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The Holiday Bowl: OU vs The Ducks

Posted by Mark on December 29, 2005

A disappointing 7-4 season lands The Sooners in this bowl no one has heard of. After last year’s thrashing at the hands of a professional football team called the Trojans, its taken this long for OU to recover. Let’s hope we have Duck soup for our Holiday dinner.

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The Stem Cell Hoax

Posted by Mark on December 29, 2005

This story has been bubbling along out there throughout the Christmas break.

Intriguing though the mystery may be, the frustration of patients who pinned their hopes on a stem cell cure must be unbearable. A 12-year-old boy suffering from spinal paralysis who offered his cells to Hwang’s team is said to have asked his father Kim Je-eon, “Will I never be able to stand up again?” Our country has 100,000 diabetic children and 130,000 spinal paralysis patients. It was they and their families who spread azaleas in front of Prof. Hwang’s laboratory when it seemed he was the victim of a slanderous campaign, pleading with him to come back and continue the work that had galvanized their hopes. The government, which poured more than W65 billion (US$65 million) into the project and touted Hwang’s research as if a cure for incurable diseases was just around the corner, owes these patients at least an explanation.

I find eerie echoes here to a former vice-presidential candidate saying that had President Bush “allowed” stem cell research on the unborn, Christopher Reeves would be alive today. Wonder if Mr. Edwards is keeping up with this story?

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A Dissent From Darwinism

Posted by Mark on December 29, 2005

There’s a mini-debate raging below this post. I am a firm adherent to the theory of Intelligent Design. Evolution, the theory that has been taught to all of us since the middle of the last century, has some huge flaws. Yet it has become the dominant orthodoxy of our time.

Whenever I hear or read the phrase, “everyone knows this is true,” I tend to question whatever “this” may be. Evolution is one such “this” that deserves questioning. In the link are some of the questioners, and you won’t find a “preacher” among them.

“We are skeptical of the claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”

When was the last time you saw this statement anywhere? I’m betting you haven’t. Have you ever wondered why? It certainly isn’t because the credentials of the men and women making the statement don’t hold up, is it?

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Predictions: The GWOT

Posted by Mark on December 29, 2005

Here’s a prediction for ya.

We will see enough stability in Iraq that we will be able to draw down our troop levels. The anti-war sect will still not be happy with it however as it will not occur fast enough.

More locations of actual stockpiles of WMD’s will be discovered(yes I said MORE).
In Iraq.
In Syria.

Iran will accidentally, on purpose, make a giant leap forward in their “Civil Nuclear Power” capability. The U.N. will sanction them. We won’t intervene until 2007.

Iran will continue to attempt to undermine and destabilize Iraq’s newly elected government.

We will find or kill Osama Bin Laden with little to no effect on the over-all GWOT.

Afghanistan will stabilize and also require a drawdown, Pakistan however may implode under it’s own pressure.

The President will continue to be blamed, (with increasing ferocity(1) as the 2006 elections approach) for every small problem or perceived misstep, regardless of the progress in the GWOT.

Note: (1) This post has been changed by the writer, I mistakenly used the word veracity instead of ferocity… That will teach me to read my own work before I post it.

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The Holiday Bowl: OU vs The Ducks

Posted by Mark on December 29, 2005

A disappointing 7-4 season lands The Sooners in this bowl no one has heard of. After last year’s thrashing at the hands of a professional football team called the Trojans, its taken this long for OU to recover. Let’s hope we have Duck soup for our Holiday dinner.

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The Stem Cell Hoax

Posted by Mark on December 29, 2005

This story has been bubbling along out there throughout the Christmas break.

Intriguing though the mystery may be, the frustration of patients who pinned their hopes on a stem cell cure must be unbearable. A 12-year-old boy suffering from spinal paralysis who offered his cells to Hwang’s team is said to have asked his father Kim Je-eon, “Will I never be able to stand up again?” Our country has 100,000 diabetic children and 130,000 spinal paralysis patients. It was they and their families who spread azaleas in front of Prof. Hwang’s laboratory when it seemed he was the victim of a slanderous campaign, pleading with him to come back and continue the work that had galvanized their hopes. The government, which poured more than W65 billion (US$65 million) into the project and touted Hwang�s research as if a cure for incurable diseases was just around the corner, owes these patients at least an explanation.

I find eerie echoes here to a former vice-presidential candidate saying that had President Bush “allowed” stem cell research on the unborn, Christopher Reeves would be alive today. Wonder if Mr. Edwards is keeping up with this story?

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a Comment »

A Dissent From Darwinism

Posted by Mark on December 29, 2005

There’s a mini-debate raging below this post. I am a firm adherent to the theory of Intelligent Design. Evolution, the theory that has been taught to all of us since the middle of the last century, has some huge flaws. Yet it has become the dominant orthodoxy of our time.

Whenever I hear or read the phrase, “everyone knows this is true,” I tend to question whatever “this” may be. Evolution is one such “this” that deserves questioning. In the link are some of the questioners, and you won’t find a “preacher” among them.

“We are skeptical of the claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”

When was the last time you saw this statement anywhere? I’m betting you haven’t. Have you ever wondered why? It certainly isn’t because the credentials of the men and women making the statement don’t hold up, is it?

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Predictions: The GWOT

Posted by zaphriel on December 29, 2005

Here’s a prediction for ya.

We will see enough stability in Iraq that we will be able to draw down our troop levels. The anti-war sect will still not be happy with it however as it will not occur fast enough.

More locations of actual stockpiles of WMD’s will be discovered(yes I said MORE).
In Iraq.
In Syria.

Iran will accidentally, on purpose, make a giant leap forward in their “Civil Nuclear Power” capability. The U.N. will sanction them. We won’t intervene until 2007.

Iran will continue to attempt to undermine and destabilize Iraq’s newly elected government.

We will find or kill Osama Bin Laden with little to no effect on the over-all GWOT.

Afghanistan will stabilize and also require a drawdown, Pakistan however may implode under it’s own pressure.

The President will continue to be blamed, (with increasing ferocity(1) as the 2006 elections approach) for every small problem or perceived misstep, regardless of the progress in the GWOT.

Note: (1) This post has been changed by the writer, I mistakenly used the word veracity instead of ferocity… That will teach me to read my own work before I post it.

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Predictions: Bobby Byrd Has Named His Last Highway

Posted by Mark on December 29, 2005

Robert Byrd, former KKK member, and current Senator from West Virginia, will be defeated in a close election in November. West Virginia has been trending Republican for a long time, and I think the time has come to oust the Senior Senator. His oratory will be missed. His partisanship won’t.

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Predictions: Bobby Byrd Has Named His Last Highway

Posted by Mark on December 29, 2005

Robert Byrd, former KKK member, and current Senator from West Virginia, will be defeated in a close election in November. West Virginia has been trending Republican for a long time, and I think the time has come to oust the Senior Senator. His oratory will be missed. His partisanship won’t.

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