The 11 Most Irritating People You’ll See Around The Thanksgiving Table This Year

It’s that wonderful time of year again when we get to stuff our faces and sit down to a nice Thanksgiving dinner with a bunch of extremely annoying people.

For most of us, there’s usually at least one person at the table who can’t reel in their obnoxious behavior or keep their opinions to themselves — which is exactly why the liquor store is always packed the night before.

While we can’t force our loved ones to act appropriately on Turkey Day (or any other day), at least we can share a few laughs about their utter ridiculousness together. Here are 11 people you’re bound to rub elbows with on Thursday.

1. The host who flies around doing everything except joining the table and eating.

Read More: 20 Hilarious (And Totally Ridiculous) Reasons Why Kids Cry

2. The Instagrammer who cares more about getting the perfect shot and less about eating.

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One Intoxicated Nurse Changed Two Families’ Lives Forever With A Monumental Mistake

Normally, switched-at-birth narratives are reserved for network dramas and blockbuster movies, but Sophie Serrano’s story is a real-life nightmare.

When she was 18 years old, the French woman gave birth to a beautiful baby girl with her boyfriend, Davy. The two were thrilled when their little one, Manon, came into the world. But shortly after her birth, nurses placed Manon in an incubator to deal with a case of jaundice. The new mother felt a twinge of anxiety, but she was assured that everything would be okay.

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And that certainly would’ve been the case had the nurse who returned Manon to her mother not been intoxicated at the time. As soon as Sophie held her baby, she knew that something was wrong. Convinced that she was just being paranoid, however, she and Davy went home to start a new life with their tiny addition. Little did they know that the baby with whom they left the hospital was not actually theirs.

By all accounts, the three of them lived in a happy home. But as Manon grew up, Davy started to question if he was really her father because of her appearance.

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He walked out, but Manon and her mother formed an incredibly close bond over the years. The only problem was that after he left, Davy demanded that Manon undergo DNA testing so that he could get out of paying child support.

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The tests didn’t just confirm that Davy was not Manon’s father. Shockingly, the girl’s DNA revealed that Sophie was not her mother either.

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In her drunken stupor, the nurse who’d returned Manon to her mother accidentally picked up the wrong baby. Both of them were heartbroken, but their mother-daughter bond was unshakable.

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Sophie was conflicted. Somewhere in the world was her biological daughter, but the relationship she’d already formed with the little girl she raised on her own was something she could never break. She panicked at the thought of Manon’s birth parents wanting her back.

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The two families eventually ended up meeting, but the girls remained with the parents who raised them. All parties involved were given hefty settlements from the hospital that had caused them so much confusion and pain.

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The situation was obviously traumatic for everyone, but at the end of the day, these two had each other. Sophie even went on to have more children with her new partner, Stephane.

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But Sophie loves Manon just as much as her biological children. As the mother explained to a French news network, “My feelings for Manon are eternal and as powerful as those I have for my other children. There is no difference.”

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The two families affected by this glaring oversight are no longer in contact with one another, primarily because they’ve already built worlds around the children who left the hospital with them that day. Fortunately, those worlds are still spinning.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/girls-switched-at-birth/

A Roundup of Some of the Most Awesome Parents Out There Right Now.

Parenting is a tough job–there’s no question about that. No one will judge you if you’re tired and cranky after chasing kids around all day, but parents will also tell you that it’s all completely rewarding. And it’s even more rewarding if you can have some fun along the way. 

That’s what these parents did. Not only did they create some awesome memories for their families, but they had fun doing it. Here’s a roundup of some of the coolest parents out there. 

1.) The Pancake Master

1.) The Pancake Master Nathan Shields Dad and teacher Nathan Shields creates elaborate, edible illustrations for his children using pancake batter and a squeeze bottle.

2.) The Video Bomber

2.) The Video Bomber Imgur Mom decided she needed to make a cameo.

3.) The AT-AT Walker Designers

3.) The AT-AT Walker Designers Imgur Not content with the average snowman, this family decided to work a lesson about classic film into a snow day.

4.) The Entertainment

4.) The Entertainment YouTube/104.7 WNOK Sporting events require a long attention span, so this dad knows that dance breaks are a necessity. Watch the whole video for more awesome dad dancing.

