We stayed in the best hotels, they just happened to be black. We ate in the best restaurants, they just happened to be black. Don’t feel sorry for us, though. No one is looking for sympathy. These men had great lives.

Buck O’Neill

“Your success is our success. Your failure, whether you like it or not, is our failure,”

Bishop Desmond Tutu to Barack Obama, June 2013

A little bit ago we talked about the comfortable lie that the black community is staying silent in front of.   There are many, the Trayvon Martin lie as an innocent child, the George Zimmerman lie as a racist profile, the Detroit lie that the cities failures are due to the GOP and that it is the White community that 150 years after the end of slavery it is the white racism that is the fault of black unemployment and poverty.

It was less than 10 years ago that Bill Cosby who was given an award by the NAACP and gave this speech at the 50th Anniversary of Brown v Board of Education:

Ladies and gentlemen, the lower economic and lower middle economic people are not holding their end in this deal. In the neighborhood that most of us grew up in, parenting is not going on. In the old days, you couldn’t hooky school because every drawn shade was an eye. And before your mother got off the bus and to the house, she knew exactly where you had gone, who had gone into the house, and where you got on whatever you had one and where you got it from. Parents don’t know that today.

and that was during a time of oppression but fast forward

We cannot blame white people. White people — White people don’t live over there. They close up the shop early. The Korean ones still don’t know us as well — they stay open 24 hours.

I’m looking and I see a man named Kenneth Clark, he and his wife Mamie. Kenneth’s still alive. I have to apologize to him for these people because Kenneth said it straight. He said you have to strengthen yourselves, and we’ve got to have that black doll. And everybody said it. Julian Bond said it. Dick Gregory said it. All these lawyers said it. And you wouldn’t know that anybody had done a damned thing.

Fifty percent drop out rate, I’m telling you, and people in jail, and women having children by five, six different men. Under what excuse? I want somebody to love me. And as soon as you have it, you forget to parent. Grandmother, mother, and great grandmother in the same room, raising children, and the child knows nothing about love or respect of any one of the three of them. All this child knows is “gimme, gimme, gimme.” These people want to buy the friendship of a child, and the child couldn’t care less. Those of us sitting out here who have gone on to some college or whatever we’ve done, we still fear our parents. And these people are not parenting. They’re buying things for the kid — $500 sneakers — for what? They won’t buy or spend $250 on Hooked on Phonics.

Read the whole speech listen to the audio and hear the applause. They know the truth.

The question is if the black community knows they are being sold a lie, why do they persist in it? why do they find it comfortable?

Well one reason is the treatment they receive by the community when they do speak up

Charles Barkley:

Bill Cosby

 

Note the number of followers these people have. This is not just the odd person sprouting off (although there are plenty of them as well) these are people who have thousands of followers

and it’s not just people on twitter listen to what MSNBC’s Goldie taylor had to say about Don Lemon:

Yet. I just have to wonder. Exactly which America does he live in? But if I had a dollar for every turn coat mofo who made it up and out, then cut the rope ladder behind him.

“Turncoat MOFO?” this is a Television analyst with 30K+ followers. What did Lemon say that so offended her?

“Black people, if you really want to fix the problem, here’s just five things that you should think about doing,” Lemon continued. He then listed the five things:

hike up your pants
finish school
don’t use the n-word
take care of your communities
don’t have children out of wedlock.

How DARE he suggest such a thing! Black children not finishing school, not saying “nigger”, not having children out of wedlock, taking care of your communities? Boy no wonder she considers him a Turncoat MF

The full speech is here.

Note that he hits conservatives on this, accuses them of using this argument for their own ends yet that is not enough for the left.

There are plenty of people who make a living on the grievance industry. The Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case makes them money, gives them power and influence. Black on Black violence does not, as Lemon said:

Pay attention to and think about what has been presented in recent history as acceptable behavior. Pay close attention to the hip hop and rap culture that many of you have embraced a culture that glorifies everything I’ve just mentioned, thug and reprehensible behavior. A culture that is making a lot of people rich, just not you, and it’s not going to.

The irony of course is in the days of Jim Crow, black family’s were strong and powerful male role models were prominent and fought for respect for themselves and their children. Yet with the great society it’s as if a huge segment of the black community has thrown away the example they set.

But this can’t be spoken of, particularly now, because we have the first black president and if it is suggested in any way that there is any issue, particularly during his tenure, you are not only betraying your race, you are betraying as Jamie Foxx called him, “Our Lord and Savior Barack Obama

And we can’t have that.

