Wednesday, January 30, 2008


We have just opened a new eStore at!

Check out our new listings at:

With the exception of our timeshare rentals, we do not list an item more than once on any of our eStores. So, when you visit our online stores, you will see new items on each site--no duplication.



Seller Update:

Fees, Rewards & StandardseBay buyers want value and selection from sellers they can trust--and good sellers deserve rewards for delivering great customer service. That's why we're making a number of important changes that may affect you:

Reduced Listing FeesYou asked, we listened. We're reducing Insertion Fees and adjusting Final Value Fees to lower your up-front cost to sell on eBay. You wanted free Gallery, now you've got it--plus more feature discounts.

Rewards for great sellersThere will be discounts and incentives for those who satisfy customers best. Who decides who gets rewarded? Customers do, by giving sellers high Detailed Seller Ratings (DSRs).

More search exposure through Best Match
Fee discounts for PowerSellers
Increased protection for PowerSellers

Feedback ChangesSignificant changes coming soon will increase buyer confidence and showcase good sellers.

Buyers will only be able to receive positive Feedback.
Positive repeat customer Feedback will count and Feedback more than 12 months old won't.
Negative and neutral Feedback left by the buyer will be removed for transactions in which a buyer doesn't respond to the Unpaid Item (UPI) or if the member is suspended.

For more details on how these changes may affect your business, attend a special Seller Webinar at 10:00 a.m. this Friday, February 1. You may also see announcements from eBay executives on the Announcement Board.

Monday, January 21, 2008


VINTAGE BRASS DOLPHIN PAPERWEIGHT $8.99 plus shipping and insurance.

Measuring 6 inches long and 2 3/4 inches high, this lovely vintage brass dolphin paperweight is in MINT condition, with no scratches, chips, cracks, or restorations.

WE SHIP TO: USA and CANADA. Buyer pays actual shipping costs. Shipping insurance is required.PAYMENT METHODS ACCEPTED: PAYPAL OR PAYSTONE.

View and order this item at:,name,731238,auction_id,auction_details

You never know what you are going to find on our Pantry shelves! We think there is something for everyone--or soon will be! If you don't see what you are looking for, let us know--there are many items still hidden from view on our shelves. Multiple purchases, shipped as one, will have shipping discounts.

Bid and Buy with confidence! Check out our feedback from other auction sites! Ask us questions!


If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2112 deaths,
that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000.

The rate in Washington D.C is 80.6 per 100,000.

That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation's Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation , than you are in Iraq.........

Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


From MCDC BorderOps:

Our first MCDC border watch operation for 2008 proved to be a busy and worthwhile enterprise. Border Patrol alerted MCDC that the annual post holiday rush has begun with a marked increase of humanity pouring across our southern border. MCDC operations concur as volunteers encountered record size groups making their way north from Mexico into the United States, through the Altar Valley. Working two near moonless nights, with temperatures dropping below freezing, volunteers using 3rd generation night vision and 3 thermal cameras, 2 mounted as Eye-in-the-Sky (EITS) systems spotted and reported 137 suspected illegal intruders to Border Patrol.

See entire article here:

And, for the latest on border fence construction, go here:

Saturday, January 12, 2008


Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501c3 non-profit organization has raised almost $1 million in donations and distributed more than 400,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

“Cell Phones for Soldiers started as a small way to show our family’s appreciation for the men and women who have sacrificed the day-to-day contact with their own families to serve in the U.S. armed forces,” says the teens’ father, Bob Bergquist. “Over the past few years, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of others. But, we have also seen the need to support our troops continue to grow as more troops are sent overseas for longer assignments.”

For the past four years, the Bergquists have spent most holidays -- not to mention weekends and even vacations -- working for their charity. They collect used cell phones, sell them to recyclers, and then use the proceeds to purchase prepaid calling cards for soldiers stationed abroad.

