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Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
10:17 pm
Bush's stem cell veto: Whom does it save?
BY MITCH ALBOM

FREE PRESS COLUMNIST
Consider this scenario: Many years from now, some great-granddaughter of President George W. Bush is crippled in a car accident. There are treatments available that will heal her wounded spinal cord. But the doctor shakes his head and says, "I'm sorry, your great-grandfather didn't support our research, so we're not going to help you."

That would be cruel, right? Turning your back on someone in need?

No crueler than what Bush did last week.

There are people dying in this country from conditions that might be cured through embryonic stem cell research. Their children may be prone to similar afflictions.

Yet with a staged backdrop that was as hypocritical as it was arrogant, Bush used the first veto of his presidency to put a kibosh on funding more stem cell research. This, despite 63 yes votes in the Senate and 70% of Americans being in favor of it.

In a presidency already peppered with questionable decisions, this may go down as the most stubborn and selfish of them all.

Now, put down your pens if you're going to write me about abortion, because you'll be falling into the very trap that the president and his handlers set for you: to make you believe this is all about that issue. It is not.

Keep one thing in mind as we discuss this -- the embryos in question here are being thrown away. Disposed of. Tossed out. And thanks to this veto, they will continue to be. Bush never mentioned this once in his well-orchestrated event. But it's true.

Bill carefully constructed

The bill that Bush vetoed was painfully constructed to avoid abuse. It insisted that only extra, discarded embryos from fertility clinics -- and only when the donor of those embryos gave written approval and was not paid for them -- could be used for research.

Yet Bush made it seem as if scientists would be grabbing babies from mothers' wombs.

"This bill would support the taking of innocent human life ..." he said. "Each of these human embryos is a unique human life with inherent dignity and matchless value."

OK. If Bush's believes that, why isn't he closing down every fertility clinic in America right now? Almost any woman who goes in for fertility treatments ends up producing more embryos than are implanted. According to Dr. Sue O'Shea, the director of the Michigan Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, "per treatment, approximately 20 to 30 individual embryos get thrown away."

That's per woman, per treatment. If, as Bush insists, these embryos are little people, that's 20-30 murders per patient, right?

Where is the outrage?

Thousands of embryos available

Instead, with babies crying behind him, Bush ignored that question and proudly noted that embryos could be adopted, as some mothers in the room had done. So? How would this bill have stopped that? According to Sen. Arlen Specter and others, there have only been around 128 adoptions of such embryos in the last nine years. And since there are currently around 400,000 frozen embryos, clearly anyone who wants to adopt one can do so. That still leaves the unused ones to be thrown out.

And if you do that, you are surely showing them less respect than using them for potential cures for Alzheimer's, diabetes or ALS.

"Crossing this line would be a mistake," Bush said. But those are code words for what this is all about: making it look, sound and feel like the abortion debate. Yet, much as this pains people to hear, abortion is legal in America. So fetuses can be aborted but tiny cells about to be thrown out can't be used for research? We don't see the hypocrisy in that?

We're heard all the tired objections: We have enough stem cells. You can get them elsewhere. Scientists have negated these arguments. Even usual Bush-supporters such as Nancy Reagan and Bill Frist supported this bill. The research will go on -- despite Bush -- through private funding and in foreign countries. But it will be slower, and future patients who might be saved will die.

You wonder if one of those future patients will be one of Bush's great-grandchildren. If so, I hope that person is given help. It would be a kinder fate than what great-granddaddy just delivered to others.

Contact MITCH ALBOM at 313-223-4581 or malbom@freepress.com.
Sunday, July 31st, 2005
11:59 am
f that b
I guess I shoulda known
By the way u parked your car sideways
That it wouldn’t last

See you’re the kinda person
That believes in makin’ out once
Love ’em and leave ’em fast

I guess I must be dumb
’cuz u had a pocket full of horses
Trojan and some of them used

But it was saturday night
I guess that makes it all right
And u say what have I got 2 lose?
And honey I say

Little red corvette
Baby you’re much 2 fast
Little red corvette
U need a love that’s gonna last

I guess I shoulda closed my eyes
When u drove me 2 the place
Where your horses run free

