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Give a weasel some sugar, Chris

give Weasel some sugar, Christopher Columbus

For the benefit of those outside the rich linguistic traditions of the Deep South, to “give sugar” is to touch one’s lips to another in an expression of affection. Grandmothers and aunties must be given sugar in this manner regularly. cf “smoochies.”

It’s Columbus Day — I’m still restesing!


Comment from XBradTC
Time: October 13, 2008, 11:42 am

What can I say. Your illustration gave me a good chuckle, which I needed after watching the news. I don’t think I ever thought I’d find myself thinking that weasel smoochies might be a good thing…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 13, 2008, 12:00 pm

That’s about twice the size of an actual weasel, but I figure people were smaller in 1492.

Weasel smoochies are always a good thing, if you keep your shots up to date.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 13, 2008, 12:32 pm

The illustration size is simply nartistic license.

You reminded me of when I saw some French suits of armor over there. Christ, were they dinky. ‘Bout the size of your average 12-14-year old kid. 2/3 sized.

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 13, 2008, 12:39 pm

er….what about the news xbradtc? Have I missed something incredibly more disasterous than the usual disasterousness?
Not going to look…you may summarize if’n it’s catastrophic.
Gosh, I wish our house was paid for.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: October 13, 2008, 12:56 pm

I don’t know if this is a bright side, pnb, but if we start experiencing inflation, your debt will decrease (in that a given amount of money will purchase a smaller bushel of goods; consider the difference between a $100k mortgage today and a $100k mortgage just 20 years ago).

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 13, 2008, 1:33 pm

Question for you Great Britishers.
Someone from one of my other intertube groups sent out a forwarding email about the UK dropping the Holocaust from it’s curriculum. Someone else, who lives in the UK, and who used to be a part of this group responded by saying this type of crap causes hatred and racial tension and it is not true. (She is no longer part of the group since she was called out because of her anti-American spewings and chronic BDS.)
Now, we know that the UK did not remove the Holocaust from it’s curriculum, but it has been reported that some schools have because of the idea of not offending the muslims.

What say you? What is true, what is not? I’ve got some mouthbreathers from your side of the pond howling inside my inbox for even suggesting such a thing because your alls schools are as pure as the wind driven snow and soooo much better than our gubmint bastions of idiocy.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: October 13, 2008, 1:49 pm

I wishes I was still restesing. That party saturday was off the hook. Sam Kinison couldn’t have done better….. 🙂

Comment from XBradTC
Time: October 13, 2008, 2:22 pm

Pork, I’m just going through some McCain fatigue, and the wildfire season is starting here, so I’ll be seeing pics of peoples houses going up. Nothing earthshaking, just a downer, and a chuckle goes a long ways…

Comment from Lemur King
Time: October 13, 2008, 2:33 pm

For some reason “give sugar” just sounds like it involves slipping the tongue.

pnb, I’ve seen enough people either deny the holocaust or marginalize it in the name of “harmony” that I don’t think I’d be surprised by much of anything. Hardest thing about news or reports is determining what is true, how true it really is, how many people engage in that stupidity, etc.

Still can’t quite pinpoint the exact date when teaching went from more about teaching to more about enlightening kids about “current issues” (AKA “propagandizing”).

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 13, 2008, 2:33 pm

Ahhhh…I see brad. He fatigues me something fierce since before he won the primary. I try to avoid listening to him.

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 13, 2008, 2:50 pm

LK, here is one link that says some teachers/schools are not teaching it.


Me, I tend to believe it because we see the same sort of garbage going on in our schools. Just look at our own history/western civ books.
When my son had to take Western Civ., skimmed through the book and noticed that they showed islam, a rich and intellectual culture having nothing to do with the crusades except being the victims.

Comment from Casual passer-by
Time: October 13, 2008, 3:39 pm

“Comment from Lemur King
…Still can’t quite pinpoint the exact date when teaching went from more about teaching to more about enlightening kids about “current issues” (AKA “propagandizing”).”

