Wednesday, July 19, 2006

House fails to override stem cell veto


My brother-in-law died in 1992 at the age of 35 after struggling with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for five years. He became totally paralyzed and my sister had to do EVERYTHING for him. My sister also had two small kids to raise while caring for him, and then continued to raise them on her own after he died. He never got to see his children grow up and get married and never got a chance to hold his grandbabies. ALS is a cruel, cruel disease, as are many other diseases and injuries for which stem cell research could help in finding cures.

I also have a friend who has MS. She is a wonderful person and fortunately has a very loving and patient husband who takes care of all of her needs. She is a very creative person, who loved to do crafts and artwork but can no longer use her arms and is confined to a wheel chair. She cannot do anything on her own anymore and is only in her mid-50s.

It's very cruel to deprive already-living people with disabilities of hope.
Polls show as much as 70 percent public support for embryonic stem cell research. The Senate voted Tuesday after two days of emotional debate to expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, sending the measure to President Bush for a promised veto, the first of his presidency. "King George" and his xian-agenda once again ignores the voices of his "subjects". I wonder if he would be as heartless if one of his daughters had a spinal cord injury or had a grandson with Muscular Dystrophy? What a jackass!

6 comments:

Jason H. Bowden said...

This is a jackass thing to do. However, it only applied to federal funding; state governments have been funding the research for quite a while.

All of this crap lately-- the marriage amendment, the gambling bs, and now this-- is all a calculated effort to make up with angry conservative base voters after not building a wall, not deporting 12 million people, and other unreasonable demands social conservatives have been making about immigration.

JDHURF said...

It's really depressing to know that while we live in the age of scientific discovery we also live in a country where the President is able to reject and deplore the most promising line of research in biology based on a religious dogma conjured up by the very same individuals who rode donkeys, wantonly stoned women and children to death and truly believed in mythological creatures such as the cocatrice.

BTW – I recently tried to visit our comrades blog *leap of faith* only to find that it may no longer exist. Do you know if it was just technical difficulty or what?

Stardust said...

It's really depressing to know that while we live in the age of scientific discovery we also live in a country where the President is able to reject and deplore the most promising line of research in biology

jdhurf - yes, it is depressing, and frustrating. It's a constant struggle for science in the past few years and getting worse and worse.

Stardust said...

All of this crap lately-- the marriage amendment, the gambling bs, and now this-- is all a calculated effort to make up with angry conservative base voters

jason - I am sick of this too...what is going on with this butt-kissing of the religious right by BOTH Republican and Democrat politicians alike. It really ticks me off. They are all like play-dough (Like a song from the 60s - "Bend me shape me anyway you want me, as long as you love me, it's alright. . ." )

Stardust said...

BTW – I recently tried to visit our comrades blog *leap of faith* only to find that it may no longer exist. Do you know if it was just technical difficulty or what?

jd - I get the same message. I wonder what happened to justinother? Did he just get sick of blogging or what? Hopefully he didn't find Jeebus! (Doubt that is likely, though.)

JDHURF said...

Yeah what a shame it would be if he were to have become a capitulationist for religion...though I also doubt that is the case. Hopefully he gets back into things.