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Republican Dating Culture Explained

by: soren

Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 03:46 PM CDT

I think a basic misunderstanding of Republican Dating Culture is at fault here.

One of the chief forms of acceptable pre-marital heterosexual sex among Republicans, as typified by the Fraternity/Sorority system, is DATE RAPE.

This leads to confusion when a Republican discusses the topic of Rape because to MOST Republicans DATE RAPE is almost the same as Consensual Sex.

Remember the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal that almost subverted our Deomocracy by equating consensual sex and the desire to claim it is NOBODY'S BUSINESS except the parties involved with TREASON?

Now Fast Forward to this ...

Yep, SAME Republican party!

You add a little Protestant Evangelism to the mix and soon you have RAPE AS GOD'S GIFT TO THE ERRANT WOMAN.

It's quite "logical" following Republican/Christian Fanatic illogic to assume that God gave the wanton woman who "provoked" her rape by appearing attractive and/or human the "gift" of child in order to settle her down.

Children will tend to put a damper on anything, especially what we used to call "a life".

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Texas Cancer Institute Accused of "Hucksterism"

by: soren

Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM CDT

The Associated Press

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 | 8:03 a.m.

Texas put $3 billion on the table to prove it was serious about fighting cancer, but it will take more than money to convince scientists that's still the case.

Hundreds of the nation's top cancer researchers want answers and reassurance this week from the embattled Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, which is reeling after mass resignations and serious internal accusations that have put the nation's second-biggest pot of cancer research dollars in jeopardy.

The agency's annual conference begins Wednesday, with nearly 900 scientists and agency stakeholders expected to attend. Among the notables unlikely to show up: nearly three dozen renowned scientists, including a Nobel laureate, who severed ties with CPRIT this month over a controversial award.

Bill Gimson, the executive director of CPRIT since it was founded in 2007, is denying accusations that politics influence funding decisions as the agency hosts what is expected to be its largest annual conference yet. For three days, CPRIT officials will try to repair a once-celebrated image that was hailed as an unprecedented state-level effort to fight cancer.

"Obviously we will address issues that have surfaced," Gimson said. "I think, more importantly, we will reconfirm our commitment to a gold-standard peer review and picking the very best projects."

Thirty-three of the agency's scientific peer reviewers have recently resigned, many in protest. Nobel laureate Dr. Phillip Sharp, who headed the agency's scientific review council, wrote in a resignation letter this month that the agency is making funding decisions that carry a "suspicion of favoritism" in how the state hands out taxpayer dollars.

Others were more blunt: Dr. William Kaelin of Harvard Medical School, who also served on the council, accused the agency of "hucksterism."

The backlash stems from a $20 million commercialization grant awarded earlier this year for a so-called incubator project at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. It was among the largest grants in the agency's young history and was approved without a scientific review, leading the agency's chief scientific officer to step down.

"If I could do that one grant over again, I would do it differently," said Gimson, adding that the agency has since examined its review process.

Gimson said the agency is still searching for a new chief scientific officer and doesn't believe the criticism coming from within the medical community will hamper efforts to replace those who've resigned.

Agency officials at this week's meeting also are scheduled to discuss _ but take no formal action on _ proposed changes to how the state divvies up grant awards between research, prevention and commercialization efforts to bring new drugs to market. The agency has awarded nearly $700 million in grants since 2009, mostly to fund research.

The keynote speaker Wednesday is Dr. Brian Druker, the celebrated oncologist who developed the groundbreaking cancer drug Gleevec.

The conference runs through Friday.

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Perry Tech Start-up FAILS

by: soren

Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 02:02 PM CDT


A fourth Texas high-tech startup that received taxpayer money through Gov. Rick Perry's signature economic development fund has filed for bankruptcy.

Bioenergy producer Terrabon Inc.'s bankruptcy filing in a Houston federal court last month raises the possibility that the state's Emerging Technology Fund may be worth less than what taxpayers have invested in it.

