Category: children

Jun 20 2013

violation of this child’s first amendment rights? yes, please. Sue the school? totally do it!

this
this apalling story
may be old, but it scrolled across my twitter feed for some reason and still pissed me off, so you can be pissed right along with me. Comments follow.

Sign Language Ban Imposed on N.J. Girl

By Bryan Robinson Jan 7, 2006, 10:13 AM

School officials have threatened a hearing-impaired girl with suspension if she uses sign language to talk to her friends on the school bus, the girl’s parents say.

Danica Lesko and her parents say sign language is the only way to for the 12-year-old to communicate, especially while riding to school on a noisy bus.

But officials at Stonybrook School — which is not a school for the hearing-impaired — and district officials in Branchburg, N.J., apparently believe signing is a safety hazard. They have sent a letter to the Lesko family ordering Danica to stop using sign language on the school bus or risk a three-day suspension.

The March 30 letter from her principal that said Danica was “doing sign language after being told it wasn’t allowed on the bus.”

The Leskos may file a lawsuit over the sign language ban, claiming officials are violating Danica’s civil rights and violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“She has a hearing problem, and now she’s being punished for using sign language,” Mary Ann Lesko, Danica’s mother, told The Star-Ledger of Newark. “It’s absurd.”

Danica’s parents told the paper that other students who rode to school with their daughter made fun of her, and refused to stay in their seats as they teased other girls who were using sign language. They said school officials are singling out Danica and not addressing those who should really be reprimanded.

Schools Officials: Safety First

In a statement released through the school district’s attorney, David Rubin, the Branchburg Board of Education refused to discuss the details of Danica’s case, saying only that its version of events differs from the parents’ version.

However, the board insisted it has not violated anyone’s rights and is only trying to protect other students who must ride on the school bus.

“The Board is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to all students with disabilities, and is satisfied that there has been no violation of that policy in this case,” officials said in the statement. “The Board is also committed to assuring the safety of all students who travel on District buses, and will continue to take appropriate steps to accomplish that goal.”

One deaf-rights advocate said Danica’s parents have a strong basis for a lawsuit because sign language could be a considered a foreign language, and school officials could be violating the girl’s First Amendment right to communicate.

“Why should there be a ban?” asked Charlotte Karras, outreach coordinator for the Edison, N.J.-based Alliance for Disabled in Action. “It’s a violation of her communication rights. She’s said it’s the only way she can communicate with her friends … It’s [the ban] against the ADA and violates the First Amendment and her family can file a discrimination suit citing the Americans With Disabilities Act.”

Karras said her organization would be willing to help the Leskos with any legal action.

Danica’s parents say she began losing her hearing last November, when a classmate allegedly shot a bottle rocket near her ear. They have already sued the Branchburg School District over that incident.

I don’t know why this came across my twitter feed, but let’s pick it apart, with a bunch of questions, in list form.
questions.

  • how is sign language a safety risk?
  • why would you suspend a hearing impaired 12 year old?
  • your already in deep shit for the bottle rocket thing, so why the hell would you pull a boneheaded move like this?

comments and opinions.

  • this schoolboard’s moronic, needs a swift kick, and should not be a schoolboard.
  • you are violating this little lady’s right to communicate so how about we rip out your vocal cords, then talk, k?,/li>

Final thoughts.
The comment boards. use them

Oct 25 2012

a reminder to the TTC fair collectors.

As a recent resident to Toronto, I’m heavily reliant on the toronto transit commission to get from point A to point B on a daily bases.
Hey, so does, this recent blogger convert to wordpress one over here but that’s just par for the course around here.
Anyhow, I’ve been around the block a time or two with these guys, sometimes my own stupidity, sometimes, they left there brains at track level, hey, sometimes, I don’t start it, but anyhow.
A little background.
previous policy stated that children 5 years of age or younger while being carried on the mother, or father’s, back did not get charged, because hey’, it’s one person, one turn of the turnstyle, takes up one seat, so get outta our faces.
About 3 weeks ago, this policy changed.
No matter what, carried or not, children above 3y/o of age pay $0.75. OK, fine and dandy, right?
yep, Totally fine, until you are a royal rude idiot about it and decide to think your all up and mighty about it and your crap don’t stink.
I decide, because I have a *working* magnetic strip on my TTC pass, to avoid the line, swipe and go through the middle turnstyle, please note I still haven’t mastered that art, but I’ll get there.
Anyhow, as I’m ffighting with my pass, Thanks random TTC worker for showing the clueless person that is me how to use it, I here the other person I’m with, that is carrying the child get stopped by the TTC collector and a… we’ll call it an argument insues, because he tells her she has to pay the fair, and accuses her of ripping off the TTC for seven month’s because he’s watched her, and believe me the tone of his voice, dude, if I hadn’t been clear of the turnstyle, I’d have given him what for. I didn’t have to because the person carrying the child held her own, so we’ll just leave it at that.
I won’t go into detail about the argument that ensued, because I don’t remember exactly how it went, but in summary, here’s what I’ll give you.
You, as a TTC worker have a responsibility to be curtius, but informative to your customers.
This means, after asking how old the child being carried is, if the policy has changed, nicely inform the person carrying said child that the policy has changed and they need to pay the child fair. This does not mean you degrade, or otherwise shame the individual in question.
You are responsible for your actions, and Mr. TTC worker, you are a shame to the organization, and a disgrace to this transit provider’s good name and I hope that you are sent back for retraining, because your actions tonight were deplorable.
A complaint has been filed with the commission about this individuals action with a request for follow up as to the resolution of the matter.
Have a great night all.

