Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Morning Edition - 1/18/06

Amazing Progress; Broken Scale
The new gym regimen is on track – well, for the end of week one. Last night I jumped on the scale at the end of my workout and was pleasantly surprised to find that it read approximately 15 less pounds than when I began less than 10 days ago. Yes, I’m aware that this is an enormous and ridiculous amount of weight to lose in one week, but I’m judging this reading like one of those surveys – plus or minus five pounds. In any event, my beginning weight was 177 pounds – save the comments please! My new weight – drum roll please! – 162 pounds! Not to worry, I like you am just as skeptical about the HUGE drop, but I’ll be doing another weigh-in tonight on a different scale to see what the reading is. Yes, I’ll even report that number back to you. All said, I am back to my three mile haul-ass miles in 30 minutes and have greater stamina – this in only one week. Even if the scale is off, the body is showing signs of conforming. For those who have adopted the “Beautiful Body for Summer 2006” program with me, please feel free to share your progress, workout stories and setbacks in the “Comments” area. For those die-hard workout mavens in our blog family, please feel free to jump in and give us tips, advice, etc. as we go along.

The Baby, the Bathwater and Death
Nixzmary Brown, 7, was found dead last Wednesday night. Authorities believe her stepfather Caesar Rodriguez had banged her head against a bathtub faucet causing her death. Prosecutors gave a chilling detail that alleges Rodriguez beat Brown for attempting to take a yogurt from the refrigerator. Brown weighed 36 pounds at the time of her death. What’s most troubling about this alleged case of abuse, neglect and murder is that there were countless signs that preempted Brown’s death. Her mom lived with the child. Teachers, social workers and neighbors allege the child showed signs of malnourishment, black eyes and missed countless school days. The New York State Child Welfare agency had been called in to intervene countless times and even attempted to enter the apartment in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn shortly before the child was reported dead. Now, authorities are asking why the agency charged with the child’s welfare didn’t take steps – like obtaining a warrant to enter the apartment – to save the child’s life. Nixzaliz Santiago, the child’s mother is charged with manslaughter, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. Caesar Rodriguez is charged with murder and endangering the welfare of a child. Neither has entered a plea. The City of New York is calling for a full investigation to determine the actions of the Child Welfare Agency.

Reporting from Baghdad
A group calling themselves the Brigades of Vengeance kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll, a Christian Science Monitor reporter in Iraq since 2003. Their demand is clear – free all female Iraqi prisoners within 72 hours or she dies. To date, 36 reporters have been kidnapped since the start of the war and six have been killed – viciously. The U.S. has a policy of not negotiating with terrorist groups. Carroll is from Michigan.

On Blast
Child abusers – those convicted of sex abuse against minors specifically – presently serve time for their felony convictions and are required to register as sex offenders within their communities. Until recently, after a specified period of time their names could come off this list. Lawmakers are now in the process of changing that law so that sex offenders remain on these registries for life. No other felony conviction requires a person to be placed on a list and carry this “Scarlet letter” for life. Is it fair to have sex offenders be the only convicted felons to be required to register with their communities? Should we require other felons – drug felons, rapists, etc. – to also be put on such a registry? What type of rehabilitation and/or future can society expect for people who feel “marked” for life? Tell it like it is…

Keep passin’ the open windows…

17 comments:

Tammy said...

Hell yeah, sex offenders should be branded for life!!!! after all the damage that they do to their victims last a lifetime. it's not like they are going to change. once a predator always a predator.

Anonymous said...

Sex offenders should be "marked for life" just like the person who they violated will be marked for life. I don't think there is any rehabilitating a sex offender. Once a sex offender, always a sex offender. This is a crime that goes beyond. It is a crime of the mind. If the urge ever hits them, they will do the crime again. They should all be forced to live in a neighborhood together where they can offend each other. Why are they even let out of jail? You can get life in prison for selling drugs but only a couple of years for a sex offense! The system is crazy. It protects the wrong people.

LaLa said...

What a good subject. I agree with the other two post...once an offender, always an offender. They can never be rehabilitated. They should be marked for life by being kept in jail for life.

caspar608 said...

Is your question a joke. Pedophiles CAN NEVER BE REHABILITATED. SEX OFFENDERS CAN NEVER BE REHABILITATED. They should be killed for the lives they ruin and the innocence they steal.

