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Washington Post: The Criminalization of Everything, Parenthood Included.

This stuff is starting to make it out into the MSM press. That is a good sign.

By Radley Balko | July 14
Washington Post

A couple of themes we explore here at The Watch are the increasing criminalization of just about everything and the use of the criminal justice system to address problems that were once (and better) handled by families, friends, communities and other institutions. A few examples from recent headlines show those themes intersecting with parenthood.

The first story comes from South Carolina, where a mother was jailed and charged with “unlawful conduct toward a child” for . . . leaving her 9-year-old daughter alone to play in a park. Lenore Skenazy of “Free Range Kids” comments:


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The criminalization of saggy pants


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By today's standards

every parent I knew growing up would be in jail for child abuse.The time has come for the news media to stop reporting on alleged crimes committed until after the trial. Their time would be better spent reporting on government abuse.

Agreed...but that doesn't

Agreed...but that doesn't sell ad time and it isn't profitable so it will not happen. I imagine the Duke fake rape case was extremely profitable to the cable networks.

"Villains wear many masks, but none as dangerous as the mask of virtue." - Washington Irvin

It isn't like it used to be.

These days you can't go outside without worrying about getting kidnapped or killed...by state employees.

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Where does it end?

But about myself I will not boast, except as it concerns my weaknesses (2 Cor 12:5). Let the unbelievers seek praise from each other; I wish that which is from God alone.

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I'm sorry i didn't bump this earlier

it certainly merits one

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
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