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March 12, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Hallmark ain’t calling.

Safe bet Hallmark greeting cards won’t be calling these kids.

Although the girl might offer some potential with twisted Mother’s Day messages aimed at dysfunctional families.

1904.Painting.Feeding the rabbits. Frederick Morgan.1856-1927 (US PD: photo reprod of PD art/expired cr/artist life+70/

Don’t be fooled. Soon a teenager. Warn Bunnicula!
(1904.Frederick Morgan/US PD:artist life+70/

With such histories of extreme temper tantrums, company security needs to be alert.

These don’t take rejection well.

And no one is safe.

Last week  18 year old John Carter, got angry.

Momma wouldn’t give him money to buy some marijuana.

So he set her hair and clothes on fire.

Then let the fire spread to the apartment.

John Carter set mom on fire.(

Gimme what you got or else. ( screenshot)

He’s in jail for arson.

Not attempted murder or assault? Maybe mom wouldn’t press charges?

After all, he’s her precious little boy.

Maybe he’ll appreciate her more the next time.

Maybe next time he’ll just steal the car, some money, drive to Colorado, and try being special there.

Another 18 year old, the very special young lovely, Rachel Canning, has also had enough. 

How dare parents try to tell her how to live her life.

How dare they decide not to pay for her pampered lifestyle and what ever college she wants to party at attend.

How dare they say it’s all her choice.

How dare they say she can earn her own money.

FOx news Screenshot. Rachel sues parents

Practicing queenly wave?(screenshot FOXnews)

No wonder the cheer leader/honor student is suing her parents.

Boy, can she sulk.

Slightly confused on the “tough love” concept. 

Doesn’t instruct kids to act mean and parents to love/put up with them anyway – even when they are legally adults.

But you tell her. I’m standing waaaay over her…out of reach.

Another confused offspring, 17-year-old Danish Minhas, sprung way-way off. 

His mom worked very hard. Many said she tried to give him anything he wanted.

But he didn’t like the older car she bought him – or her strict rules.

So the well-liked high school student hired a classmate to kill her in 2009.

Recently, Minhas took a plea deal for 50 years in prison. Ironic.

The honor student was in the Law Enforcement Program track at Lee High School.

Once voted by classmates the most likely to become a Police Chief.

Society may have lucked out with him in jail.

Kid hires classmate to kill his mom ( screenshot)

In an early interview, he told police he “Loved his mother to death.” (

So troubling the trend of kids ripping and stabbing family bonds.

Usually a mother and a child have a close connection forever.

Attachment to family. Some basic instinct now gone? Simply evolution?

Ask many teenagers. “Don’t need no parents, I got me my friends.”

Ask many parents. “Just give kids what they want. Avoid ugly conflicts.”

Ask either. “I’m just so stressed. Let’s go shopping! What did you say something? Later. Texting.”

The mean streets have morphed humans differently than the vast open sky did in the past.

Alone in the dark, cold, under an open sky. No help. No convenience stores with microwaves.

OK, a few bears, wolves, snakes, scorpions and cliffs. All optional. Consider them bonus points.

Something about feeling so small, so insignificant in the big scheme of things.

Hey, don't dump your problems on us. We've our own to raise - and we don't need any bad influences. (1942 trailer screenshot Bambi. Disney published without copyright notice/artist life/

Hey, don’t dump your problems on us. We’ve our own to raise – and we don’t need any bad human influences complicating things. (1942 trailer screenshot Bambi.Disney published without copyright notice/artist life/

The only problem about outdoor reality checks is that the local wild life might object to having to clean up another species’ problems. 

They’d complain, but the Universe wouldn’t care about that either.

Or maybe the Animal Kingdom is already taking steps proactively.

That frantic 911 call by a grown man and woman who were being held hostage by their cat.

If they can’t handle a hissing mad cat, there’s not much hope for them managing a teenager.

The cat is getting counseling.

