I posted this on Facebook, as a series of comments. I think it's good enough to be a blog post:
I don't know if I can take much more stupidity surrounding the Martin shooting. But here are some tips to avoid looking stupid:
(If I get any of these wrong, please tell me.)
1) Things like
Stand Your Ground are a defense, not a Not-Get-Arrested card. Think about it. How do we know Zimmerman reasonably felt threatened? Via sworn witnesses and other evidence. What's the forum for presenting that evidence? That would be a trial.
As long as there's enough evidence to get past a Grand Jury, he ought to be arrested. Zimmerman's disregard of the 911 operator and his own admitted chasing of Martin would bring enough doubt to his
Stand Your Ground defense to get past a Grand Jury.
2) That photo of Martin with his drawers hangin' low and giving the finger isn't him.
3) Even if that photo was of him, even if he's a bad, bad kid, it still doesn't matter. Unless Zimmerman has prior knowledge of that, it doesn't support his claims of reasonably fearing harm.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty isn't a general rule, it's a legal concept. You can't point to it if Zimmerman hasn't even been arrested yet. You can certainly say that you think people should reserve judgement, but me thinking and even saying that Zimmerman is probably racist scum looking for trouble isn't violating some
Innocent Until Proven Guilty right.
5) Arrest isn't the same as conviction. People are upset that Zimmerman hasn't been arrested. I don't think anyone is suggesting that he should be thrown in prison without trial.
(Now, afterwords, when people go fucking nuts that the case wasn't decided the way they think it should be and start talking about street justice, then you can complain about them.)
6) In the US, jails are typically where you hold folks before trial, if they weren't granted or couldn't make bail. Prisons are typically where they go if they're convicted. Saying you think Zimmerman should be in jail means you think he should have been arrested and not allowed bail. Saying you think he should be in prison means you think he should have been found guilty.
So, it's perfectly fine for me to say I think he should be in jail. But I wasn't there, so I can't say whether he should be in prison. (Pedantic, but important.)
And, let us not forget that Cresco is the Birthplace of Genius.
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So, the 400 richest Americans have seen their taxes cut in half over the past decade. And Republicans would rather have the country in default than actually raise those taxes.
And, every time I hear about the
400 richest Americans, I wonder if those 400 are worried about this:
If I were one of those 400, this would keep me awake at night.
No, wait, don't...
Okay, so Anthony Weiner pulled out instead of standing firm. (heh heh heh) Maybe now we'll stop being obsessed over it. But here are a few things I still don't understand:
It's none of your goddamn businessfrom the start? (See #1 above.)
I really hate the Tea Party and their idiot Tea-Baggers. Oh sure, I hate their politics, which are monumentally stupid, as well as racist. (How can anyone claim to be
taxed enough already in an era of historically low taxes? Seriously? How fucking stupid are these people? And then the President lowered theirs even more. Why don't they love him? Oh yeah, he's black. And a secret Muslin [sic].)
But what really ticks me off is the same thing that ticks me off about the movie The Replacements. See, whenever I want to search the web for info about the last great band, I get a bunch of results for a mediocre movie mixed in. (I'm assuming it's mediocre. After all, it stars Keanu Reeves.)
The same thing with these moranic [sic] Tea Party folks. Interested in the real Boston Tea Party? Make sure you stick
Boston in the query.
Or maybe you're interested in actual tea parties, where people drink tea and nosh on nummies? Good luck. I hope your little girl wasn't searching for the info.
Even the word
tea gets corrupted. Google does fine. But every time I try to find local tea lovers through something like MeetUp, I get results for the local band of political idiots.
But the worst thing? Whenever I'm searching for photos of innocent scrotal suckling, I get bombarded with images of heavy-handed tea-bagger politics and parody. It's just not right!
This is an old post from an old site, in the wake of the original decision, one that has just been reversed.
I'm pleased as punch with the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals' recent decision that the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance violate the Constitution. It's plainly obvious that they do so, but our court system has always been scared to actually say so. While our poor excuse for a Supreme Court will certainly overturn this decision, it's good to know that there are at least two Federal judges left with some courage and integrity! Too bad Congress is full of cowards. Just because we haven't always had the strength of our convictions in the past, doesn't excuse that lack of strength today.
I'm painfully aware that most people disagree with me. But for the life of me, I don't understand why. I was trying to think of a way to explain what's wrong with the Pledge when I came up with this. Just replace the word "God" with the phrase "White Rule." This works for both the pledge:
"one nation, under White Rule, with liberty and justice for all"
As well as for the national motto, seen on currency among many other places:
"In White Rule We Trust"
The neat thing is that all the usual arguments for the inclusion of "God" still apply:
|Reasons to include "God"||Reasons to include "White Rule"|
|This is a Christian country and you had better just get used to it.||This is a white-ruled country and you had better just get used to it.|
|The majority of Americans are Christians.||The majority of Americans are white. |
(Still true as of the 1990 census.)
|It's not actually an endorsement of religion.||It's not actually an endorsement of racism.|
|It's merely an acknowledgment of our Christian heritage.||It's merely an acknowledgment of our white ruling heritage.|
|The founding fathers approved of the use of "God."||The founding fathers approved of white rule. |
(Quite explicitly, I might add.)
|We've always permitted the use of the term "God" before so we shouldn't stop now.||We've always permitted white rule before so we shouldn't stop now.|
|It doesn't specify a particular religion. |
(Well, it doesn't specify a particular monotheic religion
with a personified male deity.)
