religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together

A gentleman with Parkinson’s wrote this for Time in response to recent announcements that some scientists here and in Japan have figured out how to turn ordinary human-skin cells into cells similar to pluripotent stem cells, Why Science Can’t Save the GOP

First, even the scientists who achieved the latest success believe strongly that embryonic-stem-cell research should continue. No one knows for sure whether the new method of producing pluripotent cells will pan out or where the next big developments will come from. We are still many thresholds away from anything that can be of practical value to me and others. Scientifically, it makes no sense to abandon any promising avenue just because another has opened up.

Second, even if this were a true turning point in stem-cell research, people like me are not going to quickly forget those six lost years. I am 56. Last year I had a kind of brain surgery that dramatically reduces the symptoms of Parkinson’s. It received government approval only five years ago. Every year that goes by, science opens new doors, and every year, as you get older and your symptoms perhaps get worse, doors get shut. Six years of delay in a field moving as fast as stem-cell research means a lot of people for whom doors may not open until it is time for them to shut.

Bush and many, though not all Republicans continue to play political games with some straight forward facts about stem cell research. They say they want to save potential life from destruction, but fertility clinics continue to literally flush unused stem cells down the drain. How can someone say they care about life and yet allow potentially life saving cells to be wasted solely based on beliefs, not facts.

Day to day I try to be tolerant of other people’s beliefs, but there is that point where the dogmatists try to shove their particular brand of nonsense down everyone’s throat then have the audacity to scream insult when they and their personal diety are not given their way. Its all much like an adult temper tantrum as demostrated by the anti-federal funding of potentially life saving stem cell research and clowns like this, UK Muslim peers arrive in Sudan, aim to free teacher

Two British Muslim peers arrived in Sudan early on Saturday on a personal mission to secure the early release of an English teacher convicted of insulting religion by letting her class name a teddy bear Mohammad.

Lord Ahmed, from the ruling Labour party, and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, an opposition Conservative, hope to meet Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to discuss the case of Gillian Gibbons, who was sentenced to 15 days in jail and deportation.

The government is actually trying to protect her at this point from the holier then thou clowns marching in the street calling for her death. Bill Richardson managed to get journalist Paul Salopek freed last year after he was falsely accused of spying so there is reason to believe there is a good chance she’ll simply be deported. In the mean time what a tempest in a tea pot over naming a toy bear Mohammad. Another good example of why government and religion make for a volatile mix.

Hostage crisis ends at Clinton office. Pottersville has a running thread of conspiracy theories run wild from right-wing freepers. Proof that just when you think the Right can’t get their tin foil wrapped any tighter they do.

There is no way in the world Rudy Giuliani will ever be president. He seems to be scoring an average of a scandal a week, NYPD Chief Casts Doubt on Giuliani Expense Story

…current New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said today he knew of no problems with the delay of payments before Giuliani was mayor, when Kelly served under Mayor David Dinkins, or since.

“I don’t recall anybody, any statements about delay,” Kelly told reporters.

He said all bills for the police details for Dinkins and now for Mayor Mike Bloomberg are handled directly “through the police department.”

Critics say Giuliani’s practice of sending the bills to other agencies suggested he was trying to hide his extra-marital affair with Judith Nathan, who he later married after divorcing his second wife, Donna Hanover.

This is the guy that has won the hearts and minds of the freepers. Makes perfect sense.

“And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.” ~ James Madison