Thursday, April 30, 2009

Current Events

This blog requires mental functioning on my part and is the first thing to go when things get crazy at my house. LOL! I'm not up on all the current political happenings but am trying to catch up!


1. Did you watch Obama's 100 Day Press Conference? If so, what are your thoughts?

2. What do you think about Arlen Specter changing parties?

3. Are you worried about Swine Flu? Have you started taking any precautions?

Personally, I did not catch the press conference until near the end. I did watch all of the question and answer period. I take these sorts of things with a grain of salt. We'll see how things continue to go.

I don't know why, but I was surprised that Arlen Specter officially changed parties. I don't think it really matters. He votes the way he votes. I do think his political career is probably over.

I am a bit taken back by everything about the Swine Flu in the news. It is hard to gauge how serious it really is and what kind of threat it poses to us personally in Colorado. Our son has asthma and gets flu shots every year. When he was eleven (now 16) he came down with a normal strain of it and was seriously ill for 2 months. At this point, I am making sure he takes his meds every morning and once a vaccine is available he'll be getting it. I've also got our air purifier running on high and am working on getting our house disinfected. I'll be cleaning door knobs, light switches, key boards, and phones regularly after that and will be wiping down cart handles at the store, not touching public door handles with my bare hands and keeping hand sanitizer and wipes with me. We will get the vaccine when it becomes available to the general population. Our son is able to get things like that earlier. I'll also make sure we have over the counter meds, kleenex, and extra juice/fluids on hand. That is about all I can do right now. I am not freaking out or overly worried about it. I do think it is wise to start taking certain precautions.


Roland Hulme said...

The swine flu is funny - I'm skeptical because of the damp squib that was bird flu. That being said, Mummy Militant and I are both being religious about washing hands and faces when we come home, because we don't want to do anything to endanger the Baby Boo.

The risk comes from the fact that 2% or so of people who catch the flu will probably die - which becomes a problem when a million people could be infected. It's not really the disease itself - it's the numbers game surrounding it.

I've ALWAYS been a bit scared of flu since I read 'The Stand' by Stephen King, which starts out with 99% of America being wiped out by a superflu called 'Captain Tripps.'

One Salient Oversight said...

As far as I understand, all influenza is spread through the air. It spreads when an infected person breathes or coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes it in.

ie disinfecting your house will not work. What will work is being introverted and not mixing with people.

Just Me said...

Roland: I also think of The Stand whenever they talk about swine flu!!!

Saw the press conference, wasn't impressed or convinced. I suspect a lot of Dems are suffering a serious case of "buyers' remorse." Interestingly enough, a Facebook poll querying whether members approved or disapproved of his efforts thus far showed numbers that were rather evenly split.

Arlen's party switch is not a shock, either. This isn't his first time changing parties to promote his political career.

For 2010, switching is his only hope of retaining his senate seat. As a Republican, he doesn't stand a chance in his state's primary. His track record leans toward the left, so he more or less belongs there.

Skunkfeathers said...

A visit is good for a retoin one ;) Howdy to a fellow Coloradan!

After I heard the first media hysteria 'bout the new flu, I went to more reliable sources for information (I can guaran-dang-tee you it wasn't CNN or MSNBC, two of the most lowbrow sites for inaccurate media spin and hysteria). Bottom line:

1. It's the flu. Not Black Death ;)

2. Last round of flu shots somewhat protect against it, if you got the last flu shot (I did).

3. Many of the cases being reported, especially here in the US, have already had it and recovered by the time we're hearing about them.

4. Two cases have now been reported in Colorado, and both have already recovered from it.

5. Usual precautions against the flu work for this one, too.

6. By the time a more virulent strain of this flu evolves -- by this fall -- so will a new vaccine for the next flu shot.

What I want to know is, who's gonna come up with a vaccine for the liberal pandemic that's sweeping Congress, and taking the budget to the cesspool?

Coffee Bean said...

Hey OSO,

You are most correct! However, you can also get it from touching something that an infected person did soon before you... say they cover their mouth when they cough and don't wash their hands and then use a grocery cart... or open a restroom door... and you come along and touch that same surface and then rub your nose or your eyes. The reason I am taking precautions within our house is because we will be out of the house and can bring things in. People are contagious the day before they know they are sick.

Our son can get into serious trouble very quickly when he gets sick! My husband and I both are concerned but mainly for him and elderly members of our families that probably won't survive if they get it.


You are very right! Something like 35,000 people die from the "regular" flu every year.

I am still going to be a tad on edge about all of this until they come up with a vaccine and our son gets it. His lungs are very reactive and the scariest times are when he is sick. I can't even tell you the number of times my husband and I have had to set our alarms to check him every couple hours through the night and then wake him to give him breathing treatments... We've been able to keep him out of the hospital many times by doing that but... it is stressful and there've been many times where he's had to be admitted.

Two Dogs said...

Sorry for being absent, I'll make up the work.

1. Obama proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is a very dumb man. The reporters proved beyond a shadow of a doubt they will DO ANYTHING to mask the fact that Obama is a very dumb man. Same old, same old.

2. Feh, the racist went back to the party that supports his hatred of black people.

3. I have upped my intake of pork to the danger point. Has the death total exceeded seven yet? Just another in the long, long line of the panics promoted by dumb people in the media. Remember SARS, the Monkey Virus, and Bird Flu? Nothing to it, it just proves that media folks and lefties do not understand science, probability, nor cause and effect. But, we already knew that.

BLBeamer said...

When I heard the reports of swine flu start to come in, I immediately went to my butcher shop and bought pork chops.

I'm going to get them before they get me.

I watched a few minutes of Obama's press conference. It was the greatest press conference in the history of the world. No president has ever held a better press conference. Obama fielded questions better than any president ever has. Nobody reads a teleprompter like he does - he's the best.

I also believe Obama is the first president to ever make it through 100 days of his administration. If any of them did, it's only because Obama let them.

Never has the press asked such hard hitting questions of a president. They sure are hard on poor Obama, but he shrugs off hard questions like Superman deflects bullets.

How did that guy from the NY Times think of the word "enchanting"? No president has ever had to answer that question before. If they did, they never would have answered it as well as Obama did.

BLBeamer said...

I forgot to mention Spector the Defector:

Seriously, I think it is a brilliant political move. I admire the audacious logic of it. He'll likely get to stay in the Senate now, whereas he probably would have lost in the GOP primary.

I doubt it will make much difference, truth in labeling and all that. Unless he suddenly develops a previously undisclosed pliability when Mad Harry Reid threatens to lower the boom on him. That tactic never worked when he was in the Republican party, however. Neither did doing him favors. Arlen Spector is not a quid pro quo kind of guy.

He has achieved one significant coup, though: he has managed to ally himself with possibly the only group of people in the country who despise him more than the GOP.

Good times.

Two Dogs said...

BLBeamer's comment begs the question, "Is there ANYONE left that takes Obama seriously?"

Every time that I see these "press conferences" now, I can't understand how the reporters keep from rolling their eyes at Obama's silly answers.

BLBeamer said...

Two Dogs, the answer is simple: they are too busy thinking of questions that Obama likes to actually have to listen to his answers.