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Archive for May, 2007

Typhoid Andrew

Posted by Greg on May 31, 2007

Or is that TB Andrew? He has a name, and appears to be beyond contempt.

Tart at Shakesville calls it out:

This guy flew home through Canada and then drove into the US to avoid being detained by Customs officials. Like, you know your disease is so dangerous that they won’t even let you on a plane, so you just, like, go to Canada.

Multiple-drug-resistant TB is a frightening thing, especially when it finds its way into prisons, poor countries or the body of someone without some seriously kickass health insurance to cover the years of daily drug doses, and even then, the survival rate is not comforting. So, yeah…this guy’s kind of a douche, no?

UPDATE:

An amusing point is brought up at the Petrelis Files

I wish to point out a few things about the now-quarantined Atlanta lawyer infected with a strain of drug-resistant TB, starting with the fact he’s heterosexual.

Many news accounts report that he traveled far and wide because of his wedding to a woman and their honeymoon itinerary, but no story or health expert has yet directly addressed the heterosexual aspects of this unfolding tale.

You can bet the house that if Speaker were gay or bisexual, the headlines would be screaming, “Homosexual With TB Quarantined,” and much fear and alarm would be integral to the public discussion about the man and his case.

When gay men are infected with drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea, staph infections, or super HIV like the man in NYC in February 2005, health officials sound loud alarms, relayed in the mainstream media, and the subtext of it all is one of gays spreading diseases, not diseases being transmitted by people who happen to be gay.

But the Speaker case is notably absent any discussion about his sexual orientation, other than that he got married to a woman. If he were gay, I think at this point in the investigation, health experts and reporters would be very publicly questioning if he had other sex partners recently, and a larger discussion about his entire sexual history and that of other gay men.

Can we have a little equal treatment of the Speaker quarantine and ask that the media broach the subject of if and how the man’s sexual orientation may have been a contributing factor to acquiring TB?

It’s not that I think any (hetero)-hysteria should be whipped up, like we see when homosexuals are the subject of intense medical and media scrutiny over the transmission of rare strains of deadly and injurious infections, but the unexplored sexual transmission routes of TB have not factored in to any coverage I’ve seen.

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I love Nessie

Posted by Greg on May 31, 2007

This is cool:

Like tartan, bagpipes, and shortbread Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster is as much an emblem as a tourist draw.

And now Nessie’s back.

An amateur scientist has captured what Loch Ness Monster watchers say is among the finest footage ever taken of the elusive mythical creature reputed to swim beneath the waters of Scotland’s most mysterious lake.

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The Corollary

Posted by Greg on May 31, 2007

by Sean – crossposted from Hiding in the Backwaters

“I am trying to see things from your perspective, but I’m having a hard time getting my head that far up my ass.”

But, certainly, there — there certainly are concerns about having, you know, openly gay people in the military. I mean, the example I like to give is if — for example, if you put me in a platoon with nothing but, let’s say, Hooter waitresses, that’s going to distract me, and I’m not going to be focused on winning the war. I am going to be focused on other things.

Mark Smith, Conservative Commentator & Constitutional Attorney, commenting on CNN

Is this guy for real? Did he really just admit on national television that a big set of hooters would be so distracting to him he would be unable to focus on keeping himself and his companions alive in the heat of combat? (We’ll ignore for the moment the fact that combat fatigues are a far cry from a Hooters uniform.) OK. So this guy has his own perspective. He is exercising his God given right to be a complete and total idiot. And I am more than happy to let him be an idiot. The problem is he is trying to force his idiocy on the rest of the nation via public policy. What we have here is a classic example of the transference that runs rampant in conservative circles.

Someone who is completely untrustworthy is also unable to trust others. That person will assume that everyone else will try to screw him over in the same way he they will try to rip everyone else off. Conservatives are constantly accusing homosexuals (and the left in general) of harboring agendas which are actually their own. Mr. Smith is apparently such a slobbering Neanderthal that he cannot wrest his attention from an attractive set of mammary glads. He therefore assumes that everyone else is equally incapable of reigning in their sexual impulses.

