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2012-09-29 03:12:11 AM
I guess someone was a little... *puts on sunglasses* ...ticked off?
 
2012-09-29 03:13:23 AM
International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)
vs.
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

CAGE FIGHT!
 
2012-09-29 03:18:09 AM
ILADS and IDSA sound like two breakaway sects of Mormons.
 
2012-09-29 03:18:20 AM
"As it turns out, Romney is actually injecting himself into an intense dispute within the medical community, pitting the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) against the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). IDSA believes there is "no convincing biological evidence" that Lyme is a chronic infection, while ILADS thinks there are flaws with the current testing system. Wolf and Smith have aligned themselves with ILADS, which is reflected in their bill and other public statements."

imageshack.us

"Splitters!"

/This message brought to you by the Global Society for the Prevention of Lime Disease
 
2012-09-29 03:20:07 AM
What the fark did I just read? 'All scientific viewpoints'?
 
2012-09-29 03:22:09 AM
I'm sorry but he doesn't have my vote until he takes a clear stand on Dutch Elm Disease.
 
2012-09-29 03:23:00 AM
Long story short... you're going to be reading a bit today about your secret plan to fight infection.

I have a secret plan to fight infection?
 
2012-09-29 03:24:29 AM

LordOfThePings: Long story short... you're going to be reading a bit today about your secret plan to fight infection.

I have a secret plan to fight infection?


It probably involves putting this man on the terrorist watch list.

mimg.ugo.com
 
2012-09-29 03:25:28 AM

Summoner101: I guess someone was a little... *puts on sunglasses* ...ticked off?


Very nice.
 
2012-09-29 03:30:27 AM
Who in the holy hell is making the decisions over there? Jesus Christ I almost think it's intentional at this point.
 
2012-09-29 03:43:51 AM
"As president, I will work to ensure that more attention is focused on this important issue ... We need to ensure that all scientific viewpoints concerning this illness can be heard."

ITCH THE CONTROVERSY
 
2012-09-29 03:44:07 AM
Ticks scare the holy fark out of me. We had issues when I lived in Phx that I will never forget. Luckily in Utah, you really have to work to get a tick on you. In Phx, my in-laws basically transported an infestation from one house to another, simply because they moved the stuff in the garage.

Romney still doesn't get my vote, though...


The biggest WTF I get out of this is what this has to do with the actual Presidency, as in; What is Obama doing wrong in the war against Lyme disease? Romney's entire campaign(Which is standard when tryin to unseat an incumbent) is based on what Obama is doing wrong and how he would do it better. This thing is a total non-sequitir, not related to anything, and totally out of left field. Is this the new Romney campaign direction? Pick up localized debates and totally insert himself into them as if he knew what was going on? If so, it's way to late to adopt a new tactic, he missed the bus.

Besides, does anybody REALLY believe that he even KNOWS what Lyme disease is, let alone cares enough about Virginia to do anything specifically in their interests?
 
2012-09-29 03:48:35 AM

Snapper Carr: "Splitters!"

/This message brought to you by the Global Society for the Prevention of Lime Disease


That would probably be funnier had I not completely farked up the spelling of Lyme disease.

/screw it. It's 2:45. I'm tipsy and at times like this I feel its important to own your failures.
 
2012-09-29 03:48:57 AM

Lunchlady: Who in the holy hell is making the decisions over there? Jesus Christ I almost think it's intentional at this point.


Someone sold him on microtargeting.
I'm wondering what other flyers he's sending out.
 
2012-09-29 03:50:18 AM
time to cite Dave Barry definition of politics

poli= many
tics=blood sucking critters
 
2012-09-29 03:52:49 AM
Actually, Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Erlycheos-fark-however-it's-spelled, we get that in my central Virginia ED all the time. That stuff sucks hard. I'm intrigued he's trying to micro-target for his campaign, but I don't think it'll work.

Instead, he should really focus more on promising extra funding for the Brain Research clinic at the Virginia Tech Medical School in Roanoke. Anything to help improve the cognitive problems of those kids at Tech. I mean, they ostensibly decided to attend Virginia Tech- on purpose, even. If that doesn't demonstrate some sort of brain problem, I don't know what does.
 
2012-09-29 03:52:58 AM
It's telling that Rachel Maddow has been forced to lead some of her segments on the Romney campaign with statements along the lines of "According to all our research this is real, but if we find out later we were fooled, I will issue a retraction and apologize."
 
2012-09-29 03:54:33 AM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass:
Someone sold him on microtargeting.
I'm wondering what other flyers he's sending out.


Bob Thompson, vote for Romney and he will put a speed bump in front of your house.

Mitt Romney: stopping those damn kids from speeding past your house at all hours.
 
