Comments by Kris Kucera

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Hope the Colisee fixes the goal near the front entrance.

The goal near the front entrance and concessions has its left post connected to a too-shallow hole in the ice, ostensibly because there is a poorly placed ice-making-related pipe under that exact spot, which means the goal's left rubber goal-ice connector is never properly anchored into the ice. (Not easy to explain, no.)

As any former Maineiacs fan can tell you, that goal gets knocked off too many times in games, and there were several games where it was clear the hole was too shallow and compromised to keep the goal remotely stable. Bad news, since the opponents' defense can intentionally, er, accidentally knock the goal loose when things get tight in the crease, thus stopping play.

With the bigger, faster men of the AHL, this will be a problem every game, unless the problem has been, or will be, remedied. (Justin?)

Regardless, I hope, for L-A's sake, that the Colisee sells out regularly for the Pirates' games. After the Maineiacs debacle, confidence is not high, Houlton.

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MLK, Jr. was NOT a Republican. Do you just make "facts" up?

What utter nonsense. There is no evidence he ever voted Republican -- he cheered Johnson's victory in '64 -- and he was not in any political party.

"I don’t think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party. They both have weaknesses … And I’m not inextricably bound to either party.” -MLK Jr. in a 1958 interview

His thoughts on Republicans? They say plenty, and ring true today:

Regarding the 1964 Republican Convention:
"The Republican Party geared its appeal and program to racism, reaction, and extremism. All people of goodwill viewed with alarm and concern the frenzied wedding at the Cow Palace of the KKK with the radical right. The “best man” at this ceremony was a senator whose voting record, philosophy, and program were anathema to all the hard-won achievements of the past decade.
"Senator Goldwater had neither the concern nor the comprehension necessary to grapple with this problem of poverty in the fashion that the historical moment dictated. On the urgent issue of civil rights, Senator Goldwater represented a philosophy that was morally indefensible and socially suicidal. While not himself a racist, Mr. Goldwater articulated a philosophy which gave aid and comfort to the racist. His candidacy and philosophy would serve as an umbrella under which extremists of all stripes would stand. In the light of these facts and because of my love for America, I had no alternative but to urge every Negro and white person of goodwill to vote against Mr. Goldwater and to withdraw support from any Republican candidate that did not publicly disassociate himself from Senator Goldwater and his philosophy." -MLK Jr. in his autobiography

On Reagan:
"When a Hollywood performer, lacking distinction even as an actor can become a leading war hawk candidate for the Presidency, only the irrationalities induced by a war psychosis can explain such a melancholy turn of events." --MLK Jr. in his autobiography

Now let me guess, Reagan's CIA didn't help Saddam with satellite info when Saddam gassed the Iranians in '88? Do as America says, not as it does, right? (And yet Reagan sold the Iranians weapons in '85 & '86 to pay for the Contras in Nicaragua? Come again? . . .)

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Marketing 101

For those of you cranks who think this is a non-story, you're right but wrong. The Farmers' Almanac is a piece of Americana, and one of the few entities that puts Lewiston on the map these days.

With that in mind, this is a top story on SI.com, the Washington Post, CNN/Time, and other large news and sports outlets. (It's not on Fox.com yet -- another Obama conspiracy? . . .)

In other words, the aforementioned "forecast" (admittedly, I'm a skeptic) is a very smart marketing move whether it's ultimately right or not: It gets the Almanac (and by default, Geiger) more attention. This will be the main weather topic on ESPN et al. this season -- a wintry Superbowl at the Meadowlands? -- which will help sell plenty more Farmers' Almanacs in the long run.

And that's a good thing for Geiger, a local, family business -- one that's been giving back to L-A for half a century.

Alas, I doubt my Vikings will be representing the NFC in February. Big surprise there, yes.

Still, I wonder what Gov. LeRage's (aka Clint Clobber's) Superbowl forecast is? Probably calls for heavy bombast, followed by intermittent maniacal ravings, with gusts of paranoid, delusional ranting, hollow denials, and more pathetic white-victimization sophistry.

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If . . .

. . . Justices Scalia and Ginsberg can break bread together, you and I can have a spirited political debate without actually getting genuinely mad at one another. This country won't get anywhere without both sides actually listening to each other and then doing the unthinkable: Compromise.

