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Do people like eating a chemical found in caulk, glue and carpeting?

There are a LOT of chemicals used both in food and industrial products. Salt is used to make sodium hydroxide and chlorine gas, acetic acid is used to make hundreds of different plastics, lye is used to make grits...azodicarbonamide fucks up the environment less than other foam-blowing agents, which is why it's so popular. Turns out it's not legal for food use in Europe because the pure powder is a respiratory sensitizer, and the European Community (which has great worker-safety laws) doesn't want to force bakers to buy the kind of personal protective equipment you need to safely handle it.

If you don't want to eat this, I support that; running around screaming "OMG THEY USE THIS IN YOGA MATS!!!" is a bit counterproductive because there are so many chemicals used in food that also wind up in products.

If anything keeps Michael Sam out of the NFL, it won't be his sexual orientation

His NFL combine results will have more to do with it...and his numbers aren't great for a defensive lineman.


WEAKNESSES Lacks burst and acceleration off the edge to get a step on blockers and finish. Sack production results from effort and production flushed to him and is not creatively produced with savvy pass-rush moves, speed, power or bend. Average hip flexibility and snap -- struggles clearing his hips at the top of his rush and trimming the corner. Adequate anchor vs. the run. Is late to disengage from blocks. Does not strike with authority. Inconsistent tackler. Late bloomer who could require time to adapt to the pro game.

Their opinion: "Could fit most ideally as a 3-4 outside linebacker in a zone-blitzing scheme like the Steelers or Ravens."

Good news: He came to the combine at 261 - a respectable NFL size.

Tell me if I got this right about gay weddings

According to The Very Far Right, every gay wedding starts in the basement of the local Satanist church. As the happy couple enter the church in a state of complete undress, a heavy metal band laid on for the occasion plays Black Sabbath's "NIB" while a Christian photographer who's been forced to shoot the wedding under threat of legal action takes lots of happy snaps. At the end of the ceremony, instead of the officiant telling someone to "kiss the bride" he presses a condom and a tube of Astroglide into each of their hands and says, "consummate your marriage. Right here and right now." After the gay sex is completed, the guests all file into the reception hall where they snack on penis-shaped cake (made by a devout baker, once again under threat of lawsuits) and straight shots of bourbon before the night's entertainment - not dancing but a huge orgy - commences.

Which is strange, because I always thought a gay wedding was like an opposite-sex wedding except the wedding cake is chocolate and no one in the wedding party's wearing a dress.

Oh Allah! Jack Chick has officially run out of ideas

He's recast his first tract, "This Was Your Life," for Muslims.


I think one of the panels was misdrawn, though:

Shouldn't the one on the left be of our friend getting beheaded for apostasy?

You're kidding, right? New Nikon flagship DSLR costs $6500


Did anyone else who's seen Robocop think it's an allegory for the Iraq War?

I'm talking about the new one (which is really good, you must see it) rather than the 1980s one.

I'm referring to fitting Murphy with prosthetics to enable him to return to the war like they did with thousands of Our Troops, the corrupt defense contractors, Samuel L. Jackson playing a Fox News anchor right down to cutting the mike of a senator whose views he didn't like, the weird homecoming celebration Murphy's family went through...

A note to the good people at Volkswagen

Fröhlich willkommen vom alle Amerikanische liberalen.

Ihre Unionwahlen ist Fertig und Amerikanische Republikaner Politiker es verdorben. Wir entschuldigen.

Im noch US-Staaten es gibt ein Gesetz "Right To Work." Diese Name is Bullescheisse. Gesetz "Right To Work" ist eine Union-toten Gesetz. Es is schmerz, ja?

Für ihre nächste US-haupsitzene LKW-fabrik gehen Sie bis US-Staaten Washington, Oregon oder Kalifornien. Im diese drei Staaten Unionen bis respektieren. Im Sud-US das Unionen nicht respektieren. Im Staaten mit Republikaner Politiker ausser Sud-US das Unionen nicht respektieren. Washington, Oregon und Kalifornien macht VW fröhlich.

Vielen dank.

Entschreiben, Vernünftige Menschen.

Does a woman cease to exist when she gives birth?

While we're on gender-related issues...

Last night, my paper published a column about this young lady:

Her name is Tracey Brown Fouche, and she's been highly energetic since she graduated from one of our local high schools ten years ago: she won Miss Idaho in the Miss America system in 2006 THEN won Miss Idaho in the Miss USA system in 2008, became an attorney, worked with the homeless in East LA, and has raised a lot of money for breast cancer research. We wrote about her because she's started a new law practice specializing exclusively in adoption law worldwide. If you want to adopt a child from some country no one ever heard of before, Tracey Brown Fouche can help square you away.

How she was introduced in the column: "The wife, mother and lawyer..." In that order.

She's not the only one. It matters not whether you're getting your medical license, receiving a great civic honor, being promoted to Colonel in the Air Force, reporting that you're a crime victim, being sued, getting caught for DWI, or getting sent to prison, your first child erases for all time the possibility of you ever being referred to as a woman. From the instant that kid's feet meet free air, you will until the day your child starts having children of his or her own be referred to as "mother." (And once your child has reproduced, you will never again be called anything but "grandmother."

So...whatcha think? Should a woman who's had kids be referred to as "mother" or "grandmother" every time she's mentioned, or only when it's germane to the occasion?

Good news: Idaho pro-discrimination bill withdrawn, at least temporarily


BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A lawmaker promoting disputed legislation to protect religious people who refuse to serve gays, lesbians and others to whom they object from lawsuits says he'll withdraw the bill, for now.

Republican Rep. Lynn Luker of Boise says his measure was intended to protect the free exercise of religion, but was misinterpreted to be a "sword for discrimination."

Interesting new food item: S'more Cake!

I currently have no idea how to make this. I present it for those of us who come up with new food items.

One of my papers is advertising a "kickoff campout" for the local Relay for Life. I don't think they're actually going to camp out - it's still cold in North Idaho - but they are going to have Relay team enrollments and a meal featuring hot dogs and S'more Cake.

Two of the three flavors in a S'more, I can figure out...marshmallow creme or Fluff for the marshmallow (for extra authenticity maybe put the cake under the broiler for a couple minutes to toast the marshmallow surface) and chocolate chips, or melted chocolate, for the Hershey bar piece. But the cake? How the hell do you do a graham cracker cake? Maybe forget about it and just use a white cake?
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