Measles was considered eliminated at the turn of the millennium. Now it’s back, thanks to the loons to refuse to vaccinate their children.
Of all the things to be nostalgic for, infectious diseases probably don’t make it onto many lists.
However, if you happen to pine for the good old days when measles was an active public health threat, I have good news for you. The anti-vaccine crowd is bringing it back.
There is currently an outbreak of measles in New York City. Considered eliminated in the United States in 2000, last year saw a record number of outbreaks around the country. It’s only three months into 2014, and not only is the nation’s largest city seeing cases in several boroughs, but other major metropolitan areas are warning of new cases as well.
This is not some inconvenience to be laughed off. Measles is a highly-contagious illness caused by a virus. It usually presents with a combination of rash, fevers, cough and runny nose, as well as characteristic spots in the mouth. Most patients recover after an unpleasant but relatively uneventful period of sickness. Unfortunately, about one patient in every 1,000 develops inflammation of the brain, and one to three cases per 1000 in the United States result in death.
Reports from New York note that several people have been hospitalized, and infected patients include infants too young to be vaccinated themselves. Because the American public hasn’t needed to worry much about this once-contained threat in quite some time, most people probably don’t know that measles can kill, or leave children permanently disabled.
More at Daily Beast.
We vaccinate people for a reason.
It’s been well-documented that the GOP is in the middle of an aggressive rebranding campaign intended to woo African-American voters, and in the midst of this, yet another Republican congressional candidate has provoked cries of racial insensitivity.
In a post on his Facebook page that was—in theory, anyway—about federal spending, Jim Brown, who’s running in Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, compared modern-day “entitlements” to slavery. But even more disturbing, perhaps, he denied that slavery was, first and foremost, a brutally violent institution:
Back in the day of slavery, slaves were kept in slavery by denying them education and opportunity while providing them with their basic needs .. Not by beating them and starving them. (Although there were isolated cases if course) Basically slave owners took pretty good care of their slaves and livestock and this kept business rolling along.
This flies in the face, of course, of all credible historical accounts, including the recent Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave. Brown’s comments, therefore, not only make him sound woefully ill-informed but—more troubling for Republicans—also make him and his party sound extreme, rendering him a potentially toxic candidate in a winnable district.
Police officer and political novice Dave Feliciano, who is contesting the Republican primary to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), said on the steps of the South Carolina state House Thursday that Graham is “ambiguously gay.”
The State reports that Feliciano made the comment as he participated in a news conference announcing that four of Graham’s challengers will support whomever ends up in a run-off with the senator, if Graham does not garner 50 percent of the primary vote.
“It’s about time that South Carolina [says] hey, ‘We’re tired of the ambiguously gay senator from South Carolina,’” Feliciano said. “‘We’re ready for a new leader to merge the Republican Party. We’re done with this.’ This is what it’s about, all of us coming together and saying, one way or the other, one of us is going to be on that ballot in November.”
A citizen board member in Wellington is facing criticism after she likened the village’s planning director to Adolf Hitler during a public meeting last week.
Marcia Radosevich gave the Nazi dictator’s one-armed salute and said “Heil Hitler” while the board was discussing the powers of village staff members during the monthly Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board meeting March 5.
The gesture was directed at Tim Stillings, the village’s planning and development services director.
For months, National Review’s staff has worked to invent bogus justifications for anti-gay business discrimination, condemning non-discrimination efforts as a form of government overreach. Long before states like Kansas and Arizona sought to pass laws allowing business to refuse service to gay an d lesbian customers, National Review was championing business owners who had been sued for engaging in anti-gay discrimination.
In August, after the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled unanimously that photographer Elaine Huguenin violated the state’s Human Rights Act by refusing to photograph a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony, National Review joined other right-wing media outlets in their howls of outrage. At National Review Online, NRO contributor and Heritage Fou ndation fellow Ryan T. Anderson blasted the ruling as a sign that social conservatives had been “driven to the margins of culture,” with “religious believers” and “the truth about marriage” under judicial assault.
NRO also took up the mantle of Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple. In a one-sided interview published under the headline “Let Him Bake Cake in Freedom,” NRO editor-at-large Kathryn Jean Lopez framed Phillips, whom a state judge ruled had violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, as a victim of anti-C hristian persecution. Lopez wondered what the “future of freedom” looked like in a world where businesses couldn’t turn away LGBT customers.
The climate change crowd did not have a good morning yesterday. Well, at least those who pay attention to grass-roots politics in a bellwether Florida congressional district. But if the global warmers have any sense at all, they should pay careful heed to what happened in Tuesday’s special congressional election in Florida’s 13th District because it very well likely could be a harbinger of things to come in this year’s mid-terms.
With the passing of Bill Young (the longest serving Republican Member of Congress) last October, his recently re-districted seat was up for grabs. The 13th District now encompasses the entirety of Pinellas County (just south of Tampa), an area that has been in Republican hands since 1954 when William Cramer (the first Florida Republican elected to the House since Reconstruction) unseated Democrat Courtney Campbell.
Despite the county’s Republican track record in Congress, it has in recent years become more competitive. In 2000 Pinellas County went for Al Gore over George W. Bush 51%-49%, and Barack Obama carried the county in both of his presidential bids, albeit by a very slim margin.
