Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
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Pacified America So Much Less Murderous

“The last three years have been a contrarian’s delight—just when you expect the bananas to hit the fan."
Oh my God, right? Although in this case specifically, that is UC Berkeley law professor Frank Zimring, expressing his pleasure that violent crimes are hugely down in the U.S., despite massive unemployment and recession and fewer (well, comparatively fewer) people in prison. Yes it's true! The people are finally satisfied with the reality TV programming, so now there be less hurting of everybody up in here. Speaking of! The two NYC police officers on trial for rape? The case is now on the fifth day of jury deliberations, and the jury has asked to hear the victim's testimony read. What does that generally mean again, lawyers?

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dado (#102)

This Pax Obama will be all for naught if the NFL takes a year off though. Ray Lewis said so.

Kakapo (#2,312)

"Bananas to hit the fan"? I like this fellow.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Thanks to the expansion of conceal carry laws!

Bunny's been juking the stats again.

jetztinberlin (#392)

@brilliantmistake OH THE WIRE WOULD THAT THERE WERE 20 SEASONS

jfruh (#713)

I'm not a lawyer, but I was chatting with a semi-intoxicated public defender at a party this weekend and she says that if a jury comes back in less than an hour, she knows she's won, whereas guilty verdicts tend to take longer. Because jurors really are quite thoughtful much of the time, when it comes to sending people to jail!

Leon (#6,596)

Sadly, I think that we as a society have not become less murderous and vile, simply less competent and motivated. We've become the kind of nation that takes out the Wusthof to go settle a vendetta, but then sees some new schwag on sale at Best Buy, gets distracted, and goes home to play Wii-Bowling instead.

HiredGoons (#603)

I blame the internet.

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