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“overmuch use of women”????
Some things just make you go hummmmmm.
Thanks for the tip, looks like Im set for the weekend
I would never injest blue comfrey. It’s been linked to serious liver damage, among other things.
Family & I are in Notre Dame, Indiana to attend ND/Oklahoma football game. Back after the game.
Contemporary herbalists view comfrey as an ambivalent and controversial herb that may offer therapeutic benefits, despite millennia of safe and successful use by herbalists. Its traditional names of knitbone, boneset and the derivation of its Latin name Symphytum (the Greek term symph- meaning to join), speak to its long and widespread usage as a therapeutic herb.
One of the most common modern-day uses of Comfrey extract is as a skin treatment. The plant contains the small organic molecule allantoin, which is thought to stimulate cell growth and repair while simultaneously depressing inflammation. Some scientists and physicians agree that the use of Comfrey should be restricted to topical use, and should never be ingested, as it contains dangerous amounts of hepatotoxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). Studies associating comfrey with veno-occlusive disease (VOD), do not differentiate between Russian and common comfrey, plants with very different levels of PAs. VOD can in turn lead to liver failure, and comfrey has been implicated in at least one death though type of comfrey being consumed, other dietary, physiological and pharmacodynamic factors were not accounted for. In 2001, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a warning against internal usage of herbal products containing comfrey, and eventually banned Comfrey products intended for internal use. In addition to restrictions on oral use, scientists and medical professionals recommend applying Comfrey extracts no longer than 10 days in a row, and no more than 4–6 weeks a year.
One of the country names for comfrey was ‘knitbone’, a reminder of its traditional use in healing bone fractures. Modern science confirms that comfrey can influence the course of bone ailments.
The allantoin contained in the plant is thought to help replace and thus repair cells in the body through its proliferant properties. Comfrey was used in an attempt to treat a wide variety of ailments ranging from bronchial problems, broken bones, sprains, arthritis, gastric and varicose ulcers, severe burns, acne and other skin conditions. It was reputed to have bone and teeth building properties in children, and have value in treating “many female disorders”. Constituents of comfrey also include mucilage, steroidal saponins, tannins, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, inulin, and proteins.
The flowers of Russian comfrey
Excessive doses of symphytine, one of the PAs in comfrey, may cause cancer in rats. This was shown by injection of the pure alkaloid. The whole plant has also been shown to induce precancerous changes in rats.
Most recently, in a placebo-controlled study comfrey was found to decrease back pain when used topically. However, it is not clear if these results reached statistical significance.
John Boehner and some of the other somewhat reasonable (I’m being kind) Republican members of the House who say they oppose a shutdown, need to grow a pair and tell the little brats in the family to shut up and go to bed.
I sincerely hope this is what happens to the right wing lunatics here, and soon:
“In a city of more than 10 million, about 60 protesters hurled shoes at Rouhani while far more chanted slogans praising him,” Parsi said. “This was a sign of the desperation of the hard-liners, not their strength.“
Quotation of the Day: “The only time you shut down the government is when you shut it down and refuse to open it until you accomplish what you want. We’ll fold like hotcakes. You do not take a hostage you are not going to for sure shoot, and we will not for sure shoot this hostage.”
— Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, on threats by House Republicans to shut down the government if President Obama’s health care law is not gutted: http://nyti.ms/1bg8WpY
And THIS is just how carefully Cruz researched his 21 hour publicity stunt:
, ‘Well, that’s funny. I’m heading to an appointment I can only go to because of Obamacare.’”
Cruz had apparently gotten Connelly’s story from a recent Wall Street Journal article that focused primarily on student debt, not on health care reform.“
Comfrey is fantastic as a topical agent. Either mortar and pestle it into a paste, or boil the roots down into a liquid (and soak a washcloth in it) and apply to the back. It helped alleviate my spasms after an injury.
As has already been covered, I’d be hard pressed to ingest any amount of hepatotoxic alkaloids. I do enough damage to my liver as it is.
The inmates have taken over the asylum.
