Moorings in America

What killed this 13-month-old? The same thing that killed the family

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We don’t know who killed 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in his baby stroller – execution style.

But we have a pretty good idea what killed him.

Brunswick authorities have made a couple of arrests in the case, after the mourning mother identified a photograph of a 17-year-old suspect. There’s also a 14-year-old alleged accomplice. But it’s important for folks to reserve judgment on whether they have the right suspects. Eyewitness testimony is shaky even when emotions aren’t running high.

Just pray they’ve got the perpetrator.

This is undeniably one of the most heinous acts we’ll ever hear of. To shoot an utterly defenseless, completely innocent 13-month-old in a stroller – at point-blank range, with absolutely no doubt of one’s intent to slaughter the child – is deserving of the utmost contempt and the ultimate penalty.

Authorities say a group of young toughs accosted young mother Sherry West on the sidewalk Thursday and demanded money. When she claimed to have none, she was shot in the leg and grazed in the ear by another bullet before her baby was shot to death in his stroller.

Any killing is heinous. The killing of a baby is beyond abominable.

It’s also yet another screaming flare streaming across the sky to warn us what happens to innocent people when a society loses its moorings.

There are two ways that a young person grows up into the kind of feral beast that would murder a child in cold blood: Either he has been literally raised by wolves, or by the human equivalent.

Savagery has always been the bane of human existence, certainly. But in 2013 America, there is no excuse for it.

There are plenty of reasons, however.

The influences that used to form our moorings – church, morality, family, adults having each other’s back, and a culture that encouraged upright behavior – have all been on the wane in recent decades. Church attendance decreased. Traditional families marginalized and scoffed at. Extended families nearly extinct. Moral absolutes tossed overboard. And a culture that cheers it all along.

When a life, particularly a young life, is devoid of these things that used to provide constructive meaning – and used to afford nourishment to man’s better nature – then the void sometimes gets filled with man’s lesser nature. Which is to say his animalistic side.

Trouble is, not even animals are this savage. Nope. It takes an animalistic instinct combined with the unique human alacrity for doing harm in order to produce this level of barbarity.

Absent the presence of a truly bad seed, it requires some very misguided, misbegotten parenting.

And, of course, it takes an actively neglectful society, one that nurtures narcissists and elevates selfishness to an art form and places self-gratification above all else.

This is a country, remember, in which some last year openly and indignantly cried out for free contraception, a Get-Into-Bed-Free-Card – making consequence-free and plentiful sex the newest civil right. Gratification, mind you, that comes at someone else’s expense.

When the self is deified and gratification becomes a sacrament, we all become little Zeuses – to deign what we wish, and to trifle with the mortals below as we like.

Or, in the case of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago, to simply eliminate them.

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burninater
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burninater 03/26/13 - 01:50 am
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FBI violent crime

FBI violent crime statistics show this editorial actually has it backwards.

The past few decades have seen steady DECREASES in violent crime rates.

From the FBI's most recent report summary, October, 2012, for the year 2011:

"According to our just-released Crime in the United States, 2011 report, the estimated number of violent crimes reported to law enforcement (1,203,564) decreased for the fifth year in a row, while the estimated number of property crimes reported to law enforcement (9,063,173) decreased for the ninth year in a row."

http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/october/annual-crime-in-the-u.s.-re...

Ironically enough, the predominently "traditional values" South had the HIGHEST regional violent cime rate in the U.S. At 429 violent crimes per 100k inhabitants, the violent crime rate in the South was a full 20% higher than the 352/100k rate of the Northeast.

This is a clear example of a knee-jerk assumption that two things must be related, even though the facts show the opposite.

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carcraft 03/26/13 - 04:39 am
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Then why is Chicago now the

Then why is Chicago now the murder capital of the US? I will bet that the areas where violent crime occur are the decaying urban centers in the south like Saint Louis

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/26/13 - 04:48 am
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Burninator has it right. The
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Burninator has it right. The two primary indicators, UCR and NCVS show that both the overall rates of property and violent crime have been declining since the mid 90s.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/26/13 - 06:06 am
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Crime

We, indeed must pray that the person being held is the right one. Nothing shakes the confidence in the judicial system more than having the wrong person convicted for a crime he/she did not commit. I still remember the Central Park rape case where the guys confessed under duress only later to be allowed free after having served time.

Let's hope the police get it right and, it pains me to say it, most of all that this mother is not complicit in this case.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/26/13 - 06:18 am
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Don't Act Like Jeremiah Wright

This was a heinous crime, but I've been on a bent recently to make us realize things are not as bad as we think in America. It’s probably true crime is higher in some southern cities than the rest of the country, but that’s due to our demographics and economy that incorporate those people coming out of the segregation era.

Generally speaking, America and the South are becoming safer places. In Augusta we note a dramatic decrease in the murder rate for the first quarter of this year compared to last. Crime statistics are down. Yet, yesterday, we read an editorial about about children being sold into some kind of sex slavery which used sensationalistic bogus assumptions. A while back it was about children being kidnapped in horrific numbers when it was basically family disputes that the media played up as kidnappings by strangers.

