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What WILL those Conflucians Say tonight?

With so much going on it could be anything . . . .

We’ve been thinking about the Assassination of Dr. Tiller & the shooting at Holocaust Museum  — is domestic terrorism spreading? What about Internet censorship and Obama’s bid to control the Internet? Is Obama’s expressions of commitment a sign of progress toward Health Care Reform? Or is the AMA’s opposition a sign of trouble to come? And H1N1 Flu — what DOES Level 6 Pandemic really mean to us?

What have you been thinking about?  Call in tonight to make sure we give your thoughts the attention they deserve:

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What’s so hard about condemning sexism and misogyny?  Does it really matter who the victim is?  John Cole gets it:

You know, I have no idea what the hell David Letterman is thinking or what he thinks he is accomplishing with crap like this, but this was inexcusable. He should be ashamed of himself.

And I’m not trying to sound like some politically correct scold, and I have no problem with comedians being comedians. There are lots of reasons to dislike Sarah Palin, there are lots of reasons to not be impressed with her leadership, her beliefs, or, well, anything about her, but when you start with the “slutty” crap, or are making jokes about her daughter getting “knocked up,” you’ve crossed a line. I have no problem attacking Palin for her idiotic proposals and all the stupid things she has said, but this just is the kind of nonsense that is no good for anyone.

Maybe I’m over-reacting, and I know I’m not always perfect, but I’m really losing my patience and tolerance for this kind of stuff. There was no place for this kind of stuff with Hillary and Chelsea, there is no room for it with Michelle and their kids, and the same standard should apply for Sarah Palin and her kids. Hell, it should apply to all women.

But some of his readers don’t:

She worked that slutty angle —and no way in hell can anyone say certain men didn’t respond. Starbursts, remember? It was an image she carefully presented and I don’t get all the vapors people here get for her getting called on it.

By the way, this whole ‘insulting to women’ chorus of protest is so fucking misplaced. You people seemed to missed that the very real and much more damaging diss occurred when Palin ran for VP using her best MILF act.

Part of the reason conservatives loves them some Palin is she is an anti-feminist. What could be a bigger diss than to get where she is because she has a vagina and men like her because she’s hot?

She made herself into the lapdance the rednecks couldn’t buy (while pushing her high heels into the face of every woman who ever fought to get their due for their competence, intelligent and capability, and not for being a hot mamma). And somehow, amazingly, a comedian joking about Palin’s carefully cultivated Fuckable Me image is the thing that is over the top.

Sheesh. Some of you really missed what Palin was up to. Palin was the manchurian candidate for feminism.

The hot fuck-me chick who can’t be fucked. Like a slutty stewardess. She’s got the fuck-me thing going on but what can you do? Bend her over one of the seats? Unobtainable Sex Object. Akin to the Hot Librarian with the Big Glasses. (Another stock male fantasy character Palin more than hints at as well). Cuz guys, you know when she takes off those glasses and lets down her hair she’ll fuck you so hard on the book stacks your dick’ll be bruised.

Sure that’s stereotype that demeans women. Hell yes. But Palin is totally reinforcing that one. She’s projecting it: This is the modern Conservative Woman.

It’s a feature not a bug that it’s undermes feminism. Why do you think conservatives love this exemplar of Woman? And where’s the vapors over that?

It’s actually interesting that Letterman said ‘stewardess’. No flight attendants for conservatives. Women are stewardesses. Waitresses in the sky.

You can get pissed at Letterman but I think he’s noticing something here. It says more about how conservatives see women than Dave does.

Letterman did wasn’t nice. But comedians often say harsh shit. A difference between comedy and a comedian making gratuitous insults is whether it was true or not. Good for Dave for calling her on it. She doesn’t get to have it both ways.

That was one of many comments in a long thread (361 comments) where numerous people defended David Letterman’s misogynistic comments about Sarah and Willow Palin.  What was so hard about denouncing something that is obviously wrong? Why would these people defend the indefensible?

The answer is tribalism

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H1N1 Flu Update: WHO at Level 6 today

Hiya, guys.  there’s breaking news on the flu front today.  The World Health Organization has elevated the pandemic alert system to level 6.  Basically, this means that we are at a pandemic level of flu and governments around the world will start putting their pandemic flu plans into action.

Vaccine manufacturers are being instructed to commence manufacturing the H1N1 flu vaccine.  The vaccine makers were sent “seed” virus about a week ago.  They are now in the process of optimizing the growth and replication of the virus for the production of vaccine.  There will be some clinical trials to gauge effectiveness of the new vaccine.  This process should take a couple of months.  If all goes well, the vaccine should be ready by early fall.  However, the government has contracted with the vaccine makers for a finite amount of vaccine.  Although there will be millions of doses available, there won’t be enough for every American.  If you are offered the vaccine, take it.  Don’t skip it this year.  Those of you who will not be in populations offered the vaccine can still get relief from the severity of flu symptoms by taking an antiviral medication.  Relenza has been cited as being effective against H1N1.

If your employer hasn’t worked out a plan in the event of a health emergency, now is the time to ask about one.  Here’s why: the H1N1 strain is the same one involved in the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.  The flu at this stage is relatively mild.  But the problem is that our generation has virtually no immunity against H1N1.  That means if you are exposed to the virus, your chances of getting infected and sick are higher than they would be in most other years.  Even if the infection is mild, the sheer number of infected individuals makes the likelihood of a dangerous mutation that much greater.  Additionally, because the body has few defenses against a strain it hasn’t seen, the viral load is likely to be higher.  The danger is that this will trigger a cytokine storm in young, healthy individuals with robust immune systems.  Therefore, it is very important to minimize your exposure to the flu even if your friends, colleagues and kids seem to be only mildly ill.  Follow the advice of your public health officials and your personal physician.

Our local paper reports 2 confirmed cases in one of our township’s elementary schools.  The accompaying article describes what to do if you or a family member is infected.  Normally, an infected individual can return to regular activities after 72 hours of being fever free.  Not so with H1N1.  Because the viral load is higher, it is cleared from the body more slowly.  An infected individual will remain infectious for approximately 7 days.  So, get your affairs in order in case you have to stay home for a week.  The flu will seem to go dormant in the summer.  Having kids out of school should limit transmission somewhat.  But H1N1 will probably return in the fall in a more serious form.  No need to panic.  Just stock up on hand sanitizer, limit your exposure to sick individuals, be vigilant and have your doctor’s phone number handy.

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