Here’s a headline right out of the republican playbook – I am sure they regret not coming up with this for their own war on women:
TOP SAUDI CLERIC SAYS WOMEN WHO DRIVE RISK DAMAGING THEIR OVARIES
The Saudi concern, as well as the republicans’ concern for women is
Great move by the new owners of the RT — eliminating the Sunday Horizon section.
Yes, that was sarcasm.
Republicans are now not just an opposition party for political purposes, they are an opposition party for America and Americans’ best interests. What they are doing in trying to overturn Obamacare is extortion and they ought to be tried and convicted for abdicating their oath of office.
They have no defense for their actions.
They are soulless, compassionless and largely gutless.
I want just one of them to agree to take himself/herself and their family off all medical coverage for one year and see (at least partly) how the poor in America live and the choices they are faced with when falling ill or being involved in catastrophic accidents.
Virginia’s Republican delegation voted to shut down the government and damage our shaky economy. If you vote for them, then you are as anti-America as they are. They ought to all be thrown out of office and prevented form public service ever again.
There is opposition and then there is extortion. One is good politics and the other is as bad as al Quaida. Whose side are you on?
Certain (not all) conservatives BELIEVE with every last fiber of their polyester beings that the widening gap between rich and poor in this country is a GOOD thing. That’s because they believe that being poor is a result of BAD CHOICES and that the people who made bad choices DESERVE to be poor as a result of them.
And they view this as useful to society in the long term, because those poor people who made BAD CHOICES serve as great examples of what not to aspire to. To that end, the social safety net is a bad thing. It undermines the point these conservatives want driven home: don’t be like these people, or you’ll end up the same way.
That “point” is a lot less easy to focus on when the government is giving the poor a little bit of money for food stamps, or underwriting their healthcare, or subsidizing their housing.
That’s why they want welfare (which the conservatives already “reformed” in the 1990s) ended. They do — they want it gone. They want food stamps gone, too. They won’t admit that right now, but they do. Cut that program by the amount they recommend right now and they’ll be back demanding more next year, and more the year after that. They want it eliminated. And it’s the same thing with health care.
These conservatives won’t be satisfied until we’ve got people starving to death on street corners, or dying or easily treatable diseases.
“END ALL WELFARE!” they cry. Except the welfare for the rich, of course. For that, they shout “BRING IT ON!”
Like I said, they are soulless. Goodlatte, Griffith, Hurt, etc., ought to be held accountable. I am disgusted by them and do not understand why ANYONE supports them.
Democrats rule and people get a little help — maybe not everyone, but it is a move int he direction of humane-ness.
Republicans rule and people suffer hunger, pain and quite literally die.
Which line are you in, folks?
I agree 100% Saintbridge. It is extortion, plain and simple.
It’s time for President Obama to standup and tell them to go to hell and stick to his guns. It’ll take about a week from a shutdown for4 the gutless wonders to be flooded with calls, emails and screams from their constituents. The Republicans will suffer greatly for this obstruction. And f he gives in today, they’ll just be back in three weeks using the same old tired crap in the debt ceiling fight.
I wonder how many of these conservatives consider themselves to be good Christians.
If the senate would just agree to the house bill, there would be no “government shutdown”. If they refuse they will be to blame.
Most interesting will be to see how little impact this will have on the lives of average Americans. “Essential services” will continue, the house has already passed a bill taking care if the military; and because Obama and the D’s in the senate don’t want to give all Americans the same 1 year break from the ACA (that is ill managed already) that Obama has already given to many others the senate is battling for a fight; under the assumption that it will hurt the R’s.
Last time the D’s tried this the R’s faired pretty well in the subsequent elections. It will be interesting to see if history repeats itself.
What part of, do what we say or we’ll shut you down, is extortion, do you not understand, Perry D? The ACA is the law of the land. It is constitutional and it will happen. Most people who practice extortion go to jail. We send them to Congress
“Last time the D’s tried this the R’s faired pretty well in the subsequent elections. It will be interesting to see if history repeats itself.”
The last time this happened was 1995.
