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2014-07-21 12:42:31 PM
True.
 
2014-07-21 12:45:14 PM
Our neighborhoods are more internally isolated, these conservatives say, because of liberals leaning on the state and shunning church.

It definitely couldn't be because of wage stagnation that demands both parents work, be pinched for time with little or no PTO, all while having little-to-no job security which keeps people from homesteading and establishing that network of trusted neighbors and friends.  It isn't because conservatives have pushed the notion of a horror-filled society filled with "others" lurking in the shadows ready to rob/kidnap/rape/kill/listen to rap music with our loved ones.  Certainly things were better for kids back when we had the church community to look out for them; I can't remember anything of note that happened in large numbers nationwide to kids of my and previous generations under the watchful eye of the church, and certainly nothing that was casually ignored by the village of fellow parishoners.

No, it is because liberals.
 
2014-07-21 12:55:33 PM
I grew up in a small town. Actually, I grew up several miles outside of a small town. We made pipe bombs, and blew shiat up out in the woods. We played "mailbox baseball". We did donuts on the football field at the high school. We TP'd our teacher's house. We poured dish detergent in the public fountain of the rich neighborhood (along with some food coloring...for effect). We'd probably be sent to Gitmo as terrorists, in this day and age...

Also...THANK GOD YouTube didn't exist when I was a teenager.
 
2014-07-21 12:58:14 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: I grew up in a small town. Actually, I grew up several miles outside of a small town. We made pipe bombs, and blew shiat up out in the woods. We played "mailbox baseball". We did donuts on the football field at the high school. We TP'd our teacher's house. We poured dish detergent in the public fountain of the rich neighborhood (along with some food coloring...for effect). We'd probably be sent to Gitmo as terrorists, in this day and age...

Also...THANK GOD YouTube didn't exist when I was a teenager.


Amen to that. I was a teenager in the late 70's; 90% of the sh*t we did then would have us arrested, and worse.
 
2014-07-21 01:01:54 PM
I have a couple of neighbors with young kids. They frequently will run around the neighborhood and play with no adult supervision. Not once has it crossed my mind that the proper response to them being by themselves was to call the cops and report the parents as neglectful or abusive. But then again, I'm not a moron.
 
2014-07-21 01:07:38 PM

Serious Black: I have a couple of neighbors with young kids. They frequently will run around the neighborhood and play with no adult supervision.


You should get a paintball gun...
 
2014-07-21 01:08:23 PM

Serious Black: I have a couple of neighbors with young kids. They frequently will run around the neighborhood and play with no adult supervision. Not once has it crossed my mind that the proper response to them being by themselves was to call the cops and report the parents as neglectful or abusive. But then again, I'm not a  fear based busybody moron..

 
2014-07-21 01:12:01 PM
Step 1: Have anyone who even looks at your child arrested and put on the sex offenders list.
Step 2: Assuming every adult, everywhere, is a potential sex offender, call the police for any child left unattended.
Step 3: ????
Step 4: PROFIT!

/STRANGER DANGER! STRANGER DANGER!
 
2014-07-21 01:25:55 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: I grew up in a small town. Actually, I grew up several miles outside of a small town. We made pipe bombs, and blew shiat up out in the woods. We played "mailbox baseball". We did donuts on the football field at the high school. We TP'd our teacher's house. We poured dish detergent in the public fountain of the rich neighborhood (along with some food coloring...for effect). We'd probably be sent to Gitmo as terrorists, in this day and age...



You are now farkied as a hooligan.
 
2014-07-21 01:46:25 PM
As an old Farker I can only say it has gotten worse. When I was a kid I ran through the DDT truck's smoke trail. I went to the beach unsupervised. Today any kid alone on the beach is harassed by the lifeguards. Both of my parents worked. I was left alone or in the care of one of my older brothers. The wonderful childhood I had is not permitted a kid today. Everybody has become Gladys Kravitz. I saw a story where some moron called the cops because they saw an adult male holding a little girl's hand. It turned out to be a father and daughter! Many men are now afraid to publicly display affection to their kids because some idiot somewhere will assume that they are pedophiles.

