Month: January 2015

Ben Carson needs to be clocked upside the head

The latest – Carson jokes about poisoning wedding cakes for gay couples. That he thought it was alright to even joke about that is hideous. I’d like to clock a certain neurosurgeon upside the head for that little remark.

Or better yet, poison Carson’s drink of choice – something that drops him immediately with no chance of resuscitation but just leaves him dead. That would work for me.

Of course Carson is a doctor and as I’ve noted before they either go one of two paths. One is that they get a god complex or the other is they become jesus jumpers. Carson is in the latter camp – that’s pretty obvious. It’s all because medicine is one part art, one part science. That leaves wide latitude for whack-a-doodle religious nuttery in certain individuals of the medical camp.

The weather outside is frightful

Yeah – we had our first official snow yesterday. All the others were simply dustings of snow that evaporated/sublimated within a day.

And yours truly cannot be stopped by a little snow. I was out driving around in it. You haven’t experience sheer terror and/or fun until you hydroplane on slush at speed! Whee!

Or getting behind a nervous nelly whose speed on the highways ranges from 35MPH to 65MPH in the space of a mile or two. Or coming down I-95 to find a mattress and box spring strewn across the majority of lanes on the highway.

Here’s the thing – the highways were in fact down to pavement and had the shit salted out of them. Saw many a RIDOT truck out doing their thing too. And the state troopers were all busy with extracting cars out of the right shoulder ditch on both the northbound and southbound spans in Warwick/Coventry.

But it was wet – to the point where windshield wipers are pretty useless. It’s 2015 – you’re telling me running a squeegee across a piece of glass is the state of the art? How about glass that just makes water bead off. Or forced air, or some such. Sheesh!

Did make a point of going out during the earlier part of the day and later around 6:30PM you know, when temperatures started to drop and everything started to ice up.

And this morning I was awoken by the sounds of an idiot neighbor  vigorously scraping ice off their car. If it didn’t take so long to boil some oil I would have thrown some on them. Or maybe a laser – yeah something over 150W – just cuts through the ice and human tissue too. It’s a twofer.

And that makes Ten

Ten years that is. Ten years that I’ve been blogging. I started in 2005 – on blogger of all places. Moved over here to WordPress when blogger started getting stupid. Blogspot actually suspended me for posting true information when someone bitched and poof – account suspended. Even wordpress succumbed to that once until I educated them on how not to be stupid. Plus I went preemptive on WP’s ass – I replicated the blog to another site on WP.

But now we’re on an even keel – they didn’t even suspend my account when I posted the names and photographs of the RI Representatives and Senators that opposed marriage equality and voted against it. And I know some of those folks still refer to the port – I see it in the blog stats. It’s pretty funny.

I’m told by certain people that I’m vicious in the way I go about things – I go directly for the jugular. I also acknowledge that I have a skill for pissing on people’s corn flakes. Can’t help myself – it is what it is.

The muse to blog is a little more fickle these days. Now that the marriage equality fight is nearing a close the blog has turned more personal. Which I guess is a good thing.

So here we are, the blog and I both ten years older and probably a lot wiser.

Currently Reading: How I Paid for College: A novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship and Musical Theater

I got it because it was mentioned on BosGuy’s Blog. Went over to Amazon, started reading it and decided it was worth the price. Clicked buy and it was instantly on my Fire HD6.

Now this book is seriously funny. Marc Acito (A fellow Italian-American) is a great humorous writer. I’m 43% into the book and I’ll likely finish it tonight, having just gotten it yesterday.

What I will say is the protagonist in this book – his dad must have known mine. Which is why I don’t speak to my father anymore. Only difference between the protagonist and me is I never got into musical theater even if I did get scary high grades all through my education – in fact the only reason I got a 3.82 GPA in college was because there were a few classes I just didn’t give a flying fuck about them, prime among them the Legal Environment of Business. That class REALLY frosted my ass.

But the book is riotously funny. Reading it one the train home I had to stop myself from laughing out loud on several occasions. But at home I read it and I’m asked what’s so funny.

Acito’s writing reminds me a bit of David Sedaris work, or even Douglas Adams. A complete irreverence for the Catholic church which i have in spaced, but the lead character in the book – even dons priestly attire and uses it to maximum advantage. Me – I never had that in me. Getting alcohol was never a problem – particularly when I worked right next to a liquor store and knew their people so as long as the cash was green we had beer and ale.

It’s under ten bucks so go get it and laugh your ass off.

National Grid: They don’t even have the guts to show the therm factor anymore

So latest gas bill game. Everything is measured in therms now. And it’s applied on the distribution side too. So in essence that’s a nice big markup that national grid is getting. I mean the value of the gas is the same whether I use it for natural gas sculpture or to heat a home. But that therm factor is applied to the distribution side too. So in essence we’re paying a marked up price for infrastructure.

Now that the cable companies are about to get handed their own ass I’d like to start going after the energy companies.

You may have noticed

That over on the right hand sidebar both ClustrMaps and Feedjit are gone.

ClustrMaps because they’re trying to monetize it and I’m not paying. So bye bye!

Feedjit because either WordPress or Feedjit changed something so that hits to the home page and several other things weren’t registering. So kicked to the curb.

Football: About those deflated balls

So if you’ve watched any TV news program lately there’s the ‘scandal’ that the New England Patriots who beat the Colts to get the nod for the Super Bowl was using underinflated footballs.

Now I’m not a football fan per se. But logic is the game I like – so two things came out of this:

1) Didn’t both teams use the SAME ball? So any advantage gained by using an under inflated ball would accrue to both teams, not just the Pats.

2) Who bitched? I think the Colts probably bitched. Because all indications are officials checked the balls before the game and they passed with flying colors. So this says to me that they’re trying to tarnish the reputation of the Patriots. For what reason I’m unsure but something smells rotten.