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Carnival of the Recipes #44

Michele over at Meanderings is hosting this week’s Carnival of the Recipes.  There are a TON of outstanding recipes.  I can’t wait to check them out!

For those of you who like shrimp, and want something quick and easy to fix, I posted my recipe for Pan Shrimp Scampi in the carnival.  Thanks for going over and visiting Michele and "meandering" about.

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Helping A Neighbor

I thought I would share a personal story that had a happy ending - it personally touched me and wanted to share.

Last Saturday, I was leaving our house around lunchtime.  I had my small children with me and we were going to go get some lunch and visit my dad.  As I was locking up the house, there was a rather loud crash.  Once I saw that nothing had harmed the kids, my eyes locked on a red car that had plowed into the electrical pole outside our home.

I ran to the car, and a woman I would later know to be named Carol was extremely shaken up, but there was no blood.  She had been wearing her seat belt, thank God.  It took me a good minute to get her to focus on me so I could ensure she was okay and didn’t have any life threatening injuries.  We found her glasses - miraculously not broken - and I got her to put it in ‘park’ and turn off the car.  We then called 911.

Carol’s immediate response to me was that she was okay, but slightly shaken up, so we didn’t initially ask for an ambulance.  She did, however, seek out her cigarettes.  Can’t say that I blame her - the car was a mess.  She was driving a compact car, and it was even more compact following its encounter with the pole.  This lady had been through so much.  She recently moved here following what sounds to be a bad divorce situation.  She had an open heart surgery scar.  She said she was diabetic.  I was pretty certain she may have blacked out or fainted because she doesn’t remember how she hit the pole.  She worried that her ex-husband paid for the insurance on the car.  I kept thinking that I had no reason to think my day was going bad at all as I heard her story unfold.  A neighbor walking his dog stopped and kept the kids busy while we waited for the police.  I also called Carol’s sister on my cellphone, who arrived at the scene fairly quickly (actually before the police).

Once her sister had arrived, and once the police arrived, it was clear that the adrenaline was wearing off.  Carol sat down and the police were worried enough that they called a rescue squad. 

I have to say that prior to the police arriving on the scene - other than the neighbor walking his dog - we only had one person slow down and ask if we needed any help.  Everyone else just drove by and rubber-necked.  In the back of my mind I was incredulous.  I thought it was natural to want to help people who needed it but it seemed as though no one had the time or the desire to want to help.  Perhaps I was overreacting at this point?

Once the ambulance and fire truck arrived at the scene, everything became a melee.  The street was now blocked off, so everyone had to take detours to get to their destinations.  I guess the siren prompted all of the people in the neighborhood to flock the scene.  There had to be 20 people who ran to our block.  Out of all of these people, one woman approached and offered assistance - she was a trauma nurse.  I thanked her, but by that time the EMTs were assisting Carol.

I double-checked with the police officer to see if he needed me for anything further and he said he had all the information he needed.  I was worried my kids were starving by this time and thought I should dismiss myself and get them to the restaurant.  Then I realized they had loaded Carol onto a stretcher and were taking her to the hospital.  I asked Carol’s sister if everything was okay and she said they were concerned about her with all of her health conditions and she was going to ride to the hospital with her.  She took the time to tell me she really appreciated me helping her sister and that she was certain that I helped Carol get through a tough situation.  I replied that I was happy to help and also hoped that had I been in the same situation someone would have helped me.

So the ambulance took off and I loaded the kids in the truck and off we went.  My mind processed the whole situation and after a call to my husband to share what happened, I started to worry about Carol.  I hoped with all my heart that she was okay.

The week progressed and work and all things work and summer filled the hours of each day.  Last night, when things calmed down I realized we had a voice mail.  It was Carol!  She shared that she had searched out my phone number and wanted to call to thank me for helping her.  She had spent four days in ICU with severe headaches and dizziness, but was now home and okay.  She said she really appreciated me helping her and said she didn’t know what she would have done if I hadn’t have been there.  She actually wanted to bring me some flowers to thank me!  I called her back and left her a message, letting her know that flowers weren’t necessary and that I was thrilled to know that she was okay.

I was truly touched that she went out of her way to find my phone number and give me a call - something truly unnecessary, but greatly appreciated.  Would I help someone again?  Absolutely.  I can’t imagine not helping someone in need.  I’m just happy that I was there and could help.  And happy that she’s okay.          

