Oprah hopes Palin has the right stuff to win back viewers – Washington Post


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Oprah hopes Palin has the right stuff to win back viewers
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Oprah Winfrey, on a campaign to climb back from last season’s ratings slump, will attempt to kiss and make up with conservative viewers on Nov. 16 when she has Sarah Palin on her syndicated talk show . You may have noticed that the
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Fetal Cell Experiments on Patients: Not Learning Their Lessons

The journal Science reports that scientists in Europe, in collaboration with American researchers, are planning new trials using aborted fetal tissue in an attempt to treat Parkinson’s disease, despite what is termed a “growing scepticism” among the scientific community about the wisdom of such fetal cell trials.

Scepticism indeed. Perhaps they need to be reminded of the last few times when fetal cells were used in attempts to treat patients for neurological conditions, especially Parkinson’s. Most prominent was the 2001 published report of the clinical trial showing that Parkinson’s patients not only did not improve, but a significant number of the transplants were deleterious to the patients. The New York Times story called the outcome “devastating”; “the patients writhed and jerked uncontrollably.” Or there was the other large clinical trial published in 2003, showing similar results, with significant numbers of patients with worsened conditions. Or the followup report on some of the patients who did not worsen immediately, published in 2008, showing that those fetal grafts had developed Parkinson’s characteristics. And then there are the papers showing “graft overgrowth” (interesting euphemism) in a Parkinson’s patient and a Huntington’s patient, both treated with injections of fetal cells into their brains.

According to the story in Science, even the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has become much more cautious about cell therapy, noting the foundation is now funding new drug development and very little stem cell research.

Another feature of the “graft overgrowth” that has been seen is tumors. In February 2009 the story broke that a young Israeli boy had developed tumors, from a fetal stem cell transplant.

All of this endangering of patients with fetal cells, while adult stem cells already have shown real promise. An Australian group has successfully treated Parkinson’s in mice using adult stem cells. And in February 2009, Levesque et al. published a case study showing a Parkinson’s patient’s own adult stem cells ameliorated his symptoms for almost five years. It would seem the payoff is already coming from adult stem cells.

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White House offensive (Dissenters targeted with suppressing fire)

By Monica Crowley

During the eight years of the George W. Bush presidency, the left constantly told us that "dissent is the highest form of patriotism." During the Obama presidency, dissent is routinely considered the lowest form of treachery.

Candidate Barack Obama promised to be a "new kind" of leader who would welcome vigorous debate and listen to all opinions. As president, however, he has shown a disturbing intolerance for any viewpoint other than his own. Rather than his promised post-partisan open-mindedness, his White House is using its power to try to smear and delegitimize those who oppose its agenda. With Orwellian coldness and efficiency, the administration has waged war on those who have had the gall to disagree with it:

The war on Fox News. White House Communications Director Anita Dunn projected big-time last week by calling Fox News "an arm of the Republican party." Yet Mr. Obama’s strategists have worked relentlessly to turn other networks into an arm of the Democratic Party. Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is reported to hold weekly conference calls with CNN’s James Carville and Paul Begala and ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. As Miss Dunn boasted early this year, Team Obama was able to "control" the media.

Last weekend, senior White House aides escalated the attack. Mr. Emanuel asserted that Fox wasn’t a "legitimate news organization," a point amplified by senior adviser David Axelrod: "They’re not really a news station. … It’s really not news. It’s pushing a point of view."

The White House’s complaint against Fox has nothing to do with news. It has everything to do with the fact that Fox is the only network to air consistently opposing points of view and treat them with respect. Fox ensures that its opinion shows, led by Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, are separate and distinct from its news hours, which cannot be said of other networks. Witness the left-wing bias that permeates CNN’s "news" coverage during anchor Rick Sanchez’s daily broadcast. Last week, he repeated unsubstantiated lies about conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh and had to be browbeaten into issuing a half-hearted apology. Or witness any of MSNBC’s "news hours." Last week, anchor Dylan Ratigan accused opponents of Obamacare of "trying to derail health care … even if it means half the country dies."

Straight news reporting? Only in Obamaworld.

Fox News dares to report that there is another side to the debate. For that, it must be marginalized and attacked in order to delegitimize the opposition viewpoints it airs. Several weeks ago, Mr. Obama visited every Sunday morning talk show except for "Fox News Sunday," and the White House has said no administration officials will appear on Fox through the end of the year.

