December 18, 2010

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Christmas can be a difficult time for some people, a seasonal reminder of dearly loved ones now departed or of hard financial circumstances. In tonight's sweet but somewhat melancholy Christmas song, the singer, struggling to keep real-world trouble and loss at bay, consoles her younger sister with such promises as her heart can provide, and tries to reassure herself, too, that persevering kinship and love will rise to the spirit of the season and somehow hold the day. From the 1944 film Meet Me In St. Louis, here's Judy Garland's touching performance of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

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Posted by EBD at December 18, 2010 12:01 AM

For those who may be interested in this sort of thing, I have added my new Beef Noodle Soup recipe to The Sagacious Iconoclast. It includes labeled input & output photographs, a components manifest which includes both weight & volumetric measurements, a detailed list of processing methodology instruction steps, and a temporal chart showing how the processing steps can be easily overlaid.

Posted by: Vitruvius at December 17, 2010 10:04 PM

Any updates on the health of Mark Steyn and Andrew Lawton?

Any bets on Kate hitting 20 million before 2011?

Vit ...I meant to say ahile ago: Welcome back!

Posted by: bluetech at December 17, 2010 10:23 PM

It may become harder to get rid of barnacles. Oh well.

Posted by: EBD at December 17, 2010 10:34 PM


Posted by: bluetech at December 17, 2010 10:40 PM

I have been watching the hits for SDA too! My Christmas wish for Kate is
20 million.....definitely by 2011!
I enjoy this read daily.

Posted by: MaryM at December 17, 2010 10:55 PM

Bill C36 - Health Canada's New Powers Put Canadians at Risk

Health Canada inspectors and police no longer require a warrant to enter private property in Canada. Under this new law, police and Health Canada inspectors can remove anything from a home, and not have to report what was taken to the local court.

Posted by: Shawn at December 17, 2010 11:01 PM

Here's a good one, full of nutritious irony!

"Cuba banned Michael Moore's 2007 documentary, Sicko, because it painted such a "mythically" favourable picture of Cuba's healthcare system that the authorities feared it could lead to a "popular backlash", according to US diplomats in Havana."

In The Guardian, no less

Posted by: Black Mamba at December 17, 2010 11:10 PM

That's great. In other words, Black Mamba, Cuba banned Sicko because it was a pack of lies.

Nice to see that the fat socialist weasel's films are getting consistent reviews universally.

Posted by: EBD at December 17, 2010 11:32 PM

Do you think Canadian Leftards, especially those involved with the HRCs, would remotely understand ANYTHING said in this video?!?

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at December 17, 2010 11:34 PM

More on the very, very special hypocrisy of the very, very hip, from Justin Paulette's Washington Times article Defining art down:

"A good share of conservative commentators have avoided remarking on the Smithsonian scandal involving the gay-themed 'Hide/Seek' exhibit featuring a video of ants crawling over a bloody, crucified Christ, among other lewd, sado-masochistic porn displays. There was no need to comment because it all had been said before. The cowards and hypocrites who constitute the chattering-class activists of the art world dogmatically avoid offending those corners of society deeply in need of critical reflection, such as Islam and the Middle East, or considered sacrosanct, such as feminism and racial/ethnic/sexual minorities, under the banner of tolerance and diversity. Yet these same noble paragons ruthlessly and intentionally insult Christians and everyone with a modicum of taste and decency, all the while praising their double standard as speaking truth to power."

When the Smithsonian pulled the exhibit after a complaint by the Catholic League, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts released a statement:

"Such blatant censorship is unconscionable ... we cannot stand by and watch the Smithsonian bow to the demands of bigots who have attacked the exhibition out of ignorance, hatred and fear."


"Where to start? Let's test their sincerity: I suggest the Smithsonian proudly present an exhibition intentionally offensive and deeply degrading toward women, gays, blacks, liberals and the like while praising the Catholic Church, conservative leaders, the military and religious morality. Let's call it a socio-psychological reflection upon modern perceptions of diversity or something meaningless like that. Then let's see the Warhol Foundation rush to its defense when the offended groups demand removal and accompanying mea culpas. Today's anti-censorship warriors would have to be roused from their slavering frenzy just to reverse their 'mission to defend freedom of expression wherever and whenever it is under attack.' They would claim it wasn't really art or something equally foolish, call for censorship (under a different name) and immediately begin feeling superior again..."

