Do Vaccines Contribute to Autism Rates? Is Zero Tolerance Responsible for Clock Boy? Why is Nationalism Not a Bad Thing?

By: NIAID

Gator and I had some pretty deep discussions on Vaccines & Zero Tolerance.  Then we were joined by JadedByPolitics for a discussion on Nationalism.

My take on vaccines & the autism argument is a bit more fully fleshed out over on my personal blog here.  Full disclosure – all of my kids ARE vaccinated. That was my & my husband’s choice.  If I could go back in time, knowing what I know now about vaccines, I would still vaccinate my kids, however, I’d request single shots and a longer vaccination schedule.

I really wanted to get more into a discussion of the idea of Parental Freedom & the hypocrisy of those who want government out of our lives, except when it comes to vaccines. One of the biggest points of confusion for me is when the same crowd that says we can’t trust the government on anything, says we should totally trust the CDC (a branch of government) on everything vaccine-related.

But let’s all be honest here.  The Vaccination Battle is just one more front in the Mommy Wars.  Bottle Vs Breast, SAHM Vs Working Mom, Attachment Vs Cry-It-Out, Vax Vs Not.  It all comes down to the freedom to parent the way we choose, and accepting the responsibility for those decisions.

Anyway, after that discussion, Gator asked if Zero Tolerance policies were responsible for the circus surrounding Clock Boy.  I lamented the lack of attention being given to the ACTUAL winners of the Google Science, like Miss Olivia Hallisey.  This 16 year old girl developed a cheap, fast test for ebola.  That’s right. E-friggin-bola! Yet all the press coverage surround the Google Science Fair was sucked up by Clock Boy – who likely didn’t even invent his stupid, poorly-designed clock.

After that, we talked with JadedByPolitics about Nationalism.  Is it a good thing, despite it’s negative connotations?  Listen in to find out.

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Show Prep not already linked:

Babies affected by pregnancy drug prescribed to their GRANDMOTHERS, 40 years ago!
Cocaine use will screw up your DNA
Orwell: Nationalism V Patriotism
Patriotism V Nationalism

Gerrymandering & Election 2016

So I had some equipment malfunction, and totally crashed the party a few times.  But Gator & Moe totally handled it pretty well.  On the plus side, we totally earned our “Worst Podcast Ever!” award with this one!

Md’s New Governor Larry Hogan wants redistricting out of the hands of the General Assembly.  Moe & Gator discussed the pros & cons of such a move.

Dark Purple = 3rd District. The 2nd and 4th districts are real treats as well.

Dark Purple = 3rd District. The 2nd and 4th districts are real treats as well.

Check my Post-Debate Analysis here.  I wish I could have gone back and forth with Gator & Moe on this, as I really would have liked to weigh in on the vaccine thing.  I’ve written about it in the past here.

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The Swamp #39 – Tribalism, The Donald, and Sad Puppies

Join BigGator & me as we discuss tribalism, aka extreme party loyalty, my theory about Donald Trump’s campaign, and more.  Then listen in as BigGator and Lincon Farrish discuss the Hugo Awards and the phenomenon that is the Sad Puppies movement.

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Peanut Butter has a sad.

Peanut Butter has a sad.

Show prep:

The Worst Podcast Ever Poll! by SooperMexican

Rolling Stone on Trump

The Donald gets boo’d at the Us Open

Donald Trump and the War on the Brains of the Right

No Movement That Embraces Trump Can Call Itself Conservative

Trump Has Succeeded in Convincing Conservatives to Discard their Principles Overnight

Your next president, Donald Trump, basically tweets like a 12-year old

Donald Trump: I Wasn’t Talking About Carly Fiorina’s Face

Donald Trump Calls Michelle Malkin A’Dummy,’ Malkin Fires Back By Calling Him A Fake Conservative (2012)

Trump Trashes Malkin: “You’re a dummy” and “were born stupid!” (2013)

Trump says his time in a private military prep school is just like being in the military.

“I will be so good at the military, your head will spin”

 

The 7 Million Dollar Question

0905131613-questionThis election cycle has seen something that rarely happens in Suffolk. Sheriff Isaacs changed his campaign signs, specifically to target fiscally-minded people like yourselves. Starting September 5th, signs appeared all over town proclaiming that the Sheriff had saved this city 7 million dollars. The question that immediately follows is, how?

Well, the Sheriff himself answered that question on his resume.

The sheriff has cut training costs and has eliminated benefit costs by hiring retired law enforcement personnel (police officers, deputy sheriffs) as part-time deputies. The results saved the City of Suffolk over $7 million dollars the past 19 years.

He has since changed that phrasing to “certified retired law enforcement officers” or “Department of Criminal Justice Certified Part-Time Deputies.” The fact remains: The Sheriff is claiming that this money was saved by not paying benefits to these part-timers, and by not training them.

See for yourself how the Sheriff responded on Facebook when asked how he came up with the 7 million dollar figure:

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Notice how snarky the Sheriff got with a voter asking a legitimate question in the comment section? Remember folks, this is coming from a man whose has been an elected politician for 20 years. A tip for the Sheriff – just because someone likes a Facebook page does not mean they are voting for that candidate. The lack of respect for a constituent is stunning.

But back to the 7 million dollar question. You may be asking, “So where’s the money?” That question was asked at a Hollywood/Jericho Civic League meeting. How do you think the sheriff answered? Listen to the audio:

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Did you catch that? Sheriff Isaacs laughed at the question, then said, “I don’t know where it went, but I know we saved it.” Thing is, the Sheriff doesn’t know where the money went, because the money never existed in the first place!

It’s like going to the store, and seeing a great pair of $50 jeans on the rack, marked for clearance at $20. You have exactly $20 in your wallet, so you buy the jeans, then claim that you saved yourself $30. Thing is, you did not have that $30 in the first place, and you still don’t have that money. You can continue to delude yourself into thinking you saved yourself $30, but the truth is, you never would have bought the jeans at full price, because you couldn’t afford them, and now you’re out $20.

The Sheriff’s 7 million dollar figure is nothing but government math at it’s finest.