It’s Wild! It’s Whacky!! It’s the most fun you can have while destroying a country!!!
It’s Whack – A – Scandal!
Batteries not included, as they were supposed to be manufactured by one of our bankrupt green crony friends.
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It is indeed difficult to imagine how men who have entirely renounced the habit of managing their own affairs could be successful in choosing those who ought to lead them. It is impossible to believe that a liberal, energetic, and wise government can ever emerge from the ballots of a nation of servants. ― Alexis de Tocqueville (source)
We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. — Ronald Reagan (source)
We are waking up this morning to this news regarding the bombing in Boston.
One of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead, the other on the loose and large parts of the city are on virtual lockdown after a chaotic night of mayhem that included the murder of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer and a shootout with police, authorities said early Friday.
Authorities urged residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. All mass transit was shut down.
“We believe this to be a terrorist,” Davis said in a press conference. “We believe this to be a man who’s come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody.”
Connecticut Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy sent a letter to Rupert Murdoch, head of Fox Sports parent company News Corp., suggesting that it’s not appropriate for the National Rifle Association to sponsor this weekend’s NASCAR race.
“The race not only brings national attention to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate,” the Connecticut Democrat wrote in a letter to Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of the channel that’s due to broadcast the race, as reported by CNN. “It also features the live shooting of guns at the end of the race.”
And he chided Mr. Murdoch: “You should play a constructive role in our national dialogue by refraining from broadcasting the NRA 500,” he wrote, CNN reported. “By airing this race, you will be strengthening the brand of a radical organization that is currently standing in the way of meaningful progress on this issue.” (my emphasis)
The NRA is a strong, committed, focused organization, but they are far from being “radical”. As for “strengthening the brand”? Well, that’s why companies and organizations sponsor these races.
My pics in the League Too Tough To Tame — Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, and Trevor Bayne.
THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. – Thomas Paine
Source: Paine, Thomas (2011-03-24). Writings of Thomas Paine – Volume 1 (1774-1779): the American Crisis. Kindle Edition.
Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. — Thomas Jefferson (Source)
I don’t know that this will become a thing, but it could.
We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. — Ayn Rand (Source)
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28 – NIV
One year. ONE YEAR! I have made it one full year smoke free.
At 12:15pm on 2/22/12 I started with my V2 ecigs and now, a year later, I couldn’t be happier about the results. Let me tell you about it.
It has been a great year, but there have been some challenges along the way. In spite of those challenges I would recommend switching to anyone who smokes.
Now, when I say “smoke free” that’s not technically 100% true. Over the past year I have bought, as closely as I can remember, about four packs of analogs. When my kit arrived I had three or four analogs left which I smoked over the course of my first two weeks. I also bought a pack there in the beginning as a kind of crutch. As anyone who has smoked can attest, one of the worst parts of smoking is the urge to have a pack with you at all times. You are planning to buy one before your last pack is gone. So I bought one “just in case”. I smoked some of them, even though I quickly had come to hate the taste. That pack lasted me over the next few months. My next (and last) two packs were purchased due to power issues, one of the downsides to ecigs, which I’ll describe later. The first time was pure user error – I forgot my charger at work on a Friday. An ecig battery without a charger is about as useful as a car without gas. You ain’t goin’ nowhere. The last time was when my charger, for some reason, didn’t seem to want to charge. But that has been it for the past 365 days.
Before I weigh in with all the positives, let me be honest and describe a few negatives.
The overwhelming positive is the utter lack of desire for an analog cigarette. As long as I have a charged battery and a filled cart I have never thought, “I’d rather have an analog instead.” Of course there are many more positives.
That’s my first year wrap up. If you are a smoker and your looking for a way to stop I really recommend giving ecigs a try.
Going forward I want to continue to educate others, and work to keep the government from doing anything stupid with regards to vaping. As I wrote in my comments to the FDA,
The positives of electronic cigarettes are many, and I ask that you cautiously and honestly consider their benefits when adopting any policies related to their use. Please do not regulate them out of existence, or make them difficult to obtain or less attractive to use. I don’t want to go back to smoking, and electronic cigarettes have made that possible.
On to year two.
Cross-posted from My Vapor Life.