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My Zimmerman Verdict Reaction

The Zimmerman verdict is an outrage, some would say. I’m not so sure.

No, really. I have no idea. All I know about Zimmerman I learned from the popular media.

Maybe a little background is in order.

I did criminal defense and had the occasion of being involved in a “high profile” case. The local TV, radio, and newspaper media all jumped on the case. They interviewed one side1 and created a story that sounded good. And sold papers. And ads.

Their story had a great narrative with clear good guys, bad guys, and a tragic plot. But that’s all it was — a story.

It wasn’t true.

When the verdicts were announced, the public was outraged. How could the jury have been so stupid?

It was a long time before a local, independent newspaper reported the real story. By then, no one cared. Everyone had moved on to the next outrage.

Times have changed. The professional media doesn’t have the same lock on the news market it once had. But the desire to tell a good story and confirmation bias still exist. Those supposed independent news sources have the same problem.

Caveat emptor.


  1. Not surprising, as the defense attorneys advised our clients not to talk to the media. Which the media all knew. 

Longer Lunch Ride

longer lunch ride

I have been riding my new bike during lunch this week. Each ride has gotten a little longer. This ride would be the longest yet.

Looks like fun. Now I just need a day where I can take a long lunch…

Why is President X So _____?

The Atlantic used Google search autocomplete to discover 50 cities’ stereotypes. I wondered what I could learn about some recent presidents.

whyisobamaso whyisbushso whyisclintonso whyisreagonso whyiscarterso

Apparently, not much. ;-)

Did any of these surprise you?

Update: Thanks to a comment on Facebook suggesting that these might be honest questions rather than statements, 1 I reattempted the searches. Looks like Reagan and Carter reversed sentiments.

See what you think.

obamais bushis clintonis reaganis carteris

  1. Thanks, Jeff! 

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

U.S. Const. amend. IV

Biking Recap for June 2013

62.44

With getting a new bike, and breaking and replacing my cycle computer, tracking my distance biked this year and this month got a more complex. Fortunately, the milestone mileages make for easy math.

  • 165 miles — old bike, this year, including this month
  • 75 miles — new bike, old cycle computer, this month only
  • 62 miles — new bike, new cycle computer, this month only

Total for this year is 302 miles, 104 miles less than I had biked by this time last year. Unfortunately, I don’t know how much of the old bike mileage was from June. Through the end of April, I’d biked 95 miles. And I know I biked 137 miles on my new bike, all in June. That may be as good as it gets. The good news is, I have biked every day to work since getting my new bike, discounting the couple of days I traveled to Folsom for work.