Episode 6 – What is the matter with people?

11 08 2008

I have saved up a few entries for this episode.

The first is this guy that decided to stab someone to death on a Greyhound bus last week.

That was bad enough, but I think it was trumped by the Westboro Baptist Church deciding to picket the poor victim’s funeral.  (I feel compelled to make a special What is the Matter with People Hall of Fame category for these guys.  Never has one group caused me to ask myself “What is the matter with people” more than the Westboro Baptist Church.)

Here are a couple other entries for this episode.

An evangelical preacher killed his wife several years ago and stuffed her body in a freezer after she caught him abusing their daughter

Another pastor embezzelled a poor old man’s life savings by promising to establish an agricultural museum with his donation.

Wow, big day for idiots acting in the name of religion.

What is the matter with people?


Episode 5 – What IS the matter with people

16 07 2008

What IS the matter with people?

For today’s episode of What IS The Matter With People, I have two worthy entries.

Mentally Disabled CaregiverThe first comes from this article.  This guy thinks it’s ok to hit mentally disabled people with a baseball bat.  And, hey, if they don’t respond at first, try try again.


Homeless MurderersThe second comes from this article.  How can people be so cold and heartless?



 So, tell me,

What IS the matter with people?

Episode 4 – What IS the matter with people?

27 06 2008

Slave ownerWhat IS the matter with people?

Today’s episode of What IS The Matter With People comes from this article.

I don’t know what else to add other than:

What IS the matter with people?

episode 3 – What IS the matter with people

25 06 2008

What IS the matter with people?Valedictorian

Today’s episode of What IS The Matter With People comes from this article.  Here’s the boiled down version: The graduate with the highest GPA in her class, Anjali Datta, is not going to receive the valedictorian honor.  The reason is because she accelerated her high school education and finished in 3 years.  The policy is that the valedictorian honor will be granted to the student with the highest GPA who attended that high school for 4 years.

Wow.  This policy was put in place to prevent someone from transferring from another school and receiving the honor.  That makes sense…common sense.  Commense sense is obviously lacking in the leadership in that school district.  They are apparently suffering from “letter of the law” disease.

Are they seriously telling us that absolutely no one has the guts to stand up and do the right thing in this situation?  I can’t believe the quote from Megan Overman, the district spokewoman: “There was a lot of thought involved in this. There is no perfect answer”.

I can give you a perfect answer: How about giving the valedictorian honor to the person who rightfully earned it?  Simple, clean, justified, and no one should be upset by this.  Sounds like a perfect answer to me.

I said no one should be upset by this.  Surely, the school district isn’t worried about someone being upset.  How can anyone be upset by this decision?  And even if they were somehow concerned about that, couldn’t they fall back on the fact that this student, in fact, completed 4 years worth of study at this school?  There is no disputing that.  I don’t see how they could come to any other decision but to give her the honor.

“Ms. Overman said the district researched the decision for months.”  Give me a break.

There is something else that bothers me here.  The school is giving Anjali Datta what they are calling “”Valedictorian – Three-Year”.  The mother of the student who was named valedictorian says that her family didn’t raise the issue with the school district.  She said someone brought the district policy to her family’s attention.  Her quote is, “We feel obviously that the other student deserves recognition as well.  Considering all of the different factors, this was a good solution.”

Are you kidding me?  How can you say that?  Why would you even want the Valedictorian honor under these circumstances?  Your family could surely stand up and put a stop to this.  But the best you can say is that all things considered, the 3-year-Valedictorian honor is a good solution.  What a joke.  It would have been great to see this student and his family stand up and put a stop to this nonesense.  Something tells me this kid is going to always wish he had.

So, tell me,

What IS the matter with people?

What IS the matter with people? – episode 2

17 06 2008

What IS the matter with people?

For today’s episode of What IS The Matter With People, I have two incidents to report – both involving parents disciplining their children.

1.  A couple in North Carolina decided it was ok to tie their 13 year old kid to a tree because of his disobediant behavior.  Here is the article (thanks to my wife who pointed me to it). 

2.  A 27 year old man in California decided it was ok to take his 2 year old out of the car and beat him death because he was “trash” and filled with “demons”.  Authorities showed up and the man refused to stop beating his boy so he was shot and killed.  Here’s the article

So, tell me,

What IS the matter with people?

What IS the matter with people? – episode 1

6 06 2008

On a regular basis, I read or hear something that makes me ask, “what IS the matter with people?”.  Usually, I follow that question up with this question, “I mean, really, WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?”.  OK, maybe that’s the same question twice, but this sort of thing happens to me all the time.

So, here is episode 1 of what I hope to be an ongoing blog topic consisting of things that make me go, “What IS the matter with people”…twice…

What IS the Matter With People?

Hartford, Connecticut – a 78 year old man gets hit by a motor vehicle who leaves him for dead.  The article states that several calls to 911 came in shortly after the incident, but no one bothers to stop and help this guy.  Not one person in the minute and a half before the police arrive found it in their hearts to stop and even check on this guy (the police were responding to an unrelated incident). 

How can these people just drive by?  How can these people on the streets just look on without doing anything to help?

I am not one to pass judgement on others.  But, in this case, I can safely say, I would have done something.  Something more than calling 911 and driving on.  Something more than just peer down at him and hope someone else helps him out.  How anyone can just drive by or just stand there and do nothing is beyond my understanding.

So, tell me,

What IS the matter with people?