Friday, September 29, 2006

The only 'reality Tv Show' I would actually do

Richard Bronson is talking about doing a Space Idol show. Since I was about five I've always wanted to be an Astronaut. The thing is the so-called "reality TV show" genre is so exploitative I couldn't watch it if I wanted to. But for a chance to go into space I would be awful tempted to do.

The thing I find so attractive about going to space is just because of the Astronauts that have gone into space have an amazing religious experience, almost like seeing the Face of God (which granted we ALL will someday).

Then there's the whole pioneer aspect of it, being a hick this pull may be even stronger than the average person.

I honestly think that the future of space exploration is in the hands of private industry, NASA hasn't done anything new in decades

Also the aspect of have total freedom of motion, playing in weightlessness has always been something I've wanted to do.

Am I really going to try, no. It isn't a the fear of making a fool of myself, but I don't like the idea of being exploited either. I hope the best for those who do get into space I'm going to be jealous.

This guy needs to be_______

Of all the dumb thing politicians do, of all the dumb thing Republicans do this is the worst.

"The greatest good we can do our country
is to heal its party divisions
and make them one people."-- Thomas Jefferson
(letter to John Dickinson, 23 July 1801)
Reference: The Writings of
Thomas Jefferson,
Ford Edition, vol. 8(76)

Somedays I wish our country was better at playing chess


Telegraph UK

China has secretly fired powerful laser weapons designed to disable American spy satellites by "blinding" their sensitive surveillance devices, it was reported yesterday.

The hitherto unreported attacks have been kept secret by the Bush administration for fear that it would damage attempts to co-opt China in diplomatic offensives against North Korea and Iran.
Sources told the military affairs publication Defense News that there had been a fierce internal battle within Washington over whether to make the attacks public. In the end, the Pentagon's annual assessment of the growing Chinese military build-up barely mentioned the threat.
"After a contentious debate, the White House directed the Pentagon to limit its concern to one line," Defense News said.
The document said that China could blind American satellites with a ground-based laser firing a beam of light to prevent spy photography as they pass over China.
According to senior American officials: "China not only has the capability, but has exercised it." American satellites like the giant Keyhole craft have come under attack "several times" in recent years.
Although the Chinese tests do not aim to destroy American satellites, the laser attacks could make them useless over Chinese territory.
The American military has been so alarmed by the Chinese activity that it has begun test attacks against its own satellites to determine the severity of the threat.
Satellites are especially vulnerable to attack because they have predetermined orbits, allowing an enemy to know where they will appear.
"The Chinese are very strategically minded and are extremely active in this arena. They really believe all the stuff written in the 1980s about the high frontier," said one senior former Pentagon official.
There has been increasing alarm in parts of the American military establishment over China's growing military ambitions.
Military experts have already noted that Chinese military expenditure is increasingly designed to challenge American military pre-eminence by investing in weaponry that can attack key systems such as aircraft carriers and satellites.
At the same time, China is engaged in a large-scale espionage effort against American high-tech firms working on projects such as the multibillion-pound DD(X) destroyer programme.
Several spy rings have been cracked and the FBI is increasing the number of counter-intelligence staff tracking the Chinese effort.


Stuff like this makes me wonder if China isn't pulling the strings behind North Korea.

Why we don't need Mexico.

Other than just the illegal alien problem, the drugs that come across, the other than Mexicans that are entering the country. Mexico doesn't see fit to extradite the criminals from our country, because of the possibility of the death penalty. This is a foreign country that will take criminals, their government officials take protection bribes, the Mexican army can't stay on the Rio Bravo side of the Rio Grande, drugs flow north the way water flows north in the Nile and they try to interject "morality" into whether or not a monster comes back to face justice. hmmm.

Now there is this bounty hunter Duane Chapman that went after a serial rapist, andrew luster. Because bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico, our own country is willing to extradite this bounty hunter to a country that won't extradite the monster we need to face justice.

While they may have violated the law there is a point what is right is over what a law is, there is no reason to send this crew to Mexico. It should be considered a well over fair trade for all the criminals we get from Mexico.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Border States have every right to expect the Federal Government to do something about illegal aliens

Article Four Section Four The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.

This falls under the category of "Have any of those in congress ever picked up a Constitution?" After another police officer was killed in Houston last week it should bring it back into the spotlight why an uncontrolled immigration policy is wrong. We have a history of screening those who come here, by having open borders we have no control who's here. By having open borders we sacrifice who we are as people, we sacrifice our sovereignty.

