Today’s WTF: Friday short-takes

As I threatened promised, I did drop a post today in my series about the George McGovern book What It Means to Be a Democrat. That is available for anyone who wants to read some in-depth political stuff.

However, it’s Friday and I wanted to do a less heavy duty post as well. Just a few quick takes about current events, since I rarely have time to cover everything I’d like to these days:

ZIMMERMAN/MARTIN CASE

Image via KOMONews.com

Lots and lots of info coming out recently…medical reports…autopsy results…pictures, witness statements, and more. I think the main point about all of this is not whether George Zimmerman had a laceration or whether Trayvon Martin had THC in his system. The main point, for me, is: why is all this coming out now? Isn’t this the stuff that is supposed to be covered during the trial? I realize that we have people in the general public who are interested – inquiring minds wanna know, and all that. But this is getting scarily similar to the Casey Anthony case, where so much was revealed and discussed in the public forum and in the media that this stuff overshadowed the trial itself. I fail to see how it makes sense for every little detail to be presented and deliberated upon by the armchair prosecutors and defense attorneys of the world. Gives them something to do, I suppose, and it certainly helps score some ratings for the media outlets that cover it. But I think all of us who were anxious for George Zimmerman to be charged did so because we wanted there to be a trial, and a careful examination of the evidence, and, ultimately, justice. I can’t help but feel that the whole crazy atmosphere this thing is encouraging will be counter-productive to that process and shift the focus from the judicial process to the media hype. It is just begging for some sort of move on behalf of George Zimmerman’s lawyer to claim that there’s no way for him to get a fair trial in light of all the publicity. And he might be right. I would hate to think that the public’s demand for information will somehow interfere with the straightforward process that needs to happen in order to ensure a thorough and timely trial. Unfortunately, that’s just the world we live in and we’ll have to see how it goes from here forward.

THE JEREMIAH WRIGHT AD CONTROVERSY

So the right wing thought it would be a good idea to try and resurrect the Jeremiah Wright thing, since voters “still aren’t ready to hate this president”, and it was

important to figure out “how to inflame their questions on his character and competency”. I am disgusted by the idea that TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts would be willing to spend piles of his own money to attempt such open and self-acknowledged character assassination on our president. Not that it’s a surprise, considering the fact that he has also been donating to every GOP candidate to run against the president this year. However, I am encouraged by the fact that many Republicans knocked Rickett’s idea back pretty quickly. Not because I think they were being fair or decent, but because they realized that, even in their zeal to defeat President Obama, this was a bad idea politically. The fact that they chose to back off of such a tawdry strategy does mean they may be smartening up a bit. Maybe they are learning, and maybe this will help put an end to the low-blow bullcrap (like birtherism) that has plagued this administration since Day One. I ain’t holding my breath or anything, mind you.

SCUMSUCKERS OF THE WEEK

There were several, besides Joe Ricketts, but the less said about guys like this…

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, who decided he’d rather renounce his US citizenship than pay taxes here (Image via PCMag.com)

and this…

John Edwards, who is lucky that being a morally bankrupt bastard is not technically illegal (Image via Politico.com)

and this…

Bubba Carpenter, Mississippi Republican who’s totes cool with a return to “coat hanger abortions” (Image via jezebel.com)

…the better. 😦

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Very sad to see that Donna Summer died so young. She was a wonderful singer and cancer sucks.

Why did Chris Bosh have to get injured during the playoffs? WHYYYYYYY???

Highlight of my week: attending my kid’s third consecutive “Straight A” breakfast yesterday morning, followed by watching her solo in the end-of-the-year chorus concert last night. My kid ROCKS!

And last but not least, this is the funniest pic I’ve seen this week. LOL, y’all!

Image via BuzzFeed.com

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2 thoughts on “Today’s WTF: Friday short-takes

  1. About the Zimmerman/Martin thing. Hasn’t that already become a meta-trial where the ideological purity of the stance is more important than the actual events? I mean, what does it matter if Martin had THC (a component of Marijuana) in his blood? I’d say that half of my friends partake in marijuana at times, and if they were shot dead, it shouldn’t matter in the trial.

    • Well, the presence of any sort of drug shouldn’t necessarily matter, but the Zimmerman defense is based on the idea that Trayvon Martin attacked first, and that the shot was necessitated by this attack. If they can add in the possibility of Martin being chemically impaired (and hence possibly more reckless/aggressive) in some way, that helps the believability on this version of the story.

      But the thing is, in my mind, it all goes back to before that even happened. Zimmerman was told not to pursue Trayvon. He had been in his car and had called the police. All he had to do was wait until the police came and that would have been the end of that. The moment he chose to get out of the car and follow Trayvon, then I believe he became accountable for everything that followed, including any altercation that may have occurred. We’ll see if that’s how the case goes or not, but from my vantage point it all boils down to that.

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