2012-09-29 03:54:41 AM

dookdookdook: It's telling that Rachel Maddow has been forced to lead some of her segments on the Romney campaign with statements along the lines of "According to all our research this is real, but if we find out later we were fooled, I will issue a retraction and apologize."


Maddow is staving off Poe's Law.
 
2012-09-29 03:57:41 AM

Snapper Carr: Snapper Carr: "Splitters!"

/This message brought to you by the Global Society for the Prevention of Lime Disease

That would probably be funnier had I not completely farked up the spelling of Lyme disease.

/screw it. It's 2:45. I'm tipsy and at times like this I feel its important to own your failures.


Do not worry, the People's Prevention of Lyme Disease Global Society has already taken your cause under a new banner
 
2012-09-29 04:00:27 AM

dookdookdook: It's telling that Rachel Maddow has been forced to lead some of her segments on the Romney campaign with statements along the lines of "According to all our research this is real, but if we find out later we were fooled, I will issue a retraction and apologize."


Ha!

I've missed the last couple, as I upgrade my iPhone software, and it changed how it handles podcasts.
 
2012-09-29 04:12:33 AM

LordOfThePings: International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS)
vs.
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

CAGE FIGHT!


Two acronyms enter! One Acronym leaves! Two acronyms enter! One Acronym leaves!

/got nothin'
 
2012-09-29 04:22:03 AM
Here's the problem, though. That Lyme disease epidemic Romney is so concerned about? The spread of the disease is aided and abetted by climate change. Lyme Disease already costs the US $2.5 billion annually, is expected to double in geographic scope over the next 70 years. But Romney has said government should do nothing to stop man-made climate change-if it's even happening at all.

So Romney is a bioterrorist then?
 
2012-09-29 04:24:33 AM
He's also sending out fliers promising to lead the fight on diverticulitis, toenail fungus, ingrown hairs, cradle cap, razor bumps, ringworm, neighbors with loud stereos, lawn flamingos and grocery stores that don't have paper bags with handles so they have to put the paper bag IN a plastic bag, which defeats the whole point of asking for paper instead of plastic.
 
2012-09-29 04:25:50 AM
You've got to read the comments section.

Some crazy who contracted Lyme disease years ago because her doctor failed to provide her the proper antibiotics (medicine) at the early stages due to a misdiagnosis is blaming Obama and his magical time machine for her problems. She then launches into some spiel about how Doctors are being prosecuted for failing to adhere to current treatment guidelines, yet on the other hand Obamacare is going to introduce guidelines for the treatment of Lyme disease which is going to make treatment even more problematic. As if somehow keeping more people from having affordable health insurance is going to lead to great and better treatments for Lyme disease.

Wow, Lyme disease really is debilitating. This poor woman caught it and it's caused so much brain damage she's advocating voting for Romney. Bless her heart.
 
2012-09-29 04:26:24 AM
Why hasn't fartbama done anything about the spread of Lyme disease in Virginia. WTF is his problem?
 
2012-09-29 04:29:21 AM

lawboy87: You've got to read the comments section.

Some crazy who contracted Lyme disease years ago because her doctor failed to provide her the proper antibiotics (medicine) at the early stages due to a misdiagnosis is blaming Obama and his magical time machine for her problems. She then launches into some spiel about how Doctors are being prosecuted for failing to adhere to current treatment guidelines, yet on the other hand Obamacare is going to introduce guidelines for the treatment of Lyme disease which is going to make treatment even more problematic. As if somehow keeping more people from having affordable health insurance is going to lead to great and better treatments for Lyme disease.

Wow, Lyme disease really is debilitating. This poor woman caught it and it's caused so much brain damage she's advocating voting for Romney. Bless her heart.


Lyme brain disease is a sad, sad disease.
 
2012-09-29 04:31:13 AM
www.motherjones.com

"As your president, MittDroid will work to make sure that much national attention and human currency is devoted to this issue that affects so many of your fellow humans. My next software update will ensure that all scientific viewpoints concerning this terrible illness that affects humans similar to yourselves can be heard."
 
2012-09-29 04:33:53 AM
I was all ready to make fun of this, but then I saw that he's got some real no-nonsense solutions to this problem. His effort to improve synergy shows that he's finally going bold. The number one cause of Lyme disease in Virginia is inadequate synergy.
 
2012-09-29 04:34:38 AM

Smirky the Wonder Chimp: [www.motherjones.com image 600x401]

"As your president, MittDroid will work to make sure that much national attention and human currency is devoted to this issue that affects so many of your fellow humans. My next software update will ensure that all scientific viewpoints concerning this terrible illness that affects humans similar to yourselves can be heard."


