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  • Huckabee: Thank God for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, standing firm against SCOTUS’s gay-marriage ruling

    09/02/2015 8:00:58 PM PDT · 5 of 13
    exDemMom to SeekAndFind
    We should make it possible for believers, such as Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in Kentucky, to hold government jobs without having to violate their religious beliefs.

    I need to check again, but I think that discriminating against employees on the basis of religion is illegal, just like discriminating against them on the basis of race, gender, political party, age, etc., is illegal.

  • Huckabee: Thank God for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, standing firm against SCOTUS’s gay-marriage ruling

    09/02/2015 7:57:18 PM PDT · 3 of 13
    exDemMom to SeekAndFind

    Oddly, when a Walmart refused to bake a cake inscribed with “Happy Birthday, Adolf Hitler” for a little boy, the left did not complain one bit. What about the little boy’s right to a birthday cake? What about his parents’ right to name their kid whatever they want?

    This isn’t about gay “rights”—they’ve had the same rights as anyone else. This is about gays purposely selecting people to harass and getting legal blessing to harass them.

    Leftists are essentially spoiled children. They cry and scream about something that supposedly is the only thing standing between them and perfect happiness—and when people who should know better cave and give it to them, they almost immediately find something else to wail about. They are never happy, and the source of their unhappiness lies within.

  • Milwaukee's Sheriff Clarke: 'Stop Trying to Fix the Police -- Fix the Ghetto'

    09/02/2015 6:24:09 PM PDT · 3 of 15
    exDemMom to E. Pluribus Unum

    He’s absolutely right.

  • FULL FOOTAGE: Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest Dr. Katharine Sheehan

    09/02/2015 6:22:58 PM PDT · 8 of 9
    exDemMom to Morgana

    These stories really make me wonder what proportion of the population are true psychopaths.

    Clearly, anyone involved in the abortion industry is a psychopath, and probably, many abortion industry clients are, as well.

    These videos make it appear that some of the biotech companies are run by psychopaths, as well. Since I’m a biotech career person myself, I find that rather distressing.

    However, it appears that some of those biotech companies specializing in baby parts were actually founded by abortion industry personnel. That means that they aren’t really biotech companies, but instead are more abortion industry attempts to give legitimacy to barbarism. That makes me feel a bit better about the supposed biotech involvement in this.

  • Arrest warrant issued for man who baked dog to death

    08/31/2015 4:47:40 PM PDT · 9 of 27
    exDemMom to digger48
    “One of the biggest factors in this case is that the victim (owner of the dog) pleaded with me not to send Clark to jail,” said Judge Nelson. “She wanted him to get help instead. I took all of that into account, plus the prosecutor wasn’t asking for jail time.”

    The owner of the dog needs to understand that psychopaths cannot get help. Their brains are defective; no amount of counseling can fix a physical defect.

    The guy needs to be jailed not just for what he did to the dog, but because he's likely to move on to killing humans next. Many mass murderers have a history of animal torture. They move on to humans because cruelty to animals loses its thrill after a while.

  • Ted Cruz's Planned Parenthood Strategy Will Backfire

    08/31/2015 4:43:15 PM PDT · 22 of 33
    exDemMom to SeekAndFind
    But conservatives retort the poll numbers are skewed because they ... neglect to raise the possibility that other organizations could provide women’s health services unrelated to abortion in Planned Parenthood’s absence.

    Not that other organizations could but that other organizations DO provide the bulk of women's health care. The pollsters also fail to mention that non-abortion related activities account for a small portion of PP's activities (either they are performing abortions, or they are propagandizing young people to use abortion as their primary means of birth control). PP only does non-abortion related activities for the PR, nothing else. They don't care about women any more than they care about the babies they butcher.

  • Priorities: FDA cracks down on vegan mayonnaise labeling

    08/29/2015 9:07:02 PM PDT · 21 of 38
    exDemMom to Tolerance Sucks Rocks

    Well, if the stuff isn’t mayonnaise, the company should not be allowed to call it mayonnaise.

    It’s just like if some company were selling textured colored tofu and calling it “beef.” It is a clear misrepresentation of the product.

  • Meeting Between Eminem and Minister Louis Farrakhan Was ‘10 Years in the Making’

    08/28/2015 8:31:06 PM PDT · 14 of 24
    exDemMom to nickcarraway

    Ten years? They had the longest round of phone tag ever?

