Friday, September 12, 2008

The new PMS, etc.

I’m starting to see the use of Palin Derangement Syndrome and PDS, in honor of the condition of irrational Bush hatred. But in the spirit of the attacks, shouldn’t the term be changed to Palin Madness Syndrome?


A rather shocking quote by Dr. Andre Lalonde, who is the executive vice president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Ottawa:

"[S]uch a prominent public role model as the governor of Alaska and potential vice president of the United States completing a Down syndrome pregnancy may prompt other women to make the same decision against abortion because of that genetic abnormality. And thereby reduce the number of abortions."

It’s a notable quote in that you do not often hear abortion proponents openly speak of their support for eugenics. My own life is much richer today than it would be if zealots like Dr. Lalonde, who would prefer to see all imperfect babies killed, had their way.

At least he can’t claim to be “pro-choice,” given his contempt for the choice that the Palin family made.

UPDATE 9/23/09: The LA Times is backing off its earlier description of Dr. Lalonde's comments.


The Bridge to Nowhere controversy is an odd one. It is true that Palin approved of the idea before turning against it and ultimately killing it. But here’s the thing about the issue:

McCain always got it right
Palin at first got it wrong, then got it right
Obama always got it wrong
Biden always got it wrong

I’m not getting how Democrats and their supporters pointing to an issue where their candidates were wrong, and doggone it they stayed wrong until the bitter end is supposed to be a winner. I understand that they are flailing like a fish out of water right now, but somewhere between brain and mouth/keyboard there needs to a filtering process, no?

“We were wrong and you weren’t!” probably won’t go down as one of history’s greatest election taunts.


There have been a lot of crazy sports injuries over the years, but I think the T-wolves’ Jason Collins found a new one in rupturing a triceps tendon in a golf cart accident.

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