Being one o’ the Fae creatures and Samhain being one of the uld ways, I have to admit a certain fondness for it meself. I mean now, what other night of the year can a Leprechaun mount a dragon and fly around in public making mischief without raising more than the odd eyebrow of appreciation or two?
Impish looks forward to the all he can eat Candy Corn often devouring entire bags of it bag and all. This of course leads to some interesting times as you’ve not lived until you’ve witnessed a Dragon belching multi colors gobs of molten flaming sugar due to indigestion!
It will suffice to say that flame retardant pyro suits, CO2 Fire Extinguishers and burn kits are all prize possessions around DL/LL Enterprises HQ right now.
A lot of treats for you little urchins as well as some really great and inspired costumes so we’d best get to it. Ready? Ok, set your mask in place and everyone make sure you have your Trick or Treating buddies hand. We’re off!
Thought we’d scared the Bejesus out of you right off with a photo of the Wicked Witch of Washington and her Chief Flying Monkey. Hmm- she appears to be melting!
Broccoli salad kits recalled for possible listeria contamination
Taylor Farms in Maryland is recalling approximately 5,084 pounds of broccoli salad kit products containing packeted salad dressing that are the subject of a Food and Drug Administration recall due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
According to a release from FSIS, the salad kits were shipped to distributors and retail locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Vermont. The following products are subject to recall:
• Taylor Farms Broccoli Crunch With Bacon And Dressing, 6.06-lb. boxes with the case code 310151, produced on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22.
• Taylor Farms Broccoli Crunch With Bacon And Dressing, 12.13-lb. boxes with the case code 310153, produced Oct. 21 through Oct. 23,.
Case labels bear the establishment number “EST. 34522” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Retail consumers and the general public will not typically see the boxes and labels, because the product is typically unboxed by retailers (such as deli counters and restaurants) and the kit used to make salads for retail sale. The boxes and labels would be more likely to be seen by distributors and retailers.
FSIS, FDA and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.
Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Taylor Farms Customer Service at 866-508-7048.
Here’s another little scare for the likes o ya wee mortals! After Halloween there are only 54 shopping days till Christmas! <giggling> Oh Begorrah! I never get tired of the panicked screams that come after that announcement!
The Polls are In, and the Pols are Out: During the politically motivated government “shutdown,” the left-leaning Public Policy Polling surveyed Americans to see what they thought of Congress in general. The legislators didn’t fare very well, with only an 8 percent favorable rating. Voters reported they felt significantly more “support” for hemorrhoids than Congress. Other things they preferred over Congress included jury duty, the Department of Motor Vehicles, witches, toenail fungus, cockroaches, and dog poop. But lawmakers can take heart: they scored higher than Russian President Vladimir Putin, New York Mayoral candidate (and unstoppable sexter) Anthony Weiner, and, of course, “twerking.” (RC/USA Today) …I’m hard pressed to see much difference between the last two.
Had trouble getting the toilet paper dispenser to drop another roll again did we Impish?
Marcia Wallace dies at 70; Emmy Award-winning actress
The voice of Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons,” Marcia Wallace also endeared herself to TV fans as Carol the receptionist on “The Bob Newhart Show.”
Emmy Award-winning actress Marcia Wallace, who voiced the “Simpsons” role of Edna Krabappel and played wisecracking receptionist Carol Kester on the classic sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show,” has died at the age of 70.
Wallace died at home in Los Angeles Friday night, surrounded by friends and family, said her son, Michael Hawley.
She had been in failing health for the last several months and died of complications due to pneumonia, Hawley said. Wallace, who had spoken widely about her battles with breast cancer, had surgery for it in March, after which she was considered clear of the disease, her son said.
The executive producer of “The Simpsons,” Al Jean, said Saturday that the part of Mrs. Krabappel, the chain-smoking Springfield Elementary School teacher who was often driven to frustration by Bart Simpson, will be retired.
“I don’t intend to have anyone else play Mrs. Krabappel,” Jean said. “I think Bart will get a new teacher.”
Venom never looked that good enveloping Spiderman!
Man Picks Up Restaurant Tab After Overhearing Strangers Getting Diagnosis (PHOTO)
A waiter at a Boston-area restaurant witnessed an act of kindness on Tuesday night that’s warmed hearts across the internet.
“While waiting tables tonight, a mother and daughter started crying mid-meal. I had no idea what happened until a single guy at the table next to them handed me this note [seen below] with his bill,” wrote the waiter in a Reddit post. “Faith in humanity, restored.”