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Molester May Have 36,000 Victims

Okay, now I’m pissed.  …and sick to my stomach.  …and generally just want to break stuff.  …and probably cry a little.

Look into the face of a sick monster.  A monster who may have molested as many as 36,000 - all children and mostly boys.  He took meticulous notes of his sick and vile criminal acts.  I thank GOD they have him in custody.  These snippets really tick me off:

Schwartzmiller apparently did not register as a sex offender, so his history did not appear in the "Megan’s Law" databases in California or other states, authorities said.

Although police said Schwartzmiller appears to have spent much of the past 30 years in California, he has been arrested on child molestation charges in New York, Arkansas and Washington. He also served prison time in Idaho for child molestation in the late 1970s, and is wanted in Oregon on sexual assault charges involving a minor.

In the 1980s, he lived in Brazil, and was extradited from there to Idaho again in the later part of the decade to serve more time, Cornfield said. Police believe he may have victims in Brazil and Mexico.

Authorities also arrested Schwartzmiller’s roommate, another convicted child molester wanted for violating parole in Oregon. Fred Everts was charged with child molestation in San Jose.

Read the whole story here, if you can.  What a sick, vile, disgusting situation.

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Oh, the Irony!

Two employees of PETA dumping animals in a trash bin?  Wow - now that’s loaded with irony!

AHOSKIE, N.C.  — Two employees of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have been charged with animal cruelty after dumping dead dogs and cats in a shopping center garbage bin, police said.

Investigators staked out the bin after discovering that dead animals had been dumped there every Wednesday for the past four weeks, Ahoskie police said in a prepared statement Thursday.

PETA has scheduled a news conference for Friday in Norfolk, Va., where the group is based.

Police found 18 dead animals in the bin and 13 more in a van registered to PETA. The animals were from animal shelters in Northampton and Bertie counties, police said.

The two were picking up animals to be brought back to PETA headquarters for euthanization, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said Thursday. Neither police nor PETA offered any theory on why the animals might have been dumped.

Police charged Andrew Benjamin Cook, 24, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Adria Joy Hinkle, 27, of Norfolk, Va., each with 31 felony counts of animal cruelty and eight misdemeanor counts of illegal disposal of dead animals. They were released on bond and an initial court date was set for Friday.

Hinkle has been suspended, but Cook continues to work for PETA, Newkirk said.

Hmmmm….what an "interesting" statement Newkirk has about all of this:

Newkirk said she doubted Hinkle had ever been cruel to an animal and said if the animals were placed in the bin, "We will be appalled."

More to come, I’m sure!  One question, though, and please note the deep level of sarcasm here:  So, if PETA is supposed to be a group of animal rights wackos, WHY were they picking up animals to be euthanized?  I thought they wanted animals to live?!?!?!  (see the dripping sarcasm?  It’s oozing everywhere!)

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Our American Hero

Now here’s a story of a TRUE red, white and blue American hero:

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2005 – For the first time since World War II, a woman soldier was awarded the Silver Star Medal today in Iraq.

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester of the 617th Military Police Company, a National Guard unit out of Richmond, Ky., received the Silver Star, along with two other members of her unit, Staff Sgt. Timothy Nein and Spc. Jason Mike, for their actions during an enemy ambush on their convoy. Other members of the unit also received awards.

Hester’s squad was shadowing a supply convoy March 20 when anti-Iraqi fighters ambushed the convoy. The squad moved to the side of the road, flanking the insurgents and cutting off their escape route. Hester led her team through the "kill zone" and into a flanking position, where she assaulted a trench line with grenades and M203 grenade-launcher rounds. She and Nein, her squad leader, then cleared two trenches, at which time she killed three insurgents with her rifle.

When the fight was over, 27 insurgents were dead, six were wounded, and one was captured.

Just reading this story, you can get a sense of the person behind the uniform.  Sgt. Hester says it best:

"Your training kicks in and the soldier kicks in," she said. "It’s your life or theirs. … You’ve got a job to do — protecting yourself and your fellow comrades."

People like Sgt. Hester - brave, heroic, yet humble - have put their lives on the line to build America and have protected America from evil that has lurked throughout history.  I am so greatful to have people like Sgt. Hester protecting me.

Army Lt. Gen. John R. Vines sums it up nicely:

My heroes don’t play in the (National Basketball Association) and don’t play in the U.S. Open (golf tournament) at Pinehurst," Vines said. "They’re standing in front of me today. These are American heroes."

I’ll second that!

