Poor Brad Henry.
Oklahomas Democratic governor.
Fairly rational dude, always willing to go to bat for the scientific community in this state.
Tonight he is vetoing the ‘UR KILLIN TEH BABBYS!’ bill, which would make stem-cell research illegal in Oklahoma. Unfortunately, the House/Senate have the votes to override his veto, effectively making OK scientists who win federally approved and funded grants (or privately donated $$) criminals.
Plus side: According to this ‘BABBYS! WONT SOMEONE TINK OF TEH BABBYS!‘ bill, stem-cell research will only be a misdemeanor.
For ‘KILLEN BABBYS!!!!!’
Which pretty much makes stem-cell research irresistible to me.
Potential employer: Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
Me: No, but I did have to do some community service for a misdemeanor.
Potential employer: *frown* DUI? Pot?
Me: Killing babies.
Potential employer: ………
Me: Dont worry– I didnt kill them without mutating their DNA first. And I starved them for a while just to see what happened to their ERVs, which means, of course, I had to also make them radioactive.
Potential employer: … Youre HIRED!
Oh, and there is a poll to crash, if yall wanna 😉