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To be sure, in the absence of legal justice, I'm actually quite okay with vigilante justc......
By:  Mr. Spork (Gun Toting Right-wing Goon; 21078)
Posted on: 04-01-2012 03:28.
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It's gotta be pretty fucking clear cut though. Rarely happens. As bad as things seem to be, anymore, trials (assuming things get that far) seem pretty fair and correct. Massive improvement over the good ol' days when judges, juries and both sides' counsel were largely in "let's fuck over the nigger" mode, in some places. That's mostly, if anywhere, just at the head end of the whole process anymore, with the cops, whether or not they book, whether or not they collect evidence, whether or not they do what they can in the face of a prosecutor who has his own reasons not to pursue (and I'm not saying that was even really in play here, I suspect it was more a general apathy or an overly generous treatment of the perp/witnesses aided somewhat by the victim's race, in this situation).

I think, anymore, we have a pretty damned good criminal justice system, excluding all the unnecessary prosecution and incarceration of non-violent drug offenders. That's not always been the case though and just in the last couple hundred years justice wasn't assured nearly as well as it is today and back then, if justice were truly to be served it would be often by someone not involved with law enforcement. Did they make mistakes? Of course, but there were also, of course, times when some asshole who desperately deserved and needed to be dealt with was dealt with. Though few, there are still examples of situations in which assholes who deserve punishment walk. So, if you believe in justice, you believe, at least a little bit in vigilantism because our system, though awesome, isn't perfect.

Does that mean I consider Zimmerman's plugging of Martin "vigilante justice" though? No. That wasn't *any* kind of justice. Sorry, can't claim there's any cognitive dissonance there by condemning murder that has only erroneously been painted as "vigilante justice" (dude was *trying* to be a vigilante maybe, failed spectacularly) and saying that sometimes even today people still need to watch out for themselves and their loved ones when the law fails to do so.

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“Go to hell, Senator, it’s time for you to take your final dirt nap.” - Nooooo, no, you got it all wrong, see. "Dirt nap", in this context, just means laying down for a short sleep without first taking a shower or anything. This is just a suggestion for John McCain to take up a little better personal hygiene and in is no way violent in nature. You people with your jump to conclusions mats!