RANT: Thanks, EZ-PASS for the … …

Friday, January 6, 2017

Thanks, EZ-PASS for the … …

… … ! ! 1 !! A!! MMMM!!! text message to alert me to the fact my account had been “replenished”.

Way to be “Customer Focused”.


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RANT: Kvetch from long ago and far away

Friday, December 23, 2016

Sorry to say, I haven’t written this. It was of interest to me at the disinterest in my power problems by employees of the various companies to who I turned to for help. (I was paying and not asking for charity.) Special excoriation for Dell, Sams Club, WalMark, OfficeDepot, Staples, the two 24 hour laptop repair firms in Vegas, and the pawn shop (it advertised computers, but had none). The only bright spot was Brookstones. Their EWR employee sold me something he thought would work (it didn’t) but correctly told me of their return policy. Their LAS employee accepted the return with no problem and showed me what I should have been sold. She made an interesting observation that the if the EWR site didn’t have the CORRECT one, he could have checked with the LAS site and they would have had it for me when I arrived. I intended to compliment them on that idea. The young women in Vegas is a gem. Sigh, now I have to try to make the midnight deadline for Jasper Jottings.

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I found this on my old phone. I don’t know when I wrote it, but I thought it was worth sharing.

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RANT: Why Are Jurors Drafted?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Why Are Jurors Drafted?.


Because the state owns everyone?


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RANT: Time for individual responsibility

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


December 19, 2016, 12:50 pm By: Adam Ruggiero
Rescue Fine: Steamboat Springs Warns Backcountry Skiers

New signs around the Steamboat Ski Area warn adventurous skiers of newly-implemented rescue fine.

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Ski patrol is putting up the signs, proclaiming the $500-per-person rescue fine, on out-of-bounds access gates at edges of the Steamboat Springs, Colo., ski area. The resort’s new trail maps also carry the warning.

The purpose is to deter inexperienced skiers from getting in over their heads (sometimes literally). It is also a response to an uptick in trespassers not heeding the current boundary signs.

According to a report in Steamboat Today, ski patrol director John Kohnke estimates 500 people a day slip through the access gates. This is up from about 20 when he began 40 years ago.

Neither Routt County Search and Rescue, which sometimes aids in ski area rescues, nor the Forest Service objected to the fines.

Rescue Fines In Steamboat Springs

By Colorado state law, Search and Rescue cannot charge for operations because it may deter skiers from calling for help when they need it. However, this fine appears to be directed specifically at skiers who leave through the resort gates.

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Sorry, but if you have to have the “Search and Rescue” to haul your sorry butt out, then you should pay for it. 

At the very least, they could sell “insurance”. Buy it and need us, OK. Don’t and you do, you pay.

If you spread the cost across lots of skiers, it’s probably reasonable.

No one has a “right” to be rescued.

Wonder how many of these were “repeats” or “obvious beyond their skills”.


Time for individual responsibility.

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RANT: Fixing air travel

Friday, December 9, 2016

From WSJ 10 points 2016-Dec-08:

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Into Thin Air Stop focusing on legroom. It’s the headroom that is shrinking on flights, and making us feel really uncomfortable. Seat density has increased significantly the last couple of years. One passenger’s nose may be 3 inches closer to the back of the head in front of her. The skinny seats installed recently largely preserve knee and legroom, but in rows that are compressed, while installing skinny bathrooms and minimizing galleys have let airlines pack more rows in, too. Psychologists say the eye-level squeeze is a big reason travelers are feeling more anxious on densely packed planes. And it’s only going to get tighter in there.

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My answer to this and the TSA is to stop flying. (I did it three times in the last decade because “I had too”. Argh! And I didn’t like it.)

I more folks do it: (a) the airlines will change; and (b) the airlines being the Crony Capitalists they are, will change the Gooferment policies.

Come on folks vote with your wallet.

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RANT: ‘Hottest Year Evah’?

Friday, October 14, 2016


Debunked: Another Buzzfeed ‘Hottest Year Evah’ Story

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Here’s his latest effort, titled “Here’s What’s Going On Behind Those “Hottest Day/Month/Year Headlines”

Does young Tom go on to write about the data-fudging, noble-cause corruption, groupthink, institutional malfeasance, pal review and scaremongering which have brought about all those “Hottest Day/Month/Year Headlines”?

Of course he doesn’t. Instead, he rings up three of the climate scientists currently growing fat on the climate science gravy train by promoting the accepted climate science narrative and listens uncritically while they explain to him how yes, global warming really is as bad as the scientists are saying, in fact it’s probably worse, much much worse…

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Last I looked, there were no records kept until late in the Twentieth Century!

Anyone remember why Greenland was called “green land”? Must have been warm then.


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RANT: Sam Colt makes the old equal to the young

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Resident with Cane Shoots Home Invader Dead
By Bob Irwin AmmoLand.com
September 30, 2016

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Deputies found that a 48-year-old intruder had broken into a home and attacked a 70-year-old male resident with a bamboo stick and a hockey stick. The victim suffered a severe head injury but was able to shoot the intruder in the chest with his .38 caliber handgun.

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Every household should be “suitably equipped”!

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