I am disgusted that neither party has the guts to keep the country from being invaded by illegal aliens. The Mexican Army has had at least five incursions into our country. Congress needs to do everything it has to do to seal the border according to Article Four.

ACLU is going to data mine their own employee e-mail

I caught a blurb this morning on Fox and Friends that said the aclu is going to data mine it's own employee e-mails. While I believe a private entity has the right to know what is going through their computers, this is the same thing that they complained about with the NSA's foreign terrorist program.

Things that make you go hmmm

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

This is a free country

Last week I post an article if I want a greasy burger it's my right, well not in New York if the marxist who know better than you get their way. There is a push to ban trans-fat in restraunts "for health concerns."

While trans-fatty acids may not be healthy, scientists have a hard time figuring out what is healthy or not. Scientists have gone back and forth on coffee so many times Juan Valdez was about ready to start harvesting cocoa.

We are in a free country we should have the right to eat or drink any substance that isn't going to harm anyone but ourselves. (This leaves all current illegal drugs out, although I might still consider marijuana just to keep liberals from voting). This is one of the millions of reasons I'm opposed to socialized medicine. Government has NO RIGHT to tell me what I can and cannot eat otherwise they might end up forcing us to eat Soylent Green.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Flyboys

Tonight I took in the WWI movie about an American Squadron flying under the French flag. The movie was pretty good. It is kinda a shame that not more movies are made about the "Great War", but liberal movie directors would have to be honest about the Geo-Political realities that brought about the war, and that lead into WWII, which they won't. But I digress.
It was amazing to see the technology of the time, I don't think we would even understand how primative flight was. And if a person wants to talk about a quagmire WWI was it. By the way once we were dedicated to victory inspite of the losses we still won.

There were a few things I didn't like the movie, one of which the head to head tactics never used but all in all Flyboys is a must see.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Global Warming at work

Stupid Global warming The AP reported parts of I-70 closed due to snow. Again stupid global warming it isn't even close to October.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Just 'cause

Tools of the trade

for a modern day cowpoke

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Is the International Space Station really worth the money?

I am all for space exploration, shoot I would love to be one of the first to get on Branson's Spacecraft. But we haven't gone even to the moon since the seventies. Yes, we have launched probes and have a telescope that has given us a broader understanding of the universe.

But what are we getting out of the space station? The US is the one that mainly flies out supplies and is building the station. What are we getting getting for our money? The same tired experiment? NASA just expending money? International Good will? Yeah, well you know.

By us building this stupid space station it's kinda throwing money at the public school system without holding teachers accountable to actually teach the children.

It's a free country, If I want a greasy burger...

Businessweek.com has an article complaining about fast food joints are producing fatty foods. A website that you would think would understand that business is replying to what the market is demanding is a good thing. I'll be honest my paycheck is basically direct deposited to Taco Bell or Wendy's. I don't like lettuce, I don't want to live forever on earth , and I know the secret about life that no one talks about EVERYONE dies.

Being Americans we have the choice to eat what we want. If some commie wants to eat tofu or a dog I won't stop them, shoot they can even eat Thai food and I won't complain. The same people that demand abortions, claiming they are prochoice also condemn those of us who enjoy life at McDonalds.

To those that complain about what I eat, keep out of my Taco Bell and I'll stay out of your bedroom.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

"It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching natureand that it ought to be effectually restrained from passingthe limits assigned to it. After discriminating, therefore,in theory, the several classes of power, as they may in theirnature be legislative, executive, or judiciary, the next and mostdifficult task is to provide some practical security for each,against the invasion of the others."-- James Madison (Federalist No. 48, 1 February 1788)

Protecting monsters

While it sounds good to say that if we don't torture the monsters they will treat our troops with respect. It is also ignorant of how our enemy beheads innocent women, how they drag those they have captured behind vehicles then desecrate the bodies.

The monsters don't care whether or not we torture them, other than the liberals and the RINOS are hamstringing our heroes from getting the Intel we need to stay safe and win the war.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

The worst thing about being single

I love my bachelorhood. I love not having to ask permission if I want to buy a new firearm. BUT, my mom has been after me to figure out what I want for life. The things I wanted have fizzled for one reason or another. I thought I would have made detective by now and been married for a few years by now, but it hasn't happened. Thanks to that alcky I just can't bring myself to do police work (plus every time I pushed that door it just slammed in my face). And my last dating relationship was about a decade ago. From what I know about women I know I'm not going to get married. I can live with that.

