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Friday, February 27, 2009

The Bible on the "Stimulus" Package

In the Book of Numbers (14:18) the scripture reads: "(H)e punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation."

Someone also once said: "People get the government they deserve."

Our government's current spending binge leads me to think these two proverbs can be combined: Sometimes people leave their grandchildren the government they themselves deserved.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What's a tiger got to do to get some respect?

More animal rights lunacy, this time in India:

Maneater shot dead, at last
It was declared a maneater after it killed a boy in Barabanki in December, but the order was revoked after protests from wildlife organisations and environmentalists. It was again declared a maneater after it killed a man in Faizabad on January 9. The last man it killed was a forest guide, Raghu Raj, on January 15.
You would think eating a boy would get an animal declared a 'maneater' right away but apparently we now have to give the tiger a chance to change its ways before we do the needful?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Re-Writing Stem Cell History

Washington Post Staff Writer Rob Stein reports:
At the National Institutes of Health, officials have started drafting guidelines they will need to start funding human embryonic stem cell research that has been off-limits for nearly eight years.

Well, sort of. In fact federal funding for embryonic stem cell research has - I believe - always been off-limits. The Bush administration allowed research on a small group of stem cell lines, in effect starting government funding of embryonic stem cell research. I'm pretty sure that previously (as in, during the Clinton administration) there was no federal funding of embryonic stem cell research allowed at all.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009