A Sign of the Times and other things of interest

This just in from the Associated Press -

The National Debt Clock near Times Square has run out of digits to record the growing figure. As a short-term fix, the digital dolar sign on the billboard style clock has been switched to a figure -- the "1" in $10 trillion. It's marking the federal government's current debt at about $10.2 trillion. The Durst Organization says it plans to update the sign next year by adding two digits so it can track debt up to a quadrillion dollars. The late Manhattan real estate developer Seymour Durst put the sign up in 1989.

Seems like the federal checkbook would implode before they hit a quadrillion dollars. But who knows. Their grasp of dollars and 'sense' and balancing the checkbook doesn't appear to have any basis in my reality.

I also noted - in the category of all things Colt - that the James D. Julia auction house in Maine sold a historic Colt Walker pistol for $920,000. The .44-caliber pistol was made for U.S. Marshalls in 1840. Too bad all I have is a picture of one. In view of the current financial crisis, I could use that kind of money.

Noted I forgot to post my weekly reader from last week - six books this time. Watch for that post later today.

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