Well, hey!  Look whose IMDB starmeter has skyrocketed 360% this week!  None other than SGU’s Second Lieutenant Vanessa James, Julia Benson (formerly Anderson).  Yes, she’s gorgeous – in addition to being a total sweetheart.   AND a wonderful actress, which you’ll find out for yourself in the coming weeks.

Julia Benson (Second Lieutenant Vanessa James)
Julia Benson (Second Lieutenant Vanessa James)

Anyway, in addition to joining the ever-growing SGU twitterati (http://twitter.com/julia_benson), Julia has also started a blog.  Check it out: http://www.juliabensononline.com/

Also, actress Jennifer Spence (SGU’s Lisa “Earthquake Girl” Park) joins twitter (http://twitter.com/SpenceJen).

Two of my favorite Jen Spence picks – and not just because I’m in them…



Hey, another big thanks to all those who posted or emailed birthday wishes.  Special thanks to Shirt’n’Tie, Anais33, Polly, For the Love of Beckett, Sara Nice, and Quade for the cards and gifts.  “What gifts?”many of you may ask.  Well, check out my birthday swag…

Birthday cards.  The one on the very left, sent by Anais33, sports a pic of my three pugs (Bubba, Jelly, and Maximus).
Birthday cards. The one on the very left, sent by Anais33, sports a pic of my three pugs (Bubba, Jelly, and Maximus).

Big paw magnet.
Big paw magnet.
Chocolate rocks and framed pic of two of my faves (Carl and Jelly).
Chocolate rocks and framed pic of two of my faves (Carl and Jelly).
Carl claims possession of my gift.  It now sits atop HIS desk.
Carl claims possession of my gift. It now sits atop HIS desk.
Bacon gumballs, a picture/frame, and hot sauce.
Bacon gumballs, a picture/frame, and hot sauce.

By the way, the Dragon’s Blood hot sauce is made from Naga Bhut Jolokia Peppers, purported to be the hottest in the world.  How hot?  Well, Quade helpfully provided the following Scoville scale breakdown (offering comparable ratings for other, less fiery peppers):

0 = Bell Pepper

5,000 = Jalapeno Pepper

200,000 = Habanero Pepper

1,000,000 = Naga Bhut Jolokia Pepper

Was it really THAT hot?  In a word: YES!  Check out the video of Carl and I sampling the goods (Camera work by Lawren Bancroft-Wilson)…

Bacon-Chocolate chip cookies.
Bacon-Chocolate chip cookies.

77 thoughts on “October 22, 2009: Julia Benson! Jennifer Spence! Birthday Swag! The Weird Food Purchase of the Day!

  1. Ashleigh sick with swine flu, Rob Cooper on crutches, and now poor Carl reduced to choking back tears after inducing Dragon’s blood. Working on Stargate is obviously dangerous business. Do you get hazzard pay? I fear it may become necessary at some point.

  2. Did I say “inducing” Dragon’s blood? I meant drinking. I have no idea what I was thinking when I typed that.

  3. Joe-

    Happy BD!
    I feel bad for not being on here more often so please forgive me as i ask this question that i am sure has been answered before
    Who is publishing your short story? Is it PYR and Lou Anders? There are two reasons for this question—one is i want to read your stuff and two i will be getting to meet Lou Ander on 11/29/09 at a book signing in Powell’s in Beaverton OR…i want to have something cool for him to sign so if you have any suggestions on books that he has published or if your story has an ARC or something that would be really cool. I am a moderator on Brent Week’s ning site and i try to emulate you and your coolness as much as i humanly can (in other words i fail but with heart)

    Well i have to get back to work…

  4. Hey, you DID get a nice bit-o-birthday swag! Good man! See, we DO love you Joe.

    As to Dragon Blood hot sauce, weird food purchase of the day:
    The expression on Carl’s face was priceless as the hot sauce fumes ascended his nasal cavities, shot into his sinuses and slid down his throat. Ah breath! Where is thy refresh, ah death, where is thy comfort?

