Thursday, January 31, 2008


Veggie tales, of course

joke of the day

your email of the day from Col. Updraft

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Cheeseburger in a can!

(Headsup Dave Barry)

Of course, if you want to hike, a lighter alternative is dehydrated hambergers... such as is found in the "Instant" version of Hamburger helper......they are included in some MRE's...that's the new dehydrated food packets that replaced K rations.

MRE are usually joked about as "Meals Rejected by Ethiopians"...and are so bad that feeding them to prisoners in Guantanamo is apparantly considered a form of torture...

0720: Detainee returns from bathroom break. He refuses a meal and states he is on
hunger strike.
0725: Detainee states he will eat meal, but after that he’s going on hunger strike, one
hand is uncuffed to allow him to eat.
0755: Detainee finishes meal and states again he is going on hunger strike. The detainee
ate the entire MRE plus an extra cereal bar.
0800: SGT A continues with 9/11 theme.
0830: Detainee given 2 hours of rest. Interrogations will resume at 1030.
0835: Observations – Detainee attempts to control the interrogation by complaining
about his treatment, his mental illness, and his separation from his brothers in
Cuba. When shown articles of 9/11, the detainee looked at pictures attentively.
The detainee was repeatedly told that he is a man, and part of being a man is
accepting responsibility for your actions. Whenever the detainee said that “it is
God’s will for him to be sitting in front of me, having to acknowledge and accept
responsibility for his actions. The detainee went as far as to state that his religion
forbids him to even speak to a woman.

Hmmm. ...those dirty Yanks...not only does he have to eat MRE's, but he has to talk to a buxom broad...

Google maps meet lost

BOB awards

Like YouTube? Best internet youtube ads at is the Cadbury one

stuff below the fold

Is Obama the New JFK? Maybe....but not everything about the charismatic JFK was good...LINK to my windy screed at BNN....

The Corner is blogging more than Florida: Veggie news...

Global Carrot Rampage

Tomato Power

Apple Paper

Family news:

Chano et al are busy getting ready for the month long Flower festival in Baguio...we will have an exhibition there...
The bad news is that I saw two of our farmers and our driver who have influenza...


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Blogging the Florida primary

On the Democratic side, it is now clearly a two-person contest between Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton. This is troubling to advisors for Hillary Clinton, who, as you may recall, was supposed to be the Clinton candidate this time. ...

On the Republican side it's now a dead heat between Mitt Romney and John McCain, who are both running on the platform that the other one is a lying sack of scum. Meanwhile Rudy Giuliani's shrewd strategy of not entering the race until it was way too late continues to pay dividends in the form of several people who have told pollsters that, no matter what, they still plan to vote for Rudy in the Florida primary, even though they personally reside in New Jersey.'s dave barry


Bacon cheeseburger...deepfried...

.the meat patty is bacon, stuffed with cheese, then covered with beer batter then fried


Well, ya gotta die of something, so you may as well die happy...

And the BBC has a discussion of what you learned working at MacDonalds...
What is learned is job skills, but some complain they had to work "too hard"...

Monday, January 28, 2008

Attention Manolo

Shoes and sandals are made of soft material, so remnants of them are hard to find, but forensic examination of toes and small foot bones suggest they were worn 40 000 years ago...and examination of other ancient humans show they weren't ugly clogs either:

The (27,000 year old) Russian skeleton was also found with other individuals who had an abundance of ivory beads around their ankles and feet, suggesting these individuals likely wore some fairly flashy shoes.

Manolo would be proud.

Hmmm...killed 40 people, but story disappeared from the newspapers

I google for follow up stories on Gerona gang that were behind Ito's murder...the last headline was Jan 25.

Nah, just because a gang kills 40 people doesn't mean the press will stay on the case...

My bitchin about why only PC murders count is HERE.

Headlines below the fold

Another mass murderer faces judgement: Indonesia's Suharto dies:
The estimates of the number of people killed by Suharto's regime "vary from 300,000 to 2 million, but the exact number nobody knows," said Asmara Nababan, former secretary general of Indonesia's Human Rights Commission

The article mentions Aceh, East Timor and Papua New Guinea. but overlooks the ethnic cleansing of Chinese in 1965... LINK and LINK2 and LINK3 give details.


The We're all gonna die story of the day: A satellite the size of a bus may fall down...
The story mentions that a previous satellite's debris hit the Persian Gulf....Hmmm...