The hardest thing is being around friends that are married and have kids. The one non-selfish thing that I want out of life is children. But that's not going to happen since I have no chance of getting married.

While I know I would be a horrible husband judging from my nightmarish dating record, I know I would be a good father because when I was in high school mom baby sat a couple of kids and the little girl came running to the door every time I came home from school. And the boy would play catch with me and I taught him to ride his bike.

While I know raising kids is tougher than I think it is, being around children is always a joy for me, and always a kick in the gut when I realize I never will know the joy of having my own. So is there any question why I don't know what I want out of life other than material objects.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

A muslim that riots "in protest"is only looking for an excuse for destruction.

To those muslims that demand the Pope apologize

We are sorry that you follow a "prophet" that was a child molester, and believes the murder of those who don't agree with you will get you some virgins. And that your religion stones women that don't cover their face and don't cow-tow to your world view. We are sorry that we treat the monsters we have captured to good meals, and we don't torture them to protect us from you decapitating us infidels. I guess since al-queda doesn't follow the Geneva convention in the least we could just put a bullet in the back of their head instead of trying to be humane but we are just westerners. We are also sorry for a religion of peace you decide that the best way to show your displeasure involves destroying churches and by blowing yourself up. I'm sorry that what the Pope quoted was accurate.

I hope this apology suffices to appease their anger. If not, then they can wait we will make room for you at Gitmo.

Friday, September 15, 2006

What appeasement gets you

Al-queda has joined forces with Algerians against france. We are in WWIII even if the rest of the world doesn't want to admit it. No matter what people think about the war in Iraq, if we pull out it will only encourage the monsters. You can't run from bullies you have to stand and fight.

Another reason I could never be a liberal.

Liberals are targeting Wal-Mart because of something they call a living wage. Now I've had some pretty low paying jobs, and I've had to pay for my own health coverage when I didn't have insurance and I made payments to pay the bill. I HAVE NEVER expected government to FORCE business to pay me more. It was incumbent on ME making myself more marketable, meaning I had to get the job skills (the whole personal responsibility). Then I was listening to Hannity's radio program today. There was some liberal that was calling the NRA an extremist right wing group.

Now let's be honest, who shops at Wal-mart and who donates to the NRA-Rednecks, hicks, those who believe in the constitution. Meaning those of us that are at the lower economic scale. While the commies try to claim they are for the little guy they attack the things we do routinely from smoking, eating beef, to hunting, driving the most practical vehicles (pick-up for those of you that own a sissy hybrid car) contributing to protect our God-given rights to self-defense.

What can one infer from this liberals hate us hicks, rednecks, and mountain people. Those of us that provide food for the nation, those of us that refuse to be on welfare making this country work. While I ceased referring to myself as a Republican along time ago I sure as anything could NEVER support anyone that hates where I shop because I like saving money, who I donate my hard earned money to, and hate me because I go to church. I guess the commies don't care about bringing more people into the party.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

McCaine will sacrifice his Presidental Dreams over CIA prisons

Drudge has reported that mccaine has declared he will fight against CIA prisons even if it costs him the Presidency. GOOD! It's not like he would get the nomination, and not totally split the Republican party in two.

mccaine is the 'Manchurian Candidate.' While I respect he stayed with his men in the Hanoi Hilton, but he has sold out Republican ideals so many times he might as well be a liberal.

His firearm policy is as dangerous as ted kennedy behind the wheel. The gang of fourteen he started to forestall a rule change that needed to take place to reverse the oligarchy that the courts have set themselves up to be. He speaks out of both sides of his mouth he could be john kerry.

I hope he does expend the political capital, because there are more rednecks in the party, than bluebloods.

I don't care

While the media has reported about the shooting in Montreal. In Jamestown there were shots fired. And the sister of Rodrigez (the guy that killed Dru Sjeden) said he was assaulted as a kid. I don't care about the reasons. A criminal is a criminal. Those that were shot killed aren't going to be any less dead if we know why that animal decided to kill innocent people (he killed himself any way). The excuses are just excuses. I don't care about mitigating circumstances when a monster doesn't give a warm bucket of spit about the lives of their victims. The problem is liberals don't want to believe in evil. Shoot, marx himself believed that man is perfectible. If a man isn't the cause of crime they have to blame something else or look for excuse. Here's an idea find a tree and forget about monsters.

