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Anti-vaxxer world is one of shifting hypotheses & rhetoric

To The Daily Sun,

Gene Danforth and Russ Wiles (again) graced us with some more anti-vaxxer quackery. As usual, if one digs into the sources and their agenda, credibility disintegrates quickly.

The Hannah Poling case is a good example of science gone bad and then anti-vaxxers adding to the confusion by misinterpreting the settlement. The government did not concede that vaccines are associated with autism. Every study ever done finds no link between the two.

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a strange animal. In the words of NEJM's Paul A. Offit in 2008, "Unfortunately, in recent years the VICP seems to have turned its back on science." No kidding. The worst of VICP decision-making occurred in 2006 when Dorothy Werderitsh successfully claimed that the Hepatitis B vaccine gave her multiple scleroses. At the time, many studies indicated that the vaccine neither caused nor exacerbated MS. The Institute of Medicine concluded, "Evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between hepatitis B vaccine and multiple sclerosis." But the VICP ignored the scientific studies presented just as they would in the Poling case.

The other issue in the Poling case was that after her symptoms appeared she was "diagnosed with encephalopathy caused by a mitochondrial enzyme deficit. Hannah's signs included problems with language, communication, and behavior — all features of autism spectrum disorder. Although it is not unusual for children with mitochondrial enzyme deficiencies to develop neurologic signs between their first and second years of life, Hannah's parents believed that vaccines had triggered her encephalopathy." Presently, there exists no clear scientific evidence that vaccines can exacerbate mitochondrial deficiencies.

Gene also mentioned Susan Humphries as Russ did. Recently, Humphries advised Israeli parents, against the advice of the Health Service, not to vaccinate for polio when it was found by the monitoring systems in several city's sewerage. Smart, eh?

Another source on Gene's list is the Tea Party's favorite doctors, the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS). Don't let the name fool you. Think Rasputin with a medical license. The far-right wing AAPS has made many bizarre unscientific claims. HIV doesn't cause AIDS. Abortions are linked to breast cancer. Vaccinations are linked to autism. Being gay shortens your lifespan. Since 1944, the group's aim was the "defeat of any government group medicine". The group also opposes any over-the-counter access to emergency contraception. With John Birchers in its leadership, it's no surprise that they also opposed the Medicare and Medicaid acts of 1965, claiming, "The effect of the law is evil and participation in carrying out its provisions is, in our opinion, immoral."

To these sociopaths, it's evil to help the sick or disabled. A decade later they opposed the new Social Security amendment that would monitor the treatment given Medicare and Medicaid patients. No wonder the Tea Party loves these quacks. The AAPS actually opposes mandated "evidence-based medicine and practice guidelines" and are so paranoid they also oppose electronic medical records. They oppose any oversight of their practices.

Back in 2008 their journal published a claim that Obama was using a covert form of hypnosis called neuro-linguistic programming in order to get votes. The deceptions are here. There's more I could list but suffice it to say that their "medical" journal is not listed in academic literature databases such as MEDLINE/PubMed or the Web of Science. Quackwatch.com lists their journal as an "untrustworthy, non-recommended periodical." An editorial in Chemical & Engineering News described it as a "purveyor of utter nonsense".

Danforth's claim that over 100 people died from the MMR and none died of measles is also false. (http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/mmrdeaths.asp.) The problem is the source again and the deliberate omission by those using The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Russ Wiles used VAERS, too. The source isn't what Wiles and Danforth claim. From its data page it clearly states, "When evaluating data from VAERS, it is important to note that for any reported event, no cause-and-effect relationship has been established. Reports of all possible associations between vaccines and adverse events (possible side effects) are filed in VAERS. Therefore, VAERS collects data on any adverse event following vaccination, be it coincidental or truly caused by a vaccine. The report of an adverse event to VAERS is not documentation that a vaccine caused the event." Again, no cause-and-effect relationship has been established but Wiles and Danforth want you to think they have been.

