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Antibiotic-resistant superbug causes deadly skin boils
San Mateo County Times ^ | 2/10/2003 | Suzanne Bohan

Posted on 02/10/2003 8:27:12 AM PST by tort_feasor

Antibiotic-resistant superbug causes deadly skin boils Reports of mystery infection prompts S.F. watch on gay men By Suzanne Bohan , STAFF WRITER

A bacterial infection that overpowers most antibiotics has escaped the confines of hospitals and is showing up in alarming numbers among the general public in California, according to health officials.

Scattered clusters of the infection have been reported throughout the nation.

While no cases have yet been reported outside hospitals in Alameda County, a rise in the infections -- particularly among gay men -- in San Francisco prompted the city's public health department to launch a surveillance program this week, said Edwin Charlebois, an infectious disease epidemiologist with the University of California, San Francisco.

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The pathogen causes painful skin boils and abscesses, and can lead to potentially fatal blood infections and heart damage. The bug is spread through casual contact, although it's not as easily acquired as highly infectious conditions like the common cold or influenza, said Dr. Sam Stebbins, the deputy health officer for San Mateo County's public health department.

Scattered cases of the infection that weren't contracted in the hospital have been reported during the past few years in San Mateo County, he said, and there was an outbreak among members of a wrestling team. Stebbins said county health workers have been saving samples of the bacteria from those infected to compare with samples from other regions to analyze how the bug is spreading.

Called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, the virulent bacterium now only responds to two antibiotics "of last resort." It's long been a menace in hospitals, where the packed conditions dramatically increase the risk of patients developing a bacterial infection. Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most common hospital-acquired infections.

What's new is that infections from the drug-resistant superbug are showing up in adults who have never stayed in a hospital or haven't done so recently.

"That's the major change, and the worry," Charlebois said. "In the first patient that I knew about here in San Francisco, when we looked at his MRSA, it didn't look like the normal MRSA. It was highly resistant (to antibiotics)."

In the Bay Area, doctors have been seeing more cases in their general practices, said Dr. David Witt, an infectious disease specialist at Kaiser Permanente's South San Francisco medical center.

"Infectious disease people have seen that occasionally this is showing up in your normal practice," he said. Witt said he had two children develop the infection in the past year.

In Los Angeles, 932 cases of "community-acquired" MRSA have been reported, and 69 of those people required hospitalization as a result, Charlebois said.

The majority of these cases are among jail inmates, but clusters of cases have been reported among gay men in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The exact number is unknown, as the disease isn't reported to health officials, although San Francisco health officials hope to get a handle on the size of the outbreak through their new surveillance program, which asks that San Francisco physicians report any skin conditions that are proving difficult to treat.

While the method of the bacteria's spread is under investigation, medical authorities speculate that gay men could be contracting the infections through sexual encounters or in shared facilities like gyms and steam rooms.

"It's really rampant," said Dr. Bill Owen, a primary care physician in San Francisco with a gay and HIV practice. "'We've seen 10 or 15 cases in the last couple of months," he said.

An L.A. physician said some of the boils and abscesses appeared suddenly, grew rapidly and were far more virulent than previous staph infections he had seen. "This is a nasty bug," said Dr. Peter Ruane, whose patients are also mostly gay men and those infected with HIV. "Some of these infections take your breath away."

In San Mateo County, health officials added MRSA to the list of diseases reported to the county by doctors, so the disease has been carefully tracked in that county, Stebbins said.

These new outbreaks portend the spread of the disease into the rest of the community, the health experts said.

"That's how epidemics start. They start in small clusters," said Charlebois.

"What we're going to see, at some point, is this is going to spread to a broader part of the population," Kaiser's Witt said.

Witt emphasized that the current MRSA outbreaks are the price of the widespread misuse of antibiotics.

