Sunday, December 30, 2012

Where you put the little "." can make a big difference

Saw this ad for CareFRESH small pet bedding on Amazon yesterday.

Ninety-nine percent is quite a big discount, even for Amazon. Maybe Amazon wasn't selling many bags at the list price of $1,599.00, which does seem to be a bit steep for 4.8 pounds, no matter how much you love your hamster. Although it is turquoise.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

According to Doonesbury atheists are winning "The War Against Christmas"

In case you've missed them, G.B. Trudeau's Doonesbury has been focused on the atheists' "War Against Christmas" since Christmas Eve December 24. The December 26 strip is my favorite so far: 

Snag in the gay agenda

If your gay agenda included the item "Get Married in Annapolis and use the Discover Annapolis Tours trolleys as transportation," you'll need to cross it off your list. At least the part about the trolleys. Matt Grubbs, owner of the trolley company, has decided to get out of his popular wedding service business. 

Grubbs' god apparently told him he isn't allowed to shuttle same-sex couples and their wedding guests on his trolleys. On the other hand, the State of Maryland told him back in 2001--long before it passed the law that will allow same-sex couples to marry beginning January 1, 2013--that he cannot legally discriminate in his business on the basis of sexual orientation. So Grubbs felt he had no choice but to go out of the wedding services business.

However, Grubbs is now pushing for a change in the law that would allow wedding related businesses to discriminate against--same-sex married couples? same sex couples whether they're married or not? anyone based on their sexual orientation?--if their bigotry is grounded in their personal religious convictions.

But whether or not the current law is amended to allow discrimination, same-sex couples marrying in Annapolis will need to find a mode of transportation other than a trolley. At least until a trolley service run by someone whose god (or lack thereof) allows the business to transport same-sex couples fills the void.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Isn't this special?

Saw this sign on the sidewalk in Ellicott City. I don't know about you, but I'd certainly want my reading to be special. 

I should find out what is being read though. My palm, tea leaves, Tarot cards, a new play, Fifty Shades of Gray?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Save $1 on diluted duck innards goo

Noticed this ad for oscillococcinum with a "Save $1" coupon in the December 2 issue of Parade magazine.

Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic non-remedy for the flu. Its "active" ingredient is water anas barbarae hepatis et cordis extractum, AKA duck liver and heart, that have been allowed to ripen for 40 days into a duck innards goo that's then diluted in water many times over so that the end result is one part duck goo in 102000 water molecules. In other words, the final product that is sold is water. And nothing but water. (So it probably, as advertised, has no side effects or drug interactions.)

The chances of water effectively treating flu is (I know some might find this hard to believe) none. Even if the water is packaged in tiny doses priced at about $1.50 - $2.00 per dose or $4.50 - $6.00 per day.

If you're going to pay that much for water that won't treat your flu, you might as well save $1.00 doing it.