Government regulation for podcasting

I just finished a teaser for an upcoming series I’m planning on the future of podcasting and govenment regulation:

Does RSS and Podcasting tempt government regulators?

In the early days of the 1900’s most Americans were farmers and very familiar with “broadcasting”, the processing of spreading seeds by slinging them in a concentric circle, and this term was used to define the process of distributing information over the airwaves:

In the legal arena, courts have struggled to determine if existing broadcasting laws apply to the internet, and one of the major reasons cited for the difference between traditional broadcasting and the web was the “passive” nature of web pages, where you must actively find them via hyperlink or a search engine.

The future of the on-demand web

It’s very clear that bloggers and traditional broadcasters may soon move onto the internet and a few key future developments will foster this issue:

  • The delivery of nationwide satellites that provides wireless web across all of the USA
  • The incorporation of TV and Radio devices to feed from the wireless internet satellite

I’m currently researching techniques to make this blog more professional, including video and audio technology, using my new Mac G5 and a professional video set-up. When the internet bandwidth increases, I’ll be ready:

I’m also experimenting with automated incorporation of voice recognition (VR) software into my blog audio, so that the hearing impaired might get a chance to see my face while reading the text of my compelling arguments:

As a licensed FCC radio operator and pilot, and I’m familiar with all of the confounding rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Trust me, we don’t need the oppressive “Uncle Charley” coming-in and regulating the web . . .

The FCC and Obscenity

Because blogs may be considered a form of broadcast media, all blog operators have to be careful not to violate the strict FCC guidelines for content delivery and obscenity. This link has great examples of obscenity rules for broadcasters:

Material is offensive if it offends the “average” broadcast viewer or listener. Commission staff, and ultimately the Commissioners themselves, decide what the average person finds offensive. Examples of the Commission’s findings include:

  • popular songs which contain repeated references to sex or sexual organs (e.g., “I Want To Be A Homosexual,” “Penis Envy,” “Walk With An Erection,” “Erotic City,” “Jet Boy Jet Girl,” “Makin’ Bacon”);
  • DJ banter concerning tabloid sex scandals (e.g., Vanessa Williams’ photographs in Penthouse and a honeymooner whose testicle was caught in a hot tub drain);
  • discussions between DJs and callers concerning intimate sexual questions (e.g., “What makes your hiney parts tingle?”; “What’s the grossest thing you ever put in your mouth?”);
  • dirty jokes or puns (“Liberace was great on the piano but sucked on the organ”);
  • non-clinical references to gay or lesbian sex, masturbation, penis or breast size, sodomy, erections, orgasms, etc; description or simulation of various sexual acts;
  • and the seven dirty words (sh*t, f**k, p*ss, c*nt, c**ksucker, motherf**ker, t*ts).

Remarkable Coincidences

I’m not a numerologist, but some things just “creep me out”, like related facts that have a probability of being “accidental” at more than one in a billion. Is it the hand of God, or just people struggling to explain things? There are some fascinating web sires devoted to amazing coincidences.

But we don’t have to look far to find more amazing coincidences. . . .

Declaration of Independence Signers

Also, did you know that the only two presidents who signed the Declaration of Independence both died on the 4th of July, exactly 50 years after signing date:

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams die on Independence Day

Lincoln’s son

Abe Lincoln’s son, Robert Todd Lincoln, was not only present at his father’s assignation, but he also witnessed the assignations of two other U.S. Presidents, Garfield and McKinley:

I’ll bet that ole R.T Lincoln did not get invited to the While House to much after that. . .

Lincoln & Kennedy

Of course, we are all familiar with the almost unbelievable relationships of Presidents “Lincoln” and “Kennedy”, almost too creepy to be just common coincidences:

Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.

The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters.

Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.

Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.

Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.

Both were shot in the head.

Lincoln’s secretary, Kennedy, warned him not to go to the theatre.
Kennedy’s secretary, Lincoln, warned him not to go to Dallas.

Both were assassinated by Southerners.

Both were succeeded by Southerners.

Both successors were named Johnson.

Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.

John Wilkes Booth was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald was born in 1939.

Both assassins were known by their three names.

