Tuesday, June 19, 2012

6.19.12 Bee-otch of the Day: the Republican Party

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Name: The Republican Party
Age: 158
Occupation: the right wing
Last Seen: Washington, DC
Bee-otched For: not curing the sick

Yesterday, I wrote about Michigan Rep. Lisa Brown getting kicked out of the Michigan House when she said the word "vagina" during a debate on abortion and her Jewish faith. After my blog was published, I had received some shocking news:

Jack Osbourne has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

The son of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon made the announcement last weekend, just a few weeks after he and his wife gave birth to their first child, a daughter. He has lost 60% of his vision in his right eye, a symptom of the disorder.

On her CBS-TV show The Talk on Monday, Sharon burst into tears trying to talk about her 26-year-old son's diagnosis, saying that "vibes of prayer helps" and "what I'm doing to myself right now is not helping because I'm feeling sorry for myself, and that's no good."

No word on how Jack's diagnosis will affect Osbourne's hosting abilities on The Talk and America's Got Talent.

Thankfully, Jack found out about his MS early, and with the right treatments, he may be able to slow down its growth. However, MS does vary from patient to patient. Other famous celebrities with MS include former talk show host Montel Williams, actress Teri Garr and Mitt Romney's wife, Ann.

Some 400,000 Americans live with MS, which affects brain, spinal and nervous systems in the body. There's no cure for the disease, and as long as we have Republicans, we may never see a cure for it.

Remember with good 'ol Dubya was president, he eliminated all funding for embryonic stem cell research? I fondly remembered it; he was in a room with "snowflake babies", children born from otherwise aborted embryos. His stance was that instead of embryos being donated to science, they should be given to families that couldn't have children. I even that stupid TV ad from Patricia Heaton where she claims that curing anything with stem cells was "still 15 years away".

Same goes with cannabis. It can cure many diseases, but lies from the religious right in the 1930's - i.e. Reefer Madness and William Randolph Hearst's smear campaigns - have made it so that yes, we can drown our sorrows in booze, but we need to lay off the ganja.

For now, Jack Osbourne - and the many who are battling MS - are stuck with experimental drugs and prayer for now. And as long as we have Republicans making up all the rules to please drug companies and health insurance companies, it might be his lone hope.
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