April 11, 2012
Finally, Our National Nightmare Is Over...
Just when we feared the suspense had become unbearable, Attorney General Eric Holder has stepped forward to spread the healing balm of sweet reason over a troubled nation:
“Many of you are greatly — and rightly — concerned about the recent shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a young man whose future has been lost to the ages,” Holder said to the civil rights group National Action Network. “If we find evidence of a potential federal criminal civil rights crime, we will take appropriate action, and at every step, the facts and law will guide us forward.”
Whatever one thinks of Herr Holder, one has to admire his ability to calm an angry crowd. What better to restore our lost perspective than to lend the imprimatur of the Justice Department to professional troublemakers like Al Sharpton whilst delicately hinting at the delicious prospect of a federal hate crime prosecution? According to said Justice Department, all violent crime is serious, but crimes against Hyphenated-Americans must be handled with particular caution:
The number of hate crimes may seem small when compared with the incidence of other types of crimes in the United States. In 1993, for example, 11 of the 24,526 murders reported in the United States were classified as hate crimes, as were 13 of the 104,806 reported rapes. But the simple truth about hate crimes is that each offense victimizes not one victim but many. A hate crime victimizes not only the immediate target but every member of the group that the immediate target represents. A bias-motivated offense can cause a broad ripple of discomfiture among members of a targeted group, and a violent hate crime can act like a virus, quickly spreading feelings of terror and loathing across an entire community. Apart from their psychological impacts, violent hate crimes can create tides of retaliation and counterretaliation.
Please excuse the Editorial Staff. We are experiencing a broad ripple of discomfiture, compounded by quickly spreading feelings of fear and loathing.
Heckuva job, Holdie.
Posted by Cassandra at April 11, 2012 05:48 PM
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Just goes to show, what the world needs now is more love crimes...
Posted by: bt_shakin'_the_bush_boss_hun at April 11, 2012 05:56 PM
Do I detect just a bit of sarcasm today Cass? ;-) From seeing Holder sucking up to Al Sharpton to the FL Atty Gen saying "we do not prosecute by public pressure or petition", then charging him with 2nd degree murder, well, it has been quite a day.
I do not know whether Zimmerman deserves it or not but I do know that the potential jury pool has been so polluted by enunciations - from Obama to deliberately altering the 911 call (by NBC) that he couldn't possibly get a fair trial.
Whatever transpired that night he probably would have been better off just observing and keeping his mouth shut unless he saw an actual crime in progress.
Having a CCW in his case did not help him, and as Bill Cosby said "It was the gun" that probably gave him the courage to confront little innocent Treyvon.
Posted by: Bill Brandt at April 11, 2012 07:51 PM
"...what the world needs now is more love crimes..."
Thanks to his boss' policies, it's gonna haf'ta wait until Friday.
Posted by: The Wizzerd of Izz at April 11, 2012 07:53 PM
A hate crime victimizes not only the immediate target but every member of the group that the immediate target represents. A bias-motivated offense can cause a broad ripple of discomfiture among members of a targeted group, and a violent hate crime can act like a virus, quickly spreading feelings of terror and loathing across an entire community.
So, when the thugs break into my home, pursuant to a violent home invasion crime, I can prosecute them under hate crime laws, I suppose. After all, every member of the group that is my neighbors and other residents what what used to be my peaceful neighborhood now suffers discomfiture and feelings of terror and loathing across our entire community.
Yeah, that's the ticket.
That and my implements of self-defense.
Posted by: E Hines at April 12, 2012 11:44 AM