You know, the situation in Lebanon and Israel is really a boon for Bushy. Cause he thinks that all of us common, mainstream Americans aren't going to notice his veto of the Stem Cell Research Bill. I can't quite figure out if he really believes that this is morally wrong (as my lovely, yet misguided DH believes) or if he just hasn't been touched personally by a disease that could be helped by this research. Because I would think you would have to be one heartless bastard, who believes in an extremely unjust God to have sat at the bedside of someone afflicted with a neurological illness, or cancer or alzheimer's and not get that we need this technology to move forward. You know that it's utterly ridiculous when there are Republicans openly supporting this research (not just nodding their heads quietly in assent behind closed doors.
Usually, I'm just angry, but this one really nauseates me. Perhaps it's my gene pool. While I don't have a firm grasp of the illnesses on my biological father's side of the family here's a quick list of what runs on mom's side: alzheimer's, pancreatic cancer ( a whole freaking lot of pancreatic cancer, heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes, carotid artery disease, and huntington's chorea. Now, I'm no scientist, but I can imagine that there are quite a few of those that will be helped if not cured completely by the innovations stem cell research will provide. I watched my Aunt and godfather die twenty years apart from one another . . . she got four months, he got nine . . . if Bill Frist thinks in the future that we will have hearts that will be able to regenerate themselves, wouldn't you think that pancreatic cancer might have a shot at if not cure, then at least more time? For those of you who don't know 4% (read that again if you need to) live past 5 years of diagnosis. Oh, and 80% die within months of diagnosis. Cheery, huh? And furthermore, it's on the rise. I'm sure there are many reasons why it's on the rise (our diets, smoking, drinking, combining all three in a deadly cocktail), but what are we doing for diseases like this?
When Michael J. Fox shows up at the door to your senatorial office, how in the hell do you look at him and say, sorry, can't help ya big guy. Or Christopher Reeve. Or any number of Joe Schmo's that are affected by this each and every day. What kind of wacko are you to think that all those spare (and I'm using that word with reason) embryos are going to get adopted? And I love when they tie it to abortion . . . oh we can't use embryos because it's going to cause the abortion number to rise. Hello? The majority of the embryos they need to use are 5-day-old embryos. How many 5 day into a pregnancy abortions are going on?
Do I really need to go on?
And from the duh! file, the House rejected the Gay Marriage Ban Amendment. Welcome to the party people. Leave us alone. Fix your own messes and stay the hell out of my personal business.