Friday, December 14, 2007


I'd like to apologize for not posting yesterday and today as well due to the flu. I'll be back tomorrow.

Nothing follows.


Blogger Unknown said...

Get well. And there's no need to apologize.

12/14/2007 08:44:00 AM  
Blogger JimMtnViewCa said...

Yeah, get well soon! Enjoy the downtime to the extent possible....

12/14/2007 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger joe buz said...

Rest up ol bud. I hope you dont run too much of a fever with this flu. Bizarre thoughts often propagate in a fevered mind...mind you. Not that I have ever had any non-bizarre thoughts worthy of discussion.

12/14/2007 09:20:00 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

E.U. Leaders Endorse New Charter

The important thing to note is that 1.) the Brussels is going to do an end run around the european people--who do not want an eu 2.) Some American Elites will want to emulate the Europeans.

12/14/2007 09:21:00 AM  
Blogger Teresita said...

Some American Elites will want to emulate the Europeans

The socialism of Europe doesn't seem to be hurting the value of the Euro much.

12/14/2007 09:24:00 AM  
Blogger always right said...

Please get well soon.

Re: teresita
"The socialism of Europe doesn't seem to be hurting the value of the Euro much."

Please show me the relationship between the socialism and the value of euro.

Besides, you must not have read about the widening gap of european standard of living vs. US, then. Again, it has nothing to do with declining value of US$.

12/14/2007 09:34:00 AM  
Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...

Kawawa ikaw naman!

Mag-ingat ka. Lots of sleep and fluids!

12/14/2007 09:42:00 AM  
Blogger buddy larsen said...

Don't forget them little sips of honey for the throat, and good whiskey (bourbon is my fave), neat, for the discomfort. Also, plenty of pushups, sit-ups, and jumping jacks on the hour every hour.

12/14/2007 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Zenster said...

Medicinal brandy and plenty of it. Your site rocks, wretchard! Get well soon.

teresita: The socialism of Europe doesn't seem to be hurting the value of the Euro much.

The Euro is heavily over-valued and hurts Europe's economy by making its pricey exports non-competitive.

The EUSSR is promising to be yet another socialist catastrophe. Unelected elites have contrived an intentionally unreadable constitution that is so ridiculously complex that you'll have to lawyer up just to pay a parking ticket.

Europe's lingering fascination with royalty and aristocratic trappings renders it purblind to the inherent evil of making people serve the state. Government must serve the people or it is nothing but outright tyranny.

12/14/2007 11:11:00 AM  
Blogger Fausta said...

Rest, and get well. We can wait.
Praying for you,

12/14/2007 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Natan Sharanski is an Israeli MK, an ex-Soviet Jewish dissident, and a "NeoCon". He made this comment, which I think is cosmically piercing in its profound insight, in the context of explaining how President Ronald Reagan defeated the Soviet Union, and how we should go about defeating Jihadi tyrannies and authoritarianisms of the various kind:


"You don't need to fight them. You simply need to stop supporting them."

12/14/2007 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger Marzouq the Redneck Muslim said...

Get will soon Wretchard. Hope you shall not feel wretched soon.

That honey/bourbon or brandy remedy does work. Don't forget chicken soup!

This is one of those when it is such an advantage to have a sweet wife!

Take care.

12/14/2007 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger Mad Fiddler said...

Thanks, Mr. Fernandez, for creating this place where we can have such stimulating exchanges. Hope you recover full health quick.

I've just come from reviewing the website of Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, whose article "Exposing the Flying Imams" appears online in "The Middle East Quarterly" for winter 2007, volume XV: Number 1.

Dr. Jasser is a former U.S. Navy officer living in the Phoenix area, and has had personal acquaintance with some of the Imams who created the incident he describes in the article.

His website is titled "American Islamic Forum for Democracy" and the URL is shown below:

12/14/2007 12:16:00 PM  
Blogger Mad Fiddler said...