Apr 25 2012

This is exactly the type of thing I want to be reading this close to flying to the states.

So as I prepare to fly to Origan in less than 2 weeks.
this is exactly the kind of thing I want to see the TSA doing.
note the oozing sarcasm, ladies and gentlemen.

Weeping four-year-old girl accused of carrying a GUN by TSA officers after she hugged her grandmother while passing through securityBy Hugo Gye
PUBLISHED: 05:11 GMT, 24 April 2012 | UPDATED: 10:14 GMT, 24 April 2012
Of all the many complaints about airport security and the TSA, one of the most common is that they make little distinction between plausible security threats and passengers unlikely to be doing anything wrong.

And a recent incident in Wichita, Kansas has reinforced that argument, as a four-year-old girl was apparently subjected to a humiliating ordeal after she hugged her grandmother while she was waiting in line.

The girl was accused of having a gun and declared a ‘high security threat’, while agents threatened to shut down the whole airport if she could not be calmed down.

When asked about the overbearing treatment the girl received, a TSA spokesman did not apologise and insisted that correct procedures had been followed.

Terror threat? Four-year-old Isabella was subjected to a full body pat-down and accused of carrying a gun in an airport
Four-year-old Isabella’s horrific experience in Wichita earlier this month was recounted on Facebook by her furious mother Michelle Brademeyer.

The family was in Kansas for a wedding, and was travelling home to Montana with Ms Brademeyer’s mother.

Ms Brademeyer and her two children had passed through security when the grandmother was detained after triggering an alarm on the scanners.
Isabella then, according to her mother, ‘excitedly ran over to give her a hug, as children often do. They made very brief contact, no longer than a few seconds.’

The young girl was immediately detained by security agents, who apparently shouted at her that she would have to be frisked too, and refused to let her mother explain what has happening.

Ms Brademeyer wrote: ‘It was implied, several times, that my mother, in their brief two-second embrace, had passed a handgun to my daughter.’

Nightmare: The TSA has been criticised for being over-zealous (file photo)
In her terror, Isabella tried to run away rather than face a full body pat-down, which unsurprisingly enraged the TSA officers further.

One officer even told the girl’s mother that the airport would have to be shut down and every flight cancelled if the four-year-old did not co-operate.

They also apparently described the little girl as a ‘high security threat’.

As Isabella was taken into a side room for a pat-down, accompanied by her mother, she could not stop crying and refused to let the agents touch her.

An officer repeatedly said she had ‘seen a gun in a teddy bear’ in the past, in an apparent attempt to justify the situation.

Ms Brademeyer continued: ‘The TSO loomed over my daughter, with an angry grimace on her face, and ordered her to stop crying.

‘When my scared child could not do so, two TSOs called for backup saying, “The suspect is not cooperating.” The suspect, of course, being a frightened child. They treated my daughter no better than if she had been a terrorist.’

Airport: Isabella’s family was flying out of Wichita at the time of the incident
Isabella continued to cry, and officers said the family would have to leave the airport as the TSA was unable to frisk the four-year-old.

When a manager was called, he decided that the distraught Isabella could be checked alongside her mother, and let the family pass through security at last.

But their nightmare was not yet over, as on a connecting flight in Denver, an airport employee demanded to know which of the family was Isabella – and ‘looked really confused’ when the girl was pointed out to her.

Ms Brademeyer concluded her Facebook post by drawing attention to TSA rules against separating children from their parents, and added: ‘I feel compelled to share this story in the hope that no other child will have to share in this experience.’

When The Consumerist approached the TSA for comment on the bizarre incident, a spokesman said: ‘TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper current screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child.’

Last month the agency came in for criticism when a video of a three-year-old boy in wheelchair having a full pat-down and being swabbed for explosives circulated on the internet.

The TSA really needs to be better trained in handling children, that is all I have to say.
More later.

Sep 13 2011

An ongoing news story catches my eye, then comes up in psych class.

Some of you may or may not be familiar with the name Jordan Brown. Well ok, I get it, it’s a common name, so you’ve probably heard it somewhere. His case came up in adolescent psych the other day while we were discussing whether a 15-year-old mother should be allowed to make major medical decisions involving her child by herself, or should others be involved to assist her in the making of those decisions.

So the scenario looke something like this. The girls 15, baby’s daddy’s 17 and just got out of jail on assault charges. He’s hanging out at the hospital, having a grand old time, making all these free phone calls to god knows who, kinda going, “Look at me! I just got out of jail!”