The anti-vaxxer world is a world of shifting hypotheses and rhetoric. First it was mercury causes autism. No evidence has ever supported this, but mercury was taken out of the flu vaccine because, well, it's mercury. Did Autism rates drop? Nope. They accelerated. Now it's the aluminum. So they switched to blaming MMR vaccines and concocted new claims. Anti-vaxxer groups have no studies to support their claims, but they do non-scientific surveys which are always bogus due to their non-scientific methodology. Anti-vaxxers also have changed some of their language. They use "informed consent" and "pro-safe vaccination" and such terms, but they are always against vaccines no matter what new language they try on people.

James Veverka


Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:27

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I get 2 or 3 anonymous letters written by lefties every year

To The Daily Sun,

On St. Patrick's Day, the mail brought me a good laugh in the form of a hand-addressed letter post marked from Manchester with a return address somewhere in Texas. Right away I knew what this was, I get two or three yearly from lefties upset with my opinions printed here in the paper. The author even went to the trouble of copying a letter I read here in the paper a couple weeks ago written by either Siden or Veverka.

Note to the sender, highlighting in yellow doesn't make the original letter writers spin any more correct or make me change my opinions. The usual laughable stuff was in there and just confirmed my belief that progressives suffer from an inability to differentiate between an opinion they dislike and a lie.

For example this sender was insisting Fox News "is all lies and racial hate speech". I hear this a lot from lefties but when you ask for an example the always provide an opinion someone on Fox said or they hem and haw then say something like "it's all lies". I figure most of them have either never watched Fox News and have just been told by other left-wingers what to think and say or are so brain washed as to not know the difference between news and opinion.

Another note to sender: Polls show Fox News is the most trusted cable news channel on TV; CNN is second, then the networks, and MSNBC last. So there you go, sender, you figure which of us should stop watching what? But thanks for the laughs.

Steve Earle


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:14

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Where is Maloof's proof that Opus Dei is sinister organization

To The Daily Sun,

Professor George Maloof appears to have enlightened us with the Opus Dei secret Catholic society that he says ensures women stand behind men in life. A natural order where the rich are rich and the poor are poor, a divine order of inequality. And he claims they won't tell us who is in this secret society. At least according to the New Republic, The Daily Kos and other left-wing sites.

According to the Catholic League, it lists all of its member priests and international and regional directors. Like any club membership, it does not make public all of its members. They say that yes, the late Pope John Paul II's spokesman, Joaquin Navarro-Valls is a member. However, they go on to say that the rumors of Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Louis Freeh, Mel Gibson and Pat Buchanan being members is absolutely false. Nevertheless, the professor appears to be convinced that Scalia is a charter member of this alleged dastardly and dictatorial cult.

Is it possible that the learned professor has crossed the line of reasonableness by confusing the "Da Vinci Code" work of fiction with the real life Opus Dei Catholic organization? Which might explain why he believes it supports "dictatorial societies". Where is the real proof that this organization is as the professor implies?

Mr. Maloof then goes on to scold Scalia for his "maniacal obsession with a rigid interpretation of the Constitution." And therein lies the paradoxical rub. Remember when President Obama complained about the Constitution being a "charter of negative liberties". As we have seen over the past six years, he has decided to ignore the limits of power of the executive branch and ignore our Constitution so that he can push through his redistributive schemes. After all, he says he's "got a pen and a phone" and just doesn't have time for the tedious legislative process and the cumbersome checks and balances of congressional oversight.

It is President Obama, a progressive, Marxist-loving, power-hungry individual who believes in a dictatorial society, and not Justice Scalia or the Opus Dei members. "I do think at a certain point you've made enough money" exclaimed Obama. And who will make that decision? Could it possibly be his vision of a monstrously-sized federal government that will redistribute the wealth for the good of the collective? A complete contradiction with the beliefs of a Supreme Court justice who adheres to the limits of power of the president in order to avoid a dictatorship. Wouldn't you say so Mr. Maloof?

Saul Alinsky would be proud of Professor Maloof and his "pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it," letter to the editor. Yes professor, go after people and not institutions. Personalized criticism and ridicule works so well doesn't it professor? Lucifer crediting Saul lusted for the vision of getting God out of our government and our schools. If he were still with us, he would be so proud of the liberal progressives who have made progress in driving the name and message of Christ out of the public arena. The professor is only trying to do his part for heaven's sake. Holy Beelzebub Batman!

