Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, July 15, 2013 6:40 pm

Quote of the Day, David “The Wire” Simon edition

Filed under: Sad — Lex @ 6:40 pm

Simon on the Zimmerman-Martin case:

One man accosted another and when it became a fist fight, one man — and one man only — had a firearm. The rest is racial rationalization and dishonorable commentary.

If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford. Those that do not, those that hold the pain and betrayal inside and somehow manage to resist violence — these citizens are testament to a stoic tolerance that is more than the rest of us deserve.  I confess, their patience and patriotism is well beyond my own.

Except in self-defense, violence is never the answer. And my take on this case is that it was Trayvon Martin, not George Zimmerman, who, under the law, was standing his ground and defending himself.

But this pooch of a case was screwed from the start, when the Sanford PD failed to take elementary care of the crime scene, and no amount of after-the-fact investigation, no matter how disinterested and well-intentioned, was going to unscrew it. The verdict was sad, even awful, but not, to me, surprising. And Charlie Pierce at Esquire is not the only person who has said, repeatedly, that no good will come from this case. I’d dearly love to be surprised, but I share his sentiment.


  1. It’s awfully tough to read Tobin’s columns without coming away with the feeling that he’s almost always right.

    “It must be re-stated that the death of Martin was a tragedy. Zimmerman is no hero for having killed an unarmed youth, even if the truth about Martin (that was not heard in court) is that he was not a choir boy. Even though the evidence made a not-guilty verdict inevitable, his behavior was at best questionable and at worst irresponsible. But the problem here was always that the facts of what was a confusing case, in which a Hispanic man who had been beat up killed his assailant in what both police and prosecutors saw as a case of self-defense, simply didn’t fit into the narrative about racism that so many on the left insisted must be the only possible way to interpret the incident.

    Yet now that they are freed from the necessity of having to react to the defense’s case and the almost comical weakness of the prosecution’s argument, the liberal media has thrown off all constraints and reverted to the narrative about racial profiling and a martyred victim.

    Today on MSNBC, numerous commentators have insisted that the prosecution pulled its punches instead of actually doing all in its power to convict Zimmerman even to the point of tricks in which they sought to withhold evidence. The jury is now denounced as an “all-white” southern panel that is no different from those of the Jim Crow past that tilted the justice system against blacks. Worst of all, professional racial hucksters like MSNBC’s Al Sharpton have been unleashed to treat weeks of evidence and argument about the truth of the accusations against Zimmerman as if they never happened and to gin up protests that will do nothing but enhance the profile of “activists” such as himself. Since the only verdict the left would have accepted is a guilty one, the failure of the prosecution, the behavior of the judge and the judgment of the jury are now being treated as an extension of American’s history of racism. The result is a wave of incitement about race that is painting the same country that just reelected an African-American to the presidency as if it were the segregated and intolerant nation of a century ago.

    This is slander, but if much of the media (especially MSNBC, a network that faces a lawsuit for editing of the tape of Zimmerman’s 911 call that made him appear a racist and whose in-house token conservative Joe Scarborough called Zimmerman a “murderer”) really thinks the problem with the trial is that there wasn’t enough race baiting, it is a sign we are in for a new wave of hateful and dangerous invective streaming forth from these outlets that could have incalculable costs.”

    Instead of castigating the Sanford PD’s handling of the crime scene ( without any basis in fact ) you should be calling for the disbarment/prosecution of the Special Prosecutor Angela Corey for the reasons set forth in the below video:

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Monday, July 15, 2013 7:28 pm @ 7:28 pm

  2. Actually, I have no problem with it at all, Fred.

    Comment by Lex — Monday, July 15, 2013 8:51 pm @ 8:51 pm

  3. “It ” .. The verdict, the special prosecutor etc ???

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:44 pm @ 12:44 pm

  4. “It” = reading Tobin’s columns and thinking that he has once again gotten whatever he’s writing about exactly bass-ackwards. Sometimes even when I agree with what he’s trying to say.

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:26 pm @ 2:26 pm

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