Anonymous said...

Hell To the NO. Sex offenders should not be branded for life, repeat offenders YES. A sex offender could be a 17yr. old having consensual sex with a 16yr. old. Everyone makes mistakes in life and EVERYone deserves a second chance. Should we castrate teens, women or men for not being good parents? Should we take ALL of a person's children, for life, because they encounter personal problems in their own life? All of the previous have life-long ramifications. I think the that damage we do to our own should be dealt with most severely but, it that the case?

These pictures are NEVER black and white. Every situation need to be looked at on its on merit. I would hate for a member of my family/friends to miss out on raising their kids because of a mishap, bump, in their personal life. Life in prison happens to the poor, not the wealthy so, be careful of what your asking. You just might be condemning a family member or friend.

ENOUGH OF THAT...

Just Me.

Anonymous said...

Just Me,

You sure are quick to defend a crazy person. Is everything okay over there? What about the life of a child that has been offended? What if it was your child? Would you feel the same way?

Cocoa Rican said...

Yes Caspar, the question, like the issue, is very serious. I agree with Just Me in that the net is cast far too wide when designating or classifying sex offenders – even child sex offenders specifically. As was already mentioned, teens interact and engage each other sexually and older teens may find themselves in life-long misery following a conviction for having any sexual interaction with their peers – this includes an 18-year old who engages a 17-year old. Moreover, although I agree that some sex offenders have deep seated issues that may never be cured or overcome, it is unfair to say that all sex offenders will never change and can never be rehabilitated. I do believe a requirement to have all sex offenders remain in some type of rehabilitative program that includes long-term, and in some cases, life-long counseling, rather than requiring them to register in their communities and be identified as sex offenders for life serves a better community-safety purpose. My reasoning is simple, the average Joe doesn’t check the available sex offender registry anyway. Therefore, most families that feel so strongly about having this information available to them, don’t take the time to check these registries periodically. This lack of information leaves families and subsequently, entire communities, unprotected. Second, it is difficult at best, to expect someone who feels they will forever carry a label to make a move to change their behavior and abstain from it – why bother? You’ll always be classified as a sex offender, right? There are other crimes that merit convicted felons to be placed on national registries – ie. murder, rape, drug dealing, etc. Why make distinctions? Are we not afraid of our family members suffering at the hands of a rapist? Do we care if a convicted murderer moves into the neighborhood? Let’s be realistic. If we’re going to allow convicted felons to return to our communities, we’re going to have to do our best to rehabilitate them. Your vigilance for your family – your children specifically – should be ever-present – whether there is a registry or not. Admittedly, I don’t have children, but I do have family members and friends who mean the world to me. I’m as concerned at having them be safe, but I’m also concerned that fairness, equality and justice prevails for all. For the record: I know from first-hand experience the repercussions and damage caused by sex offenders, so mine isn’t a trivial and liberal bleeding heart tirade.

Cocoa Rican said...

There’s also the consideration that some sex offenses – especially against children – merit life-long imprisonment. When rehabilitation is not an option or consideration – be it because of repeated offenses, inability to conform, etc. – it’s time to think of the community at large and serve-out life-in-prison sentences. These coupled with castration, heavy medication and/or a death penalty sentences can be considered. How’s that for addressing both sides of the coin?
::::: Having a slight flashback::::

Anonymous said...

If you're affraid to sign your name, your opinion carries NO weight.

As I've stated Mr./Mrs. Anonymous...

Everyone deserves a second chance. Children are disrespected by their own loved ones ie. family/friends/in laws. These are the people that I feel should receive the harshes punishment because these are the people that we trust the most. Should they be put to death? As stated, there is NO blanket that will cover this entire subject so, when spouting off at the MOUF, try seeing the situation from different vantage points because you may be asking people to view from a different vantage point one day.

Now SHush, child

Just Me....

Jeanine said...

Great Question Cocoa!

I see Anonmyous' point about the 17 y/o with the younger girlfriend scenario but by and large I agree that child sex offenders should be marked and their presence known to their communities. Yes people can change but there has got to be some psychological imbalance that causes a person to attack an innocent child. We as parents have the right know that and where they live in our communities. If they prey on children and steal their innocence, they should be subjected to a similiar life of agony.

