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July 28, 2005

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I can't believe this!

[A]uthorities said she abandoned her 4-year-old son on the Capital Beltway, then struck him with her car when he tried to get back in.

Posted by Nathan at 11:24 AM | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Some things can make you shiver on a hot day. that was one of them. What a horror case if the story turns out to be true.

Posted by: Rachel Ann at July 28, 2005 12:25 PM

Truly a quality individual.

Posted by: GradualDazzle at July 28, 2005 04:04 PM

That is horrifying.

I can't even pretend to understand that.

Posted by: zombyboy at July 28, 2005 04:40 PM

That's just about as sickening as this...

Posted by: Gordon at July 28, 2005 07:02 PM

Let me just clarify that previous post.

I think it was sickening that the parents were charged in the first place.

I really, really think that, as a nation, we are mentally ill. We have no sense of priorities. Seriously, unless the guy was in Gene Simmons
fright makeup and dragging his tongue along the kid, who could confuse an image like that with anything other than fatherly love for an infant?

Our priorities are completely fried. We're inured to violence and yet we're completely unable to publicly process any aspect of sexuality (see furor over Grand Theft Auto for as exhibit A).

Posted by: Gordon at July 29, 2005 01:38 AM

There's where I disagree with you. Not on the GTA issue, or on your point that it was sickening they were charged in the first place, but:
Fathers have been kissing their kids on the tummy for centuries. Even in the "bad old repressed 50s", we didn't send people to jail for it.

This is the first time I've seen it happen. Why now, when we are so sexually liberated that we are discussing gay marriage as a possibility?

I think it's not that we are unable to publicly process sexuality, I think it's because our society is so hyper-sexualized that some people cannot see a simple act of non-sexual affection without interpreting it in sexual ways.
The person who initially reported the incident, and every person who helped the accusation be processed, had one thing in common: they saw someone kissing a child's belly and could not conceive of that not being a sexual act.

People who are motivated by their own desire for sexual sensation/fulfillment tend to assume others are, as well.

We are becoming Japan.

Posted by: Nathan at July 29, 2005 08:34 AM
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