Saturday, October 18, 2014

Raising the Minimum Wage

Okay, if you own your own business and care about your low-level, low-skilled employees, that's great. If you want to advocate to me that similar employees working in similar businesses should be paid a higher wage, awesome.

If you, yourself, only pay your employees right at or about the legal minimum wage, you are a hypocrite.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 7

Yes, I missed being able to electronically blather about Week 6. Too many things going on to be able to do more than listen to the game. Love these new rules equating to so many knees blown-out by helmet contact as defenders go low (thinking Ridley, among others). Too costly.

Okay, on to Week 7 and hoping it's a good game (and by that I mean the Jets lose spectacularly with no injuries to the Pats). We'll see...

Good opening statement by the Pats and awesome bomb to/catch by Vereen for a quick TD. 

Update: D left a couple of big holes for Jets.  I'm thinking Ivorys run and Smith getting run for 1st & Goal.  Pats are letting Smith scramble a little too easily. Instead of coming in for sack, they seem to hold back and he gets space to move. To be fair, the Jets line seems to be doing good job of blocking and creating space. 

Update: 3 & out. D needs to step up big for this Jets possession. 

Coming to end of 1st Quarter: it feels like the D is disorganized. Wonder if it's from loss of Mayo to make game 7-6?

Frigging penalties giving game away!

Update: okay. Pats are letting too much happen on D with no offensive response. Jets should not be plowing them like this for 3 FGs in 3 possessions. Course penalties don't help...

Final: holy crap! All my concern on the D and they come through with a key blocked FG. 27-25. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Oh, What a Big, Steaming Pile of Shtako!

Tabloid sensationalism, care of Chris Mortenson at ESPN:
Brady has stated publicly he wants to play another four or five years, at least. Sources close to the quarterback told ESPN that remains true but acknowledge that his career may end with another franchise unless Patriots owner Robert Kraft intercedes.

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 5

Okay. New week. New hope. Praying the positive vibes and the Pats look hungry!

Update: nice QB sneak on that 8th play 4 & 1! Aaaannnndddd Ridley points points on board as I tried to type this!!! Heartening opening drive and fingers crossed.  

Update: bullshit penalty to take bake that pick.  Still a good stop to keep them back for a failed field goal attempt

50,000-plus passing yards and 2 TDs in 2 possessions! Damn, it is loud at Gillette tonight. 

Update: what the hell was that penalty in Gronk?! Way to just kill the momentum. And now we've got a sack (just shakes head)...

Update: 1st Pats punt and it looks like all you have to do is lobby the refs for this game. Shame Allen couldn't get punt off before Ref had a change of heart. 

Update: good stop by D on last Bengals possession, despite all the flags!

Update: that Revis-Green matchup's been an exciting one so far tonight!

At the Half: BIG shot in arm for Pats and the fans. I think we're all breathing easier. Looking so much better and I'm actually astounded at just how huge a turnaround this is so far. Really impressed with Tim Wright. Both lines look completely different from last 3 games. Felling Bengals are playing good but Pars are playing better (thus I am eating crow for time being over Mondays Guinness-fueled statement that KC proved Pars were only good at beating bad teams). Yes, I was a puts Monday night. Like all of us, I was feeling pretty frustrated. 

Update: 43-17, with less than 3 minutes. I'm gonna go out on a limb and call this one for the Pats. I'll be honest that I was one of those despairing ( and, no, I was not one thinking Brady was done). I was definitely impressed with them tonight. Was like watching the good old days. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 4


Per game Guinness warm-up at the watering hole is underway. Just had the fun of renewing my drivers license and waiting for Fishing Buddy to show-up. 

Hope the offensive line gives Brady better coverage this game...

Update: Aaaannnnddd wasn't that just a lovely 3 and out for 1st possession. 

Update: Pats should be the next Pipe as they look pretty holey. I have real attitude about "touchdowns" where ball just barely touches the line...

Update:  and we have a fist 1st down, only to wind-up taking TO on 3rd and 4...