“Clinton’s approval rating fell significantly during the shutdown. According to media commentators, this indicated that the general public blamed the President for the government shutdown. However, once it had ended his approval ratings rose to their highest since his election.
During the crisis, Gingrich made a complaint at a press breakfast that, during a flight to and from Yitzhak Rabin’s funeral in Israel, Clinton had not taken the opportunity to talk about the budget and Gingrich had been directed to leave the plane via the rear door. The perception arose that the Republican stance on the budget was partly due to this “snub” by Clinton, and media coverage reflected this perception, including an editorial cartoon which depicted Gingrich as an infant throwing a temper tantrum. Opposing politicians used this opportunity to attack Gingrich’s motives for the budget standoff. Later, the polls suggested that the event damaged Gingrich politically and he referred to his comments as the “single most avoidable mistake” as Speaker.
The shutdown also influenced the 1996 Presidential election. Bob Dole, the Senate Majority Leader, was running for President in 1996. Because of his need to campaign, Dole wanted to solve the budget crisis in January 1996 despite the willingness of other Republicans to continue the shutdown unless their demands were met. In particular, as Gingrich and Dole had been seen as potential rivals for the 1996 Presidential nomination, they had a tense working relationship. The shutdown has also been cited as having a role in Clinton’s successful re-election in 1996.“
Read it and weep.
Perry D | September 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm
If the senate would just agree to the house bill, there would be no “government shutdown”. If they refuse they will be to blame.
Are you kidding me? What kind of completely effed up logic is that?
If I kidnap your child and tell you that you have to pay $10 million dollars or I’ll kill them, is their death your fault if you don’t pay the money? Is that still true even if you don’t have the money to give? You didn’t kidnap your own child, you didn’t perform the act that ended their life, but somehow it’s your fault? Come on.
If you don’t empty your bank accounts and give the money to me, I’ll destroy every Honda ever made. You have 48 hours to make it happen. When Hondas start getting blown up on Wednesday, it’ll be your fault. Get real.
Logic like that makes me believe that people that think like you are a disease that need to voluntarily purge themselves from higher thinking societies so that we can actually progress.
And by the way, it’ll be your fault if you don’t do it.
Do you even think anymore, or has carrying the water of your chosen ideology just become a completely conditioned response?
This is patently ridiculous. You should be ashamed of yourself. When you first came to this blog, I thought that we finally had a conservative here (other than Howdyshell) who wasn’t just another iteration of the lowest common denominator. It appears that I was horribly mistaken. You’re just a slightly more literate Frank.
“If I kidnap your child and tell you that you have to pay $10 million dollars or I’ll kill them, is their death your fault if you don’t pay the money? Is that still true even if you don’t have the money to give? You didn’t kidnap your own child, you didn’t perform the act that ended their life, but somehow it’s your fault? Come on.”
–J.M White to Perry D
J.M., what you fail to understand is that, if you took Perry’s child hostage and demanded ransom, it would indeed be Perry’s fault — for not stopping you from the kidnapping in the first place.
Republicans are always in the right, dude. That’s the Perry ethic.
Moving this over. I posted it on the wrong thread.
I don’t think you’ve really thought this through, Perry D. Do you not realize what a horrible precedent it would set for the Senate and/or the President to just give in because the other side is demanding it. What a terrible example that would set for young people. Throw a temper tantrum long enough and you’ll get your way.
If you’re waiting for Perry to answer your question, don’t hold your breath.
Perry doesn’t answer questions (at least not honestly). He doesn’t ask honest questions either. He is very smug when he asks them, though. His ultra-smugness is kinda cute. It’s a Sophocles-has-lost-his-mind act. And, it’s pretty amusing in that respect.
Dan @ 8:11 No holding of breath going on here.
Ok, here’s something “new”, like climate change liars, …lying!
Read it and weep, you climate-change liars!
Sorry for being so slow but I didn’t quite understand the quote. Would somebody enlighten me please? The overuse of woman though really got my attention. LOL.
John Gamboa, if you have a sore back, put some blue comfrey in your ale and it will help alleviate the pain. DO NOT follow that advice or you could end up killing your liver.