Both names are comprised of fifteen letters

Booth ran from the theater and was caught in a warehouse.
Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.

Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.

Creepy, huh? Or is it just a remarkable coincidence?

I’ve always wondered if it is just humans trying to make sense of the unexplained, searching in-vain for meaning where there is none, or whether it’s the hand of an unseen force, gently remaining us that there is indeed a universal power ruling our universe.

The Demonization of the South

Many folks are surprised to learn that some Southern children are taught to dislike Abe Lincoln and General Sherman.

Last year Janet and I took her mother to New York City, and we were approaching the giant golden stature at Central Park South. As soon as she recognized that it was a statue of Sherman on horseback, she said something like “Oh my, it’s that awful man”, and we reversed our course immediately, lest she get a closer look at the evil monster who destroyed the South, raping and pillaging innocent non-combatents. Sherman is an offensive image to most southerners.

Frankly, I find the statue of Sherman to be another example of the offensive ”big lie” perpetrated by Abe Lincoln. The gaudy statue shows Sherman being guided by an Angel, guiding his mission to crush the inherently evil Southerners. Thousands of people believe that this statue is offensive to all of the Blacks who died fighting for the Confederacy, and many feel that this statue should be torn-down and replaced by a statue of a “real” hero:

Me, I’m a fan of Audie Murphy, the teenaged medal-of-honor hero who was the most highly-decorated soldier of the 20th century:

If you have never seen the movie ”To Hell and Back” or been to the Audie Murphy Museum, I highly recommend it.

“To Hell and Back” is an amazing movie as you get a chance to watch Audie playing himself and you get a glimpse into the mind-set of a real American Hero:

You can buy a copy of ”To Hell and Back” on eBay.

A Reality Check

Many people feel hatred toward “Mr. Lincoln”, especially after the Emancipation Proclamation. To this day, most folks think that the Civil War was about slavery, and it is the sole handiwork of Lincoln’s dishonest politics. A review of a few facts:

  • At the start of the Civil War in 1861 slavery was legal in both the North and South.

  • Lincoln said many times that if he could end the war without freeing a single slave, that he would do so.

  • Three years into the bloody conflict, Lincoln was having a hard time finding soldiers who were willing to die for “States Rights”, and sympathy for the South was increasing.

  • In 1863 Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, a document that ONLY freed SOUTHERN SLAVES! That’s right, the Emancipation Proclamation did not affect Yankee slaves, and the North continued to have slavery, all the while condemning us “evil” southerners:

    For political reasons, the proclamation did not free slaves in the states that supported the Union. Nor did it free slaves in the areas around Norfolk, Virginia, and New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Yankee slaves were not freed until AFTER the Civil War by the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States on the 18th of December, 1865.

Lincoln believed that by making the Southerners into “Demons”, he would create a bright-line of Good vs. Evil. With a broad stroke of marketing hype worthy of P.T. Barnum, Lincoln sold-out the South with the “big lie”, and it worked. Yankee soldiers were now doing “God’s Work”, singing songs like “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

A Load of Crap worthy of Hitler

Following the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation it was the North that had unfreed slaves, not the other way around. It’s the same “Big Lie” theory that Hitler used 70 years later to oppress the Jewish people in his bestseller “Mein Kamph”:

This technique, he believed, consisted of telling a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe anyone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously”. The first documented use of the phrase “big lie” is in the corresponding passage: “in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility”.¹.

Hitler’s big lie worked, and Mein Kampf sold like hotcakes, making Hitler a millionaire.

The Big Lie continues

Even today, us Southerners suffer the indignities of being know as “the side that supported slavery”, when the truth was almost the exact opposite. Many freed slaves fought for the Confederacy, and like me, many Southern black people are proud to be members of the great group, “Son’s of Confederate Veterans”:

“Spotsylvania resident Willie Levi Casey Jr. is an African-American member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and proud to be Southern.”

I hope that people who read this will finally understand our hatred of “Dishonest Abe” and how his politics have forever demonized the South, a battle against ignorance that we continue to fight over 140 years after Sherman raped the South.

