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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

VETO BUSH

once again, i am embarrassed that bush is "my" president.

i AM A DEMOCRAT - but regardless of my political views, i understand the value of scientific research.

but what does this great countries "leader" do - he FINALLY vetos a bill that could help millions be free from horrid diseases.

he obviously has NEVER met anyone who suffers from Parkinsons, alzhimers, or any other debilitating disease or disorder.

even sadder are the "hurd of cattle" who would follow him to the slaughter who didn't vote to override this veto. They too must not have a family member who has ever suffered from any of the above.

the stem cell lines that are usable have brought us SO MUCH information that has HELPED...but the opportunity for new lines that would broaden this research would help researchers SO MUCH MORE!!!

now, don't get me wrong - i DON'T think that this should be a free for all... but we need to open our eyes to what could be a positive for ALL OF US...

i KNOW i am going to piss a lot of people off with this as it is a "hot topic" issue - i am NOT going to debate you about when life starts...

however,i HAVE seen the devastation these diseases cause first hand - it is NOT pretty... and what is even uglier is that the research is there, showing us the way to, if not a cure, a way to improve these lives... but once again - a door has been slammed shut on progress

so, the next time you have the opportunity to vote - think about all who COULD be helped by taking a risk with controversial research - this isn't a religious issue, it is an ethical and PERSONALLY MORALLY RIGHT issue

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  • the reasons for embarrassment are too many to count, but regarding this issue...

    first, he cites a concern for the potential souls of the embryos. a possibility of human life. duh, um, that's what makes them enbryos. i wonder if he thinks about the mass slaughter of chicken souls when he has his eggs in the morning, or if he eats veal. but those are only cows, so i guess it doesn't matter. how about the fact that stem cell research could benefit people that are ALREADY ALIVE and living with debilitating pain or degenerative disease? i guess the attitude would be "screw 'em." so what if there's a chance we could prevent that? he obviously has no problem with 'preventive' war and aggresion, or killing brown babies that are already living, breathing human beings....but whatever.

    and second, i'm fascinated by the children they've brought as persuasion that were adopted embryos. what would have happened to them if they weren't adopted as embryos? apparently, once the embryos are too old they "dispose" of them. trash embryos. so why not just disallow fertility treatment and embryo storage inthe first place? then there would be no embryo that needed adoption or ultimately, disposing of. screw those families that can't have babies on their own- we're saving souls!

    ugh.

    i wonder how he would feel upon diagnosis of parkinson's or alzheimer's...

    sometimes i feel like, God gave us the science, you fruitcake. like he designed evolution, you idiot. and here's some more of it. you want to go to Mars but keep the human species the same? let's kill the planet but not make any biological advances?

    it's only MY faith that helps me believe this administration is meant as a huge learning experience. otherwise, i'd be unbelievably depressed.

    By Blogger mere, at Thursday, July 20, 2006  

  • He may not know it, but Bush is a bigger asshole than Denis Leary sings about being.

    I've been around people who have such horrible diseases. If I had the power to help in any way, I would.

    By Blogger Lowry, at Thursday, July 20, 2006  

  • stephen colbert had a good bit about bush using the veto, for the first time, on an issue that 78% of the public are in favour for.

    By Blogger IDigHootchAndCootch, at Thursday, July 20, 2006  

  • I am actually fairly torn on this issue, and not for the reasons you might think.

    For example - On one hand, I think it's important that cures for these diseases be found, but on the other hand, there actually have not really been any advances made through the stem cell reseacrh thus far. If there has, I must have missed it. In fact, the researchers were asked to present any advances made through their research to substantiate the funding, and as far as I know, none was really produced. Just promises that they are getting "closer", which really may be true.

    Second, if there actually is a cure or a treatment discovered through this research, it's going to cost a *ton* of money as some private company charges tons of money for the treatment. So they want us - the American people - to subsidize their making of millions or billions. I think that is messed up. I don't think for a minute that the private pharmeceutical companies are going to halt their research. They just are going to have to use their own money to do so, which kind of seems fair seeing that they are going to profit off of any cure discovered.

    At the same time, I do wish there was a cure.

    By Blogger -J, at Thursday, July 20, 2006  

  • So you are embarrassed that he is consistent? He already had made an executive order banning such funding. Why wouldn't he veto the bill trying to over rule his executive powers?

    On another note - There is nothing to show that embryonic stem cells have any sort of advantage over other stem cells. What is even more odd is Congress failed to pass a bill that would enhance other stem cell research. You don't see all the ones lobbying for embyonic stem cell research protesting that fact. Why are they so hypocritical? Why aren't you embarrassed by their lack of action?

    Just wondering

    By Blogger Barry, at Thursday, July 20, 2006  

  • Bush is a raging embarrasment for a host of reasons, this is only one. I find this to be just another way for him to shove his theology into my democracy. He wasn't appointed Morality Police but that doesn't stop him

    He always makes me wish we could go all Jurassic Park and bring back Thomas Jefferson.

    And as for GW being consistent, he's proven over and over again that he consistently wrong.

    By Blogger Melissa, at Thursday, July 20, 2006  

  • You should check out the "Clueless George" books ... they have them on amazon - I think they'll be right up your alley!

    By Blogger Bre, at Thursday, July 20, 2006  

  • i couldn't agree more. stem cell research is so important... even a republican congress supported the measure and this president had to pull out the veto stamp for the first time ever. he should have been vetoed a long time ago for taking us into a war we didn't need to be in... it's a true embarrassment. i couldn't agree more.

    By Blogger Nigel Vossap, at Thursday, July 20, 2006  

  • Barry -

    Due respect, but I don't think the "at least he's consistent" approach adequately defends, explains, or excuses the President's actions on this one. Congress passed this bill by a remarkable majority; even Frist voted for it.

    I agree that funding for embryonic stem cells might divert funds from other (i.e., cord blood) cell research. No easy way around that one.

    What sticks in my craw about this whole thing, though, is that most embryonic stem cells are destroyed anyway. I simply don't understand why using those cells for research is more morally problematic than the current approach.

    My .02.

    By Blogger Trout, at Friday, July 21, 2006  

  • for melissa - I prefer John Adams myself, but I would be in favor of another TJ

    By Blogger Barry, at Tuesday, July 25, 2006  

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