’cuz I felt a little ill
When I saw all the pictures
Of the jockeys that were there before me

Believe it or not
I started to worry
I wondered if I had enough class

But it was saturday night
I guess that makes it all right
And u say, baby, have u got enough gas?
Oh yeah

Little red corvette
Baby you’re much 2 fast, yes u r
Little red corvette
U need 2 find a love that’s gonna last

A body like yours
Oughta be in jail
(’cuz it’s on the verge of bein’ obscene)

Move over baby
Gimme the keys
I’m gonna try 2 tame your little red love machine


Little red corvette
Baby you’re much 2 fast
Little red corvette
U need 2 find a love that’s gonna last

Little red corvette
Honey u got 2 slow down (got 2 slow down)
Little red corvette
’cuz if u don’t u gonna run your
Little red corvette right in the ground

(little red corvette)
Right down 2 the ground (honey u got 2 slow down)
U, u, u got 2 slow down (little red corvette)
You’re movin’ much 2 fast (2 fast)
U need 2 find a love that’s gonna last

Girl, u got an ass like I never seen
And the ride...
I say the ride is so smooth
U must be a limousine

Baby you’re much 2 fast
Little red corvette
U need a love, u need a love that’s
That’s gonna last
(little red corvette)
U got 2 slow down (u got 2 slow down)
Little red corvette

’cuz if u don’t, ’cuz if u don’t,
U gonna run your body right into the ground (right into the ground)
Right into the ground (right into the ground)
Right into the ground (right into the ground)

Little red corvette
Tuesday, July 26th, 2005
10:28 pm
????
I really don't get it. One minute it's hotter than the sun and the next, it's colder than the moon. Figure it out? I probably never will....but in the meantime, I'll take the hits because they keep on coming.






There's some talk going 'round town
That you really don't give a damn
They say you really put me down
When I'm doing the best I can
I gave you all of my love
I even gave you my body
Tell me, baby, ain't that enough?
What more do you want me to do?
I play the fool when we're together
But I cry when we're apart, yeah
I couldn't do you no better
Don't break what left of my broken heart, baby

Why you wanna treat me so bad
When you know I love you?
How can you do this to me
When you know I care?
Why you wanna treat me so bad
When you know I love you?

You know, I try so hard
To keep you satisfied
Sometimes you play the part
Sometimes you're so full of pride
And if it's still good to ya
Why you wanna treat me so bad?
You used to love it when I'd do you
You used to say I was the best you'd ever had

I play the fool when we're together
I give you everything I can, yeah
And if it's still good to ya
There's something that I can't understand

Why you wanna treat me so bad
When you know I love you?
How can you do this to me
When you know I care?
Why you wanna treat me so bad
When you know I love you?

prince
Thursday, July 21st, 2005
10:56 pm
thank you for the memories.....
This is our last goodbye
I hate to feel the love between us die
But it's over
Just hear this and then i'll go
You gave me more to live for
More than you'll ever know

This is our last embrace
Must I dream and always see your face
Why can't we overcome this wall
Well, maybe it's just because i didn't know you at all

Kiss me, please kiss me
But kiss me out of desire, babe, and not consolation
You know it makes me so angry 'cause i know that in time
I'll only make you cry, this is our last goodbye

Did you say 'no, this can't happen to me,'
And did you rush to the phone to call
Was there a voice unkind in the back of your mind
Saying maybe you didn't know him at all
You didn't know him at all, oh, you didn't know

Well, the bells out in the church tower chime
Burning clues into this heart of mine
Thinking so hard on her soft eyes and the memories
Offer signs that it's over... it's over

-jeff buckley

i sincerely hope he makes you as happy as i would have.
thank you for the memories.
10:46 pm
i don't care anymore
pretending that it doesn't bother me
it's not the best form of therapy
i'm sitting here along and thinking of you
watching these channels turn with every click of this button

the music in my head hasn't been the same since you walked away
i thought i gave you a reason to stay
but oh, it turns out i was wrong again
that seems to be the theme these days

would it be worth it to call you again?
probably not, but i'm willing to try it
your voicemail has never pissed me off more
so i'm going to prevent myself from hating it again
Wednesday, July 20th, 2005
6:41 pm
gsatots
all you have to do is ask me and you know i'll do it
all you have to do is kiss me like you do
and i become your fool
we both know the way this is going
and i'm too afraid to look forward
i can't help but look back and search for the beginning
but now it's getting too far to see
and all i can see is pain in my periphery
6:30 pm
and so it goes
I’ve got another confession to make
I’m your fool
Everyone’s got their chains to break
Holdin’ you

Were you born to resist or be abused?
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?