The White House has every other network in its pocket, so it freezes out the only one not prostrating itself. While Mr. Obama promised tolerance and magnanimity toward all viewpoints as a candidate, he has shown intolerance and vindictiveness as president.

The war on tea partiers and town-hall attendees. On April 15, hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered in more than 800 cities and towns to protest out-of-control government spending. The White House claimed the president was "unaware" of the tea parties. On Sept. 12, hundreds of thousands of protesters showed up in Washington, carrying the same anti-big-government, big- spending message. And again, the White House said it was "unaware" of the massive rally.

Throughout August, thousands of Americans confronted their legislators over the Democrats’ proposed radical overhaul of health care. Sincerely outraged, these citizens were ridiculed and dismissed by the administration and Democratic congressional leaders. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs mocked them as "the Brooks Brothers brigade in Florida in 2000" that displayed "manufactured anger." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi denigrated them as "AstroTurf."

Ignoring and then laughing at the concerns of average citizens is generally not the approach of mature leaders in a responsive democracy.

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What Do the Germans Have in Common With the Dalai Lama?



Answer: now the Germans have been dissed by President Obama too.

Two weeks ago, the Bama threw a man of great peace, the Dalai Lama, under the bus. He became the first president since 1991 to refuse to meet with him in order to share a cup of tea and a few words of moral support. Instead, he iced the Dalai Lama so as not to upset the Chinese, with whom he’s scheduled to meet in early November. Apparently, the president cannot walk and chew gum at the same time.

Today we learn that the Bama has canceled his scheduled appearance in Germany on November 9 to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The collapse of the Wall is one of the greatest triumphs of human liberty over tyranny in the history of mankind, but the Bama can’t be bothered.

He’s got other stuff to do. Like play golf. Smoke. Chat up J. Lo. Joyride to Copenhagen. Take Michelle out to dinner. Shoot hoops. Groove to Thalia.

The German people, who fought so valiantly for so long for freedom, shouldn’t feel too badly about it, though. They’re in the fine company of other key allies whom the Bama has unceremoniously dissed: the British, the French, the Israelis, all of Eastern Europe, Georgia, South Korea, and Japan.

Not to mention his own people.

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Alleged Robber Hands Bullet to Store Clerk After She Prays With Him

Alleged Robber Hands Bullet to Store Clerk After She Prays With Him

Suspect Gregory Smith Tells Angela Montez of His Troubles, Turns Himself In to Indianapolis Police Shortly After Incident

By SUZAN CLARKE and SABRINA PARISE
Oct. 21, 2009

A man suspected of robbing an Indianapolis check cashing store removed the bullet from his gun after the clerk talked about God and prayed with him, police said.

Robber Gives Up Bullet After Store Clerk Prays With Him

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A man suspected of robbing an Indianapolis check cashing store took the bullet out of his gun after the store clerk talked to him about God and prayed with him, police said. The man, 23-year-old Gregory L. Smith of Indianapolis, turned himself in to police a few hours after he allegedly held up the Advance America check cashing store Monday. Collapse

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The man, Gregory L. Smith of Indianapolis, turned himself in to police a few hours after he allegedly held up the Advance America check cashing store Monday.

Police responding to the store around 4:20 p.m. were told that it had just been robbed.

Smith, 23, initially entered the establishment to apply for a loan, then left to get identification that clerk Angela Montez requested, officials said. More…

Lebanon: Spy devices belonged to Hizballah, not Israel

Big surprise here. An update on this story.

"Lebanon: Exploded Devices Lead To Hezbollah Not Israel, Press," from ANSAmed, October 20 (thanks to Insubria):

(ANSAmed) – BEIRUT, OCTOBER 20 – The spy devices destroyed between Saturday and Sunday along the temporary border reportedly belonged to the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah and not to Israel, the pan-Arab paper, Asharq al Aswat, reported today. The Saudi owned newspaper, which contrary to standard practice cited "an unofficial source" from Israel, specified that the devices blown along the central sector of the Blue Line that demarks the two countries were a part of "Hezbollah’s telecommunications network". The Party of God, on the other hand, confirmed yesterday that the devices destroyed was spy equipment placed there by Israel along the Lebanese land telephone line after the war in 2006, and in violation of UN Resolution n.1701, which interrupted hostilities between the Jewish State and Hezbollah three years ago. A spokesman from UN forces deployed in southern Lebanon (Unifil) for their part specified to ANSA that "an investigation is underway", and that it has not yet been possible to reach a conclusion on the nature of the devices, or who placed them. Preliminary investigations at first attributed them to Israeli ownership. (ANSAmed).