   I raised my sons with as much freedom as I could give them but nowadays even giving your kid freedom to play in the  park while you read a book on the bench will get you labeled as a neglectful parent. I don't know what the cause is but  it is very sad indeed.
 
2014-07-21 01:47:36 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: Serious Black: I have a couple of neighbors with young kids. They frequently will run around the neighborhood and play with no adult supervision.

You should get a paintball gun...


That would be a fun toy. I did enjoy playing paintball when I was younger.

CSB time. One of my college friends had a paintball gun. During a kegger, he came up with the brilliant idea to test how much alcohol numbs the pain centers of the body by having somebody shoot him in the small of his back with a paintball from point-blank range. He had a bruise the size of a grapefruit for over a week.
 
2014-07-21 02:04:50 PM

haemaker: /STRANGER DANGER! STRANGER DANGER!


Cool Story Bro (tm):

My son is visiting for the summer.  The fair came to town for the weekend of the 4th of July.  I had stuff around the house to do, so he asked if he could go by himself (he's 10).  I said fine, but take a cell phone just in case you need to get a hold of me.

Now, when I was as young as *seven*, my mum would shove me out the door after my homework was done and tell me to go play.  I could go wherever I wanted right up until it started getting dark.  I've gone to the fair by myself as a kid.  So, I thought nothing of it ...until I get chewed out by his mother for not thinking about "stranger danger," and how it's a different time from when I was a kid.

:/

It's only a "different time" because we made it so.
 
2014-07-21 02:12:33 PM
I'm pretty sure EVERYTHING I did in my childhood is illegal now
 
2014-07-21 02:25:07 PM

Delawheredad: As an old Farker I can only say it has gotten worse. When I was a kid I ran through the DDT truck's smoke trail. I went to the beach unsupervised. Today any kid alone on the beach is harassed by the lifeguards. Both of my parents worked. I was left alone or in the care of one of my older brothers. The wonderful childhood I had is not permitted a kid today. Everybody has become Gladys Kravitz. I saw a story where some moron called the cops because they saw an adult male holding a little girl's hand. It turned out to be a father and daughter! Many men are now afraid to publicly display affection to their kids because some idiot somewhere will assume that they are pedophiles.

   I raised my sons with as much freedom as I could give them but nowadays even giving your kid freedom to play in the  park while you read a book on the bench will get you labeled as a neglectful parent. I don't know what the cause is but  it is very sad indeed.


Liberals.  Didn't you RTFA?
 
2014-07-21 02:29:17 PM

Delawheredad: I raised my sons with as much freedom as I could give them but nowadays even giving your kid freedom to play in the park while you read a book on the bench will get you labeled as a neglectful parent


By whom?  I take my kids to the park all the time and if you're reading on a bench you're already way ahead of the people sitting in their cars playing with their phones.
 
2014-07-21 02:36:22 PM

xanadian: It's only a "different time" because we made it so.


AMEN!

A  while back this story popped up here. I was astounded. We (my buddies and I) grew up on the banks of a creek* that meandered through our neighborhood and it was all we could do to NOT ride our bikes back there, catch turtles, frogs, snakes, shoot our BB guns at squirrels, come across older kids smoking grass or getting laid...the list goes on and on. Hell we even blocked up the creek one summer with a dam that was big enough to get the county's attention. They sent a crew back in the woods to tear it down to restore the flow of the creek! I can't imagine any of that going on today in white bread suburban Houston. Snowflakes like the ones in McKinney might get a scrape on their knee! What happened?

*Here's some information on the history of the land surrounding the creek. We knew Mrs. Moore but never knew the history of her land.
 