So he’s doing that, and this 15 year old mother, who’s HIV positive, whose child is also, is making all these oh my god huge decisions, that really, no parent should be forced to make alone.

Jordan Brown came up when we were asked, is the father an adolescent or an adult? I’d seen an update on his case, which I’d been eyeballing for awhile, Over here a few days prior to the discussion we had.

Jordan Brown should have been the typical 11-year-old kid. He was adjusting to a divorce or breakup of his parents, and that’s difficult for any child that age. However, on February 20, 2009, this child took a youth-sized gun, and shot his soon-to-be stepmother. His dad, Chris, had given the gun to the child as a Christmas present. He’d also proposed to the deceased on the same day.

First, why would you give your 11-year-old a shotgun? I mean, I get it if you want to teach your child to shoot, for hunting purposes, like this guy did, but couldn’t you see signs of trouble before?

Ok, so I’m a bit biased here, but I would never hand my 12-year-old brother a gun! That’s just asking him to use it stupidly. I can see giving a kid a small youth-model gun when they’re around 15 or 16, because by that time, one hopes, his sense of morality has developed. But to give a kid in a precarious or new situation a gun, at age 11… No.

What was the father thinking? hadn’t there been reports from the school, teachers, principal, whoever else have you, that would indicate to any sensible person with a working brain in their cranium, “Um, by the way,this kid shouldn’t be in possession of an unregistered firearm.”

No, apparently, in Pennsylvania, you don’t have to register children’s firearms. I’m now curious as to whether that’s the case everywhere, must look it up later. If the child shoots and kills an adult, is he fully responsible for his actions? Could part of the blame be placed on Dad for giving the kid a gun and not locking it up in the first place? Ok, I guess I can see allowing a kid a gun, if you’re smart, and you lock the thing up in a safe after each use. But this genius let his 11-year-old kid keep a gun, out in the open, in his room.

So the kid’s 11, he’s jealous and angry that his new stepmom’s having a new baby. Reportedly he tells one of his little friends that he wants to shoot his stepmom. Dad, why weren’t you paying attention here? Obviously, this kid wasn’t psychologically equipped to be owning, shooting, or keeping a firearm in his room!

My other question here is, can an 11-year old premeditate a murder? Children, at age 11, especially boys, can be very immature for their age. Is the ability to premeditate present yet? In the beginning, his dad says it was an accident.

There’s been tons of controversy surrounding this case because noone was really sure whether Brown should be tried as a child or an adult. Obviously, were he tried as a child, his sentence would be lighter than had he been tried as an adult.

Eventually, a judge ruled he should be tried as a juvenile. His reasons, if you look at update 4 over here make sense.

Apparently, none of the defense’s claims held up according to this judge, so if Brown is found guilty, he gets out of prison in 2018. Had he been tried as an adult, they’d have most likely nailed him with life in prison, no parole. It took 2 years for this child to be discertified as an adult, for a crime he was charged with at age 11.

It seems like much of this was because there are those who genuinely believe this kid didn’t do it, and that if he did, he’s a low-risk offender. How do we know that, though? We don’t. This kid committed a murder at age 11. He was only a child, with an underdeveloped sense of morality. Besides, how can you prove he didn’t do it? His prints are all over that gun, even if he did ditch the shell casing on the way to school. Assuming he’s guilty, there’s no real way of determining whether he’s a high or low-risk offender, because he was only 11 at the time and one is not fully developed at that age. I realize that the victim’s family wanted him tried as an adult, and with good reason, but I think the judge was right. You can’t try a 14-year-old kid as an adult for a crime he committed at age 11. The understanding of what he did, if he is guilty, wasn’t fully there at the time. He new what he was doing in the moment, but wasn’t aware of the consequences of his actions, as is the case with most children at age 11.

Kids at that age love to test buttons. I have a 12-year-old brother who seems to believe that because I’m treated like a child by my parents, he doesn’t have to do as I ask.

There’s no excuse for what this kid did if he’s found guilty, but as mentioned above, the parents should’ve been a little more emphatic about firearm safety and use. there is no reason that child should have had that gun in his room, left out in the open. The father is partially to blame, too. No reasonable adult lets a kid keep a gun in his bedroom. There’s no reason you couldn’t have purchased a safe with the weapon and given that to the child along with the gun.

I’ll agree he should be tried as a juvenile, I’ll agree he’s at fault if he’s found guilty. But Dad’s not receiving anything from the looks of it over here, for being an idiot. (Well ok so you can’t legally charge someone with being stupid)… But why isn’t the father receiving a legal slap on the wrist for letting the kid have the gun in his room unsupervised? I know he was supervising the instruction and use of the weapon outdors, but you can’t just hand a gun to a kid and say, “take this upstairs to your room.”

