Thursday, August 9, 2012

Welcome to the Nanc-E-Pe-Coli's Club!

"I'll get you my pretty..."

From the CDC: 

Escherichia coli (E. coli)
Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria normally live in the intestines of people and animals. Most E. coli are harmless and actually are an important part of a healthy human intestinal tract.

However, some E. coli are pathogenic, meaning they can cause illness, either diarrhea or illness outside of the intestinal tract. The types of E. coli that can cause diarrhea can be transmitted through contaminated water or food, or through contact with animals or persons.


What are the symptoms of STEC infections?
The symptoms of STEC infections vary for each person but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. If there is fever, it usually is not very high (less than 101˚F/less than 38.5˚C).

Most people get better within 5–7 days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening.


How are these infections spread?

Infections start when you swallow STEC—in other words, when you get tiny (usually invisible) amounts of human or animal feces in your mouth.

Unfortunately, this happens more often than we would like to think about.  

(Moos Note:  Especially when Nanc-E-Pe-Coli continually tells you to eat, well, um, you know...)

The above CDC Moment is brought to you today by the letters "B" and "S" from the hyper-partisan Nancy Pelosi, D, CA. 

Yes, someone paid to bring Loopy down from her castle tower a few days ago, then some clueless believer of the "Word of Pelosi" put a microphone in her hand and allowed her to speak to a group of Democrats in Florida. 

The intent was to raise money for Lois Frankel, yet another Democrat running for Congress, yada, yada, yada.  I do not care why she was there, but I did want to spend a moment or two on what she said while she was there. 

Yes, and now I find myself going THERE too...  In the words of the former Speaker:

“I say to (Republicans), do you have children that breathe air? Do you have grandchildren that drink water?,” Pelosi asked. “I’m a mom and I have five kids ... as a mom I was vigilant about food safety, right moms?

If you could depend on the government for one thing it was that you had to be able to trust the water that our kids drank and the food that they ate. But this is the E. coli club. They do not want to spend money to do that.”

  Video:  E-Coli Club

So I went looking for answers to understand WHY Ms. Pelosi believes that Republicans want dirty air, e-Coli laden food, and, I can only assume, raw sewage running freely down the streets of America. 

I found the answers I sought at (as republished by the Daily Kos, and originally published on Meteor Blades):

Sadly, Pelosi's E. coli remark isn't hyperbole.

There was a time just a bit over a century ago when many Republicans, including President Teddy Roosevelt, took a different view of things. During that 20-year-long era, progressive legislation was passed to break up corporate trusts, extend rights to workers and do thing that today we take for granted, like inspecting food.

The dominance of corporate money both in economics and politics, the attacks on workers' rights and cutbacks even in what is spent on making sure our food is safe illustrates just how retrograde the Republicans have been.

The REST of the story...

Republicans AND Democrats in the House opposed the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 because of the costs and administrative overhead involved with moving our 99.9% 'safe' food supply the additional .1% to make our food 100% 'safe' for consumption. 

Gratuitous Example:  If a plane has a 99.9% of delivering me ALIVE to my destination, I'll board the dang plane.  If that number fell to 80% or so, well, I'm putting $3.58 per gallon gas in the mini-van.  

But, I digress. 

The understanding we must all come away with regard to the Progressive Democratic mind is their motivation.  They want their witless constituents to believe that Republicans (Conservative or not) actually want people to die (for a quick overview, check out the President's PAC ad from earlier this week).  

If you want to completely understand how a Progressive thinks about 'investment' vs. 'deficit reduction', spend less than three minutes in a Hotel room with Betsey Stevenson. 

Oh, sorry, that sounds a LOT filthier than it actually will be...  Sorry.

Stevenson was even more critical of the focus on spending cuts while speaking on a panel at the Center for American Progress’ conference on the middle class and American economy.

“This idea that we can cut and cut and cut and have a government that can support a modern economy doesn’t make sense,” she said, adding that government “should spend during recessions. That’s why you do things like the (stimulus). It works.”

Yes, if only we had MORE stimulus spending... 

Yeah, that's the ticket!  We just didn't do enough, over the past 3+ years and $5+ Trillion dollars in new debt.

With fewer than 100 days until the 2012 Elections, I'm not sure how much higher the 'BS' Factor (please, be aware that BS CAN carry...  e-Coli) can be ratcheted up regarding Republican efforts to KILL people. 

Confidence is high, however that with folks like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama leading the Democrat Party and setting the tone for the Democrats, Progressives, and Liberals, in general, it ought to be a 'barn burner'.

Let's just make sure that the barn isn't full of nuns, handicapped children, puppies, and kittens before the Democrats 'burn' it, okay?

Oops, did I just accuse the Democrat Party of wanting to burn nuns, children, and puppies alive in a barn? 

No, I did not. 

I never said that they burned them all alive. 

The Democrats SHOT them prior to setting them on fire.  It was the more compassionate thing to do. 

Welcome to the 2012 campaign - grab your Wet Wipes and Kevlar - we're going in...
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