Typhoid Andrew

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?


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.


I love Nessie

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.

The Corollary

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.


Via Pam’s House Blend and Think Progress

More rantings about Mary

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.

If he only had a brain

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.

Next Week’s News

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.”