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-Short Attention Span Theater-
I’m Done Pretending Men Are Safe (Even My Sons)
Honestly, this individual doesn't sound like a fun dinner date...
[RoleReboot] If the feminist men—the men who proudly declare their progressive politics and their fight for quality—aren’t safe, then what man is? No man, I fear.
Safe from what?
I have two sons. They are strong and compassionate—the kind of boys other parents are glad to meet when their daughters bring them home for dinner. They are good boys, in the ways good boys are, but they are not safe boys. I’m starting to believe there’s no such thing.
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Posted by: badanov || 07/15/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [1078 views] Top|| File under:

#1  She is an abusive parent. Before her son's self esteem is totally destroyed, they need to threaten to put them in a sound home and then she needs psychological treatment for her mentally abusive attitude towards her own children.

However, this is the left coast.
Posted by: Glavins Borgia6919 || 07/15/2017 1:38 Comments || Top||

#2  This is a highly abusive and unstable parent. Her sons should be removed from her home, and she should undergo court mandated therapy.
Posted by: Secret Master || 07/15/2017 1:48 Comments || Top||

#3  LOL. This entire article is just to say that she's tried dating and she's OFF THE MARKET, BOYS and it is OUR FAULT and if we want a gem like her we better CHANGE OUR BEHAVIOR.

Seen this column too many times. At the heart of it she feels rejected and wants a man, but none of us are good enough for her high standards, so she's broadening the call. SOMEONE will certainly see this and sweep her off her feet, that's how it works, right?
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 07/15/2017 3:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Mot an eugenicist - but sometimes I feel sorely tempted.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/15/2017 4:46 Comments || Top||

#5  She has pushed all men away, including her own sons. I suggest she start collecting cats.
Posted by: Airandee || 07/15/2017 6:23 Comments || Top||

#6  This woman is so pathetically unhinged she needs some serious counselling.i don't know how old the boys are but if the oldest is 16 he should seriously look into getting emancipated and take care of the younger. If they're adults leave the house and let mom stew in her insufferable misandy collecting coffee cups with feminist sayings.
Posted by: Glineting Smith1983 || 07/15/2017 6:45 Comments || Top||

#7  If he's spewing violence then

Mommy has already failed.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/15/2017 8:39 Comments || Top||

#8  I like the hysteria watermark. Nice touch
Posted by: chris || 07/15/2017 10:45 Comments || Top||

#9  I'm Done pretending WOMEN can be sane and logical!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 07/15/2017 10:56 Comments || Top||

#10  quite another thing to have my words intrude on their daily lives.


Oh, I'm QUITE sure they already have. In disapproving, nagging, hectoring "parenting". Bitch
Posted by: Frank G || 07/15/2017 11:07 Comments || Top||

#11  Since I don't have a woman in my life, I rely on my car's GPS navigation device to nag me when I drive. Then I bought an Echo Dot for the living room.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/15/2017 11:28 Comments || Top||

#12  From such women serial killers are born.

"Feminist men" are not safe because they absorb the abuse from these women and then it explodes against a "safe" target (like Sarah Palin).
Posted by: Frozen Al || 07/15/2017 12:10 Comments || Top||

#13  Her definition of 'danger' is the inexplicable practice of men not thinking exactly what she wants them to think.
Posted by: AuburnTom || 07/15/2017 12:37 Comments || Top||

#14  Really! Where is the Division of Family Services when you really, really need them???
Posted by: Tom || 07/15/2017 15:46 Comments || Top||

#15  Poeple in the comment section there seem to be aware that one of her sons has already attempted suicide and wander why she continues to use them as click bait.
Posted by: Threatch Jeamp8135 || 07/15/2017 16:27 Comments || Top||

#16  I read as much as I could stomach. This womyn comes across as a neurotic mess. Maybe she should scrap all the feminist B.S. and pop psychology and just teach her boys a good set of moral principles and stop worrying so much.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/15/2017 18:26 Comments || Top||

#17  It's environmental.
No man is safe with women like her around.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/15/2017 21:27 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
This Week in Guns, July 15th, 2017


By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

First is a list of five errors concealed weapon carriers make.

The second link is error six. On the upside, the Dear Departed did place second in the South OKC Quick Draw Competition. But seven others were better.

