The Baystate Objectivist

The Baystate Objectivist

Monday, January 11, 2010

On Garlic

Its Virtues

My neighbors have a garlic patch they grow every year. They love it so much that they even made this cardboard tombstone to note the garden's demise and hoped for resurrection.

I'm not a big fan of garlic, but there's no question it's good for you, as reported by Yahoo Answers:

Garlic is a natural antioxidant.

It is also antifungal, anti-viral, and a natural anti-biotic.

It's heart health traits include lowering bad cholesterol and blood pressure, aiding circulation and preventing against stroke.

Garlic also houses vitamin C, B6, selenium, magnesium, potassium, calcium and manganese and flavonoids

Garlic also contains allicin which acts as an antibiotic, and anti-fungal. Allicin degrades with higher temperature so eating garlic raw is best.

The great thing about Garlic is you'll sleep well after eating it, you'll sleep alone - but you'll sleep well.

Government's Point of View

Howie's List

Howie Carr has a humorous list in the Boston Herald of reasons why you should vote for Scott Brown on January 19th in the special election to replace Ted Kennedy. Here's a sampling:

Neal challenger Jay Fleitman and Scott Brown

■ You’re in a union, and you’re going to have to pay a 40 percent tax on your “Cadillac” health-care plan if Martha Coakley gets a chance to vote for Obama’s health-care rationing bill.
■ You’re still waiting for that property-tax relief that Deval Patrick promised you in 2006.
■ You’ve been rear-ended by a drunken state senator.
■ You lost your appetite for lunch one day when you observed a female state senator in a restaurant stuffing FBI cash bribes into her bra.
■ You believe that if the governor’s appointees rubberstamp a $44 million utility-rate increase, and then the next week Deval pockets $7,000 in contributions from that same power company’s executives (and spouses) at their lobbyist’s office, perhaps the attorney general should at least have a comment.
■ You watch this crime wave emanating from the State House and wonder why the attorney general can’t seem to find one single solon to arrest, when the feds have no difficulty whatsoever nailing House speaker after speaker after speaker on serious felonies....
■ Your local property-tax bill is rising almost as fast as the value of your home is dropping.
■ You wonder why Martha Coakley never apologized to Tookie Amirault.

To read the rest of Howie's list click here.

Three Pics

My friend Micheline is visiting Paris and took this picture yesterday morning.

How disrespectful of history for someone to put this apartment buzzer over a historic bank sign in downtown Northampton.

The normally babbling brook near my house is frozen silent. That never happened last year.