Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Goat Germs

The Newport News Daily Press reports that the Pentagon withheld data on more than 20,000 hospitalizations after anthrax vaccinations.

Fantastic! Incredible! Holy hellfire, tell us about it!

Well it turns out that the hospitalizations could not be statistically linked to the anthrax vaccinations. If a servicemember missed 24 hours of duty due to the vaccination, it was supposed to be reported. Read the whole story and observe how blatantly selective the Daily Press is in the information they provide in their "expose." It's a multi-part series!

Certainly some people do have adverse reactions to the vaccine and those cases were reported (as the story is about "under reporting"). I have received the vaccination, and just like any other vaccination, I felt a little tired afterward. Everyone in the crew was vaccinated, in fact. Everyone going to the Persian Gulf had to be, though I'm not certain if that's still the case. My current CO says that when the controversy started and there were rumblings from the crew about refusing the vaccine, he was first in line to roll up his sleeve and let the Navy pump him full of goat germs. That is, after all, part of what they pay us for.

Nothing is 100% safe, especially not in the miltary, an inherently dangerous profession. I'm tired of the media trying to mother me. The constant conspiracy-mongering is becoming annoying, as well. It's fun to point and laugh, until you realize they're serious.

Good stuff from SECDEF today. I'm not a fan of some of his management choices (i.e. running the military like a business, resulting in mind-numbing, barely functional online Fleet Business training I have to complete by 16 Decemeber - I just got an MBA!), but he won't take crap from the press, and that's worth something.

I'm also interested to see if the Supreme Court falls on the side of sanity in RUMSFELD V. FORUM FOR ACADEMIC AND INSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. All us ROTC types kept to ourselves and did our training, and people were free to exercise their free speech. I think if the school doesn't want ROTC on campus, then they should absolutely not be eligible for federal funding. You can't have your cake and eat it too. I was lucky, the University of Minnesota is a land-grant university and is obligated to have ROTC on campus. The armory building is the oldest building on campus! It didn't stop the moonbats from vandalizing school property with "ROTC OFF CAMPUS NOW!" graffiti, but there was no real popular uprising against ROTC like some of these other schools.

But I digress. The Wall Street Journal put it much more eloquently here. EDIT: And PowerLine is all over this case. The general concensus is that the Solomon Amendment will be upheld.

"I think you're an idiot, but will defend to the death your right to be one," is still a good mantra.

EDIT: And now for something completely different - I can't stop clicking the kittens.


Blogger Daniel Levesque bloody well said...

You're military too?


06 December, 2005 23:41  
Blogger Rebekah bloody well said...

But don't you know the "establishment" military is inherantly eeeevil?? Nope, can't trust the military. No, sir,
uh-uh, NEVER NEVER!!

Hehehe... just a preview of what kind of "debate" your post might spur... :D

07 December, 2005 15:43  

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