You can always steal thousands of dollars of guns and ammo, and you with your homies let the FBI know about it. Why the FBI for a gun shop invasion? The rapper claimed to be in touch with ISIS. I guess one of the warnings ISIS doesn't give to its prospective shooters is to shut up.

Lastly a retired American special operations guy-turned-politician violates his oath and helps passage of a bill that allows ex parte court hearings as a prelude to taking an individual's guns. I don't know how many times we have seen this. Retired kops and military deciding that their oaths are just words as they join our own homegrown fascists in destroying civil liberties.

Loads


Rantburg's summary for arms and ammunition:

Pistol ammunition prices were mixed. Rifle ammunition prices were mixed.

Prices for used pistols were mixed. Prices for used rifles were mixed.

New Lows:

None

Pistol Ammunition

.45 Caliber, 230 Grain, From Last Week: +.03 Each
Cheapest, 50 rounds: East Carolina Trading, Own Brand, RN, Brass Casing, Reloads, .23 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: East Carolina Trading, Own Brand, RN, Brass Casing, Reloads, .20 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2Q, 2017))

.40 Caliber Smith & Wesson, 180 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (6 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Ammo Valley, Own Brand, RNFP, Brass Casing, Reloads, .18 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Ammo Valley, Own Brand, FMJ, Brass Casing, Reloads, .18 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (6 Weeks))

9mm Parabellum, 115 Grain, From Last Week: +.01 Each
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Ammo Valley, Own Brand, RN, Brass Casing, Reloads .15 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Fedarm, Own brand, TMJ, Brass Casing, Reloads .14 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2Q, 2017))

.357 Magnum, 158 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (1Q, 2017)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Outdoor Limited, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Casing, .23 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 1,000 rounds: Outdoor Unlimited, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Casing, .23 per round (From Last Week: +.01 Each)

.38 Special, 158 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2Q, 2017)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Highland Lakes Ammo, Own Brand, FP, Brass Casing, Reloads .24 per round
Cheapest Bulk: 1,000 rounds: Western Arms & Ammo, Own Brand, TMJ, Brass Casing, Reloads .24 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2Q, 2017))

Rifle Ammunition

.223 Caliber/5.56mm 55 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Ammomen, Wolf WPA, FMJ, Steel Casing, .19 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Outdoor Unlimited, Wolf WPA, FMJ, Steel Casing, .19 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks))

.308 NATO 150 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Outdoor Unlimited, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Casing, .32 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Outdoor Unlimited, Tulammo, FMJ, Steel Casing, .32 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

7.62x39mm AK 123 Grain, From Last Week: -.01 Each
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Outdoor Unlimited, Wolf WPA, FMJ, Steel Casing, .19 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Outdoor Unlimited, Wolf WPA, Steel Casing, FMJ, .19 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (2 Weeks))

.30-06 Springfield 145 Grain. From Last Week: Unchanged (2Q, 2017)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Outdoor Unlimited, Wolf WPA, Steel Casing, FMJ, .54 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: United Nations Ammo, Wolf WPA, Steel Casing, FMJ, .54 per round (From Last week: Unchanged (1Q, 2017))

.300 Winchester Magnum 150 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (4 Weeks)
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Selway Armory, Prvi Partizan, Brass Casing, SP, .82 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 1,000 rounds: Ammo Liquidator, Winchester, Brass Casing, SP, .87 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (5 Weeks))

.338 Lapua Magnum 250 Grain, From Last Week: +.13 Each
Cheapest, 20 rounds: Outdoor Unlimited, Federal Eagle, Brass Casing, JSP, 2.30 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 200 rounds: Wholesale Hunter, Federal American Eagle, Brass Casing, HP, 2.36 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (3 Weeks))

.22 LR 40 Grain, From Last Week: Unchanged (9 Weeks)
Cheapest, 50 rounds: Ammo King, Aguila, RNL, .04 per round
Cheapest Bulk, 500 rounds: Ammo King, Aguila, RNL, .04 per round (From Last Week: Unchanged (8 Weeks))

