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Herman Cain had stage IV colon cancer, surgery & chemo in 2006-7 but his cock still worked and serviced multiple women? 


Stamina!

Herman Cain beats odds against surviving colon cancer

Regardless of whether Herman Cain wins the GOP nomination to run for president, he has already beaten the odds: He has survived a bout of advanced colon cancer.
In 2006, Cain, now 66, received a diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer, which means that the malignancy had spread beyond his colon. In Cain’s case, doctors found a tumor in his liver, a common location for colon cancer to spread, Cain wrote in his new book, “This is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House.”
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About 101,000 Americans receive diagnoses of colorectal cancer each year, and nearly 49,000 die annually from the disease, making it one of the most common cancers in the United States, according to theAmerican Cancer Society. About 20 to 25 percent of colon cancers are diagnosed at stage IV.
Only about 6 to 12 percent of patients with stage IV colon cancer survive five years, according to the National Cancer Instituteand the cancer society. But because of improvements in surgical techniques and the development of better chemotherapy drugs, the chances of survival rise significantly — 35 to 65 percent — if the tumor can be removed surgically, experts said.
“Nowadays, stage IV colon cancer is approached as curative in many patients,” said Khaled el-Shami, an assistant professor of oncology and medicine at George Washington University Medical Center.
Cathy Eng, a colon cancer specialist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston who treated Cain, agreed. In a telephone interview Friday, Eng said she could discuss the treatment and prognosis for colon cancer generally but not any details of his case because of privacy concerns.
“The prognosis is extremely good if it can be surgically removed. That is key,” Eng said, referring to the tumor. “The best way to cure the patient is to remove it surgically.”
In his book, the former head of Godfather’s Pizza dedicates a chapter to the diagnosis and treatment he received.
“In February 2006, I heard three words that could change my life forever,” Cain wrote. He described how two doctors told him he had a 30 percent chance of survival.
After consulting several doctors, Cain first underwent four rounds of chemotherapy in Atlanta designed to shrink the tumors so they could be removed surgically.
“There are some instances where we give chemotherapy up front. It allows a reduction in the tumor burden. That can be very advantageous to the surgeon and the patient. The patient will feel better if the tumor has shrunk before you take them to surgery,” Eng said.
In Cain’s case, the chemotherapy helped, but he needed another procedure known as portal vein embolization, which involves temporarily blocking blood to one part of the liver to spur the rest to grow enough so that the patient will have a functioning liver after surgery.
“This is a surgical trick to essentially induce the liver to grow beyond its normal size and allow for a surgery that leaves the patient with a decent piece of liver that can keep him alive,” el-Shami said. “The liver is a vital organ. No one can live without it.”
After that procedure worked, Cain had one-third of his colon and 70 percent of his liver removed, along with about 48 lymph nodes, he wrote. He also underwent more chemotherapy in Atlanta, completing his treatment in January 2007 .
“We sometimes give chemotherapy afterwards to reduce the risk of recurrence in the future. It’s to try to capture any microscopic disease,” Eng said.
Patients are then followed closely for about five years. If they remain cancer-free, their prognosis is excellent, Eng said.
“The highest risk of recurrence is usually within the first two years,” Eng said. “When someone hears they have stage IV cancer, they are automatically painted a bleak picture. But that doesn’t pertain to every patient. If they are disease-free five years out, the chance of recurrence is extremely thin.”
In his book, Cain writes:
“It’s been more than six years since then. And guess what? I’m completely cancer-free!Cured!,” Cain wrote. “Why was I spared against those odds? God said, ‘Not yet!’ Did it have something to do with the Lord wanting me to survive so that I might help set this great nation of ours on its own path of recovery? I had achieved what I thought was my plan in life. My journey now is God’s plan.”
Depending on the location of the tumor and other factors, some patients are required to wear a colostomy bag either temporarily or permanently. Cain does not mention that in his book. But such a requirement is not limiting.
“It is a change in lifestyle, but most patients adjust well to this change in lifestyle, and having the bag is compatible with a normal life in most patients,” el-Shami said.

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It is difficult to believe that gays would fare better under a Palestinian regime than they do under Israel.  Given the statist policies of many Arab and Islamic states, there is little reason to believe the average Palestinian of any sexual orientation would fare better under a Palestinian state than they do now.

I often chide libertarian friends who fall into the “progressive” double standard of demanding Jews be suicidally better, more liberal, more libertarian, more humanitarian, than anyone around them, that even if Theodore Herzl had been an acolyte of Murray Rothbard, and Israel had become more Jewish purely through free immigration and Jews renting and buying farms and homes, anti-Semites would still be shooting rockets at them, and tyrannies would be funding it if not doing it.

