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  • Fallout from the Zimmerman trial

  • Zimmerman was about all there was out of news outlets these past few weeks.
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  • Zimmerman was about all there was out of news outlets these past few weeks. I didnít follow play-by-play trial recaps, figuring to learn all about it when the verdict came down.
    I wasnít disinterested in the events surrounding the trial because a boy died, which spreads a pall over all else. Death of any child is never a good thing (or shouldnít be) and worthy of remorse.
    But when Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson showed up, my interest in the trial abruptly ended. I know the name of the song they sing, and therefore, knew theyíd muck up as much racial unrest as possible. Thatís what they do; itís their business.
    With these two, absolutely everything is about race. Without racial strife, theyíd both starve. I understand vultures have to eat too, but I donít enjoy watching them feed. Click.
    People of every ilk wouldíve chosen a "do-over" of that night if they could, but investing in wishes leaves an empty hand. Iím sure everybody is familiar with the biological exercise supporting that postulate.
    According to some legal sources, Zimmerman was "over-charged." Solid evidence never existed for murder and local law enforcement folks knew it.
    Weeks after the shooting, enough political pressure was brought to bear to have Zimmerman arrested. There was no grand jury indictment because prosecutors knew they couldnít successfully make a case. So ó in this new normal ó politics trumped law.
    Maybe Zimmerman couldíve been convicted of something, but that wasnít possible because of overzealous prosecution. The jury decided exactly as it was charged to do.
    But that wonít be good enough with the current White House crowd. You can bet the presidentís guy running the Justice Department will do what he can to feed Obamaís support base. Eric Holder is nothing but a political hack, but thatís what he was appointed to be.
    The events since the verdict were clearly predictable. It isnít as if we havenít been here before. T-shirts are everywhere.
    A couple of bright spots emerge from the media fog and clamor surrounding the verdictís aftermath. The first good thing is purely personal. Anytime liberals have hissy-fits, itís a good day for me, and theyíre vibrating like tuning-forks.
    Secondly, NBC screwed up when it edited Zimmermanís 911 conversation recording to manufacture the appearance of racial bias and then re-broadcast it as news. Zimmerman will sue, and by all accounts NBC will end up writing some very large checks.
    Iím generally not a big fan of attorneys, but in this case, I hope they strip the NBC peacock feather-naked. That "news" organization has become nothing more than a surrogate for the Democratic Party, and I wonít mind one little bit if their political spittle disguised as news gets them royally plucked.
    Page 2 of 2 - After Al and Jesse squeeze all the dissent they can out of this tragedy, they might turn their attention skyward. Astronomy is grossly insensitive, peppered with color-specific terms like black holes, red planets, yellow giants and white dwarfs.
    I think they should look into it. Iíd love to see them demonstrate in spacesuits. No sound.
    Otis Gardnerís column appears weekly. He can be reached at ogardner@embarqmail.com, 
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