Monday, December 17, 2007

From the Gratitude Campaign Website:

A quote from the website author:

"For the past several years as I've been traveling around the country, I've been approaching soldiers in the airports and thanking them for serving for us. On several occasions I have noticed that it felt a little awkward for both of us. There are several reasons, some of which I am even just now learning as I produce this film and talk to more soldiers. But they have always appreciated being thanked, and I have always felt better having expressed my gratitude.
I started to think that it would be nice if civilians had a gesture or sign that they could use to say "thank you" quickly and easily without even having to approach. I did some research and found the sign that we are now using.
Is this limited to the military? Not at all. If you look around you I'm sure that you'll find lots of people who are serving their communities, from local to global. If you appreciate their service, give them a sign. Say "thank you.""

Sunday, December 09, 2007


One of our favorite travel destinations is attending "Hamfests". As amateur radio enthusiasts, we enjoy both the "bone yards" and the fantastic new equipment being displayed and sold at these weekend festivities.

Just a few weeks ago, an annual "fest" was held at the Lawrenceville Fairgrounds, Lawrenceville, Ga., sponsored by the Alford Memorial Radio Club. This hamfest is probably the biggest fest in the State of Georgia and maybe one of the biggest in the Southeast. We had a good time at this event and look forward to attending again next year.

And, coming up very soon is another big annual hamfest--in Orlando, FL. This event is the HamCation, sponsored by the Orlando Amateur Radio Club, and held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, February 8, 9, and 10,2008. HamCation is a great show; and we are anxious to enjoy the warm Orlando sunshine again, as well as the 62nd anniversary of this annual festivity.

Amateur radio, often called ham radio, is both a hobby and a service that uses various types of radio communications equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for public service, recreation and self-training. A participant is called an amateur radio operator, or a ham.[1]
Amateur radio operators enjoy personal wireless communications with each other and often support their communities with emergency and disaster communications while increasing their personal knowledge of electronics and radio theory. An estimated six million people throughout the world are regularly involved with amateur radio.[2]
The term "amateur" is not a reflection on the skills of the participants, which are often quite advanced; rather, "amateur" indicates that amateur radio communications are not allowed to be made for commercial or money-making purposes.

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Many patriotic Americans have sent holiday greetings to "Any Wounded Soldier" at Walter Reed Hospital. PLEASE be advised that, due to security concerns, these holiday greetings will not be delivered. However, you can send your cards for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed c/o of the American Red Cross at Walter Reed Hospital. Here is the address:

We Support You During Your Recovery!
c/o American Red Cross
P.O. Box 419
Savage, MD 20763-0419

DO NOT send “care packages” as they cannot be accepted. Send only holiday cards.

In addition, please consider making a donation to one of the more than 300 nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping our troops and their families listed on the “America Supports You” website,

Please show your support through the organizations that support our troops!

ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC -- Another Pavarotti?

This day was just another ordinary Saturday--until my good friend, Wally, sent us this:

Watch the faces of the judges as this guy walks out on the stage. You can almost see what their thinking as they pre-judge him based on his looks and the fact that he's a cell phone salesman. Pay attention to the audience as well. Maybe this guy stopped believing in what people told him for so many years and ultimately started listening to his passion. If one takes but one thing away from his appearance, it should be to never judge a book by its cover. Absolutely fantastic.

After you have seen "Act One", scroll down to see "Act Two". And the best thing is that you can get his CD album, "One Chance", at It will knock your socks off!

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Wedgwood Jasperware Vase, circa 1960-80.

Contact Penny's Pantry at for details. This piece has not yet been listed on our auction/market place sites. A great item for the serious Wedgwood collector. $225.00

In 1754 Josiah Wedgwood began to experiment with coloured creamware. He established his own factory, but often worked with others who did transfer printing. He also produced jasperware, made of white stoneware clay that had been coloured by the addition of metal oxides. Jasperware was usually ornamented with white relief portraits or Greek Classical scenes. Jasperware, his most successful innovation, was a durable unglazed ware most characteristically blue with fine white cameo figures inspired by the ancient Roman Portland Vase. Many of the finest designs were the work of the British artist John Flaxman. The Wedgwood company went on to produce pottery and dinnerware in many different and popular patterns.

