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And this marvelous bird is called a what, now?

It’s official. We’re all turkeyed out for the season.

Here’s Asbo, our outside cat, enjoying a well-deserved leftover. Poor old boy; it was so delicious, it frightened him. He was sure we were giving him the good stuff by mistake and he was going to have an old shoe pitched at him any minute.

Oh, must tell you a chicken story. This time of year — if I let them out at all — the girls put themselves to bed about four in the afternoon. Evening comes, they trundle off, hop up on the perch and I come out a few minutes later and lock everything up.

Well, two days ago, I looked out around 4:15, the two younger girls weren’t anywhere to be seen and the two older girls were milling around outside the hutch. They caught sight of me at the window and came running up, all excited.

So I shoo’d everybody into the run, where I found the two little girls sitting on the floor of the henhouse, miserable. Someone had managed to knock the wooden slat down and there was nowhere to perch. And so the big girls came to get me to fix it.

No shit. It was a total, “what’s that? Little Timmy fell down the well?” moment.

I’m telling you, those damn chickens are smarter than Lassie.


Comment from Mono The Elder
Time: December 28, 2011, 10:18 pm

Soon, Chickens will take over the world. The mayans tried to warn us, but we ignored them. DOOOOOOOOOM The chickens cometh!

Comment from Anonymous
Time: December 28, 2011, 11:01 pm

LOL….. Pretty soon, you’ll have to start warning Uncle B to stay out of the Long Grass…..


Comment from Oceania
Time: December 28, 2011, 11:35 pm

Did anyone think to send some of your Turkey crumbs to benefit the people of Libya?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 28, 2011, 11:47 pm



Comment from Anonymous
Time: December 28, 2011, 11:54 pm

Flash, quit bugging the lady with useless Political crap and do something useful, like breeding a Chicken/Velociraptor mix……

Comment from ScubaFreak
Time: December 29, 2011, 12:03 am


I am TIRED!!

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: December 29, 2011, 12:31 am

You named your cat after the Anti-Social Behaviour Order? That’s great!

Our two Torties are named Terror and Famine, so you can see why I might approve of ASBO’s name. *heh*

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 29, 2011, 12:39 am

We named him Asbo because he was always sneaking into houses in our neighborhood and stealing stuff. (Still is. He got stuck in our next-door neighbors’ conservatory a few weeks ago, panicked and busted the acrylic cat door with his head to get out).

Many years ago, my mother and I named our cats after famous killers. Her last was named Jeffrey (you can guess). Mine was named Andrew (can you guess?).

Comment from Redd
Time: December 29, 2011, 12:50 am

He sounds like this guy:


I love how the cat waddles when he is dragging large loot. 🙂

Comment from Oceania
Time: December 29, 2011, 12:58 am

I was just curious why US weapons seem to be leaving a high residual fraction of U235 in various engagements.

Comment from Spad13
Time: December 29, 2011, 1:02 am

Andrew Cunanan?

But that doesn’t seem so long ago.

I can’t think of any other killers named Andrew.

Comment from JeffS
Time: December 29, 2011, 1:05 am

Can you ship those chickens over here? We need some decent GOP candidates, for Congress, and President.

Comment from Alice
Time: December 29, 2011, 1:26 am

Chickens are still not permitted in my teeny tiny town (pop 1100). I was hopeful the vote held in the next town over (pop 650) to lift their ban would pass and inspire my own city council to do the same, but no such luck. I blame the big 4-H/FFA cabal of kids living on all those farms just outside city limits.

More seriously, not sure what the problem is. I’d rather my neighbors had chickens than the dozen (or more) rambunctious dogs left alone to bark in boredom all day (and night) long.

Comment from EZnSF
Time: December 29, 2011, 3:33 am

Alice! Bees. Get yourself some beehives.
Been reading up on the hobby lately. Honey brings a higher price per # than eggs, they don’t crow, and your neighbors will never know they’re there. And less work, considering bees don’t need diapers and whatnot.

And truly, which would you rather have? Egg on toast, or honey on toast?

Comment from Mono The Elder
Time: December 29, 2011, 3:43 am

Um. Oceania? WTF, are you talking about? What proof (If any) do you have about ANYTHING to do with u235 residuals being left behind. Also, EZnSF, I’m partial to both.

