There's a massive salmonella outbreak in the Western U.S. - and ABC News gives us this li'l nugget:
The Centers for Disease Control, which monitors the microbes that signal multi-state outbreaks of food poisoning, was working with a barebones staff because of the federal government shutdown, with all but two of the 80 staffers that normally analyze foodborne pathogens furloughed. It was not immediately clear whether the shortage affected the response to the salmonella outbreak.
While the CDC's personnel in the Is-This-Chicken-Poison?-Department is down to two staffers, the Air Force Pep Band is down to one, and he's a Hoosier, according to YouTube:
The annual Air Force / Navy game, hosted this year by Navy in Annapolis MD was initially cancelled this year due to the government shutdown, but rescued at the last minute with private funding that brought the AF team to Annapolis. However, funds were not available to bring the cheering section, band, cheerleaders, or the Falcon that serves as the mascot. One of the senior cadets from Indiana who plays the trumpet in the AF Academy Band, paid his own way to the game, and brought his horn. He was the hero of the AF Alumni section at the stadium, despite the loss to Navy.
While we're on a roll, let's celebrate someone else who's got their head straight, so to speak. Ohio might be next to ban 'gay conversion therapy.'
To quote Chrissy Hynde: "A! O! Way to go, Ohio!" (Which appears in the tune Limbaugh uses for his theme music. Mmm, that's gooood irony.)