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In Moran Case, Color Helps Block the Light
The Washington Post ^ | April 22, 2000 | Marc Fisher

Posted on 04/09/2011 7:19:01 AM PDT by Scanian

And now, a case of black and white that is anything but black and white.

A white congressman, Jim Moran of Alexandria, goes to pick up his kids at a recreation center where most of the children are black. Moran parks his Toyota Avalon and as he's getting out, he's approached by an 8-year-old boy, who is black. (The boy's parents don't mind if I use the child's name. I mind.)

The boy says something. That much everyone agrees on.

Moran says the boy said: "Give me your keys. I have a gun."

The boy says he said, "I like your car."

And we're off--downhill all the way. Moran grabs the boy, they tussle, the congressman ends up with his hand on the boy's throat. The boy's mother shows up at Cora Kelly Recreation Center and showers Moran with cusswords. Over the next two weeks come ugly accusations, threats of a lawsuit, accusations of racism--your classic post-O.J. slamdance of polarized perceptions.

Carjacker or car enthusiast? I spent a morning with the boy and his mother, Melanie Gaitwood. The boy showed me how he can watch traffic on Route 1 and name the make and model of every passing vehicle. The boy demonstrated how Moran yelled at him, held him at the throat (my neck still hurts) and carried him into the rec center, whereupon police were summoned.

This is a nice boy, the rec center director says. The boy's report cards are fine, no bad behavior noted. Gaitwood says her son would never do anything like what's alleged. "I know my child," she says. "He loves cars. He talks to people about cars all the time."

And yet.

Moran has no reason to make up this encounter. He's a liberal who's won broad black support for many years.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: alexandria; blackkid; choke; jimmoran
Not only has Moran disrespected the military as well as the "Israeli Lobby,"( i.e. Jews), he is a well-known bully as this 2000 WaPo article describes.

Choking an 8 year-old!

1 posted on 04/09/2011 7:19:04 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Your story speaks volumes, but so does this record: Jim Moran is now in his 20th year in Congress. Northern Virginia (government bureaucracy dependent to the core) keeps returning him to the House election after election.

Look up “term limits” in your dictionary and Jim Moran’s mug should be one of the pictures featured.


2 posted on 04/09/2011 7:30:59 AM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: Scanian
"Who's more credible, a congressman or an 8-year-old?"

When the congressman is Jim Moran, it's not even a close call. Believe the kid.

3 posted on 04/09/2011 7:32:11 AM PDT by Reo
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To: Scanian
Moran was a well-known drunk, so this was probably more alcoholic behavior than racism. Wonder if he's still on the sauce. He still is an a-hole, judging from his last town hall embarrassment.
4 posted on 04/09/2011 7:32:48 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Scanian
Moran has no reason to make up this encounter. He's a liberal who's won broad black support for many years.

Sheeeyit. No group of people hold blacks in lower esteem than Liberals.

The most vile racist couldn't have done more harm to blacks than Libs like Moran.

The shame of it all is that blacks fail to recognize it.

5 posted on 04/09/2011 7:36:11 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Scanian
What is left unsaid in this whitewash (pun intended) is;
Moran like most racist is afraid of or even fears blacks.
Remember the original story was, an eight (8) year old black kid tried to carjack the Massa’s er Esteemed Congressman’s car. With a FINGER GUN!
6 posted on 04/09/2011 7:36:12 AM PDT by Tupelo (The Boudicca from Wasilla supporter)
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To: Scanian

Just read this Rashomon-like rehash of this old story. It seems to me there are several reasons why Moran would make up this story:

1. All black kids look alike to him and he choked the wrong kid.

2. Like all phoney libs, he loves black people in general but hates them in particular.

3. He was drunk as usual and overreacted.

4. Like most libs, he’s a coward and positively lives in fear of 8 years olds.

5. Like all libs, if he’s moving his lips - he’s lying.


7 posted on 04/09/2011 7:36:13 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (.)
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To: Scanian
“Moran says, but just before lunging at the boy's arm, “I said, ‘I'm a congressman, you just can't shoot me and think you're going to get away with this.’ “

And this is a perfect example of what has run off the rails in this country. It doesn't matter to me which side in this story is telling the truth. I don't care. But I've seen way too many instances of “I'm a congressman..sit down and shut up.”.

I'm sick and tired of these buffoons behaving like they are somehow anointed royalty. I would have cheered had that soldier punched him in the nose after being told to sit down and shut up, and to be honest, I feel like doing that myself every time I see Schumer or any number of DemonRATS spewing their lies and smirking.

8 posted on 04/09/2011 7:41:05 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Scanian

No mention of his party affiliation. Just the “liberal” buzzword towards the end.


9 posted on 04/09/2011 7:49:00 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Scanian
We're supposed to believe an 8 yo "car enthusiast" is complimenting a Toyota Avalon? Good grief.

I wouldn't put it past an 8 yo to make a comment like Moran alleges but who would take it seriously? It sounds like the congressman was "punked" by a smart-ass kid and freaked out. It isn't far afield from the things I've heard out of the mouths of kids in recent years. Maybe the area is high crime, making it more plausible the kid could be packing as a gang recruit.

If it wasn't "a liberal who's won broad black support for many years," the guy would be in prison. The ensuring racial firestorm would ensure a guilty verdict whatever the facts on the ground.

I think the kid threatened Moran and Moran over-reacted.

10 posted on 04/09/2011 8:07:50 AM PDT by newzjunkey (OBAMA & his DEMOCRAT allies are starving children & killing the elderly.)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger
I would have cheered had that soldier punched him in the nose after being told to sit down and shut up...

I missed that! That's insane. Many of these "anointed royalty" moments seems to involve Democrats. I'm sure there must be one involving a Republican I just have no memory of any.

