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  • Today's comic is Guns in our schools by Matt Bors:
    Comic - Guns in our schools
  • This is a great pick:
    President Obama has selected an Atlanta pastor and the widow of a slain civil rights leader to deliver the invocation and benediction at his inauguration.

    Myrlie Evers-Williams, former chair of the NAACP and widow of Medgar Evers, will deliver the invocation, and the Rev. Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta will deliver the benediction, the inaugural committee announced Tuesday.

    Evers-Williams fought for justice for 30 years after her husband, the Mississippi field secretary for the NAACP, was gunned down in his driveway in 1963. She authored three books about their civil rights work.

  • Apparently, measles are marvelous. You know, if you're a crackpot.
  • Oh look. Another example of why Dick Cheney lives up to his name:
    Chuck Hagel has come under fire for using the term "Jewish lobby" in 2006 to describe those activists who support Israel, with some claiming the remark proves anti-Semitism. But in 1990, the Defense Department under then-Secretary Dick Cheney published a pamphlet using that same term.
  • Your WTF?!?!?!? of the day:
    A Mexican restaurant in South Carolina is raising eyebrows for its T-shirts depicting “how to catch an illegal immigrant” — with old-style box traps using tacos as bait.

    Taco Cid is located on Charleston Highway in West Columbia. On Sunday, the Free Times’ Corey Hutchins posted a photo of someone who appears to be a Taco Cid employee wearing the offensive shirt. If the shirt’s meaning isn’t clear enough, the letters are colored with the red, white and green of the Mexican flag. [...]

    After Palmetto Public Record’s story on the racist T-shirts went national on Monday, Taco Cid updated its website to respond to the controversy. ”Our t-shirts were created as a witty and comical statement regarding ILLEGAL immigrants,” the statement reads. “There are NO racial nor hate remarks towards any specific ethnic group.”

  • This is a fascinating read on the daily routines of famous writers.
  • Crazy:
    Thought the days were gone when a worker could subsidize crazy living with the company Amex? Oh, you naive paragons of corporate virtue. Even in these days of austerity and job insecurity, up to one-fifth of submitted expenses violate company policy, says Robert Neveu, chief executive of Certify, an expense management software firm based in Portland, Me. The violations can range from minor sins like late receipts to the truly mind-blowing—suffice it to say, not one but two live animals (as well as some fake ones) made the list.
  • After many dollars and years, the Discovery Channel now has the holy grail of natural wildlife photography: a living giant squid in its natural habitat!—DarkSyde
  • Condolences:
    Richard Ben Cramer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of “What It Takes,” a superbly detailed account of the 1988 presidential election considered among the finest books about American politics ever written, died in Baltimore on Monday night. He was 62.
  • Another wide-ranging show today on Kagro in the Morning. Greg Dworkin rounded-up the Hagel nomination, the debt ceiling, platinum coin seigniorage (the Word of the Day!), Gabby Giffords on guns, and the Tea Party nosedive. Next, Bloomberg's insane teachers' union/NRA comparison with Laura Clawson. One legislator's quest to screw with Virginia's voter ID law.  And a tip of the hat to LetsGetItDone, whose work on The Coin is garnering praise from some Very Serious People, including the former head of the U.S. Mint!

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  •  Sheriff Joe Arpaio Sends 3,000 Armed Vigilantes (14+ / 0-)

    into schools today.

    Nobody requested them.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:03:27 PM PST

  •  Are these guys good at anything? (4+ / 0-)
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    Dave925, Mother Mags, jj32, Rich in PA
  •  i see it everyday on http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/ (6+ / 0-)
    After many dollars and years, the Discovery Channel now has the holy grail of natural wildlife photography: a living giant squid in its natural habitat!—DarkSyde

    “If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” - Dalai Lama XIV (-9.50; -7.03)‽ Warning - some snark above‽

    by annieli on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:04:16 PM PST

  •  Possible Boost for EU Economy (4+ / 0-)


    Gee, now why haven't we thought of this, oh wait we use to think and do, despite the greedy among us who reaped off the labors of others, and the many envied what we were building economically and more.......!!

