My New Shoppe


Just another announcement, if I can be of service…

jrbaltmd57

Whelp! There it is: another dream realized…. Soon: been pondering & planning putting an artist/welding shop together in my Garage since I bought the place… Well, I went out to where my friend Alex works, @ Robert’s Oxygen yesterday, and picked out an efficient Portable 110/220 Lincoln MIG Welder & set-up; a sweet Victor Oxy-Acetylene Torch, and various & sundry particulars, wire, bottles, etc…. Here we go…. I’ll be building my own carts, tables, jigs & stuff. So, whatever yeah need!… even if it’s just putting IKEA Furniture together, I can do that also…. My first visible Project? Replacing the Ugliest Front Porch East of the Mississippi River, now located barely attached to the front of my abode, 73 Willow Spring Rd. Soon to be replaced w/ Grade #1 support lumber, composite ‘no visible’ attachment decking, Ornamental iron stanchions, railings, gate & handrails, with nice teak or somesuch top rail……

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Confessions of a Liberal


Theologop

I’m ready to come a little further out of the closet, and admit to being a deviant.  Hi, I’m TheoloGOP… and I’m a liberal.

I don’t like to shop. I hate shopping. Look, I’ll scoop a dirty cat box, detail the car, even watch “Meet The Press” quicker than I’ll go to the store without a fight.  Don’t get me wrong.  I have shopped.  I’ll even do it on my own sometimes, around the holidays, but I don’t like it.  And what’s worse, I don’t understand the thrill others find in it.

I don’t want a Lexus, BMW, or Mercedes.  I drive a clunker.  I like my clunker.  If I had a gazillion dollars, I’d still like my clunker.  Wanna know what I think when I see a car that costs over $30,000?  I think, “Oh my god! That car costs over $30,000!!!”  I don’t think, “Gee, I’d sure like…

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My New Shoppe


Whelp! There it is: another dream realized…. Soon: been pondering & planning putting an artist/welding shop together in my Garage since I bought the place… Well, I went out to where my friend Alex works, @ Robert’s Oxygen yesterday, and picked out an efficient Portable 110/220 Lincoln MIG Welder & set-up; a sweet Victor Oxy-Acetylene Torch, and various & sundry particulars, wire, bottles, etc…. Here we go…. I’ll be building my own carts, tables, jigs & stuff. So, whatever yeah need!… even if it’s just putting IKEA Furniture together, I can do that also…. My first visible Project? Replacing the Ugliest Front Porch East of the Mississippi River, now located barely attached to the front of my abode, 73 Willow Spring Rd. Soon to be replaced w/ Grade #1 support lumber, composite ‘no visible’ attachment decking, Ornamental iron stanchions, railings, gate & handrails, with nice teak or somesuch top rail… Of course Progress & Sequence photos will be forthcoming, here & on my Blogs, etc. Then: Music Room in basement, Dave Leoni…. But thinking more Archaic: ornamental, blacksmithing type Ironwork: Ornamental railings, porches, deckrails, lawn furniture & accessories, like croquet sets, wine racks; fire-escapes, gates, fences, trellises, pergolas, grape arbors! Dock & seawall repairs…There are so many materials & options available today! The only limit is your, or my Imagination…. & of course cost of materials, design & Labor. Prolly be looking out in the not too distant future for a small truck, Ford Ranger/Mazda/Nissan/Toyota or similar for away games. Gonna share this quote my friend & photographic mentor Candace Barbot gave me, way back in ’90: “A Master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work & his play, his labour & his leisure, his mind & his body, his education & his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always seems to be doing both.” ~Unknown. Message me for phone number, directions, questions, ideas, plans, needs…. I am also going to construct a potter’s wheel, and look into alternative outdoor kiln firing for green Earthenware pottery & accesories. I also build picnic tables & the like, on order: Top Quality, only. Pricey. Just saying, Always noticed excellent Quality Materials, Topnotch Craftsmanship & thoughful, efficient design considerations combine to Satisfy the Soul, Last Longer & Age More Gracefully…. than the standard off the shelf fare.

When States Rights Are Wrong


Rcooley123's Blog

The United States has lately become increasingly divided into states seeking to treat members of their population as deserving of fair and equal treatment under the law and those wishing to discriminate against some and in favor of others based on arbitrary characteristics such as race, gender, ethnic group, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation. This trend alarms many who see being a citizen of the United States as becoming less important to their lives and livelihoods than the state in which they happen to reside.

A person, regardless of any of the aforementioned characteristics they may exhibit, is deserving of health care, education, employment, food, clothing, safety and shelter as well as the opportunity to pursue personal fulfillment and express themselves through speech, assembly and the ballot box. These rights should not be curtailed based on the physical location they happen to reside in within the country’s borders. Actually, the…

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How You, I and Everyone Got the Top 1 Percent All Wrong


Informative Stats

Unveiling the real story behind the richest of the rich

Derek Thompson – The Atlantic

For years, I’ve been making the same embarrassing mistake about U.S. economic inequality. Sorry.

I’ve written, over and over, that the most important divide in our wealth disparity was between the 1 percent and the 99 percent. For example, when I compared the evolution in investment income since the late 1970s, I often imagined a graph like this from the Economic Policy Institute, showing the 1 percent flying away from the rest of the country.

It turns out that that graph is somewhat misleading. It makes it look like the 1 percent is a group of similar households accelerating from the rest of the economy, holding hands, in unison. Nothing could be further from the truth.

A few weeks ago, I shared this graph (from the World Top Incomes Database) showing how the top…

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