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Sunday, December 26. 2010
Sunday morning links (with a few bad links - sorry about that)
We reportedly have a blizzard arriving today on the Snowball Express. That's fine with me, except that the Lad and his charming Mrs. are airport-stuck in Birmingham (with the Memphis Blues again?). Well, not really stuck - they are there with loving family.
Don't be surprised if we lose power, though. We usually do, with good strong storms. This one looks to be a winter Nor'easter. Think I'll feed the birds this morning.
Lovely winter post from The Englishman:
Prager: Want To Raise a Good Person? Stop Nurturing Your Child's Self-Esteem
A cheerful humility is the best and most realistic attitude.
EPA moving unilaterally to limit greenhouse gases
An attempted end run around Congress
Hands-only CPR. You need to know this.
But a medical friend of mine saved a 90 year-old lady who had cardiac arrest on the sidewalk. She got a lawyer to sue him. She claimed her time had come, and that she should have been left alone. He was protected by Good Samaritan legal protections, but his legal costs to get to that point were considerable. You can be sued for not helping, too.
A new website to me: Jews for the preservation of firearms ownership
Green Lake, Austria. Cool vid
KUHNER: Radical Islam vs. Christianity - The cross is near extinction in the ancient lands of its origin
Environmental groups sue to block wind farm
I'm with them. Wind farms are a scam on the taxpayer - regardless of the bats. Did I say "bats"?
Voters elected Republicans to end Obamaism, not expand it
School food Nazis:
I can understand parents' not wanting schools to feed their kids candy, but what's with the salt?
Basic instinct: Women take just three minutes to make up their mind about Mr Right
Driscoll: Where Unions Are, Americans Aren’t
We have been warning about this apocalypse for years.
Those who blame the U.S. for all the world’s ills
It would take serious shrinkology to understand why somebody would hate as free and noble a nation as the USA. Probably displacement from conflicts with Mom, right? It's always the Mom, right?
The Year of Stupid: Potsdam Climate Institute Now Says To Expect “Warmer Colder” Winters!
San Francisco May Vote on Circumcision Ban Next November.
Abortion OK, Briss not OK. Why Christians do brisses is beyond me. But a hand on my boy's dick? That is definitely the domain of a San Francisco government...
Speaking of brisses, more on Tutu and the Jews
Taxes and the Top Percentile Myth - A 2008 OECD study of leading economies found that 'taxation is most progressively distributed in the United States.' More so than Sweden or France.
Just like the IRA...but not.
Do you think your taxes are too low? Make a contribution to the US Treasury.
Byron York: Smiling Dems will soon cry 'Washington is broken'
It's "broken" when they cannot do whatever they want.
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I must confess, speaking as an Law Enforcement Badger, that I probably would have had some questions for someone I saw running across the countryside at 0230 Christmas morning in his PJs, and an overcoat and a Marlin. Duck Defense works for me as a valid reason, but would certainly have had my interest piqued. It's not the sort of thing you see every night.
As law, your best bet would be to assume that you were hallucinating from too much Eggnog, and just move on.
"I can understand parents' not wanting schools to feed their kids candy, but what's with the salt?"
Excessive salt (and most packaged food ARE excessively salty) is far worse than a bit of candy, not to mention it tastes bad.
high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney failure, etc. etc..
Humans don't need nearly as much salt as they ingest through their food as is, the very few exceptions being those who sweat heavily from doing hard labour in hot environments.
Wrong! Doesn't matter for kids at all. No kid ever had migh BP.
Adults with high BP can take their BP meds, and have all the salt they want. I am an example of that.
Wind farms are pretty much the only instance I see of the eco crowd forming a circular firing squad. Gosh, that warms my heart!
I like that part about "food kept in employees’ drawers as rewards for themselves" (vision of TSA, here). Maybe things like "recess" and "gym class" and letting kids "run around" and even "play" would be more efficacious.
"Three minutes", huh. No wonder the divorce rate is as high as it is.
"And treating of His Passion, with very great accuracy, some say that it took place in the 16th year of Tiberius, on the 25th of Phamenoth [March 21]; and others on the 25th of Pharmuthi [April 21] and others say that on the 19th of Pharmuthi [April 15] the Savior suffered." And now many Americans suffer on the 19th of Parmuthi. (Learn something every day!)
I think the funniest Calvin comic I ever say was about four strips above the eggplant strip at Marcello's homepage (Jan 93)where Suzy makes the snow woman and Calvin retaliates.
When the cause is not known, there is often a resort to a simple slogan -- such as, "Gastric ulcers are caused by excess acid," (Google Marshall and Warren, Nobel) and "high BP is caused by too much salt." Hypertension is not a disease, but a condition resulting from any of an unknown number of underlying disorders. Iit's like headaches, in that it is an effect that signals trouble. Every hypertensive patient must be individually evaluated and treated for the cause of his high BP. Too little salt elevates BP.