Monday, March 26, 2012

Crime & Punishment

by Dick Mac

Two criminals were confronted after committing their crimes. Both were questioned by police and were deemed to be innocent of any crime.

Nominal investigative work was done on each case; and the perpetrator was deemed to be no more dangerous than any other citizen.

One criminal threw a bag of flour on Kim Kardashian.

I usually like people who are famous just for being famous. It's a phenomena that has always intrigued me. Kim Kardashian slipped under my radar for a long time because I don't watch reality television, and I guess she is the star of a reality television show.

I have since learned that her step-father is Bruce Jenner. That has nothing to do with anything, I suppose; but I found it interesting.

Well, as a reality television star, Kardashian is in great demand around the world. She is (allegedly) amazingly popular and people can't get enough of her. To this end, Kardashian decided to grace us with a new perfume (does it actually smell like her?).

As you do when releasing a new product, Kardashian held a very fancy press conference to announce and present her perfume to the world.

During the ceremony, a woman approached Kardashain from behind and dumped a bag of flour on her. Flour. White flour that you bake with. I assume this was all-purpose flour because it can be used in so many different ways.

Kardashian took the high road, laughed it off, even made a joke about it.

The reason for the attack is not clear to me. Some originally thought it was carried-out by, or on the behalf of, PETA. That animal protection charity has been hounding Kardashian to stop wearing fur. She seems to be pretty tacky, and only tacky people wear fur anymore. They claim they were not part of the attack. They probably wish they had been because it was a huge success.

Sadly, after sleeping (and presumably eating) on it, Kardashian has decided to press criminal charges against her attacker.

Probably a bad move. Her original response was rather sophisticated, and showed a real marketing sense. Now she just appears to be all belligerent and silly, and her awfulness just oozes through the story.

The woman will be prosecuted.

Trayvon Martin was a black criminal stalking a gated-community in Florida with a weapon. When he was confronted and told to stop, he ran. He was shot dead. According to the shooter, Martin was a "fucking coon."

The shooter called 911 before pursuing the criminal. He caught him, confronted him and shot him dead.

That's the story the shooter wants us to believe. That's the story the sheriff's department and all the cops want you to believe.

The real story is that Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old black kid who had never been in trouble with the law. He was walking home from the store carrying a bag of Skittles and an iced tea. Some big goon started yelling at him, and being a black man in the South he knew to get the hell out of there as quickly as he could.

The police arrived to find the boy dead, and the shooter awaiting accolades for his successful pursuit of a criminal and his efforts to keep his community safe from more 'fucking coons.'

The story began to unfold over the past month, and it seems that none of the shooter's tale is true. Except that he shot Martin dead.

It has cone to light that while on the phone with 911, he was told that the police did not need him to pursue his target. He interpreted that as an order to chase-down the kid and shoot him in cold blood. The cops who arrived at the scene apparently agreed with the shooter, because they allowed him to leave with his gun, the most important piece of physical evidence, besides the dead body. The police barely questioned him and have still done nothing. This case has not been pursued as a crime.

When a cop shoots somebody - rightly or wrongly - his weapon is taken from him, he is generally put on leave, and the investigation is thorough.

This guy shoots an unarmed 17-year-old high school student and just walks away.

There is something totally fucked up about this.

Yesterday I saw this tweet by the actor Will Smith: "WE live in America where a girl that threw flour on Kim Kardashian was arrested on site. But the man who KILLED Trayvon Martin is still free."

It's hard to make it any clearer than that.

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