Stem Cell legislation passes

Although stem cell research passed, it is not enough to overturn a veto.

I have mentioned this before on this blog and on Daily Kos. Stem Cell may or may not provide the promises that we have all heard of. I don’t understand the objection that some people have to stem cell research. A cluster of cells is not a human life. A blastocyst is about 100 cells. If you say that 100 cells is a human life then 2 cells would be a human life also. What about 1 cell? Then an egg and a sperm must be a human life also. If you remove an ovary are you killing a human life? Finally, if an embryo is going to be destroyed anyway wouldn’t it be better to use the embryo for research?

From NYT:

The Democratic-controlled House Thursday passed a bill bolstering embryonic stem cell research that advocates say shows promise for numerous medical cures.

But the 253-174 vote fell short of the two-thirds margin required to overturn President Bush’s promised veto, despite gains made by supporters in the November elections. Bush vetoed identical legislation last year and the White House on Thursday promised he would veto it again.

The White House said the bill — the third bill of the Democrats’ first 100 hours agenda to pass the House — ”would use federal taxpayer dollars to support and encourage the destruction of human life for research.” (more…)

Maliki choses unknown to run Baghdad operation

Brian Katulis mentioned this on my radio show this morning.  I had missed it.  Who is this guy?  Why are the Kurds nervous?  I’m now wondering about Maliki.  What is he about?  Is he really interested in a stable democratic government? 

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From LAT:

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has filled the top military job in Baghdad with a virtually unknown officer chosen over the objections of U.S. and Iraqi military commanders, officials from both governments said.

Iraqi political figures said Friday that Maliki also had failed to consult the leaders of other political factions before announcing the appointment of Lt. Gen. Abud Qanbar.

The appointment is highly significant because it is Maliki’s first public move after President Bush’s announcement that he was sending more troops to Iraq. The prime mission of those troops is to reduce violence in Baghdad, much of which is blamed on sectarian fighters.

As the Iraqi commander for the capital, Qanbar would play a central role in that campaign, and any ties he might have to sectarian groups could undermine the new U.S. effort.

In his speech Wednesday, in which he announced the troop increase, Bush said political and sectarian interference in security matters would no longer be tolerated. Continue reading Maliki choses unknown to run Baghdad operation

Ford gives opinion on Presidents

Please read the whole article before thinking that President Ford was just another right wing wack job.  He wasn’t. 

From CNN.com:

In 25 years of interviews with his hometown paper that could only be released upon his death, former President Ford once called Jimmy Carter a “disaster” who ranked alongside Warren Harding, and said Ronald Reagan received far too much credit for ending the Cold War.

“It makes me very irritated when Reagan’s people pound their chests and say that because we had this big military buildup, the Kremlin collapsed,” Ford told The Grand Rapids Press.

Ford contended his own negotiation of the Helsinki accords on human rights did more to win the Cold War than Reagan’s military buildup. Continue reading Ford gives opinion on Presidents