STAND YOUR SLIDING GLASS DOOR  9:24 am August 1, 2012

Florida Man Sad He Did Not Get To Finish Dinner After Shooting Black Man Unprovoked

by Doktor Zoom

Instigator of the isolated incident, allegedlyIn what we desperately hope is not a trend, another Florida idiot with a gun has shot someone in cold blood for the offense of coming to his door (although to be scrupulously accurate, the armed citizen in this case is not actually claiming a “Stand Your Ground” defense — yet). But unlike other unrelated shootings in post-racial America, the shooter was witless enough to say something openly racist, both to neighbors and to the sheriff who arrested him. And some relatively good news: the victim of this isolated incident is expected to survive, for a change.

This time around, the singular event (which we must note is unrelated to other recent shootings) occurred in the town of Port St. Joe, Florida, population 3,440. According to the police report, 59-year-old Walton Henry Butler, a resident of an apartment complex, had earlier that day “made several racial remarks to the black children in the apartment complex.” After another resident complained that Butler had called her child a nigger, the victim, Everett Gant, 32, went to Butler’s apartment to talk to Butler about the incident. Butler immediately shot Gant in the face with a .22 caliber rifle, then “shut the sliding glass door with Everett Gant lying outside the door, called 911 then finished cooking supper, sat at the kitchen table and began eating.”

Upon his arrest, Butler, who acted alone in the isolated crime that happened to involve a firearm,

acted as if it was an inconvenienced [sic] when he was asked to stand up and handcuffs were put on. He said he did not understand the problem he had only shot a nigger.

Does this sound familiar? Perhaps this passage from a classic of American Literature will refresh your memory:

Now I struck an idea, and fetched it out:

“It warn’t the grounding — that didn’t keep us back but a little. We blowed out a cylinder-head.”

“Good gracious! anybody hurt?”

“No’m. Killed a nigger.”

Which, of course, is Mark Twain satirizing that sort of casual racism and brainless dehumanizing 130 years ago in the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Of course, Huck is a child and a naif, (not to mention a fictional character in a picaresque novel), while Walton Butler is an alleged adult who actually tried to kill another human being, so perhaps the comparison breaks down a little.

Butler has been charged with attempted murder, with a hate crime enhancement.

[Raw Story]

 

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{ 204 comments }

freakishlywrong August 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

Any one else shudder to think what this toothless hillbilly was having tor "supper"?

Baconzgood August 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

Road kill opossum?

thatsitfortheother1 August 1, 2012 at 9:42 am

Squirrel, fresh out of the popcorn popper?

YasserArraFeck August 1, 2012 at 11:26 am

Mmmmmmm…..asphalt cuisine………

Terry August 1, 2012 at 9:42 am

He lives on the coast. As much as we might like it to have been possum, it was probably something he illegally caught from the water.

TootsStansbury August 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

One can only hope it was a steaming pile of rat dicks.

thatsitfortheother1 August 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

Willard libel!

GuyClinch August 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

The missing black child from 3 doors down?

chicken_thief August 1, 2012 at 10:00 am

Duck and Run libelz!!!!

ElPinche August 1, 2012 at 11:11 am

Pig nipples in milk sauce followed by squirrel sauteed in a fine Spaghettio sauce .

MosesInvests August 1, 2012 at 11:25 am

7 course meal-'possum and a sixpack.

tessiee August 1, 2012 at 11:35 am

wite casuls and cakes we like.

Callyson August 1, 2012 at 11:43 am

Chick – fil – A, of course.

Fare la Volpe August 1, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I hear he loves to eat out with his daughter.

SmutBoffin August 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Skoal.

vtxmcrider August 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Squirrel Helper with a side of okra.

Veritas78 August 2, 2012 at 12:58 am

One of his nephews, we can only hope.

actor212 August 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

He actually said "fine fellow" but his mouth can't form those words anymore.

actor212 August 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

Enquiring minds want to know: what was for dinner?

I got a pile o money on road kill possum.

