The inspiring story of Justin Bieber’s mom

posted at 2:41 pm on September 21, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Not exactly a palate-cleanser of the humorous sort, but I thought it was an amazingly uplifting and perhaps little-known story about one of the world’s biggest pop stars. In a sit-down interview with NBC, Pattie Mallette, mother of uber-famous teen-heartthrob Justin Bieber, reveals how she faced a tumultuous childhood of abuse, hardship, and drugs, and became pregnant with Justin out of wedlock when she was only eighteen. Despite the circumstances and with people around her advising her to have an abortion, she refused — and suffice it to say, she doesn’t regret her decision. (H/t Katie Pavlich!)


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Spreading Bieber Fever??

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on September 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM

It’s a tough story to work in a “Romney’s a racist” angle but knowing NBC, I’m sure they found a way.

Cicero43 on September 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Oh boy.

Prepare for banworthy comments. I don’t even know who Bieber is, but I know a lot of people hate him for some reason.

MadisonConservative on September 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM

She’s not the only one with this kind of story, we used to show this video on campus to highlight how people don’t know what they might be destroying

Can I Live?

NerwenAldarion on September 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Planned Parenthood hardest hit.

Bitter Clinger on September 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Hmm…Maybe that’s why Justin wasn’t invited to sing at the DNC Convention?

Varchild on September 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

So what lesbian haircut will Beiber have next:-P

Seriously, he seems like a good kid. But enough with the lesbian haircuts.

DethMetalCookieMonst on September 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

There’s just no way I’m watching that.

Abby Adams on September 21, 2012 at 2:48 PM

There’s just no way I’m watching this.

Abby Adams on September 21, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Isn’t there a 10 month waiting list for abortions in Canada?

rw on September 21, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Abby Adams on September 21, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Abby Adams on September 21, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Don’t tell me duplicate comment and then make me look the fool!

Abby Adams on September 21, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Fluke woman hardest hit

Schadenfreude on September 21, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Uh oh.

It’s another one of “those threads”.

How high can we go? Let’s see . . . . .
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Anyone who is “pro-Choice” is guilty of advocating murder.

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 2:50 PM

When I found out how close Justin Bieber came to being aborted, I had second thoughts about being pro-life
/joking

El_Terrible on September 21, 2012 at 2:51 PM

MadisonConservative on September 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Hopefully they don’t really hate the kid but are just past the time in their lives where bubble gum music is a staple. To my knowledge, I have never heard him sing a single note, but as celebrities go, he seems like a nice young man.

Cindy Munford on September 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Whoa… Ok Ericka, please set up an appointment with a psychiatrist, a mind as young and healthy as yours should not be Biebering…

Gallup Poll: U.S. distrust in media hits new high, quick, someone call Captain Renualt.

SWalker on September 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Abby Adams on September 21, 2012 at 2:49 PM

So it was a grammar thing?

Cindy Munford on September 21, 2012 at 2:53 PM

DethMetalCookieMonst on September 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Maybe the Lesbians are mimicking his haircut!

Cindy Munford on September 21, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I bet she did it with no help from the government too!

tommyhawk on September 21, 2012 at 2:56 PM

…the liberals are going to hate the mom and son now!

KOOLAID2 on September 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM

tommyhawk on September 21, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I believe they are Canadian so I don’t know.

Cindy Munford on September 21, 2012 at 2:59 PM

She doesn’t understand that the USA was created for the sole purpose of having 18-year-olds get abortions.

/DNC

mankai on September 21, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Good for the kid, plus not blathering on about his mother’s decision and leaving it for her to decide when/how to discuss it.

kim roy on September 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Nice catch. Sounds like a pretty classy kid. I know people “hate” on the guy all the time, but that is all I know about him.

Mord on September 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM

She doesn’t understand that the USA was created for the sole purpose of having 18-year-olds get abortions.

