I Want My MemriTV!


 found this must see video via the web of Begging To Differ last week. The New York Times writes it up:

Three weeks ago, Dr. Wafa Sultan was a largely unknown Syrian-American psychiatrist living outside Los Angeles, nursing a deep anger and despair about her fellow Muslims.

Today, thanks to an unusually blunt and provocative interview on Al Jazeera television on Feb. 21, she is an international sensation, hailed as a fresh voice of reason by some, and by others as a heretic and infidel who deserves to die.

In the interview, which has been viewed on the Internet more than a million times and has reached the e-mail of hundreds of thousands around the world, Dr. Sultan bitterly criticized the Muslim clerics, holy warriors and political leaders who she believes have distorted the teachings of Muhammad and the Koran for 14 centuries.

“Blunt” indeed. Check it out.

The 4 Worst Neurological Diseases


This is a guest article by Dr. Armando Torres, Neurologist and Neurosurgeon.

4. Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

MSMS is an immune system infection that influences the focal sensory system, and is more typical in ladies than in men. The broad nerve harm brought on by this malady prompts various side effects like muscle fits, trouble strolling or moving appendages, inside and bladder issues, loss of vision, dazedness, slurred discourse, inconvenience gulping, and the sky is the limit from there. A few patients encounter indications on an on-going premise, while others have times of assaults that may last a couple days or months on end. Contingent upon the seriousness of the assaults, a few people can carry on with an “ordinary” existence with MS, while others’ wellbeing and portability decays after some time. There are no cures for MS, however there are drugs and diverse types of treatments that can moderate the advance of the infection.Continue reading →

Let’s Face The Music And Dance

There may be trouble ahead
But while there’s moonlight and music
And love and romance
Let’s face the music and dance

Before the fiddlers have fled
Before they ask us to pay the bill
And while we still
Have the chance
Let’s face the music and dance

We’ll be without the moon
Humming a diff’rent tune
And then

There may be teardrops to shed
So while there’s moonlight and music
And love and romance
Let’s face the music and dance
Let’s face the music and dance

Odocoileus virginianus

I saw an adult White-tail Deer this morning on my street, startled it with the car and watched it run down the street and cross another before disappearing between two houses. I’ve been at this home for 11 years and have never seen a deer this close to my house or even in the neighborhood at all. I saw a Grey Fox earlier this year (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) that while called “grey” actually had red hair. What does this mean? Are these signs?

Squirrels & Asian Cycad Scale

Asian cycad scale has reached NEFL so I may have to remove and replace my sago palms if they don’t survive my weak attempts to eradicate them. I’ve also got squirrels in the attic lately. I kept trying to cover the entrances where they got in through the attic vents but nothing worked. I finally found the answer online and it seems to be working so far. I placed a radio in the attic and tuned it to talk radio. Hours of Boortz, Limbaugh and Hannity has so far discouraged their nesting. Who knew there was actually a productive use for those nagging voices.

The Squirrel War: Cutting the Supply Lines

Squirrel war

Scientists baffled by mysterious acorn shortage

Up and down the East Coast, residents and naturalists alike have been scratching their heads this autumn over a simple question: Where are all the acorns?

Some scientists fear a mysterious shortage of acorns this fall in the eastern U.S. will affect squirrels.

Oak trees have shed their leaves, but the usual carpet of acorns is not crunching underfoot.

In far-flung pockets of northern Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and other states, scientists have found no acorns whatsoever.

“I can’t think of any other year like this,” said Alonso Abugattas, director of the Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington, Virginia. (more…)

Thought you were smart, didn’t you squirrels? Let’s see who’s happy and jumping around in the attic when you run out of nuts!

Katrina Housing Shortage?

Storm Victims

In the Times today we find many Gulf Coast residents are still waiting for temporary housing. Yet, thousands and thousands of FEMA trailers purchased for Katrina victims are sitting unused in Arkansas. The management of FEMA should be fired and replaced by any 5th-grade civics class, because I’m sure they could do a better job. This isn’t rocket science.

In fairness to FEMA, they claim they have plenty of shelters but are waiting for Louisiana officials to tell them where they can place them, after state officials have rejected sites proposed by the federal agency. Someone, I don’t know, the governor maybe? …the President? …could step in here and cut this red tape.



