Donovan joins Clarke in Crazy Idea Club
I'm going to start a club. There will be a website, membership cards, maybe a club song and a special handshake.
It's going to be a club for whackos. The nutjobs. The bizarre fringe elements among us. Membership in the crazed Tea Party isn't even enough to get you in and that ought to tell you something about the membership requirements.
Our amusing sheriff, David Clarke is the founding and first member of the Crazy Idea Club.
But hot on his heels for the member of the month award comes Ald. Bob Donovan, he of the greased back hair, clouded thought process and a mouth only a local TV station hard up for news could love.
I'm almost at a loss to figure out how to accurately describe this guy. If you took Michelle Bachmann, put her in pants, slicked her hair back and turned her loose in front of a TV camera we are close to capturing the essence of Bob Donovan.
Donovan knocked me out of my chair this week when he piled on the latest death of a child due to co-sleeping or unsafe sleeping conditions. The 3-month-old died last week.
Ever the voice of reason, Donovan issued a press release calling for prosecution of adults who are involved with the death of an infant under these conditions.
"The word needs to get out that punishment will come if one contributes directly to a co-sleeping death while under the influence (presumably of drugs or alcohol)," he blustered.
He followed up that enlightened thought with a paragraph that was in boldface and had words that were all capital letters. I guess that was to show that this was an important paragraph to him.
"We don't need more restorative justice. We don't need more hand-holding. We don't need more parenting classes. We don't need more free cribs. The answer – what we DO need – is pure and simple: JAIL."
It almost leaves you breathless, doesn't it. Donovan is obviously from the bombast school of politics.
If you say it loud enough and use enough high-falutin words, people will be impressed. What he doesn't seem to realize is that the exact opposite is true.
These instances of infant death are tragic. I'm certain that the adults involved are torn up by what happened. Sure, some of them may be drunk and some may have smoked a joint, but I don't believe anyone sets out to intentionally kill their child by co-sleeping.
Maybe ignorance is involved, but we aren't going to put people in jail because they are ignorant. Maybe the adults are callous, or inattentive or lonely. But none of those are jailable offenses.
We have made progress as a society on these deaths. The yearly totals continue to drop. In 2007 there were 29 deaths recorded by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner. The totals have continued to drop each year since then.
Certainly more needs to be done, as I wrote last week.
Apparently, restorative justice and hand-holding and parenting classes free cribs actually do work.
But when hawkish publicity hounds like Donovan get into the act with their ridiculous ideas, it makes it that much harder to treat this with the seriousness it deserves.
I feel sorry for some of the onmilwaukee.com advertisers that they have to pay for this article.
Wow. Just.... wow. Jailing people for criminal acts now falls under a "crazy idea". You know Dave has no real message or meaning when the majority of his article is spent attacking Donovan's hairstyle. Which, really, makes this article kind of sickening. It trivializes the topic which should be treated extraordinarily serious; the homicide of infants in Milwaukee. I agree with mkelover, this one takes the cake. Maybe it's time for the editorial brass to throw back a sixer, puff a doobie, and then place a pillow over Begel's column.
These are tragedies, but every time I hear about one it reminds me of the episode of Sopranos when Christopher got high and fell asleep on Adriana's cat. Lets just say, that cat did not have 9 lives.
Before you think this post is ridiculous, please note it simply mirrors Dave's article. Dave Begel, founder and chairman of the Nonsensical Opinion Club, amuses us every week with an ultra liberal post that is so ridiculous, it should only be viewed for entertainment purposes similarly to The Onion's purposefully ridiculous articles. Useless opinions emanate from Dave, he of the bushy eyebrows and jowels sagging for everyone's entertainment. Dave blusters that parents who smother their children in a substance-induced stupor probably feel bad enough about their "mistake", and therefore, should not be punished. Coming up Friday's article penned by Dave will be the defense of drunken drivers who never meant to harm anyone even though they killed someone, defense of the unlicensed contractor who had no idea his structure would collapse and kill people, defense of the "natural healer" who instructed her patients to ingest substances directly harmful to them, and many many more. Dave, until you get a clue you will certainly be unchallenged for your chairmanship of the Nonsensical Opinion Club.
So Dave, by your logic, no drunk driver who kills innocent people should ever be jailed since they never intended to hurt anyone when they set out to drink and then drive. I'm so glad to hear that you think holding people accountable for their actions while choosing to be under the influence of drugs/alcohol is something that is a "Crazy Idea." You've had some doozies in the past Dave, but this one may take the cake.
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