    He looked like he could die from that sauce Joe. How on earth did you keep a calm, straight face with all that steaming sauce in YOUR mouth?

    One request, could the volume be raised (a lot) in these vids please? My audio laptop is at full output and I could barely hear the conversations.

    …in NJ, enjoying the unseasonably balmy Oct 22nd evening air…

  5. For a moment there I thought you’d killed Carl.

    – KB

    P.S. If you keep picking on Ashleigh when she’s sick, you know she’ll have her revenge some day.

  6. Hi Joe:

    This is likely a really dumb question, but on Destiny, even though there was really no original crew, wouldn’t there have been some dust? It’s a closed environment, yet there would have been workers at one time, shedding skin cells, etc. So, surely there would have been a little bit.

    I saw an old Outer Limits Episode with Lou Ferrera. It was great to see him in much earlier work. Knowing that Brad Wright worked on this series, are actors in any of the StarGate series chosen based on previous work with any of the producers?


  7. Oh wow. You have a birthday and we get the treats. We get pictures. We get video. We even get your normally camera shy partner in the shot, plus Mr. Cooper. And Carl as ever is hilarious. Not to mention my ever increasing admiration of not only your writing abilities but the fortitude you show in sampling food. I wimp out at about 5 on the Scoville scale. Thanks for sharing, and here’s hoping the Christmas loot dwarfs the haul for your birthday.

  8. yay on julia benson being so popular now! and that means you can’t kill off her character now, right?…

  9. I didn’t know we could send presents! Hmpf.

    Brave souls. I can’t go higher than a 0 Scoville.

    Love the “pretty.” Nice nod to Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

    Wanted to help get the word out. People Choice Awards is taking nominations and you all to go immediately there and fill in “other” with Stargate Universe (in these three nominations). And you are required to spread the word. Links are:


    One day until a new SGU. My weeks seem to go by so fast now. On Saturday, Oct 24th, my husband and I will be celebrating our 17th wedding anniversary. Years 8-9 were a little shaky (having a kid with autism did not help), but we made it through. And we beat the 80% divorce rate statistic of people who have a child with autism which means double kudos are in order.

    Sorry to hear Ashleigh is so sick. Hope she feels better soon.

  10. @das, oh, you are making Joe blush!! you go girl!
    What a great video, Joe was yours not hot or were you just fooling to get Carl to try his, wow, what an expressive face,,,thanks for sharing, never heard of the scoville scale, always learning something new. Hope Ashleigh feels better, ricola, hot tea with honey,lots of rest. go easy on her Joe!

  11. Wohoo, way to go, Joe. You and Carl are really, really brave to try that sauce out. Enjoyed the video a lot. Thanks for sharing.
    You know what the chips scene reminded me of? Classic Western duell at highnoon. Who blinks first, loses. You win for keeping a cool face in front of the camera. 🙂
    Carl gets a gold star though for taking on the challenge.

  12. I want to applaud Mary for taking the time yesterday (and it had to have taken a lot of time) to do the lengthy, well-thought-out and well-expressed commentary on our health care situation here in the States. Thank you, Mary.

  13. Happy birthday Joe! Nice swag.

    @ PBMom

    Already done. Thanks for the heads up!

    Sorry for such a short post… I find myself without much to say.

  14. Cool Birthday Swag and Cards!!!!

    Dragon’s Blood – I wouldn’t touch it with a 10 ft pole, because I’m such a light weight in the hot n’ spicy, burn off your taste buds category.

    You had to be holding back the OMG it’s HOT face so Carl would try it, otherwise, he would never have dared – WTG!!!

    Love those weird food of the day purchases and gifts!


  15. @PBMom

    My church does something so sweet. Once a month, they have a date night for parents of children with special needs. It was in response to the statistic you mentioned. They provide as many care providers as are needed, sometimes one on one, to cover the children with special needs and their typical siblings. They went to the autism support group in town first so that’s were a lot of the focus is.

    Anyway, we’re taking one in for an eval soon. He talks okay, but there are other things. I’m not sure what the significance of that is. What’s different the day after an eval vs. the day before? Gotta’ go. I just got another request to draw a washing machine.

