Friday, May 20, 2005

Oh, Smithers. I would have said anything to get your stem cells.

This could get interesting.

WASHINGTON -- With Republican leaders preparing to allow a vote next week on a bill that would roll back President Bush's policy on human embryonic stem cell research, the President said today he would veto such legislation if it came to his desk.

The President said that he has made it clear to Congress that he opposes the use of federal money "to promote science which destroys life in order to save life."

"And therefore, if the bill does that, I will veto it," said Bush in response to a reporter's question.

Bush's comments were in response to news that South Korean scientists had overcome a major obstacle in producing human embryo clones for stem cell research.

"I worry about a world in which cloning becomes acceptable," Bush said.

What is interesting now is that you can see sort of a mild version of the Dark Ages happening here. While Eastern scientists, unfettered by Christian cult-of-life attitudes, are going to develop stem cell innovations beyond our wildest dreams, we're stuck with a preznit who probably hasn't cracked a biology book since eighth grade. Like when the Arabs were figuring out algebra and Europeans were freaking out, thinking Haley's Comet was a sign of the end times.

Remember American Innovation? That was cool. Mustangs, personal computers, the telephone, Polio Vaccine . . . and hey, then we invented outsourcing!

Now America is the George Steinbrenner of technology. If you have something that could be a big player on the market, we'll buy it. But it's not like we're going to train it up from the beginning.

Or maybe not. I'm fried- working on a column about Breed Specific Dog Legislation has got me feeling a little down.


  1. How sad about the pitbulls.

    Hey-I don't see anything obscene. I just couldn't wear pointy toed shoes cuz they'd hurt my feet.

    Is that pitbull article for real? THAT is obscene.

  2. Hi Magnolia-
    I took the obscene pic down . . . it was totally unintentional (I had a funny pic up, but the webmaster who owned the pic put up something VERY VERY BAD), but you should see my sitemeter numbers!

    Yeah, the pit bull thing is troubling, and even though I'll be defending the dogs in the column, I'm sure I'll get plenty of hate mail.

    Anyway, thanks for stopping by . . .

  3. Ah darn, I missed it! Oh well, nice site btw!

  4. i worry about a world in which killing 100,000 civilians in order to gain strategic advantage over europe, russia, and asia becomes acceptable.

  5. How, exactly are they determining that a dog is a pitbull? Do they have a DNA test, an AKC certified breed judge, what?

    Breeds have tendencies, but the attitude of a specific dog can be tested. Animal shelters have a tests that they administer to determine whether or not a specific animal is suitable for adoption.

    I'm really sick of bad laws passed as a result of a single incident. Now every city in Colorado will face a law suit threat if a dog, labeled a pit bull, attacks anyone, because the victims attorney will blame the local government for not passing a law like Denver's.

    This is the same type of thinking that justifies bigotry. "Everybody knows what that group is like." No need to think or look at individuals.

  6. I missed the dog photo, but Dex's comment makes a lot of sense.

  7. I worry about a world in which cloning Bush becomes acceptable.

    Oh no, I just combined that thought with pit bulls and dreamed up "The Boys from Brazoria"! Paul Wolfowitz seeds little dubya's around the country, and then attempts to simulate the conditions of his youth such as growing up in opulence, and giving/receiving sodomy at Yale! When the Good Doktor attempts to visit him: "Do whut now? ketchup!"

    I need to sterilize my brain.

  8. "sort of a mild version of the Dark Ages happening here"

    Look around, history is repeating itself, only in a new and improved format.

  9. You things are getting bad when Korea digs a deeper vein into science than we do.