No Runny Eggs

The repository of one hard-boiled egg from the south suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (and the occassional guest-blogger). The ramblings within may or may not offend, shock and awe you, but they are what I (or my guest-bloggers) think.

Archive for December, 2006

December 31, 2006

Packers win, Favre sounds like he’s done

by @ 22:21. Filed under Sports.

First, the good news. Despite not getting any help from Duh Deadskins, Duh Viqueens, Duh Deadfins, and a few other teams and getting eliminated from the playoffs, the Packers came to play and crushed Chicago 26-7 to finish 8-8. That’s 6 more wins than I had them figured for.

The bad. Listening to the postgame interview, it’s almost certain Brett Favre has just played his last game. Other than winning the Super Bowl, he couldn’t ask for a much better way to go out – beat the Bears, have a decent game of 21-42 for 285 yards, a touchdown and a pick the receiver gave up on.

Thanks for the memories, Brett.

December 30, 2006

The rest of the Saddam execution video

by @ 20:43. Filed under War on Terror.

TV networks worldwide, including the (gum)ball-less Fox News Channel, CNN (which didn’t hesitate to show the Iraqi sniper video), and BBC have refused to show the drop that needs to be heard ’round the world. Fortunately, one of the witnesses used what appears to be a cell phone camera to capture that drop, and put the whole thing out there. Curt at Flopping Aces is among those that have the video – do NOT click that link if you’re squeamish.

Unfortunately, because the amateur filmer didn’t follow Saddam all the way down, we don’t have an official count on how many times he swung, but that’s proof positive that he didn’t escape the noose.

December 29, 2006

Saddam Hussein has been executed

by @ 21:11. Filed under War on Terror.

That is the story from both CNN and Fox News, quoting Arab media.

He’s dead, Jim.

Saddam Hussein to die in the next 24 hours – Update: The time is fixed; 5:30-6 am Baghdad time

by @ 17:39. Filed under War on Terror.

(H/T – See-Dubya guest-blogging at Hot Air)

The wheels of justice certainly are moving faster over in Iraq than they are here. Many sources, including MSNBC, are reporting the last steps before former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein’s execution takes place are happening. The US military has received a formal request from the Iraqi government to transfer Hussein to Iraqi authorities, his half-brothers visited him presumably for the last time yesterday, taking home some of Hussein’s personal belongings, and one of his lawyers has said he was told by the US military to pick up Hussein’s personal effects (apparently, the family didn’t take them all). Now, Fox News is reporting that a US military source is saying that transfer will happen today. The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, apparently wanted Hussein’s punishment executed last night, but the logistics weren’t ready yet.

Meanwhile, there has been some confusion over the 30-days stipulation. Some have said that Hussein has to be executed within that 30 days. Some have said that he could only be executed in that window with the express approval of the Iraqi presidency (consisting of President Jalal Talabani and 2 vice-presidents, with the anti-death-penalty Talabani routinely authorizing one of the vice-presidents to authorize executions on his behalf), with punishment carried out on the court’s authority beyond that window. Apparently that’s been ironed out, though there is no specific news of that.

There is a big rush to get this done before the 2nd Eid holiday of the Muslim year. That starts at local sunset Saturday, which, depending on whether it’s the actual position of the sun or a standardized 6 pm local time, is 24 or 25 23 to 24 (need to work on the Milwaukee-to-Baghdad time conversion program) hours from now. SWING, Saddam, Saddam, Saddam, Saddam, SWING!

Revisions/extensions (11:05 am 12/29/2006) – Tick, tick, tick. Fox News is now reporting that Hussein is now in Iraqi as opposed to American custody. My guess is he’s already dead.

Further revisions/extensions (12:27 pm 12/29/2006) – Fox News is reporting the State Department is “absolutely certain” (the nameless bureaucrat’s words) Hussein is still in US custody and will likely be so for the next several days. They don’t call it Foggy Bottom for nothing.

Revisions/extensions #3 (1:38 pm 12/29/2006) – The Confederate Yankee is sticking by his story that Hussein is getting the rope at midnight tonight, and it is being collaborated by Reuters. That would be 3 pm here, and that would put a crimp into Mark Belling’s Year-End Current Events Quiz. Oh well.

