Walter Palmer killed a lion and he liked it

Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, is currently the focal point of lots of moral outrage from the Internet over a “hunt” he participated in last month that resulted in the death of a male lion named Cecil. Evidently Palmer paid $50,000 to two local guides for the privilege of killing Cecil, a celebrity in Zimbabwe. According to Palmer, he didn’t know the lion was a famous lion, loved and cherish by the Zimbabwe people. Apparently, Palmer thought it was perfectly legal to kill the lion and was relying on the local guides to make sure everything was nice and legal.

It wasn’t nice. It also wasn’t legal.

The guides reportedly lured Cecil away from the open preserve that he normally lived on so that Palmer could shoot and kill him with a bow and arrow.

Palmer left Zimbabwe before authorities could fully ascertain what happened to Cecil. The two guides who assisted Palmer in killing Cecil are in custody. Palmer is reportedly in hiding in Minnesota. He might be extradited back to Zimbabwe to face charges. Zimbabwean officials haven’t made a formal request for extradition yet.

My guess is they’re waiting to be paid off.

People are outraged that Palmer killed this lion. As distasteful as I find it to kill animals for pleasure, it’s not like this lion was any more special than any of the other animals that are killed by people like Palmer. Every year in Maryland, thousands of people go out into the woods, climb a tree, and wait for a defenseless deer to walk by so they can shoot and kill it.

They call it hunting. I call it killing animals for fun.

I don’t understand why some people like to kill animals for fun. It’s probably based on something ingrained in human DNA from millions of years ago. Thankfully, most people today have lost this trait. They’ve evolved out of it.

Personally, I don’t find what Walter Palmer did was any worse than what other hunters do on a regular basis. This lion wasn’t any more special than any of the deer killed every year in this country. You could even argue that killing a deer is worse than killing a lion. Deer are defenseless and don’t kill other animals. Lions are far from defenseless and routinely kill other animals, both for basic sustenance and for the fun of it. I’m sure Cecil killed more than his fair share of animals over the course of his life. People are outraged over this, but I bet there are a lot of dead zebras who would say that Cecil had it coming.

Until this story came out, I didn’t realize dentists made so much money. If he has fifty grand to spend on an exotic African lion hunt, then he must really be raking it in, financially speaking. If Walter Palmer has fifty grand to blow on an African lion hunt, I’m sure he has more than enough money to pay off the Zimbabwean officials who could request his extradition back to Zimbabwe.

Same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states

The Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 ruling yesterday declaring that the Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage.

I don’t know if I agree with that. I’m pretty sure the Constitution didn’t say anything about marriage, same-sex or any other type. The older I get, the more I finding myself not caring too much what the Constitution says. I think the Constitution is outdated, mostly because it is. It was written by men who thought they had the right to own other people. They thought women didn’t have the same rights as men. Why should I care what they have to say about rights, freedoms, or liberty?

That said, I’m very happy with this Supreme Court ruling.

I never thought it was right that I had the right to marry the person I love, but other Americans didn’t have this same right because of their sexual orientation. I never chose to be a straight male. It’s just the way I am. I think the same is true with gay and lesbian people. They didn’t choose to be gay or lesbian, it’s just the way they are.

I firmly believe gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry, just like I do.

Before yesterday’s ruling, gay and lesbian couples in 36 states had the right to marry. In the other 14 states, gay and lesbian couples were not allowed to marry. These states were:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

Now gay and lesbian couples in these states can marry too. Thanks to five of the nine members of the Supreme Court, American citizens in these states have the same basic right that American citizens in the other 36 states already had.

When we passed gay marriage here in Maryland, I was proud, but at the same time, I felt bad that some of my fellow American citizens didn’t have this basic right, simply because of the state in which they lived. This Supreme Court ruling fixes that.


No, Freddie Gray did not hurt himself

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges today for the six Baltimore Police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. His death has been ruled a homicide. They’ve been charged with a plethora of crimes including for one officer, the driver of the van, second degree depraved heart murder.

According to investigators, Gray was placed in the back of the van face down with his hands and legs restrained and then driven around the streets of Baltimore. According to investigators, he slid around in the van without the ability to stop himself from being slammed into the inner walls of the van. There’s a name for this police technique. It’s called a “rough ride.”

The technique is illegal.

Speaking of illegal, it turns out the arrest was illegal. He was arrested for having a switchblade, something the police knew just by looking at him. It turns out the switchblade was not a switchblade, but a regular, legal pocket knife. I wondered why the police didn’t release a photo of the switchblade. It’s because it never existed. The police had no business arresting Freddie Gray.

I guess this means that Freddie Gray did not attempt to harm himself. Good to know.

Marilyn Mosby is the daughter of two police officers. Her grandfather was a police officer. Her uncles were police officers. Considering her lineage, it had to have taken a lot of guts to bring charges against the six officers.

Marilyn Mosby is a boss.