/DNC

mankai on September 21, 2012 at 3:00 PM

“Get your $3000 worth of contraceptives, but if that fails, then comes abortion.”
/Sandra the Fluke

Bitter Clinger on September 21, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I am vexed. I cannot figure out how exactly to blame George W. Bush for this…

FlatFoot on September 21, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I am vexed. I cannot figure out how exactly to blame George W. Bush for this…

FlatFoot on September 21, 2012 at 3:04 PM

The tax cuts allowed for people to buy more of Beiber’s music, making Beiber more popular.

LoganSix on September 21, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Wait, Bieber is a boy?

portlandon on September 21, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Erika,
You just had your first strike out with this…….whatever it is called. This topic seems more appropriate for Variety, or People or the Enquirer….not Hot Air!

tomshup on September 21, 2012 at 3:07 PM

OT, but Endeavor just came in for a landing not more than 200 yards from my place. Wow.

John the Libertarian on September 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Promiscuous drug addict turned Born Again Christian. A must-read!

~ Lindsay Lohan

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on September 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM

And while he thinks it’s “really sad” for a woman to become pregnant after being raped, he noted that “everything happens for a reason.”

kim roy on September 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

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I disagree with the theology that “everything happens for a reason”, implying that the Heavenly Father God ordained or commissioned something bad to happen, in order to cause to bring about something good.
I realize of course, this puts me “cross-ways” of many of my Christian brethren, but “oh well”.

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM

OT again — now Endeavor did a victory lap over my place. Awesome!

John the Libertarian on September 21, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Next, on Oprah.

Dante on September 21, 2012 at 3:11 PM

This is why we have low information voters, because of this nonsensical crap…

PatriotRider on September 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Erika…nobody cares…

PatriotRider on September 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Promiscuous drug addict turned Born Again Christian. A must-read!

~ Lindsay Lohan

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on September 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM

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Where did you pick that up from?

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

OT, but Endeavor just came in for a landing not more than 200 yards from my place. Wow.

John the Libertarian on September 21, 2012 at 3:08 PM

OT again — now Endeavor did a victory lap over my place. Awesome!

John the Libertarian on September 21, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Okay. I’m jealous.

;)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on September 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Cry me a river…

PatriotRider on September 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM

+1

I’m with ya.

mankai on September 21, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Interesting coincidence that when I refreshed the Hot Air homepage in my browser, a banner ad for Beiber’s Mom’s new book came up at the top. And then I saw this story.

Coincidence, I’m sure.

UltimateBob on September 21, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Where did you pick that up from?

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

My sassy keister!

;P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on September 21, 2012 at 3:15 PM

And while he thinks it’s “really sad” for a woman to become pregnant after being raped, he noted that “everything happens for a reason.”

kim roy on September 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

He also said (re: those who choose to have an abortion for a ‘reason’)
“I haven’t been in that position, so I wouldn’t be able to judge that.”

verbaluce on September 21, 2012 at 3:16 PM

This is why we have low information voters, because of this nonsensical crap…
.
Erika…nobody cares…

PatriotRider
on September 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

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Yeah Erika. PatriotRider doesn’t CARE … so knock it off.

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Erika… Great story!

Gives us good reason to stay on the bandwagon of Pro-Life!!

I am and have had my dithering druthers on this subject for a very long time…

I sided with Pro Choice at one time…

I have prayed hard and long about this…

I am Pro Life. Because all life is sacred, and not one single baby for any reason should ever be aborted, the one thing I am still in a quandry about is, aborting a baby to save the life of the mother,
ultimately, it has to be the families personal choice, for the mother if able and or the father…

This is the only aspect of it that I am having difficulty with…

I often wonder WWJD? I cannot find an answer…

Scrumpy on September 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

OT again — now Endeavor did a victory lap over my place. Awesome!

John the Libertarian on September 21, 2012 at 3:10 PM

After you’ve all seen it, please send it back to Houston, Mission Control, where it belongs ;)

tomg51 on September 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Yeah Erika. PatriotRider doesn’t CARE … so knock it off.

