Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Here Comes "Polio Summer" Again

Donald Trump moved to question one of the signature medical accomplishments of the 20th century Tuesday, reportedly appointing a leading critic of vaccines to chair a commission on vaccine safety.

“President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it,” Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. told the pool reporter at Trump Tower after meeting Trump Tuesday. “Everybody ought to be able to be assured that the vaccines that we have—he’s very pro-vaccine, as am I— but they’re as safe as they possibly can be.”
If you needed yet another example of Trump's embarkation on an agenda where things such as "knowledge" and "science" are discarded in favor of whatever shiney thing catched hs fancy at the moment, you can do little better than his putting a whack-job like RFK, Jr. in charge of vaccine safety. RFK, Jr. is about as "pro-vaccine" as Jefferson Beauregard Sessions the Third is pro-civil rights. Kennedy is an anti-vaccine quack.

Frankly, Kennedy is a fucking loon. I went to listen to him speak at a local meeting on development and wetlands protection about a decade or so ago, likely something to do with Riverkeeper. His "speech" was a series of disjointed remarks that bordered on verbal diarrhea. He was not at all persuasive. He probably lost people to his cause. You could have won a straw vote for more nuclear plants, right then and there.

When he was finished, an older guy sitting near me shook his head and said: "There's something wrong with that boy."

(And he's a hypocrite.)


Stewart Dean said...

It's worth pointing out that both RFK, Jr and Trumpet sired kids when in their '60's. RFK's is autistic and T's is borderline. Could either of them admit that they perhaps should have kept it zipped in some fashion, since sperm at that age is pretty much a train wreck? Nope, they are *studs*.

dinthebeast said...

I heard that the transition team walked the whole idea back with a quickness, but who knows if Trump even listens to them?
I'm starting to see a pattern in the incoming administration's behavior, and I think it may be Trump's idea of "negotiating":
They announce some over the top craziness (say, six confirmation hearings all on the same day as Trump's first press conference since July), everyone they detest freaks out in the media about the outrageousness of it, the plans fall through due to their unworkability, the hearings are delayed a little, and everyone forgets that the appointees still haven't been vetted as they get confirmed at a slightly slower pace. Trump crows victory and basks in the nonstop attention his brilliant plan has received.
In other words, I think he's mostly trolling us.

-Doug in Oakland

Leo Knight said...

Perhaps he intends this:

"If they would rather die," said Scrooge, "they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population."