« Brevity is the soul of wisdom | Main | HELP WANTED: CDL Drivers Needed »

A modern-day horror story

Last week, the Boston Globe ran a touching story of a Hurricane Katrina refugee. Dionne White, 37, who was pregnant when she fled, gave birth to a son that she named "Cape Cod Bannister," or "C.C." for short.

But when you get past the aww factor, Ms. White turns out to be a poster child for just what the hell is wrong with so much of society today.

Ms. White's son, Cape Cod, is her thirteenth child. She had her first at the age of 15. By 18, she had three more, and the state took all of them and put them up for adoption.

So she learned her lesson. She had three more kids, and the state took those and put them up for adoption, too.

She tried to support herself, though. She had a brief career as a nursing assistant, but apparently found it more profitable to be a baby factory. She went on welfare, then got herself diagnosed as disabled through "depression" and got handouts for that, too.

She then met James Bannister, a guy 16 years her elder. They had a lot in common -- he was a longshoreman, but also collecting disabilty payments. And then they started popping out more kids. She tried birth control, but couldn't be bothered to take her pills regularly. The two had six more children together -- apparently that kept them so busy, they couldn't find the time to formalize their relationship and un-bastardize them.

Now her dream is a big house in Boston, for her and her 13 children (and, maybe, Mr. Bannister, on occasion). A big house, paid for by someone else (meaning you and me). Supported by someone else (again, meaning you and me). There'd be more children, too, supported by someone else (yes, you and me), but she's agreed to a tubal ligation once she's recovered from this latest birth. Maybe. Unless she changes her mind.

This piece in the Globe is the antithesis to the George Will piece I cited recently. Will gives a formula that, if followed, will prevent, mitigate, or alleviate a great deal of poverty in America today. But here we have the classic answer to Will:

Why bother?


TrackBack

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference A modern-day horror story:

» Darleen's Place linked with Quick Links - It's about the values Edition

Comments (22)

HA- Many happy returns Jay.... (Below threshold)
Paul:

HA- Many happy returns Jay.

P

Um... Paul? If you're imply... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

Um... Paul? If you're implying it's my birthday, you're almost three weeks early. But thanks.

And as far as "returns," could you take this woman back? Please?

At least she's in Massachusetts, and not up here in New Hampshire. There she oughta fit right in.

J.

You know, hearing a story l... (Below threshold)

You know, hearing a story like this makes me think that "poverty" in America should be made more like TRUE poverty. In nations where real, bonafide poverty exists, most of those 13 crumb-snatchers would have starved instead of growing up knowing they'll never have to lift a finger to earn a living.

Was that cruel? I guess taking food out of my childrens' mouths to feed all the little bastards one of these baby factories squirts out gets me a little testy.

It used to be pretty much accepted that poverty was unpleasant, uncomfortable, and generally something to be avoided, but every day there are more people making a comfortable living in it. If you need any evidence, look how many Escalades are parked in the "projects."

Her wish that her whole fam... (Below threshold)
Standlow:

Her wish that her whole family could be together in the nice big house illustrates Micheal Crichton's point in a recent speech that the greatest danger facing our world is the inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality.
For one thing, her 21 year old is already in prison, acoording to the full article. And that's just one thing.

Ms. White's son, Cape Co... (Below threshold)
penny:

Ms. White's son, Cape Cod, is her thirteenth child.

Loser. But, then the MSM wouldn't know a black loser if it was a snake and bit them in the face.

Ooops. I violated a MSM rule. Blacks can never be losers. Any pathologies demonstrated by a black is a human interest story. Whites in the same set of circumstances are safe to designate as losers.

The MSM can't die fast enough.

Never ceases to amaze me ho... (Below threshold)
Tim in PA:

Never ceases to amaze me how many people are on disability, yet able enough to fuck like rabbits. Seriously.

I run into all sorts of people in my job, and I'm apalled at how many people think they have some sort of fundamental right to "free" money from the government.

"It used to be pretty much ... (Below threshold)
Toby928:

"It used to be pretty much accepted that poverty was unpleasant, uncomfortable, and generally something to be avoided, but every day there are more people making a comfortable living in it."

Right on Bo! The two words that will destroy America are 'with dignity'. It kind of takes the whip out of poverty and makes it tolerable, not good but tolerable.

Tob

I'd like to point out to yo... (Below threshold)
Gringo:

I'd like to point out to you fellows that this woman is winning the Darwin game. With 13 children all surviving to adulthood, she will successfully outbreed and make extinct anyone who has a moderate 2-5 children (heck, or even 4-8).

Makes me speculate sometimes that intelligence isn't really a survival train.

This story depresses... (Below threshold)
B Moe:


This story depresses the hell out of me, can I have some of my money back?

What may be the stupidest p... (Below threshold)
ts:

What may be the stupidest phrase ever printed - "three remain in adoptive care in Louisiana." Apparently they don't understand the concept of adoption at all. Interesting that she could even match names and ages on the seven who were adopted. Three of her kids are still missing down here, but she's more worried about settling into that new home in Massachusetts. What a piece of work.

That should have been could... (Below threshold)
ts:

That should have been couldn't match names and ages.

