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September 23rd News Bits and Pieces: Mackenzie Phillips, ACORN, Swine Flu, and Michael Jackson

News and Politics

Giant Squid Found in Gulf, Oregon

Gah, that thing is huge!  I wish there were more people in the private sector who were willing to search for creatures as fascinating as the giant squid.  If I had unlimited money, I’d be sure and set apart a good portion of it to search for bizarre creatures like the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot.

Palin Knocks Fed in Hong Kong Speech

I’m glad to hear that those who got to see the speech felt like she at least knew what she was talking about.  My rational mind is telling me otherwise, but I just want to believe that Sarah Palin is still a viable candidate for the presidency.  I’m sure I’ll take flack for this from the more center-left-of-center readers (if there are any), but I do think she’d be a great president if she spent a few years in the senate getting more familiar with foreign affairs and the technicalities of the office of the presidency.  But then again, I’m overly optimistic.

ACORN Sues Filmmakers

I sure hope this lawsuit proves unsuccessful because then I’ll lose all faith in our government.  I figured ACORN would pursue the lawsuit, but I’m just hoping the judge it appears before has enough sense to send it back out the door.

CNN’s Gupta Gets H1N1 Flu in Afghanistan

Someone forget to cough into his arm rather than his hand!

Entertainment

Mackenzie Phillips Reveals She Slept With Her Own Father

This really is a shame.  It’s hard to imagine that someone could get so into drugs that she has a 10 year affair with her father.  I wish Mackenzie the best and hope that hopefully she’s cleaned up her act.  If I’m remembering correctly she had a very interesting singing voice, and I hope she hasn’t totally lost it.

New Michael Jackson Single, ‘This Is It,’ Out On October 12

I don’t really know how I feel about a song being released after the artists death.  Chances are I won’t like the song anyway so it doesn’t really matter.

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Month In Review: April 2009

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  • This month, the following were introduced:
    • The Conservative Journal Library which features the must read books and magazines.  The books are either books I’ve read, or books that have been suggested to me.  If you have a suggestion, e-mail me at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.
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Month In Numbers

  • 65,994 page views (More than double last month’s views.)

Top 20 Posts and Pages of the Month

  1. Video of the Day: Susan Boyle!
  2. Video of the Day: More From Susan Boyle!
  3. What’s Everyone’s Beef With Meghan McCain?
  4. Video of the Day: Hollie Steel from Britain’s Got Talent
  5. Video of the Day: Shaheen Jafargholi from Britain’s Got Talent
  6. Levi Johnston Interview with Tyra- Recap
  7. American Idol Top 8 Recap
  8. The Tale of the Chia Pet
  9. Video of the Day: American Idol Performances
  10. UPDATE: Levi Johnston Says His Family Is Not “White Trash”
  11. Week In Review: April 19th-25th
  12. Swine Flu: Never Fear, You Can Still Eat the Bacon!
  13. Top Sites
  14. Meghan Is Taking Her Father’s Maverick Label Too Seriously
  15. American Idol Top 7 Recap
  16. Video of the Day: A Tale of Two Bows
  17. Amy Poehler Spruces Up Thursday Nights With ‘Parks’
  18. Mail Bag: Matt Delves Further Into AIG
  19. Video of the Day: Miss California on Gay Marriage
  20. Who Are They Kidding?  Of Course He Bowed!

Posts and Polls from This Month

Look towards the bottom of these “Week in Review” posts to see every post from each week of the month, in addition to results from each poll of the day from the month!

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Week In Review: April 26th-May 2nd

Top 10 Posts and Pages of the Week

Everyone seemed to like these, so if you missed be sure to click the article and them out!

  1. Video of the Day: Hollie Steel from Britain’s Got Talent
  2. Week In Review: April 19th-25th
  3. Swine Flu: Never Fear, You Can Still Eat the Bacon
  4. Video of the Day: More From Susan Boyle
  5. Video of the Day: Susan Boyle
  6. Goodbye Arlen.
  7. What’s Everyone’s Beef with Megan McCain?
  8. Fringe “Midnight” Recap
  9. Top Sites
  10. Video of the Day: Carly Smithson

Posts and Pages from the Week

If you missed these posts the first time around, be sure to click the title and read it now!  They are in order from oldest to newest.

Poll Results

April 27th- What Do You Think of the Publicity Flight Through Manhattan?

  • 64% thought the photo-op flight through Manhattan was stupid and pointless, 23% weren’t sure, and the remaining 14% didn’t see the big deal.

April 28th- Who Was Your Favorite On American Idol Tonight?

