Posts Tagged ‘DNA’

A break from insanity.

I started a post last night about the only Senator worth talking about – you know the one – and his stand against the notion that US drones could be used against US citizens.  Well, it didn’t get written.  And you know what?  I had nothing to say that wasn’t completely say-able by anyone else with two ounces of brains in their heads, which amounted to “How could Holder have possibly thought to answer other than simply ‘Oh hell, no.’?”

veeshir over at DPUD is doing more than enough ranting and he’s doing a better job of it, so go here, here, here, and here.  Don’t read his links though, because that pisses him off when you ignore his links and that makes me happy when he gets pissed off.

Pissing veeshir off reminds me… who needs to rotate their owl?

The two have nothing in common, I just thought of them around the same time.

So, since I’ve got nothing to add to my paranoia list from a few days ago other than another paranoia data point, I’ll tell you about last night instead.

I read to my daughter Lemurita nightly.  Some nights we do Girl Genius, other nights Swiss Family Robinson… Poe, Rowling, books about hotels, billionaire kids, girls who go on road-trips with their grandparents… lately it is a story about a mouse, Mrs. Frisby, and her quest to keep her son alive in spite of pneumonia.  She’s a nice mouse, Mrs. Frisby.

On the way, Mrs. Frisby meets up with a rat.  A bunch of them, actually, but the leader is a very smart rat (several are very smart).  The rat got scarily intelligent after he was captured and had experiments done on him that altered his DNA.

I stopped and mentioned to Lemurita that the implication is that the experiments in genetics made permanent changes to these rats, not just like taking antihistamines that only last for hours or maybe a day.  I explained how I think DNA is really really cool… helical, folded on itself many times, copies in every single cell, longer than snot, etc.

Lemurita asked me “So DNA is the stuff that colors your eyes and hair and stuff, right?”

“Oh yeah… height, face, fingers, all that stuff.  And what is so cool is that it is the blueprint that makes you who you are… the blueprint you have in you, some of that genetic material is stuff from Mom, and there is stuff from me there, too.  And that means you have some from your grandparents on both sides and so on.”

Lemurita looks at me curiously and says “I thought I have Mom’s DNA because she gave birth to me…”  (DANGER! DANGER! screamed my feverish brain)  The gears were very obviously turning pretty fast as she processed a whole bunch of bits of information from different sources.  (ABORT! ABORT! ABORT!  Oh Dear Lord… too late… far too late…)

You can see where she was going with this, right?  I wasn’t expecting that one to come up for some time because I keep forgetting that Lemurita is a dangerous quantity.


“Uh… yeah… and you have some from me, too… uh.  Ok, look, this is something you really are probably going to want to discuss with MOM, okay?  I really think that you’ll be happier that way.”

My story is “Guys talk to boys about this stuff and broads talk to girls about this stuff”.  I’m sticking to that.  Because down that path lies all sorts of questions Dads just don’t want to contemplate their daughters being old enough to ask.

Ok, tell you what… have a baby chameleon that Cruel Wife sent me:small_chameleon

Ok, now have a dragonlizardthing.


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Capturing bad guys isn’t what it used to be.  Detectives are less and less a necessity.


Key identifiers in a fingerprint make uniqueness but are not truly needed anymore.


DNA is unique, even if damaged, but it just doesn’t bring in the bad guys like it used to.

spongYet the rate of apprehension is at an all-time high.

Why is this true?

Investigation, fingerprints, dna… youtubeFacebook.

ArsonFlying a model plane near an airliner and Facebooking it. Cheerleaders assaulting other cheerleaders and youtubing it. Getting a DUI on a motorized barstool on youtubeMurder of pedophile priests in prison on youtube. (can you say amen no great loss)  Ther are Dominoes workers looking for a new place of gainful employment after filming themselves being idiots and posting it on youtube.

It boils down to the median brain weight has dropped precipitously over the years.  Below are two pictures.  One is a highly effective genetic freak Cranky brain (which we will call our baseline “Normal”), and one is a troglodyte brain.


6MB did not approve of the creation of this graphic, but they would have if I asked. Pretty sure. Maybe. No, they would've.

Maybe brains have not gone to 6MB because they have been going to worship services like below…



UPDATE:  If Obama is going to go releasing records of all stripes in targeted strikes of “transparency” I have to agree with Cheney – let’s really be transparent.

Like the recent Democrat-controlled Congress and Obama’s oily statements that the truth must be out about CIA interrogations, how so much was obscured.

Nope.  Disclosure was pretty much all-around.

The first such briefing dealt with the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, the Al Qaeda operations chief who ran the training camps in Afghanistan where the Sept. 11 hijackers were trained. Sources said California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, now the speaker of the House, attended the meeting with then-Rep. Porter Goss, R-Fla. (who later became CIA director), and she did not raise any objections.

The briefings were given to the chairmen and ranking members of the intelligence committees in the House and Senate until 2006. That could cover Sen. John Rockefeller, W.Va., and Rep. Jane Harman, Calif., both Democrats, as well as Sen. Pat Roberts, Kan., Sen. Lindsey Graham, S.C., Sen. Richard Shelby, Ala., and Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Mich., all Republicans. FoxNews

But it’s easier to shift blame if stuff happened years ago and you’ve got a lot of distracted people.  It makes revenge that much easier to perform and later justify.

