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by Ron Cruger
Stomach turning stuff!
I’ve never been called a prude or a “girly-man,” but what’s going
on now is bothering me. There is a growing disregard and a apparent
disdain for civility, decorum and gentility going on in America.
To illustrate – a new toy, coming on the market just
time for Christmas
giving is a doll called “Stink Blasters,” and it’s designed for
children 5-years and older. This collection
of dolls features “B.O.
Brian.” “B.O.” has a distinctive characteristic – squeeze the doll’s
head and (to put it delicately) it releases
a “peee-uu” odor.
The other dolls in this collection are “Toe Jam Jimmy,” “Burpin’ Buddy,”
“Butt Breath Bob,” “Barfin’
Ben” and “Porta Potty Paul.” A classy group of toys. Perfect for your young child!
These aren’t the only dolls that
will be on the shelves of your
favorite stores during the holiday season. There are the “Bratz Dolls,”
of which we’re not sure that
you’d want your 6-year old daughter to be
this doll’s best friend. Barbie looks like a nun compared to
this hooker-attired chick,
who looks like a young street-walker.
kids are a bit older you can turn to one of the newest video games,
Theft Auto: San Andreas.” This artistically designed game
offers your children the opportunity to take their homies on a
shooting raid on a rival gang and it’s completely up to the
player to decide on how much crime is committed as you drive around,
plugging your rivals.
The recent brouhaha in Detroit, between the Indiana Pacers, the
Detroit Pistons and the folks who
paid their good money to attend
the recent NBA basketball game was a loathsome and disgusting example
of sport in our society gone
With individual ticket prices to an NBA game ranging from $50 to $70 a
seat it seems that having a few 6 foot 10
athletes, jumping into the good seats, throwing punches at spectators,
is a bit more than one would expect
(or want) at a professional
The scene of the mayhem in Detroit has been played
and replayed on TV thousands
of times across the country. The
shameless exhibition by these professional athletes running into the
stands, attacking paying customers
will forever be embedded in the
minds of our viewing children and those kids who attended the game
in person, setting an example
of how to handle the pressures of life.
We can only hope that the children watching this disgusting
behavior will identify it for
what it was - a shameless display of
frenetic, abominable conduct. The worst in America’s sport’s history.
at an annual Thanksgiving ritual in a small California town
which brings together thousands of off-road enthusiasts wild
the sand dunes as racing sand buggies buzzed around the
recreation area. Rangers were pelted with cans and bottles and
robberies were held in broad daylight. A few years ago
authorities made 70 arrests-including five men involved in a fatal
Law enforcement personnel issued more than 1500 citations.
The area was rife with drunken driving, drugs, nudity and other
problems. Not an uplifting, learning experience for any
of the enthusiast’s children attending the event.
frightening abundance of neighborhood youth gangs and the
horrible, random schoolhouse shootings are the partial result
of our children
watching the crass and dangerous behavior of us
adults. Perhaps the mean-spirited music, the violent movies, the savage
shows all contribute to a growing violent and turbulent
society in America.
I’m sure that a 5-year old child watching
scenes of war on television,
listening to the lyrics of a hate-filled song and receiving
a “Stink Blaster” doll called “B.O. Brian”
for Christmas isn’t on the
road to understanding the deeper meaning of decorum and gentility.
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