In another one of those ‘signs of the times‘ things what most people simply take for granted (i.e., that parents learn how to parent from their parents and extended communities) can’t be any longer. Many parents don’t have a clue how to parent. And it shows.
It’s a Saturday morning and a half-dozen adults are sitting in a high school classroom, staring at grim photos of sickly drug addicts and hearing about the deadly consequences of gang crime. They’d rather not be here, but a judge made them come. The moms and dads were ordered to attend the class under a new California law giving judges the option of sending parents for training when their kids are convicted of gang crimes for the first time. … [the lawmaker behind] the Parent Accountability Act [ ] said it is the first state law to give judges the power to order parents of gang members to school.
I hope it does some good. Though I’m skeptical. If parents have to be forced to learn how to parent you can probably be sure that once the class is over, so will the effort be. And such legislation simply doesn’t work to effect real change. Any more than telling parents to feed their kids healthy food will make them do it.
There’s supposed to be something called ‘maternal instinct’ at least- but that instinct has been eclipsed by grotesque selfishness. so kids are left to raise themselves. And so the cycle continues. Kids will have kids and those kids will raise themselves – etc., etc., etc.
With thanks (sorta) to Bitsy Griffin on FB for pointing out these disturbing things-
With a wretched and soul destroying .75″ of the devil’s dandruff currently befouling the earth with its depressing foulness.
Reports are that the bomber did it because of the ‘cartoon of Mohammed’ that appeared in a Danish newspaper…. Such is the mentality of the immoderate.
If he really thinks that Christine O’Donnell’s ‘I am not a witch’ deserves to be called the ‘quote of the year‘. Far more insightful and meaningful things than that were said countless times in 2010 (and 2010 isn’t even over yet and I’m 100% confident someone will say something more important).
Christine O’Donnell’s TV ad declaration “I’m not a witch” during her U.S. Senate campaign topped this year’s best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian. O’Donnell’s quote is cited by Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, who released his fifth annual list of the most notable quotations of the year. In the ad, O’Donnell was responding to reports of her revelations that she had dabbled in witchcraft years ago. “It was such a remarkable unconventional quote to be a part of the political discourse,” Shapiro said.
Fred must not read much or have many friends if he thinks that remark noteworthy. It wasn’t remarkable or even unconventional- it was just stupid. and it was stupid because she took seriously the equally idiotic remarks of the hack Bill Maher.
No, Yale’s law school librarian is completely wrong.
Shapiro picks quotes that are famous, important or revealing of the spirit of the times. The quotes aren’t necessarily the most eloquent or admirable.
O’Donnell’s is none of those. And who made Shapiro the keeper of social identity anyway? I didn’t vote for him. ‘He’s entitled to his views’… Well, in the words of the good Vicar, ‘I don’t give a hate me jizz’ about his views.
Here’s the disaster of the decade at its commencement and the radar image with the signs of things yet to come… If you don’t hear from me because the storm has destroyed me, just know that I liked a few of you….
In the age of reality TV and Twitter, celebrities (we use the term loosely) are more accessible than ever. Some of them are even available to officiate at your nontraditional wedding, and they come without the reverence of a priest, pastor or rabbi. Take Kevin Smith. Or rather, take Kevin Smith at your own risk. Nothing is sacred at a wedding officiated by the disaffected writer, director and star of films like “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy,” who has long been the online king of comic-book geeks. A ceremony overseen by Mr. Smith in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles is part podcast, part reality-show-style confessional, and more profanity-laden than some divorces. His weddings, at the SModcastle, his recently opened theater, start with him interviewing the couple for 45 minutes about sex and exes, followed by a quickie ceremony. It is then all made available for free streaming on SModcast.com. The wedding package costs $5,000.
Worse still, you can get the foul Kathy Griffin to supervise your mockery of marriage too… and other sad little ‘celebs’ who are willing to deride everything that’s important and exalt their own worthlessness.
Tell ya what- after you get these prats to perform your ceremony, be sure to crawl whining to them when you need counseling for your ill founded ‘relationship’.
The Church of England will issue guidance on how naves and vestries can be turned into areas where groceries and household goods are sold. Among the recommendations, it suggests that it may not be suitable to have the stores open during funerals and raises the possibility of introducing into the buildings. In addition to acting as a shop, it also proposes that churches consider offering others services, including dry cleaning and providing prescriptions. The move is designed to improve the church’s contribution to communities, particularly in rural areas where there may be few other public buildings remaining.
The C. of E. is no longer theocentric, but has now, apparently, become utterly anthropocentric. They might as well call it the Social Welfare Society of Britain and remove altogether the notion of ‘Church’. They’ve certainly lost the point.
Stephen is right when he notes
And if you are still not convinced that the Anglican Church is doomed, and that there is little hope for the faithful remnant apart from Anglicanorum Coetibus, then probably nothing will convince you. This is a Church that has abandoned the clear teachings of Scripture at every interval, opting instead for relevance and innovation, yet she expects to be blessed? The holy becoming profane. Human wisdom over Biblical instruction. This will never work, ever! Oh that Jesus would return, and soon…
‘When the Son of Man returns, will he find faith on the earth?’ No, probably not. Not if current trends continue.
Miley Cyrus isn’t letting the uproar over her bong use knock her off her game — in fact sources say since the video of Miley experimenting with drugs came out … the 18-year old’s been a total pro on the set of a movie. Miley arrived in New Orleans last week to shoot “So Undercover” — and sources close to the production say hours after TMZ published the video of Miley taking bong hits … she showed up for rehearsals. We’re told Miley and her co-star — Kelly Osbourne — ran through script lines, as scheduled, on Friday. According to our sources … Miley knew the bong video was out, but “she kept her focus on the movie.”
Kids these days… no sense of right and wrong. At least Michael Phelps had the ethics to apologize. Not Miley. She has here adoring pre-teen fans and she doesn’t care what sort of ‘example’ she is or how negative her influence may be. Because, to her, pot’s cool and everyone should do it…
The “strippermobile” has made another run in Las Vegas, this time with properly dressed Santa’s helpers riding for a good cause. A year after agreeing to stop a promotion that involved hauling bikini-clad exotic dancers in a truck with clear plastic sides, a company that owns several Las Vegas strip clubs used the vehicle to help deliver Christmas donations to a local charity. Deja Vu’s truck was part of a convoy that delivered $19,000 in donated bikes and toys Friday to HELP of Southern Nevada, a nonprofit group that assists the poor, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Inside the large Plexiglas cubicle were a bearded St. Nick and eight female entertainers who wore long red dresses or Santa-style camisole dresses paired with leggings. There was no gyrating or pole dancing this time.
Is morality making a comeback? Don’t bet the farm… There’s still plenty of depravity out there. But don’t you worry, there are a handful of us combating it (while, to borrow a phrase from Karl Barth, the ‘Lutherans take a nap’).