Last night at the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas, finalist and eventual first runner-up Carrie Prejean fielded a question on same-sex marriage from judge Perez Hilton, an openly homosexual celebrity blogger. Her response, the crowd’s reaction, and the judge’s expression, are worth hearing and seeing:
In a follow-up interview with Access Hollywood, Prejean said her answer “cost me my crown. I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I said what I feel. I stated an opinion that was true to myself and that’s all I can do.”
“It is a very touchy subject and he is a homosexual and I see where he was coming from and I see the audience would’ve wanted me to be more politically correct,” she added. “But I was raised in a way that you can never compromise your beliefs and your opinions for anything.”
Live Action’s Lila Rose investigates yet another Planned Parenthood (Memphis, TN this time) , which yields what’s becoming an all-too familiar result — people’s ages being mysteriously lowered by clinic workers:
Recent news from London that adult stem cells will be used to repair damaged tendons and ligaments in patients. This isn’t really a new technique, but the interesting thing is that the technique is now used routinely in horses and other animals. Finally, the realization has hit that this adult stem cell treatment might work for people, too. More than 1,500 race horses have been treated using the same process, and follow-up data suggest a 50 percent reduction in re-injury over a three year period, compared with conventional treatment. Several veterinary companies have pioneered the procedure in animals, including Vet-Stem, and stories routinely circulate of a beloved pet, police dog, or race horse that has been treated successfully using adult stem cells.
The tribal wisdom of the Lakota Indians, passed on from one generation to the next, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. Maybe it’s about time people realized they should quit riding the dead embryonic stem cell mount and saddle up to ride a winner with adult stem cells.
Given the great focus on Tax Day and the April 15th Tea Parties held across the nation little attention has been paid to a major story regarding American policy toward Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
Yesterday Mark Levin, radio talk show host, discussed an article in the Los Angeles Times which gave this description of remarks made Monday by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at Quantico, VA:
“Reporting from Washington — Amid increasing suggestions that Israel might attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned this week that such a strike would have dangerous consequences, and asserted that Tehran’s acquisition of a bomb can be prevented only if ‘Iranians themselves decide it’s too costly.’
“Using his strongest language on the subject to date, Gates told a group of Marine Corps students that a strike would probably delay Tehran’s nuclear program from one to three years. A strike, however, would unify Iran, ‘cement their determination to have a nuclear program, and also build into the whole country an undying hatred of whoever hits them,’ he said.”
Well, the cat is definitely out of the bag now, and it is pretty clear that the Obama Administration will take no military action to stop the Iranian weapons program.
First, Gates’s observation that the acquisition of an Iranian bomb can only be prevented by Iranian action really runs up the white flag while defying reality. The United States surrounds Iran with air bases in the Gulf States, Iraq, and Afghanistan. We can also have naval assets in the region on command. The U.S. has tactical bombing capabilities second to none in the history of warfare, and the Secretary of Defense says that? Either he thinks he’s running the Meals-on-Wheels program for Arlington, Virginia, or this country has wasted a whole lot of money on planes, ships, and related gizmos.
Second, contrast Gates’s thinking with that of Israel in 1981 when it bombed Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program out of existence. Sure, Saddam kept trying, but he never built a bomb: the damage was irreparable. A successful attack could buy us decades.
Third, Gates’s psychobabble about Iran living in “undying hatred” of the nation that ends their nuclear program seems completely wrong. If you were an Iranian what would you prefer — Israel bombing your nuclear program with conventional weapons or Israel retaliating with nuclear weapons after the ayatollahs have flattened Tel Aviv? Iranians must know that every day their leaders have nuclear weapons would be a day their lives and the continued existence of the Persian civilization would be in grave danger. Hillary Clinton was correct when she observed that an Iranian nuclear attack would lead to annihilatory retaliation. Millions of dead.
Finally, these comments indicate that American cooperation with an Israeli preemptive strike is unlikely. In fact, it appears the Obama Administration will do all it can to prevent Israeli action. Instead, the administration is going to try to persuade Iran that the political cost of a weapons program for Iran will exceed its value, and that is an argument the Iranians have already rejected.
… blame activist judges for same-sex marriage in Vermont.
Although advocates of homosexual “marriage” had succeeded in overthrowing the natural definition of marriage in Massachusetts, California (briefly), Connecticut, and most recently Iowa, they have had to live with the albatross that it was only through the judicial usurpation of the legislative function that they had achieved this anywhere. Not one state had ever enacted same-sex “marriage” through any process that could be described as democratic.
Vermont has changed that. On April 7, the elected Vermont legislature succeeded in overriding a gubernatorial veto of a bill to grant civil marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Homosexual activists have gloated that, at long last, they have achieved a victory that we conservatives cannot blame on “activist judges.”
The good news continues to flow about the first stroke patient successfully treated in Houston using the patient’s own adult stem cells. The patient, Roland Henrich, was originally admitted to the emergency room at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center on March 25, 2009 with signs of stroke—he could not speak and had significant weakness on his right side. Because it was beyond the few hours window for use of the clot-dissolving drug TPA, the adult stem cell trial was his only option. The next day some of his bone marrow was removed, the adult stem cells separated, and returned intravenously to the patient. In less than a week doctors noted that he was recovering remarkably well and had not shown any signs of paralysis. Within 11 days of the treatment Mr. Henrich was walking, climbing stairs unassisted, and said his first word after the stroke, captured on a local news video and surprising his own doctor and leader of the clinical trial, Dr. Sean Savitz. His wife says now he has spoken several single words and phrases and has fed the cows by himself.
Stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. This breakthrough has the potential to drastically change the way stroke patients are treated in the future. The trial marks one of the latest advances involving the therapeutic abilities of adult stem cells. Researchers have found that adult stem cells can transform into various specific kinds of tissue and that they contain proteins that foster healing.
What the Chinese group showed is that ovaries contain stem cells that can produce more eggs, similar to the stem cells in testes that produce sperm. The group isolated these female germline stem cells (FGSCs) from newborn and adult mice and grew them in culture. When female mice that had been sterilized were injected with the stem cells, fertility was restored including birth of healthy offspring. The injected FGSCs had been labeled with a fluorescent gene so that they could be tracked and some, though not all, of the offspring contained the fluorescent gene.
The new evidence doesn’t prove that these stem cells actually function in the normal ovary. They may age and that’s why the ovary runs out of eggs and menopause occurs. They may stimulate egg formation by secreting factors that affect other cells to maintain eggs rather than forming eggs themselves. More studies will be needed to see what is their normal function. But if similar cells could be found in humans, it might lead to treatments that extend or rejuvenate fertility. It could also pose a concern if those who want to do cloning try to use the cells to create large numbers of eggs for experiments.