HuffPost reached out to the waiter, who clarified that he couldn’t confirm the relationship between the two women, but he was fairly certain they were mother and daughter. After they’d ordered, the woman whom the waiter believes was the daughter took a phone call. Both women then started crying.
What happened next was truly heartwarming:
The single guy who had been sitting next to them had been friendly to me all evening, making jokes and such. When he was finished I gave him his check, and inside the billfold was his credit card and the note that I took a picture of. I combined the 2 checks, and he paid for both. I waited until after he had left to tell them their check had been taken care of. The mother was overwhelmed with gratitude, as was I. It was a great evening.
We’re glad people like this man exist in the world.
Especially if I die on Halloween!
<Lethal muttering as he works over a large pot>
Round about the cauldron go;
In the poison’d entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches’ mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg’d i’ the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Silver’d in the moon’s eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar’s lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
For the ingredients of our cauldron.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.
What?! That’s the recipe for Witches’ Brew Ale!
At least, it is according to Impish who allegedly charmed one of the brew mistresses into revealing it to him. Still, you’re right it, does seem a bit off now that you mention it and yet somehow hauntingly familiar.
Oh well not a problem here are some Halloween themed recipe ideas sure to thrill the little spook in you all.
Because the American Indian Counsel and President Obama have requested that the NFL disassociate itself from the politically incorrect use of Indian names, the Washington Redskins have announced that they will change their name to the Washington Foreskins, in honor of all the Dickheads in Washington DC , effective immediately.
Speaking of football…
Last Saturday a hotly contested College Football game was played. Well ok- so it’s actually more like a game contested mostly here at DL/LL Enterprises, what with me being a loyal Notre Dame fan and Impish being Air Force. The only other time we get it on over College Football is when Navy Plays Air Force (AF lost that one too 28/10). Fortunately for Impish I forgot to rib him over that one this year as I had weekend guests and missed the game.
Here is a copy of our discussion about yesterday’s game:
Lethal: How about that AF team huh? NOT! ND24/AF10 3rdQtr. Second year in a row as I recall too.
Impish: Yup. They are fly boys. Not great footballers.
Lethal: Apparently can’t throw a bomb for shit either or do long hauls either! I hear the Coasties want to make a team so they can beat AF too.
Impish: They are used to dropping bombs. You can see as how that would be detrimental in a football game.
Lethal: They only thing they are bombing is their score!
Impish: Yeah. Figures
Lethal: What’s the matter? Have to do everything w/ drones?
Impish: Well, it is the NEW Air Force-
Lethal: So what all their games have to be Madden Football on an X box? Wait! Wadda ya mean NEW Air Force? They haven’t been around long enough to even be the OLD Air Force yet!
Impish: Well. Not the xbox per se, but the are doing interesting things with the drone technology and throwing passes. As you could probably tell, the technology still needs some work. But I understand they were fairly pleased with the beta testing.
Lethal: Dude they manage to hit the broad side of a hanger from inside the hanger 10% of the time. Another 20% someone walks the ball over to someplace close to the hanger wall & the rest of the time is incomplete, fumbles or abort on take offs!
Impish: Bugs in the system. The scientific method in working out problems. Some times it takes a while.
Lethal: Beta test expectations must be the same as for expectation of avoiding collateral damage w/ Drone strikes- not very high!
Impish: Well……… It’s not fantastic.
Lethal: “Takes a while?” You mean like since 1947?
Impish: Not THAT long ……. <sighs> Yeah. Ok. Since 1947.
Impish: <smoke pouring from nose and ears. Grumbling heard.>
How did the game turn out? I had other things going on and Molly was not about to allow me to wrest the remote away from her on College Football Saturday so I had to ask Siri, so let me give it to you straight from Siri-
“Siri! How did Norte Dame do against Air Force?”
No, that’s not someone grinding a pound of gears off a manual transmission you hear. That’s just Impish grinding his teeth while plotting revenge.
I don’t know about you, but I’d swear that’s Neil Patrick Harris peering out of the costume at us!
OK so remember last week in my opening where I talked about the Wooly Bear Caterpillars and how their lack of a stripe foretold a bad winter with colder than normal temps and early onset? Well a few of you (probably all liberals) laughed and scoffed at me and my ancient weather lore. Well scoff no more!
