Fox News: McCain tactics frightening

Cynthia C. says:

I never thought I’d see the day when a conservative political figure went so far over to the dark side that even FOX “NEWS” couldn’t stomach it.

So it is with McCain’s “Joe the Plumber” – Joe Six Pack – the dude that just seemed to show up in the crowd one day at a campaign rally and suddenly became the guy McCain pinned his hopes on for helping him to win the election.

Unfortunately “Joe” whose real name is Samuel Wurzelbacher and who actually does not even HAVE a plumbers license, is even more of a wacko than Sarah Palin. But that doesn’t stop McCain from using him as a surrogate to push the only tool in McCain’s campaign chest, FEAR OF OBAMA. So it has become Joe’s (Or Samuel’s) job to push the notion that a vote for Obama is a vote for the death of Israel.

“Joe” is also a relative of Keating.

Religious intolerance in the Bible

The Brick Testament has published several new Bible stories from the Chronicles of the kings. The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith says:

Does extreme religious intolerance stir your soul? Does rampant destruction of cultural artifacts move you deep within? Does the slaughter of innocent civilians en masse inspire your heart and mind? If so, the seven newly illustrated Bible stories that bring the King Solomon section of The Brick Testament to a close are certain to leave you feeling just a little closer to God:

While the southern kingdom of Judah struggles to find just the right mix of death and destruction to appease Yahweh into granting them peace, the northern kingdom of Israel suffers much bloodshed due to a system of political succession in which anyone who murders the king in cold blood is immediately granted the kingship. Though for thousands of years this was indeed how many nations appointed their leaders, fortunately here in the United States we learned our lesson and swiftly amended the Constitution after the brief but turbulent Oswald and Ruby administrations of the 1960s.

Eco-friendly canvassing

Here’s one man in Missouri who volunteered to visit his neighbours to canvass for Barack Obama–by horseback.

Methotrexate could help stop rheumatoid arthritis in its tracks

A monthly injection could keep rheumatoid arthritis from getting worse. A medical trial suggests that half of those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis could be helped:

The antibody drug tocilizumab works with an existing treatment, methotrexate, to stop the condition in which the body attacks its own joints. The drug, which will be sold under the brand name RoActemra by Roche, is awaiting approval by drugs regulators in Europe and the US.

The work was presented at a meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.

Nothing can be done to reverse the damage caused by RA but the new results show the two drugs taken together can achieve remission by stopping progression of the disease.

In trials involving 1,190 patients, taking tocilizumab plus methotrexate halted the condition in 47% of patients, compared to only 8% when methotrexate was taken alone.

X-rays showed the combination treatment slowed structural damage to joints by 85% on average, compared with 67% for methotrexate alone.

Tocilizumab or TCZ is an antibody against interleukin-6. IL-6 causes various clinical symptoms, including autoantibodies, fatigue, anemia, anorexia, and fever and raises the rate of sedimentation by red blood cells, all of which develop in patients with chronic autoimmune inflammatory diseases. Blocking the IL-6 signaling pathway reduces those symptoms.

TCZ is described as a “Recombinant Humanized Anti-human[-]Interleukin-6 Receptor Antibody.

hands distorted by rheumatoid arthritis

hands distorted by rheumatoid arthritis


Video: “Why do women give McCain a zero?”

The McCain Clinic:

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John McCain’s record on reproductive rights couldn’t be more appalling. There, we said it! We said it because the corporate media won’t confront McCain on the real issues in this election. They won’t tell you, for instance, that McCain has consistently received a big fat zero from NARAL on its pro-choice scorecard. Nor will they tell you that McCain has flip-flopped on Roe v. Wade and now supports overturning this all-too-crucial case.

Because the corporate media has failed to do its job, we have to work extra hard to do ours. And so we’ve created McCain’s Clinic, a sneak peek at what a women’s health clinic could look like if McCain were elected.

We must spread awareness about McCain’s record now, especially considering a recent Planned Parenthood poll found that half of female voters in 16 battleground states don’t know enough about McCain’s views on reproductive health. What’s more, one in four pro-choice McCain supporters would be less likely to vote for McCain after knowing he opposes Roe v. Wade and backs abstinence-only education.

Here’s what you can do: send this video to everyone you know and Digg It! By taking these steps, you can help educate female voters in battleground states about McCain’s anti-choice record.

We’re talking about a man who has voted anti-choice 123 out of 128 times. A man who wouldn’t require prescription coverage for birth control. A man who voted against allocating $100 million to preventative health services that would have reduced unintended and teen pregnancies. A man who could irreparably damage women’s rights in our country unless we get the word out about him now.

WordPress for LinkedIn

The WordPress blog announced that you can now send updates from your blog to LinkedIn.

To add the WordPress App to your LinkedIn account, visit the LinkedIn Application Directory. Select the WordPress App, enter your blog’s URL, and choose to display either all of your blog posts or just those tagged with “LinkedIn.” Save, and you’re all set!

Now your network will be notified when you post something new to your or blog. Your WordPress avatar will automatically display alongside the top post (we, of course, suggest you use Gravatar for that).

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