"This is just one of the consequences of inappropriate antibiotic use," he said. Over time, highly adaptive bacteria evolve techniques to outwit antibiotics, which are initially extremely toxic to the bugs. But the more frequently the drugs are used, the faster the bacteria evolve strategies to disarm them.

For example, in the early 1950s, penicillin was effective against staph bacteria, but by the late 1950s, it was ineffective.

Only two powerful antibiotics, vancomycin and linezolid, work against MRSA.

The New York Times contributed to this report.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gay; sanfrancisco; staph; superbug
Beyond Islamic Terrorism this is what i fear most.
1 posted on 02/10/2003 8:27:12 AM PST by tort_feasor
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To: tort_feasor
"...a rise in the infections -- particularly among gay men -- in San Francisco..."

Well....we are all told to avoid "feces" of anything, mice droppings, etc.....but then there is one certain group that exposes itself to "feces" regularly......DUH! and DUMBER. And, to think the government does those silly "hand washing" signs and commercials.....looks like they need another type. RANT OFF.

2 posted on 02/10/2003 8:33:44 AM PST by goodnesswins (Thank the Military for your freedom and security....and thank a Rich person for jobs.)
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To: goodnesswins
And, now I notice the article first says this infection is now "showing up in alarming numbers among the general public in California, according to health officials."

And, then, says "While no cases have yet been reported outside hospitals in Alameda County, a rise in the infections -- particularly among gay men -- in San Francisco."

It is NOT among the GENERAL population....it is a product, it looks like of DIRTY BEHAVIOR!

3 posted on 02/10/2003 8:37:39 AM PST by goodnesswins (Thank the Military for your freedom and security....and thank a Rich person for jobs.)
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To: tort_feasor
If they stick their member into sewer pipes until they finally become sick--- don't lean on the rest of us for sympathy.
4 posted on 02/10/2003 8:38:43 AM PST by IGNATIUS
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To: tort_feasor
For a very interesting read, there is a new book out, "The Demon in the Freezer", by Richard Preston. He authored a nonfiction book several years ago called "The Hot Zone" about the mechanics of Ebola and how close it came to spreading here. This time, he writes about weaponized anthrax and smallpox (he didn't talk about these types of agents, but the spread is interesting - almost as if it were dispersed). It is spookier than hell. Bottom line is that in 1995, there was no question that the Iraqis had a facility for the manufacture of smallpox, and we wanted to destroy it, but the French objected because they built it. Apparently it would endanger their other commercial ventures in Iraq. My guess is that the Germans are neck deep in it, too.
6 posted on 02/10/2003 8:41:38 AM PST by Chancellor Palpatine (those who unilaterally beat their swords into plowshares wind up plowing for those who don't)
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To: tort_feasor
Looks like the H.I.V. virus is rearing its ugly head in LA-LA land.
7 posted on 02/10/2003 8:41:53 AM PST by hgro
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To: Badabing Badaboom
BUT, but, WHY are they taking the antibiotics....because they "play" in feces.....
8 posted on 02/10/2003 8:47:40 AM PST by goodnesswins (Thank the Military for your freedom and security....and thank a Rich person for jobs.)
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To: tort_feasor
Hmmmm - Revelations mentions a plague of boils in times to come...
9 posted on 02/10/2003 8:52:58 AM PST by trebb
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To: tort_feasor
What you do in the privacy of your own home, has no effect on me.
What you do in the privacy of your own home, has no effect on me.
What you do in the privacy of your own home, has no effect on me.
What you do in the privacy of your own home, has no effect on me.
What you do in the privacy of your own home, has no effect on me.

Yeah right!

10 posted on 02/10/2003 8:57:19 AM PST by TheDon (The only smoking gun I want to see, is the one which kills Saddam Hussein.)
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To: tort_feasor
Oh, no!! Something else is attacking our brave fairies!! Can there be any question now about the unfortunate policy of keeping these valiant tinkerbells from the clean, fresh meat of the Boy Scouts?

