No one today says a child molester can be reformed. A generation ago every expert said they could.
There is a lesson here. Everybody but us is required to say that they can look at a black guy with a white girl and not even notice. If one can really convince oneself of that, one can also convince oneself that NAMBLA is right, and that men having sex with boys is so Ok it is not noticeable.
If you can REALLY do these things, just ONCE, is there ever any coming back?
We accept recovering alcoholics, but only if they are absolutely, unreservedly aware, every day of the week, that there is something WRONG with them. That is the ONLY route to recovery, and there is no guarantee of that one.
The same inhumanly difficulty exists in the case of those who are ever truly unoffended by the couple which will produce ugly mixes.
We all know that Tiger Woods would have nothing to do with a girl who looked like the daughter he and his beautiful Swedish bride will produce. We all know that OJ would have nothing to do with a girl who looked like the daughter he and his blond wife produced….
Bob Whitaker, an AA. Commenting on the White Pride World Wide forum.
Today’s 12-step hero is Daniel Gordon, an AA and state representative in the Rhode Island legislature. It seems he’s run into a bit of legal trouble that he did not disclose:
The first-term House member from Portsmouth was arrested Friday on charges stemming from a 2008 police chase in Massachusetts. He was released Monday on $1,000 bail. The arrest exposed past legal problems, including a four-month sentence in 1999 for assault, an attempted murder charge dismissed in 2004 and a long list of traffic infractions.
When questioned about it, he reminded us to worry about keeping our own sides of the the street clean:
“I have redeemed myself and I have paid my debts,” he said. “Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.”
And naturally, he broke his anonymity. He really had no choice, because he need to reassure the voting public that he had a very good reason for being bad, and he is now in good hands:
Gordon said he considers himself an alcoholic and has been sober for three years thanks to counseling and Alcoholics anonymous.
I’m sure the good people in his district can sleep better now. Thanks, Daniel, for all that you do! It works if you work it!
Read more here….
In keeping with this week’s theme of parenting superstars, I give you Shayean Blackmon.
Babysitters can expensive and unreliable, so Shayean decided on an alternate form of child-care: She punched the baby in the face and abandoned it in a park:
22-year-old Shayean Blackmon decided to spend her day yesterday drinking in a park in Highland Park, Michigan. Think of it as a little post-Mother’s Day present to herself. But it seems that getting hammered and caring for her 3-month-old daughter was too much multitasking…
According to witnesses, Blackmon decided to punch her baby in the face, then walk away, leaving her in the park.
The little girl was rescued by someone women who were also at the park. When the story aired on TV, the child’s grandfather, Henry Bowles, recognized the little girl and went to retrieve her.
Not to worry, though. Her problem is solved. She’s been mandated to AA. Of course.
In a follow-up to the story about David Scratchley, the 12-step doctor who was arrested Friday for attempted rape of a child, some new details have arisen. First, and not surprisingly, there is evidence that he may have victimized other children. Also, it seems the good doctor may not be a doctor after all:
“It’s upsetting…it’s very upsetting”
“Prosecutors also say there’s evidence Scratchley may have victimized other children. And while Scratchley refers to himself as “doctor” the only state license we could find for him is as a “chemical dependency professional trainee”.
This guy is the Clinical Director of the Matt Talbot Center. The obvious question is: what kind of background checks and due diligence does the Matt Talbot Center use in hiring its employees? If this guy is the director, who is facilitating the actual operations of this place? What qualifications do they have? Gregory Alex, the Executive Director of the center said that he was surprised because they saw no indication of this behavior. Had he done an actual background check, starting with whether or not this guy is actually a psychologist in the first place, he may have caught a clue as to this guy’s integrity.
One thing we did learn from the article is, this center does not drug test its employees. What kind of sense does this make for an organization that treats people with drug problems? Knowing the rate of recidivism for those with chemical dependency problems, and knowing the staggeringly high percentage of drug counselors who fell into the profession because of their own addictive behaviors, it seems obvious to anyone with half a brain that drug testing of employees should be part of normal course of business.
Because I wasn’t born yesterday, I’m certain more interesting information will come out on this story. I’m also certain that the incompetents running the show at the Matt Talbot Center will do what they can to cover their asses, and will keep their explanation of this little problem within the confines of rigorous honesty™.
AA’s Australian advertising agency has swept the annual Siren awards, which are given for the most creative and effective radio advertisements in Australia:
Gatecrasher takes out the Siren for Alcoholics Anonymous
A single ad called Mummy, won the overall, single, and craft categories. It was also one of three ads in the AA campaign which took out the campaign category.
Written by Des Hameister the spots are confronting looks at the effects of alcohol on everyday situations. Hameister said keeping things simple and single-minded was the most important thing to remember when creating an effective radio commercial.
“Alcoholics don’t hurt just themselves and the ad empathises with that fact,” he said. “The insight is that alcoholics don’t only need to be told they’ve got a problem, they simply need to know that there’s a solution.”
Those of you wondering how an ad campaign promoting AA fits in AA’s tradition of “attraction, not promotion,” should just stop right there. Your best thinking got you here. Think, think, think yourself another drink. You just keep your own side of the street clean.
In a heartwarming tale of one drunk helping another, one AA is on trial for shooting another AA after she beat him about the back of the head with a hammer. He claims she was his marijuana supplier. She claims to be a low-end prostitute, and that she was actually banging him in exchange for weed. Somewhere along the way, they each picked up a helluva resentment. It’s a classic “he said, she said” scenario:
Pinconning man on trial for attempted murder….