Let 'em all die....the answer to increased costs in British hospitals...denial of care to the old, the fat, and smokers.

Everything you always wanted to know about Wales (but were afraid to ask)...
Did you know those desert sand dune scenes in Lawrence of Arabia were shot in Wales?

Craft item of the day

a 20 sided die (singular for dice)...From NeedleNoodles known for her knit spookies...

And did you know NN has an entire book out on crocheting cute/creepy stuff LINK


Chocolate candy!

A unique chocolate made to look like a beetle larva has captured the fancy of candy aficionados in Japan. Produced by the Komatsuya confectionery and bakery based in Akita prefecture, the bite-sized Larva Chocolates (Youchu Choco) have a grub-shaped body made from milk chocolate and corn flakes, a layer of skin made from white chocolate, legs made from tiny strips of dried squid, and a dainty mouth made from orange peel.


And for those of you not into grub chocolate with squid legs, Eipcurious has links to Scone recipes HERE.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Family news: Photos

ito's anniversary

I downloaded my palmpocket camera and got it on line....finally figured how to download it to the web using Picasa...

The photos are from the last three months.

Family news

More links: LINK


Family News

Dear Senator:

We are asking for your help in getting justice for our brother/nephew, Dr. Juanito Reyes, an American citizen living in the Philippines, who was killed two years ago in the Philippines.

This week, the Philippine police arrested the contract killers and found evidence that they were behind the murder of Dr. Reyes and many other people.

Could you please contact the embassy and make sure that they apply pressure on the government our family get justice this matter? We suspect they think the killing was a simple robbery, When our niece sought for help, the embassy merely gave her the names of some local lawyers. Yet, with the widespread corruption here, we worry that they will be bribed and not do their job in finding those who paid for the murders.

We suspect that the killing of our relative was because the killers were trying to eliminate a candidate for a local election, and hearing he was at a cockpit that he ran, invaded that public place to murder him. When he was not found, they instead killed his two sons, two bodyguards, and Dr. Ito, who went to one of the casualties to render medical assistance.

If this was a simple murder, we would expect justice. However, we suspect the gang was hired, and now fear either that they will be killed in jail, or bribery will allow them to be released. If they do release the name of the powerful politician who hired them, we fear Ito's wife, also an American citizen who lives part time in the Philippines and works part time as a nurse in the US, will be in danger.

Any help in this matter will be appreciated.

Yours truly,

Ito's second anniversary

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Family news

We went to the two year anniversary of Dr. Ito's death today. We had merienda at the gravesite.

Helen reports they caught the gang for hire...ABSCBN LINK HERE.
Ticman, citing intelligence reports, bared that the group was originally part of the RPA-ABB breakaway group under Nilo de la Cruz who turned to gun-for-hire operations in the guise of protecting the urban poor, especially harassed illegal vendors.
Pagkalinawan linked the group to the Oct. 25, 2004 killing of Muntinlupa policeman Reynante Babor; the massacre of six people in a cockpit in Nueva Ecija on March 6, 2006; the murder of Alaska union president Andrew Inoza in San Pedro, Laguna on Nov. 21, 2006; and the killing of William Calapan in DasmariƱas, Cavite on Dec 20, 2006.

Now to see if the family can get justice.
And maybe they can even find the one who hired them...
Ito was a US Citizen, but the embassy doesn't seem interested in it...

We're going to try to see if our congressmen will help...
Paging Senator Obama; paging senator Obama...

Gift idea of the day

The Tux Droid...
Looking as a cute penguin resembling the Linux mascot, Tux Droid is a smart device. A talking, squawking, wings flapping, eye flashing penguin that you can control remotely. Send him events or updates about websites or have it read your RSS feeds as they come in with the built-in text-to-speech synthesizer. WiFi is not a requirement as it comes with its own wireless solution you can plug in any USB port

Uses only Linux, of course.

Fairy tales

When I tell stories to my granddaughter, often I add local customs etc. that help her understand the stories...

SyrLaLune Fairy tales has annotated fairy tales to explains the symbolism and various versions of the tales.



And if you eat it, it might help you get skinny...Raspberry ketone (4-(4-hydroxyphenyl) butan-2-one; RK) is a major aromatic compound of red raspberry (Rubus idaeus). The structure of RK is similar to the structures of capsaicin and synephrine, compounds known to exert anti-obese actions and alter the lipid metabolism.

or put on muscle...or something....

The latest "We're all gonna die" scare


It's the mercury, stupid...