Guns for Private Sale
Rifles


.223/5.56mm (AR Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $438 Last Week Avg: $454(-) ($616 (2Q, 2015), $435 (5 Weeks))
Arizona (191, 3Q, 2017)(179, 179): Ruger: $540 ($600 (25 Weeks), $450 (19 Weeks))
Texas (469, 3Q, 2017)(436, 420): Bushmaster: $350 ($700 (1Q, 2015), $350 (2Q, 2015))
Pennsylvania (234, 3Q, 2017)(215, 217): Mixed Build: $450 ($700 (2Q, 2015), $300 (3Q, 2015))
Virginia (282, 3Q, 2017)(253, 245): Smith & Wesson: $450 ($750 (1Q, 2015), $400 (5 Weeks))
Florida (679, 3Q, 2017)(593, 603): Smith and Wesson Sport II M&P15: $400 ($650 (2Q, 2015), $380 (1Q, 2015))

.308 NATO (AR-10 Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $800 Last Week Avg: $790(+) ($1,359 (2Q, 2015), $766 (7 Weeks))
Arizona (32, 3Q, 2017)(32, 30): DPMS: $900 ($2,300 (5 Weeks)), $650 (28 Weeks))
Texas (178, 3Q, 2017)(166, 156): Mixed Build: $900 ($1,500 (4Q, 2014), $700 (49 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (54, 3Q, 2017)(49, 46): DPMS: $775 ($1,600 (36 Weeks), $700 (3Q, 2015))
Virginia (85, 3Q, 2017)(83, 81): Mixed Build: $775 ($2,750 (1Q, 2016), $750 (21 Weeks))
Florida (124, 3Q, 2017)(117, 116): Mixed Build: $650 ($1,950 (2Q, 1016), $500 (3Q, 2015))

7.62x39mm (AK Pattern Semiautomatic) Average Price: $535 Last Week Avg: $564(-) ($668 (44 Weeks), $450 (3Q, 2015))
Arizona (28, 3Q, 2017)(25, 23): Unknown Make: $650 ($900 (6 Weeks), $400 (11 Weeks))
Texas (141, 3Q, 2017)(137, 127): RAS-47: $575 ($800 (1Q, 2016), $350 (3Q, 2014))
Pennsylvania (75, 3Q, 2017)(61, 68): RAS-47: $550 ($750 (1Q, 2015), $375 (1Q, 2015))
Virginia (72, 3Q, 2017)(57, 62): IO: $450 ($700 (2Q, 2016), $350 (1Q, 2015))
Florida (146, 3Q, 2017)(126, 146): IO: $450 ($700 (1Q, 2016), $300 (4Q, 2014))

30-30 Winchester Lever Action Average Price: $365 Last Week Avg: $355(+) ($495 (40 Weeks), $296 (3Q, 2015))
Arizona (14, 3Q, 2017)(12, 10): Mossberg 464: $400 ($500 (25 Weeks), $200 (10 Weeks))
Texas (32, 3Q, 2017)(26, 25): Winchester Model 94: $325 ($550 (1Q, 2015), $295 (10 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (23, 3Q, 2017)(19, 21): Marlin: $350 ($450 (1Q, 2015), $250 (4Q, 2014))
Virginia (17, 3Q, 2017)(12, 13): Winchester Model 94: $450 ($670 (2Q, 2016), $250 (4Q, 2015))
Florida (34, 3Q, 2017)(27, 23): Marlin: $300 ($500 (1Q, 2015), $250 (2Q, 2015))

Pistols

.45 caliber ACP (M1911 Pattern Semiautomatic Pistol) Average Price: $388 Last Week Avg: $407(-) ($525 (46 Weeks), $350 (4Q, 2015))
Arizona (124, 3Q, 2017)(114, 111): Viking Tactical: $450 ($700 (11 Weeks), $380 (4 Weeks))
Texas (358, 3Q, 2017)(336, 335): Girsan: $405 ($600 (4Q, 2014), $300 (32 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (178, 3Q, 2017)(157, 159): Llama: $300 ($585 (10 Weeks), $300 (2Q, 2015))
Virginia (197, 3Q, 2017)(197, 191): Rock Island Armory: $385 ($600 (24 Weeks), $250 (4Q, 2014))
Florida (440, 3Q, 2017)(396, 401): Rock Island Armory:: $400 ($500 (1Q, 2016), $250 (1Q, 2015))

