Friday, November 22, 2013

the day the world lost three men of the ages

CS Lewis: The Belfast boy whose death was overshadowed by JFK

The Telegraph
22 November 2013

"[Lewis] died, aged 64, less than an hour before JFK was shot, and 12 minutes after Aldous Huxley succumbed to cancer. News of the writers' coincidental demise would be swallowed by the outpouring of shock and grief springing from Texas. Nobody noticed that Lewis was gone..."

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A quick (and excellent) biography of Huxley
Fifty Years since C. S. Lewis
Early Reviews of Narnia (The Guardian)

and the children...God be with the children

Ten Year Old Girl Beaten, Starved, Burned & Stuffed in Garbage

"Emani's father, Eman Moss, and step-mother, Tiffany Moss, have been arrested and charged with murder, concealing a body, and child cruelty after police say they had starved to death their daughter and then set her body on fire to cover up the crime."

UPDATES: Moss Family Suing DFACS; Death Penalty Weighed

The Lazy Parent Story (Baby Almost Starved to Death)

"“Brittany [the mother] told investigators when she was asked why she didn’t feed this baby she said that she had other things to do, like getting the oil changed in the car,” she said. The 21-year-old ‘parents’ admitted they preferred drinking and smoking pot with their friends instead of taking care of their baby."

Toddler Murdered by Father as Revenge against Mom

"In a disgusting display of unbelievable cruelty, McKoy posted an adorable picture of himself and his 19-month-old daughter Mia, just moments before he shot her in the head and killed her. He wrote ‘I told u I can’t live without u lol u thought I was joking now me n Mia out this b----.’He then turned the gun on himself. Right now, he is alive and in critical condition."

And the Young Girl Found in the Cage

""I've done this for 20 years, and I've never seen anything like this in my life," Gloucester Sheriff's Maj. Darrell Warren said."

Child Chained with Dead Chicken around Neck

"A social services worker and a hospital nurse were arrested Friday after a North Carolina sheriff's deputy spotted their 11-year-old foster child allegedly chained to their porch with a dead chicken draped around his neck. "

Albuquerque Protects Late-Term Abortion

"The ban would have affected the entire state, given that the only two clinics that perform abortion at that stage in the pregnancy are in Albuquerque. One, Southwestern Women’s Options, is perhaps one of the only in the country to openly admit it does abortions after 20 weeks; out-of-state license plates can often be spotted in its parking lot."

That Strange Voice in the Baby's Bedroom

"Marc Gilbert said they realized the voice was coming from the Web camera they use to keep tabs on the children.

What they heard next was ugly."

Not Putting in the Ritz

"Kristen Bartkiw sent her children Natalie and Logan to daycare with lunches of leftover roast beef, potatoes, carrots, milk, and oranges.

The daycare providers evidently didn’t think the wholesome lunch fit the nutritional bill because Bartkiw was subsequently charged for the Ritz crackers that the lunches had to be ‘supplemented’ with."

School Throws Child's Breakfast in the Trash

"A 12-year-old boy was forced to sit in embarrassment at the breakfast table at Barber Middle School in Dickinson ISD when cafeteria workers took his food away and threw it in the garbage. Why? Because the boy’s account was short a measly 30 cents. "

You Wait in Line, or Else (Dad Arrested...)

""You don't need a reason as a parent to go get your children. They are our children," Howe said."

[Gay] Chastity vs. the Alumni: Cardinal Spellman High

"Neither the Times article nor the announcement states precisely what “issues” led to the cancellation of the presentation, although the newspaper reported that "several" alumni had expressed concerns that (in the words of the Times), "the event would send an alienating message to young people, particularly those in the process of self-discovery or those with a gay relative." A Faceook initiative agains[t] the talk had also gained some 200 supporters."

Whose Children are They: Parents vs. Schools

"An even more disturbing letter came to the attention of Police State USA from Minnesota.  In a letter addressed from the Fond Du Lac Social Service, a parent who allegedly allowed a child to miss dental appointment(s) was threatened with being reported for being a neglectful parent to child protective services."

The Boston Children's Hospital Atrocity

"Nine months after the incident. Mr and Mrs Pelletier remain embroiled in a bitter custody battle with the hospital who allow Justina so little time to see her family she has resorted to smuggling letters to them in origami artwork."

Mean Moms Gossiping about "Ugly" Toddlers

"Another mother chimed in, "An ugly baby thread. I have died and gone to heaven...why can't you guys live near me so we can do this over cocktails?""

in case you missed this on the nightly news...

Palo Alto man, 85, removed from plane, detained in North Korea

Josh Richman and Julia Prodis Sulek
San Jose Mercury News
21 November 2013

"North Korea hasn't formally acknowledged it is holding Newman, much less a reason why -- which an expert on that nation called particularly odd. And the State Department on Tuesday heightened a travel warning for North Korea but would neither link the advisory to Newman's detainment or even confirm he is the American being held.


Daniel Sneider, a North Korea expert, said it's not unprecedented for North Koreans to arrest American travelers.

"But even by North Korean standards, this is unusual," said Sneider, associate director for research at Stanford's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center."

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It goes without saying that this retired Korean War veteran and his family are in need of our prayers.