Rush Limbaugh read from my "Two Males, No Men" article on his radio program on Friday. He called the piece "very provocative" and the American Spectator "one of my all-time favorite journals of opinion." Reaction elsewhere to the piece demonstrates just how passionate, and polarizing, the Zimmerman case was. Because I dared criticize Zimmerman, a few readers at the American Spectator fantasized about violent acts against me. Because I criticized Trayvon, a few readers at this liberal site fantasized about violent acts against me. Same article. Same response. Different reasons.
Good piece on "Two males, no men." I had some of the same thoughts about this tragedy. You had a hormone-raging "man-boy," an athletic teen-ager, run headlong into a short, pudgy "wussie," wannabe cop packing heat, and their confrontation ended in the young man's death. Teen-agers, no matter the race, become demons for about five or six years, until the release of hormones subsides a bit. Some develop into rational adults. Some don't. But while they develop, teen-agers do all kinds of stupid things -- take drugs, drink and drive, hang with the wrong crowd, etc. Doesn't mean they are bad kids. But some of the dumb things they do lead to their untimely deaths -- from car wrecks, drug overdoses, getting shot for putting an ass whooping on a nosy, "tough guy." All tragedies. Sometimes with no one to blame.
I'm not sure why the controversy with regard to the opinions expressed here. I think both ends of the argument, culminating with Zimmerman's rightful "self-defense" defense, were valid sighting both sides of a very tragic case.
It's funny, somebody today suggested what I thought with regard to the original post. That Zimmerman was prompted to gain 30 to 40 pounds to have him appear to be a non-threatening pudge. Someone the jury could relate to as being the weaker and the victim. Either way, a ploy to make him seem less manly.
Anyway, it was a well written and thought provoking article and the fact that it was noticed and used by someone of Rush's stature AND that there has been so much discussion pro and con around it, says it hit it's intended mark.
That was a good observation HJ. How do some make it and some don't? Why do young males do similar things between 15 and 25 and why do some make it and some don't?
I say a combination of choices one makes but mostly calculated luck.
Not to discount intellect as a factor also.
Thinking back to some of the stupid, life-threatening things my friends and I did when we were teen-agers, I also wonder how we made it out alive. Come to think of it, a few of us didn't. Now I already have received that dreaded call in the middle of the night about my GRANDSON, who in an earlier incarnation, was an angel. Actually, the call came about 5:30 in the morning -- from the sheriff's office. Of course, my first question was, "Is he OK"? The answer was, "Yes, but he's highly intoxicated." That was putting it mildly, and he needed a ride.
Driving fast and recklessly in cars and on motorcycles, fast and reckless boating, reckless and dangerous sporting, playing with guns, travelling to and living in dangerous places, hanging out with a less than desirable crowd....how did some of us make it and survive to talk about it?
All things considered, my wife probably saved my life.
Ahem, I 'shared' the article immediately on facebook and THEN RB decided to talk about it. Coincidence? I think not.
You should all be disgusted with yourselves if you think this was a just verdict.
A grown man weighing 200 lbs with a gun, chased a child weighing 150 lbs, called the police who told him to stop following the boy, refused the police's advice, caused a confrontation with a gun, and shot and killed the boy.
You are disgusting. These are the facts.
If Trayvon threw a first punch it was out of a justified "self-defense" after a strange and large man comes at him in the middle of the night. He's just a little too dead to speak about that right now.
If you are a grown man getting a beating from a child after you started the confrontation, be a man and don't shoot them. Ever see 'Friday'? Be a man and use your f'ing fists when you start $hit. Coward.
There is no self defense when the police tell you to stop following someone, you don't, and you confront someone in the street in the middle of the night. Frankly I would have shot Zimmerman if he came up to me like that in my city, and it would have been self defense.
You people are disgusting. And to be proud that you sit in company with the most vial broadcaster in America, you are far from Christian you disgusting excuse for a human being.
asdf, I wish you didn't make it out alive. Same with you fat boy Flynnstone. You lack any resemblance to a human being.
So now expressed opinions about a decision made by people specifically assigned to make decisions based on first hand testimony and review of the real evidence is a cause to call for the death of the persons purveying those opinions?
You mourn for a murder victim but wish death on others?
Liberalism IS a mental disorder.