Monday, July 31, 2006

Moron Mail

I don't know if this brain turd was the product of bad reporting or sheer stupidity; but my guess is that it's a little from column A and a little from column B:

Rogue researchers?

What if, in the interests of science and health, stem cell researchers followed the precedent of many others who have violated the letter of the law in order to achieve goals that they deem essential to the overall benefit of society? How many researchers is President Bush willing to prosecute and jail for doing the work a majority of U.S. citizens believe is critical?

LIZZIE BORDEN, MINNEAPOLIS

Well, she'd have a point if conducting stem cell research was against the law, and Bush's recent veto of the so-called Stem Cell Research Bill had the effect of keeping the practice illegal. But down here on Planet Earth, the reality is thus:

Some stem cell research is continuing, despite the recent bill veto by President Bush. According to a post at the Inside Bay Area website by Mirek Kolias notes that the existing research, which began with Bush's first news conference back in 2001, has already spent over $90 million on such research, which is still ongoing.

As Kolias notes, "What President Bush vetoed the other day was expanding federal money for this research."

Oh, and to those who think that the veto is an abhorantly Neanderthal anti-science move that will kill this "promising" area of research by starving it of funding, I offer this (emphasis mine):

Meanwhile, research funded by private investment continues, to the tune of some $3 billion so far, with an estimate of $10 billion by 2010 in the United States alone.

But then, what do you expect from people who think the only way to get somthing done is for the government to grow another teat to suckle on?

And get their information from the Strib.

It's a deadly combination, I tells ya'!

UPDATE: Heh. I like that word - "teat".

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UPDATE 2: "Turd" is pretty funny too!

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