Monday, September 01, 2008

Hey, Democrats! Women Don't "Cause" Down Syndrome, Asshats!

I never thought I'd ever see a self-proclaimed, card-carrying Democrat accuse a woman of purposely causing her child to be born with Down's Syndrome.

Alan Colmes, famously referred to by Al Franken as Alan Colmes --because of his tiny backseat position to FOX's Sean Hannity, thought he'd scrubbed this page on his website (Thank goodness for screen capture!):

This latest smear follows the "Palin wasn't really pregnant at all; it was her daughter's baby" rumors, which started at and went viral on liberal blogs this weekend.

As for Colmes' idiotic question about Palin's alleged prenatal "neglect," let's read what the National Down Syndrome Society notes:

The most common form of Down syndrome is known as Trisomy 21. Individuals with Trisomy 21 have 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46 in each of their cells. The condition results from an error in cell division called nondisjunction. Prior to or at conception, a pair of 21st chromosomes in either the sperm or the egg fails to separate. As the embryo develops, the extra chromosome is replicated in every cell of the body. This error in cell division is responsible for 95 percent of all cases of Down syndrome.

Down syndrome also encompasses two other genetic conditions: mosaicism and translocation. Mosaicism occurs when nondisjunction of chromosome 21 takes place in one of the initial cell divisions after fertilization causing a person to have 46 chromosomes in some of their cells and 47 in others. The least common form of Down syndrome, mosaicism accounts for only 1 to 2 percent of all cases. Translocation, which accounts for 3 to 4 percent of cases of Down syndrome, occurs when part of chromosome 21 breaks off during cell division and attaches to another chromosome, usually chromosome 14. While the total number of chromosomes in the cells remains 46, the presence of an extra part of chromosome 21 causes the characteristics of Down syndrome.

The cause of the extra full or partial chromosome is still unknown. What we do know that it is not caused by environmental factors or anything the mother does before or during her pregnancy. Maternal age is the only factor that has been linked to an increased chance of having a baby with Down syndrome resulting from nondisjunction.

Guess what, Colmes! It could even be the father's "fault":

Maternal age, however, is not linked to the chance of having a baby with translocation. Most cases are sporadic, chance events, but in about one third of translocation cases, one parent is a carrier of a translocated chromosome. For this reason, the chance of translocation in a second pregnancy is higher than that seen in nondisjunction.

One final note: Any woman who calls herself a Democrat and either condones this type of attack --or joins in gleefully-- shouldn't be shocked when she's treated unfairly by bosses, co-workers, and the rest of the men in her life.

After all, it'll be her "fault," won't it?

Number of days since Donna Brazile promised to leave the party if superdelegates decided the Dem nominee:

Donna has known for a long time now that superdelegates would be necessary for any Dem candidate to win the nomination this year. Ask Donna when she intends to keep her promise.
Don't hold your breath awaiting a reply.

Here's Donna now...

"For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are."
-Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Best bar bet in the world: Delilah didn't do it.
Judges 16:19-- and and


Blogger SUGARTHEGIRL said...

Oh Delilah. Can you believe the levels to which this party has stooped? I get more and more disgusted every day. Colmes has never been my cup of tea, even throughout the primary season. He was urging Hillary to drop out well before it was even clear that the "fix" really was in.

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