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Blogosphere Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

January 27, 2009

Welcome to a new segment on the FRC Blog featuring posts from the web. Here’s the two featured posts.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

January 27, 2009

Here’s what we are reading this morning.

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New Paper on Adult Stem Cell Research

by Bill Saunders

January 26, 2009

The results keep coming in, and the results are great. Research using adult stem cells continues to yield success in treating living human beings. While the media is all agog over a new (the first) FDA approved trial for embryonic stem cells, the real story is the continuing success with adult stem cells, which can be isolated and used in treatments without any ethical problems. In our semi-annual update, David Prentice and I collect and discuss only such successes from the last 6 months, and they are impressive.

In our 12 page report, you’ll meet people who have been helped with adult stem cells, such as 9-month old Chole Levine, who made a 50 % recovery from cerebral palsy, Susan Fister who overcame leukemia, 12 year-old Michael Wenman  whose digestive tract had been destroyed by a malfunctioning immune system prior to his ASC treatment, among many others. Their stories show that we can provide highly successful treatments to suffering human beings without engaging in unethical embryonic stem cell research. In embryonic stem cell research, human beings in the embryonic state must be destroyed; with adult stem cell research, on the other hand, we can use stem cells in a person’s own body, or from cord blood “banked” at birth, to treat them. This is ethical science and medical at their best.

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Perkins Perspective: Another Homosexual Sex Scandal

by Tony Perkins

January 26, 2009

Another openly gay politician is snared in a sex scandal with a teen.  Portland’s first openly gay mayor, Sam Adams —- who just took office earlier this month —- has now acknowledge he lied to cover up a sexual relationship he had with a young man he was “mentoring” in 2005.

This is reminiscent of former Congressman Mark Foley, who was caught hitting on male teens who served as pages on Capitol Hill. 

While I know that not every homosexual person preys on youth, it sure seems that many of the sex scandals involving homosexual public figures disproportionately involve young, easily influenced and impressionable teens.

Repeated incidents like these only serve to validate the Boy Scouts policy prohibiting homosexual scout masters.  The Boy Scouts have stood their ground despite enormous pressure from homosexual activists and their corporate allies who have cut off donations to the Scouts.  These businesses and government agencies that are carrying the water for the homosexuals on this issue should be forced to explain their intolerance of the truth every time there is a case like this.

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Change Watch Backgrounder: Steven Chu

by David Prentice

January 26, 2009

POSITION: SECRETARY OF ENERGY

 

NOMINEE: Steven Chu

BIRTH DATE: February 28, 1948, St. Louis, MO

EDUCATION: AB in Math and BS in Physics 1970, U Rochester

Ph.D. in Physics 1976, UC-Berkeley

Postdoctoral fellow UC-Berkeley 1976-1978

FAMILY: Wife, Jean Chu, two grown sons, Geoffrey and Michael, by a previous marriage

FRC SCORECARD: NA

EXPERIENCE:

Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Aug 2004-Jan 2009

Professor of Atomic Physics and Biological Physics, UC-Berkeley, 2004-2009

Nobel Prize in Physics, 1997, co-winner, “for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light”

Member of the National Academy of Sciences, elected 1993

Professor of Physics and Applied Physics, Stanford University, 1987-2008

Head of Quantum Electronic Dept., AT&T Bell Labs, 1983-1987

Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Labs, 1978-1983

Professional CV

Personal CV

 

STATEMENTS ON GLOBAL WARMING:

In speeches to organizations around the globe, Chu has delivered a consistent message. “Stronger storms, shrinking glaciers and winter snowpack, prolonged droughts and rising sea levels are raising the specter of global food and water shortages. The ominous signs of climate change we see today are a warning of dire economic and social consequences for us all, but especially for the poor of the world,” Chu has said. “The path to finding solutions is to bring together the finest, most passionate minds to work on the problem in a coordinated effort, and to give these researchers the resources commensurate with the challenge.”

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Chu, in a prepared statement, called the challenges of climate change “a growing and pressing problem” And he said that continuing dependence on oil represents a threat to the U.S. economy and security.

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On Gas Prices

Mr. Chu has called for gradually ramping up gasoline taxes over 15 years to coax consumers into buying more-efficient cars and living in neighborhoods closer to work.

Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,’ Mr. Chu, who directs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in September.”

On Alternative Energy Sources

Coal

What about other energy sources? Big Coal won’t be very happy if Dr. Chu gets confirmed as head of the DOE-he’s really, really not a big fan. “Coal is my worst nightmare,” he said repeatedly in a speech earlier this year outlining his lab’s alternative-energy approaches.