Posted by: EBD at December 17, 2010 11:37 PM

EBD @11:32 - and remember who posted Assange's bail.

Posted by: Black Mamba at December 17, 2010 11:41 PM

Just like Vitruvius ... posting a recipe that the temporally challenged don't understand.

Posted by: ∞² at December 17, 2010 11:56 PM

Then just perform the processing phases sequentially, the methodology still works.

Posted by: Vitruvius at December 17, 2010 11:57 PM ain't the barnacles I'm worried about. It's the leeches!

Posted by: Justthinkin at December 18, 2010 12:08 AM

Why should I have to spend more time to make a soup (very tasty looking) than anyone else because you are not sensitive to the temporally challenged?

Are you mocking me with your comment?

Posted by: ∞² at December 18, 2010 12:13 AM

EBD, it is all in the grand plan!

With more barnacles on hulls, the ships will burn more fuel so the ministers then get to whine and drip about the increased emissions of ships and the increased cost of goods from the extra fuel that needs to be burned.

Posted by: AtlanticJim at December 18, 2010 12:14 AM

Robert W. (Vancouver) at December 17, 2010 11:34 PM

When provinicialism was mentioned, they would probably perk up when they heard that.

The rest of it? Not a snow ball's chnace.

Posted by: AtlanticJim at December 18, 2010 12:21 AM

Boiled Gooseneck Barnacles With Aioli

None of that temporal sh1t.

Posted by: ∞² at December 18, 2010 12:22 AM

If I may offer another a lovely Christmas Song. This one was written by an old musician friend of mine and is sung my Brenda Russel. I don't think this has ever been published commercially. Enjoy.

Check it out HERE

Posted by: Abe Froman at December 18, 2010 12:23 AM

Do community standards classify that as food porn or art? Or does it depend on the deprived nurture of my appetite?

Posted by: WalterF at December 18, 2010 12:31 AM

Community standards probably just classify that as kind of cute,
Walter, what with the processes engineering shtick, the high-quality
photographs, and the overall excellent web-page production values,
and, of course, tasty. Just cute & tasty, that's all it is.

Posted by: Vitruvius at December 18, 2010 12:32 AM

Bureaucratic machinations in full view

Posted by: Northernont at December 18, 2010 12:37 AM

Abe - the link doesn't work.

Posted by: ∞² at December 18, 2010 12:39 AM

Vit, I love good homemade soups. This is the one I have been preparing a couple times a month for my wife and I, and only to be enjoyed once the girls are asleep. The bones are the special ingredient and I fortunately am able to get the right ones from my butcher with the kindest demeanor on earth. I have made my own alterations, but it is all up to personal taste.

Posted by: Knacker at December 18, 2010 12:40 AM

Worked for me ∞²

Posted by: Knacker at December 18, 2010 12:41 AM

@12:13 - "Are you mocking me with your comment?"

He probably is, infititysquared. Some people are so mean.

Remember that video I made for you where I was urging Larry King to look past your hideous problems and think of you as a human being, however hard that may be to do at times? You should be grateful for people like me.

And it's actually the "process step" arm of the chart I'm having a problem with. I don't see why #5 shouldn't be #3. Also, they sell soup in cans.

Judy Garland was a marvelous singer, with real soul, even as a child. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow":

Posted by: Black Mamba at December 18, 2010 12:43 AM

He probably isn't, Black Mamba. He was probably trying to be helpful.

Posted by: Vitruvius at December 18, 2010 12:45 AM

How to stop obsessive scent-marking.

Posted by: EBD at December 18, 2010 12:50 AM

Riddle: "In America, what's the difference between a Democrat and a Journalist?"

Answer here LOL

Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at December 18, 2010 12:51 AM

Thanks Knacker - I got it on Chrome ... not on Firefox.

Posted by: ∞² at December 18, 2010 12:55 AM

Yes, I know, Vitruvius. And your soup is probably much better than the stuff they sell in cans. I'm trying to learn how to cook, so I'll see if I can manage it. :-)

Posted by: Black Mamba at December 18, 2010 12:55 AM

Technically, Black Mamba, I used a can of Campbell's beef consommé and a box of Campbell's chicken bouillon in that recipe, as can be clearly seen from the labeled inputs photograph, so you won't get any complaints from me about canned soup. It's just that, the way I see it, canned soups are just another ingredient, so then to be further combined with whatever other lovely munchies and flavours as may tickle one's fancy (as Jennifer Paterson might say).

