Violation Of Home And Person

Followed

So I took this photo of a newscast recently about women being followed into their homes and attacked. 


What can be more frightening and violating?


A home is one’s castle and sanctuary–that is where we go for shelter, safety, and unconditional love. 


When the the home space is violated, then fear and panic ensue as all bets are off to what can happen to everything one loves and holds dear.


Think of basically any scene where the ancient city walls are being broached by a marauding army, and you’ll immediately see men, women, and children running and screaming, but alas the city burns and the people are doomed at the hand of their invaders. 


Similarly, when people are followed or suffer a home invasion–their privacy and security is violated to the core–and they easily become victims of theft, rape, and assault. 


I remember when growing up in New York how one local neighborhood kid was followed home one day by a gang, and they started beating him in front of his home until some neighbors came and chased the attackers away. 


But it didn’t end there, because this kid was vulnerable for months afterward, not knowing if and when the attackers would return for more. 


It’s like when people threaten someone and say, “I know where you live!”


That puts the fear of G-d into people, because it’s not only themselves, but their home and family at mortal risk–and not knowing when or how it may happen…people can just piss their pants. 


The opposite is true as well, people tend to be big shots and aggressive when they feel they are anonymous–when their faces are covered by masks, and they have no identifiable insignias–you don’t know who they are or where they are from. 


With anonymity, people feel they can do what they want without fear of reprisal. 


But someone who can be identified, they better behave themselves, because they can be found afterwards and “made to pay” for the bad things they did. 


Ultimately, peace comes from having both safety in the home and the serenity of mind that comes with not having to look over your shoulder all the time. 


Everyone should be able to feel safe in their homes and neighborhood, and the attacker be caught, killed, or damned. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Outrage At Bogus Judge Baugh

Outrage At Bogus Judge Baugh

Injustice, Injustice does Montana Judge Todd Baugh pursue.

G-d, hope you are listening…

BBC reported about this bogus Judge Baugh who called a 14-year old girl that was raped by her 49-year old teacher, “as much in control of the situation” as the man who assaulted her.

The poor girl later committed suicide, which her mother probably rightfully attributed to the distress from the rape and aftermath.

And what does the judge do to mete out justice? He sentences the rapist to 15-years in prison AND suspends the sentence for all but 31 days with 1 day time already served.

The victim was raped and is dead and the rapist gets not 30-years, but 30 days!

While the judge who is under pressure to resign has all of a sudden expressed his deep remorse, it is almost unbelievable that this is someone charged with seeing that justice is served.

Shock, disbelief, outrage…what can you say about such a justice.

While there is certainly a time and place for empathy, compassion, and mercy–would anyone in their right mind, see this as one of those cases?

For all who believe that this world is not the end, but just the journey, I’d venture to guess that the 14-year old girl is not done either with her rapist or the judge who mocked her suffering and death.

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

A Little Temper

A Little Temper

I was reminded this week of a kid I grew up with who used to get so angry, he’d say sort of half-seriously at the target of his wrath, “I’m gonna kill your whole family with one punch!”

In this context, here’s something that really happened to me this week…

This guy I know who frequently has a temper was getting angry about something again.

And I said to him in a friendly way, “What’s wrong (now)?”

He says, as if I should know all his frustrations, “You’re kidding me, right?”

Seeing that this happens fairly often with him, I say, “You know you have an anger management problem.”

He says all frustrated with me, “I’m gonna punch you right in the face!”

I said, “You see what I mean.” 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

That’s The Last Straw

Special

Our daughters and granddaughters are special.

They deserve to be protected from sexual predators, such as those that spike drinks and take advantage of their unknowing victims.

I was so pleased to learn about a new Anti-Date Rape Strawto help prevent this.

The straw developed by Israeli inventors tests drinks for common date rape drugs.

If the dangerous drugs are present, then the straw changes colors or becomes cloudy–providing a crucial early warning sign to those who might otherwise be drugged and sexually assaulted.

We now have greater awareness of the prevalence of sexual abuse, especially by people we know and trust–such as dating partners, sports coaches, teachers, and even clergy–so we must remain ever vigilant.

We need to teach our daughters that they are beautiful and special and to protect themselves–and not to think that “it can’t happen to me.”

With these special straws, our daughters can be better prepared, aware, and hopefully safer.

I can see the potential growth and application of this technology to protecting government and private sector leaders, dignitaries, and other VIPs from potentially ingesting–intentionally- or accidentally-tainted food or drink.

With a straw, eating utensil, or even toothpick like device that tests for the presence of dangerous pathogens and contaminants, we can provide a critical safeguard and prevent eating and drinking harmful elements.

Potentially, these types of devices–maybe connected to an smartphone–could be used to provide other important measures and readings of food–such as ingredients, nutrition, and calories–of the actual servings we are about to eat.

This technology has incredible potential to help us not only eat safer, but also healthier.

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)