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Posts Made By: Jim Moscheck

March 30, 2010 07:10 AM Forum: Politics

Colonial Christian Warriors

Posted By Jim Moscheck

These folk are about three miles from a popular observing spot I frequent here in SE Michigan. I've been looking for some land in nearby Hillsdale County which is west of here and it makes me want to consider who my new neighbors might be. :S I do know the area is one of the most conservative in SE Michigan, just didn't know it was the the home of the Colonial Christian Warriors who are going to war against the anti-christ and the "brotherhood" of the police who protect him.

Dunno, maybe this belongs in the religion forum? :S

April 5, 2010 04:31 AM Forum: Politics

Re: I need not say a word

Posted By Jim Moscheck

Jim Fusco said:

Wow, talk about not having a clue. Must be those great schools in Georgia. wink

April 17, 2010 07:24 AM Forum: Eyepieces

3.7mm Ethos SX-110º eyepiece

Posted By Jim Moscheck

Announced today at NEAF:

I thought they were done. :S

Oops, on edit it IS 110º, not 120º.

February 9, 2011 04:03 PM Forum: Politics

At least he was trolling for women

Posted By Jim Moscheck

With all the liberal bashing here lately if this guy was a democrat the thread would be over a page long by now.

Must not be the sharpest tack in the box. Craigslist? And he thinks no one will recognize him? Family values?

I'm sure you all think it's no big deal, as long as it's not criminal and as long as he didn't lie about it or something. I'm sure his wife and kids were considered while he was taking the pictures.

February 23, 2011 06:50 PM Forum: Politics

Michigan city laying off entire fire dept.

Posted By Jim Moscheck

I own a small retail grocery business and also live in Allen Park, Michigan, a small community southwest of Detroit. The only thing we have ever been known for is the Big Tire on I-94 and it's the place the Detroit Lions have their practice facility.

Another example of the tax payers getting screwed due to inept politicians and the budget problems facing many cities of which I'm afraid this is just the tip of the iceberg. Michigan under Governor Granholm a few years ago started a tax credit to the film industry for every movie and TV show that is produced in the state. Many recent feature films have been shot here, including Transformers 2 and the TV show Detroit 187(good show BTW). The mayor and city council are made up of mostly local businessmen and one old biddy whom I've know since I was eight years old. Like the musical "Music Man" these folks bought into a scheme hook, line, and sinker of putting a movie studio on 120 acres of land that is used partly as an office park and partly a brown field.

They told us in 2009 about a blockbuster 125 million dollar real estate deal with a major movie studio. They all got stars in their eyes and thought Julia Roberts and Ben Affleck would be strolling around our little downtown, eating at the local Coney Island(a local hot dog with chili and onions) restaurant. Even a Sushi restaurant and the Star Diner opened up to service the hollywood types. Sushi, Hollywood types, and Allen Park do not go together. We're blue collar beer and pizza folks where some work for one of the Big Three or like myself you cater to those folks with barbershops, hair dressers, dentists, doctors, and even little specialty grocery stores.

Basically they sold bonds and paid $25 million for land and buildings with a real worth of only $14 million for which they never got an appraisal and it would then be leased to Jimmy Lipton/Unity Studios.

When Lipton had a disagreement about his lease he bolted for greener pastures in the city of Detroit(can believe I just wrote that :S) So, what do the politicians do? Blame the fire fighters and only the fire fighters. Never mind they have a contract that was good until 2013 that they renegotiated down $800,000 less than six months ago.

For the life of me I can't understand how supposedly smart business people would ever do what they did. I know all these guys and would say most, if not all, of these folks are center right and fairly conservative when it comes to taxes. I think Allen Park now has a chance to be more well known than Bell, California as having the most inept/corrupt group of politicians ever. The only time the mayor is ever seen is at the weekly council meetings where they come up with this hair brained scheme that it's the firemen's fault.

BTW, my business has been in Allen Park for many years, it's a nice community of neat little homes built after WWII and now it's mostly young families replacing the aging boomers and senior citizens as they look to retirement and warmer climes. Everyone was very excited about the prospects of a huge development coming and that hopefully their homes would soon start to appreciate again after a pretty bad decline in the past decade.

I have half a mind to run for city council or even mayor, but who in their right mind would want the job of cleaning up this mess.

What's happening in Madison and now here in Lansing is going to trickle down to the local level all around the country as they're the ones who have to make the real cuts that the governors and state houses are making. Wages stagnant for decades, concessions, and more consessions and they use budget short falls as an excuse to bust the firefighters union. Mind boggling.

Anyone want to buy a house? :S

Rant over. smile

February 16, 2012 03:24 PM Forum: Reflectors

Dust cover for my mirror

Posted By Jim Moscheck

I've been looking for something to use as a dust cover when my dob is in storage. I've been using the Kriege soft cloth method for a while but I'm not sold on the idea. My mirror must have had some condensation form which made some lint from the cloth stick to the mirror. Easily blown off, but I wanted a good cover.

I was talking to my son who is in grad school majoring in music while I was out shopping for something else. He's a percussionist and it got me thinking about using a drum head for the dust cover. There was a Guitar Center in the shopping center where I was and I bought a 15" head for my 14.5" mirror. Took it home and it fit perfectly riding 3/8" above the mirror on the posts and mirror clips on the mirror cell. Here are some pics. Now I just have to make a center knob to make it easy to install and remove. Total cost: $13 bucks

May 7, 2012 04:47 AM Forum: My Favorite WIMP.COM or YOUTUBE.COM

Well, these guys aren't engineers, that's for sure

Posted By Jim Moscheck

May 7, 2012 04:18 PM Forum: A Day in the Life of the Administrator

April drawing

Posted By Jim Moscheck

Hi Herb,

I know you put an end to the support drawings, but did you ever have the April drawing for the 41mm Panoptic? If so, I guess I missed it.

Cheers, Jim Moscheck

May 13, 2012 02:29 PM Forum: Politics

Romney take credit for the auto recovery?

Posted By Jim Moscheck

At the 1:58 mark he talks about the auto bailout. At the 2:15 mark, and I'm paraphrasing, Obama was right to finally agree with Mitt by starting a controlled bankruptcy? And then yada yada, UAW being the problem, President delaying things, then he glosses over the bailout money he was so critical of in his Op/Ed piece he wrote in '08. The headline ran "Let Detroit Fail".

so, was he for the bailout or just the good outcome?

I predict this will be a big problem for Willard in Ohio and other states with large auto industry sectors. He's already toast here in Michigan.

September 24, 2012 03:57 PM Forum: Politics

Speaking of Iran

Posted By Jim Moscheck

Baseball fans in NY or Boston can be pretty crazy at times but nowhere near as nasty as the those at an Iranian soccer match. The game was halted for a few minutes but shortly resumed. No big deal, I guess they're used to it. What a country.