If people like Lemon continued to be attacked for pointing this out and the problem of culture in the black community are not addressed the end result will be this:

A man is brutally attacked by a group of teens in Little Italy. Police say four of the attackers are in custody. Three of them are juveniles.

and more importantly this:

Blattermann and other neighbors believe the same mob has robbed other residents. they’re now banding together to protect their neighborhood.

“I don’t want to have to feel like at any given moment I can’t walk out of my house,” Blattermann said.

Banding together in little Italy I wonder where that might lead?

It may be that the grievance industry will produce the exact result that they claim to be fighting.

But that doesn’t matter, the payday will still be there and if you actually have that result the hucksters will be able to claim a moral high ground fighting the result they worked for.

I find that entire prospect one of the more disgusting things I’ve seen.

Update: Pulled the extra “s” from the title

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July ends today and I’d like to thank everyone who made it my most successful month in terms of my paycheck and just shy of my best month in terms of traffic (perhaps by this writing it will be #1).

Most importantly that success in both direction covered both my traffic and financial shortfalls of June turning the combined months into an above average result and better than my traffic last year during the election season.

But it doesn’t change the fact there will be a new Mortgage in August and I’ll still need a paycheck to cover it.

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After my post on death by political correctness Mike Rogers of Granite Grok sent me an e-mail that I thought was good enough for a post/follow-up so I asked permission to use it.

He gave it but I was kinda slow on the follow-up so he beat me to it here:

You know, Pete, it’s much more basic than that.

The Negro population was making its fastest advances in society (and prosperity) back in the 1950s and 1960s, before the Great Society turned a lot of their youngsters into fatherless wards of the state.

Go and read the whole thing and Steve’s stand your ground post too.

Stevie Wonder has announced in response to the Verdict at George Zimmerman’s trial he will boycott Florida until they repeal their “Stand your ground” laws:

In the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal, the singer said he would not be performing in the Sunshine State until its Stand Your Ground law is “abolished.” He also said he would not be performing in any other state that recognizes the law, which some say contributed to Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.

Mr. Wonder has the perfect right to perform how and where he sees fit and at age 63 he is likely comfortable enough that it won’t hurt him financially but I must confess however my first thoughts were the words Plausible deniability

And this clip from the Doctor Who episode: A Good Man Goes to War

Eric Holder gave a speech today at the NAACP where he spent a lot of time talking about the Trayvon Martin case.

He said a lot of things, and the media was all over it and continues to be so. But here is something you Eric Holder didn’t say anything about:

A government watchdog has found for the first time that confidential tax records of several political candidates and campaign donors were improperly scrutinized by government officials, but the Justice Department has declined to prosecute any of the cases.

Strangely enough Justice doesn’t have much to say on the subject:

“The Justice Department should answer completely and not hide behind taxpayer confidentiality laws to avoid accountability for its decision not to prosecute a violation of taxpayer confidentiality laws,” Mr. Grassley told The Times. “With the IRS on the hot seat over targeting certain political groups, it’s particularly troubling to learn about ‘willful unauthorized access’ of tax records involving individuals who were candidates for office or political donors. The public needs to know whether the decision not to prosecute these violations was politically motivated and whether the individuals responsible were held accountable in any other way.”

Oddly you aren’t seeing anything about this on the news.

Nor a thing about the economy either.

Nor much about Egypt or Syria.

Edward Snowden who is he?

and while the IRS scandal is in day 68 the media has forgotten it even as it rolls on

All of these things hurt liberalism, all of these things hurt Obama and all are drowed out by the Trayvon Martin Business in the MSM.

Never let a crisis go to waste

Closing thought, here is one Trayvon Martin/ Zimmerman story nobody is talking about:

According to Zimmerman attorney James Beasley, the case against NBC News was stayed pending the outcome of the criminal case. Now that’s out of the way, and Beasley is ready to proceed. “We’re going to start in earnest asap, we just have to get the stay lifted which is a ministerial act,” says Beasley, a Philadelphia lawyer, via e-mail.

and I suspect this case is going to be a lot easier to prove than you think:

if the Zimmerman team wants to show malice at NBC News, all they have to do is play MSNBC’s coverage of the trial and especially the acquittal. The anger and malice (and even more misinformation) didn’t just come from guest panelists on their coverage, it came from MSNBC’s hosts, paid by NBC News. The phrase “shooting fish in a barrel” comes to mind when proving this particular aspect of the case.

