Cancer, Your Time Is Running Out

Scientists have unearthed a protein which has the potential to kill cancer cells. Testing is still in the early stages, but the compound appears to work against leukemia.

As someone who has lost friends to cancer, this is welcome news indeed.

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have discovered the first compound that directly makes cancer cells commit suicide while sparing healthy cells. The new treatment approach, described in today’s issue of Cancer Cell, was directed against acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells but may also have potential for attacking other types of cancers.

AML accounts for nearly one-third of all new leukemia cases and kills more than 10,000 Americans each year. The survival rate for patients has remained at about 30 percent for several decades, so better treatments are urgently needed.

The newly discovered compound combats cancer by triggering apoptosis — an important process that rids the body of unwanted or malfunctioning cells. Apoptosis trims excess tissue during embryonic development, and some chemotherapy drugs indirectly induce apoptosis by damaging DNA in cancer cells.

In my opinion, there is no more despicable disease than cancer, so its eradication would make the world a better place. Remember this story the next time some leftist screams about “Big Pharma.”

New Health Issue, Same Old Politician

It seems every time I want to throw some support John McCain’s way, he inevitably screws the pooch before my fingers hit the keyboard.

Arizona Sen. John McCain blasted a report on the administration’s new Syria posture just hours after revealing he had a cancerous brain tumor. McCain’s statement faulted the administration for reportedly ending a covert program begun during the Obama administration to provide arms to Syrian rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad.

‘If these reports are true, the administration is playing right into the hands of Vladimir Putin,’ the Armed Services Committee chairman said in a statement.

The statement served as a reminder that so long as he is in the Senate, McCain will continue to warn against the administration’s proposed move toward Moscow.

As someone who has had two – albeit minor – skin cancer surgeries, I sincerely wish McCain fully recovers. Regarding the senator’s “OMG TRUMP-RUSSIA!” statement, I’ll hold my tongue.

The Unkindest Cut

You probably have never heard of Samantha Bee. Bee is a “female comedian” – a term I believe is an oxymoron – whose show, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” can be ignored on TBS.

Bee’s garbage, unfunny program sent a correspondent to CPAC, to snark on conservatives. As usual with liberals, the skit was full of FAIL.

The show sent cast member Mike Rubens to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in February and spliced together a video showing all the absurdities he encountered at the annual event. A minute into the clip, a narrator says they saw lots of “Nazi” haircuts and showed a montage of young men who had their hair clipped short or shaved on the sides. Among those was Kyle Coddington, who appears sitting at his laptop at the 1-minute mark.

His sister, Megan Coddington, tweeted out a screen cap of her brother, who is seated at his computer on the left, and called out Samantha Bee’s show for implying he’s a Nazi sympathizer because of his hair style.

In a tweet dated Nov. 7, 2016, Megan asks for her followers to pray for her brother, who she says has a tumor on his brain stem.

I’ve had two skin cancer surgeries, and while skin cancer is usually not fatal, I would not wish any form of cancer on anyone. Not even on the despicable Samantha Bee.

So not only did Samantha Bee’s show mischaracterize Kyle as having a “Nazi” haircut and by implication suggesting he has sympathies with white nationalism and the so-called Alt-Right movement, which has aligned itself with Donald Trump, but they also completely left out the real reason he has that haircut in the first place — an aggressive brain tumor.

So not only is Samantha Bee obnoxious and unfunny, she’s also a raging C-word. If she actually had an audience, I would suggest they boycott the show, but I guess being Samantha Bee is punishment enough.

Richard “Apollo” Hatch, 1945-2017

richard-hatch-battlestar-galacticaThis is a dark day for sci-fi nerds like myself. Hatch was a geek pioneer, and a terrific actor.

Richard Hatch, star of the original “Battlestar Galactica” and the Syfy remake, died on Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer, his manager confirmed to Variety. He was 71.

Hatch died at his home in Santa Clarita, Calif., with his son Paul by his side.

Hatch was best known for playing Captain Apollo in the original “Battlestar Galactica” series, which aired from 1978-79, a role that earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a television series. He portrayed a different character, Tom Zarek, in the 2003 reimagined series.

Battlestar Galactica was a fantastic series and I would sit and watch it if my house was on fire. The 2003 remake was really good, but went way off the rails in the last season.

F**king cancer. It takes far too many good men, women, and children.

Rest in peace, Richard. So say we all.

Remembering Clay Marc Bond

Clay Marc BondToday is the seventh anniversary of the death of my friend, fellow blogger, and frequent commenter Clay Marc Bond (aka Right Wing Prof).

My beloved companion and dearest friend fell asleep in the Lord at 1:45 this morning, after a short struggle against an overwhelming foe, with the sweet acceptance that has characterized his gallant witness through this entire ordeal.

His brother Jan, sister-in-law Phyllis, and I were holding his hands at the moment of death.

Clay was the sort of professor you would want your children to have; sensible, funny, and conservative. He was also the friend you would want to have; courteous, loyal, and a hockey fan. There is not a day that goes by when I do not think about him. He, like many of you, is intrinsically linked with my blog.

Rest in peace, Clay. May your memory be eternal.