  • Sausalito Marin City School District Becomes Nation's First Organic, GMO Free District

    08/28/2015 8:29:23 PM PDT · 10 of 18
    exDemMom to nickcarraway
    “The results speak for themselves,” Steve Van Zant, superintendent for Sausalito Marin City School District, said in a statement. “Since launching the pilot at Bayside MLK Academy in 2013, students are eating real food for breakfast and lunch, discipline cases have dropped dramatically, attendance has improved, food waste is down, and students and teachers sharing of meals has led to improved manners and open communication, greatly enhancing the school community.”

    Wow, that is a LOT of effect from merely changing the food menu.

    ALL food is organic--being organic ourselves, we cannot eat any non-organic substance.

    And ALL food raised through agriculture is genetically modified, or "GMO." Human beings have been genetically "improving" foods ever since we discovered agriculture. So, unless the school is serving wild game and plants gathered from the wilderness, they are lying if they claim to be serving "non-GMO." Those bananas couldn't even survive in the wild--they are triploid (three copies of every chromosome), which is NOT a naturally occurring genetic arrangement. And that lettuce--altered from wild lettuce, as are the beans and the corn used to make the tortillas. If that is beef on the tacos--well, the wild ancestor of cows doesn't even exist any more, and cows have changed quite a bit from their ancestor.

    Perhaps the school should beef up its science program. It's clear that the administrators have Gaian beliefs, and don't know squat about actual food. Or about why kids behave in certain ways.

  • [from August 2011] The China Threat That Isn't (Why China is NOT a threat to our manufacturing indus

    08/28/2015 5:59:30 PM PDT · 22 of 43
    exDemMom to SeekAndFind

    Several years ago, a Chinese researcher took a sabbatical in the lab where I did my graduate research. For Christmas every year, we would draw names from a hat in order to play Secret Santa.

    I drew the Chinese researcher’s name.

    I thought it would be nice to get him something strictly American, to remind him of the time he spent working in our lab. I shopped and shopped. Everything was “Made in China.”

    I finally settled on buying an item with an American theme and pulling off the “Made in China” sticker before wrapping it. I felt terrible, but what else could I do?

  • Transgender soldiers may get time off to have sex-change operations after military ban dropped

    08/28/2015 5:13:05 PM PDT · 16 of 24
    exDemMom to wagglebee

    We need mentally ill people in the military... why?

  • On Women's Health, Clinton Compares Republicans to 'Terrorist Groups'

    08/27/2015 4:11:01 PM PDT · 13 of 18
    exDemMom to lbryce

    Ms Clinton, when you find a Republican who is advocating against people receiving medical screening and access to family planning, then feel free to speak up. Until then, I’ll just assume you are the typical liberal who feels that the ONLY “health” issue any woman cares about is whether she can eschew the use of birth control and get abortions instead.

    How many poor people are unable to receive health care because the dollars that would have paid for it were diverted to aborting the children of women who find the use of contraceptives too inconvenient, hmm?

  • UT Knoxville encourages students to use gender-neutral pronouns

    08/27/2015 4:03:03 PM PDT · 36 of 60
    exDemMom to Ed Condon; HapaxLegamenon
    I do not like to use the word "sex" to refer to a person's gender, because it is too suggestive of a physical act. I can't speak for others, but I wouldn't be surprised if many of those who use "gender" to refer to a person's physical male or femaleness avoids using the word "sex" in that context for the same reason.

    I checked a couple of on-line dictionaries. The use of the word "gender" to refer to physical traits is correct.

    gender (noun)

    2. either the male or female division of a species, especially as differentiated by social and cultural roles and behavior:
    the feminine gender.

    Compare sex (def 1).

    Full Definition of GENDER

    2 a: sex < the feminine gender >
    b: the behavioral, cultural, or psychological traits typically associated with one sex

  • Planned Parenthood sues to stop funding cuts in Louisiana

    08/25/2015 5:32:38 PM PDT · 4 of 17
    exDemMom to markomalley

    Good for Planned Parenthood. I hope that when the case settles, the judge orders them to return all taxpayer money that was not used for medical services. Which would be just about all of it.

  • Latest CMP video: Stem Express CEO proves that baby organ trafficking can be a laughing matter

    08/25/2015 5:30:29 PM PDT · 3 of 4
    exDemMom to markomalley

    That’s a true psychopath: no empathy whatsoever for those he tortures and kills, and laughing at lab techs who get upset at seeing the remains.

    The abortion industry draws psychopaths like carrion draws flies.

  • Walker: ‘Not Taking a Position’ on Birthright Citizenship, Need to Talk Border Security First

    08/23/2015 5:10:04 PM PDT · 105 of 122
    exDemMom to Rockitz

    This is not an either/or question. Addressing the anchor baby problem does NOT preclude enforcing border law and stopping illegal crossings.

