About 24 hours ago, on July 13, 2013, a six-person jury acquitted 29-year-old George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. What would normally be a local issue, this case garnered international attention and glued many in the United States to the edge of their seats as they followed the case.

Myself, I did not follow the case intensely because based upon the evidence, it appeared that George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin in self defense. However, from what I’ve read about the case, it was mostly pressure from the family members of Trayvon Martin, city officials, the public, and the media that ultimately led for charges to be filled against George Zimmerman.

Keep in mind, in the United States, a suspect in any crime is innocent until proven guilty. In order to get a second degree murder conviction, the prosecution had to prove their case without reasonable doubt to the jury. The jury found that the prosecution’s case wasn’t strong enough to prove second degree murder nor manslaughter, so George Zimmerman was acquitted on all charges. With double jeopardy in place, Zimmerman can not be retried for the murder case.

Do I think that George Zimmerman should have followed Trayvon Martin if Zimmerman suspected illegal activity? No, I do not. Had George Zimmerman not followed Trayvon Martin, the entire incident could have been avoided. However, Zimmerman was only advised not to follow Martin by the non-emergency dispatcher. Zimmerman was under no legal obligation to follow that advice, and because of ignoring that advice, he deliberately put himself at risk of assault.

All and all, my opinion of the case is that the evidence presented by the prosecution appeared to be largely circumstantial. Due to the fact that it was dark, witness testimony wasn’t 100 percent reliable, and Zimmerman’s injuries were consistent with his claim of self defense.

However, on Sunday, July 14, 2013, it was reported that the Department of Justice will review the George Zimmerman case for possible civil rights violations, so we’ll see how that unfolds.

In the end though, there were no winners in this case. Trayvon Martin is dead, and the lives of Trayvon Martin’s family and George Zimmerman’s family will never be the same again.

Source: Justice Department weighing civil rights case after Zimmerman cleared of all charges

Shortly before 10:00 PM EDT on July 13, 2013, a jury found 29-year-old George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

Initially, Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder and could have faced a life sentence if he would have been found guilty. Had the jury not been able to find Zimmerman guilty of second degree murder but found him guilty of manslaughter, he could have faced a 30 year prison sentence.

Source: Jury find George Zimmerman not guilty on all charges

Major Cast of Characters

Robert Downey, Jr. – Tony Stark/Iron Man
Gwyneth Paltrow – Virginia “Pepper” Potts
Don Cheadle – Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes/Iron Patriot
Guy Pearce – Aldrich Killian
Rebecca Hall – Dr. Maya Hansen
Paul Bettany – JARVIS
Jon Favreau – Happy Hogan


Years prior to the events of Iron Man, Tony Stark attended a conference in Switzerland, and during that conference, he met Maya Hansen – a brilliant scientist who was responsible for the creation of Extemis. Those that are subjected to the Extremis serum develop extraordinary regenerative capabilities. At this same conference, Stark also met Aldrich Killian, and when Killian invited Stark to discuss his company, Advanced Idea Mechanics, Killian was rejected when Tony failed to meet with him to discuss the company further.

Years later, Tony is having anxiety attacks after the events of The Avengers, and, convinced that another attack is imminent, has built additional Iron Man armors to combat future threats, including an experimental armor that can assemble itself through the utilization of microchips embedded in his body. However, the world has been threatened with terrorist attacks by an individual calling himself The Mandarin. After a Mandarin attack at TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly known as Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) which leaves Happy Hogan, Stark Industries Chief of Security and one of Tony’s closest friends, Stark issues a challenge to the Mandarin on live television.

In response, the Mandarin’s helicopters destroy Stark’s residence, and while Stark was able to escape the devastation, Tony now has to investigate what the Mandarin plans to do before it’s too late.


