Tuesday, July 18, 2006

My mother has adult onset diabetes. So does my sister Susan and my Aunt LouAnne. My sister Elizabeth has juvenile diabetes. A co-worker's 11-year-old daughter has recently developed juvenile diabetes. A co-worker's husband has just developed adult onset diabetes. Here in southern Arizona an alarming number of O'odham, Native American indigenous to this area, have adult onset diabetes. It is a growing epidemic in this country.

Stem cell research may (or may not) provide better treatment or, perhaps, a cure for diabetes. Instead of investing and investigating the potential benefits of stem cell research, The Great Decider plans to veto the bill put forth by both houses of Congress to expand research possibilities.

''The simple answer is he thinks murder's wrong,'' said White House spokesman Tony Snow. ''The president is not going to get on the slippery slope of taking something living and making it dead for the purposes of scientific research.''

The Great Decider thinks extracting cells from a tiny embroyo is murder. I am so pleased that he is pandering to his base supporters, individuals for whom all science is viewed with suspicion. Let's return the Middle Ages and burn witches while we are at it.

I find it ironic that The Great Decider is, apparently, concerned with murder. His actions have caused the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians during this ongoing war that is always turning the corner. For example, he ordered bombs dropped on a restaurant in April 2003 Iraq because there was the slightest chance Saddam might be having supper there. When the broken body of the 20-year-old woman was brought out -- torso first, then the head -- her mother started crying uncontrollably, then collapsed.

So Bush wants to spare test tube embryos, which will never have a chance of being implanted, because that is murder. But killing a 20-year-old woman who happened to live next to a suspect restaurant is not. Crock. Of. Shit.

Of course if the UK or France makes an amazing stem cell discovery that cures some rare disease, you can bet any member of the Bush family who needs it will have immediate access.

The Great Decider. Moron.

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