Oyster Roundup! Volcanoes, Armed Mobs & Wine
~Thick and fast they came at last, and more, and more, and more!
For all the fuss and upset that is happening about 3-D printers that could allow people to print guns off the internet, here is a happier use. The’ve printed a working bionic ear! I can’t decide if I’m going to want the brain upgrade.
In this land of fire and ice, there are new rumblings at the Cleveland volcano, in the Aleutian Islands. The color-coded terror alerts at the airport are a thing of the past, but not in the land of magma. We’re at Code Orange.
Ah, yes. “Streamlining.” We’ve all heard the term. A new bill, designed to homogenize paperwork and carried through the legislature by Rep. Mike Hawker (R-Anc) requires law enforcement officers to personally serve citations. Problem is, they forgot about one little thing – parking tickets. In Juneau, the court system has decided it will no longer deal with cases of a parking citation left under someone’s windshield wiper.
Juneau is among the cities that let the courts handle parking ticket appeals. The court system, in an order that took effect April 15, said it will no longer deal with cases where an officer stuck a ticket under someone’s windshield wiper.
An angry mob of 10,000 people with loaded rifles storming the nation’s capital and surrounding the White House. What could go wrong?
If it’s any consolation, this has been attempted many times in the past, and at the last minute the angry mob decides they’d rather not become felons, and have to give up their right to bear arms. Go figure.
Here are a few words from the organizer’s Facebok page:
On the morning of July 4, 2013, Independence Day, we will muster at the National Cemetery & at noon we will step off to march across the Memorial Bridge, down Independence Avenue, around the Capitol, the Supreme Court, & the White House, then peacefully return to Virginia across the Memorial Bridge. This is an act of civil disobedience, not a permitted event. We will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny. We are marching to mark the high water mark of government & to turn the tide. This will be a non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent. Should we meet physical resistance, we will peacefully turn back, having shown that free people are not welcome in Washington, & returning with the resolve that the politicians, bureaucrats, & enforcers of the federal government will not be welcome in the land of the free.
The inspiration for cheap boxed wine and the Fruit of the Loom mascot may have been discovered in Pompeii.
We are awash in evidence that the Romans had a hearty wine culture. (At one Pompeii site, Bacchus is depicted as a grape cluster “sort of like the Fruit of the Loom commercials where the guy is dressed as a grape” with Vesuvius in the background.) But if Oplontis B functions as the team thinks it does, it would be the first distribution center of its kind discovered. And perhaps proof that even humble bulk wine has pedigree after all.
Some Like it Hot
For those of you who are on the fence about whether you’d like to be a monthly sustaining donor to the Mark Begich for Senate campaign, they’ve just sweetened the pot. Seems they’ve located 500 hot pads left over from the 2008 campaign, and you can have one if you sign up. It’s basically like finding a rare case of wine in some old tavern basement, or a Van Gogh in the attic of a Dutch farm house. This doesn’t happen every day.