Tagged: Think of the Children!

A Brief But Heartfelt Response To Karen Spears Zacharias

Oh Karen, my Karen, our vile culture is rife With "fuck!" and "cocksucker!" and other such strife Nobody's polite. Nobody keeps cool. Nobody uses nice words for their stool. Instead of discoursing in the way that we should, We all swear like that guy getting blown on Deadwood....

We Forge Our Chains Out Of Our Fear For Our Children

Summer! When I was a kid, summer was a magical time of freedom. I'd lurch out of the house rubbing my eyes with the birdsong at dawn and not return until dinner, filthy and tired and delirious with possibilities fulfilled. My parents would have a basic idea where...

Categorical Thinking And The Sex Offender Box

For some time I've been talking about how politicians, and the lawyers defending their actions, encourage categorical thinking to persuade us to limit our own rights and the rights of others. We're conditioned to be most comfortable thinking in black-and-white terms and about simple and clearly defined categories...

We Have A Serious Problem: Children.

The recently and awesomely re-launched blog Nobody's Business has a couple of posts addressing a core nanny-state issue from a couple of angles: the problem of children. No, not the problem that they are maniacal and impossible to reason with. I'm talking about the problem that children bring...

If Tomorrow I Tell The Press That, Like, A Fat Kid Will Get Humiliated, Or A Nerd Will Be Slapped, Nobody Panics, Because It's All "Part Of The Plan." But When I Say That One Little Bully Will Get His Ankle Broken, Well Then Everyone Loses Their Minds!

The video below is disturbing. It shows a poor child suffering a broken ankle and a probable concussion. Right-thinking people, and those who care deeply about children in general, should turn away in horror. Of course I can't stop watching the video, because I'm not right-thinking, because I...

Oh, Won't Anyone Think of The Imaginary Children!

Like we've said before, "oh, think of the children" is a magic phrase around these parts. Uttering it excuses you, in our culture, from the surly bounds of logic and proportion. Case in point: Radley Balko offers the story of Evan Daniel Emory of Michigan, who fancies himself...

Monet Parham-Lee Is A Bad Parent. Monet Parham-Lee Is A Weakling. Monet Parham-Lee Blames McDonalds For Her Weakness, And Her Poor Parenting Skills. Monet Parham-Lee Is A Liar, Or At Least Deceptive. And Monet Parham-Lee Is A Bad Person.

Monet Parham-Lee is suing McDonalds because she cannot say "NO" to her six year old daughter Maya. In a call with reporters, Monet Parham, a Sacramento mother of two, said she was bringing the case because of the constant requests for McDonald's Happy Meals. "I don't think it's...

Amazon, Outrage, Pedophilia, and the Internet

News cycles are increasingly compressed, aren't they? The now-infamous story of the Phillip Greaves book "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct" turned from obscure issue to raging storm to apparent resolution within 24 hours. I have some thoughts about it.

Rhode Island Achieves The Impossible

Via Game Politics comes news of a bill introduced in the Rhode Island Senate, and strongly backed by such "it's all for the children" censors as the Parents Television Council, which would make it a crime to sell a violent videogame (in this case one rated "M" (mature)...

What Are Your Child's Odds Of Choking To Death On A Hot Dog?

According to the media, as reflected by Google News this week, they're phenomenal.  So phenomenal that hot dogs must be banned, redesigned (which would make them hot dogs no longer, but rather mushy cubes of meat), or should carry warning labels similar to those found on packs of...

To Save Childhood, It Is Necessary To Destroy It

I have fond memories of childhood Halloweens. For grown-ups, Halloweens are exhausting and difficult to fit into a stress-filed schedule. For kids, Halloweens are magic. Candy! Pageantry! Make-believe! Staying up late! Running around in the dark in the delicious state between being scared and pretending to be scared!...

Four Wheels Good, Two Wheels Bad!

Seventh grader Adam Marino, of Saratoga Springs New York, is getting an early education in law and citizenship courtesy of the New York State Police and his school district.  His offense?  Riding a bicycle to school. At the start of school in September, Kaddo Marino thought that she...