Brave fairies, doomed to have sex with diseased fairies, are at risk and we must do everything we can to keep them from harm. How can there be any question that keeping them away from Boy Scouts does nothing but increase the risk?

11 posted on 02/10/2003 9:16:12 AM PST by Tacis
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Not that YOU, a clean, moral, predestined-of-God heterosexual, have ANY chance of getting this virulent infection, of course, even though you may never go near a hospital with all those filthy Sodomites, so why bother doing anything about it? They're all scumbuckets, so they ought to be dead anyway, right? Just puts them out of our misery, right?

{/sarcasm OFF}

Once again, fresh, raw rhetorical meat for the virulent bigots around here to come out and chew on. I only wish this were a hair less predictable. I knew what the first ten replies would be in this thread before I saw them.

12 posted on 02/10/2003 9:56:29 AM PST by Greybird (“We have crossed the boundary that lies between Republic and Empire.” —Garet Garrett, 1952)
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To: IGNATIUS
If they stick their member into sewer pipes until they finally become sick--- don't lean on the rest of us for sympathy.

I don't want them leaning on us for any reason. This stuff is contageous on contact.

I think the important point is that we need to consider all health clubs, gyms and public toilets "Hot Zones". Any place your flesh may touch a surface other's bare flesh has touched.

13 posted on 02/10/2003 10:05:20 AM PST by and the horse you rode in on (Republican's for Sharpton)
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To: Badabing Badaboom
AIDS, destroyed children, and now this. Who says sodomites haven't contributed anything of lasting import to human society?
14 posted on 02/10/2003 10:08:09 AM PST by Thorondir
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To: tort_feasor
Hmmm.....

Just like

15 posted on 02/10/2003 12:45:24 PM PST by glorgau
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
...the French objected because they built it.... and the french wonder, why the USA doesn't trust them.
16 posted on 02/10/2003 3:21:05 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Just be because your paranoid,doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. :)
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To: tort_feasor
Another AIDS/HIV, maybe worse, and perhaps airborne ...when will we say ENOUGH??? Quarantine the lot of these perverts, before we all die for their sins!!
17 posted on 02/10/2003 9:35:42 PM PST by carlo3b (Tell someone you love them today, tomorrow may be too late....)
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To: *San FRancisco; GodBlessAmerica; Cool Guy; CounterCounterCulture; deeel-me-in; Golden Gate; ...
FYI ping.
18 posted on 02/10/2003 9:45:50 PM PST by American Preservative
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To: tort_feasor
pictures?
19 posted on 02/10/2003 9:59:25 PM PST by oceanperch
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To: and the horse you rode in on
A little over a year ago, a teacher at my sons school was giving out extra credits to kids that would volunteer at a local Hospice center, overwhelmingly stacked with these poor fatally ill AIDS sufferers!  She, a lesbian, lead them to believe that they those who went were somehow much better than those who refused!  This ...a typical ploy, raising the bar on compassion, and lowering the bar on morality!
Some kids that were borderline students felt they had to go to either earn the extra credits, or at least boost themselves  in the eye of their teacher. I went to the principal and demanded that this teacher get a permission slip from the parents of the students that she was illegally shuffling back and forth to this hospital... It did not a bit of good, so I went to the school board president and it was stopped within the same hour!
The problem with AIDS, is that the disease is one of an absence of the body's ability to fight off any type of attack from within or airborne.. thus the resurgence of TB.. etc that was all but extinguished worldwide 20 years ago.
My problem was grounded in Science, not bigotry or homophobia, it was my natural defense of children, a duty and normal reaction born in the fabric of a man, and father.
20 posted on 02/10/2003 10:03:48 PM PST by carlo3b (Tell someone you love them today, tomorrow may be too late....)
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To: Thorondir
Guns don't kill children GAYS do!!!

