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  • George Zimmerman Is Destined for a Hung Jury

    04/21/2012 3:29:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 21, 2012 | Mansfield Frazier
    Not only will it be impossible to find a jury without preconceived opinions in the Trayvon Martin case—it will be impossible to find one that will convict, says Mansfield Frazier. An editor I used to work for had a favorite saying: “Predicting the future is usually as easy as stating the obvious.” In the upcoming trial of George Zimmerman, the “obvious” is this: there’s little, if any, chance to avoid not only a mistrial, but a series of them if the state continues to reindict him, which it has the right to do and no doubt will, but with the...
  • Protect Your Right To Refuse To Be A Victim -- Gov. Task Force

    04/21/2012 2:20:35 PM PDT · by Joe Brower · 8 replies
    This is an email response I received regarding the predictable anti-gun hysteria following the sensationalization of the Trayvon Martin shooting, not to mention the hollow attacks against Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' laws. The United Sportsmen of Florida, led by the indomitable Marion Hammer, have provided here a rich source of information and facts regarding these current events, which I have transcribed.*** *** *** ALERT --- Protect Your Right To Refuse To Be A Victim -- Gov. Task Force DATE: April 20, 2012 TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends FROM: Marion P. Hammer, USF Executive Director, NRA Past President Florida...
  • Victoria Jackson's journey from SNL to conservative balladeer

    04/21/2012 10:27:30 AM PDT · by DBeers · 9 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | April 20, 2012 | Anthony Man
    A quarter-century after her debut as a regular on TV's "Saturday Night Live," Victoria Jackson is back entertaining audiences in South Florida. The crowds are minuscule compared with the millions who saw her, often portraying a ditsy blonde, during six seasons on SNL. But this is entertainment with a purpose. With a small American flag stuck in her pulled-back hair at one event, playing a ukulele and singing at the next, Jackson is out to spread her conservative worldview and alert the uninformed to the threats she sees facing America. "There's an urgency in the air," she said during a...
  • Zimmerman's apology rings hollow because of human history (More idiocy)

    04/21/2012 10:32:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 21, 2012 | John Guzzardo
    George Zimmerman apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin in court a few days ago. The killing of a young African American male by a white male has raised not only questions about the “Stand Your Ground” laws in Florida, but also questions about race relations nationally. What Zimmerman felt in his heart is anyone’s guess; the apology seemed heartfelt. Unfortunately, to many, it already rings hollow. At issue here isn’t whether or not Zimmerman is really guilty or innocent, whether he had malicious intent or was defending himself against what he perceived as imminent danger to his own life....
  • Mark Levin livid over evidence not submitted with Zimmerman affidavit...

    04/21/2012 9:51:43 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 57 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | April 21st, 2012
    Mark Levin says that his jaw dropped when finding out that Florida state prosecutor Angela Corey left out vital evidence in her affidavit that favors Zimmerman’s side of the story, the photos of his bleeding head wounds. Corey clearly had access to all of the evidence as she pushed for a 2nd degree murder charge and still left it out. Looking at everything public to date, including Florida law, Levin says this doesn’t even come close to a 2nd degree murder case and that Angela Corey is a disgrace for pushing for it in her affidavit while leaving out vital...
  • Suspect: I Beat Up White Man Because I Am Mad About Trayvon Martin Case

    04/21/2012 9:51:33 AM PDT · by traumer · 53 replies
    <p>Maywood, Ill. - Alton L. Hayes III, a west suburban man charged with a hate crime, told police he was so upset about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida that he beat up a white man early Tuesday.</p> <p>Hayes and a 15-year-old Chicago boy walked up behind the 19-year-old man victim and pinned his arms to his side, police said. Hayes, 18, then picked up a large tree branch, pointed it at the man and said, “Empty your pockets, white boy.”</p>
  • Bill Maher Curses Out Audience for Not Laughing at Racist Joke

    04/21/2012 8:15:59 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 86 replies
    Bill Maher on Friday cursed out his audience for not laughing at a racist joke about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. When his HBO Real Time attendees fell totally silent after the host said the judge in Florida gave Zimmerman bail under the condition that he only shoot "those kids," Maher raised both middle fingers at the crowd saying, "F--k you...You can get the stick out of your a--. It's just a joke" (video follows with transcript and commentary, serious vulgarity warning):
  • Black Students Beat Piñata Shaped Like White Woman (at the University of Memphis)

