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Nrlc On Clonaid



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The National Right to Life Committee on the Clonaid claim:


NRLC has no way to evaluate the validity of claims that a cloned human infant has been born, and that other women are carrying unborn human clones.

But what is know for sure is this: Multiple laboratories in the U.S. are working towards mass creation of cloned human embryos to use in research that will kill them. In order to prevent such human embryo farms, and the other horrors of human cloning that will follow, the Senate must act quickly to pass the Brownback-Weldon cloning ban.

NRLC believes that every member of the human species should be recognized as a human being with intrinsic human rights, regardless of the circumstances of his or her creation. This position is in contrast with the suggestion of some that a clone — whether embryo, fetus, or newborn — should not be regarded as a “human being.”

Boxing Day



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A number of readers have emailed in to ask why December 26th is called
“Boxing Day” in England. Easy one: when you wake up the morning after
Christmas Day, the hangover makes you wish you were in your box. Recalling
all those news stories about middle-aged sedentary guys dropping from heart
attacks while shoveling snow, I went out and attacked my driveway in a
frenzy, but no luck. At such times I recall Basil Fawlty, when Polly
suggests that some horrible situation he’s got them into may be just a
nightmare. Basil smacks his head on the counter a few times, shakes
himself, says: “No, it’s real. We’re stuck with it.” Now, on the 27th, I
am glad to report that all is well. Although, on the subject of driveways,
I could not help but notice, while walking Boris yesterday, that the median
age of the men shoveling driveways along our route was around 48. This, in
a neighborhood thick with teenagers. Something wring here

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Bertelsmann



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There’s been a rash of stories about how the giant media company had ties with the Nazis. On Monday the Wall Street Journal did a leader on how execs aren’t telling the whole story etc. The Times did similar stories in the Fall. Now, I think it’s safe to say helping the Nazis is never a good thing. But are we supposed to be shocked that a German publisher had to work with Nazis in order to stay in business? I thought everybody had to do this. Of course, there was no comparable problem in USSR, where there were no private publishers. And yet working directly for the Soviet State isn’t nearly as bad as working for a private German firm, maybe because if you held the Russians to that standard everyone would be guilty because everyone worked for the State. Anyway, if Bertelsmann is guilty of things we don’t know about, by all means let’s hear about it. But spare me the shocking revelation that Nazism in Germany was abetted by Germans.

Web Briefing: September 2, 2014

Losers of The Year



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I Saw...



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Two Towers yesterday. Deciding whether to write at length or just in Corner. Generally, I liked it. But I saw it at a bad theater and I’m kicking myself — and considering how inflexible I am that’s pretty impressive.

It’s Never Too Late to Treat Yourself



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Chocs Away



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42-year-old Marlene Ponce from North Carolina, described in the London Daily Mail as “exuberant”, “tiny” and “sobbing and wailing with excitement” succeeded in breaking through the security cordon to present Prince William with a greetings card on Christmas Day. So far so good. It turns out, however, that the kindly Ms. Ponce also gave the prince a Christmas gift – “a large block of American chocolate”.

American chocolate? That wasn’t a good move. Despite the tragic absence of Marmite, pork pies and chicken-flavored crisps, American food is, on the whole, better than the offerings available in Blighty. This is, not, however true of chocolate. Hersheys may try their best, but if Marlene really wants to impress her prince she needs to go to a traditional British sweet shop and load up on Aero, Flake, Maltesers, Bounty and maybe a Cadbury’s crème egg or two.


The Media...



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…, and everyone who has mentioned this Clonaid news to me this morning, most of whom have not been paying any attention (most Americans) to the work of the likes of the Kass Commission, is focusing on the fact that these people are nuts. The focus should be how real a possibility this could be and that U.S. law does not prohibit this kind of tinkering with human life.

Superstars



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Robert, I’d vowed not to do any more on the punky-cons controversy (lots of e-mail on this whole topic by the way, interestingly), but I have to disagree with you on who you categorize as ‘superstars’. In the old country, at least, both the Damned and the Stranglers (saw ‘em once in 79 – the guy I went with managed to lose a shoe for some, unexplained, reason) were also considered to be in the top rank.

Thanks though for reminding me about the Undertones and, of course, “Another Girl, Another Planet”. Memories!

Expect some criticism over your inclusion of Plastic Bertrand. That trendiest of Belgians (or was he French?) already came under fire from some of my correspondents a couple of days ago…


No....



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You don’t have to be a lawyer to be on the Supreme Court, Kathryn. That’s why I’ve always thought James Q. Wilson or Harvey Mansfield would be great picks. But I don’t think a non-lawyer will ever be appointed, alas.

Clonaid Is Claiming...



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…that it took them only three months to figure out how to clone humans, and that we should expect three more clones before the end of January. That being said, if this were legit, you’d think they would wait to announce until they had “independent” parties look at the child….and that they would produce some evidence….whether this one turns out to be true or not, that preff conference was immensely disturbing and is a huge message to the U.S. Congress and White House: Ban this. Though, you do have this terrible feeling–I did listening to her–that it’s already, to some degree, too late.

It’s Time to Start Naming...



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…our Supreme Court picks. Ramesh Ponnuru (do you have to be a lawyer?), Kate O’Beirne, Mary Ann Glendon, Robert P. George, Ted Olson, Mark Levin, Jonathan Adler…Priscilla Owen!

About Clonaid



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So many reasons to hope this clone news is a hoax, among them the fact that the group claiming it is full of nuts. Here’s a look.

Scrooged



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Hey, We Know Her!



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Lucianne Goldberg’s on CSPAN at 8.

No Caesar



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North Korea Expelling Inspectors



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Late Roman Empire



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There is such a thing as too much money. For want of children, a civilization is being lost.

Punky-Cons Vs. Crunchy Cons



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Hey, there is not necessarily a conflict between being a crunchy con and a punky con! You know who we need to hear from on the subject of punk and conservatism? Danny “Son of Ben” Wattenberg, the Ur-punk conservative. Somebody call him.

No Jews in The Kingdom



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The State Department denies it has a policy of avoiding sending Jewish diplomats to Saudi Arabia.

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