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"We must pursue medical advances in the name of life, not at the expense of it," George W. Bush said today. No, Bush hasn't changed his mind about stem cell research. He is sticking to his only veto of a bill that would have allowed research on unwanted embryos that, according to the legislation, "would never be implanted in a woman and would otherwise be discarded" in hopes of curing sickness and disease.
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Will George W. Bush "cut and run" from the Iraq issue during his State of the Union tomorrow night? It is certainly customary for presidents to discuss an array of social and domestic issues during the speech, but preliminary reports suggest the war will receive minimal attention. The White House says he will announce a "bold" array of plans for health care, energy independence, and global warming.
Subject: Stop the War
We the American people are sick of war and killing. We demand diplomatic solutions and an end to war as foreign policy. IF WE ACT TOGETHER we can stop this next war. Demand that Congress, the CO-EQUAL branch of government that represents the people, put a stop to the war-making WHATEVER IT TAKES! NOW!
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BARBARA'S DAILY BUZZFLASH MINUTE
Everything but the pom-poms for Tuesday night's SOTU! George Bush will be doing that which he does best -- cheerleading rah, rah, rahs, in an attempt to scrape together support for his failures!!! Reality has a way of kicking ass when empty rhetoric is so often repeated! The American people are on to your scams George, so pack it up and go home before you do any more damage to this country and the world!
WORLD MEDIA WATCH
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Germany's chancellor and current EU president Angela Merkel has renewed criticism that the bloc's constitution does not explicitly refer to Europe's Christian roots, in an interview to be published Monday. Merkel told German news weekly Focus, in talks with German cardinal Karl Lehmann, that she regretted that the current draft constitution for the 27-member European Union did not include a mention of God or Christianity. "I would have liked to have seen a clearer declaration on the Christian roots (of Europe)," she said. ... The comments come days after Merkel outlined her plans to jumpstart the stalled bid to establish a first-ever constitution for the EU, whose presidency Germany holds through June. ...
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by David Swanson
President George Bush deflects criticism of his war plans by claiming that his critics have no plans of their own. Vice President Dick Cheney, meanwhile, asserts that matters of war must be left in the hands of the president (presumably no matter how brilliant your alternative plan).
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Alberto has gone completely round the bend and over the cliff into lunacy. Are they giving up on the idea of defining who gets habeas corpus, i.e., prisoners of war can get it so the guys at Gatmo aren't prisoners of war, but enemy combatants. But in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he said:
JEFFREY FELDMAN'S FRAMESHOP
FOX News' John Gibson recently ran a segment on what he termed Barack Obama's "dirty little secret"--that Obama is a cigarette smoker. This is a published fact, by the way, as it is mentioned in the Senator's two best-selling books and in a recent New Republic article. But, Gibson ran with the particular "dirty secret" framing anyway, weaving it into a five minute segment with such insightful questions as whether Obama could keep his smoking a "secret" and whether Obama's "secret" would hinder his Presidential campaign. As Gibson put it (transcript/video from MediaMatters.org):
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The Price of Freedom
Becoming a disabled vet during a time of "peace", I saw things, did things that you average Americans could not fathom. All for the sake of our freedoms. Who cries for my shipmates lost at sea? It was peacetime so no attention was called to it. Who stands out when a pilot goes down on a trianing mission? Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, die every day. EVERY DAY! it's the life we lead. It's a dangerous job, and I did it for the love of my country. The greatest freedom YOU have is not having to worry about weather or not our military will defend you. It is thier(our) duty. It is not a choice. We accepted that when we signed up. No one forced us. And we did not get to pick or chose whom we would defend. I lost friends and loved ones both in peace and in war and thier sacrifice is greater than your lose. But to you, it appears, we should sit on our hands and let madmen destroy the world. So Sorry, I have seen it first hand, this cruelity called terrorism.