    04/21/2012 5:32:18 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 110 replies
    A piñata shaped like a white woman was strung up to a tree at the University of Memphis, then African-American students took turns beating it with a stick. Where is Al Sharpton when you need him? Isn’t this a shocking case of racism? No, actually it isn’t. Turns out the students involved were mere grade school kids, brought on campus for a special “Luau” party sponsored by the university. The piñata was supposed to represent a hula dancer. “We want to assure our community that no racial or gender animosity was intended,” said a university spokesperson. At worst, this...
  • Trayvon Martin Shooting “DeeDee” Reveals The False “Truths”[Martin lawyers lying about girlfriend]

    04/21/2012 6:10:36 AM PDT · by kevcol · 264 replies
    ConservativeTreeHouse ^ | April 21, 2012 | sundancecracker
    A couple of things are certain: DeeDee and Trayvon did not talk for 400 minutes on 2/26 the day he was shot. DeeDee did not go to the hospital on 3/2 and 3/3 and that was NOT the reason for not attending the viewing or memorial. DeeDee and Trayvon were not Boyfriend/Girlfriend. They were close, platonic best friends. DeeDee was not devastated, destroyed, or an emotional wreck. She was sad that her best friend was shot. She notified others, including her cousin who is also a prolific tweeter, but did not know immediately who Trayvon was. DeeDee did not miss...
  • Democratic pollster: Obama +5 in Florida; Jeb Bush Strongest VP Pick for Romney

    04/20/2012 9:01:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    Post On Politics ^ | April 17th, 2012 | George Bennett
    President Obama holds a 50-to-45 percent lead over Mitt Romney in Florida, according to a new poll from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. PPP also tested four potential Florida running mates for Romney — Sen. Marco Rubio, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Rep. Allen West — and found that only Bush would have a positive effect on the GOP ticket in Florida. A Romney/Bush ticket would narrow Obama’s advantage to 49-46, within the poll’s 3.7 percent margin of error. The survey of 700 Florida voters was taken Thursday through Sunday. The Obama/Joe Biden ticket holds...
  • New Photograph Shows George Zimmerman's Bloodied Head

    04/20/2012 9:49:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    SANFORD, Fla. -- A new photograph released by ABC News shows George Zimmerman with injuries on the back of his head. The network says it was able to verify the photo was taken in Sanford on the night of the shooting using it's embedded data. The photo was reportedly shot by an anonymous source with an iPhone three minutes after Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin. The source told ABC News that Zimmerman told them to call his wife and "tell her I shot someone." The picture, which shows blood trickling down Zimmerman's head, may bolster the 28-year old's claim of self-defense...
  • Jeb Bush Says He'd Consider Vice Presidency

    04/20/2012 8:27:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 76 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 20, 2012
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he'd consider running as vice president with Mitt Romney, but doubts he'll ever be asked. Bush tells the conservative website Newsmax that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is "probably the best" choice to share the ticket with Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. Bush said he hopes the freshman senator is offered the No. 2 slot and accepts it. Rubio has said repeatedly that he isn't interested in leaving the Senate.
  • Zimmerman's Bond Hearing: Mark O'Mara Gets Rave Reviews for His Performance (Amateur prosecution?)

    04/20/2012 8:33:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post | April 20, 2012 | Mari Fagel.
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mari-fagel/george-zimmerman-bond-hearing_b_1441261.html
  • Is GOP fear of race riots stopping any real investigation into Obama’s past

    04/17/2012 1:30:17 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 47 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | George Spelvin, staff writer
    By Congress is refusing to act on citizen demands for an investigation of Barack Obama’s Natural Born Citizenship status because of fears of race riots by Blacks across America. This appears to be the consensus arrived at by many of our country’s on line bloggers. “Obama’s failure to come up with a real, long form Birth Certificate in a timely manner and his expenditure of a vast amount of money in legal fees in my opinion is a 100% indication something is rotten in Denmark. I don’t know what that something is, but something is fishy,” states one commenter. Another...
  • Organizations Use Trayvon Martin Case to Lobby for Racial Profiling Legislation

    04/17/2012 1:30:32 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Roll Call ^ | April 17, 2012 | Janie Lorber
    Opponents of racial profiling are capitalizing on national outrage over the murder of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, using the case to rally support for a bill banning the practice from all U.S. law enforcement agencies. More than 225 organizations, including the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza, submitted testimony in advance of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the issue today, said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who called the hearing earlier this month. A bill introduced in October by Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) would ban racial profiling by law enforcement officials, including neighborhood watch groups. George...
  • Feinstein puts hold on Zimmerman bills (“George Zimmerman Armed Vigilante Acts”)

