Race, Justice, and Civility

I’ve been watching all the drama of the Zimmerman case unfold for quite a while, and I have to say I’m beginning to despair of society’s ability to apply critical thought to an issue without clouding their judgement with emotion.
There are three points I’d like to make after giving lots of thought to this case:
1) Race was a factor in the events of that night.
The truth is that Zimmerman was following Martin that night in part because of Martin’s appearance.
Given the fact that there had been burglaries in the area, and that the suspect had been described as a young black male, it stands to reason that Zimmerman would view Martin with some suspicion. Other factors also fed this suspicion, not just race. Zimmerman might have over-reacted to the possible threat, but you have to concede that he was justified in reporting Martin’s presence to police based on the information he was working with.
Now the part where this case gets sticky…
Whether Zimmerman was justified in pursuing Martin or not, I can’t say. Up until this point, Zimmerman had been acting in the interest of the community. I believe he got a little over-zealous, but as with so much of the commentary on this, it’s speculation.
So race played a part in this drama in that Martin fit the description of a burglar, and before I hear any more hysterics over “profiling”, I’d like to ask this: why are black males responsible for such a high percentage of crime? If you want to not be viewed suspectly, then perhaps you should do something about the thug culture, fatherless households, or whatever else it is that leads your young men to behave badly in society.
2) Justice has prevailed.
Most of the furor over the “injustice” of the Zimmerman verdict is based on incorrect perceptions. There is an assumption, which is fed by race hustlers and the media, that Zimmerman shot Martin because he was black. NO. Zimmerman shot Martin because Martin was beating the hell out of him. Based on Zimmerman’s injuries he had a justifiable reason to use deadly force; he feared for his life. The escalation of events which led to this will continue to divide people over this case, but the simple truth is this: Martin could have responded to Zimmerman’s pursuit without violence, but once violence had been initiated the dynamic shifted. This was no longer an annoying and over-zealous neighborhood watchman and a teen on a late night snack run, this was a violent altercation between two men. The media have tried to turn favor toward Martin in this by referring to him as a child. He was a minor, for sure, but he was not a small and defenseless tot. It’s worth pointing out that young men a few months older than Trayvon sacrifice their lives daily in our military. They are young men, not boys.
3) Politicians, celebrities, and the media need to stop inciting incivility.
You may strongly disagree with me on one or both of my previous points, but breaking laws and attacking people is not going to bring about any sort of justice; on the contrary, it only breeds more hate for both sides of the divide. Just as it did the night Martin was shot, violence breeds violence. You cannot perpetuate the same crimes you accuse others of and call it justice: it’s not justice, it’s revenge. REVENGE IS NOT JUSTICE.
The media has been morbidly gleeful over the possibility of riots “for Trayvon.” The vast majority of rioters probably only showed up because the cameras were rolling in anticipation and people will do anything to get on tv nowadays. Celebrities have used their bullhorn of fame to stoke embers of anger in fans who have little knowledge of the case, but are easily swayed by opinion. Most repugnant to me is the way our political “leaders” have declared they want justice for this supposed crime , but have willfully ignored crimes of greater magnitude or with clearer evidence of racial hate. The seeds of division were sown and now they are all carefully tending their gardens of hate at the cost of true justice and civility. It’s maddening. Leadership should not produce such rancid fruit.
The thing to remember in all of this is that you do no service to humanity by continuing to stoke the fires of hate. The Martins have lost a young man dear to them. The Zimmermans have lost their peace of mind. Trayvon will always be missed by his family and friends. George will live with the terrible knowledge that he ended a man’s life, and the Zimmerman family will live in fear of revenge vigilantism. Each person who allows hate to fester will live without real joy.
Destroying property and attacking people will never bring closure. There have been revenge murders against whites and Hispanics for no reason other than revenge for a perceived injustice. Facts, laws, respect, and sanctity of life be damned. Is this how you honor your dead?? If so, you’re worse than barbaric. You’re petty and simple and full of evil.
I dearly hope that we can all stop talking at each other and insulting each other. We need a return of civility. Our country and our communities cannot survive without it.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

The Leader Of The Free World Knows NOTHING About Benghazi Whistleblowers? Whaa?

The Leader Of The Free World Knows NOTHING About Benghazi Whistleblowers? Whaa?

I promise to get back into my blogging groove later on today and regale you with my witticisms, but while you wait go check out these Chicks and tell me if Obama’s declarations of ignorance don’t sound a little hinky to you? Do his advisers not constantly update him?? Obama’s weak assertions smell like something that fell out of the back end of a bull to me.

The Hypocrisy of Liberal Feminism

Remember when the GOP was accused of perpetuating a “war on women” because we felt Sandra Fluke should buy her own birth control rather than demand a Christian school disregard its moral imperative and provide contraception/abortion drugs? It seemed a simple enough concept that Fluke could have bought insurance through another provider or simply paid for her drugs out of pocket since she was economically secure enough to attend a law school, but to the liberal left it was deemed sexist to deny Fluke this one avenue of access to birth control amid so many others available to her even if by granting her request she and her champions of feminism trampled on the religious rights of a Christian university.

