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Gun_VoteAt first I wondered why I felt so powerful a sense of déjà vu last week when the Senate blocked gun control legislation drafted by a bipartisan group of Senators and supported by the Obama administration.

EditorialThe United States Senate’s failure to pass common sense gun safety measures – the Manchin-Toomey Amendment to expand background checks to keep guns away from underage or dangerous people, and amendments to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines designed only to kill as many human beings as possible — is a moral failure of great magnitude.

JBOkay y’all, it’s been a little over two weeks since the Internet and various social media sites were set ablaze with a video showing a father, Greg Horn, allegedly whipping his two daughters with an electric cord because the girls posted a video of themselves ‘Twerking’ on Facebook.

‘Twerking’ is a sexually-suggestive dance move, mostly found in the hip-hop culture, that mimics the moves of a stripper, whereby a person places an emphasis on gyrating and shaking their hips and butt. The ‘Twerk Team’, a group founded in 2005 by two African American girls from Atlanta, Georgia, began posting ‘Twerk’ videos on YouTube in 2009, which have become increasingly popular. As of December 2012 their YouTube channel had a total of more than 74 million views and more than 250,000 subscribers. Their Twitter account has about 115,000 followers.

The video of Horn was originally posted on the infamous World Star Hip Hop website and immediately went viral, collecting some two million views worldwide.

Horn’s daughters, ages 12 and 14, can be heard on the video screaming, while being whipped in the corner. According to the police report, one of the girls had “visible welts on both legs in the thigh area with open wounds.” Police in Dayton, Ohio, where Horn and his daughters live, arrested the 35-year-old dad on charges of child abuse and corporal punishment. Under Ohio law, an “abused child” is defined as one who “exhibits evidence of any physical or mental injury or death, inflicted other than by accidental means.”

Now, this isn’t the first time that a video was posted online concerning a parent disciplining their child. Remember last year, when a 2004 secretly-recorded video showed Texas judge William Adams whipping his daughter with a belt in her bedroom? The video went viral and caused a similar uproar that led to the temporary dismissal of Adams as a family law judge. He was later reinstated.

Then there was the incident involving Georgia mega church founder and leader, Creflo Dollar, who was arrested last year on charges of simple battery, family violence and child cruelty. According to the police report, Dollar’s 15-year-old daughter said he “put his hands around her throat and began to choke her…then slammed her to the ground, punched her and beat her with his shoe.” Dollar adamantly denied that he never choked or punched his daughter, stating that “a family conversation with our youngest daughter got emotional…and things escalated from there.” His daughter told police the argument was over whether she could go to a party the next night.

There are many mixed views on the issue of corporal punishment of children by their parents. For many people, they believe that Horn, Adams and Dollar went overboard in the discipline of their children. Others believe that parents have a responsibility to discipline their children to ensure they don’t venture down wrong paths.

Now I come from the old school way of child-rearing and a disciplinary focus. My parents and grandparents never subscribed to a method of discipline that included time-outs, taking away my electronic devices, sending me to my room or making me stand in the corner. Truth be told, I got my butt whipped; and honestly, I don’t think my parents did it enough. See, my grandparents primarily raised me, because my parents worked long hours and weren’t able to pick me up from school. Because I grew up as an only child, I would venture to say that my mother spoiled me and my daddy wasn’t always at home to provide the discipline when I would get out of line.

My grandparents though…..they didn’t play and wouldn’t tolerate any mess from me. Knowing that I had the potential of getting whipped with a switch, a belt, a shoe, or any other object, not only put the fear of God in me, but it also gave me a healthy respect for authority. Looking back on my life, I will never or could never deem the discipline that my grandparents provided as child abuse. I know that my grandparents loved me and wanted to make sure that I knew that wrong behavior has its consequences.

