Like family traits, in which some members have red hair and/or a big nose and/or are tall, but no one member is tall and has red hair and a big nose, the stereotype “DFH” did not precisely fit most of the persons at whom it was aimed. All the frivolity admitted, the movement did a lot of good, and many of us hold its truths to be self-evident to this day.
dragon commented on the diary post At CPAC, Romney’s Calls for Cutting Social Security and Medicare Rankle Conservative Rank-and-File by Daniel Marans.
I wish I could take the credit for this summation, but I found it elsewhere on the Internet: “Entitlement? I PAID cash for my Social Security insurance! Our benefits aren’t some kind of charity or handout! Congressional benefits–premium federal health care, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays, three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days–now [...]
dragon commented on the blog post The Hysterical Fear of Urine & Feces Being Thrown at Police During G8 Protests
Urine and feces, although disagreeable, do not constitute much of a threat. Human urine is sterile, unless the donor happens to have a urinary tract infection at the time. Feces, of course, contains a lot of bacteria that could cause severe illness, but poses no particular hazard provided it does not penetrate the skin (e.g. via an open wound), and is not swallowed if contact is made with the mouth.
I wonder if the underlying concern of the police officers is about HIV or other blood borne pathogens. If so, the threat is minimal to none. The CDC has stated that there is no risk of acquiring infections with HIV or hepatitis B from contact with feces or urine unless they are visibly contaminated with blood.