A Trial Begins

Today attorneys made opening statements in the George Zimmerman trial. CNN says the defense attorney began with a knock knock joke.

Following Guy’s statement, defense attorney Don West came forward to woo the jury. As he began, he told a knock-knock joke. But it failed to win a laugh. “Knock knock. Who’s there? George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman who? Good, you’re on the jury,” he said.

Yeah, I’m sure that made an impression.

I mostly want to call your attention to “The Quote That Should End the Trayvon Trial.” John Richardson writes,

George Zimmerman is going to be found guilty. All the evidence you need — all the evidence the cops needed — is right there in the interrogation they did with him three days after the shooting. The only thing more shocking than what Zimmerman says in the clip, which was released on the internet one year ago, is how little it has impressed the bloviating jerks who dominate the coverage of this trial.

Richardson provides a partial transcript of the tape with his own comments. What comes across is that (a) Zimmerman wasn’t taking the crime all that seriously; and (b) the cops clearly knew Zimmerman’s account didn’t add up, but they let him go, anyway.

Republicans for a Wasteful, Bloated Government Spending Program

I had heard that the Senate was about to vote on the immigration reform bill, but I’m watching C-Span, and Sen. Jeff Sessions (Neanderthal-Alabama) is speaking against cloture. So I don’t know what’s going on with that. Word is that the bill will pass reasonably easily in the Senate but most likely will die in the House.

Senate Republicans are getting on board because the bill includes $4.5 billion in new border-security technology spending, a provision that Sen. Patrick Leahy calls “a Christmas wish list for Halliburton.” Well, it’s not like we need money for anything else.

Greg Sargent says the bill could pass in the House, but only if speaker Boehner allows it to come to a vote, knowing that more Dems than Republicans will vote for it.