Saturday, October 26, 2013

No Silver Bullets in Medicine Either

Stopping Overtreatment Sounds Easy, Until It's Your Heart Attack

A Versatile Tool

Woodmans Pal 284 Military Premium | I can use this to work on the garden.

My Kind of Garden?

Growing a hidden survival garden | "“With perennials, you plant once and harvest for a lifetime,” he said, adding that he spends only about an hour per day in the garden. Now in its fourth season, the garden yields more than the couple can possibly consume. Since they grow most of their own food, this is quite an accomplishment. "

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Thought of the Day: Learn How to Recognize a Jew-Hater

Three months have passed since Helen Thomas died, so now it's safe to speak ill of her, I think.  Helen Thomas was an ignorant, vicious, spiteful, Jew-Hater.    Thomas was a typical Jew-Hater of the massive Jewish conspiracy which runs the world variety.  That's poisonous.  That's vicious.  That's illiberal.  That's bigoted.  That's racist. That's anti-progressive.  That's anti-Democratic.  Need I say more?

In her defense, she was of Arab ancestry, so you could say she has the same reason to hate Jews as the English had to hate the French - there is no tribe so hated as as a closely related neighbor.  But Helen was born here and claimed herself not an Arab-American,  but an American, period.  In America we don't go for Jew-Hating.  It's  ... un-American.

Rest in peace, Helen Thomas.  I hope you are learning to love the Jews and Israel.  As for those of you who admire her - learn how to recognize a Jew-Hater.  Here's a hint - there were a group of socialists who hated Jews as much as Thomas.  They called themselves Nazis.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Today's Heroes: Cher Ami, homing pigeon

On this day, October 3, 1918, Cher Ami, a homing pigeon, flying through withering fire, delivered a message which saved 194 Americans despite losing an eye, a leg and being wounded in the breast. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre Medal with a palm Oak Leaf Cluster. Eventually she died of her wounds. See also Cher Ami (Dear Friend) (does play continuous background music).

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Today's Heroes: Lewis Cass

Today 9 October 1782, Lewis Cass was born.  He served in battle and searched for the source of the Mississippi, but I believe his most heroic act was resigning in protest as Secretary of State when President James Buchanan failed to mobilize the military and protect federal interests in the South.  Cass believed Buchanan could have prevented secession by a firmer hand.  Cass County, across the Missouri State line from here, is named after Lewis Cass.  See also this Strategy Page short.