Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Dumb and Dumber: Stem Cells and Congress vs. Bush and a Veto

This one is personal.

저가 이 전체 지독한 줄기 세포 토론에 의하여 가버리 소변을 보고 있다!

I wrote that in English, put it into a translating program and there you go. I did that because most of it is me swearing, and swearing is bad form when you’re engaging in political commentary.

But…조지 W. 부시는 지독한 백치 및 바보이다! If you’re Korean you can point and laugh at my bad translations because I know it has been translated literally, so it's just comical. However, I really needed to express that, and it's probably best that when it's translated back that it's nonsense.

Why am I so upset? Well, if you’ve been reading this blog you know that I have insulin dependent diabetes, and I wear an insulin pump.

Congress passed a bill approving more federal funds for stem cell research, but George is slated to veto it.

Now this is a report and video of what he said:

Moments ago, Bush made a statement at the White House discussing why he vetoed a bill expanding funding for embryonic stem cell research. (The media was barred from covering the veto itself.) Bush explained, “these boys and girls are not spare parts.”

Now, there is stem cell research going on based on private funding, but federal approval would mean more money but also regulation. Even some conservatives like Senator Orin Hatch and former First Lady Nancy Reagan are for stem cell research.

An embryo is not a boy or a girl. It’s a cluster of about 150 cells smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. The embryos funded by the bill Bush vetoed were “created for the purposes of in vitro fertilization…which are spare or in excess of clinical need and in every single case are slated for medical waste.”

Only about 10 percent of embryos are adopted — the rest are disposed of. Had Bush signed the bill into law, they could instead be used to develop potentially live-saving cures for millions of people. (quote taken from the same source I cited above).

It’s just insulting and stupid that people can’t be as critical about their moral convictions as they are about the actions of other world leaders and allow themselves to be critical of themselves and their own leader.

He and his supporters on the stem cell research issue are first-class dunces…enuf said.

I hope that Congress has the two-thirds majority to override this veto. However, it's not looking good according to most sources. To be honest, I haven’t been following the numbers, but it will be a shame if it doesn’t pass.

My life and the lives of others suffering from disease are less important than an embryo that will be tossed in the waste.

That is absolutely asinine.

It's official. Congress couldn't rally up the two-thirds votes needed to override Bush's veto.

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  1. I stumbled upon your blog in a random search. Your life and pursuits sound amazing and interesting.

    As one of those "dunces" your blog refers to, you'll hopefully forgive me for differing with you. As a legal scholar I imagine you are accustomed to debating, so clearly your opposition to the president's veto was not intended to stir conversation.

    The moral dilemmas brought upon a society capable of playing God should make us all take a step back. Take a look at if you get a chance, and look for the invitro question. It's certainly good exercise for the intellect.

    Bless you in your endeavors, and in your health.

  2. I have a feeling you're on the other side, and that you're a "dunce" by my simple evaluation.

    What people in today’s political debate landscape have forgotten is that people can differ, and still walk away with a certain level of respect for their opposition. I don't have that for the other side, in general, because it's not reasoned discussion rested upon their morals that leads them where they are. It's judgment and "holier than thou" posturing separated from any true debate and exchange of ideas.

    I do know that there are wise folks on the other side; it's just rare that you sort through the chaff to ever encounter the wheat. Maybe you're one of them, if so, welcome.

    You're right. I didn't write that to stir opposition. As those who support his veto they have their opinions, I have mine. I support what the governor of my home state, California, did. He took action where it counted and approved $150 million in funding to stem cell research projects the day after Bush’s veto: I might not agree with Governor Schwarzenegger on everything, but he lodged protest the right way, by taking action.

    I'll look at the link you posted, and I'll see what I think of it.

    I don't censor opinions, so you're welcome to share yours, if you see fit.

    This is the one place where I can call folks who oppose stem cell research "dunces". That’s what I believe because that’s what I think they are.

    It's personal, and I'll admit as much.

  3. I read the in vitro post. It's interesting, but it's not life and that's where I differ with her. If God is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and eternally benevolent then I have enough faith that people will be guided to make the right decisions without me playing God and telling them what they should do.

    I also have enough faith that God will deal with them in due course if they make the wrong decision.

    You truly believe that we were blessed with all this talent and intelligence, but we're just supposed to watch the weeds grow and not interfere? I don't buy it. I have more faith than that.

  4. Did you hear about Obama's recent news on overturning Bush's no funding for stem cell research catasrophy? Great huh!

  5. Of course I heard about it ;) It's great! Amazing how much can change in a couple of years!


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