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Swine vs. seasonal…

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An interesting  report out of Sweden says the seasonal flu is killing more people than H1N1 is.     Could that be why individual US states have already stopped reporting new cases of the swine version?   And where in big media have you read that a secondary bacterial infection has been responsible for the majority of deaths in otherwise healthy adults with H1N1?

I’m beginning to wonder if Rahm Emanuel’s belief that you should never let a crisis go to waste is leading the administration to hype H1N1 to portray the government as savior.   I expected them to take full credit for the pandemic response systems which the Bush Administration put in place.  You youngsters should remember that the National Civil Defense system grew out of World War I,  but was at its height during the Cold War with the threat of nuclear-armed missiles from the Soviet Union.

I’m not a fan of Wikipedia,  but it does have a decent entry on the system,  which faded into obscurity and defunding after the Cold War,  and has now been wholly supplanted by Homeland Security.    Oddly enough,  the first county in the nation to have adequate shelter space and basic supplies for its citizens was Montgomery County,  Alabama,  largely because county officials  and the mayor of Montgomery put an extremely practical farmer and aviator in charge of the task.

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October 16, 2009 at 11:22 am

But the Southern border is secure…..

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A strain of  H1N1 that is resistant to treatment with the drug Tamiflu has been discovered near the U.S.-Mexican border.

Gee,  isn’t that t he border Sen. Chuck  Schumer  has assured us is so very secure that we can now move on to amnesty for all illegal aliens?

Then why on earth would Texas Governor Rick Perry send the Texas Rangers to the border?

Pay no attention to the polar bear in your living room,  folks,  and move along  —nothing to see here.

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September 14, 2009 at 2:35 am

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Stupidity on steroids…

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It was bad enough when HomeSec Sec. Napolitano claimed there was no point in closing the Mexican border,  since the H1N1 virus was already in the US.     Then Obama repeated it,  using the analogy of shutting the barn door after the horses had bolted.     Yesterday, Napolitano said it again.

That is stupid on steroids!    Let me use a different analogy.    Suppose you must walk through a mine field to reach safety.    There are two routes.    One route has mines set, but no more can be laid.     Along the other route,  people are constantly placing more mines.    Which route will you take?

You chose the first route beause you aren’t stupid and don’t have a death wish.   With any infectious disease,  if you control localized eruptions,  but continually allow new cases in to create fresh outbreaks,  the number of total infections would be higher.    The effect of new influx will be minimal if a true pandemic is already present,  but that is not currently the  case.

So by using simple common sense, you,  dear readers,  have proven yourselves far smarter,  and much more honest,  than His Oneness,  with his Ivy League degrees and graciously received acclimation as a brilliant man/politician/leader of the universe.

I was constantly amazed during the Clinton years at how brilliant both of them were held to be,  despite the truly dumb things they regularly did.    Obama is the same,  only worse,  because Big Media won’t report most of his gaffes,  let alone hold him accountable for them.   Another current example is the Chrysler bankruptcy,  which a month ago His Oneness was claiming to be unacceptable,  along with Chuck Schumer and a whole host of other Democratic luminaries.  Now,  it’s suddenly a good thing and the saving of not only Chrysler, but the entire auto industry.

Remember Reagan saying that liberals “just know so much that isn’t so”?    Man,   does it ever apply now!

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May 1, 2009 at 3:35 pm

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Pandemic panic…

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Wes Pruden has a go at reminding us that SARS was supposed to kill us all,  along with bird flu, dangerous produce and rising oceans.

The  SEIU labor union has launched an online petition against the GOP for delaying the confirmation of Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary in the face of a swine flu outbreak.

Larry Klayman of FreedomWatch,   formerly the energizer bunny of Judicial Watch who so annoyed Bill and Hillary! , wonders if this is a biological terrorism attack.    It could be, but wouldn’t a terrorist group would want something far more deadly?

Andrea Shea King is more inclined to see the swine flu as a useful diversion for the Obama team and Congressional Democrats as they work to arrange final approval of the $3.5 trillion FY 2010 budget bill,  with no Republican input,  by Wednesday,  Obama’s 100th day.    We certainly haven’t heard much about the $1.2 trillion dollar health care budget contained within the overall package since the flu took center state,  have  we?

The EU has issued a warning on travel to the US,   and Russia is not only checking  all planes from the Americas for swine flu,  but has also banned importation of American meat.    It doesn’t appear that either  Hillary!’s reset button or the foreign charm offensive of His Oneness did much for us,  does it?

My view is that,  if the Obama Administration can bring itself to follow the path laid down by the Bush Administration,  the systems are already in place to deal with an epidemic,  and likely a pandemic as well.    They will,  of course,  take all the credit,  and blame any shortfalls on Bush.    I just heard HHS Sec.  Napolitano say that flu vaccine was being shipped out today,  and that all states would have a supply by May 3rd.    Either she isn’t following the original guidelines which called for same-day shipping from the nearest supply, or she doesn’t know about FedEx.

I’m not worried for myself,  because I haven’t caught a cold or the flu in 40 years.    I suspect my rampant allergies keep my system in such overdrive that no bug can survive the instant onslaught I seem to generate.     I have nursed family and friends through rotovirus and all sorts of related unpleasantness,  and never caught any of it.

The CDC says 5 to 20% of Americans have flu each year,  which averages to 12.5%  or about 37.5 million people.     Napolitano said we could expect about 30,000 deaths from the flu,  in normal years about 40,000 die from flu and its complications.    That’s a mortality rate of a little over 1/10 of  1%,  and a tiny number compared to the 650,00 who die from heart disease and the  550,000 who die from cancer annually.

According to a Stanford University summary of the great flu pandemic of 1918,  that mortality rate was about 2.5%  —  almost 25 times the rate of a normal flu year.    If this outbreak rose to that level,  nearly 1 million could die.    But so far,   the variant in America seems to be mild.

Be prudent,  but don’t get hysterical.

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April 29, 2009 at 2:43 pm

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