Friday, June 10, 2016

Personal Responsibility: A Friday Weigh In...

No, I’m not talking about my weight, though I did see the lady doctor today (don’t think too hard about that) and she asked me how my diet was going.   I think we can safely assume she knew the answer before she asked.  She told me to start back on low carb today.   Today?   Isn’t there a law against starting a new life style on a Friday?   After listening to her run down the list of all the terrible things in my future if I continue to eat sugar, I realize I simply must take personal responsibility for myself.   Monday's coming.

Judge Aaron Persky.  Wow!  Two separate petitions with over one million signatures each calling for his removal from the bench.  Aren’t sure who he is?   He’s the judge who sentenced convicted rapist Brock Turner, a former Stanford star swimmer, to a mere six months in the county jail (to serve only three months with good behavior, and he will be in a protected area due to the “nature of his conviction.”)  He is scheduled to be released September 2. 

The light sentence was due in part to a presence of alcohol and lack of prior convictions.  The judge decided sending Turner to prison would have a “severe impact” on him.   Does it matter that the Judge Persky graduated from Stanford and was involved in sports?  Does it matter that Turner’s “twenty minutes of action” (how his father described the rape) had a severe impact on his victim?

The victim wasn’t careful with her own personal safety and drank her way into oblivion at a party where she didn’t know many people.  That gives no one the right to assault her, but it did open the door to her attacker, who dragged her unconscious body behind a dumpster and violently violated her.   It’s never a good idea to drink until you are at a pass-out level, if for no other reason that there are Brock Turners and Aaron Perskys lurking about.   She was allowed to address Turner in court, reading a lengthy statement to him, a statement so heart-wrenching, Vice President Biden wrote an open letter to her in response.  It was the first time I ever took Joe Biden seriously. 
Deception in America is rampant.  Is it any wonder that our youth are so mixed up and distracted?  

And these distractions?   Eleven children so far this year (which means since it got hot again) have died, having been forgotten in hot cars by their distracted parents. 

While the world is distracted by dead gorillas, six month sentences, our leaders, candidates, and the false teachers of the world are sowing dangerous seeds of untruth.

For they will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!  For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,  always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.   (2 Timothy 3:2-7)


5 comments:

  1. The local WalMart store at a sign on its door to remind parents to make sure they didn't leave their children in the car. How could you forget a child in the car? I don't get it.

    The whole deal with the Stanford case is disgusting with the judge, the dad of the rapist, etc. Not even any accountability for the actions he did. Sadly, a reminder for those who party to make sure they are careful with where they are and who they are hanging around with.

    betty

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    1. I don't either...I mean, it's your child. If it happened once or twice every five years or so, I still couldn't understand it, but 11 children already this year? No words! I have no words.

      Brock Turner. I have no words there, either. The judge listened to the victims statement and how it had severely impacted her life, and still callously handed down that sentence? In my heart of heart, I am convinced the judge was unmoved by her because she was passed out drunk. I think he felt she didn't matter because of the alcohol.
      Being irresponsible with yourself at a party isn't against the law. Rape/sexual assault is. Did you happen to see the questions the defense asked her? Here they are:

      How old are you? How much do you weigh? What did you eat that day? Well what did you have for dinner? Who made dinner? Did you drink with dinner? No, not even water? When did you drink? How much did you drink? What container did you drink out of? Who gave you the drink? How much do you usually drink? Who dropped you off at this party? At what time? But where exactly? What were you wearing? Why were you going to this party? What’d you do when you got there? Are you sure you did that? But what time did you do that? What does this text mean? Who were you texting? When did you urinate? Where did you urinate? With whom did you urinate outside? Was your phone on silent when your sister called? Do you remember silencing it? Really because on page 53 I’d like to point out that you said it was set to ring. Did you drink in college? You said you were a party animal? How many times did you black out? Did you party at frats? Are you serious with your boyfriend? Are you sexually active with him? When did you start dating? Would you ever cheat? Do you have a history of cheating? What do you mean when you said you wanted to reward him? Do you remember what time you woke up? Were you wearing your cardigan? What color was your cardigan? Do you remember any more from that night? No? Okay, well, we’ll let Brock fill it in.

      Very disturbing, in my opinion.

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  2. Right on. We were about to address this in our blog today and now we'll add a link to your latest words of wisdom.

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    1. I've sat here and typed/backspaced/typed/backspaced...in no way do I want to blame the victim, even if she was unconscious from drinking, nor say she got what she was asking for. She did not. No one deserves that, for any reason. However, I don't think we can ignore the fact that we can stop some bad things from happening to us by making better choices...personal responsibility. That goes for all of us, in a myriad of situations, not just this victim and this case.

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  3. I hate typos...I especially hate a typo where my grammar is particularly bad. Just throwing that out there for those of you who saw my glaring bad grammar on a sentence in this post I reworked but didn't proof.

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