  16. Hi Joe!

    Wow, you got quite a haul! 🙂 The Carl & pug pic is awesome – can’t blame Carl for appropriating it.

    Hey, Carl’s look at the camera at the beginning of the vid is now what I’m going to call “looking at us in a Carl-like manner.”


    P.S. Stop trying to kill Carl! Super-hot peppers, whether they are Naga Bhut Jolokia or li’l ol’ Habañeros, can be dangerous. My hub ate habanero chicken wings and the next day, despite several hand washings, would rub his eye once and his eye swelled shut!

    Be very careful…and have fun!

    Gotta go. Santo, aka Ninja Cat, is bugging me to pet him.


  17. Love the video Joe! Were you watching dailies in the background? I could hear what sounded like Rush yelling at one point.

    And if you want to torment Ivon and his Maple Laughs here is a story a friend sent me:

    ONTARIO (AP) – A seven-year old boy was at the center of an Toronto courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulation requiring that family unity be maintained to the highest degree possible.

    The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried and said that they also beat him.

    After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.

    After two recesses to check legal references and confer with the child welfare officials, the judge granted the young boys wishes and granted temporary custody of him to the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Team, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone. The boy is said to be very happy with his new custodians.

  18. totally worth it! glad you guys enjoyed, but so you know Joe it actually tastes good in some chili or mixed in with other foods. It is pretty damn hot all on its own.

    I love the part where Carl says “He didn’t ask for me did he?”, these group videos are my favorite, like the one when you sampled bottle water vs tap water.

    Thanks for being such a good sport Carl, and I apologize to your family if you have since died from the taping of this video.

  19. @JOE, Great vid. I was laughing sooo hard , my hubby came out to see what was going on. Please let me know when the chestnuts come and remember to keep them in the fridge! By the way, 1 week and 1 day ’till the FLORIDA chapter of the JOE M. club meets in Orlando, FL. We will take pic’s and post them if it is “OK” with you. @ EILEEN BLUE, you are still welcome to join us on Sat. Oct. 31st at 12:00 noon at TU TU TANGO on International DR. in Orlando! @TRISH, Haven’t heard from ya, ya comming?? 2 weeks ’till sg and farscape con. in LA, can’t wait. BTW, The H1N1 vaccine should be out in the 1-2 week of Nov. for most people, get the injectable, not the nasel mist, as that one is LIVE and could cause a reaction as in poss. getting slightly sick. Of this i know what i say, as this is my job. I give thousands of them every year. We are doing both this year. Lots of sick people already. Get the vaccine ASAP!!! They also make it without preserative if you are allergic to that! Stay well everyone, SHERYL.

  20. That is not the hot sauce of a carpenter.

    @Laura Funny, I thought I heard Lt. Scott.

  21. Write in “Stargate Universe” for the best SciFi show for the People’s Choice Awards!!! I was gonna link to it, but PBMom beat me to it!

    Thanks for the AWESOME video. Who edited it all together? (Well done, whoever-you-are!) Thanks for enduring the hot sauce for our sakes. You know we love you! 😉

  22. wow Joe I laughed pretty hard at that one. Seriously good game face to draw Carl in for the kill dude


    Ok, that rivals the Chinese Medicine Weir Food Purchase of the Day in terms of the hilaritist. Not only were the reactions brilliant, I also loved the office camaraderie I see going on there.

    “Ohhhhhh” – LOL!

    Poor Ashleigh. Not only is she sick, but she must put up with you guys. :p

    Oh, and what’s going on the background? I swear I heard Robert Carlyle and Brian J. Smith.

  24. @PoorOldEdgarDerby I heard Rush first, then it was quiet for a little bit then I heard someone else – it may have been Scott.

  25. Loved the video Joe! 😛 But what was your reaction after Carl chocked! I would love to the next few minutes of that tape! LOL


  26. Marvelous. Now I must find some Dragon’s Blood for hubby, he likes hot things, and was known for munching the hot Thai peppers that were supposed to have been decorative garnishes. I’ve yet to find “hot” he does not like. A quest, a crusade, I’m on a mission.

