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I am going to live.  As my old man said, “You get to where you think you’re gonna die, then you pray that you will…”  And he was right, as far as that went.

But now I’ve decided I don’t want die just yet and that sentiment firms up more and more as the nasty old flu recedes in the rear-view mirror.  So while I didn’t get what I really wanted for Christmas (health) I got it later, so it all worked out.   The worst of the coughing is over and not a moment too soon since it cracked my neck every single cough.

Now I am just going in fits and spurts of being wiped out and then getting energy back off-on throughout the day.

See the energetic furry creature below?  She got spayed today and the poor dear is pretty uncomfortable.  Yes, even the Furry Little Black Dress of Evil can suffer.

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We gave Lemurita an MP3 player for Christmas and she asked me to load it up with some of my music after she went to bed.  I have a huge collection of digital music but not all of it is exactly acceptable for a 10 year old.  Butthole Surfers, Circle Jerks, Henry Rollins, Metallica, the Doors… nah.  I did give her AC/DC Hell’s Bells (she loves that one), some Rod Stewart, Don Henley, bagpipes, etc.  Not sure about The Who, Shawn Mullins, Tom Petty, etc.

By the way – if you have not seen the movie Limitless, I would HIGHLY recommend it.  I said to Cruel Wife, “Ok, I have to admit that if I was in his shoes I don’t think I could have done anything differently – it would be that seductive, especially to my brain.”  It is NOT an anti-drug movie.  It’s not a pro-drug movie.  It’s a movie with a drug that the movie centers on but what a fun ride the movie is.

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A bit over a week ago I had that cold/flu/ebola thing that just kicked the everloving stuffing out of me.  I worked from home Wednesday and then returned to work the rest of the week, unable to hear a damn thing – this is not a good thing when you started life with only half your hearing in the first place, because what is left is at a premium. And then there were the headaches.  And toothaches.  And the green stuff.

After searching the web:

First try a saline spray, decongestant, or antihistamine.

I was later told that all of the above were bad and no-no-offlimitsverbotenevil.  It was explained to me that using one of those came with a high risk of tearing the fabric of space and time, possibly leading to a resurgence of Richard Simmons exercise re-runs on prime-time TV, and nobody wants that.

Staying well hydrated can keep nasal secretions flowing freely, preventing stuffiness that can harbor infection.

If staying well-hydrated were of universally huge benefit, people would not have to see the doctor ever, would they?  I drank as much coffee, tea, and Red Bull™ as I could choke down, to no effect.  Additionally, I have never been accused of being “stuffy”.

Capsaicin pepper spray is an alternative remedy showing some promise.

Take it from me, Michigan-legal pepper spray does NOTHING for your sinuses beyond making you wish you could die an instant death, so just don’t even go there.  They are full of sh*t.  There’s absolutely no promise to pepper spray beyond the one of intense agony.  Fool me once, shame on you… fool me seventeen times shame on me.  But it was worth a shot.

If symptoms persist, talk to your doctor about prescription remedies. Antibiotics can cure bacterial infections and reduce swelling in sinuses.

Yeah.  Ok.  Symptoms persisted.  The web says go see a doctor.

What’s that, Cruel Wife?  You’ve been saying that for days?  Sure you have.  I’d have noticed.

So the doc said Friday morning that it is not an ear infection.  She had to say it several times apparently because I was not looking at her the first few times.  Nope, it’s a raging nasty sinus infection.  That made sense because she had just looked up my nose and muttered something about greens and reds and:

“Yuk, gross.”

With the ink still wet on the Rx in my hand I left the office, dragging myself across the waiting room floor for the amusement of the other patients.

The doc insisted that the current disease floating around seems to snicker at Zithromax and then turn around and smack you a few more times for giving it any hassle.  Zithromax then goes and sits on the bench, wishing it could someday be in the major leagues.  Well, she didn’t say that, but I thought it.

The pill, (the color of an inflamed internal organ, interestingly) is roughly the size of an obese ping-pong ball or a hairless hamster without legs.  It appears to be covered in a leathery shell and studded with Teflon™ covered spikes to make it go down easier.