Are you gone and onto someone new?
I needed somewhere to hang my head
Without your noose
You gave me something that I didn’t have
But had no use
I was too weak to give in
Too strong to lose
My heart is under arrest again
But I break loose
My head is giving me life or death
But I can’t choose
I swear I’ll never give in
I refuse

Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?

Has someone taken your faith?
Its real, the pain you feel
You trust, you must
Confess
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Oh...

Has someone taken your faith?
Its real, the pain you feel
The life, the love
You die to heal
The hope that starts
The broken hearts
You trust, you must
Confess

Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?


I’ve got another confession my friend
I’m no fool
I’m getting tired of starting again
Somewhere new

Were you born to resist or be abused?
I swear I’ll never give in
I refuse

Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?

Has someone taken your faith?
Its real, the pain you feel
You trust, you must
Confess
Is someone getting the best, the best, the best, the best of you?
Monday, July 18th, 2005
6:59 pm
nada
i'll forget about yesterday
if you can give me tomorrow
i can't give you much more than this
if you're not willing to work with me

let's do this in conjunction with one another
you'll hear it from my mouth and i'll tell you over and over
that i'll follow through with every promise i've made

i'll close my eyes again but this time i'm listening closely
i won't open them again until you can tell me
that you'll give me your tomorrows
and then i'll forget about yesterday
do something to take away this pain
and i promise i'll never walk away

the sun's coming up again
will i keep wondering about you
or will you walk with me again today?
7:46 am
i need it
Shed a tear 'cause I'm missing you
I'm still alright to smile
Girl, I think about you every day now
Was a time when I wasn't sure
But you set my mind at ease
There is no doubt you're in my heart now
Said woman take it slow
It'll work itself out fine
All we need is just a little patience
Said sugar make it slow
And we'll come together fine
All we need is just a little patience
Patience...
Ooh, oh, yeah

Sit here on the stairs
'Cause I'd rather be alone
If I can't have you right now, I'll wait dear
Sometimes, I get so tense
But I can't speed up the time
But you know, love, there's one more thing to consider
Said woman take it slow
Things will be just fine
You and I'll just use a little patience
Said sugar take the time
'Cause the lights are shining bright
You and I've got what it takes to make it
We won't fake it, Oh never break it
'Cause I can't take it

I've been walking these streets at night
Just trying to get it right (Need some patience, yeah)
It's hard to see with so many around
You know I don't like being stuck in a crowd (Could use some patience, yeah)
And the streets don't change but maybe the name
I ain't got time for the game
'Cause I need you (Patience, yeah)
Yeah, yeah well I need you
Oh, I need you (Take some patience)
Whoa, I need you (Just a little patience is all we need)
Ooh, this ti- me....
Sunday, July 17th, 2005
3:01 pm
always out, never in
don't make someone your priority while you remain their option.

i'm moving forward today
the sun came up with me this afternoon
this hangover will wear off soon
but only the one from the alcohol
because i'm still getting over the hangover from you

it's not easy to look at you like this
we're walking around in circles and we're back to the beginning
again
i can only start so many times, before i have to end
for good

i don't want things to end like this
so just come over here and give me one last kiss
i'll make it worthwhile, i promise

stay with me this one last time
i'll give you yours if you give me back mine
i'll let you go of all of this
and i'll cherish every moment, i promise

i'm listening to that song again and it's telling me things
i know i shouldn't believe in
i'm fooling myself every moment of every day
into thinking that you're not walking away

oh no, there i go making it complicated once again
i told you i would stop
but you should know better
i just need this and it's killing me to be without it
so much within reach, yet so far from my grip,
and i'm letting it slip
2:56 pm
neverending....
I know what you’re doing,
I see it all too clear
I only taste the saline when I kiss away your tears
You really had me going, wishing on a star
But the black holes that surround you are heavier by far
I believed in your confusion, you were so completely torn
Well it must have been that yesterday was the day that I was born
There’s not much to examine, there’s nothing left to hide
You really can’t be serious if you have to ask me why

I say good-bye...