9mm (Beretta 92FS or other Semiautomatic) Average Price: $220 Last Week Avg: $220(=) ($358 (1Q, 2016), $207 (10 Weeks))
Arizona (238, 3Q, 2017)(227, 227): EAA SARB6P: $300 ($400 (16 Weeks), $240 (12 Weeks))
Texas (565, 3Q, 2017)(532, 526): Taurus 709: $200 ($355 (1Q, 2015), $199 (12 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (368, 3Q, 2017)(351, 343): Smith & Wesson SD9VE: $200 ($350 (4Q 2014), $150 (21 Weeks))
Virginia (334, 3Q, 2017)(318, 326): Beretta 92S: $200 ($425 (4Q, 2016), $189 (2Q, 2016))
Florida (827, 3Q, 2017)(750, 839): Ruger P89: $200 ($400 (1Q, 2016), $160 (10 Weeks))

.40 caliber S&W (Glock or other semiautomatic) Average Price: $290 Last Week Avg: $282(+) ($399 (1Q, 2016), $262 (2Q, 2016))
Arizona (75, 3Q, 2017)(60, 59): Walther PPS: $350 ($500 (26 Weeks), $195 (3 Weeks))
Texas (150, 3Q, 2017)(126, 132): Smith & Wesson M&P 40C: $200 ($425 (4Q, 2014), $200 (30 Weeks))
Pennsylvania (108, 3Q, 2017)(102, 95): Kahr CM40: $275 ($450 (2Q, 2016), $200 (46 Weeks))
Virginia (89, 3Q, 2017)(80, 84): Walther PPQ: $350 ($450 (2Q, 2015), $275 (1Q, 2015))
Florida (173, 3Q, 2017)(169, 171): Smith & Wesson SD40VE: $275 ($400 (1Q, 2015), $199 (4Q, 2015))

Used Gun of the Week: (Wisconsin)
Ruger SP101 chambered in .357 Magnum
Posted by: badanov || 07/15/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [264 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ruger SP101 chambered in .357 Magnum
Some say too heavy for pocket carry.
Others, the magnum round range is wasted in a 3" barrel.
Or there are no sights and the fireball shows an incomplete powder burn.

Mine is DA only, a natural pointer with no hammer spur and Wolff springs.
Went with smaller Pachmayr grips. The OEM grip screw and hard plastic filler were brutal.

On occasion I use a custom pocket holster with belt clip to carry 5-158 gr SWC rounds.
Under 5 ft the fireball and shockwave is a CQC alternative to punching drain holes.

When walking the wilds, I sometimes carry a sequenced mix of ammo:
(1-2) shot rounds (3-4) 125 gr HP (5) 158 gr SWC for snake, coyote, hog and varmit.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/15/2017 10:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Anything with the name Colt, named after a snake.... money in the bank.

Interesting, the return of 'wheel guns.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/15/2017 10:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Always preferred wheel guns myself.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/15/2017 10:55 Comments || Top||

#4  Helicopter theory... the more moving parts, the more that can go wrong.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/15/2017 11:02 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Mutiny in Donetsk
[ColonelCassad] The Ukrainian 54th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade has been one of the main combat elements involved in repeated attacks on Russian backed rebel positions near the Svetodarsk Arc near the border between eastern Donetsk and western Lugansk.

I haven't been following the fighting closely, on a daily basis that is, but I do monitor both sides' reports from the front.

The Svetodarsk arc is the area that the rebels tried to break through during the Debaltsevo operation in February, 2015, and the area behind which the Ukrainians reinforced to prevent such a breakthrough. It is an area of lakes which would make an attack by the rebels very difficult to break through, and once through, very hard to defend and supply.

At the moment, the Ukrainian military has two combat brigades in the area, both of which have participated in attacks on the areas south of the Arc since the summer of 2016, both attacks of which failed in the face of dug in rebel troops.

Also, in the north attacks the military leadership in both Lugansk and Donetsk have commented how the Right Sector members of the 54th MRB have been driving the attacks.

Since 2015, however, all Right Sector units and other volunteer units have been folded into the Ukrainian military structure, to give the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense more control over what were previously independent -- and unruly -- military units. Independent units have been charged by the rebels with raping and looting, so presumably the move was intended to rein in unruly groups of volunteers.

