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Obama is going to pre-empt A Charlie Brown Christmas for his speech.  Is there no end to this guy’s narcissism?

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Sent out in the PatriotPost – this picture is so… poignant that it hurts.  I love it.  Whoever you are who put words to this… you get a free dinner if ever you come my way.

I know I saw this coming a long time ago – I knew we’d run into these issues – and here they are rearing their ugly heads, over and over and over and over.

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A decision I don’t think I could live with.  Forced to choose between saving your child and your spouse?  I wouldn’t be alive long after this.

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Apparently now your government sees fit to tax you in a higher rate bracket if they decide that you have a “cadillac” health plan.  Guess what?

Your president thinks so, too.

On Sunday, President Obama said he saw the need to protect union members, but he also defended the tax. “I do think that giving a disincentive to insurance companies to offer Cadillac plans that don’t make people healthier is part of the way that we’re going to bring down health care costs for everybody over the long term.”

Any justification they can find, Constitutional or not, will be found and rooted out in order to offset the costs of this boondoggle of a health care “reform”.

A good part of social engineering relies on disincentivizing unwanted behavior using monetary chastisements.

How’s that Obama Vote Working Out for You?

The prez said he saw the need to protect union members BUT defended the tax, which is a great way of saying he didn’t really give a rat’s ass what happens to union members.

It’s all about control.  And you who voted in this congress and this president are giving away all your control – and the rest of ours – one piece at a time.  Thank you so much for that.

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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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THAT is dedication.

Wanna see a real hero?  How about one that will do the crazy to save a little girl?  I don’t know many people that will make a dialysis machine on the spot like that.  Or can.  (many thanks to SlashDot – cool article – the original is here.)

SlashDot ended with:

You should see what Dr. Coulthard can build using a postage stamp, a tuning fork, a lawn chair and a jellyfish.

I’m dying to know…

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If you were this ugly, would you want to live this long?

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Thought for the day:

Just think… if Benjamin Franklin had had his way and the Turkey was our national bird, we’d be stuffing and eating Bald Eagles right now. – Lemur King

No eagles were harmed in the making of this image - note the pheasant tail feathers that are still in place.

Andy by the way, fellow Moron Bloggers and others – eat, drink, and be merry for you know you have today but tomorrow is never certain.  Squeeze your ‘other.  Give your kids a hug.  Hug your dog.  Hug your cat… your hamster,  your rat, and most certainly do not forget to hug your lemurs.  Give two hugs to the lemurs, they are quiet long-suffering types and could use the validation.

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I could go on how I’m thankful for my family, a job, a dog, a dinner  – but you can read that sort of thing anywhere.  Everyone is thankful for something and no one set of thanks are more special than another.

But let’s look at some thanks that aren’t so special.

Helen Thomas is thankful:

Helen Thomas: This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for a black president...

This is very far away from a racism-free society even now.  It is far from color-blind.

When I value my president based on the color of his skin, I’m a racist.  I don’t care how “progressive” this proclamation of Thomas’  may seem on the outset.  It may seem that all is well, for why shouldn’t we be glad that things are reaching closer to equality and that the nearly unthinkable happened?

But what we should celebrate is that a man’s skin color did not impede his run for the highest office in the land – NOT that we are thankful our president is black.

There is a huge difference there and I’m shocked that it is so widely seen as a subtly nuanced distinction.  It must be nuanced or why else would so few people call her on it?  Surely she cannot be anything but right..?

The racist nature of this issue is highlighted in a recent poll (Gallup).  Across the board, in every subset but one, President Obama’s ratings have slipped by double-digits – but one.  That category is the black population.

If race and skin color were not an issue, then you would expect any slips in popularity to be completely uniform throughout all subsets.

I say we should be thankful that skin color did not stop a black man from running for president.  That it did not stop him from winning is an amazing event.

But to say “I’m thankful for a black president” is another thing entirely.  The true litmus test of any statement like this is to remove the subject in question and replace the subject with it’s exact opposite.  If I were to say:

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for a white president.

Sounds pretty awful, doesn’t it?

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From the “Yeah, it’s ridiculous but not worth getting irate about” department…

A little lighter fare – how Disney is totally whack-job racist.  Most of it was BS, but I did have to agree with the question of why Aladdin was a whitebread cracker.

And the Uncle Remus issue.  Why the hell was this guy not allowed to be present for the screening of a movie he starred in?

Or, back up a step or two… my mother had this book when she was a little girl and I think it’s upstairs in the folk’s attic.  I read it when I was a little kid and had no idea that it was anything other than a story to anyone who read it, but I look at it today and shudder.