    In fact, addressing the anchor baby issue would help to reduce the incentive for illegals to invade in the first place. As it is, illegals receive all kinds of benefits when they enter this country. One of those benefits is the anchor baby practice. By removing benefits, fewer illegals will choose to enter in the first place, and the problem shrinks and becomes more manageable.

  • [2014]This amazing remote-controlled contraceptive microchip you implant under your skin is the...

    08/23/2015 4:28:00 PM PDT · 35 of 59
    exDemMom to St_Thomas_Aquinas

    Abortion pushers will hate this. Fewer women getting pregnant, fewer babies to kill, decreased profit.

    A long-term birth control method that women can all but forget about is the abortion industry’s worst nightmare.

    Although the WHO does a lot of good work improving the health of third world inhabitants, it has a dark side. Some WHO representatives work tirelessly to do as many abortions as possible on third world women, instead of providing them health care. They think of schemes to increase abortions among these women. It is horrific.

    I think that the potential of these chips to put abortionists out of business is fantastic.

  • Step Inside Alanis Morissette’s Home Meditation Room: ‘It’s Where I Go to Tune In to Emotions’

    08/21/2015 5:57:03 PM PDT · 6 of 38
    exDemMom to BenLurkin

    Too bad all that meditation and stuff doesn’t improve her singing.

    At a previous place of employment, people thought it was funny that I would drop whatever I was doing to turn off the radio if one of her songs came on.

  • TN Lawmakers Want More Regulation of Abortion Clinics

    08/21/2015 4:20:21 PM PDT · 4 of 6
    exDemMom to Morgana
    They also said there are regulations governing how hospitals and ambulatory surgical treatment centers must dispose of human tissue and fluids, but those don't apply to doctors' offices.

    Abortion mills are not "doctor's offices."

    It is amazing how those who commit abortion get away with utterly flouting the law. It isn't surprising that they flout the law--we can expect that people who routinely commit murder would commit other unethical and immoral acts--it is just surprising how much they get away with it. All they have to do is claim to be supporting "women's rights" and they can literally get away with anything.

  • Google ordered to remove links to ‘right to be forgotten’ removal stories

    08/20/2015 6:22:11 PM PDT · 5 of 14
    exDemMom to BenLurkin

    I’ve been told many times that nothing ever disappears from the internet. Ever.

  • BREAKING: Aborted baby’s heart was beating as we harvested his brains: (7th PP video)

    08/20/2015 5:18:43 PM PDT · 154 of 155
    exDemMom to TTFlyer
    “Americans broadly support providing federal funding for free women’s health exams, screenings and contraception services, a Reuters/Ipsos poll has found, suggesting that Republicans could be in risky territory if they continue criticizing Planned Parenthood as a key part of 2016 campaigns.

    There are plenty of clinics that provide health care to poor women (and men and children). Defunding Planned Parenthood would free up even more money to go to healthcare for poor people.

    How many PAP screenings and breast exams could the money wasted on a single abortion pay for?

  • Universities used aborted parts to create ‘humanized’ mice to study

    08/18/2015 6:46:25 PM PDT · 5 of 7
    exDemMom to Morgana

    Human genes can be cloned from any human tissue; it is not at all necessary to use human embryos as the source of that tissue.

    My understanding of “humanized” mice is that they are genetically altered so that they express the human form of one or more genes, rather than the mouse form of those same genes. A typical “humanization” is to make them produce human antibodies for disease/vaccine research.

    Humanizing mice by inserting human genes into them does involve manipulating embryos—mouse embryos. I won’t go into all the details of how a genetically altered mouse is produced, but I can guarantee that at no step is it necessary to use a human embryo in this work.

    I suspect that the authors of this article do not understand what “humanized” mice are, and misused the term.

  • Nearly fully formed human brain grown in laboratory [from reprogrammed skin cells]

    08/18/2015 6:38:13 PM PDT · 9 of 24
    exDemMom to markomalley

    A fully functioning human brain, created just for experimentation. That means that the brain is aware, just like the brain in a 5 week old fetus makes that fetus aware. That is ghastly.

    In the 20th century, immoral scientists who conducted horrific experiments caused moral people to respond by creating the field of scientific ethics. It looks like the field of bioethics is due for a sea-change, because there is nothing ethical about creating feeling and aware persons for the explicit purpose of conducting research on them.

    Science itself is completely devoid of morals and ethics—like any other academic discipline, it is only a tool for advancement of knowledge. Any ethics or morals associated with the study of science are brought there by the researchers involved. We must never forget that just because something *can* be done, does not mean it *should* be done.

