May 27, 2005
Compiled by Delilah Boyd, A
Totsicles, Ass Whoopings & Naked Bloggers
What a truly weird week! Former Embryos (it said so on their T-shirts)
joined George W. for a photo-op, which was conveniently staged to
coincide with the House vote on expanding stem cell research; the
vast majority of Americans marched George W. Whippersnapper and
his childish congressional partners in crime to the woodshed for
their well deserved (Pew Poll) ass whoopings; and a group of self-proclaimed
"naked bloggers" turned out to be, um, not what I expected them
Totsicles in Action
What do you call infants scientifically created through Nightlight
Christian Adoptions, a right-wing 501(c)(3) in-vitro fertilization/"family
counseling for a fee" organization? Certainly not "Snowflake Babies."
This has got to be the absolute weirdest name for cryogenically
stored leftover embryonic tissue imaginable - like "compassionate
conservative," it smacks of Rovian/Orwellian Newspeak. Don't forget:
today's Good Christian embryo-adopting folks used to call test-tube
Digest, cyber home to one of the best bloggers on
the net, writes:
In a crass and obvious manipulation of the discussion, Dobson's
group has abandoned the word "fetus" in favor of the much fuzzier
"snowflake babies," far more evocative of Hallmark collectibles
than medical ethics issues, when referring to the unborn embryos
Don't fall for it, no matter how cute "snowflake babies" might
sound. It's just another fast one from a White House hell bent
on rolling back women's rights to the 1920's. Take a moment
today to contact your Congressional leaders and encourage them
to keep going; there's no reason for George Bush to hold them
Ahem. From Nightlight Christian Adoptions' own FAQ:
How many embryo adoptions has Nightlight completed?
Nightlight has matched 212 genetic families with 139
adopting families. To date 79 babies have been born,
and 8 adopting families are currently expecting at least 11 babies.
Interesting success rate there, guys. 212 genetic families (3 defrosted
eggsicles per procedure) produced 79 babies. Note that Nightlight
doesn't tell us how many times each "adopting family" endured the
medical procedure (sacrificing a new batch of melted eggs each time).
They also don't tell us how many of those 79 totsicles were multiples,
which would mean that Gawd's little turkey baster must have disappointed
quite a few of those 139 "adopting families."
The burning question is, however: does this mean that it's OK to
murder all of those non-viable, cute little
Petri dish spots
"snowflakes" during your in-vitro process? By the way, there's a
good chance that some of those 79 frozen treat delights will be
gay. There's also a good chance that some will develop diseases
that embryonic stem cell research might have cured. Quelle
Come on, America! We're already 18 months behind the South Koreans!
Mandrake at Daffodil
Instead of using fertilized eggs, they were able to (use) unfertilized
eggs to build their stem cells. And not surprisingly the reaction
from the far right and commander in chief crackhead was exactly
Look, you know this is all about abortion, and I know this is all
about abortion, but why can't our elected Dems deal with this issue
head on, instead of repeating the same "Those embryos would just
be destroyed anyway if we don't use them for medical research" argument?
It's obviously not about murdering potential babysicles. And it's
not about cloning. Wasn't Eve cloned from Adam's rib?
The editor of Blog.Bioethics.Net
gets the last word on the Embryo Rescue movement:
I will believe that this phenomenon has traction, though, only
when I start to see pro-life advocates pregnant with excess
Jr's Approval Poll Ass-Whooping
in a post called "Southern Fried Republicans," explains why Repukes
continue to give Jr. high overall performance marks and much lower
individual issues marks:
The Pew Research Center's 2005 Political Typology "sorts voters
into homogeneous groups based on values, political beliefs, and
party affiliation." On the Republican side they identify three
groups - the "enterprisers," "social conservatives,"
and "pro-government conservatives." All three groups
are united by their views on national security issues but on domestic
issues enterprisers are far more pro-business and anti-interventionist
than the other two groups.
I still think the idiots who automatically say, "I support the
president" should be tested for learning impairments. So does BloggerRadio.com,
who, like the rest of us, can't stand Commander Bunnypants: "Fewer
brain cells than God granted to a soap bubble = Bush."
BloggerRadio.com notes that Jr's approval rating is actually approaching
Nixonian levels: "Karl Rove had better be looking for a phone-booth
to change his clothes in, or this party is over ... somebody turn
out the lights. The duck is lame."
Deafening Silence Followed By Blood-Curdling
Strangely silent on "Black Monday" and "Compromise Aftermath Tuesday"
was evil rightwing shill Little
Green Footballs who completely ignored the issue.
Here are his post titles for Monday and Tuesday:
Tuesday, May 24th
Syria Stops "Cooperating"
Sharon: Arab Agreements Worthless, Deeds Matter
Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the 'Left' and 'Multiculturalism'
Holy Warriors Bomb Girls' School
Monday, May 23
Monday Night Pier (Photo)
Bradlee: "If You Don't Know, You Shouldn't Have Printed It"
Uday's Oil-for-News Program
Al-Arian Trial Stays in Florida
Good News from Iraq, Part 28
Newsweek's Latest Account
A War the New York Times Likes
Hm. Also strangely silent on the compromise issue was pajama blogger
(I had to toss that in) and notorious Instapundit
Glenn Reynolds who wept and wailed about an entirely different issue:
freedom of the press. When you stop laughing hysterically, note
that Glenn is worried that freedom of the press "is likely to be
at risk if people see it as merely a special-interest protection
for a news-media industry that is producing defective products that
Glenn is, of course, referring to Newsweek and Dan Rather and every
other erroneously-labeled liberal media entity in the country. Not
once does Glenn mention Michael Isikoff's Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
credentials, Jim Guckert/Jeff Gannon, or any of George W.'s paid
peanut gallery fakesters.
