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Gut Bomb

mcdonalds bombI know at least two people just like the guy in this cartoon, chaps who are proud of the fact they never eat their veggies. And I know many others who labor under the mistaken notion that humans are carnivores who just happen to enjoy the ingestion of other, non-meat substances. Like Twinkies or anything from the McDonald's Dollar Menu.

You may think that cooking meat is just a way of making it sweet and tasty, but it's really the process of pre-digestion as the application of high temperatures break the meat down to its more easily digestible component parts.

Eating raw meat is never advisable, especially something you just ran over with your Buick, but true carnivores can get away with such a "run-over-and-eat" because their digestive tract is many times more acid than a humans. A carnivore's gut is, for all intents and purposes, a portable BBQ grill.

Yes, I know, you're going to ask "Well  what about steak tartare?" Not only is this dish very carefully prepared, and almost impossible to find in a restaurant, it is not recommended for anyone with a weakened immune system. It could kill you, you little carnivore you.

Yes, as far as cats and dogs are concerned, the cooked stuff we routinely chow down on is the meaty equivalent of baby food.

Worse than that, eating meat is simply bad for humans as we make our own cholesterol naturally. Eating meat overloads our systems with additional cholesterol leading to all manner of maladies. Primarily heart disease. But, we tell ourselves, perhaps BBQ is worth a premature death.

If you're interested in learning more on the subject check out Steve Pavlina's "Are Humans Carnivores or Omnivores?"

Update: Some readers have found the Pavlina text to be a bit confusing, and I apologize for that. So to help clarify the details I'd like to offer a very simple list of comparative anatomy.



Republican Job Creation Update

john boehner"We're going to have a relentless focus on creating jobs." - John Boehner, February 10, 2011.

The following is #98 in a list of Republican job creation activities since they gained control of the House in 2011. None, sad to say, have yet to result in one, single new job.

(98) 10-17-2011: Amtrak, for all its faults, carried a record number of riders last year, indicating an undeniable need for its service. Naturally, the GOP wants to cut its funding off at the knees, possibly resulting in killing it altogether. But who cares, right? Rich people don't ride public transportation.

NOTE: As a result of an unexpected wave of enthusiasm the Republican Job Creation update now has its own web site. It will remain on the RP but a web site of its own will raise its visibility on the 'net as we progress towards the critical 2012 elections. And I thank you for your support.


Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies!And what manner of lie is Fox News spewing today? They're describing Ronald Reagan as a president who lowered taxes. Really! I'm serious! They're that stupid.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.

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Today's Google Chow.

Title: Scumbag Owner.

Cat: Claims he's a carnivore.

Master: Meat at every meal! I hate vegetables.

Cat: Won't eat dead mice.

Master: Bleah.