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The marriage of modern technology and spy satellites has spawned many things. Few of them are as cool as Appellation America'scomprehensive list of pretty much every winery in the US & Canada, including photos, maps, and satellite pictures.
The semi-official, mostly defunct, and now antiquated Libertarian Club winery is here. I mean the LC is antiquated and defunct, not Hart Winery, where uncounted glasses of red were raised, the occasional Padrone was put to flame (or chewed), and conversation flowed in as many directions as the warm shadows cast under the Sycamore Trees outside the barn-like cellars and tasting room.
TWC still has one bottle of Hart '92 Cabernet Sauvignon.
KC (actual connoisseur), That Boy (Jacob), Linda C
Magnum of Zinfandel
Hart Winery cellar July 5, 1998
Long time readers will know that That Boy (Jacob) is TWC's first born. He's a bit taller these days and entirely too kewl for cool.
TWC and the Boy are off to Knott's Scary Farm in a little bit. House Blonde is not. It's a little too scary.
So we're going to modified reruns. Mrs TWC has written extensively about Locke High School in LAUSD, which is sort of a poster child for all that's wrong with public education in America.
On March 17, 2005, 15-year-old Delusa Allen was shot in the head while leaving Locke High School in Los Angeles, sending her into intensive care and eventually killing her.
Despite what you may think about the state of public education, it ain't your suburban school. It's the schools at the margins, the kids who've been kicked to the curb and are locked into a system where it's a good week on campus if no kid bloodied the restroom tile. The mind numbs in disbelief at the callous disregard for the welfare of these school kids.
Mrs TWC provided the fodder and then got Steve Barr together with the boys at Reason. The result is this stunning video. If this don't bring a tear for the children (or a tear of joy for the children) you got ice in your heart, man.
The film was written, produced, and edited by Ted Balaker (one of John Stossel's wunderkinds). Ted likes a nice glass of the red now and again and I'm really, really, trying to get past the name dropping here. Sorry. I believe Paul Feine shot some of the footage as did ace cinematographer, PF Bentley. More about the Drew Carey project here.
This has been floating around the email circuit for quite some time and many of you have already seen it. For that I apologize. However, it seems a lot less silly in the context of economic events of the last six weeks. Goes like this:
Had you purchased $1,000.00 of Delta Air Lines stock
one year ago, you would have $49.00 left.
If you had bought Enron, you would have $16.50 left of the
WorldCom? Less than $5.00
Washington Mutual? Zip, nada, zilch, zero.
But, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of Bud Lite one year ago, drank all of the beer, then turned in the cans for the
aluminum recycling REFUND, you would have $214.00 cash.
Apparently the best current investment
advice is to drink heavily and recycle.
Nope: TWC didn't verify the math, scrap aluminum prices, or current stock values.
Tip of the glass to (most recently) Noelle B (and many, many others, thanks)
UPDATE: Apparently not everyone knows about Bram Stoker. 1992 movie trailer here.
BONUS: John Kerry and George Bush are both related to Dracula.
DISCLAIMER: Dracula link leads to a 9/11 Truther type site with which TWC is not associated with in any way. For the record, TWC is down with William of Occam's theory that the simplest explanation is usually the right one. I've been told one can verify the relationship between distant cousins Kerry and Bush at ancestry.com.
CHEESECAKE: A little Halloween Hearse cheesecake for the boys.
Better to support a guy like Bob Barr that's on the money seventy or eighty percent of the time than to vote for someone who has promised to stab you in the eye with a sharp stick, just so that the other guy, who has promised to rabbit punch you with a sledge hammer, won't get elected.
Obama? McCain? Careful what you wish for, you just might get it.
The Wine Commonsewer doesn't endorse candidates for public office except when he does.