Daily Archives: March 31, 2009

"Silas commands his thousands, but David, his tens of thousands."

It figures that Kings is getting bad ratings; it’s probably the best television series I’ve ever seen . Both Shakespearian and Biblical, elevating the soap opera genre to its highest potential with a clear moral vision and fantastic acting . . . .
The most recent episode, “First Night,” was outstanding. Almost too much to comment on. Echoes of Barack Obama in Silas’s declaration to his court that he no longer cares about the views of Rev. Samuels. Later, a fantastic discussion between Rev. Samuels and King Silas about sacrifice. “Hasn’t God gotten beyond that?” asks Silas.
David and Michelle being faced with temptation–and turning away from it.

Almost trivial compared to the more profound stories, but still noteworthy, was a discussion of condoms at the beginning. Prince Jack (Jonathan) takes David out for a “night on the town” with a group of army buddies. He and his mother are trying to tarnish David’s public image. There’s this scene where one of the guys passes out condoms to everyone, noting all the things you want to “keep it away from” if you don’t want a pregnancy (in other words, admitting all the ways condoms break), including “a gold-digger’s fingernails.”

It’s interesting, really. Every time I hear an overt discussion of condoms in a film or TV show, it’s about how they *break* or aren’t used properly.

Former Enforcers of the Kissinger Doctrine say it needs to be enforced more

Operative words, "theoretically" and "fantasy"

OK, so CBS News has this glowing story about a method that may *theoretically* generate “limitless” supplies of lab-created blood from dead babies (talk about about vampirism!).

We’re told that the many treatments developed using adult stem cells are “only treatments, not cures” or that they’re “snake oil,” or “untested,” or whatever other excuse they can come up with.

But in this case, for something that hasn’t even been developed or tested yet, but purely theoretical, the media’s going ga-ga, and this guy gets a multi-million dollar research grant. He’s sure sitting pretty.

Dr. Marc Turner, . . . received a multi-million dollar research grant to try to make blood in his lab from human stem cells.
“These cells are being generated from human embryonic stem cells, which themselves are generated from three-to-five-day-old human embryos,” Turner says.
Palmer explains that stem cells can be coaxed, theoretically, to grow into any human body part.”

Let’s look at that one again: embryonic “stem cells can be coaxed, theoretically, to grow into any human body part.” So, for decades, they’ve been talking about this. Has anyone actually demonstrated that it can happen????

If they’re successful, the payoff is huge: a limitless supply of blood. Dr. Gail Roboz, a New York hematologist leukemia researcher told CBS News, “We want the fantasy; we would like a purely clean and limitless blood supply[. . . .] The fantasy here — what would be phenomenal — would be if we could create infection-free blood that’s laboratory generated, so it’s not dependent on donors and their availability and their willingness to come in and donate. But rather, something that the doctors could actually mine in the laboratory and have available for patients in an as-needed basis.”

I mean, come on! “The fantasy”??? Are they medical professionals or science fiction writers?

Speaking of science fiction,

“Consider that in the history of many worlds there have always been disposable creatures. They do the dirty work. They do the work that no one else wants to do, because it’s too difficult or too hazardous. And an army of Datas, all disposable? You don’t have to think about their welfare; you don’t think about how they feel. Whole generations of disposable people.
“You’re talking about slavery.”
“I think that’s a little harsh.”
I don’t think that’s a little harsh, I think that’s the truth. But that’s a truth that we have obscured behind a… comfortable, easy euphemism. ‘Property.’ But that’s not the issue at all, is it?”
–Guinan and Captain Jean-Luc Picard, “The Measure of a Man,” Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Or a comfortable euphemism of “choice.” Or a comfortable euphemism of “discarded embryo.” Or a comfortable euphemism of “scientific integrity,” as our president puts it.

Angelina Jolie wants 8 kids