I would never advocate for child abuse, but no one has truly ever given me a defining example that I could buy into, that would help change my view and prove that what Horn, Adams and Dollar did should be considered child abuse. I will admit that Horn does appear to swing the electric cord in anger, but I don’t see it as being done out of evil intent or because he wants to abuse those girls. Truthfully, the video of the incident should never have been recorded or posted on social media, but if it hadn’t, I wouldn’t have had an opportunity to talk about it with you this week.  

I agree that Horn should have allowed his anger to subside before disciplining his children, but I don’t see his actions as abusive beyond a father trying his best to raise his daughters the right away. True child abuse that involves torture, sexual abuse, hate and evil intent should be dealt with. We as a culture need to define what the difference is between a father or mother wanting to protect a child from making wrong decisions and going down the wrong road and seeking to seriously harm a child.

We need to be real careful before we harshly judge the actions of Horn, because I am sure you wouldn’t want to find out that your lack of discipline in your child’s life is the reason they are dancing at your favorite strip club, selling drugs or about to do 45 years for a crime they could have avoided committing.

Spare the rod? I say, heck no!


Jeffrey L. Boney serves as Associate Editor and is an award-winning journalist for the Houston Forward Times newspaper. Jeffrey is a Next Generation Project Fellow, dynamic, international speaker, experienced entrepreneur, business development strategist and Founder/CEO of the Texas Business Alliance. If you would like to request Jeffrey as a speaker, you can reach him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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BBIt was terror that shook the nation. On Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963, a bomb exploded in the basement of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. Four little girls, all dressed in white — 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, and 11-year-old Denise McNair — died in the explosion, and are remembered in history.

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BBMarie Johns, the retired president of Washington Verizon, was busy managing a consulting firm when she received an unexpected call three years ago from the White House.

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BBCNN, which has prided itself as a world leader of news and information, has come under scorching criticism after reporter John King, a senior correspondent for the station, erroneously described the Boston Marathon bombing suspect as a “dark-skinned male”.

Dr_AllisonYou are invited to join teams of volunteers, patients, and of course Dr. Alison Scott Cuillier with Lasting Impressions Dental Group on Friday, April 26th to spread free smiles across Harris County through Dentistry From The Heart located at 4418 Almeda, Houston, TX 77004.

Patients are asked to arrive early as the event is a first come, first serve basis for adults 18 years and over. The 2nd Annual event will begin at 8:00 a.m. and patients will be seen through 5 p.m. that day.

Patients are also encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather, to bring chairs, blankets, water, snacks, etc. as they may be outside waiting to be seen. Dr. Alison Scott Cuillier with Lasting Impressions Dental Group will provide free dental care to the first 125+ people. Each of the 125+ attendees will have a choice to receive one of the following; filling, extraction, or teeth cleaning. Several hygienists, dental assistants and other dental professionals will donate their time and resources, in order to provide free dental care to as many residents in need as possible.


Where:     Lasting Impressions Dental Group

               4418 Almeda

               Houston, TX. 77004

When:      Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Who:        Dr. Alison Scott Cuillier, D.D. S., Lasting Impressions Dental Group, Dental Professionals, Volunteers and Patients receiving free dental care.

Visuals:    Dentists/staff and patients who sign release will be available for interviews and photos.

Contact:   Bridgett S. Joe, S. Charles Public Relations,  713-498-0552

The Impact: This is the second annual event for Lasting Impressions Dental Group, and like hundreds of other Dentistry From The Heart members, this will not be their last. This sort of outreach comes with improved smiles, relief from suffering and a warm sense of gratitude that pervades. The services provided by Dentistry From The Heart not only help a patients teeth and overall health, it gives them a renewed reason to smile.

In 2001, Dentistry From The Heart started with Dr. Vincent Monticciolo who wanted to give back to the community by providing aid to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. Dentistry From The Heart is a registered non-profit organization that provides free dental work for people in need. Since its inception, Dentistry From The Heart has grown to include over 200 annual events nationwide and has provided more than 60,000 people with an estimated $8 million in free dental care services.


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