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Anti-walk Silent Feet - Anti-vibration Pads for Washing Machines and Dryers
Anti-walk Silent Feet - Anti-vibration Pads for Washing Machines and Dryers
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solves a design flaw, July 16, 2014
These pads work as intended to dampen the vibration and hold the feet in place to prevent walking. However, they cannot eliminate the source itself of the vibration: an unbalanced load or drum. The result on my machine is that when a load is unbalanced the vibrations are there, but don't build in amplitude as they sometimes did before the anti-vibration pads were installed. The feet don't slide, and instead stay in place where the pads are positioned. The feet don't seem to screw/unscrew on their own anymore even if the set knob is loosened by the vibration--this prevents the washer's own feet from making things worse by driving the system out of level.

Contrast this with the original hard plastic feet sliding and rotating on hard tile or concrete.


The Battle of Westport: Missouri's Great Confederate Raid (Civil War Sesquicentennial)
The Battle of Westport: Missouri's Great Confederate Raid (Civil War Sesquicentennial)
by Paul Kirkman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.91
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting local history, disappointing battle coverage, July 5, 2014
My impression is the same as another reviewer in that Kirkman has written a fine local history, and in many ways writes a good and balanced narrative of early war Missouri history, but has not improved on Monnett's book about the battle itself. In this latter respect Kirkman's work is inferior. We are still far from having a definitive account of this battle.

While containing many elements required for a good study (e.g. maps, index, orders of battle, follow up of some notable participants), the elements themselves frequently have problems: The maps are essentially reprinted from Monnett's book. The index is sparse and many entries seem to lack key pages where the subjects are discussed. More importantly, there are no foot or end notes--so it is not clear what the source is for many claims.

The author didn't delve deeply enough into a number of primary participants/units and as a result either doesn't recount relevant events or gives them incorrectly. Examples: Col. Shanks was wounded, not killed; the same for arty Capt. Ross Burns/Burnes who was not killed at Mockbee farm, nor were *all* of his men as stated. (Although a number of the 2nd KSM were shot after they surrendered including the Lt. Col. and some other officers.) Confederate Col. McGehee's fate is not given (he survived his wound, although some contemporary accounts said he was killed.)

Captions for various photographs are sometimes wrong or irrelevant. Examples: Unlike what the caption says/implies Grant had freed his slave in March of 1859, due to residency restrictions Grant could not vote in 1860, and his Belmont raid was a success. The caption for one of the Little Blue photos has the Federals facing the wrong way and the other image doesn't indicate where it was taken (appears to be Highway 24 facing east.) There is a photo of heavy 20 pdr Parrott rifles, which were not used in the battle as best I can tell, since 10 pdr Parrots, and 3" Ordnance/Rodman rifles were typical for horse artillery.

There are some other problems in the narrative such as creating a hybridized term "Missouri Home Guard militia" for pre-Missouri State Guard militia, "Kansas border ruffians" (Jayhawker would have worked), and "Enlisted Missouri Militia" (at a time when even the *Enrolled* Missouri Militia did not yet exist.)

Surprisingly, the story about the women's prison collapse is dubious and highly biased/sensational. A more plausible description can be found in Harris' Missouri Historical Review article about the collapse. And although the author doesn't state it, the plan was to banish these relations of known guerrillas. There are problems with similar bias in the description of the Lawrence massacre.


Chamberlain KLIK1U Clicker Transmitter Universal Garage Door Remote Control
Chamberlain KLIK1U Clicker Transmitter Universal Garage Door Remote Control
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1.0 out of 5 stars Remote is flakey, works part of the time, June 23, 2014
This remote is flakey, working at random times, behaving differently each time. Sometimes the light on the remote flashes on when it works, sometimes it does not. Sometimes the light on the remote doesn't light but door opens/closes, sometimes it doesn't. Often the door simply won't open, or won't close a few seconds after opening by the clicker. I've replaced and checked battery voltages, no effect. I've reprogrammed and it works for awhile, then starts randomly malfunctioning in a week or two, then works again, then craps out again.

Range isn't an issue. Sometimes it works from long range, sometimes it only works close to the door, sometimes not at all. Weather, temp, sunshine, time of day have shown zero correlation. Doesn't correlate with being in hot/cold outdoor parking, or in garage.

Not being familiar with the circuit board, it acts like some sort of faulty memory issue. Fault appears to be in remote, everything else works as it is supposed to.
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Southern Rights: Political Prisoners and the Myth of Confederate Constitutionalism
Southern Rights: Political Prisoners and the Myth of Confederate Constitutionalism
by Mark E. Neely
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $34.48
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4.0 out of 5 stars Expanded knowledge requires reexamination of commonly accepted themes, June 18, 2014
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In this work Pulitzer prize winning historian Dr. Mark Neely, through diligent original research of the archives, greatly expands our knowledge of the Confederacy's civilian/political prisoners. He has found records of 4,108 civilians east of the Mississippi held at one time or another, and mention of an unidentified 266 on a given date in the trans-Mississippi Dept. On a per capita population basis, these numbers are essentially the same as that of the much maligned Lincoln Administration. Neely exposes the façade that had been maintained during and after the war denying the existence of such a major suspension of civil liberties by the Confederate govt. Davis said one thing while doing essentially the same as Lincoln. Both men did so as a matter of wartime pragmatism.