What a lovely spring we're not having. . . . (I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.)

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Sarcasm:

Just one of the quality services I supply.

So if not for guns, 30,000 people would be killed each year in baseball bat attacks? Would there be a slugging percentage?

Do you prefer ash or maple bats? Probably maple, as they splinter sharply, thus you could also stab people with them. American industriousness defined.

Happy Friday, disagreements or not.

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Logic my [spincter]

First off, gun laws that might've prevented 9/11? Huh? Would you like to compare and contrast Jesus and Spiderman too?

How does registering your guns keep you from protecting your family? You register (and pay insurance, take a driver's test, etc.) your car. But guns are so sacred in a Freudian orgasmic way that they are beyond reproach?

There are 300 million firearms in this country. That's why we have so many gun murders. People get mad, guns are ubiquitous, too many people get shot. Duh. Other countries have crazy mofos too -- they just can't easily get their hands on guns. Are you getting all this or should I type slower?

Statistically, guns, especially handguns (which also cause 82% of all gun-related homicides), in the home pose more dangers to the homeowner and the home's occupants than homes without guns. There's a greater chance of a gun being used in a domestic dispute, or by tormented young men who have access to guns that kill themselves or others, as in Sandy Hook, Aurora, Columbine, (insert myriad mass shootings here), than a gun being used to defend one's property, which, incidentally, I am all for.

I'm not out to take your gun away from you presuming you're not a loon. (Your spurious argument does make me wonder, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.) Heck, I own a Sears and Roebuck 12-gauge. But what's the fear in having us both register our firearms, and prove that we're trained in firearm safety? Let me guess, it's because you're afraid that your own government -- which includes our own military (wrap yourself in a flag here) -- is going to come and take them away from you? I can't help you with that sort of paranoid delusion, man. Unless of course you are, in fact, a loon, holed up in your fortified bunker eating canned Vienna sausages while blogging. But again, I'm sure you're a fine guy to watch a NASCAR race with. (Can we check on The Masters during commercials?)

And if the 2nd Amendment is "infallible," along with the Constitution as a whole (what exactly is "blood libel"?), how do we explain Section 2, Article 1? (Which was amended, by the way.) Times change, but ignorance persists like a cancer.

You're right, though. We should do nothing, arm everyone, go Mad Max, and just let daily shootings be the norm -- which it pretty much already is anyway. How silly of me to want to do something. I'm off to polish my holy firearm as penance to the Church of the NRA.

KRIS KUCERA's picture

The NRA represents gun manufacturers, not responsible gun owners

Why is it that we willingly turned our world upside-down with security measures after 9/11, where 3,000 were innocents were killed, including my best friend from my Binghamton, NY, neighborhood growing up, Brian Terrenzi; yet we've done NOTHING to curb gun sales and violence when guns are used to kill tens of thousands of Americans each and every year?!?

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/10/opinion/donohue-background-checks/index.html

Even poor Binghamton, which is just a bigger version of L-A (both are former mill towns that lost their jobs to foreign lands thanks in large part to the Reagan Revolution), had a mass shooting just a few years ago, with 13 innocents mercilessly gunned down.

Is there ever a point where we, as a nation, say enough is enough?

I might add that it was too bad Dick Cheney didn't shoot Wayne LaPierre in the face, that death merchant.

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Spoken like a McCarthyite.

Or a right-wing screw head.

Or a new-age know nothing.

It's been said that marijuana affects one's short-term memory.

It's also been said that marijuana affects one's short-term memory.

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Marijuana smoking does not cause lung cancer.

I don't expect the Pirate to be interested in scientific research. And again, he's simply wrong.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=large-study-finds-no-link

Prohibition of alcohol was a disaster; and half of all prisoners in America are in jail for possession, often for weed.

The real problem is the privatization of prisons by right-wing politicians. Prisoners now equal dollar signs for corporations in states that have privately owned jails. Welcome to the Prison Industrial System. Less convicts mean less profit, therefore less reform of our draconian drug laws.

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Every parents' worse nightmare.

A true tragedy, a terrible accident.

Life is wonderful.

Yet life is [expletive] brutal.

Selah.