Sunday, August 29, 2010

Flashback fever

something about Sunday mornings and  60's tunes that get stuck in my head. 

Today's choice example:

Friday, August 20, 2010

I ain't afraid of no Stupersuspicion

I was awaken at my trailer around 6 this morning to an intermittent banging sound coming from my "add a room". Lola was sitting at the end of my bed growling at the window that looks into that space. I look out on to the floor area and I see nothing, the table? Nothing. (It's a very small window) What the heck? Dogs getting feisty, yappy, louder banging from the room and it all had to wait while I  threw something decent on (this is a family camp area after all) secure the killer dogs, so I can go out and see what is going on. As soon as I turn around a huge thud on the very window I was looking out of. What the heck is going on????

Did a raccoon some how open the door and get stuck in there? Nope.

I was amazed by what I found. A crow, a big ugly black crow ,( Ewwww very bad Mojo, karma, omen those crows things are) was flying around like crazy trying to crash it's way back out. I don't think the screens are made to withstand the tantrums of an irate adult crow. How the heck did that get in there?????? The door is still closed for crying out loud, I had to go thru the room and open the door and generally shooooo the ugly, in temperament and looks, intruder  out and all I could think of was Poe's poem the Raven and Lenore.

"Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;

But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,

And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,

That I scarce was sure I heard you"--

O.K so weird stuff goes threw my head when I'm not really awake and confronted by the bizarre.....who knew?

Lenore, lenore....I don't believe in omens, not what so ever, just a freaky thing that happens when you are out in the country. Right?Thank goodness it didn't happen last Friday the 13th. Not that I believe in stupersuspicions, omens, or that sort nonsense, but still............weird.

Wish I had the presence of mind to take a picture of that angry crow perched atop the cattleman's chair......dang.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Flushing out your dead

Giving new meaning to the expressions pi** on you and a drink in your honour, from the wacky world of the EU:

Belgian undertakers have drawn up plans to dissolve the corpses of the dead in caustic solutions and flush them into the sewage system.

The controversial new method is said to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than running highly polluting crematoria or using up valuable land for graves.

The departed would go into the sewage systems of towns and cities and then be recycled in water processing plants.

Product is also available at your local US of A:

Six states in America – Maine, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, and Maryland have recently passed legislation that allow the process to be used.

In this day where environmental correctness is taken to the religious zealot's extreme and worn like an intellectual rational thinker's badge of honour we can be assured the the value of human life and death will be continue to erode in the name of Gaia.

Can Soylent green really be tooo far down the road?

H/T the Halls

Sunday, August 15, 2010

So shoot me

it's riddled with every cliché in the book. I seem to enjoy a well crafted cliche....

From the top commercials of all time.

Never can keep a good shampoo down.

Also, I am sure a totally awesome 6 minute number, with Robert Carlyle about the Walker distillers story. It looks all moody, misty and great, he looks real fine and I'm sure the story is  engrossing if only a body could understand more then every fourth word or so....ach mon ya no spake englash do ya?

Je ne comprend pas....

But this is the song that has swirling around me head since I woke up this morning:

You can have it thanks....

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

26 Yrs ago today in history....

Twenty Six years ago today, well not exactly today as it actually happened on a Saturday,

My dear  departed Daddy took one look at the Cattleman awaiting me at the end of the aisle and stopped in his tracks, looked at me and whispered:

Are you sure sweety? We can still leave right now, every thing will still be O.K.

Yes I'm sure.

O.K. Here we go.

Yes Daddy here I go.

Love you and miss you Dad,  love you and grateful to have you as a full partner in this crazy world Cattleman. I have been blessed by the men in my life, some I got thru biology and some I was smart enough and just lucky enough he allowed me to tame him.

Chickens snatched from pots to pay for votes

In a shocking turn of events the food stamps cupboard in the US has been raided to the tune of some 12 Billion dollars in order to keep tax eaters full. Total investment in keeping up wards of 300,000 taxeaters on the payroll is only 26 Billion dollars.

The Obama administration pushed hard for the $26 billion bill. The White House argued that it is essential to protecting 300,000 teachers and other nonfederal government workers from election-year layoffs and will not add to the national deficit.

Now this I do believe, at least they are being honest about the pandering to the unions for the purpose of purchasing votes.

Somehow I do not anticipate any teachers being bothered by the idea that some of their very own students will not be able to pay attention in class, learn to their maximum capacity because they are preoccupied by hunger......

Monday, August 9, 2010

First they came for your peanut butter....

The demonization of food continues unabated:

Under pressure to produce a blueprint after three years of internal talks, Health Canada's sodium working group, set to release its long-awaited report today,

WThoodles? We paid folks and have a “EXPERT PANEL” on SALT? Working on this important issue for YEARS? Like in the treaty? No like in building up more bureaucracy for Health Canada to monitor Business, restaurants and food stuffs for sale at your local grocer.

Notice how they slip in the impression of need with the big percentage of 75% sitting right in the end of the article?

Medical experts warn that excessive sodium intake is associated with increased blood pressure and is a risk factor for stroke, heart attacks, kidney disease and heart failure. In Canada, about one in four people have hypertension and it is estimated that high sodium intake is to blame in 75 per cent of cases.

75 % of 25% is about 18% and it’s just their own scary doomsday "guesstimate" is all.

So that leaves, at minimum, 82% of the population with absolutely no issues with salt what so ever.

So far it is a forced voluntary adherence, with the clear and present threat that regulated mandatory adherence is next if the SALT panel is not pleased by the voluntary measures industry makes. So the carrot is the temporary absence of the stick. I have no doubt that the salt panel will be announcing the stick very soon as industry will never have a chance to follow their lead quick enough to suit them.

