Quite Possibly the Dumbest Pro-Choice Argument You’ll Read. Ever.

August 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm (Abortion, Brendan O'Neill, Economy, Happiness, Lynn Beisner, M.C. Escher, Poverty, Pro Life, Pro-Choice, Wish)

Lynn Beisner pens what may stand as the worst article you’ll ever lay your eyes upon, arguing a pro-abortion stance by wishing her mother had aborted her.

The piece, titled I Wish My Mother Had Aborted Me, approaches the topic of being pro-choice from an almost infantile-like mindset, littered with the ‘oh, woe is me’ nonsense you’d expect from a suicidal teenager.

The sub-headline argues that it won’t be what it ultimately becomes:

This is no ‘I wish I’d never been born’ howl of angst. I love my mother, and having an abortion would have given her a better life.

But it is precisely this, as Beisner sings the blues about her mother’s “bone-crushing poverty” and “childhood trauma”.  Interestingly, she refers to her mother as “love-starved” without ever acknowledging the possibility that the arrival of a child could have helped curb that hunger.

The article doesn’t simply address how an abortion would have been better for the mother, it also argues that it would have been better for the author:

Abortion would have been a better option for me. If you believe what reproductive scientists tell us, that I was nothing more than a conglomeration of cells, then there was nothing lost.

Nothing lost is written without the slightest hint of irony – the catch 22 that, Beisner would not be able to write such a column had her wish come true.  She would not be a writer.  She would not be pro-choice.  She would not be – period.

The whining grows stronger as the piece moves on:

It is true that in the past 12 years, I have been able to rise above the circumstances of my birth and build a life that I truly love. But no one should have to make such a Herculean struggle for simple normalcy. Even given the happiness and success I now enjoy, if I could go back in time and make the choice for my mother, it would be abortion.

The world would not be a darker or poorer place without me. Actually, in terms of contributions to the world, I am a net loss. Everything that I have done – including parenting, teaching, researching, and being a loving partner – could have been done as well, if not better by other people. Any positive contributions that I have made are completely offset by what it has cost society to help me overcome the disadvantages and injuries of my childhood to become a functional and contributing member of society.

Because the road was long and difficult in Beisner’s eyes, no one should have to travel such a road.  You can not, with any sense of conviction state that you have become truly happy and love life, while simultaneously wishing you could go back in time and terminate your own life.

Brendan O’Neill of the Telegraph writes:

Campaigning for abortion on the basis that it can solve the alleged population crisis or reduce the number of depressed teenagers or make it easier for people like Ms Beisner to live with themselves (or not, as the case may be) takes us perilously close to eugenics territory. It takes us towards a situation where abortion is treated as a tool of political and social goals. Such cynical politicking and outright narcissism represent a profound warping of the pro-choice principle.

In the end, Beisner is making a passionate argument for abortion, while wishing she was never able to make such a passionate argument.  She is the M.C. Escher of the pro-abortion lobby.

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Independents Rally Around Romney/Ryan in Key Swing States

August 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm (2012 Election, Daily Kos, Independents, Markos Moulitsas, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Swing States, Washington)

Had to laugh at this e-mail sent out by Daily Kos founder, Markos Moulitsas:

Rusty, Mitt Romney is at the breaking point:

  • Romney’s allies in conservative Super PACs have spent over $100 million attacking President Obama, but the president has been resilient, retaining his lead in both national and swing state polls.
  • Republican political operatives are panicking over Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan, who has given Romney virtually no bounce and has been widely panned in key states like Florida.

Unfortunately, that was received right after Romney’s rapid response team released information regarding a poll conducted by Purple Strategies – a bipartisan polling company that prides itself on merging red and blue firms to create one purple entity.

Turns out, just about everything the Kos is selling is the exact opposite of reality.  But then, that’s what makes them the liberal hacks they are.  Obama is not retaining his lead in swing states – Romney now leads in 3 of 4 key swing states (Ohio, Virginia, and Florida).

Amidst the bedwetting from the consultant class in DC over Romney/ Ryan taking on Obama and the Democrats on Medicare, a new independent, Purple Strategies poll conducted after Ryan’s selection shows independents surging behind Romney/ Ryan.  

Full results and summary are below.  While Romney leads in 3 of 4 swing states, the MOST important of the poll’s finding is this:

“By a 6-point margin, voters in these key swing states believe that Romney and Ryan are more likely ‘to bring real change to Washington,’ a margin that is +17 among independents”

The complete polling data has been uploaded below…

PurplePoll Aug15 Final

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Yesterday, Biden Forgets What State He’s In – Today, Biden Forgets What Century He’s In

August 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm (20th Century, 21st Century, Automobile Manufacturing, Biden Being Biden, Joe Biden, North Carolina, Virginia, Weekly Standard)

Yesterday, good ol’ Joe Biden was on a roll, telling a predominantly African-American crowd that the Republicans want to put them “in chains”, and then telling the city of Danville, Virginia that they could lead the Democrats to victory in North Carolina.

It seems Uncle Joe is the gift that just keeps on giving.

