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Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the failure of the Neera Tanden nomination for the Office of Management and Budget. They also welcome strong vaccination numbers in Texas, which makes Gov. Abbott’s decision to open the state 100 percent a pretty safe move. They also welcome the notion of allowing people to make their own decisions. And they cringe as the number of newborns in the U.S. after nine months of the pandemic were disturbingly low.

Group Writing: Advice: Babies!

 

Seven months ago (no, not to the day, we missed our chance to gain a dependent on Independence Day), @kidcoder and I produced our first offspring, so here are a few brief analyses of common advice people give.

Sleep when the baby sleeps, do laundry when the baby does laundry, drive when the baby drives, etc.:

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  This ad leading to the topic was spotted on a facebook trading site. The craft? artform? is easy to ask about on your favorite internet self-education source so I won’t link to anything but the term to use is “Reborn Babies.” Odd that it’s well-established but I never ran across it and I’m not […]

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Welcoming Nikita for Thanksgiving — and Other Beautiful Babies

 

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – APRIL: A portrait of Nikita Khrushchev, then the Prime Secretary of the CPUS (the Communist Party of the Soviet Union) in April, 1964 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Sometimes you look at a newborn’s face and just know — ours is a Nikita. As in Khrushchev. Born just in time for Thanksgiving, she’s no picture-perfect Butterball, like her older brother Zeke was, but blotchy, wrinkled and shrunken, with chapped, old-man skin, sharp-heeled simian feet, and a flaming red, bony baboon butt. Her face, at least, is baby-pudgy, but still wizened-looking. Bald-headed, broad-nosed, with that pudgy-yet-wizened face, the resemblance between her and Khrushchev is a little less than fanciful. She is also, of course, very beautiful.

More Than 63 Fetuses Are Found in Funeral Homes

 

My grief and anger at this news report are immeasurable. Here’s a summary of the story:

When their daughter died 27 minutes after her birth in December 2014, a Detroit couple donated the infant’s remains for medical research. Four years later, Rachel Brown and Larry Davis don’t know what happened to Alayah’s tiny body. They’re plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed earlier this year that may help explain how the remains of 63 fetuses were discovered by police Friday in boxes and freezers at Perry Funeral Home at Warren and Trumbull on Detroit’s west side.

Estimates are that up to 200 more bodies may be found at Perry Funeral Home.

Don’t let the title fool you: This is not a soap opera episode of the Young Americans. But it does cover one of the most important things in the world: children. Specifically, why young people are having fewer of them, and later. Host Jack Butler and veteran YA panelist Caleb Whitmer explore this topic with the help of two new panelists: Kayla Stetzel, and Weekly Standard factchecker Holmes Lybrand, who is now a father.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss Pres. Trump’s removal of 46 Obama-era U.S. attorneys and how many critics fail to mention this happens with every modern administration.  They also shake their heads as scores of high-level government appointments have yet to be filled and no nominations have been made.  And they wince as Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King says, “We can’t restore our civilization with someone else’s babies.”

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BERUIT (Christian Examiner) – The leader of Maronite Catholics in Lebanon has said if the multiple wars in the Middle East do not stop, the region will be emptied of its Christians and Europe will eventually fall to Islam. Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, who leads the eastern Catholics still aligned with Rome, said in a […]

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“I know it’s totally useless, but it was so cute I had to get it for you anyway!” Google “utterly useless baby gear” and you get 2,410,000 results. Peepee teepees? Pacifier wipes? Who thinks of these things? More importantly, how does a first-time mother avoid them? Like some other moms on this site, I didn’t […]

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America’s Continuing Bad Mood Could Be Resulting in Fewer Babies

 

The Economist050216babies presents a mystery in the decline of global fertility rates (seen in the chart to the right) since the Great Recession and Global Financial Crisis:

The crunch was unsurprising: anxiety about jobs and money puts people off children. But a rich-world baby bust that began predictably turned into a puzzle. Fertility rates have fallen in countries with woeful economies, such as Greece and Italy. But they have also fallen in countries that sailed through the financial crisis, such as Australia and Norway. Although the American baby bust was expected, the lack of recovery after seven years seems odd. “I was fairly confident that women were just delaying births, and that we would see a rebound,” says Mr Johnson. “I’m beginning to wonder now.” In Britain the drop came late: the fertility rate fell from 1.92 to 1.81 between 2012 and 2014. Then there is France, where couples looked at the economic slump and shrugged. The fertility rate there has barely moved.

So the decline is global, in both countries hard hit by the downturn and those less so. Also, the upturn is seven years old and yet no rebound. Apparently, it seems, cute pictures of Prince George are not enough of an offset. Some possible explanations:

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There was an interesting article on the BBC the other day about the fact that the Finnish government provides a “baby box” to every expectant mother in the country. It contains a mattress, diapers, clothing, and various other necessities — and the box itself often serves as crib for the baby during their first year […]

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The birth of my oldest daughter was easy for me.  Probably because I wasn’t even there.  Hah!  Because she’s my step-daughter. How lucky!  So to make up for that, I went through twelve hours of labor for the birth of my second daughter. Now, up until my second daughter was born I had been working […]

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