Read the original story at Jihad Watch.

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Lebanon: Spy devices belonged to Hizballah, not Israel

CAIR claims victory in Flying Imams settlement

From the Star Tribune:

A settlement has been reached in the “Flying Imams” federal lawsuit that was filed by six Muslim men who claim they were falsely arrested on a US Airways jet in the Twin Cities three years ago because of their religious and ethnic backgrounds.

According to federal court records, the settlement was reached Monday and filed with the court today.

A New York attorney for the imams, Omar Mohammedi, this afternoon called the settlement “satisfactory to the plaintiffs.” Mohammedi, who is with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) civil rights group, added that money is involved, but he declined to elaborate.

Another attorney for the imams, Frederick Goetz of Minneapolis, said a few details remained to be resolved before the settlement is finalized.

One of the imams, Marwan Sadeddin of Phoenix, told the Associated Press that the settlement does not include an apology but he considers it an acknowledgment that a mistake was made. He said he couldn’t divulge the terms because both sides had agreed not to discuss them publicly. “It’s fine for all parties. It’s been solved. … There is no need for a trial,” Sadeddin said.

“Law enforcement officials did what they believed was appropriate to ensure the safety of travelers based on the information available at the time,” said the MAC’s general counsel, Tom Anderson. ”We will continue to be vigilant in maintaining the security of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the safety of travelers who use it.”

According to the statement by the MAC, “the commission’s liability insurance policy limits potential financial exposure in such cases to $50,000. The insurer has the right to assume control of the defense or settlement of claims and exercised that right in this case.”

CAIR, the Washington-based civil rights organization that took up the imams’ cause soon after they were removed from the plane, hailed the settlement.

“[This] is a clear victory for justice and civil rights over fear and the phenomenon of ‘flying while Muslim’ in the post-9/11 era,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

The imams — Ahmed Shqeirat, Didmar Faja, Omar Shahin, Mahmoud Sulaiman and Sadeddin of Arizona, and Mohamed Ibrahim of California — argued that they were removed from the plane because of religious and ethnic bias.

Shahin, you may recall, was a representative of the Kind Hearts organization.

Muslim Voice Staff When the Tsunami disaster struck Muslim families in south East Asia, the students of Arizona Culture Academy answered the call and rushed to help. They emptied their piggy banks, brought their allowances, and lobbied their families to participate. In five days, $8,014.00 was collected and given to the Representative Imam Omar Shahin of the Kind Hearts Organization.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today blocked pending investigation accounts of KindHearts, an NGO operating out of Toledo, Ohio, to ensure the preservation of its assets pending further investigation.

“KindHearts is the progeny of Holy Land Foundation and Global Relief Foundation, which attempted to mask their support for terrorism behind the façade of charitable giving,” said Stuart Levey, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

KindHearts officials and fundraisers have coordinated with Hamas leaders and made contributions to Hamas-affiliated organizations. Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) Usama Hamdan, a leader of Hamas in Lebanon, reportedly phoned a top fundraiser for KindHearts during a September 2003 KindHearts fundraiser. During the call, Hamas leader Hamdan reportedly communicated to the fundraiser his gratitude for KindHearts’ support. The KindHearts fundraiser reportedly also provided advice to Hamdan, telling him not to trust the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

Holy Land Foundation should sound familiar, it was the largest terrorist financing case in U.S. history resulting in convictions of numerous HLF officials, and dealing a blow to CAIR.

A previous outcome from the Flying Imams case was discussed here: Terror shield law doesn’t apply to officers

A shield law for those who report suspected terrorist activities does not apply to law enforcement, a judge ruled Friday in a discrimination lawsuit filed by six imams who were removed from a US Airways flight in 2006.

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This is your government. This is your government on drugs.

This is your government. This is your government on drugs.

