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Georgia Politician Thinks Centaurs Are Total Assholes

Mermaids, Centaurs, Minotaurs, Werewolves . . . these supposedly mythological creatures have thus far been commonplace only in legends, film, books, our imaginations, and sometimes our nightmares. But we’ve come a long way towards changing all that. Scientific advancements towards creating human-animal hybrids have been on the forefront of possibility for the last 20 years. So why hasn’t it progressed past a Petri-dish? Because a bunch of fun-sucking politicians are continuously trying to thwart our attempts. The latest culprit? Republican representative Tom Kirby (R-114th) from Georgia.

Kirby has been trying to push forward legislation prohibiting the use of human embryos for scientific research and experimentation. His little anti-pet project, HB 287, is known as the Embryo Protection Act and states that it would be a misdemeanor “for any person or entity to intentionally or knowingly create or attempt to create an in vitro hybrid human-animal embryo” in Georgia, or to “transfer an in vitro human embryo into the womb of a nonhuman or to transfer an in vitro nonhuman embryo into the womb of a human.” Kirby is hardly the first to address this though. Our “most smartest” former President George W. Bush decided to try to push through a bill on the ban of human-animal hybrids back in 2006 during his State of the Union address, and both Louisiana, Kansas, and Arizona have similar laws in place.

In 2014, Kirby posted on his campaign website, “The mixing of Human Embryos with Jellyfish cells to create a glow in the dark human, we say not in Georgia.” This is in reference to the 2008 study at Cornell University that Kirby is all up-in-arms about. Scientists successfully infiltrated what they described as a non-viable human embryo with a gene for a fluorescent protein from a jellyfish. After three days of division, all the cells in the embryo glowed. Of course, it seems, that Kirby doesn’t really understand what Cornell scientists were attempting to accomplish. The jellyfish-human experiment was done in the name of stem cell research, not a stepping-stone towards creating designer babies. Just imagine someone ordering up a light blue baby with a unicorn horn and a rabbit tail . . . could make for an interesting looking future.

In a recent interview with NBC’s Atlanta affiliate 11Alive, Kirby put forth his disapproval of laboratory created creatures; specifically bird-men, mermaids/mermen, centaurs, and werewolves, stating they should stay in the realms of mythology. He did say, however, that if these traits were the result of a natural genetic mutation, or if these creatures already exist, then it’s totally cool.

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