March 14, 2006

Udder Madness


From FoxNews: USDA Confirms Mad Cow Case in Ala..

Government investigators are tracing the history of an Alabama cow that has become the nation's third case of mad cow disease.

The Agriculture Department confirmed the infection Monday. Unable to walk, the cow was killed last week by a local veterinarian and buried on the farm.

"This animal did not enter the human food or animal feed chains," the department's chief veterinarian, John Clifford, told reporters during a Monday conference call.

Word came as the Bush administration sought to reassure Japan, South Korea and other trading partners that U.S. beef is safe. The United States is still working to recover some markets that were cut off after the first U.S. case of mad cow disease in 2003.

From FoxNews: Iran's Top Leader: Nuclear Program Is 'Irreversible'.

Iran's supreme leader said Tuesday that Tehran's nuclear program was "irreversible" and warned that any retreat in the face of international pressure would "break the country's independence."

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took the tough line over the nuclear program hours before the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council were to hold discussions on what action to take if Iran doesn't back away from its atomic ambitions.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also vowed to resist pressure from the U.N. Security Council over the program, which the United States says aims to produce nuclear weapons. Iran denies that charge, saying it wants only to generate nuclear energy.

Posted by Forkum at March 14, 2006 07:23 PM