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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-21-2013, 01:14 PM  
K10D and Access 70-210 mm 3.5
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 18
Views: 13,517
Well, that was me just above. I'd forgotten my password and the email I'd registered with is long gone so I had to reregister with a new user name. I still have the Access 70-210 though, but not for long as it's destined for eBay here shortly. I'd list it here in the marketplace but apparently my non-supporter newb status prohibits it. Oh well.
Forum: General Talk 09-08-2011, 03:10 PM  
GOP audience applauds executions -sigh
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 21
Views: 2,885
You were ignored most likely because people don't like having their world views challenged or changed. They're completely happy and comfortable with the view that 'the left/right' are the enemy, and because they are 'the enemy' it's perfectly acceptable to impose rule ____ on them. They can't see that their side does the exact same thing to the other that they accuse the other of doing to them because they're too entrenched in the us/them argument. Sad, really, and makes the argument that no one ought to have such a mechanism to declare authority over the other all that much more logical.
Forum: General Talk 09-08-2011, 03:01 PM  
Mall of America - Home of America's Stasi?
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 14
Views: 1,966
Don't shop at the MOA anymore. Problem solved.
Forum: General Talk 09-08-2011, 02:58 PM  
Did the stimulus work? You bet!
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 28
Views: 2,448
Causing the devaluation of a given currency by inflating the supply of said currency isn't a way to stimulate economic growth, it's a way to suck more wealth out of the hands of the many and aggregate it into the hands of those in control of the supply of currency.

Keynesian economics is mathematically destined to end in one place and one place only. But, if you'd like to attempt to defend the position that inflating the money supply somehow creates wealth for people by devaluing what they do and have earned, invested, and have managed to save, feel free to try.
Forum: General Talk 09-08-2011, 02:53 PM  
GOP audience applauds executions -sigh
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 21
Views: 2,885
What motivates the right wing as you call it is the same thing that motivates the left wing; the desire to have control other people and make them behave in a certain fashion. And I'm not frightened by those who seek such control over others, I'm horrified by it and the tragedy has resulted in over the ages.

The whole left/right BS is just that, BS.
Forum: General Talk 09-07-2011, 05:53 AM  
How Callous the GOP?
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 90
Views: 7,158
First, the raffle is in poor taste in my opinion. I certainly wouldn't want to do any business whatsoever with anyone who appears to have such a callous regard for human life.

Second, 'The GOP' isn't responsible for organizing and promoting this raffle, individual people are responsible for doing so. 'The GOP' isn't a real thing, it is a construct used to describe a group of people. Saying the GOP is responsible for this is no different than saying that the Democratic Party is responsible for every decision that any one of it's members make, from ordering drone attacks that kill innocent civilians to deciding how many sheets of two ply to use to avoid those embarrassing skid marks.

So long as you absolve individuals of the responsibility for their actions, those individuals will continue to act in a manner that is not fit for a productive member of society.
Forum: General Talk 08-01-2011, 05:24 PM  
A question for the politically minded
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 70
Views: 6,610
In the absence of government, would you believe that (insert corporation of your choice here) could LEGITIMATELY lay claim to the future production and wealth of anyone based on the location of those particular anyone's birth(s)?
Forum: General Talk 08-01-2011, 03:01 PM  
A question for the politically minded
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 70
Views: 6,610
I was waiting for someone to post a clip to this... LOL! This clip has always made me laugh my A off, honestly.

I want to say, the responses and thoughts that have been shared here are fantastic. It took me a very long time to arrive at the conclusions I have, and those conclusions have not been arrived at lightly or without considerable thought and research.

I've just simply arrived at the conclusion that the whole system is based on BS. People have been tricked for a long time by those in control of government, and unfortunately, I believe that people will continue to be tricked by those seeking control for some time to come. It's impossible for me to give my permission to someone else to do something I have no right to do for myself. If I can't make arbitrary rules for you to follow that you accept as moral or ethical, if I can't simply force you to give me part of your property o satisfy my desires or else and have it accepted as just by you, how in the world can I grant someone else some so called right to do those things? The short answer is I can't, and neither can you. That's it, it IS that simple. All the rest of it is smoke & mirrors, all BS designed to get people to buy into the idea that you can do those things. So called 'Social Contract' theory is nothing more than the same old notion that you are tied to the land upon which you are born; yet call it serfdom and most people freak out crying that it is not so.