  27. Ah, I didn’t know ’twas birfdat. Happy late Birthday 😉
    So where would I be able get some of that precious blood?
    Also I was hoping you’d be able to shed some light on the thing I posted in Oct. 21st entry…
    Again, happy, late, birthday 😉

  28. Hey Joe,

    Just watching all the Kino webisodes, pretty cool so far. It’s a bit creepy how intrusive Eli is with them, as seen in the pictures in his room too.

    I also watched “Lt. Scott’s backstory” on the official site and Brian J. Smith mentioned “Father George”. Does Father George have a last name and will we see more of this character?



  29. BEST. Weird. Food. Purchase. Video. EVER!!!

    Awesome to see a group shoot. It was great to see the gang. And I laughed so hard. Dear Lord, Joe, I would never want to play poker with you! Poor Carl never knew what was going to hit him! You lured him in with that calm composure after eating your own chip. I’m thinking we call you the The BlogFather for a good reason. Carl, are you OK? This vid was hilarious especially when viewed full screen the 2nd time, and the 3rd time…

    Quade, you hit this one out of the ballpark, man. Thanks for sending in the sauce.

    Joe, I’m glad you liked the photo. It was the least I could do since you did post a totally brilliant Q&A with Paul McGillion on my birthday, along with all the gorgeous photos. Golly, his blue eyes get to me… 😀

    Ahem, now Carl,…. Give Joe back his birthday present. He needs a pic of you and Jelly, two of his best friends. Besides, it was an absolute booger to crop correctly. (Big shout-out to the gals at Wal-mart for their help.) As compensatory damages for trial-by-hot sauce, I’ll send you another picture just like it. Only you’ll have to have it framed yourself. Deal?

    Thanks Joe for letting us see all your birthday cards, swag, and birthday-edition Weird Food video. They were a present to us, as someone said.

    “Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
    Under the shade of a coolibah tree.
    And he sang as he watched and waited ’til his billy boiled
    ’You’ll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me.’ “

  30. So do those cookies have real bacon in them? And that video was great; did anyone else try it after Carl’s reaction?

  31. Okay, either you are one hell of an actor or all those weird food puchases have completely destroyed your taste buds.

    Carl’s face was a picture – poor wee lamb, how long did it take for him to recover?.

    For future naga tasting efforts – don’t drink water to ‘cool down’ – it tends to make the heat worse. Instead eat something sugary – it helps neutralise the heat. Which is why chili chocolate is one of my favourites – all the flavour, very little heat.


  32. LMAO @ that weird food purchase of the day!!

    Its really nice to see something truly funny sometimes…

  33. You are sooo mean Joe!!! 😈

    poor Carl… 😛

    When I watch the vid I was sitting in the Computerlab of my university. By the end of the vid I had all the students around staring at me.. *ooops* 😆

  34. As someone who loves bacon chocolate, I can’t believe I’ve never thought of bacon chocolate chip cookies!! Brilliant!

    And I just adore Carl. He sits there like he’s totally tuned out to your evil plans, yet happily partakes in them after they’re hatched. Hilarious!

    Also, as a public health professional, I have to ask why you’re letting anyone still experiencing H1N1 symptoms into your offices. Do you want to take out everyone before you’re done filming?

  35. How did these people know where to mail you stuff anyway? How do people ever know where to mail movie makers and actors and scriptwriters stuff anyway?!

  36. Also yeah I wouldn’t mind seeing more of the earthquake girl actually. Remember the hiccuping chick from SG1? I think we saw her aboard the daedalus a few times in atlantis too. Well, that was one of my favourite recurring small roles characters and I’d have loved a deeper peek into her life… This girl seems like much the same idea.

    On a different note, I washed my mobile phone in the laundry after sending out a bunch of resume’s over the past week, and job applications, looking for work. Gawd I can just about kick myself right now.