Baconzgood August 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

Damn! I'm not fast enough on the comments!

actor212 August 1, 2012 at 9:35 am

Hehhehehehehe…great minds and all.

GhostBuggy August 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

The last black guy to come to his door?

BornInATrailer August 1, 2012 at 10:28 am

Opossum Helper helps your opossum help you make a great meal!

Biff August 1, 2012 at 11:33 am

And I helped!
(Obscure Hamburger Helper commercial ref).

tessiee August 1, 2012 at 11:38 am
Biff August 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

Ack! My memory has failed me once again!

BornInATrailer August 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm

We mock, but I bet a nice, fresh, free-range (?) opossum chop done with Shake n' Bake is delicious.

Grokenstein August 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm
Not_So_Much August 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

He was probably late for an appointment at the hair stylist.

Plus, in his defense, he only shot him once.

thatsitfortheother1 August 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

"Why did you shoot him in the face?"

"He wouldn't turn around."

Doktor Zoom August 1, 2012 at 9:59 am

The "no kill shot" defense is likely to become a feature of such stories.

thatsitfortheother1 August 1, 2012 at 10:09 am

I imagine him and Terry Jones get their hair done at the same place.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

What do you call that — an anti-comb-over? A comb-under?

ChernobylSoup August 1, 2012 at 9:31 am

This is obviously a result of Northerners coming to the South looking to stir up trouble.

starfanglednut August 1, 2012 at 9:35 am

Carpet baggers11!11!11!!!

Barb_ August 1, 2012 at 9:31 am

What the hell was this racist cooking, that he had time to finish it and start eating it? Minute Rice? I would think that when the police were called about a shooter they would get there super fast.

actor212 August 1, 2012 at 9:35 am

Not if he said "I shot a nearer". Then they make a donut run first.

Jus_Wonderin August 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

Barb, it could have been a "steam fresh". Petite baby carrots and brocolli, with wild rice in a delicious balsamic vinegar sauce….served on fine china. I bet he even had a chilled glass of anything….noir.

Barb_ August 1, 2012 at 9:45 am

I like your answer, Jus.

chicken_thief August 1, 2012 at 10:06 am

I'd wager that "fine china" for this gent is anything grander than a paper plate or the aluminum packaging those Hungry Man dinners come in.

Doktor Zoom August 1, 2012 at 10:10 am

Fine Chinet.

SigDeFlyinMonky August 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

Lonely Man Dinner ( see KPIG )

Fare la Volpe August 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Nah nah, tonight was a special night.

He took the Dale Earnhardt plates off the mantle.

PsycWench August 1, 2012 at 11:10 am

It depends on whether microwaving Great Value spaghetti or Beenie Weenies counts as cooking.

tessiee August 1, 2012 at 11:46 am

Caviar on charcoal crackers for an appetizer. Salad wtih black olives, poppy seeds, and thin strips of Black Angus beef. Blackened sea bass with eggplant and black beans, and a side of black squid ink pasta. Licorice and espresso for dessert.

Damn, now I've gone and made myself hungry.

Self-Uploader August 1, 2012 at 9:31 am

And this is the state that may elect the next president. We are SO fucked.

GuyClinch August 1, 2012 at 9:51 am

As my first wife used to say, all trash eventually blows south to Florida

SoBeach August 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

"May" elect the next president?

Heh. Try "absolutely, positively WILL" elect the next president.

BlueJoubert August 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Wrongo Dongo, will screw up the voting precincts so badly that, yet again, the SCOTUS, otherwise known as the judicial branch of the republican party, will step in and commit treason again and appoint a president for the second time in the history of our (once exceptional) country.

Baconzgood August 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

Now this, ladies and gents, is USDA Grade A Prime Angus Douche Baggery.

starfanglednut August 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

Wtf. Is there something in the water down there?

freakishlywrong August 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

Yes. Black tar and dispersant.

sullivanst August 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Also, rocket fuel.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

The water is Floridated.

