Thursday, July 20, 2006

Poetry Thursday
The Stem Cell Veto Song

George-Bush loves the little chill-dren,
All the children in the fridge.
Embryonic and snow-white
With a petri dish frostbite,
They're precious people
- 'til it's time to clean the fridge.

posted by Carl Bryant @ 10:51 PM   22 comments Literary Shirts

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At 9:50 AM, Blogger Dawn Benko said...




At 5:06 PM, Blogger Ben said...

2nd or 3rd most depressing poem ever.

This idiot has a lot of damned gall to talk about morality in the middle of a pointless war.



At 8:00 PM, Blogger Carl Bryant said...

Ben, you know what distresses me most about the stem cell research controversy? It stems largely from ignorance.

A Gallup poll of Americans found that support for embryonic stem cell research is related to the educational level of the respondee. I believe something like 73% of postgrads approved. 63% of people with ANY college at all considered research into this field a necessity. Those with no college and those with no HS degree only approached 45% approval - lumped together.

I suspect the correlation would be stronger if we removed seminary students from the "educated" group.

It's a "science shouldn't intervene in the will of God" thing.

Religious opposition to technology is a matter of cultural lag. Many new technologies are perceived initially as being sinful. The first test tube baby caused quite a stir. Now, it's fairly commonplace.

Few high-ranking religious leaders are still screaming about the wrongness of in vitro fertilization (or the practice of discarding unwanted frozen embryos) - as long as it's limited to married couples.

So it's a matter of time. Churches now have websites on the once-evil internet.

Damn - I hope people have learned a lesson about electing fundies.



At 8:52 PM, Blogger Ben said...

What makes me nuts is that by refusing further study, it's NOT SAVING BABIES. The religious right needs to understand that people will continue to have abortions. From there, we can:

a) Throw them away.
b) End countless ailments from cancer to spinal injury.

How can they not get it? Or is their real motive to end abortion, and they are afraid that such valuable advances will make it impossible to overturn roe v. wade. At least the latter would make SOME sense...

Speaking of idiots on the internet, have you visited the God Hates Fags website? I only went once--and read their FAQ. Some of it was so hiliarious, I could hardly contain myself. The rest made me so angry, I'll never go back.



At 10:53 AM, Blogger Carl Bryant said...

Ben, it isn't an abortion issue.

The government funding of stem cell research debate focuses on embronic cells created by test tube fertilization (occuring in the laboratory.) The embryos in question are not viable (according to criteria defined in HR810.) The material in question is usually washed down a sink drain.

A mass of embryonic cells does have the "potential" to become human life. I maintain "potential" is a matter of technology. 20 years ago, such an embryo would have had ZERO potential to become human life.

20 years from now... any cell may have the "potential" to become human life.

No one's "playing God" - except those few who decide what is sacred and what is sinful for the rest of us.

And, yes - Phelps is another idiot propped by religion.



At 12:36 PM, Blogger Pris said...

this is a riot!



At 11:05 AM, Blogger Ben said...

Even better. Now I REALLY don't understand what the problem is.

I hope Bush has an unfortunate accident that leaves him paralyzed. I still haven't decided if I'd rather have that event happen AFTER his presidency is over (when it is out of his hands and he has to endure the irony) or during, when I'd bet good money he'd change his tune.

I suppose I'm inclined to take the latter, since the world would be better sooner.



At 11:09 PM, Blogger C. E. Chaffin said...

Carl, I want to read your blog but the present background and font make it nearly impossible for me--I would need younger eyes.



At 12:45 PM, Blogger Ben said...

I can read it without difficulty. Could it be your browser? I use firefox, but i have to read some blogs with explorer because it changes colors sometimes. Might that be the problem, C.E.?



At 2:14 PM, Blogger Collin said...

Are you feeling better, Carl? Strep throat is such a bitch.

The whole stem cell thing just infuriates me. Bush is such a pandering bastard.



At 2:18 PM, Blogger Collin said...

Oh, and I've added you to my blog roll at last. I'm such a slack ass. :)



At 9:59 PM, Blogger Writing Blind said...

Carl, have you gone off and died again? My life has become so empty without your sarcastic commentary.



At 12:39 AM, Blogger lorguru said...

I have been trying not to worry about ya, Carl. However, it has been so long since your last post, I can only hope you are just very busy with work.
Hope to hear from you soon.



At 11:47 AM, Blogger didi said...

Hello -

Are you available to record this poem for miPOradio's The Goodnight Show? I would need it this week if you are.

Thank you,
Didi Menendez



At 9:32 AM, Blogger Ben said...

Carl? Anyone home?



At 7:54 PM, Blogger Writing Blind said...

Perhaps if we all shout his name together?



At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all Carl's fans:

I'm a coworker of his and I believe the reason Carl hasn't posted anything for the last couple weeks is that he has been working his tail off here (for a change). I'm sure as soon as some of his work is caught up, he'll be back to goofing off like usual and posting soon.




At 9:39 PM, Blogger lorguru said...

Hey, thanks, Jeff, for the update. I really was beginning to worry. Well, I am still worrying because life w/out goofing off is just no good.
Anyway, thanks for letting us know. I even wrote part of my blog post about worry about him today!



At 2:25 AM, Blogger SarahJane said...

sounds to me like our carl doesn't have his priorities straight. work before blog?



At 3:47 AM, Blogger michi said...

my question is: does jeff exist? or is he carl's "good" alter ego?

jkulid, which means: jeff, cool it. i suppose.



At 3:53 PM, Blogger Carl Bryant said...

Jeff is our office manager.

Because I know he majored in physics, I think of him as a sacred spherical cow of uniform density.

I don't know if he exists or not, but I don't hold that against my friends.



At 5:17 PM, Blogger Carl Bryant said...

CE - I increased the contrast by three orders. Any better?



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