In one year, 1999-2000 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports indicate that sexually transmitted AIDS took the lives of 2896 children under 13 alone, and many 10's of thousands more under under the age of 19! It is not argued that the proliferation of AIDS and related diseases are overwhelmingly spread by practicing the sexual proclivities being promoted and encouraged into the curriculum in our nations public schools, and throughout our society!

At that rate, in 3 years the lifestyle being promoted by the compassionate Homosexual community is responsible of more death in underage children in the USA, than all the guns since the invention of GUNPOWDER!!
GAY PRIDE INDEED!!
 

21 posted on 02/10/2003 10:09:07 PM PST by carlo3b (Tell someone you love them today, tomorrow may be too late....)
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To: Greybird
How right pun not intended) you are! Why are people who profess to be so repelled by a behavior also so obsessed with it that their posts practically write themselves?
If these predictably ranting posts spoke of Black, disabled or other real or manufactured "groups" in terms as denegrating as those here about Gay people, the site watchdog whould rightly edit them out.
Trash talkers, hate mongers & the chronically obsessed with sex are doing terrible damage to the truly important causes FReepers like me are in the streets & organizations of this nation fighting for against the forces of the anti-American "new" left--democracy, liberty, fairness, equal treatment under law & much, much more. Every time one of them spews 4 letter, adolescent bilge around we have to defend ourselves even more.
I'm a disabled Gay women old enough to be a grandmother & I'm sick of the lot of them. In the numerous battles I & a brave, small, dedicated dozen or so "straights" have fought against up to 150,000+ America haters at a time in the streets of California (not to mention all the other states) over this last year, who among these posing posters has had the guts to join us?
None that I know of.
Cowards hiding behind keyboards are the really dangerous infections on our national skin.
22 posted on 02/11/2003 12:26:59 PM PST by nastypumps
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To: tort_feasor
How long until they start blaming Bush for this?
23 posted on 02/11/2003 3:19:39 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Badabing Badaboom
They are causing folks like ME to have their health endangered by habits encouraging bacteria resistance.

I have an immune deficiency in the upper respiratory tract, so I almost always need antibiotics to get over sinus infections etc. I have noticed in the past couple years that antibiotics have been less effective than the past.

It is due to these losers popping pills like there is no tomorrow that such is the cause. They let the bugs become resistant. Another problem is people taking half their antibiotic and then quitting.

Such should be a federal crime carrying a mandatory death sentence, in my opinion. All Americans are seriously endangered health-wise by such behavior and anyone who does that is a threat to national security and should be exterminated and extricated from the human race. If I was in Congress, I would lead the charge for such a law. These selfish bastards do not have my sympathy when MY HEALTH is on the line.
24 posted on 02/11/2003 4:26:28 PM PST by rwfromkansas (What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. --- Westminster Catechism Q1)
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To: nastypumps
I will pray for your soul.
25 posted on 02/11/2003 4:28:16 PM PST by rwfromkansas (What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. --- Westminster Catechism Q1)
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To: carlo3b
This type of nonsense has to stop. What was wrong with the principal????

How can a teacher get away with asking kids to go to a hospice without parental permission and how can a principal condone it?

Parents have to stand by their kids and let them know that the public schools don't run their kids' lives and if they fail a course because they don't give in to some loony teacher's demands, that's okay too.
26 posted on 02/11/2003 4:48:00 PM PST by ladylib
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To: Greybird
Once again, fresh, raw rhetorical meat for the virulent bigots around here to come out and chew on. I only wish this were a hair less predictable. I knew what the first ten replies would be in this thread before I saw them.

Oh, brother! If HIV had been treated like any other deadly disease (isolated), it would not have spread so far and wide and so many "filthy sodomites" would not have died or been a threat to the population at large.

The "bigots" around here see what political correctness has done to them and has the potential to a much larger vector of the population. They are a part of the population that has been allowed to become a pitre dish for mutation of diseases instead of heading it off at the pass before it became so spread in the population as not to be controlable. Just because it is warned about in the Bible does not make them a "Bigot". Just one more proof of the accuracy of the Bible.

