Saturday, August 25th, 2012

POLICE BRUTALITY: Surveillance Video Emerges of Today’s Empire State Building Shooting

Nine people shot by police in response to murderer who already killed his target, and had only 1 bullet left in his gun.

He was already being shadowed by a civilian. The police could have sucker-tackled him with undercover officers. Instead, they fired 16 shots in a crowded area, and shot 9 people.

Instead of de-escalating a protecting the public, they escalated and caused the casualties to multiply by 10.

The entire country of Germany fires less than 100 bullets EVERY YEAR.  They actually practice restraint in the public interest; something American cops don’t seem to understand.

The police are worse than the original gunman. The public is lucky none of them were killed.

“I can’t see this as anything other than gross incompetence by the police. The NYPD in particular has a reputation for hosing down the general vicinity – nobody should ever do that, especially on a crowded sidewalk.” -my friend Stacy

Furthermore – a murder escapes the justice system with zero consequence. Death is meaningless. This man should go to prison, and instead escaped this. If you’re going to kill yourself, WHY NOT murder your enemies if the police just help you escape it all in the end? No justice here.


/yard sale sign/


Got up around 7:00AM, made it out driving by 7:28AM and went out until 1:55PM for a total of 6 hours, 27 minutes (4hr8min in car, 2hr19min out of car).

Spent $21.60 plus $18.32 gas for 78.3 miles of driving (14.4 mpg @ $3.37/G), for a total cost of $39.92.

We made 24 purchases (26 items) for a total estimated value of $285.93, leading to a profit/savings of $246.01.

So in essence, we multiplied our $39.41 investment by 7.2X.

(Also, if you think about it, the profit counts for even more when you consider that we have to earn $271 on the job, pre-tax, in order to take home the $246 in cash that we saved. How long does $246 of disposable income take to earn, vs the 6.5 hrs we spent here?)

Anyway, this works out to a *post-tax* “wage” of $38.15/hr as a couple or $19.08/hrper person.


Guest yardsaler Catherine T of The House Of Happy joined us for yardsaleing this week! She filled our car! She bought an office chair for $15 that they were trying to sell for $30, which cost $60 new. She was looking for trinkets and such to bring to Pennsic, and found several. In fact, she is quoted as saying: “Best yard sailing trip EVER! You guys are SERIOUS yard sailors.” … She got a lot of things. Unfortunately we did not document HER purchases, just our own. She did get some interesting things we never would have bought, like a small hand saw for working with bamboo, the aforementioned office chair, an inflateable sowrd for 10 cents, $3 for some camping dishes (3-4 plates, 4 bowls, 2 cups, all metal), as well as some metal trays, which she collects… She was also interested in this drafting table at the upstairs-church recurring-yardsale, but had no way to transport it.

We also stopped off at the Wheel-Of-Fortune-spinner-lady’shouse to see if she had the spinner, but nobody was home. Extra newspapers seemed to indicate she was on vacation.

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  • $5.00: massager, shiatsu, seat vibration, heat, Weightec Electronic Technology Co, LTD, CA41723-CN (EV:$24.73) – This is an amazing massager. Will be posting video of it. The 4 moving massage parts light up when the heat is turned on. It is an order of magnitude beyond the other 3-5 massagers we’ve owned. We took this to the Bethany Beach family vacation and people were lined up to use it. When we moved to the 2nd beach house, they were sad to see it go :)

  • $3.00: suitcase, wheeled, LL Bean Traveler, brown, 21x14x8″, label said: Martha Casey, Arlington VA 22201, 2 pence coin inside (EV:$69.99) – Carolyn’s — along with my aching back — has finally convinced me that smaller suitcases are better. It’s not the total number of trips that matters, but the least physical pain. As I get older I have to accept taking more trips of smaller loads rather than trying to take one huge trip with one huge load. Smaller suitcases with wheels and handles. That is the future :)

  • $3.00: fan, white, Lasko, GS-21F-J0001, 12″ (EV:$17.95) – I wonder if the fan guy who’s put his broken fan out at his yardsale for 3 weeks ago has sold his yet?

  • $2.00: alarm clock, dual alarm, Spartus, model 1148, modified by The Deafworks Co to have a switched outlet, so you can have a light (strobe light?) that goes off when the alarm goes off (EV:$9.97) – not that we have a problem waking up, but this is just NEAT. What crazy devices could we hook to our alarm clock? A strobe light! A water sprayer! Christmas lights… Or just a light in general so we don’t trip on the way to the snooze button. So many possibilities.

