On The O’Reilly Factor last night (2/4/11), guest host Laura Ingraham touted the latest Planned Parenthood sting tapes from Lila Rose’s group Live Action. You may recall that Rose is a pal of the completely discredited and thoroughly disreputable James O’Keefe. Rose’s latest attacks on Planned Parenthood (a phony pimp tries to get help with his underage sex ring) are more than a little reminiscent of the debunked ACORN tapes. We’ve even got suspicious editing and Andrew “Shirley Sherrod” Breitbart involved. But while the Planned Parenthood hoax – like the ACORN stings – involved no actual sex trafficking, Ingraham acted as though Rose and Live Action had just uncovered the real thing. Ingraham even gushed that she thought they deserved a Pulitzer for their work.
Laura is of the school of I don’t like your facts so I’ll just make up my own bubble of cotton candy reality to live in. The truth hardly matters anyway. As we all probably have acquaintances who believe, if they say it on the TeeVee, it must be true. More on M’s Rose here, Lila Rose: big time liar and all-around horrible person. When challenged to a debate Rose would only do so in a manner where she could edit the debate. It is tragic that such a young person would already be subscribing to moral cowardice as a prominent part of her character.
I will not be celebrating the birthday of one of our five worse presidents. The reasons are obvious, The Triple Legacy of Ronald Reagan.
The numbers tell the story. As predicted, Reagan’s massive $749 billion supply-side tax cuts in 1981 quickly produced even more massive annual budget deficits. Combined with his rapid increase in defense spending, Reagan delivered not the balanced budgets he promised, but record-settings deficits. Even his OMB alchemist David Stockman could not obscure the disaster with his famous “rosy scenarios.”
Forced to raise taxes twice to avert financial catastrophe (a fact conveniently forgotten in the conservative hagiography of Reagan manufactured by the GOP’s 2008 ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin), the Gipper nonetheless presided over a tripling of the American national debt. By the time he left office in 1989, Ronald Reagan more than equaled the entire debt burden produced by the previous 200 years of American history.
There is a lot of documentation at the link for anyone during research on Reagan’s voodoo economics. His foreign policy achievements have also vacillated between gross exaggeration and outright fabrication, Tear Down That Myth
From the autumn of 1986 through the end of his presidency in January 1989, Mr. Reagan was in fact moving steadily closer to a working accommodation with Mr. Gorbachev, conducting a series of summit meetings and signing a major arms control agreement — steps that were strongly opposed by the American right.
The opposing perspective on the Reagan speech( in reference to the “tear down this wall” speech) is that it was nothing but a stunt. The adherents of this interpretation include not just Democrats or liberals but many veterans of the George H. W. Bush administration.
In a 1995 book about the end of the cold war, “Germany United and Europe Transformed,” two former officials of the first Bush administration, Condoleezza Rice and Philip Zelikow, minimized the significance of the Berlin Wall address and its role in the events leading up to the end of the cold war. They argued that after the speech was given there was no serious, practical follow-up. No one pursued any policy initiative with respect to the Berlin Wall. “American diplomats did not consider the matter part of the real policy agenda,” they wrote.
Others agreed. “I thought it was corny in the extreme,” Brent Scowcroft, national security adviser to George H. W. Bush, told me. “It was irrelevant, that statement at that time.”
The literal fall of the Berlin Wall, closely related to then General Secretary Gorbachev of the Soviet Union’s Glasnost policies,
The critical re-examination of history glasnost fostered was unprecedented in the USSR and affected every chapter of the country’s history. Khrushchev had previously criticised Stalin however he only let out partial truths to help his own career. The difference this time was that a liberal press had been allowed to grow and flourish within the USSR. Ogonyuk a popular current affairs magazine had a circulation of three million by 1990. It was in newspapers, television shows and magazines like Ogonyuk that the USSR’s past was examined and the real truth revealed to the Soviet people. The liberal press did not take long to turn its attention to the slowness in reform of the Soviet system.
Glasnost had broken free from its masters by 1989 and began to be used to criticise its creator Gorbachev. Anything was now fair game. The abolition of the Communist Party’s leading role, the failure of perestroika and multi party democracy were openly discussed in the Soviet media. These ideas were undreamt of even a couple of years earlier. The turning point for glasnost was the Chernobyl nuclear diaster in 1986. Soviet authorities initially tried to cover up the catastrophe and remained silent for 48 hours. The silence was followed by complete honesty and unparallel information of the like that had never been seen in the USSR before. After Chernobyl environmental concerns became a favourite topic of the liberal press. The turning of Central Asia into a desert by diverting rivers to irrigate cotton plantations were just one example that shocked the nation. The people could not believe the incompetence of their Communist Party planners. As the truth came out piece by piece the Soviet people became more and more angry at their Communist rulers.
During Reagan’s presidency the Right was largely angry at Reagan for bargaining, what they considered, so much away in nuclear arms treaties. And to this day they rather eat glass then give Gorbachev any credit for backing down old hardliners in the Kremlin. Nor do conservatives seem to want to give credit to a Polish trade union called Solidarity. In the way some recent commentators drawn parallels between the protests in Egypt with the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, it is certain that Solidarity’s acts of resistance spread among the old Soviet satellite states. A lot of people brought down the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union. For Reagan to take credit and for conservatives to continue the myth that Reagan did is an egregious insult to the millions of people in the U.S. and Europe who were the true heroes in ending Soviet communism.
The Salk Institute has been awarded a $2.3 million grant by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for translational research focusing on developing a novel stem cell based therapy for Parkinson’s disease.
The research will concentrate on studying human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells derived from patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease to replicate the disorder in the lab and investigate the role of inflammation in the cause and progression of the neurodegeneration typical of the disease.
Currently there are drugs to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but no cure.
I’m skeptical but it is interesting to contemplate the possibility, NASA spots 54 potentially life-friendly planets
Just because a planet is in the habitable zone doesn’t mean it has life. Mars is a good example of that. And when scientists look for life, it’s not necessarily intelligent life; it could be bacteria or mold or a form people can’t even imagine.
“a form people can’t even imagine”? Like Rand Paul for instance.