Two days later I’m still kind of feeling like I’ve been eaten by ravenous wolves, improperly digested, crapped out, and re-shaped into a thing resembling a Lemur.

“Have patience!” the Medicos say.  “It usually takes (wait… what day is this? two days?) … uh, THREE days for the stuff to work.”

So much for nine days ago when I thought “Meh, this is just a wimpy little bug, life will go on and I will laugh it off! (ho ho ho ho)”  I guess you don’t always get to make that call.  My boss was out two weeks and then still has had a day here and there out sick so it could be worse, hm?

At the moment I am very very energy-less.  Feel ok for a bit, get ambitious about some big project like picking up a piece of paper on the floor, and CRASH – woozy and as listless as a Occupy America devotee.

Because of all of this I suggest very strongly that you avoid getting the currently circulating cold/flu/ebola/listeria-pox thing lest it dissolve into the green phlegm of sinus hell.  It’s not worth your time.

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Right after the doctor visit, I picked up my new reading glasses.  Friday night I asked Girlhead “Ok, be truthful, do you think the new glasses look cool or do they just make me look old?”

She looked at me with this grin and said “No, Dad, they make you look like a GEEK.”

I did ask for honesty, and the girl is brutally honest.  Always has been.  I like that about her.  My opinion is if you don’t want the truth, don’t ask.  Or, even if you don’t like the truth, don’t blame the person you asked because… you asked.

“Yeah, but is it geeky in a good way or in a bad way?”

(Pausing to consider)  “Good, I think.”

“Well, that’s a relief.”

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Public Safety Announcment follows this new material…

SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.

It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.  - TimesOnline.Co.UK

In spite of these grave actions, those who wish to believe in AGW  claim that this changes nothing, in effect trying to use the same thought processes that lead people to believe the philosophical myth that you cannot prove a negative.  Actually you can if you agree to base your arguments in reality:

The preponderance of data seems to show that we are not currently warming up.

The scientists that committed the “boo-boo” have said:

We do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (quality controlled and homogenised) data.  – CRU Website

In other words – we can’t prove our outrageous claims but you can trust us, what we’re showing you is legitimate and even better than the original data. “Quality controlled and homogenized”?  To the layman, this means that the data was extensively massaged to lean wherever the hell the scientists wanted it to lean.  Their models have to have a great number of assumptions built in and to not release the data means that they do not want the scrutiny, which also means that their conclusions are highly suspect.  No scientist ever destroys data.  That would be like saying that a mechanic puts pebbles in the cylinders as he is putting on the head gasket and getting ready to button the engine up – it just isn’t done.

Seems to me that the larger problem is how many people who have predicated their research on Climate Change in the echo-chamber lined with the CRU-doctored data and James Hansen’s (NASA) own credibility issues.

This is a technique I need to use with the IRS.  Really, my records were lost but my spreadsheet here shows that I only owed $0.79 and am entitled to almost all of my withholdings.  Honest.  Why would I lie to you?

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Ok, I poo-poo’ed the H1N1 flu.  Yes, I think I got it back in July.  Yes I survived.  Yes, I felt like dying.

Most people survive just fine.

If you happen to be like a friend of mine, you get sick, you get sicker, you get can’t-breathe-hacking-up-blood hospital sick, you then decide to get ICU sick, the CDC steps in and authorizes  a five-day course of Paramavir in convenient almost-at-death’s-door IV form.  Then you decide to live but strangely the plan seems to be recovering in a period of weeks and months, not days.

Granted, he had all the classical bad things working against him.  Overweight, asthmatic, high blood pressure, overworked…

The CDC has some information posted that I find to be irresponsible and granted they were aiming it at a less educated group, but medical and scientific organizations need to stop talking down to people – people can and do ask questions and rise to the occasion when they need to figure something out.  Dumbing shit down just dilutes the message and conveys nothing useful.

When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used.* You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn’t need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands. -  CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1flu/qa.htm)

You are left thinking “Hey, all right, alcohol is good!” and then you read on to where it says “the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands”.

