Thursday, May 31, 2007

Bad days and deleted posts.

As some of you noticed, I deleted a post yesterday. I apologize. I was having a really, really bad day and was being overly polemic and sarcastic about the Madeline McCann situation.

It's been almost a month since Gerry and Kate McCann left their three year old in a Portuguese apartment while they dined, out of sight, at a tapas restaurant. Almost a month and still there are absolutely no leads and no clues as to where Maddy might be. When this story first broke, I was angry at her parents. Who leaves three toddlers in a hotel room, alone, at night? And, at that time, I made a comment that these children were treated with less care than one would give to a suitcase filled with $100,000.
Little did I foresee that money would become an even bigger talking point in this case.
J.K. Rowling, David Beckham, and numerous CEOs have pledged money to reward funds and tip lines. The last number I saw was in the realm of 3.3 Million dollars to "find Madeleine". I realize that what I'm about to say may be harsh, but I think it needs to be said. --- Does anyone really believe that money is going to return Madeleine to her parents? Do you think the kidnapper is going to say, "Well, damn. I really do love Harry Potter..." or "David Beckham donated money!? Wow, Maddy must be important."? In actuality, I think you'd have a better chance of getting Madeleine back by offering to give the kidnapper or tip generator a sneak peak at the yet to be released "Deadly Hallows" (the next and final Harry Potter book). Because, in reality, what kidnapper is going to give back the child for money? I would imagine that the vile human might make the connection that claiming the reward might send him/her to jail! And, for the person who might get the money by leading authorities to this precious little girl... would you really accept money for reuniting a family? Have we really sunk to the a societal low where someone thinks, "Well...I wasn't going to look for Maddy, but now that there's three million available, I just might pay attention?" Or, worse... find her body and demand the reward money? I guess my real question is: Do we really think money is the cure for everything? Is it really going to bring Madeleine back? And, what does it say about all of the other missing children who didn't/don't have celebrities funding their reward coffers? What message does it send?
Alexandria Winship-Wright is just as cute as Madeleine. She is three. She went missing on April 27th, 2007. Alexandria was last seen at home on April 25, 2007 at 11:15 a.m. Alexandria's mother went to the restroom (in the family home) and emerged to find that Alex had walked out the front door and disappeared. Her ears are pierced. Alexandria may go by the nickname Ali. She was last known to be wearing blue jeans and a long sleeved blue and pink flowered shirt. --- Her parents aren't doctors and they weren't on vacation in an exotic location, but I'm guessing her parents miss her just as deeply as the McCanns miss Madeleine.
Sariyah Adorno was eight months old when she went missing. She went missing with a 16 year old named Lucia. Lucia and SaRiyah were last seen on February 25, 2007. They may be in the company of an adult male. They may still be in the local area, or they may have traveled to New York City or North Carolina.
These kids don't have entire countries looking for them. These kids don't have the sponsorship of prominent celebrities. But, you can find more information on them here: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PublicHomeServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US
Over 2,000 children are abducted EVERY DAY in the United States. It's a pity that these children aren't given the same status as Madeleine.

I get upset when children are treated with less care than one would treat a suitcase full of money or a valuable piece of jewelry.

So... there you have it.

10 comments:

Sean the Blogonaut said...

Hey PM,

We all have bad days and we all type things that in the heat of the moment can be unwise/upset others. I din't see the really nasty comments yesterday. But I did see you apologise. That in my mind speaks volumes about you as a person, the ability to admit to everyone that you might have been harsh or even wrong.

Unfortunately it seems that others just can't let it rest. So judicial use of the lock post feature I think is the way to go.

Poodles Rule said...

I'd take the money as long as the dumb ass parents had to pay it...

Vincent said...

I think I'd take the reward money...
and then donate it to a reputable charity that works on finding lost children.

Xzanron said...

Not to mention all the brownie points the wrinkled old virgin in the Vatican can try to earn himself by pretending to care.

You'd think if god actually existed/gave a hoot about us humans all the "prayers" prayer/vigils papal audiences and best wishes (so amply reported in the press) would surely have brought Madelline back by now.

Vincent said...

Further evidence in support of the recently released study that Prayer doesn't work.

aimee said...

What is bothersome to me is that not only are celebrities forking over money, but the freakin' Pope is involved. When was the last time there was such a prominent figure at the forefront of an abduction? Uuummmm, never! And I agree wholeheartedly with Vincent, once again prayer is a waste of time, but you know damn well if this little girl ever comes home safe, Mr. G is going to get all the credit.

Paul said...

It seems to me that the McCann's are exploiting their religion in order to draw attention away from their negligence. These days every news article that mentions them mentions their religion, their constant prayers, their meeting with the Pope...none seems to ever mention the fact that they left their young children alone while they went out for dinner. As far as I'm concerned, when Maddie's dead body is found (because she is almost surely dead by now) the McCann's should be arrested for gross negligence.

aimee said...

Paul, here in Denver the fact that they left those babies alone with a young child while they went to dinner, is said more like an "Oh, and by the way, they were left alone" with no responsibilty on the parents. If that happened in the States, you know how the stories would read and how fast said parents would be in jail.

Anonymous said...

[quote]Over 2,000 children are abducted EVERY DAY in the United States.[/quote]

I think you have the answer right there!

Kaethe said...

I really appreciate your concern for abducted children, and share your scorn for the rewards offered. That you are bringing attention to other lost children is fabulous. But 2,000 children are not abducted every day in the US; 2,000 are reported missing. It's an important difference. Forty five percent of those kids are runaways or throwaways. Forty three percent are benign misunderstandings about where the child should be. Fifteen percent are lost or injured. Only 9 percent of reported missing children are abducted, and of those, most are not actually missing: they are with a noncustodial parent who hasn't returned them, but their whereabout are known. The stats