I must confess I can’t wait for this case to move forward but I suspect NBC will VERY quietly offer to settle.

I hope Zimmerman refuses.

Harvey: You HIT me!

Capt: Disko: “Now you just sit there and think about it.”

Captains Courageous 1937

Lt Dave Spradling: Kaffee, I have people to answer to just like you do. I’m going to charge him.

Lt Daniel Kaffee: With possession of a condiment?

Lieutenant Dave Spradling: Kaffee…

Lt Daniel Kaffee: Dave, I tried to help you out of this but if you ask for jail time I’m going to file a motion to dismiss..

Lt Dave Spradling: You won’t get it!

Lt Daniel Kaffee: I will get it. And if the MTD is denied I’ll file a motion in limine seeking to obtain an evidentiary ruling in advance and after that I’m going to file against pretrial confinement and you’re going to spend the next three months going blind on paperwork because a Signalman Second Class bought and smoked a dime bag of oregano.

A Few Good Men 1992

At my first job in the Raytheon Scientific Computer Center I met a brilliant programmer in his late fifties. When people needed things yesterday they’d often turn to him for fixes.   Rather than waiting weeks months or years for a fix or application Bob would invariably program a solution in hours or days and without the normal costs of procurement procedures.

This was great for Raytheon and National Defense but unfortunate for the RSCC since our billing was based on people utilizing our libraries using the normal procurement procedures. Thus there was a lot of push to get him “under control”.

Now if your purpose is to improve your department’s stats, the whole”getting Bob under control” meme makes sense.  If you’re goal is however to make sure the people programming our missiles during the height of the cold war had what they needed as soon as possible, not so much.

I submit if you are a defense contractor and your focus is the former and not the latter, you’re doing it wrong.

Which brings us to some facts that have gotten very little attention concerning the Trayvon Martin case and the reason he was suspended from school and found himself meeting George Zimmerman.  It seems some stolen Jewelry was found in his possession along with a burglary tool at school during the search that resulted in his suspension.  One might think that when such a thing happens, particularly on school property, the police would have taken notice wouldn’t they?

SRO Dunn never filed a criminal report, nor opened a criminal investigation, surrounding the stolen jewelry. Instead, and as a result of pressure from M-DSPD Chief Hurley to avoid criminal reports for black male students, Dunn wrote up the jewelry as “found items”, and transferred them, along with the burglary tool, to the Miami-Dade Police property room where they sat on a shelf unassigned to anyone for investigation.

A separate report of “criminal Mischief” (T-08809) was filed for the additional issue of writing “WTF” on a school locker. [It was the search for the marker used to write the graffiti that led to the backpack search].

The school discipline, “suspension”, was attached to the graffiti and not the stolen jewelry.

Huh? Why on earth would B & E and or possession of stolen goods not be treated as a crime to be looked at? What possible advantage is there to instead write-up a report of “criminal Mischief” instead of calling things what they are? Well if your goal is to improve your statistics you can create the appearance of a reduction in crime within the school system.  In fact you might even be able to get a commendation from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and be able to issue a very happy press release:

(MIAMI)-Miami-Dade Schools Police (M-DSPD) was recently commended by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for dramatically decreasing school-related delinquency in Miami-Dade County public schools.

M-DSPD has the distinction of decreasing school-related juvenile delinquency by an impressive 60 percent for the last six months of 2011, which was the largest decline in any school district in the state. The police force is being heralded for adopting effective alternatives to arrest such as civil citations. The M-DSPD has also seen a 35 percent decrease in the amount of referrals to the DJJ.

To most people who assume the job of police as policing and protecting, that might not make sense, but to a department who sees its job as improving statistics, it makes perfect sense.

Imagine for a second if the department decided to go the whole policing and protecting route with a goal to reduce crime and teach…..adventurous teens to avoid wrong choices?

Imagine if the department in question was run by someone like Sheriff Earl Lee the scourge of Stacy McCain’s crowd during his self confessed dopehead days? Imagine if the police were less worried about appearances then in teaching the young that bad decisions have bad consequences?

Then Imagine if in this case was treated as a crime and Trayvon Martin had been charged for burglary or at least possession of stolen goods?

Well for the city it would have meant the expense of going through all the court procedures that such an event entails.  You might have had a counselor or court officer assigned to the case and/or family.  It would have been yet another young black man in trouble and could have been used as an example as how the school district was “failing students of color”.  Since Trayvon was getting close to 18 and the courts are notoriously slow likely all of this would have simply led to some kind of plea or probation deal till age 18.