R/E #4 (3:56 pm 12/29/2006) – AP is reporting Saddam’s lawyers filed for an restraining order to stop Hussein’s transfer to Iraqi custody before DC District Judge (and chief judge of the FISA Court) Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. Kotelly was appointed to the bench in 1997 by Bill Clinton, and appointed to the FISA Court in 2002 by William Rehnquist. Never mind that he was in their legal custody since 2004 (we’re the caretakers).

Revisions/extensions #5 (4:15 pm 12/29/2006 – moved to the top of the blog) – Fox News and CNN are both reporting that a top Iraqi official that Hussein will be executed before 6 am Saturday 12/30/2006 (Baghdad time). That’s 9 pm tonight here. I’ll get the beer, who has the brats?

R/E #6 (5:39 pm 12/29/2006) – Drudge is reporting that Iraqi State TV says that Saddam will mount the gallows between 5:30 am and 6 am Baghdad time (he converted to EST). So, between 8:30 pm and 9 pm Cheddar time, Saddam will join his sons in Hell. Good bye and good riddance.

Last revision/extension (7:26 pm 12/29/2006) – Fox News reported that last-ditch legal gambit failed. No web story however. SWING, Saddam, Saddam, Saddam, Saddam, SWING!

One more “Why did I wait?” for the roll

by @ 13:35. Filed under The Blog.

Since I’m doing what for me is a massive amount of blogging today, I figured I may as well add one I should’ve had on from the start – Flopping Aces. Curt’s been running down the Jamil Hussein/AP falsifications, among other things.

E. Michael McCan’t wants his money; just not right now

by @ 8:04. Filed under Politics - Wisconsin.

The Journal Sentinel reports that outgoing Milwaukee County DA E. Michael McCan’t, fresh from having his office be instrumental in freeing serial child molester Billy Lee Morford from state supervision on his way out the door, is trying to structure a waiver of his enhanced pension benefits in such a way that he can come back later and take them. What, $93,600 a year doesn’t buy enough cocoa?

While I’m taking yet another shot, I do need to apologize for one that I had been taking; McCann did sign away the multi-million-dollar backdrop. Somehow, I missed that, and I was on top of the pension deal.

R.I.P., President Ford

by @ 7:54. Filed under Politics - National.

Unless you’ve been in a cave the last 24 or so hours, you’ve already heard the news that former President Gerald Ford died Wednesday night. May God comfort his family and this nation as we mourn his passing.

Post-Christmas quick hits

Sorry about the non-existent blogging the last couple days. There’s a few things I need to catch up on in the typical lull between Christmas and New Year’s. I may or may not expand on them as I see fit.

  • Item #1 on the catchup – gift cards. I love them, and apparently so does Rep. Fred Kessler (D-Milwaukee). Only thing is, he wants 80% of the value of any gift card that is more than 1 year old to go to the state. Especially illuminating is Red Fred’s interview with the Early Spinners over on WISN. I’ll put this in a language he (and the Spotted Chris) can understand – Красное Fred, идет к аду! For the rest of you, that’s Russian for “Red Fred, go to Hell!” (or at least that’s what AltaVista’s BabelFish tells me).
  • Speaking of Freds, a much better Fred, fresh off his victory over me in the Cheddarsphere championship game, is running for alderman down in Racine. May you have as much success there as you did against me.
  • So Gerald Ford was one of the early cut-and-runners, at least according to Bob Woodward. IF that’s true (I’d take the word of a used car salesman over the one of a presstitute), I wouldn’t be shocked; after all, Ford presided over the final defeat of South Vietnam.

December 26, 2006

Saddam Hussein to be executed in the next 30 days

by @ 8:28. Filed under War on Terror.

CNN and Fox News (saw it on FNC, but CNN has the Web-friendly story first) are reporting that the Iraqi High Tribunal has upheld Saddam Hussein’s conviction and death sentence in the Dujail massacre case. Under Iraqi law, Saddam now has no more than 30 days left to live.

Good bye and good riddance, Saddam. Satan is waiting for you.

Revisions/extensions (8:40 am 12/26/2006) – Allahpundit has more background, including why Saddam tried to delay this until April.