  37. ahahaha @ the video. Love the evil eye Carl gives to the camera and all of your reactions to the dragon’s blood. You’re a terrible actor Joe, I could see how much it affected you !

  38. Not to prolong the debate about Canada’s healthcare system, but since I didn’t have time to weigh in yesterday, I’ll just say that there is no perfect system (although I am overall in favour of a universal system).

    Emerg in Canadian hospitals are based on triage, so if the triage nurse thinks that you’re a higher priority case, there’s very little waiting. I had a miscarriage a few short years ago, and was admitted right away (which they really didn’t have to do, since the miscarriage already happened, and medically, there was no way to save the baby). On the other hand, I have also been in the children’s hospital for 10 hours, and during this period, my son was tested and re-tested and saw a couple of doctors. That was a gruelling day.

    I do tend to think that some people go straight to emerg for minor problems (a cold or sniffle) as opposed to going to a clinic, so that wait times are extended for true emergency cases, like your Mom’s. However, I think people are starting to catch onto the fact that it may be better to go to a clinic first before heading to a hospital (not sure if going to a clinic is an option in Quebec, though).

    I hope your Mom gets well soon.

  39. What a great birthday bounty!

    I make a lot of cookies and those look professional!

    How hard was it to be that cool when eating the hot sauce? Reminds me of my dad. He loved eating hot food but he couldn’t keep a straight face like that.

    Das is right, you do look hot! Black suits you. It’s a mystery how you stay so thin and eat what you do. It must be like my dr was saying about the genetic factor/lots of exercise.

    Thanks for sharing,

  40. @ Airelle – Hey, I call it like I see it! 😀 Either that, or I was drunk. 😛

    Some thoughts now that I have the time…

    1. Poor Ashleigh – forcing her to work when she’s on death’s door. She should be home, in bed, with a good book and a hot totty (though I prefer a hot Toddie… 😉 ).

    2. Joe – I will never, EVER play poker with you!

    3. Carl, you narcissistic fool, give Joey back his picture!!!

    4. Carl, you poor thing, haven’t you learned by now not to trust Joe? He’s like the little kid who eggs you on to stick a hair pin into an electrical outlet because it’ll be ‘fun’. I have a sneakin’ hunch that sometime this winter, we’re gonna see a video of you with your tongue frozen to a flagpole, and Joe standing behind you, making insincere sympathy sounds while he desperately tries to stifle a snigger.

    5. WHY, oh WHY did everyone have to smell the hot sauce? It has no ‘bouquet’. It’s not wine. It’s not perfume. And it’s not rubber cement. Just eat the stuff already!

    6. WHY, oh WHY did you have Ashleigh stick her disease-infected nose into your bottle of hot sauce BEFORE you sampled it?? You’re all gonna be sick for the weekend, now. Heh. Ashleigh. Even more diabolical than Joe. 😈


  41. Ok, this is not related to the post, but does anyone have noticed that SGU has been moved to 10PM?

    Just so you DVR users don’t record the wrong show… again!!! 😉

    On behalf of the fans who love both Dollhouse and SGU, THANKS!!!

    It’s sad to see so few good scifi on TV and have it compete against each others on different channels. I hope this boosts both show’s ratings.


  42. Oooops, Just checked Syfy’s website, and the 10 PM move applies only to Canadians watching SGU on SPACE. Sorry.


  43. Oh, and for those CDN ET time zone challenged people, just make that an hour later than usual. (Jeez, Global differ their slot, SPACE just plain airs coast to coast simultaneously, myself being cable challenged….)


  44. I like the series so far, but I didn’t think that Eli would be that pervy to peep on someone- even someone as amazing as Julia.

    ps- Julia Benson as Wonder Woman. Just sayin’ … 🙂

  45. Oh, you’re a bad, bad man. 😀 How you guys get any work done is beyond me if there are shenanigans like this going on.

    Happy belated birthday!

  46. I didn’t know you cursed in real life. I rarley hear you say anything on you blog LOL.

    Mr. R. Greyhound’s response was the funniest. I thought he was gonna cry for a second.