And for Trayvon Martin & his parents it would have been a pain in the neck.  Public embarrassment for his parents far above a mere suspension.  Time involved, appearances to make.  It would have meant they would need to give their son scrutiny at a stage in his life when it would not be easy.  And if he put a foot wrong on probation it would be juvenile hall and problems and annoyances that come with it

I’m sure the city figured it was just easier to just let things go and I’m sure assuming his parents knew about it, they would have agreed.  A lot less trouble all around.

What could possibly go wrong?

If they did this, and Trayvon Martin still found himself on that fateful night watched by George Zimmerman I’m wondering how different might things have been.  If he had,  say, some kind of probation over his head might Trayvon Martin have   thought: “I don’t like that ass following me but I don’t want to risk any trouble right now.” and instead of turning back to confront George Zimmerman used the more than ample time he had to just go home?

We don’t know any of this but we do know this. If you have a school and police department gaming the system to improve the stats they are selling out the community who they work for, the schools and the kids, both those who got into trouble and those who don’t all for the sake of bragging rights.

How many more kids seeing the system being gained in this way by the authorities for their own gain will look at that, and decide they can do the same? How many will end up someday in trouble, in jail or dead because of it?

All for the sake of a letter and a press release but it gets worse:

Meanwhile — more facts nobody is supposed to mention — President Obama last August signed an executive order that would, in effect, “mandate racial discipline quotas,” so that the methods employed by Chief Hurley are now likely to become nationwide policy.

What could possibly go wrong?

Wrong?  There is nothing wrong here.  It’s all about your goals.  For the political left, you got a boost in the black vote in 2012 and you now have the grievance industry running full tilt with another political season looming and all the Obama scandals off the radar.

After all what’s the life of a single black man, the safety or individuals, the policing of schools  or doing your job compared to the greater good of appearing politically correct, getting the right stats, financing the grievance industry or electing Democrats?

Despicable, dishonorable and disgusting.

Update: Stacy McCain ends it again:

The Politics of Indignation practiced by Democrats requires quite a great deal of narrative management, and relies on the cowardly unwillingness of Americans to speak the blunt truth. We are offered an iconic martyr — St. Trayvon of the Blessed Hoodie — by the High Priests of the Temple Cult and if we fail to mimic their superstitious ritual, if we do not reverently genuflect before this sacred symbol of innocence . . .

“How dare you?”

How dare they, because for Marxists the ends always justifies the means.

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Well Monday I made the mistake of leading with a post on the Pope in Vanity Fair (that accounted for only 3% of my traffic) rather than in a post on the Trayvon Martin case (which accounted for over 57% of my traffic)

That meant that only 3% of my visitors saw my tip jar pitch and since as a rule far less than 1% of visits result in a hit of datipjar few people saw yesterday’s pitch.

But today I’m leading with Trayvon/Zimmerman so I’m hopfing for better luck and as Sunday was a good day for DaJipJar it will take only 10 Tip Jar hitters kicking in $21 each to furlough DaTipJar till Sunday Next.

If you enjoyed last week’s near total vacation from DaPitch consider hitting DaTipJar today, if 9 others join you at $21 each the entire readership can enjoy 4 full days of pitchless blogging.

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Lynch mob head: We’ll take them from here on, J.D.

J.D. Cahill: Just like that?

Lynch mob head: Just like that.

J.D. Cahill: Lightfoot, how far away would you say they are?

Lightfoot About 10, 12 feet.

J.D. Cahill: Make a good pattern for this buckshot Well, there’s no use prodding around. I’m willing to die trying to keep ’em. The question is, are you willing to die trying to take ’em?   Now I’m cold and hungry and wet and tired and short-tempered, so get on with it!…(pause) Hell, get out of my way!

Cahill US Marshall 1973

Yesterday Stacy McCain wrote a must read post that very accurately talks about the element that is missing from a community that was once populated by strong families and strong male role models but is largely populated by single parent families.

His long and powerful essay has me chomping at the bit to write my own on the subject but that’s a piece for another day, today I’ll focus on a specific bit at the beginning of his piece:

Frankly, after all the media hype about the potential of nationwide rioting if George Zimmerman wasn’t convicted — and all the protesters chanting “No Justice! No Peace!” — I was surprised the Baltimore Bolsheviks didn’t get their dream of a Marxist revolution. But that hasn’t happened yet and the only violence Saturday night was in Oakland

While his joke about Democrat voters is amusing there is something that struck me in what he said.

