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by Krystle Gabele

February 13, 2009

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Deposing a Czar, Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel

by Robert Morrison

February 13, 2009

Washington, D.C.’s regular listeners to Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” talk show got a rude awakening this week. First, there was nothing but static on AM 570, WTNT. Then, the former cabinet member and former “Drug Czar” was unceremoniously deposed and replaced by the egregious Mancow. Those who follow Bennett online or on XM/SIRIUS, as well as Bennett’s enthusiastic national audience were able yesterday to hear Dr. Scott Teitelbaum-an internationally respected authority on the hazards of drug use. Dr. Teitelbaum warns about the new potency of marijuana. Listeners to Mancow heard him mooing about boycotting Kellogg’s. He’s mad at the cereal giant because they dropped Michael Phelps from their advertising after the Olympic swimmer was caught on camera inhaling from a bong.

Mancow may be more in tune with the temper of these “high times,” it should be noted. “Harm reduction” is the current buzz-word on handling the drug problem. Even PBS travelogues-which used to be a child-safe zone-have been enlisted to soften up public opinion. In a documentary on Switzerland this week, viewers got to see pot-smokers happily sharing parks with hard-working Swiss. Switzerland’s laissez faire approach to drug use was described as “civilized.” Amid views of the beautiful cathedrals and Medieval streets of Bern, we were treated to the sight of drug addicts getting clean needles from openly available vending machines. Men’s rooms-not your usual travel fare on TV-were shown with blue lights. That’s so those who mainline drugs cannot find their veins and will stay out of the loo. What PBS did not show were the pictures brought back to us at FRC over a decade ago, photos that depict the other side of the soft-focus drug-users paradise offered up PBS. In those photos, we could see young men and women, lying on railroad tracks, their eyes turned back in their heads. Unconscious, overdosed, their arms with drug needles still protruding, their life’s blood spattered all over them. It’s not a “Heidi” portrait of the Alpine republic; it’s a vision of hell. Harm reduction is a euphemism for the real message that the Swiss government is sending to its young people tragically addicted to drugs:  “We don’t care if you drop dead. In fact, we will even help you.”

By replacing Bill Bennett with Mancow, the owners of WTNT are also replacing Bennett’s cerebral “NPR for our side” with a braying know nothing. There are other ways to kill conservative talk radio than federal regulation. You can banish Bennett’s brand of intelligence, candor and goodwill and call it a business decision. Maybe it’s the station owners’ blue light special.

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Change Watch Backgrounder: Sanjay Gupta

by David Prentice

February 12, 2009

POSITION: SURGEON GENERAL

 

NOMINEE: Sanjay Gupta

BIRTH DATE: October 23, 1969 in Novi, MI

EDUCATION:

M.D. 1992, University of Michigan Medical School

B.A. in Medical Sciences, University of Michigan

(Interflex 6-year program, combining pre-medical and medical school, accepted directly from high school)

FAMILY: Married to Rebecca Olson Gupta; two daughters: Sage & Skye

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Blogosphere Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 12, 2009

Here’s some of the buzz from the blogosphere today.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 12, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

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What’s the big deal about stem cells?

by Jared Bridges

February 12, 2009

If you’ve ever been confused about the national debate over stem cell research, you’re not alone.  Politicians, preachers, and pedestrians alike are likely to be confused, given the vague rhetoric that’s often thrown about. 

For a good primer on the debate, and to learn about the difference between adult and embryonic stem cells, which ones are ethical and which were not — or which is truly yielding successful treatments,  tune in today at 11:00 a.m. EST for the live webcast of a lecture by FRC’s Dr. David Prentice.  In “The Audacity of Hype: Embryonic Stem Cells — Wasting Taxpayer Lives and Wasting Taxpayer Dollars,” Dr. Prentice examines “the real facts on the science and the difference between hype and hope” in the stem cell debate.

View the webcast here.

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Lincoln and Darwin: Trans-Atlantic Twins?

by Robert Morrison

February 12, 2009

The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament sheweth his handiwork.” Thus saith the Lord. Not necessarily, saith George Will. Washington’s leading smart man notes today’s two hundredth anniversary of Lincoln’s birth with a useful explanation of what Darwin taught. Darwin was born on the same day that Lincoln was born. Historian John Lukacs calls such coincidences spiritual puns. There are some secularists who are trying to make Lincoln and Darwin trans-Atlantic twins, suggesting somehow that just as Lincoln liberated the slaves, so Darwin freed us from religious dogma and catechesis through his writings on the origins of dogs and cats-and us.

Will notes that Darwin “had no intellectual room for a directing deity that wills a special destination for our species.” Darwin, Will points out, “placed humanity in a continuum of all protoplasm.” How elevating.

Will rejects Intelligent Design. “The fact of order in nature does not require us to postulate a divine Orderer.” But is it reasonable for us to rule that divine Orderer out of order?

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Blogosphere Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

February 11, 2009

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That 78-cent Bogus Bill

by Robert Morrison

February 11, 2009

With great fanfare, President Barack Obama last week signed his first bill.  The White House was the backdrop for a celebratory East Room signing ceremony.  The bill, backers acknowledge, “overrules a Supreme Court ruling.” The subject was a favorite of feminists: equal pay for equal work.  Now, the sight of a roomful of liberals cheering when Congress and the President overrule the Supreme Court ought to make any of us happy.  But I wish the President had not repeated that old feminist line:  women make just seventy-eight cents to every one dollar men make. 

The fact is true, but it is also misleading.  Liberals claim that it is because of job discrimination that women are relatively disadvantaged.  This is not the case.  The reason that the average woman earns 78% of the what the average man earns is because the average woman spends part of her adult life outside of the paid workforce or working only part-time (generally while bearing and raising children), whereas the average man works full-time for all or nearly all of his adult life. And there is no injustice in paying workers (whether male or female) more money when they have more work experience.

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