Doktor Zoom August 2, 2012 at 3:28 am

Ouch.

ChillBill August 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

Enjoy the Cock D'Jour in prison, Bubba.

thatsitfortheother1 August 1, 2012 at 9:45 am

Au jus.

Doktor Zoom August 1, 2012 at 10:01 am

Look, could we just agree to not make prison rape jokes? Rape is rape, even when the victim is a racist shitstain. Rape kind of falls in my "not ever funny" zone.

thatsitfortheother1 August 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

Not to put too fine a point on it, but you're geting paid (I assume) for making light of a guy getting shot in the head for no reason.

I'm new here. Where do you draw the line?

Cuz I make light of EVERYTHING. Unless it is happening to me, of course.

Doktor Zoom August 1, 2012 at 11:17 am

Good point–of course, my target is the racist shitstain shooter and the evil shitstains on American Culture that enable such actions, not the victim, but yeah, the line is definitely squiggly. I guess I would just like people to agree to draw a brighter, straighter line around rape, in general. Exceptions? Sure–but they'd have to be pretty goddamned funny, or possibly so grimly gallows-humorish that they'd shine a harsher light on the object of satire.

The guidelines, if there are any, were best delineated by Molly Ivins:

There are two kinds of humor. One kind that makes us chuckle about our foibles and our shared humanity — like what Garrison Keillor does. The other kind holds people up to public contempt and ridicule — that's what I do. Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful. I only aim at the powerful. When satire is aimed at the powerless, it is not only cruel — it's vulgar.

EDIT: I'd add that a rape victim–even a contemptible slime who's in prison for doing awful things–is pretty much the definition of "powerless." (Of course, the worst bastards also tend to become the prison rapists, not the prison rape victims)

Chet Kincaid August 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Well said.

thatsitfortheother1 August 2, 2012 at 3:48 am

Sorry I missed this yesterday. I do appreciate your reasoned response and will attempt to stay left of said squiggle.

And I'll save the prison jokes for Ms Thatsit…

ChillBill August 1, 2012 at 10:25 am

Alright, point taken. I hope you are not taking the ban hammer for a spin this morning…

Doktor Zoom August 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

Hah–when I blog, I'm an employee, and not a richly compensated one. When I comment, I'm just another of us proles. In other words, that was a request, maybe even a bit of a moral argument, but definitely not an order.

Chet Kincaid August 1, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Would it help if we clicked a whole bunch of times on the banners on your posts? And what's our points on the vig if we do?

Biff August 1, 2012 at 11:55 am

Not all prison sex is rape, Dok…

thatsitfortheother1 August 2, 2012 at 3:49 am

Ask Charlie Manson.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 2, 2012 at 4:06 am

My take as well … the only objection I have is that the whole class of "don't pick up the soap" routines is old, tired and thoroughly played out.

You need to be pretty creative if you're going to get quality snark out of this topic. Something along the lines of "see what gets shot into your face, dickhead" might have worked better.

vtxmcrider August 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm

With a tossed salad.

BlueJoubert August 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm

doubt it. Even the most demented aren't gonna bump that ugly.

lochnessmonster August 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

Floridiots in the News… Thanks @SteveDahlShow podcast

Zombie_Reagan August 1, 2012 at 9:34 am

Unfortunately, this is the masturbatory fantasy of many, many Tea Party members.

thatsitfortheother1 August 1, 2012 at 9:46 am

To be fair, have you seen their wives?

chicken_thief August 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

Does this Hoverround make my ass look fat?

YasserArraFeck August 1, 2012 at 11:29 am

There's a Hoverround under there??

tessiee August 1, 2012 at 11:50 am

Those who are still able to fish their peckers out from under their blubber aprons, anyway.

Gleem McShineys August 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

And all this time I thought "GONE FISHIN'" mudflaps referred to something else entirely.