Grreat balls of fire

Good news of the day

Study suggests that as populations age, fewer young men will be available for war, and voila, no more war...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Gift item of the day

Ever wonder how Gandalf got his walking stick to glow?

He had one of these...with LED lights in the top.

Homey AFB

that non existant Area 51 now is called Homey AFB....

Boingboing reports:
New editions of flight planning software and civilian aviators’ GPS gear lists the name and the official designation “KXTA” — which online wags have speculated stands for “extraterrestrial airport.” (The “k” designation indicates only that the field is in the U.S., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.)


Link is a slide show of people who were cheerleaders in high school or college...

Hmmm...they left out Mother Angelica....

(Headsup BoingBoing)

Headlines below the fold

Laws saying insurgents who don't wear uniforms are not POW's but can be treated as ordinary criminals goes back to the Civil war...

Tourism is Karbala...(and a lot of those visiting are from Iran)...

Something a lot of the stories left out: Gaza wasn't "surrounded by Israel" who was widely condemned for keeping supplies out... Now it turns out that Gaza has a large border with Egypt (not to mention a long seacoast)...and now that Hamas blew open the fence, the press has decided to notice it....(psst fellahs...they also have a seacost).

Remembering a real heroine...LINK.

Awhile ago I wrote about the MPAA trying to force colleges to spy on their students, claiming that too much P2P was going it appears that the MPAA was lying...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Israel India ties

A day or two ago, I mentioned that Israel's satellite was placed into orbit by India, and wondered what it meant.

Today's Strategy Page explains their increased cooperation, including ties that go back 2000 years and both countries are targets of Islamo fascism.

Craft item of the day

Making a rubber stamp from a simple eraser. LINK


Kreeft lecture on line

Kreeft has a lot of lectures at link including on LOTR....he just has updated his website with a new lecture on philosophy.

Gift Idea of the day

Get in touch with your green thumb with our Magic Beans! These cute growing kits come with everything you need to grow your own little bean stalk - just add water! The Magic Beans are carved with secret messages that you will see when they grow above the surface!

Science news below the fold

PC goes amuk....I can't give blood because I lived in Africa. So is it discrimination to stop me from giving blood, or just a good screening tool to reject my blood to protect patients? LINK

Israel warns: Even if you kill all of us, our robots will get you...LINK

Sounds like something out of Blazing Saddles: A Black Pharaoh?
Yup. there was an interlude when Egypt fell apart, and the Nubians (Kushite) king took over.
Freepers have a discussion and links but site is not work friendly.

Planet wide thunderstorms....Is it due to global warming?
Science scam...Nature magazine puts a headsup on their website...

Weird animals facing extinction....
Northern hairy-nosed wombat (Lasiorhinus krefftii)
This heavily-built marsupial is the largest known herbivorous burrowing mammal.

Somehow "Save the hairy nosed wombat" just doesn't make a nice bumper sticker...

Cat Story of the day

Missing cat found...

Now, tell me how she got through airport screening....

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Watch it bad guys: Jack is back

Newest seat belt design will save lives

do you speak redneck?

Finestkind Clinic an' fish market

Discussin' medicine, culture, an' th' joys of cookin' Pansit.

My Photo
Name: Mary Lou Reyes
Locashun: Luzon, Philippines

Dr. B, Retired doc, livin' a life of leisure in th' rural' takin' a cockeyed look at th' absurdities of th' wo'ld, cuss it all t' tarnation...


The link will also translate your blog into: Redneck, Jive, Cockney, Elmer Fudd, Swedish Chef, Moron, Pig Latin, or Hacker.


I posted two boring essays on BNN: One about bombs in NYCity and one on Rabies.

Irish Blessing

Tia Maria sent a link to the nicest (Flash) movie of the day


(Headsup Dustbury)

Scientific secret behind LOLCATS

Madscientist cites Yale study...Category-specific attention for animals reflects ancestral priorities, not expertise


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Headlines that make you say: Hmmmm.....

Not all headlines are blood and guts. A lot of them hint to larger issues that remain undiscussed. Some examples:

Sweden to consult Canada in study measuring methane emitted by belching cows
Hmmm...half a million dollars to see if feeding cows differently will lower methane, a greenhouse gas...most of which comes out in belching, not farts...
Not Discussed: Will vegetarianism stop global warming? How about using goat milk? How will diet changes effect milk and meat production? And how much "global warming" comes from agriculture, not industry? And will cutting back make things different (i.e. letting pastures go fallow lead to increased belching by deer and moose worse than cows, not to mention dead rotting vegetation).

