Happy New Year

Happy New Year Folks.

My Little Town


Sushi Anyone?


Merry Christmas


Twas the Night Before Christmas and all through the house....

Not a creature was stirring, not even a pissed off osprey with a Santa hat on its head .....

Have a great Christmas Eve!

It's the Most Wonderful Time


Only 7 Days Left Until Xmas


Christmas Cheer


Happy Monday

Shot from the 55th Floor from the Havana Club at the Wachovia Tower
in Downtown Miami.

Happy Monday

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

The Classic we used to watch as kids.


IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Taken with my iPhone

It's Friday infidels. It will be Christmas soon and Santi Clo will come to visit to bring us toys.

My Xmas List to Santi Clo:

1. Nikon D3 w/Nikon 200-400 4.0 VR
2. Intel Mac Book Pro
3. Canon 16-35L II Lens

That's a lot no? If I don't get it from santi clo, I understand. Times are tough. But it's free to ask him.

have a great weekend infidels.

Go Ask Alice ...


60's Flashback..


© 2007 by Michael A. Pancier


The Wheel in the Sky


The Dolphins are Done

Hey we can have another perfect season: 0-16 --- what a concept.

Bama Breeze

Jimmy Buffett Classic

You're A Mean One Mr Grinch

The Christmas Season is right around the corner folks. Have a great weekend.


Classic Mel Brooks - High Anxiety

Scene with Nurse Diesel .... too funny

Famous Movie Scene - HIstory of the World


Don't Covet Thy Neighbor's Sandwich


Happy Monday!

Enjoy the start of the week with the Miami Heat Dancers!

Go Heat!

They wouldn't let me bring in the Canon SLR, so the Panasonic ZLR had to do the trick. Not bad for a P&S. Also, did not hurt I was in Row 1 Courtside .... :-D

My Favorite Beers .....

Taken with my iPhone.


Joni Mitchell, Help Me Live, 1974

The Start of the Xmas season. Help me ....

Enjoy your weekend infidels.


Run Turkey Run


Happy Monday

Key Biscayne - Crandon Park

Have a Great Weekend Infidels

Should be a good weekend for nature photography. See you out in the field.

Miami Sunset


Spoonies at Green Cay - Happy Monday


Have a Good Weekend Infidels

I'll be out in the field this weekend. Should be good shooting.

Also, Happy 9th Birthday Nicky! You'll soon be able to ride the Hulk and can't wait.

Black Dog

Classic Led Zep ...


Juicy Huh?

These pants which look like they came from South Florida Correctional Institute costs hundreds of dollars and there are women that will gladly pay for them with the word "Juicy" splattered over their bums. Oy vay!

Havana Club - 55th Floor

One of the few places you can smoke cigars in Miami -- The Havana Club on the 55th Floor.

Taken with my iPhone

The Birds Are Back - Happy Monday

Great day at Green Cay yesterday....Have a great week folks. I'm gonna smoke cigars today.

It's Friday -- Time for Cigars and Fine Spirits

Have a Great Weekend Folks.....

On a more serious note, Robert at 26th Parallel referenced this article in the Herald about this tax the Dems want to pass on Cigars that would make the price of cigars too expensive and which would put an entire business, retailers, farmers, workers out of business which in turn would render the tax pointless. This frosts my ass so much. Don't these wankers know anything other than the power to tax, tax, tax and why do they hate freedom of choice? They're "pro choice" on abortion but not "pro choice" when it comes to allowing businesses and individuals to exercise their God given right to smoke cigars if they so choose or to fart in public. If they don't like it, go elsewhere. Leave me the hell alone. Read this and you will puke with rage (if you're a true lover of freedom) .... I don't like to use this blog for political speech, but when it comes to my cigars, those is fighting words. This tax would raise the price of any box of cigars by $ 60.00. Puh-lease ....


A cigar-store Indian and a pungent aroma greet customers at Miami's Sosa Cigars, next to the famed Versailles restaurant.