Irrational exuberance – the Christmas edition – updated

by @ 6:58. Filed under Sports.

Revised and extended 6:58 am 12/26 after the Jets put the dagger into the Deadfins.

Well, we’re almost done with Week 16 and the Packers are still alive in the playoff hunt. Here is every scenario that would get the Packers into the playoffs:

– If the Packers beat Duh Bears on Sunday (it probably will be the NBC Sunday Night game), one of the following must happen:

  • St. Louis loses to or ties Minnesota and New York loses to or ties Washington
  • New York loses to or ties Washington and either Atlanta beats Philadelphia or Carolina beats New Orleans (or both)
  • Detroit beats Dallas, Minnesota beats St. Louis, and all but one of the following must happen (there can be 1 tie if one of the teams that must win loses or up to 3 ties if the rest of them win): Miami beats both the Jets and Indianapolis, Arizona beats San Diego, San Francisco beats Denver, Seattle beats Tampa Bay, Cleveland beats Houston, and New Orleans beats Carolina
  • Detroit beats Dallas, Minnesota ties St. Louis, and all of the following must happen (there can be 1 tie): Miami beats both the Jets and Indianapolis, Arizona beats San Diego, San Francisco beats Denver, Seattle beats Tampa Bay, Cleveland beats Houston, and New Orleans beats Carolina
  • Detroit ties Dallas, Minnesota beats St. Louis, Miami beats both the Jets and Indianapolis, Arizona beats San Diego, San Francisco beats Denver, Seattle beats Tampa Bay, Cleveland beats Houston, and New Orleans beats Carolina

– If the Packers tie Duh Bears, the Giants must lose to Washington and one of the following must happen:

  • Minnesota beats St. Louis, Carolina loses to or ties New Orleans, and Atlanta loses to or ties Philadelphia
  • Minnesota ties St Louis, Carolina ties New Orleans and Atlanta loses to or ties Philadelphia
  • Minnesota ties St Louis, Atlanta ties Philadelphia, and Carolina loses to or ties New Orleans

If the Packers lose to Duh Bears, fuggettaboudit. They’re as dead as the Spiraling Colby.

December 25, 2006

Have a blessed Christmas

by @ 8:39. Filed under Miscellaneous.

The account of Jesus’ birth from Luke 2:1-12 (NIV):

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem, the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

See you Tuesday.

December 22, 2006

Irrational exuberance – the pre-Christmas edition

by @ 20:15. Filed under Sports.

This has been supplanted by the Christmas edition. A fixed pre-Christmas edition is still at TheWisconsinSportsBar.

Al Qaeda is stepping forth to claim victory

by @ 15:19. Filed under Politics - National, War on Terror.

(H/T – a pair of Free Republic posts)

ABC News is reporting via Brian Ross’ blog that Al Qaeda has contacted the Democrats to say they deserve credit for their victory in November. Quoting Al Qaeda spokesman Ayman al-Zawahiri (as translated by ABC News) – “The first is that you aren’t the ones who won the midterm elections, nor are the Republicans the ones who lost. Rather, the Mujahideen — the Muslim Ummah’s vanguard in Afghanistan and Iraq — are the ones who won, and the American forces and their Crusader allies are the ones who lost.” Well, thank fuck you presstitutes and retread hippie voters.

Meanwhile, al-Jazeera (left unlinked here) is reporting that their man in Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, not only wants us out of Iraq inside of a month, but wants all our heavy weapons. Allow me to answer that – NUTS! For al-Baghdadi, el-Slimeroad and those of you with public school educations, let Charlie explain that answer, or read the account of the Army medic who handled the translations, Ernie Premetz (courtesy the St. Petersburg Times).

How evil is the NFL? (warning, strong language)

by @ 8:12. Filed under Sports.

