December 6, 2011

Shhh, Don’t Tell Anyone: Dolly the Sheep Pioneer Recommends Shifting Away From Embryonic Stem Cell Research

IanWilmutDollySheepDec11Bradley Fikes at the North County Times (NCT), whose coverage area is mostly the northern portion of San Diego County in California, appears to have broken a quite significant story last Thursday when he reported that cloning pioneer Ian Wilmut of Dolly the sheep fame (4,250 stories from 1996-2003 were found in the Google New archive; Wilmut is pictured at right in a partial grab of the original NCT photo) urged stem cell scientists, as Fikes headlined, to “shift away from embryonic stem cells.” Wilmut, speaking at a stem cell research conference in nearby La Jolla, advocated instead for stronger pursuit of direct reprogramming of stem cells.

Five days later, searches at Google News on “Dolly sheep” (not in quotes) and Wilmut’s name surfaced about a half-dozen other results, virtually all from religious and pro-life publications, and none from the establishment press. The same two searches at the Associated Press’s main site (Dolly sheep; Ian Wilmut also come up empty. Here are key paragraphs from the report by Fikes (bold is mine):

Cloning pioneer urges shift away from embryonic stem cells

Newer and safer forms of stem cell therapy will likely overtake research into the use of human embryonic stem cells, the scientist whose team cloned Dolly the sheep told his peers at a stem cell conference in La Jolla.


CNN, at OWS ‘Office’ in New York, Interviews ‘Volunteers’ Heritage Outs As Seasoned Leftists

Last week, CNN’s Steve Kastenbaum (podcast is also at link) visited what he characterized as Occupy Wall Street’s “nerve center” (but don’t call it a “headquarters,” Occupiers insisted) in space provided by an anonymous donor. No, it wasn’t at Zuccotti Park or any other open-air location. It was, and presumably still is, in Lower Manhattan, one block south of the New York Stock Exchange.

Along the way, Kastenbaum interviewed several people who portrayed themselves as “volunteer staff” for a supposedly leaderless movement, but as is par for the course in the establishment press when leftists are involved, didn’t reveal anyone’s previous background. At Heritage, Lachlan Markay reports at Robert Bluey’s blog that the prior affiliations and involvements of at least a few of those interviewed belies their starry-eyed self-portrayal:


Surprise (Not): AP Now Reports That Murder Victim Stayed at Occupy Oakland for Two Weeks; SF Chron Still Covering Up

OccupyOaklandLogoDec11On December 2, the Associated Press carried a story by Terry Collins with the following headline: “Murder charge filed in Occupy Oakland slaying.”

What? I thought that the related November attack, despite a statement from an actual eyewitness, “was unrelated to the ongoing protest of U.S. financial institutions” — i.e., that it was unrelated to Occupy Oakland. After all, the San Francisco Chronicle and the AP both carried statements to that effect several weeks ago.

Surprise, surprise (not):

A fugitive has been charged with murder after a protester was killed last month near the former Occupy Oakland encampment outside City Hall, authorities said Friday.

Norris Terrell, 20, is awaiting extradition to California after being arrested Sunday in Lexington, Ky., for the Nov. 10 slaying of Kayode Ola Foster, 25, who had been staying at the anti-Wall Street site in Oakland for at least two weeks, police said.

B-B-B-But I thought that the murder had absolutely nothing to do with Occupy Oakland or its participants. Why, the San Francisco Chronicle went to extraordinary lengths to debunk what we were supposed to believe was just a silly rumor instigated by … an eyewitness. Here is how it devolved (references to cited items are here; bolds are mine):

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (120611)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:15 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.


The Commander at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recently decreed (near the end at link; HT Family Research Council) the following concerning the conduct of those visiting wounded and injured soldiers recovering there:


Apparently the ensuing outrage has been significant, as the Medical Center’s home page now has this grammatically challenged (“love ones”?) note:


Silly us. We thought that a ban on “religious items” was a ban on religious items. How did we allow ourselves to get so “confused”?


