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Friday, November 16, 2007

V: Free Barry! Indict Bush!

[V is back with another rant. This is pretty surprising if you know V. He hates him some Barry Bonds. Seriously, he's like a dog with a bone with that guy. We've had to pull him away from strangers who V felt did not hate Bonds enough. There is significantly less schadenfreude here than I was, frankly, looking forward to. Mostly it's just facts and $#!#. Enjoy.]

So they indict Barry Bonds and he could possibly spend 15-20 years in jail for perjury and obstruction of justice? Look, I hate Bonds too, but COME ON! The money-grubbing, low-life owners and the commissioner knew perfectly well what was going on since the mid-90s. The fat-cat owners got obese on the juiced-up game (and BTW, more than half the population doesn't care if athletes use steroids) and they want to send Bonds to jail? Bonds is merely an attention whore. You want to serve him justice? Ignore him and don't put him in the Hall of Fame.

You want to indict somebody who told significant lies? How about Bush, Cheney, and the rest of the treasonous bastards in this administration? Damn, the hypocrisy kills me.

While on hypocrisy, it is in all of your interest to know that Bush just vetoed a bill that would raise the NIH budget from about $29 billion to about $30 billion annually. He vetoed a billion dollar (about 3%) increase for the single most essential funding mechanism for biomedical research in this country. Apparently, (and I quote from the article) "the president decried the Democrat-led Congress for engaging in what he called a 'spending spree,' and said that the legislative majority was 'acting like a teenager with a new credit card.'" You have got to be kidding me, right?

Through 2008, we would have spent at least $600 billion on an avoidable, useless war in Iraq. That money could have funded ALL of NIH biomedical research at current levels for the next 20 years. If you trust the latest congressional projections on the total cost of the war and its aftermaths (approx. $1.6 trillion), then that money could have funded the total NIH budget, with an annual 10% increase, for at least the next 40 years! (my calculations: 30 billion at 10% compound interest over 40 years turns into approx 1.3 trillion).

I’m getting desperately sad. Come on people, can’t we do anything to stop this nonsense?


Comments on "V: Free Barry! Indict Bush!"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:34 PM) : 

With the federal guidelines and his lack of criminal history, 1-2 years is much more likely.


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