Archive for April 21, 2011
Apropos of this — can we call it a war now? — there’s this, the tweet of the day:
Your tax dollars.
We just got a call soliciting money for Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign. My husband answered the call — he doesn’t remember specifically who called (the DNC?) – but the woman at the other end “suggested” we contribute $300.
$300? Are you kidding?
Does Obama have any idea how tough it is out here?
How about $25?
Oh, and don’t call again until this time next year, at the earliest. We want to see Obama grow a pair before we give a cent.
Quicky: Lanny Davis, a buddy of Bill and Hil, has an op-ed in The Hill mag today advocating cuts to Social Security: Time to Cut a Deal on Social Security.
Davis lives in the stratosphere of D.C. politics and my guess is he has no idea what it would be like to be without a safety net in one’s old age.
To give you a sense of Davis’ character and morals, know he was a lobbyist for Muammar Gaddafi and other tin pot despots — raking in millions – until roughly early March when, oops, it didn’t look so good.
So what he has to say is equivalent to a king telling the serfs what should happen.
This is how the 20-year Vietnam War started — slowly: Gates says Obama has approved use of armed Predator drones for the first time in Libya.
President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed Predator drone aircraft in Libya to improve the precision of low-level attacks on ground targets, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday.
The first Predator mission since Obama’s go-ahead was flown Thursday but the aircraft — armed with Hellfire missiles — turned back early due to poor weather conditions, Marine Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a news conference with Gates.
“President Obama has said that where we have some unique capabilities, he is willing to use those,” Gates said. “And in fact he has approved the use of armed Predators.”
I have a very bad feeling about this.
Well, well. I have a feeling Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) might be coming around to thinking that there’s more to climate change than hippie scientists making stuff up: Gov. Perry Issues Proclamation for Days of Prayer for Rain in Texas:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal and robust way of life.
The absurdity is obvious: Sean Hannity To Host Special Report On Media Bias For Fox News.
Here are the results of a study that goes against everything we’ve been told:
Short-term ‘splurges’ of a high-fat diet may offer protection from heart disease and reduce the risk of tissue damage from heart attacks, according to new research.
A high-fat diet is often associated with an increased risk of heart disease, but the findings from a new study presented at the recent Experimental Biology 2011 conference in Washington, D.C, reported that a lard-rich, high-fat diet for a very short period can protect the heart from heart attacks and result in less tissue damage when heart attacks occur.
The researchers, from the University of Cincinnati, observed that short term (acute) feeding resulted in cardio-protection, whilst more chronic feeding (over six weeks) resulted in no protection – indicating that short ‘splurges’ are crucial to the impact.
The researchers found that the injury to the heart tissue among the mice that received the high-fat for shorter ‘splurges’ (24 hours, one- and two-weeks) was reduced by 70 percent compared to the group fed a high-fat diet for six weeks.
Chronic (six week) high fat feeding was shown to result in larger injury to the heart, as were control fed animals.
In addition the researchers found that mice fed a high-fat diet for 24 hours, then returned to a control diet for 24 hours prior to heart attack experienced a prolonged or ‘late phase’ protection against injury. They said this indicates that short-term high fat feeding in animal models could preserve cardiac function.
So, the moral of the story is, if you have a heart attack, ask your attendant to bring you a couple hot dogs, some fries and maybe a full-fat milk shake, stat.