That last run could be seen from a mile away and we're left punting again :(

Update: 14-0. There is not enough Guiness at the watering hole to cover this. Serious: the "younger/cheaper Patriot Way" is leaving too many holes. Where's Msnkins?

Update: Seriously, WTF?! Brady's a half yard off making 1st down and throws it???!!!! As Fishing Xbuddy just commented, he could've fallen and made 1st down...

Halftime: (sorry Captain Puffin) so far,  this game is indicating that the 2014 Pats are good at barely beating bad teams. 

Start 2nd Half: aaaaaannnndddd, woo-hop! We're back to looking like the Pats in the early 1990s!  I'm so so glad we no longer have Logan Mankins on the line and defense can disrupt Brady at will [sarcasm]!

Turnover: I'm speechless. 

Turnover 2: did Brady overthrow or Edelman stop short? Still Edelman comes through on the tackle and proves worth. Time to trade him for someone younger and cheaper...

Postgame (yeah, I actually left the bar early): that game was not worth the $40 I blew in booze tonight.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats: Missing In Action

Where's Amendola, huh?

Ex-Pats Pats 2014: Week 3

Okay, I'm a little late getting to the game. Opening day at home.

So far, I'm not that impressed. The defense is allowing Oakland to punch through to many holes on 3rd down. Too many passes that are allowed to complete. I've seen maybe 2 or 3 decent plays by the defense. Were this a team such as the Chargers, I wouldn't be too worried this early in the game. But, come-on, this is the 0-2 Raiders we're talking about!

And, don't even get me started on the 3 & Out for the Pat's opening possession. This tendency of the Pats to allow a team to dominate for a while before doing a famous Brady-led comeback is getting old after so many years (and not to mention tough on my blood pressure).

Okay, the Raiders are 3rd & 14, deep in your own territory, boys. Time to get your sh!t together.

Update: okay, finally some action and good running game... Only to be taken back by penalties. Apparently the boys now leas the League with 25 penalties. Cr@p. 

Update: jeez the Pats' pass rush looks anemic. Offense's ground game looked good for all of a minute until and bad QB protection took it all back at end 1st Quarter.  FINALLY a good stop by defense  Lets see if offense can hold onto ball for more than a couple minutes...

TOUCHDOWN GRONK! Aaaannnnndddd my blood pressure's down a bit.

Close of the 1st Half: what the hell was that snap?! Was talking about the game with Tulip and missed the fuster-cluck. At least there's still 3 more points on the board. Overall, I feel like the offense looked a lot better, starting with that drive leading up to Gronk's TD; however, I'm still REALLY concerned that so much of the start of that drive had to come on Edelman's back. If he continues to produce in this way over the remaining time on his contract, I hope to hell the Kraft's seriously keep that in mind as they look at renewing. I think they've let a couple needed veterans go all too easily (except I think it was a done deal on Welker as his relationship with Emperor Hoody continued to deteriorate). I did watch a bot of that Atlanta-Tampa Bay fiasco on Thursday night and it just made me sick to see to see Logan Mankins exiled to that hell (interesting that Brady doesn't seem to get the same level of protection since Mankins was traded). Oh well, we'll just have to see...

Start 2nd Half: Seriously, WTF was that last snap?! They just let the whole line collapse in and crush Brady. Just perfect to allow the Raiders to get the ball about mid-field off that punt (still don't understand letting Mezco go last year).

Update: Carr is being given GREAT protection to air the damn ball and, now, it's a 1-point game and I don't know if I have faith in the offense to widen that gap on the Raiders.

Update: good return by Slater!At least 3 more on the board (what a bummer drop by the Gronk).

Update: Good stuff to deny the conversion, guys! Stuffed them on 2nd & 1 and 3rd & 1!

Update: Way to recover from the penalty-caused 3rd & 15! And, Brady even throws a good block on next snaps.

Update: are you freaking kidding me with that Pass Interference?!