So, while this is mostly a cerebral exercise at this time, in time I believe enough people will come to realize that they have no right to other peoples property, that they have no right to order others around, and that they have no right to grant someone else those rights either. Education is the key. After all, as Frederick Douglass once penned, 'education and slavery are incompatible with each other'.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 08-01-2011, 02:45 PM  
Point and Shoot Contest #44: Things that Fly
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 73
Views: 14,593
One more thing... congrats to andreaffm for the winning image. I really love that image too. The overall composition with the contrasting light/dark in opposite corners, the gulls in flight, the glint of sunlight off the rail... nice, very nice. And the runners up are all great as well.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 08-01-2011, 02:40 PM  
Point and Shoot Contest #44: Things that Fly
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 73
Views: 14,593
Indeed it is.Nothing like a plane designed around a cannon! (I'm a former AF reserve guy) I like the winners you picked BTW, despite mine not being among them :lol:. Great contest, I'm glad I found it in time to be considered. There were some fantastic shots submitted.
Forum: General Talk 07-29-2011, 02:00 PM  
A question for the politically minded
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 70
Views: 6,610
Mike, thanks for you thoughts. If I may, could I ask you to clarify what you mean when you use the word anarchy?

I think it's interesting that you believe in the absence of government that the weak would face grim lives at the hands of the strong. The people who are government are strong, not you or I. They help themselves to as much of what is yours or mine with no regard to our wishes. They subject us to whatever rules they decide upon regardless of any objections we might have. The visions I think you have of a world absent government are actually only possible because of government. In the absence of government, who would stop you from acquiring or contracting with someone else for the means to defend yourself or your property from aggression? In the absence of a certain class of people having the self declared so called right to boss you around and take your stuff, and having enough people believe that certain class has a right to do so, how long would it be until enough people banded together to prevent that? If there were a free market for defending yourself and your property, don't you think that someone, some company, would recognize a need in the market and the opportunity to profit from providing you and your property defense?

I know these thoughts challenge what is held to be conventional wisdom, honestly I do. But that makes them no less true. After all, conventional wisdom once held that the world was flat, that man would never fly, that the sound barrier would never be broken, that the atom could never be split, and so on and so on and so on. I think it's time for conventional wisdom about the necessity of doing evil to everyone in the name of keeping them safe from evil to go to the same place that those once common mistaken beliefs went; into the past of human history.
Forum: General Talk 07-29-2011, 10:55 AM  
A question for the politically minded
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 70
Views: 6,610
Thanks to everyone for their thoughts.

To get straight to the point. There is no number of people that you (or I) could approve of that makes subjecting you (or I) to arbitrary rules that you (or I) declare, and most certainly no number of people that you (or I) could approve of that makes theft of my (or your) property moral or ethical.

Politics is nothing more than a game that is played to get people to willingly subjugate themselves and participate in the subjugation of others to the will of whomever is in control of government. Until people see politics and government for what they really are, politicians and governments will continue to deny an increasing number of personal liberties and help themselves to the wealth of the very people that they claim to exist to protect.
Forum: General Talk 07-29-2011, 05:36 AM  
A question for the politically minded
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 70
Views: 6,610
I appreciate the responses. My questions, as you all can imagine, were intended to be provocative but not in a confrontational way. I posed them because I would just like people to think about them. After all, the questions I posed have already been answered. Each day, each of us capitulates to the will of whatever government claims lordship over us. Those governments aren't magical, mystical, or anything beyond what constitutes them; they're made up of people. So, each day, each of you are already subjected to the conditions I set forth above, you're just not beholden to me. See, there are already people making rules for you to follow, or else. And those same people decide how much of your property and labor they are going to help themselves to. In neither case do you have any legal 'right' to refuse to obey those people's demands. Now if you agree with some rule(s) ____ that those people declare, or agree to give those people _____ amount of your property or labor willingly, you'll probably not have any issues with those people. But, what about when you disagree? Just because those people said so is a poor reason to have to behave in a manner that you'd rather not, isn't it? And how about when those people take your property or labor (via theft called 'taxes') to spend it in ways and on things you don't approve of? What then? Are you free to say no thank you and withhold your consent or your property? And if you can't withdraw your consent and not be forced to cooperate with those people's demands, how can you possibly give your consent in the first place? After all, if you can't say no thanks to those people and simply walk away unmolested how is that any different than dealing with a mugger or a rapist holding a gun to your head making demands?