If memory serves me correctly, it was right around the late morning of September 11, 2001.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 13, 2008, 3:45 pm

I’m sure you’ve figured out all by yourself, PnB, that the Mail needs to be taken with a BIG ol’ grain of salt. They aren’t flat-out Weekly World News kind of crazy liars, but they’re aiming squarely for the tabloid crowd and the have a definite stake in making the UK look as insane and out of control as possible (the Sun is even worse). And you should see how they cover the US!

That said, WWII is a big part of the UK school curriculum, and they teach it in a way we find incomprehensible. I ‘know’ this mostly from arguing with young Brits on political boards.

The lesson the British left took away from the second world war (and are passing along in schools) is that patriotism, (i.e. nationalism, pride in one’s country) is a dangerous, pathological quality that inevitably leads to the rise of Hitlers and terrible wars. That, really, once you regard your own country as somehow uniquely different, let alone special or better, you’ve taken the first steps on the road to fascism.

When they say “never again” they don’t mean “never again will we let some nutcase round up Jews and gas them.” They mean, “never again will we be so provincially near-sighted that we will allow precious human blood to be spilled over a foolish, artificial concept like ‘country.'”

Are you kind of getting the animosity to the US now?

HOWEVER, this is NOT everyone in the country. And I’ve learned this, too: when you compare our crazy leftist idealogues to their crazy leftist idealogues, it’s kind of a tie. A lot of very the worst ideas originate in the US — specifically California — and work their way East, eventually finding especially fertile soil in the UK.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 13, 2008, 3:48 pm

I’m not taking your point, Passerby. How did the school curriculum change in response to September 11, and in what direction?

Comment from Dave in Texas
Time: October 13, 2008, 4:00 pm

I am your neighbor!

Comment from Lemur King
Time: October 13, 2008, 4:04 pm

Ackshully, the curriculum started changing for sure in the mid-80’s because I experienced it and called bullshit on it then, and voted in the only way I knew how, which was to sleep in class and tune the pap out. God, it was raunchy then – a lib teacher and kids just lapping and sucking the slops right up.

And yes, pnb… I agree. It makes my bones old and brittle but it’s true.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: October 13, 2008, 4:07 pm

Damn I thought I’d get some lovin’ but then I realized it was that bastard Columbus. He gets all the chicks.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 13, 2008, 4:15 pm

Damn. that illustration of Columbus looks a bit like Malcolm McDowell of Clockwork Orange fame. Real horrorshow, neh?

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: October 13, 2008, 4:29 pm

Indoctrination has been going on for quite some time. I remember fighting with my teachers and fellow students over guns in the ’90s. The looks of horror when they realized that I was an enthusiastic gun owner were entertaining in retrospect. (At the time, I was shocked that they looked at me that way.) The best was the following exchange I had with a “world geography” teacher (world geography was a total waste of time):

Teacher: Guns = bad!!11!
Me: You know, Switzerland has the highest gun ownership rate in the world, and one of the lowest crime rates.
Teacher: That doesn’t count because in Switzerland, they teach you how to use guns.
Me: (staring at him, appalled at his stupidity)
Teacher: (thinking he’s won) And I don’t know why Switzerland even bothers with guns anyway. They’re neutral in every war.
Me: Belgium was neutral in World War I.
Teacher: (stammering)

Ahhh. Ten years later, I still feel the warm glow of satisfaction.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 13, 2008, 4:33 pm

Awww, Christopher. You can have weaselsmoochies, too. And my God have mercy on your soul.

The indoctrination started earlier than that. I went to a liberal K-12 private school for several elementary school years, and then my last three years of High School. While I was packing, I turned up a very embarrassing clipping from my local paper from the early ’70s. I’d won some poster contest about keeping Nashville clean and they quoted me saying some boneheaded thing about how the environment was so important and the grownups were ruining it for us, the angelic children, by polluting all over everything.

I have a vague memory of it, as though I repeated what I thought I was supposed to believe based on what I’d been taught. I didn’t believe it. I didn’t NOT believe it. I was repeating a rote lesson and was pretty indifferent to the topic.

I’m hoping there’s a LOT of that behind what kids say today.