Jul 21 2011

A note to the stupid

First, we start with the internal stupid.
1. Pitting everyone against each other and causing a major bitchfest, is NOT how you get your way.
2. Sitting on the computer all day, unshowered and in your pajamas, at the age of 12 is wrong. What the fuck are you thinking? Wait…Why do I need to ask that when I know you’re not?
3. Additionally, again. At 12, you should be DOING SOMETHING. Not sitting there telling me you’re too lazy to take a shower.
4. Yes, I did bitch you out, and yes, your father agrees with me, or he would’ve bitched at me when I went to go do morning meds.
(He didn’t. He was completely fine with me and recognizes this as an attempt to pit everyone against each other and have them fighting for this child’s amusement.)

Onward to the external stupid.
1. As the blog’s disclaimer says, “You have the ability to not read this blog, please exercise that right. That simple.”
2. Let me translate that for you in even plainer English than Shane did. “If you don’t like what someone has to say here, kindly do us the favor of getting lost.”
3. Additionally, if you don’t like something here, please have the testicular fortitude to tell us, and tell us who you are. One thing we hate here are anonymous comments, which get automatically heaved into the spam folder, but even worse, we hate it when people circumvent blog policy.

4. Noone who comments has the right to tell us how to run the blog, or how we can comment. I’ll say it again. “You have the ability not to read this blog, please exercise that right.”
5. Not doing the above automatically revokes your bitching license. Please be advised of this in future.

Assistant admin and co-writer needs a 2-liter of Mountain Dew, some lunch, and a week off from the stupid.

Apr 18 2011

and sighted people had the nerve to question my parent skills as a blind person? really?

Oh yeah, this is exactly what I wanted to wake up to reading via rss feeds this morning.
While scrolling through RSS feeds, I come across
this.
Here’s the article in it’s entirety.

Vancouver couple have been arrested for allegedly holding their two young autistic boys captive in a darkened, caged room.

Responding to a tip from Child Protective Services, police officers raided the couple’s apartment Tuesday and found the boys, ages 5 and 7, confined in a bedroom with a cage-like door. The boys could not speak, were wearing diapers and were not enrolled in school or receiving medical attention, according to police reports. They had no toys in their bedroom, which also had a cage over the window.

The parents, John C. Eckhart, 30, and Alayna M. Higdon, 26, were taken into custody on suspicion of second-degree criminal mistreatment and unlawful imprisonment, both class C felonies. On Wednesday morning, Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis set bail at $25,000 each. As of Wednesday afternoon, the two were in the Clark County Jail.

Meanwhile, the boys and the couple’s two other boys, ages 9 years and 11 months, were placed in protective custody, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. The 9-year-old and 11-month-old were not being held in caged rooms.

The case surfaced after a social worker responded to a complaint about children being locked in cages. After knocking at the door, the social worker reported hearing a strange wailing coming from the apartment at 4317 N.E. 66th Ave.

“It kind of sounded like a bird, but I wondered if it was a kid,” the caseworker told officers, according to police reports.

Responding officers arrived later, and Higdon answered the door with a baby in her arms. The officer reported looking down a hallway and seeing a child’s arm hanging through a caged door. There was garbage and food wrappers on the floor, and the apartment was dirty and grimy, according to police reports. The cupboards in the kitchen contained little food; a pizza and Mountain Dew were in the refrigerator.

The couple’s 9-year-old son told officers that his younger brothers were fed but never allowed out of the room. The 9-year-old grew quiet when officers asked if the parents ever physically assaulted the children, according to reports. There was no reports of physical abuse.

The door of the room had been removed and replaced with a metal slatted cage that encompassed the entire doorway, Kapp said. The room was dark, with a single mattress inside.

When an officer went to the bedroom, where the boys were confined, “they were making moaning noises and tapped their fingers together through the holes between the metal bars,” according to police reports.

The officer reported smelling the scent of urine coming from the boys.

Asked why her children were locked in the room, Higdon said they are hyperactive and she doesn’t want them running wild. Pressed about why they weren’t in school, she told the officer that she can’t find a special school for their autism and tries to home-school them — even though the 9-year-old told investigators that his mother doesn’t teach them, according to police reports.

She also explained that the boys are still in diapers because they don’t understand how to go to the bathroom. She said she was not responsible for their well-being because they were Eckhart’s biological children, not hers.

After contacting Eckhart, whom police reports describe as Higdon’s fiancé, he became antagonistic toward the officers, yelling that they have no right to take his children.

“What am I supposed to do?” he asked police. “Let them run around the house? What kind of (expletive) parenting is that? They are both autistic.”

Higdon told officers that her fiancé uses marijuana.

When officers let the boys out of the room, they appeared excited, and one of them pointed toward the window, according to police reports.

A witness (whose name was redacted from the report) interviewed by police reported that the children had been held in the caged room for at least six months.

Wednesday afternoon, at the couple’s apartment complex off Andresen Road, Springfield Meadows, neighbors said they occasionally heard children screaming but never saw the kids come outside.

One upstairs neighbor said the family were “really bad neighbors” and that the children’s screaming was always followed by the mother’s yelling.

Eckhart is listed in court papers as unemployed; a search for his Facebook page displays a picture of him making an obscene gesture.

Higdon is listed as a student at Clark College in elementary education and was part of a work-study program that sporadically placed her as a volunteer in the library at Harney Elementary School, said Vancouver Public Schools spokeswoman Kris Sork.

