Brickbat: Spare the Rod


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Ruth Bodnariu was waiting for the school bus to bring her children home. Instead, two cars drove up and a man stepped out and told her she was suspected of child abuse and religious indoctrination. Norway's child protection agency took all five of her children away from Ruth and her husband Marius. None of the children had ever been injured. And officials did no psychological profiles of family members before seizing the children. But the parents admitted they sometimes spank their children, and in Norway any corporal punishment, no matter how occasional or mild, is illegal.

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  1. Nothing better for the welfare of children than being ripped from their families and kidnapped by the state.

  2. two cars drove up and a man stepped out and told her she was suspected of child abuse and religious indoctrination.

    Utopia, indeed.

    1. Feel the Bern bitches.

    2. The state already does the same here in the US for stupid things like letting your kids walk to the park by themselves. I’m sure the “religious indoctrination” part is right around the corner.

  3. Seems legit. Statists gonna state, after all….

  4. One drove up to the front door, and the men inside asked her to escort them to the police station.

    Sure, I’ll escort you. Put your hands on your head and spread your legs.

  5. As if living in Norway wasn’t enough punishment…

  6. This sort of adult nannying is clearly the result of insufficient childhood discipline.

    1. Cycle of nonviolence?

      1. I don’t think agents of the state dragging children out of their homes counts as nonviolence.

        1. The ole switcheroo from /sarc to /nonsarc. Well played.

          1. I need some form of work-safe entertainment in the mornings.

  7. This is precisely what led me to belief in God and the Devil — that there simply must be some sort of appropriate punishment for the despicable animals that perform these sorts of duties for totalitarian governments, and that they will, come their time, burn in the fires of Hell for eternity.

    1. When we were busy telling Virginia that yes, there is a Santa Claus and he lives in all of us, it was in hindsight a disservice that we didn’t also say the same of the Bogeyman.

    2. This is precisely why I don’t believe in a higher power. Because if one existed, it wouldn’t tolerate this shit. So instead, could cope with the injustice in this world, people invented the idea of justice in an afterlife.

      1. could to

      2. Because if one existed, it wouldn’t tolerate this shit.

        Or it just waits until you die to extract justice.

        Interestingly enough, you have the same kind of argument that Job’s friends did, if there is a God and God is just, then anyone punished must have sinned. They were correct excepting they thought this life was all that there was.

    3. Ah, the old “the universe owes me meaning and order” argument.

  8. Norwegians are like Nazis minus the violent, racist, and warlike impulses. Think of a cross between Japan and Saudi Arabia. Upper middle class conformists.

    1. I’m convinced the show ‘Lilyhammer’ was a critique of the Norwegian welfare state.

      1. I thought that show was really interesting. And I think you are right about that.

    2. “Upper middle class conformists.”

      But you repeat yourself.

      1. Maybe there. Not so much here.

  9. “Who denounced you?” said Winston.

    “It was my little daughter,” said Parsons with a sort of doleful pride. “She listened at the keyhole. Heard what I was saying, and nipped off to the patrols the very next day. Pretty smart for a nipper of seven, eh? I don’t bear her any grudge for it. In fact I’m proud of her. It shows I brought her up in the right spirit, anyway.”

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  11. in Norway any corporal punishment, no matter how occasional or mild, is illegal.

    Serious question: Even swatting the dog with a rolled-up newspaper?

    1. I would imagine they have a separate law about animal cruelty.

    2. These are the same people who put up a mass murderer in a resort nicer than my apartment.

      1. Justice (in the modern sense), amIright?

      2. But I’m sure the children in this case are in digs at least that good too, so what does that mean?

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