One of the most important reasons for living is to do something – live outside of yourself

Other then they must have something to whine about the same way alcoholics have to have another drink, I’m having a difficult time understanding why Republicans in a odd twisted way care so much about what Iran thinks, Khamenei calls elections a victory for Iran

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday called U.S. President George W. Bush’s defeat in congressional elections a victory for Iran.

Bush has accused Iran of trying to make a nuclear bomb, being a state sponsor of terrorism and stoking sectarian conflict in Iraq, all charges Tehran denies.

“This issue (the elections) is not a purely domestic issue for America, but it is the defeat of Bush’s hawkish policies in the world,” Khamenei said in remarks reported by Iran’s student news agency ISNA on Friday.

This guy’s world view isn’t all that much different then George W. Bush. He and Dubya believe that the Flying Spaghetti Monster whispers little messages in their ear. They’re two edges to the same coin. The Right ( I’m not pulling any quotes, it’s not worth the bother – the usual suspects Captain’s Quarters, Powerline, Sister Toldjah, GOP Bloggers etc) suddenly claims that it is imperative that the world see America as strong, which the world supposedly did pre-midterm elections and now the world doesn’t. There they go again, conservatives and their reality perception problems shoehorned in with their favorite straw man argument. The world the last few years and the middle-east, particularly the Isalmic radicals saw Bush and his Congressional lap dogs fall for a sucker punch and directing an incredible amount of resources into a fight in Iraq, which true or not the world sees us as losing or at least bogged down in fighting an insurgency that has nothing to do with al-Queda. There are, as our new Senator from Virginia Jim Webb said, terrorists in Iraq now because Bush let them in. Democrats were not in charge when Bush let a clear victory slip away in Afghanistan. The Righties don’t think that Khamenei and Bin Laden had a good snicker over the ineptitude of the fake cowboy from Crawford? Then there’s the meme that Democrats are not committed to fighting terrorism. For a political movement that has proved itself incapable of defining terror or winning, prioritizing resources, and letting Bin Laden get away at Tora Bora among a lengthy list of unforgivable screw-ups; I have to admit they either have a lot of nerve or a rabid blind alliance to partisan politics that has precedent in only the most despotic delusional political movements. If Democrats can get a 40% improvement in Iraq’s reconstruction that would be more then a 100% improvement over the conservative record. These wankers that are trying to pass themselves off as political pundits are actually asking who Iran is going to be more deterred by in regards to the development of nuclear technology. The facts are always the ugly things that are better left in closets as dar as the Right is concerned. Iran has gone ahead with its nuclear program the last five years not feeling the least threatened with the paranoid fringe saber rattlers in charge, as has North Korea. When all else fails, the facts, the truth, the Right always, always tries to rewrite history with themselves as the calvary and our only chance at survival. People that engage in such fairy tales on a consistent basis are usually referred to as children. America just decided to put some adults in charge and it doesn’t matter a flying fig what the Right or Khamenei says its time for some folks to realize they had their chance and they blew it.

Stem cells fend off lung cancer

Embryonic stem cells, the controversial and versatile cells that seem able to do just about anything, have now expanded their repertoire into cancer prevention. A vaccine made from these cells shields mice against developing lung cancer under conditions thought to mimic the effects of smoking.

Safety concerns about injecting stem cells into humans mean that regulatory agencies are unlikely to approve human tests of the vaccine, says lead researcher John Eaton at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

Nevertheless, he thinks the vaccine is worth testing in people at high risk of developing cancer, such as heavy smokers or people with certain genetic mutations.

Other researchers are more cautious. Cancer vaccines, particularly vaccines made from cells, are notoriously more effective in mice than people, says Jeffrey Weber, an immunotherapist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. “The idea is interesting, but the execution may be impossible,” he says.

But both Weber and Eaton agree that the finding could lead to new ways to prevent or treat cancer.

Another disappointment for Mel Gibson and Jerry Falwell.

Waxman Set to Probe Areas of Bush Gov’t

The Democratic congressman who will investigate the Bush administration’s running of the government says there are so many areas of possible wrongdoing, his biggest problem will be deciding which ones to pursue.

There’s the response to Hurricane Katrina, government contracting in Iraq and on homeland security, political interference in regulatory decisions by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, and allegations of war profiteering, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., told the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m going to have an interesting time because the Government Reform Committee has jurisdiction over everything,” Waxman said Friday, three days after his party’s capture of Congress put him in line to chair the panel. “The most difficult thing will be to pick and choose.”

A Republican in this LA Times article, Democrats are set to subpoena says

“What we have to be wary of, and the American public will be wary of, is a subpoena bazaar here on Capitol Hill, and government by investigation by Democrats,” said Kevin Madden, a spokesman for House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).

But even some scholars say recent GOP oversight has been lax. “This could be remembered as a historically unique period in which an administration got immunity from Congress to engage in errors with impunity,” said Charles Tiefer, a University of Baltimore law professor and a former House counsel.

If Henry Waxman with the power of the majority party decides to nail you just start lawyering up, you’ll need it. Though Madden speaks from the cover-your-ass position of the the most corrupt Congress since the Reconstruction era there is something to be said for not getting sobpoena happy. The public clearly wanted the Democrats in power to start cleaning up and starting in a better direction. If they get bogged down in endless hearings that will not be perceived as a positive change in course. So as Waxman said, when they ” pick and choose”, I hope they do so on high priority issues that will save lives and taxpayer dollars. Let the FBI loose to handle criminal wrong doing like the Duke Cunninghams, Abramoffs, and Bob Nyes.

Farewell to Jack Palance, Actor Jack Palance; in a Varied Career, Roles as Embodiment of Evil Stand Out

In his first film, “Panic in the Streets” (1950), directed by Kazan and starring Richard Widmark and Paul Douglas, he played Blackie, a killer infected with bubonic plague. After “Halls of Montezuma,” he portrayed Lester Blaine, a lover stalking a terrified Joan Crawford, in “Sudden Fear” (1952); his performance resulted in his first Academy Award nomination as best supporting actor.

He was nominated again the next year for his role as Jack Wilson, the sinister gunfighter who toys with Alan Ladd as the peace-loving former gunslinger in “Shane,” the George Stevens epic. In a final and memorable showdown, freighted with symbolism and foreshadowed throughout the film, Ladd outshoots the black-hatted arch villain.

He was a renegade Apache in “Arrowhead” (1953), Jack the Ripper in “Man in the Attic” (1953), Attila the Hun in “Sign of the Pagan” (1954) and Fidel Castro in “Che!” (1969). Other significant films in which he appeared include “Kiss of Fire,” “Oklahoma Crude,” “The Big Knife,” “I Died a Thousand Times,” ” Le M?pris ” (“Contempt”), “The Lonely Man” and “House of Numbers.”

If you think of yourself as a movie buff and haven’t seen Shane, then your film education is incomplete.

“One of the most important reasons for living is to do something – live outside of yourself and put together an idea, an idea that you want to explore and then complete… Awaken your creative sensitivities!” – Jack Palance