The Final: wet ball bounces like a pinball across an Oakland receiver, a Patriot (couldn't quite see who, but I'm hearing Ninkovich) and right into the arms of #75.  YAY VINCE!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 2


Captain Puffin's over to watch the game with us (he's a Vikings fan), so probably won't have much posting on this game. Judging by the opening Minnesota drive, there's not much to say anyhow...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 1


Okay, here we go! Almost opening kick-off for the part of the season that really matters! Lotsa new faces and lotsa new hopes. Little bit I did get to follow in the preseason, I gotta say I liked the looks of Jimmy Garoppolo. Maybe a good long-term prospect for the team?

So, do you all think Revis Island will have a Super Bowl trophy planted in it at the end of the season?

Will be interesting at the office this year as I'm working with two lovely ladies, one each from Buffalo and Miami. If Tebow was still playing for the Jets, Darth Wrighteous (another coworker and trap shooting buddy) would be rooting for them and making for the complete AFC East in our office.

And that blocked punt does not help. Not does that Miami TD. Crap! Not happy but not worried...

Update: and Grink merely falls and gains almost two yards ;)

And Pats drive in for TD as I type!!! I think first bumbles were just jitters. 

Update: looks like Miami wanted Mayo with that fumble. Freaking good job of Brady keeping his feet under pressure!

Update: was just thinking that I'm thinking the Pats' offense is looking spot-on, so far, but the defense seems a little holy... Was thinking it and watching Tannehill's awesome long bomb... only to see Dennard come up with the pick!

The 2nd Half: wow, this has been unfortunate turnabout. Almost wonder if the offense tired out in the first half? Big holes opening among the defense that are making it too easy for Miami.

Update: well, crap, that was a stupid, costly penalty. Gotta go get ready to head out to Gun Club for Trap. Will have to try and follow game off the phone for the last quarter...

Ex-Pat's Pats 2014: Week 1 Pregame

Holy crap, have I let the dust build-up at this site in the off-season.

I'd like to take a moment and apologize to my loyal fan for being away so long. I haven't had a lot of opportunity to follow the Pats in the off-season and anything I've had to say/bitch about regarding everything else going on the world is being said a lot better by others.

So, that being said, let's see if we can get some of the dust knocked off the virtual furniture, kick-back, and enjoy the upcoming season!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Welcoming Another Boston Fan

I wanted to welcome my newest nephew, Older Brother Version 2.1, to the world to the world this morning. Little booger pulled it off and made himself an April Fool's baby.


Here's to much joy, little one, and lotsa love from your crazy uncle and aunt up in the wilds of Alaska!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Yee-Hah!

Posted with no further comment than Read.The.Whole.Thing:
And yet, so far no reporter has raised the possibility that Yee supported tighter restrictions on guns in order to keep gun prices high and his own services in demand. Economist Bruce Yandle popularized the idea of the “Bootleggers and Baptists” coalition. The apocryphal Baptists want to ban alcohol. Bootleggers don’t make much money when liquor can be bought legally at a grocery store or bar. So the bootleggers bankroll the Baptists’ effort to ban booze.
Now I sincerely doubt that Yee was that clever. The more likely explanation is that he believes in gun control and he’s a greedy hypocrite (and maybe not too bright either). The fact that gun-control policies are to his advantage is just a happy coincidence.

Stocks, Tar, and Feathers

Seriously.
Family of Justina Pelletier devastated after Mass. judge's ruling
The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families took emergency custody of Justina on Valentine’s Day 2013 after doctors at Tufts Medical Center, which had been treating her for a rare condition, and doctors as Boston Children’s Hospital, clashed over the cause of her medical problems, which included difficulty eating and walking.
 ...
Justina was taken by ambulance to Boston Children's Hospital because she was in a wheelchair at the time and a heavy snow storm was blanketing the region. Because she arrived by ambulance, she was taken directly into the hospital's emergency room, where a "resident refused to send her to Dr. Flores" and, "declared this was his case," according to Moran. He said the unnamed resident then called upon a psychologist who diagnosed Justina with somatoform disorder -- a mental condition in which a patient experiences symptoms that are real but have no physical or biological explanation. Justina was diagnosed with the disorder "within 25 minutes," Moran claims. 
‘Irresponsible’ and ‘Wrong’: Lawyer Hits Back at Judge’s Leaked Ruling That Includes Accusations Against Justina Pelletier’s Parents

There never seems to be any recourse with these bureaucrats in the legal system. They hide behind their walls of obfuscation and protectionism. Their agencies indemnify and fight their legal battles for them.