Peppered throughout the book was something like “His big ol’ fat mammy and a slice of chocolate cake.”  Pretty damned offensive but it goes to show you that we have come a long ways in 60 years.

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For the life of me, I cannot figure China out.  Baby formula, dog food, lead toys, building lead ore smelting plants next to towns, and poor blood practices giving an entire town HIV.

What do they all have in common?  The same thing that the bird flu situation in China stems from.

Somehow, China always seems to have excuses for why they can’t live by a set of rules.

At a conference a flu expert from China gave a report.

“Some local healthcare authorities are reluctant, unwilling to test patients with severe pneumonia because there’s some latent rule which says the more H1N1 deaths, the less effective the control and prevention work in your area,” Zhong said.

Nice.

Zhong told the Chinese media last week that China may have had more H1N1 flu deaths than it has reported, with some local governments possibly concealing suspect cases.

The doctor is known for his candor and work in fighting Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2003, when nationwide panic and international alarm erupted after it emerged that officials hid or underplayed the spreading epidemic.

Couple that with China’s inability to police themselves, allowing great open-air markets where wild birds are allowed to come in contact with poultry meant for purchase and consumption.

Time to drag third world countries kicking and screaming into civilization.  You argue that China isn’t third-world because they’ve launched things into space?  They are trying to cover up deficiencies by “proving themselves to the world” – until they achieve the harder task of becoming a society with a conscience that can uniformly adhere to sound practices, they haven’t proved a thing.

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I’m probably evil right down to my coal-black heart, but I laughed my ass off at this movie.  Eco-nuts are trying to shock me into emotionalism so I won’t say “Uh, what is the connection between 400Kg of CO2 from jet aircraft and polar bears falling out of the sky?”

But I laughed my butt off and still asked the question.  Sorry Eco-Nuts.

If you are sensitive or have small children, might I suggest you go find the Disney website?

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Enough about polar bears hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement – its been done already on WKRP in Cincinnati using turkeys …

Or go here, and look around 17:30 into the show on Hulu. Honestly the funniest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.  The best line ever comes on at 19:30 into the show.

… so now lets look at the jobs situation hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement.

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What?  Did they think these animals were family pets beforehand?  They’re meant for eating.

Bardot and protesters:  Put yourself in the place of the animals.  Literally.  If you’re willing to sacrifice your life for that of the animals, if there really is parity, then please do jump in.  If you truly believe that the animal is that important, you shouldn’t have qualms about taking it’s place.

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This is hands down the single worst nightmare I could ever have.  My mind just skitters right over it when I try to imagine it.  A similar thing is if I try to recall exactly what happened when I had my arm compound-fractured in a plywood machine… the brain just skitters over it.  Can’t go there.

Trapped in your paralyzed body for 23 years and everyone thinks you are asleep.

If it were me, and they finally “woke me up”… I’d be insane.  No joke.  I’d be insane.  Crazy as a bedbug.

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What?  Being nice in the world gains you nothing when the people you are dealing with don’t like you?  But I thought a great big hug, an apology on behalf of all Americans that you aren’t authorized to give, and a rousing round of Kumbaya… well… shouldn’t that just work?

Obama’s Nice Guy Act Gets Him Nowhere on the World Stage

Say it ain’t so!

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Fright Club

I rather enjoyed Fight Club where Tyler Durden suggests that raiding liposuction clinics for fat to later be rendered to make soap to sell back to the now-thin rich once-obese affluent clientele.

How beautiful is that, huh?

It seems that art imitates life.  I certainly hope life didn’t imitate art in this case.

Killing peasants to use their fat for European cosmetics?

Here is the staggering part:  That fat goes for a whopping price of $59,335 PER GALLON.

Cripes, hook me up! In spite of the denials, what if liposuction clinics already do this?

I know they probably don’t, but then you have to ask: Why were these animals butchering people for their fat?

This is one case where you don’t want a product named after you.
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They need to arrest people for this. It is certainly the best possible use of a policeman’s time since the very act of paying someone to spit in your face is well known to be the gateway to other behaviors like drive-by-shootings, beheadings, armed rampages, rape, drug dealing, and yes, even democrat candidacy.

A 39-year-old Southern California man has been arrested for misdemeanor child annoyance after allegedly paying a teenager $31 to spit in his face. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department says Charles Hersel was arrested Wednesday in a sting operation at a mall in Thousand Oaks.

How do you make a sting operation where you try to arrest weirdos who solicit kids to spit in their face?  Does this happen a lot?

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