Willardbot9000_V2.5 August 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

yes and they get so upset when we accuse them of being racist. My favorite statistic is from modeling the 2008 election: 6% of McCain's voters voted against Obama based entirely on his race. The point I made when my class was examining the model and data was that 6% of those were honest…my personal estimate is at least 12% voted against Obama's race; but the figure is probably even higher given the 2010 election and the tenor of much of the anti-Obama rhetoric.

Goonemeritus August 1, 2012 at 9:34 am

First off I would like to commend Doctor Zoom for his work ethic (first post of the day last post of the day). If I were Mitt Romney I would be tempted to speculate on your cultural upbringing. Secondly I don’t live in Florida so my life doesn’t suck as much as it could.

Fukui-sanYesOta August 1, 2012 at 9:34 am

Seconded on the DZ work ethic.

actor212 August 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

He is uniquely Amercian

thatsitfortheother1 August 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

And he gets started before us Eurotrash wannabes nod off.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 2, 2012 at 4:09 am

Mitt would be pretty darned sure he's not a Palestinian.

UW8316154 August 1, 2012 at 9:34 am

Nice job, GOP. The intentional racial divide and politics of hate is working! The country has now become so polarized that we've returned to the days when white guys could just openly cold kill a minority and feel pretty good about it. That's one way to purge the voter rolls.

Swampgas_Man August 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm

To be fair, sociopaths have always been w/ us; they just seem more numerous now.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 2, 2012 at 4:11 am

The problem is that they're feeling empowered these days, thanks largely to the GOP's shameless douchebaggery.

CrunchyKnee August 1, 2012 at 9:35 am

Flo'duh. Sheesh. Your move Arizona.

KeepFnThatChicken August 1, 2012 at 9:36 am

By the way, it's not only a trend, but a trend being enjoyed by people with violent criminal backgrounds.

USA. USA. USA.

Beowoof August 1, 2012 at 9:45 am

Sounds like a keep psychopaths on the street program.

MadBrahms August 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

True, but did anyone else cynically read the infographic line "Defendants not whom lawmakers had in mind" as "brown people", especially given the examples in the article? It would be a bitter victory if racism ends up actually shifting public opinion on SYG law.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 1, 2012 at 10:00 am

So long as the victims are exactly who the lawmakers had in mind, they're probably cool with this development.

Jus_Wonderin August 1, 2012 at 9:37 am

Oh my.

Fukui-sanYesOta August 1, 2012 at 9:37 am

To add to Mark Twain, here's article ten of the treaty of Ghent (ended the war of 1812)

"Whereas the traffic in slaves is irreconcilable with the principles of humanity and justice, and whereas both His Majesty and the United States are desirous of continuing their efforts to promote its entire abolition, it is hereby agreed that both the contracting parties shall use their best endeavours to accomplish so desirable an object. "

Doktor Zoom August 1, 2012 at 10:15 am

Hey, it only took another lifetime to accomplish that… (Or a few hundred thousand lifetimes, for those who happened to be slaves).

viennawoods13 August 1, 2012 at 10:55 am

Oh for fuck's sake. Not sure what baaad word I used, but sorry.

Doktor Zoom August 1, 2012 at 11:05 am

IntenseDebate appears to be freaking out again this morning. The Powers That Be are looking into it.

viennawoods13 August 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thanks. That makes me feel less like a criminal commenter.

Goonemeritus August 1, 2012 at 9:37 am

At least he was a comparatively lightly armed Peckerwood.

SoBeach August 1, 2012 at 10:41 am

I can only assume that the .22 rifle just happened to be the one he had in his hands, stroking and worshipping, when the door bell rang.

YasserArraFeck August 1, 2012 at 11:31 am

He was probably stirring his possum stew with it, so it was the closest thing to hand when he needed to shoot someone

Biel_ze_Bubba August 2, 2012 at 4:16 am

The guy was in a shootin' mood, having just offed the possum a moment before the doorbell rang. An understandable mistake, perhaps, to a Floriduh jury of his peers.

thatsitfortheother1 August 1, 2012 at 9:38 am

Port St. Joe.

Nice to be on a nickname basis with a saint, I guess.

