Bush’s Cell Block, by unlikely burrito

I passionately support stem cell research. I believe that all the possible positive potential far out weighs, in every way, any ethics debate. Stem cells hold the promise of treatments and cures for more than 70 major diseases and conditions including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injuries, and diabetes.

The only controversial stem cells are those taken from human embryos. The difference is that most non-embryonic cells have partially differentiated. Meaning they have started down a clear developmental path to becoming a blood cell or a muscle cell, whereas, the embryonic stem cell is capable of generating all cells in the body.

The Senate, after many vigorous debates, was able to pass the consensus stem cell research bill with bipartisan support. That in of itself is a rare occasion. In return, President Bush vetoed the stem cell research bill, saying that scientific advances now allow researchers to pursue the potentially lifesaving work without destroying human embryos. This bill would have expanded federal funding and allowed research on fresh stem cell lines drawn from surplus embryos destined to be destroyed by fertility clinics. Embryos slated to be tossed into the trash.

What are the candidates’ positions on this scientific research issue? John McCain opposes stem cell research and other types of scientific study that involve the use of human embryos. In sharp contrast, Barack Obama believes America should explore the potential of stem cells, including embryonic, to treat the millions of people suffering from debilitating and life threatening diseases.

This research is important for the United States on a health level, scientific level, and knowledge level. Also, it is important that our country continues to develop advancements in medical technology in order to remain competitive in the global market.

Many people, including myself, are anxiously looking forward to the day when this bill will be signed into law, by our new President, Barack Obama.

Senator Obama short video clip

Stem cell info:

http://www.isscr.org/public/index.htm

unlikely burrito

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39 responses to “Bush’s Cell Block, by unlikely burrito

  1. dnd

    Great piece Sra Burrito. Completely agree. Stems cell therapy is already accomplishing miracles. Just think of the possibilities if federal funding fueled further research.

  2. UB you preaching to the choir here. I spent a year on the liver transplant list, also I have 3 cousins all with advanced MS. So this is a subject very close to my heart. I find it staggering that so many in government would rather give way to the bully tactics of the far right than to help the many millions of American who suffer.

    BTW I saw a news report the other day on either CNN or MSNBC where they are at the early stages of being able to grow new hearts in the lab, and the piece projected that in a few years they will be able to grow usable hearts. Now how cool is that!

  3. dnd

    BTW, when I saw the title, I thought today’s topic would be indictment for war crimes 😉

  4. We need to take back our country. It really infuriates me that this billed has been vetoed twice. Bi-partisan support, and the knucklehead Bush kills it. McCain would do the same.

    And all those PUMA(s), who say they will not support Obama or vote McCain, really do not understand jack about the importance of this election. All they seem to be able to do, with any passion, is wallow in self-righteous pity.

    I have very little respect for their position. ( can you tell? ) 😉
    Another phrase comes to mind, “You have earned the right to be stupid.”

  5. lol…that would be a great topic…however, I see this as a crime against all humanity.

  6. Great line dnd! And UB maybe after the election we can have the PUMA’s brought up on crimes against logic!

  7. dog's eye view

    PUMA.

    Please understand my assininity.

  8. PUMA

    Psychotic Undefined Mental Anger

  9. I have to get something accomplished today….bbl

    looking for my shades 😎

  10. dog's eye view

    Think the blog ate my previous post.

    You might enjoy reading the comments on this “First Read” blog; most of the readers are disgusted with MSNBC and cable coverage of the election season and applaud two posts in particular, by Nashville_fan and Pat from Boston.

    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/07/11/1194785.aspx

  11. dnd

    Sra Burrito,
    “You have earned the right to be stupid.”

    LOL! I love that.

  12. Horsedooty

    nice post Mz Burrito.

    Also, nearly 7000 hits.

    ¡yo soy Horsedooty!