Comment from GregO
Time: December 29, 2011, 3:50 am

I have two dogs a jack-Russel terrier mix and a larger mutt. One evening, while reposing in my bath, the terrier barged into the bathroom in a genuine “Timmy’s trapped in the well” moment. He made such a fuss, I got out, wrapped up in a towel and followed him into the family room, where the other mutt had absconded with an open can of doggie treats – and wasn’t sharing! Our domestic animals are aware and intelligent in ways far beyond our conventional perception of them.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: December 29, 2011, 3:57 am

I agree with JeffS.

I nominate Lucia for President, and Mapp can be VP. I suggest the Emperor penguin for congress, as they most closely resemble the current stuffed shirts guarding their personal nest-egg. Plus they just follow each other around and around in a circle, just like the human versions.

Comment from gromulin
Time: December 29, 2011, 4:48 am

Hello from The Happiest Place on Earth. Posse Gromulin is infesting Disneyland this week. Highly recommend the Simpsons ride at Universal Studios.
Ready to go postal on the third-world boards I’m packed in like sardines with, but kids having a blast. Thank god for brown liquor….

Comment from Oceania
Time: December 29, 2011, 5:18 am

Something popped across my desk 4 months ago looking into the effects of DU and chromosomal anomalies.
The U235 was found to be enriched in several tests. Someone has a new toy.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: December 29, 2011, 7:34 am

U235 is an alpha emitter. Alphas are blocked by tinfoil helmets, so you’re safe.

Comment from Oceania
Time: December 29, 2011, 8:03 am

David is a tad ignorant today – not like you at all?
U235 becomes bio-available in many forms, where it can be transported into the human cell, or surrounding connective tissues.
There, it can play havoc with the emission of alpha particles, its small scale size and nano properties, or its pliant valence state of the compound itself. Once inside the cell, it sticks to phosphates, and of course centrosomal components involved in cellular control and cell division.

In fact – if you do as you suggest, an alpha particle impinging upon an aluminium foil will generate not only Bremstrahlung, but neutron emission as well.

I’m thinking of doing some cyro-substitution to observe cytosolic distributions … one day.

Back to school for David …

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: December 29, 2011, 9:20 am

Stoaty: For the first name of Jeffrey it has to be Dahmer.

For the first name of Andrew I had to resort to Google searching combining the name with the term “Serial Killer”. Like Spad13, I found the Cunanan surname. I also found another one, Urdiales.

Neither of the two Andrews names ring any bells with me though.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 29, 2011, 10:34 am

It was a deep trivia question. Lizzie Borden’s middle name was Andrew. Her father, Andrew Borden, wanted a boy.

That and the cold mutton they had for breakfast that morning would be enough to do it for me.

Comment from steve
Time: December 29, 2011, 1:43 pm

@ Scuba

You give back all of those financial records, this instant, young man!

Comment from David Gillies
Time: December 29, 2011, 2:18 pm

OK, I know I shouldn’t, but I can’t help it. ‘Enriched’ in the context of uranium means U235 in excess of the normal 0.7% isotopic abundance. Depleted uranium, as the name suggests, has less 235 than that. The bio-availability of an element is a chemical thing, not nuclear so U235 vs 238 is a red herring except inasmuch as 238 has a (much) longer half life. They’re both weakly radioactive and although it is a bad idea to ingest alpha emitters the total radiation burden outside of a full-scale war is negligible. We only expended a few hundred curies of DU during Gulf War ’91. A little skirmish like Libya would hardly count. Finally, if we’re using DU rounds on Libyans, who cares? If you absolutely have to make a bunch of Arabs explode (and some people need explodin’,) stick with stuff you know works.

Comment from sandman says : nothing to see here
Time: December 29, 2011, 3:57 pm

Some people just deserve having DU rounds used on them. If and when they are a cumulative problem, so what? The fact that DU is weakly radioactive? So what, again. We aren’t using them to knock out dudes with RPGs. They are expensive, dirty to make, dirty to clean up after, and require special handling to fire. They make armor melt, they cause all kinds of fun spawling and they are simply the best kinetic energy rounds when all is said and done. Dense material makes for a better penetrator. Penetration is everything when trying to defeat hardened objects and reactive armor or both. DU is not the round of choice for regular warfare, that would HE, high explosive rounds. Those do a great job and are not prone to leaving low level radiation behind them.
But again, the half life of u235 isn’t nearly as long as u238 and u235 is capable of sustaining fission, u238 isn’t. Both appear in nature but u235 once in its depleted state is very dense and makes fine kinetic projectiles. DU is the stuff. Opens T72 and T80s like a soda can. It is a fight ender. Period. Bio availablity as an alpha emitter? Can you say who cares?
Guess this means it’s better to be the friend of someone with DU technology than their enemy. There’s a lesson there.

