I am so mad today I can hardly stand it. 
     It's been a terrible week for justice all around. Sometimes when I say something as casually grandiose as that I am referring to something related to an actual justice system of some kind, while sometimes it's something more related to karma. I am sad to report that this week, it is both.
    All three of the things I am thinking about are things that I have already talked about on here, but they've all taken turns for the worse in the last few days and I felt a need to share all the bad news with you all. What can I say, I'm a giver.
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     First is the sad story of Troy Davis. Davis is a black man who was accused of killing a Georgia police officer. He was sentenced to death twenty years ago. Over the last few decades the police were never able to find a murder weapon, DNA evidence was inconclusive and seven of the nine witnesses retracted their testimonies out of fear or retribution from the real killer. Despite all of this, his appeals eventually ran out and Tuesday night, he was executed.
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     Next is the sad story of Kelly Thomas, a poor, schizophrenic, homeless man from Fullerton, CA who was beaten to death by police officers back in July. Last week, one of the police officers who killed him was charged with one count of second degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter and another was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and one count of excessive force. Despite this, his Father is not satisfied and is demanding stiffer charges and the indictments of more of the involved officers.   
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     Finally, we've got Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer, two UC Berkeley grad students who were arrested by the Iranian government when they wandered over the border from Iraq on a hiking trip. They were just released from their imprisonment in Iran when the US government paid them one million dollars in bail.       
WRONG.
WRONG.
WRONG.
     Each one of these things is wrong. 
If this world made any sense, none of these things would be happening. 
     Troy Davis should been granted a new trial, or, at the very least, a stay of execution. At the behest of Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Pope Benedict XVI amongst countless others, the Supreme Court had a chance to put an end to this insanity, but did not upon finding out that it in no way involved passing laws that would help corporations cut our country up a little neater amongst themselves. I find it impossible to believe that if Troy Davis was a white guy that this kind of thing could possibly happen. I'm actually a person who is not completely against the death penalty. I think it's a fairly barbaric and all, still, having seen 1997's "Batman & Robin", I can't say that there aren't a few people in the world who deserve to be killed. I am quite sure, however, that Troy Davis is not one of those people (Just to make sure, I checked to see if he was in any way involved with either of those new "Fantastic Four" movies. 
He wasn't.
     Kelly Thomas is a significantly more complex story. It's a shame that the guy was killed and it certainly sounds like the officers who are responsible deserve punishment. I can't say much about it, however, because I wasn't there at the time. Do you know who else wasn't there? Kelly Thomas' father, Ron Thomas. Listening to this guy talk about how he wants to personally kill the police who killed his son might make you forget that this is the same former officer who let his son become a deeply troubled homeless man with dirt for clothes in the first place. Kelly Thomas seems like a sad figure and I sincerely hope that justice is eventually served in this case. Real justice, not angry mob justice in the form of political pressure. Despite this, Kelly Thomas' father is being such an annoyance and, dare I say, inappropriate, that I really wish that he'd leave the whole situation alone for a while. If for no other reason, then because it might finally give us all perspective on the whole tragic incident.   
     Finally, those two assholes in Iran. After writing last month about how there isn't a dank and horrid enough prison for people  who are as willfully unrealistic about life as they are, now they are back in the US. Not only are they back in the US, they are doing the press junket about their horrific experience. You know what I think is a horrific experience? Having to listen to those guys trying to rend my sympathy from my cold, dead hands. We know you had a bad time, that's what Iranian prisons are for, especially if you're a pair of Berkeley grad students who thought the best thing you could do with your time would be to go hiking in Iraq near the Iranian border. Hopefully, some lesson has been learned somewhere in this country of ours. Maybe even from those guys who were thrown in jail, but I highly doubt it in their case. They're clearly too far down the "Citizen of humanity" rabbit hole for that. They'll be annoying others by trying to get them to sign petitions in front of Whole Foods in no time flat. To make matters worse, I realize that a million dollars is a proverbial drop in the bucket, but think of all the useful, productive stuff that that money could have been spent on instead of freeing a pair of schmucks from their much-deserved, shall we say, "time abroad". I really hope that these guys really are the spies that the Iranians claimed that they were in the first place. "Self-important Berkeley trust fun babies on a path of self-discovery" is not the best cover I've ever heard, but it could be worse. 
     To summarize, the country is a worse place than it was a week ago. The innocent (probably) are punished, the guilty (probably) are free and the annoying (absolutely) are free to run wild, sharing the traumatic experiences that they themselves created.
     I just don't understand people and I'm starting to think I never will.


Oh, well. At least Michael Vick got his wrist broken by the Giants. That's pretty cool.


All the best to you.