Not Guilty

A Florida jury of six women acquitted George Zimmerman on Saturday night in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

I’ve been reluctant to comment on the case while it was being pursued, and it might be because I was raised by lawyers and have enormous respect for the law. It might also be because there was nothing funny about a black kid being gunned down by a white slob for the crime of being a black kid.

My better angels tell me to do nothing and that the system is working, even if I disagree with the verdict. My smarter angels tell me that we need to work on changing the Stand Your Ground (and other ALEC-sponsored) laws that would allow such a cowardly and disgraceful thing to be legal, and we must name the repeal after Trayvon, just as we named hate crime laws after Matthew Shepard. I think it is the best thing we can do to honor and remember Trayvon.

Never Forget.

The Knee-bone is Connected to the Thigh-bone…

Eat your heart out, Cannibal Cop: Cannibalism at Jamestown Colony.

The first chops, to the forehead, did not go through the bone and are perhaps evidence of hesitancy about the task. The next set, after the body was rolled over, were more effective. One cut split the skull all the way to the base.

“The person is truly figuring it out as they go,” said Douglas Owsley, a physical anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution.

In the meantime, someone — perhaps with more experience — was working on a leg. The tibia bone is broken with a single blow, as one might do in butchering a cow.

That’s one possible version of an event that took place sometime during the winter of 1609-1610 in Jamestown. What’s certain is that some members of that desperate colony resorted to cannibalism in order to survive.

…and thus was born the earliest part of the Southern GOP. And of course, it was a teenage girl that they decided to serve, but it was primitive times during a terrible winter.. Later on, of course, they burned women at the barbecue, er, stake.

No word on seasoning or sauces, but you cannot have everything when you are working out a recipe…

We Report, You Decide

Anderson Cooper’s team tracked down a scam artist bilking cash in the wake of Newtown. In the name of reporting the facts of the story, around the 1:40 mark of the clip, even Anderson Cooper gives a look of, “What the hell are we reporting?” It’s okay to ask people if they understand that their explanations sound ludicrous. I do give them credit for daylighting this as this is a pretty horrible person.

Paging the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, Know as Prince Again

Hubba-hubba

Now here’s some news you can use:

Purple is the most amorous color, according to a new study which found that people who decorate their bedrooms in the color have the most active sex lives.

The survey of 2,000 British adults by retailer Littlewoods found that those with purple bedding or furniture had 3.49 “intimate encounters” per week. The least active color scheme in the survey was grey, averaging 1.8.

I rented a house that was painted violet-gray inside, and I can attest that these statistics are true.

(Yahoo News)

The Morning Fishwrap

Death of the Media

By now everyone has seen the little filler article that states that Apple Inc. has more cash on hand than the US government, right?

Well, this being Silicon Valley, our newspaper The San Jose Mercury News (motto: There’s no time to run the spell-checker!) has to put their own spin on the story, and so they put their intrepid technology reporter, John Boudreau, on the scent. And lo! he smells it up!

Though it was founded 200 years after the United States, Apple has more cash in the bank than the world’s largest economy.

Quite a lede you got there, Sparky. Anyway, to liven things up, Boudreau decided to go to idiot quote-spewing technology analyst Rob Enderle to get some expert insight:

“If Apple can do no wrong, the United States can do no right,” quipped long-time Silicon Valley tech analyst Rob Enderle.

Say what? For the record, Enderle has Google, Microsoft, and Dell as paying customers, and has long rooted for Apple to go out of business.

Anyway, Boudreau continues with his usual mad journo-school skillz:

Still, imagine if the functions of the federal government were run like Apple: their efficient ease-of-use, not to mention stylish appearance, would inspire love and admiration around the globe.

Oooookay… but luckily for Boudreau, Enderle gives him the money-shot, so to speak:

“The U.S. government can print money,” Enderle observed. “If Apple actually printed cash, it would get into some trouble.”

And that’s the news from Silicon Valley.

(Mercury News)

I’d believe it

NYT publisher Arthur Sulzberger, on defeating their new pay wall:

“Can people go around the system?” Sulzberger asked during an appearance at The Paley Center for Media here. “The answer is yes. There are going to be ways.

“Just as if you run down Sixth Avenue right now and you pass a newsstand and grab the paper and keep running you can actually get the Times free,” he said.

“We have to accept that. Is it going easy? No. Is it going to be done by the kind of people who buy the quality news and opinion of the New York Times?

“We don’t think so,” he said.

“It’ll be mostly high school kids and people out of work,” Sulzberger said, before adding “I can’t believe I said that.”

Asshole.

(The Age)

It’s war!

BENNINGTON, Vt. – A Vermont neighborhood is being stalked by a renegade gray squirrel.

Several people in Bennington say they’ve been attacked by a squirrel over the last few weeks.

Kevin McDonald tells the Bennington Banner he was shoveling snow when the squirrel jumped onto him. He says he threw the animal off, but it twice jumped back onto him. A game warden says there have been other reports, too.

One woman is being treated for exposure to rabies, but Vermont Public Health Veterinarian Robert Johnson says there’s never been a case of a squirrel passing rabies to a human.

Johnson says it’s possible the squirrel was raised as a pet and lost its fear of humans. He says the squirrel might “go ballistic” when it encounters people it doesn’t recognize.

Dogs have warned us for years that this day would come.

Hard-hitting journalism from David Gregory (nice hair, too)

Noted theologian and happily heterosexually-married senator Mitch McConnell says that he takes President Obama’s word that he is a Christian.

Thank you, David Gregory for this hard-hitting line of interrogation. But, gee, your hair looks great.

UPDATE: More dog-whistle

(The Flash video is kinda wonky, so I didn’t want to embed it.)