Child Safety … Something We Should All Have…

Child safety is a huge issue.  Our little guy is almost 2, 25 pounds, and still rear facing.  I have had people tell me that “he will like it better if he was facing forward”, “I turned my child when they were one” and “why do you still have him rear facing”.  The fact is he LIKES rear facing.  he has always like to sit with his legs up to his chest.  Why???  I have no clue, sure doesn’t look comfortable but if he likes it why change it.  He hasn’t reached the height limit yet so I will keep him rear facing.  He will probably be the only rear facing 3-year-old I know.

Rear facing or forward facing doesn’t really matter when it comes to the what if’s…  What if you or someone who had your child is in an accident?  What happens if there isn’t anyone to speak for the baby?  I didn’t even think of this until I was researching rear/front facing topic.  I found a program called CHAD Children Have An iDentity on the Ohio EMS page.  They have a printable form that you can fill out and tape to your child’s car seat.  I figure why not put it also on the stroller or in our wallets/purse/backpack.  It is smart to have an edited version in the glove box too.

The CHAD form has a space for the child’s name, nickname, DOB, address, doctor, emergency contact other than the parents, special needs info, medications, allergies, and important phone numbers.  Here is a picture of what you can print.  Click on the picture to be linked to the Ohio EMS page that has the downloadable file.

The Great Aaron Hernandez Jersey Exchange of 2013 – July 6th & 7th

On July 6th & 7th the Patriots will make a mark in their history books by offering an exchange for #81 Aaron Hernandez jerseys.  There are a few rules for exchanging a jersey.  The Patriots are encouraging parents to come down and exchange the jerseys for another team member because they understand how children like to wear the jersey of their favorite team and some parents wont want their child sporting a Hernandez jersey in light of all the charges brought against him.

Jersey Exchange Rules:

  1. The jersey must have been purchased from the Pro Shop or from the Pro Shop online.
  2. NFL Official Jerseys from the Pro Shop are NIKE or REEBOK only (no receipt of purchase required)
  3. Only 1 Hernandez jersey per person may be exchanged.
  4. The exchange must happen in person at Gillette Stadium at the Patriots Pro Shop ONLY during normal business hours.
  5. You may exchange the Hernandez jersey for any other patriots player of equal or lesser value.
  6. Only valid for in stock Jersey’s ONLY – No special orders/requests allowed.
  7. The Patriots ProShop reserves the right to make all determinations regarding program validity. All determinations are final.”

Hours of Operation:
Sat July 6, 2013 – 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday, July 7, 2013 – 10:00am to 7:00pm

MY OPINION OF THE EXCHANGE:

This is an excellent idea.  I feel bad for the parents who may have come to New England to see a game yet can’t get back to exchange the #81 Hernandez jersey they may have bought while at a game or in the area.  I think it benefits local fans more than the broad spectrum but over all this offer goes over the top with compassion and understanding for their fans.  I think it is a marvelous thing they are doing by allowing people to pick another team member’s jersey in place of Aaron Hernandez.  This could be seen like a chance to “pick your new favorite player”.

What I would like to know after all the #81 Hernandez jerseys are collected is “Who’s jersey got picked the most to replace Hernandez?”

Are Tebow’s Prayers to God Saving Hernandez Once Again?

It appears that God has answered Tim Tebow‘s prayers and he will have a spot on the Patriots after all.  Thanks to his former Gator teammate and current, for now, Patriots teammate, Aaron Hernandez.  Hernandez allegedly has a warrant for his arrest issued for murder and could be taken into custody as I am blogging this, who knows.  This isn’t his first shooting he has been involved in it is the 3rd that I know of.

Pre-Pro Football – (heck when you are a Gator you might as well say you are a semi pro.  LOL)

I was living and going to school in Gainesville, FL when the 2007 incident occurred.  I remember there being a shooting that involved the gators and the jaguars and thought Hernandez’s name was one of the former Gators to be on the suspect list.  It took a lot of digging before I finally found some of the original news reports. (now a day later it seems to have cracked wide open with those reports everywhere)  Hernandez, 2 other former Gators, and former Jacksonville Jaguar player, Reggie Nelson, were questioned about a shooting.  The shooting took place after the gators lost a game to one of the rival teams.  It was never released if there was underage drinking involved, my guess is maybe not.  It was about 2:30 in the morning when shots were fired.  Initial reports place Hernandez and 2 other former Gator players at the scene of the crime.  None of them were charged with any wrong doing or crimes.  I remember being so appalled that the police let these guys off and thought how nice it must be to play football for such a powerful school and to have wealthy friends to pay your way out of trouble.  But the 2 injured men didn’t get justice.  Or, maybe it wasn’t money that saved him and his fellow gators that day, maybe it was the power of prayer and an act of God.

