Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Odds and Sods III

Apparently this will be my last update on the suspicious death of Richard Javis 'Jabo' Johnson, in which 25-year-old Johnson was found hanging in his Fountain Inn jail cell under rather specious circumstance. Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor Bob Ariail ruled last month that no criminal charges will be filed, and I've read several accounts since that reinforce the message: case closed.

Reverend Curtis Johnson, pastor of Valley Brook Baptist Church and leader of the group that raised significant logistical questions about the so-called suicide, says they accept and understand the solicitor's decision but still believe it is possible Johnson did not die from his own hand. And for the record, I don't believe it either.

As it is, it looks as if we will never know the truth.


Meanwhile, at our local fundamentalist crackpots, Bob Jones University, there is an outbreak of whooping cough SO SEVERE that they have closed the fall semester a week early:

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Bob Jones University has decided to end its fall semester a week early after nearly 30 confirmed or suspected cases of whooping cough were reported on the school's Greenville campus.

BJU said Friday that it will end the semester on Friday, Dec. 7, rather than Dec. 13 as originally scheduled.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control said that it is working with the school to make sure all necessary precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of the disease, also known as pertussis.
Wait, you are thinking, didn't they develop a vaccine for that, like a century ago, or something? Yes, indeed, and that is the elephant in the room that no one will touch, except to simply state that it is preventable:
Whooping cough, which is the common name for the disease pertussis, is a highly communicable, vaccine-preventable illness that lasts for many weeks and most often affects children, causing severe coughing spasms and vomiting, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The next time some herbalist (and I am one, so I'm allowed to write this), alternative medicine-maven or fundamentalist nutcake preaches at you that autism, ADD, fibromyalgia, depression, bipolar disorder, cancer and who-knows-what-all are caused by vaccines, show them this blog entry and slap them upside the head for me, willya? And ask how they would feel if they lived near the offending school?

PRETEND you live near an outbreak, as I do, now, you gonna go get your kid vaccinated or NOT?

Yeah, that's what I thought.

And finally, more Christmas shopping ideas. Last year, I was depressed I couldn't see my daughter and granddaughter at Christmas, and I was therefore happy to meet the incredibly-adorable FLAMEGAL (aka Rachael), almost exactly my grandbaby's age. Rachael's mom, Penny, brought me a lovely Christmas gift (click to see her beautiful dichroic-glass creations!), and wished me well for the holidays, as one mother to another.

Even more than that, like so many people cursed with retail servitude at Christmastime, I was feeling down; as if the holidays had gone 100% mercenary and could never be redeemed. Penny restored my belief in Christmas as a time of love, friendship and good will.

This is my way of saying thank you! and Merry Christmas!

Listening to: Jimi Hendrix Experience - Third Stone from the Sun
via FoxyTunes


CrackerLilo said...

You know, I'm a big believer in ancient wisdom, but vaccines are one of the reasons I'm grateful I live in modern times. People who want to propel us backward in every way just piss me off.

The people who say vaccines cause autism apparently aren't smart enough to understand that an increase in *diagnoses* is not, not, NOT the same as an increase in *people who have the disease*. You can make yourself go BSFI trying to explain the difference to those people, too.

And of course, how appropriate that this happened in a place where you have to ask permission to go *anywhere* and you can't even go to a movie theater!

I'm glad your meeting went well, too.

Carla said...

I just wanted to mention that one does not need to be an ignorant fundie to oppose vaccinations. Because honey... I'm noooooo fundie!
I, not so much oppose, but dislike the fact that day old infants are injected with the hep b vax and others are approved by the fda long before they should be. Personally, our family uses a "delayed" schedule in that our children are fully vaccinated by the time they enter public school. The one child in which I loosened up a little, and let him start a series earlier than I normally would, had a very VERY severe reaction to the dtap (the one that prevents pertussis!) He will now be unable to have the rest of the series until hes much older. This will prove to be difficult when it comes time for school. The state of NY doesn't take kindly to parents opposing vaccinations.

Cassandra Says said...

Yikes. Are the local school authorities (the non-fundie ones) doing anything to try to prevent it spreading to the kids in their school system?

Also, isn't Bob Jones U Southern Baptist? I wasn't aware that Baptists had an issue with vaccinations.

shadocat said...

Thank God for vaccines! without them, I would've never reached adulthood, I'm sure.

Hey Daisy---come see pictures of my grandbaby at

I promise she'll be fully vaccinated!

DaisyDeadhead said...

Carla, objecting to certain vaccines is understandable, and that's not what I refer to, but to a certain fundie logic that refuses all vaccines as agents of pharmaceutical colonialism. These particular BJU people, mostly homeschoolers, won't get ANY vaccines and get religious exemptions for them, as the Amish do. (And the Amish actually had a polio epidemic in their community--the first in decades--just a few years ago.)

Cassandra, BJU is INDEPENDENT Baptist and is in no way affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, which to them is far too liberal.

delusional precious said...

it saddens me those poor kids have to suffer because they have ignorant parents. my daughter will continue to be vaccinated. >.<

we miss you too :( i'll be sure to send out some more pictures :)

thene said...

Ignorant fundies do this the world over - one of the main reasons polio has not yet been completely eradicated is because Muslim leaders in Nigeria have declared the vaccine to be an evil Western plot that will make Nigerian Muslims infertile.

I respect people's right to do the strangest of things in the name of their religion, but killing or maiming their children by deliberate negligence is well beyond the pale.