Conservatives Try to Stave Off Invaders

No, not because of a sudden rash of xenophobia but rather because of a sudden bout of sentiments to make Sen. McCarthy proud.

Who are these invaders? Take a look:

Chinese Tallow [photo credit: Aggie horticulture, what did you expect?]

That’s a Chinese tallow tree and for the life of me I can’t imagine why conservatives are campaigning door-to-door to eliminate these trees.

It’s not like the trees are communist are they? Better dead than red?

For the story behind this sordid affair, click here.

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The Case for Health Care Reform

There has been much debate as of the state of health care in these United States.  Some believe Uncle Sam should cover all costs while others, with a vehement “NO!” oppose this kind of system.

There are valid arguments on both sides I’m sure.

However, I believe a better argument for “free health care” was apparently made by a resident of Thousand Oaks, California.

Oak

1-in-a-1000

During a protest, a supporter of health care reform allegedly bit off the finger of a man who opposes health care reform.

Finger bitten off during California health protest

Before we judge a man who bit off a 65-year-old man’s left pinky, he was only trying to make the point that the eventual reattachment of the digit would have been free if Congress and the President get their way.

Gotta give it to the man at least for going the extra mile with the visual, albeit a painful one.

World Oldest Tree Clocks in at almost 10K

Caught the following story and it piqued my interest:
“Swedish researchers find world’s oldest living tree”

Prior to reading the story I felt sorry for the (forgive the phrasing) poor sap that had to count all the rings. But little did I know that carbon dating was used to date the 9.550 year-old spruce (I wonder if it’s related to Treebeard?)

I’m not a dendrologist nor do I play one on this blog, but does a tree that old have thousands of rings in its trunk?

If 10,000 years could be accurately counted using a tree’s growth rings, what would Bishop Ussher, the man who calculated the day of Creation sometime in October of 4004 B.C., have to say about that?

Well we know what another erudite and wizened (though fictional) creature might say, “When 9,000 years old you reach, look as good you will not!”