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Thursday, May 28

Selfish and Cruel ~ Current Events Wrap Up

Ok, it’s Thursday, and you know what that means… It’s time for The Current Events Wrap Up meme, hosted by the amazing Julie Arduini at her The Surrendered Scribe blog. The Current Events Wrap Up meme is the vision God gave Julie for discussing what is going on in the world, nation and even our own lives. There is so much happening these days and it would be amazing to have a team of conservative commentators discussing their thoughts. Please go and check out Julie’s blog, and if you like current events or news, think about joining in and/or spreading the word!


I haven’t participated in Current Events Wrap Up for a couple of weeks, so I thought I’d best jump in again. I know you all have been dying to hear my opinion! ;-)

Earthquakes ~ Honduras, California
Wars ~ Iraq, Afghanistan
Rumors of Wars ~ Iran, North Korea
As well as the economy and the Supreme Court Justice Nominee

As always, there’s lots going on in the world today. The story that really grabbed me though, is that of Bonnie Sweeten, the PA mom, who concocted the abduction scheme to go to Disney World with her nine year old daughter.

While her actual motive is yet unclear, it is impossible for me to grasp any possible motive other than sheer selfishness. The worry and sorrow she caused this family is inexcusable. There were two other daughters, a husband, and an ex-husband, father of the taken child who weren’t sure they’d ever see their loved ones again, but were sure something awful had happened to them.

The cost involved for the search must be enormous. The loss of all of the resources that were taken from other actual crimes and situations must be incalculable. Seriously, what are we becoming as a society, that people have such little regard for others? The crimes that this woman are being charged with are misdemeanors, so there will be little penalty for the harm she caused. Will she have to make restitution for the cost involved? Perhaps a portion.

Though I know it will never happen, I have an idea that will help cut crime dramatically and thus solve the overcrowding of prisons. Restitution will always be demanded for crimes and equivalent loss of money, property, income, etc. The perpetrator will have to work in a prison doing whatever jobs around the prison that are necessary (laundry, yard work, cooking, etc), earning comparable wages, paying first taxes, then their own expenses (living, food, clothing, medical, etc), and then any remaining funds going to pay the restitution that is owed. They would get released only after all restitution is paid in full.

No, it will never happen. The liberals would cry foul, saying it is unconstitutional and cruel and unusual punishment. But a girl can dream, can’t she?


On a personal note, thank you all for your well wishes, prayers and concern over my recent miscarriage. I truly appreciate it. In addition, I am considering taking a blog-cation for some time over the summer, to reflect, refresh and re-focus. I’ll let you know the details when I know them myself.


Anonymous said...

I to was horrified that a mother would go to such lengths to take her daughter to Disney World. I just simply could not imagine putting my husband nor my family through such worry and pain.

My friend, I know God is truly working out the pain in your heart and soul from the loss of your child. My heart goes out to you and I pray that He strengthen, comfort and bring peace to you and your family during this time.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I love you.

Big Hugs to you

nitewrit said...


Think it has come out this woman had embezzled a rather large amount of money from a non-profit. I'll have to catch the next news report to make certain I heard right.

Larry E

Billy Coffey said...

Well, that's certainly more plausible than the idea I have to cut crime. I say we bring stocks back. Line them up along Main Street. Then if people do something as utterly stupid like Ms. Sweeten did, they can just be put in the stock for a while to think about it.

But I don't think the liberals would like that much, either.

Today's Christian Mom~ said...

You have been on my mind girl. Hugs (((*)))

And I totally agree on the restitution. Then again someone would call that curel and unusual punishment. RRR

Julie Arduini said...

I also will never be asked to preside over our legal system since I'd also make people wear sandwich boards along the highways saying "I wasted your time and tax dollars by reporting a false crime". I'd also make non violent criminals who waste time like this use their time wisely---raking for the elderly, chores, delivering meals on wheels, apparently they have time on their hands to spare.

So glad you participated, you remain in my prayers. Selfishly praying your blog-cation is a short one!