Every sperm is sacred

May 29, 2005 at 10:56 pm (Politics, Religion)

Arlen Specter is the Joe Lieberman of the Republican party. Actually,
that’s not true, because I actually kind of like Specter. Here is an interesting article
about the pending stem cell legislation, with an entertaining
back-and-forth between Specter and Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas (a
really unfortunate name for a radical rightie).

Brownback questioned “what it does to the culture of life”
when government approves performing research on the embryos, which he
considers “young human life.”

Specter shot back, asking what it does “to the culture of life when you
let people die because there are medical research tools which could
keep them alive?”

“I hate to personalize this, but when I look back on 1970, and
President Nixon declared war on cancer, if that war had been adequately
funded like the rest of our wars, I might not have Hodgkin’s lymphoma
cancer today,” Specter said.

So when, pray tell, does life begin, Brownback wondered?

“It certainly doesn’t start in a laboratory dish,” Specter
replied. “This potential for life on these embryonic stem cells cannot
begin to occur unless it’s implanted back in a woman. We know for sure,
life does not start in a laboratory dish.”
Brownback was not persuaded, however, saying that the embryos are “sacred” and “should be treated as such.”

That’s right, every embryo, especially those artificially created in a
lab, are integral to God’s Plan and must be allowed to reach their full
Divine Potential of…sitting in a freezer in a lab, with no
possibility of ever becoming a living organism. I’m of the type (like
most sane people) who does not think that abortion is a Good Thing, and
that one goal of society should be to convince people to voluntarily
not engage in the practice whenever rationality would dictate, for
example, that other, preventative, measures are more appropriate
courses of action. But this whole culture of life nonsense has gotten
out of hand. Why is it that once the umbillical cord is cut, the sacred
nature of life ends and you’re either with us or you’re with al qaeda?
What does it say about the culture of life when we drop cluster bombs
on rural villages in Iraq and Afghanistan? What does it say about the
culture of life when we…oh don’t let me get started on this. I
wouldn’t mind if these nutjobs would just come out and say “look, once
you’re born you make your own choices and it is my duty as a Baptist to
hate you. If you didn’t want to die you shouldn’t have been born
black/poor/Muslim.” At least then they would be honest and true to
their rhetoric. Culture of Life…give me a fucking break.


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May 27, 2005 at 4:27 pm (Humor, Politics)

Everyone’s favorite crooked politician is all in a tissy because his name was mentioned on TV. Dick Wolf responds:

“Every week, approximately 100 million people see an episode of the
branded ‘Law & Order’ series. Up until today, it was my impression
that all of our viewers understood that these shows are works of
fiction as is stated in each episode.

“But I do congratulate Congressman DeLay for switching the spotlight from his own problems to an episode of a TV show.”


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The Knights Who Say NIF

May 24, 2005 at 1:36 am (science)

Scientists are building the world’s biggest laser beam

LIVERMORE, California (AP) — Ed Moses talks of the “grand
challenge” that has consumed him for the past five years, comparing it
to trying to hit the strike zone with a baseball from 350 miles (563
kilometers) away or tossing a dime into a parking meter from 40 miles
(64 kilometers) away.

Is that the same Ed Moses who was the king of the 400 meters?

“That’s the precision we have to have,” says Moses, the
director of a high-energy physics adventure to produce the world’s most
powerful laser — one that scientists hope will create in a laboratory
the type of energy found at the center of the sun.
The trip will take one-thousandth of a second during which the light’s
energy is amplified many billions of times to create a brief laser
pulse 1,000 times the electric generating power of the United States.

The goal is to create unimaginable heat — 180 million degrees
Fahrenheit (82 million Celsius) — and intense pressure from all
directions on a BB-size hydrogen fuel pellet, compressing it to
one-thirtieth of its size.

The result, the scientists hope, will be a fusing of atoms so that more
energy is released than is generated by the laser beams, something
scientists call fusion ignition. It is what happens when a hydrogen
bomb explodes.

It will provide a platform for many experiments in high-energy and
high-density physics, from learning more about the planets and stars to
advancing the elusive hunt for fusion energy to generate electric
power, Moses says.

