Chris in Vancouver WA
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Jul 15, 2013 Chris in Vancouver WA commented on George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty of Murdering Trayvon Martin.
If Zimmerman had been convicted, it would have been the court system saying to all Americans,"sorry folks, you're just going to have to let that guy beat the crap out of you." How is that justice?
Jul 15, 2013 Chris in Vancouver WA commented on George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty of Murdering Trayvon Martin.
@121 - "Please tell you mom, your wife or sister that you don't think they have any right to defend themselves or physically resist if they are followed at night by a larger man."

Martin was 4 or 5 inches taller than Zimmerman.
Jul 15, 2013 Chris in Vancouver WA commented on George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty of Murdering Trayvon Martin.
I know I'll be labeled the next Grand Dragon of the KKK for saying this, but the jury got it right in this case. Trayvon threw the first punch, was banging Zimmerman's head on the concrete, and was saying "I'm gonna kill you". How could the defense find not find him not guilty?

Don't get me wrong, I don't view Zimmerman as a "good guy wronged" in any sense. I find those "neighborhood watch" types pretty creepy (Trayvon called him a "creepy-ass cracker", a better description I couldn't come up with in a million years), but, in this case, I think any reasonable person would, if they were armed, and had a strong young man straddling them and banging their head on the sidewalk, have acted in the same way.

The purpose of the criminal justice system is not to "create a better society" or anything like that. It's just to decide if someone broke the law or not. That's all.
Jul 15, 2013 Chris in Vancouver WA commented on Don't Worry About Climate Change; Worry About the State of Your Soul in the Second Coming.
Not news. James Watt said exactly this in his confirmation hearings for Reagan's EPA director (?!?!?) back in '81.
Jun 21, 2013 Chris in Vancouver WA commented on A Few Words on Our Use of "F" and "Sh".
That's fine, Dominic, but, as a longtime reader of Slog, my take on the use of f___ & s___ in Slog is that, more often than not, it's not so much about honest and non-condescending communication as it is about immature children snickering at the thrill of using "bad words" in public.
May 13, 2013 Chris in Vancouver WA commented on There Is No Goldy.
All well and good, but, really, is there any real reason for those born without the spirituality gene (and I'll pretend it's a genetic thing for the sake of argument) to look down on those that are born with it as unevolved? Is that really necessary?
May 13, 2013 Chris in Vancouver WA commented on I'm Fine, You Guys, I'm Fine.
So Dan, your temples started graying when you were, what, 19?
Apr 29, 2013 Chris in Vancouver WA commented on The First Openly Gay Athlete Playing in a Major American Team Is....
Riz, thanks for the links, but I'm not talking so much about playing sports, I mean just being a sports fan. You know, Mariners, Seahawks, Trailblazers and all that.

It's been my observation in the gay sports groups I've belonged to in the past that many of the members are,

1) closeted (they're often gay guys that can "pass", so they do, the chickenshits),

2) using sports as a way to "compensate" for being gay, or

3) using the group as a way to meet guys (nothing wrong with that, of course) or just be social; they're often not all that into the sport that the group is about.

I guess I just expect too much. Expecting a large percentage of the gay male population to be into sports is like expecting a large percentage of the straight male population to be into shopping. It just ain't gonna happen.
Apr 29, 2013 Chris in Vancouver WA commented on The First Openly Gay Athlete Playing in a Major American Team Is....
I'm glad that's how it is for you, rev, but I've had waaay too many gay guys look at me like I've got seven heads when I tell them I'm into sports.
Apr 29, 2013 Chris in Vancouver WA commented on The First Openly Gay Athlete Playing in a Major American Team Is....
Cool. Someday, it actually might be acceptable for gay guys to like sports. Maybe.