Beer Fights Cancer

File this under, “There Could be No Better News for Man… Or Homer Simpson.”

Of course, this is not news to The Beef of God:


Is it any surprise that my favorite brew is made by Trappist Monks in an Abbey?… mmmmmmNo.

When our mate Tim Blair is hale and hearty again, we ought to send him a case of this fine, medicinal elixir.

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So God Damn, funny. True, but funny….

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Clinton Wins Michigan

View larger imageLAS VEGAS (AP) – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton won a meaningless Michigan presidential primary Tuesday night, a contest held in violation of party rules as she and her Democratic rivals shared a debate stage 2,000 miles distant.
Neither Clinton, Sen. Barack Obama nor former Sen. John Edwards stumped in Michigan, where party officials defied the Democratic National Committee by holding the primary so early in the campaign season.

The result was an election in name only, where Clinton was the only major candidate entered. She faced competition principally from the “uncommitted” line on the ballot, an option that some supporters of Edwards and Obama advocated to embarrass the former first lady.

The Michigan votes were counted as Clinton, Obama and Edwards focused on a two-hour debate. It was their last encounter before Saturday’s Nevada caucuses, the next for-keeps contest in their battle for the party’s nomination.

The lineup was in doubt until moments before the event began. The Nevada Supreme Court issued a ruling that said MSNBC was within its rights to exclude Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich. The network had no immediate response to the order, which reversed a lower court decision in favor of the congressman.


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By Special Request…kaez…on WTIZ…

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From, Mr. Blair…The News is Good…

*WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE* Results of Monday’s CAT scan are in. There is no spread of the malignancy; zip, zero, zilch. It’s entirely localised. Medical science may disagree, but I think credit should go to readers and fellow bloggers. Your thoughts and prayers have eerie powers.

Massive thanks to all.

Tim Blair

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Dire Straits…So Far Away by Special Request…at WTIZ…Dig it Out.

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Replay…Dire Straits Sultans of Swing

The Thread reads….BEST. Jules Crittenden, certainly is one of those fellows.

There is a post by sarah rolph at Mr. Crittenden’s Place which reads thusly:

May Tim’s huge heart and wonderful humor serve him well during this difficult time. It can’t hurt to have one of the greatest comments section on the Web as part of your support network. Someone at Tim’s place left the following address for cards etc.:

The Daily Telegraph
2 Holt Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010

(Australia, of course)

Jules Crittenden

spot_the_dog…Importantly adds…

I’d like to add two more sources to get credible information.  Both are very helpful, and MD Anderson especially is just brilliant.  Both are members of the NCI (National Cancer Institute), have very helpful information on everything from diagnosis to treatment options (mainstream and clinical trials) and can consult with your own doctor no matter where in the world you are.  They deserve a plug.

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center

Piece of unsolicited advice from a rank layperson: You are the expert with what’s going on with your body. If you think something’s seriously wrong, don’t be afraid to be an absolute pest until you are satisfied that your doctor/s have done everything possible to get to the bottom of it. Better to be thought a bit of a pest and then be relieved that everything’s okay than to go risk delayed diagnosis and treatment if something is wrong. (/off soapbox)

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Due to the “kick in the gut” News of “Best Australian/New Zealand Blog”, Mr. Tim Blair. I thought this a good time to have a post, such as…

The following is NOT meant to be read as coming from Doctors, Oncologists or Pathologists. (even though the “links” do).

Although one of our Authors is a Physician, [Dminor and NO do NOT ask him for advice, at least here…unless he is willing of his own volition to post a posting of a Dr. D] another being a former Registered Nurse, Saltydog with battlefield experiences, as well as other…[SEE in the brackets of Dminor]…Do NOT ask Salty for advice unless SHE posts a Dear R.N. post, of her own volition.

This Blog is NOT a Medical Blog. For those not understanding that…WE AIN’T DOCTORS!

National Institutes of Health-Cancer

National Library of Medicine-Cancer



National Cancer Institute


In each of these voluminous links, one will find Diagnoses, Treatments, (including experimental, usually listed under or as “clinical trials”) and Prognoses.

With Today’s technology, one will be elated at the rate of remission and/or cure, by delving into any or all of the above links. Please do so…Delve, that is.

Word(s) of caution…The links are NOT meant to be for “self-diagnosis”. You know, like when we all took Psychology-101, where everything we read, we had.

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A Classic Link, from a Classic Comedian and Artist…Courtesy of J.M. Heinrichs

More chilling news (maybe) – Or how the MSM learned to love scaring people.

So far this has only appeared on AOL News, as far as I can tell. I’ve provided a link for those on AOL. Not sure if anyone else can see it, but I’m sure it will begin to appear on Google and Yahoo and other places before long, as the MSM loves scary stories.

It seems that the Black Death is making a comeback in places like India and Africa. Those are places with historically rural populations without much access to modern health care, something the news report doesn’t specify in detail.

Globally the World Health Organization reports about 1,000 to 3,000 plague cases each year, with most in the last five years occurring in Madagascar, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The United States sees about 10 to 20 cases each year.

Not exactly an epidemic. There are cases of bubonic plague in Texas every year, almost always among illegal aliens living in shacks. And not to minimize the seeming increase in this century, but plague (yersinian pestis) is easily cured with antibiotics, if caught early. However, they make a good point here:

“We should not overlook the fact that plague has been weaponized throughout history, from catapulting corpses over city walls, to dropping infected fleas from airplanes, to refined modern aerosol formulation,” the researchers wrote.

Just another thing to worry about, along with bird flu, nuclear suitcase bombs, mall shooters, and asteroid strikes.

