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Friday Update:

Yes, I do feel like hell.

But the bright side is that I’ve seen a product that is more lovable than The Candy Man… Bacon-Flavored Soda.

J&D Foods owner Justin Esch told AOL News that his company recently partnered with Jones Soda to create a special-edition bacon-flavored drink just in time for the holidays.

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Yep, they toasted six cervical nerves today.

I am (at the same time) drugged and in pain.

Bright side:  Getting ’em all over with at the same time.  Yay!

I’ll post something more substantial tomorrow night while Cruel Wife is out of town.  She’s going bar-hopping with the other church gals.

Soon, very soon, I will be posting in parallel a new Soylent Eco-Dollar that I’ve just about completed for C Monster.  (He should be proofing it sometime soon.)

C Monster came to me and said “Lemur, I have just volunteered you to do another graphic for me.”

I had a question for him (I said “yes”) and he responded in the affirmative that I could indeed throw Eco-Dollars up on Zazzle and see if anyone should care.  I’ll do it sometime soon and y’all can look ’em up there.

He’s going to have the hi-res one up soon…

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It Buuuuuuuurnnnnnsssss.

Update 2:  I get in to see the pain doc tomorrow.  Perhaps they can fix this new rash of neck-induced headaches.  Boy I hope so.

Update:  Oh Canada… that’s a laundry list of bad things, and it surely sucks to be you.  Sometimes though….

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Looks like the RF ablation thing they did 7 months ago on my neck is pretty much worn off in the c3-c4 region, or somewhere in all that yucky muscle/nerve/bone place.

The most spectacular headaches arise from the most exquisite neck pain.   Last night I was up till quite late even with painkillers and a sleeping pill.

But I did get some artwork ready for review at an art show – dare I hope for selling it?

Anyway, I digress… So, they are – hopefully, as crazy as this sounds – going to burn them pesky lil’ nerves out again.

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I said a short while ago that I didn’t respect a culture that allows men to cower and hide from return fire while behind the skirts of their women and from behind their children.

After several days of sporadic and inconsistent battles with Taliban fighters, Marines commanders say coalition troops came under heavy fire late Wednesday afternoon by insurgents who appear to be trying to regroup. In an effort to create hostility between coalition troops and local Afghans, insurgents are also reportedly using civilians as human shields – deliberately trying to force coalition troops to fire upon non-combatants.  – source:  Fox News

You can’t get much more chickensh*t than that.

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Even though he couldn’t lead anyone out of a paper bag, he’s sure good at trying to face hard facts:

“There are those, let’s face it, across the aisle who have tried to score political points by attacking what we did, even as many of them show up at ribbon-cutting ceremonies for projects in their districts,” Obama said.

So “Let’s face it”, America! Obama says “Stimulus saved us from depression.”  I don’t know anyone who believes him unless they want to actually be deceived but hey, there’s a latin phrase that puts it out there:  Mundus vult decipi. The world wants to be deceived.

Can’t figure out what the hell is going through his head.   I’m still feeling pretty depressed and will until he leaves office.  Stimulus only made that worse.

Did you ever see a lame-ass try so hard to look tough? He's like a guy that wears LL Bean stuff and polo shirts to a game of paintball.

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Attributed to David Ringham, IN, over at Fox News.

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Well, put in a call to the Dr. today.  Trying to get an answer to the question:  Is it normal for it to start out painful but bearable and then slowly get worse (pain-wise)?

Last night was hell, with the meds only helping marginally for about 2 hours.  I could wish for better.

Still, the headache part of it is way better.  It got worse last night but still better.

I wonder if he’s just going to say “Now they’re *really* dying in earnest – hang in there!”

UPDATE:

The Dr’s nurse called back.  Apparently it is different for every single person.  You can go up to four days with numbness and “feeling groovy” (not quite groovy but local numbness) and then “BAM” you get hit with the pain.

