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SarasotaRepub
04-29-2009, 07:55 AM
Jesus H Christ... (http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N28343516.htm) :rolleyes:


28 Apr 2009 21:31:42 GMT
Source: Reuters

</SPAN>WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) - What's in a name? U.S. pork producers are finding that the name of the virus spreading from Mexico is affecting their business, prompting U.S. officials to argue for changing the name from swine flu.


At a news briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack took pains to repeatedly refer to the flu as the "H1N1 virus."


"This is not a food-borne illness, virus. It is not correct to refer to it as swine flu because really that's not what this is about," Vilsack said.


Israel has already rejected the name swine flu, and opted to call it "Mexico flu." Jewish dietary laws forbid eating pork.


Every friggen day something more stupid from this administration.

Lars1701a
04-29-2009, 07:58 AM
Jesus H Christ... (http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N28343516.htm) :rolleyes:



Every friggen day something more stupid from this administration.


Guess the Magic negro does not want to offend the Muzzies. :D

FlaGator
04-29-2009, 08:08 AM
I suggest that its new name be the Taco Killler Virus

linda22003
04-29-2009, 08:21 AM
Guess the Magic negro does not want to offend the Muzzies. :D

"Muzzies" are hardly pork producers. :rolleyes:

Space Gravy
04-29-2009, 09:07 AM
Mexico flu? That will go over well too. Has anyone famous had it we could name it after?

Apocalypse
04-29-2009, 10:12 AM
I actually work in the meat industry. You would be surprised by the number of people who think if they eat pork or come in contact with it, some how they will catch this disease.

Its not a name change that is needed, but better education of the populus.

Gingersnap
04-29-2009, 10:45 AM
I suggest that its new name be the Taco Killler Virus

While I personally love that name, if we are sticking with traditional disease-naming conventions, we should call it the Mexico Flu.

enslaved1
04-29-2009, 06:15 PM
"This is not a food-borne illness, virus. It is not correct to refer to it as swine flu because really that's not what this is about," Vilsack said.

Personally, swine brings up images of live pigs, not butchered, properly cooked, yummy pigs. Pork flu would indicate a food born illness. But that's just me. I subscribe to silly concepts like common sense, which tells me the name of the bug doesn't make any difference.

Rockntractor
04-29-2009, 08:34 PM
How about the other white meat flu.

Bubba Dawg
04-29-2009, 08:38 PM
How about the other white meat flu.

:D

jinxmchue
05-03-2009, 08:23 PM
Remember when the poultry industry was devastated by the so-called "chicken pox?"

Yeah, I don't, either.

tacitus
05-03-2009, 10:39 PM
I doubt the pigs care one way or the other, it's just the 'sensitive' fools that get uppity over a name. Morons.

FlaGator
05-03-2009, 11:09 PM
I doubt the pigs care one way or the other, it's just the 'sensitive' fools that get uppity over a name. Morons.

I would think that the pigs would be pretty happy about anything that keeps them off the grill.

enslaved1
05-04-2009, 12:46 AM
Remember when the poultry industry was devastated by the so-called "chicken pox?"

Yeah, I don't, either.

That's because chicken pox was named long before the death of common sense.