    Oh and you barley even blinked. YOU ARE MY FOOD HERO MR. Mallozzi. You make the SG teams look like whimps. You must have an insane immunity to spicy foods.

    Oh and sooo looking forward to Light tonight!!!!

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  47. CRAP!!!

    I keep forgeting to send a card or something for your B-Day. What can I get you for your birthday?????? I am at a loss. All I can think of doing is a handwritten card but that would take like 5 days to reach you and that would be uber late. Uggh, I feel horrible.

  48. You must be an ace poker player, Joe. Very smooth move there to lure Carl in. It’s that or your tastebuds and mouth are well trained.

    Do the bacon-chocolate chip cookies really have bacon in them? Even when I was eating bacon, I couldn’t imagine that combo.

  49. Hi Mr M!

    Yaa!! My card is in the middle!!

    WFPOtD= Hilarious!! Poor Carl. Man, does that guy get a rough time with you guys!!

    Well done on the swag. Very kind of you to display same.

    Best to all at The Bridge.


  50. For those wondering, Dragon’s Blood is made by Chilli Pepper Pete, http://www.chillipepperpete.com/content/shop

    It contains Naga Bhut Jolokia which has been certified as THE hottest pepper in the world. A point I like to make to people when trying to convince them to try it. “Don’t you want to be able to say you have eaten the hottest pepper in the world?” not many can, but now Joe and Carl have joined the club!

  51. @PBMom

    Happy anniversary! We just celebrated #15, and also have a child with autism. Have you checked out the new sitcom, forget which channel, Community? There’s an aspie character I’m enjoying very much.

    Question for Joe:
    Was the stargate at Icarus found on that planet, or did the air force bring it there because of the planet’s core?

    And who knew the ancients had such lovely taste in bedding? How did the material last hundreds of thousands of years?

    LOVE the new Stargate Universe, keep up the good work !

  52. Ok and I just have to say Mr. M, you gotta keep these wfpotd vids coming. They’re hilarious!!!!!!

    Thanks so much,
    Major D. Davis

  53. Joe —

    You have to stop trying to kill Carl. There’s still an SG1 movie to be made and he is co-writer.

  54. Oh Joe, that video was brilliant. How did you keep a straight face? Poor Carl!!

    What cool pressies. Thanks for sharing!

  55. OMG, you killed Carl!! Thank goodness no one ever dies in science fiction! I’ll have to ask my brother (He’s a chef and the food daredevil in the family.) if he’s ever sampled “Dragon’s Blood”/ Naga Bhut Jolokia Peppers; Scotch Bonnets are as far as I’ve gone on the pepper scale (large glass of milk included).

    On an other note, I just received my TV Guide with the SGU article in it. There was a great picture and the article was fine; although I’m a little tired of the snide tone that seems to pop up whenever these articles mention SG1 and SGA. Or maybe I’m reading into things? It’s kind of sad that shows that make people laugh (and cry and experience a whole range of human emotion) seem to be discounted in the face of ‘dramatic’ shows that might be well acted and beautifully shot, but depressing and in some instances boring. (Or in my world the equivalent of the book “Ethan Frome”.)

  56. I can handle jalapeños and serranos, but not anything hotter than that. Habaneros (Scotch bonnets) just have an acrid, chemical taste that I don’t like. I never heard of Naga Bhut Jolokia peppers, but I won’t touch anything with Thai chilis in it. There’s a point when you have to consider taste as well as heat.

    You do realize Carl Binder is never going to trust you again.

  57. Can somebody please tell me where I can watch the kino spots? Either I can’t find them at all, or when I do the website gives me the “video not found” line.

