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Archives for October, 2008

Dishonest John McCain may be a distinguished veteran, but he isn’t the favorite of veteran’s groups. Not that you’d know it to listen to him. He has consistently lied about this, blatantly and brazenly. Like when he responded to a veteran’s question about why his voting record on funding the VA is so abysmal:

Presidential candidate medical records?

The New York Times has a very long article by Lawrence Altman, a physician and medical reporter for the newspaper, about the uncertainties regarding the medical histories of the four major party candidates for President and Vice-President. John McCain, a cancer survivor and the candidate who would become the oldest President were he elected, has…

Annals of McCain – Palin, XXXI: Powell

I’m not a fan of Colin Powell. He was there and helped start this catastrophic war. Maybe he tried to resist it in private but in public he shouldered the weight of selling it. He bears responsibility for it. He knew better but he was, as always, the good soldier. So now Powell has broken…

Does flu vaccination work for children?

Flu season is upon us and with it the perennial question, should I get a flu shot. In 2006 the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) extended its 2004 recommendation that children 6 months to 23 months be vaccinated (2 doses) to now include children 6 months to 59 months (<5 yyears old). I’m in…

For my grandchildrens’ world

Thoughts on a Sunday afternoon in the first decade of the 21st Century:

This hilarious invocation by an evangelical preacher at a McCain rally in Davenport, Iowa, October 11, 2008, has had plenty of exposure but I couldn’t resist replaying its Fatuous Goodness one more time. The argument is that God is All Powerful, so He can make McCain win. But if He doesn’t make McCain win, then…

Annals of McCain – Palin, XXX: ageism

The pundits keep telling us that a particular problem for Barack Obama are older, white Catholics. Like this woman? Sister Cecilia has lived in the convent in Rome for 50 years. A 106-year-old American nun living in a convent in Rome could well be one of the oldest voters to cast a ballot in the…

Here’s some public health man-bites-dog news. George Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did something right:

Living on a big ranch outside a city in a state with wide open spaces can be wonderful but it can also be a problem if you depend on modern telecommunications systems like cell phone service. If you are the only one around for miles and miles, it isn’t that likely you will be supplied…

Bug bomb illnesses and injuries

If Mrs. R. is typical, it’s a good thing there are no atomic bug bombs or thermonuclear mouse traps or our neighborhood would be a radioactive dead zone. In our case her malevolent vibrations are sufficient to sterilize the area of vermin (that and our dog) but many people resort to chemical bug bombs, called…