Here’s another story of a monster mom and her complete lack of humanity.
RICHLAND CENTER - A woman pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect Friday to charges she let her newborn girl die last January and kept the remains hidden in a plastic storage tub.
Kristin Scott, 22, also pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to concealing the death of another child prosecutors said she gave birth to two years ago and also hid in a storage tub.
Scott was charged in June with one count of first-degree reckless homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of the most recent baby.
According to Scott?s statements to police, she secretly gave birth to the baby at her parents? home in January. She told investigators the baby gurgled and gasped for air but Scott, a certified nursing assistant, didn?t clear the baby?s airway or perform CPR.
She said she had hidden her pregnancy and was afraid the baby would cry and alert her family, according to her statements. She said she was afraid of what people would say about her if they learned of the pregnancy, and the baby had to die.
I watched the birth of all four of my kids. When they emerge from the womb and take that first gasp of air, they are the absolute most innocent, helpless, and wonderful people that God ever put on this earth. I absolutely cannot fathom a woman watching her newborn struggle to live - and doing absolutely nothing but worry about whether the child will cry and alert her parents.
This animal needs to be spayed and locked in a cell 12 inches square where she can gasp for air for the next 75 years.Posted by Owen at 1143 hrs
Here are the details:
MADISON - Gov. Jim Doyle pledged Friday to increase the amount of money available to veterans through education benefits and veto a Republican plan that would have reduced their reimbursements for school fees.
Republicans had proposed increasing the amount of tuition veterans were eligible to receive under the program in Doyle?s original plan. But they cut how much veterans could receive in fees under the budget they approved last month.
The veto by Doyle, a Democrat, means veterans will be eligible for 100 percent of fees and tuition.
Doyle continues to throw out any semblance of fiscal responsibility.
And here’s how much thought Doyle puts into protecting taxpayers:
Doyle spokesman Dan Leistikow said he was unsure how much the governor?s veto would cost.
Doyle didn’t even bother to crunch the numbers. It doesn’t matter to him. All that matters is that supporting veterans is popular right now and they are reliable voters.
Doyle is a complete disgrace.Posted by Owen at 1133 hrs
Eric Raymond has an excellent post over at Armed and Dangerous. One of its conclusions is:
Our original sin is not murderousness - it is obedience.
It’s long, so settle in and warm up your mind.Posted by Owen at 1049 hrs
Here’s the Homer quote that Quizzilla thinks is mine - ALL MINE! YOU CAN’T HAVE IT!
“Lisa, if you don’t like your job, you don’t
strike. You just go in every day and do it
really half-assed. That’s the American
way!” Well, you’re really really lazy. You
manage to get by, but you never put any effort
into anything you do. You most likely enjoy
watching TV, sleeping, eating, and doing stuff
of the sort. Get active. You’re a fat, lazy
Which Advice Quote said by Homer Simpson are You?
brought to you by QuizillaPosted by Owen at 0950 hrs
Here are my picks for the New Blog Showcase in no particular order. I’ve decided to just pick 3 or 4 of my favorites and toss them up here.
In Sheeps Clothing posted an entry about liberty. It’s pretty good, but I prefer the post called “too Fat to Fight”.
Wince and Nod has submitted a post about dung beetles. It’s not what you think. give it a read.
One Little Victory has a post about “moms” killing their kids. I’ve commented on this outrage several times and I can completely identify with her feelings on it.
American Digest has a post breaking down the NY Times. Good stuff.
Go forth and read!Posted by Owen at 0908 hrs
It sounds like things in the House are a little tense.
The day began with a fairly ordinary procedural fight over an otherwise-innocuous pension bill. Committee Democrats complained that the Republican majority had not given them enough time to review a substitute bill that they had received shortly before midnight Thursday. Most of the Democrats then moved to a nearby library to plot strategy after they demanded that Republicans read the legislation line by line.
Infuriated, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-Calif.) instructed the Capitol Police to remove the Democrats from the ornate library. Republicans said Democrats were being disorderly and did not have the right to occupy the libary.
After the one remaining Ways and Means Democrat got in a spat with a GOP committee member, Thomas dispensed with the reading of the bill altogether and pushed through the legislation, without a single Democratic vote.
Good. The more the bicker and argue, the less time they have to pass laws that restrict my liberty.
An update to my previous post on this topic, from the SF Gate.
I think that “retaliates” sends the wrong impression here. You can’t expects, as an employee of a company in the civilian sector, to badmouth your boss publicly without consequences. The same goes in the military. You can bitch all you want, but if you allow your name to get attached to a quote, or if someone in your chain of command figures out who the source is, you can expect consequences.
This reporter is not doing the soldiers any favors, either. First he says this:
First lesson for the troops, it seemed: Don’t ever talk to the media “on the record”—that is, with your name attached—unless you’re giving the sort of chin-forward, everything’s-great message the Pentagon loves to hear.
Then at the end of the article, he says:
“I’m not sure people in Washington really know what it’s like here,” said Corp. Todd Burchard as he stood on a street corner, sweating profusely and looking bored. “We’ll keep doing our jobs as best as anyone can, but we shouldn’t have to still be here in the first place.”
Nearby, Pfc. Jason Ring stood next to his Humvee. “We liberated Iraq. Now the people here don’t want us here, and guess what? We don’t want to be here either,” he said. “So why are we still here? Why don’t they bring us home?”
