Rush Limbaugh: Scumbag

If you were to ask me what I thought of Rush Limbaugh, I’d have to quote the great R.J. Fletcher in saying “people like that should be put to sleep.” As Don Imus said in 2003,

Rush is a fat, pill-popping loser and an undisciplined slob who was
turning his maid into a drug pusher, and she’s the one who’s gonna go to prison,
and – as soon as he gets caught – he starts whining…

For those of you who don’t know, yesterday, Rush “I-Don’t-Have-a-Drug-Problem” Limbaugh accused Michael J. Fox of putting on an “act” — faking the symptoms of his Parkinson’s disease in tv advertisements for Democratic candidates:

“He is exaggerating the effects of the disease…He’s moving all around and
shaking and it’s purely an act…This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox.
Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting.”

Now, I know there’s a disagreement over embroynic stem cell research. Go ahead, Jay, argue for adult stem cells — even though they aren’t effective.

I’ve written about this issue a thousand times, and it’s clear I’m never going to persuade those on the right. Let’s tackle Stem Cell Research for the 1,001th time, shall we?

The debate: Stem cell research will take cells from unused human embryos, that would otherwise be destroyed as a result of IVF donors’ decision not to use them. When conservatives realize they really don’t have any sort of argument, they link it to cloning and abortion.

John Danforth, a man I admire and respect is in favor of Stem Cell Research. I don’t understand why the right can’t follow his example.

11/02: Ok, so I retract the part about being a murderer. I respect your convictions if you oppose research — Matt, you’re right. It’s unfair to call anyone who opposes ESCR on moral grounds a ‘murderer.’

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6 Responses to Rush Limbaugh: Scumbag

  1. Matt says:

    Ben, I agree with you on the need for legalized and federally-funded embryonic stem cell research. However, I would like to implore you to show respect to individuals who disagree with you on this. I cannot believe that you (rightly) berate Rush Limbaugh in this post for his abusive language, then turn around and call individuals who oppose stem cell research murderers. They are not murderers, and I know that you would be (rightly) outraged if someone were to refer to pro-choicers as murderers. So would I, as a pro-life pro-stem cell research individual. Every person has the right to believe that a stem cell is a viable human life deserving of protection. I myself happen to be of that moral bent. If adult stem cells could be used as well as embryonic ones, and if there were no considerable hope of improving life for the living, I would be deeply opposed to embryonic stem cell research. Morally, I feel that it is a tragic necessity at best and murder at worst. Legally, I acknowledge that the government has no role in dictating morality. Socially, I must ask you to respect the beliefs of those of us with reservations about the morality of stem cell research, regardless of our political views.

    Now, back to Rush: that dirtbag honestly believes Michael J. Fox is faking it? He’s a sick and twisted man. How on earth he can rationalize such idiotic hatred is beyond me.

    On a lighter note, it’s a good thing that it was the liberals who did lots of drugs back in the day. Evidently, conservatives + drugs = you know who.

  2. Joe Rodrigues says:

    Well, Ben.

    If adult stem cells “aren’t effective” and embryonic stem cells presumably
    are, I’m sure you can name at least medical treatment derived from
    embryonic cells for every one I can name derived from adult cells.

    The treatments must be at least developed enough for clinical trials.

    Adult stem cell #1: Bone marrow transplant
    Bone marrow (contaning blood stem cells) is transplanted from a healthy
    donor to replace cancerous or damaged stem cells in the patient.

    New Jersey resident Jurgen Kansong’s leukemia was forced into remission
    by chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and a bone marrow transplant.

    http://www.marrow.org/NEWS/ARTICLES/lifesaved09102002.html

    Your turn.

  3. Matt says:

    Adult stem cell research is important, don’t get me wrong, but we can’t even imagine the potential that embryonic stem cells posess. We at least need to do more studies to find out what they are capable of. There are few known treatments that have been found because this technology is brand new and tragically under-funded. We must allocate funds to explore the vast potential of embryonic stem cells before judging their abilities too harshly.

    Don’t ask for treatments. We won’t find them until research money is available.

  4. Joe Rodrigues says:

    Actually, Matt, there are no known treatments derived from embryonic stem cells. This discrepancy, however does not result from lack of funding so much as a lack of potential. Look at just the biological facts:

    In every species, embryonic stem cells have the natural function of developing into an adult organism. Adult stem cells replace other cells damaged by injury or just normal wear-and-tear. Which one is the better potential source of treatment?

    too be continued…

  5. Joe Rodrigues says:

    (continued. sorry, I thought the school computer lab was closing)

    You say that stem cell research is “chronically underfunded.” Could you back that up with some reputable statistics? From what I see, from the NIH, about 22% of Federal funded stem cell funding is going to embryonic stem cell research. (Only 14% of human stem cell resarch funding is for embryonics).

    Besides, Matt, I didn’t know that you were so religiously committed to stem cell research. Why else would you support taking citizens’ money to spend on something that “we can’t even imagine.”?

    Perhaps you’d like to ante up first.

  6. Matt says:

    Why did we ever spend money on that stupid idea to send tin cans up to space? Why did we ever think there was reasonable evidence to think that electronic boxes could ever transmit information around the globe in a split second’s time? What ever made us think that we should pump tax-payer dollars into that totally untested theory that we could scan the stars for life using radio telescopes?

    Why should we spend money on embryonic stem cells? South Korea’s booming biotech industry could tell you.

    The NIH only spends money on embryonic stem cells only when they come from existing lines, not when they arise from new lines. Most of the existing lines are corrupted and insufficient for further experimentation. I’d say that’s chonic underfunding.

    If these processes turn out to have no practical value, then the government will and ought to discontinue funding. To ban all federal dollars from being used for research that has the potential to develop treatments for cancer, Alzheimer’s, etc. is ridiculous.

    As far as the adult vs. embryonic stem cell argument, we should explore both. To work with cells that have the potential to become any original cell in the human body, rather than just a replacement cell, could hold great benefits. Again, if they do not, then we ought to stop, but we can’t stop if we never start. Scientific progress that betters human life should not be banned.

    Pardon, but now I’m “religiously committed to stem cell research?” Did you see my earlier posts lambasting Ben for being so dogmatic about stem cell research and expressing my moral reservations about the research? Believe me, I’m no ideologue here. However, I tend to lean (ever so slightly) towards libertarianism on social issues. Liberty until proven otherwise. I see no proof that should hold up in a court of law that stem cell research’s benefits do not outweigh the risks and moral questions. I support stem cell research because of a reservoir of untapped potential that federal funds should support in the same light as any other new research methods that it already sponsors.

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