Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Today was my first unemployed day in four months. I celebrated by staying in bed until the glorious hour of 10am - yep I can't seem to sleep past 10am, no matter how hard I try or how late I've been up the night before. And this morning, my newest roommate had the kindness to be in the shower when her alarm went off and off and off for 20 minutes. I would've gotten up, but I was much too comfortable with a cat on my chest and warm and cozy inside of my bed.

After getting up, working out and eating lunch....I did a whole lot of nothing. It's pretty dull being unemployed - and I actually do miss it a little. Anyway, I talked to my temp agency and they're going to look into getting me something, sometime soon hopefully. Oh, and I'm pretty sure that I'm going to Philly for a week in March. Gotta check out the school I might be going to. No word yet from SLU, Ohio, George Mason, or WashU.

Anyway, the news!

The State of the Union.
We spent the evening drinking beer and eating/throwing marshomallows at the TV. I can only stand to watch the shithead speaking, while I myself, am drinking. At any rate, he said a lot of crap, and you can read the transcript for yourself. The best moment of the night, and one that made me proud to be a democrat - was when Bush was lamenting that Congress had failed to act on his plan to "save" Social Security and the democrats stood up and clapped, no, cheered, loud and proud. It was, in a word, glorious - roll the tape.

And here's a moment to not be proud of - DINO (democrat in name only) Lieberman is the first to jump to his feet in support of bushie - that's before anyone else in the entire congregation, including republicans, anyone. (thats lieberman in the bottom lefthand corner)

Oh, and Cindy Sheehan, anti-war activist, was dragged out of the State of the Union shortly before Bushie celebrated the freedoms of our country and extolled the virtues of the mighty US of A to the country and the world. She was wearing a shirt that numbered the deaths in Iraq of US troops (troops= drink 1). She was cuffed, dragged out, arrested, and detained for hours. And the authorities said today, that oops, they made a mistake. Also of note, a congresswoman's wife was asked to leave and escorted out for, take a guess? wearing a t shirt - this one in support of the troops. she wasn't cuffed or arrested. But just like poor cindy, the coppers said that they made a mistake. Tell me we are not living in a police state?

Oh and remember this catch phrase from last night that America must "break its addiction to oil"? turns out that was just, yeah know, talk. See today, one day after making that pronouncement, the Sec of Energy says that bushie "didn't mean it literally." Oh really? and how else were we supposed to take that statement? Apparently, not that we would break our addiction to oil.

Ok, and for everyone that was wondering what the hell Bushie was talking about when he said this "Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research: human cloning in all its forms, creating or implanting embryos for experiments, creating human-animal hybrids, and buying, selling, or patenting human embryos." Right, ok so here's the deal: scientists have created what they call chimeras - basically mixing human cells with animal cells - fusing human cells with rabbit eggs, pigs with human blood and mice with human brain cells. Granted, this is a little creepy and we should (maybe?) proceed with caution in this area, I don't think that it quite rises to the level of needing to be talked about during the STATE OF THE UNION. Especially when thousands of soldiers have died in Iraq, our country is turning into a police state, millions of people live in poverty, there's genocide in Darfur, just little things like that. (Here's some more info on the chimera thing from Pharyngula- the leading science blog)

Here's some more SOTU fun - CNN did a little fact checking - seems some of Bushies assertions were a little dubious at best. Here's some fact checking by the WaPo too.

Also, mythbusters is the best show ever.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

bush references genocide, but refuses to talk about darfur -- despite the fact that it's the only genocide he's officially declared.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Roko said...

Multi-part reply

Who was sleeping on you? If it was Mr. Tasty, and he's anywhere near the size of his brothers, that's not so much cute as it is suffocating.

What school are you visiting in Philly (e-mail/message me if you don't want to post it on here)? My parents both went to law school there.

If all of you on the left who hate the direction our country is going can say "I'm moving to Canada", where are those of us on the (real, not neo-con side of) the right supposed to go? See my blog for my idea.

Maybe we just need to break our dependence on Middle Eastern oil? Between Alberta and Cuba, we should be good at least until we can get a viable biomass fuel production industry going.

We already have human-bacteria hybrids. Where does he think recombinant insulin comes from? Bacteria that just happen to produce a perfect analogue to human insulin? Biology is a very complex subject, both in terms of the science and of the ethical questions it raises. Scientists don't try to make political decisions for the politicians, how about the politicians stop trying to make scientific decisions for the scientists.

And what do you think about Kari?

7:05 AM  

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