White Buffalo

AP is reporting that a Wisconson ranch has had it's third white buffalo. A white buffalo is supposed to bring good luck, peace, and reunite all the races of man.

So why are we wasting resourses on ethanol?

The AP quote a Saudi oil excutive saying that the world has just used about 18% of the oil. The world has about 140 years worth of oil. While I know ethanol subsidies help farmers, ethanol isn't that efficient, is hard on vehicles, and doesn't effect global warming (which I really have my doubts that it is really occurring.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

What the....And people want to trust the government for socialized medicine

The AP is reporting that an Air Force wants to test nonlethal weapons on Americans. Four things, there have been deaths with tasers and the pepperballs, posse cometatus, the possibility that nonlethal weapons don't stop anyone (I've read reports of druggies getting a faceful of mace and not stopping them), and then there's the aspect of government thinking that they have the right to use the American Populace as test subjects.

The fourth is the one I want to address. The government doesn't own us, we are not subjugated to the government. That is the whole premise behind the Second Amendment, by populaces being unarmed, you have to depend on the government. Then for the government to think that they have the right use citizens as Guinea pigs they honestly are treating us as their property. By accepting funds for education, for health care, and whatever else the government can logically argue that they have paid for you. If this argument is ever made we might as well throw the key in the water bucket and ride off.

According to Animal Rights Activists it's justifiable to kill researchers

The Heraldnet reported that this trauma doctor believe it's justifiable to kill a research doctor that uses animals. It would be interesting to go ask him what he thinks of that eric rudolph that blew up abortion clinics to prevent abortion if he was justified.

It would be interesting to ask him if he believes in evolution, if he does it would be interesting to ask him if he thinks it's wrong when a mountain lion eats it's prey if he intervenes.

While I know the answer, it's always fun to watch liberals heads explode when you challenge them with logic.

What Boggles the mind about Liberals is...

On any given day if a person is brave enough to wander over to the democratic underground or the daily kos (whatever) you see all sorts of anti-Semitic comments about Israel or the Jewish people, and they aren't racist. But when someone suggests we should think about profiling in the war on terror they are the first to label that person as a racist. Or they are the first to throw a hissy fit if you want the immigration laws and election laws. If someone suggests that a photo id to vote, your making it to hard to vote. Even though, we require a photo id to write checks, drive a car, shoot I have a photo id for my pickup, my job, and to carry (which I was also finger printed to get my permit, being treated like a criminal even though the only law I had ever broken was the speed limit). Now liberals don't complain that their social security number is also their identification number as far as loans, government, and any number of things, but when it comes to voting it's a hardship.

Another thing is it doesn't matter how nice we are to people there will ALWAYS be people that hate us, we have donated billions to help both friend and foe. And it has gotten us nothing but grief. Now, I understand our foreign aid is a componate of our foreign policy. But we are hated partly because of jealousy, partly because we don't see things like the french do, and partly because we aren't muslim. When there are people that would rather kill themselves just to kill you there is NOTHING you can do to make them love you. Macevelli said it's better to be feared than loved. The time has come the monsters need to fear us.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

9/11

While I could regale everyone on what I remember from that day, prefer to do something different this year.

I want to thank all those who serve this nation from the local PD and Fire to the FBI, CIA and all of our military personnel. Thank you for putting your lives on the line to protect us, may God keep you safe and bring us victory as we fight our enemies.

What is Torture?

Here's the bottom line, the monsters aren't a foreign army. They don't wear uniforms and they don't treat our troops humanly when they are captured. So even if we give the monsters tea and crumpets with a weekend pass to Paris they still want to kill us and still will slaughter our troops.

Water boarding isn't torture because no one ever has died from it. Sleep deprivation is legitimate because a person's control slips with a lack of sleep.

We aren't hooking a monster up to batteries, we haven't videotaped a beheading and put it on the Internet, we haven't kidnapped anyone and forced them to become, at gunpoint, Christians, or atheists or commies for that matter.

We haven't beaten the truth out of these monsters. We should if we have to but we haven't. Torture does work if the questions are open-ended.
The monsters are the ones that do the torturing in this war, they are decapitating, forcing people to convert to islam. They are the ones that drag our peoples bodies through the streets from Somalia to Iraq.