5.) The Proud Parents

5.) The Proud Parents Getty Images These parents are awesome because they’re proud of their children, whoever they are.

6.) The Mad Scientist

6.) The Mad Scientist Imgur They said it couldn’t be done, but this dad found a way to entertain his twins (and make a Calvin & Hobbes reference)

7.) The Interior Designers

7.) The Interior Designers Funpedia I hope it’s lightweight. Just in case.

8.) The Positive Enforcers

8.) The Positive Enforcers 9gag Not only does this allow Cassidy here a way out of being grounded, but it gets some chores done.

9.) The Cardboard Architects

9.) The Cardboard Architects DesignDazzle These parents used cardboard, some tape and a lot of patience to create this maze for their little Minotaur(s).

10.) The Costume Designers

10.) The Costume Designers These parents understand that even Iron Man needs to feel pretty sometimes.

11.) The Other Costume Designer

11.) The Other Costume Designer Cassie McLelland Cassie McLelland wanted to make sure her son, Caleb, was able to celebrate Halloween, and so began the tradition of designing and building awesome costumes that incorporate his wheelchair.

12.) The Intimidator

12.) The Intimidator EpicFail Mom always valued clear and open communication.

13.) The Plating Expert

13.) The Plating Expert Samantha Lee Mom Samantha Lee began creating food scenery to encourage her daughter to eat, and her work has since gained her significant recognition.

14.) The Comedienne

14.) The Comedienne twinpossible.com This mom knows how to shut people down with a smile.

15.) The Directors

15.) The Directors Cardboard Box Office Lilly and Leon Mackie stage scenes from famous movies and TV shows using cardboard boxes and other everyday items, including their baby, Orson. This one is called “Breaking Dad.”

16.) The Graphic Artist

16.) The Graphic Artist David Laferriere David Laferriere is a designer and illustrator who took to creating these scenes on his kids’ lunch bags. You can see the whole collection on his Flickr account.

We know there are a lot more awesome parents out there. This is just a small sampling! Keep up the awesome work, parents.

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What Would You Do With A Million Dollars? Hopefully What This Guy Did.

Who couldn’t use a little extra cash? Whether you’re paying pesky bills, planning a dream vacation, or constructing that bed of money you only see in movies and TV, it’s safe to say we often think about what it would be like to have a few extra zeros in our bank statements.

A sense of financial security is something people pine for in a shaky economy and job market. There are many ways people try to gain security, from playing the lottery to playing the stock market. In the case of Eric Hale of Oregon, he played the lottery and won. But his story doesn’t conclude in the financial ruin and bankruptcy that seems to plague big lottery winners.

Eric Hale won a million dollars by playing the lottery.

When they were both young, Eric promised his brother, Quinn, that they would split his winnings if he ever won the lottery.

And what did they choose to spend their stacks of cash on? Eighty-foot yachts? Decadent parties? Dionysian pleasures? Nope.

Eric decided to spend a portion of his share on a twenty-day vacation in China.

Perhaps hoping to do a little traveling himself, Quinn put part of his half of the lotto winnings towards a motor home.

Both Eric and Quinn decided to use their portions to pay for their respective graduate degrees. Goodbye, student loan debt.

(Via: twentytwowords.com)

Even if we’re not all big lottery winners, we can still take something from where Eric and Quinn decided to put their money. Travel and education are two of the most enriching and rewarding ways to spend our money. Both have immense benefits to us and those around us. The Hale brothers are a fine example to follow for how to spend wisely. 

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89 Incredibly Wonderful Movies You Need To Watch With Your Kids

Get some snacks and settle in for family movie night.

1. Apollo 13 (1995)

Imagine Entertainment

Lift off.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

2. Now and Then (1995)

New Line Cinema

An A+ mother/daughter girl’s night option.

Rated: PG-13

Buy it here.