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Our enthusiastic Granddaughter has rekindled an old hobby of ours--rock and gem hunting. In earlier years we spent some wonderful weekends in and about Franklin, NC, searching for rubies, sapphires, garnet and other precious and semi-precious stones, as our two sons were growing up. So, this past Summer, when our Granddaughter spent some vacation time with us, we returned to North Carolina for some more rock hunting.

We did not find any outstanding gems; but the weather was good, the scenery outstanding, and we all had a great time. We will do this again soon.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


One of my favorite military support groups is Here is an information excerpt from their website:

From Marty Horn - Any Soldier Inc. started as a simple family effort to help our son, Army Sergeant Brian Horn, who was one of the 1,000 soldiers who parachuted into Northern Iraq on March 26th, 2003. We knew his unit, the 173rd Airborne Brigade was living under very rough conditions, and we were sending Brian care packages as often as we could.

We wanted to help the soldiers who were with Brian, so his father, himself a 20-year Army veteran, started this web site on August 26th, 2003, and asked friends and neighbors to help send their support. HERE is the original web page posted that day. The idea caught on, fast. By Christmas Eve 2003 the site looked like THIS.

The support was massive during the holidays, and many requests came to us to support other military units. On January 1st, 2004, we did just that. At the time, we projected that we would have 50 volunteer contact soldiers by Christmas. We were wrong, by June 2nd, 2004, we had our first 100, and 3 days short of a year we had 1,000!As of now we have 3,868!!

The success of Any Soldier® has far exceeded expectations and continues to grow with the invaluable help and guidance of our supporters, board members and Support Team.


Wednesday, September 05, 2007


We have recently returned from two great (but hot) timeshare vacation weeks at Hilton Head Island, SC.

Our first week was reserved at The Cottages at The Shipyard--lower left and right views. We enjoyed a two bedroom, 2 bath cottage at this outstanding resort, with the pool and hot tub just around the corner and the ocean beach about a mile away. Internet dial up is available from the cottage and WiFi is available from the Spinaker resort check-in lobby.

During the second week, we relaxed at the Ocean Palms at Port Royal--upper left and right view--again at a spacious two bedroom, 2 bath unit, which whirlpool tubs in both baths! And the pool and hot tub were just a step away from our back porch. A resort shuttle was available for trips to the ocean beach onsite and other resort activities. Internet dial up is available from the unit and WiFi is available from the Westin resort check-in lobby.

Hilton Head Island is a beautiful vacation spot--especially for golfers--but it was rather hot temperature-wise during the last two weeks in August.


This beautiful canary and baby canary are artfully portrayed in this piece by Andrea By Sadek. Measuring 8 1/2 inches by 6 inches, this collector's item is in MINT condition, with no chips, cracks, or restorations. The base markings are: "Canary by Andrea 5501 and includes the gold seal "Andrea by Sadek Made in Japan".

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The return of the Eagles
By Michelle Malkin • August 12, 2007 08:56

They’re coming back to Washington, D.C. Will you stand with them? As you’ll recall, the first Gathering of Eagles in March to counter the White Flag mob drew unprecedented masses to the nation’s capital in support of the troops and their mission.

In 33 days, the Eagles and a number of similar organizations plan to answer the ANSWER crowd again. GOE is holding a Freedom Walk on September 10 and Operation Eagle Justice on September 15.Eagles Landing “will assemble in Washington, D.C. on September 15, 2007 in support of America, our troops, and our fallen brothers and sisters.”

Move America Forward will once again lead a cross-country caravan to D.C. as part of the Fight for Victory tour: Supporters of Operation Iraqi Freedom will conduct a nationwide caravan along with more than 2-dozen rallies calling for continued support of U.S. troops based in Iraq in the days leading up to General David Petraeus September 15th report to Congress.
From September 3, 2007 through September 15, 2007 the nation’s largest grassroots, pro-troop organization, Move America Forward will lead thousands of supporters in a cross-country effort called the “FIGHT FOR VICTORY TOUR.”

