I heard, last night, about the verdict in the Zimmerman trial down in Florida being handed down. Frankly, it's nauseating that someone can get away with killing an unarmed kid like that. I saw a couple of interesting takes, one pointing out that a police officer doing something like that would probably lose his badge (and it takes a lot for that to happen, given who does the enforcing, and such). Another mentioned that two armed people could easily end up in a duel, where both are just standing their ground. Crazy.
Of course, this is the same state that, in a badly executed anti-gambling law, defined a slot machine as anything that can be used to play a game of chance for money. Wonder how many cell phones and computers have been seized already, pursuant to that.
I wish I had something deeper to saw, but I'm frankly shocked. The idea that an armed man can initiate an encounter, and then kill someone without repercussions is absolutely horrifying. I suspect it'll take an undercover officer getting killed to get rid of the law.
Anyway, I hope there will be an appeal to overturn it. We'll see.
Update: This Tom Tomorrow comic is brilliant.
And the Daily Show was killing it (no pun intended).