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Kids on planes

Posted April 29, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

Tracey Spicer debuted with a cracking blog at BT yesterday. I disagreed with every word, but by God you can't disagree with the traffic stats. So I replied.

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pi is gonna tell you...

Posted April 29, 2014

Trace wins tha interwebs. That's some serious traffic there.

But seriously... I think she's watching a little bit too much foxnews.

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Halwes ducks in to say...

Posted April 29, 2014

I was thinking exactly the same thing although I always carry earplugs on flights anyway. One particularly good bit of earplug work was on a flight from Brisbane to Cairns last year. As I saw a family with very small children and a baby moving towards me, I held my breath and hoped that they fucked off further up the back but no such luck. They sat right next to me across the aisle. I'd had a huge night on the piss and pot at Albion Park trots followed up by a pockets emptying trip to the casino and had had no sleep at all. I was rooted, in a comatose kind of way, and could barely keep my eyes open. Until of course, as we taxied out, the baby decides to start screaming it's head off. I reached into my pocket and took out my earplugs while surrounding passengers looked on enviously. The baby was screaming all the way to Cairns ( poor little bugger) but I was able to doze all the way with the baby screaming right next to my ear. The mother apologised when we got to Cairns but I wasn't affected at all. Actually I was well enough to hit the Reef casino for the afternoon session. It is sad though that we are all considered pedophiles. I've looked after little kids all my life. My own kids friends have always been safe at our house as have my grandkids friends. Years of service for youth groups and school councils counts for nothing though when somebody who doesn't know you sees you talking to a child and yells "dirty old man" I love the snotty little brats though. Just not when I'm flying.

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Murphy swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 29, 2014

Nice of her to get that crack in there about Kansas and child molesters. But did the flight really originate in Kansas?

Or did it originate in Missouri? Because folks outside of the Midwest fuck up that Kansas City thing all the time by assuming that Kansas City is completely in Kansas.

Just sayin'.

And yeah, it is sexist. It is the sort of crap I get to deal with at the pool when I lifeguard. Why, I must be there for reasons other than the need for a job and this silly notion that I enjoy saving lives.

That said, yes, please move the screaming, mewling little monster to a holding cell at the back of the plane. Preferably a soundproofed one and pour me a couple of doubles neat, even if it is that colored water they call Jack Daniels.

Thanks.

Murph

On the Outer Marches

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Lulu has opinions thus...

Posted April 29, 2014

This is just what airlines do. One idiot tried to bomb a plane with explosives in his footwear, and the next time I went through Heathrow I had to take my shoes off in security, exposing embarrassing sock-holes. We're all treated like potential terrorists because of one (thanfully unsuccesful) attempt. I could manage some retrospective outrage but really I can't be bothered.

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Blarkon mutters...

Posted April 29, 2014

It's not just kids on planes - our society doesn't trust kids around men.

Halwes reckons...

Posted April 29, 2014

I think Ms Spicer is right in one regard though. Most child abusers are men. Society doesn't trust us anymore because many of our fellow men are letting the side down and the rest of us are too spooked by the ridiculous legal system to take the appropriate action against them. I think it's time that we, as men, started dealing with these mongrels harshly and without any sympathy. Proven child sexual abuse should be a death penalty offence in my opinion but it never will be so we need to act ourselves. Does Daniel Morcombes killer, who seriously abused a young boy and left him to die a year before he killed Daniel, deserve to live.? I say no.

Quokka puts forth...

Posted April 29, 2014

Society may have a valid point. I was raised by a single father after my mother died & just look how I turned out.

Blarkon is gonna tell you...

Posted April 29, 2014

Stats are that the most likely killer of a child under 5 is the child's mother. It's not a figure that comes out much because it doesn't fit our cultural narrative about "mothers being safe". Certainly not something that Spicer is willing to consider.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2174580/

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Dave W asserts...

Posted April 29, 2014

Sadly, it's a different Dave, W.

Cheers,

Dave W.

Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted April 29, 2014

Wow, tried to move him away from his own kids.

What fuckwits.

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Shifty Tourist swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 29, 2014

"Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfucking kids on this motherfucking plane!"

- Samuel L. Jackson, Kids on a Plane 2: Open wide for the Aeroplane Mother Fucker., (Released Christmas 2012)

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Transcient reckons...

Posted April 29, 2014

True, the whole thing has left me pretty distressed - the idea that assumptions could be made about me based purely on my gender and age.

damian would have you know...

Posted May 3, 2014

There's a sort of penny-dropping sound in there somewhere isn't there? :)

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Halwes puts forth...

Posted April 30, 2014

Two kids attacked in Queensland today. Police still looking for the attacker. Societies get judged on how they treat their young people and their old people. At the moment we don't seem to be looking after either too well.

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Steve is gonna tell you...

Posted May 3, 2014

Try being a male primary school teacher. Those poor guys not only have to deal with everyone elses' brats, they also get to be called weirdos and paedophiles behind their back and to their face.

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