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

heh…

PatriotRider on September 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

And while he thinks it’s “really sad” for a woman to become pregnant after being raped, he noted that “everything happens for a reason.”

kim roy on September 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

.
I disagree with the theology that “everything happens for a reason”, implying that the Heavenly Father God ordained or commissioned something bad to happen, in order to cause to bring about something good.
I realize of course, this puts me “cross-ways” of many of my Christian brethren, but “oh well”.

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I didn’t watch the clip nor am I going to, but I originally took that comment as kind of a slide from someone quite young and not practiced on how to get out of these questions gracefully. Now with reading the above and still not knowing the full extent of his mother’s situation, he could have been alluding to something in a subtle manner without being an oversharer or, again, just trying to get out of the question.

I’m not going to bash a teenager for trying to be thoughtful *and* trying to gracefully get out of a question he probably shouldn’t have been asked. Who cares what his opinion is? Talk about your tours and music.

kim roy on September 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Where did you pick that up from?

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

.
My sassy keister!

;P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on September 21, 2012 at 3:15 PM

.
I’m still lost … what’s a “sassy keister”?

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM

.
I didn’t watch the clip nor am I going to, but I originally took that comment as kind of a slide from someone quite young and not practiced on how to get out of these questions gracefully.


kim roy
on September 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

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My apologies, kim’. Looking back on my comment, I should have added Justin’s name in there, so as not to attribute the quote to you.
My fault.

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Good for the kid, plus not blathering on about his mother’s decision and leaving it for her to decide when/how to discuss it.

kim roy on September 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Nice catch. Sounds like a pretty classy kid. I know people “hate” on the guy all the time, but that is all I know about him.

Mord on September 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM

His comment in RS was odd and kind of stuck with me and after reading this the light bulb went on. In The Land Of The Overshare, this was remarkable in that someone kept something private and left it up to the person involved to make that decision.

kim roy on September 21, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I don’t even know who Bieber is, but I know a lot of people hate him for some reason.

MadisonConservative on September 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM

He’s a Canadian commie Obamabot and terrible singer.

No clue why this is inspiring or conservative or postworthy.

sauldalinsky on September 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM

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My apologies, kim’. Looking back on my comment, I should have added Justin’s name in there, so as not to attribute the quote to you.
My fault.

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:23 PM

No apologies necessary, but thank you. I didn’t take it in a negative manner and it’s an interesting discussion and yours was an interesting comment.

kim roy on September 21, 2012 at 3:25 PM

My sassy keister!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on September 21, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Good answer.

SparkPlug on September 21, 2012 at 3:25 PM

So what lesbian haircut will Beiber have next:-P

Seriously, he seems like a good kid. But enough with the lesbian haircuts.

DethMetalCookieMonst on September 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Aren’t lesbians trying to look like boys, or men? Tough place for a guy to be in, looking like a guy that looks like a gal trying to look like a guy.

mojowt on September 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM

.
+1

I’m with ya.

mankai on September 21, 2012 at 3:15 PM

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Ohhh, … you are so going to be persecuted, for that. . : )

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:27 PM

My sassy keister!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on September 21, 2012 at 3:15 PM

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Good answer.

SparkPlug on September 21, 2012 at 3:25 PM

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I still don’t “get it”.

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:28 PM

His comment in RS was odd and kind of stuck with me and after reading this the light bulb went on. In The Land Of The Overshare, this was remarkable in that someone kept something private and left it up to the person involved to make that decision.

kim roy on September 21, 2012 at 3:23 PM

This is a Sidebar – but I thought the same thing, when I heard that Donne Summer had died of cancer.

I’m, mostly, a hard rock kinda guy – late ’60s and ’70s – but, in my college days, one of the dance bars played Donna, of course. I thought that she had one of the greatest singing voices of them all, and I was shocked when I heard that she had died. Saddened too.