Occupy Movement Mini-Updates — This concerns the Obama-endorsed (proof hereherehere, and hereOccupy movement. Though largely abandoned by the leftist press, the movement’s outrages continue to pile up:

  • Verum Serum (“Murder Charge Filed Against Occupy Oakland Shooter”; SF Chronicle original report) — “Occupy Oakland media people told several news outlets that the victim was not part of the camp. That turned out to be a lie according to both the victim’s parents and other camp members interviewed by police.”
  • “Mostly peaceful” update — At OWS Exposed, Lee Stranahan interviews Occupy Berkeley spokespersons and asks them about violence. Response: “(We have it) every single day and evening, but we have a lot of people working on that.” Would that be keeping it going or preventing it? Given that they specifically have decided not to call in the cops, the presumptive answer is the former, no matter their claims to the contrary. There’s also this: “This is the same at just about every Occupy (camp).”
  • Verum Serum again — “Another Reported Sexual Assault, This Time at Occupy Lawrence”
  • UK Daily Mail (HT OWS Exposed) — “‘They’ve turned Occupy London into Animal Farm’: Anti-capitalist ‘elite’ accused of misusing funds and holding secret meetings in Starbucks; Some demonstrators accused of becoming ‘elitist’ with too much power; Rising tensions leads to the finance committee stepping down; One member accused of using public donations to fund flights to New York”
  • Los Angeles Times“Some Occupy L.A. arrestees feel traumatized, might seek therapy.” Get in line, folks — behind all the people traumatized by the Obama administration’s statist economic policies you clowns want even more of.


At (HT Instapundit) — “Climategate 2 Emails Loaded With Bombshells”


At PJMedia, via James K. Stinebower — “Gunwalker: Justice Dept. Violated U.S. Laws Beyond Those Being Investigated; I know, because I was the principal drafter of some of the legislation.”


“Rebound? What Rebound” Update (HT Doug Ross): Over 46 million Americans are now on food stamps.


Lynn Woolsey’s retirement from the House has apparently begun while still on the job.

Positvity: For Grohs, a touchdown pass to remember

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

From Tampa:

Published: December 01, 2011
Updated: December 01, 2011 – 11:33 PM

It took seven plays and 62 yards last Friday night for Plant High third-string quarterback Kyle Groh to throw his first touchdown pass of the season.

The 15-yard pass to receiver Walker Barnes was arguably the most meaningful of Plant’s countless touchdowns this season.

The junior quarterback sprinted to the sideline and pointed up in the stands to his family.

Tears flowed from Catherine and Conrad Groh’s eyes. His sister, Lauren, a Michigan State student home for Thanksgiving, even got misty eyed.

So were a lot of other eyes in the Dad’s Stadium crowd.

It was a moment that almost wasn’t.

Conrad nearly missed the moment. He nearly missed a lot of moments.

“He should be gone,” Catherine said.

Conrad’s journey back from near death has been about perseverance, resiliency, not giving up, but mostly about love.

For as long as Kyle can remember, his dad, Conrad, has thrown the football with him. On July 31, that father-son bonding nearly ended.

As she had done so many times before, Catherine drove to Tampa International Airport to pick up her husband, a US Airways pilot. While she waited in the car, Conrad texted his wife that he didn’t feel well.

When he arrived at curbside, he was pale and sweaty. Catherine rushed to his side. She grabbed his bag to put in the car when suddenly Conrad fell to the ground, his head striking the asphalt with a sickening thud.

“It’s a sound I will never forget,” Catherine said.

Catherine, a nurse who has tended to babies since 1979, sprang into action and immediately began CPR. There was no pulse. Conrad was not breathing.

As she began compressions, Catherine heard a crack — yet another sound she won’t be able to forget. She broke three of Conrad’s ribs while trying to jump-start his heart, but it worked.

Just before paramedics arrived, Conrad began breathing again and was actually sitting up before he was loaded into an ambulance.

At St. Joseph’s Hospital, doctors assessed him and the news wasn’t good. Conrad had a pulmonary embolism and a heart attack; which came first is uncertain. And for added measure, he had bleeding on the brain from the fall, which would prevent doctors from treating the heart attack.

Nearly 300 miles away, Kyle couldn’t sleep. He stirred in his bunk at Muscular Dystrophy Camp in Tallahassee, a Plant summer tradition where players serve as counselors. He had an overwhelming feeling something was wrong.

When coach Robert Weiner walked into the cabin and asked him to step outside, his fears were confirmed.

“It was hard,” Weiner said. “I was very direct with him. I told him his father had taken a fall and there was potentially a heart attack and it didn’t look good.”

The two began the five-hour drive back to Tampa. They talked about football and music. The last two songs Kyle heard as they approached St. Joseph’s Hospital were “Lady” by Styx, his mom and dad’s song, and Phil Collins’ “You’ll Be in My Heart,” Kyle and his mom’s song.

Doctors told Catherine to gather the family, and Kyle knew what that meant.

“The first thing that went through my mind was who is going to throw the ball with me,” he said. “What was going to happen the first time I throw the ball and he’s not there. And that’s when I finally started crying.”

Catherine has delivered similar news to many parents throughout her 32-year career as nurse, but she wasn’t ready to accept it when it came to her own husband. …

Go here for the rest of the story.