November 5, 2006

Question for Missouri’s Amendment 2 Supporters and Ohio 2nd District Candidate Vic Wulsin

How can this be?

The Bush administration on Thursday awarded over $12 million in contracts to stem cell banks that store umbilical cord blood to obtain adult stem cells for research. The Department of Health and Human Services provided contracts for six institutions to expand their inventory and create a diverse national holding of cells.

This announcement follows the late September announcement of an additional $10 million to build and connect these banks into a National Inventory of Cord Blood – accessible to any physician across the country for transplant use.

The contracts are a result of the Stem Cell Research and Therapeutic Act of 2005 which Congress overwhelmingly approved in December as an alternative to forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research, which destroys human life.

The bill authorized a total of $265 million from 2007-2010 to stock cord blood cells and bone marrow cells, both of which have already been used to help patients, unlike embryonic stem cells.

I though Wulsin’s opponent Jean Schmidt was against stem cell research. WRONG — Schmidt, and George Bush, only oppose embryonic stem cell research (ESCR). They both support adult stem cell research (ASCR).

I thought Michael Fox and Allah’s nominee for “the most shameless political ad you’ll ever see” (he’s right) told us that those opposed to Amendment 2 in Missouri, including incumbent Senator Jim Talent, oppsed stem cell research. WRONG AGAIN — Talent and those who oppose Amendment 2 only oppose ESCR.

Real progress is being made with adult stem cells, including promising treatments of serveral diseases (I think the actual number may be 72, but I’m in a hurry, so I’ll understate). ESCR, even if you could solve the problem with destruction of human life, has produced nothing of value.

Vic Wulsin is lying about Jean Schmidt.

Amendment 2 supporters in Missouri, including Michael Fox, are lying about Jim Talent and Amendment 2′s opponents.

It’s that simple.

In fact, many of those who are pushing ESCR and reporting on it are doing everything they can to minimize the significance of or stymie the successes that are being realized in ASCR. ESCR proponents who do not know this should ask them why.
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Previous Post:

Nov. 3 — A Constitutional Right to Cloning in Missouri?

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Other Voices:
Life News, Nov. 4 — Missouri Amendment 2 is a Fraud, It Promotes Human Cloning
Life News, Nov. 4 — Michael J. Fox’s Stem Cell Research Television Ads Are All Wrong

Dispatch Polls Are STILL Within Their Track Record Margin of Error

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:51 pm

This post will stay at or near the top for the rest of Sunday.

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Well, they’ve laid down their markers, haven’t they (Guv, Senate, All Other candidates and Issues 3, 4, and 5)?

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So, once again, lest anyone think it’s somehow all over, let’s remind everyone of the Dispatch poll’s dismal track record in the six top-of-ticket statewide races from November 2005 and May 2006 that were ideologically contentious:

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Note (*): The Dispatch predictions for the Reform Ohio Now issues at this post allocated Undecided answers proportionally to actual Yes and No responses. This differs from previous BizzyBlog posts, where all Undecideds were allocated to the No response to reduce the Dispatch’s embarrassment. No such break is appropriate today.

EVERY error is big, and is in the conservative direction. In general, the larger the ideological divide involved in the contest, the larger the Dispatch polls’ results have varied from actual (Flannery v Strickland was off by 14, and Blackwell-Petro was predicted accurately; neither race was particularly contentious ideologically).

No one can honestly look at the above and say that it’s over. Strickland, Brown, Dann, Brunner, Sykes, and Cordray supporters are, however, welcome to take their chances. :–>

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UPDATE: When you look at the details, you just have to shake your head at the obvious slants in the design, and in the makeup of the respondents:

  • The poll included a question “In deciding your votes, how important of a factor were the numerous reports of corruption and scandal in state government.” That may be a valid exit-poll question, but in a poll like this, it’s essentially a push-poll question. Nothing like being suggestive. How many people were influenced by it?
  • The respondents in the two top races broke down as 45% Dem, 35%-36% Republican, and 19%-20% independent. That’s laughably absurd, even if you assume that a lot of Dems didn’t say they’re independent.
  • The respondents “said” they voted for Kerry over Bush 53-47 in 2004; Bush won 52-48. That’s a 10-point swing all by itself.
  • 11%-12% of the reponses came from Southwest Ohio; 36% came from Northeast Ohio. Puh-leeze.
  • Aw, this is ridiculous — 27% of the responses came from people with at least one union member in the household.
  • The responses were also very heavily skewed toward lower household incomes (from all appearances, the income question related to household and not individual income).

What odious junk. This is a mail-in poll dominated by liberal activists and unions; reporting the results serves no useful purpose other than to influence, instead of to report on, the election. I believe on Tuesday we will again learn that it’s “worse than worthless.”