Comment from sandman says : nothing to see here
Time: December 29, 2011, 4:00 pm

And “…some people just need shooting…”
Clint Smith, Director, Thunder Ranch Shooting School.

DU does that better than anything else in certain applications.

Comment from sandman says : nothing to see here
Time: December 29, 2011, 4:01 pm


Comment from sandman says : nothing to see here
Time: December 29, 2011, 4:11 pm

and it’s Bremsstrahlung, just to be an electrically charged smart-ass who has encountered another electrically charged smart-ass.

2 s’s. Thanxkbye.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: December 29, 2011, 5:32 pm

Chickens: smarter than kiwis.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: December 29, 2011, 6:56 pm

Dammit Sandman! Here I was just about to post:

Lizzie Bordon took an axe and gave her father 40 whacks;
Today if he were still alive, she’d give him a dose of U235

And here you go saying that would be overkill…. unless…
Can I get you to stipulate that he would be considered a ‘hard’ target?

After he was, apparently, a rather callous fellow.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: December 29, 2011, 6:59 pm

Oh, and note to ASBO:

Depleted uranium shells may be of use for removing turkey from the fridge. It’s easier to obtain than opposable thumbs.

Comment from mojo
Time: December 29, 2011, 7:17 pm

Polonium sandwich, anyone?

Comment from Oceania
Time: December 29, 2011, 10:25 pm

Now now .. Totally ignorant Americans. After all, it was Kiwis that split the Atom first. Took you decades to catch on, only when Churchill urged you to start programmes into X and Y.

U238 is fissionable also – but that’s at different energies and cross sections to U235.
The issue here is the amount of U235, which is significantly enriched ABOVE any normal background. As I said, someone has a new toy. And we know how it works. Someone should sell it to China.

As for the use of DU, it breaches many international Treaties involving the use of weapons in the battlefield. That said, you can no longer afford to fight any wars, and given what is hitting you in fallout already from Fukushima, it isn’t pretty. In 5-10 years time, your cancer rate will soar. Drastically.
Traces of plutonium have been found all over Boston streets, and other goodies are slowly accumulating in your food supply.

Anyway, between the Jews selling your PACs’s to China, and previously stealing your F22 stealth fighter plans, and selling them also .. you don’t have any toys worth playing with – do you?
It is all over .. not with a bang- but a Whimper.

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: December 30, 2011, 3:16 am

Lizzie was never convicted of any of the murders she was accused of. I think she has come back in this life as Eric Holder.
So, when a chicken farts, does it stink?

Comment from sandman says : nothing to see here
Time: December 30, 2011, 3:09 pm

After all, it was Kiwis that split the Atom first. Took you decades to catch on…

Um,well, you might want to reconsider the utter silliness of that charming piece of propaganda there,Sport. Enrico Fermi split the atom for the first time, under obviously controlled human initiation around 1934-35. Not sure which. Rutherford, whom I presume you’re referring to, did bombardment prior to that but was not the first to definitely split the atom.
Regardless, like Chekhov and his Russian dates on Star Trek, I’m sure you have an entire ‘parallel universe’ list of dates where you island bound types did everything first. Hell, you prolly founded Britain before you were scheduled to leave it in the first place.
Your scthick getteth old.

you’re dismissed.

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: January 4, 2012, 5:04 pm

“As for the use of DU, it breaches many international Treaties involving the use of weapons in the battlefield.”

1) No – it does not. The “concept” that the use of DU penetrators in armored-vehicle cannon rounds is any sort of “violation” is mildly amusing bullsh*t.

2) If, in fact, this was the case – why, exactly, should we care? There’s only one hard-core “rule” in war: Win. Winners make the rules – that’s why, whenever the U.S. military manages to get past the politicians sufficiently, we win. ‘Cause, we know how, and mostly, we get it done.

“Totally ignorant Americans.”

You wish –

If Kiwis were nearly as sharp as Oceania claims, and wants so desperately to believe they are, they’d have long since become Masters Of The Known Universe – and they’d have long since weeded out the random gene mutation that styles itself as “Oceania” as the hopelessly backward bint it obviously is.

As sandman says: you’re dismissed.

(Apologies, Stoaty – some inanities simply deserve answers.)

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