Monday, January 29, 2007

Oldsters at Risk from Greedy Middle-Aged Children

This from the Telegraph: "Greedy middle-aged sons and daughters are the people most likely to rob their parents of money, valuables and even their homes, according to a report today. The findings, published by Action on Elder Abuse, are based on a study of calls to the charity's helpline last year.

They show that far from the family being a haven for the elderly, many pensioners are victims of their close relatives' avarice and psychological cruelty. They are regarded as easy targets if they have disabilities or suffer dementia."

And yet people still promote assisted suicide as beneficial for the elderly. Ri-i-ight.


At January 30, 2007 , Blogger Jason Rennie said...

Apparently the first suspects when both parents in a family are killed are the kids as well. This behavior is just a different symptom of that.

I agree, given the utter contempt so many people have for the elderly the idea of assisted suicide for them is just idiotic. But why do you expect critical thinking or reasoning from these sorts of people ? They haven't shown a desire for it yet. Just getting their own way, as is typical of all proponents of moral evil according to J Budziszewski.

At January 30, 2007 , Blogger Wesley J. Smith said...

What I find amusing-and infuriating-is the lack of institutional memory. Media will editorialize about a story like this, and then two days later promote PAS, claiming that strick safeguards will protect against abuse and cause for concern is unwarranted.

At January 30, 2007 , Blogger T E Fine said...

The Fourth Commandment, from the OT:

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you.


2199: The fourth commandment is addressed expressly to children in their relationship to their father and mother, because this relationship is the most universal. ...It requires honor, affection, and gratitude toard elders and ancestors. ...Respecting this commandment provides, along with spiritual fruits, temporal fruits of peace and prsperity. Conversely, failure to observe it brings great harm to communities and to individuals.

Now, one may take what one wishes from the Biblical references and the references to spiritual fruits, or may take nothing at all. But doesn't it seem logical that a community formed of people who are respectful to each other and respectful to the elders, giving due deference and love to parents, and not being greedy, would be a stable community?

Isn't this bilge water about middle-aged children ripping their parents off a sign of the universal community starting to crumble? Shoudln't we be concerned about the "harm" mentioned there, that might backlash on the youngin's who are causing this mess in the first place?

At January 30, 2007 , Blogger T E Fine said...

Grr, left out something at the beginning of that - my apologies. It was SUPPOSED to say:

Dear all, I'm quoting something Biblical, please feel free to disagree with the quoted portion, as I'm directing this more toward like-minded folk, but feel free to take a peek and give opinions - I'm always happy to converse.


Your blog comment thing stinks. I type something, then realize I have to log in, so I go log in, and then whatever I typed is gone. Kill the blog! Kill the blog!

At January 30, 2007 , Blogger Wesley J. Smith said...

Blame Google, not me. And I keep trying to switch to the new beta version and it won't let me do it yet.

At January 30, 2007 , Blogger John Howard said...

I don't know about the problem Tabs is having (can't you just post and log in at the same time? Or do you switch users? When they switched Google accounts messed me up, I have the same username in blogger and google, but once I got it back to my blogger account, it works again)

one thing you should do though Wesley is change the time format on comments to that it displays the date, not just the time. (That is, unless you like it like that)

And yeah, the media ought to be slapped when they just reprint the same story line as last time, even if they just learned some new information that should cause them to rethink it.

At January 31, 2007 , Blogger T E Fine said...


When I first come to the Secondhand Smoke website and click to leave a comment, I get

1) A column to the left that has all the responses

2) A column to the right that has the place where you type your response at the top, a line beneath that which says, "Thsi blog does not allow anonymous comments," and a "Choose an identity" thingie. For some reason I cannot type my Username and Password in the spaces provided.

3) Under the Username and Password section is a little link that says, "Switched to the beta? Sign in with yoru Google Account." Every single time I have to click that link and sign in on a separate page, and if I typed anything before I sign in, whatever i typed was lost, unless I copied it and past after I'm logged on.

I've clicked the "remember me on this computer" box every time but it never does, and I have to sign in every time I come online.

I thought it was becuase I use AOHell but when I try opening the site with IE, it does the same thing. I don't have Netscape so I can't say what that would do.

Google hates me.


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