Thursday, December 18, 2014


Oh, no! We killed the baby!

The Pregnant Turkey

From Tommy Gun Mann, an example of what I talked about in Down Home Christmas; kids are ignorant about the real world.




Lake Hoffa

art is everywhere                                                   

This was Jimmy Hoffa's favorite retreat


Bump Boner, Draft Gowdy




Six Science Things

You'll Be a Hero

Mystery Box

ERM ...Wutz in Dat Box?


The Obamissariat                                      

Lifting the Cuba embargo

The REAL story

His minions (and low-information Americans whose knowledge of current events comes from the MSM and late-night TV talk shows) will claim that Barack Obama's "normalization" of relations with Cuba is Obama's "'Tear Down this Wall' Moment".

But the truth is far less noble, at least for those who truly believe in freedom. For years, Cuba has been propped up by financial help from Venezuela and Russia. Now falling oil prices (thanks to "fracking") have impacted both those countries' revenues from the oil they produce; they no longer can afford to be so generous toward Cuba.

So Obama has stepped in to help rescue "Uncle Fidel's Island Paradise"; lifting the embargo on Cuba will result in new avenues of financial support flowing into Cuba, but will not change the Cuban regime or its policies.

So it's really just a matter of one Communist helping out another.

Which brings us to a quote I ran across today from the REAL "Tear Down this Wall"-man himself, Pres. Ronald Reagan:

"How do you tell a Communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."

  • (Or my own formulation: You can always tell a Communist, but you can't tell him much.  - Skoonj)
And let's not forget the grand hypocrisy of support for the Castro regime by anyone claiming to oppose racism, be it Obama or the Congressional Black Caucus (whose members have traveled to Cuba and fawned over the Castros) while the Castro regime practices blatant racism against Black Cubans.

Cheers,  The Stu Tarlowe and Skoonj Show

Related: When Orioles scumbag owner Peter Angelos refused to hire Cuban players out of 'respect' for Communist dictator Fidel Castro

The rising cost of free stuff


They cited the example of the asthma drug albuterol sulfate. The average cost for a bottle of 100 pills was $11 last October, the pair said. The average charge by this April was up to $434.

The antibiotic doxycycline hyclate cost $20 last October for a bottle of 500 tablets, the congressmen observed. By April, the price was $1,849.

"Most generics are increasing in price by an average 10% a year," said Bryan Birch, chief executive of Truveris, a New York company that monitors prescription drug costs. "But we've seen some popular drugs increase by more than 650% in the last year."

He cited simvastatin, the generic equivalent of cholesterol drug Zocor, and clomipramine hydrochloride, the generic version of antidepressant Anafranil. Prices for each rose more than 650% from June 2013 to this June, Birch said.

He said consumers often are unaware of such huge price hikes because they face only a copay when they buy meds at a drugstore.

The skyrocketing costs are borne primarily by insurance companies, which subsequently raise people's premiums to accommodate the greater expenses, Birch said.

"Someone ends up paying the bill," he said. "Ultimately, it's consumers."

"There is much to be said for trying to improve some disadvantaged people's lot. There is nothing to be said for trying to create heaven on earth." -- Margaret Thatcher

Christmas Eats


As Christmas day approaches, I want to talk less about people whose guts I hate, and more about them I find pleasure in.  Vivian Howard ( PBS series, "A Chef's Life") is one.  I am not making this up.  Earlier in the week I thought a good post would be about how parents should start teaching their chilluns how to prepare raw food  Especially meat.  Like, shoot, skin, and gut a squirrel.  Or Chickens.  And lo!.  This episode.  It's warm, fuzzy, and full of good cheer. 

Aside.  This Chicago boy learned about such stuff because gram and gramps had a farm in Indiana where me & sister-sue spent  part of out summer.  At age 8 I was harvesting
and cleaning  chicken, rabbit, and squirrel for gramma's pot.  Gramps had pigs, but trucked them to an Indianapolis abattoir.