Can you tell i am enamored with the area?
I would say the coastal areas more than anything. South Carolina is pretty effed up in some ways, not very "blue" friendly, but Charleston is an exception. Old, genteel, beautiful. Same as Savannah. Old money, and pretty conservative, but socially very liberal. Savannah is very gay friendly. North Carolina is more the sweet spot, in my opinion. Perfect climate, positive job growth, friendly people, low taxes. Now that you've mentioned it, I do think you are right that maybe North Carolina is what Florida yearned to be but the wealthy elderly mucked it up.
I looked into moving to Asheville once. Sometimes, I wish I had. Very artsy, and very seasonal.
Judge Debra Nelson words to the jury:
Juror B-37,If George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in any place where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he reasonably believed that it was necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.Let's at least get the basic facts right in this case. "Stand Your Ground" did play a huge role."Stand Your Ground was key to reaching their verdict." neither second-degree murder nor manslaughter applied in Zimmerman's case "because of the heat of the moment and the 'stand your ground.' He had a right to defend himself. If he felt threatened that his life was going to be taken away from him or he was going to have bodily harm, he had a right."
Can you image the response if some group in Florida was holding rallies in Florida for the purpose of declaring African-Americans were not welcomed in Florida and should stay away?
I don't think SYG was a factor whatsoever and just because it was part of half a sentence in the jury charge doesn't change that. The comments by jurors made it clear they looked at the case rather directly and simply. Zimmerman was under serious physical attack. The photos of the injury confirmed this and those photos were commented on in why the jury reached the decision it did. There were also comments that the lead investigator for the police concluding himself it was self defense also was commented on. In short, the jury concluded GZ was under serious physical attack and shot in self defense during the violent assault of him. When someone is on the ground with another person on top, there is no opportunity to retreat - so claiming SYG was relevant is just nonsensical.
The legal implications of "duty to retreat" has been used in other states for outrageously wrong convictions and it a law the declares that bullies, thieves and assailants should rule the world.
Use your head.
Thank you, Quazi!