  • Last week, Kris Allen took the title of “Favorite American Idol” away from Adam Lambert for the first time since polling began.  Well, this week Adam fans came out of the woodwork to vote because he received 39% of the vote this week, the highest margin of victory by anyone this season.  In second for the first time in a while is Allison Iraheta with 29% of the vote.  The rest of the idols stacked up like this: Kris Allen with 14% of the vote, Danny Gokey with 9% of the vote, and Matt Giraud with 7% of the vote.  The remaining percentage chose “I don’t watch”.

April 29th- Are You Concerned About the Swine Flu?

  • 47% of those that voted said that they are “a little bit concerned”, 29% said they are concerned, 18% are not at all concerned, and the remaining 6% said they are very concerned.

April 29th- Do You Think Matt Deserved to Leave American Idol?

  • 71% of those that voted said they it was Matt’s time to go, while a mere 13% think it should have been someone else.  The remaining 16% aren’t sure.

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Swine Flu: Never Fear, You Can Still Eat Bacon!

This bacon is perfectly safe for consumption.

This bacon is perfectly safe for consumption.

Your Bacon Is Safe

After seeing days and days of swine flu converage, I kept asking the same question:  CAN I EAT THE BACON??  Well, I am pleased to report that today I heard on the radio that you can in fact eat bacon, as well as any other pork product you’re craving.  So, next time you hear someone on the news talking about how swine flu is threatening to wipe out humanity, just remember that you can still eat bacon.  That’s gauranteed to raise the mood at least 5 points.

Just What Is this Swine Influenza?

Now that I know the bacon is safe, I can begin actually looking at the illness part.  As far as I can tell, this is no different than the seasonal flu, other than the fact that we have no vaccine.  The swine flu can, however, be treated with conventional methods, such as Tamaflu.  So why is everyone freaking out?  Well, I’m not really sure.  Thousands die annually in the U.S. because of the seasonal flu, but so far the swine flu has killed only 1 in the U.S., and about 160 in Mexico.  So the swine flu is no more dangerous than the regular old flu that everyone gets at least once in their life.  I’m no doctor, but from everything I’ve seen and read, there really isn’t much reason to be in a wad about this.  However, the media, the fact that this virus is coming at a time that we aren’t used to having the flu, and the “special name” are all playing a part in this mass hysteria.

The Reason(s) the World is Holding It’s Breathe

Just a rule of thumb:  Take what you hear on the news and divide it by 2.  They very rarely resist from embellishing situations and causing wide spread panic.  It doesn’t help that the World Health Organization has elevated it’s “pandemic” threat level to 5 (there are only 6 steps).  I googled around and could find very little info on this rating, but I did gather that the seasonal flu, the one that kills thousands annually, doesn’t even get a rating.  They just skip over and the scale to “seasonal” status.  So technically, the season flu could kill 90% of the world and still be marked “seasonal”, putting it at a lower level than the swine flu that has killed less than 200.  Like I said, I’m no expert, but this doesn’t seem to add up.  If anyone has an additional info, please let me know!

Another factor playing into the hysteria is the simple fact that we aren’t used to having flu cases in April and into May.  Whether we realize it or not, we get into a routine in everything we do.  It’s ingrained into all of our memory banks that when fall/winter come around, the flu begins as well.  It’s the same with the avian (bird) flu of several years ago.  It never caused any problems, but produced lots of panic throughout the globe just because we weren’t used to it and didn’t know how to react.  This is no different.

Finally, the special name of swine flu seems to just send shivers down our spines.  The other day I was talking to a friend of mine and mentioned the swine flu.  He had little to no prior knowledge of the illness, but the very word worried him.  I can assure, he’s not the only that has ever done that.  I would be willing to bet that if we called the seasonal flu “homo-sapien flu” or “humanoid influenza”, there would be much more of a worlwide stir every year, or at least the first we changed the name.  It’s similar to the point above, we just aren’t used to this.

Bottom Line

Don’t get your britches in a wad over the swine flu!  You can still eat bacon, and it’s not more severe than the regular seasonal flu.  It’s been hyped beyond belief and it’s freaking out America and the world.  Just like bird flu of years past, this will fade and we will still be hear.  Just use common sense when in public (wash your hands, avoid the restroom, etc.  Stuff that you should do anyway).  If you have survived the regular flu, you have the same chance of surviving the swine flu on the off chance you become infected.

Hope this helps and thanks for reading!

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Poll of the Day: Are You Concerned About the Swine Flu?

With all the worry about the swine flu, you have to wonder how the public is responding.  Vote below in today’s poll of the day!

Also, you can read my breakdown of the complex swine flu by clicking here.

Thanks for participating!

Rick

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