Milostan said he was on his knees, taking apart Borieo’s kitchen table when he received a blow to the back of his head.
“I got knocked out,” he said. “I was blacked out. It didn’t seem very long when I woke up on my stomach on the floor and somebody’s on my back. I heard some gunshots as I’m coming to. I’m going, ‘Oh heck, someone’s got a gun.’ I’m going ‘C’mon, Mike, wake up.’”
Milostan eventually shook off his attacker, he said.
“I see this person with hair in her face,” he said. “I know it’s a woman but I’m not really identifying her as Amy. The look on her face was something to remember. It was like nothing I’d ever seen. Her eyes are bugging out of her and there’s not a word coming out of her mouth.
“There wasn’t a cross word between us at that point,” he continued. “She was hitting me with the hammer. She was knocking the snot right out of me.”
A dazed Milostan, blood pouring from his scalp, looked down and noticed his .38-caliber revolver in his hand, he said. Borieo raised the hammer again and Milostan told her to lower it. When she did not, he shot her, he said.
He then called 911 on his cellphone and waited for help to arrive.
Questioned by his attorney Edward M. Czuprynski, Milostan said he met Borieo about a year-and-a-half before the shooting, when he was shooting pool at Bailey’s Bar & Grill in Bay City. He denied ever selling marijuana to Borieo, but said he bought the substance from her to help his wife and a friend deal with side effects of cancer treatment.
Milostan said he only briefly visited Borieo’s home a few times to pick up marijuana, loan her money or to give her supplies for her baby son. He denied having a sexual relationship with her. Borieo has testified he gave her money and marijuana for sex.
Milostan said he and Borieo attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting the evening of March 14, 2010. Upon returning Borieo to her home, he used her bathroom, washed his hands, and accidently left three gold rings by the sink. He realized he forgot the rings the next day, called Borieo and made arrangements to pick them up.
Looks like an AA got hold of the editorial section of the Nutley paper, and is serving up a heaping helping of rigorous honesty™. In defending the assclowns from AA who are causing havoc in the neighborhood, this AApologist explains that what they are seeing isn’t what they are seeing; and what happens in AA doesn’t happen in AA:
“Contrary to what some have reported regarding Alcoholics Anonymous at Holy Lutheran Church in Nutley, AA is neither a rehabilitation program nor a condition for parole.
According to its website, AA “is a voluntary, worldwide fellowship of men and women from all walks of life who meet together to attain and maintain sobriety. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.”
Nutley Editorial: Bashing of AA members is not the answer
Would some of you please go there and explain to this serenity sorcerer the exact nature of his/her wrongs, which in this case are the facts.
Here is a story about 13th-stepping by a counselor at Cornerstone Recovery in Houston, TX:
Counselor accused of having sex with teen patient
HOUSTON (KTRK) — A substance abuse counselor is accused of having sex with one of her patients — a 16-year-old boy — and police say it happened more than once.
According to police, the counselor and her patient had attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting on a July night after which they went ‘parking.’ When police arrived, the whole alleged relationship began to unravel.Until Tuesday, Amanda Leann Kueht was a drug and alcohol recovery counselor. Now she’s a defendant, arrested Tuesday night by West University Place police. Now Kueht, 28, is charged with sexual assault of a child under 17.
“Had inappropriate contact with a victim that is underage,” said prosecutor Amanda Skillen.
On July 27 in a church parking lot, a West U. patrol officer is said to have spotted a car. It didn’t seem right and then he observed a partially dressed male teenager and Keuht in the back seat.
“The female subject in the back seat was 28 years of age and the male subject in the back seat — our victim — was 16 years of age,” said Patrick Phil Clark of the West U. Place Police Department.
The couple’s clothes were disheveled. Later, the teen told investigators while no sex took place that night, it had before.
“It had been going on for a few weeks with numerous encounters,” said Clark.
Her name has been taken off of the Cornerstone website, where until now she was listed as a managing counselor. It said this about her:
“She is completely dedicated to helping adolescents and their families recover. Mandy takes pride in being organized and dependable. Over time it has become apparent that she has a passion and enthusiasm for the 12 steps and helping others, as well as her own spiritual and mental growth.”
A true angel of mercy!
The characters of AA can make up some interesting cocktails when they mix together. Here is a story out of Minnesota that took a tragic turn when Shannon Gura, an AA who was being 13th-stepped by Don Kreye, another stepper; decided (along with a couple of accomplices) to extort some big money from him:
Woman sentenced to 90 days in coercion plot; extortion victim killed himself
Gura, who now lives in Alabama, had pleaded guilty in October to a single count of coercion in a plot to extort $500,000 from Dan Kreye, one of the founders of High Five Erectors Inc., a steel-construction company in Shakopee.
She had met Kreye through Alcoholics Anonymous, and Gura said he had expressed an interest in helping her and had even given her money to help her buy a Jeep. She testified at an earlier hearing that when she told a friend of hers, Rickey Pouncil, of Rosemount, about Kreye, Pouncil figured the businessman was wealthy and came up with a scheme to extort money from him.
At Pouncil’s direction, Gura sent sexually explicit texts to Kreye in August 2009. The businessman replied in kind, even sending her a graphic sexual photo of himself. Later, over a steak dinner, Gura presented Kreye with printouts of his texts and photo and told him that she’d give them to his wife and kids unless he paid $65,000.
Pouncil and another woman allegedly continued the extortion over the next few months. On May 10, 2010, Kreye, 57, took his life in the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
Police found a note in his car that read, “I am being extorted over $500,000. Best for my family and friends.”
Heartwarming, isn’t it?