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,…

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.…

so long, maudey

Fitting that the great Bea Arthur died on one of the most bizarre days of my life. I watched “Maude” religiously as a child, adopting her signature catchphrase, “God will get you for that!” I was a strange little boy, and I thank Bea Arthur for leading me astray. At the 2:02 mark in the first clip you’ll see Maude’s introduction to America. In the second clip, around the 1:00 mark, Maude delivers a memorable comeback. Following that, a duet with Rock Hudson about recreational drug use and, finally, Maude asks Florida Evans to procure some weed.

apparently good sportsmanship is not a traditional value

I hate to waste any more time on the Miss California imbroglio, but I’m afraid we haven’t heard the last from Carrie Prejean. “There’s a lot of people cheering you tonight that you stood on your principles, that you put the principles above winning,” Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity told Prejean when she appeared on his television program. “Not enough people do that. And I admire you a lot for it.” I guess bad sports are to be admired. Though Prejean says she would’ve won the title had she not been asked about gay marriage, Miss North Carolina had higher…

jerry the lion

My cat went missing more than a month ago, in early March. I figured he’d encountered a vindictive possum or wily coyote. Turns out he was trapped in a neighbor’s crawlspace. They discovered him yesterday, emaciated but still purring. Just got the blood work back from the vet and, amazingly, he checked out fine. He’s badly dehydrated, of course, and lost half his body weight (now just under five pounds), but the vet doesn’t think he’ll suffer any long-term consequences. I’ve loved animals before, especially kitties (hence the use of the word “kitty”). But I can’t say I’ve ever respected one —…