I suppose this is a good time to comment on several things your article and comments touched upon.
Up front I'm not for Romney nor Obama. OK!
Some children have lousy parents who have no idea how to raise their children. So when a problem child comes along they default to their church or
just let the police intervene. Neither are good (I'm nothing against churches, but I'm not in favor of a corrections department run by a church).
Parenting requires strictness commensurate with problems encountered with a child. I was a problem child, my mom whacked me more times than I can
remember. My parents did send me to various summer camps and even military school. All asked that I not return. By the time I was a teen, I was
ok. Probably grew out of the problems with a little maturity as hindsight. Too bad I wasn't overly bright, I might have become a banker or stock
broker, and manipulated the markets or banking system to make gazillions. But, as I said, I wasn't too bright. I wasn't good looking either. If I
was, I'd have been on cruise ships dancing with the grey haired old ones, and milking their pocket books for all it was worth. Instead I was dumb
and ugly, so I had to work for every penny.
Now consider that New York State operates various prisons for "youthful offenders". I've no way to know for sure, but would believe that lousy
rearing by parents might just be the cause of many of those youth being in jail. Probably all states operate similar prisons. You think it is a
bed of roses? You might want to talk to some of the people who have graced their barbed wire compounds. The only difference between the state
operated facilities and those of religious groups, is that the latter adds a healthy spoonful of religious dogma onto the mix.
About Romney and his dog riding on the roof of the vacation car. If the dog needed psychiatric care after the event, then it wasn't a real dog.
Have you ever had a dog stick its nose out the window and wagging its tail all the while. We had a pickup truck and the dogs loved riding in the
back. Every dog I've ever had loves to go for a ride. Mine would love the opportunity to ride on the roof if they could. No dog is traumatized by
riding on the roof, trunk, or where ever. They love it. This is just some typical political C--P by opposition parties.
On the plus side, I just bought a 1986 Volvo 740 diesel sedan with 62,xxx miles on it. They guy who previously owned it kept it in Museum like
condition. Probably only drove it at night then kept it in the garage in daytime. Nothing is faded. See in my dotage I've acquired a conservative
bent, driving Volvo's. files.abovetopsecret.com...