Buried at the end of this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article is this little gem:

Charter Communications was diligently trying to broadcast the game as part of its cable package and thought it was a done deal until Tuesday, when it received a letter from CBS Corp., owner of the Green Bay station airing the game. CBS said it didn’t have the necessary copyright clearance from the NFL Network to allow Charter to carry the game in the Antigo, Wausau, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids areas, which get the Green Bay CBS station as part of their cable package. (emphasis added)

Let me get this right. Because those cities aren’t “close enough” to Green Bay for the NFL’s taste, they get fucked? Bull-fucking-shit! Let’s review the distances involved as the signal flies, and remember that Charter plucks these signals off the air:

Antigo to Green Bay – 70 miles
Wausau to Green Bay – 86 miles
Stevens Point to Green Bay – 76 miles
Wisconsin Rapids to Green Bay – 90 miles

Granted, they’re on the fringes of the signal from Green Bay for the average person, but Charter manages to pull them off the air with no problem. Let’s take a look at a pair of telling paragraphs from a story on the Green Bay CBS affiliate’s site:

“You could obviously do that, and you could put it on free television,” said (NFL Commissioner Roger) Goodell, who spoke to reporters at Lambeau Field before the Vikings-Packers game. “But then, how do you ever get the distribution?”

Goodell denied the league was using a high-profile game broadcast — it could be Brett Favre’s last appearance at Lambeau — as a bargaining chip to put public pressure on cable television operators to carry the channel.

What a bunch of fucking bullshit. The league is using high-profile game broadcasts, namely divison rivalries, to put public pressure on cable television operators to cough up $9/subscriber/year to put 8 NFL games and 2 college bowl games on a full basic cable, the asshat commish admits it, and then has the balls to deny he just admitted it.

Donovan Riley to remain eligible for future office

by @ 7:42. Filed under Law and order, Politics - Wisconsin.

Under the terms of a plea deal reached between outgoing Waukesha County DA Paul Bucher and former Democratic State Senate candidate Donovan Riley, the felony charge of vote fraud-voting more than once will be reduced to a misdemeanor. Even though he loses his law licenses in Wisconsin and Illinois, $10,000 and whatever campaign contributions are returned beyond what’s left in his campaign fund, the fact that the charge is reduced to a misdemeanor means that he can run again. Considering that he got 25% of the vote in the ‘Rat primary despite officially dropping out, he’ll be state Senator by 2011.

Thanks for nothing, Paul.

December 21, 2006

DC court whacks McCain-Feingold

by @ 23:59. Filed under Politics - National.

Remember those ads from Wisconsin Right to Life back in 2004, asking us to try to get Russ el-Slimeroad and Nobody’s Senator to break the filibustering of various judicial nominees? They were initially busted under the McShame-Slimeroad Lieberal Protection Act because el-Slimeroad was running for re-election at the time. After having the case sent back to them by the Supreme Court with instructions to “consider the merits of WRTL’s as-applied challenge in the first instance”, the DC District Court ruled 2-1 that it is, indeed, unconstitutional for Congress to prohibit mentioning a federal candidate’s name within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election if the aim of mentioning that name is to influence public policy.

“Financing” the local portion of the commuter choo-choo

by @ 23:30. Filed under Choo-choos, Politics - Wisconsin, Taxes.

The “geniuses” behind the KRM white elephant, er, commuter rail have a real wiener of an idea to finance this albatross: a 0.05% sales tax in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha Counties to provide $8 million per year. Let’s see; assuming their numbers are right (and they’ve been previously blown up), they start the project $157 million in the hole (assuming no additonal fed funding; the 90% fed funding they want would still leave them $23.7 million short) and have to make up $10.9 million per year in the difference between fares and operating costs. Oops; last time I checked, you can’t do that on $8 million/year, and that’s assuming the Craps’ Department of Revenue coughs up all the money due this latest unelected taxing authority (something they have a problem with). Guess those “other funding options” will inevitably creep back into the mix.

What’s worse, they want to give the county boards authority to levy a 0.45% sales tax to “shift” the cost of running the buses off the property tax rolls. Seeing we have 14 tax-and-spend-and-tax-and-spend-and-spend-and-taxers on the 19-member Milwaukee County Board, there’s another $45 million or so in tax and spending increases. They will see to it that there is no property tax relief, as there are portraits of Thug Holloway to be made, pensions to be doled out, union Rip Van Winkles to be “employed”, and deputies to have sit on the freeways to generate even more revenue.

Taxes, taxes, taxes, taxes

by @ 23:05. Filed under Politics - Wisconsin, Taxes.