Oh, the pain.  The vicodin is only helping for about 2 hours at a time.

And yes, she did say “Now they’re really dying in earnest.”

I’ll give it until tomorrow to see if this is going to be like this, which is really undesirable, or if it gets worse.  If it gets worse I need something more for pain control.

UPDATE 2:

This may be a sign that this will be a 3-week process, not a 2-week process.  I can think of worse things – like rabid chihuahuas eating you alive starting with your toes.   Or perhaps suffering from coffee, a bran muffin, and irritable bowel syndrome while stuck in LA traffic.  Or perhaps being buried alive with Rosie O’Donnell.  Don’t mind me.  I’m just whining and I got no cheese to go with it.

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Thanks to ever-observant co-worker  Black Lab on Amphetamines (BLA) I can relay to you a small portion of the article that Telegraph (dot co dot uk) put out… they’ve done an incredible service to mankind.

Zombies would most likely wipe out humanity if they really existed, claim scientists

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent

In their study, titled When Zombies Attack!, the researchers picked “classic” slow-moving zombies such as those in Dawn of the Dead as models and divided humanity into three: the living, zombies and the “removed” – zombies who had been killed by decapitation.

They concluded there was no point trying to cure those infected or live with them – the best thing was to destroy them as quickly as possible.

“A zombie outbreak is likely to lead to the collapse of civilisation, unless it is dealt with quickly,” they write in the book

“While aggressive quarantine may contain the epidemic, or a cure may lead to coexistence of humans and zombies, the most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often.

“As seen in the movies, it is imperative that zombies are dealt with quickly, or else we are all in a great deal of trouble.”

Co-worker Laconic Pup had this to say:

There are some strong variables to be considered:

  1. What level of damage is required to render a zombie non-threatening?  Decapitation?  Total incineration?
  2. What is the method of transmission?  (typically a bite or fluid transfer – do people that die of other causes become zombies?).  The paper claims it’s similar to swine flu, but the flu is an invisible, airborne transmitted virus.  The walking dead are a slightly different story.
  3. Have the researchers taken into account the availability of Bruce Campbell, Simon Pegg, and/or Doctor McNinja in a zombie outbreak scenario?
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The Man from S-Mart - and His Boomstick

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I love these people.  Sadly, they’ll be stopped by the police for creating a dangerous situation.  And the police will never quite catch the poignant and bitter twist – that the situation the people are trying to stop is the ones that the cops would stop if they were doing their jobs.  North Carolinans with guts.

The group, Angry Neighbors With Paintball Guns, posted signs at strategic locations throughout the city, warning motorists to slow down or risk being shot at with a paintball gun.

You give out enough $140 tickets, people will slow down.

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Arthur C. Brooks over at the WSJ has a great op/ed.  He gets it.  If congress and our president have any brains worth using in their heads, they’ll pay attention to what he’s saying.  I’m attaching part of his article here – go read the rest of it because… damn, did the man call it correctly!!

Many on the left attribute the public’s growing disapproval to right-wing scheming. An op-ed in USA Today on Aug. 10 by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the town-hall protests are part of an “ugly campaign” and are “un-American.” A few days earlier, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid charged “sabotage.”

Blaming a cabal of conspirators—a time-honored technique for leaders on the wrong side of public opinion—is paranoid and self-defeating. More importantly, it betrays a tin ear to the culture of most Americans—an independent, optimistic culture that is mistrustful of government nannying and intolerant of policies that mortgage our future.

Consider the evidence. Despite the vote in November, it is clear that when Americans are not in an abject panic, we dislike government fiscal promiscuity. The president’s sinking approval ratings are due precisely to his administration’s free-spending ways. In a July 2009 Gallup poll, the No. 1 reason for disapproval of the president’s economic policies was, literally, “spending too much.” In second place was the worry that the president is “leading the nation toward socialism” through government takeovers and bailouts.