11 posted on 04/09/2011 8:14:10 AM PDT by newzjunkey (OBAMA & his DEMOCRAT allies are starving children & killing the elderly.)
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To: Scanian
Gaitwood says her son would never do anything like what's alleged.
Eight years old and already the excuses.
Wait until he's 14 and she comes up with the infamous, "He was just turning his life around. He was going to get a job to support his three 'chilans and baby-mamas."
12 posted on 04/09/2011 8:42:27 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Scanian
Moran has no reason to make up this encounter

Bobby Etheridge fell for much less "cause." Moran has a history of extremist rhetoric and, shall we say, "personal" anger management problems.

This is, in every way, equal to being caught "in bed, with a live boy or a dead girl."

And yet, in Etheridge's case, back home the congressional district he had repeatedly been re-elected to represent in Congress had changed demographically, the national backlash to Obama driving the 2010 election results favored Republicans, and his competition was managed to strike a responsive chord and to obtain equal name recognition.

This is despite a monolithic press mouthpiece favoring the self-referential Democrat socialist elites.

Moran has gone over the line, and if American civilization were healthy and its people mostly self-confident, he would already have been shamed into resignation. But our civilization is eroded, particularly among the frightened government employed or dependent mob in and around the district he represents.

My response is not to change minds in his district but to look to minds and conditions in the district where I live, hoping (and working to see) no one as unbalanced as he ever even gets elected in the first place.

As it is, if his supporters are so weak and fearful that they can't confidently replace him with a more friendly face, let this creep be the face they choose to represent them.

13 posted on 04/09/2011 8:54:45 AM PDT by Prospero (non est ad astra mollis e terris via)
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To: Scanian

Moran should pick on a child his own size.


14 posted on 04/09/2011 8:56:00 AM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name.)
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To: Prospero

“’personal’ anger management problems”

Apparently problems in managing adult beverages as well.


15 posted on 04/09/2011 9:31:15 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

This is Virginia. As long as he didn’t call the kid Macaca, his job is safe.


16 posted on 04/09/2011 9:32:34 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Just like John Kerry’s “Don’t you know who I am?” when pushing his way to the front of store lines.


17 posted on 04/09/2011 9:34:34 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: miss marmelstein

I would venture a guess that #3 is the controlling factor.

I can just imagine if the kid was wearing a yarmulke.


18 posted on 04/09/2011 9:36:10 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Tupelo

Anybody else would have laughed it off.

But not a nasty, drunken ‘rat like Moran.

Plus Moran had tough competition to keep up with in the party of Teddy Kennedy and Chris Dodd.


19 posted on 04/09/2011 9:38:34 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Texas Eagle

“No group of people hold blacks in lower esteem than Liberals.”

You better believe it, friend.

The libs are the most color-struck people on earth.

Their whole trick is identity politics and they exploit it SHAMELESSLY.


20 posted on 04/09/2011 9:40:55 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: hinckley buzzard

I posted this to demonstrate his bullying which was on display at that townhall with the retired military guy.


21 posted on 04/09/2011 9:42:15 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: ReleaseTheHounds

Supposedly, there are 80,000 government workers registered to vote in that district so all a creep like Moran has to do is keep bringing home the pork and vote for ever-expanding government.


22 posted on 04/09/2011 9:44:23 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Benefit of the doubt to the child.

To start with, the average height of an eight year old boy is 3’9”, and average weight is 57 pounds. Second thing is that according to the journalist, the boy is very fond of cars.

Third, that unless he has exposure to either lots of adult violence movies, or members of his family are criminally violent, the typical third grader is not going to be a thug, and it would be pretty extraordinary if he acted as one.

Now look at the congressman. He is 66 years old.

Moran has been married three times. His second wife, Mary Howard Moran, filed for divorce in 1999 after an argument at the couple’s Alexandria home which resulted in a visit by the police. So he has a prior record of violence.

This was just one year before he assaulted the child.


23 posted on 04/09/2011 9:57:12 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Scanian

I don’t know about this particular incident, but I do know that Moran is a hothead, and a real jackass, to boot.

Therefore, my vote goes to the 8 year old.


24 posted on 04/09/2011 10:02:36 AM PDT by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: Scanian

Has no reason????????????? He’s F*****g mental case! If this was a Republican they would have already lynched him and burned down the city!


25 posted on 04/09/2011 10:33:54 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Scanian

OMG he shoudd be imediately ejected from Congtress for an assault on a child. What does this say about democrats that when they see a young black child near them they automatically assume they are criminals and don’t even hear what they say?


26 posted on 04/09/2011 10:37:42 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba

That they are liberals, mainly.

I.e. they are crude, rude, socially unacceptable and frequently intoxicated.


27 posted on 04/09/2011 11:08:50 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

You won’t get any argument from me.

I’ve always had him pegged as someone who is unfit to be in Congress.

People complain about the tone in DC and the low level of discourse. How could it NOT be a problem with people like Moran in the House?


28 posted on 04/09/2011 11:12:24 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: ReleaseTheHounds

Regrettably, I live in Moran’s district that is classically gerrymandered to include all the most liberal precincts in Northern VA.

After this episode, and a few others, like his domestic issues, where I believe he treated his wife like this kid, and some other issues relating to favorable financing from a company upon whose legislation he was soon to vote, Moran drew a credible challenger in the Dem primary. IIRC, it was close, but Moran won and no has successfully taken him on ever since.

Moran also managed to get his brother elected Mayor of Alexandria (a post I believe he held) and then a state legislator, and to run (unsuccessfully) for the Dem nomination for governor of VA. All this with a heavy Boston accent while they made fun of a GOP gubernatorial candidate who had a SW VA accent. The man is total slime. They should send him back to Boston.


29 posted on 04/09/2011 11:19:08 AM PDT by EDINVA
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