Season’s first snow falls in western Maryland
Dana Hedgpeth, The Washington Post 10/23/2013 9:00 Am
Light snow hit parts of western Maryland’s Garrett County Wednesday morning.
With fog and snow falling, temperatures in the area were reported at 32 degrees during the morning commute, according to the National Weather Service.
The snow comes as a cold front is moving across the eastern United States. It is expected to bring the coolest weather of the fall season so far to the Washington metropolitan area. Overnight lows in the D.C. region are expected to be in the upper 20s to upper 30s this week.
Forecasters said the weather will be “unseasonably cool” for the eastern half of the United States.Normally, temperatures in the D.C. region for this time of year range from the upper 60s to lower 50s, according to weather experts.
Some of you might want to give thought to locating one of these:
Jerky treat mystery: Nearly 600 pets dead; still no source, FDA says
Nearly 600 pets have died and more than 3,600 have been sickened in an ongoing, mysterious outbreak of illnesses tied to jerky treats made in China, federal animal health officials said Tuesday.
Most of the cases have been in dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes — although 10 cats have been sickened, too — after eating chicken, duck and sweet potato jerky treats. The pace of the reported illnesses appears to have slowed, but federal Food and Drug Administration officials are now seeking extra help from veterinarians and pet owners in solving the ongoing puzzle.
“To date, testing for contaminants in jerky treats has not revealed a cause for the illnesses,” Martine Hartogensis, a deputy director for the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said in the new report. “Despite these warnings, we have continued to receive reports of illnesses in both cats and dogs.”
The new numbers are up from some 500 deaths and 3,200 illnesses tallied in January, but the rate of reports has fallen sharply since then, mostly because two of the largest sellers of pet jerky treats announced recalls tied to the presence of unapproved antibiotic residue detected in the products.
Now I know I promised you all this week would see a version of Kermit’s ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’, but that was before I realized it was Halloween tomorrow. I had originally started this project just about last Halloween when I redid the ‘Ghostbuster’s Theme’ for Impish’s job. Since given the holiday, that is way more appropriate, Kermit is going back in the file cabinet until next week.
Besides after the ND-AF ribbing above I need a few brownie points w/ our resident Dragon. You guys read on while I go roll a few Brownies for their points. While your at it can one of you find the switch for the exhaust fan please? With all this brimstone breath from a fuming Dragon in her its getting pretty foggy!
East Haven parent who videotaped security gaps at school charged
Arnold Gold — New Haven Register Posted: 10/22/13, 6:38 PM EDT
EAST HAVEN >> Angelo Appi Jr., the man who twice in the past month found and filmed gaps in security at Joseph Melillo Middle School, turned himself in to police Tuesday at 7 p.m. and was arrested on second-degree breach of peace charges.
Appi said police told him that parents who read some of his Facebook comments “became alarmed” and kept their children out of school due to concern.
The post in question was not specified, Appi said, nor was the day during which students stayed at home. Appi said police told him dozens of children stayed home from school.
Before the arrest, Police Chief Brent Larrabee said, “I can confirm there is an ongoing investigation. I wouldn’t comment, and I couldn’t comment.”
Superintendent of Schools Portia Bonner also was unavailable for comment.
Appi is a security expert who works at Integrated Security Services in Norwalk, a “full service private investigation and executive security firm, serving the corporate and private sector.” Appi said his duties include training and bodyguard work for VIPs, among other services.
The series of events that led to Appi’s arrest began when he released a video revealing that the front door of the Joseph Melillo Middle School was wide open when he arrived to pick up his daughter after school hours.
He said he observed the open door for about 15 minutes before deciding to take out his cellphone and film the perceived security breach.
He filmed himself entering the school and moving around inside unchallenged. The video enraged many parents of students at the middle school, while some reserved judgment.
A week later, Appi said, another parent informed him of an unlocked door at the school, on a Sunday. This past Sunday, Appi said, he was at the school for a football game with his daughter, who is a cheerleader, when he noticed the fire alarm going off inside the school.
Once again, he took out his cellphone and decided to film, and once again a door was unlocked and he was able to enter the school freely.
Throughout this time, Appi had used Facebook to spread the word about the perceived security lapses. Among other statements, he asked what would have happened were he a person with criminal intent, saying anyone could have gone into the school to cause harm.
Appi said he believes comments like those may have been what brought the breach of peace charge, but said he can’t be sure until his court date. He was not told what comment in particular led to his arrest.
