“Find a Pox Party in Your Area” Controversy!

A Facebook page named “Find a Pox Party in Your Area” is currently under-fire by the media and medical experts alike over it’s unethical practices. What is a “pox party” I hear you ask? Well it’s a community of parents who try and willingly infect their children with chicken pox by exposing them to belongings of children that are currently infected by the illness. The FB users request items such as used lollipops/suckers covered with infected saliva, items of clothing and even wet rags covered in infected saliva. Yuck!

The theory is that by allowing them to contract the illness naturally, it will help increase their immune systems. Vaccines are available for the illness, but some parents are choosing to let them catch it the old fashioned way because they believe giving kids too many vaccinations is bad for them. The problem is, by mailing people the virus they’re actually breaking the law. Here are a couple of posts left on the page’s wall:

One post reads: “I got a Pox Package in mail just moments ago. I have two lollipops and a wet rag and spit.”

A mom chimes in: “This is a federal offense to intentionally mail a contagion.”

Another woman offers up some advice, “Tuck it inside a zip lock baggy and then put the baggy in the envelope :) Don’t put anything identifying it as pox.”

Experts have this to say on the subject:

“If you have a young child over to your house specifically to get chicken pox, I don’t think anyone would like to really consider what would happen if that child ended up being hospitalized,” Elizabeth Jacobs from the University of Arizona

College of Public Health said.“This is dangerous,” Dr. A.D. Jacobson, the chief of ambulatory pediatrics at Phoenix Children’s Hospital said. Dr. Jacobson added that chicken pox is extremely contagious and that it’s unwise to send it via mail.

It really is a strange story. I think as a society today we tend to wrap up our children in bubble wrap and shelter them from germs too much. When I was a child I was always playing in the dirt and getting messy. And I’m sure it made me sick from time to time. Heck, I even had chicken pox as a kid and I believe I’m better for it. As a vaccine-trigger-happy society I think we’re opening up problems to today’s young-uns to where they may have weaker immune systems when they grow older. I’m not basing this on any particular medical study, this is just how I see things.

But I have to admit that the idea repulses me. Sending viruses in a jiffy bag? Shoving secondhand lollipops into a child’s mouth that has been slobbered on by a sick kid? No thanks! I think their hearts are in the right place, they’re just a little misguided.

The Texas Child Abuse Viral Video Controversy.

I’m trying something a little different today. Normally I like to dig up some tasty piece of offbeat news for your reading pleasure, but today I would like to comment on a mainstream news item. It’s the child abuse case that has come out of Dallas, Texas where a 2004 video shows a sixteen-year-old girl, Hillary Adams, being whipped within an inch of her life with her father’s belt. The father, Aransas County, Texas, Court-At-Law Judge William Adams is being investigated over these charges.

If you haven’t seen the video, it’s very harrowing. The daughter has allegedly been caught downloading illegal MP3s, among other things, and her the father is infuriated. He commands his wife to go get his belt (“the big one”) then starts to lash her with it. As she screams in pain he keeps telling her to lay down face-first on the bed so he could “get a lick in”. Basically he wants to whip her across the bum. And when he gets done, her mother comes into the room and gets a “lick” in herself. What the heck, people?

It’s a totally disgusting video. And I for one am totally against the hitting of children in the first place. I’m originally from England but I now live in the United States. In England, there are some very strict laws in place against hitting children. And I believe that’s the way it should be. Children need protection from idiots like Mr. Adams. It was quite a shock to me when I first came to America and started hearing people talk about the practice of “whipping” their kids. It’s disgusting. Some parents find it acceptable to beat there children as punishment. There’s the method of having the child choose a “switch” from outside (basically a long, thin tree limb) with which the parent will then whip the child with. I’m totally against this. Another practice (as seen in the aforementioned video) is to whip children with a belt. Wow! Are you kidding me? Needless to say I found this all quite shocking when I first came over here.

Now let me get this straight, I’m not accusing all of America with this. I’m just commenting that I know these practices really do happen. It’s commonplace in some areas and I think it needs to be stopped. All you have to do is watch the video to see that. It was going on in 2004 and it’s still going on to this day. Get a grip people, it’s wrong!

When it comes to disciplining my six-year-old niece, I use the method of time-outs. She does something wrong, she gets a time-out (she has to sit there quietly for a few minutes). And it works a treat. She hates having her wings clipped. The secret is not to threaten punishment then not go through with it. All the time I hear parents telling their children “You’d better get over here before I count to three! 1…2…2 and a half…” This nonsense sends mixed signals to children. If you want to impose authority on them, the best thing to do is to stick to your guns. If you say something, you have to mean it.

There’s a science to raising kids the right way. And this Texas douche-bag is an absolute idiot. Give me five minutes with him and make sure you bring me his “big belt”.

Click here to view the video. Be forewarned though, it’s quite disturbing…

Humans Can Be Dumber Than Dogs!

Today is the first time I’m blogging on my Blackberry. Well, I at least wrote the first draft on it. I’m putting together the finishing touches with my PC, but most of the text was written using my Blackberry “Smartphone”.

Before receiving a Blackberry, I was quite excited to become a new owner. Unfortunately I was setting myself up for a disappointment. The heavily lauded “BB” was just a myth. I’ve had nothing but problems dealing with mine. I soon discovered the “take the battery out and reset the system” trick that becomes part of your daily life. If you don’t perform said action, this “smart” phone actually stops updating your text inbox. Grrrrrr!

And while I’m on the subject of things that annoy me, do you know what else gets on my nerves? People who treat their kids like crap. Where is the sense in that? You brought them into this World. It’s your job to look out for them. You have no right trying to bring them down with with a passive aggressive attitude. If you’re guilty of this, shame on you! One time my wife and I were walking through a mall and heard a mother reprimanding her toddler daughter. She wasn’t saying “Now stop asking questions, I’ve already told you the answer.” Instead she was bellowing “Quit b—-ing!” at her. What the heck?! Are you kidding me? Do you not realize that you’re damaging your child’s psyche? Shame on you!

There’s something else that annoys me. Drivers who don’t paying attention to what they’re doing. One time my wife and I were walking across a car park to a Post Office and all of a sudden a woman started backing her car out. She was heading right for my wife and I. I quickened my pace a little thinking she’d realize we were behind her and stop. Nope, at full speed she kept backing out and I literally had to jump out of the way. She finally saw us and I smiled at her as if to say “Whoops, that was a close one, but I’m not mad at you.” But instead of smiling back at me, the silly cow just scowled at me as if to say “Stupid idiots! I should have ran them over when I had the chance!” Hey, moron, pedestrians have the right of way!

And sometimes gas stations tick me off. Filling up at a gas station is a fairly routine operation. But even there, the stupidity floats to the top. I hate it when the person who has pumped gas before me has neglected to take the time to properly empty the nozzle before hanging it back up. So when I come along and remove it, excess gasoline from the pump spills all over my feet. Arrgh! What are these people thinking. I could end up as a human Molotov cocktail!

 

Humans can be dumber than dogs!