Thursday, December 30, 2010
Coltyn Hermanstorfer, Tracy Hermanstorfer Christmas Miracle Recovery Still Awes Family
Monday, December 27, 2010
Amazon's idea has raised the ire of the Miss Manners crowd, which thinks the scheme rather uncouth. After all, receiving an e-mail notification of a forthcoming gift - and thereby being able to check its price - is hardly the same as unwrapping the item at home.Click here to read the rest of the story.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The policy has alarmed a Calgarian who volunteered to sift through a southeast warehouse full of unused, donated items and was alarmed when he was told by Salvation Army officials that the two kinds of toys are "disposed of" and not given to other charities.
"I asked if these toys went to another charitable organizations but was told no, that by passing these toys on to another agency for distribution would be supporting these toys," said the man, who wouldn't give his name due to his occupation.
The man called himself an admirer of the Salvation Army and was impressed by the massive quantity of toys collected in city malls, schools and police stations through the Toy Mountain campaign.
But he questioned why the charity would be sifting out Harry Potter and Twilight toys, which involve sorcery and vampire themes, respectively.
"I was told to withhold a six-inch Harry Potter figure, but when I picked up a plastic M-16, I was told, 'That's for the 10-year-olds,'" he said.
"I was shocked...war-themed toys and toys from TV shows and movies with far more violence than Harry Potter and these were considered appropriate toys?"...Click here to read the rest: Sally Ann bans Harry Potter and Twilight toys | Canada | News | Toronto Sun
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Am I the only one who finds this song totally suspicious? Basically it's a Christmas song that talks about Mary being a teenage mother scared and unprepared for parenthood, but happy at the outcome. The moral of the story, of course: A baby changes everything, you will be happier as a teenage mother.
So, what the heck is this? A fundie pro-lifer attempt to get teens to avoid abortions? Yet the lyrics promote getting pregnant out of wedlock.
Yes, I know they eventually identify the family as the Holy Family, but the underlying message is clearly about teenage pregnancy being a great thing. They were illegal immigrants too. Will the fundie teabaggers be promoting illegal immigration too?
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
When adults would tell me I would be a mother when I grew up, not a career woman, I'd point out how wrong they were, as evidenced by Barbie's life. My mother, whose main dream for me involved being in a kitchen without shoes and chronically pregnant, was maddened by this. Eventually she took away my Ken doll so I'd stop playing "career girl with boyfriend". I just borrowed my neighbor's Planet of the Apes doll, which in some aspects prepared me for actual dating.
Then there was Growing Up Skipper, Barbie's younger sister who would grow boobs when you cranked her arm. My mother returned it to the store once she realized what the doll did.
Barbie's had more than her share of criticism if you ask me. The folks who think she's a bad role model, she's too grown up for a young girl's toy, and her measurements are impossibly unrealistic.
But today I found something that's just a hot mess: African American Blow Dryer Barbie. I don't know what they're thinking over at Mattel.
You can check her out in all her glory here.
Notice anything odd? As in, she's not African American? Are we back in the 1920s when it was preferable to be light skinned? Very disappointing, Mattel.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I was wondering if they come in a Jesus model, so I did a Google Image Search for "inflatable Jesus". What I found was good for several full-on belly laughs. I give you Inflatable Jesus:
I am pretty sure these are the same ladies I saw on 9/11/02 posing with Ground Zero in the background, smiling. They really don't pay attention to what they're posing near. They just want pics for their MySpace page.
The makeup is a nice touch.
I have to stop now. My sides hurt.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
HOW SPRAWL IS LENGTHENING OUR COMMUTES AND WHY MISLEADING MOBILITY MEASURES ARE MAKING THINGS WORSE.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
I can't take it. Stop already. Knock, knock. Who's there? Shh. And a big preemptive shhh!!
Stooooooooooop saying the word amazing every 5 seconds!! I mean it, world. My head is about to explode. Stop!!!
Does the entire planet have such a limited vocabulary that everyone has to use the same adjective for everything?
