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August 22, 2005


Heh, 'til I got to parenthetical at the end, I thought you were suffering from heatstroke, Hilzoy.

Most excellent, except for the title. A true conservative would write "How Many Blstocysts Have Improper Sexual Relations in a Lightbulb?"

I'd suggest putting the parenthetical at the top of the post.

It seems like American conservatives respect the rights of blastocysts and fetuses over and beyond the rights of Middle Easterners.

Aw, von, that would spoil the fun, such as it is.

I've always wondered what the pro-life definition of a person was, because I can't figure out how to form a self-consistent definition of a person that 1. includes all concepti from one cell stage to brain death, 2. counts monozygotic twins as two people, not one person or even worse one person and an evil, soulless clone, 3. excludes gestational trophoblastic disease (what you get when the development of the fertilized egg goes very wrong and turns into a cancer instead) and teratomas (cancers occuring in both men and women which contain all three germinal layers and can form adult tissue such as hair or teeth), 4. excludes brain dead peole, and 5. isn't based on simple prejudice. Can anyone come up with one for me? For bonus points, explain where clones conceived from adult or embryonic cells and non-human primates who can pass the rouge test fit into the heirarchy.

A pair of consenting blastocysts have a better chance of screwing in a light bulb than do larger human beings . . . .

A blastocyst army would be totally cool, though. And by totally cool, I mean totally sweet. Not to mention being a great way of meeting recruiting quotas. Imagine 500,000 fighting blastocysts bringing a blastosunami of democracy to the Middle East. Islamofascism wouldn't stand a chance!

"What they don't seem to understand is that if we count blastocysts as persons like anyone else, our per capita GDP will drop sharply. The same goes for average productivity. And as any economist will tell you, lowering average productivity compounds over time, making life progressively poorer for all of us and greatly increasing the chances that we will be economically overpowered by countries that don't count blastocysts and embryos as persons. "

Very classic use of statistics fallacies. :)

George Carlin once did a shorter Dianne: I brake for malignant melanoma!

Also: We don't seem to mind making chicken eggs into omelots. When did we become so much better than chickens? Go ehead, name six ways we're better than chickens. See, you can't do it. You don't see chickens joining violent drug gangs, do ya? You've never seen a chicken strap a guy to a chair and hook up his n--- to a car battery, have ya? When's the last time you've heard of a chicken coming home from work and beating the crap out of his wife? No, you don't and do you know why? Because chickens are decent people.

There are statistical fallacies and there are pathetic fallacies, which I plan to enter into the common currency.

Such as: It's about time those doggone fat blastocysts get their butts out the petri dish and start paying taxes, like the rest of us. The hard-working, tax-paying blastocyst is a moral blastocyst and a good citizen.

Also: ;)

What if they start applying for unemployment benefits? Then we're really in trouble.

I'm with von--to avoid confusion, you should provide a more accurate descriptive sub-title.

May I suggest:
[the smartest woman in the blogosphere channels the dumbest man on earth]

Islamofascism wouldn't stand a chance!

but what about Islamoblastofascism ?

fascists can screw, too.

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