The eternal battle continues.
Bonnie Sweeten – a 38-year old Pennsylvania woman – stands to face charges of ID theft and issuing a false report to authorities after she lied to police about being abducted with her young daughter. Earlier this week, Sweeten frantically called 911 explaining that two black men rammed her SUV, kidnapped them, placed them in the back of their car.
As the story began generating attention, Sweeten’s story started to develop major cracks. For starters, it was revealed that her abandoned SUV had a time stamped parking ticket on it. In considering the limited window of time between the alleged abduction and the stamp on the ticket, investigators questioned the likelihood of the abduction ever taking place. Further, the calls she made were traced to a nearby cell tower; causing police to believe the bogus calls were all made in the same location. Finally, investigators questioned Sweeten’s contention that assailants not only staged an accident and abduction on a busy intersection, but did so without a single eyewitness to corroborate the story.
I wish that was the end of the story, but I’m afraid not.
As it appears, while Sweeten was fabricating this blatantly bogus story, she and her daughter flew to Disney World using another person’s ID and approximately $12,000 in cash – an amount also under investigation. So not only do we have yet another crazy white person conjuring up images of the scary black men , but we have questions about airline security. Thinkng of how Sweenten was able to get passed TSA using somebody else’s identification is unnerving. But I digress.
I suppose that in some odd way, I can chalk this all up to a honest mistake. I mean, when she said “Help! Two vicious black men have abducted my daughter and me. We’re trapped in their car!”, she could have actually meant to say “Yay! Two somewhat dark colored Disney characters – Mickey and Goofy – just took a picture with us. Now, we’re riding the Teacups.” An innocent mistake, right?!
OK, that’s a bit stretch. Even for me.
Enough of that nonsense. Let’s flip the script a bit.
Things You Can NOT Blame on Racism:
I thought it was bad when I heard about the lady who had twins with two different men. While the story probably generated a bunch of excitement from science geeks, the social scientist in me was pissed by how the story seemingly endorsed (and perhaps even celebrated) themes of adultery, promiscuity, and deceptive paternity in the black community. After venting about this story for a while, I thought I was done with commentary on things we can NOT blame on racism for the week. Boy, was I wrong:
Desmond Hatchett, a 29-year-old Tennessee resident has indicated in court that he has – get ready for this – 21 children he is claiming. Yes, you read that correctly: Twenty-one damn kids. I always thought Nadya Suleman was the bonehead of the millenium. But she’s got some pretty stiff competition (no pun intended). Not to be outdone by Octomom, this knucklehead has 21 children with at least 11 different mothers. According to reports, the children’s ages range from newborn to 11 years old.
As if this bizarre story can get any worse, Hatchett only earns minimum wage at his job. According to Tennessee State Law, only half of the earnings Hatchett receives go toward child support. So, once you divide that up amongst 21 children, the returns are pretty low. In a few instances, some of the mothers are reported only getting about $2 a month. The rest of that support falls on – you guessed it – the taxpayers. Of course.
I can’t hate on Mr. Hatchett. After all, God did tell us to be fruitful and mult…you know, on second thought, I can hate. Twenty-one children?! Are you flipping kidding me? God told us to multiply, true. But I’m sure He wasn’t parenthetically commanding us to “Multiply by 10.”
Words cannot clearly convey the level of abject capitulation I have with with knuckleheads like this. Not only do guys like this (and, let’s keep it real: the women with whom he bore these children) put their kids in a horrible social and economic situation (even above simply being born black in America), but it also forces the ordinary taxpayer to take care of somebody else’s repeat offenses. I’m absolutely an advocate for supporting “the least of us” through a fair and compassionate welfare system. The children, after all, should never be made to punish because their parents are idiots. But sponsoring knuckleheaded behavior is another ball of wax. Where does it stop? While Hatchett’s income is on the low end, his sperm count may not necessarily be. What’s to stop this clown from adding child #22, 23, or 45? In fact, by his own admission he’s had four children in one year…on TWO separate occasions. This is pathological behavior at its finest; and unless Hatchett has arbitrarily used 21 as his reproductive cut-off, we can almost count on this fool planting more and more of his seeds around. I hope somebody can convince this clown that tulips and tomato patches make for better gardening than children.
OK, I’m done. I think my blood pressure is starting to rise again. Until next time, which will probably be tomorrow. 😦