Thursday, April 30, 2009

Woo Hoo!

It must be a new administration, because Botox will now bear a black box warning label. The FDA now recognizes that the botulin toxin in Botox sometimes acts like, well, botulism by affecting other parts of the body and creating difficulty swallowing or breathing.

I don't know why anyone would want anti-frown treatments. Wrinkles be damned, everyone and their uncle will think you're the dumbest sap on the planet if you can't frown or glare at them. Being able to make an unhappy face can sometimes be a woman's greatest weapon.

Of course, one of the things I really liked about the NY Times article on the subject was this comparison to antidepressants:

Antidepressants, for example, carry black boxes warning of the increased danger of suicidal thoughts and actions.
Now this isn't news. But it's amazing that we can live in a country where many people are prescribed medications to relieve depression but those same meds increase suicidal tendencies - and no one seems to have a problem with this.

Eh, as long as it keeps most employees from being too depressed to come to work.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

From Red State Rebels

{Who snipped this from YouTube}

Not to say that I think the auto companies have been doing the right thing all these years; but again, who would suffer the most if the big three went down the drain - CEOs? Executives? The Boardmembers? No, it would be the working folk on the line.

And note - when the Fox anchor says he wasn't asking about health care but pay cuts, the hourly figure he quotes includes such things as health care and pension. Ask any part-time WalMart worker if they'd like health care and a pension.

I'd certainly vote for this guy if he were running for mayor of Seattle.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Quote from Frank Rich

From today's New York Times:

Not all Republicans are so clueless, whether in Congress or beyond. Charlie Crist, the moderate Florida governor who appeared with the president in his Fort Myers, Fla., town-hall meeting last week, has Obama-like approval ratings in the 70s. Naturally, the party’s hard-liners in Washington loathe him. Their idea of a good public face for the G.O.P. is a sound-bite dispenser like the new chairman, Michael Steele, a former Maryland lieutenant governor. Steele’s argument against the stimulus package is that “in the history of mankind” no “federal, state or local” government has ever “created one job.” As it happens, among the millions of jobs created by the government are the federal investigators now pursuing Steele for alleged financial improprieties in his failed 2006 Senate campaign.

The piece is nice in pointing out the delusional quality of far-right Republican thinking. And Michael Steele's comment is about as stupid as they get.

But the mention of Michael Steele also brings back memories of the 2004 Republican Convention, and this stirring minority report, if you will, by Stephen Colbert:

So when Steele says stupid things as quoted above, I cannot help but hear Colbert say, "The L G of M, Jon!" "It's crab, Jon! Crab! In cake form. Does that mean anything to you?"

Wishing you all a night of deliciousness,
Your Humble Correspondent.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Ben & Jerry's Bush Regime Ice Cream Flavors

The email I received this in said that it was a contest held by Ben and Jerry's; I have no idea if it's true. Wherever these came from, I think they're pretty funny (my favorites are asterisked):

Grape Depression*

Abu Grape

Cluster Fudge*

Nut'n Accomplished

Iraqi Road

Chock 'n Awe


Impeach Cobbler



Good Riddance You Lousy Motherfucker... Swirl

Heck of a Job, Brownie!*

Neocon Politan

RockyRoad to Fascism

The Reese's-cession

Cookie D'oh!

The Housing Crunch

Nougalar Proliferation

Death by Chocolate... and Torture

Credit Crunch

Country Pumpkin

Chunky Monkey in Chief

George Bush Doesn't Care About Dark Chocolate

WM Delicious

Chocolate Chimp

Bloody Sundae

Caramel Preemptive Stripe

I broke the law and am responsible for the deaths of
thousands...with nuts

Friday, February 13, 2009

Third Blog Opens to Absolutely No Fanfare At All


I have a knitting blog; I've blogged about other things there on occasion, but it seems sort of rude to do that to someone who goes there for the infrequent knitting posts.

I have an unemployment blog; my occasional posts are generally for former coworkers who miss the weird stories I made up at work to keep myself entertained.

But there are other things I wish to write about from time to time that don't fit under 'knitting' or 'things most people who actually know me would be interested in'. Odd remarks on, or the occasional full review, of books I've read. Rantings about political crap. Simspons quotes. Long passages of purple prose about my true love for Distiller's Edition 17 year old Lagavulin double-matured single malt scotch.

So I'll be fixing up this blog along the way, adding gadgets, links, and odds and ends of writings.

There will be links to my other blogs, and if you just can't get enough of me, you can subscribe to all three. Woo hoo.