Although I don’t really have the time for a true blog post at the moment, I wanted to share some of what I’m following on the blogosphere horizon, if you will.
Aside from my concerns about Herman Cain, there’s also the whole Rick Perry / Gardasil / Mandated Vaccination fiasco.
What really raised my hackles regarding Perry was his constant attempt to label the mandated vaccine as a “pro-life” issue. Excuse me? There are legitimate concerns about the effectiveness and side effects to several vaccines, let alone the stripping of parental rights in mandating this particular vaccine. Life can fall on either side of the vaccination line, frankly, and I think that it needs to be left up to the parents, not the government. That said, what about the recent study in which over 80% of the children who contracted whooping cough had already been vaccinated against it? Vaccines aren’t always what the medical community wants to make them out to be. Just saying. I highly recommend Dr. Sears’ The Vaccine Book and Aviva Jill Romm’s Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parents’ Guide for some healthy discussion of the pros and cons of vaccination.
Oh! I almost forgot. You know Rick Perr’ys “defense” during the recent debate in which he says he was lobbied by a young woman with cervical cancer, to pass the bill? Yeah, he lied. She lobbied him after he had already signed the executive order, not before. It made a good story, though. Probably brought tears to people’s eyes. You go, campaign manager who polished that story!
While we’re on the topic of vaccination, there’s this cheery tidbit about how the CDC is now calling U.S. households and demanding child immunization records as part of a vaccine surveillance and tracking program. But don’t worry – “Strict U.S. laws require that we protect your family’s information and keep it confidential.” Well, I just feel all warm and fuzzy inside now. After all, our government never flouts its own laws or the rights of its citizens. Nuh-uh. </sarcasm>
Oh, and my prayers go out to parents in Maryland right now. If you have a few minutes to spare today, consider contacting Maryland officials about the medical tyranny of threatening parents with jail time for not vaccinating their children. Yeah, you read that correctly.
On the bright side, at least we still have the freedom to choose what foods we will eat, right? Oh, wait… Wisconsin Judge Patrick J. Fiedler says we don’t. Le sigh. The wonderful website NoNAIS.org (does anyone else remember when the National Animal Identification System fiasco was taking place?) lists five main points in its article WI: No Right to Produce or Eat Food:
1) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd;
2) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow;
3) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to board their cow at the farm of a farmer;
4) no, the Zinniker Plaintiffs’ private contract does not fall outside the scope of the State’s police power;
5) no, Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume foods of their choice;
In other words: Put down that carrot and backup slowly. Anything you eat or grow can and will be held against you in a court of law. You have now entered the police state of 1984. Shut up.
Well, the least that I can do is end this link roundup with a bit of humor, right? Wood Cutting 101, for those of you who live in the country, have lived in the country, or want to live in the country. Or if you just want to smile after all of the depressing links I already gave you.
(Okay, so mayhaps this turned into more of a post than a link roundup in the end anyway…)