Mad Cow case discovered in the United States

A new case of Mad Cow Disease has been discovered in the United States:

The first new case of mad cow disease in the U.S. since 2006 has been discovered in a dairy cow in California, but health authorities said Tuesday the animal never was a threat to the nation’s food supply.

The infected cow, the fourth ever discovered in the U.S., was found as part of an Agriculture Department surveillance program that tests about 40,000 cows a year for the fatal brain disease.

No meat from the cow was bound for the food supply, said John Clifford, the department’s chief veterinary officer.

Korea has already decided to strengthen quarantines of US beef, and some Korean retailers have suspended sales of US beef.

One is tempted to conclude immediately that this will become fodder for the opposition in the upcoming presidential election. Certainly that’s a possibility, and the timing couldn’t be better, but we’ll have to see how this plays out.

Anyway, the lesson we should learn from this is this—don’t eat cows. Be like President Obama and Your Uncle Marmot and eat dog. It’s better for you.

  • Wedge

    Let the games begin…

  • Keyser Soze

    where’s my HT, Robert? Anyhoo, like Wedge said, time to break out the schoolgirls with their candles…….

  • dokdoforever

    Evidently an attempt to distract from Romney’s weird ‘dog on the car roof’ family vacation story. Probably many Koreans would see a difference between eating a dog in a restaurant and torturing the family pet. As for Americans, hard to say. Portraying Obama as a dog eater could actually backfire by making him look aggressive and easily adaptable to different cultural environments.

  • jkitchstk

    Because dog dragged behind your car from Busan to Seoul makes for better tasting dog meat(see below picture of dog being dragged behind car). They can charge a higher price for that dog now can’t they? Is Mad Cow more expensive?

  • RolyPoly

    This mad cow bs is so ridiculous. One in a million? There are 300 cases of the disease which may or may not be linked with the mad cows in the US.

    And, testing the configuration of brain protein is not an easy test. Someone’s rice bawl, if you get my meaning. All scientists are not honest as you might have read in textbooks.

    The British love to play science for profit.

  • Brendon Carr

    dokdoforever — Have you ever owned a dog as a pet?

  • RolyPoly

    Maybe somebody is pulling Hwang in the States.

  • Wedge

    Every dog I’ve had loved to stick its head out the window at speed. It’s what they do. But, but…eveeeel Romney, he put his in a crate on top of the wagon. Oh noes!

  • Wedge

    Jesus, I shouldn’t have said the above. Now I’ll have the PETA Nazis/animal rights hypocrites/Democrasts on my arse when I run for supreme court justice in 10 years.

  • lastnamehere

    yes! wedge and brendon! my two favorite teabaggers! strapping a dog on the roof of your car for a 12 hour road trip to canada vs. 30 mins to the grocery store…same thing! duh! seamus was totally into it! that’s why he ran away when they got to ontario!

    idiots! the whole lot of you!

    still waiting to hear why obama eating dog when he was 6 in a country that eats dogs is ‘terrrrrible terrible news’ for his re-election bid.


  • dokdoforever

    Obama was a kid in Indonesia, given dog by his step-dad, along with crickets and other unusual local food. Not like he had much of a choice. I’ll judge the man on how he acts as an adult able to make his own choices.

    Romney made his dog sick by putting him in a crate on the roof and driving down the freeway for several hours. Romney – who is Romney? The guy is all over the map. Created the blue print for Obama’s health care plan, opposed abortion. Now opposed to both positions. Anything he tells you now – does it mean anything at all? Cardboard Romney refuses to say anything about his core religious beliefs. He has no clue as to how most of the electorate really live. Check out this entertaining video of Romney ‘connnecting.’

  • yuna

    Make sure you watch out for those metal screws, amongst other things :

  • R. Elgin

    Based upon the rates of testing in the US, there is undoubtedly more undetected cases of MC in the US than has been reported. The influence of the US Meat Industry is so powerful that no further MC would be found simply because they do not really want to test for it or find it. The special interests of the meat industry are a real liability for the general American public and, at this time, can only be addressed through litigation since the USDA has been subverted by the industry.

    This is one of the reasons why I quit eating beef back in 2000.

  • ulsanchris

    remember when the Bush admin sued a meat packing company for wanting to do more tests on the meat that passed through their facilities. Kind of scary really.

  • Yu Bum Suk

    “Every dog I’ve had loved to stick its head out the window at speed. It’s what they do. But, but…eveeeel Romney, he put his in a crate on top of the wagon. Oh noes!”

    We had a dog who disappeared from the back of our pick-up. We pulled over in a panic. She was on the roof. Another time she appeared in the side mirror galloping to catch up (she was very, very fast). She had a scrape to the head but was otherwise fine. You can see Sheba the Wonderbitch here:

  • Hume’s Bastard

    The Marmot should contact the Romney campaign, to offer himself for the VP slot. A forcefully forthright defense of canine cuisine will give the American people just what they crave.

    Mad cow, pshahh, I want some eyeless shrimp from the Gulf! Everyone knows animal flesh from any industrial farm is born sick, pumped up on drugs, and is probably the equivalent of a biological weapon. Stray dogs – it’s what’s for dinner!

  • Arghaeri

    The British love to play science for profit.

    Other than NASA who likes to play science for a loss?

    And purely out of curiosity, how do the Brits come into this, other than the fact a sample has been sent to England for cross checking the results found in Cali?

  • slim

    Worry not. I’m sure the Korean masses will handle this calmly and maturely, the media will report it professionally and there will be no opportunism from politicians or opportunistic protectionism from the domestic beef industry.

  • Robin Hedge

    Do they still beat the dogs before slaughtering them?

  • Wedge

    Slim: Thanks for the chuckle this morning.

    Lastname: Thanks for proving my point.

  • lastnamehere

    @wedge proving your point that rational human beings find your drivel to be maddeningly nonsensical? you’re welcome.

  • SomeguyinKorea


    Not just a meat packer but also a farmer who produced high grade beef destined for the Japanese market (it didn’t matter that he argued his clients were more than happy to reimburse him the costs (less than 10$ per head of cattle)).

  • RolyPoly

    1) MCD is found by British scientists. ( like animal clone -which I still hold that it cannot be done.)
    2) They insist that MCD can be transmitted to humans. This is very difficult to prove. Even they do not explicit on this point.
    3) The Tay Sachs condition, the result of the transmission, occurs still one out of million.
    I still think this ranks the same as some mothers insisting their children became homo due to plastic milk bottle.