Barack Obama, fertility drugs, fundamentalism, gay rights, multiple births, octuplets, Oval Office, Presidency, religion, Ted Haggard
Okay, you have all heard of the woman in California who gave birth to eight babies right? I guess that was not a record, but we can hope the human body cannot hold many more than that.
Now, before I start, let me make this clear. I don’t object to multiple births, even those induced by fertility drugs. I understand the desire on the part of some to have children, and thus the use of drugs to help in that process when the old fashioned ways don’t work. I even understand the “moral” decision not to reduce the number of fertilized eggs that implant successfully.
But here, I draw the line! The lady in question, I learned today, has already given birth to SIX kids, she is single, and lives with her parents. A photo of the family home suggests that they are not rich.
What is wrong with this picture? I don’t object certainly to single women deciding to have children. I don’t object as I said to fertility drugs in general. But please!!!! This was not a decision made out of necessity, as the only means by which this woman could have children. She has them, a six pack in fact. She apparently refused, after being told she had a kazillion implanted in her uterus that she would not participate in removing any of them.
Who is paying for all this? There were some forty-six doctors and nurses involved, she was hospitalized for weeks beforehand. Of course she will no doubt depend on donations of time, money and product to get along for years to come. She will sell her story, documentaries, movie deals and so on to finance this litter. The kids will never get the type of attention they deserve.
My question: are their absolutely no guidelines used by the participating doctors before such procedures are approved? This whole thing seems unnecessary and frankly self indulgent in the extreme. What do you think?
I actually sympathize with Ted Haggard. I didn’t at first, when it all came to light that he was strangling the banana while being “massaged” by the gay call guy and doing the drugs.
I was even less sympathetic when a few months later, he declared himself cured and was ready to resume the pulpit and and lucrative lifestyle.
Ted is again making the circuit of the talk-shows, promoting his documentary aired I believe on HBO. (tell me if you saw it) The guy does seem genuinely honest at last. While not wanting to be labeled as gay, he doesn’t even deny now that there may be more men coming forward to chat about his “indiscretions.” He says he doesn’t expect to return to preaching.
I can’t fault a guy who says he and his wife have patched up their 30-year marriage. I mean, among heteros, sex is of huge important to some, and almost none to others. Although I suspect Haggard is truly gay, sex may not be THE most important part of his life. He and his wife have every right to declare that on balance they wish to continue their marriage. And I can’t fault the guy for thinking this religion believes gay behavior wrong, although I most strenuously disagree.
It seems he has the right to make his life the best for him. He’s not required, as some suggest, to “come out” and admit his homosexuality. Perhaps he is predominately bisexual, or mostly hetero with “tendencies.”
Whatever, if he and his family are happy with the arrangement, who am I to complain. As long as he isn’t claiming he’s been “cured” and he doesn’t seem to be, it’s none of my business.
Sex is a complicated affair and we all have our unique arrangements with spouses, significant others, or partners however described. And as long as he don’t preach what he don’t practice, I’m okay with Ted. How bout you?
It appears our new President likes to work in his shirt sleeves in the Oval Office.
Now, this may come as seem like an “okay, so what, kind of thing” but oh no, the national press was absolutely captivated by this.
It was on every major news outlet yesterday. And not just the photograph, but commentary too. You’d have thought he showed up nude or something. They claimed he was being “casual” though with that strangled piece of tie around the neck, I’d hardly call it casual. All that is missing is the jacket, and don’t most men like to keep the back from getting all wrinkly from sitting in a chair?
Apparently, I was way off my noggin. This is important chit as they say. For you see, Mr. has been Prez, Dubya, ALWAYS wore his jacket and moreover, insisted that everyone else do likewise, even on Saturdays!
And we of course, all know how well that administration went! It seems that Bush and his commandos thought that Bill Clinton who appeared in the sacred location occasionally in t-shirt and baseball cap, was most unseemly in their considered elitist mentality. They insisted that a return to the proper bowing and scraping to the “office” was required.
Which all goes to say that the accouterments of office don’t make the man, and it is unwise to attribute worship qualities to a room or office.
Worse yet, I’m told, Mr. Obama has committed a worse faux pas. He actually said the following words after a meeting with his Joint Chiefs of Staff: “We kinda lost track of time.” Yikes, the sticklers for protocol and schedules fairly fainted. The Prez must stay on schedule!!!!!
I’m fairly happy to see my chief exec without his jacket. Now if he would only get those sleeves rolled up, I can feel even more comfortable that he is on the right track. So how many of you are reading this all dressed in business ready? Huh? Opinionnate away readers!