2014-07-21 02:41:54 PM

Delawheredad: As an old Farker I can only say it has gotten worse. When I was a kid I ran through the DDT truck's smoke trail. I went to the beach unsupervised. Today any kid alone on the beach is harassed by the lifeguards. Both of my parents worked. I was left alone or in the care of one of my older brothers. The wonderful childhood I had is not permitted a kid today. Everybody has become Gladys Kravitz. I saw a story where some moron called the cops because they saw an adult male holding a little girl's hand. It turned out to be a father and daughter! Many men are now afraid to publicly display affection to their kids because some idiot somewhere will assume that they are pedophiles.

   I raised my sons with as much freedom as I could give them but nowadays even giving your kid freedom to play in the  park while you read a book on the bench will get you labeled as a neglectful parent. I don't know what the cause is but  it is very sad indeed.


No they wouldn't (aren't blanket statements fun?). I grew up in a beach resort town and lifeguarded there for years. We were busy, you know, keeping people safe (and returning lost children/parents that came to us for assistance). As a kid, I'd skate/bike/walk with my friends to the beach (by ourselves) to spend the day there, by ourselves. Never hassled.
 
2014-07-21 02:45:43 PM
"Son, here's a note for the drug store and $5.  Go buy me a carton of Lucky Strikes."
 
2014-07-21 02:45:47 PM

xanadian: My son is visiting for the summer.  The fair came to town for the weekend of the 4th of July.  I had stuff around the house to do, so he asked if he could go by himself (he's 10).  I said fine, but take a cell phone just in case you need to get a hold of me.

Now, when I was as young as *seven*, my mum would shove me out the door after my homework was done and tell me to go play.  I could go wherever I wanted right up until it started getting dark.  I've gone to the fair by myself as a kid.  So, I thought nothing of it ...until I get chewed out by his mother for not thinking about "stranger danger," and how it's a different time from when I was a kid.


Ironically, the only thing different is that things are safer today because of cell phones and what not.
 
2014-07-21 02:46:40 PM
Seemed to blissfully ignore the fact that if you talk to someone's kid you're automatically a rapist.
 
2014-07-21 02:46:55 PM

factoryconnection: Our neighborhoods are more internally isolated, these conservatives say, because of liberals leaning on the state and shunning church.

It definitely couldn't be because of wage stagnation that demands both parents work, be pinched for time with little or no PTO, all while having little-to-no job security which keeps people from homesteading and establishing that network of trusted neighbors and friends.  It isn't because conservatives have pushed the notion of a horror-filled society filled with "others" lurking in the shadows ready to rob/kidnap/rape/kill/listen to rap music with our loved ones.  Certainly things were better for kids back when we had the church community to look out for them; I can't remember anything of note that happened in large numbers nationwide to kids of my and previous generations under the watchful eye of the church, and certainly nothing that was casually ignored by the village of fellow parishoners.

No, it is because liberals.


Too bad this thread isn't going to take off. That could reap a lot of bites.
 
2014-07-21 02:47:41 PM

Matrix Flavored Wasabi: Delawheredad: As an old Farker I can only say it has gotten worse. When I was a kid I ran through the DDT truck's smoke trail. I went to the beach unsupervised. Today any kid alone on the beach is harassed by the lifeguards. Both of my parents worked. I was left alone or in the care of one of my older brothers. The wonderful childhood I had is not permitted a kid today. Everybody has become Gladys Kravitz. I saw a story where some moron called the cops because they saw an adult male holding a little girl's hand. It turned out to be a father and daughter! Many men are now afraid to publicly display affection to their kids because some idiot somewhere will assume that they are pedophiles.

   I raised my sons with as much freedom as I could give them but nowadays even giving your kid freedom to play in the  park while you read a book on the bench will get you labeled as a neglectful parent. I don't know what the cause is but  it is very sad indeed.

No they wouldn't (aren't blanket statements fun?). I grew up in a beach resort town and lifeguarded there for years. We were busy, you know, keeping people safe (and returning lost children/parents that came to us for assistance). As a kid, I'd skate/bike/walk with my friends to the beach (by ourselves) to spend the day there, by ourselves. Never hassled.