The Self-Destructive Insanity of Pro-Palestinian Gay Activists

Posted by Bruce Bawer Bio ↓ on Nov 25th, 2011


  • On November 22, the New York Times ran an op-ed by the radical leftist lesbian Jewish playwright Sarah Schulman which did a great public service – it provided a perfect illustration of the utter lunacy of the anti-Israeli, pro-Palestinian queer left.
    Schulman opened her piece, entitled “Israel and ‘Pinkwashing,’” by quoting a line from William Butler Yeats (a writer who, incidentally, would have found both her work and her politics utterly vile).  The line, also the title of a famous short story by Delmore Schwartz, was this: “In dreams begin responsibilities.”  Schulman maintained that Yeats’s words “resonate with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who have witnessed dramatic shifts in our relationship to power.”  She meant by this that while gay people have won rights and respect in various countries around the world, “these changes have given rise to a nefarious phenomenon: the co-opting of white gay people by anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim political forces in Western Europe and Israel.”
    Schulman went on to express her revulsion at the enthusiasm of some Dutch gays for the late Pim Fortuyn and for the very much alive Geert Wilders, and at the fact that the English Defense League has over a hundred gay members.  She also took me on: “In Norway,” she wrote, “Anders Behring Breivik, the extremist who massacred 77 people in July, cited Bruce Bawer, a gay American writer critical of Muslim immigration, as an influence.”  (In fact, Breivik made it clear in his writings that I was not an influence on him – he considered me too much of a libertarian.  But no matter.)
    Never mind that all this is true.  For Schulman, it’s all “’pinkwashing’: a deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights behind an image of modernity signified by Israeli gay life.”  In the sentences that followed, Schulman actually seemed to be trying to get away with implying that Palestinian “gay life” is comparable to “Israeli  gay life”: “Homosexuality,” she wrote, “has been decriminalized in the West Bank since the 1950s, when anti-sodomy laws imposed under British colonial influence were removed from the Jordanian penal code, which Palestinians follow.”  I would encourage Schulman to open a gay bar in Ramallah and see what happens.
    Though “some people of good will…mistakenly judge how advanced a country is by how it responds to homosexuality,” insisted Schulman, things like “the relative openness of Tel Aviv are incomplete indicators of human rights.”  Perhaps not, but they happen to be of a piece with every other single indicator of human rights in Israel relative to human rights in the territories now governed by Hamas – or, for that matter, in every Muslim country in the region.  How about women’s rights, Sarah?  Is the status of women in Israel, as compared to their status elsewhere in the Middle East, also an “incomplete indicator”?
    Schulman, it should be noted, is a relic – sorry, veteran – of the Gay Wars of ancient times, which is to say the 1970s and 80s.  Back then she was one of the shining stars of the minuscule but then powerful radical gay activist subculture, which subordinated the real interests and convictions of the overwhelming majority of gay people to its own far-left, anti-capitalist ideology.  Back then, in its heyday, Schulman and her Marxist confrères called the shots in gay political activism; today, except in the academy (where they reign over the inane discipline known as “Queer Studies”), they’ve dwindled almost to utter irrelevance in society at large.  Indeed, if Schulman singles me out for special obloquy, it may be because my 1993 book A Place at the Table: The Gay Individual in American Society helped spell the beginning of the end for her own brand of anger-driven, ideology-obsessed, and terminally counterproductive gay politics.


    Which is not to say that Schulman is a lone voice.  If only.  That there exists a group with the grotesque name Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (under the auspices of which Schulman apparently gave a talk earlier this year) shows that the sick old strain of self-destructive gay politics is, in some quarters, not only still alive and kicking but more twisted than ever.  To be sure, it never stops being remarkable to me that anyone who professes to care about human freedom – especially someone who is gay and a woman and a Jew! – can be anything but a fervent supporter of Israel, a small free country surrounded by Jew-hating, woman-oppressing, gay-killing neighbors that are intent on destroying it.  But then this is what happens, alas, when a mind is so besotted with ideology as to blind itself to even the most obvious of realities.



    About Bruce Bawer

    Bruce Bawer is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center and the author of “While Europe Slept” and “Surrender.” His e-book, “The New Quislings”, about the Norwegian Left’s exploitation of the July 22 mass murders in Norway, will be published in early January by Harper Collins.


    The “depictions of immigrants” by people like me and Wilders “as ‘homophobic fanatics,’” wrote Schulman, “opportunistically ignore the existence of Muslim gays and their allies within their communities.”  On the contrary, I and many other anti-jihadists have written extensively about gay Muslims.  What Schulman “opportunistically ignores” is that gay Muslims in Western Europe tend to live in terror of being found out by their families and communities.  Their very lives are at risk.  So dire is their plight that until recently there was not a single “out” gay Muslim in all of Norway, where I live.  I am now personally acquainted with the country’s first openly gay male Muslim and its first openly lesbian Muslim, and I can inform Schulman that their lives have been made exceedingly difficult by the Muslim communities that Schulman is so eager to defend.
    To depict Muslims as antigay, Schulman further maintained, is to “render invisible the role that fundamentalist Christians, the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Jews play in perpetuating fear and even hatred of gays.”  Yes, there’s hostility to gay people all over the place.  The difference is that even the most famously gay-hating Christian on the planet, Fred “God Hates Fags” Phelps, doesn’t call for the murder of gay people and, as far as I know, has not killed any gays himself.  By contrast, sharia law prescribes the death penalty for homosexuality – a punishment that has been carried out innumerable times by the governments of several Islamic countries as well as by countless Muslim families both in the Muslim world and in the West.
    But does Schulman care about that?  Apparently not.  She is the kind of leftist for whom ideology will always trump reality.  What she is exercised about is the fact that Israel is, according to her, marketing itself as gay-friendly: Tel Aviv’s tourism board, for example, is spending about $90 million “to brand the city as ‘an international gay vacation destination.’”  Also, 

    Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.S. Congress in May “that the Middle East was ‘a region where women are stoned, gays are hanged, Christians are persecuted.’”

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    Sadly, Barney Frank’s perfectly reasonable decision to retire, at the advanced age of 71, does perpetuate the stereotype that gay men are cowards. Frank will finally be able to cash in like a Tom Daschle or a Rahm Emmanuel, attempting to sell his connections to Wall Street banks and crony capitalists who depend on government regulation, or at least find a little sinecure spinning propaganda at MSNBC or Harvard.

    His chickening out has led to some good humor.

    Charles Krauthammer’s epitaph for Frank’s Congressional career has me kicking myself out of envy: “Frank has finally found a way to help solve the nation’s economic crisis – retire.”

    A conservative, gay unfriendly blog also had this humorous piece:

    BAHNEY FWANK WEADY TO WETIRE FWOM CONGWESS – FINAWWY! | Angry White Dude

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