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Posted on Jul 19, 2006

Its official.  In his first use of the veto, the president has refused to sign H.R. 810, or ғthe Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005.  According to Bush, ԓHuman beings are not a raw material to be exploited or a commodity to be bought or sold.  The bill, which passed the Senate just shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto, would undo funding limits imposed by the administration in 2001.

The silver lining here might be the impact of this on the midterm elections.  Check out the roll call on Daily Kos.

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By Liz, July 20, 2006 at 4:46 pm Link to this comment
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I guess some embryo is more important than the suffering people with cancer, alzimers, parkinsons and the like…. good going bush for letting my grandma and dad down that have some of these symptoms.

and if your so pro-life then why do you supportr war?? what a hypocritical you are. burn in “hell” bush and take your whole corrupt government with you!

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By robert puglia, July 20, 2006 at 11:24 am Link to this comment
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“human beings are not a raw material to be exploited or a commodity to be bought or sold.”
since when? in so far as his ends, everyone is to be exploited, bought and (most importantly) sold; harkin energy, enron, war on terror, post- hurricane gulf coast, etc. that one person could be such a lout, so vile, so corrupt, is plausible though just barely. that hundreds of millions of people are so venal as to facilitate this criminal causes me to lie awake in the night and by day to apply for working visas elsewhere. george bush might be remarkably stupid but he is truly evil. for good men to do nothing there must first be good men.

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By Aaitje, July 20, 2006 at 10:05 am Link to this comment
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Steve posts:

“The most recent poll on the subject, conducted by
International Communications Research in mid-May, finds 48% of
Americans oppose federal funding of stem cell research that
requires destroying human embryos. Just 39% support such funding
and another 12 percent had no position. The ICR survey found 57%
favored funding only the research avenues that do not harm the
donor. Just 24% favored funding all stem cell research, including
the type that involves destroying human embryos.”

If the International (Mis)Communications Research can be believed, it’s official!

Americans *are* a bunch of backward, dumbass, superstitious people better suited to live in the science-fearing era of the dark ages where curing people of a headache would buy you a one-way trip to the stack of fire.

But make no mistake!

Dubya didn’t veto the bill because he’s got this “christian moral objection”. He used his veto pen because it entailed FEDERAL FUNDING, and *anything* that tries to fund any program geared to benefit everyone, not just his “Haves and Have-Mores” base is outright unacceptable.

But keep selling those dumbass, uneducated, frightened, and poverty-ridden religious sheep so-called christian moral bullsh*t, and Dubya’s good to go.

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By C Quil, July 20, 2006 at 9:48 am Link to this comment
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“Human beings are not a raw material to be exploited or a commodity to be bought or sold.”

They are being sold every day to enrich the Halliburtons and oil companies of this world, and they are coming home in boxes which Bush does not allow anyone to see, and which he totally ignores.

As for “adult stem cell” cures - most have either relapsed or are explainable by the placebo effect. I bet if Bush or his buddies had something that could be cured by the results of stem cell research, they’d burn a path to the door of the research labs.

But I don’t think they’ve managed to grow a brain or a conscience yet, so Bush and his friends can’t be fixed.

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By cognitorex, July 20, 2006 at 8:01 am Link to this comment
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Motility Matters

Stem cells, brain cells, idiocy and imbeciles.

Again I’m reminded of the November 04’ Daily Mirror front page showing our just reelected president and the question:

“How Can 59,054,087 People be so DUMB?”

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By mim, July 20, 2006 at 7:52 am Link to this comment
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He’s hardly the one to talk about a moral boundary.  That train left the station long ago.

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By Kevin, July 20, 2006 at 6:48 am Link to this comment
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Steven,

Whether or not any cures have been discovered is irrelevant. The research shows promise (although no doubt some researchers disagree) and is supported by many renowned scientists. We are talking about cells that can become ANY other cells in the body. The possibilites are evident.

