Daily Archives: March 14, 2012

Pew Poll shows liberals are LEAST tolerant

Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey writes, “It’s a well-known fact that liberals are more tolerant than conservatives or moderates.  Superior liberal tolerance is such a fact that they will scream at you if you dare to disagree or debate them, demand that your advertisers bail on you, and pressure the FCC to get you banned from the airwaves.”

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$900 billion x 2 = $1.8 trillion

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Gallup Approvals – Carter vs Obama

One of my bloggy listers asked how Carter compared, so I checked Gallup’s interactive “Presidential Job Approval Center” feature http://www.gallup.com/poll/124922/Presidential-Job-Approval-Center.aspx and thought the results were just too juicy not to share!

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Lyme and related tick-borne illnesses

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If you live where Lyme (and related tick-borne diseases) are prevalent, you need to know that “Lyme” is just a slang term for more than a dozen infections that ticks can transmit to humans. I have a friend who has been fighting a tick infection for two years now. Her home is in a yellow, NOT in a red zone.

Go to http://www.cdc.gov/Features/StopTicks/ for info about how to identify ticks, do tick checks, and protect yourself, your yard and your pets.


Avoid folklore remedies such as “painting” the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible, not wait for it to detach on its own.

Grasp the tick right next to the skin and slowly pull the entire tick straight up with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. Avoid touching the tick with bare hands.

Regular tweezers tend to squeeze deadly stomach contents into the wound. Google “tick removal device” and choose one. They’re small and inexpensive. One is designed to attach to your key ring or dog’s collar.

If the mouth-parts do break off, try to remove them with tweezers. If you can’t get them out, leave it alone and let the skin heal.

After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands, preferably with rubbing alcohol or an iodine scrub.


Know what ticks look like. You can download and print images of the ticks indigenous to your area at their actual sizes for the different life stages. The CDC and Cooperative Extension sites have pictures and descriptions.

If you get bit and find the tick, you should collect it for testing. Treatments depends on correctly diagnosing which of the 20 tick infections you might have. Having the actual tick’s body and head can really help.

Put that in a small case with a tick removal device, a foil package of alcohol or Betadine to clean the wound and a small vial (old pill bottle) that has a clean label on it where you can note the time, day, and place of collection.

If you can arrange it, also keep a vial of 200 mg tablets of Doxycycline in your kit, especially if you are traveling or camping. It is the usual first line antibiotic for tick bites. The sooner you can start the Doxycycline (two a day), the better.

Early treatment is critical with tick-borne illnesses. It only takes 15 minutes to pass the infection into your system and another 15 minutes for that infection to get into your spinal column.

If you find a fat tick in your clothes, it has probably already fed on you. Put the tick in the vial, find and clean the bite and begin treatment with Doxycycline.

In some areas of the country, Lyme is a highly politicized issue, so it can be difficult to find a Lyme Literate physician during the first few hours and days when treatment is most effective. An emergency room might or might not give you Doxycycline.

If I was looking for a physician or pediatrician, I’d ask what their treatment policy is for Lyme. If they blow you off, don’t use them.


Tick-borne illnesses are the most common cause of the most serious infections in the United States at this time. Education, awareness and PREVENTION are the best protection you have.

Many physicians will not take these diseases seriously, and many will not treat them. Once one of these infections has become established in the body, it can take years of treatment before you are rid of it and the symptoms are very serious.

The tiny nymph stage when the tick is most difficult to see is the type that carries the biggest load of infection.

Pets can carry the ticks and the diseases into your home. Don’t let pets that go out of doors get up on the bed. The pesticide chip vets put in the neck of dogs and cats works pretty well.

The physical response to a tick bite can happen up to 6 months after it happens and these diseases can also be passed by blood transfusions, via sex, or to unborn babies.

Only 1/3 of the people who contract Lyme or a similar infection even remember having had a tick bite.

It takes about two weeks at a temperature 10 below zero to kill ticks and eggs. So this past winter has been very easy on them and the crop will be bigger.

All game needs to be butchered very carefully, and cooked well.  Infection is carried in the blood and tissue of deer but it does not make them sick.  Raw milk is not a good idea and none of the tick infections are tested for when raw milk is certified safe.

Ticks need moisture from the soil so they don’t live in the house very well and usually dry up on a day
or two if they fall off.

Gum boots without eyeholes are good prevention. (Where I live, the dairy farmers call them “shit kickers” for obvious reasons.)

You can spray Pyrethrum rated for ticks on gaiters to wrap around your lower pant legs.

Furry cloth like flannel, and hairy wool trap ticks so they can be disposed of later.

Always use a blanket or sheet to sit on the ground to be washed later. Camping stores offer clothes with pesticide manufactured into them.

If you are camping with sleeping bags use a sheet insert. Sheets should be light colored so you can see if they get into the bed and take steps if you find them.

Throwing clothes into the washer/dryer on high is a good tick killer. Hot air dries them out.

In small yard spaces, or dog beds, toilet paper rolls with pesticide soaked cotton inside is a fairly effective way to make sure your mouse population doesn’t carry ticks.  They take the cotton out for nest material and that kills ticks on the mice.  But mice have a home range of only a few yards so it is for a limited area like a porch or playpen.


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Racism in the Laughing Stock Media

Dearest and I were talking about how the Laughing Stock Media has consistently used skewed polls to make Obama look better than he is.

I’ve seen O’bots on the net insisting that he’s the MOST popular president in history when in fact, his HIGHEST ever GALLUP approval rating (67%) is a tie with Richard Nixon’s for the LOWEST highest ever recorded.

It seems to me the media’s behavior is deeply racist. The President of the United States is the most powerful man on the planet. Why do they feel this need to act as if Obama were a spastic child who should rightfully be celebrated for taking a single step? Are their expectations of a black man in the White House THAT low?

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I can see November from my house!

We all know we got creamed in 2008. Obama won 9.6 million more popular votes than McCain. And McCain lost by 192 electoral votes, which was more than the 173 he held (365 – 173 = 192).

So imagine my surprise when I compared GALLUP’S 2008 Party Strength by State data with the 2008 election results by State. Going into that election, Democrats had a 10% or higher advantage over Republicans in 30 States … but Obama only won 29 States!

I’m thinking that talk radio and the internet had a much bigger impact on the 2008 election than I ever thought and that Democrats, who can now boast of a 10% or higher advantage in only 12 States, are in a world of hurt.

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