Archive for March 3rd, 2009

“Pitchfork Time” by Patrick J. Buchanan

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

In his campaign and inaugural address, Barack Obama cast himself as a moderate man seeking common ground with conservatives.

Yet, his budget calls for the radical restructuring of the U.S. economy, a sweeping redistribution of power and wealth to government and Democratic constituencies. It is a declaration of war on the Right.

The real Obama has stood up, and lived up to his ranking as the most left-wing member of the United States Senate.

Barack has no mandate for this. He was even behind McCain when the decisive event that gave him the presidency occurred — the September collapse of Lehman Brothers and the market crash.

Republicans are under no obligation to render bipartisan support to this statist coup d’etat. For what is going down is a leftist power grab that is anathema to their principles and philosophy.

Where the U.S. government usually consumes 21 percent of gross domestic product, this Obama budget spends 28 percent in 2009 and runs a deficit of $1.75 trillion, or 12.7 percent of GDP. That is four times the largest deficit of George W. Bush and twice as large a share of the economy as any deficit run since World War II.

Add that 28 percent of GDP spent by the U.S. government to the 12 percent spent by states, counties and cities, and government will consume 40 percent of the economy in 2009.

We are not “headed down the road to socialism.” We are there.

Since the budget was released, word has come that the U.S. economy did not shrink by 3.8 percent in the fourth quarter, but 6.2 percent. All the assumptions in Obama’s budget about growth in 2009 and 2010 need to be revised downward, and the deficits revised upward.

Look for the deficit for 2009 to cross $2 trillion.

Who abroad is going to lend us the trillions to finance our deficits without demanding higher interest rates on the U.S. bonds they are being asked to hold? And if we must revert to the printing press to create the money, what happens to the dollar?

As Americans save only a pittance and have lost — in the value of homes, stocks, bonds and other assets — $15 trillion to $20 trillion since 2007, how can the people provide the feds with the needed money?

In his speech to Congress, Obama promised new investments in energy, education and health care. Every kid is going to get a college degree. We’re going to find a cure for cancer.

Who is going to pay for all this?

The top 2 percent, the filthy rich who got all those Bush tax breaks, say Democrats. But the top 5 percent of income earners already pay 60 percent of U.S. income taxes, while the bottom 40 percent pays nothing.

Those paying a federal tax rate of 35 percent will see it rise to near 40 percent and will lose a fifth of the value of their deductions for taxes, mortgage interest and charitable contributions.

Yet, two-thirds of small businesses are taxed at the same rate as individuals. Consider what this means to the owner of a restaurant and bar in Los Angeles open from noon to midnight, where a husband and wife each put in 80 hours a week.

At year’s end, the couple finds they have actually made a profit of $500,000 that they can take home in salary.

What is the Obama-Schwarzenegger tax take on that salary?

Their U.S. tax rate will have hit 39.6 percent.

Their California income tax will have hit 9.55 percent.

Medicare payroll taxes on the proprietor as both employer and salaried employee will be $14,500. Social Security payroll taxes for the proprietor as both employer and employee will be $13,243.

In short, U.S. and state income and payroll taxes will consume half of all the pair earned for some 8,000 hours of work.

From that ravaged salary they must pay a state sales tax of 8.25 percent, gas taxes for the 50-mile commute, and tens of thousands in property taxes on both their restaurant and home. And, after being pilloried by politicians for having feasted in the Bush era, they are now told the tax deduction they get for contributing to the church is to be cut 20 percent, while millions of Obama voters, who paid no U.S. income tax at all, will be getting a tax cut — i.e., a fat little check — in April.

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“Is Talk Cheap?” by Thomas Sowell

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

They say talk is cheap. But in fact it can be devastatingly expensive. Among the generation of Germans who were enthralled by Hitler’s eloquence, millions paid with their lives and their children’s lives for empowering this demagogue to lead them to ruin and infamy.

Germany before Hitler was one of the more tolerant nations in Europe. That was what attracted so many Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe– tragically, to their doom.

German immigrants who settled around the world have been among the more tolerant peoples– not angels, a standard that only intellectuals could use, but comparing favorably with most others.

Do not for one moment think that we are either intellectually or morally superior to those Germans who put Hitler in power. We have been saved by our institutions and our traditions– the very institutions and traditions that so many are so busy eroding or dismantling, whether in classrooms or court rooms or in the halls of Congress and the White House.

