We'll explain after the jump.
Did Mitt Romney, a chronic flip-flopper and habitual liar, choose as his running mate on the GOP presidential ticket a sociopathic liar that would stealing his 'Bean' story from Kurt Cobain?
The GOP Vice Presidential candidate has been accused of lifting the Nirvana man's baby anecdote. Online music magazine NME is reporting:
Mitt Romney's running partner in the US election, Paul Ryan, has been accused of stealing an anecdote from the late Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain.As unbelievable as this story may seem, Paul Ryan stealing heart-wrenching story from a world-famous and now deceased musician to score some political points about abortion, there are reasons to believe he may have done just that.
In last night's Vice Presidential debate (October 11), Republican congressman Ryan told a story about how his daughter Liza got the nickname Bean, when answering a question about abortion.
Gawker reports that it was quickly pointed out by Twitter users that Ryan's story was similar to Cobain's, who said he gave his daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, her unique middle name because she looked like a kidney bean on his wife Courtney Love's ultrasound scan. Ryan has stated that he is a big fan of Nirvana, as well as Rage Against The Machine.
In the debate, Ryan said: "You know, I think about ten and a half years ago, my wife Janna and I went to Mercy hospital in Janesville where I was born for our seven week ultrasound for our first born child. And we saw that heartbeat. Our little baby was in the shape of a bean, and to this day we have nicknamed our first born, Liza, 'Bean'."
When it was revealed that Ryan was a fan of Rage Against The Machine, Tom Morello of the band wrote in Rolling Stone that Ryan was "the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades."
He continued: "Ryan claims that he likes Rage's sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don't care for Paul Ryan's sound or his lyrics. He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage."
- A bean shape is varies widely and such a shape on an ultrasound display could be interpreted as many different things -- a tadpole, peanut, amoeba, pod, or paisley -- in fact, one really has to stretch one's imagination or perhaps be extremely high-on-something to come up with a "bean" from a display that looks like the picture on the right.
- Also curious is that, at the time his daughter was born, Ryan was a staffer for for Sam Brownback and Ryan's wife worked in DC as a lobbyist. They lived in DC though the had a Janesville address too. Best guess is that Mrs. Ryan got her prenatal care in the city where the couple worked and actually lived most of the time -- Washington DC, yet Ryan claims his story occurred in Janesville.
- Ryan's exact story from the debate began like this: "You know, I think about ten and a half years ago, my wife Janna and I went to Mercy hospital in Janesville where I was born for our seven week ultrasound for our first born child. And we saw that heartbeat. Our little baby was in the shape of a bean, and to this day we have nicknamed our first born, Liza, 'Bean'." Is Paul Ryan, the "policy wonk/numbers guy" really so unsure of his daughter's age that he had to qualify this talke with "I think about ten and a half years ago..." Doesn't pass the smell test -- though it is more proof that Ryan is NOT a policy wonk and is NOT a numbers guy.
And here’s Kurt Cobain’s and Courtney Love’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain on how she got the name “Bean” twenty years ago:John Aravosis goes on to state:
Frances Bean Cobain was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and was immediately anointed the world’s newest rock princess. Her parents were two of the biggest rock stars on the planet and her godfather is R.E.M frontman Michael Stipe. Kurt Cobain named his daughter after Frances McKee, the guitarist for The Vaselines, and gave her the middle named Bean because he thought she resembled a kidney bean on the ultrasound. Unfortunately, Frances never really got to know her father; he shot himself to death when she was just 20 months old.
Ryan is reportedly a Nirvana fan, the band that Kurt Cobain started and starred in. We’re to believe this is just a coincidence? Maybe. Or maybe Paul Ryan plagiarized the story about his daughter?
What’s more likely is that Ryan named his daughter Bean because Cobain named his daughter Bean. But that wouldn’t have made a very good right-wingy story, for Ryan to explain that he named his kid after a grunge rock star who killed himself. Or even to say that the name was inspired by Cobain. So, better to borrow Cobain’s story and not even mention it.
Keep in mind that while it’s entirely possible that Paul Ryan had his “Bean” experience without knowing of Cobain’s, Ryan has a history of making up personal stories to embellish his image.
There was the time he claimed he climbed 40 of the Rocky Mountains. Or the time he claimed to have run a marathon under three minutes.
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