What? Health Care Workers Don’t WANT the H1N1 Vaccine?

Yup! According to this story out of New York, many of the health care workers who have been told by the state to either take the vaccine, or lose their jobs, are still refusing to do so.

New York is the first state in the country to mandate flu vaccinations for its health care workers. The first doses of swine flu vaccine will be available beginning next week. Much of it is reserved for state health care workers, but there is growing opposition to required innoculations.

Health care workers in Hauppauge screamed “No forced shots!” as they rallied Tuesday against the state regulation requiring them to roll up their sleeves.

“I don’t even tend to the sick. I am in the nutrition field. They are telling me I must get the shot because I work in a health clinic setting,” said Paula Small, a Women, Infants and Children health care worker.

Small said she will refuse, worried the vaccine is untested and unproven, leaving her vulnerable. In 1976, there were some deaths associated with a swine flu vaccination.

Again, this entire H1N1 flu vaccine seems to be a scare tactic and a boon to the pharmaceutical companies. On the level of flues, it seems to be a milder type flu and many may have already had it without even realizing it. Just the fact that health-care workers are refusing to take the vaccine should say something about the vaccine itself.

As for the civil rights issues, I wonder how that will play out. Our government it getting more and more intrusive into our lives. Where in the Constitution does it give the power to government the right to force untested medications on people?

Dave Barry on Political Correctness Run Amok

Hattip: Neil.

The following is an interview by the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which is covering a case at Marquette University where the administration censored a student for having the following quote on his dorm room door:

“As Americans we must always remember we have a common enemy, and enemy that is dangerous, powerful and relentless. I refer of course to the Federal Government.”

As you can see, this quote is extremely dangerous to the health and well being of the rest of the students at Marquette University, especially since the quote was made by the evil, and subversive columnist… Dave Barry. I don’t know the context of the quote, but given that Barry is a humorist, it was probably meant in a humorist way.

Here is the video:

I think Barry hit it when he talked about the fact that administrators are so afraid of someone being offended. There is no right in America to not be offended. If we allow this kind of thought control and speech control to continue, it will eventually silence the gospel. After all, what is more offensive than a message that tells men and women that they don’t measure up in God’s eyes, and need a Savior?

As for Dave Barry, I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to share some of his humor.

Whenever I write about art, I get mail from the Serious Art Community informing me that I am a clueless idiot. So let me begin by stipulating that I am a clueless idiot. This is probably why I was unable to appreciate a work of art I viewed recently, titled: “Chair.”

I saw “Chair” at Art Basel, a big art show held recently on Miami Beach. It attracted thousands of Serious Art People, who wear mostly black outfits and can maintain serious expressions no matter what work of art they are viewing. This is hard, because a lot of Serious Art consists of bizarre or startlingly unattractive objects, or “performances,” wherein artists do something Conceptual, such as squirt Cheez Whiz into an orifice that has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for snack toppings.

But no matter what the art is, a Serious Art Person will view it with the somber expression of a radiologist examining X-rays of a tumor. Whereas an amateur will eventually give himself away by laughing; or saying “Huh?”; or (this is the most embarrassing) asking an art-gallery person: “Is this wastebasket a piece of art? Or can I put my gum wrapper in it?”

Read the rest of the column here.

As you can see, I’m a fan of Dave Barry. I like his humor, and his ability to offend almost every group of people know and unknown to man with equity. He is kind of like the Chief Petty Officer I knew in the Coast Guard who said, “I’m not prejudiced. I hate everyone equally.”

Between the Vice and the Grip

I received a phone call from KC of Just So You’ll Know fame. He knew of some of the struggles we are going through and wanted to touch base with us. That was a welcomed call. It was good to hear his voice and encouragement. I have never met KC, other than through the blogosphere, but I do count him as a brother in the Lord and I’m grateful for his prayers and concerns. I assured him that we are doing OK.

But truth be told, we do feel caught between the vice and the grip of God. When I stepped down from GPC in mid August, they gave us enough money to last to about December. That was very kind on their part, and we do sincerely appreciate it. But we also feel the pressure of finding another call to our next church. We have been invited to a church in Texas for a week in mid November for an associate position, but alas, I am one-of-four candidates they are looking at. It would be my desire that I would be their number one candidate and receive the call, but only if that is God’s will.

