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by Tom Tomorrow on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 06:50:03 AM PDT
to be VERY suspicious. And Berke Breathed doubtless agrees with me on some level.
Since I don't own a gun, Sparky is going to get clobbered with a flyswatter any second now!
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra
by blue aardvark on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 06:56:01 AM PDT
is so shootable.
If cats could blog, they wouldn't
by crystal eyes on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:13:38 AM PDT
[ Parent ]
Because he's looking at all the white women in a disrespectful way.
by blue aardvark on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:16:13 AM PDT
is what is threatening to these people.
Always has been.
"Racist! Sexist! Anti-gay! Rightwing bigot, go away!"....Occupy
by jimmylutherking on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:07:12 AM PDT
blacks are "real" Americans. They are foreigners pretending to be Americans. "Real" Americans are white, conservative and worship Jesus.
“Tax and Spend” I can understand. I can even understand “Borrow and Spend”. But “Borrow and Give Tax Cuts to Billionaires”? That I have a problem with.
by LiberalCanuck on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:26:41 AM PDT
Today, strive to be the person you want to be.
by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 12:16:17 PM PDT
"Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville
by LaurenMonica on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:13:24 AM PDT
truth laps satire.
(-8.38, -8.00) Occupy!
by hyperstation on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:14:26 AM PDT
gun one time...I was in my twenties in college and coming home from the bar a little stoned and drunk as I often was in those years, and I saw the security guard for our apartment complex doing his rounds (he carried a whistle and a flashlight - this was pre-cell phones - As I worked in the aparment office, I had keys and he and I would often play pool at 2:30 or 3:00am while I sobered up enough for bed.) Well, I decided to surprise him and hid in the bushes. When I said "Boo!" he turned around and drew down on me with a fully choked shotgun. Freaked me the fuck out. I asked him what he was doing with a gun (and a hunting shotgun at that) and he said he was trying to scare some kids off who were hanging around.
Like Zimmerman, this guy was in his twenties, didn't have the education to be a cop, was too fat to join the military, and was constantly on the look out for some kind of illegal activity he could bust because he was a security guard and that's what he did.
And, like Zimmerman, he did stupid shit like carrying a gun on an unarmed patrol.
My guess is that Zimmerman was playing out one fantasy in his head as he approached Trayvon Martin, and that fantasy required having his gun ready with a round chambered and the safety off. I wouldn't be surprised if the shot was semi-accidental.
Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.
by darthstar on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:17:13 AM PDT
"I wouldn't be surprised if the shot was semi-accidental."
There's no such thing as a semi-accidental shooting. An accident presumes a high degree of random chance. A shooting is either deliberate or it is reckless.
If Zimmerman didn't intend for the gun to go off, then it's reckless homicide, pure and simple, and there's no use in his pleading self-defense. Then we push for Florida concealed handgun licenses to require range time (they don't right now).
My wife's woodblock prints
by maxomai on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 08:54:46 AM PDT
go down dramatically if you do not own or carry a gun.
If you are carrying a gun, then you are prepared to use it. Nothing accidental about that.
You also need to take responsibility for your actions if you do use the gun- that's the tough part.
by mndan on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 09:25:15 AM PDT
The flip side is, I'd rather my wife deal with the consequences of shooting the man who tried to rape her than deal with the consequences of being raped.
by maxomai on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 11:01:11 AM PDT
last winter, I was shopping with my mother. She's 58, is blind from birth in one eye, and has very poor vision in the other. I was pushing the shopping cart; somehow she got ahead of me leaving the store and two older women with carts went ahead of me. Outside the door, Mom stopped and turned to look for me and did this odd-looking thing where she tilts her head sideways to point her good eye forward.
She's standing outside the door squinting back in with no groceries while I'm waiting for the older women to make it through. The store manager (not in a security guard uniform) apparently found my mother suspicious, pushed his way into the line to get out the door, put his hand on his gun and told her in a loud voice to move along. She says something about waiting for me, and he doesn't seem to hear. "I'll need you to move along, maa'm." I'm trying to get his attention but afraid to surprise someone from behind who's handing a gun. Eventually she sees what's happening and starts walking away from the store, and soon after I manage to get the heck out of the store, with the nutcase manager guarding the door like there's about to be an armed robbery or something. It was terrifying.