    04/18/2012 7:44:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Grass Valley Union ^ | April 18, 2012 | The Brady Campaign
    Washington, D.C. — Brady Campaign President Dan Gross issued the following statement in response to the hold Senator Dianne Feinstein placed on bills S 2188 and S 2213, which the Brady Campaign believes should be called the “George Zimmerman Armed Vigilante Acts.” The Senate bills, pushed by the NRA just days after Trayvon Martin's shooting death, are similar to HR 822, which passed the House late last year. They would force virtually every state to honor the concealed carry permit of every other state. "Just a day after her staff met with three gun violence victims from the California Chapters...
  • Michigan University Opens Museum of Racist Memorabilia

    04/19/2012 8:02:35 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    Yahoo! News/AP ^ | April 19, 2012 | Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben
    Ferris State University, in Big Rapids, Mich., has opened a new exhibit -- the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. It is raising some eyebrows. The goal, says founder and curator David Pilgrim, is to also raise consciousness about persecution of African Americans, says the Associated Press. Here are facts about this provocative collection. * According to the AP, Pilgrim, a former sociology professor at Ferris, began collecting racist artifacts in the 1970s. Much of the memorabilia came from flea markets and antique vendors.
  • Hilarious Political Picture Making Fun of Obama

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DwJKitJ2ock/T5A60QCVuII/AAAAAAAADE8/VzmiEYfK460/s1600/DOGEATDOG.jpg
  • Zimmerman seeking release from jail on bond Friday [LIVE COVERAGE LINK]

    04/20/2012 7:19:36 AM PDT · by kevcol · 185 replies
    NBC6 Miami ^ | Apr 20, 2012 | Brian Hamacher
    http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/George-Zimmerman-Due-in-Court-for-Bond-Hearing-in-Trayvon-Martin-Case-148238565.html
  • Zimmerman Granted Bail

    04/20/2012 8:20:36 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 110 replies
    Drudge ^ | 20 Apr 2012
    Zimmerman granted Bail !!!
  • Judge grants bail for George Zimmerman

    04/20/2012 8:23:12 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 67 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 20, 2012 | CBS News
    (CBS/AP) SANFORD, Fla. - A judge has granted bail for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said he would grant the motion to release Zimmerman, but would not allow his release today, given further discussions needed about the terms, including whether he would be allowed out of state. He also said that Zimmerman would not be able to have any contact with the victim's family, could not possess firearms; and order no consumption of alcohol or controlled substances.
  • Warning Graphic Photo: Possible New Evidence Shows George Zimmerman's Bloodied Head

    04/20/2012 6:36:49 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 20,2012 | MATT GUTMAN
    Zimmerman was treated at the scene by paramedics, then cuffed and driven in a police cruiser to the Sanford police station. He was questioned for hours and later released. In police surveillance video obtained last month by ABC News, Zimmerman's wounds are not apparent, and there were no bandages on his head. Zimmerman was not admitted to a hospital or given stitches the night of the incident. The person who took the photograph of a bloodied Zimmerman, asking not to be identified, told ABC News exclusively that they did not see the scuffle that night, but did hear it. The...
  • Man shoves reporter, screams "N" word on live TV

    04/20/2012 12:20:41 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies
    wlbt.com ^ | April 20, 2012
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) A Charlotte man is behind bars after shoving a WMBF News reporter, snatching her microphone, and shouting expletives on live television Wednesday night. While standing on the sidewalk at 915 North Ocean Boulevard in the heart of Myrtle Beach, reporter Ashley Taylor was speaking live during the WMBF 11 p.m. newscast concerning the escalating crime rates across the Grand Strand, when she was violently pushed from in front of the camera. Justin Moore, 20, of Charlotte, NC, jumped in front of the camera after nearly shoving Taylor to the ground. Donning a blue t-shirt and dark...
  • Feinstein: No action on concealed weapons bills (works to block CCW reciprocity bill)

    04/20/2012 12:19:18 PM PDT · by pabianice · 12 replies
    Merced Sun-Star ^ | 4/19/12 | Margasak
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein is trying to block votes on bills that would require a state to honor concealed gun permits from other states. The California Democrat wrote Majority Leader Harry Reid and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, requesting that no votes be scheduled on two concealed weapons "reciprocity" bills. There was no immediate response from Reid, D-Nev., or Leahy, D-Vt., to the letter dated April 17. The National Rifle Association said it would not be deterred in efforts to pass reciprocity legislation. Click here to find out more! "We have to work harder to get 60 votes, and...
  • Is George Zimmerman guilty of 2nd degree murder?

