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You got all of that out of this post? WOW! Who da prophet? Where da suffrin' for da trute?

Where da refrence to Hitler? Look like you be slippin'!

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 26.05.2005 @ 12:40


Fascinating stuff...

I tried to point that out when I talked about what kinds of research would prove promising and which would be dead ends. If what you're saying is true - that the exact same results can be obtained by adult stem cell research - then that could be a horse of a different color.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 26.05.2005 @ 14:04


As always...ships passing in the night.

And thanks for bailing me out on Sue's question. Maybe if I'm going to post science stuff I should know what the heck I'm talking about first!

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 26.05.2005 @ 11:51

First rule of government spending, Sue: Why pay for something when you can get the government to pony up? That said, you make a good point that The Maryhunter could probably answer better than I.

It's my understanding that some of the stem cell lines approved for research have been "corrupted" whatever the heck that means. This is one of those things that I take my cue from people who know a hell of a lot more than I. And the people involved in the research say they need it.

Perhaps TMH when he stops by to look at my response to him will take a stab at answering your question.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 26.05.2005 @ 08:32


Well, the statement I made about embryos and life referred to my definition of viable life, i.e. for purposes of defining within the law and for which government is responsible.

Government cannot say that life begins at conception. This is opinion, not science. The processes that lead to life may begin then but, using your virus analogy, how attatched are we to the Poliomyelitis virus?

Not fair to compare a human embryo with a virus? Perhaps. The point is, for purposes of law, government must define when life begins not acording to religious or even moral tenets but according to the "best evidence" available.

BTW, my definition of life viable outside of the womb includes people like Terri Schiavo and encompasses most people that the euthanizers want to throw in the trash. Quality of life has nothing to do with it. Viable life is viable life, period.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 26.05.2005 @ 04:42



I don't think it's necessarily a "liberal-style" way of thinking at work in Sith. Anakin's descent is much more attributal to his own hubris - else he wouldn't have been seduced by the powers of the dark side.

As for the rest of your critique, I too was disappointed that we didn't get to hate Darth Vader more. But the look on his face and the way he said "I hate you" to Obi-Wan after their duel promised that he would grow in his evil - especially after being told that he was responsible for Padme's death. The disfigurement by Obi-Wan and his own psychic pain at killing Padme (even though he didn't, he believes his master) could easily explain his character in A New Hope and beyond.

There was the brief scene when Obi-Wan reviewed the security tapes where we saw a holographic image of Anakin killing the younglings. Not satisfying enough, but a taste of evil nonetheless.

I guess the biggest problem for all fans of star wars was that we knew what was going to happen to Anakin. There was no question that he would become Darth Vader so I guess perspective on how that occurred will differ. I happened to think it was very well done. You don't.

Viva la difference!

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 25.05.2005 @ 18:01



Frist is a non-entity, a living, breathing Ken Doll perfectly illustrative of the Peter Principal in action.

This is not to say he's not a nice guy.

I am saying that he's not up to the task of Leader. And he's got his eye on '08 instead of the ball in front of him.

Throw him overboard.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 25.05.2005 @ 09:01


Thanks for sticking with me Sue. I really enjoyed your comments. You hit the nail on the head more than once.

I will say about the SS that there is an unwritten code that they not reveal things that otherwise would be interesting. The reason is they have to have the absolute trust of the man they're guarding. The SS has been the keeper of Presidential secrets for a long time.

That said, it's doubtful that Cummings could have manuevered Spaulding into the spot of picking up Jack - in real life. But your comment was spot on about them knowing each other.

Love to see Mandy a full time villain next year. She's hot and deadly...a great combo. Maybe Jack will be conflicted and fall in love with her.

Yikes! Don't go there.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 24.05.2005 @ 11:55


Sutherland is an executive producer on the show. When actors become indispensible to the show, they want that E.P. job so that they have some kind of creative control over both the direction and the script.

My speculation about the producers dictacting an ending to the writers has happened many times before in TV history. And it almost always makes for bad TV.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 24.05.2005 @ 11:25


There were so many loose ends (no mole!) that I'm not even going to bother trying to list them'

Very dissappointing last 30 minutes.

Comment Posted By Rick Moran On 23.05.2005 @ 21:04

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