Comment from Lemur King
Time: October 13, 2008, 4:54 pm

I think that rote lessonage is true, Weas, right up until about 11th or 12th grade, where they soften their brains up for the coupe de grace in freshman college. I had two very good friends turned into liberodrones almost before my eyes.

Comment from Dawn
Time: October 13, 2008, 5:27 pm

Thank goodness for military base schools. All our teachers were Army wives. Good, stable, patriotic Army wives.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: October 13, 2008, 5:40 pm

Actually this is Horsey Day. Horses became extinct in North America until the Euros brought them back here.

I got some Horsey Smoochies today. Well the carrots might have had something to do with that.

Comment from Allen
Time: October 13, 2008, 5:44 pm

Lummee my horses. Yes I’m an idjit, I can’t even see the difference between Anonymous and Allen. 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 13, 2008, 5:50 pm

Damien knew the word “smoochies.” It resulted in a lot of adorable purring and nuzzling. On the other hand, this being Damien we’re talking, it occasionally resulted in little fangs sinking into my cheek or soft upper lip and drawing blood. He gave me a scar or two before I figured out the warning signs (hint: watch Mister Tail for agitation).

A more savage beast I never owned, counting the pet raccoons. And that poor fox with the mange.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: October 13, 2008, 6:19 pm

So…whatever happened with the rainforest? That was the big thing when I was in elementary school. Did we save it?

What burns me up is how much they leave out. Like the rainforest. I swear they made it sound like Americans were flying down there and raping the jungle for the hell of it. It wasn’t until many years later that I realized that America bears no culpability whatsoever for Third World countries practicing slash-and-burn agriculture.

On topic, pasta comes from China and tomatoes come from the New World. What was Italian cooking before those inventions?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 13, 2008, 6:43 pm

Didn’t Mussolini have a serious hate-on for pasta? I seem to remember reading that.

The rainforest. I guess it got better. You know what I miss? Acid rain. And that hole in the ozone layer. They vanished, and they didn’t even say goodbye…

Comment from LemurKing
Time: October 13, 2008, 6:50 pm

So we ain’t raping the rainforests like Spielberg and Lucas raped Indiana Jones (forgive me, watched South Park last night).

If the hole in the ozone disappeared, why are albuterol (asthma) inhalers now 4x as expensive due to FCA’s or whateverthehelltheyare? They got the CFC’s out and put in something way more ‘spensive for… what??? For research, eco-terrorism, and poltical fearmongering.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 13, 2008, 6:54 pm

I haven’t watched that one yet, LK. Opinion seems to run 50/50 too much/just right.

There are some SP’s that are hysterical in retrospect or in synopsis, but a little too painful when you actually watch them. I have a friend who was an early SP fan who dropped them after they dug up Kyle’s dead grandma (it was Kyle’s, right?).

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: October 13, 2008, 7:04 pm

Eric Tenorman Must Die is the one that I thought was just completely beyond the pale. But it seems to be on everyone’s favorites list.

LK, did you know that the insulation sprayed on the external tank used to include some oh-so-dreadful enviro-unfriendly substance? (I think CFCs, but don’t remember.) And the foam flaking and crumbling off started only when the substance was removed? Grrrr.

How much death and destruction must environmentalism cause before its adherents are satisfied?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 13, 2008, 7:08 pm

Exactly so, Mrs P. Just what I’m talking about. When I saw the Tenorman episode, I winced and thought it was over the line. But when I remember chunks of it, it seems over the top but hilarious.

I guess if your whole deal is treading right on the line, you’re bound to go over sometimes. And it’s bound to mellow in the remembering.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 13, 2008, 7:14 pm

He did, yer Weaseliness – ol’ Musso thought pasta unmanned the Italians.

Can’t say I disagree. Boiled, wet bread has never appealed to me.

A very generous Italian client once gave me a ginormous basket of what, to an Italian, represented the absolute gourmet experience (I think you saw it, your Ladyship).

I think it composted. Eventually.

I love Italians to bits (it’s a common British weakness, I’ve often thought – the attraction of opposites and all that) but who the hell decided Italian cuisine was the world’s finest?