According to court documents, the couple lives off food stamps and $1,160 in welfare a month.

The couple’s family is blended, with the autistic boys belonging to Eckhart and the 9-year-old belonging to Higdon, according to police reports. They are the parents of the 11-month-old.

At their first appearance Wednesday, the judge appointed attorney Robert Vukanovich to represent Eckhart and attorney Clark Fridley to represent Higdon.

The pair are expected to be arraigned on charges April 27.

Reading that article, I had to prevent myself from screaming.
I’m so goddamn tired of seing this, it makes my freakin’ blood boil.
What pisses me off even more is this part of the article.

What am I supposed to do?” he asked police. “Let them run around the house? What kind of (expletive) parenting is that? They are both autistic.”

what the hell kind of an excuse is that?
Really?
and I’ve been
accused
of being a safety risk to kids?
Seriously?
Need I
remind
you that I know a parent who’s child’s autistic, blind, and nonverbal?
Does that kind of crap happen? Hell fucking know!
It’s stories like this that drive my willingness to protect the innocence of children, especially children like those shown in the story above.
and you want to let these people roam the street on araignment?
If I’m remembering my termonology correctly, is that not the same as bail?
Or maybe that word in my pissed off state was miss-read and I’m having a problem remembering the deffinition correctly.
feel free to comment and set me straight.

Apr 16 2011

a sentancing finally comes down the pipe. she deserves it.

As posted
previously
a colorado child died after drowning in the bathtub, while his mother was on
facebook
Well now, the mother has been
sentanced
Here’s that article in it’s entirety.

A northern Colorado woman who was playing a game on Facebook while her 13-month-old child drowned in a full bathtub was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.

Shannon Johnson was playing a game on Facebook while her 13-month-old son drowned in a full bathtub. She was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison. (Weld County (Colo.) Sheriff/Greeley Tribune/Associated Press)
Shannon Johnson, 34, of Fort Lupton, cried as District Judge Thomas Quammen told her he didn’t think she was a bad person or that she killed her son on purpose, the Greeley Tribune reported.

But, he added, that doesn’t mean her action wasn’t criminal.

“You left this little boy in a bathtub so you could entertain yourself on the computer by playing games,” Quammen said. “And you left that 13-month-old human being, little Joseph, incredibly for those reasons.”

Johnson pleaded guilty in March to negligently causing the death of her child. The charge carried a sentencing range of four to 12 years, but it also left open the possibility she could receive community service or probation. Authorities rejected both of those options, saying they didn’t want to play down the seriousness of her crime.

According to court documents, Johnson put her son in the tub for his bath a little after 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 20. She then left him unsupervised in a bathtub full of water as she went to another room to share videos, check status updates and play Café World on Facebook. Johnson told deputies that Joseph had grown independent and wanted to be left alone in the tub.

When she returned to the bathroom, said she found Joseph sideways and face-down in the tub.

Johnson called 911 to say Joseph wasn’t breathing. Paramedics were able to revive the toddler but he was pronounced dead at a Denver hospital.

She was also sentenced to five years of mandatory parole following her incarceration.

‘Independent baby,’ mother said
According to the affidavit, Johnson told police the boy “wanted to be left alone” and was a very “independent baby.”

She also told police she knew what it was like to be told “no,” and she did not want her baby to be told “no.”

The affidavit says she also did not want him to be known as a “mama’s boy.”

Johnson told police she gave the boy a bath every day — sometimes twice a day. She said that on the day Joseph died, the water level might have been higher than usual.

Johnson told police she had been leaving Joseph in the bathtub alone for weeks.

She also told authorities that her son had a seizure at his grandmother’s house a month earlier and had been given anti-seizure medication in case it happened again. Doctors didn’t diagnose the cause of the seizure and there were no other occurrences, Johnson said.

The investigation into the boy’s death was delayed while investigators waited for the final autopsy report. That report came back Jan. 3. It said the baby died of anoxic brain injury, cardiac arrest and drowning, according to the arrest affidavit. Johnson was arrested days later.

She was also sentenced to five years of mandatory parole following her incarceration.

Weld County undersheriff Margie Martinez told KMGH-TV in Denver that Johnson’s mother said she had warned her daughter of the danger of leaving the toddler unattended in water just days before he drowned.

“She told her she wouldn’t do it anymore,” Martinez said.

Their aren’t words. See my previous post, my comments their, fit here to.

Apr 05 2011

and people wonder why?

so at this point and time I sit back and wonder

what the goddamn hell did i ever do to deserve the way people treat me.

