This is the fifth of my reading/writing journals, a new routine of season 2 of the 13 Weeks Radical Reading Reading Regimen. Each morning I will juxtapose book excerpts from my readings with the day’s headlines and then try in the afternoon to make sense of the chaos of the day’s news.  So far I’m not doing as well as I hoped. Some days I haven’t been able to finish, thus yielding longer multi-day collections. Eventually I hope to get in a better rhythm. See last week’s entries:

And here’s Monday’s entry collecting stories and readings from Friday through Monday — the battle over the scapegoat George Zimmerman’s fate continues: Turning On Mankind’s Magical Machines To Battle Mother Earth’s Cruel Monsters

Tuesday Dawn Book Reading:

On Tuesdays I strive to read books about technology, media, and the future. Lately I’ve been enamored with America 3.0  by James C. Bennett and Michael J. Lotus. The book explores American culture past, present, and future, explaining American exceptionalism. Here’s a passage from page 33 explaining that while Americans may not embrace egalitarianism, they reject inegalitarianism. This is very different from German culture and shapes the differences in how the two countries’ unions function so differently:

Tuesday Morning News Round Up:

Lead PJM Stories:

Jack Dunphy on George Zimmerman: There But for the Grace of God…

Richard Fernandez: The Government as Anti-Government Agitator

One of the most astonishing things about the recently concluded trial of George Zimmerman is that neither side walked away with renewed confidence in the court system. One side believed it had averted a miscarriage of justice while the other felt it had been the victim of one. Had the verdict gone the other way it would have been vice versa. Blind justice rarely makes anyone happy, since one side must lose and the other win. Yet it succeeds when both sides find it acceptable, for the king’s justice was intended to replace private vengeance, which is exactly what some are vowing to deliver after the expensive and widely televised trial.

Ironically, the players most actively stirring up discontent are the government and media themselves.

Their message seems to be: don’t trust government, don’t trust state legislation or the prosecutors or law enforcement — even when all of the above are substantially no one else but the agitators themselves. With Obama in the White House, Eric Holder at the Justice Department, and Angela Corey the district attorney, and the media the Media, just who exactly perverted justice? Just who exactly is the Man that one should rise up against and fight?

Adam Levick: Tisha B’Av and the Virtue of Jewish Statehood

Bridget Johnson: U.S. Pushing for Inclusivity in Cairo as New Government Shuts Out Islamists

Ron Radosh: Race Hucksters, Liberal-Left Media Seek to Inflame Anger Over Zimmerman

The problem that Sharpton and Jealous have is that the FBI already had investigated the case, and could not come up with any proof that racial hatred was what motivated Zimmerman to follow Martin. Indeed, George Zimmerman was shown to have mentored black children, and to have publicly complained about police actions that he thought were unfair to the African-American community. His best friend is a black man. The tragedy that developed was hardly the same as when white cops were found to have beaten Rodney King and used unnecessary and brutal force out of racial animus.

Bryan Preston: Trayvon Protesters March into Florida Governor’s Office

Video from Lee Stranahan:

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Bryan Preston: ‘This is for Trayvon!’ — Gang of Black Men Chase, Beat Hispanic Man in Baltimore

A witness posted on Facebook that she saw the gang of young men chasing the victim before they caught up to him and started kicking and beating him. That witness wrote that the black males were shouting “This is for Trayvon!” as they beat the man.

If Eric Holder is still looking around for a hate crime to prosecute, Baltimore offers one.

PJ Lifestyle Stories Today:

Roger Kimball: Sir Thomas More On the Trial of George Zimmerman

William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!

Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

Theodore Dalrymple: Does Doctors Badgering Their Patients To Exercise and Eat Better Actually Work?

Doctors are often appalled by their patients’ unhealthy habits, as much for aesthetic as for health reasons. They are also irritated by the refractory nature of those habits and the failure of patients to do anything about them even when repeatedly advised to do so. Such repetition serves a purpose, however. Doctors may not be able to cure their patients, but they can at least make them feel guilty. To do so relieves the doctor’s feelings.

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