The Passing Parade: Cheap Shots from a Drive By Mind

"...difficile est saturam non scribere. Nam quis iniquae tam patiens urbis, tam ferreus, ut teneat se..." " is hard not to write Satire. For who is so tolerant of the unjust City, so steeled, that he can restrain himself... Juvenal, The Satires (1.30-32)

Thursday, December 14, 2006

AN OPINION: To be honest, I don’t care much one way or the other whether or not Vice President Cheney’s gay daughter is pregnant or not. Women get pregnant all the time and one more expectant mother, whatever her sexual predilections, isn’t something I’m going to spend a lot of time worrying about. What seems odd to me, though, is this attempt to describe Ms. Cheney’s partner, Heather Poe, in all of this as something other than what she is. It would appear that the old-fashioned heterosexual term for such a person--stepparent--is not good enough for a lesbian couple. No indeed, Ms. Poe is nothing more or less than the real father of the child, an actual parent in every sense of the word. This, of course, is nonsense on stilts. If Ms. Poe thinks that she is something other than a stepparent Ms. Cheney’s progeny will rudely disabuse her of this delusion sometime in 2022, especially if said progeny is female and she's been out all night and put a ding in the new car's fender in the process. Daughters always seem to have rough patches in their relationships with their mothers, and nowhere does that patch get rougher than in adolescence. Having a mother and a stepmother living together only doubles the opportunities for friction. Ms. Poe will try to lay down the law for Ms. Cheney’s teenager, and the adolescent will, as adolescents are wont to do, point out that Ms. Poe is not her mother and she sure as hell isn’t her father so would she kindly keep her stupid ass opinion to herself. Kids sure have a funny way of hitting the hole in an argument dead center, don’t they?


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