Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It's Gettin' Crazy Out There

Self-described "civil rights advocates" say that a ballot proposition to ban circumcision is on track for gathering signatures, meaning that San Franciscans may vote on the measure this November.

It's part of a national push to end the procedure, which some say is steeped in tradition but poses risks and has little medical benefit. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association do not recommend routine circumcision.  However if you actually read their  policy statement  you will understand San Francisco politicians are making a mountain out of a Mohel hill.
Although San Francisco liberal gays whose lives are focused mainly on their weiner will not admit it, studies indicate that circumcision does reduce the risk of STD transmission.  Some say it inhibits sexual feeling.  But who knows.  If you have lived all your life without a hood on your winkie, face it, you ain’t going to miss it.

Several Jewish organizations have weighed in against the ban, as well, pointing out that circumcision rituals play an important historical role for many Jews. Those pursuing this to be law contend that adults would be free to opt-in to circumcision, but infants would not be allowed to have the procedure until they reach 18.

Whoa!  I used to be a surgical technician.  I have seen an adult undergo circumcision.  It is extremely painful. 

If it passes, those caught cutting foreskins would face a fine of $1,000 and a year in prison.

Why are they making such and issue over a small piece of tissue?

Arvada Colorado Police are defending the way they handled the arrest of an 11-year-old boy.

The boy was arrested, hauled away in handcuffs, and booked at the local constabulary for drawing stick figures in school.  He suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder and his therapist suggested drawing pictures as a way to deal with anger issues at school.

Last October, he drew stick figures of himself with a gun, pointed at four other stick figures with the words "teacher must die."
The boy drew the pictures to let out angry emotions.  Tim, his parents, and his therapist say it was not a threat and that Tim would never hurt anyone.

The school was aware that the boy was in treatment, determined he was not a threat, notified his parents and sent him back to class.

The boy calmed down and was throwing the picture away when his teacher saw him and sent him to the principals office.
However, Arvada Police showed up at their home later that night.

They put him in a cell, took his mug shot, fingerprinted him and charged with a third degree misdemeanor, interfering with staff and students at an educational facility. He is on probation now and once successfully completing this, the charges will be dropped.  However, the boys family has spent several thousand dollars on attorney to defend their son.
The boy and his parents were trying to do right by cooperating with the police, however they now feel they should have remained silent and hired an attorney.

I recall this same issue creeped up a couple of years ago.  What is wrong with the world these days.  The kid is only eleven. I realized this is Colorado.  But allow the kid some feelings.  

One would think the school talk to him about anger issues instead of arresting him?  

May the good Lord help him if he brings finger-nail clippers to class!

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