Frontline Blogger Coves war with a soldier's eyes.
A nice profile on Michael Yon.
Not discussed: Why the newspaper of record doesn't hire soldiers to write dispatches, or bother to publish those written by Mr. Yon.

Zim issues 10 million dollar bills, but one won't buy you a hamburger.

not discussed: Why the UN and the African Union are so busy using "diplomacy" without backing it with threats. On the other hand, next to central Africa, whose wars so far have killed 3 million people despite UN peacekeepers, Zim and even Kenya is in good shape.
Again: Where is all that UN money going?

Armed police in Nigeria threatened StatoilHydro
"police" in Nigeria go to Norse run oil/gas company and demand "taxes"...$800,000.
not discussed: Corruption in Nigeria...more money has been stolen by those in that government than all the foreign aid sent to Africa.
Israeli satellite launched by Indian Missile...
A lot of US satellites are sent up by commercial Chinese missiles (and a lot of the technology transfer enabling them to do so was okayed by the Clinton administration). Does this headlines suggest India is not in satellite lauching business? Where did they get their expertise (China? US? Israel? Stolen? Home made?) Is there an Israeli/India defense pact? What are the implications of a new man in town (India) mean to commercial communication/agriculture/gps satellite networks?

Monday, January 21, 2008

Are movies going to turn pro Israel?

Roger Simon comments:

Just when you thought all Hollywood movies were from the left

(Well, except for South Park).... something happened.

Cute Photos of the day

go to link for DarkRoastedBlend's photos of animals having fun

Lego craft item of the day

a lego Minas Tirith

Headlines below the fold

Is the Antarctic ice sheet melting because of a volcano? LINK

Cubans vote for new parliament says the headlines...ah, but the problem is the small print:

Only one person is standing per seat, including ailing leader Fidel Castro, even though he has not been seen in public for almost a year-and-a-half....There are 614 candidates contesting 614 seats.


The Sargent Schultz award of the day ("I see nothing, nooothing") goes to the Sudanese government who appointed Janjaweed leader to that government's cabinet.


The copilot landed that British plane that lost power right before landing. Letting copilots do routine landings is normal, and his skill saved everyone, but it makes one more question into the pile.


The dog that didn't bark: 2 million that peacefully attended the Ashura commemorations in Iraq....most of the news was about fighting elsewhere, of course.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Google Body

An article on computerized medicine, including showing the patient his disease via a gooleearth type picture.

The only problem is that 90 percent of what we family docs treat is not something we can show on a photo.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Origami spaceship

PinkTentacle blog reports that:
Researchers from the University of Tokyo have teamed up with members of the Japan Origami Airplane Association to develop a paper aircraft capable of surviving the flight from the International Space Station to the Earth’s surface.

The researchers are scheduled to begin testing the strength and heat resistance of an 8 centimeter (3.1 in) long prototype on January 17 in an ultra-high-speed wind tunnel at the University of Tokyo’s Okashiwa campus (Chiba prefecture). In the tests, the origami glider — which is shaped like the Space Shuttle and has been treated to withstand intense heat — will be subjected to wind speeds of Mach 7, or about 8,600 kilometers (5,300 miles) per hour.

Video of the week

Family news

Galeras volcano is threatening to erupt again...prayers for my son, who owns a restaurant there.

About 8,000 people in areas of the city of Pasto threatened by the volcano were evacuated.
But most of the city, which is situated near the Ecuadorean border, was likely to be spared, Mr Gil said.\


And then there is LOLCATSCHURCH

or the LOLCat bible?
Praise Ceiling Cat, who be watchin yu, may him has a cheezburger.
Wut yu want, yu gets, srsly.
Giv us dis day our dalee cheezburger.
And furgiv us for makin yu a cookie, but eateding it.
An do not let us leed into teh showa, but deliver us from teh wawter.
Ceiling Cat pwns all. He pwns teh ceiling and da floor and walls too.
Forevur and evuhr. Amen.


finestkind clinic n fish market

discussin medicine... culture... n joys uv cookin pansit.

bout me

name= nancy reyez
location= luzon... philippinez
dr. b... retired doc... livin life uv leisure in rural philippinez...n takin cockeyed look at absurditiez uv world..
And if you want your website to be LOL'd try LINK

murderous anchormen

I wrote a screed about the NYTimes article on murderous vets elsewhere LINK.