  • Ben Bernanke: being in the military won't actually help you in the real world

    08/17/2015 7:50:17 PM PDT · 28 of 86
    exDemMom to Hombre Malevo

    I get emails all the time from placement firms specifically looking to employ vets. From my perspective, it does not look like there is any difficulty at all for vets to get hired.

  • Sesame Street Move Should Mean End of Government TV

    08/14/2015 5:40:53 PM PDT · 7 of 15
    exDemMom to RightGeek

    I always intensely disliked Sesame Street. To me, it always had a demeaning, condescending tone towards the children it was presumably educating.

    I grew up with Captain Kangaroo. As I recall, it was fun, and not so blatantly “educational” as Sesame Street.

    I was 9 when Sesame Street first aired. Sure, I was a little older than its target audience—but, considering how much I loathed Mr. Rogers (aimed for slightly older children)—I doubt I would have liked it had it first aired when I was within its target age group.

  • Rosie O’Donnell: “I’d Like to Take My Period Blood and Smear It All Over [Pro-Life People’s] Faces”

    08/14/2015 3:52:56 PM PDT · 44 of 132
    exDemMom to NYer

    That is very strange. I saw an article recently that listed famous people who have given up a child for adoption. As I recall, Rosie was one of them. She got pregnant at 19 and gave up the child. Now that the child is an adult, they have contact (according to the article).

    If it is truly the case that Rosie chose life instead of snuffing out her child’s life, then why does she now spout the pro-abortion line? Is the pressure of fame really so strong that people lose their convictions and morals because of it?

  • Ben Carson Once Did Fetal Tissue Research (here come the Carson attacks)

    08/13/2015 4:55:59 PM PDT · 72 of 101
    exDemMom to LS

    Unfortunately, that abstract says nothing about the source of the adult or fetal tissues, and there is no link to the full article.

    In the scientific world, “abort” means only the expulsion of the fetus from the mother’s body, without any indication as to how or why. It can be a perfectly natural pregnancy loss. If the research article says something about “medically” or “therapeutically” aborted, then the babies in that study were murdered. Otherwise, they most likely died naturally.

  • Here it is > IC IG confirms that Hillary's "UNCLAS" emails had info up to TS/SI/TK/NF on them

    08/11/2015 7:41:06 PM PDT · 9 of 232
    exDemMom to Jet Jaguar

    While I appreciate the information, please be careful not to post anything that actually is classified.

  • Scientists Say Fetal Tissue Essential for Medical Research

    08/11/2015 7:30:53 PM PDT · 36 of 52
    exDemMom to mlizzy

    It is a lie that fetal tissues are “necessary” for research breakthroughs. They are not necessary for *any* kind of research. A scientist can spend a whole career productively without EVER using fetal tissues.

    The article is disingenuous in claiming that fetal cells have been essential for developing vaccines and so forth. The cells used for those vaccines are cell lines—yes, they were established from the tissues of murdered babies, but cell lines are essentially immortal. No further babies have to be killed to maintain those cells. (Unless you count the fetal calves which are necessary to feed the cells.) Many researchers use other cells to develop vaccines—dog cells, cells from non-murdered people, etc.

    One other thing is the claim about stem cells. An embryo’s cells receive a LOT of signals, telling them how to grow. When the cells are removed from that highly controlled environment, they grow uncontrollably. This is why attempts to use embryonic stem cells can result in tumors. Another aspect of the stem cells is that the younger the embryo they are removed from, the less like the mature tissue they are. So it takes a lot more manipulation to induce those cells to differentiate into the mature tissue, and we know almost nothing about the exact steps required. On the other hand, stem cells extracted from the patient are already partially differentiated into the mature tissue, and only need a little manipulation to mature. Plus, a patient’s stem cells cause no rejection problems as stem cells from an embryo would.

    One other thing: for researchers who absolutely must research fetuses, there are plenty of fetuses that die naturally and are available for research. Also, they can do the research in animals—which is how *most* embryologists do their research. In fact, a LOT of embryonic development isn’t even done in vertebrates—it’s done in fruit flies and worms. So there is absolutely no moral problem with their research at all.

    Speaking as a researcher, I am appalled that the scientific profession is being made to look so ghoulish by the ilk of those abortion promoters.

