Saturday, January 31, 2009

Being OCD Pays Off

Anyone who really knows me knows that I am completely obsessive/compulsive about coins. Yes me, the man who has over $300 in pennies. Well, today is proof that being OCD about coins can have its upside. I saw on my table that I had a wheat penny. These are pennies that were made between 1909-1959 and have two stalks of wheat on the reverse instead of the Lincoln Memorial. Usually they are only worth like 3 cents or what have you, but there are a few years and issues that are worth a lot.Today I found one. I now have a 1909 V.D.B. It's in really good shape. I didn't even realize it was a 1909 at first. Then I looked on the back just out of curiosity to see if it was a V.D.B. and it actually was lol.Now granted, I'm not gonna retire, but I looked it up online and found a site that said it's worth $9. Hey, that beats .03. And honestly, anyone who is a coin collector can appreciate this find. I'm happy. See, being obsessive can be worth it sometimes.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Heroin Chic - America's New Drug Policy

This blog is gonna be about a concern I have that to me seems like it could really be addressed at the source. Heroin. Afghanistan is responsible for most all of the opium and heroin in the world. Right now we have a government there that is ALLEGEDLY friendly to us. Also, we have about 30,000 troops and Pres. Obama is possibly going to double that.

Think about that. Most all of the world's heroin supply is sitting in a country where we have our military stationed. Now also keep in mind that the Taliban and al qaeda are using the profits of the opium trade for funding.

There has got to be SOMETHING we can do about this. I've read that we aren't destroying the poppy fields because it would basically destroy the Afghan economy, not to mention endangering the lives of their farmers. Valid point. But what about the destruction of our economy when we have to deal with millions of junkies and the drain they cause?

I don't have an answer to this. All I know is that it seems the ultimate lesson in futility to sit there (literally right there) and watch this country grow and export tons of a drug unabated then run around our own country like chickens with their heads cut off trying to catch the product in dimebag increments from hitting our streets. There is no part of that that makes any sense at all to me.

I'm not naive enough to think this is a simple solution. I really do hope though that the new administration at least addresses this. Like I said...we're RIGHT THERE.