But, she and hers kept it to themselves – which is something that I respected and expected from the Queen of Disco.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 21, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I’m still lost … what’s a “sassy keister”?

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Ahem. After reading reviews of Ms. Mallette’s book, I promptly extracted a fallacious Lindsay Lohan quote from my insolent buttocks. That said, one should never work so hard for a point of amusement. Naaaaah!

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on September 21, 2012 at 3:28 PM

listens2glenn,

A keister is a Hiney.

SparkPlug on September 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM

He’s a Canadian commie Obamabot and terrible singer.

No clue why this is inspiring or conservative or postworthy.

sauldalinsky on September 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Saul, he’s an 18 year old kid. Normally at that age you don’t know what you think.
Lighten up Francis.

mimi1220 on September 21, 2012 at 3:31 PM

My sassy keister!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on September 21, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Good answer.

SparkPlug on September 21, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Thanky!

;D

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on September 21, 2012 at 3:32 PM

listens2glenn,

A keister is a Hiney.

SparkPlug on September 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM

glenn, how the hell could ya not know that a keister is a buttTOCKS? – [even Forrest Gump knew that!].

Just messin’ wif ya.

It’s Friday.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 21, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Despite the circumstances and with people around her advising her to have an abortion, she refused — and suffice it to say, she doesn’t regret her decision.

Justin Beiber’s earnings as of May 2012 were $55 million with a net worth of $110. Of course she doesn’t regret her decision. What a silly thing to say.

Dante on September 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Justin Beiber’s earnings as of May 2012 were $55 million with a net worth of $110. Of course she doesn’t regret her decision. What a silly thing to say.

Dante on September 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

You’ll jump on Erika over my dead body! That’s kinda why she said – “suffice it to say” – as in – “obviously.”

Erika’s sarcasm and contempt for our enemies is to be cherished and protected.

Leave Erika alone!

OhEssYouCowboys on September 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Er, isn’t this the kid who said Tea Partiers are evil because they didn’t want Obamacare. And I recall him using that word. Ironic, no? The super-leftist kid who luvs Obama who luvs infanticide and whose entire convention was all about women killing their children, is here because his mother was merciful.

Portia46 on September 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Saul, he’s an 18 year old kid. Normally at that age you don’t know what you think.
Lighten up Francis.

mimi1220 on September 21, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Breitbart used to talk about this all the time. Culture is key. NBC is is essentially running a commercial for re-electing Obama, the guy who is pro-killing babies and calling it “pro-choice”.

It’s a shame that this Obama commercial is being promoted at Hot Air.

sauldalinsky on September 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Sweet story but, geez, that today show crew is pretty lame. If Kathie Lee Gifford gets any more facial fillers, her head is going to explode.

natasha333 on September 21, 2012 at 3:46 PM

the one thing I am still in a quandry about is, aborting a baby to save the life of the mother, ultimately, it has to be the families personal choice, for the mother if able and or the father…

This is the only aspect of it that I am having difficulty with…

I often wonder WWJD? I cannot find an answer…

Scrumpy on September 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

The best statement in this regard I’ve heard is that when this is truly the case, it becomes a matter of self-defense for the mother. As you say, that really needs to be left to the family and their doctor at that point and whatever decision results should be free from the judgment of society. This is one of those circumstances that needs to be addressed on a case by case basis; there are too many contingencies and theoretical paths that preclude the ability to have a hard and fast rule. This is one of those cases where prayerful consideration is needed, not hard and fast rules.

AZfederalist on September 21, 2012 at 3:48 PM

I enjoy stories like this. Not because I want to throw it in the face of pro-abortion people to say “see, you would have killed Justin Bieber,” but there is a more subtle message here in Patty Mallett’s story.

She was abused and very messed up. Seemingly the worst possible candidate for motherhood. Yet, she had the baby, and he changed her life. And look at her today. Even if Justin had not become world famous, she was and is a great mother to him. Imagine what that does for a young woman’s self-esteem. She says to herself, “I may be worthless to other people, but I am everything to him. And he is everything to me.” A child gives you a second chance at life, at becoming a good person in your own eyes. Patty loves herself now, because Justin loves her.

