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Sesame Street begins its 40th season today, can you believe it? The Ottawa Citizen explores all the famous guest stars on the ‘Street, including Michelle Obama, in an article today.

And OH MY GOODNESS if you ever want to re-live your childhood, check out the wealth of clips on YouTube. Have you seen the latest clip? A Mad Men parody featuring Guy Smiley as Don Draper…a perfect muppet match if there ever was one!

Here are a few of my favourites from childhood: Fishing with Ernie and Bert, The Count counting sheep, and those Yip Yip Martians! There’s also Kermit’s News Flash (there they are again!) and a skit about cooperation that my husband and I were just talking about the other day, the Geefle and the Gonk. And one to scare my brother…Cookie Monster’s nightmare!

Was there anything that Sesame Street didn’t teach us?

There have been a number of stories in the news lately that make me question the state and direction of our society. From men shooting at ducklings while laughing like buffoons to teenagers chasing and beating a baby moose to the point where it had to be put down. From Dany Heatley’s cowardly refusal to speak to the media about his desire to be traded to Michael Vick’s 60 Minutes interview about the “remorse” he feels about his barbaric acts (and the million dollar contract he landed with the Philadelphia Eagles). Then there were those parents filming their seven-year-old while he drove a car. While their other kids were in it. And no one had seat belts on.

I’ve been quite disgusted.

And this is the straw that broke the metaphorical camel’s back.

What person in their right mind leaves a BABY in a CAR? In plus-40 degree heat and humidity? An UNLOCKED car at that?!?!

Certainly not anyone fit to be a parent, in my opinion. A parent is responsible for caring for and raising their child(ren). For protecting them from harm. For teaching them right from wrong. For showing them how to love, how to live, and how to grow up to be responsible citizens of our planet.

Perhaps we need to think about a breeding license for society…

UPDATE: The Ottawa Citizen now reports that the mother will be facing charges of abandonment and failing to provide the necessities of life. There is justice! Read about it here. Also interesting that CBC radio interviewed a police rep who said that in a situation like this, you are legally allowed to use “reasonable force” to get into a locked car with a distressed child inside. This includes breaking windows.

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