Patriotic American lemmings have been trained to eat the biggest, reddest, greasiest, bloodiest slab-o-meat no less than three times daily, “… if not, you’re a Commie!” Read the rest of this entry →
9. Total makeover – starting with a decent pedicure.
8. Stock up on free Holiday Inn towels, soaps and shampoos.
7. Karaoke with the folks from MSNBC.
6. Using the hotel lobby phone to crank call FOX News.
5. Rack up the bonus points on their credit cards. Another week of this and we’re goin’ to Reno!
4. All-night Yahtzee marathon at the Peoria Days Inn with the Teamster lobbyists.
3. Work on that “Get out the Vote” campaign literature for November.
2. Demonstrate their support of Indiana taxpayers and union members by spending their office budget on non-union hotels in Illinois and Kentucky.
1. Party like it’s 1999!
Okay, so Watson the Computer wins on Jeopardy and the next thing you know, the Weird Wide Web is full of doomsday predictions about the age of the machine being upon us and other such malarkey.
Let us pause to reflect. Read the rest of this entry →
I didn’t eat for half the day last Sunday and had no interest in doing so. It wasn’t until about 2 p.m. that I finally ate a small lunch because, until that point, I had still been full from consuming what seemed like half a cow the night before.
For most of Sunday, I was feeling the effects of my trip to Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream in Carmel, where I took on the Big Ugly – the restaurant’s famed one-pound burger.
But this is more than eating a few Double Quarter Pounders. This burger is one pound after it’s cooked, has the equivalent of a stick of butter in the buns and is topped with three pieces of cheese. Read the rest of this entry →
We are princesses from totally different planets- her planet, of course, being the more upscale, socially acceptable one. And my planet is across the tracks, on the messy side of the universe.
She is a treasured friend who makes me laugh like crazy. But we are so different from each other…
She’s a decorator and I am not. Read the rest of this entry →
In his State of the Union address President Obama called for innovation and a new clean energy standard. It was, he said, a “Sputnik moment.” This and his “teachable moments” will almost certainly cost a bundle. And when he looks for funding to advance them, it will likely be in the direction of the U.S. energy industry. Read the rest of this entry →
I am writing concerning comments from my Councilman, District 2, Ed Bell, which was published on January 27.
Mr. Bell must have forgotten that Dennis Buckley is running as a Democrat not as an Independent. Yes, Mr. Buckley chose not to go through the slating process, but this could mean he has no intentions of asking for the local Democratic parties funds to help run his campaign. It is in his right to run against the other Democratic candidate in the primary this May. That is why we have the Primary for Democrats to decide who they would like to run against the Republican candidate. Read the rest of this entry →
When it became evident to Kwang Casey some 17 years ago that his vision of opening an eatery near and dear to his South Side roots was about to become reality, the only thing missing was a name.
Casey and his two business partners at the time figured Old Oaken Bucket carried the kind of state-themed influence to connect with prospective clientele, even though they recognized the longstanding Indiana-Purdue football rivalry had first dibs. Read the rest of this entry →
Though grossly erroneous, the medical fraternity recklessly teaches Americans to vilify cholesterol. Did you know brains and cells are totally dependent upon abundant supplies of cholesterol? Cholesterol has long been seen as the key culprit in cardiovascular disease; however, half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels, which suggest another factor is at work. Read the rest of this entry →
Think Fido is willfully ignoring you as you stand shivering in the pouring rain calling his name, imploring him to finish his business so you can both go inside where it is nice and warm and dry?
Maybe he actually can’t hear you. Have you looked in his ears lately?
Pets don’t always let us know when they have an ear infection. Floppy-eared dogs like Cocker Spaniels, Bassett Hounds, and Labrador Retrievers are especially prone to ear infections because those adorable ears keep the ear canal warm and moist-ideal breeding grounds for yeast and bacteria.
Your dog’s or cat’s ears should look clean and dry, be free of discharge and not be smelly. If they don’t look or smell right to you, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
A veterinarian will look in your pet’s ear with an otoscope to see if the light will shine out on the wall on the other side (nah really, that only happens with Irish Setters). She’ll take a sample of the discharge in the ear, spread it on a glass slide and look at it under a microscope. Ear infections in dogs and cats are most often caused by yeast, bacteria or ear mites.
Animals, us included, normally have a small amount of bacteria and yeast on our skin. When something goes wrong with dogs or cats, like allergies, hypothyroidism, anatomic abnormalities, (yes, this includes those adorable floppy ears) the growth of bacteria or yeast in the ear canal can get out of control, leading to infection and pain.
Now I have to admit it-ear mites are cool-unless, of course they are in your pet’s ears. Under the microscope ear mites look like spiders in spacesuits. They continue running around on the microscope slide, eating, pooping, laying eggs and doing all the normal ear mite activities without realizing they are no longer in an ear. Ear mites spread rapidly between pets, so if you’ve got one pet with mites, I’d recommend that you treat all of your pets for mites. Although it mite be possible, it is very unlikely that you will contract ear mites or a yeast or bacterial ear infection from your pet.
Once your veterinarian determines the cause of the ear infection, she’ll prescribe a treatment. Some dogs have a predilection for recurrent ear infections. This involves a lot of work, but it is important to keep treating ear infections. Several ear infections over time can lead to the dog’s body laying down calcium in and around the ear canal. Yes, literally a bonehead. It is painful and results in deafness and requires an expensive and difficult surgery to remove the ear canal as a last resort.
But how can you help to prevent ear infections from occurring? Stray cats are great for spreading ear mites (along with fleas, feline leukemia, feline infectious peritonitis etc…) so don’t welcome them into your house until they’ve been examined by a veterinarian. After bathing, grooming, swimming, or walks on rainy days, take a dry cotton ball and wipe dry the part of the ear canal that you can see. Get in the habit, especially for floppy-eared breeds, of once or twice a month flipping those ears up and taking a look and a sniff, to catch problems early. Dogs and cats with ear problems will sometimes shake their heads or scratch their ears excessively or rub their heads on couches or along the ground.
Keep an eye on your pet’s ears to prevent them from becoming ear-ritable.