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Selected Previous Posts:

  • Oct. 31 — Well, Well, Well: The ‘Zogby’s Special Sauce’ Cries Will Come from the Left This Time (Blackwell down by 7.5%)
  • Oct. 19 — Hugh Hewitt on Pre-Election Polls
  • Oct. 17 — Why the Polls Get It Consistently Wrong
  • Sept. 29 — The Polls Done by That Columbus Newspaper Need to Be Dispatched to the Trash
  • Nov. 9. 2005: Worse Than Worthless: Ohio Polls

ABC’s Pictorial Smear of Great Jobs and Unemployment Report

Nah, there’s no media bias (HT Right Moment; also note that all the news under Ronald’s picture is negative):

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This reminds me of something blogger Ace of Spades mentioned to me some time ago about how it’s not just the words, it’s the pictures. Seemingly without exception, stories about the economy during the 1990s had images or video of machines producing currency, cash registers ringing, and heavy traffic inside shopping malls. When’s the last time anyone saw any of this in a news report about this very good economy?

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.
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UPDATE: It took until the 20th paragraph of the roughly 25-paragraph report for AP/ABC to tell us about the +139,000 jobs revisions to August and September combined.

UPDATE 2: Pundit Review does a great job of comparing current New York Times’ coverage of the employment situation with that during the 1990s. Guess which decade comes off looking infinitely better?

UPDATE 3: (HT commenter “z ryan” at Ace) — “US Economy’s Latest Output: Better Jobs

UPDATE 4: Chip Mathis noticed that the Washington Post is running the same pic with its report on the jobs situation.

So Many Great SOB Alliance Posts, So Little Time

This is surely the last time before Tuesday that I’ll be able point to some of the outstanding work being done at other SOB Alliance sites. I’d encourage everyone who comes here to venture elsewhere in the Alliance for important news and analysis of other Ohio races I can’t hope to have enough time to pay attention to, and for other right-of-center perspectives on what is happening statewide and nationally.

So, let’s launch.

A Rose by Any Other Name has some important pre-election thoughts.

Andy’s Angle, based in the thriving town of De Graff (about 70 miles northwest of Columbus, for the few readers who might not have known that, has endorsed Ken Blackwell. Not much of a surprise there, but what is a bit of a surprise is his take on the city-bred Blackwell’s strong support of agriculture in the state, in contrast to Ted Strickland, a congressman with a rural upbringing and who represents a predominantly rural district. But Andy has spoken at length with Strickland and not only come away unimpressed, but very concerned, especially about enviro extremists wreaking havoc on Ohio agriculture with Strickland’s tacit approval.

Blackwell v Strickland notes that yet another African-American newspaper has endorsed Blackwell, and reports on certain Democrats acting like certain Democrats do when they are less than confident. In Ohio? I thought it was all over. But if the vandalism, cyberattacking, and attempted infiltration of the GOTV effort are indicators, they aren’t as sure in private as they appear in public (I also received the ORP’s e-mail about these incidents.).

Boring Made Dull accurately calls Issue 3 (Ohio Learn & Earn) the “The Monopoly Profits for Racetrack and Casino Owners Ammendment to the Ohio Constitution.”

Brain Shavings captured a pic of John Kerry’s home page before he hid the montage of his big-bucks contributions to 2006 congressional and Senate candidates, including $197,000 to Sherrod Brown. Click on the pic at the site to see a full-size version, and you’ll see that Kerry has given over $200,000 each to six different candidates, including a whopping $586,000 to Bob Casey in Pennslyvania. Based on that alone, I see plenty of reason to doubt Casey’s supposed prolife commitment.

Connect the Dots 2006 has a YouTube of the Sherrod Brown Drug Informant video. If you haven’t seen it, you must. If your on-the-fence friends haven’t seen it, they absolutely must.

Conservative Culture reports on Ted Strickland’s family-values rating by the Family Research Council. The Reverend Strickland’s numerical grade is big, fat, and round.

Eye Hacker covered a story I meant to get to — the controversy over the clueless president of the University of Pennsylvania posing with someone dressed as a completely outfitted suicide bomber for Halloween. That’s right on the edge of being another one of those boomeranging “October/November surprises” the left is inflicting on itself in the final weeks of the campaign. In fact, in PA it could sway a few votes in the Casey-Santorum race — and not in Casey’s direction. Michelle Malkin covered the apology on Friday.

Gribbit’s Word ran down Nancy Pelosi’s record on Thursday. Yikes — He should have done that scary post on Halloween.

Start at the top with The Keeler Report to see his individual Senate predictions (a two-parter, with Part 2 on the way at the time of this post) and his sense of the House.