Via the Weekly Standard:

In a speech today in Virginia, Vice President Joe Biden seemed to forget we’re in the 21st century.  ‘Folks, where’s it written we cannot lead the world in the 20th century in making automobiles?,” said Biden.

The Romney campaign responded to the gaffe over at the Standard:

UPDATE: Ryan Williams, a spokesman for the Romney campaign, responds: “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will ensure America leads the world in the 21st century by strengthening middle-class families and creating jobs. President Obama and Vice President Biden have taken our nation backward with failed policies that have resulted in higher unemployment, more debt, and a weaker economy. A campaign based on rage and divisiveness can’t hide the president’s failed record.”

To be fair, the Obama administration has set us back quite a bit, but a full 100 years?

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff For Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley of Oceanside

August 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm (Afghanistan, Governor Cuomo, Gregory Buckley, Gregory T. Buckley, Hawaii, Helmond Province, Hero, Heroes, New York)

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Thursday, Aug. 16, in honor of a New York Marine who died in Helmond Province, Afghanistan, on August 10.

Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley of Oceanside died while supporting combat operations.  He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, of the 3rd Marine Division, a part of the III Marine Expeditionary Force based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

“I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the death of this brave Marine,” Governor Cuomo said.  “We will remember his service with pride and we extend our regrets of his loss to his friends, and fellow Marines.”

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state’s service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

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Is Kirsten Gillibrand Having a ‘Tracy Flick’ Moment?

August 15, 2012 at 9:59 am (2012 Election, 2016 Election, Conservative Party, Election, Kirsten Gillibrand, Mike Long, New York, Reese Witherspoon, Senate President, Tracy Flick, Wendy Long)

Rumors are beginning to circle around U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her presidential aspirations for 2016.  And New Yorkers want to know, is she running for a full six-year term in the Senate this campaign season, or is she planning to abandon her district to pursue a presidential run in 2016?

Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long is demanding that Gillibrand tell New Yorkers which office she is actually running for.

Long said, “Kirsten Gillibrand needs to come clean with New Yorkers – is she running for U.S. Senate or President?   Judging by her non-answer, answers and well documented history of flip flops it is impossible to tell where she stands or if she is committed to serving a full term in office,” said Long.

Long is responding to a number of reports that she may well be a worthy replacement in 2016 should Hillary Clinton decide not to run.

(In) an August 9th interview with NY1 Inside City Hall, Washington Post political reporter and “The Fix” blogger Chris Cillizza commented on the idea of a 2016 Gillibrand run, saying “you have Gillibrand in there if Hillary Clinton decides not to run.”

A chapter in Cillizza’s new book, The Gospel According to the Fix: An Insider’s Guide to a Less than Holy World of Politics, speculates on potential 2016 candidates including Gillibrand.

Long then proceeds to take a shot at Gillibrand, referring to her hopes of a 2016 presidential run as a “Tracy Flick” type of ambition.

Continued Long, “Gillibrand’s Off the Sidelines campaign and efforts to promote extreme liberal women candidates around the country are part of her broader agenda to create a national network of supporters to promote a 2016 bid. Unfortunately, as a result of her ‘Tracy Flick’ like unbridled ambition she regularly puts the needs of her national political agenda ahead of the needs of hardworking New Yorkers.  New Yorkers deserve the truth – not another flip-flop.”

The reference has been made before, when a Politico report in 2009 indicated that the New York congressional delegation had given her the nickname – “a not-so-flattering reference to the over-eager, blonde, bubbly and viciously competitive Reese Witherspoon character from “Election.”   For those unfamiliar with the role, we offer the following video clip…

Indeed, the question now remains, is Kirsten Gillibrand upsetting New Yorkers?  Putting her blind ambition ahead of the needs of her own constituency?  Is she running for her Senate seat in 2012, or is she already looking ahead to a national platform in 2016?

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Rudy Giuliani: Joe Biden Not "Mentally Capable", "Never Been Bright"

August 15, 2012 at 7:00 am (Biden Being Biden, Joe Biden, New York, North Carolina, Rudy Giuliani, Vice President, Virginia, Y'all Back in Chains)

Tell us something we didn’t know, Mr. Mayor.

While most Republicans are outraged over Joe Biden’s remarks to a largely African-American audience that a Romney administration would “put y’all back in chains”, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has a different take on the situation.

Giuliani jabbed at Biden on Tuesday’s broadcast of CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report,” saying that the remarks would have been cause for excitement if they were made by a mentally capable politician.

“I think if it came from somebody serious, maybe we would get all excited about it,” Giuliani said.

“But I think the vice president of the United States has become a laugh line on late night television. I mean — I have never seen a vice president that has made as many mistakes, said as many stupid things. I mean, there’s a real fear if, God forbid, he ever had to be entrusted with the presidency, whether he really has the mental capacity to handle it.”

“I mean, this guy just isn’t bright. He’s never been bright. He isn’t bright. People think well, he just talks a little bit too much. Actually, he’s just not very smart.”

Biden had the last laugh however, telling a crowd in Virginia how their help could propel the Obama campaign to victory in … North Carolina.

Take that! Who’s not the brightester one now?

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