We are fighting for our survival. It's a shame that there are people don't get this. It's a shame that there are Americans that think we are the bad guys, but give the monsters a pass. But I guess that's what we get with public education.

Friday, September 08, 2006

New Link

Clayton Cramer and Pete Drum keep track of civilians using guns in self-defense in Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog. So that those that would rather surrender to evil will be faced with facts.

The things we know about the war on terror

I contend the war on terror actually began in 1972 when the Palestinians killed Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. We became part of the target in 1979 when the embassy was taken in Iran, when President jimmy carter only made one rescue attempt leaving American Citizens in the hands of monsters for over a year. Then the monsters taking over the Ashlie Laural (hey I'm a hick not an English professor), bombing disco techs in Germany, hi-jackings of several planes, bombing the US Marine Barracks in Lebanon, unfortunately President Regan pulled out at that point. While President Regan did bomb Libya once that was about all he did. Fast forward to the 1990's the first attack on the World Trade center. clinton did nothing. he was offered bin laden three times from Nigeria and rejected there offer. While he did bomb an aspirin factor he left bin ladin alone, didn't pursue. he turned tail and ran from Somalia. Did nothing about the embassy bombings in Africa.

9/11 happens and then finally a President takes the threat from the monsters serious. When the 9/11 commission takes place there is a clinton lackey that was responsible for the wall between the fbi and the CIA (jamie garelick) that doesn't recuse herself. Then when sandy burger is to testify he goes to the National Archive and some how steals documents, we have no way of knowing what he really stole, we don't know if it pertained to Able Danger, or to the offers of bin ladin.

Now there are things that GW should have done/or do. Seal the borders, hit Iraq harder, take out Iran, and nuke North Korea (just so they cease to be a distraction, ok I'm being facetious on the NK). I read a report from a Sheriff's Department on the border last week finding Iranian military uniforms and patches on the border. Leaving the borders wide open is a mistake.

So when I here President clinton and is cabal complain that they are portrayed in correctly, a person has to look back at what they actually did again the monsters, and you realize they did nothing. Shoot in the Balkans they were even fighting to protect muslims and blamed Israel for the suicide bombers. There comes a point where they should just take their lumps and not try to change the facts. This isn't 1984, this is real life. I hope that ABC doesn't chicken out and try to change how bad the clinton administration did with the monsters. Part of the Road to 9/11 talks about how the Lewinsky Scandal was a distraction to clinton. Makes you wonder about what if this falsified scandal about valerie plame was a distraction to the current administration.

Now we can point fingers at who's to blame, shoot there is more than enough to go around. If carter would have smashed Iran we wouldn't be where we are with them, if Regan wouldn't have pulled out the Marines maybe those to Israeli soldiers wouldn't have been kidnapped, if clinton would have accepted bin ladin maybe we wouldn't have lost the Towers, and if GW would close the borders to illegal aliens we might not have as many criminals and running around this country. The only thing we can do is move forward and be honest about the FACT that there are monsters that will do ANYTHING to destroy us as a people.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

What is Israel thinking

Foxnews.com is reporting that Israel will lift the blockade of Lebanon as the international peacekeeping force comes into a buffer situation. A couple of weeks ago it was reported that unifil had posted Israeli movements. So it begs the question How can Israel trust the international community?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Dads

This is what a dad is: the only thing that hits the hole in my heart is seeing a real dad and a father's heart.

http://www.jeffiscool.com/films12/TeamHoyt.wmv

Your Tax dollars at work in Montana

USA Today-Wednesday, September 6Missoula, MT - Two Arlee High School teachers were disciplined a week ago for giving beer to students during an extended field trip of Southwestern states in June. The parents of one student are appealing the school's decision not to fire the teachers. School officials also are strengthening rules on alcohol and tobacco use by chaperones or volunteers.

Only one family is asking the school to fire these teachers? Why wouldn't the school fire them anyway? They broke the law (Contributing to the delinquency of a minor) on a school trip. I don't care about the excuses the teachers may give, I don't care about why the school doesn't want to fire these two teachers the fact remains that we pay to educate the students, not corrupt them.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Why I don't listen to the dixie chicks.

