Sunday, September 2, 2007
On the left, we have Bob Murray, the owner of the Utah mine where three rescue workers are known dead and six mine workers are trapped underground with rescue efforts now suspended indefinitely. Mr. Murray says his mine never used the dangerous practice of retreat mining. The documents say otherwise. He's lied nearly every time he's opened his mouth during this tragedy, including when he promised that the trapped workers would be brought back to the surface no matter the cost.
On the right, we have the owner of the fake wrestling organization WWE, Vince McMahon. Back in the 1990s when the steroid controversy was in its infancy, McMahon swore that it wasn't an issue in his organization. A growing number of wrestlers dead before the age of 40 show that McMahon was lying. The most recent tragedy to make the news was Chris Benoit, who in a drug-addled rage killed his wife, son and himself. Just recently, ten WWE wrestlers were suspended for steroid use. The horses have escaped, but the barn door is now officially closed. Many thanks, Mr. McMahon.
Both coal mining and doing live stuntwork, which is what wrestling is, are inherently dangerous. Bad business practices exaggerate those dangers. In Murray's defense, coal is a necessary part of America's energy sources these days. McMahon produces entertainment for idiots. For his part in the murders and wrongful deaths, there is no defense.
Whether either of these men will ever be made to pay for their crimes by the justice system is unknown and doubtful. No matter how my view of spirituality has evolved, I've never been able to bring myself to believe in a hell. Looking at these guys, who will never see justice here, I can understand why people want to believe in eternal punishment and divine retribution.
This week, we have had the "good news" of scumbags resigning in disgrace. Personally, I'm a little tired of the punishment of the wicked being the closest thing we have to good news in this world. Starting tomorrow, I'm going to write about heroes for a week, talented people whose accomplishments I admire.