Enter Pro Football Years

The media began focusing on a case from this past February where he was in an argument, pulled a loaded gun on someone while they were in a car and it accidentally went off.  Mainly because shortly after the murder was reported the details of this case emerged and   The police in that investigation don’t know if the shot was an accident or intentional but I will take a good guess that it was no accident.  But, you know, maybe it was the gun’s fault for being in Hernandez’s hand.  There is a lot of controversy around this claim to begin with in my opinion.  The police closed the investigation months ago because the victim wasn’t being helpful to their investigation and Hernandez wasn’t mentioned in the official police report.  Yes, that could have been an officer over sight or even a case of “here is a few grand if you keep my name out of this report” even though there were witnesses that place the 2 men together at the time of the incident.

Current Murder Case (from my point of view)

Lets start with the evidence that has been leaked/given to the press:

  1. Victim was dating the sister of Hernandez’s “baby mama”
  2. Victim was found shot within 1 mile of Hernandez’s home
  3. The car the victim was found near was rented by Hernandez
  4. Hernandez allegedly destroyed his own security system and cell phone
  5. Hernandez and the victim had been seen in an argument earlier
  6. Hernandez hired a cleaning crew for his house the day the body was recovered
  7. Hernandez is showing no signs of sorrow over the death of him “friend”

That is just what I can come up with off the top of my head, I am sure there are more pieces of evidence that the police have that the public doesn’t know about.  From the looks of it, he needs to stand trial before a jury of his peers.  If a jury can acquit him and sleep at night believing they made the right choice then that is what needs to happen.  Not this wishy-washy BS that the police are pulling about getting an arrest warrant for Hernandez and then recanting that the did.  Are the cops out there so corrupt that they will let a murder suspect walk just because he plays football for the patriots and has money to pay them to “make this go away”.  Because from where I see and how I interpret the actions of the police and the evidence that has been leaked the man needs to stand trial and have a fair hearing.  If there wasn’t already a past riddled with gun violence I might be able to believe that someone was framing him but until that evidence is leaked Hernandez will be nothing more than a spoiled rich football player who is capable of murdering someone in the heat of the moment and so immoral that he will bribe his way out of trouble, again.  If he stood trial and evidence came out that would clear his name, wonderful but if not, then justice should be served.

::UPDATE::  As of 5:45 pm, June 22, 2013 police left Hernandez’s home with 15 bags of evidence.  Who’s guilty now???  Makes ya go, HUMMM

Come to think of it there isn’t much difference between a mobster and a football player.

Moral of the Story:

If you are a famous football player with lots of money you can do whatever you want because you are like Teflon, nothing will stick to you even when all the evidence points to you being guilty.  Or maybe Tebow really does have a direct link to God and gets all of his prayers answered…

random sources:

cbs, Jamestown Sun, Huffington Post

 

Ripped from the Headlines: Gloucester, MA Child Sex Offender Couple gets Sentence Reduced

This news is  OUTRAGEOUS!!  The reason for the reduction in sentences has not yet released to the public.  I did some digging since I hadn’t heard of this case and the details are grim to say the least.  Here is a summary of everything I could find.

But first, MY OPINION:

I am appalled and curious about how a mother could do this to their own daughter.  Before I was a Mom I would have thought “wow that woman is nuts” and now that I am a Mom I think “OMG  is that woman a nutcase?  How could she do that to her own flesh and blood?”  It is a shame that the sentence for a crime like this is only 30 years.  I believe it should be sterilization and life in prison.  Or to make it cheaper on the tax payers, DEATH.  In all honesty I don’t see why there aren’t more people for the death penalty.  Housing, feeding, educating, and caring for criminals is so costly.  Why should we the tax payers pay for these criminals?  I say give them a chance to appeal to all courts and if they don’t win offer them death or Gitmo; don’t offer them a lesser sentence.  Anyway… stepping off my soapbox because I know my pro death penalty views are more monetary based than human rights based(but is someone does an outrageous crime should they really be treated like a human?)…

Info found:

I found the case files from the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs. KENDRA D’ANDREA and WILLIE JORDAN.  OH BOY, OH BOY!!!  When I was reading the news paper articles I didn’t realize that the sexual abuse was first reported to the Department of Social Services(DSS) on December 2, 2004 by an anonymous caller.  The caller stated that there were pictures posted on a Sprint PCS website of Kendra D’Andrea performing oral sex on her daughter.  The caller provided the DSS with the address, account phone number, and log in information.  At this point the case was turned over to DSS agent, Jerome Curley.  Once he confirmed all the information provided was correct he notified the Gloucester Police Department and presented them with the printed evidence he had gathered.