Posted by: Vitruvius at December 18, 2010 12:58 AM

"Ellesmere Island - Ohio State University researchers and their colleagues have discovered the remains of a mummified forest that lived on the island 2 to 8 million years ago, when the Arctic was cooling. The remains could offer clues to how today’s Arctic will respond to global warming."

Note the unintentional irony.

Posted by: Ed Minchau at December 18, 2010 1:07 AM

Mmm-mm, that soup sounds mighty tasty, Vitruvius. Have you ever considered opening up a sort of chat-room at The Sagacious Iconoclast? I think it would be fun.

Posted by: EBD at December 18, 2010 1:13 AM

I think that discussing that question here would be off-topic, EBD, & so
per Kate's extended debates proviso, better handled in private email.

Posted by: Vitruvius at December 18, 2010 1:17 AM

I like cheese.

Posted by: ∞² at December 18, 2010 1:20 AM

Vitruvius, maybe only a once a week affair, like is only open on friday night...
just a thought.
*someone's got to teach Black Mamba how to cook...

Posted by: marc in calgary at December 18, 2010 1:20 AM

Soup is as soup does.

Posted by: syncrodox at December 18, 2010 1:22 AM

It is friday night, Marc, notably a good time for cheese, for ∞².

Posted by: Vitruvius at December 18, 2010 1:22 AM

How come a search for "alien cheese" gets 2,830 results?

Posted by: ∞² at December 18, 2010 1:28 AM


If you cannot get it by clicking, try right clicking it and select 'copy link' then paste it into the address bar of your browser and hit enter.

The link does work. I just tried it ...

Posted by: Abe Froman at December 18, 2010 1:38 AM

Robert W,

Isn't it interesting that when the democrat journalist says that the unemployment dollars that are doled out (4 billion I think he said) gets spent in the economy, he neglects to consider that it was 'stolen' from the very same people before it was given back?

It is so silly. It's like saying that if you take ten dollars out of your wallet and put it in your pocket you will be ten dollars richer.

There is no logic in the Liberal mind whatsoever. That is why when we call them stupid, it is actually true and not just a random insult.

Posted by: Abe Froman at December 18, 2010 1:44 AM

Ed Manchu....In 1985 as part of a military mapping & charting team, we brought back about 20 lbs of petrified wood from north of Eureka.(Still got mine) These Globull warming nuts are Soooooooo far behind,they are smelling their own farts now.

Posted by: Justthinkin at December 18, 2010 1:45 AM


I'd like to expand upon what you said and take it a step further. Consider for a moment a successful businessman who built a company from the ground up and then repeated the process again with another and another. A perfect example of this out here in BC, where I live, is Jimmy Pattison. He was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth but worked hard, made some tough but correct business decisions, and now is one of the richest people in the province. I have no idea how many people his many companies gainfully employ but I'd bet it's in the tens of thousands.

Now, imagine Pattison were to become BC's Premier. He'd want to do the right thing for the long-term financial health of the province so I imagine he'd carry out similar steps as he has done with the companies he's acquired: Cut the fat and make sure every remaining employee works efficiently and productively.

Would the liberal journalists here give him ANY credit for that? Not a tiny bit, I'd predict. ALL they'd be concerned about is how much more each Ministry was being given each & every year. If he "dared" to keep budgets the same or even cut them, he'd be slaughtered by these same journalists as being cruel, ruthless, and "only concerned with big business".

The sad fact is that ALL politicians are in a trap from Day 1, because the news reporters are anything but "reporters". Instead, they are news MAKERS, who have a very specific Leftist world view. And if you don't spend, spend, spend and redistribute the wealth (killing people's incentives by the way) then you are a bad person.


Posted by: Robert W. (Vancouver) at December 18, 2010 3:17 AM

Bang-on, Abe and Robert. Well-put.

Posted by: EBD at December 18, 2010 3:47 AM

In a similar(?)vein as good-samaritans-face-fine-after-rescuing-deer-from-icy-water/ whats the latest on officer BUBBLES, you know, the G20 egomaniac in TRANNA.
Story seems to have dropped off the earth. I should google it, I guess...

Posted by: eastern paul at December 18, 2010 7:30 AM

Here we go:

Posted by: eastern paul at December 18, 2010 7:51 AM

Wherein McGuinty, Mugabe, and Saddam share similar economic concepts and(unspoken)futures.

Posted by: john at December 18, 2010 8:48 AM

I love 'Meet Me In St. Louis'.