Frank the Fraud calls them “climate change liars.” The score is 95-5 percent in favor of man being the chief cause, Frankie. All those 95% lying for some reason? All of them from different times, places and disciplines?
Tell you what, cowboy, when you need a doctor, go with the one who uses only 5% accepted procedures and practices. Put your life where your mouth is. I double-dog dare you because I know you don’t have to stones.
Despite what the administration is touting this is not a new phenomena. Factually, the govt has been “shut down” 17 times and we survived.
Those who compare the potential budget shutdown to kidnapping children are making a pretty juvenile argument, but I understand that many can only parrot the “talking points” they are given by their leaders.
IMHO the most interesting shutdown was (1977) when the democrat controlled senate disagreed when the democrat controlled house over expanding Medicaid funding for abortion; the D’s in the house did not want to change the “law of the land” on that issue.
You see the D’s have liked this type of “brinksmanship” for decades, the big difference now is that they can play it with the R’s instead of with each other.
You may breath easy, the House has already compromised and passed funding for military etc (assuming the Senate wants to fund them)… so, unless you are one of the “non-essential” government workers or were planning to go to the zoo, park etc… in the next few days; turn off your TV and you probably won’t even know the govt is “shut down”.
Unless, of course you live in NOVA and then you will notice much lighter traffic.
“Those who compare the potential budget shutdown to kidnapping children are making a pretty juvenile argument, but I understand that many can only parrot the “talking points” they are given by their leaders.”
Amazing . . . What you see here is the epitome of smugness masquerading as a poster who claims to want to discuss issues honestly.
Perry D, my daughter and son in law have several friends who work for the gov’t in DC. They will be affected, and your breath easy comment is easy to say if you’re not the one who will be suffering.
Demanding that you do what we want or we’ll shut you down is extortion. You can pretend it’s not, but that is exactly what it is. The GOPTP’s have no interest in compromising. They want their demands met. If non-essential workers don’t get paid, than members of Congress shouldn’t receive a dime. They are the most useless employees in DC.
To Perry D, you’re merely another one of those nitwits who “can only parrot the ‘talking points’ they are given by their leaders.”
Doesn’t that make you feel better, now?
As I stated earlier the house has passed measures to fund govt.; of course the stipulation is that regular Americans get the same reprieve from the ACA that, business, labor unions and other Obama cronies have already received.
I often wonder why certain people, who disagree with others, call them things like a “disease”, it seems to move the debate from substance to personal.
Btw.. by what method would you suggest I “voluntarily purge” myself that I may cast aside “my” culpability for this circumstance?; and are you suggesting that “all” people who do not adhere to “your” opinion are a burden on the “higher thinking societies” to which you seem so fortunate to belong?
Dan, re: 4:55pm
LMAO… reminds me of the third grade “I am rubber you are glue” response. Surely you are better informed and I know you are more eloquent in your writing (I have seen such, on occasion).
Seems you have the following maxim on your “do not forget list”, as you regularly use it; “when the facts are on your side, argue the facts, when the law is on your side, argue the law, when neither the facts nor the law are on your side, make an ad hominem attack”.
Unfortunately you seem to defer to the ad hominem attack all too often recently.
“Seems you have the following maxim on your “do not forget list”, as you regularly use it; “when the facts are on your side, argue the facts, when the law is on your side, argue the law, when neither the facts nor the law are on your side, make an ad hominem attack”.
Unfortunately you seem to defer to the ad hominem attack all too often recently.”
Such smugness reminds me of Big Momma, who’s not missed . . .
Perry D @ 4:11,
“If the senate would just agree to the house bill, there would be no “government shutdown”. If they refuse they will be to blame”.
This must be Perry D’s version of a desperate cry for help. We all recognize there is absolutely no data to support this silly quote. Even within a fairly evenly divided electorate, roughly 10% more people are blaming the impending shutdown on the Republicans in the House. In addition, Sen. Cruz is pissing everyone off, including those in his own party. You are delusional if you think there won’t be negative consequences for the right. Your quote is about as accurate as your earlier dopey comment about how Cruz wasn’t comparing the ACA to Nazi Germany.
