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12-10-2011, 05:26 AM
... by weasels no less.


12-10-2011, 03:09 PM

Weasels, otherwise known as the GOP conservatives who served with him and know him best, you mean?

Newt didn't look this good when he first ran as a Rockefeller RINO and lost his election because he was having his erection taken care of by campaign volunteers 'on his staff.'

Or so says his campaign manager of that time.

12-10-2011, 04:03 PM

12-10-2011, 04:09 PM
Weasels ( /ˈwiːzəl/) are mammals forming the genus Mustela of the Mustelidae family. They are small, active predators, long and slender with short legs.

Weasels vary in length from 12 to 45 centimetres (5 to 18 in), and usually have a red or brown upper coat and a white belly; some populations of some species moult to a wholly white coat in winter. They have long slender bodies, which enable them to follow their prey into burrows. Their tails may be from 22 to 33 centimetres (9 to 13 in) long. Weasels have a reputation for cleverness and guile.

Weasels feed on small mammals, and have from time to time been considered vermin since some species took poultry from farms, or rabbits from commercial warrens. Weasels occur all across the world except for Antarctica, Australia, and neighbouring islands.

Contents [hide]
1 Terminology
2 Species
3 Weasels in popular culture
4 Footnotes
5 References
6 External links

[edit] TerminologyThe English word "weasel" was originally applied to one species of the genus, the European form of the Least Weasel (Mustela nivalis). This usage is retained in British English, where the name is also extended to cover several other small species of the genus. It is thought that the name "weasel" comes from the Anglo-Saxon root "weatsop" meaning "a vicious bloodthirsty animal". However, in technical discourse and in American usage the term "weasel" can refer to any member of the genus, or to the genus as a whole. Of the 17 extant species currently classified in the genus Mustela, ten have "weasel" in their common name. Among those that do not are the stoat or ermine, the polecats, the ferret, and the European Mink (the superficially similar American Mink is now regarded as belonging in another genus, Neovison).

Collective nouns for a group of weasels include boogle, gang, pack, sneak and confusion.[1][2][3]

12-10-2011, 04:13 PM
A newt is an aquatic amphibian of the family Salamandridae, although not all aquatic salamanders are considered newts. Newts are classified in the subfamily Pleurodelinae of the family Salamandridae, and are found in North America, Europe and Asia. Newts metamorphose through three distinct developmental life stages: aquatic larva, terrestrial juvenile (called an eft[1]), and adult. Adult newts have lizard-like bodies and may be either fully aquatic, living permanently in the water, or semi-aquatic, living terrestrially but returning to the water each year to breed.

Contents [hide]
1 Characteristics
1.1 Development
1.2 Toxicity
2 Systematics
3 Distribution
4 Conservation status
5 Etymology
6 References

[edit] Characteristics
A red-spotted newt (eft stage) showing bright aposematic colouration to warn predators of its highly toxic skin.Like all members of the order Caudata, newts are characterised by a frog-like body with four equal sized limbs and a distinct tail. Aquatic larvae have true teeth on both upper and lower jaws, and external gills.[2] They have the ability to regenerate limbs, eyes, spinal cords, hearts, intestines, and upper and lower jaws. Recently it was discovered that the Japanese fire belly newt can regenerate its eye lens 18 times over a period of 16 years and retain its structural and functional properties. [3] The cells at the site of the injury have the ability to de-differentiate, reproduce rapidly, and differentiate again to create a new limb or organ. One theory is that the de-differentiated cells are related to tumour cells since chemicals which produce tumours in other animals will produce additional limbs in newts.[4]

[edit] Development
Newt larva (species not identified) part-way though metamorphosis.The main breeding season for newts is between the months of June and July. After courtship rituals of varying complexity, which take place in ponds or slow moving streams, the male newt transfers a spermatophore which is taken up by the female. Fertilized eggs are laid singly and are usually attached to aquatic plants. This distinguishes them from the free-floating eggs of frogs or toads, that are laid in clumps or in strings. Plant leaves are usually folded over and adhered to the eggs to protect them. The tadpoles, which resemble fish fry but are distinguished by their feathery external gills, hatch out in about three weeks. After hatching they eat algae, small invertebrates or other tadpoles.

During the next few months the tadpoles undergo metamorphosis, during which they develop legs, and the gills are absorbed and replaced by air-breathing lungs.[5] Some species, such as the North American newts, also become more brightly coloured during this phase. Once fully metamorphosised they leave the water and live a terrestrial life, when they are known as "efts".[6] Only when the eft reaches adulthood will the North American species return to live in water, rarely venturing back onto the land. Conversely, most European species live their adult lives on land and only visit water to breed.[7]

[edit] Toxicity
Many newts produce toxins in their skin secretions as a defense mechanism against predators. Taricha newts of western North America are particularly toxic. The Rough-skinned newt Taricha granulosa of the Pacific Northwest produces more than enough tetrodotoxin to kill an adult human, and some Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest used the toxin to poison their enemies.[8] However, the toxins are only dangerous if ingested, and the newts can easily and safely live in the same ponds or streams as frogs and other amphibians, or be safely kept as pets. The only predators of Taricha newts are garter snakes, some having developed a resistance to the poison. Most newts can be safely handled, provided that the toxins they produce are not ingested or allowed to come in contact with mucous membranes, or breaks in the skin.[8] After handling, proper hand-washing techniques should be followed due to the risk from the toxins they produce and bacteria they carry, such as salmonella.[9][10] It is, however, illegal to handle or disturb Great Crested Newts in the UK without a licence.[11] Newts and salamanders are also very good environmental indicators because of their thin, sensitive skin. Most species are highly sensitive to subtle changes in the pH level of streams and lakes they live in. Because their skin is permeable to water they absorb oxygen and other substances they need through their skin. Scientists will study the stability of the amphibian population when studying the water quality of a particular body of water.

[edit] Systematics
About two thirds of all species of the family Salamandridae are commonly called "newts", comprising the following genera:

Calotriton, Spanish brook newts
Cynops, firebelly newts
Echinotriton, spiny newts
Ichthyosaura, Alpine newts
Lissotriton, small bodied newts
Neurergus, spotted newts
Notophthalmus, Eastern newts
Ommatotriton, banded newts
Pachytriton, paddle-tail newts
Paramesotriton, warty newts
Pleurodeles, ribbed newts
Taricha, Pacific newts
Triturus, crested newts
Tylototriton, crocodile newts

The term "newt" has traditionally been seen as an exclusively functional term for salamanders living in water, and not a systematic unit. The relationship between the genera has been uncertain, although it has been suggested that they constitute a natural systematic unit and newer molecular analyses tend to support this position.[12][13][14] Newts only appear in one subfamily of salamanders, the Pleurodelinae (of the family Salamandridae),[15] however, Salamandrina and Euproctus, which are sometimes listed as Pleurodelinae, are not newts. Whether these are basal to the subfamily (and thus the sister group of the newt group) or derived, making the newts an evolutionary grade (an "incomplete" systematic unit, where not all branches of the family tree belong to the group) is currently not known.[14][16]

12-10-2011, 04:16 PM
What iz newt doing naked in hipdeep water while on campaign???
Haz newt got an erektion????
Are u allowed to harm weasels in the usofa??

12-10-2011, 04:20 PM
Do weasels like water?

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It depends on the type of weasel - some, like ermines, have been known to use water as an advantage in hunting. Others, like pine martens, are not very fond of the water at all, and tend to avoid it.

12-11-2011, 11:35 AM
Weasels ripped my flesh????

Here's Frank Zappa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBKVdaKAxUU) on the same subject.

You don't have to listen to it, but let the video load to see the album's artwork!