Friday, July 19, 2013

Dzhokar Tsarnaev, part 2

Dzhokar Tsarnaev, part 2:

Here's a question:

Had Rolling Stone held off on that cover pic of Dzhokar & instead maybe used the police pic of him bloody & wounded, would he be any less popular in a certain set? Any less the rock star? Get any less mail/email?

I suspect not.

Those who want to cuddle him would have wanted to all the more, seeing him in pain, seeing him wounded.

Bigger question:

Why can't people hold 2 discordant ideas in their minds at the same time?

(I think the true neurological limit is more like plus or minus 8.)

Re Dzhokar:

He was cute
& a monster

He looked good
& was a killer

He was hot
& may he be punished to the full extent of the law

He was sweet
& such a sociopath

Ah, yes, the law: one of the charges is that he used WMDs.


We invaded Iraq due to the alleged super-abundance of WMDs.

None were to be found in Iraq, that fractured country.

Now they reappear, in the form of undeniably murderous home-made explosives, right here, in Boston, on Boylston St?


I mean no offense to those injured or to the memory of those killed in that attack.

On the contrary, I hope the charge against Dzhokar Tsarnaev of having been involved in WMDs does not compromise or complicate any of the real charges to be made against him.

Let it be said, that prosecutors seem to get off on making over-the-top charges.

They seem to crave surges, want to be General McChrystal or General Petraeus, want to lead a War on Terror, not merely serve a circumscribed but necessary legal function.

Re Zimmerman: No, neither murder nor manslaughter were remotely provable beyond reasonable doubt.

Why, in the midst of all this anger about the verdict  does hardly any one direct any disapproval toward the prosecutor, Angela Corey, for pressing only charges that could not stick, and overlooking those that might have — such as, perhaps — I’m no lawyer — negligent homicide?

In all the talk about the Zimmerman trial, all the anger aroused, all the chat and furor, few think to raise questions about the prosecutor. One who does, is someone to whom I generally do not look for counsel and instruction, and yet this time he has one or two things to say:

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