Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tapeworm Tales

When the riots in Greece were ongoing I noticed the events bore an eery similarity to an old joke told by med students about how to remove a tapeworm.

Tapeworms are notoriously hard to get rid of.  The method recommended in the joke is;  Step 1: Anally insert a banana in the patient's rectum daily at exactly the same time each day for 7 days;  Step 2:  On the 8th day the doctor arms himself with a hammer and pliers, positions the patient for insertion and closely observes the patient;  Step 3:  After a moderate delay, the tapeworm, conditioned to receiving its banana precisely on time each day, becomes angry and aggressive and exposes its head and shoulders outside the rectal opening and loudly demands "where the hell is my banana?" at which point the doctor is able to grab it with the pliers and beat it to death with the hammer.

Obviously, the tapeworm, if given the opportunity to escape, or if mollified by additional feeding, will be doubly hard to catch and kill if this first opportunity is botched.  Therefore, it is important to seize the opportunity the first time.

Greece is being bailed out by the EU.  Oops.

Lets make sure we kill the tapeworm in Wisconsin.


  1. Well said sir!

    Rich Vail
    People's Republic of Maryland

  2. Spot on. If not successful this time, the next time, and there will be a next time, will be that much harder.

    How about amending that law? It says the unions only get a raise above the CPI if it passes a public referendum. Make the each union pay for the each referendum. The public shouldn't have to pay for that. How about allowing payroll deductions for union dues, but take them out just once or twice a year?

  3. I have a better idea. The MSM are reporting that Gov. Walker is trying to abolish collective bargaining.

    Very well: pass a law that actually outlaws collective bargaining for public employees. Since it would not be a budget bill, Republicans could do this without a supermajority.

    Tapeworm killed.

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