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Tuesday, January 15. 2013
More WW ll aircraft photos
Toyota Overtakes General Motors as Top-Selling Automaker
Kimball and Sandy: I used to think that our house was, you know, our house.
Five years ago, on a quiet, leisurely Thursday night, my husband and I sat at the dining room table with a yellow notepad, discussing when we should start having kids.
ObamaCare's Health-Insurance Sticker Shock - Thanks to mandates that take effect in 2014, premiums in individual markets will shoot up. Some may double.
The debt is up about 60% since Obama took office. This can't go on forever
Obama true to form as the 'Great Divider'
Nobody trusts him
San Bernadino: Lock your doors and load your guns
CMC updates required reading list for Marines - or for anybody
With French airstrikes, has the war to retake northern Mali begun?
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Read the article and the comments. I've lived here or the surrounds since 1946 off and on. Among all my relatives, we have been involved in every issue possible. The problem? Crime pays.
More WW ll aircraft photos
The venerable DC-3 or C-47 - first picture. Probably the most useful and popular general purpose aircraft ever built - even more so than the C-130 Hercules/L-100 Hercules. The DC-3/C-47 has more variants and types than any other aircraft made including a lengthened version replete with turboprop Pratt and Whitney engines. I've had the pleasure of flying one of these beasts right after I got my twin engine license - what a blast.
Got a big kick out of the B-26 photo - my Uncle Bob flew Marine B-25s during WWII and he has some pictures similar to that one. Amazing how small those cockpits and gun platforms were.
The debt is up about 60% since Obama took office. This can't go on forever[./i]
Not according to Ben Bernacke who believes the debt and it's ceiling is only [url= http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/bernanke-debt-ceiling-only-symbolic/2013/01/14/2cdaa556-5e8d-11e2-9940-6fc488f3fecd_story.html]"symbolic"[/url].
[i]CMC updates required reading list for Marines - or for anybody
And I'm proud to say that I've read most of them.
Re: our house:
I had to do some remedial roof framing to correct a design fault that only exhibited symptoms 20 years after the house was built -- probably the act of re-roofing had loosened things up where the builder had neglected to provide any support for the ridge of a dormer near the corner of a hip roof, and then a heavy wind was the straw that broke the camel's back --
Anyway, I was given a list of items to be brought to current code by the building department. I did so.
The meat of this anecdote, however, is that a year previous there had been a major deadly tornado in my town, which caused severe damage to the homes of two close friends. In conversation with them, I learned that their dealings with the code-enforcement people had been entirely "Fix what is broken as quickly and as well as possible" and that's it.
There was no discussion of interlinked smoke alarms in every bedroom, arc-fault breakers, easy-egress locks on outside doors, or the requirement to have all electrical work performed by one of the few electricians holding the town's own special electrical contracting license.
I don't know why the difference in experience between my building department and Kimball's, but I know which one is more humane.
Fehrenbach's "This Kind Of War" is an excellent book. Fraser's "Quartered Safe Out Of Here" is, too, and also rather funny. His "Flashman" series is a great read.
One of those airplane pictures, a pretty close shot of a Dauntless dive bomber in flight, 1944 - you can see the pilot's face pretty clearly, and he's just a kid. First thought was "who let that baby into the cockpit"? He look like he's not 21 yet, and I guess he might not be.
More WW ll aircraft photos
I'll take a guess... the aircraft is a Douglas SBD-3 or -4, early Pacific War, Marine squadron VMA-231 (is that an Ace of Spades behind the cowling?), maybe during the Guadalcanal campaign.
now I've got to correct myself, that's probably a Marine SBD-3s from VMSB-241, Midway, '42. the marking is an 8-ball, and not a squadron mark.
Oh, foolish people. You think your house is your house? Don't pay that property bill and the REAL owner will sell the house you live in, take whatever they want and the new tenants will move in after the Sheriff throws you out.
When I finish paying off my mortgage in a few years my monthly bill won't go away - it'll just be reduced by half. I'll pay the true owner of my house the rest of my life if I want to stay in it.
Wrong again. It has nothing to do with "fee simple". I live in a state (one of the few in the country) where real property may be either leasehold or fee simple. My residence has been both, initially the land being leased until I bought the fee. I always legally owned the building structure that sat on the leased property. On its face, what RonF wrote has nothing to do with fee simple, but rather with the mortgage covenant.
As for Roger Kimball, I usually like what he writes, but in this case he sounds like a doofus. Anyone who's ever owned a house should know that once your building alteration or repair exceeds a certain dollar amount, you're obliged to get a permit form your local building department. And to bring the property up to code. Original, old stuff is only grandfathered in if you never change it. But if you replace it, you need to update it to the latest code. It's for your own safety, so just do it. As for the woman with the two properties, it sounds to me as if Roger hasn't got all the facts straight and is just ventilating.
Agent Cooper: It has nothing to do with "fee simple".
RonF: Oh, foolish people. You think your house is your house? Don't pay that property bill and the REAL owner will sell the house you live in, take whatever they want and the new tenants will move in after the Sheriff throws you out... When I finish paying off my mortgage in a few years my monthly bill won't go away - it'll just be reduced by half. I'll pay the true owner of my house the rest of my life if I want to stay in it.
RonF universalized the statement, so it seemed he was complaining about a "property bill" with the government as the "REAL owner", rather than a private entity. It could be leasehold, but that wouldn't explain why he thought it applied to people generally.
RE: required reading for Marines
For leadership and being a humane warrior, consider "Reluctant Warriors: Israelis Suspended between Rome and Jerusalem," a study of elite forces. Written by me.
Nathan Szajnberg, MD.
Thanks for the pics of the WWII planes. I love aviation and that period is one of my favorites. I shared some of those pics with my oldest son who enjoyed them, too.
The San Bernadino story is a sign of things to come. California has fleeced the taxpayers and taxed the middle class out of existance in many areas. I don't see how the rest of the state can avoid this long-term with the high pension obligations and declining tax base.
When my wife asked why people are stocking up on guns and ammo, I told her about situations like this. The police are either disappearing or being overwhelmed. I really want to be wrong about our future.
With respect to health insurance premiums rising for young people: I haven't seen it pointed out anwhere that this harms low and moderate income kids whose parents don't have health insurance plans. The children of better off parents with insurance plans can stay on them until they are 26, and this is widely touted.