With this in mind, the Democrat candidate for Young’s seat, Alex Sink, was considered by pollsters and pundits to be a sure-fire winner. A professional politician by trade, Sink has tremendous state-wide name recognition. Besides narrowly losing a gubernatorial bid against now-Governor Rick Scott in 2010, Sink served as Chief Financial Officer of the State of Florida from 2007-2010 during the tenure of politically schizophrenic Charlie Crist. (Remember ole “Good Time” Charlie? He’s the one who was elected Governor as a Republican; then he turned Independent mid-term in office; now he’s turned Democrat and is running for Governor again! Let it go, Charlie! Please! How can anyone possibly believe you stand for anything when you have zig-zagged across the political spectrum like a pinball? But I digress…)
In planning her campaign strategy, Sink decided to counter anti-Obamacare sentiment against her by attacking the Republican former off-shore drilling lobbyist David Jolly as a climate change skeptic. Sink outspent Jolly by more than 3 to 1 on television advertising, and the Sierra Club produced a grossly overplayed video that excoriated Jolly for being a global warming skeptic.
In deciding to become a shill for the fashionable (to the left anyway) mantra that man-made global warming is gonna kill us all, Sink made a calculated guess that the threat of rising waters would hit home with coastal Pinellas County voters. (Good God! Everyone knows that warming of the Atlantic and Gulf waters will spawn more killer hurricanes and make it impossible for ANYBODY to get homeowners insurance in Florida again EVER! Never mind that Florida hasn’t had a major storm event since the triple whammy of 2004. But I digress again…)
From an utterly objective, political science perspective, one would think Sink had a pretty good strategy going. The 13th District is urban and decidedly moderate. For goodness sakes, the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party barely exists over there. Furthermore, a large portion of the electorate comprises 6 month +1 day northeastern and Rust Belt snowbirds, i.e. generally liberal voters. But here is where I think Sink made her fatal error. This special election took place in March, when the snowbirds are in residence at their Florida homes blissfully watching on TV from their tropical living rooms the unrelenting snowstorms that have pelted their northern residences this winter. It’s kind of hard to convince voters such as these that global warming is gonna get ‘em when their grandkids up north are racking up snow days.
So what did Jolly do in response to the unrelenting onslaught against him for being a climate change denier? A big fat nothing. That’s right. He just let it go and let Alex sink herself with her apocalyptic global warming drivel.
Beating the drum of this mythological, man-made Armageddon and condemning with fiery rhetoric all those “heretics” who might be insufficiently orthodox in their climate theology may serve to whip up the passions of the multitude of deluded “intellectuals” that the US Democrat Party has the dubious honor to count as one of its major voting blocs. But American voters both on the right and in the broad middle just aren’t buying it anymore. And until and unless the advocates of anthropogenic climate change start making predictions that bear at least a passing semblance to reality, that’s not going to change. And those misguided pols seeking reelection on this nonsense will share Alex Sink’s fate.
Residents in a Virginia town are upset about a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) flier that has been appearing in their mailboxes and on their yards this week.
The flier contains a number for a hotline, an email address and information about two websites where residents could learn that the KKK is a non-violent, non-hate group that is not the “enem[y] of the colored and mongrel races.”
Frank Ancona, president and imperial wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, told the Times Dispatch that “[t]he thing that really gets me is that [people are] saying we’re teaching our children to hate people just because of their race, creed and color, and that’s a complete lie and falsehood.”
One of the fliers in Virginia, however, claimed that “many people have experienced the blacks firsthand” and have seen the “savagery and animalism in many of these people.” The fliers went on to say that the KKK’s mission is “exalting the Caucasian race and teaching the doctrine of white supremacy. That does not mean that we are enemies of the colored and mongrel race, but it does mean that we are organized to establish the solidarity and to realize the mission of the white race.”
Gay blogger Joe.My.God. reported that in a post called “Breeders: How Gay Men Destroyed the Left,” Lopez envisioned a dystopian future where women are nothing more than prisoners to an elite overclass of gay men.
“Gay men are men,” he wrote, and such, they eschew the company of women.
“Gestational surrogacy is a dream come true for woman-hating chauvinists who are bound to congregate under such an umbrella,” he said.
“Men enjoy all the ‘phallic’ privilege that the bourgeois patriarchy can provide” under this system, he said, “and women are put in their place. Not even in the kitchen, no - in a barracks somewhere, patrolled by goons who will snatch away their babies whenever the men demand it.”
So, let me get this straight - it is not the right, what with their Southern Baptists denying women right to clergy, with their “women must submit to men”, with their “there is no rape in marriage” that is subverting women. It is not the catholic right leaning church, what with its denial of women’s rights to clergy, nor the Morman right leaning church with their denial of women’s right to clergy or equity, It is not the Quiverfull movement that suggests ‘women are made to breed’ and men should “breed them as many times as possible. It is the gays, who are appropriating women for breeding..
“Guess what, Ireland?” jibes a video released by the US Embassy in Dublin. ” It was Americans who first started turning things green.”
Green rivers, green beer, “even wearing green”.
It’s one of five ways Americans invented St Patrick’s Day, apparently.
If the video is anything to go by, they also gave us parades, marching bands, and corned beef.
The claims will surprise few, considering how the Americans have also given us Halloween.
click the link for the video
We also know the American’s invented the jet engine, the automobile, the telephone, the radio, the television, the computer, and the flushing toilet, which is where the Embassy in Dublin dumped this nonsense, apparently….
The more I see of Lorde, the more this young, 17 year old proves she has maturity beyond her years. She rocks the light fantastic….. and I love her for it
Lorde’s reply when an Australian shock jock tried to insinuate that she and friend Taylor Swift were making like Scissor Sisters? A lot.
“Are you bringing your new bestie, Taylor Swift?” Kyle Sandilands asked about her upcoming New York City concert.
“I see your guys’ pictures everywhere. Are you guys, like, uh, are you together now?”
There was an awkward pause before Sandilands continued, “Not together as in lesbians…I’m not talking about ‘Ellen together.’ I’m talking about, like, you guys are friendly, right?”
Lorde retorted, “What do you mean you’re not talking about ‘Ellen together?’ Is there something wrong with lesbians? Is that what you’re trying to say?”
Lorde live @ KCRW