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Alert! Alert! Alert!

The White House will be having a press conference at 12:30 PM EST on the dreaded "swine flu", as it has grown to pandemic proportions.

11 people in the US are confirmed to have the illness.

2 of those people, from Kansas, just returned from a visit to Mexico, where the flu is most prevalent.

All 11 have recovered or are recovering.

The White House, CDC, and representatives of the media will then have a press conference discussing why they covered SARS and "Bird Flu" as if they were to be the next plague-like illness, which amounted to nothing more than overblown fear-mongering.

For all of the hyped-up scare tactics that the media employed during the SARS outbreak, the virus, which was billed as the next world-wide medical disaster, killed 774 people, half of which were 65 years and older.

Dr. David Nabarro, Chief Avian Flu Coordinator for the United Nations, proclaimed the bird flu could kill 150 million people.

In reality, the total death count was 257.

Of course, swine flu could surpass all estimates. So tune into your local station, duct-tape your house, and do EXACTLY what the Obama administration says.

Your life depends on it. Or maybe not.

Kim adds: Unfortunately, US public health officials are slow on the uptake regarding this new outbreak.

U.S. public health officials did not know about a growing outbreak of swine flu in Mexico until nearly a week after that country started invoking protective measures, and didn't learn that the deaths were caused by a rare strain of the influenza until after Canadian officials did...

Whether delayed communication among the countries has had a practical consequence is unknown. However, it seems that U.S. public health officials are still largely in the dark about what's happening in Mexico two weeks after the outbreak was recognized.

Asked at a news conference yesterday whether the number of swine flu cases found daily in Mexico is increasing -- a key determinant in understanding whether an epidemic is spreading -- Anne Schuchat, an interim deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, "I do not know the answer to those questions."

Let's hope the answers we get today are more informed.

Founding Bloggers asks:

If a bunch of Americans die because of a slow response by the Obama administration, will the sponsors of the Bush Legacy Bus start their engines on the Obama Legacy Bus? Those sponsors of course being Americans United For Change, SEIU, AFSCME, Move On, and others. You know, the people who elected our current President.

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Uh, Shawn. I get your sarc... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Uh, Shawn. I get your sarcasm but this disease can be a serious problem if not handled properly. Give the White House a chance to lay out what they know and what they want to do.

Dr. David Nabarro, Chief... (Below threshold)
TruthBrigade:

Dr. David Nabarro, Chief Avian Flu Coordinator for the United Nations, proclaimed the bird flu could kill 150 million people.

Actually he said,

"5 million to 150 million deaths"

A pre-emptive "no."... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

A pre-emptive "no."

Hey Shawn, you should apply... (Below threshold)
Tina S.:

Hey Shawn, you should apply for a job with FEMA. I'm sure you would do a heck of a job!

Who's Obama?... (Below threshold)
Elmo:

Who's Obama?

Give the White House a c... (Below threshold)
Tina S.:

Give the White House a chance to lay out what they know and what they want to do.

And then no matter what Obama's response is, no doubt Shawn will say it is the wrong response.
depp=true
notiz=multiple sockpuppets, throwing rocks.

<a href="http://www.washing... (Below threshold)
maggie:
Hey Shawn, do you think tha... (Below threshold)
Tina S.:

Hey Shawn, do you think that swine flue is not real threat...just like you think global warming is not a real threat?

Obama gets in a roun... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:
Start the countdown for how... (Below threshold)
sanssoucy:

Start the countdown for how long it takes Obambi and his staff to start using the Lethal Scourge Of Swine Flu(TM) as a justification for socialized medicine.

"Never let a (phony) crisis go to waste."

Is it going to be like this... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Is it going to be like this for the next (at least) 4 years? You're going to get mighty tired from all the petulant whining.

Remember Rahm's "Never let ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Remember Rahm's "Never let a crisis go to waste!"
Now would be a perfect time to scream at Congress TO CLOSE THE FUCKING BORDER!

On another note; the left a... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

On another note; the left always criticized Bush for his 'emergencies' and 'climate of fear'. How come Obama gets a pass? Seems like each week there is a new 'crisis'. Maybe it's just the nuance.

Is it going to be like t... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Is it going to be like this for the next (at least) 4 years? You're going to get mighty tired from all the petulant whining.

Spoken like an expert who did it for the previous 8 years.

On another note; the lef... (Below threshold)

On another note; the left always criticized Bush for his 'emergencies' and 'climate of fear'. How come Obama gets a pass?

Like the media's going to point out the hypocrisy of the man they helped elect.

Oh, and it would require some actual feat of journalism. You ask too much, GarandFan.

DaveD"Give the White... (Below threshold)
retired military:

DaveD
"Give the White House a chance to lay out what they know and what they want to do.
"

Whereas this is true, I seem to have a feeling it is like this administrations actions are like watching the 3 stooges arrest the keystone cops.

Pandemic plan under Obama a... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Pandemic plan under Obama administration

a. We only have capability to make 100 million doses of vaccine in time required.

b. Since old people take up too much health care money they will not receive any doses unless they are members of congress.

c. Top priority for vaccines are determined by speaker of the house and Senate majority leader. With the following guidance.

d. Nonlegal immigrants have been oppressed from getting health care so they will have the first chance to receive the disease so they get the vaccinne first.

e. Only school children enrolled in the Youth brigade will be given doses.

