Gold Coins Traded For Pennies
Posted on 03.31.09 by Danny Glover @ 8:07 pm

Stories like this break my numismatic heart:

Utah bank officials and police would like to know who the mysterious woman is who walked into a bank with a fistful of gold coins and exchanged them for only a couple hundred dollars. The coins, some more than a century old, are worth at least 50 times that much.

It happened last week at a St. George-area branch of Zions Bank. … [The woman] told the teller she had groceries waiting but the nearby Wal-Mart wouldn’t accept her coins. The teller gave her face value, 20 bucks a piece, for 14 coins.

“At the bank, we don’t deal with anything other than face value, and so she was just asking us to exchange the coins for dollars,” Brough said. …

All 14 are Double Eagles, $20 gold pieces. … Melted down at today’s gold prices, each coin is worth, minimum, $900. Some very rare Double Eagles are worth tens of thousands, even millions. The 14 coins have not been appraised.

My biggest fear as a coin collector whose memory gets worse by the year is that I’ll go senile one day and do something similar. I don’t have a cache of expensive coins, let alone gold ones, but the ones I do have are worth more than face value.

The customer clearly didn’t know the value of her gold coins, but it’s a shame that the teller didn’t know, either. The bank needs to give its tellers a basic education in coin history so they can steer future customers to the nearest coin dealer if they are about to trade rare coins at face value.

I hope they find this woman and return her gold coins.


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Risky Business: The Final Four Version
Posted on 03.30.09 by Danny Glover @ 11:37 pm

How’d ya like to see four of college basketball’s top coaches in their underwear, like Tom Cruise in “Risky Business“? Yeah, me neither.

But I saw it anyway when Knoxville, Tenn., blogger Michael Silence posted it. He’s right; it is a funny ad — for the new video game “Guitar Hero: Metallica.”

I didn’t listen to much heavy metal music in its heyday, and I won’t play the game. But the ad to promote it gets an “A” for creativity.


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Uncle Jay Explains Obama’s Virtual Town Hall
Posted on 03.30.09 by Danny Glover @ 8:09 pm


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Rednecks And The Confederacy
Posted on 03.29.09 by Danny Glover @ 8:03 pm

Enlightened rednecks do not celebrate the Confederacy and idolize the Confederate flag. They appreciate the link in many people’s minds between those symbols and America’s racist, slave-holding past, and they don’t want to unnecessarily inflame passions by displaying them.


Filed under: An Enlightened Redneck ... and Culture and History and News & Politics
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Proud To Be A ‘Bitter Egg-Clinger’
Posted on 03.29.09 by Danny Glover @ 2:03 pm

My post about how the Obama administration ruined the annual White House Easter Egg Roll made the politics page of Fark.com, where I’m identified as “some bitter egg-clinger.” I like that.

The good news for President Obama is that he now has a new category of “bitter” people to malign — those who cling to Bibles, guns and family traditions.

Guilty as charged on all counts, Mr. President. By the way, enjoy the swamp cabbage (aka, arugula) your wife is growing in the White House garden.


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What Others Are Saying About The Egg Roll
Posted on 03.29.09 by Danny Glover @ 1:34 pm

Thanks to a link to here from Instapundit, plenty of bloggers are talking about how the Obama administration ruined the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Here’s a recap of what they are saying:

RedState: “[A] local tradition of using a first-come, first-served distribution system that actually worked got thrown overboard in favor of an untested, fatally flawed, unfair system that is now encouraging people across the country to engage in ticket scalping - which is, by the way, illegal. And now there are a bunch of little kids who are going to be sad because their parents didn’t have the money to make sure that they got to go to the White House Easter Egg roll.”

Wizbang: “There was a reason why those who wanted to participate in the Easter Egg Roll were required to line up outside the White House to get tickets, and it wasn’t because previous administrations were technologically challenged. It was the fairest means to distribute the free tickets.”

Danishova: “I see this as metaphor for the Obama administration’s congenital incompetence. Seriously, can they do anything right? Don’t they have anything better to do than trying to change everything? Try staffing the Treasury Department, Barack. Your administration is timing out.”

Crooks And Liars: “A lot of conservatives are really, really stupid.”

Here’s another element to add to the debate: The White House reached out to one family in Chicago, the Obamas’ hometown, and personally invited them to the egg roll when a local TV station reported that the family was victimized by the flawed ticketing process the White House built.