If coal is to stay part of the world’s energy mix, he says, clean-coal technologies must be developed. But he’s not very optimistic: “It’s not guaranteed we have a solution for coal,” he concluded, given the sheer scope of the challenge of economically storing billions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions underground.

Nuclear Power

Worried about radioactivity? Coal’s still your bogeyman. Dr. Chu says a typical coal plant emits 100 times more radiation than a nuclear plant, given the flyash emissions of radioactive particles.

That doesn’t mean nuclear power is much better. “The waste and proliferation issues [surrounding nuclear power] still haven’t been completely solved,” he said. A big part of the Department of Energy’s job is to oversee nuclear weapons and waste storage. And the Obama campaign made clear that increased reliance on nuclear power will require finding a “safe” way to dispose of radioactive waste.

Renewable Energy

How about renewable energy? Dr. Chu already had a taste of Washington power-brokering, in a briefing with current Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson. He pitched them on the idea of an interstate electricity transmission system to be paid for by ratepayers. That would solve one of the biggest hurdles to wide-spread adoption of clean energy like wind and solar power.

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Daily Buzz

by Krystle Gabele

January 26, 2009

Here’s what we are reading today.

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Change Watch Backgrounder: Thomas J. Vilsack

by David Prentice

January 23, 2009

POSITION: SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE

NOMINEE: Thomas J. Vilsack

BIRTH DATE: December 12, 1950 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

EDUCATION:

Bachelor’s degree 1972, Hamilton College in New York

J.D. 1975, Albany Law School

FAMILY: Wife Christie Vilsack; two sons, Jess and Doug

FRC SCORECARD: NA

EXPERIENCE:

Of Counsel, Des Moines office of Minneapolis-based law firm Dorsey & Whitney, May 1, 2007

Candidate for President, Nov 30, 2006-Feb 23, 2007

Governor of Iowa, 1998-2005

Iowa State Senate in 1992

Mayor of Mount Pleasant, Iowa in 1987

ON ABORTION

A Catholic who supports abortion rights”

I oppose abortion, personally. I don’t like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception.”

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Vilsack vetoed a waiting period for abortions and signed a health insurance regulation law without the right to sue he had sought.

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ON CLONING AND STEM CELLS

Several years ago we limited medical research involving nuclear cell transplants [cloning] at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. At the time we never dreamt that new treatments dependent upon such transplants would be developed so quickly. Well, they have been, and as a result we should revisit our ban on nuclear cell transplants. We should remove the restrictions and allow life saving treatments to be administered to Iowans here in Iowa rather than forcing them to leave our state.”

From 2006 state of the state address

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[NOTE: there have been no treatments developed from nuclear transplant cloning, or from embryonic stem cells; no stem cells have even been obtained from nuclear transfer cloned human embryos.]

Scientists should pursue embryonic stem cell research”

New discoveries require us to think differently and approach things differently,” Vilsack said. “Several years ago we placed on a ban on certain types of medical research involving nuclear cell transplants because we never dreamt the treatments resulting from that research would develop so quickly into life-saving treatments, but they have.”

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 [NOTE: no treatments have been developed using embryonic stem cells, and no clinical trials have yet been approved by the FDA or any foreign regulatory body.]
[Update: the FDA has now approved Geron to begin experiments on patients using embryonic stem cells, starting in the summer of 2009.]

ON HOMOSEXUAL SPECIAL RIGHTS and SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

In April 2000, the legislature repealed Vilsack’s order banning discrimination in state employment against gays lesbians, and transexuals; Vilsack vetoed that and in the fall 22 legislators sued, charging he exceeded his powers-a state judge declared Vilsack’s order invalid.

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I don’t think you necessarily have to redefine marriage to do it. A civil union set of rights would honor that,” Vilsack said. “Marriage is already defined and we don’t need to change it.”

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The Constitution should not be amended to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

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Hosted Governor’s Conference on LGBT Youth. (Feb 2006)

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ON GLOBAL WARMING

… We’ve been ignoring global warming. We’ve been saying it’s not a problem or, … we don’t think it’s scientifically proven. Well, the reality is, the rest of the world knows it’s a problem and we can’t provide any moral leadership until we recognize it’s a problem.”

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The government should regulate greenhouse-gas emissions.

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MISCELLANEOUS

Vilsack was abandoned at birth and placed in a Roman Catholic orphanage. He was adopted in 1951 by Bud and Dolly Vilsack, who raised him in the Roman Catholic faith.

