Octuplet’s Mom’s Family: “Declared Bankruptcy And Abandoned A Home”

The story of the octuplets born this week is strange, and sad, and as more information comes out it is painting a most disturbing picture.  The latest comes from CBS News.  As I noted earlier on this blog this pregnancy should have been discouraged by doctors who are supposed to have a better feel for the mother, family, and extenuating circumstances.  After reading about this case it is clear these these ovaries should have been shut down.  How did the doctor miss the obvious?

The news that the octuplets’ mother already had six children sparked an intense ethical debate. Some medical experts were disturbed to hear that she was offered fertility treatment, and troubled by the possibility that she was implanted with so many embryos. 

Dr. Mark Surrey, a fertility expert, told Early Shownational correspondent Hattie Kauffman that it is irresponsible and medically risky to implant eight embryos. “(Any doctor who would do that) should be criticized, censured, and professionally reviewed,” Surrey said.

Her fertility doctor has not been identified. (SHOCK!)

“I don’t know of anyone who would applaud this as a good outcome,” said Surrey, adding that it was fortunate that all eight babies survived.

The family of the mother moved to Whittier, about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, after they declared bankruptcy and abandoned a home elsewhere, Kauffman has reported.

Birth certificates reviewed by The Associated Press identify a David Solomon as the father for the four oldest children. Certificates for the other children were not immediately available.   One of  the older children is autistic.  The newborns are to be in the hospital for a month before being released.

Should I just assume that the mother has a prize-winning job with awesome health insurance……and the taxpayers are not picking up the tap for this breeder and her litter?

Saturday Song: Jim And Jessie McReynolds “Violet and a Rose”

I heard this song on Sirius Radio (bluegrass channel) while driving, and can’t get the tune out of my head.  (Not that I want to, but the tune  does linger.) Jim and Jesse are noted for incredible harmony, and the finest in bluegrass as this performance demonstrates.

This one does need the volume higher as….well……it just does!

Thirty-One Amazing Pictures Of Endeavour

Truly amazing pictures.  If you love NASA and space, you will need to see these pictures.

NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour recently returned to the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, after its successful mission to the International Space Station. The shuttle, being a reusable spacecraft, has a cycle of preparation, execution and recovery – Endeavour has been through this cycle 22 times now, since 1992. Here is a look at one full cycle for one space shuttle, starting with the landing of Endeavour from its previous mission (STS-123) on March 26th, and ending with its return to Florida 9 months (and 6.6 million miles) later, after mission STS-126.



Where Else Would You Expect To Find A Squirrel?


Breeder Mom In California Pops Out Eight Babies

I think the use of fertility drugs can be a fine thing for a person/couple who has difficulty becoming pregnant.  However,  I read today that the mother who used fertility drugs that resulted in eight babies being born this week already has six children………..well……this is nuts.

The new mother is “fairly young” and lives with her parents and her six children.  Sounds like the public gets to pay for these kids.

“Who am I to say that six is the limit?” said Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg, medical director of Fertility Institutes, which has clinics in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York City. “There are people who like to have big families.”  Yeah, but why does the public need to end up paying for the children?

First I think we need to be conscious of over-populating  the planet.  There is a limit to the amount of resources that we can be expected to use, and to have a ‘need’ for a litter of children is just strange.  This is no longer an agrarian econony where kids are used like mules.

Second, unless this family is in the top 1% of the wage earners in the nation there is NO way they will be able to raise the kids in an appropriate way.  Can you imagine sending 14 kids to college!! 

Clearly this was not a woman who should have been allowed to use fertility drugs.  A doctor with any common sense or long range thinking, would have discouraged, and not enabled this woman from using these drugs.

Call me snarky on this one, but I think this is just not a healthy way to bring new lives into the world when clearly there will be issues over how they will be raised.  In addition, one needs to consider what the mindset of a woman is when she views herself as a breeding machine. 

Wasn’t six children enough??  And let us be reminded that she is being called ‘fairly young’. 

Yes, this is nuts!

