Sunday, April 01, 2007

ARE THE REPUBLICANS TRYING TO POISON YOUR LITTLE FIDO? NO, BUT THEY DON'T GIVE A RAT'S ASS IF THE CHINESE DO

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Steven Porter is a progressive Democrat running for Congress in northwest Pennsylvania against a garden variety Bush rubber stamp loon, Phil English. English, like almost all Republicans, has been busy pushing deregulation on everything. "Let the buyer beware" and "let the market regulate itself" are the GOP catch-phrases they're chanting like mantras as they attempt to take away the consumer and worker protections that had made America-- until the advent of Bush-- the strongest and most prosperous country in history. Dr. Porter explained to voters in PA-03 how English and his Republican brethren and their insane ideological slash and burn tactics have endangered our country-- and killed our pets:
While our Congressman, Mr. Phil, and his pals in international business have presided over, and in some cases profited by, the outsourcing of jobs to China, they have failed yet again to warn us about the unseen dangers of that endeavor, and one of them has recently reared its ugly head.
 
I refer to the additive in wheat gluten which has been put into an untold number of pet products.  The list of recalls grows daily. 
 
It is difficult enough for the U.S. Government to keep track of dangers in the American-produced food chain. You all remember the spinach problem last year. I cannot see how an American company can with any guarantee of safety keep track of dangers in the stuff they import from China.
 
For those like me and my wife whose work on behalf of animal welfare has been a lifelong concern, the contamination of food products coming from China is really intolerable. Not only has the short-sighted greed of outsourcing harmed our own economy and our own workers, but now the products of that outsourcing are returning to harm us after they have been manufactured.
 
I cannot tell others what to do, but for us, we will now make sure we know if the manufacturers of any brand of pet food we buy do business with China. If they do, we will discontinue buying their products until the practice is stopped. I also hope that pet owners whose pets have been killed or injured by this episode will be compensated by the pet food companies for their losses-- and I hope that the compensation is great enough to wipe out any gains made by the outsourcing.
 
Finally, I call for the defeat of Congressmen like Mr. English who has stood by for 14 years and tolerated this kind of thing, tolerated the spread of global warming, the war in Iraq, the lack of health care, the threats to Social Security. These are not men of character.
 
We do not need more politicians like them. What we need are caring statesmen.


David Goldstein up in Washington has been following this story as well and he's done some research into the tainted wheat gluten the regulations-hating Bush Regime has opened our ports to and it looks like the Regime and their regulations-free Chinese associates have allowed the stuff into the human food chain enough.
The FDA announced today that it has traced the contaminated wheat gluten to a single processor, Xuzhou Anying Biological Technology of Peixian, China, but has not released the name of the U.S. distributor who supplied the product to Del Monte, Menu Foods, Nestle Purina, and Hills Nutritional. In all, more than 70 brands and over 60 million cans and pouches of dog and cat food are now part of this massive recall, as well as at least one brand of dry cat food.

Public statements have indicated that the contaminated gluten was distributed by a single U.S. company, but since the FDA refuses to name the supplier, it is not yet known if this company also supplies human food manufacturers. It is also not yet known if Xuzhou Anying sells direct to food manufacturers in the U.S. or abroad.

While cats seem particularly susceptible to the effects of melamine poisoning, there is little research on the substance’s human toxicity. Unless and until the FDA determines otherwise, one cannot help but wonder if our sick and dying cats are merely the canary in the coal mine alerting us to a broader contamination of the human food supply.

It boggles the mind to imagine that one single Republican could be elected to any office anywhere (except Utah).


UPDATE: ON THE OTHER HAND... THERE ARE REPUBLICANS WHO WANT TO KILL FIDO... LITERALLY

Today's NY Post is reporting that Giuliani's wife used to work for a company that sells surgical products to doctors and that the products are demonstarted on dogs-- who were then killed. The Post doesn't say that Judi actually murdered the dogs herself... she was just part of the team. Is this the woman Giuliani promises to have sitting in on Cabinet meetings and giving her say... because she's a nurse? I better rethink my position on voting for him for president. OK, I rethunk and I came to a conclusion-- instead of "not in a million years," I can now report... "not in a billion years." I mean not only did he pick a Mafia-connected crook as his closest business associate, he also married a puppy-killer. Ewwww.
Judith Giuliani once demonstrated surgical products for a controversial medical-supply company that used dogs-- which were later killed-- in operations whose only purpose was to sell equipment to doctors, The Post has learned.

"It was a horribly cruel, outrageous program," Friends of Animals President Priscilla Feral said about the demonstrations of medical staplers on dogs conducted by U.S. Surgical Corp. employees during
Giuliani's tenure there in the late 1970s. Feral said U.S. Surgical's demonstrations on hundreds of dogs each year through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s were done to boost sales, not for medical re search or testing.

The dogs were "either put to death following the sales demonstrations because they can't re cover from them, or they die during them," Feral said.

