Is this a warning?

Is this a warning?

Not the peaks in the markets, 19990 – 2000, 2007-2008 and today. This might not mean much in the big picture.

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Dear Facebook you really need to understand what free speech is!

Recently Facebook has been whacking accounts of libertarians,  and in a bit of irony a few of them support the NAP (Non Aggression Principal) which doesn’t advocate violence.

This morning I read they removed Adam Kokesh. They claim his meme was child pornography.  Well because it had a girl who had burns on 40% of her body wrapped in bandages and burn cream.  Follow the prior link and you can be the judge.  I think it was more about the fact it insulted someone on the left.

A few things here,  Facebook is a company, you agree to their terms and rules when you sign up and or open an account.  In brief: their site, their rules. I get that.  Numerous times I’ve seen things from either the left or right is is much more offensive.

I have come to a conclusion about Facebook.

I’ve surmised that Facebook is really a statist organization. As long as you like the state, you can wear either the GOP/DNC label and say about anything.  However,  if you get outside the state in thinking, you’re a radical that must be dealt with!

I decided that I don’t need Facebook.  My leaving will not effect their bottom line.  I feel a person should stand behind their beliefs.  I think speech should be free,  even on the edge of in-sighting actions that could lead to violence.  Anything less is control.

 

 

 

 

 

CZ-82 restoration

This last week I had some spare time to completely strip my 1985 CZ-82 Pistol. Recently I purchased a used Czech Service Pistol used by the Czech Military or Police from JGSales.  This particular pistol was in  good working condition with significant wear over the entire weapon.   I had bought this pistol knowing that I was going to completely disassemble it and re-coat it with Durabake or Cerecoat.

The before:

Note the wear on the front of the slide and the grips. 

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As you can see the pistols black coating was very scratched up and was in terrible shape.

I completely removed every spring, pin, moving part and lever from the pistol.  I’m kicking myself as I didn’t take any photo’s of this process,  partially due to wearing latex gloves and not wanting to transfer 25 years of grease and gunk form the pistol to my iPhone.

After stripping the pistol,  I soaked all the parts (Munis the bakelite grips), frame and slide in acetone and thoroughly scrubbed them with a scotch bright pad and a brass bristle brush. once cleaned I sanded the frame and slide to remove the previous coating.

Coating the frame:

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Coating the slide, Hammer, trigger and misc parts and pins:

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The curing process 350 degrees in the over for 15 minutes.

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I didn’t get photo’s of two toning the grips,  I had to sand out all the scratches and chips on them,  once two toned I baked them at 180 degrees for 3 hours for the coating to cure. Once the parts had cooled off. I reassembled the pistol with a new spring kit,  polished the ejector, chamber barrel and extractor, safety, slide rails and trigger bar.

Here it is after taking it out to the range today and putting 100 rounds through it. I had 1 jam on the first magazine. After that it was all hits on target!

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A very rewarding project,  I had a lot of fun tearing it down, cleaning, coating, and rebuilding the weapon.  I have another one I’m going to coat, also two tone.  This time it will be matte black with an OD green frame.

To learn more about DuraBake,  check out Lauer Weaponry.

JGSales 

Ammoland has a breakdown on the CZ-82 if you’re interest. 

Watch Sheriff Hickok shooting the CZ-82 at this Tennessee Ranch.

Continue reading CZ-82 restoration

My thoughts on gun control in a very brief post.

Gun laws aren’t outdated. People simply want to cede their responsibilities. It’s not guns that are the problem. It’s a culture that shuns personal responsibility that’s the problem.

That pretty much sums it up.  We as a collective are looking for someone to blame.  It starts with bad parenting, bad culture, even psychotropic drugs admittedly can be part of the problem.  Nothing will fix this until we as a nation step up to the plate and take responsibility for our actions!

‘Tis the season for resolutions

‘Tis the season for resolutions

First posted on my old blog Dec 29th, 2010, Since then I’ve lost and maintained a weight loss of over 140 lbs.  Best of luck for 2013, get off your ass anf get to making fat cry!

The majority of you reading this will either make a resolution to lose weight or know someone who will. I have a couple of things I would like to point out that I learned along the way.

