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Thursday, February 5, 2009

"An Obituary printed in the London Times" chain letter

I was sent this by a well meaning relative but it it absolute full of utter crap.
First the chain letter:
"How true it is!
An Obituary printed in the London Times........ Interesting and sadly rather true.
'Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who
has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was,
since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the
worm; Life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend
more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children,
are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens
suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher
fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the
job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly
children.

Common Sense declined even further when schools were required to get
parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student;
but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted
to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as some churches became businesses;
and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common
Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar
in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to
realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in
her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust
his wife, Discretion his daughter, Responsibility his son, Reason
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

If you still remember him, pass this on.
If not, join the majority and do nothing "

My reply to this utter crap and forwarded on the chain letter list:

"His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but
overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy
charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate"

Case actually originated from Carolina USA see: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/our-criminal-obsession-1126121.html .You are probably allowed to marry your horse in this state but get flung in jail for teaching evolution.
Hear in the UK in a recent horrific case in Bristol http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/news/article-213743-details/article.html involving the very serous assault by a 10 year old on a younger child, the authorities did little to intervene in this case. It was the parents that had to put pressure on authorities to take action.

>"teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch" Apparently in the new York school where this happened, the individual was seen drinking it and had bragged to his class mates it was 20% proof. In America it is common for high school kids to get drunk on mouth wash so it is banned from the premises of most high schools.
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE3D71E3DF93AA25751C0A963958260&n=Top%2FReference%2FTimes%20Topics%2FSubjects%2FC%2FCosmetics%20and%20Toiletries

>"a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student" I have tried to find this from news sources but the only time it comes up on a surch is in relation to this chain leter. If you can find the news source from a reliable and Bipartisan source I will send you a fiver.

>"Common Sense declined even further when schools were required to get
parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student" Its called anaphylactic shock and it can kill a child.
Primary school kids are rubbish at telling you about stuff like this so you have to ask the parents. Children in secondary schools are expected to look after them self's when it comes to sun lotion and aspirin (Usually from hangover drinking mouth wash)

>"but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted
to have an abortion"

PLEASE, has anybody noticed that this country has the worst teen pregnancy rates in Europe http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4584175.stm .
Sex education in schools happens later then anywhere else in the EU. The people who are against a woman's right to chose, usually are against Sex education too.
The denial of safe access to terminations, the facts:

"...Illegal abortion in the UK

Before the 1967 Abortion Act was passed most women who wanted to end their pregnancies would have had to resort to self-induced or back street abortions.

Accurate figures for women injured by illegal abortion before 1967 are not available, as many women would not admit that their injuries resulted from abortion for fear of incriminating themselves and the illegal abortionist. In 1959, however, it was estimated by a parliamentary committee that the treatment of abortion accounted for as many as 20% of genealogical admissions withing the NHS. In 1966 the Home Office estimated that 100,000 abortions were being carried out each year. Other estimates put this figure at 150,000.

Widespread injury and infection often led to infertility and other permanent health problems, and death by septicemia (blood poisoning) or hemorrhage (bleeding) was not uncommon. In 1966 up to 40 women a year in the UK died from the complications of unsafe abortion."
http://www.efc.org.uk/Foryoungpeople/Factsaboutabortion/Unsafeabortion

How many of these were girls who couldn't talk to there parents when they were pregnant ended up dead?.

Please do not pass on this chain letter, its a load of reactionary rubbish.

Lou Mckeever

3 comments:

Mattias Irving said...

Thanks for your informative and thoughtful post. I received this chain letter myself and decided to do some source critique of it, so this proved invaluable to get the facts straight.

Just as you said, It's sad to see this pile of reactionary dung disguised as "common sense" and served on a silver platter this way. Hopefully I managed to write something that helped straighten this out for at least the guy who sent it to me. :)

Draconix said...

Actually the 6 year old boy thing did happen in North Carolina.

Johnathan Prevette met the world last week, and the world--or at least plenty of TV crews--beat a path to his door, in the town of Lexington, North Carolina (pop. 16,583). Once there, they heard the alarming tale--as Johnathan and his parents told it--of the first-grader at Southwest Elementary who planted a kiss on a classmate's cheek, partly because he liked her and partly, he said, because she asked him to. But a teacher saw him, the girl complained, and Johnathan was disciplined by being barred from his class for a day, causing him to miss coloring, playtime and an ice-cream party. Initially, school officials said the boy had broken written rules against sexual harassment. Later they backed off, asserting that Johnathan had only violated a "general school rule, which prohibits unwarranted and unwelcome touching of one student by another."

Found it on Time.com: http://www.time.com/time/international/1996/961007/education.html

Bluelou said...

North Carolina has some interesting ideas on legal stuff

http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/north-carolina



Dumb Laws in North Carolina:
The mere possession of a lottery ticket is illegal in North Carolina and may result in a $2,000 fine.

No one may be a professional fortune-teller, and if one wishes to pursue the practice as an amateur, it must be practiced in a school or church.

It’s against the law to sing off key.

Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields.

While having sex, you must stay in the missionary position and have the shades pulled.

If a man and a woman who aren’t married go to a hotel/motel and register themselves as married then, according to state law, they are legally married.

All couples staying overnight in a hotel must have a room with double beds that are at least two feet apart.

It is illegal to have sex in a churchyard.

Oral sex is considered a crime against nature.