We are doomed to endless  intrusion, regulation for regulation sake, empire building at our expense and it will be lapped up as being for our own good too. Sweet….er no salty…..

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Smile your on Candid Camera........

An excellent case of observable state incrementalism in action:

For the last few years, federal agencies have defended body scanning by insisting that all images will be discarded as soon as they're viewed. The Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer, for instance, that "scanned images cannot be stored or recorded."

Now it turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images after all. The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.

Oh my.....These are the same machines that we use at our airports after the US asked us to follow suit for counter terrorist reasons. We were always told that these machines could not save images.....

This follows an earlier disclosure (PDF) by the TSA that it requires all airport body scanners it purchases to be able to store and transmit images for "testing, training, and evaluation purposes." The agency says, however, that those capabilities are not normally activated when the devices are installed at airports.

Body scanners penetrate clothing to provide a highly detailed image so accurate that critics have likened it to a virtual strip search. Technologies vary, with millimeter wave systems capturing fuzzier images, and backscatter X-ray machines able to show precise anatomical detail. The U.S. government likes the idea because body scanners can detect concealed weapons better than traditional magnetometers.

Oh well there you go then, Whoosh that's a relief.....surely we don't have any of this going on here in
H/T Joel

Wanna see what state run health care will get ya?

Oh dear da dear da dear me, this might have been a tad concerning,

Two women had their breasts removed by accident, wrongly really, they were told they had breast cancer, each received a treatment of a full mastectomy and lymph nodes removed before it was found out that they didn't actually have breast cancer.

Laurie Johnston of Leamington, Ont., had a mastectomy last November from Heartwell, who admitted she misread the results of a needle biopsy that found Johnston did not have cancer.

Janice Laporte, whose breast was removed by Heartwell in September 2001, was told a week after her surgery that she didn't have cancer.

A probe was called and the results were that the wrong diagnosis fell with in the acceptable limits of statistical margin of error of pathology reports.

However, the report concluded that Williams' error rate was within an acceptable range as quoted in medical literature.

They also noted that the Pathologist's cataract condition has no effect on how they read the pathology reports.

Dr. Barry McLellan, who led the four-month probe, said he couldn't say whether cataracts contributed to potential errors by Williams, as alleged in an internal report by health officials.

"We certainly did not find any evidence to support any physical or medical condition contributing to any increase in rate because we didn't see that increase in rate over time," he said in Windsor.

Whoosh that's good to know!

The surgeon has had her surgery rights fully reinstated at the hospital in question.

Oh my this is confusing , if all concerned did nothing wrong then why would they publish the following?

McLellan said his team was also concerned with "unproductive relationships" between doctors, senior management and the board of directors that existed at Hotel-Dieu for more than a decade.

"It is difficult to advance a quality agenda... unless you have good working relationships in the hospital," he said.

However, patients should share his confidence that facilities will resolve the issues as a result of the investigation, he said.

"There's little doubt that the lessons learned here in Windsor are valuable ones," McLellan said.

"They're lessons that hospitals across the province can look to and learn from. Ultimately, they will strengthen the quality of health care in Ontario."

Malcolm Maxwell, CEO of the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, was appointed Wednesday as facilitator to oversee the implementation of the report's recommendations.

Yesterday the Ontario opposition called for the reining government to apologize to these ladies, I think they are right, perhaps a nice handcrafted card to show their personal sincere concern would be in order. That would be nice.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Wanna see what state run health care will get ya?

Behold the continued glories of socialized universally bad health care:

There she waited more than three hours, blood seeping out of her jeans, tears rolling down her face as she feared she was losing her baby — or that she might be bleeding to death.
It was only three hours because they decided to leave and go to another hospital to try and get some sort of semblance of "treatment or medical help".
She did receive an apology from one of the nurses in the emergency department but it was too little too late, she said.

“She came over and she apologized to me, and she said ‘I just wanted to tell you that it’s not that we don’t care,’” Handrahan recounts.

“I remember telling her that I realized tonight how cruel this world really is.”

It's not that we don't care, we just won't do anything for you or let you and your hubby go thru this in private.

I admire her patience and restraint, I may have been less then polite should it have been me..

I am greatly relieved that there is going to be a full investigation of this incident administration of the very hospital in question. Yippee... that  will fix em.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I see more crazy People

contributing to the ruination/reconstruction of a nation,

Having watched the oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico, dairy farmer Frank Konkel has a hard time seeing how spilled milk can be labeled the same kind of environmental hazard.

But the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is classifying milk as oil because it contains a percentage of animal fat, which is a non-petroleum oil.

The Hesperia farmer and others would be required to develop and implement spill prevention plans for milk storage tanks. The rules are set to take effect in November, though that date might be pushed back.

“That could get expensive quickly,” Konkel said. “We have a serious problem in the Gulf. Milk is a wholesome product that does not equate to spilling oil.”


“The federal Clean Water Act requirements were meant to protect the environment from petroleum-based oils, not milk,” he said. “I think it is an example of federal government gone amuck.”
Amuck, Amuck, amuck......waist deep in crazy these days. The sad part is no one is too bothered cause the crazy parade keeps on rolling on....


I see crazy People

and they are running a country:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a crackdown on farm dust, so senators have signed a letter addressing their concerns on the possible regulations.

The letter dated July 23 to the EPA states, "If approved, would establish the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation's history." It further states, "We respect efforts for a clean and healthy environment, but not at the expense of common sense. These identified levels will be extremely burdensome for farmers and livestock producers to attain. Whether its livestock kicking up dust, soybeans being combined on a dry day in the fall, or driving a car down the gravel road, dust is a naturally occurring event."

This isn't about dust, this is about absolute control, driving your average sane person out of the family farm business, out of any form of self reliance, it is about absolute control of you and yours.