3. A Little Princess (1995)

Baltimore Pictures

Long before he directed Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón made this film based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic book.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

4. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Walt Disney Pictures / Walden Media

Into the wardrobe you go.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

5. Matilda (1996)

Jersey Films

Read Roald Dahl’s Matilda to your kids and then compare it with this adaptation.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

6. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

20th Century Fox

Another (suitably fantastic) Roald Dahl adaptation to watch.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

7. The Witches (1990)

Warner Brothers

And one more movie based on a Roald Dahl book. This one is rather scary… but so is the book.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

8. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

Focus Features

To introduce your daughter (or son) to the wonderful world of costume dramas.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

New Line Cinema

Join the fellowship.

Rated: PG-13

See where you can stream it here.

10. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

Walden Media / Walt Disney Pictures

The Hunger Games wasn’t the first book adaptation that Josh Hutcherson starred in.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

11. The Sword in the Stone (1963)

Walt Disney Productions

After it’s over you can discuss whether you’d rather be turned into a fish, squirrel, or bird.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

12. Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

Jim Henson Productions / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

While The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) may be slightly better, it’s not really made for year-round viewing. Besides, this has Tim Curry!

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

13. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

Walt Disney Productions

Learn the most wonderful thing about Tiggers and how to play Pooh Sticks.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

14. Hugo (2011)

Paramount Pictures

Martin Scorsese’s first movie for children.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

15. Freaky Friday (1976)

Walt Disney Productions

The Lindsay Lohan version is decent, but it just doesn’t beat the original (starring a young Jodie Foster).

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

16. The Harry Potter Movies

Warner Bros. Pictures

Of course you need to watch these. OF COURSE.

Rated: PG and PG-13

See where you can stream them here.

17. Little Women (1994)

Columbia Pictures

Sisterhood.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

18. Coraline (2009)

Focus Features

Not for the easily creeped-out.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

19. The Princess Bride (1987)

20th Century Fox

You haven’t shown this to your kids yet? Inconceivable!

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

20. Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Warner Bros.

Maurice Sendak approved.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

21. Holes (2003)

Buena Vista Pictures

Just look at Shia. So young, so happy…. so uncontroversial.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

22. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Head on down that yellow brick road.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

23. Mary Poppins (1964)

Walt Disney Productions

If your children are older, you could pair this with Saving Mr. Banks (2013).

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

24. School of Rock (2003)

Paramount Pictures

It’ll make you sad to think about all the lame xylophone playing you did during your own time in music class.

Rated: PG-13

See where you can stream it here.

25. The Muppets (2011)

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Muppets + ridiculously catchy tunes = a movie that will make you smile (a lot).

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

26. Labyrinth (1986)

Tri-Star Pictures

It’s important to educate your child. Educate your child about David Bowie.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

27. Enchanted (2007)

Walt Disney Pictures

The role Amy Adams was born to play.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

28. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

It’s on dozens of movie lists for a reason.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

29. Annie (1982)

Rastar

Don’t be surprised if your children start singing “It’s the Hard Knock Life” when you ask them to do their chores.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

30. Funny Face (1957)

Paramount Pictures

Have a teenage (or “tween”) daughter who loves fashion? Watch this. A perfect introduction to Audrey Hepburn.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

31. Tangled (2010)

Walt Disney Pictures

Because you’re so, so sick of Frozen (and this is just as good).

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

32. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)

Touchstone Pictures

La la la, la-la, la-la.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

33. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Paramount Pictures

There’s no way you can watch this movie and not want to visit the factory (even if it means falling into the chocolate river or getting chastised by an Oompa Loompa).

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

34. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Walt Disney Productions

It’s wonderful… but long – play a board game as you watch to keep younger children from getting too antsy.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

35. Ratatouille (2007)

Walt Disney Studios / Pixar

It’s a shame that Ratatouille doesn’t get as much attention as some of the other Pixar movies: it’s as enjoyable to watch as that omelette would be to eat.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

36. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

Walt Disney Pictures

Let your pets sit on the couch with you as you watch Sassy, Shadow, and Chance on their journey through the wilderness.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

37. Fly Away Home (1996)

Columbia Pictures

A girl + her geese.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

38. The Lion King (1994)

Walt Disney Pictures

Timon and Pumbaa think you should eat bugs while you watch the movie… Simba is skeptical.

Rated: G

Buy it here.

39. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

Walt Disney Pictures

The original The Rescuers is delightful, but there’s more adventure (and humor) in The Rescuers Down Under.