I’ve probably posted here numerous times about my childhood, so we won’t rehash that.
But going through e-mail, and cursing the spam filters as I had to go digging for an order receipt, this message, got through.
Because I’m not a total heartless prick I’ve removed the e-mail and name of the sender, and my own for the security of all.
I’m going to reaferm my stance, I’m not responsible for the actions of others as a result of this post, and I’m not responsible if you aquire equipment to blow this person to kingdom come. But I’ll support the efort and join you in jail, k?
So here we go.

from: my biological mother
to: me
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 4:17 AM
subject:

This message is to inform you that we heard about your surgeries back in July, and what has transpired since then.
What right did you have denying your biological parents access to your medical history, or your state of health.
We fucking brought you into this world, we have a fucking right to know what’s going on with you.
How’d we find out? By reading your goddamn blog, and if this goes on the blog, you won’t like the consiquences.
I hope someone does kill you because you don’t deserve to live, and the next time you have surgery hopefully they’ll fucking kill you so your out of our lives.
As for you dating some gutter slut whore from the states? Your a goddamn canadian, stay the fuck on this side of the boarder, you don’t need to be dating some fat, no good bitch that can’t even fend for herself and who won’t even get up the balls to come up here.
The only relationship from that side of the boarder that did you any good was the one that knew that slapping you around was the only way to keep you in line.
Don’t ever deny us access to your information again young man, we brought you into this world, and we’ll take you out of it.
Your foster parents can’t and won’t stop us from removing you from our lives, even if you think they will.
You can’t hide from us, so don’t try.

see above, I need not repeat myself.
The comment boards and this database might just blow up. Sorry
james
and
dream host
if I cause the
MY SQL
server to shit all over the floor.

Mar 24 2011

clearly, 18′s still a ripe age for being a complete idiot when it comes to parenting.

I see this on a daily bases.
Parents think that parenting’s fun, get their asses knocked up then do stupid shit.
This one,
decides
to report one thing to medical personell, but then it’s prooven wrong, hi the boy suffering from

second- and third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body, and his injuries are considered life-threatening

and you still plead not guilty?
For serious?
I’m still of the mind set, you want to parent, you need to be ualified.
Wait, slight problem with that, we give idiots drivers licenses to, so that wouldn’t help.
Shit, I tried, k?

Jul 05 2010

Sex Offender Wins Custody of Daughter.

This is fucking dispicabel.
I’m extremely outraged.
My comments follow the article.

Sex Offender Wins Custody of Daughter.
A HEROIN-addicted sex offender has won custody of his young daughter because the girl’s mother is considered an even more unsuitable parent.
Child protection campaigners yesterday lashed the Federal Magistrates’ Court decision to leave the girl in such conditions as outrageous and “defying logic”.
Granting custody of the girl, aged about 5, to the father, the court branded the mother dishonest and criticised her continuing drug use. The court heard the mother, who has shoplifting and prostitution-related convictions and a history of drug use, left the labour ward to buy heroin soon after giving birth.
The father, who also has a string of convictions, was put on the sex offenders’ list after being convicted of wilful and obscene exposure The girl, who has behavioural problems and a speech impediment, has suffered serious injuries.
Her plight was reported to the Department of Human Services last year after she was treated for a serious burn to her buttocks. Each parent blamed the other for it. The girl also had injuries from a dog bite and once suffered an injury from being hit with a shoe.The couple separated soon after the birth, and the father is reported to have been violent to the mother.
But, despite concerns he had taken drugs as recently as last December, and kept a knife and sword collection, the court last month ruled the girl should live with him.
“The father provides calmer parenting with more clearly set boundaries than the mother does,” the magistrate said.
“A history of inadequate supervision combined with heroin and marijuana use create a serious concern that (the girl) may be neglected by her mother.”
The girl will spend two out of three weekends with her mother.The court gave the father custody because the mother continued to use drugs and “had been dishonest with the court”.
Her drug-screening tests repeatedly indicated the presence of benzodiazepines and opiates. She was even suspected of once taking drugs while in the court precinct arguing for custody. Her home was once described as filthy and strewn with vomit and faecal material, though the court accepted its cleanliness was usually “probably in an acceptable range”.
The father is on a disability pension and hasn’t worked in almost 10 years because of depression.
“There was no evidence (he) is making any notable contribution to society,” the court said.
It said he “was using drugs or doing something else he did not want to admit” as recently as last September, and had lied about his whereabouts when meant to be caring for his daughter.
But he was making progress with his addictions. It ordered him to dispose of his weapons. The Australian Childhood Foundation’s Joe Tucci said the decision “defies logic”.
“Children shouldn’t ever be placed in a situation where the rights of the parents . . . override their right to protection,” he said.
“The decision should be about whether a child is safe or not, not which parent is the better to look after them.
“The community expects children to be looked after by their parents, and if the parents fail this then the courts need to look after them.”
Child protection campaigner Hetty Johnston said the ruling was “outrageously dangerous”.”There’s no way staying with either parent should have even been an option. This isn’t in the best interest of the child,” she said.
A Department of Human Services spokesman said it was no longer involved in the case.

Let’s nail a few points here.

  • what the hell is the child doing with *either* parent to begin with?

  • with that said, are the courts utterly demented in the head? what the hell is this! your going to put the child in an abusive environment because, what, the state/department can’t pony up the money to keep this child safe?