In 2005, Vilsack established Heartland PAC, a political action committee aimed at electing Democratic Governors. In the first report, he raised over half a million dollars.

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Lutherans are for Life

by Robert Morrison

January 23, 2009

I knew the late Richard John Neuhaus when we both served on the national board of Lutherans for Life. As is widely known, Richard began his public ministry as a Lutheran pastor, serving in a mostly black congregation, St. John the Evangelist, in a poor neighborhood in Brooklyn. From there, Richard Neuhaus became a national leader in the civil rights movement, even marching at Selma with Dr. King. It was as Father Neuhaus, a Catholic priest, that Richard coined the famous phrase “welcomed in life and protected in law” to describe our pro-life goals for unborn children. Richard-may God bless his memory—never wavered in his defense of life. He said we were enlisted in the pro-life movement when we were baptized. Amen!

I thought of him yesterday as I attended a worship service at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Dr. Gerald Kieschnick came all the way from the headquarters of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in St. Louis to deliver a powerful and moving sermon for life. It meant a great deal to us here in Washington as we face the dread prospect of all three branches of our U.S. Government united to promote the slaughter of the innocents. In fact, Immanuel’s young Pastor Esget used a Reformation-era woodcut of Herod’s soldiers wielding swords against the soft flesh of babies. It was the cover of the church bulletin.

Dr. Kieschnick is the president of the Missouri Synod, a 2.4 million-member church body with more than 6,000 congregations nationwide. His presence among us showed his determination to stand firm on God’s Word, “though devils all the world should fill…”

Interestingly, Immanuel also welcomed a pleasant young man from the Washington advocacy office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Andrew Genszler. ELCA has been the largest Lutheran denomination in this country, with more than 5 million members. Many of the good folks in ELCA-pastors and people-are strongly pro-life. But the denomination itself is pro-choice. Worse, ELCA co-owns a Chicago hospital called Christ. It was there that nurse Jill Stanek discovered little victims of live-birth abortions who had been placed in the broom closet in cold metal pans-there to gasp out their young lives in the darkness. Jill held these suffering children as they died, praying for them and singing to them. For her pains, Jill was fired by the administrators of this hospital. As we now know, a famous former Illinois state senator heard her testimony but would not agree with Jill that these dying newborns should be welcomed in life or protected in law.

Andrew Genszler certainly seemed sincere in saying that his large denomination would oppose the so-called Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) as “too extreme.” Such opposition, should it be expressed publicly and strongly, could be a great help. Genszler said ELCA is committed to “reducing abortions.” Our legislative team, however, thinks fatal FOCA is not the most immediate threat to life. They think an incremental strategy of federal funding for abortion and inclusion of abortion in the stimulus package, in national health care are the more real and present dangers.

I certainly hope ELCA will weigh in against these threats, too. During this grand Inaugural week, however, I recalled John F. Kennedy’s eloquent words: “Civility is not a sign of weakness and sincerity is always subject to proof.” I am glad my fellow Lutherans greeted the ELCA representative with civility. ELCA should prove its sincerity by stopping abortions at a Chicago hospital called Christ. We would all then bless them for this act of justice and mercy.

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If you want a friend in Washington, get a GOP

by Family Research Council

January 23, 2009

If you have been reading Tony’s Daily Updates then you know we have been less then happy that the U.S. Senate Republicans have for the most part been making themselves comfortable to be in the Minority for a looong time. They have largely been silent on a number of President Obama’s more controversial nominees, ensuring that the millions of American citizens they represent also have no voice in the U.S. Senate. For those displaced citizens a new website now gives everyone a chance to vote for who will be the White House Farmer

You Can Vote For White House Farmer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin has three residents in the running so far to be recommended as the White House farmer, if President Obama decides to create that position.

Several groups are behind the campaign to have the Obama family plant an organic garden on the White House grounds for use by the first family and also for food pantries that could use some of the produce.

Plans call for the nominees submitted as of January 31st to be narrowed to the top three vote-getters, who will be recommended to the president for the job.

Wisconsin residents among the 20 people nominated include Claire Strader of Troy farmer dog.jpgCommunity Farm at Troy Gardens in Madison, Dela Ends of Scotch Hill Farm near Brodhead and Steve Haak of the Haak Family Farms in Belleville.

On the Net: www.whitehousefarmer.com

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

Since the position does not actually exist maybe you might just want to make your voice heard on what kind of dog the Obama’s should get.

If President Obama needs someone to train the new dog on how to roll over, I know quite a few Senators who can help.

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