Every year, the Mrs. and I sit down on Christmas Eve and watch it after the crowds go home. It goes back to our first Christmas away from home up in Whitehorse when we were both feeling a little lonely.

I can't wait until my little one is old enough to watch it with us.

Posted by: Yukon Gold at December 18, 2010 9:39 AM

Fun story of the day...

'Mother cuts out the heart of her daughter, four, as she listens to recording of Koran in ritual killing'

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:38 PM on 18th December 2010

Read more:

Posted by: minuteman at December 18, 2010 9:46 AM

Obama leaves Bill in charge (Taiwanese animation)

Posted by: Fred at December 18, 2010 10:07 AM

Here is an interesting article from my local newspaper in Owen Sound Ontario

Coyote concerns on the rise
by Denis Langlois, Sun Times Staff

*Tony Veroni's petite, rambunctious Jack Russell terrier didnt stand a chance.
The 3yr old scrapper, named Sadie, was fatally attacked last month by a coyote within minutes of being let outside in the Brooke area of Georgian Bluffs
"I just heard this horrific, god-awful sound from hell, It was hideous," Veroni said Thursday

*The chilling sound prompted him to rush outside, with a high-p ow e re d flashlight, to try to scare away whatever predator lurked in the darkness. He said as he approached he saw a coyote "sauntering" away from his injured dog
It is also polarizing a highly political debate on permitting an open bounty on the wild canines.

*On one side are people who see the coyote as an overpopulated predatory nuisance that is threatening livestock, pets and people. On the other are those who believe coyotes are simply misunderstood and most often only drawn to farms by bait piles or deadstock.

*Bounty opponents say a paid kill would not control coyote numbers, as the animals are highly adaptable and will produce more pups to compensate for a loss in numbers. They say only some specialized, coyotes attack livestock, while others only eat natural prey.

*Recent attacks on Canadians has fueled the pro-bounty movement.

*Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Murdoch plans to circulate a petition in the new year to call on the province to approve a "straight" bounty on coyotes.


*** The Brooke area is within Owen Sound's boundaries & The bordering Twsp. And is 5min from where i live
Owen Sound is next to Georgian Bay & has a Pop of 23,000, But the surrounding subdivision's outside the city limits would bring it to 33,000 or more.

Posted by: bryanr at December 18, 2010 10:20 AM

bryanr, the coyote bounty seems to be working well in Saskatchewan. The incidents of confrontation are down considerably and for my interest, especially around my yard.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at December 18, 2010 10:53 AM

The PETA crowd and the Trudeau worshiping crowd are locked in pitched battle over at the TorStar.

Lots of laughs in the comments.

Posted by: syncrodox at December 18, 2010 12:06 PM

AGW Progress Report: The fear, the fear, from the left-socialists. They are sniffing something out.

What could that be? Here are clues:

"The conditions are likely to make this the coldest December on record, with a current average temperature of minus 0.7C, five degrees under the long-term average."

"Louise Ellman, Labour chair of the Commons transport select committee, said it was no longer sufficient for ministers to brush away criticism by saying the severe conditions were exceptional.

"This is now the third bad winter in a row. We need to establish whether we think there may be a change of weather patterns and if so respond accordingly," she said. "We should be able to respond to these events better." Ellman said her committee would investigate what had gone wrong. "Clearly it is something we will have to look into.""

"UK snow: Britain in gridlock as big freeze brings Christmas travel misery

• Passengers angry as BA cancels all short-haul flights
• December set to be coldest on record, says Met Office"

Posted by: maz2 at December 18, 2010 2:08 PM

Its Christmas could the MSM just give it a rest!!!

**This article is about the PM giving a air-hockey game to the sick kids hospital & they crap on him more or less by placing the article under Oddities & No Pic of course.

Posted by: bryanr at December 18, 2010 2:14 PM

The definition of affirmative action by a candidate for the Mayoral race of Chicago...and the aftermath.

