Full Coverage: Links From All Over (May 29, 2009)

[Comics.com] Oh hey look, up there, it’s our old friend Burnaby Q. Horatio Marcus Longfellow “Crump-Daddy” Orbax, immortalized in comic-form, courtesy of the good folks at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! The comic is all about how Orbax, when not munching glass or whatever he does in his spare time, is actually some kind of sell-out nerd professor of “physics,” whatever the hell that is. Hey freak, make with the laughs! (Click the Comics.com link to see it in all its full-sized glory.)

[Atlanta Journal-Constitution] Well, no laughs here. A few days ago, some idiot drunken goblin named Eugene Ashley decided it’d be a grand idea to tattoo his three-year-old son’s shoulder with the initials “DB,” allegedly standing for “Daddy’s Boy.” Hey, that’s fun bonding experience, right? No? Yeah, not so much.

The tattoo was discovered after an unidentified person complained to the Department of Family and Children Services about the conditions at the Ashley home. The Ashleys have three or four children, Davis said.

“You keep thinking you’ve seen it all, and then voila,” Davis said.

The children remain with their mother; Eugene Ashley was arrested May 21 and faces charges of child cruelty and tattooing a person younger than 18 years old, the latter being a misdemeanor, Davis said.

Interestingly, Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, a columnist for the Journal-Constitution, when discussing this shit-bird in a subsequent column, raised a point not uncommon to the likes of BME and its community, but one particularly foreign to the average AJC reader: Is this really much worse than piercing a baby’s ears or circumcising a newborn?

I get that there’s a law about not tattooing someone under 18, but why is that more worthy of a law than the other two? Is it simply because the other two are done more frequently so they have become socially acceptable?


Piercings (at least in ears) can close back up, but circumcision can hardly be reversed. I have heard of a method of stretching the foreskin back over the head of the penis using weights but that doesn’t sound easy. Laser surgery to remove tattoos seems preferable to trying to “re-grow” your foreskin.

Are tattoos more painful than piercing or circumcision? Not sure that’s true.

I’m not promoting tattoos for toddler and babies, I’m just wondering if there is a double standard of what is acceptable to do to a child?

Somebody get this lady a wheelbarrow in which to carry her massive balls! Whether you agree with her or not (and I don’t think she even really indicated whether or not she necessarily believes the argument she’s put forth), this isn’t a conversation that occurs among the general public very often, and it’s one that should probably be had. So, Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, we salute you for opening up the dialogue about a tricky subject at a difficult time. What say your commenters?

“Wow, trying to stoke some fires and save your job at the AJC with crap like this? Why not talk about Mike Vick too?

CIRCUMCISION= HEALTH BENEFITS, and doesn’t give your son a odd looking member.”


“My granddaughter got her ears pierced at 9 months old and she didn’t cry. How can you compare THAT to a tattoo. You people are nuts! lol”


“Are you seriously comparing tattoos to circumcision? Need I say more? Thought not, I rest my case.”

(In all fairness, there are a surprising amount of reasonable and rational discussions going on in the comments there.)

[YouTube] Astute reader “Cassie” sends in this charming YouTube clip on everybody’s favorite egg-laying water mammal, the platypus! Why are we posting it here? Because, in addition to being suckers for weird and/or cute animals, it also features several segments with Stephen Kolomyjec from James Cook University, who is all pierced and tattooed and whatnot, and is working on genetic research for platypuses. And hey, we like to show off modified professionals whenever we can. (See: Orbaxy up top.) Stephen pops up around the 1:14 mark.

18 thoughts on “Full Coverage: Links From All Over (May 29, 2009)

  1. I’m glad the author of that article raised the comparision between tattooing children and piercing/circumcising them.
    I don’t really have much to say on circumcision seeing as it not very common in the UK & i don’t really get it, but the subject of ear piercing needs to be made more public. I think there should be a law that only permits ear piercing for people aged 12 or older.


  2. I agree with Theresa Walsh Giarrusso. I think circumcision is an unnecessary procedure that can inhibit a newborns immune system. But, there is exceptions, I.E., if an infection were to occur it would be better to remove the foreskin, but other than that, it is trauma that isn’t worth it. (IMHO). I also am extremely against piercing baby girls ears, the hospital in my hometown pierces newborns ears for free, even as young as 2 days old. Personally, I think someone should be old enough to decide for themselves whether or not they want a hole put in their body, or a piece of skin removed. Or a tattoo from their WAY too controlling dad.

    p.s.-I’ve been fascinated with the platypus since 2nd grade! They’re so weird, and cute! :)

  3. I really wish people would do research on circumcision and how it is unnecessary and barbaric. Pro-baby boy mutilation people constantly have the mantra “cutting off the foreskin at birth is good for baby’s health!” That is so false it’s not even funny. People have been telling themselves that so they can justify getting a cosmetic and VERY painful procedure done on an innocent baby who was never given the choice of what HE wanted. That woman does have big balls for comparing. It’s so true. I think doing anything to small children / babies that is not directly related to their health and well-being is wrong wrong wrong.


  4. I think the question should be focused on the parents/guardians more than the procedures.

    >>> Why should a parent get to decide what a child does with their body before they even have a voice to say ‘No’?

    Ear Piercing:
    ~ Its more of a tradition than anything else, but that doesn’t make it right.

    ~ Is WRONG unless it is medically necessary. Males have a foreskin for a REASON. The only way a parent should be allowed to circumcise a child is for health reasons – and in this modern day age, “disease prevention” doesn’t count unless you are incapable of raising a child that can maintain a level of personal hygiene.

    ~ Are a PERSONAL and ADULT decision and SHOULD NOT be made by parents – Apart from the fact they deteriorate with time and will eventually be ruined.

    It revolts me that a parent would do any of the above to a child without their consent (unless circumcision was a medically necessary procedure).

  5. A platypus is a marsupial, not a mammal, gee! :p

    I had my ears pierced when I was quite little, I don’t really remember it being done, but as I got older I had the choice at any point to take them out. So that is completely different from tattooing a kid, really, absolutely beyond comparison.

  6. I love platypae!!! (yes, the correct plural of platypus is platypae, not platypuses. It’s like octypae (plural of octypus) sorry for being such a grammar nazi, but it’s one of my favourite plural forms)

  7. and by platypae I mean platypi lol. (this is what happens when you take latin, everything becomes ae)

  8. #11 torbs platypus is a greek word not latin so platypuses is actually the correct plural greek words dont get an -ae/-i plural ending

  9. #9 platypuses are monotremes not marsupials, both of which are types of mammals. The third type “placentals” includes us humans.

    as an overly simplified rule: monotremes lay eggs, marsupials have pouches, placentals are everything else

  10. thanks #14. I actually learned something today ^^

    and that video was cool.

    And that girl who wrote that article must have gotten tons of hate mails.

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