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"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

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"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov

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Ya ever seen my house?
Neither have I Ted! You douchebag.
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Zapp Brannigan

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Good News Everyone!

Okay... for all you militaria nuts:
You now buy have an opportunity to possess serious piece of history.
Cue Professor.

Below, one of many photos of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The Naval Historical society has kindly named the foreground vessels. The big high-value-unit you'll find astern would be the lovely and talented USS Pennsylvania.














Of course the two tin cans foreground got hosed. Pennsylvania was only slightly damaged.
In fact, here she is a few years later - bombarding Guam.
But this isn't about the ship or the two demolished destroyers... this is about the machine that helped Pennsylvania survive the day.
You can spot him... it... she?
I'm gonna go with "it".
There... it is just to the right of the Pennsylvania in the photo above.
It's a "whirley crane"; so called because it could rotate through a complete circle.
And, during the attack, it was operated by one George Walters.
You can read about him on the link. It's an impressive story.
He was, let me add, a civilian and I'd bet a union "Operating Engineers" member.
The crane however...
Is likely to be this one: An entire shipyard's coming up for auction on Wednesday - including this jewel. Run on out to Troutdale now.













Ain't she a beauty?
Now the morning paper reckons the big unit will bring in between $10,000 and $20,000.
Of course, those are heavy equipment prices.
That is why you have an edge. See, no one seems to know what a bitchen'cool thing this is.
So, here's the plan: buy it at these giveaway prices - which ain't bad even if you happen to own a shipyard or are thinking of starting one - then sell it on the crazy, Topsy-Turvy, militaria market.
If it sells... well then, maybe there are other old cranes for sale... ones that could be hauled down to the gravel pit for some... "combat points"?
At worst, hell... just put it back on the equipment market and watch the past fade away.
It's not like it's a real rarity like the Stanley Heading Machine.

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