Update:  Mr. Kurtz’s Neighborhood has a great post that also has some history - a woman who won the Silver Star in WW II - Lt. Mary Louise Roberts.  A great story!

punta del capello: CitzCom

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Stop the ACLU! Blogburst - Teens and Abortion

From the ACLU’s website:

BOISE, ID — The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood Federation of America argued in court today that Idaho’s third attempt at enforcing a dangerous measure restricting teenagers’ access to abortion should be enjoined.

"The safety of Idaho’s most vulnerable teens should be our first concern," said Rebecca Poedy, President of Planned Parenthood of Idaho. "Putting politics before health care, the state persists in its efforts to enforce a law that would harm teenagers, especially those in need of emergency abortions."

How about putting life before death?  How about allowing parents to be responsible for their children versus enabling children to go behind their backs for medical procedures?  More from the ACLU’s website:

The law in question prevents teens under 18 from having an abortion unless they receive the written consent of a parent or a court waiver of that requirement. Although slightly modified from two earlier versions already struck down by the courts, the law at issue in today’s case suffers from two flaws previously declared unconstitutional: It compromises the confidentiality of teens who need emergency abortions, and of teens seeking waiver of the parental consent requirement.

I’m sorry, but as a parent, I am responsible for my child’s welfare until they are an adult - age 18.  If my child had a problem with their appendix, a physician and the hospital would require my consent for surgery.  While significant moral issues exist around abortion, let’s take them out of the equation for a moment.  Abortion is a medical procedure.  Why should a parent not be allowed to give consent and be informed?  If a parent isn’t allowed to know that their daughter went and got an abortion, how will they know to make sure she is okay?  How will they be able to respond effectively if something goes wrong medically? 

Okay, now I have to put the moral issues back into the equation.  I should be able to help my child work through life-altering events such as pregnancy - it is my obligation and responsibility as a parent to teach my children right from wrong, to share my beliefs and other life lessons and to help them weigh all sides when making decisions that will impact them the rest of their lives.  If I am not given an opportunity to know about a pregnancy, and my daughter elected to have an abortion, how can I possibly support her emotional needs and speak to the guilt that typically accompanies the decision to kill an unborn child?  Why am I, the parent of this minor, the excluded party here?  Should my daughter make the mistake of getting into the situation of an unplanned pregnancy, my involvement is invaluable - I have raised her and should know how to reach her and help her come to a decision on what to do next. 

There’s more to "solving" an unplanned pregnancy than medical equipment.  I truly do not believe A-C-L-U spells Mom or Dad…or God, for that matter.

Please visit Stop the ACLU! and also visit other sites participating in the Stop the ACLU! Blogburst - you’ll see rather quickly that the ACLU truly doesn’t care about the welfare of children and minors - they only care about their sick, twisted agenda.

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Douglas Wood Rescued

Australian hostage in Iraq has been rescued by an Iraqi force backed up by U.S. troops..

Rusty has the details.

You know, I’m dead beat tired today.  But it would do me well, and you too, to remember that no matter how crummy you may feel on any given day, it’s nothing compared to what this man has gone through the last six weeks.

Cross posted at Vince Aut Morire, My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, And Rightly So!

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WTW Rachael Ray’s “Dirty Minute Meals”

So ya’ll.  Anyone one who knows me will tell you that I love that thar Rachael Ray of that cooking channel.  Well, me and my love of Al Gore’s internet (ya’ll got that thar joke, right? Right?  Damn…it twas just a joke.  Sheesh) got togethar and we found out that even li’l ole Rachael has a trashy side. 

Yes, she did pose in one of them man rags - FHM.  But I was talking about how she TALKS on her show.  This here lady over here, she calls it "Dirty Minute Meals."  That’s why that ole Rachael has so many males who sit in the dark watching her show - only to hit the button over to NASCAR when their ole lady walks in the room.  Lookie here - this is White (dirty) Trash at its finest, ya’ll:

On the Cuisinart… "Just go up and down. Quick quick quick!"

Corn on the cob… "I used to suck on the corn cob. So bad!"

On stuffing burgers… "Tuck this inside. That’s gonna be a tasty little surprise!"

On a cucumber… "We’re gonna put a little of him in."

On sharpening knives… "I make my baby brother do it for me, but he’s not always around."

On oiling… "I give it a little rub, though, to get the heat going."

On hot pans… "I want them waiting for me, not the other way around."

On the top of an onion… "I’m gonna whack it off here."

