Hi there, folks. Pete Bogs here, with a special, three-pronged edition of BogsBlog. We’ll discuss two of my favorite kinds of people: Preverts (sic) and idiots. These people ensure blogging fodder for many years to come, I am certain. Anyway, if you've got a few minutes to read 1000 words or so...
Debbie Does The Courthouse; Gets Lafavourable Ruling
BogsBlog’s own favorite fugitive-from-justice-hiding-in-plain-sight (and local gal) Debra Lafave is back in the news. Lafave, a former teacher who had a “consensual” sexual relationship with one of her male teenaged students – an acquaintance of one of my nephews – has been granted the right to unsupervised visits with children after completing some counseling and probation. This is a woman who, back in the salad days, drew Pete Bogs’ ire for exemplifying the disparity in our society's treatment of male and female sex offenders. Lafave got two years of house arrest, which I liken to sitting home watching cable TV for 700+ days under judge’s order. Compare this to the man who, in the same county’s court system, just got 20 years in prison plus 10 years probation for having sex with a 12-year-old girl.
In the former case, you have a teacher – expected to be a paragon of trust in society, like doctors and clergy – a female teacher, having sex with a 14-year-old boy. In the latter, you have a man who found a 12-year-old girl on the Internet and arranged a sexual liaison. Not a huge age difference between the victims. Some have suggested the difference here is intent. The man clearly went online looking for young sex partners, while the woman merely had a lapse of judgment. But how do we know that? How do we know what was in Lafave’s mind before and during her illicit sex acts? Can we ever know what a person’s intent is, considering it’s locked in his/her brain and we only really ever know what they tell us? Lafave has admitted that the forbidden nature of the acts intrigued her, i.e., she’s a kinky bitch. The true difference here is gender, both that of the perpetrator and the victim. People fantasize aloud about personally castrating a male perpetrator, but can’t be bothered to muster outrage at a female one.
I want to make it clear that I am not defending sex offenders of any gender. Nor do I think Lafave is a genuine threat to children. I believe that in order for us to call our justice system “just,” we need to see more equality in sentencing. It’s the same argument I’d make if a black man got a stiff sentence after a crime for which a white man got a slap on the wrist. That’s not justice. That’s just wrong.
It’s sad to say, but pedophilia is one area in which women benefit from inequality. You may want equality, but how badly do you want it? One day you may not be guaranteed first dibs at a lifeboat seat or the freedom to fuck as many horny teens as you like. Think about it, ladies.
Is That A Jack-O-Lantern You’re Wearing, Or Are You Just Happy To See Me?
Apparently, Boulder, Colorado has an interesting Halloween tradition: Folks gather for a chilly late night run through the streets wearing pumpkins on their heads – and nothing else. Talk about shrinkage! But this year the local authorities have promised to crack down on the unfettered flop-fest. Runners have been threatened with being charged as sex offenders for participating. When did streakers become sex offenders instead of simple pranksters? It’s a victimless crime. Leave the runners alone. You fucking Nazis.
Immediate Attention Required
Earlier this year I had jury duty for a week. Twice during proceedings the court reporter’s cell phone went off, interrupting the multimillion dollar case. This was not some 19-year-old cell phone-worshipping ditz, but someone’s grandmother, who by her career choice knows court decorum better than just about anyone. Recently a commercial airliner overflew its destination by 150 miles. The pilots on Northwest Airlines Flight 188 did not respond to repeated control tower attempts to contact them, fears of a hijacking were raised and fighter jets were put on alert. Turns out the pilots were using their laptops – a prohibited activity on the flight deck – and were not paying attention to their trajectory. At least no one was hurt. In September 2008 a commuter train collided with a freight train, killing 25 people and injuring more than 130. The commuter train’s engineer was texting at the time of the collision and failed to notice the stop signal.
People, what is it going to take to get us to be responsible with our electronic toys? Set them aside. Turn them off. Pay attention to other human beings. Lives could depend upon it, and not just because you’re operating a moving vehicle, but because some people around you are about ready to put a permanent end to your rudeness and stupidity! (I can dream, can’t I?) I've been on planes a few times this year, and while the flight attendants have repeatedly reminded passengers to turn off all electronic devices, I still heard heavy metal music blaring from the headphones of the guy sitting behind me, and saw the glow of the Kindle reader from the guy across the aisle. If these can cause any problem at all with the operation of the plane, you’d damn-well better turn them off!
Portable communications technology has developed fastly (sic) and furiously, with exciting new capabilities – you can now “flick” a file from your iPhone screen to someone else’s nearby – being introduced regularly. But the social implications of this technology have barely been addressed. I am once again reminded of a line from the film Jurassic Park, in which character Ian Malcolm chides the man who brought dinosaurs to life in the 20th century using DNA: “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.” Just because you are now able to use some technology anywhere while doing just about anything – Paris Hilton answered a cell phone while her boyfriend was screwing her, for God’s sake – that doesn’t mean you should. New technology seems to not only have made old technology obsolete, but also common sense and courtesy as well.
I say an agnostic prayer for our future. Peace.