Large Bill has three must-reads — endorsements (including the ballot issues), a warning on the peril to the economy if congressional control changes hands, and a reminder of how Sherrod Brown initially agreed (and as far as I know still does) that John Kerry owed no one an apology, but that Bush and Cheney did (and I guess still do).

Deep in the heart of the 6th District Ted Strickland allegedly represents, Lincoln Logs see Bob Ney’s GOP successor in the adjacent 18th District winning, and has a really important link to a video that should be required viewing for everyone in Columbiana County.

Newshound has the impression that Strickland and Ohio’s Democrats are on top of their game and confident.

After the paper covered Bob McEwen’s residency and voting problems in the May primary, it has ignored equal, if not worse, problems with Ted Strickland (despite being pointedly notified by yours truly). It has also failed to correct its erroneous stories about Jean Schmidt and Piketon, and failed to expose Vic Wulsin’s Piketon duplicity. NixGuy could not be more right that the Cincinnati Enquirer has some explaining to do.

Pro Ecclesia has another one of those mandatory YouTube vids — this one is of Sherrod Brown playing politics and acting like a complete jerk at a committee hearing with Colin Powell. Powell’s response is priceless. The only thing missing is a good reaction shot after Brown is dressed down by a man of superior character.

Porkopolis has issued an Amber Alert for Nancy Pelosi. Return of the Conservatives think she might surface if her picture is on milk cartons. I don’t think we’ll see her until Tuesday evening if it’s a good night (from her perspective), and Wednesday morning if it’s not.

Scott Pullins says it’s hard to overstate the Ohio 527 Media hypocrisy in its non-coverage of an extramarital affair Auditor candidate Barbara Sykes is apparently having, vs. its prying into the dating habits of unmarried Republicans. He is correct.

Wizblog notes that a publisher of 23 smaller newspapers has endorsed Blackwell. Makes sense — the little guys are more in touch with reality.

Right Moment has a discombobulated thread that’s worth a visit for a variety of non-discombobulated reasons.

Right on the Right has a rundown of who stands where on the Fair Tax (the home site of Americans for Fair Taxation is here). You’ll notice that a number of Dems have moved from support to being non-commital or opposing. I am told that Nancy “Milk Carton/Amber Alert” Pelosi demanded the position changes.

I’m not going to get to this one, so it’s a good thing Redhawk Review did — WorldNetDaily’s coverage of how Mideast terrorists would vote Tuesday, if they could (I would not be surprised if a few can).

Steve the Pirate believes that Ken Blackwell has graduated from stealing elections to a more lucrative venture. Where DO all those ATM fees go, anyway?

The Conservatorium of Conservatism says that Sherrod Browns’ association with Wake-up Wal-Mart should make him “utterly unelectable.” “Should” and “will” could, but hopefully won’t, be two different things.

Last and not least, Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion is THE source for all things relating to Sherrod “Charade” Brown. Just a few would include Brown’s shortcoming on values issues, his own personal issues (related YouTube), and judges. Matt also IDs DeWine’s positives on life and marriage.

Weekend Question 3: Is John Kerry Really Sorry? (and What’s He Up To?)

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 10:30 am

ANSWER: You’re kidding, right? Go to his web site and see what others who have been monitoring it are reporting (here, here, and here, for starters). He’s not one bit sorry.

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In fact, I think John Kerry has stumbled onto a strategy to get the upper hand in the early primaries (oh, how I loathe talking about the next election, but Lurch has made it unavoidable, and you’ll see why).

First, the evidence that he doesn’t regret what he said — not, one, bit:

  • The video of the 10-minute “I will apologize to no one” statement/press conference is right there (link is to vid that will pop up) at the bottom right of his home page.
  • The top of the home page has three editorials (there was a fourth one removed, but that is still archived, that apparently went further than the other three that remain, which are from — where else? — The New York Times, Washington Post, and Boston Globe) that are all bitterly critical of the president and that to various degrees defend Kerry.
  • The terse, three-paragraph apology that Kerry did not have the courage to deliver in person is hiding back on his blog and is not directly referenced from his home page. You almost need a search warrant to find it.
  • All bad enough, but this is the topper — Immediately above the 10-minute Kerry vid at the bottom right of the home page is the unbelievably tasteless and spiteful 11-minute screed of Keith Olbermann (link is to vid that will pop up); if you haven’t seen this, get ready to be really angry. The deluded MSNBC commentator compares Bush to South Carolina’s Preston Brooks, who, in 1856, nearly beat Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner to death with his cane because of disagreements over slavery. He says that George Bush’s presidency is not imperial, it is “unilateral.” Olbermann says that John Kerry “called him (Bush) out on Monday. He did it two years too late.” He says that Al Gore, Kerry, and “all of us” have “been too cordial” towards Mr. Bush.He says Kerry was “obviously” criticizing Bush — “no interpretation required,” and that Bush’s response was “to appear to be too stupid to realize that they had been called stupid.” I saw the rest of the vid; I can’t bear to type any more quotes; view at your own, and your own computer’s, risk. Actually, please, please, view the whole thing as a motivator.Then imagine Keith Olbermann, starting Wednesday, as a celebrated commentator who will take partial credit for having engineered a change in congressional control, then in 2008 as a “mainstream commentator” in a future Kerry presidency. Watch him rip into Laura Bush, John McCain, and call the administration’s conduct “domestic terrorism.” Then imagine that, if it is successful, Olbermann’s “style” becomes generally acceptable “civic discourse” beginning three short days from now.