27 posted on 02/11/2003 5:10:16 PM PST by Lady Heron
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To: nastypumps
Trash talkers, hate mongers & the chronically obsessed with sex are doing terrible damage to the truly important causes FReepers like me are in the streets & organizations of this nation fighting for against the forces of the anti-American "new" left--democracy, liberty, fairness, equal treatment under law & much, much more. Every time one of them spews 4 letter, adolescent bilge around we have to defend ourselves even more.

Excuse me, but as a parent I have a real problem with the gay agenda being pushed at our children. As long as you are not pushing the agenda in my face and are not trying to bring more children into the life style of death, I could care less what you do behind closed doors.

Have any of the gays ever cared what other lives they are shortening every year. All I see are some very selfish people only intrested in their own satisfaction, who could care less how many more they bring in to that deadly cycle. And you think we are spewing adolescent bilge. Where is the responsibiltiy on your side? Our responsibility is to raise our kids and try and give them a way to lead happy healthy lives, all I see in the gay life style is the road to sickness and death.

28 posted on 02/11/2003 5:28:35 PM PST by Lady Heron
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To: Greybird
Rarely will you find a Biblical view of sin here. You will find moralism, with all its selective condemnation. The Bible condemns everyone (before offering Jesus as our hope and cure).

Homosexuality is a favorite sin target because it affects the least number of posters. Divorce, a sin which affects a much larger number, is rarely considered worthy of mention, let alone slander.

But where does societal decay first begin, if not in the homes of normal sinners who "did not give thanks"? (See Romans)
29 posted on 02/11/2003 5:35:29 PM PST by avenir
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To: Greybird
It is worse than we think. All these folks can think of is how and when to unzip, without consequences. Of course, we don't get a choice, ....that would be judgemental! STUFF IT!
30 posted on 02/11/2003 6:32:41 PM PST by carlo3b (Tell someone you love them today, tomorrow may be too late....)
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To: carlo3b
Let's deal first with the most urgent problems that are "killing" your children or at least their futures: degenerate, vicious sexuality of games plus rap & other performing "artists" (sic--literally!); crude, lewd, rude TV shows/films glorifying promiscuity & violence of every type; the pathetic failure of half of all marriages; mass abortions, teen sex, dead-beat parents; the corruption of religions by hucksters & criminals; rape & domestic strife; Dads tralling for drug addled, VD-riddled hookers on the back streets of every town & city in America; illegal immigration; unemployment; debt & credit card slavery & the near total dumbing down of your childrens' educational institutions. (WE didn't do all of this, sweeties, there just aren't enough of us to cause such a mess!)
First things first: One media mogul, corrupt politician, thieving Fortune 50 CFO, off-shore employer, bullying classmate, bi-lingual program run by a teacher who reads at a grade school level or local drug pusher is a far worse threat right NOW to your child & to your way of life than the world's total population of Gay people.
Rest easy, as a card carry, life member of the club I can assure you there is no "Gay Adjenda". We aren't recruiting your children; we are your children.
Ask yourselves why you focus so much energy on so small a # of people...why you are encouraged to do so...why you being diverted from the real threats.
I don't get it. Posters here know all the horrors I've named (& more!)exist. If you care, why don't you get out, into your streets & schools & workplaces to fight against them? To rid our nation & your lives of the assorted peddlers of failure & death your kids (and you)face daily?