Don't even get me start about how inappropriate its usage is. E.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. i.s. n.o.t. a.m.a.z.i.n.g.
Examples: "You look amazing!" (What happened to great, nice, etc.?)
"That's amazing!" (From a cooking show I just watched.)
"You're kind of amazing." (That's the biggest gagworthy misuse of all. Mainly because it's used in a show perpetuating belief in imaginary invisible silent beings--The Ghost Whisperer. Why is this misuse? Because, in contrast to all other usages of the word, the context here makes it the understatement of the century. Not only do these beings exist and give a damn about what goes on here on Planet Earth, only one woman can communicate with them. And that's only "kind of" amazing?)
I've caught myself accidentally uttering the word, and I wanted to stab myself in the eye out of pure disgust.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I wonder if evidence of animals will be found on the Ark. You know, an elephant's hangnail, penguin poop, and a tiger tooth. Maybe some of Big Foot's fur for good measure.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Brother and sister who didn't know they were related are to marry... despite knowing union is illegal | Mail Online
Not only is my skin crawling, but my stomach is flipping with a wave of light nausea and indigestion.
I'm sorry, but yes you can help who you love. Love is a behavior, not just a feeling. It's a voluntary act.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Vatican Gives Darwin a Big Birthday Hug, Leaving Creationists on the Fringes | 80beats | Discover Magazine
The Vatican’s effort to show that science is not incompatible with religion will culminate in a conference on evolution next month, organized to mark the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s landmark publication, On the Origin of Species. The Vatican has backed away slightly from its original proposal to completely ban discussion of intelligent design at the event, which organizers called “poor theology and poor science”. [Instead,] Intelligent Design would be discussed at the fringes of the conference at the Pontifical Gregorian University, but merely as a “cultural phenomenon”, rather than a scientific or theological issue, organisers said [Times Online]. ...Vatican Gives Darwin a Big Birthday Hug, Leaving Creationists on the Fringes | 80beats | Discover Magazine
Thursday, June 17, 2010
SUBWAY 9-GRAIN WHEAT (6")
2 g fat (0.5 g saturated)
410 mg sodium
Okay, so you're probably not in the habit of ordering a la carte bread loaves at Subway, but there’s a good chance you've eaten at least a few sandwiches built on this bread. The good news is that Subway actually delivers on the nine-grain promise. The bad news: Eight of those nine grains appear in miniscule amounts. If you look at a Subway ingredient statement, you'll find every grain except wheat listed at the bottom of the list, just beneath the qualifier "contains 2% or less." In fact, the primary ingredient in this bread is plain old white flour, and high-fructose corn syrup plays a more prominent role than any single whole grain. Essentially this is a white-wheat hybrid with trace amounts of other whole grains like oats, barley, and rye.
So outside of the nine grains, how many ingredients does Subway use to keep this bread together? Sixteen, including such far-from-simple ingredients as DATEM, sodium steroyl lactylate, calcium sulfate, and azodiacarbonamide. But here's one that's a little unnerving: ammonium sulfate. This compound is loaded with nitrogen, which is why it's most common use is as fertilizer. You might have used it to nourish your plants at home. And Subway does the same thing; the ammonium sulfate nourishes the yeast and helps the bread turn brown. What, did you think that dark hue was the result of whole grains? Hardly. It's a combination of the ammonium sulfate and the caramel coloring. Seems like Jarod might frown on that sort of subterfuge.....The Truth About Your Food
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I'm in constant amazement that anyone could actually believe these sorts of statues are approved by an omniscient God who gives a damn about statues. How do people justify the obvious inconsistency of their beliefs, I wonder?
And more importantly, why? Reality is so much cooler.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Perth's Penelope Dingle, the wife of prominent Perth environmental and nutritional toxicologist Peter Dingle, agreed to be treated with alternative therapies and refused to have surgery to remove the cancer soon after she was diagnosed in 2003.
Instead, she adhered to a strict diet and regular homeopath treatments before becoming so unwell she had to have emergency surgery to remove a bowel obstruction.