What?  H1N1 is not a germ.  It is a virus.  So by making that last sentence read the way it does, it puts in doubt whether these folks know what they are talking about.

Yes, influenza viruses do have a lipid coat on them which is susceptible to alcohol.  Some viruses don’t walk around with a lipid coat stolen from the host cell (when they disperse via budding).  Great.  But is the H1N1 something that I can count on to not be atypical?  Should I trust what I’m reading when someone interchangeably uses “germ” and “virus”?

Scientific Blogging has two good links, the first of which makes mention of Benzalkonium Chloride (sometimes referred to as BC or BAC) and is a quaternary ammonium compound.  It will kill the viruses.

Stop for a second… no hand sanitizer is a good substitute for washing your hands.

Good info on hand sanitizers:

http://www.scientificblogging.com/news_articles/hand_sanitizers_proven_be_effective_against_h1n1_influenza_swine_flu_virus

Interesting info on influenza:

http://www.scientificblogging.com/news_articles/avian_flu_research_sheds_light_swine_flu_and_why_influenza_can_never_be_eradicated

Lastly a link with a data/promotional sheet on a BC product.  Aimed at MRSA originally.

http://www.mrsa-solutions.com/pdfs/H1N1%20-%20COMMENTS%20AND%20PREVENTION.pdf

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I’d buy this guy’s wife a beer.

Him, I say we find some pliers and a blowtorch.  He’s earned it.

Cheryl Roberts, 61, suspected her husband David was accessing chatrooms to lure girls into sex so she set up a different computer in their home to pretend she was a 14-year-old girl and caught him in the act.

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Spanish region of Extremadura teaches teens art of masturbation

Ok.  That seems like something they’d have never figured out for themselves.  Curriculum vitae for their schooling?

MSTRB8-101:  How to touch your inner child.

MSTRB8-102:  Whipping the Weasel – touching on the finer points

MSTRB8-103:  Suzy loves Suzy – a chick-flick of a love story

MSTRB8-201:  Self Pleasure and “Found” objects

MSTRB8-202:  Shame – why chicken choking and putting the panty hamster through it’s paces  is OK

MSTRB8-203:  Woodworking Today – polish, wax, and oil application

MSTRB8-301:  Sock puppetry

…all the way on up to the advanced courses…

MSTRB8-403:  How to not have sex with that man/woman (course intro by ex-President Bill Clinton)

A snippet from the NY Daily News, who are amazingly neutral.  Emphasis is mine.

The Guardian reports that the $20,000 campaign includes workshops that feature masturbation instructions. There also are leaflets on self-respect and contraception.

The region’s socialist government aims to help teenagers with “sexual self-exploration and the discovery of self-pleasure.”

“The campaign is simple, clear, natural and easily understood by the people it is aimed at, who are aged between 14 and 17,” [Laura Garrido,] says.

But not everyone in Spain supports bringing masturbation into the realm of public education.

“This is an intimate subject that should be dealt with at home,” says Hernández Carrón, a member of the opposition People’s party. “We have become the laughing stock of Spain.”

That may be so, but alone in the bedroom, teens from Extremadura will have the last laugh.

I got nuthin’ more to say other than:  “Americans, are you SURE you want to go down this gov’t knows everything Socialist path?”.  You better be sure, becasue it’s what you’ll get if you don’t watch it.

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All right, lets stop this in it’s tracks.

A Virginia family has a 14 year old son who was/is an athlete, he got his swine flu shot, and now has Guillain-Barre Syndrome.  The irresponsible title of the news article reads:

Virginia Family Claims H1N1 Vaccine Sickened Son

I’d be highly surprised if he had Guillain-Barre without having had a shot.

Guillain-Barre can result from any shot where there might have been something foreign that the body responded to.   Case frequency for the regular flu shot is around 1 in 1,000,000.

UNLESS THERE IS A CONTAMINATION ISSUE THERE IS NO MORE RISK THAN THERE IS IS FOR ANY NORMAL FLU SHOT.