Russ Wiles


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:06

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Maloof letter based on New Yorker article that was clearly satire

To The Daily Sun,

Once again, Professor Maloof has treated us to one of his shameful writings. In the Wednesday issue of The Daily Sun, he attacked Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas for wanting to form an independent search committee to find a new pope. He claimed that the two justices are members of the Roman Catholic organization Opus Dei, and then went on to give a grossly distorted view of that pious organization.

Professor Maloof based his entire condemnation on an article written by Andy Borowitz. Borowitz is a comedian and writer for the New Yorker magazine, and the article upon which Professor Maloof based his shameful attack was a satirical piece . . . pure fiction.

Perhaps the professor can acknowledge his error and offer an apology to Justices Scalia and Thomas. Or, would that be too humbling for him?

Bob Meade


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 09:58

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Dems happy to sacrifice well being of Americans to get elected

To The Daily Sun,

Stalin reportedly said, "One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic." As experts of managing the media, Democrats can use the suffering of a few people to advance their power while diverting attention from the harm their policies inflict on most Americans.

In her letter of March 17, June M. Huot makes fun of the fact that most Americans are harmed by illegal aliens because she thinks flooding our country with illegal aliens increases Democrat Party power.

Huot doesn't care that illegal aliens take jobs and depress wages causing millions of Americans to struggle to support their families.

Huot doesn't care that illegal alien children take public school resources away from American children reducing their chances for success in life. Nor is she concerned about the sick American children infected by illegal alien children.

Nor is Huot concerned about the tens of thousands of Americans who are murdered, raped or otherwise victimized by illegal aliens. Nor is she concerned that illegal aliens cost American taxpayers at least one hundred billion dollars annually.

To advance Democrat Party power, Huot happily sacrifices the well-being of most Americans, including children, and even the U.S. Constitution.

Our Constitution was created and enacted to protect the liberties of the American people, not only from foreign enemies, but from dictatorial actions by our own government, especially the president.

The whole issue of the Homeland Security-funding bill arose because President Obama acted as a dictator by declaring an "executive amnesty" for illegal aliens, which usurped the exclusive authority of the people's representatives in Congress to create our laws. President Obama took this action despite confirming more than 20 times that the president didn't have the authority to do what he did.

President Obama essentially rewrote our immigration laws not only providing amnesty to illegal aliens but granting them a many privileges including work authorizations, access to Social Security and full welfare benefits, access to earned income tax credits worth up to $24,000, etc. (The minimum additional cost to American taxpayers is identified as $1.3 trillion by Robert Rector at the Heritage Foundation.)

Responding to President Obama's dictatorial action, Congress tried to reclaim its constitutional authority with the only tool that Congress has, the power of the purse.

Republicans in Congress passed a bill that funded every legally authorized Homeland Security function but denying funds for President Obama's unconstitutional "executive amnesty".

However, Democratic senators refused to fund the legal functions of Homeland Security and promised to shut down Homeland Security, unless Congress also funded President Obama's unconstitutional "executive amnesty" for illegal aliens.

Because Republicans in Congress yielded to Democrat demands that Congress approve President Obama's unconstitutional action, President Obama knows that he can probably do anything he wants no matter how radical. Unfortunately President Obama seems to want to take many unconstitutional actions, including trampling on our Bill of Rights protections related to speech, privacy, internet freedom, property rights, religion, gun rights, justified incarceration, etc. One wonders how many liberties Washington Democrats will help President Obama take and if Washington Republicans will ever stop them.

Hillary Clinton told us that you can be a patriot even if you disagree with the administration. But, with a Democratic president any disagreement is called partisan politics and evidence of racism or hatred.

It is a joke when June Huot, Senator Shaheen, or other partisan Democrat supporters call for the end of partisan politics. Democrats will only end partisan politics when everyone endorses the policies that solidify Democrat Party power. In pursuit of their power, Democrats happily violate our Constitution, ignore the mandate of the voters, and ignore the reality that most Americans are hurt by their policies.

Don Ewing


Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:16

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