TootsStansbury August 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

This makes me nauseous.
I'm happy to hear he is being charged but a little mad at my own cynicism to be surprised that he is.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 2, 2012 at 4:19 am

Cops were like, "Sorry, man, but ever since that Martin business, they're making us play it by the book."

Baconzgood August 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

America's NASCAR fans.

ibwilliamsi August 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

Huck Finn also learns a lesson in humanity.

Allmighty_Manos August 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

Good thing this guy seems totally unemployable or he might have been able to afford an AR-15 with a 100-round drum.

Terry August 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

Port St Joe is one of the prettiest places in Florida, the water and beaches in particular. Why is Florida so infested to crazy asses rat bastards with guns?

oldedinvn August 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

Because up north you die when you pass out in the cold.
Stolen from a Florida author.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 2, 2012 at 4:20 am

Sounds like Hiaasen.

oldedinvn August 2, 2012 at 10:59 am

Tim Dorsey. Same, same only crazier.
Love Hia somethin too.

Biff August 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

It's where the term "cracker" was coined, after all…

Terry August 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Yeah, but cracker has noble enough beginnings. It referred to guys who used to drive cattle out of brush and swamp areas by cracking a whip. How it went from that to lazy assed bastards, I'll never know.

Biff August 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm

It's a very small step from cattle to negro. Remember that railroad incident from so long ago…

oldedinvn August 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

Like virago, cracker was not originally a bad thingy.

BaldarTFlagass August 1, 2012 at 9:42 am

Guess we should ban The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the school libraries, if this is the kind of behavior that's going to result.

Doktor Zoom August 1, 2012 at 10:16 am

It just stirs up trouble.

Beowoof August 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

And people wonder why I don't want to retire to Florida. The place is filled with idiots such as this guy. Met too many of them when I lived there, and the election of Rick Scott only proves it has gotten worse. As for Dinner, the guy was probably eating gator he shot in his yard.

no_gravity August 1, 2012 at 9:49 am

Mmmmm, gator meat is yummy. Tastes like chicken.

Biff August 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Not with a .22, though!

BaldarTFlagass August 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

Yo, Walton: combover, you're doing it wrong.

tessiee August 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

Julius Caesar disapproves of this comment.

Arkoday August 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

His supper? Frozen meats he bought from a door to door salesmam.

GuyClinch August 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

Frozen door-to-door salesman. /fixed

YasserArraFeck August 1, 2012 at 11:33 am

Found the frozen meat lying in the driveway next door

MadBrahms August 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

I love the use of "enhancement". Fortified with vitamin hate.

Also, my money is on a Hungry Man TV dinner for the food. Those things are themselves loaded with sadness enhancement.

BaldarTFlagass August 1, 2012 at 9:45 am

The only reason Florida is getting a bad rap on this is because in Mississippi, this kind of shit doesn't even make the police blotter in the local Gazette.

Baconzgood August 1, 2012 at 9:46 am

Actually he kinda looks like my Ex-Father in law.

No joke.

Doktor Zoom August 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

Here's hoping the resemblance is only physical.

Baconzgood August 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

no.

Doktor Zoom August 1, 2012 at 11:04 am

Damn.

Guppy August 1, 2012 at 11:02 am

And it didn't occur to you until it was too late that apples don't fall far from the tree?

Baconzgood August 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

yes

HistoriCat August 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Ah – the triumph of hormones over brains! Been there.

PsycWench August 1, 2012 at 11:10 am

Hope you upgraded.

Baconzgood August 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

Very much so.

ChuckieJesus August 2, 2012 at 8:42 am

It's ok. My otherwise awesome mama looks like Memaw. Radical lesbians from the 1970s age all kindsa ways.

randcoolcatdaddy August 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

This is obviously Obama's fault for making Black people think they can go outside without getting shot.

eggsacklywright August 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

Fellow at the door must not have been the right height.

Limeylizzie August 1, 2012 at 9:50 am

America? Is it just me or has the racism , among those who are so inclined, just got so much worse since Barry became President?