Appi’s comments on Facebook make clear he is adamant about the need for security improvements at the middle school and that he is concerned for the welfare of the students, including his daughter. Appi said he made no threats.
He also said he is not worried about the breach of peace charge, and that he did the right thing. When he saw open doors and windows at the middle school, he became alarmed, and said he is only concerned with the safety of his daughter and her classmates.
Appi said he wonders why the town is expending resources investigating and arresting him when they should be paying attention to school security. That said, he harbors no ill will toward the Police Department.
“All I can say is, the East Haven Police Department, they’re very accommodating. I have no problem with the East Haven Police Department, I think they’re doing their job,” Appi said.
“As far as my standpoint, I think I’m trying to prove something to the public that there’s a problem at the school, that somebody besides myself can come in there and cause harm to their children.”
Appi said he hoped parents will “jump on the bandwagon” and ask administrators and the superintendent just what’s going on.
“I’m hoping this enlightens a lot of people and they’ll get on the phones and start going to meetings and start voicing their opinions and start asking these questions I’m asking,” Appi said.
“Maybe we can eliminate these types of tragedies in the future.”
Appi said it was disturbing that a person can be arrested for comments made on Facebook.
“We do have our First Amendment right. I can see if I was threatening anybody and made actual threats, but I didn’t make no threats. I’m just making legitimate comments,” Appi said.
“I’m giving examples of what could possibly happen — ‘what if’ scenarios. And we don’t want that to happen. I’m sorry if somebody got offended by that, but I would never cause any harm to the children.”
Here we go again folks! The East Haven School Board is using bully tactics to attempt to punish and silence a concerned parent for speaking out on their blatant repeated lapse in security at his daughters school. If you read between the lines they are saying he is a dangerous troublemaker (for them) who doesn’t know what he’s talking about (because being in the security field) he could not possibly know more about what represents a severe breach in security than a board of elected liberal children’s brain washers!
Let me have one of the Legal Eagles we keep on retainer here on Impish’s behalf explain a bit about Breach of Peace and Disturbing the Peace (something Impish’s antics causes them to be well versed in):
Breach of the Peace
A comprehensive term encompassing acts or conduct that seriously endanger or disturb public peace and order.
Disturbing the peace, also known as breach of the peace, is a criminal offense that occurs when a person engages in some form of disorderly conduct, such as fighting or threatening to fight in public, causing excessively loud noise, by shouting, playing loud music, or even allowing a dog to bark for prolonged periods of time. When a person’s words or conduct jeopardizes others right to peace and tranquility, he or she may be charged with disturbing the peace.
Disturbing the peace laws are covered by state or local ordinances. While disturbing the peace is not considered a serious criminal offense, it is an offense punishable by jail time, monetary fine, or both.
What Constitutes Disturbing the Peace?
Disturbing the peace laws vary from state to state. Generally, disturbing the peace refers to words or conduct that compromises the safety, health, morals or overall peace and quiet of the public.
Disturbing the peace charges cover a variety of conduct and often falls under the broader “catch-all” category of disorderly conduct.
Some examples of disorderly conduct include:
- Fighting or challenging someone to fight in a public place
- Using offensive words in a public place likely to incite violence
- Shouting in a public place intending to incite violence or unlawful activity
- Bullying a student on or near school grounds
- Knocking loudly on hotel doors of sleeping guests with the purpose of annoying them
- Holding an unlawful public assembly
- Shouting profanities out of a car window in front of a person’s home over an extended period of time
- Allowing excessive dog barking in a residential area, and
- Intentionally playing loud music during the night that continues, even after a fair warning.
In most states, the person’s conduct must have been on purpose (willful) or with bad intent (malicious). It is not enough that a person engaged in conduct that merely annoyed, harassed, or embarrassed another person. If fighting was involved, it must have been unlawful, and not in self-defense or to protect someone.
To determine guilt, a court will look at the particular circumstances of each case. Some of the factors a judge may consider include the location, time, place, words, actions, and the person spoken to or touched (for example, a police officer, teacher, student, relative or passerby).
Common actions that do not constitute disturbing the peace may include:
- Engaging in horseplay;
- Simply embarrassing someone;
- Merely annoying someone;
- Accidentally bumping into someone;
- Giving someone a gesture such as the middle finger, (sometimes even against a police officer).
However, if a person’s non-violent actions are likely to incite violence or public disorder, criminal liability may apply.
Purpose of the Law
Disturbing the peace is a law against public disorder and chaos. Laws against disorderly conduct, such as disturbing the peace, exist to prevent people from disturbing the peace of others while they are tending to their daily business and personal affairs.
Disturbing the peace may be charged as part of the broader catch-all crime of disorderly conduct, which includes many other types of public disturbances, or it may be charged separately, based on the factors listed above and the laws of the particular state.
Penalties and Punishment
Disturbing the peace is a misdemeanor criminal offense. A person charged with disturbing the peace may face jail time of up to 90 days, fines up to $400, or both. In many instances, disturbing the peace is a first criminal offense and, if so, a person may avoid jail time altogether if convicted.
Standards for whether to charge someone with disturbance of the peace are highly subjective, and in many jurisdictions courts are highly deferential to the opinion of the arresting/charging officer as to whether the accused’s actions violated the law (even though in theory the officer’s testimony addresses only questions of fact, whereas questions of the law’s applicability to those facts are left to the trying court alone). Many local ordinances prohibiting disturbance of the peace exhibit a problematic degree of vagueness, occasionally to the point that courts deem them unconstitutional (in United States law) or violative of due process (in both United States and Commonwealth jurisdictions).
Explanation assembled from the following sources:
I fail to see where being a Whistle Blower and exposing a serious potentially dangerous repeated breech in a school’s security less than one year after Sandy Hook and less than one hour’s drive time from the scene of that tragedy
by (presumably) a security expert rises to met the conditions for either Breech of Peace or Disturbing the Peace, unless you interpret ‘the public’ to mean the school’s administration and the East Haven School Board who’s peace calm and mellow I’m positive were harshed by their inability to cover this up and block all attempts at an investigation into it because he chose to make it public rather than take it to them.
Were parents upset by the revelation and the videos? Unquestionably. Did I think they were upset with Mr. Appi Jr.? While admittedly I think most liberals are incapable of independent thought, prone to circular logic and a bunch of Sheeple, even I have a hard time believing they sink to that level of moronic stupidity to be outraged and upset with Mr. Appi JR.. Indeed they’re action suggest otherwise. Nobody has attacked him, nobody has threatened or condemned him but rather they chose to hold their children out of school and evidently raise (un)holy hell over what Mr. Appi Jr. discovered.
In jackbooted autocratic retaliation for his finding fault with their fiefdom the School Board has had baseless retaliatory charges filed against Mr. Appi. I find the most likely reason for this to be the fact that Mr. Appi Sr. has been harping on the same note in East Haven since 2004. See here: http://foxct.com/2013/10/25/grandfather-makes-plea-for-armed-guards-in-north-haven-schools/
The Shoreline Times has reported:
The nature of Appi’s comments on Facebook are similar to those of any self proclaimed activist. His comments make clear he is adamant about the need for security improvements and he is concerned for the welfare of the students, including his daughter, at the middle school. Appi said he made no threats.
To be fair, the Americanownews has a slightly different take on the Facebook comments and slightly more details as well since the Facebook page is now down:
However, his comments on Facebook got him in hot water.
“Maybe I’ll have to walk in with toy guns just to prove a point. Then again, maybe someone might beat me to it with the real thing,” Appi said on his Facebook page.
Police said they received more than 50 calls after the Facebook comment was posted and more than double that number were received at Joseph Melillo Middle School.
“I guess some parents got alarmed,” Appi said. “They thought maybe I would do some harm to students, but I’m very active with the school.”
Best choice of phraseology to drive home his point? I’m not even going to pretend that it is. Then again one has to remember, this isn’t a man who makes his living as a writer, this is a man who drags his knuckles in the protection of others. What I see here is a man who obviously was deeply concerned for the safety of his daughter [trust me I know from first hand experience both growing up with a sister and from dating many a ‘Daddy’s little girl that the Father/Daughter dynamic is every bit as serious tangible and potentially dangerous as the Momma Bear/Cubs scenario. You think Mom’s are bad about the whole maternal instinct protecting their kids thing? Send a daughter home in tears and just you see what happens next time you try to come around] and also likely frustrated that he had (again presumably) made official issue of this and saw it was still on going.
Connecticut papers are still full of calls for better school security and for schools to be proactive for parents and passersby to report anything out of the ordinary or suspicious. Well this guy did it, abet doing it Julian Assange/Edward Snowden style and look at his reward!