For more mouse fun, check out The Great Mouse Detective.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

40. Chicken Run (2000)

DreamWorks Pictures

The family version of a prison escape movie.

Rated: G

See where you can see it here.

41. The Ugly Dachshund (1966)

Walt Disney Productions

For dog lovers (it’s about a Great Dane who thinks he’s a dachshund).

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

42. Robin Hood (1973)

Walt Disney Productions

The best adaptation of the legend of Robin Hood just so happens to feature him as a fox.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

43. Babe (1995)

Universal Pictures

After you watch Babe, check out his friend (they would totally be friends) Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

44. Finding Nemo (2003)

Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studios

Start counting down the days until the sequel comes out.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

45. Turner & Hooch (1989)

Buena Vista Pictures

The best buddy cop movie of all time.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

46. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)

Warner Brothers Pictures

A sweet movie that takes place during the Great Depression (and can easily be enjoyed by anyone – not just fans of the American Girl dolls).

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

47. A League of Their Own (1992)

Columbia Pictures

To watch during baseball season.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

48. October Sky (1999)

Universal Pictures

An “inspirational” movie that isn’t absurdly sappy (and stars a very young Jake Gyllenhaal).

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

49. Remember the Titans (2000)

Buena Vista Pictures

For sports fans.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

50. The Toy Story movies (1995, 1999, 2010)

Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studio

It’s impossible to choose a favorite.

Rated: G

See where you can stream them here.

51. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Studio Ghibli

Who wouldn’t want a friend like Totoro?

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

52. Aladdin (1992)

Walt Disney Pictures

Join him on a magic carpet ride.

Rated: G

Buy it here.

53. WALL-E (2008)

Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studios

The most lovable robot in the history of cinema.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

54. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

Studio Ghibli

Too bad you can’t have Kiki deliver your movie night pizza.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

55. ParaNorman (2012)

Laika

A horror movie for kids (and a very good one).

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

56. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

DreamWorks Animation

You’ll enjoy your trip to Berk no matter how old you are.

Rated: PG

See where you can s

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Obama Versus McCain on Abortion

This is a continuing series on the Primary Issues of the Presidential Election 2008. | Read Round One: McCain Versus Obama on the issue of Health care. | Round Two: Their take on the Iraq War. | Round Three: Obama Versus McCain on Free Trade. | Part One of Round Four on Natural Resources and Fossil Fuels, here. | In Part Two, we think the Democrats, Republicans And We All Are Misguided. | Part Three: McCain’s Position. Hypocrites Need Not Apply!! | Part Four: Obama Will Save The World, But the US will Go Broke in the Process | Round five: Is the US the Melting Pot or the Stagnation Pot? The candidate’s position on Immigration | Round Six: On the Issue of Abortion | Round Seven: McCain Versus Obama on Social Security: Obama Needs a Fundraiser, McCain Missing in Action | Part one of Round Eight: McCain Versus Obama on National Security, Obama’s Position | Part two of Round Eight: McCain Versus Obama on National Security, McCain’s Position

This topic touches on every election even though many of us do not want to overweight it in the light of a Presidential election.  The reason it plays so strongly in a Presidential election, however, is the President appoints Supreme Court Justices, and they decide upon the federal laws pertaining to abortion.  In addition, and more importantly, it plays to the morals of the candidate, and provides the sides a way to condemn the other for their beliefs.

The Republicans have carved out the pro-life niche.  Their belief is abortion at any time in the pregnancy and for any reason other than endangerment of the mother’s health, is wrong and an abomination.  It is seen as murder of a viable living being.  This belief, while it may sound extreme, is also the Christian belief.

The Democrats have played the “women’s right to their body” niche.  They believe it is the woman’s right to decide, and that no one but the woman has that right.  There are varying extremes, but they do not see abortion as a murder, but a right.  This belief, while it may sound extreme as well, is the US Supreme Court’s belief (see Roe Versus Wade).

The fact is for most people, this is a very muddied issue.  One has to believe that no woman wants to take the life of her unborn child, but that life’s pressures and circumstances are different for each.  There are choices, such as having a child and putting that child up for adoption.  With waiting lists years long for people wanting to adopt, it is hard for many to understand why any woman would abort an unborn fetus.