Talk matters for good reasons as well as bad. Anyone familiar with the desperate predicament of Britain in 1940, when it stood alone against the Nazi juggernaut that had smashed whole nations in weeks or even days, knows how crucial Winston Churchill’s command of the English language was to sustaining the national will, which was the margin between survival and annihilation.

Unfortunately, people on the make seem to have a keener appreciation of the power of words, as the magic road to other power, than do people defending values that seem to them too obvious to require words.

The expression, “It goes without saying. . .” is a fatal trap. Few things go without saying. Some of the most valuable things in life may go away without saying– whether loved ones in one’s personal life or the freedom or survival of a nation.

Barack Obama is today’s most prominent example of the power of words. Conversely, the understated patrician style of country club Republicans is no small part of their many problems.

It is no accident that by far the most successful Republican politician of our lifetime– Ronald Reagan– was a man who did not come from that country club background but someone who was born among the people and who knew how to communicate with the people.

Words can shield the most blatant reality. Legislation to take away workers’ rights to a secret ballot, when deciding whether or not they want to be represented by a labor union, is called the “Employees’ Freedom of Choice Act.”

The merits or demerits of this legislation have seldom been debated. Who could be against “freedom of choice”?

The Obama administration’s new budget, with deficits that make previous irresponsible deficits look like child’s play, has a cover that says “A New Era of Responsibility.”

You want responsibility? He’ll give you the word “responsibility.” Why not? It costs nothing.

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Tax Day Tea Party

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Silent No More - Tax Day Tea Party

I urge each and every one of you to get involved in these Tea Party events. Tax Day Tea Party is in the process of coordinating Tea Party protest all over the nation, scheduled for April 15th. If you do not have an event in your area, keep checking back, as events are being added often.
If you feel strongly enough about our current “taxation without representation”, consider organizing an event.

See the Tax Day Tea Party website here.

Also see the American Tea Party here.

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Over Taxation Has Consequences

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

I have said time and again that the best way to stimulate the economy is to greatly reduce taxes for everyone who pays takes, up to and including an income tax holiday of several months in duration. Just as important, if not more so than tax cuts for individuals are the same for small businesses.
Obama and the Democrats seem totally oblivious to the concept that small businesses are the only employers who can act quickly. Small businesses are the only ones who can hire people practically overnight.
If all of us consumers ended up with several hundred to several thousand extra dollars in our paychecks, we would spend. The small businesses would feel this “stimulus” almost immediately. They in turn, would add employees and stock to respond to this increased demand. As a result, the unemployment rate would drop and the goods and services the small businesses buy from the larger corporations would in turn “stimulate” the corporations. They would begin their hiring procedures, which typically takes significantly longer than for a small business. The unemployment rate would drop again, as the corporations added people. These new hires at both the small businesses and large corporations would add their paychecks to the economy and before we know it, no more recession.
Obama and the liberal Dems are doing it all backwards. No chance they’re going to listen to anyone though.
Instead of doing this the right way, they are going to increase the tax burden on small businesses.
As a result, many small businesses are going to cut back in order to lower their income to below the $250,000 threshold set by Obama. Instead of helping the economy, Obama’s plan is going to hurt it even more. Not only have they saddled our children with a debt they have no chance of being able to afford, they are lengthening the recession, just like FDR’s spending did with the Great Depression.
I can’t say I blame the small business owner. Why would they want to work hard just to give their hard earned money way in taxes? I know I wouldn’t (and don’t) want to.

Obama’s tax proposal – which promises to increase taxes for those families with incomes of $250,000 or more — has some Americans brainstorming ways to decrease their pay, even if it’s just by a dollar.

A 63-year-old attorney based in Lafayette, La., who asked not to be named, told that she plans to cut back on her business to get her annual income under the quarter million mark should the Obama tax plan be passed by Congress and become law.

So far, Obama’s tax plan is being looked at skeptically by both Democrats and Republicans and therefore may not pass at all.

“We are going to try to figure out how to make our income $249,999.00,” she said.

“We have to find a way out where we can make just what we need to just under the line so we can benefit from Obama’s tax plan,” she added. “Why kill yourself working if you’re going to give it all away to people who aren’t working as hard?”