The movie borrowed heavily from the Extemis story arc that was published in 2005 and 2006 by Marvel Comics. In many aspects, Tony still behaved as a millionaire playboy (committed to Pepper, of course) who loved to tinker with his inventions. However, we also got to see his internal struggles that came about from his near death experience near the end of The Avengers. His desire to protect those that he’s close to and his internal struggles played out very well in the movie as he dealt with the threats presented to him. The movie was definitely action packed, and the special effects regarding the Iron Man armors was incredible. There were moments in the movie where Tony didn’t have access to the armors and had to rely on his ingenuity and inner strength.

If Iron Man 3 is still playing in your area, I highly recommend that you check it out. However, if you missed it in theaters, Iron Man 3 is scheduled to be released in digital download form on September 3, 2013 and on Blu-Ray, 3D Blu-Ray, DVD, digital copy, and video on demand on September 24, 2013.

On Tuesday, July 13, 2013, I’ve Pre-Registered for Tokyo in Tulsa, so I’ll be returning to the convention for my sixth year.

For those who are unaware, Tokyo in Tulsa is an annual anime and Japanese culture convention located in the heart of Downtown Tulsa. For three days, participants can engage in panels, video game tournaments, concerts, purchase items in the vendor’s room, watch anime, and so much more.

For those that are interested in learning more about the anime convention, please feel free to check out their Website at http://www.tokyointulsa.com/.

Early today, I uploaded Part 32 of Let’s Play Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars to my YouTube channel.

Mario and his party have finally arrived in Nimbus Land, and Mallow learned that his parents are King and Queen Nimbus. However, the kingdom is currently under the control of Valentina and her minion, Dodo (at this point in the story, Dodo is posing as Mallow). It’s up to Mario to save King and Queen Nimbus and liberate Nimbus Land, but first, he must find a way inside the palace.

Playlist: Let’s Play Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Playlist

Sometimes, you hear stories on the news that make you cringe.

I heard this particular story on KRMG while I was driving to work, and I thought I would share it.

On Monday, July 8, 2013, a man named Kenneth Enlow was arrested on a Peeping Tom complaint after a woman and her 7-year-old daughter discovered him looking up at them at a public toilet at White Water Park near Keystone Dam.

It should be noted that the man was discovered inside the septic tank for the toilet facility. A cement slab was poured over the septic tank, and a plastic toilet seat rested above the hole that allows access to the septic tank. It should also be noted that the suspect is 6’1″ and 230 pounds.

Source: Tulsa Man Found Inside Septic Tank Arrested For Peeping Tom
Source: Witness Describes Arrest Of Suspected Keystone Lake ‘Potty Peeper’

Now that we’re done looking into the history of the Kirby franchise, we’re finally ready to look at the game that started it all: Kirby’s Dream Land.

In Part 1, Kirby traverses through four areas in Dream Land to recover the Sparkling Stars before heading to Mt. Dedede to challenge King Dedede to recover the last of the Sparkling Stars and the Dream Landers food supply.

Playlist: Let’s Play Kirby’s Dream Land Playlist

Destroyer X's Personal Page

Despite the fact that Christopher Eastman.com was launched today, it’s not my first personal Website.

Before the Destroyer X Network was shut down to redesign the layout and include a Website poll (to this day, I still haven’t relaunched that Website, but I will be using a Content Management System for that redesign), I launched a personal Website called Destroyer X’s Personal Site on February 17, 2002.  Destroyer X’s Personal Site included my personal information, information about my Internet mascot – Destroyer X, my pictures, my artwork, fan-comics, and my poems.

Looking at the the Website on my widescreen monitors and viewing the source code (the entire Website was created by nesting tables within tables), it’s amazing how far I’ve come as a Web designer.  When I designed the Website, it was done in HTML 4.01 Transitional and a limited amount of CSS, and with Christopher Eastman.com, it was created utilizing HTML5 and CSS.

All and all, I’m very pleased with the results of months of hard work, and as time goes on, I hope to make this Website entertaining and informative for my visitors.

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