The Kids Are Alright — Not

Happy Veteran’s Day.  Back in 1918, it was called “Armistice Day,” commemorating the end of hostilities of WWI.  On that same date (today) in 2010, America has not one, but two wars raging, replenishing the supply of dead, maimed, and disturbed veterans we can ignore and eventually bury.  Meanwhile, maybe you want to hand a buck to the homeless ones you see on the street today, even before they ask you.  They’ll probably blow it on booze, but they earned it.

Moving on to happier thoughts:

Madrid:  A Romanian gypsy woman says she is delighted to be a grandmother after her 10-year-old daughter gave birth to a baby girl in Spain, a media report said.  She said Romanian gypsy customs allow girls to marry young although it is against the country’s law.

She told reporters that the baby’s father is a 13-year-old boy who broke up with her daughter and lives in Romania, China Daily reported on Wednesday.  The Spanish authorities have not divulged details about the case to protect the girl’s privacy.

The El Pais daily said the prosecutors had announced to probe if the parents are guilty of any negligence in the care of the 10-year-old child.  Under Spanish law, having consensual sex with someone under age 13 is considered as child abuse.–Sify News

Oh these crazy kids today – waddyagonnado?  If you’re grandma, you celebrate the miracle of birth.  Presumably  the Catholic Church is pleased by the addition of another soul as well.  But does anybody else think a 10-year old mother is a really good idea?

Well, maybe Sara Palin:

Sarah Palin attacked President Barack Obama on Wednesday for his support of abortion rights and for the federal health care overhaul as the former Alaska governor appeared in Texas with another tea party favorite, Gov. Rick Perry.

Palin described Obama as “the most pro-abortion president to occupy the White House” at the Dallas event, which was sponsored by a nonprofit organization that promotes an anti-abortion message. The 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee also said the federal health care law is the “mother of all unfunded mandates” and means federal funding will go toward abortions.

The law walled off federal funds from being used for the procedure, and an executive order signed by Obama just before it passed reaffirmed existing prohibitions on government-financed abortion, but anti-abortion activists argue that neither would actually prevent tax money from being used.  — Washington Post

It doesn’t take a great imaginative leap to envision the circumstances of birth cited above happening on the streets of any American city.  Kids are having sex all the time, and at younger and younger ages.  Lucky bastards (excuse the expression).  Kids being kids, some of them get knocked up.  And then there’s what we like to call “a situation.”

Personal note:  We’re not only talking about gypsies here, although there are plenty around.  You can start with my Hungarian relatives, which reminds me of a family joke: What do you get when you cross a Hungarian with a Jew?  A guy who owns a chain of vacant stores.

How would Sara and her anti-abortion Sirens react?  Easy: they’d send congratulations to mom and grandmom.  It’s a no-brainer (in more ways than one).  Once that bun is in the oven, no matter what the circumstance, god and Sara agree that it must be allowed to rise and be delivered.  Doesn’t matter if it’s rape, incest, an accident, or the unfortunate product of childhood indiscretion, it comes to term.  After that, well, that’s somebody else’s headache.

Besides, with all this media attention, at least the 10-year old’s child will get a birth certificate.  Take THAT, Obama!

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7 Responses to The Kids Are Alright — Not

  1. Neil, a Christian soul says:

    Abortion is murder. You’re going to hell.

  2. Gypsy Ed Romany says:

    Old joke. Here’s another: What is a Romanian? Answer– a cross between a Hungarian and a human being. Those of us from that part of the world delight in insulting one another and starting border skirmishes. It’s a national past-time, like baseball.

  3. Old Timer says:

    God bless Bill Mauldin. It’s nice to see him remembered any time, but especially Veterans Day.

  4. 'Nonymous says:

    No responsible person thinks a 10 year old mother is a good idea. That’s why it’s important for parents to keep an eye on their children, and why abstinence is the only sure solution to teenage pregnancy.

    The reason we oppose abortion isn’t to force pre-teens to have babies, it’s to respect human life. To achieve this important moral objective, there are going to be some unfortunate results like this one. But the goal is worthwhile.

    In another context, llberals understand this perfectly. You have no problem tolerating porn, hate speech, and obscenity because shutting it down is “censorship,” which violates the First Amerndment. Right? But when it comes to right to life issues, this tolerance evaporates.


    • Beardsley says:

      ‘Nonymous misapplies a valid concept. In philosophical terms, he invokes “Rule Utilitarianism” as compared to “Act Utilitarianism,” which suggests that adhering to a rule that maximizes good over evil is preferable to evaluating any individual act with the same standard. That’s fine…..although analysis will quickly reveal that the Rule is by no means obvious, and in fact can be maneuvered on an Act-by-Act basis. In the end, it’s a difference without a distinction.

      Furthermore, the Rule, which might be his own “Respect human life,” doesn’t explain why aborting the fetus of a 10 year old girl wouldn’t be just that — respecting human life.

      As for the cheap shot at liberals, bear in mind that not even the most ardent First Amendment advocates believe that there can be NO restrictions on freedom of speech and expression. E.g., the fire-in-a-crowded-theater example. Threatening the president. Commercial speech is highly regulated. Depictions of children being sexually, etc.

      Now compare gun nuts and the 2nd amendment. Even if you argue that it provides legal basis for gun ownership, where is the basis for allowing ANY weapon, or an unlimited number, or the restriction to regulate ownership and sales? But the gun nuts won’t have this. They can see nothing but total, unlimited freedom here, but not elsewhere.

      Clearly ‘Nonymous knows hypocrisy when he sees it, if not when he practices it.

  5. Diesel Fitter says:

    Pretty heavy fare for a Friday. How about some fart jokes?

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