    Germany Gears Up for Big Pay Hikes

    German trade unions plan to demand big pay increases this year and look set to get their way. Economists say that after years of wage moderation, it is high time that German firms agreed to bigger hikes -- not least because this would help the entire European economy. read more>>>
    We also used to have highly experienced and very innovative trade workers!!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:04:53 PM PST

    •  Looks like lots of German companies (4+ / 0-)
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      lineatus, jimstaro, DRo, PSzymeczek

      will be getting more customers!

      Now if we could make labor stronger here in America... and maybe throw in a minimum-wage hike...

      If life was fair, we wouldn't need unions.

      by ScottyUrb on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:12:00 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thing about Germany, (1+ / 0-)
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        swampyankee

        And I've worked with some that came here and were highly skilled, is their long running apprenticeships in the trades, all trades, which we should have adopted across the board and  not just in the unions.

        As to making labor stronger here, fat chance as we now look at the so called higher education establishments as the end all that everyone absolutely needs to succeed and not as the profit driven industry it actually is. One can't learn but the basics, and those should be learned through the early education years, regarding trades sitting in classroom atmosphere's, you do so working with the experienced and even teach many because of the fresh minds and eyes brought with the younger years that have yet become accustomed to the old tricks of each trade.

        Reasons the young stayed out of the trades were the push to costly further education, stagnant wages and benefits if any and the pushing the new immigrants, including illegals, into to make sure the wages and more stayed stagnant or low.

        And the advancing technologies had nothing to do with it as trades people picked those up as soon as they were coming out, machinery, tools, you name it, and brought them into their on the job innovations!

        Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

        by jimstaro on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:24:02 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Measles are marvelous? (8+ / 0-)

    Reminds me of the "chickenpox parties" that used to be the rage when I was a kid. . .
    "OK, kids, get in two lines, facing each other. Now, spit."

    “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” - Rumi

    by Jaxpagan on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:09:52 PM PST

  •  Embrace measles now, embrace shingles later! (4+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, shigeru, msmacgyver, PSzymeczek

    It's the gift that keeps on giving!

  •  Looks like a duck, acts like a duck, then it's a.. (2+ / 0-)
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    msmacgyver, PSzymeczek

    'Chuck Hagel has come under fire for using the term "Jewish lobby" in 2006 to describe those activists who support Israel'

    What's wrong with calling someone part of a "jewish lobby"?  Isn't that what people do?  Lobby for their ideas?  

    The symbol for the Republican party shouldn't be an elephant -- it should be a unicorn.

    by Deadicated Marxist on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:12:42 PM PST

  •  Kudos on the Selection of Evers-Williams and (4+ / 0-)
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    lineatus, tb mare, PSzymeczek, blue in NC

    Rev. Giglio. What an improvement over the incomprehensible choice of crackpot "pastor" and wingnut propagandist Rick Warren in '09.

    That was one of the first hints I remember getting that Obama wasn't necessarily going to dance with "them that brought him". With these excellent choices this time 'round, perhaps it's an indication that Obama's learned his lesson about extending a hand to those who would rather bite it off than shake it.

    •  If this were C & J, the Myrlie Evers-Williams (0+ / 0-)

      selection would merit about a hundred billion gazillion cheers. :-)

      An equivalent number of jeers go to the mere fact of Warren's existence on earth. I was astonished that President Obama could do something that horrible before he was even sworn in in 2008!

      "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

      by blue in NC on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 02:36:24 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Next week, it's getting its own gold mining show! (6+ / 0-)
    a living giant squid in its natural habitat
    Wednesdays at 9 with repeats all weekend long.

    I don't get mad. I get stabby!" - Fat Tony D'Amico

    by sizzzzlerz on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:13:39 PM PST

  •  How does your garden grow? (0+ / 0-)

    A very interesting, informative talk about the "subversive plot and revolution" of gardening, the future of food supply, and the importance of growing our own gardens.  

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:14:02 PM PST

  •  Myrlie Evers-Williams??? Damn, I was hoping for (3+ / 0-)
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    Scarce, msmacgyver, PSzymeczek

    another right-wing, intolerant evangelical to prove that Obama is really very bipartisany and everything .... again.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:18:44 PM PST

  •  Wonder who picked the lettuce (6+ / 0-)

    that garnishes those Taco Cid tacos?