Iowahawk (a satire site) has a better take: Bylines of Brutality: an expose on violence by those in the media, including links to real stories, a fake expert, and lots of garbage...exposing the murderous anchorman danger to you and your children.

(headsup LGF)

Family news

John arrived home from Iraq yesterday safe and sound.

Robin called Chano with the news.They will be staying in Tennessee for awhile...

Friday, January 18, 2008

Never taunt a tiger

Sounds like those guys were drunk and having a good time taunting the tiger, til the tiger decided to attack.


Sadder still: The lawyers are involved...


James Kibble has posted on line his renditions of Bach's organ music.


(headsup NewLiturgicalMovemtBlogspot)

Computer stuff

INSTAPUNDIT has review of a ASUS EEE PC...he likes it for basic stuff...

Alas, mine didn't arrive before I came back to the my grandson Luke is playing with it until someone comes to visit.
So, how do you like it, Luke?

40 hour nanobatteries for computers.. Great.
Electricity for dummies...(headsup MakeBlog)
And Makeblog links to the craft project of the day:

A snail robot

History's greatest comebacks

Check link (some are R rated so you are warned).

An example:Pope John XXIII

One of the few pontiffs in history with a rich sense of humor, Pope John XXIII once reported to an interviewer that important problems would frequently come to mind in the middle of the night, disturbing his sleep. Half awake, he'd make a mental note: "I must speak to the pope about that." "Then," he confessed, "I would be wide awake and remember—I am the pope!" Once asked by a journalist, "How many people work in the Vatican?" the pontiff pondered the question, giving the impression that he was trying to come up with an accurate estimate.

Then, with a straight face, he answered: About half.

Stuff below the fold

I am always fascinated by pre history, and am following the DNA train stories. Did mankind go from Africa to India, and only later go north into Europe?
and Freepers GGG discussion HERE...
Smithsonian has a webpage here on human migration.

The real danger coming to the Philippines isn't terrorism, air travel, tornadoes, typhoons, volcanoes or Dengue fever. It's how they drive.
LINK is a story about training outsiders to drive in Manila...

Pinoy priest in the south martyred BBC STORY

St Anthony's day...the Vatican blesses the animals. I always thought it was preacher St. Anthony of Padua, who preached to the fish. But it's St. Anthony the hermit, an Egyptian farmer who kept animals as a hermit.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Craft item of the day

Wow your scientist friends and colleagues with the coolness of this piece of knitted art. The frog is hand knit from a silk/wool blend, and his little innards were needle-felted by hand out of 100% wool. He comes pinned into his black wood 8 x 10 inch frame, but he is not glued down, so you can take him out and cuddle him if you wish

Headsup Make blog

Podcast of the week

A lot of universities have lectures on line.

This one is a history of Germany/the second Reich.

A lot these issues still have repercussions today...from the EU to the Pope being banned from speaking, to opposing Afghanistan.

It's all about ME ME ME...

Next time you read pop psychology saying what you want the universe will give you, check out these photos:

Here is the earth compared to the other planets:

This is the sun in comparison to other starsand here is a photo showing the sky: Many many galaxies with billions of stars:

Hmmm...maybe it's not all about ME.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Family news

Ayesha had her birthday party Monday at the Jolibee down the street.
Fun was had by one and's some photos. Click on photo to go to the album for closeups.
Ayesha's birthday party

headlines below the fold

Ralph Peters takes on the NYTimes "Murdering veterans" story...

Freedom of speech alert....
Mark Steyn is in trouble for hate speech because he quoted an imman...
Now the Pope is being boycotted for a speech 18 years ago for citing a quote made by another scholar...on Galileo...
And especially don't try to investigate a crime in your blog...or you might get the FBI at your door.

The HistoryNewsNetBlog sometimes has interesting discussions (such as this one on Roosevelt's terminal illness). Alas, too often their essays are purely political.. and have little to do with history.

Chavez' attempt to have people stop calling FARC terrorists isn't helped when they kidnap a bunch of tourists for money.

50 Handy Tricks

No food processor? try scissors...

Keep ants out of food by putting the jar/dish in larger dish with water (something we do all the time here).

Make an instant backpack from a sheet.

Remove old bumpersticker with a hair dryer...

Check out site for more
You know about National SpeakLikeAPirateDAY?