    04/20/2012 12:17:13 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/20/2012 | Doug Book
    From the projects to the White House, February’s shooting death of punk-in-the-making Trayvon Martin has provided a ready-made call to arms for the nation’s professional race hustlers. Even the President has taken advantage of this opportunity to pimp a black death for electoral profit. And though it isn’t surprising that much of the national media have ignored the way in which the facts of the shooting apply to Florida statute, it does seem difficult to believe that no one in the nation is interested. Given the many conflicting stories concerning surveillance video and witness testimony it is difficult to know...
  • Dershowitz Blasts Zimmerman Prosecution: 'Not Only Immoral, But Stupid'

    04/20/2012 10:20:12 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 83 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | April 20, 2012
    With ABC News’ release of the George Zimmerman photo showing blood flowing freely from his head, the question becomes whether Angela Corey, the prosecutor in the case, had access to the photo before charging Zimmerman with second-degree murder. The arrest affidavit did not mention the photograph, or the bleeding, gashes, and bruises on Zimmermans’ head. Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School stated upon release of the arrest affidavit that it was “so thin that it won’t make it past a judge on a second degree murder charge … everything in the affidavit is completely consistent with a defense of...
  • Is George Zimmerman guilty of 2nd degree murder?

    04/20/2012 9:52:19 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 18 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | April 20, 2012 | Doug Book , staff writer
    From the projects to the White House, February’s shooting death of punk-in-the-making Trayvon Martin has provided a ready-made call to arms for the nation’s professional race hustlers. Even the President has taken advantage of this opportunity to pimp a black death for electoral profit. And though it isn’t surprising that much of the national media have ignored the way in which the facts of the shooting apply to Florida statute, it does seem difficult to believe that no one in the nation is interested. Given the many conflicting stories concerning surveillance video and witness testimony it is difficult to know...
  • Zimmerman Bombshells: Mayor And Pictures

    04/20/2012 9:40:31 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 36 replies
    Market-Ticker ^ | 4/20/12 | Karl Denninger
    George Zimmerman was allegedly recognized by the Mayor for his intervention in the events surrounding the homeless (black) man that was beaten by a Sanford police officer's relative. There has been a near-complete media blackout in this regard -- and questions about whether the letter published somewhat-recently was authentic. Well, it appears (from testimony of his mother this morning) that the Sanford Mayor personally recognized George Zimmerman for his efforts to obtain justice for that homeless man. And where is the media who tried to turn this into a racial issue? Just as importantly, where is the Mayor of Sanford...
  • Bail set at $150G for George Zimmerman while he awaits trial in Trayvon Martin shooting death

    04/20/2012 9:14:17 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 56 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4/20/2012 | unknown
    URGENT: A Florida judge said George Zimmerman can be released on $150,000 bail as he awaits trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester set several conditions Friday for Zimmerman's release. He cannot have any firearms, drink alcohol or use drugs and must observe a curfew. The judge said details need to be worked out between Zimmerman's attorney and law enforcement, and that Zimmerman will not be released Friday. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the 17-year-old Martin's death during a February confrontation in a Sanford, Fla., gated community. He is claiming self-defense. The bail...
  • Vanity: Martin Family Attorney 'Dog Whistles' Violence Against Bailed Out Zimmerman?

    04/20/2012 9:11:39 AM PDT · by kristinn · 52 replies
    Friday, April 20, 2012 | Kristinn
    Following George Zimmerman's successful bail hearing in Sanford, Fl., today, Trayvon Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump made statements at a courthouse press conference that sounded to me like veiled calls for violence against Zimmerman.Crump repeatedly spoke about how the Martin family 'could not understand why the state was protecting' Zimmerman and used inflammatory language to describe Zimmerman getting bail. He also compared Zimmerman in a suit at the hearing to Trayvon wearing a suit in his coffin.Crump is an officer of the court. He knows that defendants are presumed innocent and are afforded every measure to protect them during prosecution.If...
  • Bond Hearing Testimony Reveals Huge Hole In State's Case Against George Zimmerman !