Plenty of Americans were victims of the same system and also have complained about it. Why are the Obamas showing favoritism to just one family?

The answer is an easy one: The White House is trying to buy goodwill and good press to counteract the mess the Obamas made of the egg roll.

Also read my thoughts on scalping the free tickets for the egg roll.


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Get Your Egg Roll Tickets Here!
Posted on 03.28.09 by Danny Glover @ 10:53 pm

The scalping of “free” tickets to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll quickly reached new heights. The Washington Times reports that they are selling for nearly $1,000 on eBay.

I have mixed feelings about such scalping. It’s against the rules, so I’d never do it and don’t think other people should, either. On the other hand, in a truly free-market system, scalping would be legal.

If people want to pay hundreds of dollars for tickets they could have gotten for free had they been blessed by the luck of the online draw, let ‘em buy the tickets.

I’d also hate to see children turned away from the White House for this special event because their parents wanted to treat them. But it sounds like that’s what the White House is planning to do:

Semonti M. Mustaphi, deputy press secretary for first lady Michelle Obama, said Friday that officials were working with online sellers to prevent scalping.

“We monitor Web sites that facilitate third-party sales to ensure that tickets to White House functions are used properly,” Ms. Mustaphi said. “Companies are cooperating, and sales of the tickets will not be valid.”

The confrontations could get ugly outside the White House come Monday the 13th.


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How Obama Ruined The Easter Egg Roll
Posted on 03.28.09 by Danny Glover @ 4:15 pm

Change has come to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, and our family is not happy about it. The end result is that we won’t get to go for the first time in nine years.

President Obama thought outside the box and decided it was better to move the ticketing process online — and predictably, the system didn’t work as advertised. I know because I tried off and on all day to get free tickets for the event. Most of the time I couldn’t even access the system; the two times my wife and I did, we were booted from it right as we placed our orders.

By 7:45 p.m. Thursday, we were rewarded for our efforts with this message: “Tickets are no longer available for the 2009 White House Easter Egg Roll.”

Washington’s local NBC station reported on the problems during the day Thursday. And here’s a recap from The Washington Post the next day:
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Filed under: Culture and Family and Friends and News & Politics and People
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‘How Do You Spell Hypocrisy? SEIU’
Posted on 03.28.09 by Danny Glover @ 1:10 pm

The Service Employees International Union wants to see more workers represented in labor unions so those workers can rally against corporations for better pay, benefits and workforce policies — like not laying off employees without notice. But SEIU isn’t willing to treat its own employees that way.

From The Washington Post last week:

The Service Employees International Union, considered the most influential union in the nation, has notified the union that represents about 220 of the SEIU’s national field staff members and organizers that it is laying off 75 of the employees.

In return, the workers union, which goes by the somewhat postmodern name of the Union of Union Representatives, has filed charges of unfair labor practices against the SEIU with the National Labor Relations Board. The workers union’s leaders say that the SEIU is engaging in the same kind of practices that some businesses use: laying off workers without proper notice, contracting out work to temporary-staffing firms, banning union activities and reclassifying workers to reduce union numbers.

“It’s completely hypocritical,” said Malcolm Harris, president of the workers union. “This is the union that’s been at the forefront of progressive issues, around ensuring that working people and working families are taken care of, but when it comes to the people that work for SEIU, they haven’t set the same standards.”

Yesterday, SEIU reaped what its in-your-face, pro-union message has sown upon company after company. Employees affected by the layoffs picketed SEIU headquarters. Here’s video:


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The Stupidity Of Social Services
Posted on 03.27.09 by Danny Glover @ 6:01 pm

As my wife and I considered the blessed parenthood option of adoption years ago, we investigated the possibility of foster care. We quickly abandoned that idea after being exposed to the bureaucratic idiocy of it all. Social services agencies seem intent to mess up anything worthwhile.

I was reminded of the nightmare foster-care system our governments have created when I read this note from friends who want to be foster parents:

Can someone please explain to me why I could be a single mother without a job and be eligible to be a foster parent but because my husband has been through cancer treatment, we are considered “unstable.” Does that make sense to anyone?

No, it doesn’t make any sense at all. That’s precisely why social services “experts” these things. I’m beginning to think they are required to take a course called “How To Write Stupid Rules.”


Filed under: Adoption and Friends and Government
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