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Update: 21 Polo Horses Die at Fla. Match

I’m no expert but perhaps there was too much water in the pool?

(yes, mean joke)


And the road to Hell is a nice wide road, good shoulders, well-lit… with damn few turnouts and no u-turns allowed.

In The New York Times:

F.B.I. and States Vastly Expand DNA Databases

The FIRST paragraph says:

Law enforcement officials are vastly expanding their collection of DNA to include millions more people who have been arrested or detained but not yet convicted.

If you are awaiting trial you can be harvested uh… swabbed.  At that point you haven’t even been found to be innocent or guilty but they’re going to swab you.  Why is this ok?  Well, it hasn’t been legally forced in court but some of the arguments will put a niiiice surface on that road to Hell.

Rock Harmon, a former prosecutor for Alameda County, Calif., and an adviser to crime laboratories, said DNA demographics reflected the criminal population. Even if an innocent man’s DNA was included in a genetic database, he said, it would come to nothing without a crime scene sample to match it. “If you haven’t done anything wrong, you have nothing to fear,” he said.

Why, with that kind of reasoning, there’s no reason for everyone to not:

  1. Get fingerprinted immediately
  2. Get DNA swabbed
  3. Allow at-will telephone tap devices to be installed full-time
  4. Allow CCTV surveillance tapes inside your homes
  5. Allow GPS tracking of your car not only for mileage taxing but “just in case, because if you haven’t done anything wrong…”
  6. Submit to travel papers.  Hey, if you’re legit, why should it bother you?
  7. Allow unfettered access by gov’t of all levels complete access to your medical records.
  8. Join a database that tracks your food consumption and habits.
  9. We should probably also cross-reference children’s DNA against the alleged parent’s DNA.  If you haven’t done anything wrong, what’s to fear, right?


Cataclysmically cretinous quote of the day:

“The thing that bewilders me is this president just cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people. So I think the tea bags should be directed elsewhere because he certainly understands the burden that people face,” David Axelrod said Sunday.

I mean these guys are disasters.


Just so you know, I’m heterosexual, happily married (as well as anyone can be when they are married†), have kids, the whole works.

But… if I weren’t… I’d leave my wife for the guy who published a recipe for how to make a Hot Reuben Dip.  No, “hot reuben dip”  isn’t a metaphor.  Literal.

A Hot Reuben Dip.   My favoritest sandwich, turned into a dip.  Good grief, I’d die and go to heaven after finishing this.  Many thanks Kevin (Closet Cooking blog), and no fear, I’m not some Internet Wierdo.  Weird, yes.  Wierdo, no.

As I write this I am making another recipe he posted… Apricot Lamb Tagine.

This is a test to see if Cruel Wife is reading…

Update:  The Tagine, which I made using venison, not lamb… fantastically rich, very complex, and is a true comfort food – I served it with homemade hummous, basmati rice, greek-style yogurt with cilantro and lemon, and a crusty bread on the side.   Rating: ***-1/2


[Warning:  Harsh language and very partisan rhetoric ahead.]

I can only come to one conclusion.  Our president is a pussy.

He goes to a conference of the Americas and listens to Hugo Chavez spout on and on about the US in an ego-boosting speech for 50 minutes.

He takes a book and calls it a nice gesture that Chavez gave him one titled “Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent” – always good to give someone a gift that says “You’re a sh*t who profited off of me and mine – hey, let’s be buddies.”

He listens to all manner of BS and dissing from Amedinejad and still pursues and open dialogue.  He (along with the rest of the world, apparently) watches Kim Jong Il build ever more dangerous toys and makes no comments other than there should be consequences.

Sayeth the Big O:

“The whole notion was that if we showed courtesy or opened up dialogue with governments that had previously been hostile to us, that that somehow would be a sign of weakness,” Obama said, recalling his race for the White House and challenging his critics today.

“… previously been hostile to us…”   Uh, yeah, but when you’re showing courtesy, opening up dialogue, and brown-nosing dictators who are actively dissing you… well, that means you’re a pussy.

David Axelrod had apologetics to offer for this spineless approach.  Apparently the default of  “do nothing” works well in UN/European circles so who is Obama to not adopt global precedent like our Supreme Court (Ginsberg, O’Connor)?

“You plant, you cultivate, you harvest. Over time, the seeds that were planted here are going to be very, very valuable.”

Wonder how many schoolyard scraps this guy has been in.   Seems naive enough to have been shorted in that area.

Lest you be fooled into believing the whole argument, remember that Syrian installations bombed by Israel just a year ago (with US agreement) were nuke facilities being built along the lines of the North Korean designs.

“Opening up dialogue” won’t change that sort of behavior.  DPRK wants money, power, and respect.  Iran and Syria want Israel off the map.

Update:  Thanks to McGoo… a link to Kim Jong Il singing Wocket Man.  MANY thanks to Dr. Dave for that tear-wringing post.  Peed my pants, I did.

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