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I truly believe that we will all live in peace and brotherhood someday. And so that I don't lose my faith in humanity, I will live my life as if that day had already happened.

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Doing shots with Will Shakespeare. Ask us anything.

Jesus. GD is a black hole of human stupidity and blockheadedness.

Trying to wade through the swamp of sucktastic excuses, dismissals, and justifications for the tendency to smoke around children, non-smokers, or the otherwise vulnerable makes me wish sometimes that God would come along and bung a lick of Heavenly fire through the place to cleanse the shithouse in a suitably Biblical manner...

The sun in shining in the Pacific Northwest! Flood temporarily avoided!

After another night of incessant rain, the Puyallup River is close to breaching.

I live on the Puyallup River floodplain, although a quarter mile or so from the river. I have flood insurance, but who the hell wants to have to use it?


Saturday, March 8th. The Weekend Edition of William Shakespeare's Thought For The Day.

"He's more, had I more name for badness."

Measure For Measure, Act V, Scene 1, Line 61.

Bill O'Reilly disrespects the profession of Physician Assistant.

In much the same way he disrespects everything that isn't Bill O'Reilly.


Hey, Bill! I hate your stupid, stinking guts. But if you came into my clinic, you'd get 100% of my skill and training to get you fixed up. Because we are better than you. I was trained in the PA program sponsored by the University of Washington Medical School, one of the best medical schools in the country.

Tank movie thread, Part II:

Update on that Brad Pitt tank movie I mentioned previously:

Well, It's called Fury.


And it will feature a genuine German Tiger tank! The last functional Tiger in the world, on loan from England's Bovington Tank Museum.

I wonder if the film will feature scenes filmed inside the Tiger, while they have the opportunity to do so. Now I'm more excited than ever to see this film!

Bearing in mind the difficulty filming inside the turret and/or hull of an actual tank, they may have to build sets to replicate the tank interiors. This is the perfect opportunity to do this with the Tiger.

The Americans tanks are all Shermans. No problem there. There are likely hundreds of still functional Shermans around. And still others that could be rendered functional fairly easily. The Sherman is the second-most manufactured tank in history, after the Soviet T-55. There are plenty of surviving examples to be found. It seems like every major Army post in the country has at least one on display as a lawn ornament.

The word is out among my patients that I'm good at cutting things off of people.

The number of lesion excisions, sebaceous cyst drainage, and skin-tag removals I've been doing has increased exponentially lately.

There's an amusing 'I-heard-from-a-friend-who-heard-from-a-friend' quality to some of my clinic visits.

I'll get a patient fixed up on an unrelated issue (Diabetes, acute URI, anything...) and then he'll pull up his shirt and ask: "Hey, can you get rid of these?" It's kind of fun.

I like procedures. Unlike a lot of treatment plans that require repeated follow-ups, monitoring, tweaking, and re-trying, a procedure allows for visible, same-day results. That's satisfying.

There's a new book out called "What Jefferson Read, What Eisenhower Watched, And What Obama Tweeted"

It's supposedly a pop-cultural retrospective of the Presidency.

Stay away from it. It's a right-wing hatchet job on President Obama.

I should have read the Acknowledgements section first. The author thanks Jonah Goldberg and Scooter Libbie, among other right-wingers.

It starts out as a semi-serious look at the Presidents and how they related to or influenced the popular culture of their day through reading, theater, TV, music, etc. All well and good. Kind of fun.

Then he really lashes into President Obama for being a faux intellectual who doesn't really read all of the books he claims to.

The real giveaway is a dewy-eyed lament that pop culture, personified by evil, left, liberal-elite Hollywood, never truly appreciated George W. Bush, ran him down, made fun of him, and disrespected his intellectual accomplishments (what these are, the author fails to specify, except to say that Bush claimed to have read constantly, and he should be believed, even as the author encourages the reader to disbelieve Obama's claimed reading habits.)

What a waste of time that book was. Don't waste yours...

Can anyone recommend a good tank movie?

I was a tank crewman in the Army, and, despite my post-service turn to pacifism, am still fascinated by military hardware, including and especially tanks.

I own a few films centered around tank warfare.

The Beast

There are others in which tanks feature peripherally, like Saving Private Ryan. I saw a low-budget tank movie a number of years ago, The Misfit Brigade, that I enjoyed, but didn't see the value of owning for myself.

I'm looking forward to the Brad Pitt WWII tank film currently in production. And I still regret that Denzel Washington's project telling the story of the first all-African-American tank battalion was never filmed.

But are there any good tank movies out there that I've missed?
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