Neely provides a blistering condemnation of the postwar obfuscation by Davis on the matter, as well as at least one commissioner who had reviewed cases for Davis and wrote scathing criticism of Lincoln's similar acts without ever mentioning that he had been involved in doing exactly the same thing. Neely used the correspondence and notes of these previously unknown commissioners to compile his list.

Neely doesn't spare criticism of modern authors who in his view have misinterpreted the prior existing record and failed to appreciate the gaping holes in the image of the Confederacy as constitutional defenders of white civil liberties. He points to examples where they neglected to identify discrepancies in the wartime and post-war statements, with the actual wartime record of actions. He examines modern historians' lack of discussion of and understanding of the CSA's Alien Enemies Act.

He notes how docilely the Confederate populace accepted or even requested restraints on their civil liberties, all in the effort to maintain order. The travel pass system is reviewed, which applied a system previously reserved for slaves and free blacks. Demands by civilians for temperance and martial law don't reconcile with the claimed libertarian proclivities of the Southern populace. Similarly there was the complete conscription system adopted (and enforced by suppressing writs of habeas corpus.)

Neely reviews the relative absence of the state judiciaries in challenging Confederate suspensions of habeas corpus. Since the Confederacy never created a Supreme Court, the state courts could have created a real crisis.

Neely reviews many of the individual cases and the regional matters from which they arose: particularly unionist East Tennessee and western Virginia. These created problems and actions similar to those of the Federals in Missouri and Kentucky. One of the key things that emerges is how frequently the voting patterns of the prisoners formed part of the scarce record, and factored into how their cases were handled. This illustrates the political nature of the Confederate civilian prisoners--a magnitude beyond that in the north. The solution the Confederates sought in many cases was conscription of the disloyal, yet many preferred to remain imprisoned instead.

A reader might wonder why I deducted one star in this review, despite agreeing with much of what the author has written. My concerns were the often strident and subjective tone which I believe undermine an otherwise sound collection of arguments.


The siege of Fort Macon
The siege of Fort Macon
by Paul Branch
Edition: Unknown Binding
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive, detailed account of the siege, May 19, 2014
This review is from: The siege of Fort Macon
This review was made seven years ago and somehow got moved by Amazon to some unrelated Spanish language book...I'm deleting that one and posting this one here.

Note: This review covers the 10th Printing, Revised in 2002. Branch periodically self-publishes and revises the manuscript of this inexpensive title.

Fort Macon ranger/historian Paul Branch is the recognized authority on the siege of this Third System masonry fort. Branch has written a thoroughly readable yet detailed account of the siege.

The siege of Fort Macon was one of the successes of the Burnside Expedition on the North Carolina Coast, giving the Federals control of Beaufort Harbor. The conclusion of this siege followed by just two weeks the unprecedented rifled artillery triumph in reducing Fort Pulaski at Savannah, Georgia. Like Fort Pulaski, the siege at Fort Macon was well conceived and executed and once the bombardment began, the inevitable outcome became all too apparent to the defenders.

Without mortars the confederate garrison was unable to put up an effective defense once they had been isolated and Federal battery preparation was underway. (Lack of mortars and/or ammunition was a recurring problem in several garrison defenses.)

The young garrison commander, Col. Moses James White, is a tragic character. He was afflicted with epilepsy and this interfered with his duties. (It eventually led to his premature death in 1865.) He had a strong sense of duty, but was rather inflexible and this caused unnecessary friction with his garrison and subordinates. This combined with sickness of the men, and disabling of many pieces by accurate Federal fire led to rapid capitulation once bombardment commenced. Although the garrison's guns inflicted some casualties, they were rapidly disabled by the Federal heavy rifled artillery.

Federal Brig. Gen. John Parke's conduct of the siege operation was nearly flawless. The results of his examination of the effect of his fire, ammunition expended, and material captured is included in the text.

The author provides an excellent discussion of additional actions the defenders might have taken to improve their chances, including: vigorous opposition to the small initial landing of Federal on Bogue Banks, harassing fire while the besiegers were preparing their emplacements, as well as constructing earth/sand traverses to better protect the guns. Early in the war, the green garrison was unaware of the magnitude of the increased threat from rifled siege artillery.

The post action careers of major participants are reported at the end, as well as a summary of the post battle history of the fort.

The maps provided with this book are some of the best to be found for small coastal actions. Several regional outline maps with progressive detail are given as well as a map showing the location of the main line and the siege batteries on Bogue Banks. A detailed map of the fort shows all of the gun placements and types (a facet often lacking in similar works.)

