Monthly Archives: November 2011

Child Abuse in Disguise

As a child, I did stupid things. There was certainly no shortage of dangerous stunts that really did seem like awesome ideas at the time. I jumped from the second floor landing of my house while holding a plastic shopping bag by the handles over my head wondering why my “parachute” wasn’t working. I made a ramp out of an old wooden plank and a four by four stud. As I raced down the hill on my steel strap on skates, delusions of grandeur racing through my head I just knew that I could clear a good ten feet. Right up until I hit the lip of the plank and took a header straight into the fender of my dads blue 77 Grand Torino station wagon. When I was young, child abuse was self-inflicted.

My point is, we got hurt because we tried things regardless of what our parents warned and that is how we toughened up. Our parents never put us in a situation where we could get injured (at least not on purpose). To the contrary, I occasionally find myself becoming a little overprotective of my children and I have to remind myself that sometimes its better to leave them be.

Kids need to be kids. There are some lessons that just can’t be taught. That said I don’t understand what some parents are thinking. I see shows like “Toddlers In Tiara’s” and wonder why these women aren’t getting their asses handed to them by some judge for the psychological child abuse they put these little girls through.

Here’s the newest thing I found on ABCNews, “Mutton Busting”. For those of you who haven’t heard of this, Mutton Busting is when you take a child six years old or under, strap a hockey helmet and a padded vest on them, put them on the back of a live sheep and see how long they last as the sheep darts full speed across the rodeo stage.

Why the hell are parents subjecting their children to this? Some of those kids are obviously terrified at the prospect of riding a live animal full speed across a sandpit. At six years old and under, that’s like the equivalent of an adult being strapped to the back of an angry buck!

But Dom, they’re wearing full facial protection and a vest. Yeah, tell that to little Timmy after he gets knocked off and an animal averaging eighty to one hundred pounds stomps down on his neck and leaves him paralyzed. One woman actually said, “There’s no point in over-protecting them and raising a bunch of sissies. They need to be boys.” While I agree with that statement in general, I don’t think any child six and under has the mental capacity to make the decision to ride any animal until they get thrown off for shits and giggles.

In my sad little opinion, I don’t think a parent responsible for the life of a child should be endangering said child’s life because the kid thinks its something that looks fun. Like a good friend of mine always says, “It’s all fun and games until someone dies”.

Check the video below.

Hate is alive and well in Texas (not exclusively)

While coasting the news sites for something interesting to write about this evening I came across this little gem on that still has my blood pressure shooting straight up. For every step forward the human race makes, there are still one or two or thousands that still manage to drag us back into the dark ages of hate and intolerance.

Crockett Keller, owner of Keller’s Riverside Store down in good ole Texas is one of these barbarians.  He seems to think (unfortunately like many dim witted Americans) that he can bring segregation back into our good U.S. of A. Not only that, he thinks he can do this and hide behind the guise of being a “Real American” and not get labeled a bigot.

What did he say that got me all wound up you might ask?  Well, Mr. Keller is licensed to teach people how to handle firearms and during one of his ads for an upcoming class he said, “If you are a socialist liberal and/or voted for the current campaigner-in-chief, please do not take this class. You’ve already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision as required under the law.”

REALLY!?! Last time I checked, that current “campaigner-in-chief” was still trying to clean up eight years of eff ups former president knucklehead left behind! You know, people seem to forget this. They started blaming President Obama for all the trouble this country has been in the day after he was sworn in. Why don’t these people just go back under the damn rocks they crawled out of, let the Prez do his job and when his second term is up and he CAN’T be re-elected, you guys can have another shot at effing things up again.

Moving on, that wasn’t even the worse thing he said. This guy really showed his colors with his next statement. He said, “Also, if you are a non-Christian Arab or Muslim, I will not teach you this class. Once again, with no shame, I am Crockett Keller.” WHO IN THE HELL DOES THIS GUY THINK HE IS! AND, when asked about where he got the idea of inserting that little kibble of back assed knowledge, he responded, “I got to thinking, ‘Hmm, I’m arming the enemy”. WTF!

It’s this breed of super right winged fundamentalists that scour the good name of REAL Christians and REAL Americans and REAL Muslims and REAL Arabs living here in the same damn country with this scum. Listen to me once and for all the Muslim religion is NOT a terrorist organization! Fanatics of any organization, be it Muslim or Christian or American or Arab all spew hatred and anger toward the other smearing blood over the innocent and taking the rest of us down with them.

Why the hell do we stand for it? Why do we continuously let these knuckle dragging, tea bagging son’s of bitches open their big mouths to spew fire while we just sit there and get singed by the flames? I don’t effing understand it. I’m guessing there are Arab/Muslim citizens asking that very question about the fanatics that claim that they are Muslims as well.  What the hell is it going to take for us to just shake the shit out of these people and tell them to shut the fuck up!

There are some of you out there that may think, “What’s the big deal? If he doesn’t want to service Muslims then that’s his right to do so.” Sure, he can do what he wants but that doesn’t mean the rest of us should just sit back and let it happen. It doesn’t mean that the state or the government have to let it happen.

On that note, the Texas Department of Public Safety is launching an investigation to see if they might revoke or suspend his license to teach his firearms classes. And it goes without saying that the Texas Council on American-Islamic Relations is keeping a close eye on what the outcome is going to be.

In my sad little opinion, us normal people need to be less passive about this sort of thing and get into these people’s faces. We need to be just as loud as they are. The world is listening, whom do you think they are hearing?