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


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

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.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Ex-pat's Pats: A Good Perspective to Consider

Comes to us courtesy of Adam Kaufman in his recent post,Will Tom Brady and Bill Belichick win another Super Bowl?

It’s unfair to hold the early triumphs of Belichick and Brady against them as their window together shrinks. Championship games aside, they’ve also been eliminated from three conference finals trips. In theory, they’ve been on the cusp of eight Super Bowl appearances in 12 years. Eight. That would mean a place in the season’s final game in 67 percent of Brady’s years in the starting lineup.

Naturally, that’s not a fair view. We can only operate in realities and, on occasion, injuries have gotten in the way. At other times, it’s been the types of soul-crushing plays or underperformances than can only define a one-game playoff series. 

In the NFL, the better team doesn’t always win and the superior players and coaches most definitely don’t regularly rise to the top. If it did, there would be a '19-0' banner hanging at Gillette.
Check it out.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Ex-pat's Pats: "The Block"

Uncharacteristically, Emperor Hoodie has publicly spoken his mind about a "block" placed on Aquib Talib by a former teammate in yesterday's AFC Championship game.

So, according to some over at my favorite check-in for Boston sports, Belichick is a Sore Loser and Has No One to Blame But Himself.

Although I'd rather he'd maybe gone about this in the manner he has, I'm of a very similar mind after weighing my initial gut instinct as the play occurred. It hasn't changed since.

Big Fish Story

Jeesh. Nobody bothered to tell me about this when I was last Back East in October:

Report: Sailfish Caught in Cape Cod Canal


MLK Day 2014

So close and, yet, the race-baiters (of all stripes) among us keep us so far away from the days when we may "judge a man not by the color of his skin but the content of his character."

Those among us ensuring that race is a consideration dishonor the man, dishonor the movement, and dishonor the dream.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Ex-pat's Pats: I'm A Gonna Ask It (Open Thread Thoughts?)

What the hell happened to Blount. We saw Ridley, we saw Vereen, but no Blount.

Yeah, sure, Denver held him in check a few snaps. But where did he go after that? Never saw any sign of him again for the rest of the game (or was I just to shocked to look close enough?).

Any ideas, people?