The Shameful Lie lives on at Gettysburg

Gettysburg is another example of the demonization of the South, and I continue to lobby for equal-treatment and honor for the soldiers who died on both sides. On my first visit to Gettysburg I left in a Huff after learning that the Southerners bodies were dumped into mass graves while Yankees dead were given the place of honor.

Both of my Great-Grandpa’s fought at Gettysburg, and they found slavery to be just as repulsive as any Yankee. By the way, if you ever want to have a life-changing experience, visit the Gettysburg National Park.

As an interesting side note, there were yearly reunions of Gettysburg veterans for many years, every July 4th. Both Yankees and Confederates took to wearing long beards as instantly-recognizable signs of their status of Civil War veterans, as shown here by my Great-Grandpa, John Wesley Burleson, a member of the famous Stanly County Yankee Hunters:

The Yankees and Confederates became friends and shared the details of their shared tribulations for decades afterwards, the last reunion being held in 1938, over 70 years later. However, there was one ugly incident at a Gettysburg reunion, where a bunch of elderly vets re-started the battle in a local restaurant, throwing food and clobbering each-other with their canes and walking sticks!

So, let’s set the record straight.

It was the North, not the South, who was the real evil in the Civil War.

Me, I’ve been collecting Confederate war bonds and currency for years, just in-case:

Miscellany

By the Way, since we were speaking of Hollerin, the famous “Rebel Yell” was a form of Hollerin, often the last sound heard by Yankees before being dispatched. Here is the only surviving recording of the Rebel Yell from an actual confederate soldier:

Rebel Yell – Long Version (36 Seconds, 3MB)

Hollering and Whistling in North Carolina

Hollering and whistling are required skills in rural North Carolina and they date-back for centuries.

At the end of the last Ice Age, the retreating glaciers left hundreds of small grooved valleys that the English settlers dubbed “Hollows”. Before the age of the telegraph, important news was spread for hundreds of miles by “Hollerin” the news to your neighbor in the next hollow.

Famous Hollers

The most famous Holler in North Carolina is “Booger Hollar” (a.k.a. “Dark Mountain”), where the Booger family had lived for centuries and is said to be haunted with the spirits of dead Boogers:

“The oldtimers call it the Dark Mountain, or Booger Hollar. Anyway, there are some places here that you avoid by instinct. Not fear really, they just kind of repell you around them.”

Please don’t confuse Booger Hollar with the equally famous “Booger Mountain”, where the Boogers grow Christmas trees. Everyone is familiar with the Booger’s slogan “Have a Booger Mountain Christmas”.

Seriously, Booger Mountain is a multi-million dollar business, and many North Carolina natives resent the mass-marketing of Booger Mountain Christmas trees. I love the signs the competitors use, reminding us “Don’t pick a Booger”:

We have over a dozen workers spread-out over more than 60 acres (about twice the size of Ellis Island, in New York Harbor), and being able to holler can save you a 20-minute walk. (Our horse trainers don’t carry cell phones because an unexpected ring might spook our high-strung Arabian horses).

Whistlin’ Heaven

Just 10 miles up the road is Louisburg North Carolina, home of the famous “International Whistling Convention”. They even did a movie about it titled “Pucker Up: The Fine Art of Whistling”. Each year, celebrity whistlers come-in from all over the world, turning sleepy Louisburg into a paparazzi haven. They even have a “whistle” soda:

Andy Griffith chose the a-capella whistling theme song for his hit show “Andy of Mayberry” to honor the ancient whistlers of North Carolina, and every year they have a reunion at Mt. Airy (the “real” Mayberry”):

Here is the official International Whistler Convention web site. It’s loads of fun, second only to “Mule Days”, where we borrow Henry the Mule and ride into a town that does not allow cars or horses, only mules and hairy Asses.

Are You Trustworthy?

I’m working on activating security clearances for some folks, and I was impressed by the stringent criteria for SECRET and TOP SECRET clearances. After the John Walker spy fiasco, they have really tightened-up on the already stringent requirements.

Even a SECRET clearance application is 30 pages long and takes days to fill-out, as you must list every place you ever resided for more than a few weeks in your whole life. A TOP SECRET clearance is even more rigorous and can take years to complete.

