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Thu, Aug. 21st, 2003, 04:51 pm

Man in probe 'may have done more circumcisions'

Detectives investigating the death of a baby boy believe a man who circumcised him just hours earlier may have carried out a number of similar operations on the same day.

Now, for those of you who haven't heard the tale, it's quite simple and terrible, a four week old child bled to death after a "botched" circumcision in his parent's house a few days back. Police are obviously investigating and there's little more to say about it in terms of the news but it's stirring up a hornet's nest of controversy at the moment with almost every daily newspaper carrying it as their front page story. It raises questions about the validity and legality of ethnic practices versus local law since male circumcision is legal in this country when practiced by a doctor (but mercifully female circumcision is not, IMO, neither should be without a strong medical case for it) and taxi drivers across the nation have yet more anecdotal evidence that all "dem immigrants" want nothing more than to take our women and screw our jobs.

Of course, to hear people talk, you'd think they brought the kid in to have it killed, they're terrible people, morons... all the rest. Like no one ever does something misguided in their lives.

Thu, Aug. 21st, 2003 09:28 am (UTC)

Wait- was the circumcisor an immigrant? What's with that?

Your taxi drivers are an interesting bunch, they are. Oh yes.

Thu, Aug. 21st, 2003 09:44 am (UTC)

Wait- was the circumcisor an immigrant? What's with that?

Yes, from Africa. We get a lot of immigrants these days - since the economic boom here, it's seen as a good place to live by those from less fortunate
countries. Some people don't like it.

As for the circumcision case, I am under the impression that the father of the child had it done outside of a hospital because the service was not available in a hospital - it's only done for a medical reason - procedures done for ethnic reasons are not taken into consideration, apparently.

Your taxi drivers are an interesting bunch, they are. Oh yes.

Well, they're mostly ignorant arseholes. And they're crap drivers as well, to boot - they think they're kings of the road, and take all sorts of liberties with the rules of the road (though in fairness, I've seen taxi drivers all over the world do that). They think they're being hard done by the government for opening the industry, as oppoesed to keeping it a closed shop. So they hold strikes and clog traffic and do an unbelievable amount of moaning and whining.

There are however some decent ones, but they are in the minority.

Thu, Aug. 21st, 2003 09:58 am (UTC)

Yeah. I recall the strike. I had a flight to Germany from Dublin Airport around November 21st of 2000, and they were striking at the airport. Thankfully, I had a lift from a coworker who knew the way in through the back entrance. Whew.