Stem Cell Issue

Hollyweird has been unusually quiet this election.  Maybe someone told them to shut their traps, or as Laura Ingraham says in the title of her book, “Shut up and sing.”  There has been a noticeable flap between Michael J Fox and Rush Limbaugh which has interested me because I heard the entire remarks, context and content of what Mr. Limbaugh said at the time he said them and have noted that the so-called journalists, including the much vaunted info-babe, Katie Couric, have been completely misrepresenting the entire thing in their usual left-sided manner.  But, Rush can defend himself and either you are just going to go with the mainstream media’s version without question or you are going to ask more questions and get both sides of the story.  If you are interested in what was really said you can go here.  Anyone who does not believe the media is biased and thinks that these people are behaving as journalists who will go to any lengths to find out the truth has their head in a bucket of mud.

I just get so aggravated with the extreme Left sometimes, the way they try to twist the media and stretch and change and ignore the facts.  While some of them do, in fact, jump into the arena of ideas, so many more just want power and will resort to name-calling and out-and-out lying to get what they want.  E.G., Joe Lieberman, stabbed in the back by his own party and the media.  How can Chris Matthews get away with saying in his August 8th election coverage, “…Lieberman of course is the schmaltzy ethnic guy, the Uncle Tonoose, you know, the guy that’s very much kind of lachrymose in his almost postnasal drip voice of his, but he doesn’t look happy.”  It’s okay for the mainstream media to make racial comments like that, but not okay for someone to criticize the politics of a Hollyweird star?

(I edited this after blogdrive came back online and have just read on Drudge that Mr. Fox has not even read the Missouri Constitutional Ammendment he is supporting.  He is just campaigning for whatever the Dimorats support.  Parenthetical remarks added 10/30/06 4:20 am)

The fact is that conservatives are not against stem cell research.  Here is the good that has been done so far:

Adult Stem Cells

Cancers:
   1. Brain Cancer
2. Retinoblastoma
3. Ovarian Cancer
4. Skin Cancer: Merkel Cell Carcinoma
5. Testicular Cancer
6. Tumors abdominal organs Lymphoma
7. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
8. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
9. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
10. Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
11. Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
12. Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia
13. Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia
14. Cancer of the lymph nodes: Angioimmunoblastic Lymphadenopathy
15. Multiple Myeloma
16. Myelodysplasia
17. Breast Cancer
18. Neuroblastoma
19. Renal Cell Carcinoma
20. Various Solid Tumors
21. Soft Tissue Sarcoma
22. Ewing’s Sarcoma
23. Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia
24. Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis
25. POEMS syndrome
26. Myelofibrosis

Auto-Immune Diseases:
27. Systemic Lupus
28. Sjogren’s Syndrome
29. Myasthenia
30. Autoimmune Cytopenia
31. Scleromyxedema
32. Scleroderma
33. Crohn’s Disease
34. Behcet’s Disease
35. Rheumatoid Arthritis
36. Juvenile Arthritis
37. Multiple Sclerosis
38. Polychondritis
39. Systemic Vasculitis
40. Alopecia Universalis
41. Buerger’s Disease

   Cardiovascular:
  42. Acute Heart Damage
43. Chronic Coronary Artery Disease

Ocular:
  44. Corneal regeneration

Immunodeficiencies:
  45. Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
46. X-linked Lymphoproliferative Syndrome
47. X-linked Hyper immunoglobulin M Syndrome

      Neural Degenerative Diseases and Injuries:
  48. Parkinson’s Disease
49. Spinal Cord Injury
50. Stroke Damage

Anemias and Other Blood Conditions:
  51. Sickle Cell Anemia
52. Sideroblastic Anemia
53. Aplastic Anemia
54. Red Cell Aplasia
55. Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia
56. Thalassemia
57. Primary Amyloidosis
58. Diamond Blackfan Anemia
59. Fanconi’s Anemia
60. Chronic Epstein-Barr Infection

Wounds and Injuries:
61. Limb Gangrene
62. Surface Wound Healing
63. Jawbone Replacement
64. Skull Bone Repair

      Other Metabolic Disorders:
65. Hurler’s Syndrome
66. Osteogenesis Imperfecta
67. Krabbe Leukodystrophy
68. Osteopetrosis
69. Cerebral X-Linked Adrenoleukodystrophy

Liver Disease:
70. Chronic Liver Failure
71. Liver Cirrhosis

    Bladder Disease:
72. End-Stage Bladder Disease

Embryonic Stem Cells:

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Here is just one piece from a biology professor, Jean Peduzzi-Nelson, who is associate professor in the department of anatomy and cell biology Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.  There are many more such athttp://www.stemcellresearch.org/index.html a website founded by eight professor/doctor types.  There is a 38 page scientific paper linked there as well, which may have meaning to the scientists (two I know of) who stop by here.  Of course none of these links will make it into the mainstream media because it will become clear that conservatives and Republicans are not evil, hatemongers who want people to die from dreaded diseases and return us back to the medieval period of medicine with leeches and blood-lettings, but rather are people with a genuine concern for people.

The fact that there are over 400,000 frozen embryos right now is an issue to me, (when might enough be enough, already?  Too deep to sidetrack here for.) as well, but each embryo has 46 chromosomes, 23 pairs, half from the sperm and half from the egg.  These Chromosomes contain DNA which contains the 20,000 genes that make you the unique individual you are, while at the same time giving you some inherited traits as well.  My problem is that just as I am a unique individual genetically, so are each one of these embryonic people.  When I look at the photos of the children that were these adopted embryos, referred to as The Snowflake Children, I cannot imagine which one I would have wanted to have hacked up for research purposes.

My purpose in this post is not to take up the whole stem cell debate but to point out, again, the importance of knowing who and what you are voting for.  In this day and age of “trial by media” and the 7 second sound bite, make yourself aware.  This issue is too deep for that.  It is very sensitive to many people and should not be taken lightly.  I think there are politicians on the extreme Left that do not want to admit that these are children because they will have to admit many other things about conception as well.  They are the ones that do not want to discuss facts like these and are the ones who have hijacked the Democratic Party and are the ones that run roughshod over anyone who opposes them, thus making the Democratic Party the party of the far left.

Please, PRAY before you vote, then vote your conscience, but Conservative or Liberal, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Prohibitionist, or Green, make sure you VOTE.

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”  Patrick Henry

And Remember, The Good Book says, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee…”

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