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Cleaning out the Desk Drawer of the Mind

So this dude Chris Sligh who got booted off Idol this week now says he "nevah came into this wanting to win it."


Maybe the Royals front office should offah him a job since they both have the same game plan?


Considering the virtual inverted-wedgies the CHB has been getting the past several years from the blogosphere, somehow I think he already knows this.


So this is it, the truck is packed up and on it's way back and we only have one final weekend sans baseball.


Can you imagine a summah without the Red Sox?


It'd be like an orchard without honeybees.


That shit is scary.


Absolutely. It's right out of a 60s sci-fi movies. Bees are are vanishing without a trace, no bodies left behind or anything, and the scientists are stuck scratching their heads.


Right and they just fail to consider the possibility of aliens taking all the bees up to their spaceship …


Hidden from our view by some sort of "advanced cloaking device" …


And using the bees in some nefarious plot to Wipe Out the Human Race!™


Or the othah classic sc-fi theme: The government's top secret mission to weaponize bees goes awry …


Yes, the bees became too intelligent and formed their own super-colonies and are now in some remote unknown location plotting to Wipe Out the Human Race!™




You got that right.



All your bees r belong to us, bitch.

Yes, Rob! Yes!

Just gotta get through today, then coast through the weekend into baseball season!

I have dim memories of bees playing some role in the X-Files but I got so confused at the end I don't really remember.

A super colony of bees with CHB as it's leader-now that would be scary :)

curly haired beefriend ?

Is today's strip specifically designed for Jason O, our resident conspiracy theorist?

Is today's strip specifically designed for Jason O, our resident conspiracy theorist?

How *would* you manage a bureau of missing bees? I mean, it's not like they don't all look alike.

I think the bees are dreading spring and the upcoming pressures of honeymaking, so they're pulling a Runaway Hive kind of thing. Before too long, they'll all turn up in New Mexico claiming to have been abducted by Spanish-speaking apiarists with rotting teeth.

Then again, wasn't there something a couple of years back about bin Laden having a big stake in the honey business? Maybe we're all in for global beehad.

Or maybe I just need some coffee.

(Although I'm awake enough to get the irony that h.b.'s Mike Sweeney isn't the first of his name to say bad things about the Royals' long-term vision.)

curly haired beefriend...

global beehad...

Awesome. Guinness-level Brilliant.

Wish I'd said "All your bees r belong to us, bee-otch." before...

Speaking of conspiracies-who's bright idea was it to ban Johnny Pesky from the dugout during games? It's not like he's given 66 years of his life to the Sox or anything. Well,we'll always have the Window Boys.

The Orioles complained about Pesky being in the dugout 2 seasons ago, IIRC. Turns out it's against some rule.

Hrm... speaking of the Orioles, anyone going to the Red Sox / Orioles game at Camden Yards on April 25th or 26th? Would love to catch up with other Soxaholix fans if they are going to be there. My company (as in the one I own) is taking people out both nights and we got the club seats with the waiters.


beesball has been berry berry good to me

Maybe teh bees caught teh bird flu.

Guess I'd better stock up on mead.

The "Others" took the bees, and perhaps the shows plot too.

God bless those folks who tried to get Red Sox tickets illegally...long story short, the FO reopened ticket lottery, and I am taking my old man to his first Red Sox vs. Stinkees came since before I was born on April 20th. Evidently, the last time saw those 2 teams play (back in 1960) his ship was in port, he was on liberty and in uniform, so he got into Stankee stadium for free. I was looking at the schedule and trying to see the pitching rotation...I think Dice K may be pitching...Brillant!

Speaking of baseball and agrarian alcoholic products ...

Hope springing eternal and all that, anyone up for the following opening day wager for Sox v. Royals: A bottle of your state's wine against one from Kansas (yes, there is such a thing and some of it is actually pretty good)?

Yeah, I know the Royals play in Missouri but I'm going to boost my home state (assuming the Sox win, of course).

Nothing too expensive: Maximum bottle value $20 and ground shipping (UPS winks and nods if you prepack and call it, say, vinegar).