Posted by: Speedy at December 18, 2010 2:35 PM

"For example, Windows XP, Vista and Microsoft Office were developed in _______. So were the first firewalls, the first wireless LAN, voice mail, cell phones (including the multi-jacketed Modu cell phone, which has entered the Guinness Book of Records, and has brought user functionality to a new level unmatched anywhere in the world), TV Remote Control, Google’s new super-search algorithm Orion (in fact, Google runs on ________ search algorithms), the Mobile Internet, Intel microchips and Pentium microprocessors, an advanced electric car network, a model to the world, using “green electricity” to be operational by next year, superior anti-terrorist screening techniques, drip irrigation, state-of-the-art solar power plants, water technology programs and reverse osmosis desalination plants to which half of Europe is indebted, the miracle drug Copaxone which treats multiple sclerosis, the world’s tiniest medical video camera to be used for disposable endoscopes, coronary stents, surgical lasers, transcutaneous pain relievers, new autoclave designs to fight AIDS, the ExAblate 2000 system for combating fibroid tumors, a rasagiline inhibitor of Parkinson’s marketed as Azilect, the chemotherapy agent Doxil that treats leukemia and Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a medication known as Exelon that reduces symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the new biomarker placental protein 13 (PP13), a pre-diagnostic for severe fetal diseases—I have barely skimmed the surface."

The Canary in the Gold Mine
- David Solway.

I'M IN SHOCK: Listening to CBC2 radio, Jon Kimura Parker, just after playing a movement from a Beethoven piano concerto, said, gulp, MERRY CHRISTMAS. On C.B.C.!!! I shall tune in next Saturday to see if he still has the gig.

Posted by: Me No Dhimmi at December 18, 2010 2:57 PM

Good to be back on the best blog online. When your hard drive crashes, you learn your a web addict quick!!!

Posted by: Revnant Dream at December 18, 2010 6:23 PM

food for thought during your prolonged sessions of leftist bashing:

Posted by: beagle at December 18, 2010 6:36 PM

Welcome back, Rev!

Can SDAers be consdidered a clan? What kilt would we wear?

Posted by: batb at December 18, 2010 7:21 PM

AGW Prog .... we fold ...

Ich Bin Ein Kaput.


"How Germany’s weather team views the “hottest year ever”"

"Speculation Alert: “New Little Ice Age Cannot Be Ruled Out”

Wednesday, 15 December 2010 09:16 Rickmer Flor,"

"Everybody is talking about global warming – but in Germany and also in many other countries around the world people are currently fighting with the adversities of extreme cold. And indeed: “The year 2010 will be the coldest for ten years in Germany,” said Thomas Globig from the weather service Meteo Media talking to . And it might even get worse: “It is quite possible that we are at the beginning of a Little Ice Age,” the meteorologist said. Even the Arctic ice could spread further to the south.

It is already clear: the average temperatures in Germany this year (8.1 degrees Celsius) were 0.2 degrees below the long term measured average of 8.3 degrees. “I fear we will end up still significantly lower by the end of the year”, said Globig. The long-term average is actually the average of all German stations from 1961 to 1990.

Coldest December in 100 years

In Berlin, there was an absolute cold record in early December, “For 100 years it had not been as cold as in the first decade of December,” said Globig. This also applied to other regions. But why is it so cold just now? Might it have anything to do with climate change? “I’m very sceptical”, replied Globig. A few years ago when we had a period of mild winters many climate scientists warned that winter sport in Germany’s low mountain ranges would soon no longer be possible anymore because of global warming. “Now they are saying: the cold winters are a consequence of global warming – a questionable implication,” according to Globig.

“Unbelievable amounts of snow” in Berlin (AW note: 800 flights grounded in EU)


Globig appeals to our long-term memory – and recalls a prolonged period of extremely cold and snowy winter in the 1960s and 1970s. Half a meter of snow fell in Berlin in early March 1970, in Potsdam even 70 centimetres. “From today’s perspective, these amounts were unbelievable.”"


"Spread of the Arctic ice?

“I think it is even conceivable that the Arctic ice spreads significantly in the years to come,” said Globig. The impact of solar activity on climate has been criminally underestimated for a long time.

The last two weeks have been the coldest in England since the second-to-last solar minimum, many hundreds of years ago. “What actually will happen depends on the next five to ten years,” believes Globig. But one thing now appears to be very likely for the weather expert, “We will have to abandon some climate forecasts. “

Wetter T-Online, 14 December 2010 (translation by Philipp Mueller)"

Posted by: maz2 at December 18, 2010 7:26 PM

"How Germany’s weather team views the “hottest year ever”"

Posted by: maz2 at December 18, 2010 7:28 PM

My latest gadget is a rice cooker. Roger Ebert has a neat book out about rice cookers -- which claims will cook anything. I'll bet those soups would work in a rice cooker.

Posted by: LindaL at December 18, 2010 10:12 PM