Its main claim to fame, as far as I can see, is that when a Frenchman starts bragging about the wonders of French cuisine, you can prick his bubble (stop that sniggering at the back!) by reminding him that it was Italian chefs that taught the French how to cook.

Which, according to this badger, is another thing to hold against them!

Then again, I live down a hole and eat worms. What do badgers know?

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 13, 2008, 7:19 pm

How much death and destruction must environmentalism cause…?

One word: DDT

How many men, women, and children died (and are still dying) because some *expletive deleted* enviro-twit faked a buttload of data and wrote a book?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 13, 2008, 7:35 pm

I was gonna say DDT, McGoo. My grandfather, who grew up in New Orleans, had malaria. DDT made huge swaths of this country inhabitable (and probably the area where Badger House is; malaria was endemic there, too). Number of bird species that actually went extinct on account of DDT: zero. Number of human beings who die needlessly every year for want of it: millions.

Even Rachel Fucking Carson didn’t want the stuff banned.

Comment from porknbean
Time: October 13, 2008, 7:51 pm

How many men, women, and children died (and are still dying) because some *expletive deleted* enviro-twit faked a buttload of data and wrote a book?

Doesn’t matter, they are polluting the environment with their human taint.
Google Maurice Strong, good buddy to Algore.

Comment from bad cat robot
Time: October 13, 2008, 8:07 pm

Guess what I got some of? Yep, real, honest-ta-goodness DDT! Courtesy of the former occupants of my house, who put everything they didn’t immediately use up in the Great Shed. And they’d been doing this since 1935. I found the bottle of the stuff when I cleaned out the accumulated detrius of 70 years occupation. Along with some other mysterious, odiferous substances, some of which I don’t think I should even move. I figure I’ll just invite the lads from the local HazMat team over for tea and crumpets some day and let them figure out what to do with it all.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: October 13, 2008, 8:07 pm

I thought “inhabitable” meant “not habitable”…?

I was thinking of DDT as well. And their hatred of GM foods – golden rice alone could save I-forget-how-many kids from losing their eyesight due to Vitamin A deficiency every year. A million? Or is it 100,000? Either way, that’s a lot of unnecessary suffering that can’t be alleviated because of environmentalists. (What really gets me about the GM foods is that most of the time, they are insect-resistant, so farmers can use less pesticide, exposing themselves and the animals of the field to less harmful conditions. And environmentalists oppose that. ??)

On a lighter note, Uncle B doesn’t like pasta, and does like fruitcake. I guess you are what you eat, eh? 😉 (I’m kidding, of course)

Comment from harbqll
Time: October 13, 2008, 8:15 pm

Hey Mrs P! Don’t forget about food irradiation…the hippies won’t let us do that either.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: October 13, 2008, 8:16 pm

BCR, that vaguely reminds me of one episode of Ghost Hunters in which a dude had just moved into an old mansion, which he was refurbishing (he was a woodworker). He claimed to have all kinds of Eerie Feelings in the house and to have undergone Severe Personality Changes and so on and so forth. TAPS investigated, and discovered that he had a shelf full of volatile chemicals, like paint thinner and acetone and such, right by his fresh air intake. He also had toxic mold.

I was impressed by Grant’s diplomacy – rather than saying, “You haven’t got any ghosts, you blithering idiot!” he just said something like “The chemicals and the toxic mold can have the effects you describe. If you still have problems after you deal with that situation, give us a call, and we’ll be happy to come back and investigate.”

(Honestly, I like those earlier episodes with ordinary people a lot better than the ones where they go to famous “haunted” places. Oh, Weas, there was an episode where they went to the Lizzie Borden house. I can’t find it online, though. I can’t remember if they had any findings…I think they had a few inconclusive occurrences, but nothing big.)

Comment from Muslihoon
Time: October 13, 2008, 10:36 pm

Is that the show where they bring in New Age psychics/media/mediums to contact the ghost and make things right?

Comment from Jill
Time: October 13, 2008, 10:48 pm

I got one better: after my cousin’s parents passed away, my cousin gave me POA to act on her behalf to help get the house sold. Cousin is an only child and was living out of state.