Now there is NationalSpeakLikeJackBauerDAY...
How to act on Talk Like Jack Bauer Day
-Make sure to yell very simple requests.
-Take a helicopter to work.
-Issue threats that involve family members and/or body parts.
-Always mention that you’re running out of time.
-Carry a manpurse. Wear aviators. Don’t do drugs.
-Start each conversation with “I’m federal agent (your name), and today is the longest day of my life”.
-Carry around zip ties and a pair of pliers (because you never know).
-Ask a coworker for either a hacksaw or lighter fluid.
-Keep a car battery and some jumper cables on your desk.
-Use your cell phone as much as possible. If the battery dies, just pretend it’s still working.
-End phone calls by stating “remember, I’m in a Flank 2 position“. Works well when you are on a conference call.
-Use at least 5 exclamation points in every email!!!!

(Headsup DaveBarry)

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a...

Nano flusher.

even nanoelves need to get rid of waste...
this one is from 2005...

and check out other nana art photos at link...previous years winners HERE.

(Headsup Instapundit)

Proverbs of the day

A penny saved is a government oversight.

The real art of conversation is not only to say
the right thing at the right time, but also to leave
unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight,
because by then your body and your fat have
gotten to be really good friends.

The easiest way to find something lost around the house
is to buy a replacement.

He who hesitates is probably right.

Have you ever noticed that The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are ' XL.'

If you think there is good in everybody, you haven't met everybody.

If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

The sole purpose of a child's middle name
is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.

There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it.
For example I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.

Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words
'The' and 'IRS' together it spells 'Theirs?'

Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you
stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Some people try to turn back their odometers.
Not me, I want people to know 'why' I look this way.
I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.

When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.

You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

One of the many things no one tells you about aging
is that it is such a nice change from being young.

Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
Your email of the day from QuiltingMama

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Survivalist item of the day

A rechargeable LED Flashlight...

Indie's back, and guess who's waiting for him?

Cate Blanchett is Indie's foe in the next Raiders movie...

(headsup Savagemindsblog)

Gift Item of the day

Have a potrait made of your favorite a doctor, a geek, or even a movie director:

stuff below the fold

The DaJihad Code? Spengler relates the true story of lost manuscripts, Nazis, and those who try to silence the truth of a religion's origin.

Buying books for your kids? Check out the Caldicott and Newbury winners at Omnivoracious at Amazon.

Go Thompson...because do you really want four years of listening to a shrill Hillary or hyper Rudi or a hick Huckabee....

Hmmm...Thompson vs for me.

Oz blogger Tim Blair is having cancer our prayers...drop him a line.

NYTimes blasts Murtha... for excess pork..they finally noticed?

Canadian Human rights commission thinks punishing those who hurt someone's feelings is a more important right than freedom of speech...check HERE..

What does it take to make a beating heart? My report HERE.

Don't fly to the Philippines, says the FAA...
Great. Typhoons, mudslides, earthquakes, tornadoes, Dengue fever, and now this...


Monday, January 14, 2008

Book at bedtime

The Egg and I...

A memoir of early married life as the wife of a chicken farmer on a ranch a couple of hours out of Seattle, on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.

BBC 4 book of the week...available for only the next few days via streaming video radio player link

If you don't know the book, check out the movie.

Betty MacDonald also has a book called the Plague and I, a humerous account of her bout with TB.

Craft item of the day

Crochet your own Elvis Doll...

Headsup Craftzine.

And did you read about the Elvis Festival in Australia? LINK
There are Elvis lawn bowls and golf challenges, as well as a cheeseburger eating contest, which pays homage to one of the American singer's favourite snacks. There is also an Elvis-themed Gospel church service.

Last year's festival in Parkes set a new world record for the number of Elvis impersonators in one place.

Gift item of the day

"...Van Gogh Mug. Everyone knows Van Gogh cut off" his ear and gave it to his girlfriend. Now we celebrate this mad act of generosity with a new mug. Pour in a hot beverage and watch his ear disappear!"

Podcast of the day

the best Tagalog podcast on common phrases and explains customs...

Headlines below the fold

Some web sites were discussing if Vegans would turn to meat if they tried to survive a major catastrophe. My essay here pointed out that in a true famine, meat was not the problem: ordinary food was.... my Aunt ate tree bark in an Austrian famine of see stuff people have eaten in the past, check this site...