I'm just pointing out the difference in time frames between what he said and what you said in rebuttal. You know, today being the present and everything you said being the past.
 
2014-07-21 02:48:59 PM
I was in Montreal recently and everywhere I turned, there were kids running around unsupervised.  Some kid was running around a fountain by himself.  Another was racing down a pedestrian walkway in Old Montreal with no parent in sight.  A couple of kids, probably 6-8, were blocks ahead of any adult, running towards a horse & carriage to pet the horse.  In the mall, some kid was gawking at a shop window and his father was walking away calling, "Bye, Evan.  Hope you have money for the train."  Every time, I fairly freaked out.  Where the hell were the parents?  How could that father leave his son like that?

And then I realized that, each time, the parent was just a little ways off, watching intently.  I'm the first one to harangue freakin' helicopter parents but that stupid, constant fear of "something" happening to a child had apparently been drilled into me, too.  All these stray kids in Montreal?  Nothing happened to them.  Evan toddled off to catch up with his father, those kids got to pet a horse, the one racing down the mall in Old Montreal was playing tag w/his father--they were having fun.  And here I was, some stupid American busy-body, who nearly ruined it because our society has turned us all into sheep.
 
2014-07-21 02:49:19 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: xanadian: It's only a "different time" because we made it so.

AMEN!

A  while back this story popped up here. I was astounded. We (my buddies and I) grew up on the banks of a creek* that meandered through our neighborhood and it was all we could do to NOT ride our bikes back there, catch turtles, frogs, snakes, shoot our BB guns at squirrels, come across older kids smoking grass or getting laid...the list goes on and on. Hell we even blocked up the creek one summer with a dam that was big enough to get the county's attention. They sent a crew back in the woods to tear it down to restore the flow of the creek! I can't imagine any of that going on today in white bread suburban Houston. Snowflakes like the ones in McKinney might get a scrape on their knee! What happened?

*Here's some information on the history of the land surrounding the creek. We knew Mrs. Moore but never knew the history of her land.


I read your comment without clicking the links, and assumed the 2nd link would tell me a story of a redneck serial killer that lived in a creepy cabin in the woods (possibly an indian burial ground) and prayed on children.  Thus making a stronger argument about how kids these days are way over-protected.

I felt kind of let down when the actual story was pretty much the opposite of that.
 
2014-07-21 02:49:20 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: I grew up in a small town. Actually, I grew up several miles outside of a small town. We made pipe bombs, and blew shiat up out in the woods. We played "mailbox baseball". We did donuts on the football field at the high school. We TP'd our teacher's house. We poured dish detergent in the public fountain of the rich neighborhood (along with some food coloring...for effect). We'd probably be sent to Gitmo as terrorists, in this day and age...

Also...THANK GOD YouTube didn't exist when I was a teenager.


You sound like an asshole. I'm glad kids playing "mailbox baseball" would go to jail today.
 
2014-07-21 02:50:38 PM
We used to blow up little army men with firecrackers when I was like, ten.  I think that would be frowned upon now.... But kids always seemed to have firecrackers in the summer.  It was a law, I think.  And sparklers.  In California you can't even get real sparklers anymore, just those stupid wooden morning glory things.
 
2014-07-21 02:50:41 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Sin_City_Superhero: I grew up in a small town. Actually, I grew up several miles outside of a small town. We made pipe bombs, and blew shiat up out in the woods. We played "mailbox baseball". We did donuts on the football field at the high school. We TP'd our teacher's house. We poured dish detergent in the public fountain of the rich neighborhood (along with some food coloring...for effect). We'd probably be sent to Gitmo as terrorists, in this day and age...

Also...THANK GOD YouTube didn't exist when I was a teenager.

You sound like an asshole. I'm glad kids playing "mailbox baseball" would go to jail today.


You sound like an asshole.
 