|It doesn't specify a particular white race. |
(It could be the Irish, or maybe the Norwegians.)
|Our nation's moral fiber has weakened ever since we took the concept of "God" out of our schools.||Our nation's moral fiber has weakened ever since we took the concept of "White Rule" out of our schools.|
|If you take "God" out of the pledge, next you'll be taking it off our currency. |
|If you take "White Rule" out of the pledge, next you'll be taking it off our currency. |
|Our founding fathers would be spinning in their graves if they knew we took "God" out of our government.||Our founding fathers would be spinning in their graves if they knew we took "White Rule" out of our government.|
If the arguments are the same and equally valid, then I guess it would be okay to include "White Rule" in both the Pledge and in the motto. Any of you Pledge supporters have a problem with that? Maybe now you're beginning to understand why the inclusion of "God" isn't a good thing in a society that has a diversity of citizens and claims to have freedom of religion.
The point here isn't to try to equate religion with racism. The point is that the Constitution provides protection against the government encouraging and endorsing both religion and racism. (Albeit through different mechanisms.) I think most people would agree that including "White Rule" in the Pledge and in the motto would violate the constitutional rights of non-white folks. However, if the arguments for the inclusion of "God" are valid, then they're also equally valid for "White Rule." The painfully obvious conclusion is that the arguments for inclusion are invalid and that the inclusion of "God" violates the Constitution.
Note that the issue here isn't whether religion is good or bad. The Constitution protects against government sponsorship of religion. The inclusion of "God" does constitute such sponsorship as surely as would the inclusion of "White Rule."
Frankly, I think the real problem here is that most Americans don't really believe in the First Amendment. Each of us tends to think that everyone one else should believe and act like they themselves do. I think that's a natural tendency, but one that we need to fight. The First Amendment is the cornerstone of our society. A diversity of beliefs and ideas is the very strength upon which this country was built. It's much more important than some shared religious view.
When it comes to porn, the court system is just fucked up.
The whole idea of community standards is just wrong. Why should someone's First Amendment rights ever be subject to the opinions of people who happen to be geographically close to them? It conflicts with the very idea of people having rights unassailable by the majority. It's nuts.
But, at least it's somewhat workable. If you don't like the community standards in one area, you can move to another. You shouldn't have to, but you can.
But now we have a mind-boggling stupid court decision regarding online porn.
Here's the deal: The court held that porn material online can be held to the community standard of any community in which they can be viewed. Let that sink in for a minute.
Yes, that means that you could produce a piece of porn in Los Angeles, put it online, and someone in Podunkville could watch it and then have you arrested for violating their local community standards.
Or, as one Slashdot comment put it:
So by that measure we should censor all pictures of women's faces as it violates the decency standards of Iran.
Now, let me be clear, Max Hardcore is a slime-ball asshole. If you get off on his movies, you have serious issues and you should see a shrink. Seriously.
But as long as the people making the movies and watching the movies are doing it of their own free will, it shouldn't be illegal.
But now, under this ruling, anything on the net is now subject to the standards of, say, Utah.
Oh, wait, Utah consumes the most porn, per capita, of any state in the union. Gee, I wonder why?
So, Sarah Palin managed to last one lone semester in college in Hawai'i. Why is that, other than her natural tendancy to quit things?
According to her own father, in this dual book review, it was because she was uncomfortable with all the minorities!
The irony, of course, is that white folks are a minority in Hawai'i. She wasn't uncomfortable with minories. She was uncomfortable being the minority.
Now she should know what black folks, or any other minority, deal with every fucking day. It could have been a valuable learning experience. But no, she goes to Idaho of all places to bask in her whiteness. Then she gains fame with us versus them talk. She's a Real American and everyone not like her isn't.
Well, fuck her and fuck each and every person dumb enough to think she's hot shit. You're half right. Ha ha ha!
(I got about one hour of sleep last night and I'm extra fucking cranky.)
The webs are alight with news that Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. Most folks, even those on the left, are kinda wondering what he's done so far to deserve it. My favorite quotes today:
John's friend Ben:
Its interesting to note that the deadline for nominations was February 1, 2009. Its amazing what he accomplished in 11 days in office.
I originally thought he was being a dick. Just because the deadline is then doesn't mean that the selection criteria was limited to that timeframe. But then I did some research. In February and March, there's a committee that narrows down the 200 or so nominees to a short list. And, frankly, there's no way Obama did enough to justify being on the short list in that small a period of time. So his criticism was pretty spot-on.
My other favorite quote comes from PZ Myers, after pointing out that Obama hasn't really done a whole lot regarding ongoing wars:
Oh, well. It's definitely more appropriate than the award to Kissinger, but that isn't saying much.
The strange thing in all this is the concept of whether Obama
deserves the prize. It's strange because it betrays an assumption that there is a set of criteria by which we can judge candidates and determine their worthiness. There isn't. The only criteria is that a majority of folks on the Nobel Committee voted for a particular candidate. That's all. Anything beyond that is, well, your problem.
So, does Obama
deserve the prize? Well, he garnered a majority of the committee votes, so, by the criteria of the award itself, yes, he does deserve it.
If you're ever in Oslo, and you have some time to kill, you can check out the Nobel Peace Center. It's by the docks, next to the big-ass mall.
It's a neat place to visit, but I'll be honest, there are cooler things to see in Oslo.