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Dear McCain: if you insist, as your running mate does, on using her special needs child as a prop, could you at LEAST get it right? Her son has DOWN'S SYNDROME. Vastly different from AUTISM.

His statement (that evidently went under the radar) on how he wants to CHANGE OUR CULTURE in this convo about Roe v. Wade scared the ever loving piss out of me. Did anyone else catch that?? incidentally, and you don't have to take my word for it, you can check with the Center for Disease Control (the stats the Dems use) and the Guttmacher Institute (who the Repubs use) abortion rates were visibly lower with Democratic presidents vs. Republican presidents. (Studies lean towards better access to health care and education during those Dem presidencies.) So if you're Pro-Life, you might think about the two opponent's health care plans and economic policies, as those two go hand in hand.

You'll notice that there's a jump in the Carter Administration: this is after it has been made legal, so it follows that there would be more that are reported instead of the back door butcher jobs that were common among women of little affluence. Also important to note is that during the current administration, fewer doctors are providing abortions, so I'm waiting for people to recognize that THAT is a contributing factor to the decrease in numbers during Dubya's tenure. Also important to note that the minor discrepancies between the two reports are this: CDC gets data sent to them for compilation and the Guttmacher institute contacts abortion clinics directly. They mirror each other, if off by numbers. (Meaning: their graphs are parallel.)

POSITIVE THINGS: each one of these pictures makes me so happy my heart (and ovaries) are near bursting. The picture with Obama shaking the young man's hand while touching his head? GAAAH! <3

Remember that before there was the Carlton dance, Alfonso Ribeiro was a breakdancer? HAHAHA! (And that song in the background at the end... "I'm....in...heeeeeaven....with my boyfriend. My laughing boyfriend!" What the hell is the name of that Genius of Love by the Tom Tom Club, I just remembered!! Do you have an mp3 of it that you will share with me???) Got it! (In comments if you want it, too)


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Oct. 16th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Her son has DOWN'S SYNDROME. Vastly different from AUTISM.

THANK YOU. I thought I had gone crazy when he kept saying autism and not Down's syndrome; I haven't seen any of the pundits mention it?

how he wants to CHANGE OUR CULTURE in this convo about Roe v. Wade scared the ever loving piss out of me.

Yeah, I caught that, too, and agree. That's some scary stuff.

Yes We Can Hold Babies is possibly my favorite thing about this election. It warms my heart!
Oct. 16th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Oh my god - I slapped my palms to my cheeks when I first heard him say it! I will say that he seemed to have a LOT of difficulty speaking - he flubbed words over and over again, tripped over pronunciations, and was just generally rude, making faces, and such. Shame, shame on him.

That website has made me feel SO GOOD this morning. I <3 men holding babies. :D
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Oct. 16th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Seriously. That flub (re: Palin's child) was BAD.

The breakdancing made my world a better place. :D
Oct. 16th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
I mean... part of me thinks it was an honest mistake in the heat of the night, but the other part of me thinks that he used autism because it's such a buzzword right now.

Either way, get it right, doofus. MASSIVE discrepancies between the two, I thank you.

Oh, yay!! Hahahaha, that breakdancing vid cracks me up. Then again, I'm old enough to remember him on the Michael Jackson/Pepsi commercial. :D
Oct. 16th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Song Lyric
It's by the Tom-Tom Club, and it's called "Genius of Love".

Edited at 2008-10-16 02:45 pm (UTC)
Oct. 16th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Song Lyric
I remembered the name, but I needed the mp3 - THANK YOU!!
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Oct. 16th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Breakin' and Poppin'
Oh my god, FOR REALZ?

I'm so glad we have youtube now to learn any dance we want to.
Oct. 16th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, I know, right?? And check that thick Brooklyn accent, too. Do remember the infamous Pepsi/Michael Jackson commercial? Alfonso was the kid that dressed like Michael and did the moonwalk.

He was on Silver Spoons with Jason Bateman and Ricky Shroeder, too.

DUDE. I feel old now. :D
Oct. 16th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
*nods @ the first part of your post* My thoughts on the term pro-life http://bitchygrrl.livejournal.com/249150.html I was going to put it in a comment but I try not get all off topic in other people's lj. Those Obama pics are so sweet. *smiles* I do have that song. I will upload it for you after work. :)
Oct. 16th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
UGH, do I hate the "pro-abortion" label. NO ONE wants abortions, like it's wheee! abortions for everyone! I was glad that Obama corrected him on that term, even though McCain went back to using it. THUNK.

I have the song now, but thank you! (I need to add an eta to spare people the trouble...)
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Oct. 16th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
I also like how he claimed to not be running a nasty campaign. *laughs loudly* WOW. I wonder if he has a special chair to sit on those balls.

Aren't they wonderful? I love it when little kids hug super tight, too. <3
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Oct. 16th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you for Yes We Can (Hold Babies). It gave me a huge grin. Obama looks so comfortable and genuine in each shot. Who doesn't love men holding babies ?

