It may very well be the new “trial of the Century”! Remember the last one? We do.
The Zimmerman trial and the entire controversy of the “literally in fear of my life” defense law reminds us of the Terry Schaivo editorial we originally published back in 2005. The similarities? Both occur in Florida and both involve over-reach by politicians wanting to legislate Apocalypse into being (pro-zombies with Schaivo, pro-vigilantes with Zimmerman).
Certainly the rest of the world is taking an interest in how we handle this. After all, not too long ago a tourist was shot dead for Trick-or-Treating while Japanese. His killer was aquitted. Will Trayvon’s trial even get started or will it be stopped by our far-right United States Supreme Court? How you do think these 9 men and women in black will decide in Vigilante v. Hoodie?
It’s been four years since the last economic dominos fell, and the Dow has just barely returned to pre-collapse levels – though since Congress or Wall Street never enacted reforms to prevent a re-occurrence we are guaranteed a repeat of the bust-and-boom times. This editorial, written in 2008, analyzed what happened and why. Think of it when you vote for the next set of Insane Clowns.
Last night we met the chunky Betty (Mad Men); today we have a plump Wonder Woman to contend with as Armageddon Buffet reprints Alan Wade’s funny story.
As one of our favorite chroniclers of the Apocalypse, Juventino Manzano never fails to impress. In this story, “Back on the Home Front,” we meet two warriors – Mad Masturbator and Slave Trader – who for some reason remind us of the Horsemen.
Ever wonder why the U.S. and other countries are determined to keep fighting wars against imaginary enemies? Ask George Zimmerman. Or Jared Loughner. They are two of the “horsemen” who ride their trusty steeds (F.E.A.R.* for Zimmerman; paranoia for Loughner) into any and all situations of perceived threat.
But Loughner and Zimmerman are men, human manifestations of the desire to unleash War, Conquest, Famine**, and Death – the official Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Will the world ride these four into war against Iran – another terrorist “threat” designed to exploit our human tendency toward experiencing F.E.A.R. and paranoia?
Already several nations are amassing the “evidence” – faked or mis-captioned photos, assertions from ginned-up “experts” – they need to justify the decision to bomb Iran to rubble.
* F.E.A.R.: False Evidence Appearing Real.
** Who knew the Famine they would unleash be would be a dearth of oil?
If you are anywhere in San Diego in early March, please attend ConDor XIX, the “Apocalypse” Con! We will be there all Rapture-Ready!