NOTICE: Flu Season

Sorry, but many of the authors at FFS have been compromised by the flu. New content will be coming as soon as we are able. Thank you.

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51 Responses to NOTICE: Flu Season

  1. Slartibartfast says:

    I seem to be getting sick as well—clearly your virus protocol here is deficient…

  2. Blouise says:

    So far so good in this household. Just take care of yourselves and not to worry … there’s enough going on on the Global thread to occupy any dedicated reader.

  3. swarthmoremom says:

    Everyone here got the flu shot except our son who has some type of virus but not the flu. Take care.

  4. Elaine M. says:


    I’m not sick. As you well know, I’ve been fighting a dark force of idiocy and nastiness somewhere else on the intertoobz lately.

  5. Mike Spindell says:


    My wife and I both had flu shots early, but that doesn’t seem to have worked for either of us.

  6. Mike Spindell says:


    Please refer all technical questions regarding our virus protection to our crack IT department.

  7. elainemag46 says:


    Who is our crack IT department?

  8. swarthmoremom says:

    Elaine, I know but I was accused of cyber stalking for challenging the very wrong statements made by a poster other than your detractor. I had not planned to go there but when I starting reading the posts I jumped in. I think Turley plays to that crowd a bit too much.

  9. swarthmoremom says:

    Mike S, Sorry to hear that. Last year’s shot was not very effective and supposedly they thought they had it right this year.

  10. Dredd says:

    Get well soon!!

    Here is a movement that might make you feel better:

    The state-level effort to turn off water and electricity to the National Security Agency (NSA) got a major boost today as legislators in Tennessee introduced a bill to ban the state from providing material support to the federal agency.

    A long-standing secretive NSA computing facility calls Oak Ridge home. According to NSA researcher James Bamford, the NSA runs most data it gathers “from code breaking to word captures,” through computers at Oak Ridge and NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md.

    The Tennessee Fourth Amendment Protection Act was introduced by State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) late Tuesday evening. Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) will file the companion bill in the House.

    Based on model legislation drafted by the OffNow coalition, SB1849 would prohibit the state of Tennessee from “providing material support to…any federal agency claiming the power to authorize the collection of electronic data or metadata of any person pursuant to any action not based on a warrant” as required by the Fourth Amendment.

    “We have an out of control federal agency spying on pretty much everybody in the world. I don’t think the state of Tennessee should be helping the NSA violate the Constitution and the basic privacy rights of its citizens – and we don’t have to,” Campfield said. “This bill may not completely stop the NSA, but it will darn sure stop Tennessee from participating in unjustified and illegal activities.”

    From a practical standpoint, the legislation covers four major areas.

    *Prohibits state and local agencies from providing any material support to the NSA within their jurisdiction. Includes barring government-owned utilities from providing water and electricity.

    *Makes information gathered without a warrant by the NSA and shared with law enforcement inadmissible in state court.

    *Blocks public universities from serving as NSA research facilities or recruiting grounds.

    *Disincentivizes corporations attempting to fill needs not met in the absence of state cooperation.

    (10th Amendment Center). An effort to stop the perverted big-brother military NSA legally.

    Way cool.

    Get well soon.

  11. swarthmoremom says:

    Elaine, He certainly does not welcome a discussion about white privilege or even the use of the term.

  12. Elaine M. says:


    Who are we anyways? What do we know? We’re just two clueless lily-white nannies!

  13. Dredd says:

    Another state wants to put a smile on your face … you have another reason to get well soon: Washington State Bill Proposes Criminalizing Help to NSA, Turning Off Resources to Yakima Facility

  14. Tony C. says:

    No shots for me. And I’m not sick. Vitamin C and Vitamin D, childrens.

  15. Julie says:

    So, does FFS stand for F**king Flu Season?:) Hope you all feel better soon!

  16. Sunny Peneka says:

    So sorry for the flu attack on many people here. Please rest and drink plenty of fluids.
    Thank you to Dredd for that very interesting news about Tennessee and Washington state. Wow!

  17. Gyges says:

    Sounds like you need a visit from a Dr. Feelgood. (no not that one)

  18. rafflaw says:

    Get well soon! I have a cold and a cough coming on, but my flu shot is working, so far. I think when it gets to 25-30 below zero wind chill, not even the flu bugs can survive!

  19. Oro Lee says:

    Get well soon everyone. Try my favorite cold remedy — half orange juice and half tequila,you don’t care if you don’t get well.

  20. elainemag46 says:

    Oro Lee,

    I like your kind of cold remedy.

  21. elainemag46 says:

    Oro Lee,

    BTW, elainemag46 is Elaine M. I have a second WordPress account–and sometimes I post under another name depending on how I log-in.

  22. pdm says:

    I hope everyone is recovering. The silence is worrying.