*** Disclaimer, I am not a doctor, fitness trainer or nutritionist. The opinions in this article are solely of the author, always seek the advice of a professional, this worked for me and might not work for you. You should always seek the advice of a doctor before embarking on a weight loss plan and exercise program ***

If you chose to make a resolution to lose weight this year great! Will you follow through? I would say 95% of you won’t. I hope this makes you mad, I want you to lose weight. We all say we would like to lose weight. If you would like something, I seriously doubt you get what you would like. If you WILL, NEED OR REQUIRE something you usually work your tail off to get it. Perhaps a term like I will, I have too, or I must to live a long life. Those terms, if you are focused should help you long term. Short term we need the power of 5.

The Power of 5:

Nike +, the Nike workout web site, has learned that from 1.2 million runners who have tracked over 130 million miles. Of the users who track 5 workouts are statistically hooked for life! Yep if you work out 5 times, you are probably going to stick to it!

Lets start out with 5 days of healthy eating, and 5 days of exercise. If you can’t commit 1.9% of the year, then why are you making a resolution to lose weight in the first place? In my own experience I decided I was going to try this for 2 months, if I didn’t lose weight or feel better, the hell with it. at the time of writing I am 103 lbs lighter on my feet than I was in March of this year.

Eat right, it’s not a diet it’s fuel:

Food can be enjoyable, but you need to think of food as fuel. Would you put gasoline that was exposed to the elements, which had water and other non-combustible things in your car? Of course not! So why do you put bad fuel in your body?

Google, the effect of insulin resistance by HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup)
Google and or Amazon search for these books, the Paleo Diet, Primal Blue Print, The 4 hour Body and Paleo recipies

Time to do some more research, lets look at grains, carbs and starches. All of these foods
set off our blood sugar to new heights. Many of you are hopefully not diabetic, it is very crucial you understand how blood sugar effects weight loss and weight gain. Blood Sugar spikes then crashes. This roller coaster ride creates cravings. Have you ever ate a huge meal only to find yourself hungry a few hours later? You know why? Did you have a lot of carbs? Little or no fat? An imbalanced ratio of protein to carbs? I would have to say you might have answered yes to all of those questions.

Understand that your key to success is getting the balance of protein to carbs right, I ate 50
– 100 grams of carbs per day when I am dieting. During the holidays I ran it up to 150 – 250 grams, and gained 1 lb over a 6 day duration with minimal exercise. I have read that anything below 150 grams is ideal for not gaining weight. Keep it above 50 grams of carbs, we don’t want an onset of ketosis.

Tip: Don’t start off your day by spiking your blood sugar. I’ll let you research that!

Don’t feel like you have to follow your diet 100%, ever two weeks or so, get that food or foods you’ve been craving, use moderation, but a brownie or a bowl of ice cream isn’t going to kill your diet. Just keep it to 2 times a month and for a single day. You won’t wreck your diet.

Supplements:

I am not going to go into this too much, I have a series of supplements I take myself. For the purpose of this article I’m not going to cover them. I will recommend one that I think is very useful for anyone who reads this. Both are similar I’ve used both. Currently I’m using Athletic Greens. You only need one of them if you want ot use them. I like the fact they provide you will nearly all the micro nutrients and vitamins, fiber, pro and pre-biotics and anti-oxidants in one single shot. Be forewarned, this taste is somewhere between bad and terrible. If you have hair on your chest, you’ll lose it! If you don’t have hair on your chest, you’ll grow it. if you are interested in how I mix it? email me here or message me on Facebook.

Olympian Labs Greens Proteins 8 in 1 http://www.olympianlabs.com/products/details/greens- protein-8-in-1.html

Athletic Greens

https://www.athleticgreens.com/v2/index.php?

Exercise:

When you start out, if you haven’t been an active person, a small amount of exercise goes
a long way. Never under estimate what a 10 or 15 minute walk will do for the first couple of weeks. It is important that your feet and legs keep up with you lifestyle change. Don’t get caught up in the super-hyper gotta breath hard – and make your heart want to arrest cardio. DON’T! You’ll stop working out after 1 session. leave that for later when you become hooked and you don’t find walking 2 hours a day that enjoyable in the winter! Start off slow and gradually work up your endurance and exercise time. Walking after a meal will lower your blood sugar levels, and it is generally a way to unwind after a long day or a great way to get the blood pumping in the morning.

