Well, as you have probably heard, President Bush has vetoed the stem cell research bill. Thank God for that. Crazy as our president sometimes seems, he still gets some things right. Speaking of right, the media seems to spin this as an attempt to garner the conservative vote for the upcoming congressional elections, but I don't really see it as especially politically motivated, unless there are a lot more truly conservative people than I think. The article I link to, as well as most of the media coverage, shows how divided the Republican party is on the embryonic stem cell issue. We need leaders who actually tackle the hard questions about life and morality instead of sidestepping them, and Bush's vote definitely sent a message that we are not ready simply to abandon ethics in favor of supposed scientific progress.
On the flip side, while browsing the news I also discovered this disgusting innovation. This quote pretty much sums it up: "You can start it and forget about it." It's not enough to have birth control, to block life, but also it must be pushed as much into the subconscious as possible that one is doing this. I don't know, though. It seems to me that having a rod in my arm would effectively remind me of exactly what I was doing. How horrid. In case you hadn't figured it out already, the FDA does not approve things based on whether they are good for humans! Thus, as far as I can see, the FDA's approval of anything is meaningless. We have to be vigilant, because our country's drug and grocery store shelves are now chock full of foods and drugs that are deleterious to our well-being. Rather a sobering thought, isn't it?
And what am I up to, you ask? Oh, the same thing as ever. Currently, I am waiting for the tech support people at my work to fix a problem so I can finish out my work day. This past weekend, Michael came to visit me and my family. I shuffled him between my two houses, but we had a lot of fun celebrating my sister's birthday, going to the driving range, visiting the Alamo and the Riverwalk, and attending Holy Mass at Our Lady of the Atonement. When life is good, it is very good. Still, I can't wait to go back to school and see everyone. The end of the summer is certainly in sight--just a month left--but I also have plenty of things to do in it. Work as much as possible is the first priority, with attempting to begin my thesis a close second. I should put in there spending more family time, because I don't get to see them much and I know I will miss them. However, I have my cell phone so they can always call me. And you can always email me! I will try to reply.