You got your normal, everyday hoping, wishing and dreaming, and than you got your Perry D version where you sink your entire social security check on the Mega-millions-power ball-pick six-lotto-scratch off tix, ‘cause you just know you got to have a winner this time. Good luck with that. Ain’t happing yet again this week.
Dan @ 4:55 The more Perry D writes, the worse he makes himself look. He really needs to remove his fingers from the keyboard.
The sane people in this country know exactly who is to blame if there is a shutdown, and for those who believe it’s the Democrats, well, as we all know, you just can’t fix stupid.
Perry D | September 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm
As I stated earlier the house has passed measures to fund govt.; of course the stipulation is that…
If you find nothing wrong with demanding stipulations to FUND OUR GOVERNMENT, then there is absolutely no hope for you. Bless your heart.
If PerryD really believes the shut down is no big deal, I’m sure he doesn’t mind the too getting the credit for it.
Just got off the phone with my sister….my BIL is an FBI employee. If the shutdown goes through, he doesn’t go more work tomorrow. They’re pretty weirded out by all the uncertainty.
Apparently the Obama administration has decided that your BIL is not an “essential” employee.
Oh snap; my 10% number was way, way off.
Anybody that thinks the ‘wingers won’t take the fall for this trainwreck is high on crack.
Perry D, you do not get to insult us or our ideals (ironically by being a parrot for the “talking points” given by your “leaders”) and earn our respect. You have chosen to insult us and then whine about being insulted. Not sure how you expected that to turn out, but it is not going to happen here.
In #32, Perry D, sounding like a certain insecure Mayberry deputy trying to impress a G-man, showed off his brand new understanding of a phrase that as recently as two weeks ago he didn’t understand, saying “(in 1977) the D’s in the house did not want to change the “law of the land””.
Perry D doesn’t speak to whether previous shutdown battles involved insisting that laws already in effect be scuttled; in fact they didn’t, making the current House GOTP’s use of the tactic unprecedentedly undemocratic. But then again, that’s a level of informed detail that neither nervous sitcom deputies or real life Perry D can seem to muster.
More evidence of Perry D’s contention that the Democrat’s are being blamed for the shutdown;
“Republicans in Congress also got record-low marks in the poll. Just 17 percent of Americans approved of the job GOP lawmakers were doing, and 74 percent disapproved. That’s the lowest approval ever in Quinnipiac’s polling”
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/congress-approval-government-shutdown-2013-97617.html#ixzz2gTwhqKL5
It appears Perry D decided discretion is the better part of valor after his claim that the right won’t get dope slapped by the country for the houses latest act of buffoonery. Michael Gerson, W’s speechwriter and chief architect of “compassionate conservatism”, pretty much reinforces what I’ve been saying all along about what ails the ‘winger party of today;
Perry D, this explanation as to why the right is gonna’ be waterboarded for this train wreck is straight from the horses mouth. God knows you ain’t trying to hear it from me, but as sure as the Lincoln monument is being barricaded as I compose this, the right will be taking a hit for this nonsense.
Steve C, in comment #40 I stated that he needed to remove his fingers from the keyboard. Maybe he listened. I am powerful!
Debbie, can you also get him to take his fingers out of his ears as well?
Prbably not, Steve C, probably not. My powers only go so far.
Come on, kids. I’m sure that Perry D will be along any minute now to answer my questions and any others that you may have. He’s been so very reliable at doing that very thing. I won’t lose faith in him, because he so values intellectual honesty. Just ask him, he’ll tell you.
Steve C: “Debbie, can you also get (Perry D) to take his fingers out of his ears as well?”
If he does, please also have him wipe his fingers and flush the paper, given where his ears are attached, and where that’s located.
This thread raises an interesting point; everyone is in agreement that the ‘wingers are going to suffer from their intransigence. The larger question, IMHO, is when they’ll cave. I’m thinking that within a week the crying Cheeto and rest of the house submit to President Obama and he puts a dog collar and leash on them and walks them on all fours. When does everyone else think the house will come to their senses and fold like a cheap pair of polyester double knit slacks?