It is very rare but yes it also can get you if you have never had a flu shot.  How about them hysterical apples?  It’s an immune response triggered by a foreign substance in the body and the body attacks the myelin sheaths around nerves – - acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. .

Most people with treatment will make a complete recovery. A few do die.  Some don’t make a complete recovery.

The point?  The point is that if you should suddenly hear from the crowd that freaks out about global warming, saccharine , DDT-is-always-bad,  charred-meat-is-dangerous, and injections-cause-everything crowd… well, tell them to research it.  There’s more danger from the disease than the shot, and likely you’ll recover from both just fine.

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This morning dawned bright and cheery, the kids were animated and happy, the birds were singing (I assume, because I can’t hear them), the wife and dog were joyous, and I woke up in a foul black heartless mood.

No, the epidural didn’t give much relief.

It told us something, which is there are spots that aren’t causing pain, exactly, but are binding my neck up.  Other spots are causing pain.  So the 24/7 headache and neckache continue.  Distressing is the arm pain and numbness.

Came in to work to find The Dude wearing a mask and gloves.   The Porcine Flu?  Nope.  Just a cold.  For fun we will either refer to it as the West Ebola Listeria Nile Pox or Porcine Flu.  I tried to tell him that (1) this mask is scary, and (2) it won’t prevent him from being a plague vector.

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Freddy Krueger was never this scary.

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All the back-slapping going on is going to stop before too long, when the Law of Unintended Consequences rears it’s ugly head.

The Fed Grins.

The self-congratulatory rhetoric will reach a fevered pitch, never acknowledging the horrible price that we have only deferred by all this “too big to fail” talk.  The cows will come home to roost.

No one who has had even peripheral involvement in the housing bubble or it’s travesty of a solution has any right to be proud or exuberant.

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Over at Bloomberg, there was a good op-ed:

Writers who are not pro-Barack Obama are suffering character assassination as well. George Will of the Washington Post, the nation’s senior conservative columnist, has been so assaulted by bloggers that his editor, Fred Hiatt, recently wrote, “I would think folks would be eager to engage in the debate, given how sure they are of their case, rather than trying to shut him down.”

It seems that the democrat/liberal viewpoint is “openness and inclusiveness unless you’re dissenting because our stance is well-reasoned and there is no logical alternative”.

Indeed, he closer the Democrats get to total power, the nastier the commentators friendly to them have become.

It really is as if a great wellspring of hatred has been uncapped and is allowed to flow freely now that checks and restraints are (mostly) taken away.

I don’t mind hatred, loathing, disdain… but let’s at least be dignified and civilized.

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More spam fun!

Messages waiting for me:

  • Re: Doctor Zulma Ruegsegger discount 68% for…
  • Customer Receipt/Purchase Confirmation
  • What the doctor ordered
  • Re:  SALE 70% OFF on Pfizer
  • Are you on car?

Don’t know a Doctor Zulma, haven’t purchased anything lately, don’t care what the doctor ordered, I don’t shop at Pfizer, and I’m on muscle relaxants and narcotics, not “car”.

Strangely, I sent all those e:mails myself, to myself.

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Pork Fat Flu

Update:  The epidural went without a hitch so far.  Neck hurts – aches and stabs by turns.  Everything is bound up tight inside, that’s for sure.  Keep your extremities crossed.

Found a good article today.  Cruel Wife is 5’1″ tall – maybe she’ll want to do this.  What’s 9 months of agony, she’s had two kids, right?  Breaking your legs to grow taller.  I don’t know that I want her any taller – she makes a great armrest when we’re waiting in line and I get tired.

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Well it seems that perhaps the media, the UN, and a number of other countries <cough europeans cough> might have overreacted just a hair.

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Pork Fat Flu... get it? Huh? Get it? Oh I slay me. When will reporters and UN sycophants actually behave responsibly?

As the reports have been saying all along, outside of Mexico the flu seems to be quite mild.  Even in Mexico there’s been question as to how many deaths were truly from the flu.

the current outbreak of the H1N1 virus, which emerged in San Diego and southern Mexico late last month, may not even do as much damage as the run-of-the-mill flu outbreaks that occur each winter without much fanfare.

