That was until I made a horrific error in judgment and updated to a color television. Believe it or not, up until three weeks ago I possessed a small black and white model complete with the fake wood on the sides, and knobs to change the channels. The picture, well it is color. There are buttons instead of knobs, and I am amazed how thin it is. Plus now when PBS shows the vibrant colors of the elusive green tree frog, they really are green! The only problem with the new set is that I constantly have the thing on.
Over the several weeks since I got the new TV, I might have caught one happy ending, and that included PBS. The story that made me the saddest was about a certain woman who was on trial in Arizona. I don’t know her life history, I don’t know what caused her to blow as gasket, and I am in no position, (nor would I want to be) to judge her or anyone else. What got me about the whole thing was the spectators cheering “death to her.”
When exactly did it become cool to revel in a person about to get executed? Didn’t this go out with the Romans when they occasionally fed a Christian or three to the lions? Did death just become a spectator sport all over again? The really hypocritical part of the broadcast was watching several self-righteous bible thumpers stating, “We forgive her, but hope she is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” Isn’t that like making an appointment before you go murder someone? Notice the period at the end of the sentence, “Thou Shall Not Kill.”
This woman’s fate is going to rest on a group of people she has yet to even meet. This comes after the first jury could not agree on her sentence. A jury of her alleged peers, although I doubt she had anything in common with any of them. Unless there are a lot of people in Arizona referred to as the “three hole wonder.” I hate to admit that after having front row seats to four murder trials, I am all too familiar with the system in place. I can tell you with certainty, after the publicity this trial received, some sick bastard is currently praying to be on the next jury just to have her sentenced to death. You will see them on the morning news saying they only followed the law and hope it gives closure to the family.