Boxes of cigars labeled Partagás, Cohiba and Padrón rise from floor to ceiling. A table for dominoes invites smokers with time to spare. Buy a humidor, bottle of wine or guayabera to complete the look of old Havana.

''Take a picture,'' quipped U.S. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart, one of three Miami Republicans who oppose legislation expanding a popular children's health-insurance program, partly because it relies on higher cigar taxes. ``They're not going to be around much longer.''

Under a plan to pump $35 billion into the so-called SCHIP program, federal taxes on cigars would soar from 5 cents to an average of $3 per cigar, an increase of about 6,000 percent. Cigarette taxes would rise 61 cents, to $1 per pack.

''Why are they picking on us?'' demanded Sergio Pereira, who owns the Don Sergio Ramar Cigars factory in Miami. ``Cuba is rum, sugar and cigars.''

In a flame-fanning tirade on Spanish-language radio last week, Díaz-Balart called the tax hike an ''attack on the Cuban-American community.'' He added: ``It would hurt an industry specifically in Miami-Dade, in South Florida, an industry that is almost entirely Hispanic: those who make cigars by hand, which is a cultural tradition. That industry will not survive.''

But put aside the Chicken-Little warnings, the appeals to ethnic pride and the romantic image of the family-run storefront. Consider that the program would extend health benefits to 10 million children on the strapping back of a deadly industry.

''Raising the price may cause some individuals to stop smoking, which would be a good thing,'' said Bill Corr, executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. ``We have a product that is designed to addict and kill, and we have to take steps to protect the public health.''

Corr is affiliated with a nonprofit that tracks tobacco industry contributions and found that members of Congress who opposed the SCHIP expansion have received ''four, five, six times as much'' money than those who supported it. Díaz-Balart, and U.S. Reps. Lincoln Díaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, have received tens of thousands of dollars from tobacco over the past decade.

''They chose cigar makers over kids and politics over children,'' said Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Weston. ``I think they made a grievous mistake.''

The national Democratic Party and left-leaning special interest groups have seized on SCHIP as a club to browbeat the Miami Republicans and other potentially vulnerable members of Congress. Radio ads in their districts warned them to ''to choose our kids.'' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be in South Florida next week to recruit potential challengers, including former Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez.

The three Republican lawmakers have said repeatedly that they support the insurance program, but that the legislation doesn't go far enough to prioritize the poorest children, depends heavily on tax revenues from new smokers and enables 2 million children to replace their private health benefits with government subsidies.

They voted no this week, contributing to the failure of Democratic leaders to muster enough votes to override President Bush's veto.


$3 a stick in federal tax. Unreal. Remember the luxury tax that flopped many years ago? And it is important to note that they had passed a sick tax like this in California which flopped. It put retailers out of business and folks bought cigars out of state and the State did not get the revenues they wanted. These wankers never learn. A bunch of goodie two-shoe pissants that feel obliged to paternalism because we are somehow too stupid to make our own decisions. So I'll smoke as I please and if they and perhaps a future dem President and dem congress pass this tax in the future, start stocking up on your sticks cause it will be effectively banned and sold on the black market. These folks should get smart and tax methane cause they got plenty of it in Washington especially on capital hill.

And now back to regular programming.


Happy Halloween Infidels

(c) 2004 by Michael A. Pancier

Enjoy the day and stay dry especially if you're subject to squals from TS Noel.

I Got A Rock


The Great Pumpkin is Coming Really!!!


The Great Pumpkin is Coming!!!


It's Friday Infidels - Why Don't We Get Drunk



Have a great weekend folks!

Courtesy of FedEx and Apple -- Leopard

Finally, got it this morning.....can't wait to play with it.

Rootbeer and A Weinie!

Had lunch yesterday at Skyline. Man are there chile dogs good!!!!!!

The Great Cornholio!


Fun in Boca

Nothing better to do on a Sunday? Head out to Boca and see how the other half live. Heck, $18 to use the public beaches/parks out there if you're not a resident . . . helps keep all the riff raff out ... right? Happy Monday.

