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What can we learn from Michael Phelps stroke of stupidity? PLUS, Dear God, A-Rod, and What Was She Thinking?

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
February 13, 2009

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Breathing Lessons

Breathing Lessons
What can we learn from Michael Phelps stroke of stupidity?

You take like a fish to water.
But when comes to grass,
you take a hit like an undisciplined animal.

Like it or not, you're a role model, Mike.
What were you thinking?
In terms of drinking, drugs or casual sex,
how a sports hero behaves effects
what your young fans crave.

Your gold medals may not be tarnished,
but your golden-boy reputation has been.

Are you a has-been?
That has been a water-cooler conversation of late.

Did you feel the need to keep up with the Joneses?
Did Marion's misstep cause you to stumble?
Or was it just freestyle stupidity?
 

Dear God, A-Rod
Talking turkey with Alex Rodriguez

Dear God, A-Rod,
what did it take so long
to swallow pride and say you lied
admitting you'd done wrong?
 
Dear God, A-Rod,
why did you have to cheat?
You had it made each time you played.
We cheered you from our feet.
 
Dear God, A-Rod,
you didn't need to use.
You were a star just as you are
with not a thing to lose.
 
Dear God, A-Rod,
how could you let them down?
Your young fans ache to know you're fake.
They'll never trust you now.
 
 
What Was She Thinking?
Questioning a single mother's sanity

She's a single mom with six small kids
and now she has eight more.
What was she thinking? Well, that's the thing.
She wasn't. Oh, my Lord.

And what about the doctors?
Seems they like playing God.
Why fertilize and plant eight eggs?
Unthinkable. Most odd.

A human life's not Build-a-Bear
at some suburban mall.
Each needs a dad's and mother's love.
They're more than Barbie dolls.

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ELM writes:
February 20, 2009
What was she thinking? Octo-Mom, Nadya Suleman wasn't thinking! My opinion is that those micro-preemies should not be placed in Nadya's care. Thanks to Atty. GloriaAllred and "Angels in Waiting" for stepping up to the plate, going to bat and speaking for those who can not speak for themselves yet. The odds are zero to none that the eight infants don't have developmental disorders. Eye problems being just one usual concern.

In my opinion, Nadya is incapable of caring for her fourteen children. Her state of mind, financial state, housing conditions and more leave much to be desired. Three of Suleman's prior children disabled along with the possibly that some of the eight micro-preemies may be makes it feasible to have all children placed in foster care for six months.

Atty. Gloria Allred filed a complaint with Co. officials to prompt an investigation re- if micro-preemies are safe under Sulemen's care. Gloria partners a NP called "Angels in Waiting" ~ their foster care services were offered to care for Suleman's 14 children for 6 months @ no cost to Suleman or public. Offer ends in a week from last Thursday. No repy from Nadya. In Allred's - opinion: "Sulemen could have ALL her children taken away if not accepting."

Why is Suleman’s birth being called a "Miracle of God"?
If you wish to add God’s will into the equation of an “artificial” birth, then we must logically surmise God makes woman barren also. Suleman’s tubes were plugged. I’m sure most worshipers of God agree that God’s will governs their lives. With Suleman having a limited mental capacity and limited ability to bear that suggests it was not God’s will for Suleman to have children. If God Almighty be the Puppet Master made out to be, God plugged Suleman’s fallopian tubes. If that is too hard top swallow, explain why God Almighty didn’t pull the plug if he wanted Sulemen to bear fruit and mutiply the Earth. Can’t have it both ways. In my humble opinion, it's a free county. Worshipers can contribute what they want to God’s will. As for me, it is not Miracle of God. What is a miracle is due to Kaiser's 46 staff that assisted this travesty against nature and sound reasoning. Mother's life was at stake, infants lives at stake and STILL ARE. For those who think the octuplets were a miraculous act of God, I leave you with this to ponder: If God wanted woman to have a litter all at once like Octo-Mom, why don't woman have 16 teats to feed a litter of 8?

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