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Monday July 28, 2014
Made in the USA since 1998

Galectin Therapeutics: When Good
News Needs to Be Trumpeted

Frank Salvato
Seldom do I venture outside the subject matter of constitutionalism, ideology and/or politics, but when I do it is either something personal, remarkable or both. The unique and innovative research and development taking place at Galectin Therapeutics™ is just such a subject. Should the scientists of this corporation succeed in bringing their product to market, the lives of millions of people in the United States – and potentially tens, if not hundreds of millions of people around the world – could be saved. This issue is important to me because I have a personal experience with the evils of cancer and the fibrotic diseases. In 2000, my best friend from high school (a brother from the moment we met until the day he died) was taken from me, from his family, by the ravages of these diseases. He was diagnosed and taken in less than 30 days. The emotional toll on all his survivors was all encompassing and intense. It is with this personal understanding of the issue that the discovery of what Galectin Therapeutics is doing captivated my attention. What would you say if I told you that a company – a gifted group of scientists – has developed a therapy that will save the lives of well over 15 million Americans suffering from diseases that currently have no cure, and that today can’t be detected until it is too late?

Now Introducing: The Blame
America First Reading of History

Nancy Salvato
There are many who would like to find fault with our country's Founders and Framers, by pointing out their imperfections and inconsistencies. A common argument is that some owned slaves so they were hypocritical when they talk about the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Some point out that if all men are created equal, that women and blacks should have been given the same consideration. Sadly, those who make these arguments look at the Founders and Framers out of historical context and do not give them proper credit for pointing out that we are born with these rights, and that they are not provided to us by those in positions of leadership. They are unmoved by the words, "in order to form a more perfect union" and do not recognize that our US Constitution was probably the best and least invasive to individual rights that would have made it through the ratification process.


Progressive Jews, Wake Up!
Abraham H. Miller
In the largely Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Chicago's Petersen Park, residents last Saturday morning found anti-Semitic leaflets on their way to synagogue to observe the Sabbath. The leaflets threatened violence against the community unless Israel stopped the war with Gaza. For those progressive Jews who have found solace in the myth that anti-Zionism has nothing to do with anti-Semitism, the events across the globe of the last few weeks have been a rude and discomforting awakening. And so they turned to their final recourse, the belief that America was different. Sure, there was a pogrom at a synagogue in Paris, but, well, that's Paris. Muslims and their neo-fascist and leftist allies might walk through the streets of Germany shouting anti-Jewish slogans reminiscent of the Hitler Youth, but, well, that's Germany. Then came the pro-Hamas demonstrations in Los Angeles, Boston, and Chicago.

Throw the Bums Out
Paul R. Hollrah
Taking a look at voter attitudes toward their own congressman, 57% of registered Democrats said they were likely to vote to reelect their current member of Congress, while only 33% of Republicans would vote to reelect their current member. What this seems to indicate is that Republicans, in general, are far more thoughtful, far more discriminating, and far less likely to be influenced by "cult of personality" than Democrats. These numbers also tell us is that people generally have a low opinion of Congress as a whole... always willing to speak ill of those who represent others... but a generally favorable attitude toward their own member, whoever he or she might be and regardless of his or her ideological stance. Why? Apparently because they are anxious to reconfirm what they consider to be their own perceptiveness in their voting booth decisions, while those who elected all those other dolts are dumber than bricks. The only fair way to rate the Congress would be to add up the winning margins of every member and divide the total by 435 for House members and 100 for Senators.

The Vacant Presidency
Charles Krauthammer
The president's demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising, and photo ops, it's for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement. Regarding Ukraine, his detachment -- the rote, impassive voice -- borders on dissociation. His UN ambassador, Samantha Power, delivers an impassioned denunciation of Russia. Obama cautions that we not "get out ahead of the facts," as if the facts of this case -- Vladimir Putin's proxies' shooting down a civilian airliner -- are in doubt. The preferred explanation for the president's detachment is psychological. He's checked out. Given up. Let down and disappointed by the world, he is in withdrawal. Perhaps. But I'd propose an alternative theory that gives him more credit: Obama's passivity stems from an idea.


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