    04/20/2012 8:54:37 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 44 replies
    Among all the coverage of Zimmerman being granted bail, most reporters are missing the most important detail of the day. The State's investigator admitted, under oath, that they have no way to disprove Zimmerman's claim that Trayvon Martin started the flight and assaulted him. The details are buried deep in the story, but they are crucial: Gilbreath is the State's Investigator:O'Mara is Zimmerman's attorney: (from the story)"During further questioning by O'Mara, Gilbreath admitted that the state has no evidence who started the fight. There is also no evidence that Zimmerman didn't walk back to his car after chasing Martin on...
  • Zimmerman Speaks for the First Time (WATCH FULL CLIP)

    04/20/2012 8:41:47 AM PDT · by JesseWatters · 24 replies
    FoxNation.com ^ | April 20 | Staff
    Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has taken the witness stand during his bail hearing and apologized to the parents of Trayvon Martin for shooting their son. Zimmerman made the brief statement during Friday's hearing over whether he should be released on bail while he awaits trial on second-degree murder charges. Zimmerman told Martin's parents that he was "sorry for the loss of your son." He said he didn't know that Martin was 17 and that he was unarmed during their altercation in a central Florida neighborhood.
  • More details about Zimmerman emerge during bond hearing ("Racist" meme just flew out the window)

    04/20/2012 5:29:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 163 replies
    CNN ^ | April 20, 2012 | Michael Pearson
    For nearly two months, George Zimmerman has been largely a cipher, a riddle whose voice has been heard only in 911 calls reporting a young man acting "real suspicious." On Friday, the world learned more about Zimmerman as he, his wife and parents testified during a hearing in Sanford, Florida, to decide whether he would be released on bond while awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge in the February 26 death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman's wife depicted him as a man she has never seen angry. His father said he was a truthful man who had long been concerned...
  • Chris Matthews: Slavery Impacts People's View of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman Case

    04/20/2012 4:47:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 20, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Maybe it's time for MSNBC's Chris Matthews to retire. On Friday's Hardball, the 66-year-old host actually said that people's view of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case is impacted by "so much history ever since the first slave arrived in the United States" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary): (VIDEO AT LINK) In the middle of a lengthy opening segment about the case gripping the nation, Matthews played a clip of Florida prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda telling a press conference, “You haven’t heard all the evidence. Please be patient and wait for the trial.” After the clip, Matthews said,...
  • Prosecutors: Trayvon Martin case led to racial beating in Oak Park

    04/20/2012 4:18:05 PM PDT · by kristinn · 38 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Friday, April 20, 2012 | Michael Lansu
    A man charged with a hate crime in Oak Park this week told police he was so upset about the Trayvon Martin case that he beat up a man because he was white, authorities said. Alton L. Hayes III, of Oak Park, and a 15-year-old Chicagoan — both black — walked up behind the 19-year-old victim and pinned his arms to his side early Tuesday, police said. Hayes, 18, then picked up a large tree branch, pointed it at the man and said, “Empty your pockets, white boy.” They rifled through his pockets, threw him to the ground and punched...
  • Newest Michigan museum showcases racist artifacts...ok, which room has the Farakahn artifacts?

    04/20/2012 7:56:26 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 30 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 04/20/12 | Mike Householder
    The objects displayed in Michigan's newest museum range from the ordinary, such as simple ashtrays and fishing lures, to the grotesque — a full-size replica of a lynching tree. But all are united by a common theme: They are steeped in racism so intense that it makes visitors cringe. That's the idea behind the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, which says it has amassed the nation's largest public collection of artifacts spanning the segregation era, from Reconstruction until the civil rights movement, and beyond. The museum in a gleaming new exhibit hall at Ferris State University "is all about...
  • Excerpts from Zimmerman's apology, testimony

    04/20/2012 3:18:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    In an unusual move, George Zimmerman took the witness stand Friday to apologize to the parents of Trayvon Martin for fatally shooting their 17-year-old son. Assistant prosecutor Bernardo de la Rionda took the opportunity to grill the neighborhood watch volunteer about some of the statements he made to police. Here's a partial transcript of Zimmerman's testimony: Zimmerman: I wanted to say I am very sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am, and I did not know if he was armed or...
  • Tampa may seek Gov. Rick Scott's help keeping guns away from RNC protests

