garage? Easiest answer is ANPR and a ‘fusion center’ database. I know our airport uses ANPR on entry and exit, because the cameras are distinctively placed, and somewhat distinctive looking.

  61. OFD says:

    “…I haven’t imbibed deeply of the anarchist Kool-Aid.”

    Well drink up, my good man!

    As the late Murray Rothbard (a libertarian guru) once said: “The State is a band of thieves writ large.”

    And the late Randolph Bourne said: “War is the health of the State.”

    Which is why, no matter which party is in power or which bozo is in the White House, we have a war in every generation here, since the beginning. And looting of the nation’s treasure in the form of taxes and seizures of property. While treating citizens like serfs and subjects.

    Elections and parties and voting don’t cut it anymore. The system is broken beyond repair. It’s format and reboot time.

  62. Lynn says:

    Yeah, that’s right, Mr. Greg, I give up. You just ain’t never gonna git it, are ya?

    I’ve got it. Trump 2016! Trump 2016! Trump 2016!

  63. OFD says:

    Walmart flacks told the truthaboutguns.com site that it wasn’t a political decision; it was based on sales figures and inventory issues, and that they were looking to stock up big now for hunting season firearms.

    We can take that however, I guess.

  64. Lynn says:

    The Land of Sugar has many license plate readers, both fixed and mobile. As in dozens of them. Many of the cop cars and SUVs now have automatic license plate readers, front and back.

  65. OFD says:

    “I’ve got it. Trump 2016! Trump 2016! Trump 2016!”

    Yeah, OK, Mr. Lynn. Geez, even the lewrockwell.com site has been doing favorable PR on the guy, as has my man Patrick J. Buchanan.

    I just think the whole mess is more entertaining than usual and that the system is too far gone now to save anyway. Let it burn.

    Meanwhile the Euros and us have our own versions now of ‘Camp of the Saints’ and it is gonna be really bad for both places for a long time to come.

  66. nick says:

    Yeah, constantly scanning traffic and parked cars, looking for anyone flagged.

    But we were born free.

    nick

    BTW, how in the heII did we end up in a situation where citizens have to pay rent, to use a street they paid for with taxes? Parking, not toll roads.

  67. OFD says:

    “But we were born free.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov6aef8DTqg

    What a joke here now.

    “…how in the heII did we end up in a situation…”

    We got fat, dumb and happy, and fell asleep at the switch, and then periodically would report to ELECTION precincts and VOTE for somebody from some PARTY and figure we were doing our civic duty and everything would be SWELL. If things turned out not to be SWELL, we’d VOTE again. Rinse and repeat. Or not vote. Didn’t really matter. Elected bozos come and go but the BUREAUCRACY endureth forever.

  68. pcb_duffer says:

    [snip] $900 to spend. Another AR? Or one of these: [snip]

    To quote the late, great Lewis Burwell Puller “Neat, but where do you mount the bayonet?”

  69. ech says:

    @ech, the badge and picture won’t work. He rented it a month ago, and who knows which staffer gave him keys?

    They had his name. The clerk types it into the computer and out pops the rental record. In addition, the rental agency may have a gps tracker on the car that law enforcement could use to track.

  70. nick says:

    Hmm, I thought the gps trackers were only recorders. If active or remotely query-able that would make sense. I know onstar is but I don’t think the little shltbox he rented had that. That’s an awful lot of cellular data plans.

    Didn’t see that they had his name, but I guess as soon as the screed came to their attention they would have. The timeline was a little fuzzy for me.

    Interesting thought problem to see what he could have done differently at each of those points.

    Also, with the screed, he clearly wasn’t trying to evade detection, so why run at all? More targets on his list? That’s the only thing that makes sense to me. Wonder if we’ll hear about those?

    nick

  71. OFD says:

    “Wonder if we’ll hear about those?”

    Stop wondering, kemosabe. If he was a redneck fascist, you bet there’d be a trail and speculation about other targets and a conspiracy and plots laid, inductions dangerous, etc. This will be quickly dropped into the Memory Hole.

    Oh look! A squirrel!

  72. nick says:

    !! SQUIRREL !!!

    A ball, a ball, oh boy a ball!

    nick

  73. nick says:

    And a classic from the past:

    The Dog’s Diary

    8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!
    9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
    9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
    10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
    12:00 pm – Milk bones! My favorite thing!
    1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
    3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
    5:00 pm – Dinner! My favorite thing!
    7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
    8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
    11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

    The Cat’s Diary

    Day 983 of My Captivity

    My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

    The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Bastards!

    There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

    Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top of the stairs.

    I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now …

  74. DadCooks says:

    @nick – liked your classic from the past.

    As I type this one of my cat’s is here on the desk giving me the stink-eye of disgust, just waiting for me to leave my computer unattended so he can update his Facebook and Twitter 😉

  75. nick says:

    “my favorite thing!’

    My wife and I still occasionally yell this out.

    nick

  76. Lynn says:

    Hmm, I thought the gps trackers were only recorders. If active or remotely query-able that would make sense.

    LoJack.
    http://www.lojack.com/Products/Stolen-Vehicle-Recovery-System

  77. OFD says:

    Our senior female cat vomited on one of the back porch chairs yesterday. The junior female has been bringing in bird cadavers, which she eats (most of). We haven’t seen any rodents in quite a while now, like two years. I’m training them to beat up the dog and also run in front of speeding motorhead douchebags on this street and maybe cause them to swerve into a tree or guardrail or something.

  78. ech says:

    Hmm, I thought the gps trackers were only recorders. If active or remotely query-able that would make sense. I know onstar is but I don’t think the little shltbox he rented had that. That’s an awful lot of cellular data plans.M

    There are systems that use satellites to interrogate the tracker remotely. Used by trucking and railroads.

  79. Lynn says:

    Day 983 of My Captivity

    @nick, that was hilariously funny!

  80. nick says:

    Yep, an oldie but a goodie. It holds up very well, better than a lot of early memes.

    nick

    “dogs in elk” was another one that will still crack you up.

    (formating is atrocious but worth it)

    http://www.jerrypournelle.com/reports/jerryp/dogsinelk.html#dogs

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