MadBrahms August 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

Surely, it can't possibly be a factor in the marked increase in gun sales, such as the one that incidentally was used to shoot a black man in the face.

Ah, post-racial America.

thatsitfortheother1 August 1, 2012 at 10:05 am

Same degree as always, it's just not popular to repress it since 2008.

MacRaith August 1, 2012 at 10:09 am

There's been more movement towards the extremes, from what I've seen, and this is the continuation of a trend that's been going on for my entire life. There are people who aren't bothered in the least that we have a black president, and people who are troubled to the point of insanity over it. But the number of people who could be called "casually racist", who are just a little bothered by Obama's race, has gone down. The experience of having a black president has led most of those people to say "Oh, this isn't so bad after all," while pushing some of them into the "OH MY GOD A BLACK MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!" camp.

thatsitfortheother1 August 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

casually racist____A term is born.

chicken_thief August 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

The election elevated their fear factor through the roof and confirmed their paranoid suspicions – "they" are taking over!!!!!!1

YasserArraFeck August 1, 2012 at 11:34 am

I felt that way in 2000

tessiee August 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm

It's not just you.

Therehave always been at least some racists in any group of people, of course — but the extreme ones have gotten worse. It's obvious to me that having to live day to day with a black President, see his black face on newspapers and TV, and actually hear people *praise* him, has driven some of the worst racists absolutely foaming-at-the-mouth rabid.

Gleem McShineys August 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm

One of the things I thought would be a good thing about having a black President would be that the casual/amateur racists would be sort of forced out into the sunshine, and society would do its normal thing, you know, denounce and castigate, and more or less squash such cockroaches…and we'd all move closer to the concept of equality …

I hadn't given much thought to the fact that the cockroaches might be armed.

thatsitfortheother1 August 1, 2012 at 9:53 am

I had an inkling that raising a couple generations of home schooled white trash just might not turn out so well.

Advn2rgirl August 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

I'm completely without snark on this one. I wondered if any black people had been found justified under Stand Your Ground for killing white people. Frontline had a regression analysis of FBI data on this, in which the researcher found, "that Stand Your Ground laws tend to track the existing racial disparities in homicide convictions across the U.S. — with one significant exception: Whites who kill blacks in Stand Your Ground states are far more likely to be found justified in their killings. In non-Stand Your Ground states, whites are 250 percent more likely to be found justified in killing a black person than a white person who kills another white person; in Stand Your Ground states, that number jumps to 354 percent." Of course, between 2005 and 2009, of the 43,500 killings, only 25 (!) were black-kills-white, so that's a tiny sample, but even that is effed up. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/criminal-

DemmeFatale August 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

Maybe someone in prison will convince him that this is 2012, not 1812, (or even 1912),

MadBrahms August 1, 2012 at 10:15 am

Sadly, this also means he probably won't get trench foot, which he thoroughly deserves.

Guppy August 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

Florida was still Spanish in 1812.

HistoriCat August 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

We could offer to give it back but I think Spain has enough troubles already.

upthruster August 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

Now remember folks…after this kind of event is NOT the time to be talking about guns.

MadBrahms August 1, 2012 at 10:16 am

This is a time for mourning (a guy shot in the face), not for politics (which might prevent people from shooting other people in the face).

freakishlywrong August 1, 2012 at 9:57 am

It's not the heat, it's the stupidity.

Maman August 1, 2012 at 10:10 am

Get this man an absentee ballot STAT!

chicken_thief August 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

I bet all of his friends will REALLY make fun of his weeny .22 now.

fuflans August 1, 2012 at 10:21 am

on the plus side, i imagine this cracker is going to have some fun new experiences in prison.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 2, 2012 at 4:26 am

What makes you think they'd be new?

chascates August 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

Well, it appears an armed society is not a polite society.

Guppy August 1, 2012 at 11:07 am

Mutually assured destruction relies on rational actors.