The volunteer units have a strong political face to them. Some used German SS symbols in their own symbols, and in informal photographs have been seen decked out in swastikas. Some groups' inspiration came from a WWII Ukrainian nationalist partisan named Stepan Bandera, who was known to have collaborated with the Germans in attacks on Soviet forces in the closing days of the war.

Not just the political area, but some groups were composed of criminals released from prison who continued their crimes, this time with government issued weapons. One group in northern Donetsk was so bad, the Ukrainians were forced to launch a military assault on the group to either arrest or kill the elements.

Which researching a story last year I watched a number of videos from the Azov regiment based then in southern Donetsk, around the Mariupol region, in which its commanders were speaking in front of a camera about what their plans were and what was happening at the front

I remember thinking about how young the men were in the video, men who were in their mid 20s planning and carrying out combat operations against the Russian backed rebels.

According to the story by Boris Rozhin, members of a volunteer company within the 54th Motorized brigade refused orders from the brigade commander when their group was broken up and dispersed among other smaller units within the brigade. In nearly all military units, when they have taken heavy losses, this process of regrouping folds experienced troops -- but reduced in strength from combat -- with new units and with fillers to form a new units reduced in size but with maintained or even increased in combat power.

In stories about the attacks in the Svetodarsk Arc, volunteer units have been the main element leading the attack. In at least two of the attacks, I recall reading about how one of the top battalion commanders was drunk when the orders to attack went out, leading me to suspect that volunteer units got the commander drunk, so they could attack.

The amateur characteristics of the fighting has the unmistakable trait of zealots eager to go into a heavy defended area, guns blazing.

It is worth noting that, according to Rozhin, a past commander from the 54th MRB was accused by elements of the volunteer Donbass Regiment of smuggling, which in this part of the world means the commander was delivering goods to the rebels while receiving payment in return. Commanders on both sides, be they large or small formation commanders have been implicated in allowing smuggling through their own lines for goods intended for the political leadership of Donetsk and Lugansk, a charge both rebel governments have vehemently denied.

This forms the backdrop of a long history of enmity between volunteer units and Ukrainian army commanders.
Posted by: badanov || 07/15/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [396 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A mess within a mess. Thanks for the updates badanov.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/15/2017 13:46 Comments || Top||


Europe
Germany reaping the whirlwind of infectious diseases admitted to the country along with the migrants
[RefugeeSettlementWatch] As you read this story, do NOT forget that refugees entering the US are being permitted entry even if they have TB. We learned just this week that the state of Minnesota was financially strapped as its health system attempts to cope with infectious diseases in its migrant community.

So although this story involves Germany, you, Americans are not immune!

Just like in Germany the reason you don’t hear about the diseases in the refugee flow to America is because authorities are "downplaying the threat in an effort to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments."

And, as I have said repeatedly if Islamic terrorism doesn’t worry you, this should.....
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 07/15/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [445 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Some (Me for one) would suggest Islamism constitutes an infectious disease on its own
Posted by: Frank G || 07/15/2017 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Some (Me for one) would suggest Islamism constitutes an infectious disease on its own.

Agreed Frank. Islamic apologists as asymptomatic carriers may be a far greater threat however.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/15/2017 4:28 Comments || Top||

#3  And in many cases, forcibly introduced into the local population.
Posted by: Iblis || 07/15/2017 11:11 Comments || Top||


Government
Why the Post Office Gives Amazon Special Delivery

[WSJ] A Citigroup analysis finds each box gets a $1.46 subsidy. It's like a gift card from Uncle Sam.
Key point in article:
Amazon is big enough to take full advantage of "postal injection," and that has tipped the scales in the internet giant's favor. Select high-volume shippers are able to drop off presorted packages at the local Postal Service depot for "last mile" delivery at cut-rate prices. With high volumes and warehouses near the local depots, Amazon enjoys low rates unavailable to its competitors. My analysis of available data suggests that around two-thirds of Amazon's domestic deliveries are made by the Postal Service. It's as if Amazon gets a subsidized space on every mail truck.
Amazon does most of the shipping then deliver to local post offices for "last mile" delivery instead of their own brown trucks...What's the problem?

