Originally published 29 May 2008.
Apparently, former Arkansas Representative Jim Bob Duggar and his wife Michelle Duggar have recently announced that they are pregnant with their eighteenth child. He or she is due on New Year's Day, 2009.
In case it needs mentioning, these two people are completely out of their minds.
It's not just the eighteen kids either. I mean, it's not just fact of their having eighteen kids. It's the following particular details that prove that these people are completely off their tree:
- All eighteen of the kids have names that start with "J". These include, but clearly are not limited to, Jedidiah, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jessa and - most heinous of all - Jinger (sic).
- Their web site, www.duggarfamily.com, is chock-full of cultish Jesus-babble (the kind that capitalize the words "LORD" and "GOD" like those old "footprints" posters).
- Their web site shows pictures of the whole brood, in which every male child, regardless of age, has the exact same face, haircut and inane Jesus-smile.
Their web site is also filled with smug references to their financial independence - without reference to how much of that 'financial independence' comes from TV shows and appearances calculated to capitalize on public interest in their freakishly rodent-like reproductive habits. In a world where population growth is a very real concern, their gruesome existence not only makes no sense at all, it gets me curious how it can be that the Duggar family and I can be, roughly speaking, of the same species.
Incidentally, I mentioned that Jim Bob himself was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives.
Any guess which party he was a member of?