Saturday, February 02, 2008

Made from his own stem cells

International Herald Tribune reported Scientists in Finland said Friday that they had replaced a 65-year-old patient's upper jaw with a bone transplant cultivated from stem cells isolated from his own fatty tissue and grown inside his abdomen.
This is the sort of stem cell research we need. Use the patients own stem cells to void rejection problems, and avoid destroying embryos.
The researchers said the breakthrough opened up new ways to treat severe tissue damage and made the prospect of custom-made living spares parts for humans a step closer to reality.

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Friday, February 01, 2008

MoveOn Endorses Obama

The Nation reported Today Barack Obama earned the endorsement of MoveOn, one of the largest grassroots membership organizations in the United States, after clobbering Hillary Clinton by 40 percent in Internet balloting. Obama led the final tally 70.4% to 29.6%, clearing the supermajority required for the endorsement. MoveOn, which has never endorsed a presidential candidate before, boasts that it has 1.7 million members in Super Tuesday states. The group has over half a million members in California alone – roughly one out of ten primary voters in Tuesday's largest state.

Don't you just know that Hillary had to get a clean pair of panties after hearing that news.

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They have stupid teachers in Britain too

Times Online reported ‘Don’t teach children patriotism’
It makes it too hard forthe teachers to convince them their country is bad.
Patriotism should be avoided in school lessons because British history is “morally ambiguous”, a leading educational body recommends.
Maybe the leading edicational body needs to study history a littl more.
History and citizenship lessons should stick to the bare facts rather than encouraging loyalty to Britain when covering subjects such as the Second World War
Should they show the Nazis as the good guys?
or the British Empire, the Institute of Education researchers said. Teachers should not instill pride in what they consider great moments of British history, as more shameful episodes could be downplayed or excluded.

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Global Cooling

Brits at their Best blogged The Canadian Space Agency’s radio telescope has been reporting Flux Density Values so low they will mean a mini ice age if they continue.... This is because when the magnetic activity is low, the Sun is dimmer, and puts out less radiant warmth. If the Sun goes into dim mode, as it has in the past, the Earth gets much colder.

BBC News reported China is struggling to cope with its worst snowfall in decades, with officials warning of future food shortages as winter crops are wrecked.

Daily Mail reported Britain is battered by blizzards and Arctic gales. Snow and hail even hit central London today, but the brief flurries of snow and hail are set to be followed by snowstorms tomorrow evening which could hit commuters travelling home, Met Office experts warned.

Reuters reported Jerusalem, some of northern Israel and hilly areas in the occupied West Bank were covered in a blanket of snow for the second day in a row on Thursday and many cars stayed off roads due to hazardous driving conditions.

Pump some more Carbon Dioxide into the air. We need to warm this planet up. And with both the President and Congress saying we need to stimulate the economy, Bill Clinton is saying We Just Have to Slow Down Our Economy" to Fight Global Warming.

I've got an idea. Why don't we recognize that both the planet's climate and the country's economy are both things we just cannot control, and we should stop trying to do either one!!!!!


Sentenced to death reported Sentenced to death. Afghan who dared to read about women's rights. A young man, a student of journalism, is sentenced to death by an Islamic court for downloading a report from the internet.
The Left that refuses to see the risk posed by radical Islam should take note. Downlodig and reading a report about women's rights can get you killed. Just think what actually trying to do something about women's rights would get you.
The sentence is then upheld by the country's rulers. This is Afghanistan – not in Taliban times but six years after "liberation" and under the democratic rule of the West's ally Hamid Karzai. The fate of Sayed Pervez Kambaksh has led to domestic and international protests, and deepening concern about erosion of civil liberties in Afghanistan. He was accused of blasphemy after he downloaded a report from a Farsi website which stated that Muslim fundamentalists who claimed the Koran justified the oppression of women had misrepresented the views of the prophet Mohamed. Mr Kambaksh, 23, distributed the tract to fellow students and teachers at Balkh University with the aim, he said, of provoking a debate on the matter.
But Islam cannot stand debate. It must be a very weak religion to not be able to stand debate.
But a complaint was made against him and he was arrested, tried by religious judges without – say his friends and family – being allowed legal representation and sentenced to death.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Arnold Schwarzenegger's "universal" health-care plan

WSJ reported Arnold Schwarzenegger's "universal" health-care plan died in the California legislature on Monday, in what can only be called a mercy killing. So let's conduct a political autopsy, because there are important lessons here for the national health-care debate..... The centerpiece of the Schwarzenegger plan was the "individual mandate," which is also the heart of HillaryCare 2.0. Such a law would compel everyone to acquire insurance, with subsidies for those who couldn't afford it. But the individual mandate incited a liberal revolt. Many Democrats and some unions argued the subsidies weren't generous enough to cover lower-income families, and it wasn't fair to penalize them for coverage they couldn't afford. One state Senator called the plan "a knife in the throat of the working poor." So the plan failed because it was too expensive -- and because for some Democrats it wasn't expensive enough.
That sounds like Democrats, give them more and more money, but where does the money come from. Your pocket and mine.
Opposition also arose because the plan didn't do enough to punish the left's health-care villains. While it greatly expanded regulation of insurers -- requiring them to accept all applicants, and prohibiting premium differences based on health status -- it didn't cap how much they could charge consumers, or regulate their profits.
Dems just hate free enterprise.
Democrats also complained that the taxes the plan imposed on business, as high as 6.5% of payroll, weren't high enough. Business disagreed.
They thought they were too high.
All of which is to say that while the plan was opposed by nearly all Republicans, it died at the hands of Democrats. Mr. Schwarzenegger was a collaborator in that he went out of his way to assail and thus alienate fellow Republicans for opposing tax increases to pay for the plan. But if Mrs. Clinton or Barack Obama want to push a major health-care reform through Congress, they will have to find a way to appease their own left-wing while not alienating business and taxpayers.