Your activities can and should be varied. There isn’t a rule that says you can’t swim, walk and bike to change up your routine. If you exercise alone, take your phone or iPod with you and listen to audible.com books or music. Wear a heart rate monitor get an application to track your heart rate, calorie burn and route. Upload to Endomondo.com or other sites. Keep a work out log and an accurate calorie count.

Buy a heart rate monitor:

Google, calculate fat burning zone heart rate

Here is a really good thing you should know. You might need more than 2000 calories to lose weight! Yes, you don’t have to restrict yourself to a 1000 calorie diet.

Keep records and an accurate count:

Get a good scale and a measurement tape. Keep accurate records of your weight and dimensions, later on you’ll love to look back to see what you have accomplished. It is also
a good idea so you can keep motivated. You’ll be “all in” once you start to accelerate your weight loss. A quick note, Body dimensions, should be the neck, chest, abdomen and hips.Optionally you can add arms, thighs, and calves. Record these measurements once a week. Don’t be a scale whore, I did that, you will too, I now weight myself every other day with in 30 minutes of waking up.

Google, Escali bath scale Google, withings scale Google, myotape body tape

Google BMR Calculator:

Follow the instructions, I usually round up on my age, and round down on my activity to start off with. Then it is a matter of plugging in the numbers, determining how many calories you are burring off exercising. Bingo, you’ll lose weight.

Losing more than 2 lbs a week probably isn’t a good idea, but you can do it. I lost 11 pounds in a single week! I’m not going to tell you how, but there might be a clue to two here. I will say to prevent something silly, I DID NOT USE fat burning thermogenics and I didn’t starve myself.

Water:

Drink lots of it! 8, 8 ounce glasses a day is important. You should taper off before going to bed, if you are a deep sleeper, you could be in for a swim! Just a cheap joke 🙂 Water also plays a huge role in your scale, weighing yourself every day can be disappointing, I once drank 3 liters of water in the first hour after waking, and stepped on the scale. I gained 7 lbs. then over the next 6 hours I lost 5 lbs. I retained 2 lbs of water weight the next morning. I have noticed that days where I didn’t drink my 64 ounces of water, I gained weight or hit a wall. Yep, you need at least 64 ounces of water for your body to function. Some will need more, you’ll know once you get into the routine of drinking the proper amount of water. Studies have shown that most people are not getting enough water. You might not lose weight your first week if you are going to drink your 64 ounces of water.

Lets compete:

Competition is good for the soul and good for the motivation, I suggest starting out slow, getting a group of friends together and make a bet. Use a website like endomondo.com
to log your workouts and join challenges. I started off with a bet and won it, easily! If you really want it, you will too. Most of the people you bet will quit. Next take up challenges at endomondo.com Initially don’t expect to finish in the top 25 at endomondo initially. It took me months to get in the top 100, now manage to live in the top 20.

The wrap up:

I have scratched the surface of my diet. The books I have mentioned should give you more details and ideas. Remember that you are in this for the long haul, this is a lifestyle change. Set realistic goals, initially you should set off with I hope to lose 1lb this week, exercise 5 times this week. Eventually weight will start to shed if you stick to it. When you’re not losing weight just remember that if you keep on keeping on you’ll lose weight. I can’t tell you how many times I hit a weight plateau for 3, 5 or 11 days, only to have a fat shedding event the following day.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at grant.todd@gmail.com or Facebook at http:// http://www.facebook.com/CommodityTrader

Remember start off slow be patient, and look at this as a journey. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at your destination. Healthier, happier and better looking 🙂 I wish you the very best of luck, the rest is up to you! Happy New Year!

Proposed Gun Regulations

Sen. Feinstein D-CA has introduced legislation banning an number of “assault weapons” and firearms that have high capacity magazines.

Following is a summary of the 2013 legislation:

Bans the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:

* 120 specifically-named firearms

* Certain other semiautomatic rifles, handguns, shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine and have one military characteristic

* Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds

* Strengthens the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban and various state bans by:
— Moving from a 2-characteristic test to a 1-characteristic test
— Eliminating the easy-to-remove bayonet mounts and flash suppressors from the characteristics test
— Banning firearms with “thumbhole stocks” and “bullet buttons” to address attempts to “work around” prior bans

* Bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of accepting more than 10 rounds.

