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Letters Bush has used his presidential veto for the first time to scupper the federal funding for stem cell research. We understand Nancy Reagan is not happy with him. And neither were you. We wanted to include a letter of Bush-support, for balance, but we didn't get ANY:   "The president is not going to get on the slippery slope of taking something living and making it dead for the purposes of scientific research."

Guess it's time to outlaw medical research involving live animals, then.

No, I don't advocate that! But it is what's implied by the statement their moron of a press secretary made. Who the hell does the hiring at the White House?

-- Aaron


Jack Snow stated, and I paraphrase, the simplistic answer is that the president thinks murder's wrong.  Oh really? But murder to creat regime-change leading to imbalance in the form of civil war, further sectarian division in the Middle East and the resulting threat of a Third World War is NOT wrong??   "The president is not going to get on the slippery slope of taking something living and making it dead for the purposes of scientific research."   What an idiot. Taking something living and making it dead is something that drives much valuable research. We hope that it's only done when necessary and with minimal pain but we do it all the time when it comes to animal research. Again, a simplistic attitude.   It would be good, then, for this president to get off the slippery slope by resigning immediately.  It is not up to King George to decide here or around the world what constitutes murder and what does not.

It's ironic that the one promise he keeps is his attempt to deny hope to millions of Americans suffering from potentially curable disease if science is allowed to proceed unfettered, yet approves of killing thousands of innocent Iraqis, Lebanese, Israelis and Palestinians, not mention torturing anyone he chooses. It is just as philisophically reprehensible to allow misery as it is to create misery, but this is something beyond Bush's intellectual powers to appreciate.

Carl


 "The simple answer is he thinks murder's wrong."   ...and simple is the word.   ;)

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Well, if murder is wrong, murder is wrong. Following that to its logical conclusion, we await the, no doubt imminent, suspension of the death penalty in Texas.


The latest fluffy survey on consumer habits got a bit personal, investigating the likelihood that we Brits would keep our phones switched on when, ahem, shagging. Turns out, we don't bother. But is anyone all that surprised?   Not surprising that Britons will not turn off their cell phones when engaged in rumpy-pumpy. 

Britons are not noted for their abilities in the bedroom (certain MPs being  noted exceptions) now if only one in seven Italians refused to turn off their cell phone in the boudoir THAT would be news, cheers.

James


".... lest they get a txt msg from their m8 asking if they fncy a pnt."

you mean in case the missus calls :)

Steve


 Only one in seven switch off their phones during sex

...indeed.  But honestly, who actually thinks about their phone when gettin' down.  I know I have more important things to think about than whether or not my cellphone is on when I'm about to do the dirty. 

And frankly, I'm not old enough yet to have a definite day when I have sex("Tuesday is sex night!"), so the spontanaety kinda prevents me from turning off my phone beforehand.   - Albert


And a little light pedantry before we make our way to page 2:

Chris,

Enjoyed your article on the Brits' propensity for leaving their phones on during rumpy-pumpy.

I really enjoy El Reg for the well-written articles and the playful use of the Queen's English, but I have come to expect proper grammar (something embarrassingly lacking in the US media), so it came as some surprise to spot the following in the Booknote section of your article:

"Most worryingly for we at Vulture Central ..."

Surely you mean "Most worryingly for us at Vulture Central ..."? Or has my American education failed me once again?

Best regards, Scott Simpson Fort Wayne, IN


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"for we" ???

</pedant>

Have a good one

Chris Miller

"Us few, us happy few, us band of brothers..."?

'nuff said.

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