September 30, 2011

At the Chrysanthemum Café...



... it's still quite early.

19 comments:

Fred4Pres said...

Winter is coming. Wisconsin can be downright arctic.

Nonapod said...

I learned from Billy the Exterminator that ground up Chrysanthemum flowers make an excellent, environmentally safe insecticide due to pyrethrins.

Freeman Hunt said...

Commercial insecticide is often made from the exact same chemical that is in chrysanthemums. With the commercial stuff, however, you know exactly what strength you are getting.

Fred4Pres said...

I saw Billy the Exterminator catch an armadillo by mistake and it died from the sun (ironically in a Have-a-Heart trap). So he buried it in his cemetary for "mistakes."

I never watched the show again.

But maybe we can pitch in and have him show up here for J and Carol.

chickenlittle said...

@Freeman: Interesting that pyrethrin comes from flowers and Kenya is the biggest producer.

Pyrethroids are synthetic analogs have many of the same properties as the natural product. I wonder if there is a political issue here: "organic" vs. synthetic. first world vs. third world.

wdnelson93 said...

Surprised not to see this as an Althouse thread:

In a court case sure to go down in history for one of the most bizarre rulings, a Wisconsin judge has held that American citizens do not have a "fundamental right to produce or consume foods of their choice." The decision was so shocking that the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund asked the judge to issue a clarification of the ruling.

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/9199-wis-judge-no-qfundamental-right-to-produce-and-consume-foodsq

Wisconsin: what you get when you combine farms with controlling judges.

Deanna

Ann Althouse said...

"In a court case sure to go down in history for one of the most bizarre rulings...."

If you knew the history of the law of fundamental rights -- a subject I teach -- you would find that opinion quite routine.

edutcher said...

A sea of green spangled with white and a few pastels.

The Blonde wouldn't like it - but I do.

wdnelson93 said...

"If you knew..."

Please - educate me. References, links, resources?

As a homeschooling Mom of three high schoolers (soph, Jr. and Sr.) I don't really have time for this, but I sure am interested!

Clyde said...

We've got a cold front that's supposed to come through Florida this weekend. The low Sunday morning is predicted to be around 65 in Fort Myers. That will be the first low in the 60s in about five months. I'm looking forward to turning off the A/C and opening the windows up for some of that nice cool air.

xnar said...

This reminds me of the shocking meat video.

EDH said...

Hard Times, 1935

Do you want to become my social secretary?

Moe: How do you spell "chrysanthemum"?

Larry: [thinks for a moment, looking confused]

Moe: Oh, ignorant, eh?
[slaps Larry, turns to Curley]

Moe: How do you spell it?

Curley: [very quickly] C-h-r-y-s-a-n-t-h-e-m-u-m.

Moe: [pause] Why weren't you here a minute ago?
[slaps Curley]

Issob Morocco said...

The opening notes of an impending Chrysanthemum Crescendo.

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