Yes, the young woman probably should have been given better counseling before doctors surgically inseminated her. Yes, the woman probably has no idea what lies ahead of her with 14 kids. Yes, she has no visible means to support all those kids. Yes, this will be a burden beyond her comprehension. Yes, octuplets means she faces tons of health care issues with all those kids. Yes, we do not see a father in the picture. Yes, tax money will have to be spent.
Don't kid yourself, it is not just Neanderthal Rush Limbaugh and other obvious anti-intellectuals who explicitly express hope President Obama fails; every Republican dinosaur secretly hopes the same. The last election scared Republicans because it gave a large majority of votes to Democrats. Personally, I don't give two cents for either party. But to "hope he fails" is literally unpatriotic, to use the phrase Republicans like to throw around. The neocon criticisms and use of "unpatriotic" has our new president wearing an American flag in his lapel, much like the swastika was required to be displayed there during Hitler's regime. It is scary. Right-wingers act out more like fascists all the time.
It is fascinating to me to watch Congressman Barney Frank, a gay man, and Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, openly gay also, introduce and support legislation that has a moral and social conscience. And to then watch the self-proclaimed legislative Christians vote against it. It has always been so. There is little or no correlation between morals and religion. Watching Jews and Moslems fight over land that they proclaim God or Allah gave to them is a current case in point. Who is there to represent the people who occupied the Israel-Palestinian area BEFORE the Moslems and Jews came? In the U.S. we pound our chest about our democratic ways, even as our nation's history and current developments are horrible in the treatment of the people who occupied this land before the coming of Europeans.
As the great Roman Empire wound down and collapsed, it could look back on its great cultural contributions to the world and its powerful military. Finally, all it really had was a military. Fast forward to current America...
Today's local TV stations use weather broadcasting as hype for the station and its advertisers. Yet the weather is programmed as a part of news. As such, it needs to follow some objective, honest, journalistic principles. The problem is that local news itself is used to hype broadcast revenue. Objective news reporting, including weather, no longer exists. Edward R. Murrow must be turning over in his grave because of the way news reporting has "evolved."