Kids have a way of doing that. Not for everyone, surely, but for many people they do. They are one of God’s true ways of saving us. This is what is so lost on today’s feminists and the men who enable them. Young women have been tricked into believing that tney must wait until they are “ready” to be mothers, and if their own lives have not been great they should not have children.

Motherhood empowers women.

rockmom on September 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Why is Ryan Seacrest on the couch?

Fallon on September 21, 2012 at 3:50 PM

rockmom on September 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Well said. And amen.

chelie on September 21, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Prepare for banworthy comments. I don’t even know who Bieber is, but I know a lot of people hate him for some reason.

MadisonConservative on September 21, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Lucky you. I have two 13-year-old daughters. I don’t have the luxury of not knowing who Justin Bieber is, unfortunately.

Hayabusa on September 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Justin Beiber’s earnings as of May 2012 were $55 million with a net worth of $110. Of course she doesn’t regret her decision. What a silly thing to say.

Dante on September 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

You are officially nothing more than a troll. F**k off, already.

MadisonConservative on September 21, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Justin Beiber’s mom is certainly a strong woman who is an inspiration.

Her story, however, will not be well received by the folks at Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the Pro-choice movement because if she took their advice, apparently, Justin, one of the biggest pop stars in America, would have been thrown away in the trash like a piece of garbage.

She was EXACTLY their “demographic”. Young, unmarried, on drugs and from a broken home where she was sexually abused. They told her she would be “burdened” by having a baby.

HER message is the one that should be told to all those young girls who are Justin’s fans.

Opposite Day on September 21, 2012 at 4:35 PM

He’s a Canadian commie Obamabot and terrible singer.

No clue why this is inspiring or conservative or postworthy.

sauldalinsky on September 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Good Lord, have you been living in a shack away from civilization for the past 40 years?

Here’s some breaking news that you may not have been aware of while you were in a coma or in cryogenic stasis or secluded in the mountains of Tibet training in martial arts to battle the forces of communism or wherever you were:

The supreme court ruled that abortion was legal. Many women now get abortions when they have an unplanned pregnancy, whether or not it’s there fault. Most conservatives think this is a very bad ruling and a very bad state of affairs, and most like it when someone in a difficult situation, whether of their own making or otherwise, chooses life.

RINO in Name Only on September 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

nice story…

Matt Vespa on September 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Despite the circumstances and with people around her advising her to have an abortion, she refused — and suffice it to say, she doesn’t regret her decision

Of course not, he turned into quite the money maker.

I’m simply uninspired by this story. From what I can tell from the little I’ve been unable to avoid, the Beib seems to be well grounded. And though I don’t think he’s all that talented, his fame and success at least is explicable unlike Snookie or any creature named Kardashian or Jenner (or any combination of the two).

Maybe I’m jaded but I’ve seen/heard too many other stories of women who opted not to abort that are much more inspirational for me.

Happy Nomad on September 21, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Erika,
You just had your first strike out with this…….whatever it is called. This topic seems more appropriate for Variety, or People or the Enquirer….not Hot Air!

tomshup on September 21, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Lighten up, Francis.

It says “Hot Air – politics, culture, media, 2012,….”, for a reason.

Solaratov on September 21, 2012 at 6:33 PM

To my knowledge, I have never heard him sing a single note

Cindy Munford on September 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

That’s what I thought, right up until I discovered he was the woman who sang that annoying, “Baby, baby, baby, ooooh” song.