By this stage, the cancer had spread and two years later, in 2005, Dingle died from complications of the cancer.
Giving evidence at Dingle's inquest yesterday before West Australian Coroner Alastair Hope, her sister Toni Brown said seeing Dingle in 2003 was like watching "somebody being tortured"....Cancer death puts homeopathy in dock | The Australian
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I may start a petition to stop this unethical greedfest.
In the meantime, check this out: http://www.icran.org/pdf/CoralMiningIssueBrief.pdf
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
(PEOPLE.com) -- Elton John may have seemed like the last person expected to perform at Rush Limbaugh's wedding over the weekend.Limbaugh, 59, has made a number of colorful remarks about gays that have sparked outrage -- and kept his conservative credentials intact....Why would Elton John sing at Rush Limbaugh's wedding? - CNN.com
Friday, May 28, 2010
Louisiana physicist has proved God's existence
Saturday, May 22, 2010
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Friday, April 9, 2010
• Elevated homocysteine is linked to B-12 deficiency, so doctors should test homocysteine levels to see whether the patient needs vitamins.
ACTUALLY, I can't make that last statement. A corporation has patented that fact, and demands a royalty for its use. Anyone who makes the fact public and encourages doctors to test for the condition and treat it can be sued for royalty fees. Any doctor who reads a patient's test results and even thinks of vitamin deficiency infringes the patent. A federal circuit court held that mere thinking violates the patent. ...http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/19/opinion/19crichton.html?_r=3&scp=8&sq=michael+crichton&oref=slogin
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Right Wing attacks due to health care reform
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven...Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth...Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
"They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth...
"Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses...
"Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
I had forgotten all about hair color! I am not willing to give up coloring my hair. I'm too young to go gray! No way!
After coloring I used the conditioner in the kit because....well, I don't know. Maybe I need a media literacy class...maybe I fell into the advertising trap...but I feel I need conditioner after coloring. Need, not want.
So...since then I've been mixing 2 tablespoons of baking soda with a little water and a small amount of shampoo...pouring it over my head, letting it soak for a few minutes, then rinsing it out with hot water and the vinegar regime I mentioned earlier.
I'm significantly reducing the amount of 'poo I'm using, which is better for me and the planet. My hair is pretty much normal, maybe a tad healthier too. Not bad.
I wonder how the Tea Party feels now. "Deregulation is the answer!" :(
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Why? A company patented the genes (!) so no test can be developed without their consent...and the price tag for their test? >$3000...making it inaccessible to those who do not have the cash or insurance coverage.
Now that's sick.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I made a liquid using about 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 cup of water, poured it over my scalp, let it sit while I showered, then rinsed it off with lots of water.
I found doing this step alone makes for brittle hair like nothing I've ever experienced, so I tried a vinegar rinse. I mixed a half cup of apple cider vinegar with a half cup of water, poured it thoroughly through the hair, and rinsed with warm water again.
Why apple cider vinegar as opposed to other types of vinegar? I can't tell if there is a difference. I found the suggestion on a blog, and it works pretty well, so I'm sticking to it.
The result is....ta-da....clean hair! It doesn't feel quite as squeaky clean as shampooed hair, but it's as a close second as I've found so far.
The result was better than hot water alone. I didn't feel icky until the evening.
Better....but I still didn't want to have to wash my hair every day for an untold number of months while my scalp adjusts.
I began to realize how shampoo was actually harming my hair, though that wasn't the impetus for going poo-free. Right after cleansing, I realized my hair wasn't nearly as frizzy or dry as it normally was after shampooing. Interesting.
I've read claims that shampoo causes the scalp to react with an overproduction of oils, and the shampoo-free project has a long adjustment period as a result. There really does seem to be something to that claim.
My hair and scalp are rather try normally, but they went into full revolt mode when I tried cold turkey. I typically washed my hair every 2-3 days before this little project.