Other than that position, we are still in the early stages of all other opportunities. Given that we are one-of-four in Texas, the earliest we could find a call is January. If that one doesn’t materialize, the probability is that we won’t find a call until April or later. So you can see where our concern materializes. Money to last to December 1, without a call later than that. The numbers do not add up.

The obvious answer: Get a job now to help maintain finances. Problem is, where do I find a job that I can come and go when I need to take trips to Texas or Ohio or wherever?

It is at times like these that we truly see the hand of God in our lives. We are in a situation that we realize everything we have, is from His hand. The Psalmist David wrote: You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

The story goes that the circuit rider had nothing more than a loaf of bread to feed his family. As they gathered around the table, he lifted is eyes to heaven and prayed, “O Lord, all this and Jesus too.”

I’m not sure how all this will play out. Yet He is our portion forever, and that is enough. Yes, our hearts tremble from time to time. That usually happens when our eyes are fixed upon this world, and not on Him. We are in His vice grip. But what a wonderful place to be.

Understanding the Swine Flu

Hattip: Dave M. on FB.

The following is from Dr. Mercola’s web site and is an interview with Dr. Russell Blaylock about the Swine Flu. The first video simply gives the scientific findings for the Swine Flu, and shows that it is far less dangerous than past flues. As Blaylock puts it, “it’s a rather mild-seasonal flu.” This is seen by the CDC as well. It also has a lower communicability as a virus. The figures are all highly inflated by the government.

They also point out that the 1918 swine flu epidemic, which seems to be the standard bearer for epidemics, is not a good standard to judge flu viruses by, because they did not have anitbiotics to treat that flu, or even IV bottles to give to the patients. A lot of the spread of that flu also came through the transport ships going back and forth from Europe. So using that as a standard is a real red herring.

Also, be sure to check out the fourth video. There Blaylock tells us what we can do to minimize the side effects of the vaccination if we are FORCED to take it.

Here is the first video

Here is the second video and deals more with the issue of the government requiring everyone to get the flu shot. He also discusses a 30-year study that shows that vaccines do not help anyone child under 2 years of age, or prevent death or hospitalization for those over 2. So why do they promote it when there is little or no protection at all?

In fact, some of the vaccines, will cause diseases 10 to 20 years later. Makes me wonder why we would get them at all.

Here is the third video.

Here is the fourth video.

These are a MUST see. I know they take a while, but it’s worth it.

The Power of Forgiveness

Hattip: Carlotta.

This is a powerful video of Peter Loth, giving his testimony of his younger days in a German concentration camp, and the power to forgive those who persecuted him and his people.

It really is hard to forgive. When someone wrongs you, our human nature is such that we want revenge. But if we realize that the sins we’ve committed against Christ, and the forgiveness He gives us, then we realize the obligation we have, and the freedom we have to set aside our desire for vengeance. Doing so will help us truly forgive those who have wronged us.

Defying Physics

Andy was working with me in the garage the other day, and he wanted me to help him build a helicopter. What he thought was a helicopter, was actually my Nordic Trac, that he was trying to nail a piece of plywood to, in order to make a helicopter. This was fine, I guess. Except that he kept insisting that I help him do it. Finally, I had to confess to him, that even though I seem to know everything, I did not know how to make a helicopter, especially using a Nordic Trac and a piece of plywood.

I wanted to teach him that helicopters are a bit more complex than Nordic Tracs. So I took him to Youtube to show him videos of helicopters and we found this one. Watch it. It appears that the rotars are not moving at all. Quite interesting. Believe me, they are, otherwise it would not be in the air.

Comic Update

Again, capturing many of the truths of the problems of today…

Also, look at IBD’s commentary has an excellent piece called Hair Trigger, about RINO Olympia Snowe’s option to have a trigger that would eventually lead to a complete take over of the health system. The way the option is set up, it’s inevitable.

The trouble with the trigger gimmick is it’s really a hair trigger. The other components of the bill make it next to impossible for the trigger not to be pulled and a public option thus established.

Read the rest here. All this to show, that no matter how the plan is presented, it becomes a socialist program in the end. Those presenting it are very disingenuous and should be rebuked.

I Am Legend

I finally got a chance to watch Will Smith in I Am Legend on Saturday. It’s been one of those movies that I wanted to see because it is a remake of 1971 movie, The Omega Man, starring, Charlton Heston.

