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There Goes My Trip to Sierra Leone

Posted by pjsauter on October 25, 2014
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We got an e-mail at work yesterday informing us that, pursuant to a CDC-issued Level 3 travel warning, we are not allowed to travel to Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone. Or at least, not on the company dime. Apparently there is also a Level 2 travel warning issued to “…travelers to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, urging them to protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick with Ebola.” I’ll keep that in mind. I’m not a doctor or a contagious disease expert (or even an MBA), but I’d think “avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick with Ebola” would be a good idea no matter where your Halloween party is located. Like, “sorry, but if you’ve got the Ebola, no apple-bobbing for you.” On the bright side, travel to Nigeria has now been downgraded to Alert – Level 1. So if you’re headed there for Thanksgiving, you should be good to go.

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United State of Spinelessness

Posted by pjsauter on October 23, 2014
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I think this image tweeted by Scott Bixby yesterday really sums up the differences between the US and Canada.

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Winter in the Air

Posted by pjsauter on October 19, 2014
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For the first time in more than a month, Syracuse actually found a football team worse than they are – and we thank the kind folks in Winston-Salem North Carolina and Wake Forest University for the much needed ass-kicking they allowed us to give them yesterday. I don’t bring this up to rehash a sports event that I know nobody really cares about, but rather to mention how much I miss the olden days.

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Ebola Flu

Posted by pjsauter on October 17, 2014
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The hospital for which I work has been declared as one of eight official Ebola centers in NY by Governor Snotball (my boss passed along a memo from our head of Emergency Preparedness, who I know is qualified because he’s got an MBA). I’m fairly certain this distinction comes without a budget, but I’m pleased nonetheless because it’s very important. As we all know, Ebola is easier to get than mono at a frat party, and we’re all pretty much gonna die horrible deaths from this “outbreak.” Right now, hundreds of thousands of Ebola Zombies (mostly from Kenya and Mexico, but probably a few Canadians, too) are staggering across our borders at this very moment, looking to infect us normal (and by normal, I mean “white”) folks. Thanks, Obama.

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Halfway to Halloween

Posted by pjsauter on October 15, 2014
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I caught about 15 minutes worth of a documentary about the Cowsills this morning. If you’re my age or older, then you know who they were and if you’re much younger than that (like Google Chrome spellchecker, apparently), then you don’t. I’d say they to the Partridge Family as the Beatles were to the Monkees, except you probably wouldn’t know who the hell the Partridge Family was either (plus however they came into being, the Monkees actually had some good stuff, whereas the Partridge Family, not so much).

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Thanks, Jimmy

Posted by pjsauter on October 14, 2014
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It was on this date back in 1978 that Jimmy Carter signed H.R. 1337, amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 with respect to excise tax on (among other things) home production of beer and wine, thereby making home brewing legal. For that, and because I never actually got drafted, I forgive him for reinstating military draft registration two years later (starting with males born in the year 1960 – making me one of the first to be forced to go down to the post office and register since the draft was abolished in 1974). I really should celebrate by digging out (and cleaning) all my homebrew equipment that has languished in my basement since moving four years ago. But I need to do kegs, ‘cuz I aint messing with any more bottles.

Waiting for Columbus

Posted by pjsauter on October 13, 2014
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Happy Columbus Day! There are those that turn their noses up at today being a holiday, but I say fuck ‘em. A day off’s a day off. Hell, if they wanna give me a day off for Hitler’s birthday, I’ll take that, too (though it wouldn’t be Nazi paraphernalia I’d be celebrating 4/20 with). It’s definitely a good time for a three-day weekend, and I’ve even been slightly productive.

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He’s Dead, Jim. Honest.

Posted by pjsauter on October 7, 2014
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About a year ago, I got a notice from the Town to renew the dog license for Siggy, who (as some of you may recall) unfortunately died back in 2012. So I checked the box for “deceased” and mailed it back in, only to get a second notice a few weeks later. This time, I called the Town Clerk’s office (they’re always very nice) and told them that I had sent the first notice back and that Siggy was no longer with us. You’d have thought that would be that, but no.

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Governor of a Blue State?

Posted by pjsauter on October 6, 2014
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I’m sure Governor Snotball is proud of his “B” rating by the rightwing Cato Institue “think tank,” though I have to wonder what his poor dad thinks (Mario must feel even worse about his evil spawn than Mike Wallace had to have felt about his fux-boy Chris).

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Seems Fair

Posted by pjsauter on October 3, 2014
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Now that fall is here and election day is approaching, it’s time for our incumbent NYS government officials to play, “buy me some votes.” Oh, there’s the usual pork offerings of course, but this year (and for the next three years, I believe) there’s a little something special for some NYers. And it’s kind of a two-fold thing. First, if you have kids 17 and under (and make between $40,000 and $300,000 a year), you’re gonna get a check for $350. Because those of us without kids aren’t getting screwed quite enough. And because if you make less than $40K and have kids, well, fuck you too I guess. OK, that takes care of people who have voluntarily (assuming they don’t work for Hobby Lobby, of course) decided to inflict themselves (and the rest of us) with children. But wait, isn’t there another group of victims we can help out?

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