What Every Conservative Needs to Know About Embryonic Stem Cells

March 12, 2009

When President Obama lifted President George W. Bush’s ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cells, it has come to my attention that there’s a lot of confusion regarding the process of harvesting these stem cells, the effect of the President’s action, and the differences between embryonic and adult stem cell research.   Hopefully I can hold your attention long enough for this to be valuable to you.  Bear with me, the science may be a little boring for some of you, but this is valuable information you need to have in order to better articulate the conservative position on embryonic stem cell research.  My opinion on the matter will follow.

When talking about embryonic vs. adult stem cells, most people understand the key differences in where these cells come from, but a few misunderstand the process by which embryonic stem cells are harvested.  Let me make this first point clear; Embryonic Stem Cells DO NOT come from aborted fetuses.  I always cringe when I see pro-lifers argue that embryonic stem cell research encourages women to have abortions because those women will feel like they are doing something to contribute to finding new cures and treatments for debilitating diseases.  I think a better argument is to point out that by endorsing and funding this kind of research, the government (and those who support embyronic stem cell research) devalue human life.

Now, the science part…

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Moving forward…

November 5, 2008

Well, it was inevitable that half of us were going to be dissappointed after yesterday.  I just was hoping that I wouldn’t be part of that half  (ok, ok, it was 62.9M to 55.7M, not really half but close enough).

The real question that conservatives are faced with today, is how we move forward?  I’ve heard many suggestions, but the truth of the matter is, regardless of how people think we need to win this country back, none of it is going to happen without remaking the party into a true conservative movement.  We need younger people getting more involved in their local elections, we need to support current conservatives like Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan, and a handful of other young politicians.

Furthermore, we need to establish how we are going to carry ourselves and react to the Obama administration.  Despite what you may hear some people say, I honestly believe we cannot react in the same way the left did to President Bush.  That doesn’t mean I’m going to “support” Obama and his decisions, but I will treat his position with the respect and courtesy that it deserves.  Something that the left never did with Bush.

For all of you out there reading this, I highly suggest you read Steve Den Beste’s piece today.  While I may disagree with a few of his predictions on what’s going to happen, I do think he’s got a good handle on how conservatives need to move forward.

The President of the United States is the most powerful political figure in the world, but as national executives go his powers are actually quite restricted. Obama will become President, but he won’t be dictator or king, let alone deity. He still has to work with the House and the Senate, and he still has to live within Constitutional restrictions, and with a judiciary that he mostly didn’t appoint.

The main reason this will be a “coming of age” moment is that now Obama and the Democrats have to put up or shut up. Obama got elected by making himself a blank slate, with vapid promises about “hope” and “change” — but now he actually has to do something. Now he has to reveal his true agenda. And with the Democrats also having a majority in both chambers of Congress, now the Democrats really have to lead. And they’re not going to do a very good job of it. It’s going to be amusing to watch.

And the people who fell for the demagoguery will learn an invaluable lesson.

Obama supporters…secretly pro-free market?

November 4, 2008

Today I’m “live-blogging” (more like live-ranting) over at DPUD.  Please head on over and stop by to say hi. 

Anyway, I decided to stop by craigslist and see if I could possibly find tickets to the big Obama rally tonight.  I think it’d be an interesting opportunity to observe an event like this.  I mean, how often do you get to see a Presidential candidate win the race in your own city?  Or…how often do you get to see masses start a riot in the 3rd largest city in the nation?  Either way, it’s a unique opportunity.

However, after searching for Obama tickets, I was somewhat amused at seeing all the ads trying to sell tickets, some upwards of $300 PER TICKET!!  After supporting a candidate who wants to punish the rich as much as Obama does, they sure are good little capitalists.  Some people are starting to throw up their own “ads” admonishing those who are trying to sell their tickets.

Overall, I find that it’s a clear-case of hypocrisy on the side of these Obama supporters.  They’ve just spent the better part of a year (or longer in some cases) campainging and supporting a candidate who wants to help the poor.  Someone who wants to bring opportunity to those who have limiting circumstances.  Yet, they apparently have no qualms about ensuring that only those with a few hundred bucks to spare are the only ones in attendance at the Obama rally.

I think this post, scolding the people selling tickets, says it the best.

Oh the irony….

Sell your tickets to see Obama to the highest bidders…ensure that only the wealthiest most priveleged few are part of a rally for Obama…please continue to show the country that Obama supporters have not heard a word he has said…read what he has written…nor concur in his beliefs…show us you are only in it for the spectacle…show us that the wealthy will continue to get exactly what they want while everyone else goes without…despite the fact that the point of the rally is to oppose such ideology…show us that money will pervert even this…show us you will profit off something that was freely (or almost freely) given to you…show us that you are not ready for change…and do us all a favor… just skip the rally…and looking people in the eyes when you speak…after all, your actions have shown your true colors…at least stand by them.

It’s just one of those things that makes my day.

Although I’m still looking for tickets to cover the event for myself live and in-person.  Anyone out there that can help me out?