Winner chooses the color and the basic style (dry, sweet, fuller or lighter).

I can only take the first acceptance, though.


I'm no wine expert, so I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think New England is known for the quality of its wine.

Local microbrew beer, on the other hand, is another story. Other than the Pacific Northwest, you won't find any region of the country with a greater variety or quality of beer than NE.

How about a big bottle of Allagash? Hell, that stuff's as strong as most wine, and just as expensive...


I'm up for that. The main reason I suggested vino was that I'm trying to sample from as many states as possible (part of the ongoing education of a dilettante).

Brew's good stuff too, though. So in keeping with that, I'd match a selection of Kansas City's own Boulevard beers against the Allagash.

Are we on?

I find it kind of ironic I ended up living in a state where the baseball team is prob the third most mentioned on this site, Sox and Yankees being 1 and 2. I guess that is the one and only benefit of being the whipping boy of the MLB. That said I really do not think the royals will be the worst team in the league this year. Heck they will be celebrating if they don't lose 100, even though they will lose the first three. As for betting I'd say Boulevard (brewed in KC) would rival any New England Micro. I do miss me a Wachusett jug though.


I'd totally be up for the bet, but actually, I live in Seattle now, and don't have ready access to Maine-based microbrews. If this was July and I was home visiting the parents, I'd definitely grab a few bottles and send them off...

I was just throwing Allagash out there as an example, but perhaps someone else has a suggestion for a New England micro? (Man, I could argue beer all day.)

Heh ... I actually have some Washington red in the rack at home (Lemberger, which is woefully underrated in my book).

I'll keep the bet open, then, with the first accepter choosing grain or grape.

But KC does have Gates BBQ - simply the best BBQ on the planet.

Mike: I want to make it up for one of the games at Camden - probably won't know until that week if I can do it though.

Hey I'm game- I'll wager you some fine brew from the Vineyard's own Offshore Ale Co, -OR- if you prefer, Cold River Vodka straight from Freeport (which is a little north of your price range, but worth it) I figure I got nothing to lose, since you'll be the one paying off anyway :-)

ok the naughty nurse beer at the brew ha ha in hartford is darn good beer and there is a winery in truro mass that does have some good stuff

How dare work get beteween me and the Soxaholix.

Anyway, I'm allergic to bees, so the aliens wouldn't have to weaponize them to kill me off.

Of course, I'd expect the defense department to create giant Epi-Pen silos where we could save ourselves.


You're on.

Boulevard v. Offshore it is.

You're probably right about the direction of the payoff, though -- unless Buck O'Neil has hung around long enough to sprinkle a little celestial mojo on the Royals.


You're on.

Boulevard v. Offshore it is.

You're probably right about the direction of the payoff, though -- unless Buck O'Neil has hung around long enough to sprinkle a little celestial mojo on the Royals.

//But KC does have Gates BBQ - simply the best BBQ on the planet.//

I'm more of a Memphis BBQ man myself (Interstate being my fav), but Gate's is very good. Get sauce from their website all the time.

Lots of double posts.



I gotta go with Stubbs in Austin as the best BBQ...

Nothing compares to Texas barbecue as far as I'm concerned, but I'm a beef not a pork bbq kind of guy.

The Salt Lick outside of Austin is crazy good.


But as this Slate article says, "Even a run-of-the-mill place around here [TX hill country] is better than the best barbecue anywhere else."

Can I get some Lone Star affirmation from any Texas readers?

Thanks, Natalie. Stubbs is yet another example of the Lone Star's preeminence.

I know this is a week or two late, but I have an entry for the funny name bracket:

Mona Weiner

I stopped by a friend's house and her name was on the big realty For Sale placard out front...ha.

You are all crazy if you consider smoked meats outside of North Carolina to actually be called "barbecues". The stuff is king. Pork is greater than beef (haven't you all read "Animal Farm"?). This far north in Boston, I have to settle for a transplant who runs a place called Blue Ribbon Barbecue for all of that NC goodness. But when I visit my parents in Maryland, we're always tempted to make a NC run for the real thing. Lexington barbecue...mmm, like no other.

