Archive for March 6th, 2010

March 6, 2010

Cantwell Calls For End To Ban On Gays Donating Blood

by lewwaters

Seeking to overturn the 27 year ban on Gays donating blood, Washington Senator Maria Cantwell has added her voice with 17 other Democrats calling for an end to the “lifetime ban on donating blood for any man who has had gay sex since 1977.”

The ban, imposed over concerns of HIV/AIDs being spread through blood transfusions, has come under fire in recent years as Gay Activists label the ban an “injustice” unfairly imposed on them.

Cantwell, senators call to end ban on gays donating blood

John Kerry (who served in Viet Nam), failed 2004 presidential candidate claims, “Not a single piece of scientific evidence supports the ban.”

In 2006, the American Red Cross claimed, “that the ban is medically and scientifically unwarranted.”

In 2007, the FDA Kept The Ban On Gay Men As Blood Donors claiming, “Whatever was presented to us was not sufficient to make us change our minds.”

Other groups, such as those representing hemophiliacs, prefer the ban remain in place.

Undeterred, Gay activists and their supporters come back claiming the, “FDA already tests donated blood twice for HIV and other diseases, limiting the risk of tainted blood entering the blood supply to nearly zero,” as did John Kerry, who is also known for presenting a very false view of the war in Viet Nam.

Supporters of Cantwell and Kerry’s view make claims of, “Gay men tend to protect themselves but many straight people still follow the myth that HIV won’t impact them,” “Our health policies must be based on sound science, even if it makes your heads explode with prejudice” and “The point is that the change in policy will add significant amounts of desperately needed blood to our blood banks with virtually NO ADDED RISK.”

We are even told by supporters to check with the Center for Disease Control for HIV/AIDs statistics to see how wrong this “injustice” and “discrimination” against Gays is.

Doing so reveals the chart below.

CDC Basic Statistics, HIV/AIDs

Further checking within the CDC website reveal a small pamphlet they released titled HIV and AIDS among Gay and Bisexual Men that proclaims early on, “MSM is the only risk group in the U.S. in which new HIV infections are increasing. While new infections have declined among both heterosexuals and injection drug users, the annual number of new HIV infections among MSM has been steadily increasing since the early 1990s,” MSM being an abbreviation for “for men who have sex with men.”

Countering claims of discrimination against Gays, an FDA spokesperson said in 2007, “Anyone who’s used intravenous drugs or been paid for sex also is permanently barred from donating blood.”

It should also be noted that while the demand for donated blood is high, modern medicine has been perfecting Bloodless Surgery, due in large part to the questionable religious claims against accepting blood by groups such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

If we are to feel safe in accepting blood donated by known Gays, which will eventually lead to acceptance from prostitutes and others currently barred from donating blood, perhaps Cantwell, Kerry and the other 15 pushing for this change will lead the way and exhibit to us just how safe it really is by publicly accepting small injections of compatible blood donated from known Gays every month for a couple years.

Surely, they would have no concerns in receiving such an injection, right?

March 6, 2010

Challengers Blast Ron Paul, Supporters Silent

by lewwaters

Ron Paul, possibly the kookiest candidate we’ve ever had run for president under the Republican banner, faced some stiff competition in retaining his House seat in Texas, before winning the March 3 primary by a landslide. While I am no fan of Paul’s, reading some of the assaults by his opponents I wonder if maybe they weren’t being a bit too harsh with him. After all, he’s pretty harmless sitting in the House whining about auditing the fed and returning to a policy of isolationalism (masquerading as non-interventionism).

Paul’s small band of outspoken and at times obnoxious supporters were elated that he won a straw poll at CPAC this year, ignoring that those who have won the straw poll rarely ever receive the nomination to run as the Republican candidate for president.

Many even claim it was Ron Paul who gave birth to the current TEA Party movement seen spreading across the country.

I’m sure they are equally as elated to see the results of the Texas Primary as Paul slid into an 80% win.

Strange though, that when he was under assault by challengers, his supporters were largely silent. As anybody can tell you, whoever spoke against Paul in the 2008 campaign was basically committing blasphemy.

That is why I am surprised that they have remained mostly silent as articles such as Ron Paul burned by tea party blowback and Arrogant Ron Paul Angry He’s Facing a Challenge in His “Own Primary” were published

A query put before local Ron Paul adherents prior to the Texas Primary, for what they thought about the articles, has remained ignored all week.

The first article linked told us, “despite his solid anti-establishment credentials and non-conformist views, Paul finds himself under siege from three Republicans who are embracing many of the themes that have defined Paul’s career.”

Challenger John Gay says, “I applaud Dr. Paul for what he’s done and I want him to retire and do the things that he likes to do and run the foundations that he’s started.”

“Where are you Congressman Paul,” askes another challenger, Tim Graney who adds, “He’s not doing the job of the U.S. House. He should be here in the district listening to us.”

Gerald Wall echoes that sentment with, “The problem with Ron Paul is that he doesn’t spend any time representing his people. Everyone knows that if we elect him to Congress he will spend one month in Congress and 18 months running for president.”

To be fair, what congressman actually does spend a lot of time in their district? I know for the past 12 years, my soon to be retired congressman, Brian Baird, spends more time traveling abroad than being here representing us.

Paul’s campaign spokesman Jesse Benton countered, “Charges that he’s gallivanting around the country are silly. Rep. Paul has not made any decision on whether he’s running for president. He’s very focused on his district, and he’s very involved in his district.”

Indeed Paul is very involved in his district since he is said to pack more earmarks into bills than any other Republican, then realizing they will pass anyways, votes against them.

Indicating Republican Party displeasure with Paul, Renew America’s Paul Ibbetson posted Ron Paul and the “Cujo” effect recently where in he states, “Ron Paul, the failed presidential candidate of 2008, has become the Cujo of the Republican Party,” Cujo being the rabid dog that terrorized people in the Steven King classic of the same name.

Ibbetson added, “The rabidly rough ramifications of Ron Paul are that despite his libertarian foundations, he is one more unneeded albatross around the neck of the Republican Party who has enough problems already,” before stating, “As in the case of Cujo, the presidential aspirations, and more importantly the political impacts of Ron Paul, must be ‘euthanized’ in the country before more damage can be done,” a statement even I find a bit over the top.

Like I said, while I find him a kook and would oppose him running for president should he choose to again, I find he has been known to represent his district well over his 6 terms, easily winning reelection.

A Houston Chronicle article, Paul facing unrest at home, credits Paul’s spokesman, Jesse Benton with, “Dr. Paul is actually very encouraged by the anti-incumbent sentiment out there right now,” with little acknowledgement that Ron Paul was the incumbent.

Given the level of assault Paul experienced, expectations were that he be put out to pasture this time. Compared to 2008, their silence is almost as if they were willing to sacrifice Paul’s House Seat, visions of something more important dancing in their heads for the weeks ahead.