Your Boat Just Shrunk

FACTOID: The US Coast Guard, recognizing that people today weigh more, has lowered the capacity ratings of boats and ships. For 50-years they have based occupancy on the assumption that the typical person weighs 160 pounds. Today’s new number is 185 pounds. So your seven passenger party barge just became a six passenger party barge.

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Romney’s $95 Billion

FACTOID: As Mitt Romney travels the country in his bid for the GOP nomination he often makes the claim that repealing Obama’s health care reform law would save the nation $95 billion. According to PolitiFact.Org this statement is false. Check out their rationale and conclusion by clicking HERE.

Where’s Pat?

FACTOID: Where’s Pat Buchanan been lately? For a couple of years he has been a regular on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and other commentary programs. All of a sudden he disappeared. Turns out Pat penned a book that has some questionable comments about ethnic, religious, and racial norms in America today. He touted the book on an “openly pro-white” radio station and the TV Network pulled the plug on him.

History’s 1960 American Woman

FACTOID: In 1960 American women were legally paid less than their male counterparts, women could legally be barred from many areas of employment, could only serve in very limited areas of the military, were not expected to become NASCAR drivers, plumbers, police officers, fire fighters, engineers, scientists, doctors, lawyers, business executives, politicians, Secretaries of State, viable candidates for the US Presidency.

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Local Prices for Farm Acreage

FACTOID: A 3700 acre Highland County farm just sold for $14 million. That’s about $2,643 an acre. While that may sound high to some I am aware of farm ground in this area going for over $3,000 and in Fayette County for $5,000. In the 1960s I was interested in 100 acres of wooded land in Ross County. The price was $25 an acre and the local bank thought that was too high.

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Nukes v. Nukes

FACTOID: In 1982 the American v. Soviet Union stockpiles of nuclear weapons reached its apex. The US had 2,032 launchers compared to the USSR’s 2,490. The US had 11,000 nuclear warheads to the USSR’s 10,000 and total mega-tonnage of explosive power showed the US with 4,100 to the Soviet’s 8,200. In 1961 the USSR detonated a nuclear weapon that was 3800 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb.

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The Cost of Movies

FACTOID: Read where movie attendance was way down in 2011 and I think I know why. Just took the grand kids and it was $8 per adult and $6 per child. That’s not too bad. But, medium popcorn was $6 and small fountain soft drink was $4.25. You do the math while I’ll be staying home and waiting for The Adventures of TinTin to show up on HBO.

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Martha Got Screwed!

FACTOID: Martha Stewart was found guilty of insider trading and sentenced to 5 months in Federal prison, 5 months in-house confinement, and 2 years probation. Inside information, not available to the public, is available to all members of the US Congress and they can use it to guide their Wall-Street investments, LEGALLY! They get a stay out of jail card and get rich. The rest of us don’t. No wonder politicians poll closer to the bottom than whale turds.

Factoid: GACC 11k meals

FACTOID: I was recently informed the Greenfield Area Christian Center fed 11,000 meals during the month of November this year. That’s a lot of hungry people needing help. To their further credit, they don’t ask what your religious beliefs are. They have plans to begin providing daily hot meals for senior citizens in need.