Wednesday, April 29, 2009

a whole *$@^load of !(%+ing news

Lots going on.

Spectral Shift

You may have heard that Senator Arlen Specter the RINO is now a Democrat. Newt Gingrich snarks that Specter left "the Republican Party in name as he left it in spirit". In fact, the Republican Party left Specter and lots of other moderate to liberal former Republicans. Normally you think people leaving you is bad news, but de facto Republican leader Rush Limbaugh joined in the chorus, saying this would make the GOP "more focused".

Hey, the Libertarian Party is also very focused. Of course, it's also not close to being in power. There aren't enough hard-right Americans of the Gingrich-Limbaugh ilk to put together a national majority.

The Flu

Meanwhile, H1N1, aka swine flu, maybe should be known as the Glorious Flu. It seems it may have begun in the little Mexican town of La Gloria. Lots of pig farms around La Gloria, so plenty of people to be exposed to whatever poor porker it was that had the misfortune of contracting a couple of different types of flu at once where they could do their recombining thing into this new form. La Gloria may not like being identified - and in fact Mexican epidemiologists suggest H1N1 could have originated in the US and been brought to Mexican by people visiting relatives.

Sounds a bit complicated, more than the idea that it began somewhere in Mexico. But not impossible - after all, it appears the great Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918-19 that killed up to 60 million worldwide probably began in Kansas.

Swearing'll Cost You

And finally the fucking Supreme Court fucking well ruled that the god-damned Federal Communications Commission "may penalize even the occasional use of certain expletives on the airwaves". Ain't that the shits?

Well it's not necessarily final - they kept the ruling narrow rather than establishing any constitutional principle.

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