Archive for the 'General Interest' Category

In an article about local breweries suing for the right to sell distribution rights…

We have this gem of a quote:

Assistant Attorney General Karen Watkins noted that “everything that these brewers are allowed to do is the result of having obtained a privilege from the state.” She said state law was previously silent on payments for distribution rights, meaning it wasn’t clear they were ever legal.

Look at that! She says we need to get permission from the state to do anything. She also implies a Napoleonic legal system. Ms. Watkins, that’s next door in Louisiana where there is a Napoleonic legal system. We don’t have that in Texas. Not yet, anyway…

Source: Beer battle foams over, as fight over distribution rights gets day in court

The Ben Kurtz Blog

I like the way Ben thinks. He makes his point well. He also has a nice prayer he has to say too often.

May God have mercy on the souls of the dead, and bring healing to the injured and comfort to the bereaved.

Go check him out: Irish Drunk Driving Incident in Nice, France – Ben Kurtz Blog

It was a truck?

What a crappy headline: Horror in France: At least 80 killed after truck loaded with weapons plows through crowd – Salon.com

Four or five paragraphs in there is eventually mention of a driver…

I get the impression that Salon thinks the truck has agency and that the Muslim driver does not.

My Father…

The Felon…

We went out for dinner tonight. Mrs. WhiteRock and I, the Ace, the Deuce, and my parents. We went to Cold Beer Company.

My father had two beers. He doesn’t drink much these days. Two Miller Lites is a big night.

He told a story about going from Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the weekend. He said he was about 20 and that there were he and five friends. He said that Bob Tarpley (RIP) was the ring leader. They checked into a motel in the town of Lake Geneva. They drove to the other side of Geneva Lake to Fontana to go to some bar.

My dad said, in front of my mother, that they went over to Fontana to look for girls.

He also said they had a big time.

When last call was over, and the lights came up, it was my dad and Tom Whitaker (RIP). The other four could not be found. My dad and Tom figured that they had been left behind. They sat on the curb outside the bar and wondered what they could or should do. The lights went out at the bar and the parking lot. They were sitting in the dark. They were there in Fontana on the shore of Geneva Lake with no way home and no way to get a ride. The town of Lake Geneva was about 12 miles across the length of the lake.

My dad says they looked out at the water and saw a dozen boats tied up to mooring buoys. He said he turned to Tom and said, “We could take a boat.”

Tom said, “Which one?”

My dad said, “There’s a Chris-Craft.”

So they swam out past all the little fishing boats with the 5hp outboards and reached the Chris-Craft tied up to a mooring with a cover on it. My dad says he reached under the mooring cover and could feel the keys in the ignition. He says they climbed aboard and threw the mooring cover into the water. They untied from the buoy and started the engine.

They took that boat to the other side of the lake.

Worried that they might get caught, they ran it aground about a half mile from their motel and walked the rest of the way.

He told the story in front of the Ace and Deuce!

Mrs. WhiteRock was not happy. Especially since the rest of us were laughing so hard.

My favorite part is that they threw the mooring cover into the lake. They didn’t just stuff in the back of the boat… They left it behind!

The Texas Abortion Opinion

I think it came down earlier today.

So now you are telling me that the state legislature cannot decide how it might like to regulate businesses and industries within its borders?

I believe, without expressing any opinion about abortion, that this decision is awful. Lefties are always going about regulating commerce, controlling what is otherwise legal activities between consenting adults. Now they are happy when the Supreme Court over rides the, admittedly evil Republican led, Texas Legislature in such an anti-democratic fashion? I hope this case is cited by coal mining companies and oil companies trying to throw off the burden of regulation.

I”m also amused by this case coming right on the heels of the Brexit vote.

People used to complain about stuff like this. Oh, and they did something about it too:

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

One can only hope.

I am very concerned about the world my children will inherit.

Gun Control…

Scott Adams of Dilbert Fame:

So it seems to me that gun control can’t be solved because Democrats are using guns to kill each other – and want it to stop – whereas Republicans are using guns to defend against Democrats.

That quote will probaly make my sister-in-law’s head explode.

Go Read the Whole Thing

A nice post full of Crime Think

Yes, it is Sailer.

Graduation is not what we called it at HP

From an article on HubSpot:

Dharmesh’s culture code incorporates elements of HubSpeak. For example, it instructs that when someone quits or gets fired, the event will be referred to as “graduation.” In my first month at HubSpot I’ve witnessed several graduations, just in the marketing department. We’ll get an email from Cranium saying, “Team, just letting you know that Derek has graduated from HubSpot, and we’re excited to see how he uses his superpowers in his next big adventure!” Only then do you notice that Derek is gone, that his desk has been cleared out. Somehow Derek’s boss will have arranged his disappearance without anyone knowing about it. People just go up in smoke, like Spinal Tap drummers.

Nobody ever talks about the people who graduate, and nobody ever mentions how weird it is to call it “graduation.” For that matter I never hear anyone laugh about HEART or make jokes about the culture code. Everyone acts as if all of these things are perfectly normal.

When I worked for HP we, at least those in my little group, called graduation getting shot. As in, “Did you hear that Derek got shot?”

It’s Hard to do a Blog

When others do it so much better.

Heh…

From Mineral Ridge, east of Coeur d’Alene:

Hiking

 

Stolen without any shame from: Philip Greenspun.