I am not ashamed to admit I liked the dixie chicks, at least until they attacked Toby Keith, then the President, then us hicks for not agreeing with them. They are talented. Up to their slander and complete lack of knowledge of foreign policy the only song I hated of theirs was "Goodbye Earl". The reason was because it made fun of killing an abuser. While it wasn't the first song that talked about killing an abuser, there are better songs "Independence Day" and "The Thunder Rolls" are vastly superior.

But I digress. While I can accept views opposite of mine, if you are going to make an assertion that something was wrong YOU NEED PROOF. Bush didn't lie about Iraq. The war wasn't just about WMD's, but about the fact saddam for 12 years had violated his word when he signed the truce, he fired several times on US pilots that were trying to keep addam true to his word. President clinton even launched missiles at Iraq because saddam was a threat (insufficient). Iraq was funding hamas's suicide bombers. And Iraq was a secular government. Look at the map in Dakotaranger's Sanctions for Iran. You will see how strategic of a location of Iraq. By being in Afghanistan and in Iraq we have Iran surrounded. (Personally, where we erred was we didn't go into Iraq harder, then when we found Iranian monsters fighting in Iraq we go into Iran). By being in Iraq it gives us access to another country that is a threat to us, Syria. With Israel to the west and us in Iraq and Jordan to the south we have them surrounded.

Anyway I digress. The dixie chicks complained about Toby Keith's Angry American song talking about a boot in the monster's democratic symbol, making us hicks sound ignorant. The thing is blue staters still don't get there are times that hubris and/or laughter is needed. After 9/11 was one of those times. It was a rallying call for our warriors who are on the front lines fighting to protect us. Then they attack the President on foreign soil.

That was when I destroyed their cd's . natilee's statement was uninformed. Then the audacity to claim they have the right to free speech but those that disagree with them don't have the right to speak or demonstrate our distaste for what they say?

Oh it gets worse than this, this spring natalie says "well the rednecks are just not intelligent enough to appreciate them then we don't want them as fans." Fine, I don't want them as artists.

Now there is going to be a movie about their trials and trivails that have occurred making their lives miserable the last five years. Variety has claimed the movie should win them fans. Yeah, it's not going to work. Blue staters hate us hicks anyway, they think country is too uncultured for their erudite tastes so how are they going to be able to handle listening to a fiddle and a southern drawl? I don't care about the struggles that they have had. The only celebrity that opposes the war that I have any respect for is Kathy Griffen, because she disagrees with the war but at least she was willing to go to Iraq for our troops. I don't care about any celebrities political views. Toby Keith at least stands for this country. The dixie chicks need to quit trying to throw it in the face of their former fans how much disdain they have for us.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

If you don't like what a business does, you don't have to go there

Disney has gone hi-tech with there scanning finger prints. According to the article they have been taking finger prints for years, they are just going hi-tech. The ACLU is complaining about Disney doing this, but where is the ACLU when it comes to the government using your Social Security number for identification, or gun registration, which violates our right to privacy (guaranteed by Roe v. Wade).

Now if you don't like how a business does business, don't do business with them. Write letters. It is their business so it is their right to run it how they see fit.

So it's ok to trust the government, that has lost tons of social security numbers over the years, but not a company. I don't really trust either but when it comes to the government I'm amazed how readily people just pull a "thank you can I have another."

Friday, September 01, 2006

Government Recalls New North Dakota Quarter

Washington D.C. -- Hang on to any of the new State of North Dakota quarters. If you have them, they may be worth more than 25 cents. The U.S. Treasury announced today that it is recalling all of the North Dakota quarters that are part of its program featuring quarters from each state. "We are recalling all the new North Dakota quarters that were recently issued," Treasury Undersecretary Jack Shacklefored said Monday.

"This action is being taken after numerous reports that the new quarters will not work in parking meters, toll booths, vending machines, pay phones, or other coin-operated devices."

"The problem lies in the unique design of the North Dakota quarter, which was created by a NDSU graduate," Shackleford said. "Apparently, the duct tape holding the two dimes and the nickel together keeps jamming the coin-operated devices."
(From the news)
Treasury to Recall North Dakota Quarters

Sharon S******
Photo ArchivistNorth Dakota Heritage CenterState Historical Society of North Dakota

"If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look atthose which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still findthe greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every cornerand crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude.Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretensesfor revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey andpermits none to escape without tribute."-- Thomas Paine (Rights of Man, 1791)