20 July 2012


I've seen that 'look' before

so anyway, when the picture of the Aurora, Colorado shooter, James E. Holmes was released earlier, my first thought was "I've seen that 'look' before".  I poached the Holmes pic off of AoSHQ (Thanks, Ace) and did a quick search on Bing Images for the pic of Jared Lougher.

The similarities are eerie.  Ace's description is spot on:

more soon

09 July 2012

Tales from the road

unfortunately, this is not a BBQ post...

so anyway, The Stoopid Business has me in Bennington, Vermont for the week, and I've made a few observations:

First, Vermont has some strange liquor laws, as evidenced by this little gem on the hotel's info card;\;
"Please note that due to strict Vermont state liquor laws, you are not allowed to bring alcohol into the inn from outside"
WTF?  Really?  Really?

Second, there's this:

The astute reader will note that there are two keys on the keyring.  I asked the guy at the [redacted] counter about this when I picked up the go-kart.  He confirmed that the replacement cost was $225 per key.

"But there are two keys here" I said.  I received a blank stare for an answer.

And finally, the "BBQ" reference.  As is my habit, I asked around the plant today as to where I could find some BBQ.  The responses ranged from mild eye-rolling to out-right laughter.

(Note to self: you could make a million dollars if you set up a (mediocre) BBQ joint in Bennington, Vermont.  The people, they are hungry for the pork.)

more soon

04 July 2012

In Congress, July 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, โ€” That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security โ€” Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. โ€” The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.