Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Join Me For A Cocktail?

In a Florida elementary school yesterday a seven year old boy robbed a six year old boy at knife point. In another case on CNN, a mother caught her pre-teenage son smoking and later learned that he had also robbed a relative. In yet still another city, a young boy shot his father and another person to death.

It is news like this that makes me wonder why little Johnnie or Jill never got their asses whipped by their parents. I am tired of hearing young children screaming and yelling at their parents in public places. I constantly hear phrases such as "Johnnie, let's talk with our inside voices" or "Johnnie, If you do that one more time, you're getting a time out."

Time out? My dad didn't have that particular phrase in his vocabulary but he did have one called "I'm going to knock you out."

When I was a small boy my mother would take my brother Kirt, my sister Jeanne and myself to the department store. When we entered the store, I had to hold on to my mother's skirt with my left hand and my sister Jeanne's hand with the right hand. Sister Jeanne would then hold brother Kirt's hand with her other hand. It was quite the tandem and woe be unto the child who broke the chain. We knew not to ask for anything or make a scene.

We learned at an early age that the secret to good health were the words, "Yes sir, no sir, please and thank you." In school, when we misbehaved, we got a spanking. If you were lucky, they didn't give you a letter to take home to your parents which read that you had received a spanking and the reason for same. If you did get that dreaded letter (which had to be signed by both parents and returned to the teacher), that meant another spanking from your parents.

At parent-teachers meetings of today, there's always the parent who when told of little Johnnie's misbehavior in class, remarks, "I just don't know what to make of little Johnnie." Hey lady, how about an end table?!

The old adage of "spare the rod and spoil the child" has always rung true and until parents begin raising their children properly, there will continue to be stories like these in the headlines.

It's Hump Day and I'll be heading to AREA 51 for some rest and recreation with my pals. There's a chance I might go to a party tonight in southwest Miami, but I'm not really sure what time it starts. Either way, I'm heading somewhere. My pal Tania's in town so I might meet her later for cocktails. We'll see.

My cat, Shithead (Possum S. Hemmingway) has posted a rant on the dangerous drug, catnip entitled "Just Say No", so if you find the time, stop by his journal and check it out by clicking the link on my sidebar.

This Date In History: 1800; At the decisive Battle of Hohenlinden, during the French Revolutionary Wars, France defeats Austria. 1917; The Quebec Bridge, which spans the St Lawrence River, in Canada, and is the world's longest cantilever bridge, is officially opened. 1926; Mystery writer Agatha Christie disappears from her Surrey home and is missing for 11 days until discovered at a hotel in Harrogate under an assumed name and claiming no knowledge of her circumstances.

1967; South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard performs the first human heart transplant operation, although the patient, Louis Washkansky, will only survive for 18 days. 1984; In the worst industrial accident in history, a leak of deadly gasses from a pesticide plant owned by Union Carbide Corporation in Bhopal, India, kills thousands.

Picture Of The Day: You may have seen some of my posts withe the phrase or tag, "My Favorite Martini". It's is a term I use to say hello to one of my female friends whose name shall remain anonymous. The hot martini pictured is a cryptic hello to her and it definitely fits her well. Actually, mosts of my posts have blatant and cryptic hellos if you just read beteen the lines.

The blue martini at the top of the page was sent to me by my special pal, Anne and she's a sweetie-pie as well. I always like to post pictures of all of my special ladies' drinks. In the old AOL format, I usually did, but Blogspot's photo options are limited so I have to improvise.

Nevertheless, the drinks are on me ladies and without mentioning names, I'm pouring Johnnie Walker Red, Bloody Marys, Cosmopolitans, White Wine and a Dr. Pepper for each of you. You know who you are.

I'll also be serving a few more beverages which will remain nameless to protect the innocent. Guys, I didn't forget about you but it's an open bar and the beer's in the fridge. You know the routine.

Birthdays: Nicolò Amati, Italian violin maker 1596, Samuel Crompton, inventor of the spinning mule 1753, Gilbert Stuart, American portrait painter 1755, Sir Rowland Hill, originator of the penny postage system 1795, John von Neumann, Hungarian-born American mathematician 1903.