No matter what, I’m shocked by this decision, that has been handed down.
Both parents, in my opinion, are unfit parents, so *neither* of them should have custody of this child.
Also, take into account the fact that this child is disabled, with a speech impediment. Can these parents provide for this child’s physical, medical, needs, with this drug habbit burning every spare dollar? In my opinion, no!
Ladies and gentlemen, the department of child services, and today’s justice system are a disgrace, no matter where you live, it’s atrotious.
I’ve posted previously in this blog about lesser cases, where the child is taken and put into the department as a ward of the state/county.
If these departments and our court systems, are going to do this to lesser cases, in a case like this article shows, why the fuck are they putting this child into an environment that, will most likely kill this child?
I want to here your opinions.
Am I wrong?
Am i just spouting out of anger?
Have i missed a vital point here somewhere?
The comment boards await you.

Feb 08 2007

updates

HEy folks,
I don’t have time to write awhole lot, as I’ve got an appointment to get to.
THi is jst ot say that i am still alive and kicking.
Rose and myself are moved into the apartment, and oding well.
We’ve still got problems with the C.A.S. trying to take our baby, and we’re working to stop it.
I’ll write more later on.

Oct 16 2006

A Slide, a Prayer, Again

Good afternoon fellow readers.
I get a lot of christian related material by e-mail.
I enjoy a lot of it.
a lot of the good stuff comes from:
christian today.com
this site offers a lot of great reading.
The following article comes from the
children’s ministry
section of that site.
Please enjoy, and remember, your comments are always welcome on the material posted here.
and now, as they say in show business, we give you our featured presentation, the article entitled A Slide, a Prayer, Again.

A Slide, a Prayer, Again
by Keri Wyatt Kent

Little Josh wanders the three-year-old room at Promiseland, stopping first at the art station to color a picture of Jesus, which he embellishes with a few
lines and circles meant to be Thomas the train. I admire his work. He smiles, but is already scanning the room, sizing up the possibilities: a reading
corner with picture books, a play kitchen, bowling with plastic pins, and a rubber ball. Then he sees it: the sturdy plastic slide, brightly hued and inviting.
“I want to slide,” he says, pulling me by the hand. “Okay,” I say.

He points to a spot on the carpet beside the slide. “You sit here and watch me,” he says kindly. As a volunteer, that’s my job during play time—to watch
the kids (we’ll talk about the Bible lesson later during small group time). I agree and sit on the floor. Josh climbs to the top of slide, sits down and
looks at me expectantly.

“Ready, set, go!” I say. He slides down, his light-up sneakers catching slightly on the slide. He runs over to me and I give him a high-five. He stops,
looking thoughtful. He lifts one finger, looking professorial. “I’ll do it again!” he says.

Josh was sliding for at least 15 minutes, maybe more. Each time, he’d lift that index finger and repeat, “I’ll do it again!” Since I was at Promiseland
and not at home trying to get other chores done, I sat down and simply watched Josh play. He’d look over at me, and I’d clap or make comments. Occasionally,
other kids joined in, and I watched all of them, saying “Ready, set, go!” when prompted and offering “Great job!” with a high-five as each came off the
slide.

What made this activity satisfying for three-year-olds? Well, they like doing things “again”! (And again and again.) But mostly, I think, Josh liked having
someone to watch and admire his play on the slide. He just enjoyed my attention.

Prayer is like that, I think: just enjoying the attention of God.

What an amazing gift—the loving attention of God. We can have it any time we want—God is never hurried, never stingy with time. We can take that attention
for granted. It’s easy to focus on ourselves and our needs when we pray. But prayer is so much more than communicating our concerns.

Prayer is rooted in relationship. The writer of Hebrews notes that our relationship with Jesus not only gives us access to God, but assurance that we’ll
be heard and helped. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way,
just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in
our time of need” (Hebrews 4:15,16).

Just as little Josh was confident that he could ask me to sit and watch him play on the slide, that I would give him my attention and affirmation, we can
be confident that God will listen to us.

That begins the conversation, but if it is truly to be that—a conversation—we must listen as well. To be aware that God is giving us attention and to respond
by offering our attention back to God—that’s the beginning of a deeper kind of prayer.

Do these ideas fill you with longing? Pay attention to that.

“Desire for God is fuel for prayer,” writes Marjorie Thompson, adding that all our spiritual desires come from God. God is the initiator—the one who sits
down to listen to us and longs to have us listen, be still, and know.

Does prayer feel like a privilege, or an obligation? Is it a time to listen, or just a chance to stuff your complaints in the suggestion box? Do you enjoy
the attention of God, or does it make you squirmy, wondering what to say?

One way to listen to God is to simply be still, and pray a simple breath prayer. A breath prayer is one that can be uttered in the space of a single inhale
and exhale. It’s a way of giving God attention that you can carry with you through your day.

Start by simply being quiet and taking a few deep, calming breaths. Imagine Jesus is there with you, asking, what do you need? Do you need peace? Confidence?
Strength to endure? Wisdom? Jesus promises to give us all these things if we ask.

Then, decide how you want to address God. What feels most intimate, or addresses your need most directly? Loving Father? Compassionate One? Lord?

