Thursday, October 27, 2011

Why Europe Matters

Lots of eyes on Europe the last few days with people waiting for a "deal" or a "no deal."  Markets are up and down depending on the news which seems to indicate a deal has been struck as of this morning.  The Euros have decided private investors will take a 50% haircut on Greek debt!!!  Yeah, that will work out for them when they need to sell more debt in the near future.

While those of us in America are somewhat insulated from what is happening in the Eurozone, it's important to pay attention.  Here's why....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Palmetto State Armory (PSA) is offering their "M4A1" with Aimpoint PRO for $999!  This is an awesome setup and an amazing price--perfect for new shooters or someone looking to pickup a carbine. 

The only thing I don't like is the BUIS and the buffer spring (black v. chrome).  These can be easily remedied!

The PRO itself is a $400 optic.  I was lucky to be able to pick one up on discount for around $375.  The mount screw is a little bulky but it doesn't bother me.

Couple of other things I like about this setup...  Barrel is Cold Hammer Forged (CHF), which produces more accurate barrels, and is made by Fabrique Nationale (FN) in South Carolina.  FN is a major defense contractor and has been making M16s and M4s for the services for many years.  I was once issued a FN M16A2 a long, long time ago.  Bolt and BCG specs are also impressive.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Some Thoughts about the "Occupation"

As I drove by the screaming Occupy Denver crowd last night, I realized this isn't going away anytime soon.  This is very angry and idle (good combination) group who seem to think that yelling at people will do more good than getting a job and improving their lives--yes, there are jobs out there.

I've also been observing a few other things over the past week...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

PayPal Problems

I used to think that the only people having issues with PayPal were on the fringe of the electronic payments world.  The guy selling videos from Russia or the shop selling certain kinds of paraphernalia--those would be suspect.

I never thought the bureaucratic and arbitrary axe of PayPal's policies would be brought to bear against me.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Foreclosure Dilemma

I've spoken to many people lately about the prospect of abandoning their home given the current housing market and economic situation. 

The problem with this kind of decision is that often the options are clouded by uncertainly.  In addition, the [left-wing] media has a vested interest in keeping the housing market "up" as long as possible.

In order to make the right decision; dismiss the morality!  It's incredibly difficult in the Obama economy to find the moral high ground (by design).  Not to mention that defaulting on a mortgage is not necessarily a violation of good faith, provided the collateral (the house) is surrendered in the same condition it was in when the loan was closed when the bank had an opportunity to properly evaluate the property (appraisal).  I will be dismissing the morality arguments in this post.  I also will not cover recourse laws, which vary state-to-state--consult an attorney before making any decisions.