  • Fox News In Disarray As Their Own Viewers Support Donald Trump Over Megyn Kelly

    08/11/2015 3:32:55 PM PDT · 43 of 133
    exDemMom to GoneSalt
    The article was fine, until "Viewers support the bigotry, misogyny, and sexism of Trump. Racism and bigotry are two of the main reasons why Trump is so popular with Republican voters." Contrary to the author's beliefs, being outspoken and honest is not racist, sexist, or bigoted.
  • Pundit: “I Don’t Know If I’m Pro-Choice After Planned Parenthood Videos”

    08/10/2015 4:36:51 PM PDT · 4 of 12
    exDemMom to markomalley

    The horror of abortion becomes infinitely worse when you realize that almost every woman having an abortion made the choice to get pregnant, knowing that she can “take care of it” through abortion (that is way too accessible). The exceptions are those whose lives are in immediate danger from the pregnancy—e.g. those having ectopic pregnancies.

    If I had my way, Planned Parenthood sales representatives who go into schools to encourage teens to get pregnant (while claiming to provide sex/birth control education) would be forced to be honest about pregnancy and the nature of abortion. Abortion businesses would be forced to not only show the client a high quality ultrasound image of the baby beforehand, but also show her the corpse afterwards. I would do everything possible to force the abortion industry to be truthful.

  • Megyn Kelly Dead Wrong (Abortion to save mother is never necessary)

    08/08/2015 10:04:39 PM PDT · 48 of 104
    exDemMom to heartwood
    Thank God your pre-eclampsia occurred when your son was old enough to survive. It can occur as early as 20 weeks.

    The condition developed over time. As I recall, I started taking phenobarbitol to try to control it at about 5 or 6 months. But when I got closer to my due date, the condition worsened. Plus, I had placenta previa. I am lucky I did not lose him.

  • Megyn Kelly Dead Wrong (Abortion to save mother is never necessary)

    08/08/2015 9:57:49 PM PDT · 45 of 104
    exDemMom to heartwood
    Severe pre-eclampsia, HELLP syndrome, heart failure, certain heart defects...

    While treatment of pre-eclampsia does involve ending the pregnancy, it can usually be done in such a way that both patients survive. I had labor induced when I had pre-eclampsia. That baby is now a father.

  • The Red Herring on Abortion: Health of The Mother

    08/07/2015 1:38:42 PM PDT · 12 of 29
    exDemMom to Twotone
    Years ago I read a statement from the American Medical Association that there are virtually no circumstances in which an abortion is needed to protect the life of the mother.

    Ectopic pregnancies occur in about 1 out of 50 pregnancies, and are a true life-threatening event for which the only option is an emergency abortion.

    Of course, that 1 in 50 life-threatening pregnancy does not justify the 1 in 3 babies killed because their mothers did not feel like using contraceptives.

  • Limbaugh Rips Fox, Megyn Kelly for Pushing ‘War on Women’ at Debate

    08/07/2015 1:29:59 PM PDT · 73 of 120
    exDemMom to Aria
    I just wonder how often these days a doctor has to tell a mother it’s either her or the baby. I imagine it’s used as a justification for pro-killing far more than the actual circumstances warrant.

    There are legitimate threats to the mother's life that warrant abortion--the most common being an ectopic pregnancy (where the fetus develops outside the womb). According to WebMD, this occurs in about 1 of every 50 pregnancies. These are medical emergencies that really can kill the mother fairly quickly if the fetus is not removed.

    I also read of a case where a mother had a severe infection, and her physician made the determination that if the baby was not aborted, she would not live (pregnancy suppresses the immune system, reducing the ability to fight infection). In that case, the baby was only 5 months old, and could not have survived outside of the womb.

    So, abortions for true "life of the mother" reasons happen in probably fewer than 5% of pregnancies. However, we all know that the pro-"choice" advocates only mention those when their "right" to abort any healthy baby at any time for any flimsy "reason" (the reason usually being that they had sex irresponsibly and did not use contraceptives) is in question. They are perfectly aware that even if birth-control abortions are made illegal right now, abortions for true medical reasons will still be allowed.

  • Depressing poll of the day: Public opinion of Planned Parenthood basically unchanged after video

    08/05/2015 6:13:57 PM PDT · 15 of 24
    exDemMom to jocon307
    It’s not just whether or not they report things, it’s HOW they report them.

    It is also how we respond to the reporting. We just accept the propaganda at face value, instead of acting with incredulity. We let the MSM get away with making all kinds of untrue claims because we don't question enough or encourage others to question enough.

    It is ironic that the generation of "Question Authority" is the generation to give us non-stop leftist propaganda. Sadly, they seem to believe that the novel 1984 described a goal to strive for...

  • Peta vs. Planned Parenthood.

    08/05/2015 3:48:52 PM PDT · 11 of 13
    exDemMom to MNDude
    I’ve wondered how PETA would respond to watch the abortion of like a monkey fetus or a lion fetus.

