I had posted a couple of choice comments about my previous post and my feelings about this so-called "outrage." However, after discussing the issue with my wife, I decided to backtrack. I not only deleted my comments, but the entire post as well. I did so with great reluctance, but the dialogue had reached a point where further comment would most certainly have done permanent damage to old friendships.
I think this issue has gone way overboard. My blog is a repository of tacky jokes; baby jokes are just part of the bill. I cannot and will not pare my writing style because a few people are offended. If you are hurt by the joke or by my attacks on Ms. Anonymous, I apologize for your hurt. In the heat of discussion, I pulled an innocent third party into the mix, and may have hurt her or her loved ones by doing so. I did so to my regret. The post was not intended to hurt the feelings of my or Tori's friends. I will not, however, apologize for the original joke, which was regarded by many others in the spirit of which it was intended and was in my opinion not offensive.
Finally, I decided to close the comments on this post. If you want to discuss this with me, I feel it would be healthiest to do so in private.