If you read between the lines of right wing hysteria about the homosexual agenda, their fear is not that homosexuals want America to simply accept homosexuality as a reality with which some people live. Their fear is that homosexuals want America to adopt homosexuality. Apparently homosexuality is so enticing that without strict religious and social injunctions every man in American would start chasing cock. Cigar anyone?

Think about what’s really going on for a minute. Who is trying to force their way of life on whom? The laws GLBT people are trying to get passed are basically laws that dictate wingnuts like Mark Smith have leave us the hell alone. I am not aware of any statute that would require Mark Smith to take a male paramour. On the other hand, conservatives are doing their best to re-criminalize homosexuality and make sure that GLBT people remain marginalized in society.

Transference: because I am an ass who believes everyone should think and f*** like I do, and because I am willing to try to use the law to enforce my views on the rest of the nation, everyone else be equally an ass.

Idiots.

Via Pam’s House Blend and Think Progress

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More rantings about Mary

Posted by Greg on May 31, 2007

The religious wrong continues to fume over the birth of Mary Cheney’s baby boy.

It’s sad Mary, but YOU are a fairly significant contributor to the reality that these kooks and wingnuts have as much influence as they do.  And it’s pathetic that your wealth and connections will protect you and your family from  the consequences of the hell these jackasses have tried to legislate into what should be the freest society on earth.

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Spin cycle

Posted by Greg on May 31, 2007

Think Progress has the goods on the Bush Administration’s latest attempts to smear Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius for reporting the facts on National Guard depletion and what it means to disaster relief efforts.  Don’t believe everything you hear, especially from this bunch of yahoos.

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If he only had a brain

Posted by Greg on May 31, 2007

This, from Mark Smith, is about as dumb as it gets:

Last night on CNN, right-wing pundit Mark Smith argued that “openly gay people” should not be allowed to serve in the military, advocating the military’s current Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. He argued that gay soldiers are unable to “focus” on the war, comparing gays in the military to himself in a platoon of “Hooters waitresses.”

Apparently, Mr. Smith thinks everyone is like him – thinking with their crotch.

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Next Week’s News

Posted by Greg on May 31, 2007

Courtesy of satirist Andy Borowitz:

Monday, June 4: G.O.P presidential hopeful Fred Thompson will say that if elected he would turn the entire nation of Iraq into a “Law and Order” spin-off.

Tuesday, June 5: Whale-watchers around the world will be relieved when two wayward humpback whales make it safely to sea and Rosie O’Donnell finds a new network.

Wednesday, June 6: Infuriated by persistent questions about steroid use, San Francisco Giants slugger will throw a Toyota Corolla at a reporter.

Thursday, June 7: The Supreme Court will follow up its controversial Title VII decision by putting the Bill of Rights on eBay.

Friday, June 8: President Bush will announce a firm timetable for Cindy Sheehan’s withdrawal from the peace movement.

Saturday, June 9: CNN will change its official slogan to “The Most Trusted Name in News about Lepers.”

Sunday, June 10: Taking over the reins at the World Bank, Robert Zoellick will say that he has heard great things about the institution and is “looking forward to getting laid.”

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Worse than debtors’ prision

Posted by Greg on May 30, 2007

A 44 year old New Zealand mother dies when the electricity powering her oxygen pump is cut off.

A 44-year-old woman who needed an electric oxygen pump to breathe died after an energy company cut the power to her home because of a $122 unpaid bill, her family claimed Wednesday.

Ouch!

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Academic freedom or academic standards?

Posted by Greg on May 29, 2007

I, like many others I suspect, had a bit of a chuckle at the news that University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill’s job is in jeopardy.  Couldn’t happen to a nicer crackpot.

