The fact that Bill Clinton was going to speak at the Democratic National Convention was sufficient to justify my personal boycott of that event, and the fact that Scott Baio (“Happy Days,” “Charles in Charge,” “Joanie Loves Chachi”) is speaking at this convention is enough to to keep me away from the Republicans. I assumed that Scott was a speaker the last time because the Republicans were shunning Trump, forcing the nominee to scrape the bottom of the barrel, but he’s the President now. I refuse to accept that there aren’t better choices than Scott Baio available. He’s not only a washed up actor, he’s a washed up actor whom other actors never liked when he wasn’t washed up. He couldn’t even get along with Dick Van Dyke! Baio starred in one of the most degrading reality shows yet—that’s saying something—in which he visited all of his old girlfriends who he had abused when he was a star, admitted how horribly he had treated them and begged for forgiveness, resulting in about half of the women excoriating him on camera. Baio also has been accused of sexually assaulting one of the teenage girls Charles was supposed to be in charge of. Nice.
“the best people…”
1. I don’t understand this story at all, but I do know that the people who run the Susan B. Anthony museum are grandstanding jerks. Last week President Trump pardoned suffragist Susan B. Anthony, who died in 1906, for her conviction in 1872 for voting before it was legal for women to do so. I wrote about it and rated the pardon a cynical move even for Trump, and a transparent sop for feminists. Then, based partly on the completely unproven theory that Anthony would not have wanted to be pardoned, and partly on the now familiar efforts of “the resistance” to deny the President the opportunity to engage in the most benign uses of his legitimate power without being attacked for it, the leaders of the Susan B. Anthony Museum declined the pardon on her behalf, and the news media dutifully reported that the order had been declined.
The museum has no more power to decline a Presidential pardon for Anthony than I do.
2. Stop telling me I’m picking on Democrats unless you can find a Republican candidate as bad as this creep—who won his primary. If you do, I promise I’ll write about him, too. Aaron Coleman, a 19-year-old Community college student, won his primary race for the Kansas state House of Representatives despite confessing that he has engaged in “bullying, revenge porn, and blackmail.” Coleman defeated 13-year incumbent Stan Frownfelter, in the Democratic primary for the 37th District. The results were certified this week. He’ll be running unopposed the November election. (nice work, there, GOP. Can’t you get Scott Baio to run? During the campaign, Coleman told former Republican state lawmaker John Whitmer that he would “laugh and giggle when you get COVID and die,” according to the Kansas City Star. His apology was about what you would expect. But Coleman is a professed “progressive,” and matters of character are secondary (at best) to his target voters, like those of the rest of his party.
3. And now, a bioethics break! The Human Fetal Tissue Research Ethics Advisory Board, appointed by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, voted to block 13 out of 14 applications for fetal tissue research to the HHS on “ethical grounds.” That’s a misnomer: they were blocked on Moral grounds, because the majority of the board believes that abortion is immoral, and fetal tissue is available because of abortion. However, there is no ethical argument for not using the tissue that will be discarded if it is not used for crucial research. The ban will not hasten a review of Rose v. Wade. It will not save a single unborn life. It will, almost certainly, cost lives.
Of the 15 members on the board, at least ten oppose abortion fetal tissue and stem cell research. Only one is an open advocate for fetal tissue research. Now there’s a balanced board for you! All of the applications came from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and had been approved as promising and based on solid science. The only proposal that passed by a nine-to-six vote was an attempt to develop an alternative to human fetal tissue.
Professor Turley, who gets the Pointer for this story, concludes,
This is using science as a surrogate for politics. The fact is that we have this material which will be discarded at hospitals but can be used to help others with debilitating and lethal conditions. At a time when we are losing so many to Covit-19, we do not need our government closing avenues for valuable new treatment and cures for a wide variety of illnesses.