If this reporter gave a crap about the men he is sourcing (CPL Bourchard and PFC Ring), he would have ommitted their names in light of his previous discovery.
In another bizarre murder case out of Dallas, a jury has convicted 19-year old Sarah Foust of the murder of Jennifer Sanchez, a 20-year old waitress at a Bennigan’s.
Foust and three friends went to Bennigan’s with the intent of dining and dashing. Despite being underage, the teens managed to get alcohol, and proceeded to get drunk. As they dashed on a $131 check, Sanchez ran out to get their license number. Foust, the driver, hit Sanchez, who ended up on top of the car. As the car sped away, Sanchez was thrown to the pavement, where she suffered fatal head injuries.
I don’t see the jury giving her the max (99 years), but I’d like to see a pretty hefty punishment.
ABC is moving This Week under Nightline management.
The folks at ABC are just morons. The problem with This Week isn’t the format, it’s the host. Stephanopoulos will never be able to bridge the gap from spin doctor to credible news guy. Especially since he worked for such a controversial President.
Here’s another of ABC’s problem:
The changes shouldn’t be interpreted as putting Stephanopoulos on shaky ground. Bettag said ABC News viewed Stephanopoulos as a key to bringing a younger audience to the Sunday morning shows, where the viewers average 58 years old.
Their goal should not be to attract younger audiences (that’s what every other hour of the week is for). They should be trying to create a program the makes the Sunday morning audience tune to them instead of the other shows. Cater to the existing audience - don’t try to create a new one.Posted by Owen at 1043 hrs
In an update to this story where a Milwaukee cop will be receiving 75% of his salary for life for stress from choking an inmate, it now appears that the board who approved his windfall never saw the medical reports on officer.
In the case of Henry, who was unanimously approved for duty disability June 23, board members knew only that both the city’s and police union’s doctors approved his request.
Here’s what another board member said about this:
“We have no authority, we’re just administrative,” he said, adding that the board follows doctors’ orders.
“We follow whatever their recommendation is; we don’t get involved in whether the person should get a disability,” he said.
Therein lies the problem: the board is not only a rubber stamp, but actively defends its role as a rubber stamp. That’s just crap.
Boards like this are set up for a reason and it’s to provide oversight. It’s their job to defend the taxpayers and make sure that fraud like this doesn’t go on. If all they’re going to do is automatically approve what the doctors say, then we should just toss out the board to save the money and time it takes up.
The long-term result of these decisions is to hurt the police force. When taxpayers see blatant fraud and waste like this, they will be much less sympathetic when the police department comes asking for more budget dollars. So, as usual, good hard-working cops will suffer because of the fraud, laziness, and incompetence of a few malcontents.Posted by Owen at 0909 hrs
I can’t seem to get the permalink to work, but Dizzy Girl has the story.
My take on the Emmy nominations seems to be about what everyone else’s is…. *yawn*
The problem is not only is it the same batch of shows that it’s been for years, but the shows no longer deserve it. For instance, West Wing was a good show for the 1st 2 seasons or so. It had a huge lefty tilt, but the writing was fantastic and the characters were compelling. But it declined quickly and steadily when they started seeing themselves as an alternate White House. They took themselves way too seriously and it just became a platform to rant. Yet, it still gets 15 undeserved Emmy nominations.
Furthermore, I think it was a huge mistake to let cable shows compete in the Emmys. I don’t deny that some of the shows HBO has been putting out have been good; it’s just that they compete with different rules than the network shows. Plus, despite what the folks in Hollywood think, not everyone has HBO. For instance, I do not have HBO. I have seen most all of the HBO shows that are nominated from various hotel rooms, but I don’t have it in my home. As such, I find it hard to get interested in whether or not The Sopranos or Six Feet Under or whatever will win. If I don’t watch the shows that are competing, it’s not bloody likely I’ll watch the Emmys.Posted by Owen at 2117 hrs
I was reading through this list of the human body’s elements, and I came across something interesting. There are 4.2 grams of iron in the average human body.
I would have to distill the iron out of 107,979.7 people to get enough iron to make a car, which averages about 1000 pounds of iron.
Interesting.Posted by Owen at 1922 hrs
This is pretty funny.
Link via Wall of SleepPosted by Owen at 1827 hrs
I’m all for requiring testing of drivers who reach a certain age. The state of drivers’ ed in our country is pretty poor these days. I’m not sure of the law these days, but a few year ago Texas didn’t even require an actual driving test as long as you could show that you’d passed drivers’ ed.
Money quote from the DMN article:
“It would be discrimination,” Mr. Kormos said. “We are trying to make sure nothing like that happens in the Legislature.”
Discrimination is not illegal. If there’s a compelling state interest, the government can discriminate all day (OK, almost all day…). We don’t allow 10-year-olds to drive because they can’t do it safely. When we reach the point where seniors can’t either, it’s time to take steps to solve the problem. I believe we’re at that point. (Ditto for teens under 18, too, IMHO—at least until we get far more stringent training and testing).
Driving is not a right, it’s a privilege. It’s also one of the rare activities in which you pose a great danger to others, but never have to demonstrate any skill whatsoever once you’re initially licensed.
UPDATE: See the extended entry for a further note.