I really feel where you’re coming from on this, but this kid is a child too. How can we possibly know that he is evil — unredeemable? The duty to protect has been fulfilled, assuming he is held until he is safe to release (or never released, if it’s never wise.) The larger tragedy was averted, but this boy was an innocent child once too. Whatever happened to him is also tragic. But his tragedy might be redeemed, and how powerful it would be for the world if it was. Might he someday prevent another such attack? Walk justly and love mercy, hawk.
I agree that at a point in time, this boy was a baby. Hopefully a baby whom was shown love, and made to feel a treasure of his parents. However, you must have a significant respect for the human psyche, as well as a massive respect for one simple truth in life. Free will. We all must grow up some day, and be accountable for our behavior and our decisions. This boy is not thinking like a boy. This boy is thinking like an adult obsessed with hate and a desire to kill. Respect nature, or one day you may find she disposes of you before you are ready and willing to take a shot at the afterlife.
On one hand, I understand your position...on the other, what if you are wrong?
It is sad when any of us in our society choose to do bad things to others, but once one of us shows those tendencies how do the rest of us know we are safe when that person is among us in the future?
Is the child innocent? He committed studied, explicit acts in preparation for the commission of heinous crimes So, No...he is NOT innocent (a moral determination). (FTR, I start from the premise that cops may not always be perfect, but they are rarely psychopathic liars so I give the reports of his preparations credibility)
But...he is not 'guilty' either (a legal construct) and deserves to have his day in court to determine if he is.
The problem is that his mind is clearly 'broken'. How is his status of 'safe to release' determined? What definitive test is there to assist in making that decision?
There is no x-ray, no scan, no test that can definitively answer that question (unlike, say...for a broken arm).
Also, any answer to that question will always be conditional, won't it? (e.g., 'He'll be fine, as long as...he stays on his meds/he never gets depressed/he never feels rejected, et al.)
Yes, he might be that one in a billion kid who pulls-off the 180 and savers the world from itself.
What if he isn't, though? You going to let him live in your house? If you do, you going to leave your bedroom door unlocked at night?
 March 14, 2015 at 9:48pm
That was a name before Apple used it. I have a cousin named Siri who’s a teenager.
 March 2, 2015 at 9:57pm
I noticed that too! She was SO gutsy. I hope one of Beck’s self-defense sponsors gives her some free classes so she can kick serious butt next time and not luck out that the guy didn’t grab the gun back and shoot her. But she called the thug’s bluff and won, and she deserves huge credit. Just to take the opportunity when the gun was set down was brave, not to mention wrestling him for the cash drawer! And she’s right — if people keep cowering and complying, why wouldn’t the criminals keep robbing everyone?
 October 28, 2014 at 11:16pm
Why not equip some boats to treat people off the shores of the affected countries?
why not take care of our own first...... (Vets, the poor)
Tarawa class assault ships are up for retirement
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Nassau_(LHA-4) is in reserve
 October 23, 2014 at 12:46pm
The tips on how to block ads are helpful, but the point is we shouldn’t HAVE to do all that just to view the site without the barrage of pop-unders and obnoxious ads. I already subscribe to TheBlaze, so I’m a paying supporter! I take it very personally when a pop-under won’t even let me close the ad without “verifying” that I really meant to close it. It’s infuriating and rude. At least they aren’t advertising for those “get rich working at home” schemers anymore.
 October 5, 2014 at 8:44pm
I think they did the right thing. If people need more images, they can find them. No obligation to print the savages’ propaganda. At least deal a blow to their morale when they realize we aren’t disseminating their horrors on our front pages anymore. The black page and bold statement will do plenty to wake people up – they aren’t ignoring it or covering up the truth in the least.
@ smojet- Really, are you sure nothing's being covered up?! How do you know what you don't know?! How do you know this whole ISIL thing is not cooked-up to support the military industrial complex? Americans couldn't care less about ISIL until the so-called beheadings of Americans, that know one is allowed to see video of because Americans aren't adult enough to handle.
 September 10, 2014 at 10:22pm
W.K. contradicted his own advice: music transcends good and bad, the lyrics don’t matter, but music that tries too hard to be good and sweet can be cloying? Having lyrics stuck in my head definitely effects my mood and tends to push me towards the mood of the music and lyrics I’m rehearsing in my mind. It’s crazy to say it doesn’t matter. How can Mr. Advice be so certain the boyfriend gets joy out of it, rather than magnifying some dark emotions he’s already feeling? If she continues this relationship and they have kids, is it okay to have gory and satanic posters and music playing around them too, because lyrics and images don’t matter? The boyfriend doesn’t sound like he’s in a dateable state of mind right now; he sounds troubled.