The venture-capital-like fund invests in Texas-based high-tech startups.

Terrabon was backed by big Perry political donors and critics questioned the state's decision to award the company $2.75 million in 2010.

Terrabon's bankruptcy marks the biggest loss yet for the tech fund's $194 million portfolio and brings the total amount of failed investments to $5.25 million.

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State Rep. Riddle Tells Muslim Texan where to Get Off

by: soren

Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 01:53 PM CDT

A state representative told a UT alumnus last week to go to Afghanistan if the United States was not sensitive enough for him, and said Wednesday that she stands behind her statement though she has never been there herself or served in the military.

State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, made the remark after UT alumnus Abdul Pasha, now in his second year at South Texas College of Law, responded to Rep. Riddle's Facebook page where she bemoaned the military's new sensitivity training. Pasha posted a link to an examiner.com article about the training with instructions to Riddle to "go educate yourself."

Riddle told Pasha to "act like an American" and stand up for the military by ridiculing the Pentagon and the Army's chief-of-staff who mandated and developed the training.

"If you can't do that then go where people are sensative [sic] enough for you - I guess that would be Afghanistan," Riddle wrote sarcastically and semi-literately on the thread proving her contempt for her more educated and/or sensitive constituents.

The conversation, originally reported by The Horn, began when Riddle posted about her disappointment that soldiers would receive sensitivity training before going to Afghanistan. Riddle defended this position saying the training was unnecessary and insulting to American soldiers who possess the common sense necessary to conduct themselves appropriately. Certain recently documented incidents, such as American Marines urinating on Taliban corpses, she seems to believe prove her point.

Pasha, 23, said he moved with his family from Pakistan to the United States in 1999 and considers himself an American. He said he thought Riddle was kidding when he first read the comments directed toward him.

Pasha, a Muslim, said he was particularly offended when Riddle wrote: "Ok, Abdul, I guess it is ok that the Muslims kill and torture people when they get their feelings hurt."

"If they don't want to be politically correct that's fine, but don't spew hate," Pasha said. "Don't spew fear or violence against Muslims. Political representation means you are representing your entire district, and she is the leader of that district."

Riddle said she has plenty of friends who are Muslims and doesn't particularly feel she needs the votes of people like Pasha or anyone who may agree with him. She said she was not interested in being politically correct at the expense of speaking her mind though she will say whatever it takes to stay in office at taxpayer expense.

"If you want to inject a huge amount of political correctness in this, I'm not the gal you want to talk to," Riddle said. "I think being real and honest is what people expect when they elect someone. The public, especially my constituents, appreciate the ignorance and they appreciate the racism."

Stephen Ollar, president of the UT Student Veteran Association (not to be confused with the Student Veterans Association), who has served in Afghanistan and in Iraq, said sensitivity training is needed as evidenced by instances of gross insensitivity by soldiers abroad, such as marines caught urinating on a dead body. He said even small breaches destroy the rapport with Afghan officials that is crucial to the military's success.

"Winning over the populace when you're fighting an insurgency is the most important thing you can do to win a war," Ollar said. "If you aggravate those people you basically deprive yourself of that type of intelligence. And that's what we keep doing, unfortunately, because we have these young men out fighting these wars who don't have a lot of personal experience in life who do things to shoot the military in the foot."

Ollar said everyone comes into the military from different backgrounds, and behavior that one soldier might find acceptable, another would find flawed. He said it's crucial that everyone be on the same page.

When asked about Ollar's comments Riddle replied that though she respected his service to his country Ollar was obviously in need of Mental Counseling.

"If we, and especially our people in uniform over there, cannot mock and insult these people (Muslims) or alienate our alleged allies such as Pakistan and Egypt then what are we fighting for? I would hate to see these brave young people fighting and dying just so Political Correctness and a few alliances of convenience with Islamic nations can prevail."

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