Thursday, August 22, 2013

MLB Week 21: The Stupidity of Humanity

by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

I’d like to write about the Reds 69 – 52 won/loss record at game 121, the three-quarter mark of the season, and how the team’s record compares with other Reds teams from the past 44 seasons. I want to brag about my newborn granddaughter, Arianna Nicole, and my new role as Grandpa. I want to write about how I believe Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt is the front runner for National League M.V.P. I want to say how pleased I am about Cincinnati’s recent turnaround winning 12 of their last 16 through Thursday, but the events of the past couple of weeks are preventing me to write about the “Grand Old Game” and to turn my attention to what I’ve entitled “The Stupidity of Humanity.”

I was appalled at the news of a talented young man, Christopher Lane, senselessly murdered at the hands of three “bored” teenagers wanting something to do. Yeah, you read that right, three teenage boys who wanted to kill someone just for the sake of having something to do.

Last Friday Christopher Lane, from Australia, was visiting his girlfriend in Duncan Oklahoma, jogged passed a home where three “bored” teenagers were staying. Danny Ford, Duncan Oklahoma’s police chief, told the Associated Press, “They saw Christopher go by, and one of them said: ‘There’s our target’,” Chief Ford continued, “The boy who has talked to us said, ‘We were bored and didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to kill somebody.’”

Christopher Lane, nicknamed Laney, played baseball for the Essendon Baseball Club in Melbourne, Australia. Interest in baseball is growing “Down Under”, but it has quite a way to go to unseat cricket, rugby, Australian Rules football and soccer as the sport of choice. There is a six team professional baseball league in Oz, the Australian Baseball League, which will begin its fourth season in November.

I look at Laney’s picture and ask why. Why are there such evil people in this world? Teenage boys who took the life of a promising young man who came to the United States on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada Oklahoma. Chris may have been a future MLB prospect. All Laney was trying to do was improve his life and share what he learned with the residents of his native country. What drove the teens to do such a deed? Boredom? I believe the culprit is bad parenting. I know there will be some bleeding hearts that will try to petition Congress to outlaw guns, but the gun itself didn’t kill Laney, evil teenage kids used a gun to kill Chris Lane. That’s where the bad parenting comment comes in. What parent in their right mind would allow their kids unsupervised access to a firearm? Key word – unsupervised.

Memo to all, life is not like the Halo video game. You do not re-spawn after a few seconds. If you kill someone, they stay dead, period. Unlike Halo, or any role playing video games, there are severe consequences for people who kill in real life. Some cases the death penalty is the ultimate sentence. These teens will be tried as adults in Oklahoma and possibly face life in prison. In a sense, four people died when those teens murdered Christopher Lane. Not to mention that everyone who knew Laney, parents, relatives, friends, classmates and teammates will be changed forever by the actions of three “bored” teenagers on that tragic Friday evening.

A fund has been set up to help the Lane family come to Oklahoma and return Chris’ body home. You may visit the website at . Please keep the Lane family in your prayers.

My next evidence of utter disgust comes from Canada. Did you hear about the disturbing, anonymous letter the mother of Max, an autistic child, received under her door? The letter, from one “hacked” off mother, claims Max is “retarded”, a neighborhood nuisance, and a dreadful noise polluter. “Hacked off Mom” continued that she should harvest whatever non retarded body parts from her child and donate them to science. She closed her rant suggesting the mother should “do the right thing” and move from the neighborhood or just euthanize her son.

I’d love to see everyone in that Newcastle, Ontario neighborhood take one day, go outside and make the same type noise pollution that Max is accused of just to support Max and his family. My advice to “Hacked off Mom”, why don’t you “do the right thing” and just move to less populated area in Canada, like the area surrounding the North Pole. Then again, you’ll probably complain about the moose noise.

Now for some old business; on August 11 an idiot threw contraband onto the field at A.T. &T. Park in San Francisco, claiming to be frustrated by the way San Francisco played. Hey bonehead, there are a billion sports talk shows all over the radio dial. If you’re that frustrated about the Giants performance, call talk radio, don’t endanger the players and make your city look bad due to your ignorance. But then again, if you’re stupid enough to make a racially insensitive gesture at a public event, your opinion really doesn’t matter.

The San Francisco Giants administration should be commended with the swift action they took on that Sunday afternoon. The organization quickly apologized to the Baltimore Orioles and Adam Jones for the actions of an imbecile.

You know, I really believe Ian Poulter may have something there. In case you don’t know, pro golfer Ian Poulter stated that all golfers should be armed with a Taser, and to be allowed to use the instrument on loudmouthed people in the gallery. If a golfer tees up on a par 5, 525 yard hole and you yell “Get in the hole” on the golfer’s follow through, well, let’s just say that I think you have some serious problems dealing with reality. Fifty thousand volts from a Taser may just be the shock therapy you need.

Have a blessed week. GO REDS!!!

Dan Howard

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