Especially for George Zimmerman. He was acquitted, precisely as I recently said should happen. The usual idiots kicked up their heels in protest, but so far the predictions of apocalyptic nation-wide riots haven’t materialized. Some notes and reports from around the blogosphere:
Note: I don’t and won’t use Twitter, but even so – who the hell cares what actors, singers and professional athletes think about serious matters like these, anyway? Do they have any experience in trial law? Are they familiar with the Florida statutes that govern this case? Half of them probably couldn’t find their own asses with both hands and written instructions, and we are supposed to care what they think of any matters of substance?
But, I digress. Moving on:
You never picked cotton, young man, and I never made anybody pick cotton. One hundred fifty years ago, there was a war.
Six hundred thousand men died in that war.
My great-great grandfather Winston Wood Bolt was a private in the 13th Alabama Infantry Regiment. He was captured on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, along with Brig. Gen. James Archer, and Private Bolt spent the rest of the war imprisoned at Fort Delaware.
He was fortunate, really, because two days after he was captured, his regiment was in the vanguard of Pickett’s Charge, where their colonel, Birkett Davenport Fry, was seriously wounded and many of those Alabama boys were hastened to eternity by the cannons blasting double loads of canister and by volleys of Yankee rifle fire.
Students of history would be hard-pressed to argue that the deaths of 600,000 men were an insufficient sum to do justice to whatever anyone may suggest led America to that war. Nor was the death toll the entirety of the price paid. We must add to the balance the men horribly maimed who somehow survived, including Winston Bolt’s brother, a corporal who managed to escape capture or death at Gettysburg, only to lose an arm at the Wilderness in 1864.
Read the whole thing. It’s depressing and educational, all at the same time; educational at the way Mr. McCain takes the young man to school, and depressing because of the example of the deepening stupidity of his horribly outmatched debate opponent.
Meanwhile, George Zimmerman is a free man. Sadly, there are already murmurs of a civil rights case filed by Attorney General Holder’s notoriously corrupt Justice Department. Even if that does not materialize, he will spend his life looking over his shoulder for examples of what the poisonous urban thug culture that has taken over some of our major cities has produced.