Much more at link.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 07/15/2017 08:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [560 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You decide:

Lucid Optics - L7 1x 6x 24 - $449.
Amazon - L7 1x 6x 24 - $344.81
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/15/2017 8:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Except I have no mail delivery at my house - I use a PO Box. So, since January 2016 packages went to the post office and I had to drive downtown and shlep them home. All were late. (And, should you try to sent Prime to a PO box, you are told it can't be done! ) A year of complaints got me nowhere. Then, magically, this January my Prime packages started appearing at my front door again and all is well with the world.
Posted by: KBK || 07/15/2017 9:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Amazon does most of the shipping then deliver to local post offices for "last mile" delivery instead of their own brown trucks...What's the problem?

Given that Amazon sucked up the cost of transportation and handling up to the 'last mile', its the competitors that are having a problem. Adapt or perish. From a different perspective, it appears the USPS is leveraging their assets to keep their game going. They, USPS, need the business since 1st Class Mail has been cratering.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/15/2017 9:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Just came back from a visit to my local P.O. Clerk said this week, after Amazon Prime Day, their parcel work load has tripled. They get pallets full of parcels. No wonder Amazon gets a discount.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/15/2017 11:23 Comments || Top||

#5  And then there is this.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/15/2017 12:15 Comments || Top||

#6  If Amazon can pull it off, more power to them. I have no complaints.
Now, there's the USPS....
Posted by: DooDahMan || 07/15/2017 14:27 Comments || Top||

#7  Given that Amazon sucked up the cost of transportation and handling up to the 'last mile', its the competitors that are having a problem. Adapt or perish.

Yup. The internet, especially Amazon, is the small/medium business' greatest competition. I understand even the big boys are getting a little antsy, such as Wal-Mart dabbling with the idea of a delivery service in addition to their normal on-line activities.

Like Besoeker pointed out, I used to slam my hand when I could find on Amazon/etc. my stock item for 20% less than my distributor's price to me. Judo, baby. Lots of people (speaking locally of course) do not have credit cards, do not use credit cards on-line, do not have the time or talent for searching, so we provide at a minimum fee internet shopping for said groups which includes Amazon. We take the delivery, inspect, send back if damaged, call when in, even deliver if person is unable to make it here.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/15/2017 14:45 Comments || Top||

#8  It should be pointed out that Amazon started this I believe in 2014 where in 2013 Fed Ex and UPS dropped the ball and blew off alot of next day shipments for Xmas. Amazon had to refund quite a bit of money for packages that were not deliverd in time for Xmas. At the same time the post office was really needing business . Having worked in one of the sort centers works like this, trucks come from the fulfillment centers they get unloaded and sorted to zip code then they are sent to those PO for finial delivery. There were even some pallets destined for APO/FPO( we were told they were destined for a freight forwarder) from the names I guess they were headed for the sandbox. Also they are starting to use their own trucks for some high volume areas
Posted by: Pliny Glons2836 || 07/15/2017 20:37 Comments || Top||

#9  I live a few miles from one of Amazon's public pickup points. I don't mind driving down there the next day to pick up a Prime order, it's rather fun to get something that fast for so little extra (or even for less).
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/15/2017 20:42 Comments || Top||


Our Civilization Deserves to Fail
[Townhall] You don’t wish the worst for people or nations that you care about. You don’t want your friend who’s driving drunk to crash his car. You don’t want your cousin who has unprotected sex with a prostitute to get a STD. You don’t want your kid who’s pointing a realistic- looking toy gun at a police officer to get shot. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, "Play stupid games, win stupid prizes."

It’s bad when someone you care about plays those stupid games because it can wreck his life and the lives of the people around him. It’s worse when your country is involved because it can hurt all those same people and their children, along with everyone else in the nation.

That’s exactly the situation we’re in here in our country because the truth we all hate to talk about is that America DESERVES to fail.

I don’t want that to happen. After all, this is the greatest country ever on God’s green earth. We have the most incredible military, the most powerful economy and we’ve done so much for the world. Without us, the bad guys would have won WWI, WWII and the Cold War. We’ve been the indispensable nation.

Are we still?

