The Zimmerman Verdict: Get Over It

Zimmerman protesters raid Wal-Mart, stop freeway

The world will not turn itself upside down to please you.

Neither will the law.

Neither will the facts.

Neither will the fact that the law is what it is.

Nor the fact that, under American law, a jury verdict is prima facie (Go ahead, look it up!) correct.

Under the rules of due process, the lawful evidence was presented to a competent jury. This was not so with TV news or radio talk shows.

Moreover, in civil suits, the standard of proof is “a preponderance of the evidence,” but in criminal trials — all criminal trials — it is much higher, “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This standard is so high I wonder that any criminal conviction is ever obtained. Thus in a very similar local case here in Baltimore, an off-duty police officer was recently acquitted in the strangling death of a black teen.
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Conspiracy theorists: America’s lost sheep?

Recently published on Yahoo! Voices:

Conspiracy theorists:  America’s lost sheep?

Please disseminate as widely as possible!

on air talent, talk show host, radio talk show, the homeless blogger

Do women need assault rifles for self-defense?

New photos, details emerge of Newtown mass shooter Adam Lanza

The NRA has been parading women who seem to claim they need assault weapons for self-defense.

This would appear to be a miscalculation on its part.

Adam Lanza acquired the weapons he used from his mother.

I’m not sure such things belong in any home.

Clippings: Free Speech in India, Einstein’s convoluted brain, and more

Outrage in India over arrests for Facebook post

How that became categorized under Yahoo! Finance, I cannot imagine.  The article informs as to (1) some of the personalities involved in Hindu religious-and-political extremism; (2) the apparently puzzling state of Indian law pertinent freedom of speech and of religion; and (3) a situation where some “loose goose” police officers, or perhaps a “loose goose” province, took matters into their own hands.  “Creating enmity and hatred” is a criminal offense.  The Wikipedia article on Bal Thackeray is an exercise in hagiography.

Einstein’s Brain Reveals Clues to Genius

I don’t understand why it has taken so long for this information to become public.  The photographs in question show the organ whole, before it was microtomed.  I have long supposed the cerebral cortex here was, as it turns out it was, significantly more convoluted than that of the average person.

What Happened to the Tea Party?
Rep. Allen West concedes after Fla. recount fight

The Democratic Party of Florida has already released a statement: “We congratulate Congressman-elect Patrick Murphy on defeating tea party crony Allen West,” said Rod Smith, the chair of the Florida Democratic Party. “Tonight, the people of this district rejected divisive, hateful rhetoric in favor a fresh-faced, bipartisan approach centered around the issues important to Florida’s middle class families.”

I have no prior awareness of Allen West, and am uncomfortable with the word “crony” here, but feel informed by the rest of the quotation.

Recent Outbreaks Of Violence Cause Some To Question Gun Control Laws

I am asking the same questions.

* “Scandal:” The meaning of the word

I don’t have the wherewithal to actually buy and read newspapers; at the convenience store, I merely read the headlines.  I found this article by doing a news Google on “Crofton massacre” — which fact illustrates the point I’ll make below.

Police: Md. man made threat, ‘joker’ reference

The English word “scandal” comes from the Greek skandalon, which literally means “stumbling block;” as in Matthew 18:6, where in the King James Version it is translated as “offense,” and Matthew 13:57, which would be translated literally, “They stumbled at him.”

We find that scandals make two different kinds of people “stumble” in two different ways.
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“Argentina convicts 2 dictators of stealing babies,” and other stories: News roundup – 07/24/12

Argentina convicts 2 dictators of stealing babies
Egyptians pelt Clinton motorcade with tomatoes
Egyptian kidnapper threatens to kill two American hostages
Idaho man charged with soliciting wife’s rape using Craigslist
Maryland Dream Act supporters launch campaign to uphold law
Biology Leaves Gay Men Highly Vulnerable to HIV: Study
Missing Iowa cousins: One set of parents hires an attorney


Argentina convicts 2 dictators of stealing babies

A much more balanced account of the whole situation in South America at the time, than we usually get in the American press.


Egyptians pelt Clinton motorcade with tomatoes

Exactly who these people were, and their motives, is unclear.  Some Egyptians blame the U.S. for the political ascendancy of the Muslim Brotherhood — of all things.


Egyptian kidnapper threatens to kill two American hostages

“Jirmy Abu-Masuh, 32, of the Tarbeen tribe, said in an interview that the Americans … won’t be released until his uncle, who is in an Egyptian prison, is released as well. His uncle was taken into custody for refusing to pay 100 dollars in a bribe to police officers at a checkpoint.”

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