Two Minutes Hate 7/19/13

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July 20, 2013 by Julia

1. So . . . Washington, D.C. would rather people make $0/hour than $7.25/hour.  Makes sense.

2. I think the opposition to the Texas abortion bill is pretty despicable (wait, you WANT women to have surgical procedures in places that have few, if any, safety standards?), and one of the most despicable responses is this patronizing argument that women are too stupid to know better than to have sex without protection, to know that not having sex in the first place is the only 100% effective method of birth control, or to know that so-called “back-alley abortions” are dangerous, so we need all these caveats to murder statutes so those poor, simple women don’t have to be responsible for their own choices.  Seriously, that is what so-called “feminists” are saying when they argue for “reproductive rights.”  We women can’t be held responsible for our choices, because we’re just dumb.

But you know what else is disgusting?  Selling the abortion pill to women at flea markets. The abortion pill is very dangerous, especially if not properly administered and overseen by a licensed physician.  And while I would expect a woman to be smart enough to know that so-called back alley abortions are dangerous, if these people are lying to women about the effects of the pill, I can understand how women can be tricked.  If a newspaper can find these people, why can’t the police?  Absolutely arrest these people, and if anyone to whom they sold the pill dies, charge them with murder.

3. On July 16, I said this on Twitter:

You can imagine my complete lack of surprise, then, to learn that Florida’s Stand Your Ground law “disproportionately” helps black people in Florida defend themselves.  Remember, George Zimmerman did not need Stand Your Ground to win his case here, because he was physically incapable of retreating when he was pinned to the ground (so he did not have a duty to retreat under the common law of self-defense), even though the judge apparently included the Stand Your Ground language in her jury instructions (did anyone object?).  But, the liberal elite wants something to use to galvanize 2014 voter turnout, and Stand Your Ground is useful for getting to white liberals who are scared of guns but not quite as steeped in white guilt as college students.

As a side note, the article I linked here discusses the case of Marissa Alexander, who is in jail for 20 years for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband.  This case makes me angry, but self-defense has nothing to do with it.  The jury was correct to convict her, because she voluntarily retreated to a safe place and then left it; at the time she fired the shot, it does not seem that she was in reasonable fear for her life, so she could not prove the elements of self-defense. All Stand Your Ground means is that there is not duty to retreat in certain situations.  If you voluntarily retreat and then go back into the allegedly dangerous situation, that’s pretty good evidence that you were not in fear for your life.

What pisses me off about this case, though, is twofold: mandatory minimum sentencing without any room for modification by the judge or jury, and warning shots being illegal if no one is hit.  The concept of a mandatory baseline sentence is fine with me, but in order for a sentence to be just (IMO), the judge or jury (whoever sets the sentence) must be able to deviate if the situation warrants it.  It’s absurd to believe that this woman belongs in jail for 20 years.  Also, the jury in this case seems to have made a finding of fact that Alexander intended to shoot her husband, and was not firing a warning shot.  My gut reaction includes some reasonable doubt (i.e. a warning shot is not out of the realm of reasonable possibility), but I wasn’t on the jury.  However, in general, I don’t think warning shots that do not actually hit anyone should be a crime.  In fact, they are already not a crime in Joe Biden’s head (note that real people are now using the Joe Biden Defense).  Of course, if the shot does hit someone, by all means, charge the shooter with involuntary manslaughter, or whatever your local equivalent is, as long as the shooter would not have a valid self-defense claim against the victim.

4. Bizarre tactics: protesting the Zimmerman verdict by attempting to prevent sick people from reaching the hospital.  Naturally.

5. I don’t even think there are words for this

“God ain’t good all of the time. In fact, sometimes, God is not for us,” [Anthea Butler, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Religious Studies] wrote in the post. “As a black woman in an [sic] nation that has taken too many pains to remind me that I am not a white man, and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain’t my god.

“As a matter of fact, I think he’s a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men,” she added.

Butler adds that Trayvon Martin’s killing was the result of racism that was influenced by Christianity.

“As a historian of American and African-American religion, I know that the Trayvon Martin moment is just one moment in a history of racism in America that, in large part, has its underpinnings in Christianity and its history,” she wrote. “Those of us who teach American Religion have a responsibility to tell all of the story, not just the nice touchy-feely parts.”

What I can say, however, is that I oppose any efforts to fire this woman based on the content of her speech.  Academic freedom, etc., etc.  Penn can fire anyone it feels has cast a negative light on the university, for sure, but colleges should stand up for their professors’ academic freedom to say unpopular things.  Now, if she is conducting her courses by insulting her students, then my opinion may change.

6. WTF, government?  A federal agency is soliciting tips from the public regarding the alleged racism of a single U.S. citizen who was recently acquitted of the crimes with which he was charged.  That’s literally one of the most anti-American things I can imagine happening.


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