Monday, May 30, 2005

What are they thinking, part 1

So exactly what was this mom thinking?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A mother faces criminal charges after she hired a stripper to dance at her 16-year-old son's birthday party. "I tried to do something special for my son, Pharris said. It didn't harm him."

About 10 people under the age of 18 were at the birthday party in September, including minors who were not related to the family, authorities said.
Pure stupidity. And it isn't bad enough she decides to take this action for her own son, but she made that decision in place of the family of 10 other kids. I wonder if they were as ok with it?

Did she have a keg too?

I know, let's go the distance next year and get the kid a hooker.....I mean if you're gonna show him the facts of life, you might as well go the distance.

And in my opinion, this really should be looked at further, because unless the stripper was blind, she *had* to know she had teens in her audience and she still took her clothes off and danced. So where are the charges against her? Isn't she just as culpable as the mom is?

It's a bloody epidemic. We have Michael Jackson sleeping with children, with their parents consent and blessings, apparently because innocent Michael would never harm them. No he just lets them look at his porn, and drink wine from soda cans. No harm there, right? The parents defending him just amaze me.

Mary Kay LeTourneau married her former student lover last week, in a million dollar ceremony underwritten by a TV show. She you may recall was the school teacher sentenced to 7 years in prison for child rape for having sex (and two children) with her student, starting at age 13. She was in her 30's, married and had children of her own already. Now, sentence served, she and her now 22 year old lover are the media darlings. How quickly rape becomes matrimony, as the victim marries the offender.

The TV show Nanny 911 shows many examples of parents who cannot parent, and on a TV talk show I once saw an incredibly obese 5 year old boy who's mother could not bear to see him hungry and continued to feed him into ever certain death.

Locally we had a 22 year old mother leave her 9 month old baby alone in a car while she went into an indian casino and gambled and drank, this on the hottest day in Seattle all year. Luckily, a security guard found the infant after he had been there about 90 minutes, so this wasn't a terminal ending.

But what happened next broadened the stupidity spotlight to include the authorities. Having found the crying infant, laying in soiled diapers, trapped in a boiling hot car, the responsible authorities....Just paged the mom in the casino. And after several attempts, she finally comes out and acts like its no big deal.

I can hear it...Will the owner of the child abandoned in the car...

Now this pisses me off. They paged the mom. And then what? Did they turn the kid over the social services? No. They gave him back to mommy. And all she faces is a misdemeanor child abandonment charge.

(Question for the reader...Had this been the childs father, a 22 year old man, would the results have been the same? Discuss....)

The real irony: She would face harsher charges had that been a dog she left in her car.

What happened to common sense? When did we leave it behind?

Lazarus Long said it best:

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.