Ugh, I will not miss that half smile/smirk when he is gone. Fake bastard. And the way he douches it up for the camera. Gaaaaaaaaaaaah! Link
 
2012-09-29 04:34:45 AM
"As president, I will work to ensure that more attention is focused on this important issue ... We need to ensure that all scientific viewpoints concerning this illness can be heard."

o_O
 
2012-09-29 04:37:33 AM

flux: I was all ready to make fun of this, but then I saw that he's got some real no-nonsense solutions to this problem. His effort to improve synergy shows that he's finally going bold. The number one cause of Lyme disease in Virginia is inadequate synergy.


It's a real paradigm shift.
 
2012-09-29 04:38:30 AM
You only get Lyme if you enjoyed being bitten by the tick.
 
2012-09-29 04:38:43 AM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Lunchlady: Who in the holy hell is making the decisions over there? Jesus Christ I almost think it's intentional at this point.

Someone sold him on microtargeting.
I'm wondering what other flyers he's sending out.


I keep getting ones for "resident" about how evil the POTUS is for the coal industry.

/Recent VA transplant.
 
2012-09-29 04:39:31 AM
Who's running this campaign, the Marx brothers?
 
2012-09-29 04:39:45 AM

flux: I was all ready to make fun of this, but then I saw that he's got some real no-nonsense solutions to this problem. His effort to improve synergy shows that he's finally going bold. The number one cause of Lyme disease in Virginia is inadequate synergy.


I learned in multiple office meetings that synergy is indeed the answer to all questions. Or was it thinking outside the box? I forget.
 
2012-09-29 04:46:09 AM

Sabyen91: flux: I was all ready to make fun of this, but then I saw that he's got some real no-nonsense solutions to this problem. His effort to improve synergy shows that he's finally going bold. The number one cause of Lyme disease in Virginia is inadequate synergy.

I learned in multiple office meetings that synergy is indeed the answer to all questions. Or was it thinking outside the box? I forget.


Hey, he's being proactive. So, he's got that going for him. Which is nice.
 
2012-09-29 05:01:59 AM
www.abc4.com
Yes, Lyme disease. It is my understanding, limes aren't plentiful and the miners get a disorder from being in the dark to long. Lyme disease.
 
2012-09-29 05:08:31 AM

MorrisBird: Sabyen91: flux: I was all ready to make fun of this, but then I saw that he's got some real no-nonsense solutions to this problem. His effort to improve synergy shows that he's finally going bold. The number one cause of Lyme disease in Virginia is inadequate synergy.

I learned in multiple office meetings that synergy is indeed the answer to all questions. Or was it thinking outside the box? I forget.

Hey, he's being proactive. So, he's got that going for him. Which is nice.


But i don't think he is revolutionizing outside the box at quite the right amplitude.

And he's just not thinking fourth dimensionally
 
2012-09-29 05:20:55 AM

Alphax: What the fark did I just read? 'All scientific viewpoints'?


If a scientist has a viewpoint on something, it is now automatically assumed to be of equal weight and validity as any other scientist's viewpoint on the issue. This is now true even if the issue is Lyme disease and the scientist in question is an astrophysicist. He is a scientist and therefore just as qualified to speak about tick-borne diseases as any fool with a PhD in viral epidemeology.
 
2012-09-29 05:33:29 AM
I gotta wonder...

You send out letters talking about some dangerous disease that anyone could get just by walking outside. Walking outside, say, on Election Day? Be a real shame if something was to happen to you and your lovely family when they were going out to vote, wouldn't it? Make the safe choice, and stay home.

Probably ascribing waaaay too much foresight to Team Romney.
 
2012-09-29 05:41:12 AM

MorrisBird: Sabyen91: flux: I was all ready to make fun of this, but then I saw that he's got some real no-nonsense solutions to this problem. His effort to improve synergy shows that he's finally going bold. The number one cause of Lyme disease in Virginia is inadequate synergy.

I learned in multiple office meetings that synergy is indeed the answer to all questions. Or was it thinking outside the box? I forget.

Hey, he's being proactive. So, he's got that going for him. Which is nice.


Sorry, but if you haven't proactively leveraged those synergies, you will not be able to utilize that outside the box thinking and change the paradigm, going forward.
 