    Well, gee: xenophobia and racist stereotyping certainly is a solid way to cement a four-star eatery's reputation.

    Wait, what

    The statement goes on to say that Taco Cid’s “food is fresh prepared and served in the SAME QUALITY and QUANTITY, regardless of your race, religion or political views.” Though given the restaurant’s one-star rating, that’s not exactly saying much.
    Asshats.
  •  Padding the Doctor Bill Florida style (5+ / 0-)

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Florida Governor Inflates Cost Of Medicaid Expansion By 2,600% To Avoid Implementing Obamacare

    Internal email messages uncovered by Health News Florida reveal that Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) is knowingly citing inaccurate cost estimates to justify his refusal to expand Florida’s Medicaid program. Though the governor’s office is fully aware that the numbers are wrong, Scott continues to use them anyway, the documents show.

    Florida, which has one of the highest rates of uninsurance in the nation, could extend health coverage to about one million low-income residents by accepting Obamacare’s optional Medicaid expansion. But the governor — an ardent Obamacare opponent — has repeatedly said that expanding Medicaid would just be too expensive, claiming it would cost the state $26 billion over the next 10 years.

    As Health News Florida reports, however, that figure from Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is inflated because it doesn’t take into account the full amount that the federal government will reimburse states for choosing to expand Medicaid. A more accurate analysis found that expansion would cost the state around $1 billion:

       

    But those numbers are based on a flawed report, state budget analysts say. A series of e-mails obtained by Health News Florida shows the analysts warned Scott’s office the numbers were wrong weeks ago, but he is still using them. [...]

        The Act says the federal government will pay the lion’s share of the cost for new Medicaid eligibles if a state agrees to expand its program — a decision the Supreme Court left up to the states. The federal contribution for the new eligibles would be 100 percent between 2014 and 2016, then would taper after that to 90 percent by 2020 and stay there.

        But the AHCA report assumes the federal match for the new patients would be much lower, about 58 percent. It came up with that by averaging the match amount over the past 20 years. The report doesn’t say why the authors made that assumption. [...]

        As Health News Florida reported on Dec. 21, the AHCA estimates were huge in comparison to a study released by the Urban Institute and Kaiser Family Foundation, two neutral research groups that specialize in Medicaid studies. Their study estimated that if Florida agreed to expand Medicaid, about 1 million uninsured people would gain coverage at a 10-year cost to the state of around $1 billion.

    As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

    by JML9999 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:20:05 PM PST

  •  Awesome giant squid (1+ / 0-)
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    Tunk

    I love they finally filmed this one.  I've been wondering about it ever since I went on the submarine ride at Disneyland as a kid.

    Barack Obama for President

    by looty on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:24:08 PM PST

  •  Vaccinate your kids! (9+ / 0-)

    There have been outbreaks of pertussis (whooping cough) in the last couple years because too many parents have bought into the myth that vaccinations cause autism or are 'not natural'  

    The study with the autism link has been thoroughly debunked and its author drummed from the medical profession.  Vaccinations are one of the best success stories of medicine - they prevent death and disfigurement for millions of people.  

  •  Obama not repeating the bullshit from 2009 (5+ / 0-)

    Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.us
    Barack Obama bows his head during the invocation by Rev. Rick Warren at his inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States of America on the West Front of the Capitol January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    •  That picture just made me (0+ / 0-)

      throw up in my mouth a little.

      Interesting and fortuitous juxtaposition with the various "giant squid" comments, though.

      "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

      by blue in NC on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 02:24:58 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  How can someone who loves tacos (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Gooserock, Rich in PA

    be racist?

  •  Why is it so objectionable to recognize (1+ / 0-)
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    DRo

    that American Jews have a deep love for Israel and are prepared to lobby their government in support of Israel, which calls itself the Jewish State? That there is a Jewish lobby is beyond dispute, but I cannot understand why mentioning that it exists is such an objectionable thing. It's perfectly OK for any group of citizens to lobby their government in support of, or in opposition to, anything.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:34:11 PM PST

    •  Well, not all Jews and certainly not a lot of (0+ / 0-)

      liberal Jews are part of the Israeli lobby. It implies all Jews think like the ones that support Israel (not the case) and so lumping them (us) all together smacks of lack of understanding and/or implicit anti-Semitism.