Some food-related blogging for Liz, Nueva & LDC.

Check out Catherine’s Weekends With Adolfo at Zunta.

as you might imagine, adolfo did not live for his job as a school printer. instead, his reason for being, as many middle-aged italian men’s, was wine. adolfo had a network of wine contacts in the piemonte region that seemed almost mafioso in its breadth and ability to procure the latest riserva.

“pssst,” adolfo whispered at me one day while i was lining up my class to take them back from their library time. “i can get you and your boyfriend good deal on new barolo, on a case. you want it?” as caroline prowled by, he scurried away, hissing, “come by later, i tell you more.”

adolfo took a shine to me and tommy, as he did to most of the younger american teachers from the school, and so we became privy to some of the best weekend journeys of our time in italy: adolfo’s weekend wine trips (TM). (more…)

And then there’s the Google food blog by Bret L.

Satchmo & Astaire


You know you love this song from Top Hat. The first time I saw that film, especially the Cheek to Cheek sequence, man…it was a revelation. But I digress…

In today’s Slate, Stanley Crouch tries to explain the “…unique talent that links Fred Astaire and Louis Armstrong.” Say what?!! It’s worth a read.

By the way, I’ve long wanted to do a meaningful post about Louis Armstrong. This is not that post. Suffice it to say that Satchmo was the first musician who I ever admired. But there is this one thing I do want to share this evening with my handful of readers.

Bizarre as this may seem, Louis Armstrong is responsible for me realizing that I had an imagination. I first became conscience as a child of the power to visualize when I conjured up an image of the great trumpet player and his music. I was sitting around thinking, “Hey! I can make up that music that I like…in my head! And damn, I can seehim too!” I must have looked foolish standing up in my crib, with my eyes closed, swaying and singing a baby-talk version of I’ve Got the World on a String.

Iraq Funded Kidnappers & Murderers of Americans

Iraq kidnappers

Anecdote after anecdote clearly link Saddam Hussein’s regime to terrorist groups that killed Americans. For example there’s this:

“We’re concerned that they have what I would call operational links to Iraqi intelligence services. And they’re a danger, they’re an enemy of the Philippines, they’re an enemy of the United States, and we want very much to help the government in Manila deal with this challenge,” Daley told the panel. Responding to a question, Daley elaborated. “There is good reason to believe that a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group who has been involved in terrorist activities was in direct contact with an IIS officer in the Iraqi Embassy in Manila. This individual was subsequently expelled from the Philippines for engaging in activities that were incompatible with his diplomatic status.”

This individual was Hisham Hussein, the second secretary of the Iraqi Embassy in Manila. And Daley was right to be concerned.

Eighteen months before his testimony, a young Filipino man rode his Honda motorcycle up a dusty road to a shanty strip mall just outside Camp Enrile Malagutay in Zamboanga City, Philippines. The camp was host to American troops stationed in the south of the country to train with Filipino soldiers fighting terrorists. The man parked his bike and began to examine its gas tank. Seconds later, the tank exploded, sending nails in all directions and killing the rider almost instantly.

The blast damaged six nearby stores and ripped the front off of a café that doubled as a karaoke bar. The café was popular with American soldiers. And on this day, October 2, 2002, SFC Mark Wayne Jackson was killed there and a fellow soldier was severely wounded. Eyewitnesses almost immediately identified the bomber as an Abu Sayyaf terrorist.

One week before the attack, Abu Sayyaf leaders had promised a campaign of terror directed at the “enemies of Islam”–Westerners and the non-Muslim Filipino majority. And one week after the attack, Abu Sayyaf attempted to strike again, this time with a bomb placed on the playground of the San Roque Elementary School. It did not detonate. Authorities recovered the cell phone that was to have set it off and analyzed incoming and outgoing calls.

As they might have expected, they discovered several calls to and from Abu Sayyaf leaders. But another call got their attention. Seventeen hours after the attack that took the life of SFC Jackson, the cell phone was used to place a call to the second secretary of the Iraqi embassy in Manila, Hisham Hussein. It was not Hussein’s only contact with Abu Sayyaf.

Opponents of regime change are going to have a lot of explaining to do to their constituents. It’s clear now that we should have long ago ended the international material support for terrorism provided by Saddam Hussein.