What people have to put into perspective is that a pregnancy does not take nine minutes or nine days, it takes nine months.  It is not something most women can conceal and it has major ramifications with respect to one’s family and future.  A single event can have life long implications.

There is a notion that this does not and should not involve the father, that he has no rights to his own unborn child even if he is willing to raise the child.  This appears to be believed by both sides given the way fathers are dealt with in the courts with respect to custody and their rights involving their children. Fathers appear to never have real rights to their children in the United States.  We would like a Presidential Candidate to stand up and defend Fathers’ rights, but have yet to see it happen as they tend to pander to women’s rights.

Many abortions involve women that cannot afford the child, that live in poverty, may be drug addicts and are for one reason or another, desperate to rid themselves of the fetus before it can impact their lives.  In fact, one argument for abortion is that a woman in such a desperate situation will risk her life to abort her fetus herself if she cannot find a safe method, so it is inhumane to not allow a woman that outlet.  Our horrific pictures of coat hangers come to mind.

The fact is the water is very muddy with respect to this issue.  Everyone seems to have their own level of acceptance for either side.  While some argue for Roe versus Wade, they believe there is a point, perhaps the third trimester of the pregnancy, at which the woman should no longer be allowed to abort.  While some are pro-life, they believe there are certain extremes, such as rape and incest, when abortion is justified.  The fact is though, if you are pro-life, it is the fetus that has the rights, and the fetus does not have any concept of how it was conceived.  Therefore, it is very difficult to approve any form of abortion.  It would be like a vegetarian that eats only McDonald’s burgers other than their vegetarian diet.  It is a cow, but oh that special sauce.  You are a vegetarian or you are not.  There is no in between.  And such is the abortion issue for many.

How has this played out in politics?

It is always the same mantra.  In politics, it is difficult to take a position only part way because you can get cut to shreds seeming to waffle.  Your personal beliefs can become your enemy if they do not seem firm.  Imagine the debate.  “Senator McCain, you claim to be a vegetarian, but how do you explain this video of you consuming a Big Mac last Thursday?”

So, typically, those politicians on the side of abortion cite Roe versus Wade and believe it is totally the woman’s right to choose in all cases.  Similarly, those politicians that side with the pro-life argument favor the total “life begins at conception” position, arguing that at the moment of fertilization, a human life with his or her own rights to life exists.

Politicians tend to play this with the same repeated arguments against the other side.  Those in favor of a Roe versus Wade will point at the other side and say they EVEN do not favor abortion in cases of rape and incest, and by bringing up the much more rare and often horrific instances that could lead to pregnancy, diminish the importance and wonderment of the rest.  Those that are on the pro-life side will accuse the other side of murder, and some believe it in their hearts to such a degree that they believe, in an almost vigilante way, that they must protect the rights of that fetus.

So, the game is on, and one side is inferred to be murderers or at least support murder, and the other is implied to endorse incest and rape.  These are great images to paint on your political nemesis.

While this may not sound all that political to many of us, it has huge political ramifications in elections.  Catholics, and most Christians, are very heavily taught that abortion is murder and that one should not vote into power anyone that would support it.  Inherently, that supports the right.  Many people cannot understand why people vote the way we do, but we believe this issue decides many a vote on religious grounds.  Because we are predominantly a Christian population, it has huge ramifications with respect to election results.

Interestingly, finding McCain’s position in a search was easy.  It was more difficult to find a non-interpretive statement of Obama’s.  Obama seems to want to hide his position or at the very least not put it in writing.

McCain’s Position

We take McCain’s position from his website.

Overturning Roe v. Wade

John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench.

Constitutional balance would be restored by the reversal of Roe v. Wade, returning the abortion question to the individual states. The difficult issue of abortion should not be decided by judicial fiat.

