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January 19, 2007

Spanking is B-A-D?

Your California legislature hard at work:

No-spank bill on way

SACRAMENTO - The state Legislature is about to weigh in on a question that stirs impassioned debate among moms and dads: Should parents spank their children?

Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View, wants to outlaw spanking children up to 3 years old. If she succeeds, California would become the first state in the nation to explicitly ban parents from smacking their kids.

Making a swat on the behind a misdemeanor might seem a bit much for some -- and the chances of the idea becoming law appear slim, at best -- but Lieber begs to differ.

"I think it's pretty hard to argue you need to beat a child 3 years old or younger," Lieber said. "Is it OK to whip a 1-year-old or a 6-month-old or a newborn?"

The bill, which is still being drafted, will be written broadly, she added, prohibiting "any striking of a child, any corporal punishment, smacking, hitting, punching, any of that." Lieber said it would be a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail or a fine up to $1,000, although a legal expert advising her on the proposal said first-time offenders would probably only have to attend parenting classes.

The idea is encountering skepticism even before it's been formally introduced. Beyond the debate among child psychologists -- many of whom believe limited spanking can be effective -- the bill is sure to face questions over how practical it is to enforce and opposition from some legislators who generally oppose what they consider "nanny government."

"Where do you stop?" asked Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine, who said he personally agrees children under 3 shouldn't be spanked but has no desire to make it the law. "At what point are we going to say we should pass a bill that every parent has to read a minimum of 30 minutes every night to their child? This is right along those same lines."

Geez....what's next: a new law that says we're mandated to feed our kitty cats a minimum of three servings of nummy 9-Lives cat food a week?

I know - smacking your kid isn't comparable to feeding cats nummy 'wet food', but this is just beyond stupid.

And NO - I'm not advocating beating your children; sometimes a smack on the fanny gets your kid's attention when they're supposed to be doing something and they're not.

If this becomes a law, the next step will be for parents to provide a legal representative for children when discussing possible punishments for any infraction the child might have perpetrated.

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January 15, 2007

One Year Ago...

It's kind of hard to believe, but almost one year ago this weekend my life took a turn I had never expected....

In the time following my stroke and coming out of a medically-induced coma, life had been rough not only for myself, but my family's too.

My wife had been dreading this weekend coming for the last few weeks....mainly because the weekend that I had my stroke was the same weekend that my daughter was doing a Girl Scout camping trip much like the one that she departed for today.

As I said in my previous post about not having New Year's Resolutions per-se as opposed to having New Year's Goals, I refuse to allow this type of stuff to happen again nor do I intend to allow anthing close to it to impede my life or the lives of my family. Death tried once to take me down - never again. At least....not for a long time.

I won't let my medical crappiness get me down or otherwise 'plague' my life.

No way. No how.

Life tends to suck on occasion - I will not let an 'occasion' become the long-drawn-out-soap-opera that 2006 was.

UPDATE: If you're reading this, then I obviously did not have a re-run from last year.

Needless to say, my wife & daughter keep asking me How are you feeling? and then asking me to Please take my blood pressure.....just to make them happy.

And the one way I deal with this.....loving paranoia is to remark that I must be one-heck-of-a-guy to deserve all this attention. And both wife and daughter reply You got that right!!

It's nice to know that I'm well-appreciated.

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Mikey is a forty-something U.S. Navy veteran that is currently taking a break from being a full-time student at UC San Diego studying electrical engineering.

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