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Macy’s Parade Cat

*dying laughing*

funny pictures
moar funny pictures

From, of course, I Can Has Cheezburgers.

November 22, 2007 Posted by | Humor, Pets, Thanksgiving | 4 Comments

Beware Thanksgiving

(photo from Squidoo Turkey recipes which has all kinds of good recipes)

Turkey meat, no skin, 1 cup 238 calories, 7 grams fat
Stuffing, 1/2 cup, 115 – 250 calories, depending on recipe
Cranberry sauce, 1/4 cup, 100 calories
Green Beans, 1 cup, 20 – 110 calories, depending on how they are prepared
Pumpkin/squash, 1 cup, 36 – 115 calories, depending on how they are prepared
Mashed potatoes, 1 cup, 170 – 245 calories, depending on how they are prepared
Dinner roll, 1, 76 – 399 calories, depending on how it is prepared
Pumpkin Pie, 1 slice, 270 – 316 calories
wine, 1 3 oz glass, 70 – 89 calories
(calorie counts from NBC News)

This does not include the gravy, the pecan pie (horrendous!), the ice cream, the Irish coffee, or any of those hors d’oeuvres you ate before dinner!

The average American will ingest between 4000 – 5000 calories on Thanksgiving day, according to news reports.


November 22, 2007 Posted by | Cooking, Cultural, Family Issues, Health Issues, Living Conditions, Thanksgiving | 2 Comments

Jail Problems in Seattle

When I was blogging about the upsurge of antibiotic resistant infections springing up in more hospitals, our son sent an article about problems in the Pensacola Jails. Arriving in Seattle, the Seattle Times published a report of jail violations in this area, including rising rates of MRSA related infections.

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a sweeping condemnation of the operation of the downtown King County Jail, saying inmates’ civil rights are being routinely violated through physical and sexual abuse by staff and inadequate medical care.

King County officials released a 27-page letter from the Department of Justice’s Civil rights Division which says that the department has notified county officials of “life-threatening deficiencies in medical care” for some inmates at the jail and alleges that inmates were routinely pepper-sprayed by staff and subjected to “degrading” physical abuse, including hair pulling to force inmates to comply with guards’ orders.

The DOJ says the county has failed to adequately train its staff and has inadequate policies and procedures in place to protect inmates.

The Department of Adult and Juvenile Corrections’ internal investigations unit is also inadequate and routinely fails to follow up on reports of inmates complaints, the DOJ alleges.

Jail Director Reed Holtgeerts said the jail is addressing many of the issues but that the county disagrees that inmates rights are being violated.

“We strive at all times to provide safe, secure and humane conditions for the over 50,000 inmates for whom we are responsible each year,” according to a written statement released today by the county. “We disagree that the constitutional rights are being violated, but we are in complete agreement with DOJ that there is room for improvement in the areas they evaluated.”

Holtgeerts said the county has and will cooperate completely with the DOJ.

The DOJ says a lawsuit could be filed if the county fails to address the issues.

The DOJ’s Office of Civil Rights opened an investigation into the King County Jail in November. Much of the investigation focused on jail health issues, including the spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a highly contagious bacteria that can lead to severe infections and even death. At least one jail inmate has died from a MRSA infection and hundreds of others are diagnosed every year.

Other issues the DOJ said it would look at included jail suicides and sexual abuse of inmates.

You can read the entire article HERE

November 22, 2007 Posted by | Blogging, Bureaucracy, Crime, Customer Service, Health Issues, Hygiene, Living Conditions, Seattle, Social Issues | Leave a comment

Saudis Uphold Rape Victim Penalty

Several bloggers have brought this situation to public attention; BBC provides the full update HERE:

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have defended a judicial sentence of 200 lashes for a rape victim.

The justice ministry said in a statement that the sentence was justified because the woman was in a car with an unrelated man.

The case has aroused controversy at home and condemnation abroad.

The 19-year-old, who has not been named, was travelling in a car with a male friend last year, when the car was attacked by a gang of seven men who raped both of them.

She has become known as the “Qatif girl”, a reference to the largely Shia town which she comes from.

Four of the men were convicted of kidnapping – but the court also sentenced the woman and her friend to receive 90 lashes each for the crime of “illegal mingling”.

Last week the court increased the woman’s sentence to 200 lashes and six months in prison.

It also banned her lawyer from the courtroom and took away his licence.

Most of the world was outraged when the penalty was doubled because the victim went public.

November 22, 2007 Posted by | Crime, Cultural, Free Speech, Health Issues, Living Conditions, Saudi Arabia, Women's Issues | 6 Comments