RANT: Jury got it right

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/13/justice/zimmerman-trial/index.html

George Zimmerman found not guilty of murder in Trayvon Martin’s death
By Greg Botelho and Holly Yan, CNN
updated 7:12 AM EDT, Sun July 14, 2013

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In this case, from what I have seen, the Jury got it right.

I think the Prosecution lived up to the expectations of Gooferment bureaucrats.

If I was the Judge, I would sight the Prosecution for malpractice (about the disclosure) and incompetence (overcharging and using the GZ interviews). 

If I was the Governor, I would take the Judge aside and suggest another line of work.

If I was GZ, I’d move and change my name.

If I was MSNBC I’d switch to be an all comedy network; they are a joke.

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RANT: Buchanan’s “It’s all about race now” is on target for as far as it goes

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=50546

It’s all about race now
by Patrick J. Buchanan
03/30/2012

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If it had been a white teenager who was shot, and a 28-year-old black guy who shot him, the black guy would have been arrested.

So assert those demanding the arrest of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

And they may be right.

Yet if Trayvon had been shot dead by a black neighborhood watch volunteer, Jesse Jackson would not have been in a pulpit in Sanford, Fla., howling that he had been “murdered and martyred.”

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For all the abuse he has received, Geraldo Rivera had a point.

Whenever cable TV runs hidden-camera footage of a liquor or convenience store being held up and someone behind the counter being shot, the perp is often a black male wearing a hoodie.

Listening to the heated rhetoric coming from demonstrations around the country, from the Black Caucus and TV talkers — about how America is a terrifying place for young black males to grow up in because of the constant danger from white vigilantes — one wonders what country of the mind these people are living in.

The real America is a country where the black crime rate is seven times as high as the white rate. It is a country where white criminals choose black victims in 3 percent of their crimes, but black criminals choose white victims in 45 percent of their crimes.

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Some Sanford police believed Zimmerman; others did not.

But now that it is being investigated by a special prosecutor, the FBI, the Justice Department and a coming grand jury, what is the purpose of this venomous portrayal of George Zimmerman?

As yet convicted of no crime, he is being crucified in the arena of public opinion as a hate-crime monster and murderer.

Is this our idea of justice?

No. But if the purpose here is to turn this into a national black-white face-off, instead of a mutual search for truth and justice, it is succeeding marvelously well.

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I hope we can get back to the search for “truth and justice”.

Which will probably land us in the middle somewhere. Like the victim was no angel, but probably innocent. And the shooter may have gone over the line by not stopping his pursuit quickly enough, but probably innocent.

And, both “sides” of the issue need to turn down the volume and turn up the understanding.

I think a lot of this tracks back to the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” and the Federal welfare destroying the Black Family and the Black Churches. And, as usual in this blog reflecting a fat old white guy injineer’s opinion, the trouble is with the Gooferment.

Dona Nobis Pacem!

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GUNS: ‘Stand Your Ground’ doesn’t cover “following”

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Stand-Your-Ground-law-a-disaster-says-former-Miami-top-cop-John-Timoney-144077596.html

‘Stand Your Ground’ law a disaster says former Miami top cop John Timoney
Warned in 2005 that Trayvon Martin type-killings would result after law passed
ByJAMES O’SHEA,IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
Published Saturday, March 24, 2012, 7:29 AM Updated Saturday, March 24, 2012, 7:29 AM

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“Police officers are trained to de-escalate highly charged encounters with aggressive people, using deadly force as a last resort. Citizens, on the other hand, may act from emotion and perceived threats. But “stand your ground” gives citizens the right to use force in public if they feel threatened. As the law emphatically states, a citizen has “no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground.”

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The is NOT imho a “stand your ground” case.

This fellow was told by the 911 operator to let the boy go.

He was following; how’s that “standing”?

We see police and prosecutorial abuse of legal gun owners often. This law is merely protecting the innocent.

This is the first such incident we’ve heard about since ’05. That’s 7 years! Not exactly the “blood in the streets” that the anti-gun folks always predict.

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