On chopping chard… "And I go right down to the stem."

On beating eggs… "See, you can just get down and dirty with ‘em."

On vegetarians… "Somebody in the house just doesn’t do meat."

"It’s not about ‘thicker is better.’"

On pre-washed spinach… "I get so excited about it, I’m stuttering. It’s a thirty minute girl’s best friend."

On breading chicken… "Try to keep one hand free, one hand clean, so ya got somethin’ to work with."

On bread under the broiler… "It’s a lotta back and forth, but man when it goes, it GOES!"

On grilled bread… "Transfer these to a plate and get these guys off, too."

On the Santoku knife… "It goes through anything wet like it’s butter."

Back from the break… "I’m Rachel Ray, and today, I’m pleasing a crowd."

Intro… "You’ll be able to make the whole crew happy in under thirty minutes."

"You need it three times, deal with it once. Right?"

On a lemon… "Oh yeah! Look at those juices flow!"

On the griddle… "On top, this is awesome."

On having friends over early… "And they’d be munchin’ that in just a few minutes."

On veal… "I’m gonna nest him in the middle so he gets some action."

On weeknight entertaining… "You may try not to do it too often, but once in a while, it’s inevitable."

On bay leaves… "I want a big one."

On variety of meats… "I’m gonna give you a little peek here at what we’re playin’ with today."

On a fakeout cassoulet… "It’s not exactly the same thing, but let me tell you, when you put it in your mouth, you’re gonna be just as happy."

On sausage… "I’m just gonna give ‘em a little prick."

On whisking… "I think I’m gonna use my stronger hand."

Outro… "My mouth’s gonna be really full soon."

"Don’t beat it too hard, or too soft."

On plating… "Remember to wipe off your lips there."

On prep time… "Good lord! She wants it faster!"

On salami… "I never met a salami I didn’t like, really."

So don’t ya’ll be afraid to tune into my pal Rachael Ray’s show.  She has something fer everyone!  And talkin’ ’bout sumthin’ fer everyone, don’t fergit to stop on by all my friends at ye ole Trailer Park:

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They Need No Introduction

They are at it again!  Another showcase of the best female conservative bloggers on the web!

Join this week’s hostesses:  Darlene’s Place, Who Tends The Fires & Right Girl over at the Cotillion!  They’ll be sure you have a marvelous time!   

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Grandpa Abuses Granddaughter - Grandma says “You Got What You Deserve!”

…and I thought Grandma and Grandpa were supposed to keep the grandkids safe and happy:

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A couple have been indicted on aggravated sexual assault charges after authorities alleged the man raped his 13-year-old granddaughter and then her grandmother told the girl she "got what she deserves."

Arthur Y. Pena, 58, and Lidia Pena, 54, were indicted June 6. Arthur Pena faces three counts of aggravated sexual assault. Lidia Pena is accused of allowing an assault April 10, according to court documents.

What kind of sick asshole would do this to his granddaughter? 

"When the victim exited the bedroom, the (grandmother) laughed at her and told her she got what she deserves," Tom Green County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Sanders wrote in criminal complaint documents filed in state district court.

To me, the grandmother is as guilty as the sick bastard who abused her.

This poor girl, upon examination, showed evidence of chronic physical and sexual abuse.  She’s thirteen years old and has had to grow up too fast - attempting to shelter herself from the very people who should love and protect her.  Dammit, it is so unfair for a child to be subjected to this horror.   

And to make matters worse, the girl has 3 younger siblings, who also lived with the grandparents.  Thank God they are out of there - they may have been next.

Arthur Pena was in the Tom Green County Jail on $100,000 bail Monday. Lidia Pena was released after posting $100,000 bond. A separate arrest warrant has been issued since her indictment. She had not been arrested as of Monday.

Please find and arrest that evil woman so this girl and her siblings don’t have to worry about her being out there, around the corner.

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Oh, Darn. Say It Isn’t So!

Oh darn.  Paris Hilton is telling us that she will be bowing out of public life to focus on family and her new man, Paris.  She even has it penned on her calendar to do this approximately 2 years from now.  Do we really have to wait so long? 

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Mamamontezz’s “Twisted” Strawberry Preserves

All I’ve got to say is YUM!  My kids would love this on their toast!  Oh, and so would I

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Not Guilty?

So they found Michael Jackson "not guilty" on all counts.  Am I surprised?  No.  Will you ever convince me he’s innocent?  No.

