Friday, May 05, 2006

Identify This and Win a Cookie!

Persons attending Schools of Tropical Medicine should have the resources to answer this question.

Heligmosomoides polygyrus larva in the submucosa of the mouse small intestine.

Congratulations to Sara and Susan ( Of course I was kidding about the cookie, who would mail a single cookie to the UK?).

H. CON. RES. 391

I wonder if Congressman McHugh or Sweeney support HCR 391? Should the President seek the authorization of Congress before initiating military action against Iran? I'm absolutely certain that our President does not believe it is necessary. Afterall, not only is he 'Commander-in-Chief' and a 'war President', but he is also The Decider. Maybe seeking approval of this resolution is just a waste of time because we also know that our President does not need to obey any laws that might inconvenience him.

Expressing the sense of Congress that the President should not initiate military action against Iran with respect to its nuclear program without first obtaining authorization from Congress.

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress--

(1) strongly believes initiating military action without congressional approval in response to Iran's nuclear program does not fall within the President's `Commander-in-Chief' powers under the Constitution;

(2) rejects any suggestion that Public Law 107-40, the authorization of force resolution approved in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, explicitly or implicitly, extends to authorizing military action against Iran over its nuclear program;

(3) rejects any suggestion that Public Law 107-243, the authorization of force resolution approved by Congress to go to war with Iraq, explicitly or implicitly, extends to authorizing military action against Iran over its nuclear program; and

(4) strongly and unequivocally believes that seeking congressional authority prior to taking military action against Iran is not discretionary, but is a legal and constitutional requirement.

Read the entire resolution here (you may need to type in the bill number).

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Worse Than Gas 'Price Gouging'

There is a much better way to take advantage of high gasoline prices in order to make your fortune. Just by adding a little pill to your gas tank. You can get these pills from Bio Plus Fuels, but even better still, you can sell the pills yourself! Save money on gas and make money while doing it! What could be better?

You see these pills work by modifying the molecular structure of the gasoline thus liberating increased amounts of energy contained within the fuel. The gas pills are a catalyst that act on the Brownian motion of the polymeric chains contained within the hydrocarbons. This results in the total liberation of the potential energy contained within the gasoline! Go here and see how ole 'Fred' bought a boat with his profits from selling the pills.

Now if you want to learn more about these amazing pills go listen to the Reverend Mims (or someone just like him) speak here at It's almost like going to church. Learn more about the good Reverend here (my, my, his wife has really good hair!).

The product is sold through 'Multi Level Marketing' techniques (sorta like AmWay). You can go here and get Tony's opinion on the Bio Plus Fuel pills and other gasoline saving 'gadgets'. Watch consumer alert here.

I fear for our country.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Reason for Not Having Universal Health Care

I got 'these' reasons from a commenter on Kevin Drum's website:

1. Single payer plans are socialistic and therefore ipso facto evil.

2. I know someone who knows someone who's related to someone from Canada who had to wait for tennis elbow surgery for months and months and came to the US and he had the surgery immediately and it saved his life.

3. Look what's happening in France right now; their health care is socialized and there are riots in the streets.

4. We have the best health care in the world and anyone who says otherwise is part of the blame-America-first liberal socialistic treasonous left.

5. Anybody who wants insurance coverage can get it, and the only reason some people don't it's because they don't want to.

6. People who get sick got sick because they weren't paying attention to their diets, etc. and they are therefore to blame for their problems; why should the taxpayer pay for lazy people who sit around eating hamburgers and watching TV and so get fat and sick?

7. Those who can't afford health care cannot do so because they are lazy and do not work hard enough to afford to pay for what they need in life and so they want me to pay for their expenses.

8. Those with children who cannot afford health care for their children shouldn't have had any children and to have done so was irresponsible; if we reward them with free health care they'll never become responsible.

9. Italians are disappearing because they don't reproduce enough, and they have socialized medicine, which obviously has not helped them to continue surviving as an ethnic group.

10. What we need is to promote preventive medicine so that nobody gets sick again.

11. All we need to do is make sure insurance companies do not have to pay any taxes whatsoever, which will undoubtedly lead to more competition, better care and lower prices.

12. Cuba has socialized medicine; you want to live in Cuba?

13. All statistics quoted by supporters of socialistic remedies to health care are false or faked, a priori; all anecdotes offered by opponents of health care are true and accurate, a priori.

14. With socialized medicine, research into new drugs and therapies will stop immediately, because it is the current healthy competition among our insurance companies that directly drives medical research.

15. Our problem is too much health care, and people tend to abuse the system by going to the doctor too often. With socialized care, we'll get even more abuse, while the market forces of free capitalism will discourage the slightly sick from tying up the system with complaints about sniffles.

16. The problem with health care is Medicaid and Medicare, which encourage the poor and the old to get sick more often.

17. I don't want my tax dollars paying for someone else's sex change operation.

18. I don't want my tax dollars paying for some ho's abortion.

19. Lots of white folks are scared that a tax dollar will be spent to benefit a black person, and we can't have that.

20. "Liberals are for it? Then I'm against it."

21. Nationalized health care will attract all sorts of immigrants, legal and illegal, who would want to benefit from the system at our expense.

22. The Communists have universal health care. The Communists are Godless. herefore, God hates universal health care.

Does that sum up the arguments against Universal Health Care?

Colbert Throws Bricks

Awesomely funny website here.

Tourism to Increase in Mexico?

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican President Vicente Fox will sign into law a measure that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other drugs for personal use, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Under the new law, consumers may possess up to 25 milligrams of heroin, five grams of marijuana (about one-fifth of an ounce, or about four joints), or 0.5 grams of cocaine - the equivalent of about four "lines," or half the standard street-sale quantity.

The law also establishes allowable quantities for other drugs, including LSD, ecstasy - about two pills' worth - and amphetamines.

More here.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Today is:

75th birthday of the Empire State Building.

3 years after the famous 'Mission Accomplished' statement by Bush. Things have changed quite a bit in 3 years.

Almost 17,000 more wounded troops
Over 2250 more troops killed
10-15 thousand more insurgents
Cost increase from 79 billion to 320 billion dollars
Support for the war down from 70% to 41%
More here.

Let's hope we don't get too many more accomplishments like those. Oh yeah, and according to Scott McClelland we are now "on our way to mission accomplished". What is this, some sort of reverse war in bizzaro world?