Well, at least not here in Florida. I understand that there were some conflicts in Los Angeles between the police and the protesters when some of them started slinging rocks and batteries at the cops.
Are you not entertained, America? All this was ribbed for your pleasure by the media, after all.
Anyway, I am really over this entire thing, and I hope I never hear the words "George Zimmerman" or "Trayvon Martin" ever again, much like I hope never have to hear about "Octomom" or "Casey Anthony" or whichever asshole it was that was schtupping one of Palin's kids. (No, honestly, don't tell me his name. I'm happier this way.)
If, however, you feel you haven't yet gotten your fill of GZ/TM, then let me direct you to these fine hand-crafted links:
- Zimmerman Roundup -- a linkdump of GZTM stuff you may have missed.
- An article on why GZTM had nothing to do with "Stand Your Ground", despite contrary claims.
- The Florida Statues on Justifiable Use of Force. "Stand Your Ground" can be found in statute 776.013, section 3. Just in case you wanted to look them up yourself.
- And finally, The One-Way Street Named Zimmerman.
I will close with this: Yesterday on Facebook, I offered to explain "SYG" in simple terms to anyone who was confused by it or thought it applied to GZTM. I noted that while I was not a lawyer, as a licensed concealed weapon carrier I had actually read the statues several times, because it was my ass if I got them wrong. One person took me up on that offer, and within a short conversation I was able to enlighten him.
He then said:
You sick, evil, twisted bitch, Erin... Now that I have a better understanding of SYG (and how Florida's specific laws relating to it are not relevant to the Zimmerman trial), I have contracted a full-blown case of Class-IV SIWOTI* Syndrome over 98% of my friends feed. Damn your eyes.Annoyance and education in the same package -- my job here is done.
(By the way, you have my full permission to use that quote for promotional purposes as you see fit. I would prefer for it to be credited either anonymously or as "A yankee lib.")
*Someone Is Wrong On The Internet