Note the horrific incident for what it is, but don’t damn America because of it like a Jeremiah Wright or something.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/26/13 - 06:40 am
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Ok; violent crime rates are

Ok; violent crime rates are down. So why are they still trying to limit law abiding citizens in which firearms they are ALLOWED to possess? Why is it, in cases like this; liberals LOVE to tout lower violent crime rates, but when the debate about gun control comes up, you won't hear them mention anything about lower violent crime rates? Agenda anyone???

Just another way to USE certain stats to support their agenda, period. They only use them where it fits their agenda. When someone attempts to say liberal philosophy is causing the moral decline of the nation, they will say "Absolute non-sense; the morals of this Country are getting better." BUT, when someone mentions gun control, they will say "This is a violent Country, founded on violence and oppression. We MUST do something about guns before it's too late and our children are mercilessly slaughtered."

Ever heard the saying "Stats don't lie, but liars use stats."? It's very true because you can take stats and pick them apart to fit them into ANY agenda. For example, you could say violent crime is down; but you might only be looking at violent crime involving knives. You could also say the murder rate is down, but only be looking at a specific murder rate such as domestic violence murder rate.

You could also say property crimes are down, but only be referring to property crimes involving burglaries, not theft in general or property crimes involving damage to the property.

Bottom line is; a person can use stats in just about way they choose, if they pick and choose which stats to use. Be VERY careful in believing ANYONE. Do your own research and don't be fooled by individuals.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 03/26/13 - 07:07 am
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Myfather, the NCVS and UCR
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Myfather, the NCVS and UCR include all propoerty crime, not just burglary.
You are right on one point, however, even though the rate of homicide is down, and even though 2/3 of homicides in the United States are committed with firearms, if all firemarm homicides would be eliminated, we would still have a higher rate of homicide by all other means (strangling, knives, clubs) than other western democracies. There certainly is truth in "guns don't kill people, people do."
But, don't miss the point, the ACES was NOT twisting statistics to suit the thesis of this editorial, it completely ignored statistics which Burinator first pointed out and I reinforced.
And, good luck with doing "your own research" by collecting nationwide crime statistics.

grouse
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grouse 03/26/13 - 07:12 am
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What killed the child was a
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What killed the child was a gun.

chascushman
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chascushman 03/26/13 - 07:37 am
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This is what the
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This is what the liberal/democrats have created and with the Marxist/communist in the WH it will only continue. God help America

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 03/26/13 - 07:58 am
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"The past few decades have
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"The past few decades have seen steady DECREASES in violent crime rates."

Really.....yet gun control is now at the top of the President's agenda......why would that be?

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justthefacts 03/26/13 - 08:01 am
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Misleading Stats

"The murder rate rose only 0.3 percent nationwide, but the story changes in major cities. For those with 1 million or more residents, the murder rate is up 6.7 percent and robbery is also up 6 percent since 2005." Riverman is correct. It basically comes down to demographics.

allhans
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allhans 03/26/13 - 08:09 am
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We have seen drastic changes

We have seen drastic changes since the 2011 report on several fronts.... Remember stats are only as good as the person putting the numbers together.

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soapy_725 03/26/13 - 08:46 am
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Any killing is heinous. The killing of a baby is beyond
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abominable. Our sick society is taking "late term abortions" to the streets. Casey Anthony is their poster girl. Our nation declared 40 years ago that "not all innocent life is sacred". Only the lives of innocent babies that the federal government deems worth saving. Also, the lives of the guilty now rest with the federal government. Seems as if the federal government has become GOD.

When, as the LTE states, you propagate feral animals from human parents, you get animals. Void of a moral conscience. You breed a society that has reached the lowest common denominator. We have evolved backwards to our Darwinist beginnings.

Masticate, Defecate, Urinate and Fornicate. These are your "street dogs". Heroes in the classroom. Songs praise their exploits. Don't they make you proud to be an American. America has placed its future, its children on the altar of selfish momentary convenience.

There is no God. There is no sin against God or society. There is no absolute moral code. In the moment. Whatever makes you feel good. There is no power superior to mankind. Don't you sense Satan standing in the pulpits of America.

If it is okay for the federal government to fund, with taxpayer money, the murder of innocent babies, why the outcry.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/26/13 - 08:51 am
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The hypocrisy of Pro-Choice
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If the mother chooses to murder her unborn baby because she cannot handle the impending responsibility, she is praised for expressing her rights. If the father chooses to murder that same unborn baby because he cannot handle the impending responsibility, he is guilty of murder.

God will judge this slaughter of innocent sacred life.

Even in our sick society, that is sex discrimination. Which is violation of federal law.

ClearCookies
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ClearCookies 03/26/13 - 09:05 am
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Answer to gun control.
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Does anyone believe in martial law???

