Inappropriate Use Of Scissors — Blinding The Witches

I know that this picture is gross and disgusting. The story is moreso. Having worked in optics for the last decade and a half, I am pretty sensitive when it comes to the eyes, so this story made me cringe a little.

Evidentially there are places in rural India that are like Salem, Massachusetts from the 15th Century. They blame their bad luck on the witches. Well, this time some people in the community were having a rough go of it and decided that something needed to be done. And what was their course of action? Ahhh yes, holding her down and putting scissors through her corneas (gulp).

Alas it gets worse, the husband, witnessing what is happening to his betrothed tried to intervene. And what does he get for his effort? He too has his eyes removed for his effort.

You will have to forgive me for my nonchalant way of describing the story but the event was horrifying enough without more morose verbiage.

These events are not merely isolated to rural India. We have seen equally disturbing things in the United States. Savagery itself is blind to all culture.

You can check out the original story here

Kindergarten Sex Club – Dallas Edition

Just a few miles north of my home in Austin, Tx, a host of individuals decided it would be a great idea to drug some 4 and 5 year olds with ‘silly pills’ (vicodin) and have the kids perform stripteases and sexy dances for the adults.   I know the world is sick and twisted, but come on!    This is just light-years ahead in depravity.

Originally the seven defendants were given life sentences but then, due to ‘procedural errors’, those sentences were overturned.   Now, a few of the defendants were offered plea deals and will soon be back on the streets.  Wonderful…

Check your area for sex offenders mom and dad.  You never know who might be lurking about.

Original Story From MSN

Meth Addiction + Parenthood = Stabbed Baby

Danielle Mailloux’s six week year old child was found to have multiple stab wounds which seemed to be the result of somebody sticking the child with a kitchen knife.  I am far from the perfect parent, but I have to wonder what kind of psychotic break with reality this young lady had.  I can’t imagine the pain of a child who is being oked and prodded like a Thanksgiving day turkey with a kitchen knife.

And to make matters worse, in 2009 she had a baby that was carried to term and was stillborn.  That baby was stillborn because she was taking Meth during her pregnancy and the baby essentially could not handle the toxins.

It’s at times like these that I clamor for a parenting license.  Just because you are able to have children doesn’t mean you should.  I say this from the standpoint of an adoptive father.  My son was disregarded by his biological family because they could not overcome addictions.  They couldn’t make the right choice and this is simply another demonstration of someone who treats her kids like they are disposable.  Oh something happened to baby A?  Well I will have baby B.  The cycle continues.

Society is depressing.

Original Link:

Bakersfield Local News

An Eye For An Eye?

 

This story is gruesome, sad, and everything in between.  It involves justice in the most brutal sense of the word, albeit for an incredibly brutal crime.  Ameneh Bahrami was apparently courted quite incessantly and when she rebuked the marriage proposals from her suitor, Majid Movahedi, the man felt so emasculated and was so wicked that he decided he would take her beauty away by splashing acid in her face.  In the above picture you can see the before and after pictures of Ameneh.  I don’t even think the word devastating would suffice here.

We always talk about the punishment fitting the crime and in this case, her unnamed assailant, was sentenced to having five drops of sulfuric acid dropped in each eye.  He would obviously be bonded to a bad, immobilized, while she would take an eye dropper  and place acid into his eyes, watching as the acid burned the organ away.

I am left with a moral quandary.  Even though the act itself was so heinous, is not the punishment tantamount to that same sadism?  Should sadism. even when seemingly appropriate, be a synonym for justice?

I don’t know.   The punishment has been postponed but only because Amnesty International caught wind of the case.  Had the complainant not been so vocal, this probably would have taken place.  So what do you think?  Is it a perfect punishment or are we stretching thin our humanity when resorting to such things?

Links:

Al-Jazeera 

Amnesty International Article 

Photos:

Majid Movahed

Ameneh Bahrami

Ameneh Bahrami's Clothes After Acid Attack

Murder/Suicide In The Senior Community

Murder has become a fact of life that we are just desensitized to. People kill each other for the most trivial things, and it’s hard for many people to care. It’s just too common place. But when elderly couples, couples who have been with each other for the greater part of their lives, are killing each other, it’s time to bear witness.

Case in point, is when 80 year old, Glen Tucker, shoots his 77 year old wife, Joan, who is disabled and wheelchair bound in Little Torch key, Florida It just goes beyond my (and hopefully your) comprehension. What drives that final event? Was it unbearable suffering? Whose suffering? He even took his cat’s life before, in the end, taking his own life.

You can read the rest of the story HERE