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Posts Made By: Troy Bunch

April 30, 2003 04:13 AM Forum: Takahashi

EM-10 Manual

Posted By Troy Bunch

I just purchased a nice EM-10B mount (1996). Art at Texas Nautical faxed me most of a manual, but apparently doesn't even have the last few pages. Does anyone out there have one? I'd be more than happy to buy it, or if someone would send me one I could copy it then return original to owner, or I could do fax too. Thanks in advance! Troy

October 3, 2003 09:09 AM Forum: Takahashi

Tak 7 - 19mm Zoom Eyepiece

Posted By Troy Bunch

Hi all: Does anyone know anything about this eyepiece. I'm purchasing one and would like to get some info. on it. Vintage, performance, etc. Thanks, Troy

October 3, 2003 09:11 AM Forum: Eyepieces

Tak 7 -19mm Zoom Eyepiece

Posted By Troy Bunch

Hi all: Does anyone know anything about this eyepiece? I'm purchasing one and would like any info. available (vintage, performance, etc.). Thanks

June 11, 2009 04:27 PM Forum: Politics

Re: Socialist

Posted By Troy Bunch

After following his crazy rants for just a few days I have come to the conclusion, if he does believe his own crap, that he needs professional help in order to pull himself out of his own fantasy world he has created. Nearly everything he says is either totally false, or twisted into such a mess as to make it support his arguments.

June 15, 2009 06:16 AM Forum: Politics

This is why we voted in the liberal Democrats

Posted By Troy Bunch

As of 2005, according to the “Economist Intelligence Unit”, the US ranked 13th in the quality of life index. Many of those countries that ranked higher are social democracies.

The homicide rate in the United States is nearly three times as high as in Canada and slightly more than five times as high as in Germany. Most industrialized countries have homicide rates below ours. Overall the homicide rate in the US is similar to that of some lesser developed Eastern European countries.

The studies by the Commonwealth Fund found that the US health care system ranks last among other major rich countries for quality, access and efficiency, even though he US spends twice what the average industrialized country spends on health care.

US – number one in prisoner rate.

Nearly 46 million Americans, or 18 percent of the population under the age of 65, were without health insurance in 2007.

In 2006, the poverty rate for minors in the United States was the highest in the industrialized world, with 21.9% of all living below the poverty threshold.

The number of uninsured children in 2007 was 8.1 million – or 10.7 percent of all children in the U.S.

The number of uninsured rose 2.2 million between 2005 and 2006 and has increased by almost 8 million people since 2000.

Over 8 in 10 uninsured people come from working families.

The graduation rate of US students is well below Australia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand and Norway.

American capitalism give the powerful a way to plunder existing wealth through takeovers, corporate restructuring, privatization and other financial maneuvers – rich getting richer, poor and middle class getting poorer; and we need less regulation.???

The Republicans shifted increasing amounts of risk to the average American. Of course they called it “choice,” “freedom” and “flexibility,” but as we can all see, it has created a reliance on risky defined-contribution pension plans—like 401(k)s, which Congress still hasn’t protected and regulated. Take a look at the growing number of people who have no pension plan at all.

We need change… that’s why we voted in a liberal Democrat. Love it, change it, or leave.

June 17, 2009 06:03 AM Forum: Politics

Re: A light touch

Posted By Troy Bunch

The Federal Reserve will get more powers to oversee big financial institutions, large firms will have to raise more capital and meet higher liquidity standards, hedge funds will face higher scrutiny, and a new agency will be set up to protect consumers and small investors.

Damn all these rules... wasn't it great that most of us lost a good portion of our retirement savings, and that the "big boys" bailed out, hanging onto their golden parachutes and loads of money. Yeah, lets just keep doing things the way we always have.

June 19, 2009 04:29 AM Forum: Politics

You are confusing Socialism with Social Democracy

Posted By Troy Bunch

For some reason, a lot of you have no idea what the difference is between socialism with social democracy. I am NOT advocating socialism... here's your lesson for the day:

Socialism aims to achieve a more just society by putting the means of production in the hands of the government, it is against privatization.

