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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Mr. I-Hate-Science

Oh, Norm, Norm, Norm. The Senate overwhelmingly (though not with a veto-proof majority) passed a bill that would allow continued research on embryonic stem cells. It had the support of all but one Democrat, not to mention quite a number of Republicans, including Orrin Hatch and Bill Frist. Sure, many wingnuts voted against it, such as man-on-dog Rick Santorum and fanatic pro-lifer Sam Brownback, but stupid is as stupid does and all that.

What was pretty surprising to me was that our own Norm Coleman also voted to protect Petri Dish-Americans at the expense of real live people who have debilitating diseases and who would like to see some cures. Now, Norm's ability to flip flop is quite well known, but he does seem to flip flop around a generally centered mean (he's not a Michelle Malkin who flip flops between wanting to kill all brown-skinned people and just wanting to put them in concentration camps). So it was a bit surprising to see him line up with all of the insane and ignorant right-wing yahoos on this vote.

I hope that Norm's next bill intro in the Senate is a bill to ban in vitro fertilization altogether. Frankly, I can't understand how somebody can be against stem cell research because it destroys embryos, while not also being against IVF since it also results in embryos tossed in the trash. See, I think that it's a good thing to use material that would be tossed in the trash to instead save countless lives. But that's me.

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