And the Vets for Freedom “are mobilizing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to engage members of Congress during the entire month of August and tell them that General Petraeus needs adequate troops, time, and resources to complete the mission in Iraq.” Sign up here for the Sept. 17-18 mission.

Mark these dates and events on your calendars. Donate. Volunteer. Spread the word. If you missed the 1st GOE, this is your chance to make your voice heard, bear witness to history, and make a difference.

Monday, September 03, 2007


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Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Some odd family heirlooms have made their way into the possession of the Illinois unclaimed property division over the years: False teeth.Human ashes. The department also comes across more conventional keepsakes like gold pocket watches and strings of pearls. And now it plans to offer them to consumers looking for a bargain.On Monday, state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias announced that his office will begin auctioning off the contents of abandoned safedeposit boxes on eBay.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Wedgwood blue jasperware has been produced by the Wedgwood company in England for about 250 years; and I believe they ceased production of this particular product in about 2000. Other “look-a-like” companies produced imitations of Wedgwood in Canada and Japan in recent years.

Wedgwood blue jasperware comes in 4 age categories:

1950-2000 – light blue, inside and out, with white embossing; marked on the base “Made in England”, with a two-digit year number (i.e., 63, 78, 85, 90, etc.).
1910-1930 – dark blue outside, white glaze inside, with white embossing, marked on the base “Made in England”, some times with two digit numbers indicating the number of pieces fired in the kiln at a particular time (i.e., 24, 42, 30, etc.), and sometimes a letter or symbol indicating the date and/or the particular potter.
1890-1910 – dark blue outside, white glaze inside, with white embossing, marked on the base “Wedgwood England”, sometimes with two digit numbers indicating the number of pieces fired in the kiln and sometimes a letter or symbol indicating the date and/or the potter.
Prior to 1890 – dark blue outside, white glaze inside, with white embossing, marked on the base “Wedgwood”, sometimes with a letter or symbol indicating the date and/or the potter.

There are several reference books on Wedgwood that you can find at your local library; but most of them do not indicate a particular value of the items included. One recent book that indicates approximate values of the older Wedgwood pieces is Wedgwood Jasper Ware: A Shape Book and Collector's Guide (Hardcover) by Michael Herman. In the reference book , "WEDGWOOD" by Wolf Mankowitz, in the edition published in 1966 by Spring Books, London, England, on page 149 is more information on the “marks” you find on the base of each Wedgwood piece.

You will find many Wedgwood items listed in Also, you can check the inventory at; however, keep in mind that their prices are a little on the high side.

Here are two other websites that have additional information:
You can type in “Wedgwood Jasperware” in your search bar and you will find several more sites to explore, including individual stores with pictures and prices.


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Monday, May 28, 2007


Yahoo! US Auction sites are retiring.•
Yahoo! US Auction sites will no longer be accepting listings as ofJune 3, 2007.• Listings will not auto re-submit after June 3, 2007. As of May 4th, Auctions Scheduler and Auto Resubmit features are nolonger available.
I am moving all of my Auctions Yahoo items to: eCrater is Number 4 on the listings chart, after eBay, Bidville, and Yahoo (soon to be gone). So very soon eCrater will be Number 3 and growing with 537,867 current listings.
Come and visit our eCrater Store soon.

Thursday, May 24, 2007


Summer Solstice to Blue Moon (SS2BM) Campaign - June 21st to 30th 2007. St Elsewhere in Unity Grand Summer Fayre on the web in celebration of independence from eBay Inc.
Following a suggestion from KissMyConfusion, a member at, a Grand Summer Fayre is being organised for online sellers and St Elsewhere auction sites. The object of the promotion is to raise awareness of the myriad of smaller auction site venues and independent website traders across the globe by bringing many together in one promotional event. Independent sellers and sites are asked to unite for this event in order to highlight the variety of shopping experiences available across the world wide web.
A range of banners will be available to auction site sellers and owners and independent web traders for display on their site & auction pages promoting the event. A page will be hosted at in order to co-ordinate the effort.
So get ready to join in the early holiday fun with a little midsummer madness and look around the sites to stock up on bargains for the Summer For more information please visit Summer Solstice to Blue Moon (SS2BM) St Elsewhere Campaign Forum


