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Pork Fat Flu

Update:  The epidural went without a hitch so far.  Neck hurts – aches and stabs by turns.  Everything is bound up tight inside, that’s for sure.  Keep your extremities crossed.

Found a good article today.  Cruel Wife is 5’1″ tall – maybe she’ll want to do this.  What’s 9 months of agony, she’s had two kids, right?  Breaking your legs to grow taller.  I don’t know that I want her any taller – she makes a great armrest when we’re waiting in line and I get tired.

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Well it seems that perhaps the media, the UN, and a number of other countries <cough europeans cough> might have overreacted just a hair.

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Pork Fat Flu... get it? Huh? Get it? Oh I slay me. When will reporters and UN sycophants actually behave responsibly?

As the reports have been saying all along, outside of Mexico the flu seems to be quite mild.  Even in Mexico there’s been question as to how many deaths were truly from the flu.

the current outbreak of the H1N1 virus, which emerged in San Diego and southern Mexico late last month, may not even do as much damage as the run-of-the-mill flu outbreaks that occur each winter without much fanfare.

This virus doesn’t have anywhere near the capacity to kill like the 1918 virus,” which claimed an estimated 50 million victims worldwide, said Richard Webby, a leading influenza virologist…

I suppose anything is possible but you have to wonder:  why would it be harder on a person who got sick with it there than it would be on a person who got it there and then went home  to the US?    There’s either a damn good reason or there’s none at all.

Let’s throw out some  examples of hysteria:

Swine flu: ‘All of humanity under threat’, WHO warns

Biden: Stay Off Subways During Swine Flu Panic

Toddler who died of swine flu visited Houston mall

World takes drastic steps to contain swine flu

Really, it’s considered mild.  Really.  Death toll is not going to be oodles and oodles of in-their-prime individuals.  This is like any other flu season.  Why the panic?  Yes, it’s too bad that there will be deaths, but where was the panic this last winter when the regular flu was going around?

Ultimately pants-wetters out there shouldn’t let facts get in their way.  Let’s go nuts and invoke cartloads of conspiracy theories on top of the normal hysterical theatrics.

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I might take a hit for this post but oh well.  In fact, I’ve been modifying this all day because I said what I did earlier in such a piss-poor way.  It’s like engrish is my fifth language or someting.

I’m going to hack at it again in a few seconds, and be patient, because what I’m trying to say is heavily nuanced even in my own brain.  I keep revisiting it to make sure I’m not being internally inconsistent.

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I was listening to NPR (Diane Rhem) this morning as I was coming in to work. (know thine enemy, I say)

A caller said that she thought that the dialogue should shift away from experience and focus more on world exposure.  Obama has lived in big cities and in other parts of the world.  Palin has lived in small towns and by the way did you know that she went to five different universities and hasn’t released her grades?

I have in the last week just done a flip-flop from my past behavior/approach/outlook.

Here’s the thing:  If all we can do is focus on Obama’s grandmother, Palin’s universities, where he/she lived, what kind of mother/father they are, etc.  then we have goddamned well missed the boat.

There’s also been focus on how old McCain is.  Focus on Palin being a mom.

Lets quote from the EEOC.GOV website, shall we?

… employment decisions based on stereotypes or assumptions about the abilities, traits, or performance of individuals of a certain sex, race, age, religion, or ethnic group, or individuals with disabilities; and

denying employment opportunities to a person because of marriage to, or association with, an individual of a particular race, religion, national origin, or an individual with a disability. Title VII also prohibits discrimination because of participation in schools or places of worship associated with a particular racial, ethnic, or religious group.

It gets mentioned again:

… the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), which protects individuals who are 40 years of age or older

And again:

Discriminatory practices under these laws also include:

employment decisions based on stereotypes or assumptions about the abilities, traits, or performance of individuals of a certain sex, race, age, religion, or ethnic group, or individuals with disabilities; and

People are making definitive and decisive arguments about these candidates based on criteria that are illegal for a company to consider in hiring/firing of an employee or potential candidate.  Federal law.  And we’ve been doing this for years.  I know it won’t stop and I know I will probably continue to do it even after this post (because it is fun).  But could we refocus a bit?

The office of president and/or vp are elected offices but they are essentially candidates for a job.  They get compensation for their job just like any of the 93.9% of us that are currently (as of today) employed in the United States.

I want to hear about their actual job-related qualifications, their actual voting record, and their policy platforms.  I want a resume, not a bio.  This is not to say you can’t be obnoxious if you damn well please (because, as I said, I plan to) but let’s not let news/reporters waste everybody’s time reporting feelings or suppositions as fact.  If reporters start putting in feelings or suppositions they should stop being “reporters” and become the next Michelle Malkin, where there’s a blend of facts and insight and critique that becomes more than the sum of the parts.  And, just as in aerospace:  Not everyone gets to be an astronaut.  Not everybody is going to be a Malkin or a Sowell or a Hannity.

Sure if Candidate X is a pedophile, a felon, drug abuser, or actively breaking a serious law – YES, those are things that one would take into account and those facts should be brought into light.

But is noting that Palin went to five universities and won’t release her records something that is even remotely germane to the topic at hand?  The topic is whether she’s qualified to be a vp.  Is it relevant to the job the number of kids you have?  What about what your wife wrote while in college (yes, I know, this is a major flip-flop for me)?  Does your wife’s racially-charged college paper belong in the arena of reporting facts relevant to the election?  Not really.

I guess I am just very very weary of the two year’s worth of MSM’s focus on specious and irrelevant arguments about stuff that is total bullshite in the context of ability to do a job as outlined by the Constitution.

There.  I hope I did that with more justice this time.

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