A “pro-life” group called Children of God for Life is throwing a fit because Ebola vaccines currently being developed use cells derived from embryonic stem cells. Because it’s totally “pro-life” to let living people die of Ebola when it won’t save a single little blastocyst.
Children of God for Life announced today that several Ebola vaccines in development for use worldwide are made using aborted fetal cell lines despite the fact that moral alternatives are reported as equally effective.
Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) and NIAID are jointly developed their ChAd3 vector for delivering the Ebola virus gene using HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney) cells. Likewise, NewLink Genetics of Iowa used HEK-293 cells for their VSV-EBOV Ebola vaccine in Canada, while Johnson and Johnson/Crucell developed theirs using PER C6 cells, derived from retinal tissue of an 18 week gestation aborted baby…
“It is completely irresponsible of this Administration to put these problem vaccines on fast-track for approval and ignore the fact that a massive number of people may very well refuse them. Why not fast track a product that everyone can use in good conscience?” asked Vinnedge.
No, what’s irresponsible is shutting down stem cell research in the name of saving “babies” (the cells are actually derived from blastocysts that will never become babies) when that research could save the lives of actual people. That’s the exact opposite of “pro-life.”
We’ve long known how wigged out Rand Paul is at LGF so it’s heartening that others are coming to the forefront with the facts about his paleolibertarian populist posturing.
As this government-bashing tea partier moves toward a White House bid, journalists scrutinize his every wiggle and whisper. But one core component of his political personality has largely escaped exploration: The senator is close to being a full-blown conspiracy theorist.
In 2010, before winning his Senate seat, Paul sat for an interview with Luke Rudkowski, a libertarian YouTube personality who specializes in quizzing political leaders about the plot to establish a “one-world socialist government.” Rudkowski asked what Paul knew of the Bilderberg Group, a collection of government and business leaders whose annual conference is a favorite target of conspiracy-mongers. Paul replied, “Only what I’ve learned from Alex Jones.” That’s right: Alex Jones, the radio host who claims that Bilderberg is a key part of a global plot to create a “scientific dictatorship” that will exterminate the “useless eaters,” a.k.a. 80 percent of the human population.
Paul described the group to Rudkowski in unequivocally Jonesian terms, as “very wealthy people, who I think manipulate and use government to their own personal advantage. They want to make it out like world government will be good for humanity. But guess what? World government is good for their pocketbook.” The previous year, Paul had appeared on Jones’ radio show, noting that he had watched his host’s videos and expressing support for the effort to “expose people who are promoting this globalist agenda.” (In turn, Jones urged his listeners to send money to Paul’s Senate campaign.)
Anti Immigrant Mayor crashes into car full of cheerleaders.
The mayor of a California city was driving under the influence when he rear-ended a car and injured four cheerleaders, police said.
Murrieta Mayor Alan Long, who was arrested on suspicion of DUI, was released Friday on $50,000 bail, according to The Riverside Press-Enterprise (bit.ly).
Long, who is also a battalion chief with the Anaheim Fire Department, failed a field sobriety test Thursday, but passed a breathalyzer test. Police are awaiting blood test results, police Lt. Julie Hoxmeier told the paper.
Last month, an Arkansas gun range owner named Jan Morgan got some national attention when she declared her business a “Muslim free zone,”
And Morgan has some friends in high places in the gun lobby. In an interview with Arizona-based radio host Josh Bernstein this week, Gun Owners of America director Larry Pratt praised Morgan, saying that she was “on very sound ground” with her Muslim ban.
I guess Larry Pratt finally found some people he thinks shouldn’t have guns.
“I know there will be a lot of people that will be outraged at that, but we don’t facilitate murderers and if you read the Quran, it’s an instruction to go kill people, lots of them,” Pratt said. “And there are Muslims that don’t buy into that, well, how do I know which one you are?”
Gosh Larry, a lot of non-Muslims have killed people too. How do we know which one you are?
“It’s a shame that the CDC head, Frieden, is apparently the new commander of the Democrats’ war on women nurses,” Gohmert told Beck. “Because, goodnight, they set them up, and then they throw them under the bus.”
Gohmert then called FriedEn an “idiot” for stating that the first nurse violated protocol.
The chucklehead calls the head of the CDC an idiot. How dare he cast aspersions on Frieden’s asparagus.
Over the summer, Religious Right activist Janet Porter launched her very own competitor to Facebook, which she called “ReaganBook,” but quickly pulled the site after “those intent on the destruction of life, liberty, and the family” joined the outlet, which she bizarrely claimed was a threat to her freedom of speech.
I’m sure that it will enjoy the same high level of success, public awareness, and general acceptance as conservapedia.
The fact that it’s invite only, and has a whopping 4 users as of the date-time group on the article makes me wonder about the ‘social’ aspect of it.
Conservative legal advocates from throughout the country have been quietly pouring money into a Montana state supreme court race, hoping to topple a court majority that has bucked the U.S. Supreme Court on campaign finance issues and could soon hear cases with national implications challenging the state’s marriage equality ban and its abortion clinic buffer-zone law.
The Right’s chosen candidate is Lawrence VanDyke, a former state solicitor general with a perfect pedigree for pro-corporate and Religious Right donors. Not only has VanDyke indicated his support for the U.S. Supreme Court’s dismantling of campaign finance laws and lamented that the current Montana high court is insufficiently “pro-business,” but, in his position as solicitor general, steered the state government toward taking positions against abortion rights, marriage equality and gun restrictions in other states.
What’s more, in his writings as a law student, VanDyke was unguarded in his social conservative views, fretting about same-sex marriage, endorsing discredited “ex-gay” therapy and defending the teaching of anti-scientific “Intelligent Design” in public schools.
What War on Women?
In a recent letter to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, Moon demands more action. “We have one remaining abortion clinic in St. Louis—I think it needs to shut down,” he wrote in the letter, summarized in this Facebook post.
Missouri is one of a handful of states that didn’t repeal abortion bans following Roe v. Wade. Moon — who, the Monett Times reports, is currently enrolled in a constitutional law class online at Patrick Henry College, in Virginia — thinks this means the state doesn’t have to comply with the federal abortion law. Maybe he will learn soon in his class that this is not how our government works. (Side note: Good to know Missouri is electing leaders who learn how government works on the job!) In the letter, Moon calls on Koster, as the highest law-enforcement officer in Missouri, to “enforce the law, protect the unborn, and close the remaining abortion clinic in our state.”
Bad News the GOP is even more determined now to destroy education in America, particularly when it comes to science. Rep. Lamar Smith in particular is not willing to let the facts stand in the way of his extreme free market ideology. Mark Strauss has more,
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Chairman of the House Science Committee on Science, Space and Technology has repeatedly denounced the National Science Foundation for squandering taxpayer money on frivolous research. Now he’s gone a step further, demanding personal political scrutiny of peer-reviewed research grants.
Smith has used several hearings this year as an opportunity to publicly lambast the National Science Foundation (NSF)—including a combative March 26 hearing where he lectured White House Science Advisor John Holdren on the “lack of transparency and accountability at the agency” by singling out grants such as a study of the ecological consequences of early human-set fires in New Zealand. (That research promises to yield insights into anthropogenic climate change—not a popular topic for Smith and fellow GOP representatives on the committee.)