However, the reversal of Roe v. Wade represents only one step in the long path toward ending abortion. Once the question is returned to the states, the fight for life will be one of courage and compassion – the courage of a pregnant mother to bring her child into the world and the compassion of civil society to meet her needs and those of her newborn baby. The pro-life movement has done tremendous work in building and reinforcing the infrastructure of civil society by strengthening faith-based, community, and neighborhood organizations that provide critical services to pregnant mothers in need. This work must continue and government must find new ways to empower and strengthen these armies of compassion. These important groups can help build the consensus necessary to end abortion at the state level. As John McCain has publicly noted, “At its core, abortion is a human tragedy. To effect meaningful change, we must engage the debate at a human level.”

It is not surprising that this is the position of the Republican running for President.  It would have to be, because it has been for some time.  We believe John’s position here to be pretty much rote.

Promoting Adoption

In 1993, John McCain and his wife, Cindy, adopted a little girl from Mother Teresa’s orphanage in Bangladesh. She has been a blessing to the McCain family and helped make adoption advocacy a personal issue for the Senator.

The McCain family experience is not unique; millions of families have had their lives transformed by the adoption of a child. As president, motivated by his personal experience, John McCain will seek ways to promote adoption as a first option for women struggling with a crisis pregnancy. In the past, he cosponsored legislation to prohibit discrimination against families with adopted children, to provide adoption education, and to permit tax deductions for qualified adoption expenses, as well as to remove barriers to interracial and inter-ethnic adoptions.

We do favor adoption vastly over abortion, but we would not vote for someone because of that belief.  We are surprised at parts of John’s statements though.  We were unaware of any discrimination against families that adopt or barriers to interracial or inter-ethnic adoptions.  We would like John to elaborate a bit on that, because we know people that have adopted their children and are very well adjusted and the children have benefited from wonderful loving parents.  What discriminations are there John?

Protecting Marriage…

We will not print this part of John’s position.  He devotes a significant argument for promoting marriage to prevent abortion.  We believe that the two are completely independent of each other.  It is a political diversion.

To make it a more political issue, how about removing the marriage tax John?  Whoops, not that committed are we?

Addressing the Moral Concerns of Advanced Technology

Stem cell research offers tremendous hope for those suffering from a variety of deadly diseases – hope for both cures and life-extending treatments. However, the compassion to relieve suffering and to cure deadly disease cannot erode moral and ethical principles.

For this reason, John McCain opposes the intentional creation of human embryos for research purposes. To that end, Senator McCain voted to ban the practice of “fetal farming,” making it a federal crime for researchers to use cells or fetal tissue from an embryo created for research purposes. Furthermore, he voted to ban attempts to use or obtain human cells gestated in animals. Finally, John McCain strongly opposes human cloning and voted to ban the practice, and any related experimentation, under federal law.

As president, John McCain will strongly support funding for promising research programs, including amniotic fluid and adult stem cell research and other types of scientific study that do not involve the use of human embryos.

Where federal funds are used for stem cell research, Senator McCain believes clear lines should be drawn that reflect a refusal to sacrifice moral values and ethical principles for the sake of scientific progress, and that any such research should be subject to strict federal guidelines.

We are unclear on the stem cell argument.  We can understand the belief in conception within the womb, but the creation of stem cells by creating embryos outside the womb is less clear if it would save or assist human life, but there is really no other position the pro-life side can take if they believe every fetus has the right to life, and it really would not impact our vote.

Protecting Children from Internet Pornography

John McCain believes the Internet offers tremendous promise…

However, there is a darker side to the Internet. Along with the access and anonymity of the Internet have come those who would use it to peddle child pornography and other sexually explicit material and to prey upon children.

John McCain has been a leader in pushing legislation through Congress that requires all schools and libraries receiving federal subsidies for Internet connectivity to utilize technology to restrict access to sexually explicit material by children using such computers. While the first line of defense for children will always be strong and involved parents, when they send their child to school or drop their child off at the library, parents have the right to feel safe that someone is going to be looking out for their children.

OK, John, now you are way off in outer space now.  We have somehow managed to mix in an argument against internet pornography with going to the library?  We think you should think of removing this paragraph.  We don’t think too many people are viewing child pornography at their local public library.  This seems so deluded as to question your ability to make Presidential decisions and to draw necessary lines.

For example, would you go to war and kill thousands of innocent people because a single madman rules that nation?  Whoops, we already did that.

Protecting Children from Online Predators…

Do you work for Dateline NBC Senator?  We swore we were supposed to be reading about your position on abortion.

