The Stupid, It’s Catching

Posted in: Barf, Bitching and Moaning, Politics, Today in Crazy

During an interview with PajamasTV today, Rep. Michele “Batshit” Bachmann (R-MN) made up some crap about how the last swine flu outbreak occurred under “another Democrat President, Jimmy Carter.” 

BACHMANN: I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under Democrat President Jimmy Carter. And I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it is an interesting coincidence.

And it would be “interesting”, you daft cow, if it were even remotely true. The 1976 Fort Dix outbreak occurred under President Gerald Ford. I guess Batshit Bachmann has never heard of the Google, let alone a little thing called “factual accuracy”. Reported cases of swine flu are not uncommon, and have occurred as recently as 2007 in Ohio.

From the Wa-Po’s David Brown:

“In August 2007, about 25 people and 160 pigs developed flu at a county fair in Ohio. Analysis showed they were infected with the same strain — an H1N1 type containing genes of human, bird and swine origin.

and another case in Iowa

“A 2004 study found that in Iowa, 20 percent of swine veterinarians and 3 percent of meatpackers, but no university workers, had antibodies in their blood indicating they had been infected with swine flu.

“Another study, of 804 rural Iowans, found that pig farmers were 50 times more likely, and their spouses about 30 times more likely, than university workers to carry swine flu antibodies. The researchers think that in many cases the spouses were infected by their partners.

What’s worrying here is the apparent human-to-human transmission of the H1N1 virus. The New England Journal of Medicine has an excellent article about H5N1, the so-called avian ‘flu, and its transmission. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s interested in facts, rather than erroneous speculation. 

You know, Michele, maybe Senator Specter left the GOP because of its severe and lasting outbreak of stupid? 

[Hat tip: Think Progress; BIG hat tip: Aetiology blog]

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