Employees at the Justice Department must have a lot of time on their hands now that the Obama administration has stopped prosecuting obscenity and marijuana use. Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder said that enforcing federal drug laws isn’t a "priority" for this President. The debate is over 14 states, which, in contradiction to U.S. law, allow patients to use marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Under the Bush administration, the DOJ didn’t target the sick, but it did try to clamp down on "larger operations that were selling marijuana for recreational use." This President has abandoned that approach and made it easier for criminals to sell to anyone–so long as they claim to produce medical marijuana. In states that do allow it, medical marijuana has opened the door to "pot clinics" that prescribe weed for everything from sleeplessness to stress. But despite its so-called benefits, medical marijuana is even opposed by the American Medical Association. After all, what kind of doctor would prescribe smoking as a legitimate treatment for anything?

Reid between the Lines

Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) will need more than political muscle to pass his bill! The new legislation weighs in at over 18 pounds, thanks to 1,502 pages of language that takes more than three reams of paper to print. Unfortunately for America, taxpayers will be doing most of the heavy lifting under this plan. To cover the uninsured, Sen. Baucus would expand Medicaid and SCHIP–meaning that the states would be forced to pick up some of the tab. Although the federal government would absorb about 90% of the costs, Uncle Sam will just recoup that money by raising taxes on people living in the states. It’s a double whammy for taxpayers, many of whom already have insurance.

This week, the biggest negotiations will take place in private (surprise, surprise), as the leadership from the Senate tries to piece together the Finance Committee bill (S. 1796) and the more radical Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee version (S. 1679). The actual merger started last week when the Baucus bill was still a "concept." Combining the bills was a lot easier then, when the language for one plan didn’t exist! Today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will move ahead with his plan to inject the most controversial elements of the HELP version into the Senate’s final draft of ObamaCare. Although the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) gave the Baucus concept a generous score two weeks ago, it will be back to the drawing board for cost estimates once the Senate’s reform hits the floor.

One way that Senate Democrats are trying to sidestep a bad score on the final bill is by taking $250 billion out of the health care plan in hopes of voting on it separately. To hide the real price of the plan, Senate leaders are promising doctors that they’ll freeze the cuts in Medicaid reimbursements in exchange for their support. This "doc fix," as they call it, is a shrewd political move by a party that knows it can’t keep the costs below the $900 billion limit set by President Obama without making this component a stand-alone bill. In the end, it’s nothing more than a budget game that helps in the plan’s PR but not its expense. At a time when the administration is considering a stimulus sequel, no gimmick–including the "doc fix"–can hide the financial impact of this bill. According to The Hill, "Though the 2008 deficit was a record at the time, it has more than tripled–to $1.4 trillion–in 2009." And with 1,502 pages, there’s no telling how much spending the Senate is hiding!

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace…

With just two weeks to go, the fate of Maine marriage is absolutely too close to call. New polls show both sides in a statistical dead-heat, with roughly 4% of the state undecided. Our troops on the ground have been incredibly effective despite being outspent by a 3-to-1 margin. Regardless, Stand for Marriage Maine is facing a neck-and-neck race and the challenge of money pouring in from homosexuals all across the country. Despite being at a $1.6 million disadvantage, they’ve worked around-the-clock to defend marriage through petitions, TV ads, and door-to-door campaigns. The other side has the support of the Governor, the liberal legislature, and thousands of wealthy donors across the country. We have the support of the people.

While the homosexual community has never been able to convince voters to support their position at the ballot box, they have a chance to do so in Maine. Please give what you can to keep them from redefining marriage in one of the most important battlegrounds in America. Visit www.standformarriagemaine.org to donate what you can. Every penny will be spent to save marriage in the "Yes on Question 1 campaign"! We can’t afford to lose–not here. Not now.

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‘Ally Week’ Pushes Gay Agenda

‘Ally Week’ Pushes Gay Agenda
by Kim Trobee, editor

GLSEN’s week long effort uses the anti-bullying message as a springboard to indoctrinate students with the homosexual agenda.

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is sponsoring Ally Week. The event, launched Monday, is designed to get straight students to be allied with gay students against what GLSEN calls "anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender language, bullying and harassment in America’s schools."

Students celebrating the event are being encouraged by GLSEN to download tools to help students participate, including a sign up sheet where kids can write down their e-mail addresses. The list will be sent to GLSEN.

"This is really dangerous for schools to open their doors that will then be emailing students’ information pushing radical homosexual activism," said Candi Cushman, education analyst for Focus on the Family Action, "all without their parents’ knowledge."

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Diverse Sources Pour Cash Into Taliban’s War Chest – New York Ti mes

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