31 posted on 02/12/2003 11:21:29 AM PST by nastypumps
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To: nastypumps; ppaul; saxeweimer; J.Parsek; ClaireSolt; PoisedWoman; Lazamataz; Steve Van Doorn; ...
Nice try jerk, but no cigar...  As for why we concentrate on your minuscule numbers, is because your message is IN YOUR FACE 24/7... I could care less how soon you kill each other, but your lovers now want my kids... and I for one am taking a stand!
Go back into the closet freak, and leave the rest of us alone!! You will never get the acceptance you appear to so desperately need because we normal folks, with scares and all, would never stoop so low as to do the sick stuff you perverts do and will never accept it as normal or even abnormal.. it's GROTESQUE!!
What your fun loving community is doing now is Murder, and as far as I am concerned, and I know I speak for the greatest majority of Americans, I would throw every AIDS and HIV carrier into solitary confinement until you have to explain you story to your maker!  If you don't believe my contention, about your low station on the life cycle of your fellow FREEPERS, lets take a vote, and let the ballots do my talking!
32 posted on 02/12/2003 2:03:49 PM PST by carlo3b (Tell someone you love them today, tomorrow may be too late....)
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To: carlo3b
re: a local Hospice center, overwhelmingly stacked with these poor fatally ill AIDS sufferers!)))

Interestingly enough, those kids with their powerful public school germs were probably not all that helpful in the hospice...

These resistant bugs are already in the hospitals. We've got tequin, but what happens when that fails, too?

33 posted on 02/12/2003 2:11:05 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle
Great point, I just think it is inappropriate to expose these kids especially without the parents knowledge! Our public schools are failing and they spend an inordinate amount of time on senseless liberal nonsense already.
What in the world is a school doing promoting this sort of stuff anyway... they would never take a field try to a church to help distribute the food and clothing to the truly needy!
34 posted on 02/12/2003 2:35:36 PM PST by carlo3b (Tell someone you love them today, tomorrow may be too late....)
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To: nastypumps
Rest easy, as a card carry, life member of the club I can assure you there is no "Gay Adjenda". We aren't recruiting your children; we are your children.

Bull!!!

35 posted on 02/12/2003 2:51:47 PM PST by Lady Heron
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
Many thanks for mini-review of Death in the Freezer....here's a link to amazon.com listing for anyone who wants to follow up.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0375508562/qid=1045089909/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/002-5198717-8421604

Why am I not amazed that the Frahnsh "sophisticates" built Iraq a smallpox lab? How many other deals are they in together?
36 posted on 02/12/2003 2:55:34 PM PST by PoisedWoman (Fed up with the liberal media)
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To: nastypumps
Trash talkers, hate mongers & the chronically obsessed with sex ... Yup, describes homosexuals pretty well. [Pssst, nastypumps, sex is not the most important activity in one's daily routine ... at least, for healthy individuals.]
37 posted on 02/12/2003 4:44:25 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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To: carlo3b
I don't know why you sent your posting to me but I assure you that after reading your posting I can't imagine anyone wanting any of your kids unless they were looking to contract a serious mental disease or rabies.
38 posted on 02/18/2003 5:20:48 AM PST by sakic
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To: sakic
It's ok, you'll learn some day, I only hope..really.. that it isn't too late. Sorry if it bothered you, I'm trying to wake up the soon to be dead.
39 posted on 02/18/2003 7:22:45 AM PST by carlo3b (Tell someone you love them today, tomorrow may be too late....)
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To: carlo3b
What makes me the soon to be dead?
40 posted on 02/18/2003 8:32:35 AM PST by sakic
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To: sakic
Did I say you? I said my message was to those that fiddled with a deadly lifestyle, does your lifestyle fit into that shoe? If not, never mind.. :)
41 posted on 02/18/2003 8:44:16 AM PST by carlo3b (Tell someone you love them today, tomorrow may be too late....)
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To: tort_feasor
Beyond Islamic Terrorism this is what i fear most

Then do a search on "crocodillin" . It is a peptide obtained from the blood of crocodiles that acts as a super-anti-biotic on all bacteria.

42 posted on 02/18/2003 8:51:15 AM PST by techcor
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To: carlo3b
You sent me an unsolicited message. Then you talked about impending doom to me. Most people in my position would have made an assumption similar to mine.
43 posted on 02/18/2003 10:47:05 AM PST by sakic
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