In 1754 Josiah Wedgwood began to experiment with coloured creamware. He established his own factory, but often worked with others who did transfer printing.The Wedgwood company went on to produce pottery and dinnerware in many different and popular patterns. One of the most popular Wedgwood dinnerware patterns is QUEENSWARE.
This four-inch Wedgwood Queensware pitcher is white on lavender blue and is in mint condition with no chips, cracks, or restorations. The base markings are "Wedgwood of Etruria & Barlaston, Embossed Queensware, Made in England". See additional details at:
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Friday, April 20, 2007

Ex-Beauty Queen Stops Intruder

82-Year-Old Ex-Beauty Queen Stops Intruder by Shooting Out Tires.

Friday , April 20, 2007WAYNESBURG, Ky. — Miss America 1944 has a talent that likely has never appeared on a beauty pageant stage: She fired a handgun to shoot out a vehicle's tires and stop an intruder.

Venus Ramey, 82, confronted a man on her farm in south-central Kentucky last week after she saw her dog run into a storage building where thieves had previously made off with old farm equipment. Ramey said the man told her he would leave. "I said, 'Oh, no you won't,' and I shot their tires so they couldn't leave," Ramey said. She had to balance on her walker as she pulled out a snub-nosed .38-caliber handgun.

"I didn't even think twice. I just went and did it," she said. "If they'd even dared come close to me, they'd be 6 feet under by now." Ramey then flagged down a passing motorist, who called 911. Curtis Parrish of Ohio was charged with misdemeanor trespassing, Deputy Dan Gilliam said. The man's hometown wasn't immediately available. Three other people were questioned but were not arrested.

After winning the pageant with her singing, dancing and comedic talents, Ramey sold war bonds and her picture was adorned on a B-17 that made missions over Germany in World War II, according to the Miss America Web site. Ramey lived in Cincinnati for several years and was instrumental in helping rejuvenate Over-the-Rhine historic buildings. She returned to Kentucky in 1990 to live on her farm.

"I'm trying to live a quiet, peaceful life and stay out of trouble, and all it is, is one thing after another," she said.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


GPS Significantly Impacted By Powerful Solar Radio Burst

Solar radio bursts begin with a solar flare.

by Staff Writers, Ithica NY (SPX) Apr 11, 2007

During an unprecedented solar eruption last December, researchers at Cornell University confirmed solar radio bursts can have a serious impact on the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other communication technologies using radio waves.

The findings were announced in Washington, D.C., at the first Space Weather Enterprise Forum -- an assembly of academic, government and private sector scientists focused on examining the Earth's ever-increasing vulnerability to space weather impacts.

Saturday, March 31, 2007



Exerpts from an article by Debra Muller Price

During the 1930's,the best things in life were free. The colorful molded-glass tableware that later became known as Depression Glass was no exception. Promotional giveaways of depression glass could be found in theaters, inside oatmeal boxes and sacks of flour; and individual pieces often sold for mere pennies at the five-and-dime stores.

Depression Glass came in a variety of patterns like Cabbage Rose, Cherry Blossom, Dogwood, Pyramid and Tea Room. The colors were a rainbow--from soft pink to sunny yellow to sky blue; but green quickly emerged as a favorite.

Although an enormous amount of Depression Glass was produced, the vast majority of pieces wound up being relegated to the attic or discarded in favor of postwar products. It reminded people of the hard times of the 1930's, and Americans were ready to put those memories out of sight.

Depression Glass was all but forgotten until the 1970's, when collectors began to rediscover its inherent charms; and Green remains a best-seller. Depression Glass looks pretty on the table and there is also a sentimental connection for many collectors, as it reminds them of their growing up time and their parents during the depression years in the U.S.A.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Wedgwood Wildlife Buffalo Plate

In 1754 Josiah Wedgwood began to experiment with coloured creamware. He established his own factory, but often worked with others who did transfer printing. The Wedgwood company went on to produce pottery and dinnerware in many different and popular patterns. Well-known British artists were commissioned from time to time.