This "stand your ground" bull is nothing but an excuse for gun nuts to play with their toys more.
by OldGrandet on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 08:58:14 AM PDT
...no longer just for swimming pools.
Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World
by boran2 on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:18:22 AM PDT
(insert clever remark here)
by Brother Love on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:25:21 AM PDT
has been behaving in a very suspicious manner, lately.
I AM the Chosen One, according to my emails, so listen up!
by numi on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:24:10 AM PDT
ground" bunch and the "hoodies are suspicious" media would take it if African-Americans started stopping Whites walking down the streets of their neighborhoods demanding they "answer appropriately" on why they are there.
I can practically write the headlines myself "Radical Blacks Confront White Neighbors. Demand strollers answer 'in-your-face' questions or else."
"Stand Your Ground" is just code for "Shoot the Minority".
by LiberalCanuck on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:24:14 AM PDT
"The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko
by Marjmar on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:29:00 AM PDT
to "stand their ground" -- if Martin had been the shooter (even if Zimmerman also had a gun), chances are he would have been arrested, toxicology reports done, the works. And he'd probably still be sitting in jail a month later.
The optimist sees the glass as half-full. The pessimist sees the glass as half-empty. The realist just knows she's thirsty.
by Cali Scribe on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 08:28:15 AM PDT
faster than the speed of light if Zimmerman isn't arrested and convicted. I can't imagine how scared police departments must be in the states that have these stupid laws. Not only for their officer's safety, but for any ancillary legal action which may occur if an officer arrests a person claiming this as a defense.
My guess is that the courts in these states are also freaking out because they are going to be overwhelmed with people demanding retrials on the premise of "Wait, you mean I can really just get away with shooting someone and all I need to say is that I felt threatened? My attorney never told me that!".
I am sure that the NRA, ALEC, and the republican party are working on figuring out how to reword legislation to protect their constituents. It will be interesting to see how they do it.
A nerd from Louisiana who likes the ridiculously complicated things in life.
by Hey338Too on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 08:56:45 AM PDT
gun nuts will double-down and all the Republican legislators will enact even more craziness like this utter garbage of a "law."
The courts are not going to be overloaded because -- like George Zimmerman -- the shooters are not even getting to court or even being fingerprinted and charged.
These kinds of laws allow the police to be judge and jury on murder cases. It is inexcusable.
What a Police State Looks Like: "On one side: soft human flesh, unprotected human skulls, cardboard signs, slogans they chant, armed with belief in 1st Amendment rights. On the other: helmets, body armor, guns, batons, chemical weapons." -- JanetRhodes
by YucatanMan on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 12:54:51 PM PDT
beat up George Zimmerman, who outweighed him by over 100 pounds, is laughable.
The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. - William O. Douglas
by PSzymeczek on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 01:10:10 PM PDT
while George was laying on the ground getting his head thump'd in. There was no need to go to the hospital that night - was there?
There is NO mention of massive blood on Zimmerman's shirt from the downward blood splatter.
And- Trayvon was laying face down on the ground,
PLEASE, by all means possible, THINK for yourself? Then make a difference in the world; by doing something good for someone else today.
by laserhaas on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 11:42:20 PM PDT
was "Running" away and the 240 lb 5 ft 9 inch 28 year old male Ran down the 17 year old.
More likely Trayvon put on his hood - Zimmerman grabbed him or jumped in front
and then Zimmerman shot 1st and explained later.
by laserhaas on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 11:44:13 PM PDT
a race war, unfortunately. It would demand "law and order," not sissy rights.
Earn the trust
Of the 99% --
That's our intent!
"I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back." -- Saul Alinsky OCcupy!
by Seneca Doane on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 10:27:35 AM PDT
been - had Trayvon also had a gun strapped to his side.
This is total BS
by laserhaas on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 11:45:16 PM PDT
regime, as the war on everything that is not GOP.
by The Dredd on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:26:15 AM PDT
The more you feel threatened- the more you can shoot...
and the more you shoot- the more you feel threatened.
So round and round we go.
by crystal eyes on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:30:33 AM PDT
I think he's one of, if not THE most suspicious and threatening people in that entire state.
Of course, this should in now way be construed as any sort of inducement for anyone to defend themselves against him. I'm only writing this joke for entertainment.
Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.
by drewfromct on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:31:25 AM PDT
by NRA written laws and "make my day if you're a minority" laws, and you have a very explosive mixture.
Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.
by DefendOurConstitution on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:32:07 AM PDT
If Zimmerman kills black man for looking suspicious, is racist (which he is most likely), then Obama killing Muslims based on suspicious is also racist.
And unfortunately killing muslim suspect is accepted norm.
by hassanm on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 07:47:31 AM PDT
nothing . . .
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. ~Thomas Jefferson
by bobdevo on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 08:08:24 AM PDT
I was unaware that Muslims were a race.
by josephcwhite on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 08:48:07 AM PDT
Perhaps "bigoted" is a better word.
I applaud President Obama's level and reasoned remarks about Trayvon Martin. I hope he will do what his predecessor did and condemn the anti-Muslim, anti-Immigrant sentiments that led to the senseless death of Shaima Alawadi.
by maxomai on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 09:14:20 AM PDT
of killing muslims
by hassanm on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 09:42:25 AM PDT
what they were up to, what nation they belonged to, etc....they were muslims and therefore innocent, correct?
by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 12:19:55 PM PDT
by hassanm on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 09:41:50 AM PDT
before executing-by-driveby a father and his kids.
by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 12:18:40 PM PDT
From my cold, dead brain."
Yup, that pretty much sums up the Fox News watching wingnut base that wants so badly to believe this.
by victor the crab on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 08:06:31 AM PDT
US foreign policy with respect to Iran are virtually identical?
by bobdevo on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 08:07:00 AM PDT
by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 12:22:00 PM PDT
Panama. Grenada. Iraq. I could go on . . .
by bobdevo on Tue Mar 27, 2012 at 02:23:10 AM PDT
by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 12:22:42 PM PDT
by YucatanMan on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 01:05:53 PM PDT
black person would ever be allowed to cite this law at all.
"It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart
by JackND on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 08:10:45 AM PDT
from Drudge Report. The seething anger and hatred pouring out of the comments sections are absolutely unbelievable. Does anyone else think this will be just the first of many such racially charged/class conflict related issues to arise during a very long and hot election year? Its amazing to me that rank and file Republicans are turning this into a partisan issue, but that's exactly what they're doing.
by stonedranger on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 08:27:16 AM PDT
Stand Your Ground laws are despicable attempts to legalize white paranoia. NRA'ites along with their reactionary Justices on the Supreme Court have perverted the Second Amendment by twisting it into a sanction for white racist resistance. Militias were embedded in the Constitution definitely not as an anti-government terrorist weapon but as a flexible means of raising forces to protect the government against rebels whether slaves, Indians or criminal whites. Among the earliest uses of the militias were to put down the anti-tax, Tea Party like Shay's Rebellion and a decade later the Whiskey Rebellion. In it's pure, Constitutional form the Second Amendment was meant to provide a way to control NRA types and not shield them.
by Luschnig on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 09:15:58 AM PDT
For that matter, it was when the US was under the Articles of Confederation, not the Constitution.
Agreed on your opening statements, though — as the true "official" nickname of the law, Force With Force, indicates (the name belying the fact that teenage boy with a bag of candy has no "force" against a racist neanderthal with a gun).
Tell Congress: DON'T BREAK THE INTERNET! Learn about the OPEN Act.
by Brown Thrasher on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 09:52:53 AM PDT
The leaders sounded precisely like Tea Partiers complaining about taxes and only secondarily about their unwillingness to pay their lawful debts. And even though it occurred under the Articles of Confederation the principles governing militias were precisely the same as those in the Constitution. The Governor of Mass. relied on the timeless principle enshrined in Anglo-Saxon law that, "(a) well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State," the state can raise a militia to defend itself. The right wing's partly effective effort to pervert the Second Amendment is just a part of their attempt to destroy America's Constitutional democracy and replace it with a confederate tyranny.
by Luschnig on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 12:07:03 PM PDT
"Next you'll be saying they should have their own ACADEMIES!"
by Brown Thrasher on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 09:56:14 AM PDT
tip'd, rec'd, shar'd, tweet'd and republished.
by laserhaas on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 10:00:54 AM PDT
fellow citizens, sadly.
May you live in interesting times--Chinese curse
by oldcrow on Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 12:28:21 PM PDT
by you on soon
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