    I once read a research report detailing a study conducted on monkey fetuses. In order to obtain the fetuses, the mothers were put under full anesthesia, and the fetuses were euthanized according to the approved procedure for that species.

    I couldn't help but notice the huge discrepancy. Monkey fetuses had to be euthanized painlessly and humanely for research, but abortionists can inflict all kinds of pain on human fetuses. Abortionists fight tooth and nail against laws that would require anesthetizing the fetuses before crushing, dismembering, poisoning, whatever. Personally, I think that one of the appeals of being an abortionist is that cruel people never have to worry about any kind of legal punishment no matter how much pain and suffering they cause.

  • ABORTION: CUSTOM-ORDERED Planned P'hood exec brags can fill fully intact fetus orders [5th VIDEO]

    08/04/2015 6:27:29 PM PDT · 50 of 69
    exDemMom to delchiante
    The left, if it was against the NRA or animal testing place, would applaud the investigative journalists and activists that have put this together.. Because it is against their sacred cows, the stuck pigs are squealing..

    The reminds me... there are plenty of videos purporting to show animal abuse at research facilities, slaughterhouses, farms, and so forth. These videos are supposedly filmed "undercover" by animal "rights" activities who, oddly, are always the only "employees" present at the time of the alleged animal abuse portrayed in the videos. The MSM always shows those videos unquestioningly, never asking how these animal rights activists acquired the videos, how they duped the various facilities into hiring them, or why the abuse only occurs in the presence of those "activists." But where real abuse and butchery of humans is revealed, that very same MSM would rather question the videos than the content.

    The MSM are a bunch of hypocrites.

  • Exclusive: Donald Trump's companies have sought visas to import at least 1,100 workers

    08/03/2015 4:04:47 AM PDT · 15 of 47
    exDemMom to Dallas59

    In other words, Trump companies are not hiring illegals under the table to save money. They are observing the immigration laws that we all want to see enforced.

  • About Those Planned Parenthood "Idiots"

    08/02/2015 7:43:53 PM PDT · 20 of 20
    exDemMom to Kaslin
    She proceeded to then claim the portions of the baby’s body were mere “tissue” and that the “parent” was desiring to donate it to research to stop Alzheimer’s, Dementia or Parkinson’s.

    My dear brainless Rebecca Watson: every bit of flesh in your body is merely "tissue." Your muscles, eyes, stomach, veins, etc., are all merely "tissue." Every biological organism consists of a collection of tissues. "Tissue" is just a word that we scientists use when we want to refer to parts of a body without listing which parts.

    Also, my dear biology class flunky, as a scientist, I have a hard time visualizing exactly how poking around the organs of a murdered baby is supposed to advance Alzheimer's, dementia, or Parkinson's disease research. You see, if I want to research a disease, I actually acquire samples of tissues afflicted with that disease. Samples from perfectly healthy (until they were murdered) babies cannot possibly yield clues on the biological processes of neurological diseases. However, samples from patients who have the diseases can yield all kinds of valuable information. Perhaps you would care to will your own brain to science, because it clearly does not work properly--perhaps scientists such as myself can study it to figure out how to engage thought processes in brains that are devoid of them?

  • WH Totally Supports What Planned Parenthood Is Doing, Notes Its 'High Ethical Standard'

    08/01/2015 8:07:24 AM PDT · 70 of 90
    exDemMom to Kaslin

    If they consider that butchers of innocent babies have “high ethical standards,” I have to wonder what they would consider as “low ethical standards.”

    It is hard to imagine an ethical standard that is lower than that of killing babies for profit.

  • Rhode Island mandates HPV vaccine for seventh-graders

    08/01/2015 8:01:17 AM PDT · 49 of 51
    exDemMom to Claud
    There are plenty of people today who don't oppose vaccination in general but who oppose particular vaccinations on moral grounds (made from aborted fetal stem lines) or medical grounds (the particular adjuvants used) or just a cost-benefit analysis (i.e. letting a kid just get chicken pox instead of the varicella vax).

    If a particular vaccine is made using a cell line originally derived from an aborted baby, you can often find another manufacturer that has a different formulation, made using another cell line. You certainly have the right to insist that you or your children receive a more ethically produced vaccine.

    Note: vaccines made using cell lines derived from aborted babies do not, in fact, require the killing of more babies to produce the vaccine. Once a cell line is established, it can be maintained indefinitely.

    If you care about fetal cows, however, you will have issues with many vaccines, since serum extracted from fetal cows is a common component of cell culture media. Fetal cows are harvested when their mothers are slaughtered.