AT&T is now offering all 1,800 company-owned wireless store locations across the country as drop-off sites to help recycle used cell phones for the program, through July 2008.

For further information about this program, go to:

To make a monetary donation, send to:
Cell Phones for Soldiers
South Shore Savings Bank
400 Washington Street
Norwell, MA 02061

Friday, January 11, 2008



This beige Tiki Mug is vintage 50s/60s memorabilia from Pat's at Punaluu, in Oahu, Hawaii. Measuring 7 inches tall, this tiki mug is in MINT condition, with no chips, cracks, or restorations. There are no manufacturer's marks on the base, but the shape and size is a very close match for the very popular DAGA HAWAII tiki mugs.

$25.00 plus shipping and insurance.

See this collectible at our HiBidder Auction Site:,name,722953,auction_id,auction_details

This is a true story, occurring in December 2005, verified in snopes. This article is by Ronnie Polaneczky, and was published in the Philadelphia Daily News on December 22, 2005.



December 22, 2005:

Here's a 'today' Yule story that occurred 3 weeks ago ~ AND NOW, in
time for the holidays, I bring you the best Christmas story you never

It started last Christmas, when Bennett and Vivian Levin were
overwhelmed by sadness while listening to radio reports of injured
American troops. "We have to let them know we care," Vivian told
Bennett. So they organized a trip to bring soldiers from Walter Reed
Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hos pital to the annual
Army-Navy football game in Philly, on Dec. 3.

The cool part is, they created their own train line to do it. Yes,
there are people in this country who actually own real trains.
Bennett Levin - native Philly guy, self-made millionaire and irascible
former L&I commish - is one of them.

He has three luxury rail cars. Think mahogany paneling, plush seating
and white-linen dining areas. He also has two locomotives, which he
stores at his Juniata Park train yard. One car, the elegant
Pennsylvania , carried John F. Kennedy to the Army-Navy game in 1961
and '62. Later, it carried his brother Bobby's body to D. C. for
burial. "That's a lot of history for one car," says Bennett.

He and Vivian wanted to revive a tradition that endured from 1936 to
1975, during which trains carried Army-Navy spectators from around the
country directly to the stadium where the annual game is played. The
Levins could think of no better passengers to reinstate the ceremonial
ride than the wounded men and women recovering at Walter Reed in D. C.
and Bethesda , in Maryland . "We wanted to give them a first-class
experience," says Bennett. "Gourmet meals on board, priva te
transportation from the train to the stadium, perfect seats - real
hero treatment."

Through the Army War College Foundation, of which he is a trustee,
Bennett met with Walter Reed's commanding general, who loved the idea.
But Bennett had some ground rules first, all designed to keep the
focus on the troops alone:

No press on the trip, lest the soldiers' day of pampering devolve into
a media circus.

No politicians either, because, says Bennett, "I didn't want some
idiot making this trip into a campaign photo op."

And no Pentagon suits on board, otherwise the soldiers would be too
busy saluting superiors to relax.

The general agreed to the conditions, and Bennett realized he had a
problem on his hands. "I had to actually make this thing happen," he

Over the next months, he recruited owners of 15 other sumptuous rail
cars from around the country - these people tend to know each other -
into lending their vehicles for the day. The name of their temporary
train? The Liberty Limited.

Amtrak volunteered to transport the cars to D. C. - where they'd be
coupled together for the round-trip ride to Philly - then back to
their owners later.

Conrail offered to service the Liberty while it was in Philly. And
SEPTA drivers would bus the disabled soldiers 200 yards from the train
to Lincoln Financial Field, for the game.

A benefactor from the War College ponied up 100 seats to the game - on
the 50-yard line - and lunch in a hospitality suite.

And corporate donors filled, for free and without asking for
publicity, goodie bags for attendees:

>From Woolrich, stadium blankets. From Wal-Mart, digital cameras. From
Nikon, field glasses. From GEAR, down jackets.