  • $1.00: light, hanging, with pink paper shade that we can’t figure out (EV:$19.50) – Ours is pink… and we could NOT figure it out. It’s just kinda thrown on there. Will probably fall off. Anyway, the clincher for us buying this was the long cord, with hanging assemblies. We have no hall light. I used one of our $6 hooks ($1 at yardsale) to make a good anchor on the top of our hall, and ran the long cord there. We now have a real hall light for the first time in the 70 year history of the house. Of course, there’s no switch. It’s plugged into a light-outlet-to-wall-outlet converter inside of another lamp, and we use that lamps’s switch to turn it on. APPRECIATE YOUR BUILT-IN LIGHTS, PEOPLE!

  • $1.00: fan, white, Windmere, 8″ diameter (EV:$13.00)

  • $1.00: cupcakes, chocolate (2) (EV:$1) – we were hungry!

  • $1.00: tv antenna, Philips, MANT510, VHS/UHF/Fm amplified signal (EV:$29.99) ($104.95 here!) – Ever since we stopped paying for cable in 2006, we’ve saved $600+ a year. And we still watch 1-3 hours of TV every night anyway. But no more commercials, and no more fake-news infotainment. For the longest time, we would still get over-the-air HD channels by using the cable-company-cable as a vast antenna. Sometime around 2010, they cut that off from our house. No more free antenna. Once I get around to hooking this powered antenna up, maybe we’ll actually be able to get some real channels again. I could see it being useful if there were a national emergency and our internet was cut off.

  • $0.75: mouse pad, black, with built-in wrist rest, 9×10.375″ (EV:$3.44) – For the first time in my life, I actually need a mousepad and don’t have 50 unwanted ones laying around! Such a weird position to be in!

  • $0.50: jar, glass, Triomphe, Spaghetti, 2 L, 10×4″ diameter, inter-locking lid (EV:17.99) – Jars. Is there anything they can’t do?
  • $0.50: jar, glass, cylinder, 5.75×4″ diameter, inter-locking lid ($3.49 price tag)
  • $0.50: jar, glass, cylinder, 12.875×4″ diameter, inter-locking lid (EV:hard to say, jar prices vary, and there’s nothing like this that I could easily find – I’ll say $7) – VERY VERY tall jar. Not sure what to use it for yet
  • $0.50: plug expander, 3-outlet, Leviton ($2.89 price tag) – These are great when you live in a house that doesn’t have enough outlets.

  • $0.50: solder, Dutch Boy Acid Core, Grade 1D/60, diameter (EV:$10.99) – Since I lost my thick solder, I need more, just in case. The thin solder I just bought cost like $8! No need to pay full price for this shit!

  • $0.25: chicken, rubber, lays egg when squeezed, 6.5″ including leg span (EV:$2.70) – This is the most disturbing yard sale purchase of my life. Stay tuned for the video

  • $0.25: paddles (2), yellow, pink handles, Virginia Beach Beach Ball (EV:$7) – Our ping pong table with no paddles or ping pong balls has now evolved to a ping pong table with no balls. Closer. Closer. We’ll get real paddles at some point. I liken these to changing the Atari 2600 difficulty from “B” back to “A”.

  • $0.25: container, metal tin, circular, 10×8″, popcorn-tin style, 2 gallon (EV:$5?) – So useful for storage. I recently contained my gun holsters in one of these.

  • $0.25: container, metal tin, circular, We The People patriotic pictures, 12.25×7.4″, popcorn-tin style (EV:$5?)
  • $0.25: game, Swap ($2.00 price tag) – Me & Carolyn are gonna slap the shit outta each other! 

  • $0.10: strainer, metal, scimitar/halfmoon-shaped, purple handle, lip to hold over pan (EV:$7.99) – This is the most badass-looking kitchen implement (besides butcher knives, maybe?) we’ve ever owned.  This is a strainer that is easier to handle, has a better center of gravity, better for weakling-Carolyn…. Most strainers are lid-sized, and kind of awkward. Carolyn loves this!

  • $FREE: phone cord detangler, silver, Perceptive Informatics (EV:$7.88) – very useful if you have landlines!
  • $FREE: phone cord detangler, blue, Galt (EV:$7.88)

  • $FREE: carpet scrap, 54.625″x34″ (EV:$12) – Can never have enough of these.  My attic is carpeted with scraps. We have one by our stove, for barefoot cooking comfort. These are good for working on your car. We use carpet over our sagging concrete walkway, for puddle avoidance.  They go bad. They need periodic replacing. And there’s always free replacements every summer.
  • $FREE: carpet scrap, 44.625″x39.375″ (EV:$10)

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TOTAL ITEMS BOUGHT: 332-460 (depending on how you count multiple-item purchases: purchases vs items) 

* EV stands for “Estimated Value”, which I estimate by looking things up in Google Shopping/Google/Amazon/Ebay. I don’t always deduct for an item being used, unless it’s actually in worse condition in a way that matters. For example, I estimate books at the cover value. I also try to only count shipping if it’s the type of thing that would need to be shipped, and only if the price isn’t “fixed” (i.e. 1 cent items that cost $10 to ship would not be $10 in person). (more…)