Yesterday, John McCain and Harry Reid reached a compromise on filibuster reform that avoided the nuclear option. We can chalk up a win for John McCain over the Wacko-birds of the GOP in the Senate. The score now reads:
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I look forward with anticipation to the next episode in this continuing saga, perhaps to be entitled “The Wacko-birds Strike Back.”
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Most or many people of color are saying that the George Zimmerman acquittal defines the state of racial treatment in the US by police and the judicial system. Not being black myself, I have never experienced what they claim to experience, but I believe that so many with the same complaints must be taken seriously. Even if our system of justice were perfect and the complaints raised were false, we would still need to address the complaints. And I believe them and I believe that those who complain have merit on their side. What shall we do?
I think that the most effective way to change minds is to change perspectives, to walk a mile in the other person’s shoes. Since I am not black and cannot become black, we must find another approach. Perhaps a role-playing game, played in the schools or available electronically for home use might…
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In a way, the not-guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for his killing of Trayvon Martin was more powerful than a guilty verdict could ever have been. It was the perfect wrenching coda to a story that illustrates just how utterly and completely our system of justice — both moral and legal — failed Martin and his family.
This is not to dispute the jury’s finding — one can intellectually rationalize the decision — as much as it is to howl at the moon, to yearn for a brighter reality for the politics around dark bodies, to raise a voice and say, this case is a rallying call, not a death dirge.
The system began to fail Martin long before that night.
The system failed him when Florida’s self-defense laws were written, allowing an aggressor to claim self-defense in the middle of an altercation — and to use…
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The George Zimmerman murder trial is over, but details from the case continue to emerge at a dizzying pace.
Several jurors have spoken out after the verdict. The prosecution’s key witness has been offered a full ride to college. And Attorney General Eric Holder blasted “stand your ground” laws but gave no hint about whether Zimmerman will face civil rights charges.
Here’s the latest on the Zimmerman trial aftermath:
The Zimmerman trial juror known as B37 interviewed by CNN said she will not grant other interviews and wants to get back to a normal life. “For reasons of my own, I needed to speak alone,” she said.
She issued the statement after four other jurors said the opinions she expressed on AC 360 “were her own, and not in any way representative” of all the jurors.
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Did you hear the disgusting interview with juror known as B37? Did hear how chummy she felt about “George” and his feelings and motivations. At what point did Mr. Zimmerman become “George”? In her fantasies? What bothered me even more is that she ascribed thoughts and motivations to Trayvon Martin who was only available to her through autopsy photos. She could sit and drool and, perhaps, fantasize about her “George” every day not the true victim in this case. The prosecution really dropped the ball in obtaining justice for Trayvon Benjamin Martin. —GoodOleWoody