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Our Own Worst Enemies

backward gunI really didn't want to create a cartoon referencing the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Really I didn't.

When I first read the tragic story of this innocent 17-year-old being gunned down I naturally assumed that it was a cut-and-dried case of another racist idiot with a gun playing out vigilante fantasies and that he'd suffer the full weight of justice before the week was out.

But the days passed and the Florida police did nothing about the crime. They didn't even drug-test the shooter, George Zimmerman, though they drug-tested Mr. Martin's body.

I continued to follow the story and the more I learned about the Florida "Start Some Shit" law the more I realized, with rising horror, that the state had institutionalized murder, with the NRA's blessing, and that Mr. Martin was only its most recent victim.

The law as it stands in Florida, and 14 other states, pretty much allows you to shoot anyone you want if they make even the most minor of threatening gestures towards you. This kind of law is meant to appeal to those with a limited perspective, one that extends no further than their effective firing range. These individuals may take comfort in their metal toys but how long do you think it's going to take before every punk with a cheap handgun learns that they can get away with murder when the tie goes to the last standing? How long before it's your child, your husband, your daughter that gets cornered by a lunatic?

As for Mr. Martin, the Department of Justice has finally stepped in and a grand jury will investigate the slaying. Mr. Zimmerman may soon find himself in court but he's just a symptom of the disease. The killing will go on because the law will not be changed. That's what barbarians do.

=Lefty=

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Note 1: Bill In Portland Maine puts the ninth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq in perspective.

Note 2: My state, Texas, gets a D+ in integrity. How does your state measure up?

Note 3: I miss Frank Zappa.

Note 4: Anyone interested in U.S. building codes?

Note 5: Young deaf guy signs to president Obama "I am proud of you." The prez signs back "Thank you."

Note 6: Say "Hello!" to Rick Santorum!

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And now our Chart of the Day: Cable news segments covering the Trayvon Martin story. Way to go, Fox.

segments devoted to trayvon martinwho blames obama for high gas prices?
Larger version available here.

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Republican Job Creation Update

republican job creation3-21-2012: On Monday the House was called to order at 4PM. They then spent the next four hours arguing a bill that would allow Israeli nationals to receive nonimmigrant visas. No jobs were created.

On Tuesday, the House convened at Noon. The GOP spent the balance of the day trying to steal a Virginia park to fence to their industrialist buddies. No jobs were created.

View the entire two-year list of non-job-related House activities here.

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Fox News Lies. Dump Fox News

Fox News Lies! "We just got off the phone with ExxonMobil and this is what they told us to tell our viewers." -  Fox News.

Click here to help Drop Fox from your cable system.


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Mike's Video Vault

Bill Hicks' uncanny impression of George Zimmerman.


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Today's Google Chow.

Judge: And for your heinous crimes this court sentences you to "death by stroll" through this Florida street.

Criminal: What? That's all? Really? Okay, suckers! Smell ya later!

SFX: Bang!

Judge: Hmm, two seconds longer than usual.

Cop: Well, he is white.