Lingering Thoughts of the Past Week

A few stories in the news piqued my interest this past week.

One was the story of the eventual death of a 2-year old toddler who, a week earlier, was run over by not one, but two vans in China and left in the street to die while 18 bystanders rode or walked by before someone finally stopped and picked her up.  There were cameras in the street that recorded the whole incident.

In the story following the toddler’s death, questions were raised about the decline in morality in China and whether the lack of Good Samaritan laws, insulating those who help others, was the cause for this bizarre behavior.  Apparently, a few years back, someone helped an old lady who had fallen and she went on to accuse the neighborly guy of knocking her down.

Whatever the reason, the indifference to the plight of a 2-year old child lying in the street after being hit by two vans is beyond understanding.

Was it indifference?  Now, I can’t name one thing I’m indifferent about.  I’m passionately in favor of something or similarly opposed to it.  I think my husband is a bit of a flatliner because, except for his family and friends, he’s usually indifferent about most things.  Unlike me, he chooses very carefully how to expend his energy.  But, when we saw the initial reports of this, I’ll call it was it is, murder, even my husband was appalled at the lack of compassion.

I guess sociologists and psychologists would have a field day trying to figure out what happened on that street inFoshan, China.  For me, I’m actually not surprised.  Knowing about China’s demonic forced abortion, sterilization and one-child policies, I’m surprised this little girl was even born and survived to be 2 years old.  When a country places no value on human life, what can you expect from her citizens?

The second story involved a Zanesville zoo whose owner committed suicide after opening the cages of dozens of animals, allowing Bengal tigers, lions, bears and monkeys to get loose and terrorize the citizens of the small town inOhio.  I read that most of the animals had to be killed.

Just a few days before, the always clueless Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Democrat from Texas, made some controversial statements on the floor of the House in opposition to the Protect Life Act (which, thankfully, passed the House despite her no vote).  She referred to a fetus’ heartbeats as “sounds” and referred to abortion as a “necessary action.”

I was appalled by her statements.  Only a couple of weeks ago, a young woman joyfully showed me the ultrasound picture of the twins she’s carrying and even told me the number of their heartbeats.  Never once during our conversation did she refer to those heartbeats as “sounds” nor did she refer to her babies as “fetuses.”

At the time of the zoo catastrophe, many people were horrified that most of the animals had to be killed.  I read a couple of tweets from two celebrities, guitarist, Slash, and Dancing with the Stars judge, Carrie Ann Inaba (something I probably shouldn’t do but I get a news feed from E! Online which keeps me current on the lives and happenings of mostly useless people).

Slash wrote, “I get the situation, but there’s no way it was totally necessary to exterminate 49 loose exotic animals inOhio.”  Carrie Ann Inaba wrote, “So upset about what happened in OHIO!!! I think they could have tried a little harder to save the animals. It wasn’t their fault. :(“ and later wrote, “Still so sad about all the loss of life today…”

I checked back on their twitter accounts to the 13th of October when Jackson Lee made her vile comments and neither Slash nor Carrie Ann Inaba had anything to say about those remarks.

I’m sure someone will write and say they – Slash and Inaba – didn’t even know about Jackson Lee’s comments.  Well, they’re probably right, but I think the Act, which passed by a bipartisan vote of 251-172 to amend Obamacare to include protections against federal tax funding of abortion and strengthened conscience rights for health care providers, is a teensy bit more important than animals roaming loose in the Ohio countryside.  But that’s just me.

I’m not going to hold my breath, but I think it would be refreshing if just once, a celebrity wrote, “There’s no way it was totally necessary to exterminate 54 million babies since 1973” or “still so sad about all the loss of life today” after reading that there were over 1,500 abortions performed today.  But like I said, I’m not holding my breath.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Chief

    I have always believed that people are more concerned with animals because animals don’t require the type of nurturing and commitment children require. I have no interest in ever visiting China and this just solidified my resolve.

  • robin in fl

    and just think how terrible things could be if people were “forced” to give birth to children they do NOT want!

    also I do not believe abortion issue is at the top of most peoples list now a days with all the other issues to worry about and since the average person I know doesn’t even know anyone who has had an abortion in decades (if they know anyone at all) ,whereas most people do have pets and seem to relate to animal stories for whatever reason….