Gates is great, although not everyone can take the shouts of "Hi, may I help you?" that start the second you clear the door.

Basically, any place that's been open more than two years is going to be pretty good. The competition tends to weed out the weak.

Kansas City style is basically the love child of Memphis and Texas -- black migration from the South influencing the former and the cattle drives to KC contributing the latter.

Ribs are big here, but you haven't had true Kansas City barbecue until you've had burnt ends: the gnarly end of the brisket, chopped up with plenty of sauce.

It's all good eats, though. And nobody does 'cue better than, dare I say, Kansas City.

two more sleeps

During Pats season, I get two slabs from here for every tailgate. That's the appetizer. For two people.

I get the gout about every two years.


hey, what happened to the 2 slabs for the game I went to?

Unfortunately, they're not transferable, buck. :)

(I ate 'em up like the devine swine they are.)

In Maine Buck's Naked BBQ is king. Plus, I like the name.


"Can you imagine a summah without the Red Sox?"

Well, as scary as that sounds, it almost happened. I called to preorder mlb extra innings only to find that my cable company lost the contract this year. Had to cancel cable, waiting for dtv installation. Was this common knowledge, or have I been living under a rock all winter?

Speaking of football and beer, Collingwood's hardly-anticipated-at-all season gets under way today. Hopefully, along with the Sawx they'll still be playing in October (but I doubt it) Go'Pies!:



A shout-out to Texas BBQ!!

I live in NYC now, but the best place I ever went in Texas (I wish I could remember the name or city--maybe Falfurrias was the city...it was a high school trip) had an all-you-can-eat deal with brisket, sausage, pork, chicken and pretty much every kind of meat ever. God, it was delicious.

I've had some good KC ribs, though. Pretty much everywhere thinks they do BBQ the best, but I've gotta go with with the place I was born and raised--go Tejas!

OK, this Sox tattoo probably belongs to somebody here. Fess up!

It's been 10 years or so since I was in KC, but I keep a supply of Gates sauce on hand at all times.

Wow, I WISH that was my tattoo.

hmmm... 3 out of 4 Globe columnists pick the Sox to win it all this year. Anyone care to guess who the dissenter is? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Considering the earlier elements of the thread, I'm stunned that no one has yet referred to "Bee Bee Q" or "CHBBQ."

I'm just sayin' ...

I dunno, SinKC- I try to keep the curlies OUT of my BBQ... hmmm, maybe you should keep yer beer

Hey, I didn't say they had to be positive references!

And a bet's a bet. Just bring a sieve to pour it through.

Industrial ag’s serial poisonings and vicious practices threaten us all….

Water quality, wildlife, pets, bees, reproductive difficulties, developmental disorders, cognitive impairment, cancer survivors and those who perish from cancer….

We see an epidemic of cancers now “common” which were vanishingly rare a century ago.

Now, one-third of women and one-quarter of men can expect to have cancer in their lifetime.

Humans have pretty much the same genes we collectively had a century ago.


The massive increase in (non-tobacco) cancers exactly parallels the introduction of synthetic pesticides and similar industrial toxins in the post-WW II period. Within a generation, US cancer incidence increased.

Best info on this for laypeople is Sandra Steingraber’s lyrical book Living Downstream.

Today’s victim: honeybees.

So who cares about honey when we have white sugar, right?

Er - uh - anyone who eats.

Those bees aren’t just filling up the little plastic squeezy bears on your breakfast table.

Without bees, we lose one-third of our food supply.


Bees aren’t just used to produce honey. They play a vital role in the food chain, helping to pollinate one-third of food crops. In California, more than 50 crops — from almonds to avocados to squash — with a gross value of $6 billion are pollinated by bees, said Eric Mussen, a bee expert at UC Davis.

Mussen said it’s possible recent cold, dry weather that squelched the life out of plants that produce pollen and nectar to keep bees healthy could have left bees even more vulnerable to whatever is killing them.


