An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 11, 2007

Evening Snack

Filed under: General News — olbroad @ 9:14

McCain: Fund, finish the war

Sen. John McCain today challenged Democrats and fellow Republicans wavering on the Iraq war to “subordinate a temporary political advantage” and renew their commitment to funding and finishing the war. “So long as we have a chance to prevail, we must try to prevail,” he said, adding that he wondered when Democrats cheered on the House floor passage of a timetable bill: “What were they celebrating? Defeat? Surrender?”

This nation’s safety should come before anyone’s political party or ego. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Senate passes stem cell research bill; veto likely

The Senate approved legislation today to relax the restrictions that President Bush has placed on embryonic stem cell research, but not by enough to override a threatened presidential veto.

It seems the more evidence that comes in that it’s adult stem cell research that shows the most promise, the more the Dems push for embryonic. Do they like the idea of destroying potential life?

Lawmakers want active students

Flabby schoolchildren would get more exercise under a Senate bill passed Wednesday that sets firm standards for daily physical education in kindergarten through the eighth grade.

It’s pretty sad when it takes state legislation to require kids get exercise. Way back when, we had no choice but to take gym until the 9th grade. Obviously, in elementary school, we had recess, organized games outside, or during inclement weather, square dancing or some such thing in the cafeteria.

US: ‘Iraqi militiamen trained in Iran’

Iraqi militia fighters are being trained in Iran to build and use deadly armor-piercing roadside bombs and complex attack strategies against American forces, the US military said.

First, I wouldn’t call them ‘militia’. Second, and I repeat myself…..these are the people Queen Nan wants to chat with?

Get ready to sizzle again, like we did last summer

Temperatures well into the 80s and even 90s are likely to be a common feature of summer in Britain once more. “This summer is, yet again, likely to be warmer than normal,” a Met Office spokesman said. There was “a high probability” that the average summer temperature would exceed the 1971-2000 long-term average of 14.1C (57F).

Maybe the Brits should think about planting those grapevines again, like they did back in the Middle Ages? 🙂

Head over heels for Lincoln’s hat

The state is trying to acquire a significant private collection of Abraham Lincoln artifacts whose centerpiece is an iconic stovepipe hat worn by the 16th president and valued by one expert at $5 million.

Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t that type of thing be in the Smithsonian?

NBC News Drops Imus Show Over Racial Remark

NBC News dropped Don Imus yesterday, canceling his talk show on its MSNBC cable news channel a week after Mr. Imus made a racially disparaging remark about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.

So, when is ABC going to toss Rosie? Not that I care, but shouldn’t there be a goose and gander thing? Hateful is hateful, no matter who says them.

Evidence of water on TSU-discovered planet

Late Tuesday, an astronomer at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, said water vapor has been found in the atmosphere of the Jupiter-like planet located 150 light years from Earth.

Cool.  Ok, let’s all hop into the station wagon and go take a look. 🙂



  1. Evening Snack

    Trackback by University Update — April 11, 2007 @ 11:13

  2. I love how once again you guys know more about science than scientists…. Geesh!

    What are your thoughts about using stem cells that are being discarded anyway? They’re not potential life.

    Comment by Jayce — April 12, 2007 @ 8:54

  3. Embryos ARE potential life. They certainly couldn’t grow into chairs or fruitcakes. You can argue that till you’re blue in the face, it’s not going to change what I believe.

    Comment by olbroad — April 12, 2007 @ 9:07

  4. The ol’ stick your fingers in your ear trick, huh?

    Tell me, please, how in the heck you can consider the embryos set to be thrown in the trash to be potential life? They have as much potential as to be life my desk calendar.

    Comment by Jayce — April 12, 2007 @ 9:43

  5. I don’t agree with the practice of creating embryos just to freeze them. So, I don’t agree with tossing them in the trash. How is that sticking my fingers in my ears? I guess I’m one of those odd birds who believes if G-d had meant for you to have children, you would. If you can’t, adopt. Not all science is good. But that’s just my opinion, and I know there aren’t many who share it.

    I also have a living will that refuses extreme measures to save my life. I’m going to die. So are you. It’s not up to science to decide when.

    Comment by olbroad — April 12, 2007 @ 10:14

  6. So then The Almighty gave all of those doctors talents to save you which you, in your certitude, will reject?

    You seem a might confused, Ol’

    Comment by grumps — April 12, 2007 @ 11:00

  7. So, I’m confused because I don’t believe that machines should prolong life? Or that life itself should be destroyed to keep me, or you, alive longer than our allotted time?

    Comment by olbroad — April 12, 2007 @ 11:24

  8. You’re all over the place today… Little less coffee, perhaps???

    The finger-in-ear comment was directed to your childish “you’re not going to change my mind” remark.

    My question (I seem to have to repeat questions on hear often) was whether or not you think embryos that are being thrown out should be used in research. I asked the question, you said you were not in favor or it because you disagreed with using potential life in experiments, but because I’m not asking about potential life your answer isn’t logical.

    And your “It’s not up to science to decide [when you die]” comment seems equally silly. What do you think you’re getting when you go to the doctor? Without “science” you would have very likely died long ago.

    Comment by Jayce — April 12, 2007 @ 12:06

  9. Why should I change my mind, which is based on my faith just to appease someone else’s sense of self importance?

    Jayce, I’ve never been rude to you. I’ve always allowed you to speak your mind. Give me the same courtesy.

    If my response of “it’s not up to science” is silly, in your opinion, so be it. It is based on my faith. Yes, science has done some good things. But prolonging a life, just for the sake of science, isn’t life. Quality versus quantity.

    Comment by olbroad — April 12, 2007 @ 1:23

  10. Side note to clarify things: the problem isn’t that embryos are “potential” life; it’s that they’re ALREADY human life.

    Comment by Calvin — April 12, 2007 @ 1:25

  11. You are right Cal. I stand corrected. I guess I meant the walking around, voting and paying taxes type. 🙂

    Comment by olbroad — April 12, 2007 @ 1:37

  12. I’m not necessarily asking you to change your mind. It’s just that your tactic of “I won’t ever change my opinion” seems very juvenile.

    How many cells are in a blastocyte? How many are in a fly’s eye?

    Comment by Jayce — April 12, 2007 @ 4:07

  13. So, humanity is determined simply by number? Now THAT’S scientific!

    Comment by Calvin — April 12, 2007 @ 4:51

  14. No, I’m not going to change my mind because I follow my faith. Juvenile? At my age, I’ve learned a great deal, seen much, and done a great deal. Life experience is an amazing teacher. I could probably tell you tales that would curl your hair! 🙂

    Comment by olbroad — April 12, 2007 @ 7:21

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