Archive for October 13th, 2007

13
Oct
07

Do You Believe In Magic?

Just kinda curious. Let’s say that you can manage to take some time out of your busy schedule and go off on a date to be entertained by a “world class” magician. Which of the following types are you:

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      • I can suspend disbelief enough so that I can be thoroughly entertained by the event.
      • I’ll spend the whole show asking “How’d they do that?” out loud, annoying my date.
      • I’ll spend the whole show telling my date how I think they did every trick, annoying my date and everyone around me.
      • I’d rather be at a Penn & Teller show where they show me how it’s done and I’m still amazed.
      • I’d be frustrated and grouchy because magic is a stupid form of entertainment and I’d rather be somewhere else.
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13
Oct
07

Dammit, I’m Pissed!

A lot of folks have developed an animus toward Child Protective Services (CPS). This usually happens when the authority appears to be over-stepping the bounds of allowing a parent to parent. Or when they come to investigate because some nosy neighbor wants to cause troble for some perceived slight. Sure, sometimes CPS is a pain in the butt and causes trouble where they shouldn’t even be looking. I have no problem with people disliking CPS under those circumstances. That said, CPS does provide a valuable service.

There are a lot of folks that are bad parents. There are a lot of folks that are abusive, too. There are a lot of folks who have absolutely no business being involved with the care of children (I will not even comment in detail about the fact those folks are allowed to breed). When a child’s health, well-being, or safety is in question, CPS can provide a valuable service, if they are not too late.  A 13-year-old who was abused and lived in horror inside his own home is getting help from Child Protective Services in the Houston area. CPS officials said the teen weighed 72 pounds, was malnourished and had several broken bones, punctured kidneys and pancreas, old scars and healed burn marks. The teen told CPS that his mother and stepfather kept him locked inside a closet and only fed him Ensure food supplement every few days. “He is doing much better,” CPS spokeswoman Estella Olguin said. “He was isolated from the world. It’s been hard gaining his trust and getting him to open up to us about what happened.” Olguin said the teen first lied about his injuries and said a cat scratched him, he fell off his bike and that he was sick. Olguin said he later revealed the abuse.

The family (there were four other kids in the house that have been removed, as well) moved to the Houston area from Las Vegas a few years ago. Apparently they had a run-in with CPS in Vegas, too. There is a special place in prison for child abusers. It is my fervent hope that these pathetic excuses for human beings get there as fast as possible. And I also hope that the kids wind up some place where they can get all the love and attention that they need and deserve. What say you, Electric Venom readers?