‘Cause I am barely breathing
And I can’t find the air
I don’t know who I’m kidding
Imagining you care
And I could stand here waiting
A fool for another day
But I don’t suppose it’s worth the price, worth the price
The price that I would pay

Everyone keeps asking, what’s it all about?
I used to be so certain and I can’t figure out
What is this attraction? I only feel the pain
There’s nothing left to reason and only you to blame Will it ever change?


‘Cause I am barely breathing
And I can’t find the air
I don’t know who I’m kidding
Imagining you care
And I could stand here waiting
A fool for another day
But I don’t suppose it’s worth the price, worth the price
The price that I would pay
But I’m thinking it over anyway...


I’ve come to find
I may never know
Your changing mind
Is it friend or foe?

I rise above
Or sink below
With every time
You come and go
Please don’t come and go

‘Cause I am barely breathing
And I can’t find the air
I don’t know who I’m kidding
Imagining you care
And I could stand here waiting
A fool for another day
But I don’t suppose it’s worth the price, worth the price
The price that I would pay
But I’m thinking it over anyway
Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
6:31 pm
shhhhh...
dont' say a word
i know what you mean
i've seen this look before
i'll close my eyes again and pretend
let's move forward from today on out
i'll stop asking you if it makes this better
i already knew the answer, i've known it all along
you've told it to me without ever saying a word
but i can't help but need to hear it from you
even a silent agreement
with or without words
a nod of your head will work

don't worry about him
he'll get along alright
maybe today is the best thing to ever happen
i'm not worrying about anyone but you right now
and i'll worry about you until tomorrow night
until i get to see you, again

this is it, time to make good on that promise
and i know i won't let you down
so i'm going to take this chance and keep it somewhere safe
i'm not going to fuck this one up

kiss me one more time like you did yesterday
i promise you that everything is going to be just fine
just walk with me and i'll show you, listen to me and i'll explain it
close your eyes again
and let these feelings in
Friday, July 8th, 2005
8:02 pm
startling
you're startling me with the way you've been moving
i can't guess your next position
i can't see where this is going to end up
for now, i'll take my chances
for now, i'll watch your every move

i can't keep up with these numbers
i'm listening to this song and thinking about you
it tells me i'd be rich if i could be with you
i'll start to believe it, maybe...or is it against my better judgment

i could live just to see that smile
i think i could even settle for a little more than that
i'll carry this weight if it means i'll be there soon
i'll follow your lead and i wont' complain for a minute
you know i'll be there every step of the way....
and i'll give you this kiss at the end of my day

will you tell me this secret? it's something i'm dying to know

i know you hate it when i ask you that,
but i love the way you roll your eyes
i'm crazy about the sarcastic smile
shhh, i know, it'll all work out soon

i'm betting on this number, this red number 7
i'm laying it all on this table
waiting for the roll of the dice

please, let there be a consolation prize
Thursday, June 2nd, 2005
5:53 pm
Little thoughts
Just a castaway, an island lost at sea, oh
Another lonely day, with no one here but me, oh
More loneliness than any man could bear
Rescue me before I fall into despair, oh

I’ll send an s.o.s. to the world
I hope that someone gets my
Message in a bottle, yeah


A year has passed since I wrote my note
But I should have known this right from the start
Only hope can keep me together
Love can mend your life but
Love can break your heart
I’ll send an s.o.s. to the world
I hope that someone gets my
Message in a bottle, yeah

Walked out this morning, don’t believe what I saw
Hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore
Seems I’m not alone at being alone
Hundred billion castaways, looking for a home
I’ll send an s.o.s. to the world