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“A Funny Sort of Depression” by Victor Davis Hanson

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Are we headed to something like the Great Depression?

There is clearly much to be worried about. Most of America’s private retirement 401(k) accounts have significantly decreased in value since last autumn’s crash. Home equity has plunged. The unemployment rate is above 7 percent and climbing.

We had negative GDP growth last quarter. Stock prices are the lowest in 10 years. Almost daily some company announces layoffs. Some big banks may be nationalized. The American auto industry will not survive as we have known it for nearly a century.

Abroad, the news is worse. European banks have lost trillions of euros in bad loans to Eastern Europe and Asia. Countries like Iceland, Ireland and Greece are teetering on insolvency. China’s export industries may have to lay off millions of workers.

Given all that news, we are in a funny sort of depression. Our spiraling national deficit is being financed by China, Japan and other overseas concerns at almost no interest — saving the United States trillions of dollars in debt service costs.

Nearly 93 percent of those Americans in the workforce are still employed. The difference between what the banks pay out in interest on depositors’ savings and what they charge borrowers for loans is one of the most profitable in recent memory.

The sudden crash in energy prices may be hurting Iran, the Gulf monarchies, Russia and Venezuela. Yet Americans, who import 60 percent of their transportation fuel, along with natural gas, have been given about a half-trillion-dollar annual reprieve. The reduced price of energy could translate into more than $1,500 in annual savings for the average driver, and hundreds of dollars off the heating and cooling bills for the homeowner.

For the vast majority of Americans with jobs, the fall in prices for almost everything from food to cars has, in real dollars, meant an actual increase in purchasing power. The loss in value of home equity is serious for those who need to relocate for work or want to downsize and move to an apartment or a retirement community. But when averaged over the last decade, real estate still shows a substantial annual increase in value.

Moreover, the vast majority of American homeowners — well over 90 percent — meet their mortgage payments. They have no plans to flip their homes for profit. For them, the fact that they have lost paper equity, or even owe more than their homes are currently appraised at, is scary — but not equivalent to a depression. Most are confident that after a few years their houses will appreciate again. As for now, working young couples have a chance to buy a house that would have been impossible just two years ago.

The same holds true for many retirement accounts whose decline is terrible for those retirees who count on drawing out each month what they put away or must cash out their depleted accounts at vastly reduced value.

But the majority of working Americans are not yet pulling out their sinking retirement funds. Most are still putting away pre-tax money each month, apparently confident that within a few years their portfolios will return to their former value. Some are even consoled that they are now buying mutual funds at rock-bottom prices rather than investing in sky-high investments at the peak of a bull market.

Times are bad for those out of work or those who bought expensive homes with paltry down payments. Yet for those hurting, there is a vast array of government help. Both private companies and public agencies offer all sorts of ways to either walk away from mortgage obligations or have them renegotiated. The same is true for credit-card debt.

Unemployment insurance, welfare, food stamps and even more new social programs on the way have redefined poverty from what our grandparents told us of the Great Depression.

I live in southeastern Fresno County, one of the poorest regions of a now nearly bankrupt California. Many people are hurting. Yet to go to the local Wal-Mart is to see late-model cars in the parking lots and plenty of cell phones, iPods and Blackberrys among the shoppers. Carts are stuffed with consumer goods, lots of food and Easter confections.

So are we in a depression that justifies a vast redefinition of government and a massive takeover of the private sector? Not quite. What we are witnessing instead is a sharp downturn from the most affluent era in the history of civilization. For the last two decades, we borrowed and spent as if there were no tomorrow. Now we are living in that tomorrow of cutting back and making do.

In relative terms, it is no longer 2005, but that does not mean it is 1932 either.

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Advanced Rocket Hits School in Israeli City of Ashkelon

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

The Pali terrorist continue to fire their weapons of terror at innocent Israeli women and children.
This time, they fired one of their more advanced rockets, the Grad (see my post here for details on this and other rockets the terrorist use), and hit a school. Fortunately, the school was empty due to the Jewish Sabbath.
Continue to pray for Israel, especially the people of the towns who are besieged almost daily.