Combine this name for God with your desire or need. For example, you may pray, “Counselor, give me wisdom.” A famous breath prayer that has been prayed
for generations is “Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

You may want to write your prayer in a journal or on an index card that you can carry with you. Or simply carry it in your heart. Pray it throughout your
day. Then listen for God’s response. Or simply enjoy the quiet presence of the Spirit.

Today, take some time to enjoy the attention of God, to share your joys and challenges with one who delights in listening to you. And then, offer your undivided
attention to God, who longs to tell you how deeply and fully loved you truly are.

Oct 16 2006

>A Slide, a Prayer, Again

>Good afternoon fellow readers.
I get a lot of christian related material by e-mail.
I enjoy a lot of it.
a lot of the good stuff comes from:
christian today.com
this site offers a lot of great reading.
The following article comes from the
children’s ministry
section of that site.
Please enjoy, and remember, your comments are always welcome on the material posted here.
and now, as they say in show business, we give you our featured presentation, the article entitled A Slide, a Prayer, Again.

A Slide, a Prayer, Again
by Keri Wyatt Kent

Little Josh wanders the three-year-old room at Promiseland, stopping first at the art station to color a picture of Jesus, which he embellishes with a few
lines and circles meant to be Thomas the train. I admire his work. He smiles, but is already scanning the room, sizing up the possibilities: a reading
corner with picture books, a play kitchen, bowling with plastic pins, and a rubber ball. Then he sees it: the sturdy plastic slide, brightly hued and inviting.
“I want to slide,” he says, pulling me by the hand. “Okay,” I say.

He points to a spot on the carpet beside the slide. “You sit here and watch me,” he says kindly. As a volunteer, that’s my job during play time—to watch
the kids (we’ll talk about the Bible lesson later during small group time). I agree and sit on the floor. Josh climbs to the top of slide, sits down and
looks at me expectantly.

“Ready, set, go!” I say. He slides down, his light-up sneakers catching slightly on the slide. He runs over to me and I give him a high-five. He stops,
looking thoughtful. He lifts one finger, looking professorial. “I’ll do it again!” he says.

Josh was sliding for at least 15 minutes, maybe more. Each time, he’d lift that index finger and repeat, “I’ll do it again!” Since I was at Promiseland
and not at home trying to get other chores done, I sat down and simply watched Josh play. He’d look over at me, and I’d clap or make comments. Occasionally,
other kids joined in, and I watched all of them, saying “Ready, set, go!” when prompted and offering “Great job!” with a high-five as each came off the
slide.

What made this activity satisfying for three-year-olds? Well, they like doing things “again”! (And again and again.) But mostly, I think, Josh liked having
someone to watch and admire his play on the slide. He just enjoyed my attention.

Prayer is like that, I think: just enjoying the attention of God.

What an amazing gift—the loving attention of God. We can have it any time we want—God is never hurried, never stingy with time. We can take that attention
for granted. It’s easy to focus on ourselves and our needs when we pray. But prayer is so much more than communicating our concerns.

Prayer is rooted in relationship. The writer of Hebrews notes that our relationship with Jesus not only gives us access to God, but assurance that we’ll
be heard and helped. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way,
just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in
our time of need” (Hebrews 4:15,16).

Just as little Josh was confident that he could ask me to sit and watch him play on the slide, that I would give him my attention and affirmation, we can
be confident that God will listen to us.

That begins the conversation, but if it is truly to be that—a conversation—we must listen as well. To be aware that God is giving us attention and to respond
by offering our attention back to God—that’s the beginning of a deeper kind of prayer.

Do these ideas fill you with longing? Pay attention to that.

“Desire for God is fuel for prayer,” writes Marjorie Thompson, adding that all our spiritual desires come from God. God is the initiator—the one who sits
down to listen to us and longs to have us listen, be still, and know.

Does prayer feel like a privilege, or an obligation? Is it a time to listen, or just a chance to stuff your complaints in the suggestion box? Do you enjoy
the attention of God, or does it make you squirmy, wondering what to say?

One way to listen to God is to simply be still, and pray a simple breath prayer. A breath prayer is one that can be uttered in the space of a single inhale
and exhale. It’s a way of giving God attention that you can carry with you through your day.

Start by simply being quiet and taking a few deep, calming breaths. Imagine Jesus is there with you, asking, what do you need? Do you need peace? Confidence?
Strength to endure? Wisdom? Jesus promises to give us all these things if we ask.

Then, decide how you want to address God. What feels most intimate, or addresses your need most directly? Loving Father? Compassionate One? Lord?

Combine this name for God with your desire or need. For example, you may pray, “Counselor, give me wisdom.” A famous breath prayer that has been prayed
for generations is “Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

You may want to write your prayer in a journal or on an index card that you can carry with you. Or simply carry it in your heart. Pray it throughout your
day. Then listen for God’s response. Or simply enjoy the quiet presence of the Spirit.

Today, take some time to enjoy the attention of God, to share your joys and challenges with one who delights in listening to you. And then, offer your undivided
attention to God, who longs to tell you how deeply and fully loved you truly are.

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