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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Restoring Science to Its Rightful Place - Except When We Don't

Barack Obama, whom I still very much like btw, said in his acceptance speech, that science would be restored to its rightful place in our society. I agree with this. I like science. Science is all about learning the truth about our world - nature's laws or God's laws if you will.

So it irritates me when the liberal left uses science as a club to pulverize the religious right and scoff at their beliefs and then suddenly forget about science when it would force them to draw a politically incorrect conclusion. (Just the fact that religious beliefs are scoffed at in the first place is also irritating, since this country was started by people trying to escape religious persecution in the first place - and no amount of smugness on the part of lefties can do away with the glaring truth that they don't really know, either)

For example, as I posted the latest swine flu update in my ongoing diary of a disaster about a 25 year old Japanese woman who tested positive for swine flu upon returning home from a trip to Los Angeles, I wondered how a Japanese woman would get swine flu in LA. Then it occurred to me that she was most likely a tourist and as such, would be staying in hotels and eating in restaurants. Places that are heavily staffed by illegal aliens from Mexico.

So, it would seem to me that there may be a piggy little time bomb ticking in Los Angeles. Yesterday there were no confirmed cases of swine flu in LA, but the fact that this woman got infected there, would cause most people to conclude that it is, in fact, there. Most people being defined as everybody besides the government officials who could actually do something about our very own Southern Californian swine flu factory.

Viruses don't care about being politically correct. They are opportunist little buggers and are not concerned with offending anyone's sensibilities. Therefore, to combat them in a meaningful way, one must potentially offend. Uncontrolled people movement over the border from Mexico means uncontrolled virus movement over the border from Mexico. It is not that complicated.

So I make this plea to our government officials: Since you politicians don't seem to care about the American public, consider the fact that you have an illness which will very likely turn up in places frequented by foreign tourists. Now imagine your next official visit to a country that imported some of our swine flu and perhaps lost a citizen or two. They may not be so happy with you over this - you may find this hard to believe, but some countries actually put their own citizens first.


PS: We now have a confirmed case at a local high school. My son tells me they closed the school.

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