Grad rocket that penetrated school’s fortification was of a type rarely fired, with vast potential for damage. In all seven rockets fired into Israel from Gaza Saturday

Palestinian fire on the Negev continued Saturday, with terrorist groups making use of more advanced weaponry. Experts say the two Grad rockets that landed in Ashkelon Saturday morning were new and improved models, capable of greater destruction than those usually fired from Gaza.

One of the rockets hit a school in the southern city, and succeeded in penetrating the fortification used to protect it from projectiles.

Police said Saturday evening that since the end of Israel’s offensive in Gaza 64 rockets and mortar shells have hit the battered South, lightly wounding four people and causing 14 to suffer from shock.

The Grad rockets that hit Ashkelon were two of only five or six locally manufactured 170 mm rockets ever fired at Israel, experts say. The rarely used rockets have a range of 14 km (8.6 miles) and are capable of massive damage, evident from the destruction witnesses described on the scene of Saturday’s attack.

Two tractors were required to pull the rocket from the ground in which it had become lodged.

Four Qassam rockets were also fired at the Negev Saturday, bringing the total number of projectiles to seven. The first landed in open spaces near a kibbutz in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, and residents reported that the Color Red alert, set to warn against incoming projectiles, was not sounded in the kibbutz. It was sounded in another town in the area, however.

Another landed in Eshkol Regional Council in the evening and the fourth landed south of Ashkelon. No injuries or damage were reported in either of the attacks.

The Ashkelon Municipality announced that schools would operate as usual on Sunday, save for the school hit by the Grad.

Ashkelon Parents’ Committee Chairman Yinon Jibli: “We respect the municipality’s decision but it seems the entire city should be halted tomorrow and not just the school system. Today was proof of that,” he said.

Last weekend the Parents’ Committee sent a letter to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak demanding to fortify more of Ashkelon’s education facilities.

“For a number of years now the children of Ashkelon have been serving as hostages in the hands of Hamas’ reign of terror,” the letter said in an allusion to kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, held by Hamas in Gaza.

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Anti-Abortion Activists Plan to Fight Sebelius’ Nomination for HHS

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

I liked the title of OneNewsNow article; “Sebelius as Health Sec’y – an oxymoron?” I’d have to agree with it.

Anti-abortion activists are planning to strongly oppose Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama’s pick for secretary of health and human services, saying the Kansas governor’s positions on abortion and her ties to a late-term abortion provider are too extreme for her to be in charge of America’s health care policy.

Kansas-based Operation Rescue says it will launch a full-out campaign against Sebelius because, as governor, she has had the support of Dr. George Tiller, who has been indicted for allegedly performing late-term abortions on underage girls.

“With Obama’s appointment of Gov. Sebelius to the Department of Health and Human Services, he might as well be appointing George Tiller, because Tiller is the one that will be pulling her strings,” said Operation Rescue Chief Troy Newman in a post on the group’s Web site.

“Sebelius’ involvement in Kansas abortion scandals and her indebtedness to the corrupt abortion lobby makes her unfit to serve. We urge our supporters to begin contacting their senators now to voice opposition to Sebelius’ confirmation.”

Sebelius’ opponents point out that HHS already is in the process of undoing a Bush administration regulation that allows medical personnel to refuse to provide abortion or sterilization services based on religious or moral grounds. The regulation went into effect on Inauguration Day.

But it’s unlikely Sebelius will face much opposition in the U.S. Senate. Even the two Republican senators from her own state — Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback — are fine with the choice. Roberts was in attendance at the White House Monday as Obama announced his nomination of Sebelius — a point the president noted.

As governor, Sebelius saw the abortion rate decline 8.5 percent in Kansas between 2002 and 2007, according to the state’s health department. The state’s abortion rate fell 14 percent between 2000 and 2005, according to the Allen Guttmacher Institute, which is generally cited by both abortion rights supporters and opponents for its statistics. The nation’s abortion rate declined 9 percent during that time, the institute reported.

Kansas is one of 32 states that uses Medicaid funds to pay for abortion when the mother’s life is in danger, or in cases of rape or incest. Sebelius vetoed legislation that would have authorized the secretary of the Department of Health and Environment to disclose information to district and county attorneys and the attorney general on physicians and medical care facilities that provide late-term abortions. The governor said the information could end up compromising women’s medical privacy.