    I should point out that vaccine researchers are, in fact, aware of the objections to using cells derived from an aborted baby to produce vaccines. Many researchers test the suitability of a range of cell lines to find the ones with the best characteristics for growing a specific vaccine virus, and avoid using the aborted baby cell lines. For vaccines that are already approved, however, it is not a trivial matter to change the cell lines used for viral growth. Any vaccine produced using a different cell line than the one used for the FDA approved vaccine has to be rigorously tested and shown to be equal in safety and efficacy before the FDA will allow it to be sold and used.

    Even from a cost-benefit analysis, any vaccine is a better choice than the disease. Compare the cost of a chicken pox vaccination--around $80 to $100, according to the CDC--with the cost of doctor visits, medicines, and staying home from work to care for a sick child. Chicken pox kills only rarely, but it can have permanent disabling effects and is more likely to kill or disable unborn babies than school age children (because babies essentially do not have immune systems, which develop after birth and continue developing until the teen years). In addition, once a person gets chicken pox, the virus moves into nerve cells and stays there forever. Everyone who has had chicken pox carries the virus, and about 1 out of 3 will develop shingles at least once.

    When you start talking about mandatory vaccines, you are taking the choice away from the parents and putting it in the hands of a bureaucrat. So you are not only signing up for the full vaccination schedule now, you are signing up for any schedule that the "experts" deem necessary in the future. If you push for mandatory ones now....what, pray, are you going to do when there's something about the official schedule that you don't like?

    The recommended vaccine schedule is not just a matter of individual health, but of population health. The Supreme Court already ruled, decades ago, that mandatory vaccination is constitutional.

    The thing about public health is that it overrides any individual "rights." You do not, for example, have the "right" to drive your car on crowded sidewalks, or to disobey inconvenient traffic laws. By the same measure, you do not have the "right" to expose others to communicable infectious disease. In certain cases, you can be confined or forcibly quarantined if you are ill and deemed to present a danger to others.

  • Rhode Island mandates HPV vaccine for seventh-graders

    07/31/2015 10:41:36 PM PDT · 45 of 51
    exDemMom to originalbuckeye
    So sorry to enlighten you, but this vaccine was tested on young women 25 and older.

    In order to sell a drug for use in patients of a particular age group, the drug must be tested in that age group. The FDA will not approve any drug for use in an age group in which it was not tested.

    Maybe kids should be discouraged from having sex at 12??

    I don't think many people are encouraging kids to have sex at age 12 (unless they are Planned Parenthood operatives). The HPV vaccine must be administered to virgins in order to have the best chance of preventing future HPV infection; the probability that a 12 year old is still a virgin is very high as opposed to (for example) an 18 or 20 year old.

    Some young women have died after this vaccine.

    There is no verifiable or credible evidence that anyone has died from this vaccine. The "evidence" comes from anti-vax groups who do not want anyone to be protected from any disease. You might want to look into the history of anti-vax groups--their objections to vaccines always were based on the belief that God wants us to die from infectious diseases, and to prevent the diseases that would have otherwise occurred is to thwart the will of God. There is no reason to think that the motivation of current anti-vaxxers is any different (even if they appeal to "nature" rather than to God).

    And yes, around 75% of the cervical cancers are from a couple of the HPV strains, but if you know anything about viruses......they always mutate.

    It is my profession to know about viruses. Papillomaviruses are DNA viruses, which do not mutate as fast or as easily as RNA viruses such as influenza. The fact that 75% of cervical cancers are caused by only a couple of the >100 existing strains of HPV means that a lot of cancer can be prevented with a simple vaccination.

    And the other 25% of cervical cancers can still be deadly.

    The other oncogenic strains of HPV do not progress to cancer as rapidly as strains 16 and 18 in causing cancer. Some of them might not ever progress to a full cancer in every person who is infected. The vaccines protect against strains 16 and 18, which are known to progress rapidly to cancer.

    From 18-49, now only once every 3 years. Age 49-65, only once every 5 years. And after 65, only if you have symptoms.

    No offense, but that doesn't even make sense. The whole premise of PAP tests is to catch the cancer or pre-cancer before symptoms occur--which would negate the very purpose of waiting until there are symptoms before doing a PAP test in women over 65.

    And I have to say that I am very happy that I will not have to have another PAP test for 5 years. Even though I was treated for an early cervical cancer when I was in my 20s, I was recently tested negative for HPV and will not have to have another PAP for 5 years. It is difficult to express just how much I hate and resent PAP tests, and how much joy I feel at not having to undergo one of those demeaning and violating tests again for 5 years. All of the indications are that the new guidelines are science-based, not based on a desire to limit healthcare expenditures. I am very aware that limiting costs by limiting care is a fundamental premise of Obamacare, but my opinion as a medical professional is that the new guidelines are science-based.

    maybe kids should be schooled to be more chaste

    Honestly... when, throughout human history, has enforcing chastity ever been successful? In Muslim countries, the penalty (at least for girls) for extra-marital relations is death... if the threat of execution is not sufficient to ensure virginity, then what *is* sufficient?

