Proud members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. We strongly believe in personal freedom, responsibility, and gun rights. We also believe in the 90/10 theory. That means that 10% of the people have 90% of the talent. Unfortunately, we are not in the 10% category. However, the rest of us are still better than 90% of the politicians.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

My kind of town!

You had me at bacon!

Join in on the fun and attend the first ever annual Little Rock Bacon Fest! The festival will take place at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds on September 13, 2014 from 11 A.M. until 5 P.M.!

The festivities kick off at 9:30 A.M. with the 5K Fun Run/Walk! The festival then opens to the public at 11:00 A.M. where there will be live music, local merchant booths, a kid's zone with inflatables, cooking contest for both professional chefs and amateurs, a beer garden and a bacon eating contest, of course!

Friday, August 22, 2014

When was your last booster?

I poked myself in the hand the other day and realized I couldn't remember when I last had a tetanus booster.  I am fortunate in that I could just ask a colleague when I got to work and get an update by just stepping across the hall, but not every one is so lucky.

For those of us who garden, or play in the dirt, or work where they get dirty tetanus is a really important booster to keep up.  If you had a tetanus shot as a child (most of the pre-Jenny McCarthy crowd did) all you need is a booster every ten years. 

Fun Tetanus Facts:

It is an acute illness that is often fatal (and miserably uncomfortable when it's not fatal.)

It lives in dirt, manure and dust (and who of us never run into any of those?)

It can take anwhere from 8 days to several months to develop (do you really want to worry for that long?)

It can enter the body through any opening (how often have you gotten dirt on a previous scratch?)

So if you can't get an update by just stepping across the hall, keep it in ming the next time you have a physical.  They are also available at your local Health Dept. and usually cost between $10 and $20.  If you decide to wait, just remember that an Emergency Room visit will get you a booster, but not for 20 bucks.

This is the picture that always accompanied school lessons on tetanus.  Oddly, I never forgot what it looked like.

Tetanus usually occurs when a wound becomes contaminated with Clostridium tetani bacterial spores. Infection follows when spores become activated and develop into gram-positive bacteria that multiply and produce a very powerful toxin (tetanospasmin) that affects the muscles. Tetanus spores are found throughout the environment, usually in soil, dust, and animal waste. The usual locations for the bacteria to enter the body are puncture wounds, such as those caused by rusty nails, splinters, or even insect bites. Burns or any break in the skin and IV drug access sites are also potential entryways for the bacteria. Tetanus is acquired through contact with the environment; it is not transmitted from person to person.
Tetanus results in severe, uncontrollable muscle spasms. For example, the jaw is "locked" by muscle spasms, causing the disease to sometimes be called "lockjaw." In severe cases, the muscles used to breathe can spasm, causing a lack of oxygen to the brain and other organs that may possibly lead to death.

So go get your booster if you're not already up to date.  Do it to spite Jenny McCarthy, if for no other reason.

Friday Foodie

This week featuring recipes from With Food + Love.  Fabulous recipes, gorgeous pictures, what more could you ask?

She makes spring onions special:


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Debating Drug Decriminalization

Over at Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of  Healthiness Liv posits that you are not a conservative if you oppose the legalization of marijuana.  

What I won’t take are the myriad ear-bleed inducing arguments made by the other candidates. At a certain point I just got up and walked out of the banquet room. No respectable human being should have to listen politely to such stupidity spewing from another’s mouth. At least, that’s what I felt at the time. I also felt like if I didn’t walk out, I was going to throw something. In hindsight, I should have recorded it on my phone so we could all have a good laugh at it now. Ah, well, hindsight is 20/20.
“Sometimes the government has to protect us from ourselves.”
That’s what did it. I walked out.Dear, candidate, you may as well have said “I actually have no understanding of what it means to be a conservative, I merely base my stances on whims and emotions but never principles!”I wonder if she knows Ronald Reagan is famously quoted countering that exact Marxist sentiment:“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”

Much of her argument resonates with me, though rather than legalize I prefer decriminalize.  In 2001, Portugal decriminalized every imaginable drug changing its philosophy from regarding drug users as criminals to labeling them as people affected by a disease.

 The data show, among other things, that the number of adults in Portugal who have at some point taken illegal drugs is rising. At the same time, though, the number of teenagers who have at some point taken illegal drugs is falling. The number of drug addicts who have undergone rehab has also increased dramatically, while the number of drug addicts who have become infected with HIV has fallen significantly. What, though, do these numbers mean? With what exactly can they be compared? There isn't a great deal of data from before the experiment began. And, for example, the number of adults who have tried illegal drugs at some point in their lives is increasing in most other countries throughout Europe as well."We haven't found some miracle cure," Goul√£o says. Still, taking stock after nearly 12 years, his conclusion is, "Decriminalization hasn't made the problem worse."

It won't make things worse, saves mucho dinero (let's not even talk about asset forfeiture which will hopefully be reigned in by the current proposed legislation), points the cops at the dealers and importers rather than the addicts, frees up prison space and maybe, just maybe, will save lives and help people get back on track to productive living. So what are the reasons for opposing decriminalization?  Real reasons that don't involve protecting people from themselves? Or prevention of things that might not happen anyway?