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Hey, they never let me take home medical waste before

Poor monkey. Now she’s down to two teeth.

See how there’s really no root there at all? That’s down to the dental resorption problem she’s had for years. The vet said it was the easiest dental procedure he’s ever done. Pop.

So they sent her home with antibiotics and instructions to let her rest for a bit. Said she’d be groggy and probably not hungry until tonight.

Sure enough, she was a bit unsteady on her feet when she got out of the carrier, but she did cry to go out, so we let her. Half an hour later, Uncle B sticks his head in the door and says, “you won’t believe this — she’s at the back door with a big fat mouse in her mouth.”

So the answer is yes — she can kill and eat mice with just two fangs. While bombed out of her skull on kitty smack.

Incidentally, August 20 is World Mosquito Day. Sir Ronald Ross of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine discovered the role of the Anopheles mosquito in the transmission of malaria on this day in 1897.

Not so long ago, malaria was endemic in our little corner of England and in the rural South of the US, where I was born. My grandfather lived with the malaria he caught in New Orleans in the 20th Century.

Worth remembering that the Third World really does have legitimate grievances against us in the Industrialized West, one of which is we won’t let them use some fucking DDT just until they can get their malaria problem under control. You know, like we did. In my lifetime.

I’m guessing if the dreaded dengue fever continues to turn up in Florida, it’ll be “second look at DDT” before you can say “Western hypocrisy.”


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 20, 2010, 9:30 pm

Now that’s what I call a pussy cat! 🙂

Comment from mongo
Time: August 20, 2010, 9:37 pm

What’d I say?! I didn’t put any money down on her because those odds were crrrap!

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: August 20, 2010, 9:41 pm

Poor Charlotte, but then again…she doesn’t look like she suffers much with only two toofs.

Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: August 20, 2010, 10:20 pm

Poor kitteh, did you cut her mouse up for her to make it easier? Tell her my pups send their love and wishes for a speedy recovery and a warning to stay off the crack, it only leads to street walking.

And the dengue fever is maybe taking off down here, I’s a tad skeered since I live in a conservation area with a swampy lake thing.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: August 20, 2010, 10:25 pm

Tommorrow is Badger Day throughout the entire Milky Way Galaxy, as this Badger completes his 49th trip around the Sun. Only 366 more days until I turn 50!

I believe that the deaths of all those Third World Types cause no loss of sleep among the Enviro-Elites. Rachel Carson is Saint Rachel to them.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 20, 2010, 10:39 pm

Happy Birthday, cousin! 🙂

Comment from Pavel
Time: August 21, 2010, 12:11 am

Happy birthday, Scott T. Badger.

If Dengue fever showed up in the US, or malaria again became a problem, DDT would be available at Home Depot, and Sam’s Club would carry it in five gallon drums.

Let’s not even start on how the ethanol subsidies starve third world babies. Africans die so enviro-douches can feel good about themselves.

Scott nails it. Third worlders just don’t matter to these bastards.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 21, 2010, 12:14 am

Hit the link, Pavel…they’re having a mini-epidemic (maybe a dozen cases) of dengue in Florida.

Nasty, nasty disease, that. Not fatal, but not treatable and AWFUL to live through.

Comment from Pavel
Time: August 21, 2010, 12:22 am

That’s what I get for not reading carefully, stoaty.

A few politicians will need to get it before DDT is subsidized by the government.

Please, God. Help me not to wish it on Charlie Crist.

Comment from Pablo
Time: August 21, 2010, 1:55 am

Good kitty. Bad mouse.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: August 21, 2010, 2:08 am

I want some of whatever the hell Charolette is on! Oh wait….it’s Friday evening…..I’m probably operating on the same shit now!

Comment from goodkarma
Time: August 21, 2010, 2:23 am

Hey Pavel, I doubt the mosquitoes would bite Charlie Christ. His fake tan is so orange that they don’t think he is human. Can you tell I am not a fan of my governor and am hoping he does not become my senator.

I am glad to hear Charlotte is on the mend. Speaking of medical waste, I volunteer at a spay/neuter clinic. Twice now we have had men ask us to save their male dog’s er.. parts. Our very attractive, female vet is very good at making these guys feel stupid for asking.

Comment from Frit
Time: August 21, 2010, 2:31 am

Charlotte: 1
Mouse: 0
Go Charlotte! =^_^= Enjoy those tasty meeces!

I’m happy to hear she’s taking it all in stride.

As for the Dengue fever; yeah, gonna have to find some way to infect the politicians and the rich people who bribe them.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: August 21, 2010, 5:34 am

You want a DDT comeback?

One word: bedbugs. They’re all over New York.

Malaria was endemic in the American South, and in southern Europe.

Jefferson Davis’ first wife died of malaria only a few months after their marriage. Davis himself nearly died too.

Malaria was a serious problem for Allied forces in Sicily, even though the fighting there lasted only a month.

It was a problem in mainland Italy too. One of the more useful things Mussolini did was to drain the Pontine marshes south of Rome, which largely relieved Rome of malaria. (Draining wetlands used to be considered a Good Thing. Now we are aware of the more subtle negative consequences, and have forgotten about the malaria issue.)

Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: August 21, 2010, 2:23 pm

My grandfather lived with the malaria he caught in New Orleans in the 20th Century.

Really? You bought that “it was malaria that grandapa caught” story?

Comment from Pavel
Time: August 21, 2010, 6:17 pm

And Scott Jacobs leans out and grabs the brass ring.

Comment from bad cat robot
Time: August 21, 2010, 7:37 pm

So, should I be investigating a broker for the genuine vintage DDT I found in my ancient shed? I mean, that I heard a friend found in their shed? I need remodeling monies.

Comment from Andrea Harris
Time: August 21, 2010, 8:10 pm

I’m guessing if the dreaded dengue fever continues to turn up in Florida, it’ll be “second look at DDT” before you can say “Western hypocrisy.”

Wanna bet? Our Betters In Government are so under the spell of Green nonsense that they’ll just blame it on George Bush, or claim that America deserves it for (insert sin-of-the-day), or that wanting to eradicate malaria is racist because it comes from the tropics and you know who lives in the tropics — brown people!

Yes, I think our ruling class is that far gone.

Comment from Mark
Time: August 21, 2010, 10:04 pm

Andrea nailed that one!

Comment from Monotone The Elderish
Time: August 21, 2010, 11:08 pm

yup, i have nothing to add to that one…..

Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: August 21, 2010, 11:22 pm

Weeeeeel, we gots people down here who will use a still to make anything, I bet we could get em to cook us up some DDT.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 22, 2010, 12:18 am

Go to agree with Andrea Harris, too. It’s just the same over this side of the herring pond.

Comment from Monotone The Elderish
Time: August 22, 2010, 1:40 am

mmmmm, herring…..

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 22, 2010, 2:12 am

Man, you guys are soooo naive. Here’s how it’s done.

1. The problem occurs (dengue fever, et al).
2. A ‘new improved’ form of DDT is announced. It doesn’t have the problems of the old stuff. Bingo! The first world uses it and is saved!
3. Later testing shows that the early tests were flawed and this new stuff is just as bad as the old DDT. It’s pulled off the market with apologies and the world is assured that it wasn’t in use long enough to cause the problems of the old DDT.
4. The 3rd world is screwed again, but the environmentalists are happy, so who cares?

Once you start looking you see this pattern again and again.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 22, 2010, 10:18 am

Fun dengue fever facts:

It’s also called “breakbone” fever because your joints hurt like a bastard.

But, hey, you can have Tylenol! (Aspirin and other NSAIDs increases bleeding risk).

Other’n that, not much you can do but wait it out. It’s rarely fatal (unless you have the hemorrhagic kind), just ten days or two weeks of bone-crushing hilarity.

There’s no vaccine; getting a dose doesn’t confer immunity. You can enjoy dengue again and again!

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: August 22, 2010, 11:34 am

I’ll pass, actually…if you don’t mind. That doesn’t sound like any fun a’tall.

Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: August 22, 2010, 1:02 pm

You can enjoy dengue again and again!

Oh. So it’s like herpes…

Why didn’t you say so?

Comment from Bill (still the .00358% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: August 22, 2010, 4:46 pm

Oh. So it’s like herpes…

…but nowhere near as fun contracting it.

Comment from Sockless Joe
Time: August 22, 2010, 9:37 pm

Had a debate about DDT w/ a friend of mine who immigrated to the US from a tropical third world country. I guess from a malaria eradication perspective, DDT strategies are more effective subtropical and non-tropical areas (like the US) better than in places where your whole country is swamp and rainforest.

I dunno, I think if I lived in a tropical environment I’d want some DDT to go along with my mosquito nets.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 22, 2010, 10:03 pm

Who know, Joe? There’s so much crap talked about DDT, I’m not sure whose opinion I’d trust.

I know the US sprayed the stuff on a GIGANTIC scale for a while.

Comment from JeffS
Time: August 23, 2010, 1:36 am

I’ve read that DDT can be used to spray the inside of huts and such, reducing the occurrence of malaria, since people are vulnerable to bites while sleeping. This addresses both the the need for vector control AND the desire to avoid massive spraying.

I’m sure that you can guess the reaction by envirotards to that idea. Hysterical doesn’t begin cover it, even though WHO supports the use of DDT, and it has been demonstrated to be effective when applied to huts.

(Apologies for the search engine link….the NPR and BBC articles at the top tell most of the story. But you see the controversy involved when placing people’s lives first.)

Comment from J2
Time: August 23, 2010, 2:04 am

just one more reason to hold the techno-illiteratti at arms length….

easy read


Comment from Monotone The Elderish
Time: August 23, 2010, 2:49 am

“DDT, It’s like herpes without the fun!” …. oh i would love that on a t-shirt……

Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: August 23, 2010, 7:12 pm

The big question is: Will DDT help the bedbug problem in NYC as much as it helps the dengue fever problem in Fla?

Comment from scubafreak
Time: August 24, 2010, 1:31 am

Actually, I would prefer a shirt that said “The IRS – Just like Herpies, but without the fun”…..

Comment from Monotone The Elderish
Time: August 24, 2010, 1:33 am

ahh….. truly an epic shirt…..

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