June 16, 2004

HAMSTER-SKEETER LATEST

John Kerry -- Vietnam War hero, distinguished senator, and caged hamster -- is also a Reagan worshipper:

"Reagan fascinated Kerry," says a pal. Kerry thinks there are Reagan traits Democrats should adopt. "Kerry sees in Reagan," says his friend, "the qualities too many Democrats have been foolishly embarrassed by: a toughness, confidence, and discipline Kerry would like to see emulated."

Jim Geraghty has his doubts. So does Mickey Kaus. Meanwhile, in other crucial caged hamster developments:

Using a caged hamster compared to CO2 as bait in a CDC light-trap with only intermittent fan suction, the hamster attracted less mosquitoes than CO2 emitted at a rate of 225 g/h on days 1 and 2, whereas on days 3 and 4 the smell from the hamster's cage became significantly more attractive than this rate of CO2 for all species of mosquitoes.

My emphasis added. As far as I'm concerned, thatís the final word on the eternal CO2/caged hamster mosquito-attraction debate. And letís have no pathetic hair-splitting over "intermittent fan suction"; you hamster partisans know as well as I do that CO2 is the superior first- and second-day mosquito lure.

There. Iíve said it. Let the flame wars and the de-linking begin.

UPDATE. Predictably, the usual hateful, desperate bigotry pours in from the morlocks at What Really Hamstered and HampyMedia:

"You've been de-bookmarked. Communist."

"So what if hamsters don't perform as well on days 1 and 2? Where are the R&D funds to address this issue and make first day hamsters viable?"

"YOU BASTARD!!! I'LL NEVER READ YOUR BLOG AGAIN!!!"

Posted by Tim Blair at June 16, 2004 04:55 AM
Comments

Tim, per the mighty Wall Street Journal, shouldn't that description be "haughty, French-looking caged hamster who once served in Vietnam?"

Posted by: Mike at June 16, 2004 at 05:35 AM

CO2?!? CO2??!!??

YOU BASTARD!!! I'LL NEVER READ YOUR BLOG AGAIN!!!

Posted by: Ash at June 16, 2004 at 05:53 AM

Kerry a Reagan worshipper? Puh-leeese! My gag reflex is interfering with my lunch.

The number of Democrats who "worshipped" Reagan is vanishingly small. They're out there, but anyone who says this recently is trying to use the political fallout from his funeral for their gain.

Yep, John "call me Ham" Kerry is flip flopping once again, performing for the audience, and trying very hard to hide his usual wieneristic appearance.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 16, 2004 at 06:22 AM

Kaus has bits of P J O'Roukes review of what Kerry was doing (and not doing) in the Philippines.

and Ash, so you prefer hamsters over CO2 do you? You know its that kind of blind stupidity that is destroying western civilization? If you can't see how CO2 is obviously the better mosquito attractor than so long and don't let the digital door hit you in the arse.

moron


Posted by: monkeyboy at June 16, 2004 at 06:29 AM

caged hamsters served in vietnam, you know...well, at least for 3 months.

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at June 16, 2004 at 07:02 AM

Were the hamsters served well done?

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 16, 2004 at 07:52 AM

The hamsters served "in the 'Nam" (or "In Country" as JFK sez) were PLASTIC!!!

Posted by: JDB at June 16, 2004 at 08:49 AM

hmm, if a caged hamster becomes our next president, will his press secretary be joseph gerbils?

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at June 16, 2004 at 08:58 AM

Socialist are always facinated with Reagan's speaking ability and presense.

Yeah, that's the reason he was great.

He's the great Communicator for what he said without words.

Posted by: aaron at June 16, 2004 at 08:58 AM

hmm, could you grill the 'namsters on pungie sticks?

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at June 16, 2004 at 09:01 AM

Monsieur Bingley, English pig dog! Show zum reespect for ze 'amster master of le cage aux faux!!

Posted by: tree hugging sister at June 16, 2004 at 09:23 AM

I'm with Ash, Blair!

Don't you realise that hamsters are the way of the future - a fully-organic and completely renewable resource???

Your mosquito-attraction policy is backward-looking and based on a 19th century CO2-emitting technology. But the CO2 lobby is powerful and obviously has you in its pocket.

So what if hamsters don't perform as well on days 1 and 2? Where are the R&D funds to address this issue and make first day hamsters viable? All we have to do is breed particularly smelly hamsters.

Where are the men of vision in this country?

Posted by: TFK at June 16, 2004 at 09:24 AM

I've gotta go with Tim on this one. You caged hamster boosters make me sick! CO2 ensures that no caged hamsters are harmed during the mosquito-attraction process. You can all expect letters from PETA lawyers any day now!

Posted by: Sean M. at June 16, 2004 at 09:59 AM

aaron: well said.

Tim Blair: "CO2 is the superior first- and second-day mosquito lure", eh?

You've been de-bookmarked. Communist.

Posted by: CurrencyLad at June 16, 2004 at 10:34 AM

Go Tim!
C02 is THE mosquito attrractant! (first AND second day).

I advise all Blair's to stick with Tim on this one. Yes, Tony, that means you too. And you Linda (stop spinning your head around girl ...)

Posted by: Robert Blair at June 16, 2004 at 10:42 AM

there were clear similarities between Reagan and Clinton apart from Clinton eventually getting Reagan's spendthrift policies under control.

both were optimistic clear communicators for example and could appeal to the people ovr the heads of congress.

Posted by: Homer Paxton at June 16, 2004 at 11:31 AM

Are hamsters any good as specie, oh I realise they might be difficult to squeeze into the wallet but the pros are sound: edible, as Bingley observes, cashable, an anti-malaria device, and an army dog to boot.

