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Barstool Economics - Bars, Beer and Your Taxes

I'm sure many of you have seen this anecdote.  It was recently sent to my by a friend (again) and I thought I would share it here. Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this: The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1. The sixth would pay $3. The seventh would pay $7. The eighth would pay $12. The ninth would pay $18. The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59. So, that's what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on September 28th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Political

105mm Gun Full Tracked Combat Tank - M60 Patton

Formally known as the 105mm Gun Full Tracked Combat Tank, the M60 Patton is a first generation main battle tank.  It was introduced in December 1960 and was widely used by the United States and its Cold War allies.  It remains in service throughout the world today with several thousand units still being utilized. The M60 greatly resembles its precedent, the M48, but has significant differences.  The M60 has a mounted bore evacuated 105 mm main gun.  It also has a hull with a straight front, has three support rollers per side, and has road wheels constructed from aluminum.  When first introduced, it utilized a Continental V-12 750 hp air-cooled, twin-turbocharged diesel engine.  This allowed it to extend its operational range to over 300 miles ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on September 26th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was an advanced, long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft that was used by the United States Air Force over the span of 3 decades.  It was able to operate at high speeds and altitudes to allow it to outrace threats.  If the Blackbird detected the presence of a surface-to-air missile, its standard evasive action was to simply increase speed to outrun the missile.  It worked every single time. The Blackbird was introduced into the Air Force in 1966 and was a vital part of the Military’s mission in places like Vietnam and Laos.  Due to budget cuts in the late 1980s, this stealthy aircraft was forced into retirement.  By 1994, no suitable replacement had been developed and there was a desperate ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on September 19th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

The Beretta M9; The Standard

The Beretta M9 pistol was adopted as the primary handgun in 1985 by the United States military, replacing the Colt M1911A1.  The M9 is a short recoil, semi-automatic, single-action/double-action pistol.  It utilizes a 15-round staggered box magazine and can be positioned for either right- or left-handed shooters. Multiple internal safety features are included in this weapon, including a firing pin block that prevents the firing pin from moving without the trigger being pulled.  It also has a firing pin striker that rotates when the safety lever is engaged, which prevents the firing pin from being hit even if the hammer falls. The M9 is the standard issue pistol for the Navy, Army, and the Air Force.  This weapon was used extensively during the Iraq war, ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on September 13th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military

Benavidez - Hero Defined

Roy P Benavidez was a Master Sergeant with the United States Army from 1952-1976.  He enlisted in the military at age 17 and was eventually assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.  He is the true definition of an American hero. MSgt Benavidez was deployed to Vietnam twice during his career.  The first time was in 1965, where he served as an advisor to an infantry regiment.  Shortly after his arrival in the war-torn nation, he stepped on a landmine and was evacuated to the United States.  His injuries were so severe that doctors never expected him to walk again.  Fortunately, Roy was a fighter.  Just one short year after his injury, he walked out of the hospital. In 1968, Benavidez returned to ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on September 5th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military
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