Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

The White House is livid with Nancy Pelosi because she will visit Syria next week — presumably to fraternize with terrorists. Snert. Nevermind that the 911 terrorists were mostly Saudis, that for decades the Bush family has been on kissing terms with the Saudi Royal Family and other Saudi elites, and that the bin Laden family funded W’s first venture into oil — which means that the Bushies truly are fraternizing with known terrorists. I am pleased to see someone finally acting like an adult by actually speaking to some of the countries concerned about the state of things in the Middle East.

The speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is to visit Syria early next week despite objections by the White House.

Ms Pelosi will lead a delegation from US Congress for talks with officials.

She will be the most senior member of Congress to visit Syria since relations between the two countries soured. [story].



  1. #1 Sylvia
    March 30, 2007

    Good for Pelosi….Maybe she will find out what really is going on since the bush administration lies so much. Too bad
    the white house is livid no one seems to believe what bush says anyway.

  2. #2 afarensis
    March 31, 2007

    In the meantime the White House is attacking Pelosi and ignoring the fact that a Republican delegation is already there.

  3. #3 Ino martin
    March 31, 2007

    You people make me laugh!
    What will happen if Pelosi is peppered with demands that she cannot keep,like an IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL or SHEBBA FARMS.
    Have you guys ever thought of the fact that LEBANON WAS BEING STABBED IN THE BACK after the US withdrew their ambassador following the death of Hariri?
    And you wonder why the Democrats are considered weak!
    Shame on you all!

  4. #4 Richard Alexander
    March 31, 2007

    Wow, what ignorant and biased statements! The biggest concerning the bin Laden family. Had you actually studied them before you wrote about them, you would know that the bin Laden family disowned Osama many years ago, long before the terrorist attack. I hope someone judges your entire family on the basis of one loser in your family.

  5. #5 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    March 31, 2007

    Obama: Bush not respecting Constitution

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday accused President Bush of failing to respect the Constitution amid the uproar over the firing of eight federal prosecutors.

    “I was a constitutional law professor, which means unlike the current president I actually respect the Constitution,” Obama told an audience at a campaign fundraiser. “I believe in an attorney general who is actually the people’s lawyer, not the president’s lawyer.”

    Responding to Obama’s comments, Dan Ronayne, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said, “Senator Obama needs to understand that at this level words matter and he will be scrutinized.”
    Ronayne pointed that Obama was only a senior lecturer and not a full professor. The University of Chicago lists him as a senior lecturer on leave.

    Ooh, ominous. Let the witch hunt begin!

  6. #6 afarensis
    March 31, 2007

    Ino – what happens if Syria makes the same demands of Reps. Aderholt and Wolf who are already in Syria? Won’t Reps. Aderholt and Wolf be peppered with Demands they can’t keep? Why is it okay for Republican congressional delegations to visit Syria but not Democratic congressional delegations (also note that at least one Republican congress critter is going with Pelosi)?

  7. #7 buck
    March 31, 2007

    You have a degree in Microbiology and a PHD in Zoology and you live with the birds and comment on politics and can’t get a job.Might want to take a look in the mirror there sport.

  8. #8 Bill Freeman
    March 31, 2007

    The White House objects to Pelosi’s visit on the basis that if she is successful, where they were not, Democrats may claim better success in peaceful coexistance as a political deliverable – something that drives the wooden stake deep in the heart of conservatism as practiced today.

    A nation like the USA, for better or worse, can always benefit when its people interact with others across cultures and governments. This is the same force that will help insure that some of the founding principles of this country, however inconveniently, are abserved by the Bush government.

  9. #9 GrrlScientist
    March 31, 2007

    richard; we invaded an entire nation based on .. what? faulty intelligence? there was no connection between iraq and 911, and never was, yet we use “faulty intelligence” to invade a country. is that the best excuse we have for triggering a civil war in iraq? if we ignore the very real bush family connection to the saudis, who have more concrete connections to the 911 terrorists, then why didn’t we ignore the mythical connections between iraq and the 911 terrorists?

  10. #10 Tuvia Schertzman,MD
    March 31, 2007

    The infighting between the Democrats and the Republicans is weakening the US in the eyes of the world. Here in Israel one has to think a thousand times before considering terratorial concessions to terrorists. Will the US, which pressures Israel constantly, in the end back out of their agreements because they are more interested in “American Idol”?

  11. #11 Ktesibios
    March 31, 2007

    As I’ve said before, someone should write a script that searches blog comments for the string “you people” and automatically disemvowells them if it is found. It’s diagnostic of a content-free hatefreak troll in the same way that a jagged bloody bone end protruding from the flesh is diagnostic of a compound fracture.

    @ Tuvia: perhaps defining entire nations as “terrorists” is antithetical to the purpose of achieving an equitable settlement between peoples. All that sort of language, and the thinking it represents, accomplishes is to encourage your hate-object to regard you in precisely the same light.

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