Thursday, July 20, 2006

Today's Cartoon: George W. Bush Vetoes Embryonic Stem Cell Research Funding

"What came first, the chicken or the egg?"... Well, I guess if you were to ask George W. Bush he'd probably tell you that the "egg" came first, which is why he used his presidential veto power for the first time to block federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

I try to understand the fears and concerns of those who may be opposed to this kind of medical research; but hearing President Bush describe how his decision protected boys and girls from becoming "spare parts", for me was kinda like hearing Colonel Sanders say that changing the name of "Kentucky Fried Chicken" to "KFC", somehow benefited the chickens.

First of all, I think there are plenty of people nowadays who would question President Bush's sincerity (especially during an election year), when he says that does not support the taking of "innocent human life" for the benefit of others; and secondly, these "boys and girls" that he speaks of do not exist, nor will they ever because the embryos that were to be used for research were going to be disposed of anyway. So in reality, his decision doesn't actually "save" anybody; except perhaps the Republican held Congress, in November.

So, "Why did the chicken cross the road?"... Probably to see if it could find a cure for its Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease somewhere else.


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