  13. dnd

    dog,
    On the last thread you posted a link which had a link from Rolling Stone on Obama’s management team:

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/21470304/obamas_brain_trust/print

    This reminded me of a great boss I use to have years ago. When he was leaving for a better job, I asked him what was his secret to being such a successful and respected boss. His answer was: “Simple. Hire great people. Listen to them. Respect what they have to say. Empower them.”

  14. dog's eye view

    dnd: agreed. And that boss probably stands out for being a rarity. Too often the respect goes one way and the empowerment is feared.

  15. dog's eye view

    NY Times: Obama’s Supporters on the Far Left Cry Foul

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/13/us/politics/13liberal.html?ref=us&pagewanted=all

    …. “I think it’s accentuated by the fact that Obama’s appeal is an appeal to idealism,” said Kari Chisholm, who runs a blog, blueoregon.com, and does Internet strategy for Democratic candidates. “They believe their ideology is the only idealism and Obama’s is very mainstream. I’m not surprised they’re getting a little cranky. They’ve always been kind of cranky. A mainstream Democrat has always been too mainstream for them.

    … “Seventy-five thousand people do not attend political rallies unless something truly magical is happening,” Bob Blanchard wrote on May 18 in the comment section accompanying an account of the rally on the New York Times’s Web site. “Our great country will soon close the book on ‘government by division,’ and embrace ‘government by inclusion.’ ”

    Asked last week whether Mr. Obama’s vote on the surveillance law or any other recent statements or actions had altered how he felt about the candidate, Mr. Blanchard, of North Smithfield, R.I., said “absolutely not.”

    “When are these people going to go, anyway?” Mr. Blanchard said of left-wing critics he believes have hurt Democrats in past elections. “My attitude is lighten up on the guy. We want to win. Moving to the center is not a crime in this country.”

  16. My only dread about stem cell research and the growing of hearts from stem cells is that the Dark Lord Dick Heinrich Himmler Cheney will get one.

    Just that would make me against this bill.

    Now on the other hand if Cheney’s banned from receiving a heart than I say lets pass this bill as soon as possible.

    God Bless.

  17. dog's eye view

    Anon P: looking forward to your post tomorrow.

    Hope this week and today have been good to you.

  18. dog's eye view

    binary solo.

    Hadn’t seen them. They’re great!

  19. they are the group that did ” business time?” have you seen that? the current album is really funny and good….

  20. dog's eye view

    Tony Snow, class act.

    “…. [Ann] Compton remained in e-mail contact, and she said Snow was upbeat about his chances for recovery, writing last month that his latest health problems were a “bump in the road.”

    On June 13, when Compton was traveling with Bush in Paris, she received an e-mail from Snow inquiring about the legendary White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who had been ill.

    “If you are in touch with her, would you please pass on my love?” Snow wrote of Thomas, one of the press corps’ most outspoken war critics. “I think she knows how much she means to me, and to millions of others.”

    Snow is survived by his wife Jill, and their three children, Kendall, Robbie and Kristi.”

    http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-snow13-2008jul13,0,4627818.story

  21. Hi dog…

    Well I think this is going to be a good weekend. Tomorrow I will be bringing home another kitty named Jasmine.

    Jasmine is a light brown female tabby with claws that I think may work out and get along with Baby.

    She does not seem aggressive though she is still active and she is 1 1/2 years old.

    Also Jim told me that she was a rescue from a shelter were she was going to be put down. So I think she is a very lucky kitty that someone saved her from sure death.

    Some time in the future I will have to take some pictures of Baby and Jasmine to post for everyone. In fact I’ll see if I can find out if she’s on the rescue site and put the link here for all to see.

    I will check back later…take care and …

    God Bless.

  22. dog's eye view

    good to hear, anon. Baby and Jasmine have no idea how lucky they are!

  23. dnd

    Anon-p,
    Any day you adopt a pet is a day added to your life. Both of you are blessed.

  24. You know is really stinks when people in the prime of life die….I think it is all the end result of chemicals and pollutants.

    Greed before what is good for the earth. Nature is a balance, and we are part of it, it (meaning Nature) is not secondary to us. We are in fact secondary to it.