Better warn the community now.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Painting. Mother's love. 1869 Bouguereau, 1825-1905/ US public domain: Photo reprod of PD art/ Artist life+70/

Starts out so well between mother and child. We’d better figure it out where and how it goes wrong.
(“Mother’s love”Bouguereau,1825-1905/US PD:artist life+70/


  1. jmlindy422 / Mar 12 2014 4:32 pm

    This reminds me of the two boys who killed their parents some time ago, when I was a kid. Pretty sure my kids are too lazy to attempt anything like this.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 12 2014 4:36 pm

      Hey, maybe that’s why there are so many fat kids around? Parents chubby them up so they can’t move fast. Food soothes the savage beast.Thanks for snorting along


  2. pnwauthor / Mar 12 2014 4:56 pm

    Geez, so much for thanking the parents for raising them. What’s in the water these kids are drinking that makes them so violent and disrespectful?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 12 2014 5:56 pm

      Maybe CO has the right idea to keep people mellowed out?
      Looking for commonalities – obviously not economic level, race, both public and private schools (different districts), different places. What about kids actually believing they/their wishes are more “special” than their parents…what’s the source of that concept and how would that idea get so strongly embedded? Getting pretty sci-fi as these events are getting much more common. Thanks for leaving a comment card.


  3. Ally Bean / Mar 12 2014 6:50 pm

    Great post on a difficult topic. Cannot imagine what makes these kids think that they are entitled to do that which they have done. Selfish little twits. Let’s hope that they’re the exception to the rule.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 13 2014 2:39 pm

      There are some really great kids and parents around. Seems like rapid media/odd viewer fascination with these incidents and “reality shows” are telling some that extreme behavior is OK and “normal”. Bumpy ride as they get older and find out they aren’t so special after all…that frustration control never developed in childhood? Thanks for calling in a comment


  4. PiedType / Mar 12 2014 7:16 pm

    Makes me grateful all over again for the wonderful parents and siblings I had and have.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 13 2014 2:41 pm

      Every generation has issues and rebellions – you’d worry if they didn’t. But this killing people thing shouldn’t become a trendy fad. Always enjoy greeting a comment from you, thanks


  5. roughseasinthemed / Mar 12 2014 7:17 pm

    Kids huh? Give me dogs anytime. I was a far too dutiful kid, wish I hadn’t been.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 13 2014 2:47 pm

      Some of the best parents and teachers practiced with/have well mannered dogs.
      Hey, dutiful wasn’t so bad – while you may have skipped some “fun”, look at the end game – not too bad. Hi Snowy! Hi Snowy! Hi Snow! (sorry, always told to stop exciting the dogs to riot…but high energy dogs surf to like creatures? Giggles sent!…down Molly, down…noooooo)


  6. robstroud / Mar 12 2014 7:24 pm

    “How dare they decide not to pay for her pampered lifestyle and what ever college she wants to party at…”

    You’ve got her number!


  7. heretherebespiders / Mar 12 2014 7:55 pm

    Almost makes you want to go Biblical on their asses: Exodus 21:15 “Whoever strikes his father or his mother shall be put to death.”
    Yeah, maybe not.


  8. JackieP / Mar 12 2014 9:02 pm

    LOL I heard about the cat holding the family hostage way up here in Canada this morning I laughed, I mean first the kids pulls the cat’s tail, then the father kicks the cat and they wonder why the cat was mad…..some people are just plain stupid. I felt sorry for the cat.


  9. Spinster / Mar 13 2014 3:00 am

    1. Technology is a blessing and a curse.

    2. I’m so glad that I’m child-free for life. These kids are extreme examples of a ridiculous generation.


  10. Littlesundog / Mar 13 2014 1:37 pm

    I must admit after longing for children for many years, I am now completely satisfied I never was able to have them. I would choose not to have children these days. I grew up in a different time, I suppose. I was respectful of my parents and elders… I never considered that my thoughts, wants and demands could be made on any of them. And perhaps our own parents thought the same things of my generation being completely out of line,(those who were born in the 1960’s) – but I sensed it was more that we were crazy kids and completely off-kilter with music, rebellion, and self-expression. I don’t recall the extreme hatred and resentment we see for parents today. Respect and kindness goes a long way… but it has to be taught everywhere.


