Suzanne Thorne, 15, gunshot to head. Attended the party with her 18-year-old boyfriend. Her mother, Nancie, told The Seattle Times she did not approve of her daughter going to raves.
I am very sad for all of the parents, but I cannot understand the parents of these two children. I don't care how much you "trust" the people involved - a 14-15 year old does Not need to attend this kind of event. And 'not approving' of the raves? I'm sorry - that means you put your foot down and say "No". My parents didn't have any trouble telling me No when it was the best thing for me, I can tell you that!
I think the tragedy here is that these girls were in a place they clearly should not have been, and it makes me sad that the media thinks the biggest tragedy is that the gunman owned guns.
I have no children, so it is obviously easy for me to have these opinions. I'd like to hear from all of you who have kids - of any age. What do you think about all of this?
** UPDATE **
The Analog Kid makes some good points about Chief Kerlikowske and the potential for a drug angle on this story, and warns that we gun owners should prep for rough times ahead.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Friday, March 24, 2006
It appears that UW debate over a memorial to honor "Pappy" Boyington at the University of Washington (see my initial post here) raised the hackles of a retired General...
To: Edwards, Jill (student, UW)
Well said, sir! And thank you, Max, for sharing.
The 'following' that Dula refers to is "On Sheep, Sheepdogs, and Wolves", written by LtCol (ret) Dave Grossman. You can read the whole thing in the Blackfive archives. Here's an excerpt ...
On Sheep, Sheepdogs, and Wolves
If you haven't already, read the whole thing.
By the way - the second resolution on this issue, which was written to honor all of the CMOH recipients from the University, has passed out of the General committee, and is now in the 'second reading' phase. The democratic process is still working.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Families give us perspective on our lives, as I was reminded this past weekend. I flew to Florida last week to join my sister and other relatives for a happy/sad farewell.
Posted by Barb at 8:56 PM
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Well, I am home from my jaunt to Florida. The weather was nice there, too bad I couldn't bring some of it home to Seattle. It was a good weekend - fun as always to gather with the family.
Posted by Barb at 9:03 PM
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Posted by Barb at 8:14 PM
Friday, March 10, 2006
Our sweet Flutterby, aka Desultory Butterfly, has joined the Army - and her twin sister needs a boost to travel to Fort Leonard Wood to attend Desult's graduation from Basic.
Posted by Barb at 9:33 AM
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
No, I haven't disappeared from the planet - just busy.
Thanks to Appalachian GunTrash for providing the link to CuteOverload.
Posted by Barb at 9:33 PM
Friday, March 03, 2006
A recent poll asked servicemembers in Iraq about their reasons for being there, and the results (at RadioBlogger.com) have been discussed at Castle Argghhh (check the comments) and Villainous Company, among other fine places. FOr some reason, it all reminds me of Mark Twain and "there are lies, damned lies and statistics".
I’m in Iraq because I believe the attack on September 11th, 2001, ushered in a new era for terrorism. I agreed that it was best to “go global” right then and establish lines of demarcation across our humble little planet, clearly exposing those who stand against terrorism and those who would harbor and aid terrorist groups.
You really need to go read the whole thing.
Then go read some of the other fine posts from Lieutenant K at his blog. Like Leadership and Parenthood, or A Letter to the Republic for Which We Stand (II), or just start at the top, and work your way down.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
This is an image of the waterfront in Carlsbad, California. I used to live just a few miles from here, and roller-bladed on the seawall that you see starting at the street level many times.
Posted by Barb at 1:06 PM