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#1 Clarissa

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Posted 29 June 2009 - 04:24 PM

http://www.omaha.com...890/0/FRONTPAGE

Gary Staton said he had lost the will to be a parent after his wife died.

Now, the man who dropped off his nine kids under Nebraska's safe haven law is going to be a father again.

Staton, 37, and his girlfriend are expecting a baby.

The couple declined last week to discuss the pregnancy, calling it a private matter. But Staton addressed the matter briefly in an e-mail to The World-Herald.

“Do you think I'm going to raise this one alone?” he asked.

Since the Staton children were young, the family has received $995,468 in different forms of government aid, including more than $600,000 in food stamps and $109,774 in Medicaid, according to Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services records.

The children were placed in foster care after their father left them. Under the latest figures available, the state paid an average $725 a month per child to foster parents in similar situations.

Staton has given up custody of his seven youngest children. They remain in foster care with their mother's aunt, who hopes to adopt them. The two oldest boys were in foster care until last month, when a 75-year-old Omaha woman was approved to be their guardian.

Both women are eligible for adoption and guardianship subsidies. Parents who adopt state wards may apply to receive Medicaid health insurance and a monthly maximum subsidy of $1,490 per child until the child turns 18.

After Staton's newest child is born, the state cannot remove it from his custody unless there is evidence that the child is in danger, said Brenda Beadle, Douglas County chief deputy county attorney.

Tom Incontro, an Omaha attorney appointed to advocate for the Staton children and who has known the family for years, said he was worried about how the children would react to their father's news and how it would affect them in later years. Despite the extreme adversity they have faced, the kids remain close and supportive of one another, Incontro said.

“They have each other to lean on, and I believe they will continue to do so,” Incontro said. “Hopefully this is one more challenge they will deal with and keep moving forward in their lives.”

Staton became the single father of 10 kids — ages 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 9, 8, 5, 4 and 1 month — in February 2007 when his wife, RebelJane, died after suffering a cerebral aneurysm. The oldest child was his wife's daughter from a previous relationship that he had raised as his own.

Without his wife, Gary Staton said, the amount of work involved and the stress of raising the kids on $10.75 an hour wages were too much to handle.

“I was 100 percent sure that I couldn't last much longer doing this routine over and over, and I wanted to just walk away from it all,” he said in March, when he granted interviews to The World-Herald to share his side of the story with the public.

Aside from his oldest daughter, he said, he did not ask for help from anyone in the family. He did not seek government assistance after losing his job in September.

That month, he told his kids — all but the oldest, who legally was an adult — he was taking them to Creighton University Medical Center for grief counseling. When they arrived, he notified hospital staff that he was invoking Nebraska's safe haven law, which allowed parents to leave their children without facing criminal prosecution.

At the time, the law had no age limit. The Legislature later limited it to newborns after 27 parents and guardians dropped off kids.

State workers who spoke to the Staton kids soon after they were dropped off found them to be polite and well-mannered. Although a few were a little behind in school, most of the others were excelling.

In later interviews, Staton said he was not haunted by his decision.

He said he still loved his children. “I'm just so worried about trying again and failing.”

At the time, Staton said he did not want more children and would be willing to take steps to make sure he couldn't father any more.

“If I had a thousand dollars,” he said, “I'd get fixed.”

Anyone got $1000? Or a soldering iron? I figure either one will work just fine.
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 04:36 PM

The fundamental problem with state benefit is that it allows people who would otherwise be too retarded and useless to breed, thus diluting the genepool with laziness and idiocy, whereas people who work diligently and contribute to society are too sensible to have a zillion kids and are thus bred out.
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Posted 29 June 2009 - 08:16 PM

The fundamental problem with state benefit is that it allows people who would otherwise be too retarded and useless to breed, thus diluting the genepool with laziness and idiocy, whereas people who work diligently and contribute to society are too sensible to have a zillion kids and are thus bred out.



Idiocracy?

As the 21st century began, human evolution was at a turning point. Natural selection, the process by which the strongest, the smartest, the fastest, reproduced in greater numbers than the rest, a process which had once favored the noblest traits of man, now began to favor different traits. Most science fiction of the day predicted a future that was more civilized and more intelligent. But as time went on, things seemed to be heading in the opposite direction. A dumbing down. How did this happen? Evolution does not necessarily reward intelligence. With no natural predators to thin the herd, it began to simply reward those who reproduced the most, and left the intelligent to become an endangered species.

It is happening…





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Posted 29 June 2009 - 08:50 PM


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I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire! Why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculties! In form and moving, how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?



Only he can stop it.


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Posted 30 June 2009 - 04:52 PM

First thing: how did the publisher of the story obtain (what I would assume to be) confidential information regarding the food stamp and medical aid this guy recieved?

Second, how the hell does this guy get over $ 1 million in combined aid for these kids, and not get retroactively billed for dumping off the kids? I would call it fair, that if you're getting aid; you should be legally obligated to raise the kids until they are all 18. Any deterrence should result in a repayment penalty. Exceptions for unpreventable death or other bad things (such as abduction...) would apply. But, I guess I'm not the law of the land for the great state of Nebraska.

Maybe this guy should hook up with the octuplet lady and start a reality show. Friggin' retarded people. I still want my bumper sticker for the people who live in my town, simply stating: "Ignorance Breeds". Funny part is, most of them wouldn't get it.

Edited by preston181, 30 June 2009 - 04:52 PM.

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Posted 01 July 2009 - 07:31 PM

I still want my bumper sticker for the people who live in my town, simply stating: "Ignorance Breeds". Funny part is, most of them wouldn't get it.


Yeah, she's the shining example for the bumper sticker I've been wanting to have made. It's going to simply say: "Ignorance Breeds".

The best part is that the demographic that it'll be targeted at probably won't get that the sticker is insulting them.


(Like I've always said: "Ignorance breeds").


I don't really see a population as large as our current one, with as much ignorance that there is, surviving completely.


But, it seems like ignorance breeds. I have nothing against kids. I have something against people like this dude, who had 9 fucking kids, then ditches them without reprecussions. It's almost like bankruptcy for parents.



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Posted 01 July 2009 - 10:51 PM

I still want my bumper sticker for the people who live in my town, simply stating: "Ignorance Breeds". Funny part is, most of them wouldn't get it.


Yeah, she's the shining example for the bumper sticker I've been wanting to have made. It's going to simply say: "Ignorance Breeds".

The best part is that the demographic that it'll be targeted at probably won't get that the sticker is insulting them.


(Like I've always said: "Ignorance breeds").


I don't really see a population as large as our current one, with as much ignorance that there is, surviving completely.


But, it seems like ignorance breeds. I have nothing against kids. I have something against people like this dude, who had 9 fucking kids, then ditches them without reprecussions. It's almost like bankruptcy for parents.



We need to work on getting you a new tagline.



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Posted 02 July 2009 - 03:49 PM

Whenever I see the title of this thread cut off on the main board I briefly think it has something to do with 1 guy, 1 cup and 9 Cosby kids being dropped off.




Just me?

Edited by The Gunslinger, 02 July 2009 - 03:49 PM.





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