Now, back to Kerry himself.

I believe that in the past 5 days, he has stumbled onto a strategy. It is a strategy that actually depends on his party NOT achieving the majority, or at least the degree of majority, that it so fervently desires. It is why he remains childlishly defiant, perhaps, no probably, hopeful that he will continue to get negative attention that hurts his party.

I believe that the John Kerry you see in the 10-minute “I won’t apologize” video is the John Kerry you will see throughout all of 2007 and early 2008, up to and including the early caucuses and primaries. John Kerry has seen the political landscape, and has calculated that the secret to getting the 2008 Democratic nomination, and defeating Hillary Clinton and Al Gore, perhaps even convincing one or both of them not to run, is to be relentlessly loud, proud, radical, defiant, and coarse.

I believe that John Kerry thinks he can win by being the Democrat presidential primaries’ Ned Lamont and, by exemplifying radicalism, cast Clinton and Gore as Joe Liebermans. It could work. Ned Lamont won the Connecticut Senate Democrat primary because Democrat primary turnouts are mostly of true believers, the famed “nutroots,” the “activists,” the BDSers. Democrat presidential primaries and caucuses may turn out to be not much different. Four more years of nutroots’ ascension may have changed the Democrat primary landscape everywhere, even in Iowa. With his defiance in the wake of his transparent insult to our troops, Kerry is attempting to endear himself to these “primary Democrats.” I believe it’s working, and I believe, incredible as it may seem, that it may carry him to a second nomination.

The possibility that a radicalized effort such as the one Kerry is beginning will be successful increases if the Democrats fall short of their goals on Tuesday. In the “activist” world, Kerry won’t be blamed; the rest of the party will be blamed because it is not radical enough, and because not enough of them are “speaking truth to power.”

The general election? John Kerry will worry about that after he gets the nomination. The idea that he can’t beat a weak or mediocre GOP nominee in a general election cannot, and should not, be ruled out.

One Party Is Probably Thinking ‘Can’t You Guys Stifle It for a Few Days?’

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:04 am

That would be the party of Jimmy Carter, who can properly be credited with giving radical Islam a country all its own, and a feeling that they can achieve worldwide success:

Iranians Mark Anniversary Of U.S. Embassy Takeover

(AP) TEHRAN, Iran Thousands of Iranians, including elementary school students, chanted anti-U.S. and anti-Israel slogans Saturday and burned flags of the two countries to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the U.S. embassy takeover by militant students.

Demonstrators who gathered outside the former U.S. embassy warned Washington to learn from the incident.

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iranians have celebrated the Nov. 4 takeover of the embassy, when 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days.

“The Americans should have learned from the seizure of their embassy; they should know that threats will not affect the Iranian nation,” Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, speaker of Iran’s parliament, said during the ceremony.

Positivity: Archbishop, young man attribute miracle to John Paul II

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:01 am

If you don’t believe that the deceased John Paul II intervened (I do), at least be grateful for the man’s recovery:

Naples, Nov. 03, 2006 (CNA) – A young Italian man cured of lung cancer has attributed his full recovery to the miraculous intervention of the late Pope John Paul II.

The man from Salerno, located south of Naples, was diagnosed with lung cancer last year. According to Thursday’s edition of Il Mattino, his wife prayed for John Paul’s intercession, and the dead Pope reportedly appeared in a dream to her and reassured her that her husband would be fine.

A few days after the dream, doctors noticed the man’s condition improve. Within weeks, his cancer had completely disappeared, doctors said. The cancer has not returned.

Archbishop Gerardo Pierroof Salerno told Il Mattino he was confident that a miracle had taken place. The diocese is currently looking into the case.

Vatican officials are already working for the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Information continues to be gathered on John Paul’s life and teachings, including all private writings from the period before he became Pope, to determine whether he demonstrated “heroic virtues.” Once this has been established, a miracle is required for beatification. A second miracle is required for canonization.