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Friday, February 03, 2006

I Made a Mistake

Recently I posted Bush's State of the Union speech with my rebuttal comments inserted. Well, I was way wrong on one of them. How many times have I commented here that in order to actually understand what a Bush Repug is saying you have to think of EVERY possible meaning, and pick the most evil? At least a dozen times I know. Well, I failed in one instance to follow my own rule of thumb. Here it is.

Part of the speech was:
A hopeful society has institutions of science and medicine that do not cut ethical corners, and that recognize the matchless value of every life. Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research: human cloning in all its forms, creating or implanting embryos for experiments, creating human-animal hybrids, and buying, selling, or patenting human embryos. Human life is a gift from our Creator -- and that gift should never be discarded, devalued or put up for sale. (Applause.)

(By the way, the "applause" is actually in the text of the speech from the White House.gov page, so I assume it's in there as an audience queue-up. I'm surprised we didn't see the little "Applaud Now" signs lit up somewhere.)

My comment said that I expected Bush had left out stem cells, but would have it added to legislation on the sly as they have done with a lot of the things passed during his reign.

But that was not correct. Using the 'worst possible interpretation' theory, it's clear that stem cells are already included. "Human cloning in all it's forms" covers stem cells because to grow enough to do anything, like distribute them to medical research labs, you are cloning human stem cells. That is one of the forms, although we're supposed to think from his choice of words that he meant growing identical versions of people for organ harvesting or something.

"embryos for experiments" could mean stem cells too, as to the fundamentalists, any fertilized ovum is an embryo, although I believe that science calls it a blastula until it actually develops an organ structure. But that would cover stem cells also. This was supposed to make you think of mutated babies or some equally unacceptable thing that has nothing whatsoever to do with stem cells.

Human-animal hybrids is supposed to make you think "Island of Dr. Moreau" or some other such sci-fi thing, but again, using any ANIMAL stem cell would fit under this category in any legislation he proposed.

And last, "buying, selling, or patenting human embryos" is clearly designed to stop the use of stem cells when you consider that the original lines came from embryos.

So the result it that by using terms that made any rational person think HE was being reasonable by trying to limit science fiction horrors, Bush basically promised his brain-dead fundamentalist base that he would stop stem cell usage and research, and even outlined the basic forms of the legislation he intends to use. I got fooled, and I believe NOTHING this lying drunk says. Imagine what happened to the central part of the population who simply WANT to believe their presidend is reasonable and haven't yet come to the realization that he is a hateful, power-mad dictator wannabe who is nuts enough to think he talks to God and that God tells him to kill people.

DO NOT fall for it folks. Use this explanation as freely as you have to in order to have your friends ready to oppose this promised legislation. Bush also said that "Human life is a gift from our Creator", and it's obvious that he's going to try to make sure that nobody ever gets a chance for a better or longer one thru medical research into stem cell possibilities.

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