Then there was that issue that the professional pearl-clutchers of the liberal left had with Mitt’s “binders full of women”, meaning of course the resumes he received upon request because he felt women were under-represented in government and he planned to hire competent, professional women in his administration. The irony of the faux outrage over this particular “war” was that these defenders of female equality petulantly ignored the fact that Obama’s administration was run like a political boys’ club, with women being paid 18% less than their male counterparts. Yet we were expected to believe that the man who wanted to hire women was anti-woman?

The condescending vultures of equality were cackling with glee when along came Akin and his ignorant remarks about women’s bodies being able to “shut down” a pregnancy resulting from rape. They finally had something to be legitimately offended at after all their cries of sexist wolf. They were beyond elated to find that when they flung their political poo, some of it actually stuck, and they increased their cries of HATE!, MISOGYNY!, and SEXISM! while parading around in vagina costumes and pontificating about the plight of the downtrodden American female.

Good times, huh?

One has to wonder where all this passionate feminism retreated to when instead of a Republican politician talking about binders it was a Democrat Senator who was being investigated for a list of offenses, including having sex with underage girls. Amazing how the liberal screeching about “war on women” stops cold in the face of actual abuse.

It is also quite telling that when Akin made his comments about “legitimate rape” he was immediately the target of rape threats and death threats…. not just directed at him, but at his family as well. Such is leftist tolerance. Akin’s point was that children who are the product of rape shouldn’t be punished, but that the rapist should be. His bigger point was lost when he spoke ignorantly, confusing biology and statistics, and he was excoriated by the left.

Enter Democrat Rep. Salazar a few months later. Salazar took a page from Akin’s book and turned it into a novel with even more idiotic embellishments. Rep. Salazar was arguing in favor of the nanny state’s latest assault on freedom, namely gun control, when he condescended to women in the most atrocious way possible short of pulling a Bill Clinton or Kennedy-esque type stunt and personally assaulting them. Rather than physically attacking women himself, the Democrat representative simply wants to make it easier for other men to assault women! You see, Salazar suggested that women attending college are too high strung to be trusted with firearms for self-defense. He said we may “feel” as if we are going to be raped, but that we may not be in any danger of actually being raped. His suggestion? Blow a whistle or hope that your attacker respects a “safe zone.” (Because we all know how rapists respect boundaries. Cue *eyeroll*)

Please just take a moment and let that sink in…

What could possibly go wrong with Salazar’s well-intended attempt to save mankind from the histrionics of confused, unhinged females when, in a show of liberal-grade we-know-better-than-you stupidity, the University of Colorado (UCCS) actually advised women to scream, run away, take your abuse like a good little girl, explain you’re menstruating, and vomit or otherwise soil yourself. Salazar and the UCCS do not feel you should endanger your attacker but should make yourself a less desirable victim.

Less desirable, perhaps, but still a victim.

Yes, the party that fancies themselves champions of women’s rights and equality have a politician who openly stated that he wished to infringe upon the Constitutional rights of women because he feels they may be confused in their tiny female brains about what an actual sexual attack is. After the Akin debacle you would think that Salazar would be debased in equal measure, but the irony is that liberals are less offended at a case of legitimate misogyny than they are at the well-deserved mockery of such sneering idiocy.

Seriously… even if I tried really hard and clicked my heels together 3 times, I couldn’t make this up.

Rather than attack a fellow liberal over insanely stupid comments questioning the emotional stability of women, liberal harpies are attacking people who call out Salazar on his misogyny!

(Solidarity! Or something…)

Liberals have spent so much time chasing victimhood down the rabbit-hole that they can no longer comprehend life without it. While conservatives are saying “Don’t be a victim. Arm yourself; defend yourself! If anyone is going to wet their pants it should be your attacker (after he gets a good look at your Glock),” liberals are incensed at what they call “victim-blaming.”

*HEAD DESK*

Rather than deal with the reality that rape happens, liberals are furious that we would dare suggest that women may need to actually protect themselves against violence. They honestly feel that to prevent rape, you simply shouldn’t rape!

Well, that’s just fantastic advice! If I ever pass by a mirror and feel a sudden urge to rape myself I’ll simply breathe deeply and talk myself out of it! Then I’ll walk to a “safe zone” so that I’m absolutely 100% sure that I won’t assault myself in some way.

Yes, friends, the uproar from those stalwart defenders of women’s rights is directed at those of us who know that there is evil in the world and who would trust women to defend themselves against it rather than suggest that women are simply over-emotional and incapable of recognizing a legitimate threat.

But what do I know? I’m just a woman.

keep criminals guessing

Fiscal Snark

Fiscal Cliff.

We’ve heard news about the fiscal cliff until we’re probably all tired of it and are just glad the dealing is over…

Right?

I have to wonder, however, if most folk outside of a few fellow political junkies are entirely clear about what the fiscal cliff is, what deal was struck, and what it means for us lowly peons who don’t speak lawyerese.

