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Bush's Shameful Stem Cell Veto

So shameful that the Republicans figured out a way to push it through as quickly as possible. So shameful that Bush barred the media from covering it.

Bush_stem_cellHere's how Bush explained his veto of a bill that has broad support from legislators and the public:

"Yet we must also remember that embryonic stem cells come from human embryos that are destroyed themselves. Each of these human embryos is a unique human life, with inherent dignity and matchless value. We see that value in the children who are with us today. Each of these children began his or her life as a frozen embryo that was created for in vitro fertilization, but remained unused after fertility treatments were complete. Each of these children was adopted while still an embryo, and has been blessed with the chance to grow up in a loving family. These boys and girls are not spare parts."

Why Bush's argument makes no sense...

Bush has chosen to be penny-wise, pound-foolish and rather than make a far-sighted choice that might save millions of lives down the road he has forsaken many (including some of his core supporters) in order to please his theocratic base. Let's hope folks remember in November.

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  1. thank Gawd he doesn't use the power of veto more often.

    Posted by: A.J. | Jul 19, 2006 4:51:11 PM

  2. I'll catch hell for this: This was the smartest move ever done by this man. I think that the Republicans won't muster enough votes to override, so that, come November, there is a good chance that this singular veto may be instrumental in removing a majority in at least one of the federal chambers. Thank you, George Bush, you tyrannical moron!

    Posted by: JT | Jul 19, 2006 4:54:09 PM

  3. Given that the Senate and House passed the bill with a broad consensus, I'm not sure Bush's idiocy should make such a difference for voters in November.

    Posted by: GBM | Jul 19, 2006 4:54:59 PM

  4. I just hope self-righteous religious nuts like President Bush don't find em out and arrest me for murder. I do masturbate and, by their logic, am wasting human life everytime I "go to work."

    If Bush cared for the sanctity of life as he claims he does, he has some explaining to do for sending over 2500 soldiers to die over his wretched policy.

    Posted by: Marcolo | Jul 19, 2006 4:56:38 PM

  5. Lets' hope the Democrats take the Senate this fall. If so then the idiot President Bush will see impeechment preceedings next year.

    Impeech, Impeech!!!

    Posted by: presidenthorseshit | Jul 19, 2006 5:03:06 PM

  6. He explained how each embryo has dignity and matchless value, and they become boys and girls. So why are some boys and girls not given the same rights if they are all equally precious?

    Posted by: pat | Jul 19, 2006 5:56:11 PM

  7. Actually, Marcolo, your joking about masturbation is not as absurd as you might think. When the Supreme Court finally overturned sodomy laws in 2003, "Justice" Scalia, aka Hermann Goering, giving new meaning to the term "wack job" during his major hissy fit, said it, horror of horrors, could lead to legalizing masturbation! I'm not certain of anywhere in the US it IS illegal, but that shows the kind of loony, erotiphobic fascists we're dealing with. Further back, during her successful campaign to overturn gay rights ordinance in Miami, Anita Bryant told "Playboy" magazine that gays are called "fruits" because "they eat the forbidden fruit of the tree of life. God referred to men as trees, and because the homosexuals eat the forbidden fruit, which is male sperm." So y'all are destroying human life every time you swallow! So STOP IT! RIGHT NOW!!!! But more ancient still is the origin of the archaic synonym for masturbation--"onanism." Actually, Onan's particular spilling "his seed upon the ground" was from coitus interruptus, but wasted seed is wasted seed in the Big Guy's eyes so God killed him anyway and personal sexual pleasuring has been terrorized by religion ever since. Dorothy Parker called her parakeet Onan because he, too, spilled his seed.

    Posted by: Tagg | Jul 19, 2006 5:58:38 PM

  8. Bush is so much a "small collection of cells", it is no wonder he can not grasp the concept of stem research for the benefit of all mankind. Why do you American's give this abomination of a "President" so much slack! As you have so much influence in the world I feel the need to DEMAND my right to vote in your elections, just to make sure that my one lone vote can make a difference!

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 19, 2006 8:25:25 PM

  9. Oh, Steve. We don't give him much credit at all as he doesn't deserve it. 59 million of us didn't want him returning to office. Diebold voting machines did, however.

    Posted by: Marcolo | Jul 19, 2006 8:32:38 PM

  10. Now 400,000 pre-embryo blastocysts are going to a LANDFILL instead of curing your Granny of Alzheimers.

    Thank you, George Bush and the Republican Party, which won't override him even this once, otherwise there will be pressure to override him when he kills Social Security.

    Tell all your Republican friends this:

    Jesus Christ came back to this poor old earth 10 years ago, as a child with multiple sclerosis. He could have been cured with stem cell research two years ago...but he died instead. So goodbye rapture. None of you will be raptured up to heaven. None of you. Happy now?

    Posted by: bambambam | Jul 19, 2006 9:35:23 PM

  11. Tony Snow, the White House Press Secretary, when explaining the Bush position stated "The simple answer is he thinks murder is wrong." As I've thought about Snow's message, it seems obvious to me that it was crafted to appeal to those on the religious right who are vehemently opposed to abortion.

    To see the stem cell debate explained with visuals and how the political argument put forth by the President is ultimately an absurd manipulation of the here:

    Posted by: Daniel DiRito | Jul 19, 2006 10:20:59 PM

    Watch this video. He'll pay the price himself in short order.

    Posted by: Mac | Jul 19, 2006 11:23:01 PM

  13. If it ain't named, it ain't claimed. Poke, prod and burn all of 'em.

    Posted by: micnyc | Jul 20, 2006 12:37:39 AM

  14. CALIFORNIA Forges Ahead!

    Go California Go!

    Is it really the Republican Party that is to blame if California is forging ahead with stem cell research?

    I mean, all the lawsuits be damned, California continues to ignore Bush as it wants to lead the wooorrld!


    Posted by: Gilli | Jul 20, 2006 7:57:36 AM

  15. OK, for all the STUPID people out there...

    These embryo are going in the GARBAGE.

    They are NOT going to become people!

    This is a total waste of scientific opportunity.

    Bush is an ASS.

    Posted by: dc-20008 | Jul 20, 2006 9:30:32 AM

  16. Sanctity of life? What is he nuts? I lost my Mom to Alzheimer's and a recently a friend to Parkinson's Disease. I can only hope Bush's self-righteousness comes around to bite him in the ass. Bush would certainly be singing a different tune if someone in his family or those oh so precious to him, The Religious Reich develops Alzheimer's or Parkinson's Disease.

    Posted by: Alan Reeser | Jul 20, 2006 1:40:16 PM

  17. What are people doing "adopting" blastocyts, anyway? I thought marriage was only for the "natural" creation of a child.

    At least, that's what everyone in the House (and NY Supreme Court) said...

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jul 20, 2006 1:54:15 PM

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