Carol Platt Liebau: Response to Fox Ad

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Response to Fox Ad

Here it is -- with spokesman including Jim Caviezel, beloved former St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warne, World Series Cards pitcher Jeff Suppan, and Deborah Heaton, late of "Everybody Loves Raymond."

15 Comments:

Blogger Marshall Art said...

Way cool. I feel bad for those like Fox who have bought into what so far has been nothing but false promises and false hope. To exploit people like Fox (I don't mean to say he's a total stooge. I'm sure he thinks he's on the right side.), and to arrogantly decide that his life is more important than the life or lives sacrificed on his behalf, is very Nazi-like and shameful beyond words.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

Rush Limbaugh has repeatedly attacked actor Michael J. Fox for appearing in television campaign ads promoting stem cell research. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, appears “visibly racked by tremors” in the ads.

An official of the National Parkinson Foundation said movements like those exhibited by Fox are the result of taking medication to treat the disease, which would otherwise result in rigidity.

“When you see someone with those movements, it’s not because they have not taken medication but because they probably have taken medication for some time,” the official said. “If you don’t take the medication, then you freeze.”

Limbaugh continued the assault today, calling Fox’s video “an attack ad” that is “filled with disinformation about embryonic stem cell research.”

6:49 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

In reading amendment 2, I wonder how these sports players and comedian reached their bizarre conclusions.

If they have a moral or religious argument, they should make it honestly.

7:16 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

What Carol linked to is not a response to the Fox ad--it is an ad ooposed to Missouri state Prop 2. If you go here, you can see a pro-Prop 2 ad.

The ad starts with former Republican Senator John Danforth (R-MO). He intones, "Opponents of the stem cell initiative are making claims that are not true. Missouri voters deserve to hear the facts."

The ad includes a the former Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court stating, "I have studied the stem cell initiative. It clearly bans any attempt to clone a human being."

So, who all y'all going to believe, athletes and film/TV stars or a former Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court and US Senator from Missouri?

10:29 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

Marshall,

I think I'll trust James D. Watson, awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, for discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material.

http://tinyurl.com/lz9hz

11:04 PM  
Blogger SicSemperTyrannus said...

From NIH website:
Parkinson's disease (PD) belongs to a group of conditions called motor system disorders, which are the result of the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells. The four primary symptoms of PD are tremor, or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; bradykinesia, or slowness of movement; and postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination. As these symptoms become more pronounced, patients may have difficulty walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks. PD usually affects people over the age of 50. Early symptoms of PD are subtle and occur gradually. In some people the disease progresses more quickly than in others. As the disease progresses, the shaking, or tremor, which affects the majority of PD patients may begin to interfere with daily activities. Other symptoms may include depression and other emotional changes; difficulty in swallowing, chewing, and speaking; urinary problems or constipation; skin problems; and sleep disruptions."

4:54 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

As an aside, "somatic cell nuclear transfer" is a means to cloning. In the Missouri bill it is conflated with blastocyst, and detached from "Cloning" or "Attempt to clone".

I object to the notion that because Michael J Fox is afflicted with a disease, that he is not allowed to be challenged on his assertions.

What is offensive is that ads such as Fox's don't make a distinction between the KINDS of stem cell research. I presume that Michael J Fox knows the difference.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Carol Platt Liebau said...

Just to set the record straight: John Danforth is a former Missouri attorney general and U.S. senator. He was never a justice of the Missouri state Supreme Court. Of course, he is entitled to his own views on embryonic stem cell research, just as the rest of us are. It's not surprising that he's supportive of it, given that his brother died of Lou Gehrig's disease.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

First, sorry for the confusion. I did not mean to imply that John Danforth was a MO SC Justice. For anyone watching the ad, it is clear the retired Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court was Ann K. Covington.

As Carol noted, "Just to set the record straight: John Danforth is a former Missouri attorney general and U.S. senator." Carol, would you agree that Sen. Danforth is probably the most respected living politician in Missouri? In any event he is a life-long staunch Republican.

Just today--in a suprising turn of events--Sen. Danforth announced he will not publically endorse Jim Talent.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

So those who support it because they love/loved someone who suffers from a disease whose cure might arise from stem cell research are given a pass because of their compromised sense of judgment.

The rest of us are to be ashamed of ourselves.

11:34 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Editor said...
Rush Limbaugh has repeatedly attacked actor Michael J. Fox for appearing in television campaign ads promoting stem cell research.

Editor, why don't you ACTUALLY LISTEN to Rush limbaugh BEFORE commenting on something he said. If you did, you might be able to make an intelligent and informed comment, and we could take you seriously for once!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Duke-Stir said...

The rest of us are to be ashamed of ourselves.

11:34 PM

The shame will come if we, as a society and a government, allow ourselves to be fooled and tricked into thinking that embryonic stem cell research is a good thing, which is the TAKING OF LIFE in order to help another.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Editor said...
In reading amendment 2, I wonder how these sports players and comedian reached their bizarre conclusions.

You didn't read the whole thing!
Further into the Ammendment, the term, "somatic cell nuclear transfer" is used, which IS cloning! The ammendment is terribly deceptive!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Cliff writes, "Editor, why don't you ACTUALLY LISTEN to Rush limbaugh BEFORE commenting on something he said. If you did, you might be able to make an intelligent and informed comment, and we could take you seriously for once!"

Great idea, Cliff. Why doesn't everyone go and watch the
video of Rush mocking and ridiculing a person with Parkinson's disease?

After you watch Rush making fun of a Michael J. Fox, come on back and lecture Editor and me about intelligent and informed discussion. Rather than embracing this stuff, all y'all should be ashamed and embarrassed by this performance.

12:10 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

video of Rush mocking and ridiculing a person with Parkinson's disease?

Bad, Rush. Bad!

There. Took care of that!

Can we talk about the substance of Michael J. Fox endorsing Ben Cardin in Maryland? That's the same Ben Cardin who voted AGAINST stem cell research of the most promising variety.

11:34 AM  

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