      "Say little, do much" (Pirkei Avot 1:15)

      by hester on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:45:55 PM PST

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  •  LaTourette & Main St Partnership (0+ / 0-)

    Surprisingly, I don't see any diaries written on this yet:

    The Republican Main Street Partnership, a Washington-based group that has promoted moderate GOP lawmakers and policies, will remove the word "Republican" from its title and welcome center-right Democrats in 2013....

    The organization's board of directors voted Tuesday morning to scrap party identification from its title and be known simply as "The Main Street Partnership." The group's new president, former Ohio Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette, ... plans to begin conversations with Blue Dog Democrats and centrist groups in the coming months.

  •  Vulture Capitalism? (1+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock

    I was wondering about how loading up a company with debt is supposed to make money for somebody? It seems counterintuitive without knowing the details.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:40:05 PM PST

    •  Well You Get Mangement Fees, Then you Have Them (3+ / 0-)
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      DRo, Stude Dude, PsychoSavannah

      lay off a bunch of workers and sell some assets so that their profits go up temporarily, raising the stocks, then you sell your share of the stocks before it becomes evident that the diminished company can't earn enough to pay off the debt.

      It's cool that if you buy something, it's the object that is in debt and not you.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:54:41 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Agree with Lindsey Graham (1+ / 0-)
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    PSzymeczek

    He said yesterday that the appointments were an "in your face act" by Obama to the right.  I believe it was an " in your face" to his base. The Brennan appointment in particular, but actually both. I am beginning to think that Hagel might not be quite as bad because just maybe the enemy of my enemy just might be O.K. Not sure. Brennan on the other hand is quite a different story.  

  •  So, in 1998, I took my family to South Carolina (0+ / 0-)

    from our home in the Finger Lakes region of NY to visit my brother. We went to KMart in Greenwood, SC for some picnic supplies.

    I walked up to an African-American girl and asked where I could find a certain item. She didn't say a word, just pointed. So I looked where she was pointing and didn't see what I asked for. I looked at her and she pointed again, more insistently.
    It was then I realized she was pointing at her white co-worker, telling me I should ask her, someone approximately the same color as me.

    I thought, "Maybe it isn't race. Maybe she has laryngitis."

    I asked, I got. I walked to the registers and noticed the lines were self-segregated.

    At the time, I was considering a job change and possibly a move to live near my brother. I changed my mind. I did not want my sons brought up in that atmosphere.

    No. That t-shirt doesn't surprise me, nor does their failure to understand the racist nature of it. Business as usual.

    The other social aspect that jumped out at me in Greenwood was the large number of mid-teen girls pushing their babies around in strollers. My brother explained to me that there wasn't much for the kids to do but get drunk and screw. He said they were going through a time in their culture when babies were seen as status symbols for young mothers. Young young mothers.

    I enjoyed the weather, the lake, the neighbor who showed me his pistol in case another neighbor's dog should try to bite him...
    Socially & politically, nothing about SC surprises me. My brother now lives in Charlotte, NC, where I visited him in the Spring of 2011. Night and day.

    Night and day.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:51:54 PM PST

  •  Ya. Myrlie Evers is way better than Rick Warren. (2+ / 0-)
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    PsychoSavannah, blue in NC

    Way way way way waaaay better.

    Who cares what banks may fail in Yonkers. Long as you've got a kiss that conquers.

    by rasbobbo on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 01:18:06 PM PST

    •  As if there were any comparison... (1+ / 0-)
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      any comparison at all.

      IMO there's not. Warren - especially in light of his tacit support for Uganda's "Kill The Gays" bill, and his constant support for and funding of organizations that want to strip Americans of their basic human rights, and his own relentless spewing of hatred and boigotry, is sub-human. So saying that Myrlie Evers-Williams is "way better" than Warren is sort of like saying that Elizabeth Warren is way better than my dining room table (nod to Rep. Barney Frank) at sitting on the Senate Banking Committee.

      Just sayin'. ;-)

      "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

      by blue in NC on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 02:32:48 PM PST

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  •  Thanks Kaili for the writer's routines link! (0+ / 0-)

    As an artist it was delightful to read the types of routines that other creative people adhere to.

