Mother Incarcerated for Getting 5-Year-Old Son Drunk

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AlchololYou hear a lot of stories in the news about irresponsible parents. Maybe they left their child unattended in a supermarket or left them in the car on a hot day with the windows rolled up, either way the parents are usually faced with some sort of punishment. Some of the more popular stories you hear about irresponsible parents tend to deal with parents providing alcohol to their kids and their friends at parties when they are underage. Well, in Australia, a mother has taken this form of irresponsible parenting to a whole new level by allowing her 5-year-old son to get drunk.

The idiot mentioned is Kylie Eastwood, 36, who was responsible for the intoxication of her 5-year-old son. According to the Herald Sun Newspaper, Eastwood gave her son at least four shots of a homemade grappa, a grape-based brandy. According to the boy’s father, Eastwood acquired the grappa from a friend’s house and brought it home with her. She then proceeded to encourage her son to drink shots of the grappa, cheering him on as he did so. According to the boy’s father, “I walked into the kitchen and saw my son with a shot glass to his lips.”

Police discovered that the grappa was 44% alcohol and that the boy had a blood-alcohol level of 0.09. This number is extremely ridiculous considering that people are considered too drunk to drive in Australia when they reach a blood-alcohol level of 0.05 and are considered too drunk to drive in the United States when they reach a blood-alcohol level of 0.08! Congratulations Mrs. Eastwood, you successfully intoxicated your 5-year-old son to the point where it is illegal for him to operate a motor vehicle in at least 2 countries, I hope you are proud.

Eastwood pleaded not guilty stating that she didn’t mean to harm her son (suuuure)  but Judge Margaret Rizkalla said that Eastwood knew what effects alcohol would have on the boy. Eastwood was sentenced to a meager eight months in jail for her crime, hardly a fair punishment if you ask me. It is unclear whether she still holds custody of the child. I honestly hope not.

I have heard a lot of dumb things in my life, but I have never heard of somebody knowingly intoxicating their 5-year-old son and cheering him on nonetheless. It disgusts me that people like this exist, and it greatly worries me that innocent children are in the “care” of such people. Yet another example that no matter how civilized you try to make this world, the wretched will always rear their ugly, disgusting heads. is news of, for and by SMBs!… The Small & Medium Business Magazine!

Kansas "Church" to Protest Elizabeth Edwards' Funeral

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Westboro Baptist ChurchFunerals are never easy. The loss of a close loved one is like losing a part of yourself. Typically the ones going through the funeral are surrounded by love, sympathy, compassion and caring people. However, while the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards, former Senator John Edwards’ late wife, will be filled with people who cared dearly about Elizabeth as well as those close to her, it will also be filled with hate, anger and the rants of the absurd.

The Westboro Baptist Church out of Kansas, which is known for picketing outside of the funerals of fallen soldiers, has released a statement saying that they will protest outside of the funeral of Edwards. The group plans on disrupting the funeral by saying that Edwards’ wife is quote “going to hell” for doubting her faith when her oldest son passed away in 1996.

Edwards, a political wife turned staunch advocate for affordable health care, passed away on Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer at the age of 61. The funeral is planned for tomorrow, December 11th, at the Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Edwards is then to be buried at the Oakwood Cemetery alongside her son Wade who passed away in a car accident at the age of 16.

In more absurd statements from representatives of the Westboro Baptist Church, “God heard self-absorbed Elizabeth as she rode the talk show circuit spewing blasphemy. Elizabeth Edwards and her faithless husband, John, lightly esteemed what they had. They coveted things that were not theirs and presumptuously thought they could control God.”

Like I mentioned above, the Westboro Baptist Church and its members, essentially the “extended family” of Pastor Fred Phelps, are no strangers to picketing funerals and are based in Topeka, Kansas. Members of the church planned on protesting a funeral in Indiana today of a fallen soldier killed in Afghanistan.

People are not sitting idly by while the “church” does this, however. The Supreme Court is currently deciding a case in which the father of a fallen soldier is suing the church after they protested his son’s funeral. The church members are defending themselves by saying they are only exercising their First Amendment Rights.

With the death of Elizabeth, John becomes the primary caretaker of the younger children of the family. According to ABC News, Edwards plans on moving back into the 28,000-square-foot mansion the couple built and once shared. John Edwards has thus far made no comments since his wife’s death.

Whatever this “church” claims to be, they are definitely not preaching the message of God. These radicals are a disgrace to the religion of Christianity and, in my opinion, a disgrace to humanity. If you want to see just how ridiculous the members of the Westboro Baptist Church really are, then check out this video of one of their members.


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