I will attempt to explain it as well as I can given that I’m, 1) not a math genius 2) not a lawyer & 3) sick of the very thought of it, by breaking it down into ‘regular folk’ language and simplifying it as much as I can without losing the substance of the thing. Here goes…

This all leads back to the Budget Control Act of 2011.. *snort-laugh* budget control…*ahem* that addressed the debt ceiling crisis of that year. (Is anyone else noticing a pattern in regards to our government, spending, and crises? Anyone??) The changes that were set to take place at midnight Dec 31, 2012 were:

TAXES: 1) Last year’s temporary payroll tax cuts would expire [resulting in a 2% tax increase for workers. Lovely. Slave away, peons, Master Obama needs your taxes.] 2) The “Bush tax cuts” would expire [Bush tax cuts translator: Lower federal income tax for everyone, decrease in the marriage penalty, increase in the child tax credit Yay families!, etc.] 3) We would begin seeing taxes related to Obamacare. [Remember the tax that’s not a tax until the law Pelosi&Co crammed down our collective throats would be found unConstitutional unless it’s a tax?? There was this whole hullabaloo at the Supreme Court about it. Enjoy your “free” birth control, ladies, which will result in higher taxes on everything you buy now! ], etc., etc.

SPENDING: The spending cuts agreed upon as part of the deal would go into effect, including cuts to the defense budget and Medicare. It’s so cute how politicians pretend to want to stop spending our money, isn’t it?? Bless their hearts.

I have to note at this time that raising the debt ceiling via the “Budget Control Act” was considered the only plausible fix to the problem of our government spending, spending, spending, and having no plan to pay down the debt or indeed any intention of staying within a budget (seeing as how they have HAD NO BUDGET for over 1,000 days). I have to point that out because it is an out of control SPENDING government that has caused ALL of these problems and then proposes “fixes” that in no way, shape, or form limit the amount of spending that we as tax payers are expected to pay for.

*Ahem* Mini-rant over. Where was I? Oh yes, the fiscal cliff…

fiscal cliff huxtible

No, not THAT Cliff.

So the cliff was this big scary economic reckoning that would burden an already weak economy with heaps of higher taxes. Remember just before the election when Obama said the economy was ‘doing fine’? Wasn’t that precious!?

So.. what did the sage wizards of Capitol Hill do about this impending doom?

Good question.

Two good things have come of this deal: 1) Most of the Bush tax cuts are permanent. [Taxes will go up on higher incomes, just as King Obama promised in his class warfare campaign. You know, all those “rich” people who hire less rich people to do jobs that they are paid a wage for..] & 2) Taxing and spending have been de-linked, to be dealt with as separate issues. [Good news! If you were missing fiscal cliff talks already you’ll get a bonus round! Woot! ]

Bonus Cliff:

fiscal cliff assets

Now before you run off and spend all that money you’ll save in tax cuts, let me remind you that this is Congress we’re dealing with and if you thought there would be only good to come of this deal then… you don’t know Congress.

So what’s the bad in the deal? Well… 1) Taxes are still going up & 2) “Special interest” tax benefits are extended [“Railroad track maintenance credit” because it’s 1835, y’all!, recovery period for motorsports entertainment complexes Wonder if these will be named after the venerable Ted Kennedy?, special expensing rules for film and television, and subsidies for alternative energy. I like to call this the Solyndra Cliff ].

Knowing our taxes are helping Hollywood make crap movies that they’ll charge us $10/person to see just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside doesn’t it?

Hopefully this has helped you gain a better understanding of the Fiscal Cliff and subsequent dealing. All of the research I did to get to this diluted and simplified explanation has created what I call a cuteness deficit in my thought processes. I’ll need furry animal memes to repair the damage done by this trip into Lawyerland’s Tax&Spend Extravaganza.

I-did-the-math

*sad panda*

References:

http://bonds.about.com/od/Issues-in-the-News/a/What-Is-The-Fiscal-Cliff.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budget_Control_Act_of_2011

http://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/bush-tax-cuts.asp#axzz2GsEfAxWq

http://blog.heritage.org/2012/01/20/1000-days-without-a-budget-facts-on-the-senates-failure/

http://washingtonexaminer.com/the-good-bad-ugly-of-the-fiscal-cliff-deal/article/2517273#.UOT2jG9X0d6

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/12/31/obama-gives-congress-pay-raise/

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/01/02/obama-returns-hawaii-added-cost-3-million/

Oh! I almost forgot…

Just so you know that Obama is serious about saving us from falling off the Fiscal Cliff, you should know that he granted a pay increase for Congress, which shocked even Congress given that they are supposed to be saving us from economic ruin. Don’t worry, the order was rescinded in time for Obama to address the Fiscal Cliff crisis and fly back to Hawaii at an additional cost of over $3 million in addition to the cost of his $4 million family vacation. He’s all about leading by example.

fiscal cliff roadrunner

New tone? Mich. Democrat threatens violence over right-to-work vote; ‘There will be blood’; Update: Mich. Dems proudly tweet violence threat; Update: Video added; Thugs follow-through; AFP tent stormed, Steven Crowder punched; Update: More thug violence caught on video

Leftists are always the first to cry foul when their totalitarian ways are challenged, yet they are the ones who aren’t gracious or civil enough to accept change or divergent views. So much for the party of tolerance and hope.