I can’t even write about this - I’ll leave it up to others here and here and here.

Excuse me while I go puke now. 

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Letter From a Farm Kid, Now a Marine Corps Recruit

Dear Ma and Pa,

I am well.  Hope you are.  Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile.  Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled.

I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed til nearly 6 a.m. but I am getting so I like to sleep late.

Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things.  No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, fire to lay.  Practically nothing.

Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there’s warm water.  Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee.  Their food plus your holds you til noon when you get fed again.

It’s no wonder these city boys can’t walk much.  We go on "route marches," which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us.  If he thinks so, it’s not my place to tell him different.  A "route march" is about as far as to our mailbox at home.  Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.

The country is nice but awful flat.  The sergeant is like a school teacher.  He nags a lot.  The Captain is like the school board.  Majors and colonels just ride around and frown.  They don’t bother you none.

This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing.  I keep getting medals for shooting.  I don’t know why.  The bulls-eye is near big as a chipmunk head and don’t move, and it ain’t shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home.  All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it.  You don’t even load your own cartridges.  They came in boxes. 

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training.  You get to wrestle with them city boys.  I have to be real careful though, they break real easy.  It ain’t like fighting with that ole bull at home.  I’m about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake.  I only beat him once.  He joined up the same time as me, but I’m only 5′6" and 130 pounds and he’s 6′8" and near 300 pounds dry.

Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and joing before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving daughter,

Gail

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Where are the Children?

According the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC):

  • 85% to 90% of the 876,213 persons reported missing to America’s law enforcement agencies in 2000 were juveniles (persons under 18 years of age). That means that 2,100 times per day parents or primary care givers felt the disappearance was serious enough to call law enforcement.
  • 152,265 of the persons reported missing in 2000 were categorized as either endangered or involuntary.
  • The number of missing persons reported to law enforcement has increased from 154,341 in 1982 to 876,213 in 2000. That is an increase of 468%.

These numbers are staggering.  In the event of disease affecting this many people in the population, the CDC would label it an epidemic and appropriate action would be taken to find a cure.  As a nation, we would also do our best to protect others from coming into contact with the disease.  But, hey, it’s only our children affected, right?  These numbers are the norm, status quo.  We’ll just have to live with them. 

That’s hardly the sentiment for many parents, particularly those whose children are missing or have been harmed in any way.  Not only are the number of missing children on the rise, criminal activity harming our children is also increasing.  I cannot open any news source, locally or otherwise, without hearing about some non-parent abusing their child or some evil, vile person who decided that a child for a victim - whether it be pedophilia, child abuse, child neglect or child endangerment - would be right up their alley.

I think there are a number of challenges that make it difficult to protect our children from these criminals.  In most cases, children are kidnapped by their own family members.  Pedophiles tend to be the normal-looking bus driver, teacher or little league coach.  These types of criminals tend to blend in to society, only appearing once they are caught.  How many times have you read about the neighbor who "couldn’t believe" that such-and-such could do such a thing. 

I also believe that another challenge we face is the "softening" of our society, primarily how issues, such as child abuse or pedophilia are discussed or written about.  There is a great article over at Schadenfreude that focuses on this very topic.  It’s a matter of twisting a few words around to make it sound less harsh; however, in doing this, it makes it seem that the child could be to blame (emphasis mine).

The abusers of children, and let’s call it what it is, have managed to defer the public impact of their hideous crimes by adopting a ‘Madison Avenue’ approach to soften their image. Vachss takes issue with the term "Child Prostitute", making it clear that these children do not benefit from the transactions either financially, or personally. He is right to state that the correct term is "Prostituted Child". The word itself implies a judgment of character, and a willing exchange. "The difference in calling them a "Child Prostitute" and a "Prostituted Child" is not purely semantic. It is more than the difference between a hard truth and a pernicious lie. It not only injures the victims; it actively gives aid and comfort to the enemy. By allowing the term "Child Prostitution" to gain a foothold in our language, we lose ground that can never be recovered."

This type of romanticism (for lack of a better word) absolutely pisses me off:

The courts allow testimony that colors the crimes in romanticized language. Children don’t "lose their virginity", they are victims of rape. Children aren’t "fondled" by pedophiles, they are molested. A judge, granting work release to a convicted sex-offender, declares that the 5-year-old victim was "Unusually Promiscuous"?

Unusually Promiscuous?  A 5-year-old?!?!?  C’mon, the child was MOLESTED!