2014-07-21 02:50:42 PM
Sometimes I'll turn the police scanner on and can't believe what people are calling the cops for.
*  a suspicions  car is parked on the street for 10 minutes.
* a couple is having an argument outside.
* kids are hanging out at the park.
* kids are riding bikes on the sidewalk.
* kids are playing basketball on the street.

It goes on and on, man get a life.
 
2014-07-21 02:51:22 PM
the weirder thing about this shift is it didn't even take that long, there's going to be some geezers in here talking about how great their childhood/teens in the 60s and 70s was but even if you were a kid in the 90s it wasn't so structured and filled pants shiatting fear, my older nieces and nephews all had a very similar childhood to mine. I guess 9/11 did change everything!
 
2014-07-21 02:53:03 PM
Heads Up:  Everything is now illegal and can get you arrested. Charges can be modified and altered from established law to suit the DA or the Judge.

In case you didn't know
 
2014-07-21 02:53:20 PM
Because I'm not allowed to beat the tar out of the little shiats for stepping on my lawn.
 
2014-07-21 02:53:20 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: I grew up in a small town. Actually, I grew up several miles outside of a small town. We made pipe bombs, and blew shiat up out in the woods. We played "mailbox baseball". We did donuts on the football field at the high school. We TP'd our teacher's house. We poured dish detergent in the public fountain of the rich neighborhood (along with some food coloring...for effect). We'd probably be sent to Gitmo as terrorists, in this day and age...

Also...THANK GOD YouTube didn't exist when I was a teenager.


I think I'll plead the 5th.
 
2014-07-21 02:53:20 PM

akya


assumed the 2nd link would tell me a story of a redneck serial killer that lived in a creepy cabin in the woods (possibly an indian burial ground) and prayed on children.


Damn religious weirdos.
 
2014-07-21 02:53:26 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: I grew up in a small town. Actually, I grew up several miles outside of a small town. We made pipe bombs, and blew shiat up out in the woods. We played "mailbox baseball". We did donuts on the football field at the high school. We TP'd our teacher's house. We poured dish detergent in the public fountain of the rich neighborhood (along with some food coloring...for effect). We'd probably be sent to Gitmo as terrorists, in this day and age...

Also...THANK GOD YouTube didn't exist when I was a teenager.


(In best Scruffy the janitor voice ) second
 
2014-07-21 02:53:52 PM
Currently, I'm forty one.

When I was..oh, seven or 8, my mother would shoo me and my sister and younger brother out of the house in the summer time and tell us not to come back in until dark.  We had free reign to go wherever in the neighborhood.

Down the street a few blocks was a large park with an open field next door for model plane enthusiasts.

Down the street in the other direction was an monitored railroad track that my older brother often used to destroy things like couches and refrigerators and shiat like that.  He told me that he was determined to cause a derailment.

Behind the house was a large long drainage ditch that was at least 4 feet deeper than I was taller and we often swam in it when it rained heavily and the thing filled up.

I can't count the number of times that complete strangers, adults and kids, would end up striking up conversations with me and my siblings while we watched the planes or sat in the bleachers and watched the ball game.

And in all of this, we often got into fights with each other, the neighboring kids, the 'enemy' kids from the block across from the drainage canal.  Blood was split regularly.  Mom would check and make sure we weren't dying and then patch us up and send us back out.

We often fell off our bikes with similar results.

Houston, Texas.  The North East side.  Not the ghetto, but you could see the ghetto from where we were.

No one died.  No parents freaked out.  Kids could be missing for a while and the worst thing that happened would be that they'd get their ass beat when they came home.  And god help you if you were caught doing something wrong by a neighboring adult, because they'd beat your ass on the spot and then drag you home so dad could beat your ass in front of him to show that you got what you had coming.

I can't imagine trying to be a kid in today's micro-managed world of terrified adults, both parents and otherwise, terrified of each other being child abusers and the nameless faceless threats that people use to keep kids muzzled and locked away from the world.
 