This virus doesn’t have anywhere near the capacity to kill like the 1918 virus,” which claimed an estimated 50 million victims worldwide, said Richard Webby, a leading influenza virologist…

I suppose anything is possible but you have to wonder:  why would it be harder on a person who got sick with it there than it would be on a person who got it there and then went home  to the US?    There’s either a damn good reason or there’s none at all.

Let’s throw out some  examples of hysteria:

Swine flu: ‘All of humanity under threat’, WHO warns

Biden: Stay Off Subways During Swine Flu Panic

Toddler who died of swine flu visited Houston mall

World takes drastic steps to contain swine flu

Really, it’s considered mild.  Really.  Death toll is not going to be oodles and oodles of in-their-prime individuals.  This is like any other flu season.  Why the panic?  Yes, it’s too bad that there will be deaths, but where was the panic this last winter when the regular flu was going around?

Ultimately pants-wetters out there shouldn’t let facts get in their way.  Let’s go nuts and invoke cartloads of conspiracy theories on top of the normal hysterical theatrics.

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What I didn’t realize in the last round of cervical epidurals was that the clinic was in “cost-cutting” mode.

Regular stainless steel hypodermic tubing was swapped out in favor of needles made in Pakistan and India out of steel nails.  This wouldn’t have been a problem but the supplier got extra-really-awfully cheap and decided to use used nails.

rustyneedleAs you can imagine, these needles hurt more than the mainstream needles commonly used by most doctor’s offices and most needle-exchange heroin users.

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Wavelet transforms of audio files.  Steve Hanov’s website is too cool.  Way way too cool.  Lots of stuff to geek out on.

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Click to embiggenify the image

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You like being conned?  Well, some of you out there must because y’all voted for Obama.

The southern pole’s Wilkens Ice Shelf was/is a con-job.  I was sent this by a semi-alert but caring individual who while wishing to be un-named bears a suspicious resemblance to The Dude.  It’s last year’s analysis but good points never die.  Here’s a PDF for you…

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Don’t know if I’ve ever pointed out musical Shepard Scales, but it’s still cool. Check ‘em out.  It’s like optical illusions for your ears.  More like Audible illusions.

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It ain’t USB but it is kind of cool in a culinary nerd sort of way.  Thing is, it’s no good unless you’re on a 5 hour road trip… minimum.

Automobile crock pot.

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If I had the money to drop on this, I would.  It’s not USB either.

Office Pod.

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Keyboard pillow…  THIS is USB.

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We’re doomed.

Stupidity isn’t a virus… but it sure is spreadin’ like one! – Sandy Cheeks in SpongeBob Squarepants

What more can be thrown at us?  Global cooling.  Poisoned Tylenol.  AIDS.   Ozone layer gone.  Bad scallions from Mexico.  Global warming.  Hong Kong flu.   SARS.   Meteorite impacts.  Bad tomatoes.  Massive gamma-ray bursts from distant celestial bodies.  Peanut butter.  Global cooling.

Dammit, we’re all gonna die.

Sorry folks but the track record is not a good one.  Problem is, 50, 100, 1000, or even 10,000 people out of a country of 300,000,000 is 0.003%.   That is 1 person in 30,000.    A normal flu season racks up 30,000 deaths.  More people are killed in cars.

Mexico is either having a hard time pegging whether this is the real deal in a vast majority of these cases or it has something to do with their air or water.   Given that this is a crazy world, could it be that there’s a susceptibility if you are of hispanic lineage?

Don’t know, but the cases in the US and many others are showing this to be a mild flu.

The track record of the media is piss-poor.   We can say that much with absolute certainty.

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More proof that stupidity is indeed a virus!

Can the media stop performing fellatio long enough to take an unbiased step back and really look at what they are doing?  I doubt it, otherwise Reuters and People Mag wouldn’t be running this crap all the time – People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People.

Michelle Obama, who has achieved celebrity status and has wowed the world as a fashion icon, made the list for the first time.

