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Dude, You Got Your Kid Tattooed???

By Crystal Arcand on October 8th, 2009

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“Crystal’s Soapbox,” published each Thursday, is a column by conservative Texas mom Crystal Arcand who loves to rant about issues that relate to her kids….and yours.

According to Enrique Gonzalez, his seven-year-old son begged for a tattoo to “be like you, Daddy” when he took him along to a friend’s house to get his own tattoo of a paw print on his chest. Why a paw print? It’s the insignia for the notorious Bulldogs gang in Fresno, California. It was originally reported that Enrique held the boy down while Travis Gorman forcibly inked a paw print on his hip. Now a supposed eyewitness is saying that the boy wasn’t held down.  It doesn’t really matter to me whether or not the boy was held down. Here’s the crux of the matter: a man had a tattoo put on his seven-year-old son. Not just any tattoo – a gang tattoo, mind you.

Okay, it’s one thing to have tattoos on Barbies, which I don’t like anyway. But as if that wasn’t enough for parents to battle in today’s society, we now have to worry about parents getting tattoos on their own kids? You know the saying about you have to have a license to hunt and fish but not to have kids? This guy is what perpetuates that saying. I mean, come on. Who “lets” a seven-year-old get a tattoo?

And don’t get me started on the fact that it’s a gang tattoo. Oh, wait, nevermind – Mama’s all riled up now. According to prosecutors, the tattoo is a “recruitment tool that furthers the gang’s criminal enterprise.” Essentially, the kid is now a walking billboard for his father’s gang. And not just any gang. The Bulldogs are notorious around Fresno, with the police there on a constant crackdown of the criminal activities of the gang. This sounds like the plot of a movie. Sadly, it’s not. These are real people in a real gang permanently marking the body of a child. Technically, it constitutes aggravated mayhem, which carries a life sentence.  Instead, a judge on Friday charged them “with willful cruelty to a child with a gang enhancement,” which carries a sentence of approximately seven years and eight months.

How about a charge of “absolutely idiotic parenting” with a sentence of sterilization to help clean up the gene pool?

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“The bouncy repetition and colorful artwork found in Eric Carle’s bear books makes them a perfect fit for our Kohl’s Cares for Kids program,” said Julie Gardner, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Kohl’s Department Stores. “At a time when people are looking for value, customers can affordably enjoy these classic books and plush bears while knowing that Kohl’s donates 100 percent of the net profits to help children in the community.” Nationally, Kohl’s Cares for Kids benefits more than 150 hospitals. From the program’s inception in 2000, Kohl’s has turned $5 merchandise into more than $102 million for children’s initiatives nationwide while providing books for millions of eager readers, as well as loveable plush. web site kohls coupons printable

“This is a partnership that works on every level. It is truly heartening to know that Kohl’s Cares for Kids has directly touched the lives of so many children,” said Joan Blanski, SVP Global Brand Management, Chorion for The World of Eric Carle. “It’s perfectly in keeping with Eric Carle’s passion for enriching the lives of young children.” In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl’s Cares for Kids features the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, which will recognize young volunteers with more than $300,000 in scholarships and prizes this year; the A-Team Program, which encourages associate volunteerism and provides grants to youth-focused nonprofit organizations; and fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations.

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