Too Close To Call?

In Pa. Governor's Race, A Democratic Divide

It's a close race for the Democratic candidacy for the upcoming gubernatorial election in Pennsylvania. As a former resident of the Philly suburbs, I have a soft spot in my heart for Ed Rendell. On the other hand, he's pro-choice and a Gore supporter *shudder*. Casey's father was an excellent governor, but how much of his father's skill's did he inherit? He's pro-life, which I like, but he's pro-gun and has almost no political experience. It's a tough decision for those of us registered Democrat.

You Can't Be Serious

United States Patent: 6,368,227

"A method of swing on a swing is disclosed, in which a user positioned on a standard swing suspended by two chains from a substantially horizontal tree branch induces side to side motion by pulling alternately on one chain and then the other."

Based on this precedent, perhaps I should patent my unique way of picking my nose.

Catholic Crisis

Here's a Washington Post article related to the previous post .

Catholics: Church in Midst of A 'Crisis'

"A growing majority of Catholics are sharply critical of the way the Roman Catholic Church has handled instances of child abuse by priests and believe the scandal has deeply tarnished the church's reputation, according to a national survey by The Washington Post, ABC News and Beliefnet.com. The survey suggests that weeks of media reports about priests who are sexual predators have led many devout Catholics to wrestle with long-held beliefs and assumptions about their church and its leaders."

Catholic Reform?

[Here's another post by Jerry. This won't be all, though. There WILL be more. I WILL toss in my $2.50 (This is waaaaay beyond $0.02) some time soon (probably after finals are over). – Funky]

Here's a liberal Brit take on the American Catholic Church. Not to minimize the terrible consequences of this scandal, but I think this is another case of liberal media projecting its wishes/ideology on a situation. Aside from that poll in the Wall Street Journal, we have a lot of speculation bulked up only by a brief chat with one liberal American theologian. *yawn*

Sex scandals may lead Catholics in US to defy Rome

Stem Cells (part 2)

Here's a news story related to the previous post .

First successful human stem cell treatment for heart disease uses adult stem cells

"The first reports of successful treatment for heart disease using the patient's own adult muscle stem cells are encouraging news regarding therapy after heart attack. French physiciansimplanted skeletal muscle stem cells back into the patient; the encouraging result after eight months' follow- up underlines the potential of this new approach using adult stem cells. Furtherclinical trials are now underway in Europe and the U.S. for other patients with heart disease. No
embryonic stem cells have ever been reported to be used in human trials. A review of potential heart treatments notes that cell transplantation is a potential therapeuticapproach for patients with chronic heart failure. Experimental transplantation of muscle cellsshowed that the grafted cells can functionally integrate with and augment the function of the recipient heart. The scientists note that skeletal stem cells are abundant and can be graftedsuccessfully into the animal's own heart even after genetic manipulation in vitro."