There was booty not just for the soldiers, but for their guests, too,
since each was allowed to bring a friend or family member.

The Marines, though, declined the offer. "They voted not to take
guests with them, so they could take more Marines," says Levin,
choking up at the memory.

Bennett's an emotional guy, so he was worried about how he'd react to
meeting the 88 troops and guests at D. C.'s Union Station, where
the trip originated. Some GIs were missing limbs. Others were
wheelchair-bound or accompanied by medical personnel for the day.
"They made it easy to be with them," he says. "They were all smiles on
the ride to Philly. Not an ounce of self-pity from any of them.
They're so full of life and determination."

At the stadium, the troops reveled in the game, recalls Bennett. Not
even Army's lopsided loss to Navy could deflate the group's rollicking

Afterward, it was back to the train and yet another gourmet meal -
heroes get hungry, says Levin - before returning to Walter Reed and
Bethesda . "The day was spectacular," says Levin. "It was all about
these kids. It was awesome to be part of it."

The most poignant moment for the Levins was when 11 Marines hugged
them goodbye, then sang them the Marine Hymn on the platform at Union

"One of the guys was blind, but he said, 'I can't see you, but man,
you must be f---ing beautiful!' " says Bennett. "I got a lump so big
in my throat, I couldn't even answer him."

It's been three weeks, but the Levins and their guests are still
feeling the day's love. "My Christmas came early," says Levin, who is
Jewish and who loves the Christmas season. "I can't describe the
feeling in the air." Maybe it was hope.

As one guest wrote in a thank-you note to Bennett and Vivian, "The
fond memories generated last Saturday will sustain us all -
whatever the future may bring."

God bless the Levins.

And bless the troops, every one.

Monday, January 07, 2008



In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up an d exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselv es, were rounded up and exterminated.

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control = 56 million.

It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing
Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are now in:

Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent. Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 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 criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.

There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY.

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. The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.

You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!

The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.

With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are 'subjects'. During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!

If you value your freedom, Please spread this anti-gun control message to all of your friends.

News and Information on Gun Rights

The Second Amendment is going to finally get its day in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court recently agreed to narrowly address whether the D.C. outright handgun ban violates the Second Amendment's right of individual people to keep and bear arms. That's big news, and most gun owners know it 's happening. But do you really know what's happening with this case? is the number one website on the Internet for daily gun rights news and information. Check it out for current news on the D.C. case and other important issues for gun owners.

Friday, January 04, 2008


We have three great collector's items for a camera buff:

The OLYMPUS 35MM PANORAMA ZOOM 220 CAMERA can be seen at:

The KODAK 35MM MOTORMATIC 35R4 CAMERA can be seen at:

The Nikon 35MM Zoom Touch 400 can be seen at:

Take a look! And while you are at,, and, browse through the rest of our auctions and "but it now" items. There is something for everyone! If you don't see what you are looking for, let us know. We have many, many more items, still hiding on our pantry shelves.


In February we will be journeying again to Orlando for the annual hamfest, sponsored by the Orlando Amateur Radio Club. This will be the 62nd year for the Orlando HamCation, held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. For hamfest information go here:

Our "digs" for the week will be the Kingstown Reef, a WorldMarkTheClub timeshare resort. Kingstown Reef is on International Drive, centrally located to Walt Disney World(R) parks, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando International Airport, and Orlando Premium Outlets. We plan to enjoy on site, three outdoor pools, two whirlpools, and a fitness center, when we are not at the Fairgrounds touring the hamfest bone yard (flea market for you non HAMs) or the indoor amateur radio dealer booths.

This annual Orlando sojourn has become a sort of "mecca" for friends, family, and old school chums. As a result, this year we will be entertaining two Sisters, HAM friends from Huntsville, AL, antique auction site friends from the Orlando area, and a high school chum and his wife, who will be RVing in the Orlando area for the Winter. It sounds like it is going to be a busy week!