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Log Cabin & Ronald Reagan on not speaking ill

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 10:22 pm - December 1, 2005.
Filed under: Log Cabin Republicans,Ronald Reagan

Patrick Guerriero, President, Log Cabin:

If you speak ill of another LGBT group, that is grounds for dismissal.

Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States:

Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.

CNN, October 14, 2004:

The head of the nation’s largest gay and lesbian Republican group [Guerriero] slammed fellow Republicans Friday for “feigning outrage” over comments by Sen. John Kerry.

I hope this explains why we put parentheses around the “Republicans” in Log Cabin’s official name.

Do You Know A Future Ronald Reagan?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:22 pm - December 1, 2005.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America,Ronald Reagan

One of my favorite charities, the Young America’s Foundation, put up this notice yesterday. I wanted to give it some airtime here today…

Do you…believe in freedom? Believe in American values? Believe in Constitutional principles?
Excel in the classroom? Participate in extracurricular leadership initiatives?

If so, then you may be a Ronald Reagan Future Leaders Scholar!

The Phillips Foundation seeks applicants for its annual Ronald Reagan Future Leaders Program featuring renewable scholarships to college undergraduates who demonstrate leadership on behalf of the cause of freedom, American values and constitutional principles. The program pays tribute to President Ronald Reagan in recognition of his achievements on behalf of freedom, American values and constitutional principles, his optimism about America’s future, and his faith in America’s youth to protect and enhance the legacy of liberty entrusted to them. The Foundation awarded $259,000 in new and renewed scholarships in academic year 2004-2005 in amounts of $7,500, $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000.

The Ronald Reagan Future Leaders Scholarship Program seeks to recognize outstanding young people who are promoting American values on college campuses. The scholarships are designed to alleviate the financial burdens associated with higher education, permitting the winners to devote more time both to pursuing their academic goals and advancing their leadership initiatives.

Applications are now being accepted for the Ronald Reagan Future Leaders Scholarship Program for academic year 2005-06. They must be postmarked by January 15, 2006.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled full-time in good standing at any accredited, four-year degree-granting institution in the United States or its territories.

Applicants may apply for the Ronald Reagan Future Leaders Scholarship Program during their sophomore year. Winners will receive the scholarship for their junior year and may apply for renewal before their senior year. While sophomores are preferred, juniors may also apply for a one-time award for the senior year. Students attending two-year schools may apply as juniors for a one-time scholarship for the senior year upon transfer to a four-year institution.

Applicants will be asked to submit an essay of 500 to 750 words describing their backgrounds, career objectives and scope of participation in leadership activities promoting freedom, American values and constitutional principles.

Although the program is merit-based rather than need-based, The Phillips Foundation will take into consideration evidence of financial need.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

GayPatriot’s Blog Picks of the Week

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:14 pm - December 1, 2005.
Filed under: Blogging

AverageGayJoe — is he the American Dreadnought?

The Will To Exist — a great blog by a true American hero — a soldier serving our nation and our world in Baghdad. Two snippets from his current posting.

As Iraqi forces gain experience and the political process advances, we will be able to decrease our troop level in Iraq without losing our capability to defeat the terrorists,” President George W. Bush [Nov. 30, 2005]
Please, America, listen to the man.

Americans are dying in Iraq so Americans don’t have to die at home, or so that they can die of self-inflicted things like lung cancer and heart attacks instead of having a building blow up and crush them while they are inside it. Don’t kid yourself that things are otherwise. Keeping the fight in the enemy’s home court is exactly the right thing to do.

It’s sad that so many Iraqis and others are dying over here. However, when you discover you have cancer the treatment is always the same – attack it at the source.

I’ve decided we need a GayPatriot military correspondent. It would be nice to have a direct link to the progress being made in Iraq.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

World AIDS Day — America’s Researchers Making A Difference

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 8:47 am - December 1, 2005.
Filed under: HIV/AIDS

Yes, the evil pharmaceutical companies ARE turning their profits back into research and development. I thought this was an appropriate way to mark World AIDS Day today.

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82 New Medicines Now in Development for HIV/AIDS

Washington, D.C. (November 30, 2005) — Eighty-two new medicines and vaccines are in development to treat HIV/AIDS and related conditions, according to a survey released today by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

December 1, is World AIDS Day. Recent reports show AIDS has killed more than 20 million people and infected an estimated 40 million people worldwide. As many as 1.1 million U.S. residents are estimated to have HIV infection.

“I am greatly encouraged by the many medicines in development to treat HIV/AIDS,” said PhRMA President and CEO Billy Tauzin. “PhRMA member companies are leading the search for vaccines and cures for this terrible disease.”

PhRMA’s survey reveals that of the 82 new medicines in development, researchers are studying 18 new vaccines and 36 antivirals. These drugs are either in human clinical trials or are awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration. One of the vaccines is designed to boost the body’s overall immune response to fight HIV; another vaccine candidate forms a protective covering on the surface of the cell, blocking the HIV virus from entering.

Examples of other new HIV/AIDS medicines being researched include:

**A vaccine that combines DNA from the AIDS virus with a protein that boosts the immune response in a disabled cold virus. The vaccine is designed to limit the damage the virus causes rather than prevent infection.

**A gene therapy that uses two novel technologies to boost immune responsiveness against HIV. One technology inserts a new type of genetic material into blood cells to inhibit the growth of the virus. The second integrates new genes into target cells and transfers those cells to the patient.

Eighty-six medicines to treat HIV/AIDS and related conditions have been approved since the virus that causes AIDS was first identified more than 20 years ago; the first such medicine was developed in 1987, just six years after the HIV virus was identified. The increased availability and utilization of newer prescription medicines has helped to reduce the U.S. death rate from AIDS substantially in recent years.

Since the early 1990s, medicines also have significantly reduced mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the National Institutes of Health (NIH) report that since the mid-1990s, when the first protease inhibitors (a class of anti-HIV drugs that prevent HIV-infected cells from producing new copies of the virus) were launched and combination drug therapy was introduced, the U.S. death rate from AIDS has dropped about 70 percent. New treatments have also reduced hospitalization and the total cost of care, according to a 2001 New England Journal of Medicine study.

Despite astounding progress, AIDS remains a devastating and growing worldwide health problem in developing countries, and particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, China, Russia and India. An estimated five million new HIV infections occurred worldwide during 2004 – about 14,000 each day – and 3.1 million people worldwide died from the disease, according to the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Since 1998, pharmaceutical companies have contributed more than $4.1 billion to improve health care in the developing world. Projects include building HIV/AIDS clinics, AIDS education and prevention programs, programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and donations of medicines for AIDS and related diseases. Companies also are providing AIDS drugs at significantly reduced prices in 18 countries.

“With HIV/AIDS medicines, a disease that was once a virtual death sentence can now be controlled and treated as if it were a chronic disease,” added Tauzin. “And the new medicines our scientists are working on right now bring hope for even better results in the future.”

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. PhRMA members alone invested an estimated $38.8 billion in 2004 in discovering and developing new medicines. PhRMA companies are leading the way in the search for new cures.

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American capitalism and hard-working American people employed in this industry are making the difference. Think about that when you contemplate turning our healthcare system over to the Federal government.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)