There may be some validity to economic arguments for libertarian thinkers, but that is not the argument the White House provided (not to mention, that would be hypocritical for them to claim it). This is goverment guided by “Iron Age Philosphy” (as Sam Harris might put it), and it does no service to the human race Bush claims to be showing so much compassion for.

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By Joe, July 20, 2006 at 5:23 am Link to this comment
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Well, well! President Bush finally vetoed a bill - isn’t that something? Usually he signs bills and then ignores them. Wonder if his courageous decision has anything to do with the upcoming elections. And he based his decision on his sense of morality? Wonder if that has something to do with the upcoming elections. Oh well, just another glitch on the road to progress.

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By TomChicago, July 20, 2006 at 5:09 am Link to this comment
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The “lifenews” poster above is clearly not looking at the same polls Kos cites when he says that Americans favor research by a 2 to 1 margin.  Even the anti-intellectual right, when it might mean a cure for their own family member, will race to any source of help they can find, e.g., Nancy “Just Say No” Reagan.

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By Jack Queen, July 19, 2006 at 8:15 pm Link to this comment
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Here we are on the brink of curing a long list of diseases and trauma from accidents and we allow religion and myth to prevent great progress in life and longevity. Those preventing stem cell research are the same people and congressmen who advocate war against a mythological state evil, believe in a devil and the revenge of the death penalty and would keep a helplessly ill patient alive on life support.
We have elected some crazys as leaders.  JQ

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By Mary, July 19, 2006 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment
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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if George Bush would have much respect for life when the embroyo reaches 18 and must be sent off to Iraq (wherever!) to kill or be killed.

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By R. A. Earl, July 19, 2006 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment
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No problem.

The research will be carried out by equally qualified researchers in other countries and the accolades for useful discoveries will temporarily go to them.

But you can bet your life that anything learned by others that can be manipulated into making HUGE PROFITS, the American profiteers will somehow take ownership and control, and with the appropriate repeating of spin and lies, such discoveries will magically become American in all American history books!

BTW, don’t you just LOVE those polls that expect us to value the results when Joe Sixpack is asked for his/her opinion on stem cell research? The average citizen knows NOTHING about the topic… how can their opinion be of any value whatsoever?

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By Steven, July 19, 2006 at 1:40 pm Link to this comment
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Some points to consider:

Embryonic stem cell research has not only yet to cure a
single human patient, but it has never been tried on humans
because of failures in animal testing. On the other hand, adult
stem cells have already produced 70 cures or treatments for
various conditions including various cancers such as breast
cancer, lymphomas, leukemia, arthritis, heart damage, Parkinsons,
Sickle Cell Anemia and other disorders.

Leading researchers say stem cell research will not likely
yield cures for Alzheimer’s. “Alzheimer’s is a more global
disease, with an effect on numerous kinds of cells,” Steve Stice,
a stem cell researcher at the University of Georgia, told the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper. “That makes it much more
difficult for a cell therapy to be effective.” Marilyn Albert, a
Johns Hopkins University researcher, adds, “I just think
everybody feels there are higher priorities for seeking effective
treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and for identifying preventive
strategies.”

The most recent poll on the subject, conducted by
International Communications Research in mid-May, finds 48% of
Americans oppose federal funding of stem cell research that
requires destroying human embryos. Just 39% support such funding
and another 12 percent had no position. The ICR survey found 57%
favored funding only the research avenues that do not harm the
donor. Just 24% favored funding all stem cell research, including
the type that involves destroying human embryos.

For more information on stem cell research, see http://www.lifenews.com.

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By Daniel DiRito, July 19, 2006 at 1:21 pm Link to this comment
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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 facts…link here:

[url=http://www.thoughttheater.com]http://www.thoughttheater.com[/url]

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By Farakon, July 19, 2006 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment
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Yet he’s willing to blow living people up.

This makes my head hurt.

I just can’t get my head around this whole christian concept of “Protect the unborn, screw the living.”

They are so, so crazy.  It blows my mind.

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