May 31, 2005

News Round Up ...

Here's a around up of the news ... and a few comments to go along with them --- enjoy.
Costa Rican officials say 86 shipwrecked migrants have been rescued after fishermen found a message in a bottle they had thrown overboard.

Walked out this morning / don't believe what I saw / a hundred billion bottles / washed up on the shore / seems I'm not alone in being alone / a hundred billion castaways / looking for a home

French voters have rejected the European Union constitution in a key referendum. The 'United States of Europe' is dead in the water.

The EU some people envisioned as a mega government, and some wrote a number of books on has been Left Behind by French voters.

A former FBI official says he was the source called "Deep Throat" who leaked secrets about President Nixon's Watergate coverup to The Washington Post, Vanity Fair reported Tuesday.

Humm ... Could this really be him? Strange I didn’t think it would be an FBI guy …

The Andromeda galaxy just got bigger -- three times bigger, astronomers said on Monday. The galaxy is not actually expanding. But new measurements suggest that the nearest galaxy to our own Milky Way is three times broader than astronomers had thought. They now believe a thin sprinkling of stars once thought to be a halo is in fact part of Andromeda's main disk.

Three times bigger, wow --- that's a bit of a mis-measurement.

Sen. Arlen Specter said Sunday he believes the Senate has enough votes to override a threatened presidential veto of legislation easing restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Fellow Republican Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, however, vowed to keep the bill from reaching the Senate floor. Both appeared on ABC's "This Week."

"I've been taught a lot of lessons from the Democrats lately, so I've got some ideas on how one can get this done," Brownback said. "And I think it's important that we move forward."

The bill would allow researchers to use some 400,000 embryos that were created for in vitro fertilization and would likely otherwise be discarded. President Bush opposes that and held a news conference last week to promote adopting the embryos, which he called "snowflake babies."

Amazing how in one sentence the reporter can say the embryos would be otherwise "discarded" and then in the next point out just one of a number of options for these embryos. I've talked this to death, but it's just silly to say these embryos would be discarded --- so we should harvest them for parts --- when there are a whole host of options.

However, seems like Sen. Brownback wants to take a page out of the Democrat obstructionist handbook --- and filibuster the passage of this bill. Is this really how we want to handle the situation? This bill will be vetoed, and despite what Sen. Specter says (ironic name given that this research would be killing these living, human embryos) --- I think it’s going to be no easy matter to get a congressional override for this bill.

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