“I had a father and a brother who thought I was beautiful, and they made me feel that way every single day,” Obama told the magazine.

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“I grew up with very strong male role models who thought I was smart and fast and funny, so I heard that a lot. I know that there are many young girls who don’t hear it. But I was fortunate,” she added.

Also included in a “Barack’s Beauties” section were White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and others.

When you start linking Geithner and Emanuel into the list as well as the First Lady, it’s pretty obvious that you’re oblivious to how ridiculous your behavior is.

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The Truth Should Be Out.

Fox had a headline and I’ve waited a while to get to it:

Beheading of Wife Poses Another Test for U.S. Muslims

Uh.

Yeaaaaah.

About that…

It should be a test of all of ‘em!  No, not all Muslims chop their wives heads off.  I know that.  But I’ll be damned if I can see where there are any Muslims with the guts enough to stand up and say “This crap has to be stamped out, burned out root and branch, and and end put to it once and for all.”

You might see one imam say “We don’t condone this.”  Or a woman scholar in the middle east with more cojones than any of the men who says “Perhaps the Koran wasn’t translated quite correctly in the way it says to treat wives”.  But on the whole…

Big whup-de-doo.

I want to see a huge mass of people with the furor of the Allah-Cartoon-Incident get up and riot over this kind of behavior.  Where’s the passionate outcry?

I’ll tell you where it is…  nowhere that can be seen.

This argument is rather pathetic…

“Muslims don’t want to talk about this for good reason,” said Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur, a Muslim author and activist. “There is so much negativity about Muslims, and it sort of perpetuates it. The right wing is going to run with it and misuse it. But we’ve got to shine a light on this issue so we can transform it.”

Uh… why is there so much negativity about Muslims?  As a right-winger, how can I possibly misuse it other than to say “this is wrong”?  Forgive me for my right-wing ‘tude, but there is not one single thing about chopping off your wife’s head or abusing her that is right.

Stop and ask yourself:  Why is there not such negativity about the Danes or the Swedes?  Oh we’re agreed that light must be shone here, but it has to be on the topic of why should there be so much negativity?

Let us forgive, for the moment, the vile injustice perpetrated upon the world by the Norwegians and Swedes commonly called “Lutefisk”.

Lutefisk is cod that has been dried in a lye solution. It looks like the desiccated cadavers of squirrels run over by trucks, but after it is soaked and reconstituted and the lye is washed out and it’s cooked, it looks more fish-related, though with lutefisk, the window of success is small. It can be tasty, but the statistics aren’t on your side. It is the hereditary delicacy of Swedes and Norwegians who serve it around the holidays, in memory of their ancestors, who ate it because they were poor. Most lutefisk is not edible by normal people. It is reminiscent of the afterbirth of a dog or the world’s largest chunk of phlegm.  – Garrison Keillor

Ok, continuing on, let me put it another way.  If one person comes up to me and says “Jack is a creep”  I can generally think that this person has a bone to pick with Jack and it being kind of a creep themselves.   If two people have come up to me, and they aren’t closely associated, and they both say “Jack is a creep”… I start to wonder if Jack had a bad day.  If three, five, or ten folks come up to me and say “Jack is a creep”… well, I have to begin to think that maybe, just maybe… Jack is a creep.

Another snippet:

“What you have is a cultural problem our communities have been silent about too long,” said Wajahat Ali, a journalist and playwright who helped drive the effort. “What people with an agenda are trying to do is say this is an example of a barbaric religion. This is an example of barbaric misogyny and domestic violence.”

Uh… most domestic violence doesn’t involve beheading.  That seems to be a really favorite thing with certain cultures.  I don’t even have to say it out loud, folks know what I mean.  It is not just misogyny and domestic violence of the garden variety.

As an outsider I can only draw the conclusion that women just don’t rank very high in the Muslim culture unless they are defiled in such a way that it impacts family honor.  I know, no one is shocked by that statement.  But neither is it aired out.

Please, someone tell me different.  I would like to believe that the idea that Muslims at large just don’t care a great deal about it  just not true.  But I see little evidence to the contrary.