What exactly is our problem with government spending? It is not just that we think it is wasteful and ineffective (although most recognize this to be true). Americans actually think the government makes it harder for people to get ahead in life.

Many on the left attribute the public’s growing disapproval to right-wing scheming. An op-ed in USA Today on Aug. 10 by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the town-hall protests are part of an “ugly campaign” and are “un-American.” A few days earlier, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid charged “sabotage.”

Blaming a cabal of conspirators—a time-honored technique for leaders on the wrong side of public opinion—is paranoid and self-defeating. More importantly, it betrays a tin ear to the culture of most Americans—an independent, optimistic culture that is mistrustful of government nannying and intolerant of policies that mortgage our future.

Consider the evidence. Despite the vote in November, it is clear that when Americans are not in an abject panic, we dislike government fiscal promiscuity. The president’s sinking approval ratings are due precisely to his administration’s free-spending ways. In a July 2009 Gallup poll, the No. 1 reason for disapproval of the president’s economic policies was, literally, “spending too much.” In second place was the worry that the president is “leading the nation toward socialism” through government takeovers and bailouts.

What exactly is our problem with government spending? It is not just that we think it is wasteful and ineffective (although most recognize this to be true). Americans actually think the government makes it harder for people to get ahead in life.

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Neck Update.

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I can’t make sense of it but for a day or so after the RF procedure I thought “Oh, well this hurts but I can live with this.  If this is what it is like it’s not nearly as bad as I thought.”

Might have said something a bit too soon.  Now the dying nerves are very very insistent.  Take a big fat afghan knitting needle and forcefully stab it into your neck between C3 and C4.    Now do the same for the rest of the neck, more or less.

knitting needleDon’t forget to wiggle them around every now and then while they’re stuck in your neck.

Still the same lower-grade headache but everything around the neck is yowling.

It’s going to get better.  It’s going to get better.  It’s going to get better.  It’s going to get better.

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Bless that Gnus for posting a song over at Aardvarks and Asshats that made me laugh with that deep belly-laugh chuckle.

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There is at least hope.  Obama is saying he is willing to drop the “Public Option” on health care.  Let’s just hope that by conceding that it doesn’t make a watered down version of ObamaCare more likely.

Over at Bloomberg:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said providing citizens with the option of government-run insurance isn’t essential to the Obama administration’s proposed overhaul of U.S. health care.

“What’s important is choice and competition,” Sebelius said today on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The public option itself “is not the essential element.”

We already have choice and competition.    The essential element also is not putting the government in the place of  providing health care to people.

I just don’t want to spend a lot of money on my own health care and shell out for others as well.  I shouldn’t have to apologize for that, feel guilty about it, or even do it.  It is not my job.

The effort hit trouble this month as people across the country went to town hall meetings held by members of Congress to oppose what they call a government takeover of health care. Polls show Americans increasingly disapprove of the measure that may cost $1 trillion over 10 years.

It is my hope that after the democrats twice tried to force national health care (Hillary and Obama) on people  and twice they have been soundly shouted out of the room by the American public, maybe, just maybe they will stop this nonsense of trying to buy the votes of the poor using our tax dollars.  This isn’t about giving people health care out of compassion.  This is about locking in power.

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Thieves aren’t exactly in the top ten of my favorite people.  These particular thieves?  They get a pass, a pardon, an award, and my thanks.

Police started investigating the 24-year-old convicted arsonist after burglars discovered the images on a laptop they stole from Coverdale’s house in August 2008 and contacted police, the Web site reported.

So some guys (the heroes) broke in and scoped out this guy’s laptop.  What did they find?

… burglars found images of child pornography on his stolen laptop and turned it over to the police.

…. the officers found 13 illegal photos and 65 illegal videos on the computer and uncovered online conversations between Coverdale and a 14-year-old girl, during which Coverdale pretended to be a fictitious 14-year-old boy named Danny, Gazettelive.com reported.


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