  11. My Ox is a Moron / Mar 13 2014 6:00 pm

    And we wonder why some animals eat their young. I used to threaten mine with BBQ sauce when they got out of hand. My parents favorite phrase when we asked for extras as teenagers was, “Get a job.”


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 15 2014 8:15 pm

      The phrases “If you got everything now, what would you have to look forward to?” and “There’s the door” was also used. Reality shows haven’t helped. Thanks for roasting up a comment


      • My Ox is a Moron / Mar 18 2014 12:00 am

        I told my mother once that I was going to run away. She offered to help me pack and fix me a lunch.


  12. jmmcdowell / Mar 13 2014 7:58 pm

    Overall, I’m glad I don’t have children to raise in this world. Because even when parents are involved, do their best to teach right from wrong, and help a child become a functioning adult, there are so many people ready to sabotage those efforts or tempt a “good” child down a slippery slope. If we don’t wise up, Nature won’t shed a tear if we go extinct.


  13. jannatwrites / Mar 15 2014 5:22 pm

    Haha- had to laugh at the cat getting counseling. The rest of it isn’t funny… quite disturbing in fact. Sure I got mad at my parents when I was kid and thought they were ‘mean’ but doing away with them never crossed my mind. Scary times.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 15 2014 8:03 pm

      Something is certainly different. While you can hope these are exceptions, it’s becoming much too common (which instant media probably doesn’t help. Makes it look possible and reasonable to other angry kids?)
      Wonder if the cat will wise up and demand a foster home? Thanks for calling up a comment


  14. shoreacres / Mar 16 2014 1:30 am

    Re: the kids — we have preached to them that they’re “entitled”. The ones who believe it become obnoxious. The ones who want it and don’t have it become violent. That’s my theory of the day, anyhow.

    As for the cat – I have just a touch of sympathy for the guy. Believe it or not, Dixie Rose once stood me off. She turned into a raging attack cat and wouldn’t let me into the bedroom. This is not hyperbole. She was stalking me through the house and I was danged nervous about it.

    I got her closed in, then called a vet tech I knew. She laughed, but I didn’t care, because she solved my problem. She asked if any other cats had been around. I said there were some yowling around outside. Ah, ha! sez she. She told me to close every window, turn on the AC, throw my clothes in the washer, take a shower and then give it another go. It was those pheromones. I’d picked up the scent of the cats from outside, and turned my baby into a raging monster.

    I swear – once I’d done the routine and the AC had been running for a half hour, I could see Dixie calm down. In an hour, it was all over. If only all of this situations could be handled so easily.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 16 2014 8:20 pm

      Hard to face it when you’re suddenly faced with no gold stars and someone not feelin’ like you’re the biggest most deserving winner of all…the work place/society is already having difficulty molding new graduates into productive members of civilization.
      We’ve found quickly placed laundry baskets work well – with cats, not sure about kids. We had to laugh, too as “Little Ugly” (daughter of Ugly, a stray who should up just in time to give kittens) evidently had the maintenance people of one apt complex totally buffaloed – she was tiny, but could puff up and defend the front entryway. Fierce. Scared people.
      If those people can’t handle their cat, toddler and teen years is probably going to be pretty rough for them.
      (You have to find a TV and watch Cat from Hell sometime) Thanks for clawing up a comment


  15. The Hook / Mar 17 2014 8:57 pm

    People don’t shoulder parental responsibility very well these days. Period.
    Society is filled with billions of mixed messages as well.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 17 2014 10:26 pm

      Is it all the cute stuff kids come with? Seems like many consider kids an accessory, then are annoyed the little ones get mouthy quickly and won’t sit down and be good…All the reality/TV shows showing what “family life” is supposed to be like warps things a bit. Difficult being kid and parent these days. Basics are basics…if only the instruction book hadn’t gotten lost. Thanks for adding to the comment card


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