From the Sunday papers, here’s a pair of heart-warming stories about families and family values, those bedrock intuitive principles that political and cultural leaders advocate for us unenlightened citizen sinners.
The Wacko from Waco
Houston, TX The mother of infamous Branch Davidian sect leader David Koresh has been stabbed to death, and Koresh’s aunt was in custody on a murder charge Saturday.
Bonnie Clark Halderman, 60, was found Friday afternoon at the home of her sister, Beverly Clark, in a rural area near Chandler, Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt said. Chandler is about 175 miles (282 kilometers) north of Houston. Halderman wrote a 2007 autobiography, “Memories of the Branch Davidians: The Autobiography of David Koresh’s Mother,” that described how her son, Vernon Howell, became David Koresh, leader of the Branch Davidian cult.
“It’s still under investigation, and we really don’t know what the motive was or what caused this to happen,” Nutt said Saturday. MSNBC
Maybe she was training for that new sport, Extreme Lit Crit. Or maybe complete wackiness (complete with violent tendencies) runs in the family bloodlines. Or maybe she wants her own book contract and 15 minutes of fame. Fine. At least this time no innocent kids were broiled alive, and we don’t need to endure another look at or performance by Attorney General Jack Reno
Dad, The Keyboard is Sticky
Collier County, FL – Deputies have arrested a Hendry County corrections officer for possession of child pornography. The officer reportedly had child porn pictures on his computer. George Easterly, 49, now faces 10 counts of possession of child pornography.
According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, last month Easterly asked his son to fix his computer. The son found the images that appeared to be child pornography and reported it to the sheriff’s office. Deputies searched his home and took his computer. Forensics revealed 10 pictures of children between the ages of 10 and 17 in various sexual acts. — WINKnews.com
No, I didn’t invent the “Wink News” name.
I can’t find a whole lot more about this story, so I don’t know how it unfolds. But I find troubling the fact that the kid, who obviously enjoyed the trust of his father, calls the cops. Is this his first move and best instinct?
Yeah, it’s our responsibility as citizens to report crimes when we spot them. And child porn is mighty repulsive, as well as potentially dangerous. But shouldn’t the kid try confronting his father first, getting some sort of explanation and maybe a promise for subsequent remedial action short of arrest and certain ruination? It’s his father, ferchrissake. Not his scoutmaster, gym teacher, YMCA trainer, or jolly old family parson.
Looking at kiddie porn doesn’t hurt anybody. Creating it does, and if the experts are to be believed, consumers of the vile product are its most likely practitioners. So it’s bad stuff. Period!
But that noted, doesn’t the son have some sense of loyalty, concern, and even love for his father that dictates handling this privately before dropping a dime? “WTF, Dad? You need to delete this crap now and find help tomorrow morning! You KNOW this shit gets people into trouble — DO something! Save yourself and the ones like me who love you!”
Oh, what the hell. Maybe he should’ve just stabbed the old pervert like Auntie Koresh. That’s what families are for.