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Sid    Posted 01-03-2004 at 12:55:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read the discussion about Steve and the Croc incident. Several comments have been made in the past about "I am not going to follow the PC crowd I can think for myself." Now wich one of us has never "endangered" our children. I guess I have endangered all four of mine. Why heaven forbid I put them in a car and took them home! I have taken them with me to check one cattle. I have taken them with me on the tractor. Why? Because I wanted them to learn about the things in life I enjoy. I had confidence in my ability to watch out for them and took a little extra caution that I normally do not do when I am by myself. In the photo it looks like he has placed himself between the croc and his son. ( In case you did not notice that is not his son he is dangling in front of the croc.) No I would not have taken any of my kids to feed a croc, H--- I would not evn go by my self to feed one. That is the mans life he has chosen just as each one of us has chosen to live in the country or the city. I myself do not want to live in the city but in all honesty I can see what some people would consider an advantage to living there. I am surprised by some of the responses to that post by people I usually agree with in wanting the right to make their own descision. I have only watched his show a couple of times but his passion is plain to see and that is his home. If we are going to investigate this incident then get ready because they are going to start investigating each and everyone of us. I hope i did not upset anyone but I really disagree and wanted us to stop and think. Do not think that I have no intrest in the welfare of children I do.

Dieselrider    Posted 01-03-2004 at 19:34:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Interesting discussion. I think you're right we put ourselves and children in danger every day without thinking about it; driving in a car is more dangerous than flying in an airplane, playing little league can be dangerous, so can football. Let alone hunting, helping on the farm or driving a vehicle on their own. These things are all pretty dangerous as the statistics show, but htey are just more accepted. Should the kids not experience these things for their own protection? That said I don't think it was wise of him to have a baby around a croc. I also don't think he should be brought up on charges either.

rhudson, agree    Posted 01-03-2004 at 18:43:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
my son and i run/work on equipment that i'm sure someone would want to have me arrested for child abuse or child labor abuse. on the other hand, when i drive through our local town and see unattended kids playing around the streets, i think someone else should be arrested. and on the other hand (thats three), i see kids that are "too" shielded from life. in a way, i think thats child abuse also.

BOSS    Posted 01-03-2004 at 15:31:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I didn't see anything wrong with it. I'm a roofer...or at least I tell everybody I am, and my daughter, since she was a baby, has climbed up ladders and stood on the roofs with me. She is 6 now and she helped me hang all of our Xmas lights on the house. Some of it was 2 story and some was 1, she never even sweated it. She is very confident with heights and has no problem climbing. Unlike my wife who gets nervous just looking at a ladder.

Gene SC    Posted 01-03-2004 at 14:55:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I for one agree with you, We ALL have done
things with our children in which we felt
COMPLETELY at ease with, that to someone else
was completely stupid. Children,IMHO are too
sheltered nowdays,(not to mention the fact that
decipline, in the sense that I remember it, is not
only frowned on but is a criminal offense)When I
was growing up we played in the woods, climbed trees,built & rode truck-wagons down steep
hills. sure we got skinned and bruised even an
occasional broke bone. did our parents tie us
INSIDE? NO, that patched us up, sent us back
out to LEARN some more on our own. I don't think
Steve did anything wrong, (maybe by doing it on
national TV) HE was "in HIS element", one that
we know nothing about, he was in "HIS" zoo with
an animal that he deals with EVERY DAY. its no
different than some of you taking your child to
a petting zoo.
Sorry for the rant JMHO Gene

Dennis    Posted 01-03-2004 at 14:43:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sid, Most, or should I say some people, refuse to look at themselves and accept responsibility
for what they do so you might get some unfavorable responses. We all are allowed to our views on things.
Personally I don't think Steve showed good judgement, but then again I think anyone who sprays crops with pesticides where his kids live is just as endangering. Oh, yea people who smoke in a house with children there don't show good judgement and maybe they should be procecuted for child endangerment

If Steve is wrong he will be judged by the authorities, as he should.

ret    Posted 01-03-2004 at 13:45:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't think a two or three month old baby is going to get a damn thing out of being dangled around a croc as he said after he was confronted about this incident. He said "if you are going to live here, you got to know the dangers or you won't survive." That was as stupid a statement as his actions were. Three years old, maybe, but not one as young as that baby. And if you ever took your baby on a tractor so it could experience the thrill of living in the country , you were not thinking either. That said, I suppose I have done some dumb things too concerning my kid, but would not defend them afterward if I knew they were stupid

Jack in Mn.    Posted 01-03-2004 at 14:06:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Experience can be learned in many ways; learning by the actions of others. Learning by reading or by personal experience. When it comes to the life of a child, I would rather he/she learn by the former two. I hope charges are brought against Steve and his wife. Too many idiotic copycats in our society today. Placing a young child in harms way under the excuse of gainng experience could become a trend.

deadcarp    Posted 01-03-2004 at 16:07:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
i've watched a buncha trends get started this way and i don't like this one. unfortunately, the aussies'll do nuthin but bat their gums til it fades from view. see, once a person is accused down there, the press is forbidden to comment except to say he's "in custody" so things are easy to sweep under rugs. so the safest shelter their system can provide is to start reviewing it.
my concern is that he did it in full view and with full knowledge of the presence of cameras. that stinks of publicity stunt. if we condone this one, which stunt will we start whining about?
i'd also like to remind voters that we all carry the world's most effective ballots every day and can support or reject any kinda behavior we choose, at once and at will. if you see something you don't like or feel you got treated unfairly or something, don't waste another penny on it and most likely before any silly election day it will dry up. if it doesn't, maybe it's time to re-examine your values. but feel free to vote with those almighty dollars any way you see fit folks - i practice that way, and those constant choices simplify my gubmint ballot choices. :)

Jon in Mi.    Posted 01-03-2004 at 13:31:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Soooo, what's your point?

Aprille    Posted 01-07-2004 at 16:11:51       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hmm..this is a funny one!! How come it is that when he sat his lil girl when SHE was a babe on a croc's back and no one even puffed smoke that time that NOW people are saying..OOOO BAD STEVE..OOOO!! This is another witch hunt to me..The crocs are this man's livlihood and the FACTS are that he LIVES in the DANG outback!! Read that as sorry..but Mike J don't LIVE in no kinda hotel 24/7..I was raised in the Combat Zone in Boston during the 60's surrounded by pimps, prostitutes and strippers..I was lucky to have been basically unharmed..We do what we do to mother took me to a place to help me learn and live life on the streets..that baby showed no fear..have a lil faith people.. :)

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