….the only violence Saturday night was in Oakland

and there was also some trouble in LA, but while it was easy to find protests with some angry faces and loud shouts there wasn’t anything resembling riots.

Why?

Supposedly Black America is outraged, people are looking for revenge and blood and given the frenzy whipped up by the media where are these riots as we saw in LA 20 years ago?

There are several explanations/differences:  The Zimmerman case involved an individual rather than authorities, there was an actual video in LA case, The Zimmerman trial was televised from start to finish so the public saw the trial and the weakness of the evidence to convict, many were appealing for calm, the police were ready for such events and finally riots might reflect poorly on this administration which is an ally of those warning of violence.

All of these are valid reasons and surely played a role in the lack of trouble this weekend but there is one other card in the deck that a lot of people are not willing to talk about:  Guns.

Over the last 20 years gun laws, particularly in the south have loosened, including concealed carry laws. While the media has not been big on reporting it, there have been regular stories of ordinary citizens using their personal firearms to repel criminals meaning them harm.

Ironically thanks to the debate earlier in the year on the subject even the lowest of low information voters are aware and/or believe that the average citizen, particularly in states like Florida are very likely armed and if the media meme is to be believed, just DYING to shoot people.

And unlike police whose primary goal it to contain such events, individual citizens, particularly in “Stand your Ground” states are not under an obligation to refrain from deadly force if threatened.

There is a big difference between popping off on twitter from the safety your home, and actually putting yourself on the line, and it’s simply amazing how much less attractive the prospect of violence for recreation or revenge becomes for those who would commit it when the targets of said violence can shoot back.

Now it’s possible I’m all wet, that the fear of an armed populace backed up by laws protecting self-defense had nothing to do with it and in the end.  For society the lack of riots and violence after the verdict is what matters.

But as Barack Obama tires to use the Zimmerman Acquittal to disarm American again I submit and suggest people look at what happened or  rather what didn’t happen this weekend and think long and hard before they willingly give up their arms.

Update: I meant single parent families not single family parents, must be a tad dyslexic.

There were a fair amount of tweets last night that simply should not have sent I’d like to talk about this one:

 

I was VERY surprised to see this tweet in my timeline, and it provoked some strong reaction from people who saw it as well it should.

At any time that phrasing would be racist on its face, it sounds like something out of Jim Crow, but to tweet out such a phrase right after one of the most watched racial case in the country while people are still worried about rioting is not only outrageous, it’s irresponsible and provocative.

But there are two outrages in this tweet and while one is easy to spot most will ignore 2nd.

The fact is for all his poor choice of words and the lack of sensitivity in both content and timing Mr. Haley is telling the truth.

Don’t believe me, here is something from Afrodaddy.com

In relation to homicide the number one killer of black men is other black men. It is a national tragedy that black-on-black crime ranks as the 4th leading cause of death for black men. In the age group of 15 – 34 black-on-black crime is the #1 killer of black men

This has been true for a long time, and none of the people in the MSM seem to be all that upset about it.  I think what I wrote the day the Zimmerman case first became a national story still holds up:

I have sons near the age of Mrs. Martin. I can’t imagine what she’s going through and I don’t begrudge her one bit of her anger or desire for justice for her son. It seems to me however, that the activists and media personalities so outraged today, had none for the young black men who’ve been slaughtered in cities for years:

That is the true disgrace, daily bloodshed in the Black community that is left unchecked. The statistics are telling:

The hundred or so homicides in Oakland each year are part of nearly 6,000 murders nationally committed by blacks, mostly of other blacks, compared to just over 5,300 homicides committed by whites and Hispanics combined. (Blacks are 12.8 percent of the U.S. population, whites and Hispanics, 81 percent.).

Where is the outrage in the black community. Why does not the black leadership or the elite liberal opinion address this outrage, because it doesn’t fit their template of racism as the primary cause of the suffering of the Blacks in America.

You can’t find that outrage because it has no political value to either activists of the left or to the self-appointed black leaders that you will see on every channel for the balance of the Trayvon Martin case.

The Trayvon Martin case is a tragic, but the regular murders of young black men in the cities by other young black men and the unwillingness of people to talk about it nor the media’s willingness to write about is the real national outrage.