Meanwhile, across the border and well inside the state of Reality,
Stuffed With Tacos writes:
There was a principle at stake here: that of the right of the
minority - whether GOP or Democratic - to check cavalier Administrations
who make no attempt at bipartisan consensus. ...
Here in reality, the filibuster compromise fails to reinforce
one of the Senate's strengths - minority rights - and prolongs
one of its weaknesses - the credible threat of paralysis - even
longer. And we'll get stuck with several more conservative activist
judges to boot. Oh no, you only thought that was an oxymoron.
For a Pollyanna Glad Game perspective on the compromise, those
University of Nebraska (Omaha) College
Democrat bloggers, definitely as smart as they are
good lookin' (judging by the posted pic, that is - no, they're not
naked!), have figured out how at least one senator could put his
present actions to future use:
But what a great day for Senator Ben Nelson and his re-election
campaign. I can see the commercial now. When the Senate was in
a bitter feud, Senator Nelson stepped up and worked with Republicans
and Democrats to prevent a crisis. Our founding fathers would
be proud. Senator Nelson is not only great for Nebraska, but he's
great for America!
Those College Dem bloggers are definitely brilliant and sassy!
Send them some clicks and comments!
As I noted on my blog A
Scrivener's Lament this week, I'm no fan of the compromise.
I was hoping Senate Dems would go all Davy Crockett At The Alamo
on Senator Kitten-Killer Frist's gay-bashing ass and make him solely
responsible for the horrible consequences of shutting down the US
Senate; however, it sure has been fun watching the radical right-wing
bite into their so-called party moderates.
Hewitt weighed in with multiple reactions from right-wing
bloggers, and the result does not bode well for the GOP. Writes
Hugh, "The therapist says the Republicans have been date
raped." OK, when I read that, I had to take a look. The therapist
really doesn't like John McCain:
Republican Senators Willingly Date-Raped By Democratic Senators.
McCain says "nuclear option" really meant "I'm high and vulnerable."
Last year, everyone (including yours truly) was dumping on Glenn
Reynolds and his army of pajama
bloggers. This year, I'm hearing more and more about naked
bloggers. Disclaimer: I'm not a naked blogger (not that there's
anything wrong with it).
I'm not joking about the existence of naked bloggers among us.
Not only is there a whole slew of naked bloggers out there, they
have a Naked
Bloggers Webring. They even held a contest to find the best
Naked Bloggers' logo. And the winner is...
Seriously weird: the fact that most self-proclaimed naked bloggers
are (are you ready?) right-wingers - not the "I love my body no
matter what it looks like" liberals I was expecting to find blogging
nekkid. The one who appears to be the biggest crack in the buttcheeky
Who Must Be Obeyed, calls Howard Dean "Dizzy" and
links repeatedly to Huffington's
Toast, a blog who's creator must secretly yearn to
write for the Onion - but only excels at putting the "un" in unfunny.
Also unfunny (I mean, seriously unfunny in an "Armageddon would
be fun" kind of way) is naked military blogger, The
Gun Line, who thinks he's the new Dennis Miller:
1) Vincente Fox: Take your comments and shove 'em! Your glad-handing
of the American "leadership" doesn't do a damned thing for me,
pal. Clean up that rats' nest you call a country...
2) Newsweek: Thanks a hell of a lot, you lying bastards! How
many American servicemen, and our allies have you put in mortal
peril so you could sell a few more magazines?
3) Unappreciative spouses: The folks who sweated bullets trying
to manage crappy situations under fire, in bad situations, far
from home, who have shed too much blood, lost too many buddies,
and now no longer can immerse themselves in the community that
they have earned membership in The Brotherhood; why don't you
cut them some slack? A little support wouldn't be amiss, 'lest
they decide that you just aren't worth the crap sandwich you're
dishing out, and DROPS YOU LIKE A HOT ROCK! There are PLENTY of
folks who would give greatly to have such a stalwart life companion,
so don't think that you're position is too bloody secure! You
CAN be replaced! (No permalink for this post; Scroll down to May
I don't care if this guy's buttcheeks are stuck to a chair seat
or not, The Gun Line's idea of a "stalwart life companion" who can
discard a "disrespectful" spouse so easily doesn't inspire confidence
in his definition of "The Brotherhood," does it?
Fortunately, not all naked bloggers are scary freepazoids. Cyn
City is savvy enough to distinguish between George
Galloway's testimony and the "hot air generated by many of our representatives."
Fate asks, "How do you know when things are really
spinning out of control and not just 'politics as usual?'" Random
Fate links to right-wing (possibly naked) blogger Balloon
Juice for a potential answer and finds that Republicans
aren't happy little BushCo-ites anymore.
There are many more naked
bloggers doing their thing; however, visions of virtual skin
alone will not lure me back to most of their sites for a second,
er, peep. I prefer bloggers whose wit, intelligence, and humor leave
a decidedly liberal bite mark. And that's the naked truth, naked
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