Perhaps, it's time that these people face their time in public humiliation at the hads of all those who've been wronged.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Quote I Absolutely Believe In!

It comes to us courtesy of Michael Barone in his Washington Examiner piece, Concealed-weapons laws have changed America regardless of national debate on gun control:
One lesson, I think, is that responsible citizens tend to behave like responsible citizens, even if — or perhaps especially if — they’re armed. Another lesson is that the national political dialogue can be totally irrelevant to what really happens in American life.


Hat tips to the Instapundit and Ace.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Regulate Thee, Not Me

[Wow! I'm actually getting a chance to post again...:)]

I once had to interview someone who described at great length how people always want regulations—so long as they only apply to their neighbors. How true that is.

The same can be said for NIMBYism all around. A closer-to-home example of which deals with the island I live on. There are plenty of folks at the north end of the island that would like a second crossing so that they don't have to drive so far to cross the lone bridge and then drive an almost equal distance back the same way to get out to the major business areas of our community. Can't say I entirely blame them on that. It works out to be the equivalent of driving from Sandwich to Plymouth—twice—in order to get one set of errands done for these folks. Where the NIMBYism comes into play is when they realize the most feasible areas come a little too close to their neighborhoods and properties.

"Well," they say, "we need this second crossing; just not in my backyard."

Anyhow, I digress. Where I really wanted to go was to mention how Victor Davis Hanson really takes it to these folks that wish to regulate those outside their bubbles and/or make NIMBY apply in his Let's Save California Now! post over at PJ Media. As an example:
2. The Undocumented Immigrant Equity Act
The “I am Juan too Act” would assess all California communities by U.S. Census data to ascertain average per-household income levels as well as diversity percentages. Those counties assessed on average in the top 10% bracket of the state’s per-household income level, and which do not reflect the general ethnic make-up of the state, would be required to provide low-income housing for undocumented immigrants, who by 2020 would by law make up not less than 20% of such targeted communities’ general populations.
 I caution that you do go and read the whole thing. Just look away from your computer monitor while sipping your coffee, lest you spend more time wiping the screen than reading.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Cup Live Blogging

So, there's some sort of important game on today? Guess I'll have to tune in and offer thoughts. 

Most folks up here are rooting for the Sea. Squawks. I'm over at Fishing Buddy's house to watch and decided I'm rooting for:
And lots of it! #12 just doesn't mean same to me as it does the Squawks fans...

Nice, yet another safety!

Nice pick on Manning! :)

I think Denver is having trouble without their thin atmosphere and reefer smoke. ;)

2-minute warning and I have yet to hear "Omaha" once. 

Yes, I gotta admit this has been one of better halftime shows in lllloooonnnggg while...

Uh oh, Tulip's gonna rub my nose in this one... I've been bitching for two years how there's no such thing as a return for touch down. Boy that crow tastes interesting...

Uh, wow. That was a closer gr than I thought (sarcasm)...

Yeah, I have to confess to some definite petty, vindictive schadenfreude with this lopsided game...

Weekend Eaworm: 02/02/2014

Happy Groundhog Day!

Oh, yeah, and there's also some sort of ball game on I guess... I'll keep it brief so's we can all get back to enjoying the eight hours of pregame shows.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Weekend Earworm: 02/01/2014

Happy February (where did January go?)! Here's to leaving what's safe behind, breaking out of your ruts, and making a break for it.