David Shepherd was selected to design a collection of plates honoring the World Wildlife Fund. This Wedgwood Wildlife Buffalo Plate is 10 3/4 inches in diameter and is in mint condition, with no chips, cracks, or restorations. The base markings are: "World Wildlife Fund, Buffalo, Specially designed by David Shepherd for the World Wildlife Fund." "Wedgwood of Etruria & Barlaston, Made in England". $75.00

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There is a wealth of timshare websites covering all aspects of this vacation vehicle. Here are a few for your review:


Just go to this site, type "timeshare" in the search bar, and you will find dozens of timeshare groups from which to choose.


The Timeshare User's Group started in 1993 is a self-help organization composed of timeshare owners and other interested parties. TUG provides timeshare owners with an unbiased source of consumer oriented information regarding timeshare resorts and the timeshare concept. TUG collects reviews and ratings on more than 2000 timeshare resorts from TUG Members and volunteers who have actually been there and provides this data along with area activities, sites to see and places to eat for all members to use. Additionally, TUG provides a variety of services (see Site Index) which enhance the Timeshare users' awareness of the current timeshare industry. The quote we hear most from new members is "I wish I had known about TUG before I bought my first timeshare". is a timeshare based community that is owned and operated by timeshare owners for timeshare owners and users. There are no hidden agendas to get anyone to buy, sell, or trade anything! Instead, we are here to talk timeshare from an owner's perspective. We have a worldwide membership that are here to talk about timeshare resorts, vacations, or life in general.

TIMESHARE WEBSITES: These are sites where you can buy, sell, or rent timeshares.

TIMESHARE EXCHANGE COMPANIES: These are sites where you can exchange your timeshare and vacation at timeshare resorts all over the world.

Yahoo Races Past Google on Mobile Search

Yahoo has introduced a new internet search system for mobile phone users that delivers locally relevant answers, a move that vaults it ahead of what rival Google now offers. Starting in the US, with international markets to follow later this year, the Sunnyvale, California-based company said it planned to take advantage of the inherently local nature of many web searches performed on phones. “We are now putting search on every mobile phone that has a browser,” said Marco Boerries, senior vice-president of Yahoo’s Connected Life business unit. “We are delivering the results consumers want with just one search, not a list of web links.”

Yahoo, which has been playing to catch up to Google in computer web search, has been making strides in recent months to overtake its rival in the fast emerging mobile web market. As networks grow faster and most handsets now come with web browsers, internet companies are moving aggressively to bring search, email, mapping and other familiar online services to phones. The mobile web promises to offer a handier way than bulky computers for many consumers to connect to the internet. OneSearch, as Yahoo calls its mobile phone service, differs from how computer web search delivers raw sets of links. Instead Yahoo serves up a list of actual information, such as news headlines, images from Yahoo’s Flickr photos site, business listings, local weather and links to other websites. more.. link to news article

Monday, March 26, 2007



Kim Grove was working as a clerk in Los Angeles. Kim started writing daily love letters to her fiance in San Francisco. Each letter ended with a little drawing and a caption starting with the words 'LOVE IS.....' The man in her life showed them to the Los Angeles Times and kim's little romantics were featured in newspapers all over the world. Over 300 ways of telling him - or her - that you really care.

NINE volumes--No. 1 through 9-- of LOVE IS....By Kim Grove, published during the years 1970-1974. These little booklets of almost 100 pages each have been well kept, with the normal yellowing of the pages over time. $99.00 plus shipping and insurance.

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Here is a great site for GMRS information in the Atlanta, Ga metro area.

Our compliments to KG4LNE / WPSD889 for all of the useful information found here.

And on this page of the site, you will see our very own GMRS repeater site, along with several Amateur radio repeaters.

Penny, N6HWB/WPRX486
Doug, N3DAB/WPRX486

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Google's blog software hijacked by scammers

Google's is being hijacked to spread malware through fakeblogs, a security vendor has warned.

