Maybe it's the tropical heat that followed a couple of weeks of rain that is causing a lot of public figures to say the strangest things these days. Let me try to sort it out:
The post- Zimmerman trial has produced talk of books and rumors of books to be written. Not unusual. Every national spectacle always lures a wannabe author or two to tell you much of what you already know or don't really care to know. If there is to be a cash-conscious literary circus, someone should at least note the pointed words of Zimmerman defense lawyer Mark O'Mara, who paused long enough during his victory lap to remark that if Trayvon Martin's assailant had been black, he wouldn't have been arrested. Oh?
O'Mara didn't realize that he had just blown another hole in the justice system. If a black had killed Trayvon, why wouldn't he have been arrested? Was the young black victim's death less important depending on the skin color of the person who killed him? And if those are society 's acceptable rules for a justice system, where's the justice? And what if a black had murdered a white? In some quarters in the wake of the outrageous verdict it would be asked why we even needed a trial to administer black-on-white justice.
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In the lead-up to the deal that confirmed Richard Cordray, John McCain told us with a straight face that the problem could be solved if the president let Republicans make the nominations. Although Republicans said they liked Cordray but hated the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that he manages, I think they also resented Cordray because he is intelligent. Intellectual depth has never been helpful to politicians. Otherwise Cordray, a former "Jeopardy" champ, would not have lost to Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine. Way back, Jack Gilligan, another whiz, would not have been defeated by Jim Rhodes for Ohio governor. I won't even mention George W.Bush's twin victories for president.
About McCain's pro-choice idea for his party: I'm told he even agreed to sweeten it for the other side by calling it Nominees for Democrats and encoding the names of the GOP choices in the Congressional Pledge of Allegiance.
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Ever hear of Frog Jump, Tenn. Probably not. It's not even listed on the Google map. It's an unincorporated place near Elmore, if that helps. It's also known as "Lightning Bug Center". (Trust me: I couldn't make this up.)
We call all of this to your sober attention because it is the home of a farmer named Stephen Fincher, a Republican who has a well-fed place in Congress. He recently voted to eliminate food stamps from the big agriculture bill on Biblical grounds. He says he was prompted by a verse in Thessalonians quoting Jesus as warning that anybody unwilling to work "should not eat."
Rep. Fincher, however, can enjoy eating to his belly's content inasmuch as he's received about $3.5 million in federal farm subsidies.
Maybe he can at least reenact the fishes and the loaves for the poor.