I yet again gaze through the various news sources at my fingertips only to find:

Shasta and Dylan Groene are still missing.  The FBI is offering $100,000, Dad is offering his $25,000 Harley Davidson and there are local rewards of ~$7,500.  These children have been missing for close to 4 weeks and in the same period of time, there have been no leads.

***

Tennessee - Haley Spicer is four years old and already a survivor. The Campbell County sheriff says the girl might make an appearance at the trial of the three people deputies say beat and burned her.  And just who are those three people?  Her "dad" (for lack of a better word), Tommy Owens, and his girlfriend, Charlotte Claiborne, are charged with the abuse and the sitter, Teresa Draughn, is accused of not reporting it.  Why do we have 4-year-old survivors?  Why would a 4-year-old need to be subjected to abuse like this?

Jury selection for these scum begins Monday and the town has had to add extra officers and security because these "poor little criminals" have had some death threats.  Of course they have - they don’t deserve to live.

***

Kansas City, MO - A man who is set to stand trial in November after allegedly kidnapping his children told a newspaper that the children are with a "well-off family."

Daniel Porter has refused to tell police and his ex-wife the whereabouts of the two children since they disappeared in June 2004 when he picked them up for a weekend visit.

"The children are fine," Daniel Porter told The Kansas City Star in a telephone call from his jail cell.

Porter refused to say where the children are staying.

Porter was sentenced in May to 10 years in prison on an unrelated gun charge, a sentence that prosecutors hoped would persuade him to reveal the whereabouts of his children, Sam and Lindsey.

Since the children, then 7 and 8, disappeared, investigators have searched the Kansas City suburbs of Independence and Sugar Creek and searched the area around Porter’s hometown of Trenton in northern Missouri.

The man’s motivations for kidnapping his children and "hiding them" stem from his belief that their mom, his ex-wife, is a bad parent.  He claims they are alive and well and the couple who have them know that they could eventually be in more hot water than he is, legally.  Excuse me, but being in jail for a 10 year sentence makes you a "better" parent, Mr. Porter?

The problem with this is that the man previously told police he had strangled the children - his own children.  He said he made up that story because he didn’t like being questioned by police.  The mother is concerned that he’s now changed his story - stating the kids are safe - in order to raise her hopes that the kids are okay, only to dash them later.

"He is the only key to this," Green said. "He knows it, and I think he likes it. He’s getting a power trip. It’s his way of continuing to have power over Tina and probably the police."

Porter, 42, is charged by the state with two counts each of terroristic kidnapping and parental kidnapping, for which he faces up to 38 years in prison. He is scheduled for trial in November.

I hope and pray that Porter isn’t just blowing smoke - I truly hope the kids are safe somewhere.  If he truly did kill his own children, I hope and pray justice’s aim will be true.

***

Toronto - A convicted pedophile violates the conditions by which he was released.  Thank God it only took him a day and he’s now back behind bars.

Toronto cops issued a warning, when 63-year-old Lawrence Samuel Sears was released from prison yesterday. He was deemed a high risk to re-offend, after serving 15 years in jail on charges such as sexual assault, and having sex with a girl under 14. Constable Christine Bacharach says many conditions were imposed on his release, including staying away from anyone under the age of 18.  Sears allegedly violated that condition yesterday, when he was found around people under 18 at a movie theatre in Toronto. He’s being held pending a hearing.

***

I could go on and on.  Stories of people abusing children, children dying at the hands of their own parents, pedophiles, sex rings, NAMbLA, missing and exploited children…scenes from the nightmare of any real parent out there.  However, as horrifying as all of those situations are, I find it equally horrifying that more isn’t being done to keep our children safe.  Why is it such a controversy for a town to want to keep sex offenders, particularly pedophiles, away from their parks, schools, churches and neighborhoods?  Why does an organization such as the ACLU go after people who just want their children to be safe, all because they believe the criminal needs to be treated "fairly?"  Why does the mainstream media dumb down their reporting in such a way readers don’t get the real understanding of what happened?  Why do we require the CRIMINAL to report their whereabouts for a sex offender database - um, they are CRIMINALS, people.

We need to see this terrible trend reversed.  It’s time for a change, and change begins with me and it begins with you - without raising our voices, the criminal will always get better treatment than the victim.  The pedophile will move in next to a school, perhaps our son or daughter’s school.  Non-parents will continue to harm or kill their own children and we will continue to hear about all of these types of tragedies each and every day.

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