Have A Great Weekend

My Breakfast ... nova and bagels. There's no substitute!

It's Stone Crab Season -- Hooray


Fall in Miami Lakes



Famous Scene from the Blues Brothers Movie ..


Amazing Grace

Mahalia Jackson - The greatest gospel singer of all time.

Happy Friday ....


Canary in a Coalmine - The Picture

taken at Butterfly World by yours truly.

The Police - Canary in Coalmine

Man I'm old. I bought this album in 1980 .... that was 27 years ago... dang!


Should've Been A Cowboy

Since I'm in this western mood, here's one of my favorite songs by Toby Keith ... "Should've Been A Cowboy"

Where's the 1st flight to Nevada?


Another Starbucks Morning

Taken with my iPhone .... happy wednesday....

And Now for Something Completely Different

The Funniest Joke in the World...


Otter's Speech

One of the greatest speeches in movie history -- from Animal House.


It's Monday Infidels

here we go again.....

Five Easy Pieces Diner Scene

One of the best movie scenes of all time. Take it Jack ...


Happy Friday - Have a Great Weekend

See you out in the field....

Hot Hot Hot

Classic video which goes well with the chili article below.


I Must Try Some of this Chili

Very Hot Spicy Thai Chili Causes Street Closures in London

By RAPHAEL G. SATTER, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 21 minutes ago

Super spicy chili sauce being cooked at a London Thai restaurant sparked road closures and evacuations after passers-by complained that the smell was burning their throats, police said Wednesday.

London Fire Brigade's chemical response team was called after reports that a strong smell was wafting from the restaurant in the heart of London's Soho district Monday afternoon, a Metropolitan police spokesman said, speaking anonymously in line with force policy.

Authorities sealed off several premises and closed roads. The Times of London described shoppers coughing and spluttering as firefighters wearing special breathing masks sought the source of the smell.

The paper said firefighters smashed down the door of the Thai Cottage restaurant and seized extra-hot bird's eye chilies which had been left dry-frying. It said they were being prepared as part of a batch of Nam Prik Pao, a spicy Thai dip.

"The smoke didn't go up into the sky because of the rain and the heavy air," The Times quoted Thai Cottage owner Sue Wasboonma as saying. "It's the hottest thing we make."

The police spokesman said no arrests were made in the case.

"As far as I'm aware it's not a criminal offense to cook very strong chili," he said.


The Little Cafe by the Courthouse

Where I grab breakfast in the mornings right before my hearings. This place is across from the federal courthouse in Downtown Miami. Taken with my iPhone.

Who'll Stop The Rain

Classic CCR song for your rainy Monday morning....


Welcome to Sunny South Florida

My Monday morning commute. Joy. This weather's for the ducks!


It's Sunday and It's Raining....

It wasn't raining when I captured this image at the Morikami Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, but it sure is today. Enjoy your Sunday and stay dry.

A Night In Tunisia

Dizzy and Arturo ....


Have a Peppery Weekend Infidels


Something Sunny For A Rainy Day

The weather sucks over here. It's raining and damp. So here's a picture of something sunny....

later infidels

Bill and Ted in school

Blast from the past ... great movie .... excellent!


Have a Great Weekend Infidels


A Video for International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Classic skit from Monty Python -- the Expedition to Lake Pahoe.

Arrrrrr; Chiver me timbers. Yo ho ho a pirate's life's for me.


Mike & Rudy

(Photo by Michael Hopkins, Gerlinde Photography, Davie, Florida)

Photo of America's Mayor and candidate for President and yours truly. Taken yesterday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Flashback - Janis Joplin

Try (Live at Woodstock 69)

She rocked like no other woman has ever rocked. What a voice!


Fat Bottom Girls

In light of today's photo post, I offer you this classic video from Queen ....


Have a Good Weekend Infidels

Enjoy the weekend and please remember....real people don't wear plaid.

We Won't Back Down