Walter Reed: Nothing new there! It’s still a *@%^-hole Hospital

TruthoutTruthout is reporting a story of a military nurse who’s sent letters and requests to General Schumacher on what the hospital’s needs are. Schumacher was the replacement for Major General George W. Weightman who was the one in charge when the news broke that our wounded soldiers were tea-bagging in their own urine and feces. What our whistle blower received as a response to his notifying General Schumacher is a backlash against him and massive amounts of infections and dangerous bacterias.

Former Army Lt. and military nurse Doug Connor sat down for an interview with Truthout reporter Geoffrey Millard to share his experience before and after the Walter Reed Medical Center scandal broke.

Encouraged by the firings of top military officials as a result of the problems at Walter Reed, Connor spoke out about the dilapidated conditions at Walter Reed. He sent a letter to Gen. Gregory A. Schumacher with recommendations for improving conditions in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where there were equipment shortages and outbreaks of infectious bacteria, including extremely dangerous drug-resistant forms of Acinetobacter baumannii, a bacterium that has been ravaging injured soldiers in Iraq and in domestic military hospitals.

Does anybody remember when they said if we “didn’t support the troops we were being unpatriotic“?!

Well here’s the GOP’s idea of “supporting the troops” and their idea behind “patriotism”.

The infection problems caused other units within the hospital to lose faith in the ICU’s ability to care for surgical patients. Because of the infections, “the kidney transplant team will not recover their patients in the surgical ICU anymore,” Connor said in the interview.

According to Connor, his recommendations were not acted upon. Instead, he claims that he was retaliated against. “I thought he would thank me for letting him know where there were areas that needed to be fixed … I have been retaliated against because of the letters that I have sent out. It is pretty transparent … Everyone that has seen what happened around me is just like ‘yeah, they’re going after you.'”

FruitFly 6It just makes you wanna stand up and salute that Commander of Chief of ours, don’t it?!

Yeah… Those Republicans sure deserve a lot of respect for their “leadership skills”.

UPDATE: Since too few bother reading the COMMENTS section, it’s worth posting this one front and center.

Ms Marcie Hascall Clark from  left this tiny tidbit of extra happy news:

The Acinetobacter baumannii that Conner brought up in this interview is a problem they could have contained back in 2003 if they had put as much effort into cleaning up their act as they did trying to cover up the mess.
The Acinetobacter baumanni from the military evacuation system from Iraq has spread throughout the military health system, the VA health system, the NIH, and on to civilian hospitals all across the US and to the countries of the coalition.
They fast tracked this bug, along with MRSA and some others, to extreme drug resistance. The military strains of Acinetobacter baumannii have grown resistant to every anti microbial available.
Check it out at http://www.iraqinfections.org

…It would appear that not only has Bush’s complete incompetence in leadership has left us in a lose-lose situation in Iraq, but has also stupidly introduced a wickedly harmful slew of foreign bacteria into our own health care system and consequently; our society.

We’ll forever remember the stupidity of this President and the Republicans for which he stands…

Red State Update: Apologizing to Fred Thompson

via Crooks and Liars, Travis has Jonathan in an arm-lock forcing him to apologize about Fred Thompson being such a terrible candidate (even though Thompson was supposed to be the “Great White Hope” for the GOP).

FruitFly 6In case nobody’s paying attention, Thompson came in behind the “write-in” in New Hampshire. Just make sure you don’t tell anybody… Speaking ill about the Republican’s is a felony in most states.

“Suicide Watch” for the GOP has begun

LipsOuch!! Howie Klein speaks in volumes:

The Republican melee that will determine which one of the pathetic pygmies gets to ask Americans if they want a third term for George Bush has degenerated into a battle about religionism, a clear example of why the Republicans Party is destined to become a small, extremist regional political party for crackpots and loons. As ABC News reports today, “Religion is driving the Republican presidential race in Iowa, with Mike Huckabee taking the lead on the strength of overwhelming support from evangelical voters– and Mitt Romney falling behind over concerns about his Mormon faith.”

bug gooThink: “The opaque light-blue bug-shield on your Uncle’s Lincoln Continental”…

No one’s polling numbers will be impacted by racist xenophobe Tom Tancredo’s decision to withdraw from the race today after finding out that the one straw he was grasping at– and endorsement from psychotic Iowa Congressman Steve King (one of the only members of Congress as racist and bigoted as himself)– will not be forthcoming. The King endorsement was his entire Iowa game-plan– outside of the Know Nothing fear mongering. King endorsed another loser, who will also be withdrawing soon, the lazy old man with the devastatingly ambitious young wife, Fred Thompson. As for Ron Paul, the candidate of UFO enthusiasts, the KKK, neo-fascists and conspiracy nuts, he’s made a big decision– he’s keeping the $500 donation from neo-NaziFruitFly Stormfront founder Don Black whose motto is “White Pride World Wide.” Catchy. Even some of the most extreme of the far right kooks and loons think Ron Paul is off his rocker and feel uncomfortable that the Republican Party is being publicly identified with Nazis.

Sam Kinison would be proud.