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Beau Biden, Son of Vice President Joe Biden, Dies Of Brain Cancer At Age 46

Joe Biden and Beau Biden


Joseph “Beau” Biden III, son of Vice President Joe Biden, died Saturday at age 46  after battling brain cancer, according to the vice president’s office.

“Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known,” his father wrote in a statement.

In 2013, Beau Biden was treated at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after he became disoriented and weak while on vacation. He was diagnosed with brain cancer, and after undergoing surgery was given a clean bill of health.

The cancer returned this spring and Biden pursued aggressive treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the vice president’s office said. He died Saturday evening, surrounded by his extended family.

Beau Biden is the second of Joe Biden’s children to precede their father in death; the vice president’s 1-year-old daughter Naomi was killed in a Christmastime car accident in 1972. The crash also took the life of Joe Biden’s first wife, Neilia, who was Beau’s mother.

After serving as a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office in Philadelphia for nine years, and briefly working in private practice, Beau Biden won his first election for attorney general in 2006 by 13,000 votes. When he was re-elected in 2010, Beau Biden increased his winning margin to 149,000 votes over his Republican competitor.

During his time in office, Biden took aggressive tactics to tamp down on child sex crimes perpetrators, netting 180 convictions. He also went after banks and mortgage lenders for their roles in perpetrating crooked loans.

A captain in the Delaware Army National Guard, Beau Biden was deployed to Iraq for a year in 2008, serving in an administrative post with the 261st Signal Brigade.

Beau Biden, like his father was dedicated to fight for  LGBT Equality.

In April 2013, Beau Biden joined Delaware Governor Jack Markell in supporting marriage equality legislation, and the governor signed it into law in May.

A month later, he urged state lawmakers to pass legislation that would establish legal protections based on gender identity.

“I support providing protections from violence and discrimination based on gender identity and expression under Delaware law,” Biden said in a video released by Equality Delaware.

On Saturday, Vice President Biden said in his statement, “More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother. His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father’s saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.”

President Barack Obama, writing in a statement, quoted Irish poet William Butler Yeats — a favorite of the vice president’s — in honoring Beau Biden’s life.

Yeats wrote, “I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe it is enough to make a bad man show him at his best or even a good man swing his lantern higher.”

“Beau Biden believed the best of us all,” Obama said. “For him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher.”

Back2stonewall’s sincerest condolences go out to the Biden family in this their hour of loss.

Former Sen. Arlen Specter Dead At 82 From Cancer, Ann Coulter Takes Despicable Potshot

Former longtime Democrat, then Republican, and then Democratic again Sen. Arlen Specter has died at the age of 82 after a longtime bout with cancer.

One of the few remaining Republican moderates on Capitol Hill at a time when the party had turned sharply to the right, Mr. Specter confounded fellow Republicans at every turn. He unabashedly supported Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal, and championed biomedical and embryonic stem cell research long before he received his cancer diagnosis. When he made a bid for the White House in 1995, he denounced the Christian right as an extremist “fringe” — an unorthodox tactic for a candidate trying to win votes in a Republican primary. The campaign was short-lived; Mr. Specter ended it when he ran out of cash. Years later, he said wryly of the other candidates, “I was the only one of nine people in New Hampshire who wanted to keep the Department of Education.”

In October 2009, Specter called for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and his support for both the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and passage of the Matthew Shepard hate crimes law was crucial to their passages.

Following his death on Sunday frequent Fox News guest and propaganda mistress Ann Coulter tweeted, “Arlen Specter has just switched to the Dead Party.”

Coulter’s comment, the latest in her long history of inflammatory and evil comments, was an apparent reference to Specter switching from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party in 2009.

Ann Coulter, keeping it Klassy with a KKK!

Note:  Of course Michele Malkin’s Twitter CON-servative propaganda site TWITCHY is making Coulter out to be the victim.

MEDICAL BREAKTHOUGH – CNRS Team at the Architecture et Réactivité Uses AIDS Virus To Fight Cancer

According to a CNRS team at the Architecture et Réactivité de l’ARN (RNA Architecture and Reactivity) they have used a specific mutant protein of  the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS in addition to a combination with an anticancer drugs to  improve their effectiveness.

Published in PLoS Genetics on August 23rd the CNRS team has selected a “library” of nearly 80 mutant HIV proteins and tested them on tumor cells in the presence of an anticancer drug. The results have enabled them to identify a dCK variant that is more effective than the wild-type (non-mutated) protein, inducing the death of tumor cells in culture which leads to possibility of reducing the doses of anticancer drugs and would palliate the problems posed by their components’ toxicity, reduce their side effects and, most importantly, improve their effectiveness.

The next step in the years to come will be preclinical (animal) studies on the isolated mutant protein. In addition, this experimental system using a normally life-threatening virus is likely to lead to a great many other therapeutic applications.


Komen Foundation Drops Planned Parenthood But Teams Up With Gun Seller To Sell Pink Pistol Raise Funds

Recently Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, the largest private funder of breast cancer research in the country recently cut funding to Planned Parenthood who has recieved from the Foundation  $600,000 in grants last year alone for breast cancer prevention and screening programs.

Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun claims the reason to be that the Foundations new criteria bars the organization from giving funds to organizations that are under investigation by governmental authorities and last September, U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., launched an investigation of Planned Parenthood to determine whether it used public funds to pay for abortions.  But now many sources are saying that its really because Karen Handel, who became Komen’s senior vice president for public policy in April  is pro-life, and will not support the mission of Planned Parenthood.

But being “pro-life” obviously has nothing to do with the sanctity of life considering that the Seattle Branch of the Susan G. Komen Foundation has teamed up with a gun manufacturer to sell a PINK handgun to raise funds for the organization!

Discount Gun Sales is proud to team up with the Susan B. Koman Foundation to offer the Walther P-22 Hope Edition in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A portion of each P-22 Hope Edition will be donated to the Seattle Branch of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The P-22 Hope Edition has an exclusive DuraCoat Pink slide in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Utilizing the same reliable controls and firing mechanism that has made the Walther P-22 America’s top selling handgun, the Hope Edition will be a limited production pistol offered exclusively through Discount Gun Sales.  (Only 429.99)

So the Komen Foundation won’t contribute to Planned Parenthood, which uses 3% of its resources to provide abortions, but it will gladly take blood money from a company that makes products specifically designed to kill full-grown people?  

Perhaps the Komen Foundation should change its slogan to “Killing for the Cure”