Check this out, and see if you can be trusted with government secrets:

Are you Trustworthy?

I love the long list of “disqualifying conditions”, and it is somewhat similar to the pre-employment background checks that Janet runs on job candidates. I especially like these:

Problems in Work Performance: The work environment offers many opportunities to exhibit behavioral or psychological problems associated with unreliability, untrustworthiness, or poor judgment.

Employment History: Depending upon an individual’s age and circumstances, frequent changes of employment without advancement raise the possibility of unsatisfactory work performance due to dishonesty, irresponsibility, drug use, emotional/mental problems, or other issues of security concern.

Multiple Traffic Offenses: Multiple traffic citations for reckless or high-speed driving, including driving with a suspended license, are examples of high-risk, antisocial behavior that may be a security concern.

Borderline personality disorder: It appears that the Federal agencies are getting better at identifying the personality types that are prone to betray their government. http://www.dss.mil/nf/adr/emotion/emoteT2.htm The principal characteristics of borderline personality disorder are:

  • Unwarranted fear of rejection or abandonment, usually associated with low self-esteem. Such persons are uncomfortable alone. Examples of such behavior include inappropriate anger when someone important to them must cancel an appointment, or panic at a temporary separation.
  • A pattern of unstable relationships with friends, lovers, or bosses. Such persons need a great deal of nurturing and support from any relationship. They may initially idolize someone who provides that nurturing, but then shift suddenly and dramatically to view that same person as hostile or cruel if they do not care enough or are not “there” enough for them.

Degeneration of Society?

There is lots of discussion about the high crime rates of the 21st century. Middle-aged folks reminisce about those “golden days”, way back when they were kids in the more-innocent times of the 1950’s and 1960’s. We could run freely through the neighborhood without our parents worrying about psychos and sex predators. Here is a wonderful audio book titled “America in the 1950’s”:

Burleson Dress Code becomes professional standard

I’ve just been notified that my company dress code has become popular.

I’ve granted permission to several professors to use my content, and my dress code is required reading at several university business schools, mostly because the graduates these days dress like this:

I know, I know, it’s my innate good looks and impeccable taste, but I don’t want people to get the wrong impression. I’m not a stickler for formal dress at home or at the office, and I often enjoy the freedom of working naked in my office:

It really helps me keep-down unexpected visitors and Linda Webb never walks-in on me without knocking anymore. Working nude is stimulates your creativity, and it’s an integral part of my quest for red neck nirvana . . .

Creepy Face?

Now I can understand that my good-looks have also prompted this meteoric rise to the top of the Google heap (plus my great taste and sense of professional style, of course), but I’m a tad concerned that my stock photo is deemed “creepy” and that some people say that my standard stock photo make me look like a “used car salesman”:

– ”While it is true that Donald Burleson is a little scary looking, he knows his Oracle.”

– “It may be just me, but somebody looking like a used-car salesman, should be quiet. Especially if he looks like this when working from home.”

I love kids and animals too. Here’s a picture of me and Cuddles (a Guide Horse), who loves to climb-up into my Bark-o-lounger to watch TV with me:

We even allow the animals to use our bathroom. Now I ask you, creepy people would not be that altruistic, right?

Holier than Thou?

I’m thinking that I might change my stock photograph. After watching an episode of “The Simpson’s” (the one where Homer gets ordained so that he can open a wedding chapel), I decided to check it out.

I found the Universal Life Church Monastery, who offers online ordination to anyone who can pass their rigorous monastic ordination requirements (your payment clears):

I like collecting occupational licenses, and I discovered that to conduct a wedding in North Carolina you must be a Justice of the Peace, the captain of a ship at-sea or an ordained minister. Since I never know when I might need to conduct a wedding (food for thought for anyone with a teenaged daughter). Anyway, I decided to get ordained.

For those of you with kids who liked my fun rhymes, (I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit, upon a slitted sheet I sit), try this one, three time, real fast:

“six stick shifts stuck shut”

Whoa! Try this with a group of first-graders and watch the laughs!