“You have to think of this like the Hubble,” he says, referring to the
space telescope. “It’s a place where you will see things and do things
that you couldn’t do anywhere else.”

But here’s the best part:

“We never intended to spend $5 billion to $6 billion to
build a laser facility for … civilian research,” Sen. Pete Domenici,
R-New Mexico, chairman of the Senate subcommittee that funds the NIF
program, lectured an Energy Department scientist last year when he
learned fusion ignition experiments might be

Well put, Senator. Who needs nuclear fusion when we have ANWR?

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Soul, coughing

May 21, 2005 at 7:52 pm (Personal)

I had a really interesting experience last night. Most of my
loyal readers know that I have been extremely depressed the last 2
weeks, in fact cripplingly so. Last night I went to a AAA
baseball game, and after watching the Portland Beavers turn a 4-0 lead
in the top of the 9th into a 7-4 loss in the 10th, a bunch of us went
out to some bar. I got good and loaded and was flirting with this
really attractive girl I have had a crush on since about the second day
of class in September. Toward the end of the night, and on the
ride home, I actually felt happy. What is noteworthy is not that
fact itself but how it presented itself. I think my serotonin
glands were ready to explode for lack of use, and that’s pretty much
what they did. I felt like I was on ecstasy for about half an
hour. I’m convinced that it was the exact same physiological
response, and it was pretty intense. After she dropped me off
(the mystery remains alive) I pretty much collapsed inside my
door. I had to sit down for a few minutes before I could even
walk up the stairs. And the best part is there is no 4 day
hangover you get from the real stuff. Fleeting, but almost
worth it. Almost.

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That’s some good sweeping, boys

May 21, 2005 at 6:06 pm (Portland, Random)

I didn’t know street sweepers could go that fast.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Joel Manley said Griffin
was high on methamphetamine when she came across the street sweeper,
parked with its engine running about 3 a.m. She jumped in the vehicle,
about the size of a small pickup, and headed for Interstate 205.

After a spike strip on I-205 punctured one of the sweeper’s tires,
Griffin exited to Oregon 99E, running red lights and stop signs, and
reaching speeds of 80 mph, Manley said.
When she reached Aurora, Griffin swerved onto the wrong side of the
road and hit a mailbox post before veering back and driving off the
road, authorities said.

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How I’m going to get rich

May 20, 2005 at 6:32 pm (Personal, Rant)

By marketing the world’s most effective diet plan. No miracle pills or exercise required…just fall in
love with a lying, cheating whore. It worked for me, and I’m
wearing a pair of pants I couldn’t have fit into since I was a freshman
in college. (that’s 1996) Not recommended for the
emotionally devoid (like a certain lying, cheating whore I know).


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Move over, Bach

May 13, 2005 at 8:12 pm (Music, Personal)

Pink Floyd Animals is the greatest musical achievement in the history of mankind. I’ve lost count of how many times that album has saved my life.

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May 6, 2005 at 3:29 am (Random)

I musy apologize to my loyal readership (cricket…cricket…) for the lack of posts, but I’ve been really fucking busy lately. Grad school kind of sucks, as much as having a ton of shit to do all the time and only sleeping 5 hours a night can suck. I recently admitted to myself that whirlwind cross-country drinking binges are not the best idea during a ten week academic term, which is why next weekend’s version will at least be somewhat school-related. I plan on having my pal “Underused finally show me how to get squarespace (no plug here) to direct me to that domain name I’m paying for, so watch out soon for jalalablog.com.

Yahoo mail now offers one gigabyte of free storage. So, if you’re tired of getting all those gay porn ads from your gmail account, now may be a good time to switch.

And Tony Blair was re-elected as Prime Minister today, which you might not have known if you get your news from CNN. Right now the, top headline says “Runaway Bride Apologizes, Says She’s Getting Help.” Are our live this fucking boring? Lynndie England and Michael Jackson beat out old Tony, who is down at #5. I’ve always said there is no liberal media bias, just a crap media bias.

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