The Hits Just Keep On Coming: Christmas Carols For The Disturbed

1. Schizophrenia --- Do You Hear What I Hear?

2. Multiple Personality Disorder --- We Three Kings Disoriented Are.

3. Dementia --- I Think I'll be Home for Christmas.

4. Narcissistic --- Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me.

5. Manic --- Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and.....

6. Paranoid --- Santa Claus is Coming to Town to Get Me.

7. Borderline Personality Disorder --- Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire.

8. Personality Disorder --- You Better Watch Out, I'm Gonna Cry, I'm Gonna Pout, Maybe I'll Tell You Why.

9. Attention Deficit Disorder --- Silent night, Holy... oooh look at the Froggy - can I have a chocolate, why is France so far away?

10. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder --- Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle,Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells........

That's it for today my little missile toes. It's late and I'm on my way to AREA 51. More on Friday.

Stay Tuned !


Linda's World said...

Make mine Dr Pepper on the rocks, pleze! Gabi read & commented in Possum's blog yesterday. She's still meowing about the whole subject matter. I agree with you totally on the lack of disipline these days. Some Friday night when you stay home, you should watch "Super Nanny" ~the behavior of those brats is enough to curl your hair. Spanking was in order for me as a child & for my kids too. And my grandkids were well disiplined and they are respectful & enjoyable teenagers. Now in some states can report their parents for spanking & the parents can be prosecuted for child abuse. I guess the states would rather outlaw spanking & spend more money on prisons. Linda in Washington

garnett109 said...

My Dad use to pull my pants down and spank me and then pulled his pants down and said it's my turn, boy was i ever scared of mom!

Jimmy's Journal said...

I agree Linda! If parents had gone to jail for spanking their children in my day, there would have been a lot of homeless kids.

Rose said...

Thanks for the drink darling!

I, too was a strict parent like my parents were with me and I come from a family of 12. My children behaved like angels. I was never embarrassed when I took them anywhere. They grew into wonderful adults.

If they deserved a spanking...they got it.


Paula said...

I'll take Dr. Pepper please. Oh boy bad kids are quite the subject. Don't you just wish you could get hold of some of those brats? My Daddy didn't have to spank just one look could do it. My Mama was real handy with the yard stick. Our daughters hid the razor strap in the chrisper of the refrigerater.

Julie said...

Great post and I agree 100 % on the first part. Kids are just out of control these days. Loved all the jokes and I'll take a nice stout in a warm glass by the fireplace please.

MISSY said...

I agree that there is a lot of bad parenting but a lot of that has to be blamed on what parents are being told as well. Parents are told that spanking is wrong and other punishments should be used.

Parents are afraid to spank their children as well. Here's an example: I actually received a phone call from the school nurse over some marks on my son's face. She practically interrogated me! You wanna know what they were? Flea bites! How could that be mistaken for anything else? yet I was treated as if I had something to do with it. Same way with his nose bleeds.

People are afraid to do anything. I won't put my hands on my kid for hardly any reason. Rarely, I will paddle his bottom but fully clothed.

Another thing I believe is that bad behavior does have to do with parenting to a point but it has to do with just how a person is wired as well. There are some kids, regardless of the consequences or consistancy who will act up anyway. Kids are humans with their own minds too.

Just my opinions. (((HUGS))) *M*

MISSY said...

Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!! I just noticed that last cartoon!!! LMAO!!! *M*

Coelha :B said...

You know, when my kids used to misbehave, or when my youngest does now, I take him aside and I try to reason with him. When that doesn't work, I leave the store-sometimes I'm dragging him out of the store-literally. In this day and age, it is "not right" to spank your child in public. I confess--I have been tempted (I was spanked when I was a child--it didn't happen very often-but my parents are "old school", and I was raised like they were back in the "old country." If you spank your child in public, there is always a chance someone will report you to CPS.

Where I work, I see evidence everyday of bad parenting. There are a lot of adults out there who never really had a chance from the get go. So many absent parents-so many with drug/alcohol problems of their own-not able to raise their own children or simply be there to raise their kids in a loving, nuturing home. Its very sad. Be thankful your parents cared enough to raise you the best they knew how. Julie

Jan said...

I can rememeber getting many a smack when I was young ,I dont resent it now ..made me know right from wrong Jan xx