  25. dog…

    Nope, Jasmine is not on their site. I’m not sure when they got her, however it must have been very recently as they usually have at least a bio of there cats and kittens for adoption.

    Also since I had got Princess Pepper, the kitty I had to give back for a smaller fee, I had to give a little more since there cost was a little higher on Jasmine.

    I got a call a short time ago and know I have to be up and out the door by 6:00am.

    Brian is suppose to put my post up around 12:00am so I’ll more than likely put it up on my site at the same time than hit the sack.

    Anyway its already been a long day for me so I’ll check back before hitting the sack.

    God Bless.

  26. I feel bad that my post was such a snooze….but in reality it’s an important issue…I warned you my hub said it was dry…no need to respond..this is an acknowledgment…not a plea for praise.

  27. pffft UB, I think most people are away actually, and it’s also something I think we all whole heartily agree with!

  28. dog's eye view

    Your post was great, Burrito. And stem cell research and its possible benefits and innovations is huge. Need to get past the Bush war on science.

  29. UB…

    It was not a bad post. Most people don’t have stem cell on the brain right now.

    Brian…

    Well I guess that I will go ahead and wait until 11:30am tomorrow since I have to pick up the new kitty at noon and won’t be home to put it up over at my site.

    Good night everyone and …

    God Bless.

  30. the war on science is what will totally destroy us….

    Anon – you are so lucky to be picking up a new soul. I love my animal family, but I am already past city limits…I am happy for you… 🙂 Congrats!

  31. send us pics of the new baby!

  32. dog's eye view

    More on Michael DeBakey; he led an interesting life. Was searching stories for personal habits and the secrets of living productively until 99. Tidbits:

    1) he picked the right genes; had siblings who lived into their 90s
    2) driven and engaged in his work; never wanted to waste a minute; up at 5:00 to work; got by on 5 hours sleep.
    3) barely drank, no smoking (he and a colleague tied smoking to lung cancer in 1939), ate lightly — salads mostly in his 90s. Never gained weight over the course of his life. Raised on healthy foods (Lebanese-American family)
    4) maintained strong family ties; started a second family after his first wife died of a heart attack in 1972.
    5) owned his house; it did not own him. Lived in the same house he bought on moving to Houston in the pre-TV era! 5 mins from his hospital.
    6) insatiable curiosity and interest in life

    He invented many medical devices. Was demanding (brutal, really) with medical residents and colleagues, but great bedside manner with patients. “Inveterate name dropper.”

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/5884576.html

    And: looking at that list of personal characteristics: I’m doomed!

  33. dog's eye view

    Medical Bills Force More Bankruptcies.

    “…According to researchers at Harvard University, medical bills contribute to roughly half of all bankruptcies. They also say the chain of events leading to bankruptcy is often easy to trace – an unforeseen illness or accident that leads to the loss of a job, and with it, the double whammy of losing health insurance and income. …. The 2005 Harvard research found that many people who went bankrupt over medical bills were middle-class homeowners who had lost health coverage in the prior two years…..”

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/health-herrick-bills-2090987-insurance-care

    Although a lot of Americans prefer to think it’s living beyond one’s means that bring on the cycle of unpaid bills, credit card debt, and bankruptcy.

    The lady profiled here, an active hiker, was financially independent and secure until she contracted rheumatoid arthritis in her late 50s, had to quit her job and her health insurance ran out.

    Bankruptcy filings in Orange County, CA were up 94% this May over the previous year. Tip of the iceberg over what’s coming as the economy slows.

    Healthcare insurance and access for all Americans has got to be more cost-effective in the long run. Providing peace of mind and protecting people’s dignity.

  34. I look forward to returning to your blog, and learning more from you !

  35. Thank you for taking your time to understand this issue, and spreading the word.
    i’m a quadriplegic and the significance of this in my life is, well…

    thank you.

    http://www.myspace.com/topperf

    July 13, 2008 11:15 AM

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