Today, Americans would rather sit out a war, no matter how important, rather than see our soldiers die as they did during WWI. We weren’t able to deal with less than 4,000 deaths in Iraq while we lost more than 13 times that number in WWI. Our industrial production was the decisive factor in the Allied Victory in WWII. Just to give you one example, when the war started, we had 3,000 planes and by the time it was over, we had produced 300,000. Could we do that again? No. Just no. Do we still have the sort of leadership it took to win the Cold War? The jury is still out on that one, but I doubt it. If the Soviet Union was still around today, half our military secrets would be leaked to it through the New York Times while idiots would laud the leakers improving "transparency in government." Even while Reagan was taking the steps that brought the Soviets down, Hollywood and the Democrat Party were fighting him every step of the way & we’ve gone even further backwards since then.

Along those same lines, Hoover Dam was built in five years. Today, there would be hashing things out with lawyers and environmental rights wackos for that long and it is doubtful that it could be built at all. Remember when we shocked the world by putting a man on the moon in 1969? Well today, we’re no longer capable of going to get the flag we left there. Instead, we’re obsessing over whether men with mental problems who believe they’re women should be treated like real women. There are more educated people than ever before, but fewer people who seem capable of thinking. We’ve gone so far backwards that as the great Thomas Sowell said, "The problem isn't that Johnny can't read. The problem isn't even that Johnny can't think. The problem is that Johnny doesn't know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling."

So what are our politicians doing about these issues? Our country owes trillions of dollars it never intends to pay off; Social Security and Medicare are both in the red and unsustainable; our borders are unsecured; basket-case enemy nations have acquired nuclear weapons; thanks to Obama race relations are at their worst point since the sixties and more Americans hate each other over their political views than any time since the Civil War. So what’s Congress working on? Well, here’s the hot new topic that Congress seems to really care about...

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/15/2017 04:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [349 views] Top|| File under:

#1  All wealthy republics fail.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/15/2017 5:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Yep, republics are hard. As a form of governance, it runs directly against human nature of hierarchical and territorial/tribal social organization. If done properly, the majority benefit far better than any other form of governance. However, as power and money grow and consolidate, so too does the corruption.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/15/2017 8:28 Comments || Top||

#3  No, they aren't self-sustaining.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/15/2017 8:43 Comments || Top||

#4  "Deserve"'s got nothing to do with it.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 07/15/2017 11:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Yeah, I hate that word.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/15/2017 13:25 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Mercer's take on Hiring Another Swamp Creature For The FBI
[Townhall] Christopher Wray, President Donald Trump's FBI director nominee, seems a perfectly nice man. But nothing he has said during confirmation hearings, on July 12, distinguishes him as someone who would reform Barack Hussein Obama’s Islamophilic FBI.

President Trump ran on a quixotic set of ideas about aggressively stopping Islamic terror. Like a fly in amber, the standard operating procedures (SOP) governing the Obama Federal Bureau of Investigation guarantee to preserve the same systemic, intractable failures that unleashed mass murderer Omar Mateen or Syed Farook and bride Tashfeen Malik, to maim and murder dozens of Americans.

From Wray's comments to the Senate Judiciary Committee, we know how he'll bravely break with President Trump but that he's partial to his predecessor, James Comey. To wit, Wray said he sided with Comey in rejecting a domestic surveillance program in 2004, "... not because he knew the substance of the dispute," but because of his affection for Comey.

Given his unalloyed loyalty, Wray'll be unlikely to remove from FBI training manuals the fiction about Jihad being a peaceful pillar of the Islamic faith.

To get a sense of how the outfit being glorified by the Senate panel operates, consider this: You hire a private firm to protect you, only to discover that, as part of your protection plan, your protectors undergo sensitivity training to desensitize them to potential perpetrators and evil-doers, thus giving the latter easy access to you and yours. This "strategy" would endanger your life. The company executing this harebrained scheme, moreover, would be in violation of its contractual obligation to keep you safe. If you came to harm, you'd sue.

But first, fire the fools before they get you killed.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/15/2017 08:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [391 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But nothing he has said during confirmation hearings, on July 12, distinguishes him as someone who would reform Barack Hussein Obama’s Islamophilic FBI.

Islamophilia - Criminal activity or disease ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/15/2017 8:15 Comments || Top||

#2  The problem is, 'swamp dwellers' are all that are available at this level and at this point in time. The machinery needs to function, and you sometimes have to go with the 'least bad' option, at least in the near term, and hope you have the option to correct things down the road.
My $.02.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/15/2017 21:22 Comments || Top||



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