Social democracy acknowledges a free market fails to automatically take into account certain goals our society as a whole values; like environmental protection, help in medical emergencies and social help. An unregulated free market ignores everybody who fails to contribute directly to economic growth - the sick, the old, the young, the poor, or the unlucky. Social Democracy includes the human wish not to see your neighbors starve the moment they can no longer be productive, and recognizes that one day you might be in that same situation.

The way it is typically done is to take away money from those who have plenty, usually by taxes, and give it to those who need it to survive. The government does this backed up by a democratic system to ensure this redistribution is considered just by the majority of people. Needless to say, a lot of people, like conservative Republicans, will bitch about it. But remember, you made this money in a system that is considered unjust by the majority of people. The outcome is a social market economy - one that combines a capitalist mode of production with the belief that society should protect all its members from economic and social need.

Now, rather than calling me and others names, like some adolescent, why don't you (Rich, Jim, and a few others), respond directly to this post. Tell us why you want our kids to go without health care, why we should have working families living in poverty, and why should we continue to let a small handful of rich, thieving corporate executives pilfer our wealth.

June 19, 2009 05:30 AM Forum: Politics

Bush's Buddy Allen Stanford Busted

Posted By Troy Bunch

George Bush's Letter to Allen Stanford:

Larger-than-life alleged Ponzi scammer Allen Stanford appears to have enjoyed a relationship with former President George W. Bush, whose foreign policy was likely a boon to the businessman's transactions in Latin America. Business Insider acquired February 20, 2008 letter in which W. and wife Laura congratulate Stanford on his success in the Virgin Islands. "I send greetings to the gathered in St. Croix, Virgin Islands to celebrate the expansion of Stanford Financial Group," Bush wrote on White House stationery. "To protect their future well-being and that of their families, it is important for individuals to give careful thought to strengthening their financial security."

DALLAS – Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford, chairman of the troubled Stanford Financial Group, is scheduled to appear in federal court Friday on fraud charges after surrendering to FBI agents in Virginia the day before, officials said.

Authorities plan to unseal an indictment charging Stanford, law enforcement officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case. Stanford surrendered in Stafford, Va., on Thursday and is to appear in federal court in the state capital, Richmond, on Friday morning, the officials said.

A grand jury in Houston has been investigating Stanford Financial Group. The Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil charges earlier this year accusing Stanford and his top executives of conducting an $8 billion fraud by advising clients to buy certificates of deposit from the Antigua-based Stanford International Bank.

The SEC's lawsuit charged that the bank advertised its CDs in a brochure touting a conservative investment philosophy. But instead the bank's portfolio was "misappropriated by Defendant Allen Stanford and used by him to acquire private equity investments and real estate," the suit says.

An amended complaint by the SEC has accused Stanford and his finance chief, James M. Davis, of conducting a "massive Ponzi scheme" in which early investors were paid returns from money put in by later investors. Davis promised in April to cooperate with federal investigators.

June 26, 2009 09:57 AM Forum: Politics

Re: Biggest Tax

Posted By Troy Bunch

Here's another look at the cap and trade system that cons are trying to kill.

"The climate bill, with its cap-and-trade component, that is to go to the House floor for a vote Friday is that rare piece of legislation that has both environmentalists and heavy industry saying they can live with the result... Call Friday's vote an important first half step, and know there will be many more to take.",0,1509989.column

June 26, 2009 10:12 AM Forum: Politics

Economy showing progress

Posted By Troy Bunch

Economy showing progress -

A separate report today showed consumers grew more confident in June, underscoring that the worst of the recession has passed.

“Consumer spending has largely stabilized,” said James O’Sullivan, a senior economist at UBS Securities LLC in Stamford, Connecticut. Stimulus-related measures “have contributed to increasing spending power.

Still, companies like Hertz Global Holdings Inc. are among those seeing an improvement. The second-largest U.S. rental-car company yesterday forecast it will return to profit in the second quarter, after declines in business and consumer travel triggered two consecutive quarters of losses.

Today’s spending report also showed inflation moderated.

U.S. auto sales rose to a 9.9 million-unit rate in May from 9.3 million the prior month. Some industry estimates for June show the rate may exceed 10 million for the first time this year.