According to Fortinet, Genuine-looking blogs on topics as wide-ranging as "Star Wars, school, furniture, Christmas, cars and girlfriends" are now being created to host a variety of script-initiated malware. It would be impossible for visitors to spot the danger of these sites, which now number in the hundreds, the company said. Although they look genuine, it appears that all the sites havebeen specially crafted to fool visitors.

Fortinet gives examples of the sites, including one for a supposed fan of the Honda CR450 motor car, which attempts to infect visitors with the Wonka Trojan. In another, the fake blog redirects visitors to a store front purporting to be Pharmacy Express, a phishing site that has turned up in many spam emails distributed by the Strationworm.


For the Tiki Collector:

A PAIR OF VINTAGE WOODEN TIKI BOTTLE OPENERS. Coming from an Estate Sale, these TIKI BOTTLE OPENERS are from the 50's or 60's. There are no markings evident, but the bases are identical, leaving us to believe that they were manufactured by the same company. They are 5 1/2 inches and 6 1/2 inches in height, respectively; and are in great shape. $38.00 plus shipping and insurance.

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What they didn't show you on TV
By Michelle Malkin · March 19, 2007 10:04 AM
As promised, our full video report on The Gathering of Eagles:

Many highlights there, but take special note of the face-off at the 6:00 minute mark. As you can see, we spent most of the day covering the march on the Eagles' side of the fence. Why? Because almost all of the news camera crews we spotted--the ones that bothered to show up, that is--gathered around Cindy Sheehan and the anti-war freak show and then left. We didn't see any of them covering the long lines of Eagles waiting to get through security to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Didn't see them covering the speeches and performances by the vets and pro-military activists. Reporters mingled comfortably on the moonbat side, except to shoot drive-by photos casting pro-troops counterprotesters in a negative light. Bloggers continue to rip old media whitewashing of the historic event:

Sunday, March 18, 2007


Mission Accomplished
Posted: 17 Mar 2007 09:48 PM CDT - Edited from The Gathering of Eagles Blog

What an outstanding day! The Eagles soared!

You should be very proud of your fellow veterans, families, and supporters. There’s so much to tell, and we encourage you to post your experiences in the the comments.

The first unofficial estimate of the Eagle turn-out today…30,000!
That figure may be adjusted upward as more figure are tallied during the week. Fox News reported today that the anti-war protesters had significantly less than they expected. However, they are erroneously reporting that the Eagles were there in “equal numbers”. The truth is that we outnumbered them by at least three to one!

Consider…ANSWER had a year to plan their well-publicized event and were hoping for around 100,000. They actually drew about 5,000-10,000, according to various news reports today. The Gathering of Eagles, on the other hand, had about six weeks to plan an unprecedented response - and with no advertising, no publicity, no celebrity or political endorsement, no news coverage, and no big money, we had about 30,000 boots on the ground!

The volunteers poured themselves into this historic event, and all of you who attended gave so much to be there.

Saturday, March 17, 2007


Come on in and browse around anytime--we'll leave the light on for you! We think we have something for everybody--or soon will. You never know what you will find on our Pantry Shelves. If you don't find what you are looking for, it may be because it is hidden on our Pantry Shelf. Let us know what you are shopping for and we will try to find it for you. Check out our online feedback! Bid and Buy with confidence.


This hard-to-find Wedgwood Green Jug is 4 inches in height and is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks, or restorations. The base markings are "Wedgwood" and "England", with potter's marks, circa 1890-1910. Buy it for the serious Wedgwood collector. $125.00

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Here's a thought to warm some of your hearts...From: Ed Chenel, A police officer in Australia.

Hi Yanks, I thought you all would like to see the real figures from Down Under. It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.

The first year results are now in:
Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent,
Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent ;
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!

In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent.(Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not and criminals still possess their guns!)

While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in "successfully ridding Australian society of guns."

You won't see this on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State Assembly disseminating this information. The Australian experience speaks for itself. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note Americans, before it's too late!