An interesting little blurb in this morning's Politico, by Glenn Thrush gives us some insight into just how bull goose looney the far right has become.
It seems that Sam Brownback, one of the nuttiest wingnuts of all wingnuttery, has taken his obscenely extreme "anti-choice" rhetoric to new heights. It seems that President Obama's removal of some restrictions on stem cell research has him a little spooked, so he's introduced the — and I am not making this up — Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act of 2009.
Yes, for those of you who have been worried that stem cell researchers were secretly considering ways to make people faster by fusing horse hooves onto their legs or some such nonsense, here comes Senator Sam the whack job to the rescue. This comes straight from Brownback's own blog:
legislation works to ensure that our society recognizes the dignity and
sacredness of human life,” said Brownback. “Creating human-animal
hybrids, which permanently alter the genetic makeup of an organism,
will challenge the very definition of what it means to be human and is
a violation of human dignity and a grave injustice.”
Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act would ban the creation of
human-animal hybrids. Human-animal hybrids are defined as those
part-human, part-animal creatures, which are created in laboratories,
and blur the line between species. The bill is modest in scope and only
affects efforts to blur the genetic lines between animals and humans.
It does not preclude the use of animals or humans in legitimate
research or health care where genetic material is not passed on to
future generations, such as the use of a porcine heart valve in a human
patient or the use of a lab rat with human diseases to develop
continued, “This legislation is both philosophical and practical as it
has a direct bearing upon the very essence of what it means to be
human, and it draws a bright line with respect to how far we can go in
attempting to create new creatures made with genes from both humans and
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Yes, you read that right, folks. Old Nutjob Sam here is worried that scientists, through their wily ways, will introduce new species, in which the human is mixed with other animals. Therefore, all of your dreams of meeting and marrying centaurs and mermaids have now gone down the drain. I'm so sorry, folks; I know it's difficult to see your dreams go up in smoke like that, but hey…
Semi-seriously, these assholes can't craft an alternate stimulus package with actual numbers in it, and they can't propose one goddamn bill that is of any use to anyone in any practical way. But Senator Nutjob Brownback has the time to craft a bill that bans the creation of "human-animal hybrids"?? Is there any DOUBT that these people are completely out of touch with reality? They're banning Catwoman, folks…
What makes this worse is, the asshole got 20 goddamn co-sponsors on this damn thing (S. 1435). I shit you not! TWENTY SENATORS have co-sponsored a bill to ban mermaids. One of them is a goddamn Democrat, Mary Landrieu. What the hell's up with that? Now, the co-sponsors read like a who's who of Senate morons, trying to pander to their ever-shrinking "base," but what the hell is Landrieu doing in there?
If this is the best they can do, the Republican Party is doomed, folks.
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