Posted by: d at June 16, 2004 at 11:33 AM

I haven't been paying attention, what's the link with the frenchman and the hamsters? Does it involve duct tape and a large hose?

Posted by: JakeD at June 16, 2004 at 12:40 PM

You can't comment on gerbils without hearing THIS.

Posted by: slatts at June 16, 2004 at 12:48 PM

As much as I like hamsters, and I do like hamseters a great deal, it is clear that all you pro-hamster, anti-war nuts are just full of it!
Any chile knows that to get good musquito attraction out of a caged hamster on days 1 and 2, you need to use specifically designed, genetically modified hamsters but you just won't admit it. Instead you berate a perfectly safe and well proven allurant just because it is a greenhouse gas that will melt the ice caps. Shame on you.

Posted by: random at June 16, 2004 at 12:56 PM

"says a pal".."says his friend"....In depth research, Spleenville's hallmark.

Posted by: Sincerity Slips at June 16, 2004 at 01:27 PM

S.S. said....

"says a pal".."says his friend"....In depth research, Spleenville's hallmark.

Ah, S.S., if you look very closely, those two phrases containing "pal" and "friend" are a cut-and-paste from the linked article from USNews.com, not something "researched" by "Spleenville".

Reading and understanding the written word, the hallmark of leftoid trolls.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 16, 2004 at 01:33 PM

Typical....you hampster elitists again completely overlook the the king of mosquito attractors - the guinea pig!
A pig, holding it's breath, can attract more mosquitoes than a hampster in heat. On any day of the week!

Posted by: rinardman at June 16, 2004 at 01:54 PM

Are we sure that it was a cigar Clinton used on Monica Lewinski? Hampsters are about the same size and shape, and they've proven popular with Hollywood bigshots.

Posted by: Habib at June 16, 2004 at 01:58 PM

Gore admired Reagan enough to try to look like him. During one of his debates with Bush in 2000, Gore wore make-up to make himself look like Reaganósome sort of rouge etc. It was weird & sick.

John Kerry, a guinea pig, a hamster, a gerbil, & a swarm of mosquitos enter a bar....

Posted by: ForNow at June 16, 2004 at 03:45 PM

Reagan and Clinton had very little in common. True, they could communicate well. Both added to the national deficit. But Reagan by and large delivered, and delivered big.

Clinton rode the wave produced by 12 years of Reagan and Bush Senior, and produced little of earth shattering consequences (although Monica might disagree with that). He did deliver, but most of that were gestures or actions that kept the wave going.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 16, 2004 at 03:53 PM

bugger,Slatts,I was eating lunch when I listened to that, I nearly choked from laughing. I t's difficult resisting asking, it is a joke ?

Posted by: d at June 16, 2004 at 04:04 PM

Once again, JeffS, the sound from the beeping and flashing Trollolert on your hip masked the sound of the penny dropping.

Captain Cut'n'Paste likes to talk the talk of good journalism, but when it comes to the walk bit......

Posted by: Sincerity Slips at June 16, 2004 at 04:54 PM

I don't know if you have them over there, but we have a popular bug zapper in the US and Canada called The Mosquito Magnet.

They use a propane tank to emit CO2, moisture, and heat, which is what mosquitos seem to home in on. People swear by them, and I guess it raises questions on just how powerful simple CO2 is at luring mosquitos to their doom.

Considering that malaria kills about 3 million people a year, mostly children, maybe figuring out how to use such technology to reduce the death toll isn't such a bad idea. Trouble is most of the places afflicted probably have trouble getting propane anyway.


Posted by: George Turner at June 16, 2004 at 04:57 PM

They could call Hank Hill.

Posted by: Habib at June 16, 2004 at 05:04 PM

What the hell are you talking about, Slips? The unsourced article was written by someone who is NOT ME. The following two links take issue with it.

Goddamn stupid drunk.

Posted by: tim at June 16, 2004 at 05:13 PM

Is it just me, or is Silly Slut starting to sound like Miranda Divide with all the "cut and paste" comments.

Reading ability is about the same as well.

Posted by: Quentin George at June 16, 2004 at 05:35 PM

I keep on telling you, Tim. I'm a happy drunk!

The reason Jim Geraghty and Mickey Kaus have "doubts" is that the level of source identification is "a pal" and "a friend".

Good enough to leave alone? No.

Good enough for you to hurl another fact turd into the echo chamber? You betcha.

Posted by: Sincerity Slips at June 16, 2004 at 05:48 PM

SS,

Okay. You've misunderstood my point in posting that item. It wasn't to agree with it -- it was to indicate that both Kaus and Geraghty DIDN'T agree with it.

So ... we all agree now? Bad reporting from USNews.com?

Posted by: tim at June 16, 2004 at 06:28 PM

***pet peeve alert***

the hamster did not attract less mosquitoes; it attracted fewer

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at June 16, 2004 at 09:53 PM

...there were clear similarities between Reagan and Clinton apart from Clinton eventually getting Reagan's spendthrift policies under control...

There were no similarities, Homer, excepting that both men held the same office. Reagan had the Cold War to fight, and that cost big bucks.

Posted by: Byron_the_Aussie at June 16, 2004 at 10:10 PM

Heh, Sincerity Slips (accidentally?) agrees with Tim, but doesn't realize it due to her lingering biases. C'mon over to the dark side SS, you might like it here.

Posted by: PW at June 16, 2004 at 10:15 PM

PW, I thought SS is on the dark side...where else can mold grow?

Posted by: The Real JeffS at June 17, 2004 at 12:45 AM

The imam peacebeuponhim says all hamsters are unclean and will be purged from the earth. Die, infidel hamster-lovers!

Posted by: RebeccaBurka at June 17, 2004 at 01:43 AM

We at overhamstered.com support anything that reduces our dependence on hamsters.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at June 17, 2004 at 08:12 AM