Oops - turns out industrial ag’s GMO crops with BT (bacillicus thuringiensis toxin) help kill honeybees.

BT is a toxin found in soil microbes - not found in the honeybees’ natural diet.

The honeybees go to the flowers, not the soil.

Industrial ag’s genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) include plants that make BT toxin, ’cause some Frakenstein put soil bacteria genes in our food crops.

Turns out the Frankenfoods with BT help kill off honeybees.

Walter Haefeker, the German beekeeping official, speculates that “besides a number of other factors,” the fact that genetically modified, insect-resistant plants are now used in 40 percent of cornfields in the United States could be playing a role. The figure is much lower in Germany — only 0.06 percent — and most of that occurs in the eastern states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg. Haefeker recently sent a researcher at the CCD Working Group some data from a bee study that he has long felt shows a possible connection between genetic engineering and diseases in bees.

The study in question is a small research project conducted at the University of Jena from 2001 to 2004. The researchers examined the effects of pollen from a genetically modified maize variant called “Bt corn” on bees. A gene from a soil bacterium had been inserted into the corn that enabled the plant to produce an agent that is toxic to insect pests. The study concluded that there was no evidence of a “toxic effect of Bt corn on healthy honeybee populations.” But when, by sheer chance, the bees used in the experiments were infested with a parasite, something eerie happened. According to the Jena study, a “significantly stronger decline in the number of bees” occurred among the insects that had been fed a highly concentrated Bt poison feed.

According to Hans-Hinrich Kaatz, a professor at the University of Halle in eastern Germany and the director of the study, the bacterial toxin in the genetically modified corn may have “altered the surface of the bee’s intestines, sufficiently weakening the bees to allow the parasites to gain entry — or perhaps it was the other way around. We don’t know.”

Der Spiegel - h/t Raw.

Wonder what BT crops and other Frankenfoods on our dinner plates do to us?

Keep wondering - the FDA never bothered to answer the question.

The FDA scarcely looked.

Bon appetit - while you still can.

Without the bees, we’ll all be hungry.

extra nerd credit -

Unlike typical nerve-poison insecticides, Bt acts by producing proteins (delta-endotoxin, the “toxic crystal”) that reacts with the cells of the gut lining of susceptible insects. These Bt proteins paralyze the digestive system, and the infected insect stops feeding within hours. Bt-affected insects generally die from starvation, which can take several days.

Occasionally, the bacteria enter the insect’s blood and reproduce within the insect. However, in most insects it is the reaction of the protein crystal that is lethal to the insect. Even dead bacteria containing the proteins are effective insecticides.

thanks Colorado State U Ag ext for the mechanism

I know I came to the game late today, but Massachusetts does have some lovely wines, er, sorta. Plymouth Bay Winery uses that most New Englandy of fruits, the cranberry, to make some delicious hooch. It isn't something you'd put on John Forbes Kerry's table, but you can drink it and smile.

As for beeah, I miss Hahpoon IPA the most. I don't think they use preservatives, because I can't find it anywhere.

da kine- you're right about Plymouth Bay- I had forgotten about them, and they're actually about 15 minutes from me.Thanks. So, SinKC, if you'd rather go back to the wine rather than ale, I'm flexible...
You're right about the Hahpoon IPA too- although I'm a UFO man myself


I wrote the BSMW Shaughnessy Contest article that came in third (and have the T-Shirt to prove it)!

Here it is:


/End props for self.

Here are all of them...


'pies won

Hey bobtaco,

Thanks for the illuminating insight into how two things happening at the same time means one of them caused the other. Here is some other important evidence we cannot overlook:


Cranberry wine?

Entirely new taste experience. I'm in.

Sorry for the delay in responding. It's been an interesting couple of days ... heh.

Speaking of Boulevard, though, I made another convert to the unfiltered wheat on Friday night.

(That almost sounded dirty, dinnit?)

4 hours to season start. 24 hours to Red Sox season start. Strap in.

Yup, I'm giddy


Still one sleep to go! Dooh! Bloody international dateline.

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