The first day, it was ok in the morning. A little heavy, but tolerable. By the afternoon, it felt strange--as though my hair wasn't actually clean. Probably because it wasn't. It looked ok but felt icky. By the next morning, I looked like I was in the height of puberty and hadn't bathed for a week.
This is a big deal for me. My hair is my "thing". I've got lots of it, pretty healthy and shiny, with some natural curl. And I'm a 40-something woman whose other attributes are fading, shifting even more importance onto my hair. ;)
So why would I do this? Two reasons.
First, the environment. The chemicals in shampoo harm our water supply and animals.
Secondly, my health. My health usually is the top priority, but the case for shampoo causing disease is somewhat--but not totally--weak. Check out the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetics Safety Database.
Before I get into the health issues, let me just plug EWG. They are not full of hype. This is a group of scientists studying each ingredient in various beauty products and giving it a safety rating. EWG provides an invaluable service; we have no other mechanism to have this information. Fan them on Facebook. You will be really shocked at the things they uncover about cosmetics and other types of products, and glad to learn easy ways to avoid serious toxins. This is the group that discovered lead in lipstick a few years ago, and they continue to make impressive accomplishments.
So what's wrong with shampoo? It's simple--it's legal to use human carcinogens and other toxins in beauty products. Check out this list of ratings. And yep, your eyes aren't deceiving you. Some of the "natural" shampoos are rated as highly toxic.
I'm going to chronicle what will probably be a long process of titration from shampoo.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
"The ban was announced last month when a small group of rabbis decided that a tiny parasitic worm, called anisakis, rendered its host fish nonkosher."
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bagel_lovers_tell_rabbis_don_pick_WMeEJTNKVCrC9XH2Jz0uHI#ixzz0hd9tKo2L
Sunday, March 7, 2010
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Saturday, February 27, 2010
"Many applaud Jenny, who has never stopped fighting to help her son since his autism diagnosis in 2005. Others say her claims about immunizations have labeled “a menace to public health” by the Center of Disease Control."
I'm curious about that last sentence. Others say the CDC has labeled her "a menace to public health"? Others say? Don't investigative reporters check their facts?
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
According to the teabaggers' website, the purpose of their movement is to reduce taxes and government spending.
Am I missing something?
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I do not live in an area that celebrates Mardi Gras, but for some reason my supermarket had a few of these on sale the other day.
It looked like a bunch of cinnamon rolls smushed together with glow-in-the-dark lard frosting and some unidentifiable plastic things stuck on top. Shocked
I looked it up today on the Internet. Apparently it's some ill-tasting pastry with a plastic baby Jesus baked inside. It's your Lord and Savior and cake, all in one!
Many things come to mind.
A. How do you bake plastic inside a pastry? Is it a magic plastic?
B. Why baby Jesus? It's the time of year observing his death and resurrection, not his birth. Or would it be too creepy to have a adult bearded hippy god peeping out of your dessert? Creepier than an infant in a diaper?
C. Why do this at all?
D. Wouldn't the son of god prefer being baked into a tastier dish than this one?
E. Does the use of neon frosting give Jesus extra special honor?
Monday, February 15, 2010
Wait just a minute. I thought Kevin Trudeau was in prison?! LOL
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
The Bible does say something like, "If you beat your son with a rod, he will not die." Another mistake made by the author. :(
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Jesus and magnets together--can't go wrong!
I wonder why the one true omnipotent omniscient omnibenevolent spook in the sky needs a few lowly magnets to help him heal?
The ad says it's solid copper and has 3000 magnets, with lots of exclamation points!!! I count at least 9 exclamation points, more than a dozen different fonts, and waaaay too much capitalization going on. For example:
END YOUR PAIN! Penetrating Power Of Magnets! Soothing Power Of Copper! Healing Power Of Jesus!
The ad is complete with a creepy picture of long-haired hippy Jesus with an aura (oops--I mean halo).
Here's the online version.