I certainly don't think I h... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

I certainly don't think I have this flu, but I have a nasty virus illness my brother brought home to me from some sick homeless guys he was working with recently.

I can tell you there's no illness like some illness brought home from homeless guys. I've been in miserable condition for about 9 nine days now, where even eating solid food has been real difficult. Is this swine flu is worse than this, then we're really in trouble.

Janet the "Swine" Napoliana... (Below threshold)
914:

Janet the "Swine" Napoliana is the perfect figurehead for this pigg outbreak.

Tina #8

Global scamWarming is a threat in so much as corrupt politicians like Barry and Barney, Al and Peg, will use it to steal everything you have. Including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

So tune into your local ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

So tune into your local station, duct-tape your house, and do EXACTLY what the Obama administration says.
Your life depends on it. Or maybe not.

Napolitano called the emergency declaration standard operating procedure -- one was declared recently for the inauguration and for flooding. She urged people to think of it as a "declaration of emergency preparedness."

Really, Shawn. Does it get tiring being hysterical so often?

Ahhh.Yes, Brian. ... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Ahhh.

Yes, Brian. The rehabilitation of Napolitano's image begins apace.

Really, Brian. Does it get tiring having a 2x4 stuck up your ass so often?

Lets see....1. It'... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Lets see....

1. It's coming across the border from Mexico.
2. Tourists and illegal immigrants are the early sources of infection in the US.
3. In Mexico they are on the verge of halting all travel to prevent its spread.
4. Obambi dithers and does *nothing* except playing golf.

That's real leadership everyone can believe in.

Tina S.And my view... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Tina S.

And my view on global warming has what to do with my view on "swine flu"?

Nice way to introduce your friend, Mr. Strawman.

Try re-reading what I wrote to see how I was comparing the reaction to the "swine flu" to that of the other harbingers of impending doom which were supposed to befuddle man's ability to exist.

Onto a different subject..

What's your favorite flavor of kool-aid?

"Obambi dithers and does... (Below threshold)
914:

"Obambi dithers and does *nothing* except playing golf."

He has to relax a bit. Its tiring having to release a "78" strain of swine flu on the masses to promote your health care reform socialistic agenda.

You know what this means do... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

You know what this means don't you? No more Tea Parties. Sorry.

"you know what this mean... (Below threshold)
914:

"you know what this means dont you? No more Tea Parties. Sorry."

That may have been the intent. But it will have an equal and opposite effect Nimrod.

I'm still fighting it also ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I'm still fighting it also Paul. ww

Congratulations agent 914, ... (Below threshold)
groucho:

Congratulations agent 914, you're not being fooled by this whole flu thing. Along with agent Shawn you're on to their devious plot to take over the world. Good work!

What else could explain this obvious sham of a plan by Obama and his puppet masters? Clearly they are only attempting to prevent further get togethers by the teabaggers, otherwise known as the twenty-percenters, intent on foiling his plan for world domination?

It would be Darwin's revenge if those who burned tires, drove their SUVs extra miles and chopped down a few trees on earth day continued with their mass gatherings and passed the flu around among themselves.

See ya..

Yes, Brian. The rehabili... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Yes, Brian. The rehabilitation of Napolitano's image begins apace.

Rehabilitation? She does something she claims to be SOP for a department she's headed for only three months, and you put it in some imaginary hysterical context. How the hell does that reflect anything at all about Napolitano's image? It says more about yours.

On another note; the lef... (Below threshold)
Sue:

On another note; the left always criticized Bush for his 'emergencies' and 'climate of fear'. How come Obama gets a pass? Seems like each week there is a new 'crisis'. Maybe it's just the nuance.

See, we're just using the same measuring stick that the left used when there were emergencies declared by President Bush. The left declared that it was all scaremongering and incompetence. We're judging Obama the same as you judged President Bush.

(Only in the case of Obama it's all true.)

So, are you mad because the... (Below threshold)
SATerp:

So, are you mad because the government jumped on it right away, or DIDN'T jump on it right away?

I'm no fan of the feds, but cut them some slack here....

It was clearly just a slam ... (Below threshold)
914:

It was clearly just a slam at the Obama administration. Nothing personal. He is after all My president. About the same age, with just a slight difference of opinion on matters like national security, social security, etc.etc.

Barry was golfing. Such a c... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Barry was golfing. Such a caring president. I believe he was hosting a Superbowl Party when Kentuckian's were literally freezing to death. So much caring. ww

2012 GOP Prez nominee Jinda... (Below threshold)
larry dickman:

2012 GOP Prez nominee Jindal derided monitoring volcano eruptions and then a volcano erupts in Alaska. Maine GOP Senator Collins demanded that funding for pandemic preparation be stripped from the stimulus.

No matter what you say or want, the opposite comes true.

You guys are awesome.

At this rate, you will all be gay-married to each other in a week.

Actually he said,... (Below threshold)
Actually he said,

"5 million to 150 million deaths"

Which makes " could kill 150 million people." correct, since it wasn't a direct quote. Doh.
Actually he said,... (Below threshold)
Actually he said,

"5 million to 150 million deaths"

And even at the low end of his estimate -- 5 million -- that's a huge difference to the real death count of 257.

This just in: Party of No i... (Below threshold)
Larry Dickman:

This just in: Party of No issues plan to fight swine flu: Tax Cuts for the wealthy.




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