I totally want that rad break dancing collection, but right this minute I'm putting Tom Tom Club on the turn table!
Oct. 16th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Isn't that website just lovely? I love the happiness in every single picture. <3

I TOTALLY want that breakdance board. *cough* I may have had the actual book and wore parachute pants to school.

I looooove that song by the Tom Tom Club! There's a dance song I'm wracking my brain to figure out who did it (and the lyrics) I can only remember a snippet of the music. BAH. It's like... New Order, but it's not. Erasure + New Order = ???? When I figure it out, I'll find a link and share so we all can shake our booties.
Oct. 16th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
RE: the Obama pics. That first one with the little boy just hugging Obama's shoulder for all he's worth and grinning? That one got me hook line and sinker the other day. The others are great too.

By the way. I own a tiny piece of your ass on your 3-day. You better WALK bitch! LOL. Kidding. I'm so proud of you and what you're doing and it's an absolutely worthy cause.
Oct. 16th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
I see your donation over there! (I only get notifications for donations under my name, so I didn't see that originally.)

Isn't that picture just so sweet?!? I really love the picture your icon is based on, too. <3 <3 <3
Oct. 16th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
OMG your icon! Ahahahahahaha.

Wow. Those picture. The sweetness on Obama's face and the trust in all those little kids eyes. What an incredible thing it must be to have little kids just glom on to him like that. And that he stops and just takes the moment, genuinely is so awesome. I mean, I'm sure that yeah, the pictures help his image, but his face is all "Baby!Cute!Baby, Cute!Little!Kids! YAY!!" I'm sure he's been spit up on or peed on a time or two, but I suspect he just laughs it off.

What a guy. I am SO ready for the campaign to be over and just GET ON WITH IT.

Do you watch Keith Olberman? From MSNBC. He is awesome, and I think right up your alley.

Oct. 16th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, my BSG icon makes me laugh every single time. :D

Ditto on ready for the campaign to be over. This has been the most nerve wracking election of my life.

Do I watch Keith? The man that looks like my husband in glasses? HELLS YEAH. I have such a crush on that man. Rawr.
Oct. 16th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Thing is, I don't know any abortion which was undergone without hard thinking and a certain amount of mixed feelings, from the time when I was at WSU and so many of my friends got pregnant in such a short time that there were suspicions about a saboteur in student health to my middle age, when friends terminated late, much desired pregnancies when the fetuses proved to have multiple birth defects. There were always monetary and social consequences- a friend who got pregnant during a bout of goodbye sex when her grad-student partner left for another program, who was already staggering under the cost of his half of the apartment lease (he was a bit of a jerk) had to borrow money from a faculty member, another who found out the sperm donor was using her as a beard...

Julia, the only other thing that makes me a little nuts is the idea most abortions can be prevented by birth control, because it doesn't always work and even intentional conception can become a bad idea quickly
Oct. 16th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm bothered that there's a mindset that abortion is pretty much used as an "oh, shit!" birth control myself, especially as that applies to partial-term abortion. It's a terrible notion that gets pushed on the public.
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Oct. 16th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, those pictures were wonderful - thanks for sharing!

McCain makes me ill. And his finger quotes around 'mothers health' - like that's something to be handwaved away. Grrrrr!
Oct. 16th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Go back and look at the pictures again whenever you're having a bad day - it'll cheer you right back up!
Oct. 16th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
I love that first picture of Obama with the small child. It makes my ovaries ache.
Oct. 16th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, i said the SAME THING in an email to my friend! :D
Oct. 16th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
I caught that change or culture statement. And he says we need to pay attention to the nuances of what OBAMA says? Ugh. McCain is so terrifying.

And yeah, the fact he kept saying Palin's kid has autism was just weird.
Oct. 16th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, exactly! I'm onto you, Buddy Boy!

I don't know where the autism came from. pay attention to your own running mate!
Oct. 16th, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Good lord... Is it possible? Might it be? A handsome man in the White House? First one since Kennedy... X-D But yeah, those pictures were really, really cute. :-) I am holding my thumbs for Obama to win to, even if I can't vote. :-)
Oct. 16th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
I've got my fingers crossed - he's just a good man. I want him in the WHite House and I want my country to believe again!
Oct. 16th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
I, like you, kept thinking, "Uh, Trig has Down Syndrome, not Autism."

On barackobama2008 a poster was explaining that Palin has a niece? nephew? with an "Autism Spectrum Disorder" so it's possible that's what McCain was referring to, but if so talk about a horrible job of connecting the dots. Prior to that post, I'd not heard a peep that Palin had a family member with Austism, let alone that she'd done anything in leadership to aid those with the disorder.
Oct. 16th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've not heard ANYTHING about anyone in the Palin household or relatives with a PDD of any kind, so... I just think he wasn't paying attention or got it messed up in his head like all those words he couldn't get out. =p
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