But reading a bit at Coyote Blog makes me rethink my schadenfreude – not enough to think Churchill deserves a university position, but still…

And it is hard for me to escape the sense that Mr. Churchill may lose his tenured position at a state-run institution over the content of his speech.  Yeah, I know, its nominally about his academic credentials.  But don’t you think everyone is winking at each other about this?  Yes, Mr. Churchill is an academic fraud, but he was a fraud when UC hired him and tenured him as well, and they should have known it.

I could go out tomorrow and find twenty tenured professors of ethnic/racial/gender studies in state universities whose academic credentials are at least as bad as Churchill’s and whom no one would dare fire.  This has nothing to do with Churchill’s academic work or its quality.  UC is getting exactly what it expected when it tenured him.  This is about an attempt to fire a tenured professor for the content of his speech, speech that has embarrassed and put pressure on the university, and I can’t support that.

OK, yeah, he’s right as far as it goes.  Most universities have their share of crackpots.  Heaven knows as a graduate student I suffered through more than my share of time spent evaluating work that was, to put it mildly, junk.  Churchill’s still an idiot, but it’s not his fault that there are so many villages in need of purging.

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That reality thing again:

Posted by Greg on May 29, 2007

from Greenwald:

Needless to say, the memo is authentic. And some of the accusers are slowly starting to admit it (with no apologies to Johnson or The Washington Post for impugning their integrity, from what I have seen).

And so we have but the latest in an endless series of right-wing-blogger outbursts of accusatory bile and claimed discoveries of wrongdoing and fraud where the only fraud and wrongdoing is from the blogger-accusers themselves. It is literally impossible to count the grand humiliations of this sort to which the right-wing blogosphere has repeatedly subjected itself. Over and over, they make the most vicious accusations without the slightest basis in fact.

Time and again, they are revealed to be people completely unmoored from reality or without the slightest regard for basic precepts of responsible commentary. Facts which are unpleasant to them are deemed to be “fake” for that reason alone, and the most serious accusations come spewing forth from their mouths without any regard to whether they are actually true.

Read it in full.

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Adios

Posted by Greg on May 29, 2007

And don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. Then again, I don’t care, just go.

It appears Ms. Cindy Sheehan has finally figured out that nobody gives a damn about her, although some of the moonbats appreciated her work to the extent it helped them vent their Bush anger.

John Cole says it very well:

I felt she was nothing but a pathetic woman devastated by grief, and I felt she was used for a good long while by people who don’t really care about her, but found her position to be useful. Oddly enough, she and I somewhat agree on that point in the end. The real moral of this story is that you just can’t run around spewing nastiness at everyone and expect to make a lot of friends or retain a lot of influence. Who would have thunk it?

I never really figured out – or cared to figure out – whether she was just naive or incredibly stupid and self righteous. Either way, she was irritating and ultimately probably did more harm than good to her own cause.

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Which is it?

Posted by Greg on May 29, 2007

Pam Spaulding reports a purge of Rudy backers among the Freeper wingnuts.

Meanwhile, Michael at TMV says the social conservatives are backing Rudy.

Curiosuer and curiouser.

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With friends like this…

Posted by Greg on May 24, 2007

Mitt’s latest idiocy is beyond words.

Fortunately. Good As You was not left speechless.

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Another day in DC

Posted by Greg on May 24, 2007

Firedoglake on the Gooding testimony.

Obsidian Wings on the Democratic cave in.

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Lying panderers, or pandering liars?

Posted by Greg on May 23, 2007

Sullivan on Multiple Choice Mitt:

Romney’s wife says she’s integral to his thoughts on policy:

“He listens to my advice probably more than anyone else’s. We never sort of go off on our own, either one of us, without feeling like we’re going together on whatever journey that we’re on.”

Mitt says:

“her positions are not particularly relevant to my campaign.”

They really do make Bill and Hillary look honest, don’t they?

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