The book is well illustrated with woodcut sketches of all the phases of the siege. Photographs of key participants are also provided.

While a full order of battle for the Union is not provided it can be gleaned from the text (along with gun types and placement.) The full company musters of the CSA garrison for the action are provided. All casualties from the actions on both sides are tabulated as well (including names except for the CSA wounded.)

One small nitpick: it lacks an index.

I highly recommend this book. It provides the perfect level of detail for a work of this nature and should prove interesting to any Civil War history buff or war gamer.


Brevet Brigadier Generals in Blue
Brevet Brigadier Generals in Blue
by Roger D. Hunt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $60.00
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary companion to Colonels in Blue & Generals in Blue, May 19, 2014
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If one is seeking summary information on US colonels in the Civil War, he/she will likely need this catalog as well. Why? Because a large percentage of the colonels were breveted to brigadier general status and are therefore excluded(!) from Hunt's companion series of "Colonels in Blue." In the "Colonels in Blue" series, generals and brevet generals are *not* profiled, but are noted in regimental tallies. This is frustrating when using the Colonels series if one does not also have "Brevet Brigadier Generals in Blue" and Warner's classic "Generals in Blue."

This is a massive hardcover compendium of 1400 brevet Union generals and the price reflects the scale of the work. The entries for each are necessarily concise, yet nearly all of the entries contain a period photograph.

Typical format of an entry is: Civil War service, Brevets, Date of birth & location, Date of death, Education/graduation date, Occupation, Offices or Miscellaneous, Burial location, Photographer/Credit, and primary reference.


Brunton Nexus 7DNL Compass (Colors may vary)
Brunton Nexus 7DNL Compass (Colors may vary)
Offered by CampingMaxx
Price: $14.95
4 used & new from $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good compass, pitiful lanyard, May 5, 2014
Nice, inexpensive compass for backpacking. Had no trouble with the compass itself on a trip where it got a lot of use on a poorly marked trail in mountain forest, but the lanyard was awful. Tying the lanyard onto the compass forewarned of the trouble, the braids would separate when trying to push the lanyard through the hole. The cords snagged readily on any velcro it could find (pockets, etc.) Weak threads frayed/broke as a result, so by the end of the first 24 hours the lanyard was cut. I'll pull the cord off of an old cheap compass to replace it.


Irritrol Rain Dial 6 Station Indoor Controller
Irritrol Rain Dial 6 Station Indoor Controller
Offered by Jamlyn-Supply
Price: $124.75
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Irritrol is an appropriate name: irritating, rarely works, March 25, 2014
I've been fighting with this godawful unit for 8 months now. It was installed by the previous owner of this home and it is a huge pain in the rear. It goes through 9V batteries rapidly (on its 3rd now), display often doesn't work, and when it does "work" it tends to repeat cycles two or three times costing a fortune in wasted water. As a result I leave it off and only run it manually. Of course, right now that won't even work...time to try another battery. Juice is getting from transformer to the board, but only get intermittent display.

I miss my old Rainbird--never had any trouble with it.


TurboTax Deluxe Fed + Efile + State 2013 with Refund Bonus Offer [Download]
TurboTax Deluxe Fed + Efile + State 2013 with Refund Bonus Offer [Download]
Price: $54.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't install on XP for many, February 12, 2014
(Note: this review is for box copy, but seems to apply to the download as well.)

I have been using Turbo Tax for a long time. I incorrectly assumed that I would be able to use it on XP one more time before support was dropped. Wrong. As I've now learned from personal experience and myriad postings of others, it has compatibility with many XP systems even when fully patched, fully upgraded, proposed fixes tried, etc.

In short it gets stuck in a loop of "Oops!" error code 1603 cycles with fixes that don't work. I've installed a lot of software over the years on various systems and this one is the most stubborn I've come across about not wanting to install.

So after wasting 6 hours trying to install this hot mess on my XP system, I suppose I will be stuck trying to do it on a Windows 7 machine that I've not used for taxes before. If that doesn't work then I'll dispute the credit card charge. I'll start looking at other software options.


Nite Ize NPO-03-01 Headband/Hands-Free Flashlight Holder, Black
Nite Ize NPO-03-01 Headband/Hands-Free Flashlight Holder, Black
Price: $6.70
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, long-lasting product, September 14, 2013
I've had this headband for so long that the elastic on the flashlight holder is beginning to relax, so I need a replacement. How long has it lasted? Somewhere north of 20 years as best I can recall. I bought this for backpacking long ago. Since then I've used it frequently for everything from camping, fishing, astronomy (with red filter), night hikes, working on cars/trucks, working on my house/appliances, working in the attic, you name it. I've gotten my money's worth out of it a hundred times over. During this time I've converted all of my maglites to triple LED lamps for reduced battery consumption and so that I don't have to replace the short lived maglite bulbs every time I change socks. I don't know if there are better headbands out there for the maglites, but I couldn't ask much more of this one.


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