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the wailing wall

A female CNN journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Wailing Wall to pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time. So she went to check it out. She went to the Wailing Wall and there he was, walking slowly up to the holy site.

She watched him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane in a very slow fashion, she approached him for an interview.

“Pardon me Sir, I’m Rebecca Smith from CNN. What’s your name?”

“Maury Fishbein,” he replied.

“Sir, how long have you been coming to the Wailing Wall and praying?”

“For about 60 years.”

“60 years! That’s amazing! What do you pray for?”

“I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims. I pray for all the wars and hatred to stop, and I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults, and to love their fellow man.”

“How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?”

“Like I’m talking to a f*ckin’ brick wall.”

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Only a Big Boob Would Vote for Ron Paul…


… OK, perhaps two.


UpdateGreetings to our Jawa visitors!  Pull up a chair and make yourselves comfortable 😉

Media Outlet Changes Picture of Baghdad Snow; Iraq Re-Gloomified

I don’t know why I’m surprised. The story about snow falling in Baghdad for the first time in living memory was drawing too much attention, perhaps, to the fact that all might not be lost in Iraq after all. It was especially well-picked-up by bloggers, including this piece by our own Tizona.

snow in baghdad afpThe quote from 60-year-old Hassan Zahar which featured in many peoples’ coverage, especially, must have really made the lefties cringe:

A few minutes ago, I was covered with snowflakes. In my hair, on my shoulders. I invite all the people to enjoy peace, because the snow means peace,” [Zahar] said.

Traffic policeman Murtadha Fadhil, huddling under a balcony to keep dry, declared the snow “a new sign of the new Iraq.”

It’s a sign of hope. We hope Iraqis will purify their hearts and politicians will work for the prosperity of all Iraqis.”

Accompanying the AFP wire story was the photo above, left. Iraqis messing about, having fun, throwing snowballs, in a scene most who follow only MSM media coverage would not recognise as War-Torn Baghdad, Quagmire Central®.

Whoops!! Waaaaay the wrong message that the liberal media wants to let out. Ordinary punters might get the idea that here and there, there are actually a few scenes of normality returning to Iraq. And was the novelty of a picture of snow in Baghdad, especially in this time of Catastrophic Man-Made Glowball Warmening, attracting too much attention to the sentiments of hope expressed by Hassan Zahar and Murtadha Fadhil — sentiments which don’t exactly mesh with the lefty agenda?

Well, all fixed. If you click on that same link now, the one which many online outlets linked to and which originally featured the picture above, the title remains the same (“First Snow for 100 Years Falls on Baghdad”) but here’s the new, approved AFP picture which has replaced the original “fun-in-the-snow” picture in the article. Grim, cold, wet, ugly setting, no unapproved smiles or frivolity — that’s more like it!

new baghdad pic from afp

Jeepers. Just the other day I wrote about how awesome I thought it was that young Iraqis were starting to hold makeshift motorcycle races, attended by hundreds, and I included a picture of young Ali Jawhar popping a wheelie on his yellow motorcycle: Iraq Changes Gears. I wonder if they’ll try to gloomify the photos which originally accompanied that media release as well?

Spot_the_dog says, between the latest NYT “Vets Turn Rambo” story and the great Un-Snowifying and Re-Gloomification of Baghdad, this has been a very bad week for MSM credibility.

–via NewsBusters


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Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa: ID Confirmed


One of the most famously hot babes in human history, Mona Lisa’s true identity has been the subject of speculation for centuries. The leading candidate has always been Lisa Gherardini, wife of Florentine merchant Francesco del Giocondo. Well, thanks to some scribblings found in the margins of a totally unrelated book, this has now been conclusively confirmed.

Since the painting is also known as La Gioconda – happy woman – and this relates perfectly as a derivative to her married name, this is simply nailing the coffin shut on all the other candidates who have been put forth over the years (The art world is filled with conspiratorially-minded moonbat types, as you can imagine).

Though the Mona Lisa was a famous painting for centuries, it did not achieve it’s current cult status as a superstar work of art until it was infamously stolen in 1911 and recovered a couple of years later. During those two years the question, “Where is the Mona Lisa?” became something people the world over wondered and talked about. Mona Lisa replaced the Eiffel Tower as the most popular French postcard, so the image was burned forever into the collective subconscious of the West.

When I was touring Europe in 1983 as a roadie for a rock band, we were based out of Paris about half the time. I quickly learned that the Louvre had no admission fee on Wednesdays, so every Wednesday I’d get up early (After working until four or five in the AM) and walk to the Louvre and spend all day there. It was usually mobbed, of course, but a couple of times when the weather was particularly vile, it was nearly deserted and I got to stand right in front of the Mona Lisa and ponder her with very little distraction.

No way I could get into the layers of symbology Leonardo used in the painting in a blog post, so let it suffice to say there is a whole fucking lot more going on there than meets the eye. One little thing: The smile, where she is barely exposing her teeth on the left side of her face (Nicely shadowed so it’s nearly impossible to see), was a social custom of the time, and nothing in any way sinister. In fact, it was deemed an appropriate way for a lady to express pleasure without breaking into a broad grin, which was not considered refined.

No way I could even start with the background (I’d link to an analysis, but all the ones I found I believe suck).

While spending so much time in the Louvre, I found that the scholar-researchers stayed away from the place on Wednesdays too. I used to wait until there were no security guards in the halls and then sneak through the doors into the basement studies (They were all unlocked: I’m sure it’s not like that today). There would be antiquities of all kinds on every desk, and I’d just pick ’em up and look at ’em.

I got caught a few times, but the ignoramus-American routine is absolutely impossible for a Frenchman not to fall for: They believe it’s a cultural constant. “I got lost!”

“This way, monsieur.” LOL!

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