  • Gena Taylor

    God bless you, Ms Salazar – because you do get it and you put it out there where people can no longer ignore it. Bless you, bless you, and bless you again.

  • Florida Jim

    The entire agenda of those in favor of abortion has been led by 60’s radicals who used abortion as birth control, plain and simple. The clouded language and reasoning surrounding abortion falls flat when “abortion as birth control” is stated.
    “Let’s have sex with as many as possible and use abortion if needed” that is their plan.

  • Ken Besig, Israel

    Life has become very cheap in many parts of the world, there are even Islamic leaders who publicly proclaim that they are greater than their enemies because they embrace death while their non Moslem enemies embrace life.

  • Ron F

    I also wonder about the lack of compassion but if we were raised in China under the same circumstances would we react differently. I am of German heritage. I always wonder about how so many Germans bought into the Nazi propoganda and if I had grown up in pre World War II Germany, would I also have been a Nazi. Look at what has gone on in this country with slavery and the treatment of Native Americans. We all think it is terrible today but would we feel the same way if we grew up where it was the accepted norm? And look at the acceptance of abortion today.

  • Teddi

    I agree that the Ohio and China stories have different aspects to them. But when I heard about both of the stories, my response was the same. I was saddened. Whether it is an animal or a person, each has life of value. What is shocking is how far people have removed themselves from emotionally responding and turning away. I realize not everyone is void of compassion. For those that are, it really makes you wonder how humans, who are equipped for empathy, have gotten to that place of not responding.

  • Leona Salazar

    As a follow up to this story, I just read that another child in China, 5 year old Xiong Maoke, died after he was hit by a truck, whose driver proceeded to run over him again to make sure he was dead because it would be cheaper than having to pay his hospital bills.

    • Gena Taylor

      Well, I hope that driver got the usual punishment when something like that is made public over there, the bullet in the back of the head, which the surviving family members are then billed for.

  • Ron F

    I do not see a connection between celebrities saying something about animals that were killed and not saying something about a House of Representatives vote on amending the health care bill regarding abortions. As far as I know, the Senate hasn’t voted on the bill yet and we know it will be vetoed if it gets out of the Senate. I don’t think most people knew about the vote and the animal release dominated the news for one day. The fact that I care about both does not mean I think anyone else should. I do not think caring about one and not the other is inconsistent. I think life begins at conception but I understand that others disagree. In addition, I don’t think most people follow legislation. It seems to me that a lot of people are distancing themselves from politics and are avoiding it. Finally, my guess is that 99% of all of your readers would not have known what Slash and Carrie Ann Inaba said if they had not read your article. I did not know who Carrie Ann Inaba is until I read the article.

    • Leona Salazar

      Well, then, it does say something about the lame stream media when animals take over the news headlines but unborn babies do not.

      • Ron F


        I usually agree with you about the media but I think 50 wild animals being let loose from a wild animal park was a legitimate news story and deserved the coverage that it received. I can also understand why a bill approved in the House, but not yet passed in the Senate would not receive the same coverage.

        • Gena Taylor

          I do not believe Ms Salazar was speaking as much about the news stories as about the response to the stories. The celebrities bemoaning the deaths of the animals while ignoring altogether that 1500 unborn babies were killed that same day. And that was very clear when you read Ms Salazar’s article, to make her story out to have been about the value or newsworthiness of the vote versus the death of the animals is totally off the mark of what she had written.

          • Ron F

            The comment was not about the article but responding to her reply about the mainstream media.

  • therealguyfaux

    It surprises me that as far as pro-life celebs go, you didn’t mention Patricia Heaton. If she has a Twitter feed, maybe you should follow that one instead of the Slash/Carrie Ann Inaba feed that you currently get.

    • Leona Salazar

      Fortunately, I don’t follow Slash or Carrie Ann Inaba; I just looked up their tweets to see if they commented about Jackson Lee’s statements. I’ll check out Patricia Heaton though. Thanks very much.

  • Glen Stambaugh

    A celeb comment supporting right to birth would truly be a couragous stand. They can espouse animal rights and enjoy high regard from all with no social risk. Your comparison is apt.

  • social conservative

    I believe that one day our children will look back on our history of “abortion on demand” that has destroyed so many babies with the same shame that past generations have looked back on slavery, the holocaust and racial lynchings. They will not be able to comprehend how a culture could have remained silent while such a horrifying practice was common.