Author Archive | Boohunney

Measles outbreak at Texas megachurch…

Sometimes, doing what one thinks is right thing to do can backfire. There is a measles outbreak in Texas…

The outbreak has affected 15 people connected to Eagle Mountain International Church in Newark, Texas, the result of a visit to the church by someone who had recently traveled to a country where measles is common.

The senior pastor there, Terri Pearsons, said in an Aug. 15 statement that while she still has misgivings about vaccinations — particularly when administered to children in families with a history of autism — she believes “children and even adults of all ages need to be immunized now to stop the spread of measles and prevent those potential complications.”

Since the publication of Andrew Wakefield’s paper in The Lancet in 1998 that discusses the cases of 12 children developing autism spectrum disorders after the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine was administered, many are fearful of vaccines. While the paper was retracted by The Lancet many parents are still skeptical on immunizing their kids. Many parents site different reasons for this. Some believe that unvaccinated children build and strengthen their immune systems through fighting off infection and developing natural immunity to diseases like measles and chickenpox. There is the belief that vaccinations weakens the immune system and leaves children more vulnerable to all other diseases and infections. There are religious objections, too. Many think that mandatory vaccinations are an affront to personal liberty.

What about the arguments for vaccinations?  Even when diseases seem to no longer exist, outbreaks can still occur if children are not vaccinated. Vaccines are over 90% effective, but, children that have been vaccinated can still contract a disease. If they immunized their symptoms may be less severe than children who haven’t been vaccinated. Should school systems allow unvaccinated kids to attend putting the other kids at risk? Many feel no one has a right to risk the health of others with their philosophical or religious views.

I know a lot of parents that have a wide variety of opinions on immunizing their children. I don’t have a dog in this race as I am childless.

I am just interested, what do you parents think?

Oh, for crying out loud, will you just HUSH!

So, “believing” food stamps is promoting slavery? What the heck does that mean?

Rand Paul

“As humans, yeah, we do have an obligation to give people water, to give people food, to give people health care,” Paul allowed, “but it’s not a right because once you conscript people and say, ‘Oh, it’s a right,’ then really you’re in charge, it’s servitude, you’re in charge of me and I’m supposed to do whatever you tell me to do.”

The comments are an echo of his 2011 claim that accepting a human right to health care “means you believe in slavery,” but the Senator’s new variation on the theme is notable because it puts the reasoning behind the crazy in stark relief. Particularly, this line: “You don’t have a right to anyone else’s labor. Food’s pretty important, do you have a right to the labor of the farmer?”

The basic idea is that if slavery means forcing people to do things, and saying people have a right to food means the government should require farmers to provide it to them, then a right to food means the enslavement of farmers. A moderately bright high school student could spot the leap of logic here: no one’s forcing anyone to farm against their will. In a democratic-capitalist economy, people have a right to choose their career and, as it turns out, enough people end up being farmers that there’s generally enough food to go around…

The thing about starvation and illness is that they make it impossible for you to participate either in the market economy or in democratic governance; generally, people with distended bellies and 103 degree fevers aren’t in good shape to contribute to civil society or the economy.

Let’s just stop giving people who need the paltry amount of food stamps to get by each month and let’s see what happens to the crime rate, the success rate for poorer children in school and let those disabled and elderly just starve because they aren’t contributing anything to the big money machine, anyway.

Paul’s ideas are just sophomoric and arrogantly stupid.

 

Monday Roundup: Haters’ Edition…

No. No. No. She. Didn’t. Say. That.

This is truly unbelievable. Colorado Republican state Senator Vicki Marble…

A Republican state senator stunned her colleagues Wednesday during a discussion on poverty when she talked about blacks eating chicken and Mexicans eating vegetables until they move to the United States…

“When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race,” Marble said. “Sickle-cell anemia is something that comes up. Diabetes is something that’s prevalent in the genetic makeup, and you just can’t help it… Although I’ve got to say, I’ve never had better barbecue and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down South and you, I mean, I love it. Everybody loves it.”

Marble also said Mexicans eat healthfully until they immigrate to America.

The remarks were made during a meeting of the Colorado Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force last Wednesday.

I have really never heard BBQ and fried chicken as being “gateway foods” to poverty.

Happiness is a warm gun…

So, George Zimmerman goes to the factory that manufactured the gun used in the Trayvon Martin shooting to inquire about purchasing a shotgun…

Zimmerman went to Kel-Tec in Cocoa, Florida … a gun manufacturing company.  We’re told he was asking questions about the legality of buying a shotgun — specifically, the Kel-Tec KSG.

The gun in question is a tactical shotgun, often used for home defense.  It holds 12 rounds of 12 gauge shells.
We’re told the owner’s son took Zimmerman on a tour of the grounds, including the area where the firearms are assembled.

Well, isn’t that quaint? A grand tour and some publicity.

Well, maybe some think the perceptions of this might not be so great…

“We understand how George visiting the factory that produces the gun used to shoot Trayvon Martin is seen as inappropriate,” Shawn Vincent, spokesman for Zimmerman’s lawyer Mark O’Mara, told Reuters on Friday.

Tea Party Social Media page redacts offensive meme by re-posting it…

The social media page of the Patriot Nation does not allow racist or offensive slurs on its page. Really? In post dated August 21st, the moderator of the page posted this photo….

 

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Followed by this statement…

“This image is floating around the web and here and now, we are stating the fact that we are not the creators of it. The image was passed to us and we shared it….

Anyone who is found to be posting such racist crap on this page or using racial slurs, will be banned permanently.

We didn’t create it but shared it before verifying it’s authenticity; lesson learned.”

Sure, buddy. ***Giggle*** Gimme a break.

Then, there is an entire string of comments peppered with all kinds of slurs and dog whistles.

If there is a comment calling out the use of slurs, there is a uniform cry from the Tea Party people, “There you go, playing the race card. Whiner.” Some Tea Party folks will tell you that some of their best friends are black or something like that, so it is not possible to be a racist.

Because if the “n word” isn’t used, it’s not racist. That’s how they roll.

 

 

Study shows being a jackass is hazardous to your health…

No this isn’t from the Onion, but, it is amazing….

Happiness has long been linked to healthiness, but according to a new study, our genes can tell the difference between the kind of happiness derived from giving back to the community and the kind derived from being Charles Montgomery Burns—and they reward or punish us accordingly.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina and UCLA found that our genes have an innate “heightened moral sense,” and can attack us when we put ourselves before others. For the study, 80 people were given a questionnaire asking why they’re satisfied with their lives and what makes them happy. Then their blood was drawn and the white blood cells were analyzed….

The test subjects who admitted that they derive their happiness through self-serving or hedonistic endeavors had unhealthy profiles, featuring high levels of biological markers “known to promote increased inflammation throughout the body”—the kind of inflammation that’s linked to cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. They also had low levels of markers that produce antibodies that fight off infections.

Conversely, people whose happiness was derived from being of service or having a greater purpose had low levels of inflammatory markers and high levels of antibody production markers.

The authors of the study said this is an “evolutionary strategy” of weeding out the assholes (in so many words).

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