  58. @DP I ran the special needs ministry at my church for 7 years. It was the very first ministry of such a nature in our entire town (back in 1998). I co-ministered a respite care group called Second Family. Once I was no longer ministry leader, no one else came forward to take my place and the ministry left. It was sad. Tomorrow, I’m going to our Catholic diocese’s retreat for people with disabilities and their families. My husband didn’t want to go, so he is going to stay home with Patrick and the dog. I’m going to go by myself and will see the people I get to see once a year, the weather will be incredible (high of 75, low tonight in the 40’s). I will enjoy my day away, but with no family around and no help, once a year makes things very difficult. My husband and I try to support each other and give each other alone time, but the last vacation alone we were on was in 2001 when we went to Seattle, Friday Harbor and Vancouver BC. Because of his seizures, I can no longer hire just a local teenager. It takes a higher level of maturity to handle emergency situations like that. The respite care I do get from our state (after the 10 year waiting list) I have to use for babysitting to cover the time between when Patrick gets home from school and the time my husband can get home to continue watching him (because I’m working). However, I’ve been without one for a month now. They say they “can’t find anybody” (the agency), yet unemployment is almost 10% and honestly, the job is pretty easy (and I’m in the house just in anothe room in case any issues come up). I don’t think they are trying hard enough and I’ve been trying to get in touch with my caseworker now for weeks (who doesn’t call me back) to get a list of providers so I can perhaps change agencies. It is always something.

  59. I hit the doggie-twitter link, and those pictures are beautiful. I love the picture of Max & Lulu as snuggle buddies. And, I think Jelly takes the best sleeping pictures. Jelly=zonked is amazingly cute. She is just adorable; they all are.

    Peace & Love,


  60. @PBMom and noelm…God bless! I’ll visit with my nephew, also autistic, at holidays; they’re coming to TX this year.

    Julia Benson, when not in fatigues, would stop husband in his tracks. Don’t know if any female servicemembers in San Antonio, Military City, look like THAT. Military uniforms generally un-flattering to both genders.

  61. @Laura

    What have I ever done to you? lol The kid does have a good point… Although the beatings will commence this Saturday evening when the Maple Leafs of Toronto beat the Canucks of Vancouver.

    Go Leafs!

  62. Look at it this way. If you all do have H1N1, then you don’t need that barely tested, toxic vaccine. You will have natural immunity. Sorry, got a vaccine-injured kid. I am not anti-vaccine. I’m pro informed consent. If after you read my list of what I got from the actual package insert of the one produced by Novartis, and you still want to get the injection, more power to you, but tell me honestly, who on this list were told of all this stuff? If you weren’t, that is not truly informed consent. They told you what they wanted you to know and that’s all.

    Medical rant begins: Where I’m commenting I’ve put “note”
    Novartis’ vaccine contains:
    1. Sodium chloride (Note generally no problem except if you suffer from a disease that causes hypernatremia)
    2. Potassium chloride (Note generally no problem except if you suffer from a disease the causes hyperpotassemia)
    3. Potassium dihydrogen phosphate (Note: not licensed in the US by the way, but is in the vaccine; list of side effects from just this additive: Swelling of feet or lower legs, weight gain, muscle weakness, convulsions, confusion, tiredness, irregular or slow heart beat, anxiety, tingling or numbness of the hands or feet, breathing difficulties).
    4. Disodium phosphate dehydrate (toxin, look it up)
    5. Magnesium chloride hexahydrate, (toxin, look it up)
    6. Calcium chloride dehydrate (toxin)
    7. Sodium citrate,
    8. Citric acid,
    9. Water for injections.

    Influenza virus surface antigens (haemagglutinin and neuraminidase)* of strain:
    A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)v like strain (X-179A) 7.5 micrograms ** per 0.5 ml dose

    Adjuvant MF59C.1 containing (Note: an adjuvant “turbo charges” the vaccine) Also note: MF59 has yet to be approved by the FDA for use in any U.S. vaccine, despite its history of use in other countries.:
    1. squalene 9.75 milligrams (Note: A 2000 study published in the American Journal of Pathology demonstrated a single injection of the adjuvant squalene into rats triggered “chronic, immune-mediated joint-specific inflammation,” also known as rheumatoid arthritis.) Also: A study conducted at Tulane Medical School and published in the February 2000 issue of Experimental Molecular Pathology included these stunning statistics: “ … the substantial majority (95%) of overtly ill deployed GWS patients had antibodies to squalene. All (100%) GWS patients immunized for service in Desert Shield/Desert Storm who did not deploy, but had the same signs and symptoms as those who did deploy, had antibodies to squalene.”