Also, I’m hearing from some beta testers about the new Windows “Longhorn” and it’s expanded list of error messages. My personal favorite has always been “Windows has detected an unknown device and is installing a driver for it”, but there are some new ones coming too, I hear:

– Error parsing error list; waiting for next error
– Error buffer overflow. Too many errors

The greatest pick-up line in history

In Florida, a blind man has admitted having sex with his guide dog and inviting a neighborhood woman to join him and his assistance dog “Lucky” in a 3-way doggie “ménage – a – twat”:

Man allegedly has sex with guide dog

“Yoder, who lives in a local apartment complex, last month asked a female acquaintance to join him in a sex act with the dog, a male yellow Labrador named “Lucky.””

Now, how did the smooth-talking blind guy approach the lovely miss and suggest a 3-way with a dog? Man, I wish that I was fly-on-the-wall for that, probably the best pickup line in history:

“Hey baby, want to get lucky with Lucky”?

Whatever was said, it has to be among the best pick-up lines in the history of dating. But evidently Yoder’s come-on failed, leading to his arrest:

“She demurred, but later told a friend about it. That person called a social worker, who called police.”

Yeah, I’ll bet she told lots of folks about it. From the story, it almost looks like the fellow did not know that it was wrong:

“Investigators spoke to Yoder on June 16, who admitted performing certain sex acts with the dog, even going into detail with them, but denied doing others.”

Guess what? It’s NOT ILLEGAL! Florida has no bestiality laws. . . . I mean, really, I would have missed that one too – who would think to pass laws about something so weird?

“It shall be a felony for anyone to engage in sexual relations with Anteaters, Aardvarks, . . . and Zebras”

Personally, I think that the practice of using guide animals for non-traditional tasks should be prohibited:

And in some cultures being “beastly” is not as frowned-upon as it is in the USA. Here is a case where someone died after being intimate with livestock:

Man dies after sex with horse

“A Seattle man died after engaging in anal sex with a horse at a farm suspected of being a gathering place for people seeking to have sex with livestock, police said on Friday.

The horse involved in the incident was not harmed, and an autopsy of the unnamed man concluded that “the manner of death was accidental … due to perforation of the colon,” a police spokesman said.”

As my daughter would say, Ewww. . .

To further confound the system, Yoder has plead not guilty to animal cruelty charges, and I’ll wager the this guy will wrap himself in the Americans with Disabilities Act (the A.D.A) and he might plead that he will loose his mobility aid (the abused “Lucky”) if he is ordered to stay-away from dogs to avoid any subsequent sexual arousal. . . .

As a volunteer with the Guide Horse Foundation, part of my work is pre-screening Guide Horse applicants, and one of our worst nightmares is that we might place a guide with someone who might abuse their animal.

I’m thinking that guide animals should be automated like this prototype:

Selling horse manure for profit

I have over 40 horses, and I have several hundred tons of horse poopie laying around. In total, my horses eat about 30 bales of hay a day, and each bale weights about 55 pounds. By my calculations (and factoring-in moisture, I get about 30*55*365 ~= 600,000 pounds, or about 300 tons of horse patootie each year). Here we see facts about horse manure:

“An average 1,000-pound horse produces 9 tons of manure a year containing valuable fertilizer elements.”

We call it Poo Mountain. It’s actually more like poo ridge, about 15 feet high and 50 yards long. I was at Home Depot last week and horse manure was selling for a dollar a pound. Unlike dog crap, horse poo has a clean, fresh small, and it’s not gross at all. As you may know, horseshit is regulated by a Manure Union, and I’ll have to negotiate with them for sales:

This product idea also came to mind, perhaps a safer alternative to tobacco:

The only problem is that manure bagging machines cost more than $30,000, so I’m thinking that old-fashioned shovels and burlap bags might do the trick.

Making Snap Judgements

Being able to quickly “size-up” a person is one of the toughest skills in business. The ability to quickly access the personality and intent of a person is a skill so important that almost every successful executive will tell you that reading body language and facial expressions is a critical skill.

The FBI teaches this all-important skill, and cameras are now used in airports, hooked to software that analyzes facial expressions of passengers:

“In an attempt to prevent terrorists from boarding commercial planes, scientists are developing a device that can detect and record facial expressions that show fear and other emotions.”

