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Posts Made By: jeff glancy

November 4, 2009 11:19 AM Forum: APM

Achros and ED glass

Posted By jeff glancy

On the refractor thread you posted about some new scopes coming down the road that would use Chinese glass. If my memory is correct, I believe it concerned some large (8"+) achromats as well as ED replacement glass for certain brands of 5" achromats and/or the development of a line of reasonably priced scopes using Chinese made ED glass.

The following appeared in a recent CloudyNights review:

"It is my understanding that APM had planned to produce some large TMB designed Chinese made achromats of varying focal lengths but I believe this project has now been discontinued because of manufacturing difficulties."

Can you give us the official word?

January 9, 2010 07:58 AM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

Pictures - What am I doing wrong?

Posted By jeff glancy

I've been trying to post pictures on an ad, and for some reason when I try to attach the shot glass goes round and round forever and I get a message that Astromart is down for maintenance. Any limits on format, size etc.? Anyone have an idea as to what I'm doing wrong? Attaching them to individual emails is getting old.
Thanks in advance.

Thanks to all, the size was the problem. In my travels I discovered PICASA 3. IMO fantastic and free. The best thing since sliced bread. I initally searched for the MSFT resizer as recommended, but finding a download site that didn't first direct to downloads of everything they were pushing became a problem. As for Microsoft's site - like running through waist deep water

January 9, 2010 08:27 PM Forum: APM

The worm has turned??

Posted By jeff glancy

From the above ad: "the quality you get is great so the price is a bargain".
I may be out of line in what I'm about to say but I've read enough in the past to conclude that Markus never had all that much respect for Chinese scopes or Chinese glass. What accounts for the sudden epiphany? Also, if I may be so bold, what's so special about his stuff versus everyone else? Especially since his prices seem to be many hundreds more? I kind of doubt that Markus has The Happy Flour Milling and Volvo Repair Factory (figuratively speaking here) exclusively producing his stuff. Of course I could be wrong.
Apologies in advance for being so cynical.

January 19, 2010 06:14 AM Forum: Politics

That old Republican (neocon) double standard

Posted By jeff glancy

When you're in power give away the ranch (via tax cuts, non enforcement, etc.) to those who own you and toss a bone to the peasants. Wrap your agenda in the God and the flag then spend like hell and borrow, borrow, borrow. Barry Goldwater must be spinning in his grave.

Time for a third party.

January 22, 2010 07:34 AM Forum: Investment Discussions

The short run: where things might be going in the

Posted By jeff glancy

Spend 45 minutes with Jeff Rubin. Lots to think about, and if he's right it's a pretty good road map as to where and on what to place your bets.

May 22, 2010 11:32 AM Forum: Investment Discussions

Arabs and Chinese to be biggest bagholders in hist

Posted By jeff glancy

At least history to date. Different conclusion, anyone?

June 10, 2010 01:11 PM Forum: Politics

Bailout for BP - it was just a matter of time.

Posted By jeff glancy

Obviously a higher class of politician - one who when he gets bought, stays bought:

"In response to a question from TPMDC, House Minority Leader John Boehner backed Tom Donohue, President of the Chamber of Commerce, in saying taxpayers should help pick up the tab.

"I think the people responsible in the oil spill--BP and the federal government--should take full responsibility for what's happening there," Boehner said at his weekly press conference this morning.

November 7, 2011 06:52 AM Forum: Politics

An even more accurate analysis of "the rich get richer"

Posted By jeff glancy

I doubt that they'll be standing in line at the free clinic or applying for food stamps anytime soon:

January 26, 2012 05:49 AM Forum: Politics

It used to be: On Wisconscin

Posted By jeff glancy

Downward Wisconsin
We used to make things here in Wisconsin.

We made machine tools in Milwaukee, cars in Kenosha and ships in Sheboygan. We mined iron in the north and lead in the south. We made cheese, we made brats, we made beer, and we even made napkins to clean up what we spilled. And we made money.

The original war on poverty was a private, mercenary affair. Men like Harnischfeger, Allis, Chalmers, Kohler, Kearney, Trecker, Modine, Case, Mead, Falk, Allen, Bradley, Cutler, Hammer, Harley, Davidson, Pabst, and Miller lifted millions up from subsistence living to middle class comfort. They did it - not “Fighting Bob” La Follette or any of the politicians who came along later to take the credit and rake a piece of the action through the steepest progressive scheme in the nation.

Those old geezers with the beards cured poverty by putting people to work. Generations of Wisconsinites learned trades and mastered them in the factories, breweries, mills, foundries, and shipyards those capitalists built with their hands. Thousands of small businesses supplied these industrial giants, and tens of thousands of proprietors and professionals provided all of the services that all those other families needed to live well. The wealth got spread around plenty.

