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Archive for April 2009

Dutch Royal Family Attacked on Queen’s Day

Five people confirmed dead, scores injured when a driver attempted to ram his car into the bus carrying the Dutch royal family during annual Queen’s Day festivities.


Prepping for a Coffee Klatch

Coffee Klatch, originally uploaded by skye820.

Getting out the cups and saucers while putting the final touches on a coffee klatch with Dan McElhatton tomorrow night.

A short video where Dan explains why he is the most qualified for the job:

A FLICKR slideshow of Dan:


Swine Flu Symptoms

As of this morning there are 91 confirmed cases and 1 death from the Swine Flu.

UPDATE: WHO has raised Pandemic Alert to Level 5

I’ve tried to keep politics out of this information, but I have to comment on Biden. His statements regarding the swine flu are dangerously negligent, inflaming fear instead of reason regarding the swine flu. I strongly suggest the public ignore the medical advice from Biden and heed the advice of the CDC.

In this video, Dr. Joe Bresee with the CDC Influenza Division describes swine flu – its signs and symptoms, how it’s transmitted, medicines to treat it, steps people can take to protect themselves from it, and what people should do if they become ill

This podcast, intended for the general public, demonstrates how to put on and take off disposable respirators that are to be used in areas affected by the influenza outbreak.

You can find more evidence based videos regarding the Swine Flu and other health topics at the CDCStreamingHealth YouTube Channel.

Previously on MidnightBlue:

Swine Flu Update
Swine Flu Alert


100 Days Later and Just As Angry

Byron York
takes a closer look at the continuing anger from those identifying themselves as liberals:

These should be happy times for liberals and the Democratic Party as a whole. They control the White House and Congress. Opposition Republicans are leaderless and lost. So why do some Democrats, particularly those farther to the left, appear so angry?

I’d say the anger runs deeper than political projections:

Their president of hope and change is against a special commission to investigate Bush-era terrorist interrogations. He is escalating the war in Afghanistan. He seems determined to bail out the nation’s richest bankers. For some on the left, it can be difficult to abide those actions and still maintain the image of one’s self atop the moral high ground. So, according to Anderson, they lash out at the easy target presented by the tea parties.


First 100 Days – A Man-Caused Disaster

Bush 2001 First 100 Days

Michelle Malkin
sums up the perfect storm:

“Man-caused disaster.” That’s a perfect description of the Scare Force One torture photo op that took place this week, and an apt summary of the last 100 days. Say cheese.


Specter Goes Dem

Specter declares himself ‘Democrat‘!

About time, my boy! A Rino that marred the brand of the GOP has now left the room. 2010 is looking good for real change in the political landscape of Pennsylvania as voters respond to crass political maneuvering.

The brighter side of Philly’s blogosphere weighs in on this announcement:

Blonde Sagacity: Coward

The Bitter American: Quisling

First In! : Good Riddance

Bluftooni: Specter Fallout

Chairman Steele weighs in:

“Let’s be honest — Sen. Specter didn’t leave the GOP based on principles of any kind,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. “He left to further his personal political interests because he knew that he was going to lose a Republican primary due to his left-wing voting record.

Lowman Henry sizes up the switch:

No, the Specter switch was not a move of ideological conscience; it was a crass political calculation. Specter conceded as much during a news conference announcing his party switch when he condescendingly proclaimed that he would now allow Republican primary voters to decide the fate of his 28-year senate career. Rather than accept the fact he could not win re-election as a Republican, Specter has tossed the dice and gambled that his political future will be longer as a Democrat.

It is a risky move. First, the Democratic Party is notorious fractious and Arlen Specter will not be welcomed with open arms by all. He will likely enjoy the support of his one-time employee in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Governor Ed Rendell. And national Democrats, much like their Republican counterparts had done for years, will likely support the incumbent over other challengers. But one group in particular could be problematic, and that is organized labor. As he struggled to regain his political footing within the GOP after the stimulus vote Specter flip-flopped on the Employee Free Choice Act or Card Check, infuriating the labor movement. Specter says he won’t switch positions again, but it is hard to see how he can be successful within the ranks of the Democratic Party unless he does.
Lowman S. Henry is Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute


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Swine Flu Update

I’m concerned about the junk information I’ve been reading on blogs, FaceBook and Twitter regarding swine flu and pandemic events. I hope to address those issues with the following evidence based video and links. I’m also happy to report that the suspected case of swine flu in Philadelphia has been ruled out. Additionally, I’ve added a widget on my sidebar that will link you to evidence based information regarding the swine flu. Below is a 57 minute video from pandemicflu.gov designed to help people learn more about pandemic flu and what step to take to prepare for a pandemic event.

Via Philadelphia Dept of Public Health:

Good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent the flu.

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
- Cover your mouth and nose.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
- Clean your hands.
- Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits.
- Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

More evidence based information regarding swine flu can be found at CDC and PandemicFlu.gov; pandemic alert information can be found at World Health Organization (WHO); how to safely take care of a family member at home


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Curt Schroder and Mike Folmer Lead Rally

Schroder, Folmer to Lead Capitol Rally in Opposition to Employee Free Choice Act
State, federal lawmakers and a statewide coalition of business and employee advocates aim to preserve secret ballot, halt union intimidation; media invited to participate in call-in with EFCA opponent Mitt Romney

WHAT: Rep. Curt Schroder (R-Chester) and Sen. Mike Folmer (R-48) will hold a rally concerning the detrimental impact the proposed federal Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) will have on employee rights and businesses. The bill would take away a worker’s right to a secret ballot when unionizing and subject employers to binding contract arbitration. There will be a pre-rally, statewide media conference call with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep.Schroder and Sen.Folmer at 9:30 a.m. in the Capitol Media Center. Media may attend in person or participate over the phone. Call contacts listed above for more information.

WHO: Schroder; Folmer; Congressman Joe Pitts (R-Lancaster/Chester/
Berks); representatives of large and small employers; a coalition of 39 organizations; and citizens.

WHEN: Monday, April 27
TIME/ 9:30 a.m. – Romney call-in, Capitol Media Center, Harrisburg
LOCATION: 10:15 a.m. – Rally, Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg


Coffee Talk with Dan McElhatton

Friday, May 1st:

I am happy to open my home to friends, neighbors, family and bloggers in order to meet and chat with Dan McElhatton, candidate in Philadelphia District Attorney race.

Looking forward to dishing politics with Blonde Sagacity, The City Troll and Grizzly Mama


Tea Party – Valley Forge, Pa

A hundred or so people gathered around the Arch in Valley Forge to continue the newly minted tradition of a “Tea Party”. One participant spoke on the difference between astroturfing, a technique perfected by dem activists and true grassroot activities, like the nationwide Tea Party:

More photos can be found on FLICKR

The true magic of these rallies comes when ordinary citizens step up to the mike and speak from the heart:

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