Thursday, April 16, 2009

Idiot Barbarians

The past couple of weeks the big news in California has been the kidnapping and murder of a little girl named Sandra Cantu, from Tracy, California. Fortunately the police caught the woman they think did it, and she is now in jail.

However, this case has got emotions in the area running high, and some people, including some people who should know better, have turned into idiot barbarians. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that:
A woman with the same name who lives 14 miles away is also a 28-year-old Sunday school teacher and single mother of a 5-year-old.

The improbable similarities have created inevitable confusion.

News crews keep calling or approaching Melissa Huckaby of Manteca looking for the woman accused of killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. And so many people posted threatening messages on her MySpace page that the misidentified Huckaby says she canceled her account.

"I get death threats all the time," Manteca's Huckaby told the Tracy Press. "I've had news vans at my house. My picture has been all over the media. I'm honestly scared for my safety."
What the hell is the matter with these people? The woman accused of this horrible crime is behind bars yet a completely innocent woman is getting death threats from citizens because they are too stupid to tell the difference from Tracy, California and Manteca, California? I'm with Ms. Huckaby of Manteca on this: I fear for her safety.

And what about the "news crews" who are calling her? Aren't these people supposed to be smarter than the average bear? Actually this behavior from local "news crews" pretty much proves that broadcast news is just worthless, which I have been saying for years.

And why are the "improbable similarities" between the two women causing "inevitable confusion?" It's not inevitable. It is completely avoidable, if people would just calm down, take a deep breath and use their brains for a minute. But I guess that is too much to ask. The AP reporter who wrote that really isn't helping the situation any.

Ok, rant over. Had to get that off my chest.

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