The Greatest Honor is to Serve the Cause of Human Dignity…

OK,  again, you are in outer space.  In this section, John rambles on  about compassion and human sacrifice and his military service to the nation.  What?  How can you bring up your military service when speaking of abortion?  Could it be you are you speaking of soldiers that have raped the young girls of other nations in areas where the US is based?

We think you may want to rethink bringing up your military service every time you speak of any issue.  Every position you take is not justified by Vietnam.

While we would not vote against you for being pro-life, we would consider voting against you for exploiting abortion by associating it with their military service to acquire votes.  We find that an absurd association and, quite honestly, not worthy of a President.

Obama’s Position

Supports a Woman’s Right to Choose:

Barack Obama understands that abortion is a divisive issue, and respects those who disagree with him. However, he has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority as President. He opposes any constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in that case.

Obama buries his positions on abortion under Women’s Rights in an apparent effort to conceal them in the same way McCain appears to accentuate his.  He obviously believes in a women’s right to choose under all circumstances.  In fact he calls himself a “champion”.  “We are the champions, we are the champions, no time for losers, cuz we are the champions, of the world”.  A new theme for you perhaps Senator?  We picture our champion Obama in front of an abortion clinic with a cape and big O on his chest ready to right the wrongs of those that would deny a woman her rights to abort.

Barrack appears to have no statements to make about encouraging adoption or providing support for unwed mothers.  He seems to avoid the alternatives, almost promoting the act.  We find it a hollow, cowardly position.  We are not saying it is wrong for someone to support Roe versus Wade, but we also believe that any viable candidate should strongly suggest the alternatives and that support of those alternatives i  critical to this issue.  To speak of it with such brevity and to only refer to the courts certainly does not sound Christian to us.  You did say you are Christian did you not Senator?  Well, except when speaking in this interview.

Preventing Unintended Pregnancy:

Barack Obama is an original co-sponsor of legislation to expand access to contraception, health information and preventive services to help reduce unintended pregnancies. Introduced in January 2007, the Prevention First Act will increase funding for family planning and comprehensive sex education that teaches both abstinence and safe sex methods. The Act will also end insurance discrimination against contraception, improve awareness about emergency contraception, and provide compassionate assistance to rape victims.

Here we agree fully.  We do believe in the availability of contraception and health information and preventive services.  It is delusional to believe support of the family could possibly prevent unwanted pregnancies and we are certain Sarah Palin’s daughter did not intentionally get pregnant.  We would like to say that we do see courage, though, in supporting one’s daughter through that pregnancy and we also support Sarah’s daughter’s right to choose,  Roe vs Wade is not about a woman’s right to only abort her fetus.  The Senator seems to have missed that fact in his attacks on Palin and her family.  Senator, we just wanted to inform you, the other choice is to have the child and that takes vastly more courage than to abort it.

Therefore, because you avoided the topic, this leaves us wondering.  Do you favor abortion over adoption?  Do you believe Roe versus Wade applies at all points in the pregnancy?  Do you find your Christian faith at odds with your political stand?  What does your church preach?  We do know the leader of your church was quoted as saying “God Damn America”.

Conclusion

We are offended by some of the associations made by John McCain with respect to abortion.  We believe he went off topic, attempting to associate unrelated issues to abortion and to somehow associate his military service to protecting an unborn fetus.

But we believe Obama copped out almost completely avoiding the hard questions on abortion, leaving his position open to public interpretation.  By not stating his opinions openly and clearly, he leaves that interpretation to others.  We are disappointed in this shallow statement, but it does keep Obama somewhat slippery on the subject, allowing him to distort his view enough in the public eye so as to garner votes from either side.

We are dissatisfied with both sides stated positions, but we believe it is not up to the President to decide anyway, other than by the appointment of Supreme Court Justices, so we do not consider it central to our selection.  We do believe that our opinion of each candidate is driven by the way in which each expresses his opinion.  We believe McCain overstepped by a wide margin.  We believe Obama understated and dodged the issue.

Round Six, Draw

Round Seven: McCain Versus Obama on Social Security: Obama Needs a Fundraiser, McCain Missing in Action