Monthly Archives: July 2011

Your kids are your business. Mind them yourself.

Just saw a segment on Fox News about how Sonic, Burger King, and other restaurants in Florida are going to start serving alcohol.  Sounds great to me.  One blowhard was quoted as saying that people should have to go to Applebees or TGI Friday’s to drink because there were children present at Sonic.  This is but a small anecdote, but symptomatic of our nosey attitudes—as if that’s the only consideration that this guy could think of.

One of the only aspects of European culture that is better than American culture is the former’s attitude toward alcohol.  The slightly less oppressive nanny-state instincts of most citizens (except perhaps in the U.K., the Western only country whose nannying rivals ours) is another.


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Do you think that Marcia Clark is still a bit bitter?

Before today I had no idea who Casey Anthony was, besides some vague awareness that she was involved in some sensational circus trial of a pretty woman.  Marcia Clark weighed in today; the details of the Anthony case are not important, and the article seems to be mostly about using her acquittal to relive and make excuses for her failure to convict O.J. Simpson:

” . . .Casey Anthony was no celebrity. She never wowed the nation with her athletic prowess, shilled in countless car commercials, or entertained in film comedies. There were no racial issues, no violent Rodney King citywide riot just two years earlier.”

“Because of those factors, many predicted from the very start in the Simpson case—in fact, long before we even began to pick a jury—that it would be impossible to secure a conviction.”

“The trial itself, despite bumps and turns, never introduced any unexpected bombshells that blew up in the prosecution’s face (à la detective Mark Fuhrman’s racially charged interview tapes with a novelist).”

“So there was no racist cop, no questions about evidence collection, and no endless cross-examination on irrelevancies like Colombian necklaces and drug cartels. And while there was significant media coverage before the trial, it didn’t come close to the storm that permeated the Simpson case for months prior to jury selection.”

“After the verdict was read in the Simpson case, as the jury was leaving, one of them, I was later told, said: ‘We think he probably did it. We just didn’t think they proved it beyond a reasonable doubt.'”

OK, Marcia, we get it.  Anthony was acquitted, but what you were dealing with in the O.J. case was much more difficult, so we forgive you for blowing it.

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