2014-07-21 02:53:52 PM

haemaker: Step 1: Have anyone who even looks at your child arrested and put on the sex offenders list.
Step 2: Assuming every adult, everywhere, is a potential sex offender, call the police for any child left unattended.
Step 3: ????
Step 4: PROFIT!

/STRANGER DANGER! STRANGER DANGER!


Step 3 is jail/fines/fees, that's why step 4 happens
 
2014-07-21 02:53:55 PM
I'd leave at 10 in the morning but be home by 6 because my mom was a great cook.
 
2014-07-21 02:54:30 PM

Clemkadidlefark: Heads Up:  Everything is now illegal and can get you arrested. Charges can be modified and altered from established law to suit the DA or the Judge.

In case you didn't know


I have altered the deal, pray I do not alter it any further.
 
2014-07-21 02:54:54 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'm pretty sure EVERYTHING I did in my childhood is illegal now


Just about everything I did as a child was illegal back then too.  I was a horrible child.  At least the only people that got hurt was me and my dumb buddies
 
2014-07-21 02:55:24 PM
these laws are in place to protect all of us

kids are just awful today and are all on the prowl looking for the nearest innocent adult to cajole into playing the choking game.  they're all into light bondage and just asking to be molested.  it's sick.

shoot stray children on sight
 
2014-07-21 02:55:30 PM
When I was a kid, I had access to:

A burn barrel, matches, and kerosene (hell, I got paid to burn feed bags)
Bladed implements such as hatchets, axes, scythes, and machetes. Also, sledgehammers
Cutting torch
Arc Welder
ATV
Skid Steer
Tractors
Shotguns
Rifles

I would get reprimanded by my father and grandfather if I didn't have my pen-knife on me.

Also, I was exposed to augers, PTO shafts, and various other forms of uncovered machinery on a daily basis.

I had free roam of 300 acres.  Cornfields, trees, cliffs, creeks, railroad tracks, barns, paved county road (we were fancy!).  This with the ATV mentioned above made for some fun times.  A fun pastime was hanging a rope around a high branch of a tree (say, 50 ft up), making a handle out of a stick and tying it to one end of the rope, and then tying the other end to the four wheeler.  Made a nice "elevator".

Yet somehow, growing up on a farm for 18 years, I made it to adulthood with all my limbs and digits.  I do have a few scars though.

/was driving a truck around the farm when I was 10
//yes, the road counted as part of the farm.
 
2014-07-21 02:55:56 PM
The author is right but for the wrong reasons.  There isn't the community available to help watch over your kids like there used to be, but it has nothing to do with socialism or the lack of interest in church.  It has everything to do with technology.  As air conditioning has improved, along with electronic distractions, we are no longer an outdoor society.  How many friends do you have on facebook?  How many friends do you have in your neighborhood?  How many neighbors do you even know by name?

To blame this change on America's move away from religion, is ignorant.  Even when we all attended church, they were not the same churches.  Small towns could have dozens, if not hundreds of congregations to choose from, and more than likely, you and your neighbors attended someplace else.  However, when you had to go outside to hang your clothes from a line, rather then place them in a dryer, or you had a garden, because local HOA nazis who filed letters against you for not having a lawn instead had yet to be invented, there was more a community in those things.
 
2014-07-21 02:56:14 PM
Gracy Olmstead, in a very smart article for The American Conservative, says that all of this waning of society and waxing of the state was predicted by communitarian libertarian Robert Nisbet:

Aaaaaand here we finally find the motive for this missive: It's the Fartbongo socialist commie welfare nanny state that's at fault! Certainly not because of all the Soccer Moms who will whip out their phones and speed-dial 911 if you so much as even look at one of their precious snowflakes. Oh nosirree!
 