* Protects legitimate hunters and the rights of existing gun owners by:
— Grandfathering weapons legally possessed on the date of enactment
— Exempting over 900 specifically-named weapons used for hunting or sporting purposes and
— Exempting antique, manually-operated, and permanently disabled weapons

*Requires that grandfathered weapons be registered under the National Firearms Act, to include:

— Background check of owner and any transferee;
— Type and serial number of the firearm;
— Positive identification, including photograph and fingerprint;
— Certification from local law enforcement of identity and that possession would not violate State or local law; and
— Dedicated funding for ATF to implement registration

Once again this is a typical knee-jerk liberal reaction to a problem.  That said, I’m not going to talk about that aspect of proposed legislation.

What I want to blog about is the legislation that will call for grandfathered firearm registration.  This will require the serial number of the firearm and fingerprinting of the owner.  Although this sounds like a reasonable compromise (The ban and added regulation are nonsense  but the registration in this clouded environment is a compromise on the surface).  It is a open ended trap.  once these guns have been identified the next step is to enact a tax which of course will increase until the cost of ownership is too high.  It is a passive way to voluntarily disarm the public,  ensuring that only the state and criminals have weapons.

Very interesting times we live in I’m sure I’ll post more on this subject in the coming weeks and months.

Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) Evil in a bill!

I grabbed this from GREENTRADERTAX BLOG.  This is a subject near and dear to my heart.  This sounds very innocent on the outside looking in.  This would have major ramifications on traders around the United States! Effectively closing up shop for 99.999% trading in the Unites States.

For more information see this blog.

New proposed FTT bills need to be stopped, including the French tax assault on America

December 2, 2012

By Robert A. Green, CPA

(Note to other media, tax and trading sites. We appreciate you covering this blog and our FTT petition. Thanks to Rob Booker of Traders Podcast for interviewing me on 12/7 on FTT. Listen to that podcast.)

Every user and service provider of U.S. financial exchanges needs to be aware of the harm that financial-transaction taxes (FTT) will cause. This tax will affect many groups, including retail, proprietary or hedge-fund traders; those who rely on pensions or charitable or university endowment funds; and those who work for a financial services company or exchange. Send this letter to your Congressman ASAP to protect your interests and the overall economy.

A few U.S. Congressmen are trying to include their proposed FTT bills in the fiscal-cliff negotiations. France passed an FTT and is trying to collect this tax from Americans. Join Rep. Tom Price in trying to stop the French tax assault on American investors. FTTs are snowballing in the EU, and President Obama and our Congressmen need to act now!

Please email this letter (or a revised version) to your Congressman. We need to act fast while tax talk swirls around Washington D.C. over the fiscal cliff and in 2013 with tax reform on the table.

Kindly also become a member of http://www.tradersadvocacy.org to help defend the tax and regulatory interests of traders. We have in-depth information on financial transaction taxes, including blogs, videos, podcasts and community threads.

Petition to Congress:

Dear Honorable Congressman:

As Congress and the administration consider all types of tax revenues for solving the fiscal cliff and the deficit in 2013, please don’t be tempted into considering a financial-transaction tax (FTT).

President Obama promised he would not raise taxes on the American middle class and poor, and that’s exactly what an FTT does. Instituting one is a shotgun approach that’s principally paid by the users of our financial markets. That includes all investors, retirees, charitable foundations which help the poor, and university endowments which provide scholarships and financial aid to students. Most pension funds are significantly underfunded, and those funds will have trouble catching up to where they need to be to pay retirees if an FTT is allowed to significantly affect their portfolios. Taxpayers will have to make up the difference.

For these very reasons, President Obama and Secretary Geithner denounced FTTs many times at the G-8 and G-20. President Obama has a better approach on taxing banks in his annual budget: instituting a “financial crisis responsibility fee” only charged to big banks on their liabilities (risk capital). President Obama expressed displeasure with Rep. Peter DeFazio for continuing to push his FTT bills in Congress with little sponsorship.

Congress is focused on raising tax revenue from the rich, but not from the middle class and poor. The Affordable Care Act starts a new Medicare 3.8% tax on Jan. 1 on the upper-income group’s unearned income, principally investment income. With Bush-era tax rates expiring on the upper income at year-end, capital gains and dividend tax rates are headed higher for them, too. They’re already being tapped for tax hikes on their investments.

Tax banks directly and target the upper income if you think that’s fair, but it’s unfair to use FTT to raise taxes on middle-class investors, retirement funds, charities, and university endowment funds. Don’t buck President Obama on this.