The Map GOP Doesn’t Want You To See

The Republican Party is playing a game that very well may backfire.  By snubbing President Obama, and the economic stimulus plan, the GOP is showing that being obstructionist is the only game left for them to play.  The voters elected men and women last November in order to chart a new direction for the country.  To pretend it did not happen by distorting and manipualting  the stimulus bill for Republican political purposes is filled with pitfalls.  Let Rush Limbaugh lead the Republican Party, but the nation will be led by Democrats.


Given last night’s House Republican vote, as well as tomorrow’s RNC chair contest and even the recent GOP fealty to Rush Limbaugh, it’s worth pointing out that the Republican Party is about as unpopular now as the president who just left office. In addition to December’s NBC/WSJ poll, which showed that only 27% of the country viewed the GOP favorably (versus 49% who said that about the Dem Party), a new Gallup analysis of the 350,000 interviews it conducted in 2008 finds the Democratic Party leading in every state in the nation except in Alabama, Kansas, Nebraska, Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah. (That’s right, even in some states McCain carried like Texas and Georgia, voters identify more with the Dem Party than the GOP.) Gallup summed up it up this way: “The political landscape of the United States has clearly shifted in the Democratic direction… As recently as 2002, a majority of states were Republican in orientation. By 2005, movement in the Democratic direction was becoming apparent, and this continued in 2006. That dramatic turnaround is clearly an outgrowth of Americans’ dissatisfaction with the way the Republicans (in particular, President George W. Bush) governed the country.”

Rod Blagojevich Once Had Such Promise

Allen Drury, the former newspaper man turned author of the famed “Advise and Consent” series, came to my mind this morning as I watched Governor Rod Blagojevich in front of the Illinois Senate.  Drury had constructed a whole list of multi-dimensional characters for his books, and some where based on real life politicians.  For whatever reason my mind thought about how Drury might see Blagojevich as the perfect outline for a long-running character that would be weaved throughout a series of books.  After all, there is no way to tell the  Blagojevich story in only one volume.

When Rod Blagojevich was first running for governor in Illinois I was struck by his ability to speak on the stump to voters.  He had an ample supply of stories and witty replies that made him look comfortable in front of a crowd, and the voters felt he was ‘one of them’, and voted him into office.  There was talk about how he looked like a national candidate, and retained the confidence and  style that made him a natural for higher office.  I recall at the time I told my office mates at a non-profit in Madison that this was a politician to watch, as he had real potential.  There also were the facts of his being on the right side of the issues, be it health care or the environment.   There was so much hope for this new governor, and the future that he might have in Democratic politics.

Whatever character flaws Rod Blagojevich had hid from the public during that first campaign for governor came bursting out for all to see once he took office.  The smoothness of the campaign soon turned into slickness, and the concern that he exhibited for voters soon was discovered to be a sideshow for the real reason he wanted office.  Self-aggrandizement and personal gain.

Rod Blagojevich is not the first politician to be so crass and brazen, and he will not be the last.  But it is sad to know that there was real opportunity for this man to have made a legacy….a good one mind you….in Illinois and then perhaps stepped out onto the national stage…..in a positive way.  Needless to say it did not turn out the way many had hoped, or thought possible.

Allen Drury would have seen him as a perfect character for a book.  Sadly, we have watched this story unfold and know all too well this time it is not fiction.

Rod Blagojevich To Speak At Impeachment Trial!


Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked to make a statement at the impeachment trial he has so far avoided, but still refuses to answer questions from the lawmakers who will decide whether to remove him from office, the Illinois Senate president announced Wednesday.  It is to happen about 11:00 A.M. on Thursday.

A buzz swept through the Senate chambers during the surprise announcement, which interrupted the third day of the unprecedented trial. The prosecution later rested its case against Blagojevich, who is accused of trying to sell President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, among other corruption charges.

“It’s my understanding that the governor wishes to file an appearance to give a closing argument, not to testify or to submit himself to cross-examination,” Senate President John Cullerton said. “Just to give a closing argument.”

Closing arguments are expected Thursday, and the Senate could decide Blagojevich’s fate later that day.