Saturday, January 19, 2008

An unborn child is still a child

I live in the town where Maria Lauterbach was killed, so I have followed the entire case very closely. As I'm sure you know, Maria Lauterbach, a local Marine, was 8 1/2 months pregnant when she was murdered and buried in the backyard of the man she accused of raping her.

I drove to the crime scene, just a few miles from my own home, to watch them dig for her body. I've read news articles, watched the news every night, and last night attended a candlelight vigil for her and her unborn son. Yes, son. She planned on naming him Gabriel.

As I stood among the other 300 or so people, stroking the hair of my own son, it saddened me to know that her poor little baby doesn't even count. In the state of North Carolina, an unborn child doesn't amount to much. If, and when, Cesar Laurean is prosecuted for the murder of Maria Lauterbach, he wont be charged with the death of her son.

I have just read and signed the petition: "Death or Injury causing death to a Fetus is still Murder". Please take a moment to read about this important issue, and join me in signing the petition. It takes just 30 seconds, but can truly make a difference. They are trying to reach 2000 signatures - please sign here:

Thank you.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Say hello to my hairy friend

I was crafting with my six year old, Dillon, recently. You know painting, glittering, gluing. It was all over my hands and wrists. So when Dillon informed me I had a moustache, I calmly wiped the back of my hand against the top of my mouth and smiled at him.

"No, Mom. A real one."

Nothing will stop a woman in her tracks faster than being told she has a moustache. A real one.

I bolted to the mirror and OH MY GOD he was right! I did have a moustache. And I don't mean a few stray hairs I had to strain to look for. A fourteen year old boy would have been jealous of this thing!! How could this have formed without my knowledge, and more puzzling was how did I not feel it? Ewwww……….. I had a moustache!

Nair to the rescue! Have you ever tried that stuff? My God, it smells like a cross between eggs & sewage. It's nasty, but I would've applied boiling acid to myself if that's what it took to get rid of the 'stache'.

Two minutes of Nair and……… was still there. Somehow some of it had withheld. And oddly I had a burn mark on the corner of my upper lip. As if the hair wasn't noticeable enough, now I had a bright red mark hi-lighting the thing. An accent point, if you will.

I plucked the remaining hairs. And may I just say……OUCH THAT SHIT HURTS. Fucking hell it hurt. I had tears coming out of my eyes it hurt so damn bad. But I am proud to say that I am now hair free!

Until next time.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Bad guys hate pink

A small prison in Texas has turned everything PINK and the inmates actually hate it! Who would've thought that pink uniforms would actually deter hardcore felons? Well, apparently, they don't like it.

Sheriff Clint Low introduced pink paint to cell walls and bars. Even put pink sheets on the beds. And then, changed the prison uniforms pink. When I first heard this, I thought it was ridiculous. However, it is working. Yeah. Something so simple is working. Prison population is DOWN. And those that are in jail now say the uniforms will stop them from coming back. Prisoners with good behavior are rewarded by not having to wear the pink.

If it works, why not do this elsewhere? Why stop at a small jail? Obviously there will be those that don't care what they wear, but with taxpayers paying upwards of $ 35.00 a day per inmate, don't you think it's worth a try?

And if they hate pink, imagine what they'd think of having to wear yellow duckies on their jumpsuits. Or pink bunnies. The possibilites are endless!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Protecting a child is not a job

During the holidays, thousands of children are put onto airplanes alone. It is done everyday without incident. I couldn't do it. I worry way to much. However, if you are one of those people that allow your children to fly alone, and you pay the airlines for an escort for them, wouldn't you feel some sense of security knowing they will be looked after?

What if they weren't? What if once on the plane your child was forced to sit next to a pedophile who spent the flight touching his genitals while touching YOUR child? Wouldn't you be angry? Wouldn't you want SOMEONE held accountable? Perhaps even arrested??

It allegedly happened to a 12-year-old Alabama girl. That means it could happen to YOUR child! She was returning home from visiting her Father in San Diego via Delta Air Lines. A man sat next to the girl and allegedly began to rub her legs. She asked him, 'What are you doing?' He stopped, removed his hand from her leg, and went to the restroom. When he came back, he started it again. All the while touching himself sexually.

The girl alerted a flight attended of what was happening to her and asked if she could be moved. She was told, 'No, you'll be fine. I'll just check on you.'

But eventually she was moved. To First Class. When her flight arrived, she was allowed to leave the plane. So was the perpetrator. The airline didn't even disclose what had happened to the mother!!!!!! It was as if it didn't even happen. NO CHARGES WERE FILED. Delta Airlines is investigating the incident.

What is wrong with the world that it can turn it's back on a young girl being victimized? Why wasn't anyone there to help her? No one on the flight saw what was happening? Shouldn't she have been sat closer to the Flight Attendant station?

You may say it's not their job to babysit. And you may be right. But does it have to be an assigned 'job' to protect the innocence of our children?