Bush is visiting the Middle East...the MSM is either ignoring it or muttering cliches.....NYTimes front page has one article, below a football story. Al Jezeerah (the only "free" press in the Arab world) has better coverage... Professor Mansur points out that Bush has introduced a new element into the volitile mix: A fledgling democracy.... Gateway Pundit has coverage...
Lots of stuff behind the visit: The explosion of prosperity in the Gulf states, the fact that ex Baathist government officials can now work for the new government in Iraq is big news, The mopping up battles going on in Iraq...StrategyPage has information too.
Longer essay moved to BNN so as not to bore you...

Another unreported story: Canadian censorship of free speech.
Instapundit has links...there is a lot of Anti Islamic stuff on line, and it would really help if these problems were discussed politely, but censoring someone who brings up a valid point is not the way to impose civility...

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Norman Rockwell's Redneck thanksgiving

(original HERE if you don't get the joke).
Your email of the day from Col. Updraft...

Family news

We were at the farm all day...I'll post a few of my photos, and tomorrow when I have more time, will post from Chano's better camera.

He has gotten a grant from the gov't to start a greenhouse vegetable program: The idea is to grow veggies in plastic (net) greenhouses with our rice, they will be organic.
The greenhouses have nets all around to keep out insects that eat veggies, so we don't have to use insecticide...they also have a roof to prevent heavy rain from ruining the crop, and a shade so that the hot sun doesn't over heat them during the hot season. Each greenhouse complex has a well and pump to irrigate. The one we went to today is on our "dry" fields, too high for the river to flood so is usually left fallow in the dry season. It will give us and other farmers extra money especially in the "dry season" when less rice is grown.

Farm Greenhouse veggies 1 08

Today we dedicated the first three, but two other groups are being constructed, and farmers in the program (our tenants and other independent farmers) will attend the classes in the next six weeks.

Poultry farming in Iran

Below I posted a girl with a beautiful rooster...Well, her employer/teacher has a website HERE and has kindly sent me some photos of his poultry breeding complexWeb album for more photos click small photo:

A lot more sophisticated than our rural farm that merely feeds up broilers for another company.

I'm sure all of this drives the PETA types nuts, but affordable poultry and eggs are an important protein source for the rest of us...indeed, introducing better poultry breeds into villages was one of our hospital's outreach for our hospital's Nutrition center outreach when I worked in Africa thirty years ago...but that's another story that I might write up later.
Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement and when his plane arrived there was a limousine there to transport him to his home. As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver.

"You know" he said, "I am 87 years old and I have never driven a limousine. Would you mind if I drove it for a while?

The driver said, "No problem. Have at it.

Billy gets into the driver's seat and they head off down the highway. A short distance away sat a rookie State Trooper operating his first speed trap. The long black limo went by him doing 70 in a 55 mph zone. The trooper pulled out and easily caught the limo and he got out of his patrol car to begin the procedure.

He walked up to the driver's door and when the glass was rolled down, he was surprised to see who was driving. He immediately excused himself and went back to his car and called his supervisor. He told the supervisor, "I know we are supposed to enforce the law... Bt I also know that important people are given cerrtain courtesies. I need to know what I should do because I have stopped a very important person.

The supervisor asked, "Is it the governor?"

The young trooper said, "No, he's more important than that."

The supervisor said, "Oh, so it's the president."

The young trooper said, "No, he's even more important than that."

The supervisor finally asked, "Well then, who is it?"

The young trooper said, "I think it's Jesus, because he's got Billy Graham for a chauffeur!"
your joke of the day from tiamaria

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Lego dance video of the day

(heads up from the NumaNuma fans at the corner)

Stuff below the folds

Nature magazine archives are on line...

The "Noble Savage" is bunk, and the Economist explains why...whoops. those peaceful hunter/gatherers have a homicide rate of 25%....

The "We're all gonna die" headline of the day:
They don't have to eat the earth...all they have to do is upset comets, which can then hit the earth....

MP3 of 900 year old melody HERE.From Vincent Ho's webpage on early music...more downloads HERE.

Uh Oh

Music stuff

like to listen to old time radio shows?

Check link...

And your beautiful music link for today comes via DiscipleOfTheDumbOxBlog:

Yum! Minas Tirith

You've heard of Gingerbread houses?

How about Minas Tirith and the Battle of Pellanor Fields Cake...complete with orcs and Rohan riders in candy and gummi brears...for close up check the video

(headsup EndicottBlog)

Friday, January 11, 2008

Caution: Play at your own risk

This is Larry the Cucumber...
and the darn song will keep singing in your head if you view it...

The Pirates are coming!

