January 25, 2006


Lowlife by Palp

...As each day passes, it’s becoming more and more evident that the terms “good” and “evil” are interchangeable—especially when the situation involves juveniles. A few years ago there was the Pennsylvania story of Dennis Gumbs, 15-years-old at the time, who murdered a woman by dropping an 18-pound piece of ice from an overpass onto her passing vehicle. At the time, newspaper accounts told of people who considered Gumbs a “good kid.” Apparently the state of Virginia has its own “good kids” who murder, too. The exception is that in Virginia they ride in ambulances.
...Emergency medical technician Joshua Philip Martin was only four days into his new job when he decided to electrocute a fellow EMT with a defibrillator, killing her. What’s even more disgusting than the act itself is that Martin and his family seem to think that he shouldn’t be punished for killing 23-year-old Courtney Rhoton, who leaves behind two small children, because the electrocution was a “prank” and that he was just “playing around.”
...I wish that I were lying about some of the remarks that Martin’s family made at the courthouse following his trial, but sometimes truth is sicker than fiction.
...Martin’s mother, Diana White, said about her son, “He just made a mistake. Everybody plays on the job—even cops.” Martin’s aunt, Karen Martin, agreed and said, “He was just playing around. Anybody who knows him knows this was not intentional.” The aunt concluded by yelling, “Josh is a good kid! A good kid!”
...Since Martin’s family think that what he did was “just playing around,” and that it was a sign of his being “a good kid,” I would figure that none of the Martin clan would object to having defibrillator paddles used on them, thus strengthening the gene pool.
...Eliminating people such as these from the population might be something that is truly “good,” in the real sense of the word.


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