Jul 7, 2011

Caution -- This Blog Will Offend

I mean it. This one is going to piss some people off.  I know it, and I'm writing it anyway.  If you don't like it, I suggest you don't read it and you can save your nasty comments because I don't care. This is my blog -- you can go write your dissenting opinion on your own blog.

Neener Neener Neener.

Caylee Anthony is dead. D.E.A.D. And no amount of porch light flickering, horn honking, candlelight vigils or status updates are going to change this sad fact. Keeping the balloon floating by posting a picture of a dead baby that you don't even know isn't going to change a damn thing. There will be no "Facebook Posts Reincarnate Dead Child" happening here.  Turning your porch light on isn't a tribute -- it's a waste of electricity.  And wherever Caylee Anthony is -- your porch light isn't affecting her one way or another.

I seriously wonder about my Facebook "friends" whose pages have been filled with posts about Caylee Anthony.  What is your interest here? Is it because it's the leading story on the network news and, like lemmings, you're jumping off the cliff of outrage they're spouting?  Because, honestly, changing your goddamn Facebook status (when you're not busy playing Farmville and liking your friend's 4th of July parade photos) isn't making an ounce of difference in the life and death of that child. Not a bit.

Yes, Casey Anthony was acquitted. Yes, that probably sucks. But our justice system is what it is and all of your outrage isn't going to make a lick of difference to Ms. Anthony either. She's going to make an absolute fortune on media appearances, book deals, and interviews. She's going to be on the cover of People magazine. She's going to talk to Oprah. Her defense attorneys will be interviewed by Larry King or Geraldo or whoever manages to secure the booking. And that's just the way it is. We're the culture who's made an international star out of someone whose only claim to fame was being peed on by Brandy's brother. And Casey Anthony is now a celebrity. Deal with it.

God bless America.

Casey Anthony is an attractive white woman who likely walked away from the murder of her adorable 2 year old white child and she is going to make fucking bank on the tragedy.  Your Facebook and Twitter outrage does nothing except tell the media organizations that our interest is skyrocketing and they should pay all KINDS of money to get Ms. Anthony on their show. Right fucking now.

In my hometown another adorable white female child went missing just over a week ago.  Only this time, we're talking about a 4 month old infant.  Katherine Shelbie Elizabeth Phillips was abducted, allegedly by her father.  He is now in custody but he's not talking.  And the baby has not been found.  Her Amber Alert can be found here.

Sad. Incredibly, terribly, awfully, heartbreakingly sad.

However, since this happened I think I've read about 500 posts on my Facebook about find Baby Katie, pray for Baby Katie, hugs for Baby Katie. No. Just. No. Baby Katie is not going to be found by your Facebook status. Baby Katie is going to be found if you get your ass away from your computer and join the damn search and rescue crew. Walk the fields. Search the woods. DO something.

And for every idiot that posts "Our prayers will help keep Baby Katie alive" I want to scream, "NO THEY WON'T!!!"  Yeah, yeah, yeah. The power of prayer.  I hate to break it to you, but your prayer is not going to keep a four-month-old infant alive. Food, water, shelter... those are what keep four-month-old infants alive. There's only one way that this ends happy -- the father passed the child off to someone else to care for and the authorities eventually track that person down. But if he left this child out in the elements -- she's gone. And all the Facebook status updates in the world aren't going to change that.

2,185 children are reported missing every day. Three to five children are murdered every day by their parents. And yet, I haven't seen a single report where a Facebook status or Tweet has found any of them, or convicted any of their murderers. So -- let's stop with all the hysteria, stop being lemmings, and do something that actually matters.

You want to do something? You want to help? Try here:

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The National Vigil for Hope -- A national coalition to bring more awareness to missing children and adults.

Angel's Wings Air Search and Rescue

Child Find of America

Or simply Google "Help Find Missing Children" to see what you can do.

I guarantee -- not one of them suggest "change your Facebook status" or "Turn your porch light on".


  1. THANK YOU for saying what i've been thinking all week. i feel awful for baby kate's family - but if you really wanna help - join the tired, thirsty people out on millerton road scouring the woods for a four month old. then you can say you did something about it. phew!

  2. I agree with you completely. I'm headed to Facebook right now to post about it.

    I'm all seriousness, people have taken the idea of simply saying something to a few as a replacement for doing something. If you care, you act. The internet does not change that.