WeekendAtBernankes on September 21, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Erika…nobody cares…
PatriotRider on September 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Yeah Erika. PatriotRider doesn’t CARE … so knock it off.
listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I’m with L2G, Erika. Stop making PatriotRider & Francis cry with inspiring writeups about pro-life moms!

whatcat on September 21, 2012 at 7:06 PM

rockmom on September 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Good take on a deeper point, rockmom.

whatcat on September 21, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Er, isn’t this the kid who said Tea Partiers are evil because they didn’t want Obamacare.Ironic, no? The super-leftist kid who luvs Obama who luvs infanticide and whose entire convention was all about women killing their children, is here because his mother was merciful.

Portia46 on September 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I had a child in these circumstances and she just grew up to be a Democrat, without the fame and money. So, it could be worse.

HellCat on September 21, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Count me in as someone who likes these stories..i don’t have bieber fever but i’m glad he was given the chance to live..imagine, just imagine, what could of been for those 50 plus million babies killed in this country

sadsushi on September 21, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I’m still lost … what’s a “sassy keister”?

listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Consume a jar of jalapeno peppers along with a bowl of black beans.

Wait an hour or so.

Then you will know.

climbnjump on September 21, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I’m still lost … what’s a “sassy keister”?
listens2glenn on September 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

He was a German comedian, really popular in the 1950s. Teamed with Hines Zeit as a comedy duo for awhile before they went through a messy Martin-Lewis type breakup.

whatcat on September 21, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Erika,
You just had your first strike out with this…….whatever it is called. This topic seems more appropriate for Variety, or People or the Enquirer….not Hot Air!

tomshup on September 21, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Hey, Tom, shup.

davidk on September 21, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Okay, I never even thought about Justin Bieber before, but after watching this, I like him, and more so, I like his mom.

the new aesthetic on September 21, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Wait, Bieber is a boy?

portlandon on September 21, 2012 at 3:06 PM

That’s what I thought, right up until I discovered he was the woman who sang that annoying, “Baby, baby, baby, ooooh” song.

WeekendAtBernankes on September 21, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Bieber better be socking away the $$. When the nads drop, he’ll be out of business.

bettycooper on September 21, 2012 at 8:34 PM

I have given a lot of thought to the ‘everything happens for a reason’ idea. As a faithful agnostic, this is one of the reasons I struggle with ‘believing.’

Yes, I go to church. Yes I pray.

I have very little faith at all. I have huge doubts that there is any God at all. And sometimes. I have doubts that if there is a God, he’d be a God i would want to worship.

But, all that said, it seems to me that God is the one being that can take something unspeakably horrible as rape and turn it to his purpose fo goodness. Which is different than saying God ‘made that happen’ or ‘God allowed that to happen.’ So long as there is freewill, and I think anyone faithful must agree that God wants us all to have freewill so we may be judged on our choices, then there will be heinous choices and people will be hurt. If there is a God, allowing freewill and the horrors that come from it, then perhaps one way to mitigate the horrors is to twist them toward Goodness. The horrors of war give men the opportunity to show great courage, to do small good acts for the powerless, to be kind to their enemies. The horrors of rape give us the opportunity to help a woman heal afterwards. For each horror, there’s the chance that any one of us might find it in ourselves to be great – and to do some great thing that lifts up the people around them.

All things happen for a reason, and that reason might not be ‘God wills it’ or ‘allows it’ but instead it might be that God created this world for a reason, all the things that happen happen for THAT reason. To allow us all the opportunity to be closer to him.

If I were faithful, that is what I’d want to believe.

WashingtonsWake on September 22, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Well, the left and right among you can say what you want, if the video gives any woman pause about aborting her baby it will have done the Lord’s work.

Knott Buyinit on September 22, 2012 at 2:06 AM

WashingtonsWake on September 22, 2012 at 12:19 AM

The problem with human understanding is it’s temporal limitations. We cannot view a timeless eternity.

whatcat on September 22, 2012 at 2:53 AM

On an odd tangent, with regards to the “every embryo is a baby” comment, every baby is actually still an embryo, for nearly their first year out of the womb.

I gather this is because if we waited until the rest of the support system was developed, our heads wouldn’t fit through the exit.

Voyager on September 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM