Following the story of the first trial in the gruesome murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, one small quote from the defendant spurred some thoughts on a tangent:
"Walking up and down main street of Ridgebrook (Apartments), just drinking, smoking and drinking and smoking weed, that’s all I do every day," he said.
"I may go to Labor Ready occasionally so I can get a little more buzz money."
Labor Ready has two offices in Knoxville, both in parts of town where I wouldn’t want to stop for much of any reason. That doesn’t matter though; what I wondered was, how many companies will continue to do business with Labor Ready, now knowing that at least one of the contract employees (how many more?) take the jobs for "buzz money" in between days filled with "drinking and smoking weed" because that’s what they "do every day?" I wish I knew which businesses did business with Labor Ready, because I’d like to avoid them.
The Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday appears to clear the way for executions via lethal injection to continue, but I can’t help thinking, that’s too easy an end for someone who did something as horrible as this. I know that’s wrong, and that the death penalty isn’t supposed to be revenge, but this crime represents the very worst of humanity.
There isn’t much question in my mind that this was a hate crime, but it doesn’t really matter — the crime itself warrants punishment far more harsh than any penalty for "hate." How can we assign penalties to an emotion?
Thank goodness I got my sewing machine back yesterday, more than a week earlier than estimated. Busy hands are a good thing.