2012-09-29 05:41:51 AM
i261.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-29 05:56:59 AM
About 10 years ago I got bitten by a very tiny tick that didn't make me itch right away in a spot on my back. It had been attached for the generally-required 24 hour period. I got the bull's eye rash. Because I'd been reading about Lyme disease in the NY Times Science Section, I went to the doctor. She put me on a course of tetracycline and I had no further problems. My sister, however, some time ago at her places in Bakerton, WV, got bitten by a tick and, she claims, she got no rash. About a year ago at her place in Vilcabama, Ecuador, she got bitten by another bug and had very serious symptoms. She had to be flown back to the US on a respirator and eventually, through a process of very skilled diagnosis by experts, was diagnosed with Lyme. The current believe is that there are more than one "type" of "Lyme" disease. The problem is easily dealt with if you get treatment right-away, but the bacteria (as I understand it) are spirochets (sp?) that get into your joints, lymph system and eventually your brain (much like syphilis). So, it's not something to laugh about and the "denyers" are bat-shiat crazy. One could argue that the deforestation of the east coast US has actually led to an increase in Lyme disease cases due to the concentration of the critters necessary for its life cycle - dear and mice. I put out toilet paper rolls filled with cotton balls soaked in pyrethrens (sp) occasionally. Not sure if that works. But with the chigger problem we're getting in Fredericksburg rural areas due to seasonal extension thanks to climate change the ticks are not the biggest problem. I apparently am also a magnet for the buggers. It's a bit tougher living in the country but you cement city dwellers aren't going to survive the bug'n. But then I'm so close to Quantico I won't either eh oui?
 
2012-09-29 06:14:27 AM
"Anahita Nemat, a conservative PR specialist living in Northern Virginia, tweeted out this photo, with the description: "Received my first mailer from It talks about Lyme Disease. Huh? I'm confused! Why?"

The Republicans are micro-targeting women in Fairfax County and Loudoun County in Northern Virginia,

For what it's worth, there is a growing number of women who believe they suffer from "Chronic Lyme disease." CLD is a loosely defined term that is sometimes applied to patients who present with a constellation of nonspecific or subjective complaints. Typically the complaints include insomnia, various aches, pains and rashes. The rashes often come from their own actions. Case study

These women often request prolonged antibiotic therapy for CLD. However, they have no infectious disease, There seems to be a new industry, outside of regular medicine, dealing with CLD, A psychiatric disorder - not CLD - is considered most likely in these folks. It's cruel that the Republicans are targeting them in this way.
 
2012-09-29 06:55:08 AM

Delay: "Anahita Nemat, a conservative PR specialist living in Northern Virginia, tweeted out this photo, with the description: "Received my first mailer from It talks about Lyme Disease. Huh? I'm confused! Why?"

The Republicans are micro-targeting women in Fairfax County and Loudoun County in Northern Virginia,

For what it's worth, there is a growing number of women who believe they suffer from "Chronic Lyme disease." CLD is a loosely defined term that is sometimes applied to patients who present with a constellation of nonspecific or subjective complaints. Typically the complaints include insomnia, various aches, pains and rashes. The rashes often come from their own actions. Case study

These women often request prolonged antibiotic therapy for CLD. However, they have no infectious disease, There seems to be a new industry, outside of regular medicine, dealing with CLD, A psychiatric disorder - not CLD - is considered most likely in these folks. It's cruel not surprising at all that the Republicans are targeting them in this way.

 
2012-09-29 07:47:05 AM

ragekage: Actually, Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Erlycheos-fark-however-it's-spelled, we get that in my central Virginia ED all the time. That stuff sucks hard. I'm intrigued he's trying to micro-target for his campaign, but I don't think it'll work.

Instead, he should really focus more on promising extra funding for the Brain Research clinic at the Virginia Tech Medical School in Roanoke. Anything to help improve the cognitive problems of those kids at Tech. I mean, they ostensibly decided to attend Virginia Tech- on purpose, even. If that doesn't demonstrate some sort of brain problem, I don't know what does.


explain.
 
2012-09-29 07:47:59 AM

ghare: It's not surprising at all that the Republicans are targeting them in this way.


Yeah, I guess not. Some folks behave a little self absorbed, especially when they believe they have a chronic illness. So, if a targeted mailing on CLD encourages these women to vote, when they might not otherwise, then the Republicans could pick up 2,000 - 3,000 votes in Northern Virginia.
 
2012-09-29 07:48:55 AM
Begun, the tick war has.
 
xcv
2012-09-29 07:50:28 AM

ghare: Delay: "Anahita Nemat, a conservative PR specialist living in Northern Virginia, tweeted out this photo, with the description: "Received my first mailer from It talks about Lyme Disease. Huh? I'm confused! Why?"

The Republicans are micro-targeting women in Fairfax County and Loudoun County in Northern Virginia,

For what it's worth, there is a growing number of women who believe they suffer from "Chronic Lyme disease." CLD is a loosely defined term that is sometimes applied to patients who present with a constellation of nonspecific or subjective complaints. Typically the complaints include insomnia, various aches, pains and rashes. The rashes often come from their own actions. Case study

These women often request prolonged antibiotic therapy for CLD. However, they have no infectious disease, There seems to be a new industry, outside of regular medicine, dealing with CLD, A psychiatric disorder - not CLD - is considered most likely in these folks. It's cruel not surprising at all that the Republicans are targeting them in this way.


He might have a chance at winning if he secures the CLD, Morgellons, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitives Syndrome and Penis Panic crowds.
 
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