Say no to FTT bills from Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Congressional leaders dismissed pro-FTT bills to date, not showing them the light of day in Congress. But in negotiating the fiscal cliff deal before year-end, FTT advocates are trying to sneak one back on the table. Advocates argue it would be a tiny tax on each transaction, but it’s huge to active traders in cumulative — it could put some very active traders, including some market makers out of business. In May 2010, market makers stepped away from the markets and that contributed to the flash crash. Investors will lose a significant portion of their portfolio capital over time and it will rebalance their risk premium, further dampening investment.

France adopted a FTT recently – 0.2% on securities and less on derivatives – and it now includes American Depository Receipts (ADRs) of French equities trading on U.S. exchanges. This means for Americans who buy and sell French ADRs on U.S. exchanges or globally, the exchange is supposed to withhold FTT excise taxes and remit that tax revenue to the government of France. While President Obama hopefully can keep his pledge to protect middle class Americans from tax hikes, without further tools from Congress, he will be unable to block the French tax assault. This reminds me of the British slapping Americans with stamp duty taxes which led to the American Revolution. Congress must fix this fast!

Please support Rep. Tom Price’s Nov. 30 bill to enable the U.S. Treasury to block this French tax attack in America. It’s a slap in the face of the (French-gifted) Statue of Liberty. Visithttp://tomprice.house.gov/press-release/price-introduces-bill-opposing-financial-transaction-tax.

France and Germany influenced nine other EU members to adopt a similar FTT plan. After the UK, Sweden and several other EU members said no, they used the EU’s minority approach “enhanced cooperation” (EC) procedure. The crucial upcoming QMV (qualified majority voting) round of EC can defeat FTT EC-11, and that vote is extremely close.

The UK and Sweden are very against this EU FTT since it mostly falls on investors using London’s dominant exchanges. If the UK is very against it, the U.S. should be too, since the U.S. also has the world’s largest financial exchanges channeling investors from around the world, and stands to lose the most. Are you ready to allow the U.S. to become a minor player in financial services and cede financial industry jobs, payroll and income taxes to Asia on your watch? Sweden tried an FTT in the early 1990s and it decimated Swedish and Finnish banks overnight with financial transactions, along with banks and jobs fleeing to London. While Paris and Berlin may be willing to take this gamble as part of their effort to federalize the EU, London, New York and Chicago can’t afford this great risk. We have different interests to protect. Germany may slow this down to 2016, but France is pushing ahead and enforcing this tax on French ADRs in the U.S. now.

Rep. Price says in his press release: “Paying taxes to other countries is a bad idea – and we need a law to stop it! This financial transaction tax would harm small businesses and investors while damaging American entrepreneurs’ ability to compete in a competitive global environment. France and other European Union nations want to charge more taxes on financial transactions, ignoring the fact that small investors will be forced out of capital markets. This move would impede financial markets efficiency, decrease liquidity, distort and discriminate within markets, and raise costs all at a time when what our economy desperately needs is more private capital investment in growth and job creation. I urge my colleagues to act on behalf of American entrepreneurs, investors and job creators by joining this effort to preempt the imposition of any form of a financial transaction tax on American markets.”

To learn why a diverse group of people oppose the FTT, please read “Straight talk about the FTT” at:http://www.financialtransactiontaxes.com. (This includes more than 40 references with research from experts around the world.)

The goal of tax discussions is to raise revenue in a productive and fair fashion. An FTT fails this test. It falls on the middle class, and the rich can navigate around it by using markets that don’t charge one. President Obama, Speaker Boehner and the other Congressional leaders have enough on their plate right now with the fiscal cliff. It’s a bad idea to throw a major monkey wrench like an FTT into the mix, after President Obama and the other leaders already took it off the table. We can’t negotiate backwards.

Many leading economists, big-four accounting firms, law firms and government bodies have studied FTT and they concluded that revenue from an FTT would likely be more than offset by lost tax revenues related to job losses (payroll and income taxes), capital losses rather than capital gains taxes, and net operating loss tax refunds rather than business income taxes.

In the end, a FTT is a punitive attack against free-market capitalism. Why play politics and seek revenge, when we have an economy to fix and jobs to create?

Thank you for your cooperation and caring for your constituents’ needs.

Sincerely,