"I'm not going to characterize her, but I hope she regrets it for what it was-- a money-grubbing effort," said Feral, whose Darien, Conn.-based activist group waged a heated public-relations battle
with the Norwalk-based company for more than a decade. "I guess the question would be, how does she justify this now? What is her conscience at this stage?" Feral asked about Giuliani's association with U.S. Surgical.

"There's no ethical justification for this."

...Judi Giuliani joined the company as a saleswoman in North Carolina in 1975 after spending a year working as a nurse. At age 19, she married fellow U.S. Surgical salesman Jeffrey Ross, who she only recently disclosed was the first of her three husbands. Giuliani spent four years at U.S. Surgical.

The company, now part of Tyco Healthcare, has long acknowledged its salespeople routinely demonstrated staples on anesthetized dogs as part of sales pitches to doctors.

Then-CEO Leon Hirsch defended the practice in the 1980s, saying there was no other way to properly show how the staplers worked. "A dead dog doesn't bleed," Hirsch said in a 1988 issue of Time magazine. "You need to have real blood-flow conditions, or you get a false sense of security."

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At 1:10 AM, Blogger GINGER said...

THE COMMIES ARE COMING! THE COMMIES ARE COMING!!! AND THE GEORGE BUSH ADMINISTRATION (OTHERWISE KNOW AS GOOFEY)INVITED THEM! CHINA OWNS US AND WE OWE THEM $$$. WHO CARES IF THEY POISION OUR PETS OR US? AFTER ALL WE ARE JUST AS EXPENDABLE AS OUR SOLDIERS. OH JOY, OH RAPTURE! IT'S THE REICH WING WAY HAY DAY. YEEEE HAWWW!!! GIT EM UP, MOVE EM OUT, MOVE EM UP, GIT EM OUT, KEEP THEM DAWGIE SOLDIERS MOVING, RAWWW HYYYYYYDE! YHAA!! SHOOT EM UP, KILL EM UP, KILL EM UP, BLOW EM UP. WHO CARES IF YOU CAN'T SEE THE ENEMY. FORGET ABOUT WHAT PATTON SAID, YOU DIE FOR YOUR COUNTRY LIKE A DUCK IN A SHOOTING GALLERY. YOU DON'T NEED HELMET PROTECTION CAUSE WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE CARE OF YOU IF YOU MAKE IT BACK HOME ANYWAY! BESIDES, WE NEED THE MONEY FOR OTHER THINGS LIKE STRENGTHING CHINAS ECONOMY. IT WOULD BE BEST IF YOU JUST LAY DOWN AND DIE RIGHT THERE, OK? I UNDERSTAND NOW WHY BILL CLINTON PULLED OUT OF SOMALIA. YOU CAN'T FIGHT WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE. WHEN YOU CAN'T SEE THE ENEMY YOU MUST BECOME LIKE THE ENEMY,INVISIBLE. STRATEGY MUST ENSUE BUT THAT TAKES BRAINS, SORRY I FORGOT THEY DON'T HAVE ANY. CAN'T USE WHAT YOU DON'T HAVE! IT'S LIKE THE BRITISH BELIEVING THAT WE WOULD ACTUALLY KEEP OUR PROMISE FOR A FORMAL WAR, THEY WERE SLAUGHTERED. IT'S A MIRACLE THAT THEY WOULD EVER TRUST US AGAIN. TRUTHFULLY, HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THEY DO? LISTEN, THE REICH WING MAKES IT UP AS THEY GO ALONG. THEIR DECISIONS ARE WITHOUT CONSEQUENCE AND WE ARE RESPONSIBLE. IF WE NEED TO BLAME SOMEONE THEN LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND REPEAT AFTER ME! HOW COULD WE/I HAVE LET THEM GET THIS FAR, HOW STUPID DO WE HAVE TO BECOME BEFORE WE RETURN TO OUR SENSES AND PUT A STOP TO THESE LEGENDS IN THEIR OWN MINDS. THEY HAVE RAPED AND ROBBED THIS COUNTRY OF IT'S $6 TRILLION SURPLUS AND REDUCED US TO OVER AN $8 TRILLON DEFICIT JUST TO SETTLE A PERSONAL VENDETTA. IF YOU STILL DON'T BELIEVE IT ASK YOUR SELF THIS QUESTION, WITH ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC HEAT SEEKING CAPABILITIES THAT WE HAVE TODAY, HOW HARD IS IT TO TRACK A MAN RUNNING THROUGH THE DESERT DRAGGING A DIALYSIS MACHINE BEHIND HIM? WHY WAS THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS AFTER 9/11 TO PUT ALL OF BEN LADEN'S FAMILY ON TRANSPORTATION OUT OF THIS COUNTRY? WHY PROTECT THEM? REMEMBER, ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR. IT IS ALSO MY UNDERSTANDING THAT ABOUT FIVE HOURS BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SEIZED CONTROLL OF THE AIRPORT AT KANDAHAR, A RUSSIAN MADE TUPOLEV WAS SEEN SITTING ON THE TARMAC READY FOR TAKE OFF. CERTIANLY THIS PLANE IS EQUIPPED TO HANDLE ALL THE NECESSARY DIALYSIS EQUIPMENT AND WHO OWNS WHAT IS LEFT OF THEM NOW? CHINA? I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO KNOWS MORE ABOUT THIS. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, EVEN IF WE HAD CAPTURED/KILLED BEN LADEN, WHY WOULD THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION INTELLIGENCE,OR LACK OF, PUBLICIZE IT? THIS WOULD HAVE MEANT THE POTENTIAL TO ELIMINATE WAR AND I MEAN TO TELL YOU HE (BUSH) WAS HELL BENT ON GOING AFTER SADDAM AND THIS WAS HIS OPPORTUNITY. HOW COULD WE BE SO BLIND. HERE WAS A TYRANT ABSENT OF NEED FOR BEN LADEN. HE WAS A SOLO ACT AND NO MATTER HOW HARD WE TRIED TO LINK HIM TO BEN LADEN, NOT EVEN THEIR EQUAL HATRED OF AMERICA WOULD CAUSE SADDAM TO SURRENDER ONE OUNCE OF HIS GREATNESS TO A RISING STAR LIKE BEN LADEN. HERE IS WHAT I DO KNOW, AFTER THIS DEBAUCHERY OF A SO CALLED WAR IN IRAQ, TWO COUNTRIES CAN'T SEEM TO DO WHAT ONE MAN WAS ABLE TO. TYRANT AS HE WAS, I GUESS IT TAKES ONE TO CONTROLL THE SCREAMING NATURE OF RESTLESS PEOPLE OF SUCH DIVIDED AND DIVERSIFIED SECTS. THIS WAS AN IMPLOSION WAITING TO HAPPEN AND HERE WE, THE UNITED STATES HELPED MAKE IT THE EXPLOSIVE REALITY THAT IT HAS BECOME. WE SHOULD FEEL NOTHING BUT SHAME. JUST FOR THE RECORD, THERE ARE NO HEROS IN KILLING AND WAR, ONLY SURVIVORS! DO THE CURRENT ARISTORATIC POWERS THAT BE CARE ABOUT US? NO,OF COURSE NOT!!THEY HAVE SPENT THEIR ENTIRE TIME IN OFFICE DIS-EMPOWERING THE PEOPLE, WHY ON EARTH ARE WE EVEN ASKING THIS QUESTION. WE HAVE STOOD BY WHILE THEY HAVE TURNED THIS NATION INTO EVERY THING WE WERE EVER AGAINST AND WE STILL HAVE THE NERVE TO CONSIDER THAT THEY MAY GIVE A SO CALLED RATS ASS ABOUT US? THIS IS WHY THEY ARE STILL IN OFFICE, WE KEEP GIVING THEM THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT. WELL GIVE IT UP! IF WE DON'T SEND A MESSAGE LOUD AND CLEAR THIS NEXT ELECTION OR EVEN BEFORE, THEN WE DESERVE EVERY ROTTEN THING WE HAVE EVER LET THEM DO TO US. DON'T GET MAD, THINK, ANGER CLOUDS JUDGEMENT, SLOW DOWN AND THINK ABOUT THE STRATAGY YOU WILL IMPLEMNT. IF WE DIDN'T LEARN ANYTHING FROM 9/11 LET US UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF CAREFUL THOUGHT AND PLANNING. BY THE WAY, DOSEN'T IT STRIKE ANYONE ELSE AS FUNNY HOW ILLNESS AND POISIONS OF SOME SORT KEEP POPPING UP IN SOME FORM OR ANOTHER? I DON'T THINK IT'S COINCIDENCE, DO YOU?

 
At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's bad enough that this stuff got into pet food. What makes me nervous is the prospect of wide-scale contamination of the human food chain.

 
At 6:17 PM, Blogger PBurns said...

For a post on the uneasy relationship between pet food, PETA and wheat gluten, see >> http://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2007/04/peta-pet-food-and-wheat-gluten.html

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At 12:05 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Are you serious? Can you think of anything else you can blame the republicans for? As an American, I am so sick of democrats pointing that finger. Grow up! With the energy it takes you to talk your smack you could be actually doing something to help, but that's not part of the plan now is it? It makes me sick to watch you people get off on anything you feel you can blame on republicans, you want things to go wrong and I think it's sick.

 
At 11:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I might just have to vote for Rudi because his wife worked for U.S. Surgical. U.S. Surgical or Auto Suture Staples have saved millions of lives and continue to do so today. Not only are they used to treat human patients today but they have been used to treat sick animals in vet and equine centers around the world. Oh yeah next time you meet someone that is going into have his colon worked on or his gall bladder taken out ask them if they respect the doctor who professionally learned on an animate model or from a doctor who is going to practice on him for the first time.



Go Rudi!

 

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