Archive for January 2009

Before Obama and his supporters try to claim a stem cell victory…

January 23, 2009

News today is that the FDA has cleared Geron Corp., a U.S. biotech company, to perform the first human trials using embryonic stem cells. They will be injected into eight to ten patients who have suffered recent spinal cord injuries to study the effects. Of course, with this occurring so closely to Obama’s inauguration, it would be easy for many to assume that this is a result of something he has done. It would also make it that much easier for Obama and his supporters to claim that this was an Obama stem cell victory when the next election comes around and everyone has forgotten the details.

Considering this, it is important to point this out now:

But Obama’s ascent to the White House had nothing to do with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s granting permission for the new study, Okarma said in a telephone interview Thursday.

In fact, the company says, the project involves stem cells that were eligible for federal funding under Bush, although no federal money was used to develop the experimental treatment or to pay for the human study.

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There you have it. This development is completely unrelated to Obama, and actually involves stem cells that Bush allowed federal funding for. I have a feeling I may be referencing people to this post many times when the next election campaign rolls around, considering the tendency of Democratic candidates to distort the facts (or just flat-out lie). Anybody remember John Kerry’s claim that Bush banned federal funding of embryonic stem cell research when, in fact, Bush was the first president to allow it? I do, and that’s why I’m acting now to make sure the record is straight from the start.

CNN Checking the Facts…and Failing

January 12, 2009

I just saw this disturbing piece of journalism via YouTube, which apparently aired recently on CNN:

It would seem that the “experts” at CNN have determined that the current conflict is Israel’s fault because they broke the ceasefire with Hamas that began on June 19th, 2008. In this clip, “journalist” Rick Sanchez reviews news stories from three periodicals about an Israeli operation beginning on November 4th, 2008, that killed Palestinian militants. This story was also confirmed by CNN’s international desk. Viewers are supposed to take this exercise in “fact checking” as proof positive that Israel did indeed break the ceasefire first.

Evidently all the journalistic skill of CNN is no match for yours truly, a college-age blogger. With my first search on Google and on the first page of matches, I found all the information I needed to disprove their conclusion. First, from a Time article published on December 15th, 2008:

From the beginning of the year until June 19, Israel was struck by 2,660 projectiles fired from Gaza. From June 19, when the tahdiya went into effect, to Nov. 4, the total was 65.

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As that plainly says, militants had launched 65 projectiles into Israel after the ceasefire began and before the Israeli operation that began on November 4th. Perhaps the saddest part about this is that Time is partners with CNN, yet CNN seems to have completely ignored or be oblivious to their article which proves that Palestinians broke the ceasefire.

And from a Guardian article on Israel’s early November operation just to further support this:

The official said Israel did not intend to break the truce, noting that some 60 mortar have been fired since the cease-fire and Israel has chosen not to respond.

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In case you didn’t notice, Rick Sanchez references a different article from The Guardian in his newscast.  I guess he missed this one.

But there you have it…Israel did not break the ceasefire, and it was far too easy to prove so.  This is just the left-wing media’s newest attempt to undermine Israel as always.  Aren’t you glad you have such “competent” news sources as CNN around to keep you abreast of the “facts?”

Porn Industry Asking for Bailout

January 8, 2009

How much more ridiculous could it get? I don’t know about you, but it’s been about this ridiculous for a long while now.

“The take here is that everyone and their mother want to be bailed out from the banks to the big three,” said Owen Moogan, spokesman for Larry Flynt. “The porn industry has been hurt by the downturn like everyone else and they are going to ask for the $5 billion. Is it the most serious thing in the world? Is it going to make the lives of Americans better if it happens? It is not for them to determine.”

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I definitely don’t expect them to get the money, and I definitely don’t want them to.  But I sure am glad they’re asking for it.  Make a big joke out of it!  That’s what it is, right?

If this works for the porn industry, I just may have to go to llc.com and pay $99, set up an LLC, and then go to the government and ask for a bailout myself.  Oh wait…I wouldn’t do that because I’m not a mooch.