Gloucester Police issued the case to detective, Joseph Fitzgerald who took charge of the evidence and acquired a warrant for a search of Ms. D’Andrea’s apartment.  When he arrived at the scene he found 2 children (3 and 8) and the cell phone that was being used.  he places D’Andrea under arrest, read her Miranda Rights and she began to sing like a canary.   She told them how she posed and took pictures her daughter in a sexual way for her boyfriend who was traveling for work.  At this point Mr. Jordan was arrested in Michigan and returned to Gloucester, Ma for booking and questioning.  The attorney for the two accused attempted to get all evidence seized from the apartment thrown out based on the original DSS agent accessing the account saying that he violated their 4th amendment rights.  The court denied their request.

** interesting fact**

Sprint PCS removed all the pictures from their website at the request of Mr. Jordan before the police could issue a preservation letter.  no copy exists other than the one obtained by the DSS investigator.

Finally in 2008, both D’Andrea and Jordan plead guilty to the federal child exploitation charges including the production of child pornography and conspiracy to produce child pornography.  Jordan received the max sentence of 30 years and D’Andrea received 27 years of federal imprisonment.

Here is where it is puzzling.  Why the heck are their sentences for such atrocious crimes being reduced?  As of May 17, 2013, Jordan’s sentence has been reduced by only 2 years while D’Andrea’s sentence has been reduced to the lowest federal limit of 15 years, that is a 12 year reduction.  REALLY???  WTF???  Whatever loophole they found to get that sick woman a reduction in sentence needs to be closed.  They were issued retrial because they were denied the evidence hearing.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  The molested and raped an 8-year-old girl and  U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns, saw it fit to REDUCE the sentence….

Page Kelley, the court appointed attorney, has not returned calls about the case to the reporters at the Gloucester Times.  I can only hope she feels some level of utter DISGUST at the court appointment that she let a child rapist slip through the cracks and get a reduced sentence.  I know it isn’t really her fault she was assigned the case.  But the judge showing favoritism to a rapist who fessed up to their crimes so fast is RIDICULOUS!!!  She was caught red-handed there was no other choice for D’Andrea but to plead guilty.

THIS CASE IS OUTRAGEOUS!! After reading the case files I am sick to my stomach and I hope when she is released she finds a home VERY far from Gloucester.

I step off my soapbox…  This was a very exhausting post to write.

Sources:

Scared Monkey, Gloucester Times, Taking the Fifth, http://www.volokh.com/files/Stearns.pdf

UPDATE: Amber Alert Cancelled

The Amber Alert issued last night for  Jonathan Moore, Jr. was cancelled about an hour after it was issued when the boy was found safe at a relatives home.  He was taken to Mass General Hospital to be evaluated, he looked to be in good spirits.  The suspect, his father, severely injured someone in the home where the boy was abducted.   Jonathan Moore, Sr. is still at large and considered armed and dangerous.  Mr. Moore is said to in a Red 1997 Toyota Camry, Massachusetts tag- 634-RH4 and traveling with 25-year-old Ashley Smith.  If you see this vehicle please call the Police and do not approach the vehicle or the occupants on your own.

 

AMBER ALERT – BOSTON, MA: ABDUCTED 13 YEAR OLD BOY

UPDATE: ALERT CANCELLED

AMBER ALERT FOR 13 YEAR OLD BOY

It is believed that the boy was abducted by his father at gunpoint.  It is also believed that there are 2 men and one woman in the car.

Police said the man could be headed towards the Cambridge or Malden area. Police are asking anyone who sees a vehicle matching this description to call 911.

“Please do not approach” the suspect, police said in a statement.

If you have information, call the Boston Police Department: 617-343-5449

If you have information, call the Boston Police Department: 617-343-5449