Of course, that movie scarred the living daylights out of me when I was a young teen watching it (I didn’t see it until it came on television). Seeing that it left a lasting impression, I had to see the latest work on the same story line.

I was NOT disappointed. From the opening scenes of New York City being deserted and filled with empty cars, to the last, beautiful glimpse of the Vermont Colony, I was transfixed. It was well done, and Smith’s performance was excellent. His character, Robert Neville, was driven by principle to find a cure to the deadly virus that wiped out billions of people around the planet. All the while, he has to fight off those not killed by the virus, but mutated into hairless, and ravenous killing beings that are called Darkseekers, because of UV light can kill them. In other words, they hide from sunlight, and only come out at night.

This plot is similar to Omega Man, but the Darkseekers in the latest version are far more believable in their ability to wipe out the rest of mankind. In the first movie, the Darkseekers really just looked like people that had been down at Haight Ashbury far too long. The latests ones, were scary looking and powerful. At one point, they even captured Neville, using his own trap upon him.

The movie even mentions God. When Anna and Ethan show up, in timely fashion to rescue Neville, she later tells him that God directed her to come to New York to find him. He claims that with 5 billion dead, there can be no God. Later, he realizes God’s plan in bring Anna and Ethan there, to help get the cure for the disease up to the colony in Vermont, which God also told Anna about.

I don’t make too much of this. But did like the acknowledgment of a Supreme Being. Something we don’t see a lot of in Hollywood movies today.

Big 12 Rocks!

Yes, not only did my Aggies win big against New Mexico yesterday, but the entire Big 12 did well, with on exception. Only Oklahoma dropped their opener this weekend, but only after losing Sam Bradford, their Heisman Trophy Candidate quarterback.

The best wins, besides A&M, were Oklahoma State over Georgia, 24-10. This always helps in that continuing argument over which conference is better, the Big 12, or the SEC. Given the first match up of the season, it’s hard to say. But it does help that Georgia went down to OK State!

I like what Beergut had to say over at I Am The 12th Man. He wrote this about the A&M game:

  • I thought before the game that we’d have about 200 yds rushing and roughly 250 passing, for some combination of 450 yds of total offense. Imagine my surprise when I saw that we had 361 yds in the air and 245 on the ground for over 600 yds of total offense.
  • I thought we’d give up 100-150 yds rushing as our defense got their legs under them, and we worked in a bunch of freshmen. 21 yds rushing on 24 carries is awesome run defense. Anytime you have allowed fewer rushing yds than the opposition has rushing attempts, you are doing something right.
  • I thought we’d give up 200-250 yds passing, and end up giving UNM 400 yds of total offense, or thereabouts. I was hoping we’d keep them under 400 yds of total offense, which would be an improvement over last season’s defense. I just wanted to see progress. 210 yds passing is outstanding pass defense. 231 yds total offense is just awesome progress for us. I realize this is a new offensive scheme with a new coaching staff we were going against, but that is still progress; we have to start somewhere.
  • I expected us to run more plays because of the no-huddle attack, was hoping for between 70-80. We ran 90 plays, AND won the time of possession battle, 35:39 to 25:21. That is dominating a game offensively.
  • I was hoping for two or fewer turnovers, and hoping we would either be equal or win the turnover battle by one. We had zero turnovers, while snagging two turnovers from UNM to win the turnover battle, 2-0.
  • I thought we’d see some shades of what Von Miller might become as he’d get 1-1.5 sacks in the game. He doubled my expectations, getting 3 sacks in the game.
Needless to say, we Aggies, the Aggies are we, are rather pleased with the performance of our team. The brought about a win in the first game of the season, and there isn’t that sick feeling we had last year when the lost to… um… Arkansas State.

There is one more Big 12 game on tap for tonight. Colorado against Colorado State. Bragging rights are all over this one.

A&M is off this coming Saturday, and will play Utah State the following week. Another tune-up game. As for interesting games next week, I think the Oklahoma State and Houston Cougar game should be a good one to watch. The Cowboys are coming off their victory over Georgia, and the Cougars are always ready to surprise someone. Plus, my Dad is a Cougar Alum, so I try to pay attention to them as much as possible. Eat em up, eat em up, rah, rah, rah! I don’t know if that is still one of their cheers, but it was when we were growing up.

One last point, for the SEC fans that read my blog, I’m pulling for Alabama in the SEC. I know this disappoints all three of the Gamecock fans that read this, but alas… it is what it is.