    2. polysorbate 80 1.175 milligrams (Note: Polysorbate 80 aka Tween 80 is known to cause cancer and infertility in mice)

    3. sorbitan trioleate 1.175 milligrams aka Tween 85 (Note when handling this chemical these are the precautions: eyeshields, gloves, half-mask respirator (for both US and EU), multipurpose combination respiratory cartridge with precautions of ingestion).

    thiomersal 0.05 milligrams (Note: ethyl mercury – major toxin, already proven to harm children in more studies than you’d like to know. Check out generationrescue.org and Fourteenstudies.org for those studies.

    Contraindications: History of an anaphylactic (i.e. life-threatening) reaction to any of the constituents or trace residues (egg and chicken proteins, ovalbumin, kanamycin and neomycin sulphate, formaldehyde and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)) of this vaccine.

    What does formaldehyde do to you: preservative, main ingredient of embalming fluid. Viruses and bacteria are soaked in this poison to kill them. This poison is a known carcinogen (cancer-causing agent).Toxicology: Causes burns. Very toxic by inhalation, ingestion and through skin absorption. Readily absorbed through skin. Probable human carcinogen. Mutagen. May cause damage to kidneys. May cause allergic reactions. May cause sensitisation. May cause heritable genetic damage. Lachrymator at levels from less than 20 ppm upwards. Very destructive of mucous membranes and upper respiratory tract, eyes and skin.

    CTAB: Toxicity to humans, including carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, and acute toxicity.

    And let’s hope you don’t have H1N1 San Paulo or another mutated strain of H1N1 that they have not yet identified because they’ve decided to stop testing people to see if they actually have H1N1 (see CBS Investigates). Apparently this is only protecting you from H1N1 California 7/2009.

  63. @noelm: Congratulations on your 15 years. I’ve heard of Community but I haven’t watched it. I just might have to now. The kid on Flash Forward (the one in the hospital) is said to have autism, too, per the character’s father to Olivia. Considering we are now 1 in 91, instead of 1 in 10,000 in 1997 when my son was diagnosed, it is good that people see autism on the spectrum.

  64. @PBMom – We wonder about vaccine injury, too. He stopped breathing the night after his 4mos. check-up and his doctor dismissed it as my imagination.

    I’m learning what you mean by “It’s always something.” I feel like I’ve been running patience sprints, intent on catching a breather when he grows out of it, but, when it seems like one thing is lightening up, something else comes up. I’m balking about getting a Dx, worried about giving him a label that will exclude him unnecessarily and for unknown benefits. I might not do it.

    It’s 2 days past our 9th anniversary and, if a Dx would be positive, I know we’ll be in the 20%. 🙂 We couldn’t go out for it – the flu is here.

  65. Hi Joe,

    Could you tell me what was used to shoot the video footage of your weird food purchase? I’d really appreciate it!


  66. So i’m 10 minutes into “Light”…

    Pretty much what I expected given the spoiler’ish previews that are out there….EXCEPT…where did the sudden sparks between Scott and Chloe come from????

    There was no lead up to it in last week’s episode…
    It was ‘mildly’ hinted at perhaps at the end of Water Pt3.

    There was no flirting..conversation…blah blah blah …before they’re off holding hands and going straight for a home run.

    It felt like a bar pickup minus the alcohol….sure stress can make people do funny things…but they weren’t even showing any big evidence of that either

    It just felt like a ‘jump the shark’ moment

  67. Oh goodness, you almost killed Carl again. It’s not going to be like Kenny on South Park? I’ve never watched the show, but teenagers tell me things.

    Are those Bacon chocolate chip cookies really that good? I just can’t wrap my head around eating bacon with something sweet. Are there any recipes where bacon is used with something sweet?

    Did both of you gulp water after the camera was turned off? I can’t eat anything spicy. You probably would have killed me right there.

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