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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

I’ve been thinking about all the crap I hear on TV, radio, on emails, blogs, comments, smoke signals, and scratched in braille on the ATM keypad.  There’s spin, spin, spin.  Everywhere.

Today my frustration peaked when some knucklehead on the radio (see the spin creeping in already?) say “You know that Joe the Plumber guy? Well it turns out, he’s not even a licensed plumber.”

*Sigh.*

(see that spin I just put in? Cool, eh?  I sighed electronically, and hopefully your opinion is swayed my way).

Now, I’m smart enough to pose the question internally… so what if he’s not licensed?  Are plumbers even licensed?  Is he supposed to be licensed?  I know that code varies from state to state, and even county to county for lots of occupations.  For example, electricians – do you happen to know if you have to be licensed to be a Journeyman in your area to touch live wires?  In some places, you don’t.

But.  Even.  More.  Imporantly.  What the heck does any attribute about the questioner have to do with the actual question?  And, therefore, the subsequent answer?   It seems to me that the whole “Joe The Plumber” story is: Joe asked a hard question, Obama let it slip that he wants to redistribute wealth, so now people are going to attack Joe and try to discredit him somehow, and by inference, make Obama’s answer inconsequential. 

One of the sound bites even claimed “Joe’s not even his name.”  The guy’s name is Samual Joseph Wurzelbacher and goes by his middle name.  Hmm, I do that.  My middle name is Wayne.  Maybe Obama is jealous since if HE went by his middle name, he’d be… oh never mind.

Here’s a test I just made up.  Take the following sentence, and examine how it makes you feel when you read it.

While [the husband] was at a meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria at 4 p.m. Wednesday, [name] called room service and ordered lobster hors d’oeuvres, two whole steamed lobsters, Iranian caviar and champagne.  For all we know, campaign funds paid for this entire elite meal.

So here’s the question: if the “name” listed was Cindy McCain, does it make your blood boil?  What if it was Laura Bush?  Are you mad?  What if it was Lynne Cheney?

My point here is that the name (aka “target”) shouldn’t color the substance of the story.  The story is the story.  If you listen to some news story and it makes you mad, swap the “target” of the story with the name of someone you like.  Does the story still seem as bad? 

How about this sentence:

[name] pushed for increasing CHIP funding (Childrens’ Health Insurance Plan) by at least five billion dollars, but partisan opponents delayed the funding, causing millions of children to risk living without insurance.

Are you thinking about what name might go in there?  Do you think it’s Clinton?  Obama?  Ted Kennedy? 

Nope, it’s George W. Bush.

What kind of bias frustrates you the most?

I get a CLUE as to the skin allergies culprit

the lobster did it, in the kitchen, with his own body.

I’m mentioned MRSA a couple of times on the blog — and now I’ve had an MRSA Staph infection four (4) times within the past year.  The most recent time was on my arm about 1.5″ away from the 3rd infection, and that was about a month ago. You may have seen some of the horrible news stories about school closings, deaths, etc and the general panic about the infection.

I think they’re all just partying it up in this antibacterial-soap using world we live in:

staph bacteria up close buffet

Well, I had MRSA back when it was *cool*.  All these other lamers getting it now are just wannabes.  Maybe my dangerous lifestyle will make me seem sexier to da ladeeez.  (cue Patrick Warburton voice) “You know, babe, I heard on the radio that MRSA staph infects 90,000 people a year, and 1 in 5 die from it.  That’s right, I’ve had it 4 times now.  I might die tomorrow, so…”

Here’s a short summary of the last 4 weeks:

  1. About 4 weeks ago I get my 4th Staph infection – I catch it early so I get in to Dr on time and get it treated. 
  2. About 3 weeks ago I am unknowingly exposed to poison ivy or oak outside our house playing baseball with Jaden.
  3. About 2 weeks ago I start having a strong poison ivy/oak reaction around the ankles.  For some people it takes a while to show up.  At first I didn’t know what it was but we traced it back to poison ivy/oak and start treating it as such.
  4. Then about a week ago I start getting itchy bumps / boils ALL over my hands, feet, legs, and arms.  Literally dozens of them – they itch really really bad under the skin, boil up and of course due to itching, become sores.  They seem NOTHING like poison ivy and NOTHING like MRSA.

With the MRSA scare stuff going on, AND the fact that I had the poison ivy stuff going on, AND now these unexplained bumps, of course I screech to the doctor faster than Pete Stark can accuse Bush of getting enjoyment at soldier’s heads being blown off.  They put me on some steroids, cream, zyrtec, etc to help alleviate the symptoms.

I go in today and things seem fine, better, etc.

AND THEN I REMEMBER I HAD LOBSTER IN BETWEEN EVENTS #3 and #4 above.

You see, as far as I know, I’m allergic to shrimp/shellfish.  I never got it confirmed 100%, but when I was adolescent teen and allergic to nothing but homework and chores, I got REALLY sick one night after trying gumbo/shrimp for the first time after moving to southwestern Louisiana.  It was assumed that I was probably allergic to shrimp, and I was told in general to stay away from shrimp and shellfish because that would be the safest thing to do, and since I didn’t like the taste anyway, it’s not like I’m going to argue.

When I mention this recent lobster-fest to the doctor, she said that food allergies and their reactions can react very much like these bumps.  Sometimes a reaction can take days to manifest due to digestion and the fact that different parts of the bodies react in different ways. It’s like people who are allergic to penicillin might not react for 3-4 days and then get blotches or rashes on their skin.  So it’s perfectly natural for skin blemishes, spots, bumps, itching to show up well after consumption.

So the major concern was that MRSA should not be allowed to affect the poison ivy or the bumps.  The second major concern is to find out why I was so insistent on trying lobster last week.  STUPID STUPID STUPID!

I’m sure the lobster agrees.

lobster bite me


UPDATE:

I received this from our children’s school district:

Leander ISD has had 25 reported cases of staph infections across our district between August 20th and October 18th. This is not an unusual year for staph infections, with the Williamson County Health Department reporting that LISD’s numbers are well within the normal expected range.

Leander ISD has a number of procedures in place to minimize the staph problem, and has added to these prevention and control procedures this school year. To see what LISD is doing (and what parents can do), please check out our Staphylococcal Infection Control update.


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