One big Karmic “I Told Ya So!”

Didn’t we hear this before? Agreeing unconditionally to enter into dialog with the likes of Iran would be taken for a sign of weakness, some have claimed. Others declared that we must talk with them to begin the process of peace. Well, guess who was is right.

Iran says Obama’s offer to talk shows US failure

US President Barack Obama’s offer to talk to Iran shows that America’s policy of "domination" has failed, the government spokesman said on Saturday.

"This request means Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought and the system of domination have failed," Gholam Hossein Elham was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.

"Negotiation is secondary, the main issue is that there is no way but for (the United States) to change," he added.

After nearly three decades of severed ties, Obama said shortly after taking office this month that he is willing to extend a diplomatic hand to Tehran if the Islamic republic is ready to "unclench its fist".

In response, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a fresh tirade against the United States, demanding an apology for its "crimes" against Iran and saying he expected "deep and fundamental" change from Obama.

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Dangerous Words

It is amazing to me to see the chutzpa of the current crew in charge of the destiny of our government. In one carefully crafted sentence buried deep within the stimulus bill. This little gem apparently grants sole discretion over the amount of funds spent on welfare programs to the US Treasury, effectively reversing the last couple of decades of welfare reform.

We need to keep an eye in this.

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Actual wisdom from the Kossacks!

Ya know, I generally have little to say regarding the rantings over at the Daily Kos, but…here’s a collection of beauties from this thread:

Saying that Hillary has Executive Branch experience is like saying Yoko Ono was a Beatle.

Proximity does not equal ability.

I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. — Thomas Carlyle

Residency doesn’t make a Presidency.

Democrats: we didn’t major in Math we majored in Defeatism

HOPE: It’s the new black.

Hat tip to Instapundit.

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Does the Muslim Brotherhood mean what it says?

Rod Dreher over at the Dallas morning News discusses What the Muslim Brotherhood means for the U.S.

Six years after 9/11, we’re still asleep. Islamic radicals have declared war on us – and some are fighting here in what looks like a fifth column. Read their strategy document. It’s there in black and white, for those with eyes to see.

Rather good advice from my perspective.

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AP Poll: 59% of americans are self-absorbed narcisistic morons

That’s not really a fair analysis.
Well enough, that is a rather cruel generalization of the uninformed masses, but I find that it does fits our current congress as it pertains to those who simply cannot rationally contemplate american success.

A classic quote comes from Tom Lantos:

“We cannot take any of this administration’s assertions on Iraq at face value anymore,” said Rep. Tom Lantos, D-Calif., a war foe and senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. “And no amount of charts or statistics will improve its credibility.”

So, Tom, no amount of evidence of success will disuade you from embracing failure? How pathetic.

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Wishing for more…

OK. So I watched the Republican debate last night and I couldn’t help thinking that we deserve better. Let’s start with the top three and half – Giuliani, Romney, McCain, and Thompson.

Rudy so often comes off as a one trick kid of guy, Yeah, granted, cleaning up NYC was a pretty good trick, but I need more. Particularly his response on the gun control question. Isn’t it plausible that he would have been even more successful in reducing crime if NYC had not been declared a self-defense free zone? Yes or no? Give me a straight answer.

Romney. I want so much to be impressed by this guy. His credentials are amazing, but he occasionally misses the easy ones. Semantic blunders like the surge is “apparently” working. I think I know what he was trying to do and he tried to explain it that way, but it was too late. McCain had already tagged him out.

And about McCain, I still like the guy; I admire his tenacity, but sometimes he is just plain wrong and then claims that as a virtue. He will never convince me on immigration or the campaign finance issue. I firmly believe that he is wrong on both. Too much the politician in these instances, not enough of a principled statesman.

Thompson is the no-show candidate. Most of his support seems to come from those who are disenchanted with the currecnt front-runners and are hoping against all odds that Fred can be their savior. Not likely, but we will see in the next few weeks.

And Ron Paul…is he a complete loon? What a nutter. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why anyone is taking him seriously. He is either naive beyond comprehension, or he is daft.

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Why don’t we hear more about stuff like this?

I mean, seriously. This sort of thing is what medical research is all about.

In April we wrote about research led by Yacoub, who’s been called the world’s leading heart surgeon. His team had managed in the laboratory to grow tissue that functions in the same way as human heart valves, using stem cells drawn from the patient’s own bone marrow.

As reported in the London Daily Mail, Yacoub’s team harvested the stem cells and used a chemical cocktail to coax them into becoming heart cells. Placed on a “scaffold” made of biodegradable plastic, they grew and fused together to form discs of heart valve tissue just an inch wide. As the valves developed, the scaffold decayed, leaving behind solid tissue.

Yacoub, a professor of cardiac surgery at Imperial College London, noted: “Although there has been huge progress in developing mechanical replacements, they still work mechanically and not physiologically — they cannot match the elegant sophisticated functions of living tissues.”

Unlike rigid artificial valves that just open and shut, these valves are living tissue that responds to events and changes shape as required. The heart can pump freely and unobstructed by a foreign object. There’s no need to replace valves as children grow older — indeed, no need to replace them ever.

C’mon guys! More of this please.

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