I hop this wasn't SIRI's idea! I was checking through some old emails and found this jaunty philanthropic appeal:
Dear Just One Minute,
Haven't reached out to you in a long time but I figured I would run this by you. Aside from my on-going mahablog work, at my other MCA blog, we have been working with Gary Cohn--the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist. He will be writing a series for us on controversial and mind stirring pieces on the asbestos industry and how it relates to politics both domestically and internationally.
Here is the first piece:
I would be thrilled if you would be willing to syndicate this by posting it on your blog(s).
Let me know, and hope all is well!
Hope all is well? Geez, the last time I was at the Mahablog (my go-to source for stale lefty CW) I got in a bit of a back and forth about the Trayvon Martin shooting. Ms. O'Brien was fact free, as expected, but packed my bags with this:
Tom — I know you are determined to find that Zimmerman is innocent. Your continued insistence that the one eyewitness must be right and all other testimony and evidence wrong tells me you are not being honest.
Now, go away and bother somebody else. I don’t like talking to people who are not willing to be honest.
PS — Booman is mostly right, ("Tom Maguire is an impossibly stupid man, and his commenters are probably even dumber") although I don’t think you are stupid as much as you lack the moral courage to acknowledge facts that don’t fit your worldview.
...Now, I’m terribly busy and I have no interest in arguing with you further on this matter. The discussion is over.
Some of that dispute was obviously my own fault - I had made the unwarranted assumption that we shared certain basic facts about the case. However, within a day or so Ms. O'Brien put up a post explaining that since Trayvon Martin had been shot at 7:25 (per CNN), George Zimmerman had been wandering around out of his truck for twelve minutes stalking poor Trayvon.
Who knew? The Sanford Police report and every other account I have seen had the time of death at 7:17. Obviously I should have been able to anticipate that much of her "reality" over which we were arguing was self-invented. And none of her commenters knew enough (or cared enough) to correct that post, which I am pleased to say would be the least of my worries here. I infer that in her world "dumb" means "doesn't agree with me", and she has no dumb commenters.
Well, we've all passed a lot of water since then. It's for a good cause but I'm not quite stupid enough to imagine this will be an ongoing collaboration.
OH, LET'S BOO THE BOOMAN! The Booman described me as, let's see, "an impossibly stupid man" because I pooh-poohed the Orland Sentinel piece which claimed two voice experts had reached some sort of a judgment on whether it was Zimmerman or Martin who could be heard screaming on a 911 call.
So let's flash forward to the Zimmerman bond hearing:
O'MARA: Witnesses heard people arguing, sounded like a struggle. During this time, witnesses heard numerous calls for help. Some of this was recorded. Trayvon's mom reviewed the 911 calls and identified the cry for help and Trayvon Martin's voice. Did you do any forensic analysis on that voice tape?
GILBREATH: Did I?
O'MARA: Did you or are you aware of anything?
GILBREATH: The "Orlando Sentinel" had someone do it and the FBI has had someone do it.
O'MARA: Is that part of your investigation?
O'MARA: Has that given any insight as to the voice?
Score one for impposibly stupid.
I CAN STOP ANYTIME: In the course of his rhetorical flourishing the Booman offers this:
He questions the assumption that if it's not Zimmerman, it must be Martin. Does he have a theory that there was a screamer on the grassy knoll?
You know that's right! The 13 year old dogwatcher saw part of the incident and is a bit hazy on what happened next - he says his dog ran away and he went to get it, but any psychologist can see through that metaphor. What "ran away" was the kid's self-control, so he stood there screaming.
That is only a theory, of course, but the prosecution will need to prove it is unreasonable to clear that thicket. So put a traumatized thirteen year old on the stand and swear him in. Uh huh.
ONE MORE: "Maguire doesn't offer a conjecture about why Mr. Tom Owen would make up his conclusion."
I hope the Booman is not waiting for Al Sharpton and MSNBC to break that news - that would be impossibly stupid.