That question should be a contest on here, Steve C.
You truly have your panties in a wad over a “non answer” to inane “inquiries” about you kidnapping my kids and Honda cars?… Yikes, and you suggest “I” be purged from “higher thinking societies”?
Although your entire line of reasoning(?) is obtuse, not to mention twisted, I will give you answers you so desperately seek (as I always try to do when I believe them to be founded).
If you kidnap my kids and I don’t pay, their death is not my fault. Still true if I don’t have the money. If I don’t give you all my money and Hondas start getting blown up, it’s not my fault.
If I missed any “question” let me know, I will get back to you after I shower off this sick stench of a conversation you baited me into.
Your turn to be intellectually honest: do you sincerely believe that comparing the house sending a bill to the senate, which gives individual Americans the same break as big businesses is comparable to kidnapping children?
Well done, Perry D! Perhaps while you’re in the shower, you can scrub off a little hyperbole, as well.
To answer in kind: no, I don’t think a house bill is comparable to kidnapping children.
Of course, that’s not the comparison I made in my comment, either. Specifically, I quoted your exact words for my comparison. Since you’ll play ever more inane games unless I draw it out in crayon or make a pop-up book for you, I quoted:
Perry D | September 29, 2013 at 4:11 pm
“If the senate would just agree to the house bill, there would be no ‘government shutdown’. If they refuse they will be to blame.”
In this instance, the bill was not the object of comparison (as was clear to anyone with a basic grasp of English composition). The refusal to give in and where to lay the subsequent blame was the object.
Basically, you tried to argue that if one doesn’t give in to another’s demands, the blame lies not on the one making demands, it lies on the one not giving in. The act of not giving in to a relatively small demand (the bill) results in a very large ill effect (gov’t shutdown). I could’ve made the comparison of a ransom for $10 instead of $10 million, but that doesn’t really matter. The parameters would only be slightly different and the flaw in your logic is still embarrassingly naked.
Suppose I added a deadline to the ransom and you failed to meet that deadline because our watches were set to different times. The answers you gave to my questions likely wouldn’t change. You still wouldn’t accept the blame for the tragedy that occurred. Thus, you have revealed that you don’t hold yourself to a standard you wish to impose on the Senate. That’s called hypocrisy, Perry, and I have to say that you don’t look so good when drenched in it.
Luckily (for all of us), the average American voter is quite a bit smarter than you and this will be blamed on those who are truly responsible – the terrorists making the demands. None of it really matters, though, because this truth has been placed on the same stage as your hypocritical, faulty logic. It’s naked and exposed for all to see. I hope you have some stock in Kleenex, because your next four Novembers are going to be sad times for you, indeed.
Wear your exposure and wear it well, Perry D, for you have finally and laboriously shown that you are an unworthy waste of time.
I like how Perry D refers to the ACA as “a bill.” It’s actually a law (a “bill” is a proposed law, before it’s enacted, and most of them never are enacted). This is part of the GOP messaging strategy to delegitimize the LAW. Something similar is happening with the nitwits who label the opposition party “the Democrat Party,” which makes the labelers sound crude and dumb because everyone knows it’s not the party’s name. That labeling also is an attempt to delegitimize it — and it’s right out of the Joe Goebbels playbook.
Imagine how dumb members of the Democratic Party would sound if they started calling the opposition “The Repub Party.” That’s why they refrain from doing it.
Perry, you might want to check with the guys in the beer hall as to whether the above sounds snobby. LOL
How many times and in how many forums can the republicans lose on this issue before they figure it out. It’s over. ACA is the law of the land and 10s of thousands of people are already availing themselves of it. Move the heck on.
This link to a video provides a basic civics lesson on how a bill becomes a law. Schoolhouse Rock!!
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Metro Columnist Dan Casey knows a little bit about a lot of things but not a heck of a lot about most things. That doesn't keep him from writing about them, however. So keep him honest!
He welcomes your rants, raves and considered opinions, so long as the language is civil (i.e. no four-letter words). He'll read all your posts and may or may not respond.