Bird Flu: A Case for Good Government

The Bird Flu worries might not worry us so much with more rational and competent people in the Bush Administration.  They tell us that the Bird Flu is coming, and as a solution, we’d better stock up on tuna fish.

What about stocking up on retro-viruses?  What about building a national infrastructure of health care that can help minimize the impact?  How about any rational response from the government we elected and we pay for than for them to tell us we’re on our own?

ABC News: Ready or Not, Bird Flu Is Coming to America

March 13, 2006 ? – In a remarkable speech over the weekend, Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt recommended that Americans start storing canned tuna and powdered milk under their beds as the prospect of a deadly bird flu outbreak approaches the United States. Ready or not, here it comes.

This is preposterous.

“Isolationism” My Ass

This Week, Sunday, 03-05-06Another in the continuing series of “X My Ass,” articles. Looks like I’m starting my own trend. But at any rate, it is amazing to me to listen to the idiots on This Week talk about the concern Americans have about foriegn companies controlling our ports and handling 80% of the military contracts in this country and referring to it as “Isolationism.” It’s not hard to tell just exactly who is pushing the tenor of Mainstream Media these days, however trendy it is to deride the “MSM.”

By what Liliputian intellectual standard is concern about foreign investment in national security considered “Protectionism” or “Isolationism?” Such duties as gaurding ports and providing for the military are some of the very most basic tennents of the US Consitution. In fact, they are some of the only things that the government is actually charged with doing in the Consitution. George Will talks about the aggression Americans supposedly have for the world as a means to explain the controversy and also George Bush’s pathetically low approval numbers; it is funny how quickly “Strict Constructionalists” forget when corporate interests outwieght thier supposed dedication.

No, it is not isolationism that causes us to worry.? It is the fact that companies without a stake in the protection of Americans are naturally going to do a poor job at it.? Money is not enough to impart the immediacy of this responsibility.? Companies who previously outsourced jobs are finding out about the limitations of outsourcing rather rapidly, these days.? The topic of outsourcing is itself a complex issue, and I’ll be commenting in more depth on the above-linked article shortly.

For now, it is enough to say that none of us voted for the United Arab Emerates, Great Brittan or Saudi Arabia.? Regrettably, many of us voted for George Bush.? It is his responsibility to manage port security, and our right to disapprove of his actions.

Krauthammer: What a Jackass

The above title pretty-much says it all, but what a load of crap this guy can spin. The Democrats are hypocrites for being against the Dubai deal because being against the Dubai deal is racist. Better yet: what Krauthammer is really saying is that it’s racist to oppose the Dubai deal, and that’s OK for Republicans, but not for Democrats:

Democrats loudly denounce any thought of racial profiling. But when that same Arab, attired in business suit and MBA, and with a good record running ports in 15 countries, buys P&O, Democrats howl at the very idea of allowing Arabs to run our ports. (Republicans are howling too, but they don’t grandstand on the issue of racial profiling.)

Don’t miss the full glory of this statement: because the Republicans have never had enough cultural intonation to be against racial profiling, Democrats are just awful Cadilac Liberals opposing the down-trodden Arab.

And PS: the DP World top brass are almost exclusively American, with the possible exception of the CEO. . . and even he has a University of Arizona, Tucson degree.

The Nation on Anti-Muslim Cartoons

The Nation usually puts in a though-provoking peice, however this article misses that mark by a wide margin. This is an interview of Joe Sacco & Art Spiegelman, an Arab and a Jew respectively, asking questions about the recent Danish cartoons that have been causing so much violence. I can say for a start that perhaps picking out an Arab and an Jew to discuss this issue ~ when Jews were not even involved in this conflict at it’s start ~ seems a bit strange and more than a bit myopic, but then this is the frame within which all Arab issues seem to be understood in this country.