michelle bachmann on democratic pandemics

Congress’ biggest nut is at it again:

Speaking to the conservative media outlet Pajamas TV on Monday, Michele Bachmann noted: “I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.”

I’m not saying Bachmann is an idiot, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence that she’s always saying stupid things.

swine fluke

The bank said Thursday that the man is believed to have been exposed to the illness while traveling in Mexico for business from April 13 to 18. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will do a second test to confirm the diagnosis.

The man has been treated by a doctor and has made a full recovery.

He’s not the exception, but the rule, here and abroad.

The first Britons confirmed to have caught swine flu have been discharged from hospital after recovering.

was virginia foxx right?

I’m doubly conflicted about this story, but facts are never irrelevant.

Though I suspect her motives (the GOP never misses a chance to gay bait), Rep. Foxx may not have been wrong when she said:

“I also would like to point out that there was a bill — the hate crimes bill that’s called the Matthew Shepard bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn’t because he was gay. This — the bill was named for him, hate crimes bill was named for him, but it’s really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills,” said Foxx.

In 2004, ABC News reported one of the lead investigators in the Shepard case dismissed the victim’s sexuality as a motive in the victim’s murder.

“If it wasn’t Shepard, they would have found another easy target. What it came down to really is drugs and money and two punks that were out looking for it,” [former Laramie Police Detective Ben] Fritzen said. …

Helping fuel the gay hate crime theory were statements made to police and the media by Kristen Price, McKinney’s girlfriend. (Price was charged with felony accessory after-the-fact to first-degree murder. She later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor interference with police officers.)

Price now says that at the time of the crime she thought things would go easier for McKinney if his violence were seen as a panic reaction to an unwanted gay sexual advance.

But today, Price tells Vargas the initial statements she made were not true and tells Vargas that McKinney’s motive was money and drugs. “I don’t think it was a hate crime at all. I never did,” she said.

I don’t know if they’re telling the truth. But too often there’s a rush to judgment when it comes to hate crimes.

Last month a Midtown waiter alleged he was gay-bashed behind Blake’s, though charges were never filed.

Despite a flimsy story, some advocates rushed to exploit the allegation in an attempt to get hate crimes legislation passed in Georgia.

I’m uncomfortable with the whole idea of hate crimes, which run contrary to the notion of equality. But if special protections exist for some minorities, why not all?

I’d prefer they existed for none. Just what constitutes a bias crime? I may have been the victim of such an attack years ago, but even I’m unsure. When I share the details, some believe I was, others, not.

I don’t trust politcally motivated bureaucrats to get it right. I don’t trust gay-baiting Republicans, either.

susan collins was right

The sheep in the liberal blogosphere say moderate Republican senator Susan Collins has pig’s blood on her hands.

“Everybody in the room is concerned about a pandemic flu,” Collins said at the time, referring to the stimulus negotiations. “But does it belong in this bill? Should we have $870 million in this bill? No, we should not.”

Agreed. That money may need to be spent, but Congress should vote on it separately, not as part of an economic stimulus package.

Besides, money would not have prevented the spread of a virus that originated outside of this country. Not at this point, anyway.

But why parse facts when you can blame all the nation’s ills on the opposition?

(And to suggest, as Sean Hannity’s liberal twin Ed Schultz has, that Collins was following Karl Rove’s lead on this is ludicrous. She’s broken ranks with Republicans many times, and I hardly think the senator from Maine was calling Rove for advice on the stimulus package.)