Archive for February, 2012
There has been a lot of discussion over this video clip posted to YouTube showing the father of a North Carolina teenage girl shooting a laptop. What makes me laugh is how the article makes a point of how he wears a ‘cowboy hat’ and smokes a cigarette. OK, so he wears a broad brimmed hat and he smokes? Does that make him ….what? A bad dad?
Then some comments on You Tube include bleeding hearts whining how he is setting a bad example of how to manage your anger and how the gun is inappropriate etc. If he drove over the laptop would that have sent the wrong message for teen drivers? If he threw it out of a fourth floor window what would that encourage those teens to do? He seemed like a reasonable, intelligent, educated and above all else caring parent.He has made his point and millions of people around the world have seen this. I would say the majority support the message, if not the method. I don’t have a problem with him shooting the laptop. He has a licensed firearm and he is using it safely on private property. He bought and paid for the laptop, it is not something the daughter needs to sustain life (although she might see things differently).
I like to think this has sent a positive message to my 13 year old daughter, and in time, her four sisters who will be following her into teenage over the next decade. What was it that guy Voltaire said? Something about shoot one… to encourage the others…
A Filipino guide has escaped from Muslim kidnappers in the southern Philippines by diving overboard. The guide was with a Swiss and a Dutchman, taken hostage by Muslim criminals off Tawi Tawi. The daring escape was successful, but just as easily could have ended up with the escaper being killed. It is a proven tenet of escape and evasion that the sooner you can escape after capture the better your chances. Once you and your captors settle into a routine of sorts it gets harder to get away, not to mention you will be further from help and in the middle of their chosen territory. While the escaper feels guilty he left the other two behind, the reality is his life, as a Filipino, is worth less than the two foreigners and most likely he would be killed to show the kidnappers mean business.
In Florida a rich man has adopted his 42 year old girlfriend to avoid losing his inherited fortune in a court case. The case was brought against him by the parents of a young man he caused the death of due to driving under the influence. Basically a court had previously ruled that the part of his fortune willed to his two biological children could not be touched by anyone sueing him or his estate. So now he has made his girlfriend just seven years his junior his adopted daughter. In most jurisdictions adopted children are considered to have the same legal standing as naturally born children. Surely such abuse of the law could only happen in America? In Australia it is rare that adoption is approved for non-minors as it is considered unnecessary for the good of the child. But this is America and it is about the good of the rich man and how he has the clout to flout the law and common decency, let alone morality.
So no doubt he has continued a sexual relationship with his girlfriend/daughter. Surely that is incest? This is a deliberate abuse of the law, the spirit if not the letter, to deny another party their due compensation or to avoid punitive action. But then what’s new? The rich are not like the rest of us, as F.Scott Fitzgerald pointed out to Ernest Hemingway many years ago. They are indeed different and they think differently and they think of us as being here to make their lives easier. We are still serfs in their minds.
I would be so bold as to say I think this rich bloke drove drunk because he arrogantly believed the law doesn’t apply to his class. He took a life or caused the loss of one and he will use his money and power to avoid paying for his mistakes. If you or I had done this we would be in jail still, and probably staying there.
What galls me the most about this is not that he has deliberately abused the laws of adoption to serve his own ends but that he probably has no inkling of how wrong this is. It will never occur to him that what he did was wrong just as no doubt his only regret about the death of the man he caused is because of all the bother it has put him and his lawyers too. I mean, why can’t these peasants just go away and be grateful we are no longer made to wear pigtails or hand over our brides on our wedding night to the lord of the manor.