WTF: Woman leaves children in hot car while turning herself in for leaving children in a hot car

July 6, 2015

Unlike people who get wrongly accused of child neglect, this woman needs to have her kids taken away and put with a family that has a brain. HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A Henrico mother was charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency or abuse of child after police said she left her children, ages six and one, inside her hot car outside the Henrico County Courthouse. Laquanda Newby,…


WTF of The Week: Parents charged with neglect

July 4, 2015

I started this blog, waaaay back in the day, because of bullshit like this. Back then, while hearing of a child who had been abused to death by her parents, what do I notice as the headline leading the news? Discussions about who was worse at parenting, Jon Gosselin or Richard Heene. So, while real children the world over and truly suffering, we focus our attention on a reality tv…


Homework? Sex-toy selfies for extra credit

June 15, 2015

Improvements in education in the digital age continue. I guess. Teacher’s reported sex-toy homework investigated The whole flap may have started out as an ill-advised joke, but the Alameda Unified School District is investigating reports that an Encinal High School teacher asked students to find their parents’ sex toys and text him selfies with them for extra credit. The investigation was launched after a worker at an after-school program heard…


50 Shades of High School

June 5, 2015

We aimed so much lower when I was in High School. We would have been happy to be rewarded with pizza. Or an entire school period devoted to napping. W.Va. students caught screening ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ during class The filmography request was made by a group of Hampshire County students who asked their teacher, who was ignorant of the film’s content, if they could watch it as a reward…


NJ Assembly votes to decriminalize sexting

The NJ State Assembly has passed a bill to decriminalize sexting among teens. For those of you who don’t know, “sexting” is the act of texting a nude, nearly nude or sexually suggestive photo to another person via cell phone. And to hear the local and national news tell it, there is a veritable sexting wave sweeping the nation. I live in NJ, and I’m the parent of a teen….

March 18, 2011

RAGE: 13 Years old…and younger.

13 years old. And younger. Think about that. Think of how young that is. How innocent. How naïve. At that age, they are little more than babies comparatively speaking, their lives on this planet and collective experience amounting to what could be summed up in a two-hour movie of the week. The whole world before them, so much yet to experience, so much yet to see, do and learn, everything…

November 17, 2010

Channeling my inner bigot?

Yelling. Photo from
February 7, 2007

This week I realized that someone who didnt know me might think I was homophobic. But those who know me, know that I am far from it. But the truth is, I think the pendulum has swung too far. We’ve reached the other apex. We’ve gone from a world where discriminating against gays is considered bigotry to one where simply disagreeing with the opinion of a gay or lesbian gets…