In case you’ve been in a cave the last 2 days, I have some good news and some bad news for city of Milwaukee property owners (of which my dad is one):

The good – The city of Milwaukee forgot to include an additional $9 million tax increase requested by Milwaukee Public Schools.

The bad – MPS isn’t going to forego the money, and instead of sending out a special assessment to immediately collect that money, the city is going to borrow it so that the $9 million will turn into $14 million or so once interest is figured in.

December 19, 2006

Shuttle and space station to be visible just after sunset

by @ 15:38. Filed under Miscellaneous.

The local National Weather Service office says that the Space Shuttle and International Space Station will be visible for serveral minutes just after sunset this afternoon. They got the website with the details wrong; it’s (typical gubmint employees :-)


Fresh from the mind of David Zucker…

by @ 12:00. Filed under Politics - National, War on Terror.

(H/T – Allahpundit)

…comes a history lesson. Since negotiating with the last madman who wanted to kill all the Jews went sooooo well, James Baker wants to repeat that experience.

Cheddarsphere update – Week 16

by @ 9:18. Filed under Miscellaneous.

Like Fred, I’ve been a bit lax in my fantasy football updates. After suffering the upset of the year Week 7 to Brian Fraley and the No Bid Contracts, I’ve been on fire, taking the regular-season title outright at 11-2, scoring the most points at 1536.69 (100+ 12 of 13 weeks) and earning a first-round bye in the playoffs.

I drew first blood on the Warriors (7-6), with Frank Gore dropping 144 yards rushing, 34 yards receiving and a touchdown on both the Seahags and the Warriors. The Warriors came out to play, with 7 players going into double digits, led by Ladell Betts’ 16.20 (119 yards rushing, 43 yards receiving), but they didn’t come out to win. The coupe de grace and my ticket to the championship game was delivered by LaDanian Tomlinson, who contributed 199 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns to obliterate the all-time scoring record, the Chefs and my opponent 126.06 to 102.02.

Speaking of Fred, TheDebateTeam (11-3) pulled off a miraculous comeback on the strength of Peyton Manning’s 4-touchdown, 37.89-ponit performance to knock off the feel-good story of the year, Sanders’ Sabers (7-8), 106.09 to 100.23 and set up the rematch of the titans. Rex Grossman (26.03) and Steven Jackson (24.70) couldn’t deliver enough for Owen.

In the 5th-place game, the City Workers (9-6) used a dominating 26.60-point performance from Marvin Harrison to pull away from the Killer Boars (9-6), 82.06 to 70.30. Harrison’s teammate, Reggie Wayne, led the Boars with 14.40.

Up next: the third-place game between Sanders’ Sabers and Warriors, and The Cheddar Bowl featuring your humble host’s team, Spiraling Colby, against TheDebateTeam. Time for an extended look at the Rematch of the Titans:

QB – Matt Leinart (at San Francisco)/Alex Smith (vs Arizona) against Peyton Manning (at Houston) – The good news for me; both the Niners’ and Cards’ pass defenses (27th and 30th) suck. The bad; so does the Texans’ (24th). The ugly; the youngsters are nowhere near Manning in demonstrated ability, and I can’t play them both.

RB – LaDanian Tomlinson (at Seattle)/Willie Parker (vs Baltimore)/Frank Gore (vs Arizona) against Jamal Lewis (at Pittsburgh)/Brian Westbrook (at Dallas)/Reggie Bush (at the Giants) – The Parker/Lewis matchup is a stout defense wash (Parker’s better, but so are the OldBrowns; #2 against the rush versus #5 for Pittsburgh). All-World LT looks to run wild against #22 Seattle, and Gore faces a mid-pack (#16) Card defense. Westbrook can expect tough sledding on the ground against Dallas (#7 rush/#20 pass), and Bush can expect the same against the G-men (#11 rush/#28 pass).

WR – Terry Glenn (vs Philadelphia)/Lee Evans (vs Tennessee) against Andre Johnson (vs Indianapolis)/Chris Chambers (vs the Jets) – I’m hoping the Eagles (#12 against the pass) are too preoccupied stopping TO a second time to worry about She. Evans looks to continue his resurgence against a porous Titan pass defense (#25). Johnson will be going up against the strength of the Colts’ defense (#2 against the pass, but #32 against the run), while Chambers faces a middling Jets’ pass defense (#18).