The profits generated by our great industrialists funded charities, the arts, education, libraries, museums, parks, and community development associations. Taxes on their profits, property, and payrolls built our schools, roads, bridges, and the safety net that Wisconsin’s progressives are still taking credit for, as if the money came from their council meetings. The offering plates in churches of every denomination were filled with money left over from company paychecks that were made possible because a few bold young men risked it all and got rich. Don’t thank God for them; thank them that you learned about God.

Their wealth pales in comparison to the wealth they created for millions and millions of other Wisconsin families. Those with an appreciation for the immeasurable contributions of Wisconsin’s industrial icons of 1910 will find the list of Wisconsin’s top ten employers of 2010 appalling:

Walmart, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Milwaukee Public Schools, U.S. Postal Service, Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Menards, Marshfield Clinic, Aurora Health Care, City of Milwaukee, and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

This is what a century of progressivism will get you. Wisconsin is the birthplace of the progressive movement, the home of the Socialist Party, the first state to allow public sector unions, the cradle of environmental activism, a liberal fortress walled off against common sense for decades. Their motto, Forward Wisconsin, should be changed to Downward Wisconsin if truth in advertising applies to slogans.

There is no shortage of activists, advocates, and agitators in this State. If government were the answer to our problems, we would have no problems. The very same people – or people just like them – who picketed, struck, sued, taxed, and regulated our great companies out of this state are now complaining about the unemployment and poverty that they have brought upon themselves. They got rid of those old rich white guys and replaced them with…nothing.

Wisconsin ranks 47th in the rate of new business formation. We are one of the worst states for native college graduate exodus; our brightest and most ambitions graduates leave to seek their fortunes elsewhere. Why shouldn’t they? Our tax rates are among the worst in the nation and our business climate, perpetually in the bottom of the rankings, has only recently moved up thanks to a Governor who now faces a recall for his trouble.

In 1970, the new environmental movement joined unions and socialists in a coordinated effort to demonize industry. When I was in college, the ranting against “polluting profiteers” was like white noise – always there. They won, and here is the price of their victory: in 1970, manufacturers paid 18.2% of Wisconsin’s property taxes – the major source of school funding - and in 2010 those who remained paid 3.7%.

So who is it that caused the funding crisis in our schools and the skyrocketing tax rates on our homes? It is the same ignoramuses who are sitting on bridges, pooping on things, and passing around recall petitions. The unemployed 26-year old in the hemp hat looking for sympathy might look instead for some inspiration from Jerome I. Case, who started his agricultural equipment business at the age of 21, miraculously without an iPhone 4s.

Mr. Case got rich by asking people what they want and making it for them. He did not get rich by telling people what he wanted and waiting for them to do something about it. If you want to declare war on your own poverty, memorize that.

In the last decade alone we have lost 150,000 manufacturing jobs in this state – over 25%. And it’s not just jobs that have been lost; the companies that provided them are gone. Those jobs are not coming back, no matter how long we extend unemployment benefits pretending they are. The 450,000 people who still work in manufacturing in Wisconsin are damn good it at, but we are now outnumbered by people who work for government. A significant number of the latter are tasked with taxing, regulating, and generally harassing the former. While it is true that many manufacturers chased low-wage opportunities on their own, many more were driven out of the state by the increasing cost of doing business here.

It is a myth that unions improve wages. If you consider only the 1,000 jobs in a closed shop, you might think an average union wage is, say, $30/hr. But if you add in the zero wages of the 10,000 jobs lost in companies chased out by union harassment, the average of all 11,000 union workers is reduced to $2.72/hr. Do you know the average wage of union iron miners in this state? Zero. And the left is fighting hard to keep it that way in Northern Wisconsin - looking out for the working man, they call it.

It is also a myth that free trade causes job losses. Over the past three years, U.S. manufacturers sold $70 billion more goods to our Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners than we bought from them. Conversely, we suffered a $1.3 trillion trade deficit with countries where no FTA’s exist. I doubt that kids are going to learn that in our government-union monopoly schools – it doesn’t fit the narrative.

No one wants to see another person suffer in poverty, and liberty is the best economic policy there is. The great industrialists of Wisconsin took less than a generation to lift millions up to a life of dignity, pride, prosperity and good will. When enterprise was free and government was limited, we all prospered.

Those great men of industry were not anointed at birth to be rich; they rose from nothing to great wealth through their own hard work and the value they added to their employees and their customers through choice, competition, and voluntary exchange. That is the only sure path to real prosperity; the debt economy is a temporary illusion.

Look again at the list of our famous industrialists and the list of our current employers. Who would you wish your child or grandchild to grow up to be? Who do you think will do more good on this earth – Jerome I Case and his tractors, or the Coordinator of Supplier Diversity at MPS.

If you chose MPS, then apply now – that job is open, and it pays up to $72,000 plus benefits and early retirement. Go in peace and save the world. Me, I'm going with the tractor guy.

January 31, 2012 06:14 AM Forum: Politics

Red meat for Consers & Libs, Dem's & Repub's

Posted By jeff glancy

Obama has really stirred the pot this time. Surprised that this was in the Washington Post: