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Morning Seditionists

Happy Halloween

Posted by pjsauter on October 31, 2014
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It’s Friday the 31 – a day that will no doubt bring bad luck to dyslexics everywhere. I had the foresight to take the day off, which I’m quite happy about at the moment. I’d rather have taken Monday off (Mondays just seem eminently better to miss than Fridays), but I’m on call next week, so I went with today to burn one of my use-it-or-lose-it vacation days. Right now, that seems like it was a pretty good idea. In fact, all day yesterday it seemed like a really good idea too – it was all I could do to get through the day.

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Giant Celebration

Posted by pjsauter on October 30, 2014
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Congratulations to you San Francisco fans out there on winning yet another World Series. Enjoy it while you can, San Fran, because your ungodly way of life is set to end come election day. By all indications, it appears that Republicans will not only remain in control of the House (in fact, my less-than-wonderful Democrat representative appears poised to lose his race), but will also take the Senate. The first thing I figure they’ll do is get rid of the filibuster entirely. If you thought things sucked before (and by “you” I of course refer to wildlife, women, minorities, working people, and the poor), you aint seen nothing yet, ‘cuz as we all know, the only thing worse than Democrats is Republicans.

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Happy Anniversary

Posted by pjsauter on October 28, 2014
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My parents were married 68 years ago today. Holy shit. That means my oldest brother is pretty damn old, what with him coming along nine months and nine weeks later. They didn’t waste a lot of time back then, right after the war. My folks had to get married in the rectory, what with my dad being “one of them.” Yeah, a Lutheran. A disciple of that dirty Kraut who screwed up the good thing the Catholic church had going back then. I mean, selling people shit that they won’t realize they’ve gotten swindled until after they die is one helluva scam. Just look at the size of those mega churches out there.

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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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