  23. Gene Howington says:

    No need to worry about me. I’m on the mend and hope to write something this weekend, but thanks for the concern. This is a rough bug, however its not Captain Trips. 😀

  24. Mike Spindell says:

    I’m glad to hear Gene, et. al. are feeling better. However, in what seems to be my constant effort to upstage the illnesses of everyone around me, it seems that I now have Bacterial Pneumonia, determined after spending a hellish day yesterday undergoing every conceivable test at the University of Miami. The good news is I’m home, it is very treatable and I was even able to write something today. The better news is that they didn’t figure this out until today, so I’m not languishing in a hospital over the weekend and then too the meds are helpful. 🙂

  25. I hope you people aren’t contagious.

  26. pdm says:

    Mike, I guess I’m reassured although I sure don’t understand how one combats bacterial pneumonia when you are on immuno-supressants.

    Gene? Well let’s just say I am pretty confident he can vanquish most anything.

  27. gbk says:

    Mike S.,

    Take care of yourself (Gene too). I hope you’re back soon!

  28. Oro Lee says:

    I once watched Fantasia while pretty sick and on some strong meds — watching the Sorcerer’s Apprentice was probably about as close to being on an hallucinogen as I’ll ever get. In case you’re bored, try it.

  29. Blouise says:


    Thanks for the update as I was getting seriously concerned

  30. Charlton Stanley says:

    Offered without comment:

  31. I unsubscribed from that other blog. Most of the cool kids are gone, anyway.

  32. Mike Spindell says:

    “Mike, I guess I’m reassured although I sure don’t understand how one combats bacterial pneumonia when you are on immuno-supressants.”


    As usual you picked out a salient fact. Add to that mix the reality that I’m personally allergic to the most common treatment modality and you find my wife and I waiting to determine if I’m becoming sicker and so must head for the local ER. So this Dude currently abides, but for the weekend at least you’re not going to get much in the way of decent written material from me.

  33. Blouise says:

    I’m also concerned about lotta … since I don’t go over to the other place I don’t know if she is posting there but she was sounding quite sick last time she posted here so I’m thinking of her and missing her.

  34. Blouise says:


    Lordy how I hate that wait and see mode. Tex is also allergic to the normal treatment for pneumonia so it’s always a … ok, we’ll see if this works.

  35. Charlton Stanley says:

    I have not seen much of her. Last email I got from her several weeks ago, she was having computer problems and was not on line as much.

  36. elainemag46 says:


    I haven’t seen lotta around lately at “the other place.” I hope she’s doing better. I miss her wise voice too.

  37. pdm says:

    There’s no lotta at the other place, but an unconscionable amount of Nick. No davidm, however. Elaine and SwM deserve medals for dealing with Nick. Turley has gone nuts over civility and has posted several comments of his own- not one word about ball-busting or suborning government employees, though.

  38. Mike Spindell says:


    Tex and I have stuff in common unfortunately.

    I’fe been worried about Lotta as well. One of the great thinkers we came to know at Turley. I refuse to go there anymore, so I’ve worried about her.

  39. Mike Spindell says:


    Your remark about “civility” stirred a thought. The Beltway punditocracy seems to pride civility and bi-partisanship as the highest of aspirations. Jonathan is now a Beltway pundit with civil liberty cred. Perhaps he is not immune to DC groupthink.

  40. Slartibartfast says:


    If they really held civility and bipartisanship as the highest of aspirations, I wouldn’t have a problem with that, but I think that it is the trappings of civility (i.e. politeness) and bipartisan spin which they hold dear. Frankly, I expected better of Professor Turley than such cargo cult thinking.

  41. annieofwi says:

    Ah Captain Trips, I loved novel “The Stand”. The TV movie, so so.

  42. annieofwi says:

    Nick given enough rope will hang himself. He has been ratcheting up his rhetoric again these past weeks, it may come to a crashing crescendo.

  43. Slartibartfast says:


    I’m convinced that is a result of what I am talking about—the letter of the law requires politeness but allows more serious breaches of civility like fallacious logic, misrepresenting opponents or refusing to make substantive arguments on the merits of the issue or acknowledge criticism. This allows those who don’t want to engage in good faith to effectively road block any discussion, which, of course, is very frustrating to the people who are interested in productive discussion, causing some of them to express their aggravation with their opponents lack of civility—something that is difficult to do while appearing polite.

  44. Gene Howington says:

    Churchill: “Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?”
    Socialite: “My goodness, Mr. Churchill… Well, I suppose… we would have to discuss terms, of course… ”
    Churchill: “Would you sleep with me for five pounds?”
    Socialite: “Mr. Churchill, what kind of woman do you think I am?!”
    Churchill: “Madam, we’ve already established that. Now we are haggling about the price”

  45. Gene H. says:

    Thanks. Me too. This was the worst flu I’ve had since one bad episode in high school.

  46. Have not seen lotta since the passing of nal was reported.

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