For Arkansas couple Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, August 2nd, 2007 was a red-letter day. They brought their 17th child (and seventh daughter) into the world. Jennifer Danielle Duggar (pictured at left with happy mom) was born at 10:01 a.m. at Saint Mary's Hospital in Rogers, AR. She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces. And get this - they want to have MORE. Full story from Newsday.
During an age where reproduction is being discouraged by so many people and for so many reasons, the Duggars stand out as the epitomy of the Biblical command to "be fruitful and multiply". And unlike polygamous families such as Tom Green and Warren Jeffs, they pay their own way. According to a posting on the first page of a related Topix forum, the Duggars are debt-free and paid for their home before they even had their first child.
Jennifer joins the fast-growing Duggar brood, who live in Tontitown in a 7,000-square-foot home. All the children -- whose names start with the letter J -- are home-schooled.
The oldest is 19 and the youngest, before Jennifer, is almost 2 years old.
"We are just so grateful to God for another gift from him," said Jim Bob Duggar, 42, a former state representative. "We are just so thankful to him that everything went just very well". [Ed. Note: I guess making babies is more fun than making laws. In Alaska, making babies is definitely more honorable than making laws nowadays.]
Jennifer joins siblings Joshua, 19; John David, 17; Janna, 17; Jill, 16; Jessa, 14; Jinger, 13; Joseph, 12; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 9; Jedidiah, 8; Jeremiah, 8; Jason 7; James 6; Justin, 4; Jackson, 3; Johannah, almost 2. Note that there are two sets of twins.
Michelle Duggar said she started feeling contractions Wednesday night and went to the hospital at about 5 a.m. Thursday. The baby was born via a VBAC (vaginal birth after Caesarean), which isn't without risk.
The Duggars have been featured on several programs on cable's Discovery Health Network. The next special, the Duggar Family Album, is scheduled to air in September of this year.
Among the "fun facts" listed on Discovery Health's Web page devoted to the Duggars: A baby has been born in every month except June; the Duggars have gone through an estimated 90,000 diapers, and Michelle, 40, has been pregnant for 126 months -- or 10.5 years -- of her life.
The Duggar family has their own website, http://www.duggarfamily.com/. Note: This site may be temporarily off-line.
However, not every one shared in the Duggars joy. In particular, a Connecticut resident named Alan Bisbort seemed put out by the fact that this happily married, productive couple has brought 17 children into the world. Unfortunately, Bisbort is also a columnist for the Hartford Advocate, and under color of his employment, chose to share his sentiments with the rest of the world on his newspaper's blog. Bisbort wrote one of the most scurrilous, contemptuous, and disrespectful columns I've ever seen about a family who he's never met. He even referred to Michelle Duggar as a "Queen Bitch". But don't just take my word for it - here it is. Note: The referred post has since been taken down and replaced by a different post, however, this was his original post exactly as it appeared (it was also cross-posted on the Vanguard News Network Forum and on the PC Apostate blog):
Michelle Duggar of Rogers, Arkansas is a bitch in heat. Literally. She just gave birth to her 17th puppy, er, child. The tone of the Associated Press story that accompanied this horrifying news was one of celebration. I mean, my gosh, 17 children! In a world bursting at the seams with more than 6 billion of us! This is nothing to celebrate. This is something to curse. For one, the taxpayers of Rogers, Arkansas must be up in arms. They have to foot the bills for all these kids’ educations, the public services to water them and wash their shit, piss and puke away, the roads to carry their trucks and SUVs, the public welfare to support them when they falter. And just imagine how much the neighbors on either side of them just love the Duggars! [Ed. Note: Hey, Brisbort, my property taxes help foot the bill for public schools I don't use, but you don't hear me bitching, you selfish prick!]
Egads. I don’t understand the tolerance that we have for this as a society. For God’s sake, will someone tell Mr. Duggar (who is, of course, named Jim Bob) to get fixed and/or Mrs. Duggar to get spayed? [Ed. Note: A cheap shot against Southern whites]
Are you ready for more nausea? Get this: The entire brood of Duggar pups live in a 7,000 square foot home, and every single one of the puppies’ names starts with “J”. Among the "fun facts" listed on Discovery Health's Web page devoted to the Duggars: the Duggars have gone through an estimated 90,000 diapers, and Mrs. Duggar—aka Queen Bitch—has been pregnant for 126 months — or 10.5 years — of her adult life.
Why is this story treated as something other than what it is: grotesque and freakish?
It is amazing how in denial we all are about human overpopulation. Put simply (and we all know it, but won’t say it out loud): There are too many fucking people. There are too many people fucking, and not using contraception.
As my friend Parke says, “Instead of being celebrated, their profligate procreation should be decried and mandatory sterilization imposed immediately upon these crazy people. I propose: a progressive federal tax on children beyond the second one per couple. Or at least eliminating tax deductions for them.The single most important issue of our time is the one no one talks about: overpopulation. You would think it's a four-letter word from the way that politicians of all stripes avoid it.”
Actually, Brisbort argues a useful point about overpopulation, but the inflammatory and contemptuous tone used, under color of "journalism", drives people away from even considering his arguments and damages the professional integity of the newspaper for which he writes. I don't believe Hartford's real newspaper, the Courant, would tolerate this style of journalism. If I was Alex Jones, I'd be wondering if this guy didn't deliberately use this style to whore his blog and newspaper and get strong enough reaction to bump it up higher in the Internet search engines.
To his credit, Brisbort not only allows comments, but hasn't censored them so far. Fourty-nine people have commented, including myself twice, and all have vigorously disagreed with and bitterly denounced his column. Even the webmaster of the prestigious Council of Conservative Citizens posted a comment, after posting a story on the C of CC website.
And while Brisbort (who is white), in one of his own responses to a reader's comment, denies any racist intent, he flirts with anti-white bigotry by stereotyping the father's name and the family's home state. He also refers to the family's kids as "pups". Would he have the guts to call black babies "niglets"? Hell, no! Would he call Mexican babies "spiclets"? Of course not. Yet he refers to white babies as "pups". Another typical self-hating white.
If he's so concerned about overpopulation, why doesn't he target irresponsible reproduction? I'm talking about single welfare mothers who squirt out 5 different larvae by 5 different fathers. Or illegal immigrant women who sneak over our border 8 1/2 months pregnant, deliberately "calve" on American soil, then use the anchor baby's instant citizenship as an instant lifeline to rope the rest of the extended clan across the border. Now that type of advocacy would actually serve the public interest, rather than dumping upon a self-reliant happily married couple fully prepared for the responsibilities of multiple parenthood.
Brisbort doesn't need to apologize for his philosophy on overpopulation, or for raising understandable questions about a couple's ability to support 17 kids. Those are legitimate questions. But his does need to apologize for insulting the mother and the family. If you share this point of view, post a reasonably responsible comment in response to his blog post asking him to do so.
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