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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Pure Nonsense

It's funny that the Roanoke Times would use the word ruse in describing President Bush's recent veto of the Democratic Congress's attempt at expanding embryonic stem cell research with taxpayer dollars beyond that which he has already authorized. Because ruse ("artifice; a deceptive maneuver") is the word that best describes that which they are trying to pull.

To wit:
A presidential cell game
editorial

President Bush sought to hide his stem-cell veto under a meaningless research directive.

President Bush deferred the hopes of the incurably sick and disabled Wednesday when, for the second time, he vetoed a bill that would have expanded federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

He added insult to injury by then issuing an executive order that is nothing but a public relations ruse, an attempt to neutralize the political impact of an unpopular decision. (link)
This is so utterly wrong on so many levels, it's hard to know where to begin.

Why not with the obvious: Everyone on planet earth knew that the president vetoed the stem cell funding initiative. So that silliness about "President Bush sought to hide ..." garbage is just that. He announced in advance his intention to veto the legislation - even before it was passed - and he followed through on his threat. Nothing was hidden. Nobody was fooled.

Secondly, with regard to the shameful "President Bush deferred the hopes of the incurably sick and disabled ...," embryonic stem cell research continues apace. In fact, those doing research have had no trouble obtaining funding - from a host of private, state, and even federal entities (lest the geniuses at the Times lead you astray - their attempt at ruse - there has been exactly one president in the history of the United States that has authorized allocations for this type of research; that president is George W. Bush).

Third, embryonic stem cell research to date has been a complete bust. There have been no breakthroughs. There hasn't been one person cured, nor one sick person made well with their use. All we've gotten are promises. "Someday the blind will see and the lame walk ..."

Knowing that the research has produced nothing promising, beyond a pile of promises, and knowing that President Bush's administration is, at present, already funding the research, and that there was never an attempt at disguising the president's veto (if for no other reason than the fact that, as the Times graciously points out, this was his second veto of the same funding attempt), the fact that the Roanoke Times would pull this stunt is beyond words.

Beyond words.

On Global Warmi ... er, Cooling

This will probably set Crazy Al to ranting like he hasn't since he lost the third Florida recount in 2000:
Is 'global cooling' the real threat?
Washington Times editorial

[R. Timothy] Patterson, a professor of geology at Carleton University has spent several years studying 5,000 years' worth of sedimentary fossil evidence in deep Canadian fjords, which he analyzed in light of solar patterns. He found that changes in the fossil record correlate highly with changes in climate which in turn correlate with solar change. In one case, Mr. Patterson and colleagues found a drastic shift from warm, sunny and dry conditions to several decades of cold and rain over a mere 62 years. Some of the solar-driven changes are much more dramatic than the present modest
change.


His conclusion: "It is global cooling, not warming, that is the major climate threat to the world, especially Canada." Also of note: "CO2 variations show little correlation with our planet's climate on long, medium and even short time scales," he contends. (link)
Kinda makes your head hurt, doesn't it? All those scientists (and Democratic politicians) who believe, without a doubt, that the planet is suffering from man-induced global warming and along comes an expert to tell them they have it exactly wrong.

Perhaps those who are prepared to alter our way of life should be told to cool their jets until this sorts itself out ...