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Media Matters predicting problems for Fox

Eric Boehlert wrote on Media Matters Fox News is in for a very rough 2008, My guess is that Fox News guru Roger Ailes has been reaching for the Tums more often than usual early in the New Year, and there are lots of reasons for the hovering angst. Let's take an extended multiple choice quiz. Right now, which of the following topics is likely causing the discomfort inside Ailes' Fox News empire?

James Joyner blogged I’d say the reason is far more mundane: Their inexplicable failure to offer a high-definition (HDTV) broadcast. As prices have dropped, millions of us have bought HD sets. Figures vary, but estimates have roughly a third of US households having HDTV and that number is rapidly increasing with every passing month.... It had been quite some time since I’d watched cable news, since I find the Internet much more efficient for information gathering, but I finally turned back to it for the New Hampshire returns and was shocked to find that Fox was still broadcasting in standard def, which looks especially bad on a large screen plasma. I switched over to CNN, which has a crystal-clear hi-def signal, and never flipped back.

I believe Eric is just hoping Fox News will die. James may have a point, but if so I suspect Fox News will begin HD broadcasting, and true conservatives can't stand the left wing commentary on Clinton News Network, regardless of how pretty their program is on a HD TV.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

NOW-NY Slams Ted

Albany Times Union reported The National Organization for Women’s New York chapter issued a scathing reaction to Sen. Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton. Actually, the word “scathing” feels inadequate here. Read for yourself:

“Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard.
Why, because her opponent is a man. Should he not want the PERSON he feels is best for the country.
Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind
Does NOW favorleaving children behind?
and the Medicare bogus drug benefit
I hve read that it has saved 85% of the seniors money? Is NOW opposed to seniors like they are opposed to children?
brought us the passage of these flawed bills. We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, BUT women are always waiting in the wings.“And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one).
Maybe the prospect of a Clinton in the whitehouse overrides having a woman in the White House.
Ben Smithblogged Whoa. The New York State chapter of the National Organization for Women attacked Ted Kennedy for his endorsement today with some real heat.. The Times Union reported it first (writing, "'Scathing' feels inadequate here."), and I confirmed its authenticity with the president of the organization, Marcia Pappas.... National NOW puts out a conciliatory statement.

bryguy commented I'm sorry, but this is laughable. Ted Kennedy chose the candidate he thought could best move the country forward -- and it wasn't Hillary. Get over it!

Andrew commented Can I offer some cheese with that whine?

Young Feminist commented Wow. I'm a feminist and an Obama supporter and this is just ridiculous. Incidentally, this is as good an example as any of why many young feminists do not feel represented by NOW.
Just as many teachers are poorly represented by the teachers unions,or why many workers are poorly represented by their unions.


Monday, January 28, 2008

Obama tells Jews: 'I never practiced Islam'

JTA reported U.S. Sen. Barack Obama confronted rumors that he is a secret Muslim in a conference call with the Jewish news media.... "I never practiced Islam. I was raised by my secular mother. I have been a member of the Christian religion and an active member of a church," he said. "I was sworn in with my hand on my family Bible and have said the Pledge of Allegiance since I was 3 years old."

Did he or did he knot accompany his father to a Mosque for Friday prayers? Did he or did he not repeat the prayers? I believe those prayers begin with the Shahadah, and I believe reciting those words makes you a Muslim. Now he may have renounced Islam and become a Christian, but that makes him an Apostate.

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Clinton Hate

The world is turning against the Clintons.

TalkLeft said Regarding the Media coverage of this primary season it now seems clear that there is a new rule that objectivity and appearances thereof are out the window. Certainly at NBC this is true. From the far right commentators like Joe Scarborough to the liberal newscaster Keith Olbermann and Establishment columnists like Eugene Robinson and Margaret Carlson any pretense of not openly rooting against the Clintons has now been discarded. Ted Kennedy endorsing is Obama CBS News reports Bill Clinton's Lost Legacy Michael Weiss blogged on Pajamas Media How quickly the favorite ex-president became a mangy and uxorious attack animal, berating journalists, slandering Barack Obama, and patronizing blacks. In the first of a new daily Midday news roundup, Michael Weiss charts the pandemic disillusionment with Bill Clinton — especially on the liberal-left. Even Scrappleface is joking about it South Carolina Loss Jars Clinton to Ponder Pull Out: Associates of former President Bill Clinton privately tell reporters they would not be surprised if he announced, as early as this week, that he’s dropping his White House bid.... If the former president does drop out, experts believe the most likely beneficiary would be New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

I would not call the Clintons dead. Even cancer has a tendency to pop back up after you think the chemo has worked. But I bet lamps are being thrown in the Clinton household tonight.


Don't treat the old and unhealthy, say doctors

Telegraph reported Doctors are calling for NHS treatment to be withheld from patients who are too old or who lead unhealthy lives.

What if you are a conservative?
Smokers, heavy drinkers, the obese and the elderly should be barred from receiving some operations, according to doctors, with most saying the health service cannot afford to provide free care to everyone.
That is the problem with goverment controlled health care.
Fertility treatment and "social" abortions are also on the list of procedures that many doctors say should not be funded by the state.
I agree with that par.
Daily Pundit blogged If you give control of your medical care to the state, then the state controls the medical care you receive.
And the government does such a wonderful job of every other thing it tries. Why not a hospital run like the DMV. Or like Katrina.