I had keys to the house, and would go there a few times a week to check on things. I was nosing around in a cupboard and found a full and ancient bottle of arsenic. I immediately called the police to dispose of it. It’s a good thing that 99% of the police at that time were good friends of my dad’s.

Oh, and Dad’s theory on the arsenic was that since the house was by the creek, it was probably used to kill sewer rats. Sewer rats were a problem every time there was a heavy rain.


Comment from LemurKing
Time: October 14, 2008, 12:14 am

Geez badcat, the way it is depicted, if you have DDT – even old stuff – then it means you are the next Antichrist. Hell, passing within 50 feet of it dooms you to eternal torment.

Mrs Peel – there have been several SP episodes that have caused me to turn them off. But here’s how I look at it – if I can laugh at all sorts of things that seriously piss others off, how can I possibly get pissed off and stop watching them because I think an episode is OTT? Isaac Hayes who played Chef is one of the hypocrites – he loved SP as long as it didn’t touch his sacred cows and then dumped the show. Any of the episodes like the NAMBLA one are enough to piss me off. But then there are others like the Cheesing episode that are funny enough to let me compartmentalize it.

Yes, the shuttle foam was an issue with CFC’s. A damn stupid move as NASA was exempt from the phaseout of CFC’s.

To answer your question McGoo… millions. Many damn millions of people have died because a pesticide that could not be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt to have actually thinned bird egg shells. Steven Milloy (Junk Science) has an awesome point by point rebuttal of all the crap spewed out about DDT – long read but good.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 14, 2008, 3:06 am

Mrs. Peel – how ’bout inflammable and infuriated? They have ALWAYS bugged the crap out of me.

Comment from Mrs. Peel
Time: October 14, 2008, 8:50 am

Is that the show where they bring in New Age psychics/media/mediums to contact the ghost and make things right?

Not at all, Musli. I wouldn’t like it if it were. Jay and Grant, while believing in ghosts, are attempting to debunk, and they’re not credulous or New Age-y. When they run across people who claim to be mediums, such as one woman who insisted that a violent ghost who had grabbed her by the throat and shaken her, you can usually see them trying very hard not to roll their eyes (especially Jay; Grant is much better at concealing his reactions).

The team tries to debunk. For example, did the client say s/he saw goofy moving shadows in the living room? Drive the car up and down the street and see if you can duplicate those shadows. Did the clients hear funny noises coming from the roof? Go up on the roof and make funny noises and see if they’re audible inside the house. Et cetera.

There was one episode in which they didn’t recognize ball lightning from the client’s description, which I found odd given that ball lightning is a common cause of “paranormal” phenomena, but in general, I think Jay and Grant are honest and trustworthy. And I love watching them interact with each other and the rest of their team.

Comment from apotheosis
Time: October 14, 2008, 9:51 am

did someone already post this?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 14, 2008, 9:57 am

No, but I saw it and grinned a weasely grin, apotheosis.

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: October 14, 2008, 11:44 am

Nice find, apo.

Comment from bad cat robot
Time: October 14, 2008, 1:19 pm

LemurKing, I’ve been doomed for years. DDT was just icing on the cake, so to speak, the cherry to finish off the sorry, sordid sundae that is my life. (Conservative agnostic, unapologetic meat-eater, quasi-bitter gun-clinger, think that the giant glowing fusion furnace in the sky might have more to do with temperature variation on this planet than my automobile, AND I ripped the tags off my mattress.)

Comment from Muslihoon
Time: October 14, 2008, 1:29 pm

AND I ripped the tags off my mattress


Comment from FBI Agent Smith
Time: October 14, 2008, 2:56 pm

Alert! We have a mattress tag-ripper in Sector 7-G! All units converge and seal off all exits! I reapeat: a tag ripper in 7-G! Approach with extreme caution!

Comment from Lemur King
Time: October 14, 2008, 4:37 pm

Geez. I can’t run in your type circles BCR. Bad to the bone.

I shall have to content myself with basking in the rebel-without-a-clue radiance of your remote-ish presence.

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