So, back to my original question, how many people would it take? Well, In the USA 535 is that number apparently. Actually, that would only be if every member of the US House, Senate, and Executive agreed on whatever declaration of 'law' they wanted to make. I'd be willing to bet I could collect 1000 signatures from 1000 people willing to participate with me in lording over everyone and enjoying the spoils of our collective pillage in my hypothetical fiefdom. Would you obey me and my minions? No? Then why do you obey the dictates of 535 people doing the exact same thing?
Forum: General Talk 07-28-2011, 10:08 AM  
A question for the politically minded
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 70
Views: 6,610
I just have a quick couple of questions for those of you who believe in politics.

How many people would it take for me to get the approval of before I could dictate rules to you by which you must live and conduct yourself for which the punishment for disobedience was death for you to accept such rules? How many people would need to approve of my taking 'my fair share' of your assets, as determined by me of course, before you willingly capitulated to my demands?

I'm curious. How many people would need to give me permission?
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-27-2011, 03:34 PM  
Point and Shoot Contest #44: Things that Fly
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 73
Views: 14,593


Taken on Mt Monadnock NH while hiking with my kids more than a few years ago. All I had with me was my Canon P&S, and by the time it powered on and zoomed out bird #1 had gotten away. I caught bird #2 as the pilot was initiating a barrel roll off the ridge.
Forum: General Talk 07-23-2011, 05:42 AM  
TSA can dish it out but they can't take it...
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 22
Views: 3,107
'Just doing my job' has been the justification that many have used for obeying commands which have deprived so many of liberty throughout time.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-20-2011, 09:22 AM  
Pick sweet aperture
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 7
Views: 2,016
Very interesting, thanks for posting it!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-20-2011, 09:17 AM  
Tamron 17-50mm Lens question
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 11
Views: 2,036
If you're thinking about spending the cash on the Tammy 17-50/f2.8, do it! It's a major upgrade from the kit 18-55. Mine lives on my camera 99% of the time. I doubt you'll be disappointed with it.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-20-2011, 04:41 AM  
Hey there fellow Pentaxians!
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 3
Views: 584
Thanks!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-19-2011, 01:39 PM  
COPS: Can't take pics of... Ferris Wheel!!!
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 122
Views: 16,087
Wow. Harassed, interrogated, and detained for taking pictures of a ferris wheel at night. Boy, I'm so glad we all live in the most free country on the planet. I'm absolutely certain that this is exactly what every military man, woman, and family who has ever served and has sacrificed so much to preserve and protect; the right of some ******* in a costume to harass someone who's done nothing wrong.

Are any of you reading this familiar with Carlos Miller of Photography Is Not A Crime ?
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 07-19-2011, 08:18 AM  
4th Annual U.S. East Coast Gathering
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 50
Views: 8,952
This sounds interesting. My wife and I have discussed getting back down to NY some time soon to wander around and take some pictures. I'll discuss it with her and see what happens.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-19-2011, 07:57 AM  
Hey there fellow Pentaxians!
Posted By Jeff_H
Replies: 3
Views: 584
Hi, I'm Jeff, and I'm a Cannon addict... :lol:

Seriously, hello to everyone. My wife and I are both Pentax shooters. She convinced me that Pentax offered more bang for my photographic buck, and used the lure of the benefits of being able to share lenses (no getting scolded for buying more glass when she can use it too!) to get me to switch. After having shot with my K20d for some time now, I have to say she really had a point. That, and our recent launch of our website have prompted me to get more involved with the photographic community, so I look forward to getting know some folks here and share some info and laughs with all.

Happy Tuesday!
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