    Keep in mind, the kids getting vaccinated against HPV have no clue that the major mode of transmission of oncogenic HPV is sexual. All they know is what their parents and the doctors tell them...that the vaccine will protect them from some cancer.

  • Rhode Island mandates HPV vaccine for seventh-graders

    07/31/2015 9:37:38 PM PDT · 41 of 51
    exDemMom to CodeToad
    This is not a communicable disease, so why is the State involved??

    HPV most certainly is a communicable disease. You can only get a virus from someone who is infected with it.

  • Rhode Island mandates HPV vaccine for seventh-graders

    07/31/2015 7:11:18 PM PDT · 9 of 51
    exDemMom to Morgana

    Since the introduction of the HPV vaccines, the rates of new cases of cancer-associated HPV have dropped significantly, by over 50%, in teenagers.

    The treatment for a case of HPV that is starting to turn into cancer is extremely painful, and can lead to an inability to carry a baby to term. In the worst cases, the only treatment might be hysterectomy, leaving the patient completely infertile. And even then, the cancer might not be eradicated.

    Although cervical cancer is the most well-known HPV-related cancer, it is not the only one. Throat, anal, and other cancers which affect men as well as women are also caused by HPV.

    PAP tests will still be necessary, but no longer do young women have to undergo that indignity every year. Between the vaccine and HPV testing, the PAP might only have to be conducted every 5 years!

    As a survivor of an early cervical cancer, I can say that I am very happy that so many young women will not have to suffer the pain that I did. And what I suffered was minimal next to the pain that women whose cancer becomes malignant and invasive must endure.

  • Planned Parenthood video reveals possibility of babies being born alive and killed [for parts]

    07/31/2015 6:46:37 PM PDT · 163 of 166
    exDemMom to Blood of Tyrants
    And they actually think that they are doing a good service to the wold by aborting babies.

    That's only their public message.

    Everyone involved in the industry is a psychopath, so has no capability to know what actually is good, and what is bad. They make money through killing babies, the abortion laws allow them a great deal of freedom in how they conduct their ghastly business, and, no matter how fetid their offices and how many of their clients they damage or kill, they are in no danger of legal consequences. Thus, the only "good" they care about is the continued expansion of their bank accounts.

  • Ebola vaccine shows 100% effectiveness

    07/31/2015 6:34:43 PM PDT · 15 of 21
    exDemMom to djf

    Thank you. That article gave the information I was looking for.

  • Researchers resurrect ancient viruses in hopes of improving gene therapy

    07/31/2015 6:30:22 PM PDT · 29 of 31
    exDemMom to Red Badger; Smokin' Joe

    It seems to me that after the first round of gene therapy using one of these synthetic viruses, the patient would become immune, rendering the synthetic virus unusable for subsequent therapies.

    In other words, these researchers have only temporarily bypassed the problem of preexisting immunity to gene therapy adenovirus based vectors.

    The great promise of gene therapy has always been derailed by the body’s strong and effective defenses against the entry of foreign nucleic acids, whether they come in the form of carrier vectors (plasmids or cosmids), or modified viruses. Basically, if the nucleic acid is not already present inside the cells, the body doesn’t want it.

  • Ebola vaccine shows 100% effectiveness

    07/31/2015 6:17:48 PM PDT · 9 of 21
    exDemMom to djf

    If you see an article with more details, please post it. Thank you.

  • Ebola vaccine shows 100% effectiveness

    07/31/2015 6:16:44 PM PDT · 8 of 21
    exDemMom to Red in Blue PA
    Even the flu shot is only about 60% effective most years. Almost NOTHING is 100% effective.

    The low effectiveness of the influenza vaccine is a result of the high variability of the virus. There are countless variants of the flu virus, and the vaccine can only protect people from 3 or 4 of them. In addition to the many variants of influenza virus, the virus constantly changes itself so that the immune system does not recognize it, making a previously immune person no longer immune. Virus changes are why the flu vaccine was so ineffective this year.

    Ebola, on the other hand, is a fairly stable virus. In the 40 or so years since Ebola was first identified, the virus has hardly changed at all. Thus, if a vaccine can be developed that causes immunity to Ebola, almost everyone will become immune upon receiving the vaccine. Measles vaccine, for example, achieves over 99% immunity after two doses.