First , I don't think the article made clear the kind of music her boyfriend listens too. She said evil music. That doesn't necessarily mean metal or hip-hop. It could be any form of music. Many people consider Country music evil. I understand your point about music that gets stuck in your head, but when to comes to that, sometimes the form of music doesn't matter.
For example, I used to tend bar at a local resort. Every year we held 3 Polka Fests. One on Memorial Day, one on the 4th of July, and on on Labor Day. There was noting inherently bad or evil about any of the music, but walking around for 3 days with "Who Stole The Kishka" stuck in my head, had me on the verge of committing violent acts year.
August 3, 2014 at 9:48pm
The kingdom belongs to such as these.
 August 1, 2014 at 11:05pm
As to the “why”: I never thought to encourage changing my daughter’s doll’s “diapers,” because she’s not even two years old yet and I didn’t think she’d be interested, but she initiated it and wanted all her dolls’ diapers changed. She brought them to the changing pad all, laid them down, and demanded, “Diaper? Diaper? Diaper?” Kids just mimic the stuff that makes up their lives, and for toddlers, that includes a ton of time getting their diapers changed. My 7-year-old niece was fascinated and wanted to help with my daughter’s diapers, and I liked showing her how to do it because that’s how kids learn. If I had a son instead of a daughter, the niece would have gotten exposure to actual, baby male genitalia, not just a plastic reproduction. All great practice for babysitting someday, then being a mother. That’s life!
 July 30, 2014 at 1:31pm
I think it’s weird that everybody jumps to comment on whether this should be LEGAL or not. What in the world? Not every controversy comes down to “should there be a law against this” or “is this illegal”! The question is, is this totally abrasive and rude? It is.
A lot of you commenters are throwing the word “brat” around with alarming ease.
“If we loved children, we would have a few. If we had them, we would want them as children, and would love the wonder with which they behold the world, and would hope that some of it might open our own eyes a little. We would love their games, and would want to play them once in a while…. We would want children tagging along after us, or if not, then only because we would understand that they had better things to do.”
- Anthony Esolen
 July 28, 2014 at 10:22pm
Just for a mental exercise, imagine demons are real and have wills of their own. Would they respond to scientific testing in a repeatable manner? If you’re going to argue this from a scientific standpoint, I don’t know if that’s a rational expectation.
Ever read Flatland?
[-1] July 28, 2014 at 10:07pm
You’re really spending a lot of time and energy on this. It really bothers you.
[-2] July 22, 2014 at 12:43am
You seriously want to shoot people – even children – on sight. This lunacy is what makes my liberal-leaning family dismiss conservatives altogether, even though you’re a loud minority. American’s don’t treat people that way.
June 24, 2014 at 1:41am
Can you prove this?
 June 24, 2014 at 1:34am
Are you sure nothing has been caught on film? If video evidence were produced, would you change your stance, or say it was faked? If you’ve already made up your mind, you can explain away any evidence. It’s like being a conspiracy theorist: anything contrary to the conspiracy must be part of the conspiracy. Also, if people are correct that they are experiencing the actions of spirits with minds and wills, would those spirits submit to scientific testing and analysis under controlled conditions? Food for thought, Phillipmcd.
 June 24, 2014 at 1:22am
It isn’t the cardboard and plastic, it’s the human will that’s at play. Do you think everyone here who is testifying that the board worked is lying or delusional? All of them?
 June 23, 2014 at 1:35pm
If it’s benign, why hide the sensors in lamp posts? Has a reporter asked the city or the Art Institute that question?
May 20, 2014 at 4:46pm
This is really sloppy use of the word “mistakes.” Politicians especially like to use it when they do something wrong on purpose and get caught, so it is mired in misuse and implies sin even though that isn’t what it means. Then to make matters worse, Driscoll comes up with a bunch of examples that aren’t sins OR mistakes. Is striking out a mistake? I don’t think so – it’s just failure to hit the ball. Mistakes and failures aren’t the same thing at all. His point was far too muddy to even evaluate. He didn’t define his terms. I don’t think he even knew exactly what he meant.
May 18, 2014 at 12:42am
This story caught my eye because I always used to think our old husky behaved more like a cat than a dog. She was pretty indifferent when we came home — no big, retriever-like greeting. She usually didn’t bother to get up. When we called her, she would come only if it suited her, despite major efforts on my part. She slept curled up on the couch. She was coy — had to be wooed and given her space. I concur with an earlier poster: she was born to run, run, run! Amazing! At age ten, she went sprinting through almost three feet of fresh snow, and the distance between the tracks of her stride was easily eight feet. Fun to see these pics.
February 11, 2014 at 11:34am
I agree – this was the same tradition when I was a kid. It was expected that everyone got a card. There’s value in building community this way, and not letting kids snub each other.