I hope that someone gets my
Message in a bottle, yeah

Sending out at an s.o.s.
Sending out at an s.o.s.
Sending out at an s.o.s.
Sending out at an s.o.s.
Sending out at an s.o.s.
Sending out at an s.o.s...
Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
7:02 pm
fuck off.
I hurt myself today
to see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
the only thing that's real
the needle tears a hole
the old familiar sting
try to kill it all away
but I remember everything
what have I become?
my sweetest friend
everyone I know
goes away in the end
and you could have it all
my empire of dirt

I will let you down
I will make you hurt

I wear this crown of thorns
upon my liar's chair
full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
beneath the stains of time
the feelings disappear
you are someone else
I am still right here

what have I become?
my sweetest friend
everyone I know
goes away in the end
and you could have it all
my empire of dirt

I will let you down
I will make you hurt

if I could start again
a million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way
Saturday, April 30th, 2005
12:27 am
Lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely eyes,
lonely face, lonely lonely in your place.
Lonely, lonely, lonely eyes, lonely face,
lonely lonely in your place.

I thought that I knew all that there was to,
lonely, lonely, lonely...

Melanie Jane, won't feel the pain.
Lonely, lonely, lonely eyes, lonely eyes,
lonely lonely in your place.

And I thought that I knew all that there was to
Lonely, lonely, lonely eyes, lonely eyes,
lonely lonely in your place, and
I still love you, I still love you,
lonely, lonely...
Friday, April 29th, 2005
11:59 pm
..........
i am everything
and i am nothing
i am you
and you are me

open this book, to page one and begin to look
the truth is there, accept it for what it is
don't ask me for the answers, they are all there

i cannot tell you how, or why
the answers are all somewhere in the sky
or is it the ground?

seek, breathe, dream
Wednesday, April 20th, 2005
5:37 pm
yes, more lyrics...
but that's alright, music has something for every mood.........





Looking out the window, the trees are getting closer it seems.
Thinking bout you Darling.
Adding up the cost of these dreams.

Strapped to this projectile, just a blink ago I was back in school.
Smoking by the gym door, practicing my rock-star attitude

And I'm scared shitless of what's coming next.
I'm scared shitless, these angels I see in the trees are waiting for me.

The engines have stopped now. We all know we are going down. Last call for alcohol.
Sure wish I could have another round.

And I'm scared shitless of what's coming next.
Scared shitless, these angels I see in the trees are waiting for me.
Waiting for me.

Friends in the swamp.
Friends on the ground, in the trees.
Angels and fuselage
Wednesday, April 13th, 2005
6:35 pm
.....................................
How can I just let you walk away
Just let you leave without a trace
When I stand here

Taking every breath with you
You're the only one who really knew me at all

How can you just walk away from me
When all I can do is watch you leave?
'cause we shared the laughter and the pain
And even shared the tears
You're the only one who really new me at all

I wish I could just make you turn around
Turn around and see me cry
There's so much I need to say to you
So many reasons why
You're the only one who really knew me at all

So take a look at me now
There's just an empty space
There's nothing left here to remind me
Just the memory of your face

Take a look at me now
There's just an empty space
And to wait for you is all I can do
And that's what I've got to face

Take a look at me now
I'm just standing here
And you coming back to me
Is against the odds
And that's a chance I've got to face
Monday, March 28th, 2005
6:57 pm
and it's just like mitchell lane...
everything's the same.

I guess it has at least...still the same old shit except for the new job.
I'm making more money and that is nice...i'm also learning what to do with my money which, much to my chagrin, was a big issue with an ex of mine.

Amazon Blonde is going very well. I feel that after all the smoke has cleared, everything definitely worked out for the best. We now have two great guitar players who play extremely well together, we have an awesome drummer (who, in my opinion, is the best drummer this band has had) and a great lead singer...I feel pretty competent on the bass and I feel that once we get this ball rolling again we will turn some heads. The cd should be done soon and I'm very excited about that....the only thing is, we are going in a slightly different direction now and by the time anyone gets this cd, it will be (i guess in a sense it already is) obsolete...but i'm still proud of it and i really think that it sounds good, and looks great (thanks to nadia).
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