Biff August 1, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Hey, the guy that interrupted his dinner wasn't armed, what's your point?

Fraudulently_Joe August 1, 2012 at 10:34 am

When guns laws are idiotic, only idiots will have guns.

Which they will then use to gun down everyone else in cold blood, pretty much constantly.

mavenmaven August 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

American Exceptionalism shines in the "violent racist old coot" department.

TribecaMike August 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

Our violent racist old coots are better than their's.

Doktor Zoom August 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

We are a shining violent racist old coot on a hill.

TribecaMike August 1, 2012 at 11:16 am

We are the coots
We are the racists
We are the ones who'll blow your head off
If you come near us

There's a choice we're making
We're taking others' lives
Its true we'll make a better day
On Cell Block C

(Nice Twain reference btw.)

DahBoner August 1, 2012 at 10:54 am

I bet he was eating Mac N Cheese…

KeepFnThatChicken August 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

So here I was, fully aware that this article wasn't ending well, but apparently skipped over the "shot him cold in the face" part. I go back and re-read, only to become even more angry at our current state of mind in this country. I used to hate the idea that a percentage of our populace felt like they needed anti-depressants, or mood inhibitors, or whatever they're called.

Dammit, they may have to become mandatory.

ElPinche August 1, 2012 at 11:15 am

Future Fox News contributor.

YasserArraFeck August 1, 2012 at 11:36 am

Assuming he can read the script

Biff August 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Hasn't deterred $arah.

12X34X August 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

See, you jest, but I think this is true. They'll, of course, make HIM the victim.

Chow Yun Flat August 1, 2012 at 11:18 am

The police arrested him immediately, ignoring the precedent of the George Zimmerman/Treyvon Martin racist shooting. I thought white shooters in Florida got to walk around for a few weeks before seeing the inside of a cell.

Willardbot9000_V2.5 August 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Yes and have an entire network dedicated to defending them and smearing the victim; also a powerful lobbying group which helps the little racist shitbag raise funds for his defense any time he wishes. What pisses me off about the Zimmerman case is that the subtext is essentially the same as what happened here but instead of being just some racist douchenozzle whos ass the Aryan Brotherhood will want in exchange for protection we get a well-connected sleazebag with a father who knows how to work the system. I just cannot wait for Zimmerman to get convicted so all those mouthbreathers who try to turn Trayvon Martin (based upon cultural ignorance and LOTS of racism) into Tookie Williams can scream and pull out their hair out. The basic facts remain the same: Zimmerman has a history of violent aggression (alongside racial and ethnic slurs) and Martin did not; Zimmerman pursued Martin in his vehicle and then got out and confronted him on foot; Zimmerman pulled a gun and shot Martin dead. No amount of lies, bullshit and Hanni-jobs are going to change those basic facts…bunch of racist fucking prick Zimmerman defenders.

rickmaci August 1, 2012 at 11:24 am

I would advocate for a boycott of Florida tourism until they repeal their moronic gun laws, hit 'em in the pocket book thing, but the fact is I never liked Florida and have no reason to ever travel there again and can't image why anyone would go or stay.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 2, 2012 at 4:34 am

Orlando, the beaches, and the Keys … but only the latter could possibly justify staying (for as long as they last.)

Eve8Apples August 1, 2012 at 11:27 am

"acted as if it was an inconvenienced [sic] when he was asked to stand up and handcuffs were put on. He said he did not understand the problem he had only shot a nigger."

I hope Mr. Walton Henry Butler offers that explanation to his fellow inmates while he is incarcerated. "Gee fellas, I don't know what the problem is. I only shot a nigger." Being inconvenienced during the dinner hour will be the least of his worries.

JustPixelz August 1, 2012 at 11:30 am

Lighten up! Shooting someone in the face is an American tradition started by Dick Cheney in 2006. It's what friends do to each other, amirite?

HistoriCat August 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I'll bet Gant hasn't even apologized to Butler.