Mark Twain told the story of the time he was horribly ill with a cold...

"I asked a friend for advice, and he told me I should drink a quart of whiskey. I wasn't sure, so I asked another friend, and he said the same thing.

That makes a half gallon.

By the time I was sober, the cold was long gone."

Yahoo! Thank you, Mr. Twain!

12/14/2007 12:20:00 PM  
Blogger herb said...

Noticed your silence. Missed your writing. Get well. We need you.

12/14/2007 12:55:00 PM  
Blogger eggplant said...

Get well Wretchard!

Here's an interesting article about
Hukacide, i.e. the recent good MSM opinion polls about Huckabee.

IMHO, Huckabee has about zero percent chance of beating either Hillary or Obama in the general election.

Call me cynical but I see some of the recent MSM posturing as an attempt to shape political victory for Obama, i.e. get Hillary out of the way and set up a guaranteed loser as Obama's opponent for the general election.

It'll be interesting to see if the MSM really runs this country or would like to but hasn't yet succeeded...

12/14/2007 01:07:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Revealed: how purrs are secret to cats' nine lives

To Dismay of Inspectors, Prowling Cats Keep Rodents on the Run at City Delis
Little Kitties in the Big City

Oreo roams at a deli in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Revealed: how purrs are secret to cats' nine lives

SCIENTISTS have discovered that the purring of cats is a "natural healing mechanism" that has helped inspire the myth that they have nine lives.
Nine lives: wounded cats purr because it helps their bones and organs to heal

Wounded cats - wild and domestic - purr because it helps their bones and organs to heal and grow stronger, say researchers who have analysed the purring of different feline species. This, they say, explains why cats survive falls from high buildings and why they are said to have "nine lives". Exposure to similar sound frequencies is known to improve bone density in humans.

The scientists, from the Fauna Communications Research Institute in North Carolina, found that between 27 and 44 hertz (a measure of the number of cycles per second) was the dominant frequency for a house cat, and 20-50Hz for the puma, ocelot, serval, cheetah and caracal. This reinforces studies confirming that exposure to frequencies of 20-50Hz strengthens human bones and helps them to grow.

Dr Elizabeth von Muggenthaler, the president of the institute, said: "Old wives' tales usually have a grain of truth behind them and cats do heal very quickly. The healing power of purring seems to explain their 'nine lives'." The scientists say that sound waves created at a particular frequency trigger the healing process in feline bones. Purring is believed to have a similar effect to ultrasound treatment on humans. Dr von Muggenthaler said: "We are starting to solve a 3,000-year-old mystery as to why cats purr. e next phase will be to explain the mechanics of the process."

Almost all cats purr, including lions and cheetahs, though not tigers. Dr von Muggenthaler said that purring had to be advantageous to a cat to survive natural selection, but there seemed to be no obvious advantage for a cat merely to display contentment. A natural capacity for increasing bone growth and strength and reducing healing time was, however, "clearly advantageous".

Cats' ability to survive and recover quickly after falling from tall buildings is well documented. One recent study, published in The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, found that out of 132 cats that fell an average of 5.5 storeys, 90 per cent survived, including one that fell 45 storeys.

Other scientific teams are researching whether "sound treatment" could be used to halt osteoporosis and even renew bone growth in post-menopausal women. Dr David Purdie, from Hull University's centre for metabolic bone disease, said that the human skeleton needs stimulation or it begins to leak calcium and weaken. "Purring could be the cat's way of providing that stimulation for its own bones."

He said that it was difficult to devise physical exercises for old people suffering from osteoporosis and speculated that it might be possible to create a mechanism to use cats' purring to help strengthen elderly bones.
External links
Healing and the cat's purr - Fauna Communications Research Institute
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
The University of Hull
Why do cats purr? - useless
How does a cat purr, which cats purr, and what does it mean? - Mad sci network

12/25/2007 06:42:00 PM  

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