Sebelius signed a bill known as “Alexa’s Law,” which allows for charges to brought against someone who commits violence on a fetus, and she signed legislation to require abortion providers to submit fetal tissue samples to the Kansas Bureau of Investigations when the mother is younger than 14 years old.

But Kansas state Rep. Steve Brunk, a Republican who sponsored Alexa’s Law, told that Sebelius is a clear, committed abortion rights protector who signed the legislation only because it was a criminal statute rolled into five other bills she supported.

“If she vetoed Alexa’s Law, she would have vetoed all five others,” Brunk said. Instead, he said, Sebelius decided to sign the “mega bill.”

“The political fallout from that would have been more than she wanted,” he said. “I think if she had a chance, she would have vetoed Alexa’s Law in a nanosecond.”

Brunk said that, to his knowledge, Sebelius has vetoed every piece of legislation aimed at a “woman’s right to know” about abortions, including legislation on statistical reporting and on requiring women to look at sonograms before going through with the procedure.

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Obama to Rescind Protection of Medical Practitioners Who Reject Procedures Based on ‘Conscience’

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

The Obama administration is moving to rescind a regulation that protects the civil rights and the exercise of conscience of medical practitioners. Under the regulation, medical workers were allowed to reject procedures if they violated their conscience. The Bush administration instituted the regulation in its last days, but it was challenged in court almost immediately.

Dr. David Stevens says the move by the White House “exposes the myth of moderation” in the president’s abortion policy by possibly forcing practitioners to perform abortions or euthanasia. And Stevens argues it is likely the most important bio-ethical issue that Christians face in the medical field.

“Because if we lose our right of conscience — then if we oppose embryonic stem-cell research, physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, or whatever — it’s not going to make any difference because we’re not going to be at the table any longer,” says the Christian physician.

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“Married” Gays in Mass. Sue U.S. for Federal Benefits

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

It was only a matter of time before the homosexual activist tried this. They will continue to use the liberal court systems to ram homosexual “marriage” down our throats.

The lawsuit was being filed Tuesday in federal court in Boston by Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the anti-discrimination group that brought a successful legal challenge leading to Massachusetts becoming the first state in the nation to legalize gay marriage in 2004.

Only Massachusetts and Connecticut allow gay marriage. Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey and New Hampshire allow civil unions.

Californians voted in November to overturn a court ruling that allowed gay marriage, but the state still offers domestic partnerships that guarantee the same rights as marriage. Hawaii is considering a bill that will allow same-sex civil unions.

The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, was enacted by Congress in 1996 when it appeared Hawaii would soon legalize same-sex marriage and opponents worried that other states would be forced to recognize such marriages. The new lawsuit challenges only the portion of the law that prevents the federal government from affording Social Security and other benefits to same-sex couples.

President Barack Obama has pledged to work to repeal DOMA and reverse the Department of Defense policy that prevents openly gay people from serving in the military.

Mary Bonauto, GLAD’s Civil Rights Project director, said the lawsuit is the first major challenge to the section of the law that denies same-sex couples access to more than 1,000 federal programs and legal protections in which marriage is a factor.

All the plaintiffs are from Massachusetts and have marriages that are recognized by the state. They include a U.S. Postal Service employee who wasn’t allowed to add her spouse to her health insurance plan; a Social Security Administration retiree who was denied health insurance for his spouse; three widowers who were denied death benefits for funeral expenses; and a man who has been denied a passport bearing his married name.

“This law is an absolute intrusion into an area that states have governed for centuries — marriage,” Bonauto said.

In Hara’s case, he was denied any portion of Studds’ $114,000 pension after the Democratic congressman died in 2006. The two married in 2004 after being together for 14 years.

“I am not being treated the same as any other surviving spouse of any other federal employee or public servant who has served this country for 27 years, when I have been legally married,” Hara said.

Defendants in the lawsuit are the United States of America and several federal agencies, which are being represented by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Obviously, we are going to take a look at it and make a determination as to how the government would ultimately respond after we review it,” DOJ spokesman Charles Miller said.
Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School, said the lawsuit is a “plausible challenge” to DOMA.

“It’s a question of whether Congress oversteps its bounds and engages in irrational discrimination when it draws a line in terms of concrete benefits for individuals who are otherwise eligible simply because the marriages they have entered involve same-sex couples rather than opposite-sex couples,” he said.