    As I mull over the opportunity I'm going to have to paint to my heart's content once I'm retired I've been evaluating what kinds of routines will work best for me.  After reading through the various accounts it seems that I'm not far off the mark.

    As of this morning November 7, 2012 the Includers are ascendant, and the Excluders are in the minority. [samsoneyes]

    by FlamingoGrrl on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 01:28:19 PM PST

  •  Embrace disease so those with immunity illness die (1+ / 0-)
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    PsychoSavannah

    Perfect strategy.  

    Let's embrace bringing back the measles.
    How about Polio?  Ooh, could polio make a comeback?

    Bunch of idiots.   What they don't realize is that immunity works because the disease stays gone.  Give it a while in a large enough population and it will mutate and then our immunity will mean nothing.  And while the little girl in the story may survive, a whole lot of people won't.

    And every person with an immunity disorder or illness (from HIV to natural ailments) will not successfully fend off something like Measles.

    In fact, I don't even want to think how they could mutate.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 01:42:23 PM PST

  •  WANTED: (1+ / 0-)
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    shigeru

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) blasted out a fundraising email to supporters on Monday, telling them that he was effectively a wanted man following his vote last week against Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) for speaker of the House.

    "But voting against a sitting Speaker of the House was a great risk. They will punish me. They will attack my family. But America is too important to be lost to overspending, high taxes, and big government. I refuse to stand by and allow our country to be destroyed," the email said, according to The Hill. “For my principled vote, Washington insiders are coming after me. I need your help and the help of 100 fellow conservatives immediately. If you are tired of Republicans who campaign as conservatives -- but vote like Democrats -- stand with me and make your contribution of $35 here.”

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 01:58:04 PM PST

  •  A friend of mine who writes for a living (0+ / 0-)

    tells me that every day before he sits down to write, he reads some scene from Shakespeare's plays out loud.  He says it's fun and it gives him something to strive for.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 02:30:58 PM PST

  •  You missed the best line at the Taco Cid (1+ / 0-)
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    Miggles

    website:

    If you do not agree with our views on ILLEGAL immigrants, please do not patron our establishment.
    Sounds like good advice to me.
    •  Exactly. Not only do they make racist t-shirts, (0+ / 0-)

      but they use racist, dehumanizing terms to refer to other people.  Looks like their reviews on yelp weren't all that good, even before the racist stunt.  May they go out of business ASAP.

  •  Vaccinations (0+ / 0-)

    I'm always curious why there is so much trust in vaccines, when these are the same companies that produced such miracles as Vioxx, Plavix, Celebrix, or Ketek. Those drugs were required to go through stringent testing, but my guess is that most Daily Kos subscribers have a jaundice view of pharmaceutical companies and their best interest in our health. It is odd to me that Merck is liable for the damage that Vioxx might do, but they have indemnity against any harm a vaccine might cause.

    I would be interested in the pro-vaccine crowd (which sounds like there is a majority here) addressing some basic questions:

    1) Should we do any evaluation on whether a large number of vaccinations is safe for a child?

    Presently a child is scheduled to get 49 doses of vaccine before they are six years old. In fact, that number continues to grow with a GSK meningitis vaccine for infants being next up, possibly the reintroduction to the HPV, and increased doses of existing vaccines due to short efficacy rating.

     http://www.nvic.org/...

    2) Typically a child will get six shots (or even 10) in one visit (even at age of 2 months) multiple times. However, this vaccine stacking has not been evaluated by medical institutions or pharmaceutical companies (they say it is impractical to do.)

    Do you believe that practice to be safe even though evidence shows a correlation between hospitalizations and vaccine doses?

    http://het.sagepub.com/...

    3) Should some or all vaccinations be mandatory in this country regardless of an individuals objections, especially if they are fearful of the harm a vaccine might cause them? Or, should the many outweigh the few when it comes to health decisions?

    http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/...

    4) Should our government be the ones evaluating the effectiveness (which is different than efficacy) of vaccines rather than the pharmaceutical companies?  

    97% of children that caught the mumps received the MM(mumps)R vaccines:

    http://www.nejm.org/...

    Merck falsified data on the efficacy of the mumps vaccine:

    http://www.courthousenews.com/...

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