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.


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

Duh-amn!


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?

Ex-pat's Pats: 2014 AFC Championship (Of Course, There'll Be Updates!)



Omaha! The game's on and here we go...

Glad to see Allen's back at punter.

Bro just texted that Omaha means he's throwing it to Omaha on 3rd & 9. ;)

Good pass defense on Slater. Scared Brady gonna be picked for moment. :( maybe not use Blount for bit to give Denver false security?

Okay, they limited to field goal! I'll take it... For now...

Not seeing Brady have same trouble with fan noise as Rivers had. Oh joy, offensive pass interference?!

Seeing replay penalty on Ho-man, whatta  bunch of BS!

Starting 2nd Half, Pat's D is standing still like they're seriously ready to go play golf for the season.

After that sack, this game is now Denver's to lose and Damarius Thomas just got it down at New England's 20... They're just not bothering to play.

The F#<K! Postscript...
I've been preaching for a little bit that there was nothing inevitable about the Broncos winning it. Caw... that crow sure tastes like sh!t today. It seems like the Pats believed the inevitable hype and just didn't really show-up to play today.

Their play was, to put it mildly, lackluster by both lines... 

It wasn't that they played poorly. It seemed more that they just didn't play. 

And, what about Blount? We all knew he was going to be targeted heavily by Denver and they did good job shutting him down on 3-4 carries. Okay, but why was he missing in action the rest of the game? I don't think I even saw him out there for another snap.

Lotsa thoughts echoing through the head and I'm feeling a hair too defeated and rusty at free-flow writing to put them all down.

At least I don't have to get myself all riled-up for Super Bowl and will get to focus on the important things for that game:

Weekend Earworm: 2014 AFC Championship's Getting Close to Game TIme

Just about game time. It's 3pm, EST, so that places it about 11am up here in the wilds of Alaska. Let;s see if I get this right to start a few minutes before it all kicks of...

Bigger butterflies in my gut than if this were the Super Bowl itself. Two titans, both aged veterans and arguably the two best quarterbacks to ever play, are about to square-off. You all know who I root for; however, I've never felt totally comfortable with the "Who's best, Manning or Brady?" arguments. They're both football demigods in their own right.

I'm aiming this for all the boys on both sides of that field. Patriots and Broncos, it's time to rock.

And, we salute you!


Weekend Earworm: 2014 AFC Championship Day and the Best Laid Odds

It's Destiny; it's Inevitable an inevitable thing that Peyton will assume his rightful place at the head of the gridiron pantheon?

I think with Brady and the boys in the house, you could sorely find another thing coming.

That's right here's where the talkin' ends
Well listen this night there'll be some action spent.
Drive hard I'm callin' all the shots
I got an ace card comin' down on the rocks.

If you think I'll sit around while you chip away my brain
Listen I ain't foolin' and you'd better think again.
Out there is a fortune waitin' to be had
If you think I'll let it go you're mad
You've got another think comin'.
In this world we're livin' in we have our share of sorrow
Answer now is don't give in aim for a new tomorrow.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Weekend Earworm: 2014 AFC Championship and the Jungle Road

Let's face it. We all knew, way back when in the season, that the AFC's road to the Super Bowl was going to route through Denver this year. And, while I don't fear Peyton Manning, I certainly am not very comfortable with the Patriots' performances in Denver over the years.

Think about 2006.

Still, this incarnation of the Patriots is something to behold. The "Next Man Up" continues to do his job.

Here's a little hoping that nothing is inevitably Denver's to lose and, even though the Pats are coming to Denver, they can make a jungle of it for Manning and Company and ride out of there on some now suitably broken wild Broncos all the way to the Meadowlands!