With 13 children all sur... (Below threshold)
penny:

With 13 children all surviving to adulthood, she will successfully outbreed and make extinct anyone who has a moderate 2-5 children (heck, or even 4-8).

Agree. Depressing isn't it. The only winner in this train wreck goes to the Dems rather than society. It's their party base after all.

It depends on how many males she has bred. First born can't breed in prison. Could be a lifer? Cape Cod isn't ever employable just by namesake unless he gets a gig as janitor with the potato chip people if their HR has a sense of humor.

I thought welfare reform ended this crap.

Also this from the article:... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Also this from the article:

"Asked about the seven who were adopted, White struggled to match names and ages, finally shaking her head sadly. I got so many children it's a doggone shame".

Don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Ah, yes. New Orleans, home ... (Below threshold)

Ah, yes. New Orleans, home of the 24 year old grandmothers.

This story angle won't get ... (Below threshold)
William Bennett:

This story angle won't get a peep from the MSM.

Meanwhile, if I even MENTION race, I'm called a racist.
Watch me get skewered on the Sunday morning shows in a few hours.

This story angle won't get ... (Below threshold)
William Bennett:

This story angle won't get a peep from the MSM.

Meanwhile, if I even MENTION race, I'm called a racist.
Watch me get skewered on the Sunday morning shows in a few hours.

This story angle won't get ... (Below threshold)
William Bennett:

This story angle won't get a peep from the MSM.

Meanwhile, if I even MENTION race, I'm called a racist.
Watch me get skewered on the Sunday morning shows in a few hours.

You know Mr. Bennett, I thi... (Below threshold)
Ed:

You know Mr. Bennett, I think you may have been right about that abortion thing.

Let's see now. 38% of the ... (Below threshold)
rayabacus:

Let's see now. 38% of the total working populace work for some sort of government entity (local, state and federal), 5% are reportedly unemployed and want to work, no available percentage on the hard core unemployed.... but we have at least 43% of the working populace that is in some way supported by tax dollars. What happens when we reach the tipping point (51%)? Does it then become more profitable to say "Fuck it, I'm going to stop being a producer and become aone of the consumers?"

This is one of those subtle reminders that Government (all government) is a consumer of productivity. Government produces nothing - it just consumes voraciously - all we are willing to feed it.

[shrug]... (Below threshold)

[shrug]

Ms. White's history is a sc... (Below threshold)
opine6:

Ms. White's history is a scenario I see played out daily in the Deep South where I live. Women having babies they can't provide for, and men strutting around bragging about how many babies they've fathered by how many different women.

Drive by the local food stamp office, and you'd be surprised by the number of late model and new cars there are in the parking lot. Bet if you looked inside you'd see all the latest boom box technology in the cars.

There's a photo in the Sept. 19 edition of US News & World Report of Kentucky game wardens rescuing people from a ramshackle "shotgun" house. Cars outside the house are up to their bumpers in water.

The cars? A late model Lexus ($45,000 at least), a late model Toyota Echo, a late model SUV, and a late model Volkswagen Bug, all at one house. Why these cars were not used to get these "poor" people out of town is beyond me. Maybe the cost of car payments didn't allow enough money to buy gas.

There does not seem to be the sense of "personal responsibility" at work here.

Sure, it sucks when people ... (Below threshold)
RightWingLiberal:

Sure, it sucks when people abuse the system. But as a "Greater Society" we should help the poor and those with less opportunities.
It is our moral obligation, and dare I say "compassionate" obligation.

I don't want to elaborate too much about my own personal story, but I will say that welfare can work. I was raised poor, but as a family we worked through that and are mostly succesfull by the standard definition.

I know there's gotta be some people out there that were too poor for Kool-Aid when you were a kid so you drank sugar water instead??
:)




Advertisements









rightads.gif

beltwaybloggers.gif

insiderslogo.jpg

mba_blue.gif

Follow Wizbang

Follow Wizbang on FacebookFollow Wizbang on TwitterSubscribe to Wizbang feedWizbang Mobile

Contact

Send e-mail tips to us:

[email protected]

Fresh Links

Credits

Section Editor: Maggie Whitton

Editors: Jay Tea, Lorie Byrd, Kim Priestap, DJ Drummond, Michael Laprarie, Baron Von Ottomatic, Shawn Mallow, Rick, Dan Karipides, Michael Avitablile, Charlie Quidnunc, Steve Schippert

Emeritus: Paul, Mary Katherine Ham, Jim Addison, Alexander K. McClure, Cassy Fiano, Bill Jempty, John Stansbury, Rob Port

In Memorium: HughS

All original content copyright © 2003-2010 by Wizbang®, LLC. All rights reserved. Wizbang® is a registered service mark.

Powered by Movable Type Pro 4.361

Hosting by ServInt

Ratings on this site are powered by the Ajax Ratings Pro plugin for Movable Type.

Search on this site is powered by the FastSearch plugin for Movable Type.

Blogrolls on this site are powered by the MT-Blogroll.

Temporary site design is based on Cutline and Cutline for MT. Graphics by Apothegm Designs.

Author Login



Terms Of Service

DCMA Compliance Notice

Privacy Policy