Monday, February 25, 2013

Sheer LUNACY!!!

Sometimes the STUPIDITY of politicians amazes even me. According to this report, I can go to a Pizza Joint with a friend, we can order one or multiple pitchers of beer, get wasted and possibly later drive under the influence, but as a parent, I can't have a child's birthday party at said Pizza Joint without ordering individual 16 oz. or smaller drinks (though I assume I can get refills) strictly because they have sugar in them.

Folks, the wheels have officially come off the bus.

The lunatics are now in charge of the asylum and they are making rules that effect us.

I really never immagined that I would see such in my lifetime.

New Bloomberg Rules on Soda Delivery Irk Cash-Strapped Consumers

Monday, 25 Feb 2013 11:06 AM
By Sandy Fitzgerald
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bid to prevent New Yorkers from drinking large sodas is far more sweeping than previously thought, the new regulations show.

The Big Apple’s Health Department began sending brochures out last week to businesses affected by the ban, reports The New York Post, and while it was common knowledge that large sodas, such as 7-11’s “Big Gulp” would be prohibited, the measure also affects restaurant and bar sales as well.

For example, pizza deliveries can no longer include a two-liter bottle of soda, restaurants can no longer sell pitchers of soft drinks, and bars can’t include bottle-service mixers when customers order a bottle of liquor. The ban prohibits bars and restaurants from selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.

Merchants said they were shocked to see the new rules, and said families will have to pay higher unit prices for smaller bottles. The prohibition does not affect sealed sodas that are sold in grocery stores, so some of the plan’s critics do not understand the ban on two-liter bottles sold through pizza shops.

“It’s ludicrous,” said Robert Bookman, a lawyer for the New York City Hospitality Alliance. “It’s a sealed bottle of soda you can buy in the supermarket. Why can’t they deliver what you can get in the supermarket?”

Families will also feel the pain at children’s party places, since plastic pitchers of drinks will no longer be sold, unless they contain 100 percent juice.

A night of bottle service will also cost more at New York nightclubs, where customers often buy a bottle of alcohol for their tables and get a full complement of mixers to stir into their drinks.

The carafes the mixers come in typically hold 32 ounces, and sodas, cranberry juice and tonic water will be limited, as only water and 100 percent juice can be sold.

There are a few exceptions. The ban doesn’t affect alcoholic drinks, diet sodas or coffee drinks. Customers can also order large fruit smoothies, but only if they don’t have added sweeteners, or large milkshakes if they contain at least 50 percent milk.

Vendors will face $200 fines if they violate the new rules.

Monday, February 11, 2013

R.I.P. CSM Plumley – You are a Hero

So I received an email a while back about the funeral for CSM Basil Plumley, veteran of three wars (WW II, Korea & Vietnam), and one of the main characters of a favorite book and film We Were Soldiers Once, and Young written by Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and Joe Galloway. We Were Soldiers details the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam, the first full scale use of American Air Cavalry or Air Mobile troops in modern warfare, Custer’s old 7th to be exact. Sam Elliott plays the role of SGM Plumley in the film and does a good job in his portrayal, it’s his kind of role.
Several thoughts went through my mind as I watched the vid. clip.
  • Since the funeral was just on the 10th of Oct 2012 why didn’t the MSM report his passing as it does that of so many sports and entertainment celebrities? 
  • Sam Elliott is pictured in the clip escorting who I can only assume is a daughter of SGM Plumley. It’s obvious that he was there as a token of respect for the man and his character. Well done, Sam Elliott.
  • Third and last, why am I so attracted to this particular book & film?
I suppose therein lies my true pursuit of understanding. Probably my fascination with this is multi-fold.
  • I AM a product of the Vietnam Era & served in the National Guard following college graduation rather than being drafted. Probably the right decision at the time but one I regret occasionally, too.
  • CSM Plumley and then Lt Col Moore were HEROES, and I’ve always believed in heroes. And they were heroes only because they did what they were called to do and did it well. I see being heroic as answering duties call, regardless the cost. Nothing more.
  • Finally, I guess the fallout from the era, in terms of social issues both conservative and liberal, continues to have a tremendous cost on our Nation. And I bemoan the rancor and divisiveness that proceeds from it. As an early “boomer” I was blessed to enjoy the slow and languid lifestyle of most of the 50’s, the common courtesy towards one another and the respect for “the American Dream” that was prevalent for that short time. Unfortunately we continue to do ourselves an injustice in how we live our lives today.
Godspeed Sergeant Major