Category Archives: General
It’s nice to be able to put politics aside for a moment and recognize some good people for some good works. Over 12,000 people volunteered their time and effort to transform San Fiasco into Gotham City, so that a five-year-old leukemia patient could be Batman for a day with his little brother as Robin.
This story is guaranteed to make the room you’re in a little dusty.
I have another wish for Miles: a full recovery and a long, healthy life.
Although it is highly correlated with the presence of a Y chromosome.
I don’t have any sophisticated legal analysis to add to the discussions of the George Zimmerman case. After all, when Alan Dershowitz says that the prosecutors in the case ought to be disbarred, what’s left to say about it? Well, other than what Mark Steyn and Ann Coulter have said. (All links via Drudge.)
Instead, I offer this:
Given that we now know that
(1) the DOJ–through its mysterious “Community Relations Service”–aided and abetted the protests that helped persuade the governor of Florida to appoint a special prosecutor after local police concluded there was no factual basis for bringing criminal charges against George Zimmerman,
(2) this Very Special Prosecutor wasn’t willing to risk bringing her case before a grand jury, and
(3) this Very Special Prosecutor–immediately after the jury was sequestered– fired the whistle-blower in the State Attorney’s Office who let Zimmerman’s lawyers know that crucial information was being withheld from them by prosecution,
we can conclude that we no longer have a criminal justice system in this country. Instead, we have a social justice system, in which Who You Are determines whether you’ll be charged with a crime and–if you are so charged–what burden of proof you will face when put on trial. In the case of “white Hispanic” George Zimmeran, it’s clear that the prosecution believes that it’s the defendant’s job to prove his state of mind prior to the incident in question, while considerations of his assailant’s state of mind are off limits. It’s equally clear that the prosecution believes that the burden of proof rests on Zimmerman to establish definitively that a reasonable person would have believed himself to be in grave danger while being beaten by his assailant.
The words that most succinctly express my feelings about everyone involved in the prosecution of this case are these:
Because of your deliberate, willful and unscrupulous actions, you can never again be trusted….
Of course, in our new Orwellian state, those words were actually addressed to the man who let the world know about the grossly unethical conduct of the prosecution, as a justification for firing him.
The police chief who refused to bring charges against Zimmerman, of course, was already fired some time ago. After all, how else are the low-level members of the extended Social Justice Department supposed to know what’s expected of them?
UPDATE 1: Not Guilty
The spirit of justice still lives among the people, if not their rulers. Let us now praise the six serious citizens on that jury.
UPDATE 2: Statement from the president
It’s pretty good. I hope everyone takes it to heart.
Here it is, gentle reader. At a cost of $10 million to transport this monolith plus the opportunity cost of my time, I bring you Levitated Mass, now on exhibit in the back yard of the LA County Museum of Art.
Sincerest wishes for health and contentment to all readers of this humble blog.
One of my year’s-end traditions is topping off my charitable contributions. I focus my giving on two charities of great importance to me, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (home of the “Jimmy Fund“) and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
This site doesn’t generate enough traffic to merit an Amazon portal, so I can’t ask my dozens of readers to show some love by having Jeff Bezos kick back some of his profits to me. What would be worth far more to me in any event would be for you to take a few minutes to send whatever donation you’re comfortable making to either of these charities–or to another that suits you better.
More than cash contributions, though, I’d be thrilled and grateful beyond expression if you were to sign up to be a bone marrow donor. If you can even begin to imagine the horror of a child struck by a blood cancer who has no siblings to rely on for a transplant, then you can also imagine the gratitude that the family of such a child would feel toward anyone willing to enroll as a potential donor of life-saving bone marrow. You can literally save a life, and earn a lifetime of gratitude.
I hope you’ll forgive me for starting the new year on a serious note. I promise to return you to the delights of mid-century modernism and idiosyncratic policy wonkery directly.
Thanks for reading.