“…because it has no political value to either activists of the left or to the self-appointed black leaders”

I don’t begrudge anyone being outraged about the words used in that tweet, but if you are more outraged by Mr. Haley’s use of language then the fact that young black men are being slaughtered in cities by other men of color, then I submit and suggest that like the black “leaders” who can’t find the time or the inclination to make this a national issue,  your moral priorities are off, way off.

 

Final thought,  A person can send out a single tweet that they might regret I looked at Mr. Haley’s timeline after that tweet and didn’t see a repeat of such language,    Marlon Waynes has no such excuse.

As I watch MSNBC and see Al Sharpton et/all go crazy over the verdict of the Zimmerman case and hear the NAACP appeal to the federal government for relief I kept remembering a repeated meme that I’ve seen at Instapundit

George Zimmerman is blacker than Homer Plessy.

For those of you who are not schooled in American History Homer Plessy subject of the famous Supreme Court Case Plessy v Ferguson that established the doctrine of “Separate but equal” until Brown vs Board of Education overturned it.

As Ann Althouse and Michael Barone pointed out George Zimmerman is 1/4 Black (via his grandmother)

The Irony is overwhelming, it’s the 50’s all over again!  Consider:

A 1/4 black man has been acquitted of murder and we are seeing a  group of powerful and influential people determined to make him pay.

A 1/4 Black man has been acquitted of murder and we are seeing a mob of people willing to publicly threaten to kill him for it.

I guess they were right, Jim Crow is back after all

One final thought:

If George Zimmerman had run for and been elected president in 2004 the same people who are calling his acquittal a travesty and calling for his murder would have cheered and celebrated him as the first black president.

Update: Instalanche, but I have to disagree with Roger Simon. His presumption of the president being a “big loser” is based on his disgraceful actions, not on his goals. He forgets for the left the ends justifies the means and because of this Barack Obama is a big winner. Now only was he able to use this case to spike black turnout in 2012 but this verdict allows his partisans to continue to use this case as a club in 2014 races and beyond.

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Just changed the channel and was surprised to see the not guilty verdict, when I heard the jury ask about manslaughter I presumed he was in trouble.

There are a lot of long faces on MSNBC and CNN isn’t all that happy either but in terms of what it will mean for rating and their memes they do a lot better with an acquittal than with a conviction. With an acquittal you can play the race card all day long.

Already Sharpton is talking a civil rights case and the MSNBC expert is really blaming the prosecutors.

I think it’s unfair to them. The Prosecutors had a lousy case and they did the best they could with it in terms of lawyer.

The ball is in the community’s court

Update: Did Angela Corey actually try to say this case wasn’t about race? This entire prosecution was about race and she insults our intelligence by saying so.

Update 2: At the press conference the lead defender was asked how this case would have gone if George Zimmerman was black (he is actually) his answer was dramatic, provocative and absolutely true” “If George Zimmerman was black he never would have been charged with a crime”

The best comment I’ve seen however comes from Robert Stacy McCain: emphasis mine

Honestly, I thought the jury was going to convict on manslaughter — even had that set up as the headline and then was shocked when I heard, “Not guilty.” But I was never emotionally invested in this story, one way or the other. There were arguments to be made either way. A kid should be able to walk to the store and back without ending up shot dead; on the other hand, the original finding of investigators was that Zimmerman was exercising his right to self-defense, and there were those who believed Zimmerman was put on trial simply to satisfy political agitators.

Justice may have been the winner in that Zimmerman should not be locked up but the bottom line is Martin is dead, Zimmerman’s life is likely destroyed and the country is divided and none of this from the shooting to the charging to the trial needed to happen, period. Everyone involved needs prayers.

Update 3:  A very good point by Ed Morrissey:

The panel appeared to have taken its duty seriously, and reached the only verdict possible with the evidence presented to it.  Clearly the second-degree murder charge was ridiculous on its face, and the prosecution’s decision to overcharge could possibly have undermined its credibility, too.

The second-degree murder charge was unreasonable — and the prosecution provided almost no evidence in support of it.  A manslaughter charge was at least rational, though, and a jury might have convicted on that charge, if they could find no reasonable doubt that Zimmerman had rationally feared for his life or grave bodily harm without the use of lethal force.

I’m wondering if the state charges Manslaughter and plays the case from day 1 based on that charge does it win?  after all they Jury took many hours to ask the manslaughter question.  That suggests the entire process was political in nature rather than justice driven.

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