Opponents of same-sex marriage say those who challenge DOMA are trying to impose gay marriage on the rest of the country.

“Massachusetts has made benefits available on a state level, but Massachusetts can’t force the federal government’s hand or the other states to accept same-sex marriage,” said Mathew Staver, founder of the Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit that says it’s dedicated to advancing religious freedom and the traditional family.

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Embryonic Stem Cell Injections May Cause Tumors

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Many people believe that stem cells from aborted fetuses have yielded many positive results. As we have documented repeatedly on this blog, all of the major advancements in stem cell research have occurred using adult stem cells, not embryonic stem cells. Stem cell research is not a valid reason to justify abortions.
Now there is yet another reason to avoid using stem cells; they may cause tumors.

Israeli researchers are the first in the world to have documented that the injection of stem cells from aborted human fetuses can trigger tumors.

Stem cells, especially those from few-day-old embryos, are considered by many to be a potential cure for a wide variety of chronic disorders – from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s to diabetes and heart disease – because they have the ability to produce new cells of all types for the repair of diseased organs.

But the new research, based on the case of a now-16-year-old Israeli youth suffering from a rare genetic degenerative disease who underwent the highly experimental injections in Russia, is the first documented case of a human brain tumor – albeit a benign, slow-growing one – after fetal stem cell therapy, and sounds an alarm that future stem cell use must be preceded by extensive research.

The patient, born here to parents of Moroccan origin, developed ataxia telangiectasia (AT) as a young child. Degeneration of a certain brain region gradually robs these children of movement, and a faulty immune system leads to frequent infections and cancers. Most victims die in their teens or early 20s.

Although the boy’s doctors at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, urged the desperate parents against it, they took him to an unnamed clinic in Moscow for injections of fetal stem cells into his brain and spinal cord.

He returned to Russia twice – at age 10 and 12 – for more injections.

Then, at the age of 13, he developed painful headaches, and an MRI scan showed he had tumors in several parts of the brain and the spinal cord.

Two-and-a-half years ago, hematology Prof. Gideon Rechavi, head of Sheba’s Cancer Center and Tel Aviv University’s Cancer Biology Center, headed a team that investigated the case and found after extensive pathological and genetic research that the tumors were not germane to the patient, but were sourced from at least two fetuses whose foreign tissue had been injected into him.

For example, the tumors contained both XX (female) and XY (male) cells, while if they had come from the boy’s body they could not have female chromosomes. They also had two normal copies of the ATM gene, which causes AT when mutated. Since the boy has AT, those genes cannot be his.

The team noted, however, that the fact that the boy has AT may have facilitated the growth of the tumors because of the weak immune system in such patients.

In 2006, the boy underwent brain and spinal cord surgery performed by Prof. Shlomo Constantini, head of the pediatric neurosurgery department at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center’s Dana Children’s Hospital. Only those tumors that were believed to grow relatively rapidly were removed.

Today, the youth’s condition is stable, with the tumors growing slowly enough to be considered benign, but he is wheelchair-bound.

While the parents reportedly regret taking him to Russia, AT is such a dangerous genetic disorder – killing most victims by the age of 20 – that it threatens his life more than the tumors.

The Jerusalem Post learned that the researchers’ work, just published in the US Public Library of Science (PLoS) on-line, open-access journal, was initially turned down for publication by the highly prestigious journals Nature and Science.

One of the study’s authors, Dr. Ninette Amariglio, suggested that the journals were apparently “fearful of the multi-billion-dollar stem cell lobby, as the study could hurt its prospects.”

In addition, publishers “prefer optimistic science. Our study is not pessimistic, but it warns that researchers have to be aware of possible complications and dangers,” said Amariglio, who heads the Diagnostic Molecular Hemato-Oncology Laboratory at Sheba Medical Center.

“We by no means suggest that stem cell research should be halted,” Amariglio stressed. “Although this report indicates the need for caution in stem cell therapy, we do not imply that the research in stem cell therapeutics should be abandoned.

“We do suggest that extensive research into the biology of stem cells and in-depth preclinical studies, especially of safety, should be pursued in order to maximize the potential benefits of regenerative medicine while minimizing the risks.”

Stem cells are not medications, Amariglio added, but are still unpredictable, so desperate patients should not undergo questionable “therapies” that could endanger them more than their disease.

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