A new perspective on the “affluenza” case: Sergio Molina’s story


This is what I posted about before. Hugs, Barbara

Anderson Cooper 360

A judge in Texas sentenced 16-year-old Ethan Couch to ten years of probation for the crash that killed four people. His lawyers argued he is a victim of a so-called condition called ‘affluenza,’ a theory that Couch isn’t really to blame for his actions because his rich parents never set limits for him and he never learned about consequences. Sergio Molina was riding in the back of Couch’s truck that night. He survived the accident, but he is suffering unimaginable consequences and his life will never be the same. Gary Tuchman has his story.

 

Anderson discussed this case with criminal defense attorney Brian Wice, Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Syracuse University professor Boyce Watkins.
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Lighthouse Award


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A new award has been created by Coach @ http://goodtimestories.wordpress.com/

It’s called “The Lighthouse Award” ……

~~created for “a blog that brings light to a dark world”~~

And the wonderful Dr. Rex  has nominated me for this award, calling me a beacon of light.  I’m not sure I deserve such high praise, but I greatly appreciate it and am humbled by the nomination.

A lighthouse is a beacon of light, a guiding light ….. to be considered and compared to this is humbling and brings with it much responsibility, obligation and accountability. I will try my best to live up to this honor with integrity and veracity.

From Wiki:

“A lighthouse is a tower, building, or other type of structure designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and used as an aid to navigation for maritime pilots at sea or on inland waterways.

Lighthouses mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, safe entries to harbors, and can also assist in aerial navigation. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational systems.”

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Be the Lighthouse – Poem

Some days the road is lit and the way is easy, other days the path is dark and the going rough. Fear no darkness, be the lighthouse.The storm will come and there’ll be no shelter, stand tall and let your light shine. Be the lighthouse.It is said that which doesn’t destroy you can only make you stronger, free your mind and choose to be the lighthouse.One thought can change the entire universe.
Peace or war? Love or hate? Who’s right and who’s wrong? Who owns this or that bit of dirt? Be the lighthouse and everything will sort itself out just fine.

Many will become lost, be the lighthouse and help them find their way.

Wherever you’re going, you’re getting there. Your path is already before your feet, be the lighthouse, carry the water and bring your light to the places where there are none.

Tune in to your inner vibration and become millions of voices that carry out across all time and space, be that beacon of hope for those who have none. Be the lighthouse and help them find their way home, be the light to guide their way on.

They’re out there, right now, looking for you.

As it gets darker, shine brighter, be the lighthouse, become the eternal light… Be the lighthouse.

~~Steven Coffing~~

Source: http://jmcuecapstone.weebly.com/be-the-lighthouse—poem.html

Here are the rules:
  1. Display the Award certificate on your blog.
  2. Write a post and link back to the blogger that nominated you.
  3. Inform your nominees of their award nominations
  4. Share three ways that you like to help other people.
  5. There is no limit to the number of people that you can nominate.
  6.  HAVE FUN!!!

My nominees for this award, because I think they emit light through their blogs and writing and serve as an aid to navigation through the darkness and difficulties that life throws our way are:

  1. Kira Moore’s Closet
  2. scottishmomus
  3. inavukic
  4. ankur dedhia
  5. godtisx
  6. linne
  7. AshiAkira
  8. hunt for truth
  9. morgan
  10. petchary
  11. genie
  12. xena
  13. chocolate vent
  14. cptnemo7029
  15. Carol Carlisle

Comments on the News


I am doing something I have never have done before. But it is a bad day for news. I have to explain what I am feeling.

1. An American Jihadist got into a car bomb and was in the process of driving it into the Wichita Airport. A wonderful FBI agent somehow got suspicious. I didn’t hear anything about the FBI agent but I feel we owe him a debt of gratitude. Thank you for saving all of the lives that would have probably been killed. Thank you for your bravery.

2. We had another school shooting today. Another one in Colorado. A young man went into the school asking for a particular teacher. They got the teacher out. He shot two students and then shot himself to death. My heart breaks for the families and the teacher who must be feeling horrible. I feel terrible for the family of the shooter. How do you handle knowing that your child was able to plan and carry something like this out? It has been fourteen years since the first school shooting. Fourteen years of nightmares because we do not help people with mental health problems. Fourteen years because parents leave guns lying around. Fourteen years of kids not knowing how to handle their emotions, playing violent computer games and living with bullying, hatred and violence surrounding them.

3. My oldest daughter is a special education teacher in the South, in  one of the public schools, a kindergartner brought a high powered handgun to school today. If people have guns why do they not have gun safes? How could this child’s parents leave this gun around the house where the child could get this? I believe this is neglect and parents who leave guns lying around should be charged with neglect. It is neglect and they are responsible, not a five year old.

4. A sixteen year old boy was with his friends in his car, speeding and hit another car. His alcohol levels were three times the legal limit. He also had Valium in his system. He hit the other car and killed a whole family. Then, he fled the scene. Luckily there were witnesses. But a judge has determined that he was too rich to understand the consequences. No, I am not kidding. He will serve no jail time. His parents get to put him in a $450,000 rehab facility instead. Is this judge crazy? I think so. I don’t know how rich people raise their children but they have a responsibility to teach them right from wrong.

5. My three oldest grandchildren have been in a school lockdown multiple times. I am grateful that there was no shooting despite guns being present. Another of my grandsons who lives here in a suburb of Cleveland isin first grade and today was their first practice going into lockdown. I am glad they are practicing but it is a horror that it is necessary.

6. And the Republicans do not want to extend unemployment benefits. They are worried about a huge resurgence of the “Welfare Queen.” We just had the worst depression since 1929. These people aren’t lazy, our economy is still healing. Letting these families starve, loose cars and homes really shows how Compassionate Republicans are. Shame on you. Two weeks before the most important Christian holiday, a holiday full of love and kindness of spirit, and this is their response. I think hypocrisy is ugly and we need to be authentic instead of judgmental.

I grew up in the fifties and I am an old hippie. I never had to worry about anything when I was in school except for grades and tests. I walked a mile each way and was never in danger. So me and my arm full of books and my viola made the walk twice a day in perfect safety. I would never let a child do that today. It isn’t safe. School shootings, human trafficking and pedophiles have turned childhood into a possible horror show. I want young people to know life in America wasn’t always like this. There was a completely different energy in America when I grew up. It seems that no one cares anymore what kind of world we are making our children live in.

I do, and I believe my readers do, too.  We need to do something — write your Congressman or Senator, talk to your friends and neighbors, support responsibility.  And mostly, love the children.  All the children, of any race, creed, color, regardless of who their parents are, or if they have both parents, or one parent, traditional parents or otherwise.  All children deserve love, and we owe it to them to love them all.

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This hate and intolerance is not the America that our Founding Fathers dreamt of and fought for