Look into it.

peace4784
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peace4784 03/26/13 - 09:17 am
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The editorial is on point and
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The editorial is on point and has it right. Just look at this society's bloodthirsty entertainment. Look at the caged brutality we call a sport. Look at the unwed mothers. Look at the number of abortions. Look at at the abuse shelters. Look at the the number of murders and divorces. Look at the domestic violence. Look at the obesity. Savagery and immorality run amuck. Good job editorial staff.

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nocnoc 03/26/13 - 09:25 am
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While 2 teens does not a GROUP make,

overall I can accept the idea of societies Moral failure are premiss leading to this shooting.

allhans
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allhans 03/26/13 - 09:41 am
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Cspan will air oral arguments

Cspan will air oral arguments on gay marriage by the SCOTUS at 1:00 PM...
Some are saying,
"Let us marry and raise a family"...hmmmm

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Michael Ryan 03/26/13 - 10:51 am
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This from a CNN.com

This from a CNN.com story:
"However, criminologists point to a variety of factors for the continuing decline in overall violence. They cite a more settled crack cocaine market, an increase in incarcerations, an aging population, data-driven policing, and changes in technology that include a big increase in surveillance cameras."
Notice they're not pointing to an increase in morality...
Crime rates aren't the issue anyway. Ask the mother in this case if she gives a whit about FBI stats. The issue is a lack of proper socialization. That doesn't show up in statistics; it shows up in stores and on streets.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/26/13 - 11:04 am
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@palmetto

I understand that, but to say this editorial is incorrect and "has it backward" is disingenuous at best; intentionally confusing people at worst.

Violent crime includes such incidents as assault and battery, NOT just shooting, stabbings and beatings with objects. Each assault, regardless of how minor, is recorded as a violent crime. As a matter of fact, MOST of these stats include simple batteries and assaults, because these occur much more often than murders, shootings, stabbings, etc. Check out the definition of Simple Assault in the O.C.G.A.; it doesn't even require you to actually be touched; only to commit an act which places another in reasonable apprehension of immediately receiving a violent injury. So, if I pull my arm back and ACT like I'm going to hit you, it's simple assault; which goes into the violent crime data base. Trust me, I file the reports constantly and its goes in the UCR.

http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-16/chapter-5/article-2/16...

So, you could actually have the violent crime rate drop dramatically, and still have the murder rate RISE dramatically. The overall violent crime rate can drop and still have the serious injury or death from violent crime, rate skyrocket. Again, using stats like burninator did, is disingenuous because if you look long enough, you can find ANY stat to fit your agenda; that goes for both sides. You and I both know EXACTLY what you and burninator were doing; of course you will deny it, but you know it within yourself.

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Jane18 03/26/13 - 11:16 am
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Feral or Evil?

A feral, supposed-to-be-human, is evil!

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Riverman1 03/26/13 - 12:47 pm
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M. Ryan, I am soooo skeptical

M. Ryan, I am soooo skeptical of studies such as the CNN one you mention. My job actually entails pointing out valid and invalid studies in case you wonder why I'm often so cynical. If we are to believe morality is worse now, we are doing so largely from our own point of view. You say the reason crime is down is because law enforcement techniques have improved. While I sincerely have seen recent improvement in the RCSO, try to REALLY prove law enforcement is the reason. It could be because of a myriad of reasons although we all appreciate law enforcement, especially in some counties.

Let's not bury our heads in the sand and give up our guns, but, at the same time let's try to view our nation as the best in the world and the CSRA as an ad for Sandal's Resorts or something. I'm bullish in the morality market...at least for now.

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Barry Paschal 03/26/13 - 01:44 pm
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Meanwhile...

...the mother and the aunt of the suspect have been charged with lying to police.

http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2013-03-26/mom-aunt-brunswick-baby...

myfather15
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myfather15 03/26/13 - 03:12 pm
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Imagine

Imagine that.............who'd a thunk it.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 03/26/13 - 03:13 pm
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"Does anyone believe in
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"Does anyone believe in martial law??? Look into it."

What's not to believe in. It is a fact. It has happened several times in history. Heck...it even happened in THIS COUNTRY. Perhaps YOU should look in to it, Cookies.

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scoopdedoop64 03/26/13 - 11:32 pm
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Good Article

I believe that this article is spot on. I think that it is terrible that with all that has been done to give youth a chance in America that they are throwing it away. There are no role models or godly men to be an example to these children. How cold and callous must one be to shoot a child like this. It makes me weep for not only these families but for our nation because it is a sign of a much bigger problem.

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palmetto1008 03/27/13 - 06:18 am
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Mr. Ryan, how do you measure
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Mr. Ryan, how do you measure "morality?" Perhaps, more importantly, your editorial was based on a specious argument. When counter-evidence was introduced, you then defend yourself by accusing your critics of making the same specious argument. You can't have it both ways.

Myfather, yes, you can have the overall violent crime rate drop and the rate of homides be up at the same time. But, that has not been the case over the last 2 decades. Check those figures.

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