JustPixelz August 1, 2012 at 11:32 am

Good thing he didn't call the guy the r-word. Then he'd be in trouble with Sarah Palin™ and the citizens of Fox Nation too.

el_donaldo August 1, 2012 at 11:35 am

Would it be possible for one to be considered "armed to the teeth" if that person has no teeth? Just wondering.

valthemus August 1, 2012 at 11:35 am

In this instance I find myself snark-deficient. We are simply not amused.

Wake me for Mittens' next brain-dead, elitist, out-of-touch, Marie Antoinette-ish, you-must-be-shittin'-me remarks.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 2, 2012 at 4:35 am

Enjoy your brief nap.

tessiee August 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

So when is Florida going to send him to pick up his Nobel Peace Prize?

tessiee August 1, 2012 at 11:57 am

Walton's been under a lot of stress lately, since he caught his girlfriend cheating on him with Lowell Turpin.

swordfis August 1, 2012 at 11:57 am

I may have just changed my mind about capital punishment.

joyinil August 1, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I'm am compiling a list of states that I will never spend one vacation dollar in. Florida is #1, although Arizona is a close tie, but at least they aren't shooting anyone who shows up on their doorstep, yet (unless you are brown, which come to think of it, Jan Brewer, you are pretty brown) . The whole southern belt is off limits to me as well which is a shame because I really like New Orleans and San Antonio. I wish Austin was it's own state. If this keeps up, I'll have to off-shore my vacations. Maybe visit Mitt's money somewhere.

Gleem McShineys August 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Well, I sure hope he's learned his lesson! (Always shoot people in the face AFTER dinner)

I am pleased about several points in the story: despite a bullet to the face, the victim lived through the initial attack; the police arrested this racist fuck immediately and were not hiding his racism; this story doesn't seem to allow any way for the wingnuts to turn the shooter into some kind of underdog hero like they did with George Zimmerman.

And then I get very sad, because, shit, those are seriously fucking terrible things to be "pleased" about.

Nostrildamus August 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

My heart bleeds for that unfinished squirrel fricassee.

Redgyal August 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

This is so sad there is nothing snarling that can be said. Any human being who can act that cold towards another human being is clearly not really human at all. And it looks like this IS becoming a trend which makes me wonder if we were just fooling ourselves into thinking it was getting better. The hatred was just put on hold for the right excuse to go crazy.

NYNYNYjr August 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm

As I'm sure someone has said in this thread- Stand Your Ground is for outside of your house, Castle Doctrine is for murdering people near your house, the hot dog doctrine is for murdering people while holding a hot dog and the Firebird Rule is for murdering people with your car. And the the Florida Rule is…don't go.

ttommyunger August 1, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Oh well, at least there aren't any niggers in the Florida prison system.

Huitzapochtli August 2, 2012 at 1:21 am

Anyone smell a dew in here?

not that Dewey August 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

No, but I did see a left-handed hummingbird.

Cheburashka64 August 2, 2012 at 2:05 am

Finally, an answer to the question "Exactly how big of an idiot does someone have to be NOT to get away with shooting a black man in Florida?"

FajitaFriday August 2, 2012 at 10:14 am

Gosh, it could've been a Mormon, or a Jovvie, or some evangelical knocking. I bet the knock on his door made his Bleu Cheese Souflle fall and that was what pissed him off so much. I don't want to know what part of his body the Bleu Cheese came from, though.

redarmyzombie August 3, 2012 at 4:48 am

Well, obviously Everett Gant is the real racist here, for…

…Ah, fuck it, I'm going to bed.

Biff August 1, 2012 at 11:36 am

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bobbert August 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Spiritual descendant.

Biff August 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm

More than merely spiritual, Laura Ellen Hopper was instrumental in forming both. Several DJ's transferred over, Cousin Al, Unkle Sherman, Dallas Dobro, Christa, a few others. Find Gilbert Klein's new book “Fat Chance” on Amazon. I can't wait to read it!

thatsitfortheother1 August 2, 2012 at 3:49 am

Agreed.

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