KRISALMIGHTY said...

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU COCOA....THE "SEX OFFENDER" TITLE IS TOO BROAD AND THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THAT LABEL TO SEVERE FOR US TO BE SO ABSOLUTE ABOUT JUDGEMENT. CASPAR I FREELY ADMIT I HAVE NO CHILDREN OF MY OWN, AND I UNDERSTAND THE OUTRAGE OF YOU AND OTHER PARENTS AT SEX OFFENDERS, BUT WE HAVE TO STEP BACK AND JUDGE EACH SITUATION INDIVIDUALLY.

caspar608 said...

The offenders that inhabit the registry are by and large the perpetrators of some of the most sexually deviant crimes against children, women and yes, in most cases men.
See, I got that Inspector Gadget bug. If I find you on the Department of Justice registry - which lists sexual crimes perpetrated against adults as well - that you raped, sodomized, assaulted, mutilated someone - then I know that if I see you within close proximity of my home I might just have to whoop that ass myself or let the hood know so if you even get close to the playground you might as well be signing your own death certificate. Comprende'. Now, again, if you look at the Department of Justice registry it will tell you the AGES of the victims. Anyone with a brain in their head can do the math and figure out if there was a statutory rape circumstance going on if it isn't explicitly stated in the registry already. You can also ascertain public records if you really need to know. If a 45 year old man has deviant sexual intercourse with a 15 year old boy, chances are he's done it before and the victims could have been younger so YES, he should be registered for life. The same should be done to a 45 year old woman who sodomizes a 15 year old girl or boy. Furthermore, as a society we need to do a better job and telling our children to abstain from sex until both participants are mature enough and responsible enough to accept the consequences. This would also assist in stopping the spread of AIDS - but I guess I am being a little too hopeful and optimistic when I speak of abstinence. After all, isn't sexual intercourse more important than our health and well being (I say that sarcastically). I don't expect everyone to agree with me, and honestly it doesn't matter if anyone does. I say if you murder someone, you should have to register, if you rape someone, you should have to register, if you molest or rape and murder a child you should not only have your balls and uterus ripped from your body, you should bear the shame of your crime until they close the casket.
Y'all have a nice day now.

caspar608 said...

correction, I meant in "some" cases men.

caspar608 said...

As far as taking children away is concerned, I think we all should have learned a burning message from the life of Nixmary Brown... her life was valuable, unfortunately she was stuck with two ANIMALS who did not value themselves enough to value another human being. Her stepmonster was dishomorably discharged from the Army for possessing child pornography - yet he was not listed on any registry. Her douchebag of a mother kept a fetus in a jar next to her bed that an ACS worker saw with her own eyes. Yet, this childs life was not valuable enough to save? When sex is just sex and life can be terminated so easily, what deters people from continuing the cycle of depravity/abuse/torture/rape? Our own personal graitification and satisfaction has eclipsed the greater good of mankind when we become preoccupied with the civil liberties of people with very poor moral character or commitment to DO RIGHT, rather than the urge to DO WRONG. Maybe this all sounds like mumbo jumbo and unrealistic to some, but the bottom line is CONSEQUENCE. If you rape someone, that is not a mistake, it is an intentional action to take something precious from another human being by force. There are no second chances, there is no easy way out once you've violated the soul of another human being. Perhaps it was a confused 15 year old who didn't have the right male figures in his life so he thinks he may be gay and what do you know, here comes the middle aged guy who has been around the block and guess what he's going to make sure you ARE gay. Or the older cousin who just want to see what it looks like then takes you to the basement and takes something from you that you can never get back, not even on your wedding night. Second chances belong to the guy or girl who had to steal or sell drugs to FEED their family. Second chances belong to someone who ACCIDENTALLY killed or injured another human being. Second chances do not belong to people whose deviant urges and desires overcome them to the point where they don't care who gets hurt...they just have this need to violate someone so badly that the victim will be scarred for life. I would throw the book, the gravel, the benches and the flag at that person. God forgive me, and God forgive them.

caspar608 said...

and yes, I have the proverbial balls and actual tits to say who I is and mean every word I say.

caspar608 said...

next question Cocoa....

caspar608 said...

http://www.nsopr.gov/

the national sex offender registry

for all of those who are about to rock I salute you