Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" - January 9, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Jan. 9

4:00 – Kresta Comments

4:20 – Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid a European Future
“We’re becoming like Europe.” This expression captures many Americans’ sense that something has changed in American economic life since the Great Recession’s onset in 2008: that an economy once characterized by commitments to economic liberty, rule of law, limited government, and personal responsibility has drifted in a distinctly “European” direction. Looking at their own society, Americans are increasingly asking themselves: “Is this our future?” Samuel Gregg is here to examine economic culture—the values and institutions that inform our economic priorities—to explain how European economic life has drifted in the direction of what Alexis de Tocqueville called “soft despotism,” and the ways in which similar trends are manifesting themselves in the United States. experience should serve as the proverbial canary in the coal mine.

5:00 – Kresta Comments

5:20 – The Steubenville Rape Atrocity and Cover-Up: How Do We Raise Kids to Do the Right Thing?
Steubenville, OH is now internationally known for two things: Franciscan and the traumatic rape of a 16-year-old Catholic High School girl, and alleged systematic cover-up by the public High School and civic authorities. The internet hacking group “Anonymous” recently released video of a young Catholic HS girl being kidnapped and raped by a group of public school football players who allegedly call themselves the "rape crew." Currently only 2 young men are being tried--as juveniles--despite the fact that it appears up to a dozen young men were involved and dozens more may have stood by and done nothing--or worse, took video while it was happening. How do we raise kids who can do the right thing? Who can protect themselves from these things happening to them? Who have the courage to be Christian heroes in the face of evil and say, "NO!" We talk to clinical psychologist Dr. Gregory Popcak.

1 comment:

  1. I cringed as i heard these boys involved with this rape and "entertainment taping" were referred to as "good kids". This is what our community called the boys that taped my daughter and her basketball team dressing and undressing in the school locker room for 3 months. When "tapings" were discoverd - one part of the video tape(s) we were granted access to see at the sheriff's department - that showed our daughter undressing several times - it was put together as a movie type video. Our Catholic school administrator, who is a priest, referred to it as "curiosity - like a peeping tom incident". Our County attorney referred to it as a "prank" and the whole community rallied to protect these young men. These boys were not expelled. They didn't even have to apologize to return to the school (thank God two of the five young men who were found guilty by the county did because of parent prompting). The school made no accomodations for these young women who were exposed (they had to continue using the boys locker room for home games). All in all - it was and still is a sad day for our predominantly "Catholic Community". Interesting note, when we expressed outward anger as to how this was handled, we were told by family members,administrators,etc. - that we were just bitter people! How even worse it is for Stubbenville. My heart goes out to the family (especially the young lady), and I am sincerely disgusted by the level of protection and cover up by the community of this tragic crime!