But it’s not just the F.B.I. and law enforcement who need to make snap jusgements. . .

Remember the scene in the Thomas Harris book “Silence of the Lambs” where Hannibal Lecter makes eerily accurate snap judgments about Clarice Starling? Hannibal the Cannibal has become one of the most frightening characterizations of evil, primarily because of his high intellect and his uncanny ability to quickly access the personality of strangers.

In one memorable scene, Hannibal (Anthony Hopkins) makes an eerie assessment of Clarice Starling (played in the movie by Jody Foster):

“You’re so-o ambitious, aren’t you? You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well-scrubbed, hustling rube, with a little taste.

Good nutrition’s given you some length of bone, but you’re not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you, Agent Starling? And that accent you’ve tried so desperately to shed – pure West Virginia. What does your father do? Is he a coal miner? Does he stink of the lamp?
You know how quickly the boys found you. All those tedious, sticky fumblings in the back seats of cars, while you could only dream of getting out. Getting anywhere, getting all the way to the F…B…I.”

Personality Assessment Tests

Mental health professionals are trained at person assessment, and a well-trainer personality evaluator can often seem frightening and magical. The Minnesota Multiphasic personality Inventory MMPI test is a set of 500 true/false questions that accesses personality with remarkable validity, and it’s results are accepted in all U.S. courts.

For example, your preference to take showers vs. baths is an extremely reliable measure of self-esteem, and other scales such as the “Mach” scale that measures how manipulative you are (based on the bestselling book “The Prince” by Machiavelli. Here is an excellent overview of the MMPI scales and how they access your personality with eerie accuracy.

Liar, Liar. . .

Formally, a snap judgment is call a “Cold Reading”, and you can infer amazing things about people with simple observation skills. Scientists have now taken-up and formalized this skill and confirmed that facial expressions can be reliably interpreted to tell when someone is lying, and noted that most people don’t have this skill:

“People don’t seem to be very good at spotting deception signals. On average, over hundreds of laboratory studies, participants distinguish correctly between truths and lies only about 55 percent of the time.”

For more details, check-out my articles on these important topics:

Parasite Pals

I was strolling through the “Dollar Store” yesterday and I noticed that there is a new line of kid’s toys here in North Carolina called “Parasite Pals”.

They are really cute, and rural North Carolina kid’s can now get fuzzy dolls that make them feel better about their own internal parasites. Marketing genius!

We have “Dig Dig” the head louse, and “Blinkey” the eyelash mite:

My personal favorite is “Tickles” the tapeworm. . .

Seriously, even people from third-world countries are disgusted by how some native North Carolinians live, and even the itinerant Mexican farmhands tell me that they can’t wait to get “back home” to civilization. Anyway, Parasite Pals are a big hit here, and I just love this desk set accessory:

Swear to God, there have been cases of Rabies in our county lately, and I have to gets all sorts of third-world vaccinations that are normally reserved for researchers in Borneo. People can get worm’s too, and around here, some fat people will deliberately ingest tapeworm “caps”, allowing the worms to feed directly from their intestines:

I’m not joking. Swallowing tapeworm caps does aid in weight loss, a new type of parasite pal and a Hollywood craze:

“The latest fad to strike the diet-crazed citizens of Beverly Hills consists of ingesting larval tapeworms in raw pork, beef, and fish dishes at trendy Los Angeles restaurants.

“You can eat whatever you want and never worry,” confides one dieter who claims to have lost 73 pounds in eight days.”

I did not know that other parasites carry worms inside them, leading to a vicious cycle.

Our Yorkie dawg, “Noel” has her own parasite pals, and the worms keep coming-back every time she gets fleas. According to Dr. O’Malley, the fleas ingest the tapeworm larvae that are expelled from the tapeworm caps, and when the dog swallows a pesky flea, the cycle starts again.

Today I have to “bomb” the house and car to nuke those nasty fleas, so I’ll be spending the bulk of today outside. . .

Speaking of bombings, what was “Al Queda” thinking when they bombed London? Don’t they remember what the Brits did to the last people who tried it?