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Messing up?

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By Hal Rhodes

 “I messed up,” a local newscaster reported an Albuquerque woman to have said while being taken into police custody for allegedly brutalizing her 9-year-old son to the point of causing his death.
It was the evening of Dec. 29 and we were watching the local news, waiting for the weathercast to come on before polishing off the last pieces of Christmas pecan pie warming in the oven.
“She messed up!?” I blurted out incredulously to no one in particular.
This is a woman who allegedly has admitted to kicking her son before he died, a child on whose body were subsequently found to be bruises on his back and above his genitals, cigarette burns on his lip, chest and back, bite marks and other unspecified lacerations.
And she “messed up?”
This little boy died a horrific death; the handiwork reportedly of a mother whose cruelties transcend anything that might even remotely be considered “messed up.”
For this reporter, this hideous event has become the aberrant coda of 2013, a year of aberrant behavior low and high, a year during which representatives of a once-Grand Old Party willfully shut down their nation’s government and repeatedly tried to abort a federal law calculated to bring affordable health insurance into the reach of those otherwise unable to afford it.


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