Here’s another litmus test:  When you wonder if you should blog on this topic.

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Call me a chickensh*t, but I think I’ll let thousands upon thousands of others inject this first, and if it works I’ll be protect by herd immunity and then when there appears to be no effects ten years down the road… then I’ll get innoculated.

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Damn right you should have to pay for rescue efforts when you get in trouble in a remote area.  Pike’s Peak included.   Your feet hurt?  Aww, poor baby.  Tough it out.

I knew this gal (mooned after her, I did) in high school.  She was a friend’s girlfriend and the nicest kindest sweetest gal you could ever hope to meet.  My friend was an ass.  Anyway, we go on this group hike down a river (50 miles) in Southern Oregon.  Three days into it she pulls off her sneakers and socks and she’s missing a silver-dollar sized patch on her heel and the other was almost as bad.  It had rubbed off the first day.  She said nothing.  She said “Why complain?  Nothing could be done about it. “

Ever since then I’ve taken her attitude to heart about just dealing with it when it is something you asked for – running, biking, hiking, weightlifting.  The pain is temporary and you might as well suck it up.

Amazing gal.

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Swine Flu

Update:

Was sent a comic strip today, with the sender claiming that he thought I would get a kick out of it.  I was the person he thought of when he sent it.  Flattered?  Offended?  I don’t rightly know which I should be.  All I could say was “Well played, Sir”.

Click on it for the larger version…

Update #2:  Oh yeah, this looks good.  Taekwando athlete kicks judge.  No excuse, sorry.  It would pack a little more punch if the Olympic judges penalized the country, not just the player, and made them sit out the next Olympics.

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That’s my new name for what happened tonight.  A buddy of mine who I will refer to as the Two-Wheeled Bambi-Killer came over with his wife and kidlet, they mingled with Cruel Wife and my kidlets, and we ate ourselves silly.

Please note that I wholeheartedly endorse his Bambi-Killing.  Young animals are delicious.

Picture it… 6lbs of spare ribs – St. Louis style cut.  The cartilage side cut off and halved, put those to the side.  The rib sections left over, don’t cut them.  Dry rub all of the meat using the special dry rub.

Someone is bound to ask for my dry rub recipe and since I am enormously on-top of things I’ve taken the initiative of posting a picture of the ingredients label I put on my shaker bottle.

Now rub the spice mixture into the meat with gentle (yet firm) massaging motions, being careful to cover every square inch of the meat.  Rub that in until it really adheres to the meat.

Cut a black plastic garbage bag up the side and lay it open.  Put the meat inside the pocket and wrap the whole thing tightly and tape it up – let it get all the lovin’ it can overnight in the fridge.

The next morning, pull the meat out and put it on the counter to warm up.  Fire up the smoker and lay in the water pan with lots of hot water, then add the first grate.  Put the cut off cartilage sections in the terra-cotta clay cooker and cover it – put it on the grate and lay aluminum foil over the top.  [Note:  The terra-cotta clay cooker needs to be presoaked in cold water for 15 minutes prior to use.]  Now take the large rib sections and put them on the top grate in the smoker.  Put the lid on the smoker.  Take off the main body and the lid as a unit to expose the heating element and put a soupcan stuffed with apple wood in the bottom to start smoking.  Return the body and top of the smoker.  Let it smoke/cook for four hours – do NOT lift the lid – just walk away.  Make sure the temperature does not exceed 220F or the meat will be dry jerky, not moist swine.

A clay cookpot.

Add more woodchips to the soupcan.  Do this twice more over the next four hours but take the clay pot out at hour #7.  Yes, you heard me, it’s an eight hour cook-time for the big hunks of meat.  It is a food of love.

When a bone falls out easily or a fork easily separates the meat take it out.  Cut the ribs into 1-2 rib sections and shred the cutoffs that were in the clay cooker.  The cartilage should be just about broken down – you will be able to squish it by pinching or you just won’t find it.  I found two small 1/2″ long pieces, that is all.

“Swine Flu” is my term for being so stuffed with pig that you are sleepy and think you would be better off if you just died.

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