The Pirates who Don't Do Anything is being released.... and the nYTimes reporter doesn't get multi layered parody... I bet he thinks SpongeBobSquarePants is a nature film...
Heck, even Moriarty is a fan...sort of...

Preview here:

weird stuff in the news

Forget about the FBI: California's Energy Commission is planning to snoop on your thermostat...

Calling Algore: Snow in Baghdad?
Freepers have photos...but essentially it melted when it hit the ground...

Big volcano due to explode in Ecuador...

This snake needs to watch his diet...

Arthritis medicine that attacks inflammation works on Alzheimer's disease? heh...

Wonder why Pluto's not a planet? Mike Brown is to blame...lecture links HERE...and his blog is here.

Gift item of the day

The cutest little kitty pin cushion you ever saw...from HandmadePretties at etsy

Why Americans are safe from snooping government agents

According to Gizmodo, the FBI keeps getting their wiretaps shut down, because they forget to pay their bills....

Doesn't that make you sleep safer at night?

Craft item of the day

Check link on how to make a birdseed wreath using clear jello, birdseed, and an old corrugated box.

Headlines below the fold

Madonna heart Kabbalah water...Hmmm...$10 000 a month could dig a lot of wells for poor people... check my BNN article on well digging.

No golden globes tv program this year....striking writers would pickett, and few stars want to be seen going against the union.

The result of the problems behind "one hundred dollar laptop for poor children" charity is logistics and lack of marketing savvy, but it might end up resulting in cheap real laptops for everyone.

Some blogs say there is another presidential debate on US television...ZZZZZ...

Best political quote of the year?

Hillary acts on Gloria Steinem like catnip.... History will judge Steinem and company very severely for their ethically obtuse indifference to the stream of working-class women and female subordinates whom Bill Clinton sexually harassed and abused, enabled by look-the-other-way and trash-the-victims Hillary.

Now, Camille, don't hold back: Tell us what you really think....(Headsup Cassandrapageblog)

Is the CIA and other intelligence agencies incompetent? The CSMonitor shows they were in Viet Nam...

When you read the press lambasting foster parents, just go to this link and see how Bob helps heal these children to go on to better homes...and his story is typical for these good people who heal damaged children.

New Zealand in the news

Two stories from the Kiwi state:

One: Mountain climber Sir Edmund Hillary died.
He was the first person to ascend Mt Everest in 1953. But he also didn't stop there: Later he raised funds for schools and hospitals for the locals.

Two: NZ authorities refuse to allow a Samoan baby to enter the hospital for treatment.

The facial anomalies could be chromosome related, with a bad prognosis, or merely an anomaly that requires surgery but is not necessarily life threatening.

The doctors forbad feeding the child to hasten the death, but someone smuggled food into the Samoan hospital so the kid lived. I wish I could say I've never seen doctors do this, but I can say that all the babies were indeed fed by nurses who ignored the doctor's orders.

There is a racial aspect to all of this since those helping the child all have Samoan/indigenous names...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Family news

light blogging...have to go to Manila to get my papers straightened out.

Vote for Ralph Wiggum

The Blogosphere is full of the press lamenting their adoring coverage of Obama; now that Hillary won, they have egg on their face.
So check this:

Vote For Ralph Wiggum - video powered by Metacafe

Bionic farmer

Japanese farmers have trouble hiring help, so they have invented a "robosuit" to help farmers lift larger loads.

In addition to providing extra muscle to lift and carry things, the power-assist robot suit helps farmers with manual tree-pruning work by enabling them to hold their arms up for long periods of time without getting tired, according to the researchers. The suit also doubles the wearer’s strength when performing grunt work like uprooting oversized daikon radishes from the earth.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

The votes are cast but who won?

The Observatory on Mt. Washington held an election for who should be their mascot:

My favorite:Vowing, "Change, hope, more change, and a chicken in every bowl," Sarah is vocal, never hesitating to hammer home her agenda. While this high-energy 1-year-old can border on hyper, she's independent, loves to meow, and plays well with other cats. Says one insider, Sarah's "a real sweet cat, but she gets cold easily, has never been out, and is not the outdoors type." This has prompted critics to question whether she can take the sleet. Sarah's unflinching response? "I am woman. Hear me meow."

Please note: All three contenders have great hair, attend church, hold law degrees, value values, tout affordable vet care, and oppose recreational drug-use (unless it is catnip). All three claim to have been raised by poor, humble yam-farmers who worked their tails off just to put Meow Mix on the table. However, that claim has yet to be confirmed.