TE – Randy McMichael (vs the Jets) against Owen Daniels (vs Indianapolis) – See the appropriate commentary in the WR section.

K – Jeff Wilkins (vs Washington) against John Kasay (at Atlanta) – Both kickers are in domes, so weather won’t be a factor.

Defense – Kansas City (at Oakland) against Buffalo (at Tennessee) – They’re next to each other in the middle of defensive rankings, but Oakland has NO offense.

The bench – Smith/Leinart (whichever QB I don’t start)/Greg Jennings (WR-vs Minnesota)/Marcus Robinson (WR-at Green Bay)/Ben Watson (TE-at Jacksonville)/John Carney (K-at the Giants)/Green Bay (Defense-vs Minnesota) against Philip Rivers (QB-at Seattle)/Wali Lundy (RB-at Indianapolis)/Roy Williams (WR-vs Chicago)/Reche Caldwell (WR-at Jacksonville)/Bo Scaife (TE-at Buffalo)/Philadelphia (Defense-at Dallas) – I know that the bench doesn’t score any points, but they’re insurance against injuries popping up midweek. Let’s review them anyway.

For the Colby, I’ll probably choose the wrong QB to bench :-) . Jennings has hit the rookie wall hard. Robinson and Watson missed Week 16 with injuries and face unfavorable matchups even if they were healthy. Carney’s kicking out of doors this week. I figure I rode the Green Bay defensive train as far as they’re good for, especially with the other matchup I put together with some post-season maneuvering.

For the Debaters, Rivers has the misfortune of backing up Manning. Lundy has disappeared from the Texans’ rotation. Williams faces his second tough defensive backfield in 2 weeks, this time with a real secondary coach back there. Caldwell appears to have fallen out of favor with Tom Brady. Scaife missed this past week with an ankle injury and is expected to be questionable for this week. Philly faces a potent Cowboys offense.

December 18, 2006

Whack-a-ISG recommendation

by @ 13:10. Filed under Politics - National, War on Terror.

Aaron’s doing it piecemeal so I don’t have to dredge through the abortion that Lee Hamilton and James Baker spewed forth. I just might anyway because many of those “recommendations” are putrid.


by @ 12:54. Filed under Politics - Wisconsin, Taxes.

With the re-election of Jim “Craps” Doyle (WEAC-Potawatomi/For Sale) and the takeover of the state Senate by the ‘Rats, the not-so-little piggies known as WEAC are jumping right to the head of the line to increase their cut of higher taxes. If I weren’t so late to this party, I would be pointing out how the average public school teacher in Wisconsin took home 20% more money in 2003 than the average Wisconsin worker did in 2005 like Dad29 (this for working 20% fewer days), or how the public school teachers get Rolls Royce benefits at almost no cost to them like Peter (numbers not reflected in salary), or even how the total compensation package goes up a guaranteed 3.8% per year like Owen (if the rank-and-file don’t see that money, they really need to talk to their union and their union-owned Rolls Royce benefit manager).

December 15, 2006

Yet another for the roll

by @ 9:09. Filed under The Blog.

Sure, the proprietor of Traction Control isn’t a Cheddarhead, but Texans are the next best thing. If the common sense and the guns don’t grab you, the Christmas greetings will.

It sometimes pays to be part of the TTLB Ecosystem and have Technorati catch incoming links.

December 14, 2006

If you didn’t think of this before, it’s too late now

by @ 8:52. Filed under Politics - National.

The United States Mint has, on its own law-making “authority”, made it illegal to melt your pennies and nickels, carry coins out of the country for anything other than “legitimate coinage and numismatic purposes”, or take more than $100 worth of pennies and nickels out in any one shipment. It seems that a melted-down zinc penny is currently worth 1.12¢, a melted-down copper penny is worth 2.13¢, and a melted-down nickel is worth 6.99¢. The federal price to pay for doing something that is not lucrative short of melting billions of coins – 5 years in Club Fed and $10,000 (plus the seizure of everything you own as you’re treated like a drug dealer).

Who the fuck does the Mint think it is, Congress?

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