I keep threatening to write a book about what I have referred to as “Luxury Politics”. These would be the politics of a leisurely society whose comfort and lack of immediacy enable it to call “Sacred” things that are profane.
Perhaps no situation causes me so much frustration as the treatment of animals as if they were akin to children. Often times better. Each of us has a friend or relation who claims without reservation that their dog or cat is no different in import to them as a child is to a parent. Each of us can probably point to pet owners who shower their possessions with better medical care – including prescriptions and operations, pathology and preventative care – than is defensible for a lower creature whose value is arguably more than a snail, but less than a goat.
It is common for me to come across stories wherein we are reminded of how morally bankrupt we have become. Few instances demonstrate this better than a couple which come immediately to mind.
A more helpful post here.
Let us mention here a situation near to me involving a wonderful friend, James Shore, whose life was cut short by a certain James Arthur Ray. Ray, convicted of 3 counts of negligent homicide, received 3 concurrent 2 year sentences in Arizona for his crimes.
“On December 10, Vick appeared in U.S. District Court in Richmond for sentencing. Judge Hudson said he was “convinced that it was not a momentary lack of judgment” on Vick’s part, and that Vick was a “full partner” in the dog fighting ring, and he was sentenced to serve 23 months in federal prison.”
“being involved in the destruction of 6–8 dogs, by hanging or drowning. The “victimization and killing of pit bulls” was considered as aggravating circumstances that led prosecutors to exceed the federal sentencing guidelines for the charge.”
But a far more disturbing pattern has emerged over the past couple decades in respect to Human Life and Society’s valuation thereof.
I could cite a newborn human baby being drown at a high school dance.
I could cite a certain mother driving her car into the drink, getting out, and watching her 3 children drown.
I could cite all of the “missing” toddlers and related cases.
But why cite National stories when I could cite the happenings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin?
Oddly, a new, heretofore, unknown cultural by-product has become a regional rage: namely, what has been euphemistically-coined “co-sleeping death”. In a nutshell, it appears to be a sort of condition whereby inner-city Black Human Babies go to bed alive only to be smothered by the mother or aunt, father or sibling.
There have been some 10 of these “accidents” in Milwaukee, WI, over the course of the 2011 calendar year. Oddly, no such occurrences were reported in 2011 for Madison, WI or Green Bay, WI. Or, for that matter, anywhere else in WI. My search was not exhaustive. But, at least anecdotal-ly speaking, this trend seems to be isolated to inner-city Black Milwaukeean Families.
So, what gives?
The death is at least the 10th this year of a baby who was either co-sleeping with someone or who was in an unsafe sleeping environment. The girl’s mother, who is 22 and unemployed, has two other children who live with their father.
No worries… the City of Milwaukee is on it!
Let me take you to November the 9th of this year,
Minutes before city officials unveiled a new safe-sleep advertising campaign Wednesday, the medical examiner’s office announced that a 7-week-old baby was found dead on Milwaukee’s south side after co-sleeping with his or her mother.
The best part of this campaign is that
it speaks directly to the highest risk families, doesn’t kowtow to Political Correctness by say showing a White Baby in its ads, even though there is zero evidence this trend has been picked up by the milk toast denizens of this city everyone in Milwaukee feels much better now knowing that:
1) Milwaukee is all over this!
2) Some Ad Agency is employing a couple more White Agency Rookies to get the message out!
Granted, babies are kind of boring. Especially expendable are Black inner-city babies. An Owl stolen from its cage and let loose to fend for itself? Now that’s newsworthy shit. Something any compassionate Homosapien can sink his energy and emotion into. Thankfully he (Dakota the Owl) took a crap today and is now eating solid foods.
Let’s put this spike in co-sleeping deaths in Milwaukee in a statistical perspective:
According to the CPSC, at least 515 deaths were linked to infants and toddlers under 2 years of age sleeping in adult beds from January 1990 to December 1997:
121 of the deaths were attributed to a parent, caregiver, or sibling rolling on top of or against a baby while sleeping
WTF is happening in Milwaukee?
Really, really sick and twisted priorities. And what’s worse? I am not sure there isn’t a much more nefarious motive behind these snuffications. Head. Sand. Nothing to see here.
Manimals: I am talking to you. Viva Dakota! Olvide Los Sin Nombres!
DOUBLE-EFFECT WARNING: Enoch_Root (a White guy) is drawing attention to deaths of Black Babies in Milwaukee. And further, he is suggesting that statistically-speaking, all of these cannot be “accidents”. Further, Enoch_Root is accused of butting in to the affairs of a certain minority community. Clearly, his not-so-subtle conjecture is that this is some sort of cultural phenomenon occurring in said minority community. This is clearly a racist piece. He has been denounced in advance.
a more helpful post, here
UPDATE: 1/3/2012 – Another Dead Black Baby.Where’s the outrage?
“At approximately 9:47 a.m…the 22-year-old aunt came out to the living room to check on the children and noticed that [Gilmore] was lying supine next to the 10-year-old aunt and was unresponsive.”