COPPER MAGNETIC THERAPY JESUS BRACELET
PRODUCT DETAILS: JEWELRY : COPPER MAGNETIC THERAPY JESUS BRACELET
COMBINES THE MOST POWERFUL FORCES OF HEAVEN AND EARTH
Do you believe? Wear this solid COPPER MAGNETIC THERAPY JESUS BRACELET for the most powerful healing and comfort you’ve ever experienced! COPPER has been relied on for centuries to ease the pain of arthritis. MAGNETS are used therapeutically to ease muscle pain, tendonitis, bursitis, back pain, poor circulation and more. And faith in the miracles of JESUS can not only protect you from physical pain, but soothe your soul in times of stress! Fully adjustable to fit most wrists.
COMBINES THE MOST POWERFUL FORCES OF HEAVEN AND EARTH by Dream Products
If farmers do choose to grow organic crops, it costs them more. It’s not just that they don’t get the same level of subsidy support from the government. They are also charged a fee to prove that their crops are safe, and on top of that, they are charged another fee for the right to label their crops “organic.” As a result, organic farmers have a higher cost structure, while our taxpayer dollars subsidize the crops with the chemicals...."
Laura Silsby, a local missionary to Haiti, left trail of financial woes in Idaho | Local News | Idaho Statesman
Laura Silsby, a local missionary to Haiti, left trail of financial woes in Idaho | Local News | Idaho Statesman
Saturday, February 6, 2010
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Sunday, January 31, 2010
By Christoph Titz and Carola Padtberg
A German couple who wanted to homeschool their children have been granted political asylum in the US. Evangelical Christians have welcomed the decision, claiming that Germany was trying to "coerce ideological uniformity" through its ban on homeschooling.
Christian fundamentalists have welcomed the decision by a US court to award a German family political asylum in the United States because the parents were unwilling to subject their children to mandatory school attendance rules in Germany....
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
A. Hasn't the Travolta family learned their lesson about the Scientology cult?
B. How about just doing a good thing for its own sake, instead of trying to pimp a tragedy for your own purposes?
Travolta Flies Jetload of Relief Supplies to Haiti - ABC News
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
1. NO HIDDEN MEAT. Yes, I'm using all caps to YELL.
If you're selling a dish that contains meat, say so. Is that so hard?
And btw.....why does everything have to contain meat? I recently went to a party where every single dish contained meat, including dessert! And I recently went to a Mexican restaurant that didn't offer even one meat-free option! What the heck is going on?
Mexican cuisine has many meat-free dishes. You could have bothered to offer one. They say 10% of the population is vegetarian--you're ostracizing a good number of potential customers.
2. VEGETARIANS ARE HUMAN BEINGS AND HENCE NEED PROTEIN.
I don't understand how you can call yourselves chefs, cooks, even restauranteurs if you can't figure out how to make a vegetarian dish.
Here are some clues:
a. Making one of your meat-based dishes and removing the meat doesn't mean it's a balanced meal worthy of us giving you return business.
b. Replacing the meat with a half-pound of cheese doesn't cut it either.
c. Think beans. Think ethnic dishes. It's not too hard, folks.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
While waiting for our food I was treated to an unobscured view of a young simian consuming giant tortilla chips with mounds of salsa, all in one bite.
Gobs of salsa kept falling off his shovels, so he smeared the blobs around the tabletop and filled them back up, lowering his entire head to shorten the distance to his mouth.
He would stick about 3-4 bites' worth of food into his mouth at once. He had a tried and true technique whereby he'd put 2 bits in first, pause to unlock his lower jaw joint, then stick the rest in.
How he could do this without gagging, I haven't a clue. @ one point I believed he was going to need the Heimlich Maneuver, but I was sadly mistaken. (j/k about the last part)
I glanced over and his dad was downing a bucket-sized soda (fizzy drink) all in one gulp, reading the newspaper, and wiping the grease on it.
Then their food came, and it was like a train wreck I couldn't look away from.
They ordered deep fried, cheesy entrees and were consuming them faster than I have ever seen a human being eat.
Maybe they are professional speed eaters.