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Texas Governor Rick Perry’s state set to execute a retarded man (photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr)

Of the many outrages that manifested themselves in the Zimmerman verdict, it would be hard to top the utter hypocrisy of this one:

Gov. Rick Perry would not say Sunday whether he personally thought George Zimmerman was guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, but refuted charges that the justice system is unfair to minorities, saying that “our justice system is colorblind.”

The colorblind Texas courts:

In Texas, imposing the death penalty in capital cases comes down to one question: is the defendant going to be a “future danger” if he or she is not executed? Mr. Buck was sentenced to die based on testimony by Dr. Walter Quijano, who told jurors that Mr. Buck was more likely to pose a future danger to society because he is black. Dr. Quijano’s testimony came in 1997, more than 20 years after Texas promised the Supreme Court that “no correlation exists between the race/ethnic background of a defendant and the probability that he will be either convicted of capital murder or given the death penalty.”

But maybe we could not, that was all before Rick Perry. But this is not — Texas currently has 300 inmates on death row — two-thirds are minorities, with African-Americans being the largest group on death row by far, though they make up just 12 percent of the population. Though whites are the most populous ethnic group, they make up the smallest percentage of death row sentences, far less than one-third of death row.

But hey, Rick Perry is allowed to say his court system is color-blind. When has that guy ever been correct or fair either?

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Attaturk

In 1949, I decided to wrestle professionally, starting my career in Texas. In my debut, I defeated Abe Kashey, with former World Heavyweight boxing Champion Jack Dempsey as the referee. In 1950, I captured the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. In 1953, I won the Chicago version of the NWA United States Championship. I became one of the most well-known stars in wrestling during the golden age of television, thanks to my exposure on the Dumont Network, where I wowed audiences with my technical prowess. I was rumored to be one of the highest paid wrestlers during the 1950s, reportedly earning a hundred thousand dollars a year. My specialty was "the Sleeper Hold" and the founding of modern, secular, Turkey.

Oops, sorry, that's the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal.

I'm just an average moron who in reality is a practicing civil rights and employment attorney in fly-over country .

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