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Monday, July 24, 2006

Bass ackwards

Mike Burton, presumably the former Metro executive and current head of PSU's Extended Studies department, wrote a "Short Take" in yesterday's Oregonian opinion page that sounded elegantly angry at President Bush. Since the Short Takes (letters of 35 words or less) aren't available online, here it is:
Stem cell research, which could save lives, is declared immoral by Bush, but he feels the war in Iraq, which is killing thousands, is moral. The president's moral compass is broken and we all suffer.
I hesitate to take on Mr. Burton, as he's probably infinitely smarter than me, but his comments seemed exactly backwards from reality. Here's my attempt -- a little longer than 35 words, so unqualified for Short Takes -- to straighten out his rhetoric:
Federal funding of stem cell research -- which kills human lives while proving to benefit no one -- is vetoed by Bush because Congress was too lazy and too interested in making political points to explore the moral alternatives that have proven effective. (Stem cell research, by the way, remains legal and is pursued in the private sector.) Meanwhile, the war in Iraq has cost us thousands of our family, friends and neighbors, which is a tragedy; but it has also rid the world of a dictator who killed millions of his countrymen and neighbors, and has saved the lives of millions of Iraqis. We suffer in mourning those deaths, but our country thrives in embracing a debate that exposes the collective moral compass of our political parties and our nation.
That's my two cents.

3 Comments:

  • At 7/24/2006 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I like your two cents best! As proof for your assertions interested readers can go here

    http://www.stemcellresearch.org/facts/treatments.htm

    for a list of treatments developed using ethical stem cell research that does not destroy human life.

     
  • At 7/24/2006 8:27 PM, Blogger Capitol 3 said…

    Hello
    This is my thoughts on the issue
    Do you know?


    I didn't know! How could we?

    Did you know that 47 countries' have reestablished their embassies in Iraq?

    Did you know that the Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people?

    Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263 schools are now under construction and 38 new schools have been built in Iraq?

    Did you know that Iraq's higher educational structure consists of 20 Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers, all currently operating?

    Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in January 2005 for the re-established Fulbright program?

    Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational? They have 5- 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment.

    Did you know that Iraq's Air Force consists of three operational squadrons, which includes 9 reconnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft (under Iraqi operational control) which operate day and night, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 Bell Jet Rangers?

    Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion?

    Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers?

    Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers each 8 weeks?

    Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq? They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69 electrical facilities.

    Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations?

    Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October?

    Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and phone use has gone up 158%?

    Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consists of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations?

    Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004?

    Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a televised debate recently?

    OF COURSE WE DIDN'T KNOW!

    WHY DIDN'T WE KNOW? OUR MEDIA WOULDN'T TELL US!

    WInstead of reflecting our love for our country, we get photos of flag burning incidents at Abu Ghraib and people throwing snowballs at the presidential motorcades.

    Tragically, the lack of accentuating the positive in Iraq serves two purposes:

    It is intended to undermine the world's perception of the United States thus minimizing consequent support, and it is intended to discourage American citizens.

    ---- Above facts are verifiable on the Department of Defense web site.

    .......Pass it on! Give it a Wide Dissemination!

     
  • At 7/24/2006 8:30 PM, Blogger Capitol 3 said…

    Hello president Bush is very moral he vetoed stem cell funding and is also protecting us citizens of course the media would like u not to believe that they are trying every which way to tear down and discourage citizens with flag burnings but when did the media ever tell u the truth did they do it during the senator Jason Atkinson election nope so here is my thoughts
    Bush is moral and he vetoed the stem cell funding of our state tax dollars
    Do you know?


    I didn't know! How could we?

    Did you know that 47 countries' have reestablished their embassies in Iraq?

    Did you know that the Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people?

    Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263 schools are now under construction and 38 new schools have been built in Iraq?

    Did you know that Iraq's higher educational structure consists of 20 Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers, all currently operating?

    Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in January 2005 for the re-established Fulbright program?

    Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational? They have 5- 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment.

    Did you know that Iraq's Air Force consists of three operational squadrons, which includes 9 reconnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft (under Iraqi operational control) which operate day and night, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 Bell Jet Rangers?

    Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion?

    Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers?

    Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers each 8 weeks?

    Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq? They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69 electrical facilities.

    Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations?

    Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October?

    Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and phone use has gone up 158%?

    Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consists of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations?

    Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004?

    Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a televised debate recently?

    OF COURSE WE DIDN'T KNOW!

    WHY DIDN'T WE KNOW? OUR MEDIA WOULDN'T TELL US!

    WInstead of reflecting our love for our country, we get photos of flag burning incidents at Abu Ghraib and people throwing snowballs at the presidential motorcades.

    Tragically, the lack of accentuating the positive in Iraq serves two purposes:

    It is intended to undermine the world's perception of the United States thus minimizing consequent support, and it is intended to discourage American citizens.

    ---- Above facts are verifiable on the Department of Defense web site.

    .......Pass it on! Give it a Wide Dissemination!

     

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