So…this is it.

November 3, 2008

In about 16 hours I’ll be casting my meaningless vote for President this year.  I wonder if it’s any more exciting to vote in a swing-state?  Perhaps I’ll never know. However, there are several good candidates up for various other positions here in Illinois, so I can take comfort knowing that I probably affect those elections.

Sorry it’s been over two weeks since my last post.  Things have gotten busy in “real-life” for me.  I will be moving out of the city in the next month or so, and I’ve been pondering whether or not I can still call this “conservative in the city” if I’m technically not IN the city, but I figure still living in the Chicago area counts.  I just won’t be as frequently exposed to the liberal residents of Chicago as often, and I’ll actually be able to put up a pro-Republican election sign without fearing my windows being smashed or some other kind of vandalism.

Back on topic.  Don’t be fooled by the polls and mainstream media claiming this election is in the bag.  I don’t need to tell most of you that things are terribly skewed in the news coverage, especially this year.

This election is about the base.  This election is about turnout.  No amount of undecided voters or independants will win this election for McCain.  We (as conservatives) need to get each other fired up, and we need to do everythign we can to get every other conservative we know out to the polls tomorrow.  I sincerely believe that this is still a center-right nation, however, it’s not going to remain that way for long if Obama wins.

Do your civic duty.  Go out and vote, and don’t let anything be an excuse for not exercising the right that so many people have fought (and died) for.

It finally happens: Democrat vs. Republican violence (but not what you think)

October 17, 2008

Well, it looks like they were right.  McCain and Palin’s campaign speeches and political rhetoric have caused their supporters to cross the line and physically attack Obama supporters.  Except…it’s actually the complete opposite case.

Via PajamasMedia

While the Democrat-leaning media continues to scare undecided voters with bedtime stories about some mythical angry McCain supporter whom nobody has seen, here is a real district attorney’s complaint documenting an unprovoked assault by an enraged Democrat against a McCain volunteer in midtown Manhattan: “Defendant grabbed the sign [informant] was holding, broke the wood stick that was attached to it, and then struck informant in informant’s face thereby causing informant to sustain redness, swelling, and bruising to informant’s face and further causing informant to sustain substantial pain.”

Don’t worry, the good news is that they chased the him down and police arrested the guy.  I wonder if he’ll be investigated vetted with the same fervor as Joe the Plumber?  I’ll expect to see his personal information and voting record up on the web within a couple days. 

It’s an interesting story, but not for the reasons you think.  I’m sure most conservatives who read this blog, aren’t exactly suprised that the first actual proven incident of violence (not the unsubstanciated kind you’ve been hearing about).  Just take a gander at DemocraticUnderground and DailyKos to find out where the real rage is coming from.

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Who says conservatives aren’t funny?

October 14, 2008

I’ve finally stopped laughing enough to post this.  From the people over at The People’s Cube, it’s “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Earned” Wealth Spread!!  Take the time to head over there and look at the full-sized image.  I kept finding new things to laugh at, right down to the image of Obama with the chef’s hat on.

Made with 100% pure American taxpayer sweat

"Made with 100% pure American taxpayer sweat"

If you don’t get what all this is about, there’s a video of Obama’s advising a tax-burdened plumber about his tax-plan.   I’ve embedded it below.  Obama is finally telling it like it is, and it’s quite frightening that a candidate is talking like this about someone’s “fair share”.

Understanding Obama’s Tax Plan; It’s already happening here in Chicago

October 14, 2008

To start off, I’d like to review some elements of the Obama tax plan, with a specific focus on what Senator Obama plans to do with corporate tax rates. You can view his actual plan here on his own website (page 4).  All of the steps Obama proposes would increase the amount of taxes corporations pay, not necessarily the tax rate, but it would eliminate things corporations currently do to lower their tax bill.  Democrats call this “making sure corporations pay their fair share”…nuance.

Many people are arguing on how this would affect those companies, their employees, and their customers.  Predicting the outcome of such a change can prove rather difficult.  However, here in Chicago, there’s a perfect example brewing of the effects of Obama’s tax increase on corporations.  CBS 2 reported today on Mayor Daley’s proposal to raise taxes on parking.

The parking industry says taxes have been raised six times in the past 12 years, and they have no choice but to pass that cost onto the drivers. They said the expenses incurred from the new tax could price some motorists out of parking at all.

As motorists entered the Lake/Wells Self Park Facility, 175 W. Lake St, workers handed out flyers and encouraged them to call their local aldermen and fight the increase. They say Chicago has the second highest parking tax in the country, and with the new proposal it could rise from 27 percent to 33 percent.

(emphasis mine)

So the Chicago government wants to increase the tax rate on parking garages and lots located in the city, sounds simple enough.  However, the parking lot owners are arguing that if their tax rate is increased, they will have to pass along this expense to their customers. Let me repeat that, in bold.

…if their (parking lot owners) tax rate is increased, they will have to pass along this expense to their customers.

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