2014-07-21 02:56:15 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Matrix Flavored Wasabi: Delawheredad: As an old Farker I can only say it has gotten worse. When I was a kid I ran through the DDT truck's smoke trail. I went to the beach unsupervised. Today any kid alone on the beach is harassed by the lifeguards. Both of my parents worked. I was left alone or in the care of one of my older brothers. The wonderful childhood I had is not permitted a kid today. Everybody has become Gladys Kravitz. I saw a story where some moron called the cops because they saw an adult male holding a little girl's hand. It turned out to be a father and daughter! Many men are now afraid to publicly display affection to their kids because some idiot somewhere will assume that they are pedophiles.

   I raised my sons with as much freedom as I could give them but nowadays even giving your kid freedom to play in the  park while you read a book on the bench will get you labeled as a neglectful parent. I don't know what the cause is but  it is very sad indeed.

No they wouldn't (aren't blanket statements fun?). I grew up in a beach resort town and lifeguarded there for years. We were busy, you know, keeping people safe (and returning lost children/parents that came to us for assistance). As a kid, I'd skate/bike/walk with my friends to the beach (by ourselves) to spend the day there, by ourselves. Never hassled.

I'm just pointing out the difference in time frames between what he said and what you said in rebuttal. You know, today being the present and everything you said being the past.


Except that he's twelve. And he's describing last summer. So.
 
2014-07-21 02:56:33 PM
I was a relatively good kid, grew up out in the country on a farm, and even I knew that some of what I was doing then was illegal, mostly because when I got caught my parents would read me the riot act.

//In lieu of a potato gun, I made a catapult with my kids.
 
2014-07-21 02:57:14 PM
Oh what an innocent time the 80's were. When small children could ride in the front of monorails with the conductor, pilot jungle cruises, meet airplane captains and get wings of their very own, pet stingrays and dolphins, walk to the bus stop, go to the movies and sit with their dads at the bar.

/ we lived in a golden age
 
2014-07-21 02:58:26 PM

meat0918


//In lieu of a potato gun, I made a catapult with my kids.


Nice!

Most people would use lumber to make such a thing.
 
2014-07-21 02:58:27 PM

Headso: the weirder thing about this shift is it didn't even take that long, there's going to be some geezers in here talking about how great their childhood/teens in the 60s and 70s was but even if you were a kid in the 90s it wasn't so structured and filled pants shiatting fear, my older nieces and nephews all had a very similar childhood to mine. I guess 9/11 did change everything!


I do not think it is the result of 9/11 but the result of the 24 hour news cycle and social media allowing everyone to ratchet up the fear.

I things I see on face book are mind boggling when it comes tithe fear that is being created and which hs become self perpetrating.
 
2014-07-21 02:58:32 PM

factoryconnection: Our neighborhoods are more internally isolated, these conservatives say, because of liberals leaning on the state and shunning church.

It definitely couldn't be because of wage stagnation that demands both parents work, be pinched for time with little or no PTO, all while having little-to-no job security which keeps people from homesteading and establishing that network of trusted neighbors and friends.  It isn't because conservatives have pushed the notion of a horror-filled society filled with "others" lurking in the shadows ready to rob/kidnap/rape/kill/listen to rap music with our loved ones.  Certainly things were better for kids back when we had the church community to look out for them; I can't remember anything of note that happened in large numbers nationwide to kids of my and previous generations under the watchful eye of the church, and certainly nothing that was casually ignored by the village of fellow parishoners.

No, it is because liberals.


Amazing how you blamed everything o conservatives. Who says politics arent religion, you sure found your own devil.
 
2014-07-21 02:58:51 PM
I think it all boils down to common sense.  My parents left me in the car occasionally, but not with the windows rolled up and locked in.  Mom would leave us (we kuvedin the country) to go to town, but she didn't go hit the bars while we stayed home without supper like a lot of these parents today are doing.  I used to answer the door and not worry, now, even though my door is usually unlocked, I hesitate to open it to a stranger just because of all the crap I read every day.  I know a lot of it is just more available than it ever was but it sure does wear on the psyche.
 
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