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“Tremendous Remorse?”

Paula Eleazar Mendez tells authorities that she smothered her three young children, between the ages of 6 and 8.

DE QUEEN, Ark. — In Arkansas, authorities said a mother accused of smothering her three young children wrote notes that could help determine what led to the killings.

Her priest said the woman has expressed “tremendous remorse.”

You know, remorse is fine if a crime was committed that didn’t involve killing three children - especially your own. It’s so nice that she is remorseful….la dee dah. Remorse won’t change what she did…and it certainly won’t bring her children back from the dead. She was so remorseful, she intended on poisoning herself so she wouldn’t have to face up to the horrific crime she committed. Luckily that didn’t work and now she’ll have to serve her time, whatever that is.

I see an opening for “innocent for reasons of insanity” or some other “don’t blame me” plea. Hers is a story that is eerily like the one of Andrea Yates - who hunted down and methodically drown her children. I don’t see much difference here.

I know the three little children are in the arms of Jesus in Heaven and they no longer feel pain or fear. I pray for the rest of the family and those who were in their lives - that their hearts are not as heavy and they find the will to go on.

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2-Month Old Miracle

It’s nice when something that had a purposeful and expected bad ending doesn’t quite turn out that way.

SAO PAULO, Brazil - A baby girl found inside a plastic bag floating on a lake in Brazil was released from hospital Sunday in good condition, doctors said.

The girl, apparently two months old, was rescued Saturday afternoon by a couple who heard her crying in the Pampulha Lagoon in Belo Horizonte, a city about 300 miles northeast of Sao Paulo.

Amateur footage broadcast on Brazilian TV showed rescuers using a long tree branch to pull the black plastic bag out of the water. They opened the bag and found the girl inside, dressed in a pink dress.

Just how did this little one, only 2-months-old, end up in a plastic bag in a lake? We may never know…

Authorities arrested the mother of the baby later Sunday, but she denied throwing the girl into the lake, Globo reported. The mother said she gave the baby away to a group of homeless people because she didn’t have enough money to raise the child.

While it is important to find out who did this so justice can be served, it is a joy to know that this little girl survived. I wish for her a safe and happy life, away from anyone who doesn’t care enough for her that they thought it was okay to throw her away like every-day trash.

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Sheehan for Senate?

Okay…once I get past the natural gagging reflex that is triggered when I think of Cindy Sheehan, perhaps her running for Senate isn’t so far-fetched. I mean, she’d be in good company, right? Hillary and Kerry, Boxer and Kennedy and even good ole Chuck Hagel would welcome her with open arms. But this comment….I could help but laugh when I read it:

Sheehan said running in the Democratic primary would help make a broader point.

“If I decided to run, I would have no illusions of winning, but it would bring attention to all the peace candidates in the country,” she said.

I wonder how those “peace candidates” would feel with Cindy Sheehan in their corner? I suspect they’d want to run - and run away fast!

Think of it, though. Sheehan would run against current liberal queen extraordinaire Dianne Feinstein. Who would be the lesser of two evils?

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