Multiple levels of WTF

Crossposted from Hiding in the Backwaters by Sean

A 9-year old has plead down a premeditated murder charge to negligent homicide in Arizona. A 9-year old. Apparently the kid shot and killed his father and a man renting a room in the home. No one really knows why. I haven’t been able to find any talk of a history of violent behavior. There was some talk of abuse. The kid claimed he was keeping tally of spankings and had vowed his 1000th would be his last. However, the statement is inadmissible because a parent or guardian was not present when he made it. There is also the little problem that the tally sheet he claims to have kept cannot be found. It is complicated even more by the fact that none of the townspeople are buying it. Which doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, but how are you going to prove it in a court of law if there is no physical evidence, no record of complaints and no history of behavioral issues?

No motive has ever been cited, which seems a bit odd to me if you’re charging the kid with premeditated murder. But it was this comment, over at the Salt Lake Tribune that just takes the cake.

This story has been stinking to the rafters since I first heard about it. So we are never going to find out if the dad and his pal were a gay couple or prone to child molestation or abuse? Wrap it all up in a tidy plea bargain and save the reputation of the deceased and his family? I say foul! We should have the truth. Even kids don’t shoot people for no reason. This little boy executed his dad and the dad’s friend with very little emotion apparently. This usually means they had it coming somehow.

What does the sexuality of his father have to do with anything? Gay people are no more likely to be molesters or abusive than the population at large, superstitions to the contrary notwithstanding. This kind of nonsense is as irritating as it is painful. I have two daughters. When it became apparent that a son was not in the cards for me, I was a little disappointed. I think most men would be. You know how I used to console myself? By telling myself that God was protecting my potential sons from me…

But I digress. What if they were a gay couple? Is he trying to say that would be sufficient cause for them to “have it coming?” What if the kid felt it was his God given duty to “kill faggots?” Whose reputation is on the line then? That of a sick little town that managed to teach an 8-year old he has a license to kill?

Oh, and as for “the truth?” Honestly buddy, it’s none of your damn business.

Kicking them while they’re down

So it’s not enough that people lose their jobs, apparently banks still want to collect fees for services provided with manditory debit cards issued for unemployment benefits.

For hundreds of thousands of workers losing their jobs during the recession, there’s a new twist to their financial pain: Even when they’re collecting unemployment benefits, they’re paying the bank just to get the money — or even to call customer service to complain about it.

Thirty states have struck such deals with banks that include Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp., JP Morgan Chase and US Bancorp, an Associated Press review of the agreements found. All the programs carry fees, and in several states the unemployed have no choice but to use the debit cards. Some banks even charge overdraft fees of up to $20 — even though they could decline charges for more than what’s on the card.

Let’s not forget, banks get a cut every time the card is swiped, they don’t require fees to make money on these things.  Congress needs to have a talk with bankers again…

Hat tip: Americablog