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Saturday, February 11, 2006

i'll feel like being funny again in a couple hours

ever wonder what the face of righteous fury looks like? take a gander:

as part of my job i followed bruce jackson's terrible story closely when it unfolded three years ago. so it was with interest that i saw an update on the front page of today's paper. i wasn't a parent then. today, the horrific details of the abuse he and his brothers suffered at the hands of his foster parents has an addded personal dimension. reading the speech he delivered to his former foster mother, just before she was sentenced, made me cry. heartbreaking.

there was another article in the metro section today about an 18-year-old girl who killed her newborn, then stuck it in her backpack. i read stories like these in a whole new light now, surprised to find how personally i take them. when i showed the paper to mrs. nice guy this morning, she said exactly what i was thinking, banal as it may sound: how can people do these things to babies? you know what, people? if you don't want your child, don't drown her. don't starve him. don't torture her. don't beat him to death.

hell, let's just skip the middle man. my wife and i will happily take the baby off your hands before you lift a finger against it. then you can run off to jail where you belong and enjoy being brutally raped every day for the rest of your life. how does that sound?


Blogger Betina said...

Please pass any unwanted babies my way. Unfortunetly the desire and ability to love, care and nurture children is not always accompanied by the ability to bear them. Thank the Heavens for the angel birth parents who brought our children to our family.

Curses to those who mistreat the innocents.

These things just make me FURIOUS.

2/11/2006 2:37 PM  
Blogger Betina said...

Okay, I just went back and read the article about the 4 year old boy being beaten to death by the 26 yo mom's boyfriend.

Note: This was her SIXTH child.


The distribution of fertility makes no sense to me.

Anyway, MNG, sorry for taking up so much room here. I think you're great.

2/11/2006 2:47 PM  
Blogger tAnYeTTa said...

i'm speechless.

2/11/2006 3:02 PM  
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2/11/2006 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My older sister, who was adopted into our family when she was seven, had been kept in a dog kennel and fed scraps. Then her mother attempted to drown her in a lake. Luckily someone saw what was happening from the road and rescued her. I will never understand it. Now that I have my own, I can't even fathom it. Looks like your girl has brought the daddy bear out in you.

2/11/2006 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

note to self: after reading very sad stories like this, don't wake up 13 month old to give her a hug.

2/11/2006 8:39 PM  
Anonymous CroutonBoy said...

I was tripped out by this story BEFORE I had a kid. Now...unbelievable. How do you serve as defense attorney for someone like that? "Your Honor, her REAL kids were treated well...surely she's not a horrible person"

If you put on 95 lbs in a couple years, do you think your body may have really really wanted the food?

2/11/2006 10:57 PM  
Blogger Newlywife said...

7 years! she got 7 years and will be eligible for parole in 2! It literally makes me sick to my stomach...The only way that sentence would be enough is if they planned to starve her for 2 years, forcing her to eat paint chips like those kids.

2/11/2006 11:59 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Well, the inability to comprehend how people could do this is a good sign for you (me, too.)

I agree wholeheartedly and also feel the same way about the men who kill their pregnant wives or girlfriends and/or wife or girlfriend and baby. Same for women who kill their kids because they are inconvenient. Hey, people--the damage done to your ego or reputation by a divorce isn't anything compared to murder!!! In this day and age when divorces and break ups easier than cleaning up my daughter's diaper in the morning...

Power, ego, just plain evil...whatever it is...GRRR!!!

2/12/2006 12:58 PM  
Anonymous said...

Yeah, I ran across this story the other day. Un-be-liev-able.


2/12/2006 6:25 PM  
Anonymous Meredith said...

There is some line in one of Steve Martin's more serious movies, said by Keanu Reeves of all people, about how you have to pass a test to get a license to drive or fish or hunt but not to have a baby.

I also can't believe this person only got 7 years in prison. These stories keep me up at night.

2/12/2006 11:38 PM  
Anonymous dear wife said...

I cannot imagine doing that to a child. Uh if you do not want them pass them this way. Having recently suffered a miscarriage stories of people killing their babies are just a little too much for me.

2/15/2006 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I initially misread the first comment's next-to-last line as "Cures to those who mistreat the innocents." Though my error might be meaningless, I'd like to think it suggests a productive approach to an old, old problem.

Whether it is their own flesh-and-blood or adopted innocents the abusers torture/kill: The abusers are insane. The definitive evidence of this is their behavior. A just society should attempt treatment for the mental illness; simply punishing the insane does nothing good.

Working successfully for the proverbial ounce of prevention while respecting privacy and civil rights is hard enough, but failing that: What is more abhorrent, depriving a criminally insane person of their reproductive or parental "rights," or allowing them to abuse/kill again, by failing to enact/enforce that deprivation?

I could never feel hateful toward, or demand punishment of, a woman who kills her own newborn. For those grieving exclusively for the dead infant: I pray to God you will someday realize that woman needed a "big sister" very badly, and for a long time; there was none there for her. Now she needs you even more. Please tear yourself away from the cult of the innocent babes long enough to realize that you could be both a foster parent AND a big sister.

- Loving, Protective Father of Two.

3/09/2006 1:10 AM  

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