Eight Mates and a 19 Pint Bender Which Ends in Tattoos

[T]hey’ve spent years now building a brand that’s in complete opposition to cheap lagers, session drinking and crowds of young men boozing in bars. They’ve worked very hard to help Guinness drinkers picture themselves as twinkly-eyed, Byronic bar-room intellectuals, sitting quietly with a pint and dreaming of poetry and impossibly lovely redheads running barefoot across the peat. You have a pint or two of Guinness with a slim volume of Yeats, not eight mates and a 19 pint bender which ends in tattoos, A&E and herpes from a hen party.

— Tim Hayward, The Guardian (London), 17 September 2009.

It Shall Be Unlawful

First National Confederate Flag captured by the 4th Minnesota Regiment Volunteer Infantry at the Battle of Jackson, Mississippi (obverse side).
First National Confederate Flag captured by the 4th Minnesota Regiment Volunteer Infantry at the Battle of Jackson, Mississippi (obverse side).
First National Confederate Flag captured by the 4th Minnesota Regiment Volunteer Infantry at the Battle of Jackson, Mississippi (reverse side).
First National Confederate Flag captured by the 4th Minnesota Regiment Volunteer Infantry at the Battle of Jackson, Mississippi (reverse side).

Improper use or mutilation of state or Confederate flag or emblem prohibited.—

(1) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to copy, print, publish, or otherwise use the flag or state emblem of Florida, or the flag or emblem of the Confederate States, or any flag or emblem used by the Confederate States or the military or naval forces of the Confederate States at any time within the years 1860 to 1865, both inclusive, for the purpose of advertising, selling, or promoting the sale of any article of merchandise whatever within this state.
(2) It shall also be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to mutilate, deface, defile, or contemptuously abuse the flag or emblem of Florida or the flag or emblem of the Confederate States by any act whatever.
(3) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the use of any flag, standard, color, shield, ensign, or other insignia of Florida or of the Confederate States for decorative or patriotic purposes.
— Florida Statutes Chapter 256.051.

I Can’t Believe It!

Today is the 18th day of October — and I just saw a Christmas advertisement on television! Absolutely sickening. Talk about a War on Christmas! Now they don’t even get through Hallowe’en first.