    04/20/2012 11:05:05 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    tampabay.com ^ | April 20, 2012 | Richard Danielson
    TAMPA — Frustrated by a Florida law that blocks all local regulation of guns, Mayor Bob Buckhorn expects to reach out to Gov. Rick Scott for help keeping concealed firearms away from protests during the Republican National Convention. The 2011 state law pre-empts the ability of cities and counties to pass any laws regulating firearms or ammunition. So while Tampa plans to ban a wide range of weapons (clubs, switchblades, Mace) and things that could be used as weapons (chains, glass bottles, water pistols) outside the convention, it cannot prohibit guns carried with a concealed weapons permit.
  • (Angela Corey,) Fla. prosecutor in Martin case wins re-election

    04/20/2012 11:18:55 AM PDT · by maggief · 45 replies
    AP ^ | April 20, 2012
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida prosecutor who charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder is going to spend another four years in office. Angela Corey on Friday won a new term after no one stepped forward to challenge the Republican in this year's election. Qualifying ended at noon.
  • Trevor Dooley's lawyers seek dismissal in Tampa 'stand your ground' case

    04/19/2012 6:38:35 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Tampabay.com ^ | 4-13-12 | Shelley Rossetter
    TAMPA — Trevor Dooley's lawyers say it was an act of self-defense — pulling the trigger kept him alive. David James was on top of him, hands around Dooley's neck. Dooley couldn't breathe. He tried to warn James by poking him in the leg twice with a handgun. When it didn't work, Dooley fired. Lawyers for Dooley, the man accused of killing his Valrico neighbor, submitted their argument Thursday in a motion asking a judge to dismiss the manslaughter charge against him. Their main defense? Florida's "stand your ground" law. The law allows a person to use deadly force to...
  • Zimmerman and Dooley: Left's Florida Hypocrisy

    04/20/2012 5:27:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Big Government.com ^ | 4-20-12 | Lee Stranahan
    Everyone in the country has heard of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman but few know the name of Trevor Dooley--a central Florida man who shot and killed a neighbor, David "DJ" James, and is defending himself using Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. The James case has a number of similarities with the Martin case, but has not been the subject of the mainstream media meltdown nor the focus of cries of racism, even though the shooter and the victim were both of different races (Dooley is black, and James was white). Critics of the authorities' handling of the Martin case...
  • George Zimmerman: Community meeting leads to 9-point proposal

    04/19/2012 11:50:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | April 19, 2012 | John W. Davis, Reporter
    SANFORD -- City and community leaders held a community meeting Thursday night to discuss the Trayvon Martin case. Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte and Acting Police Chief Darren Scott attended the meeting, which took place at Second Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. During the meeting, Sanford leaders rolled out a preliminary nine-point plan aimed to move the community forward. However, several community members felt the most important point was absent. Community members are still calling for the firing of Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, who has temporarily stepped down. City Manager Norton Bonaparte defended his decision to not fire Lee. “The...
  • We asked you: Can George Zimmerman get a fair trial?

    04/19/2012 9:26:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 20, 2012
    We asked you: Can George Zimmerman get a fair trial? YES 35% NO 65% Media have already tried Zimmerman It seems quite unlikely at this point. I want to believe that our legal system will work and that justice will be served. However, the state versus Zimmerman case has been tried in the media. The mind readers have decided George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin solely because he was black and that Zimmerman is a racist. The likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the New Black Panther Party have condemned the man, and crowds seem to echo their sentiments... --snip--...
  • Florida Remains 'Golden Prize' of Presidential Politics

    04/19/2012 12:25:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2012 | Matt Towery
    Unless something unexpected takes place, Florida can already claim the top spot in deciding recent presidential nominations, both for Republicans and Democrats, and is poised to be, along with a handful of states, a pivotal swing state in the November elections. As for determining nominations, Florida now has replaced both Iowa and South Carolina as the "must-win" early state. In 2008, Barack Obama's win in Iowa certainly gave him the boost that later exploded into momentum in the South Carolina Democratic contest. But had Florida's legislature not moved the Florida contest ahead in the order of states voting that year,...
  • Florida Governor Appoints Task Force To Review 'Stand Your Ground' Law

    04/19/2012 12:57:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies
    NPR ^ | April 19, 2012 | Eyder Peralta
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed a task force on Thursday charged with reviewing the state's gun laws, including the so-called "stand your ground law," that came into controversial focus after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. As we've explained, the law, passed in 2005, got "rid of the English Law concept of 'duty to retreat' from a situation that is dangerous outside your home." The law will likely play a central role in the case against George Zimmerman, the man charged with killing Martin. The Miami Herald reports that the governor's task force includes law enforcement officials, legal experts and...
  • NAACP comments on Zimmerman charges

    Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People issued the following statement on the charges filed against George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin: “Forty–five days after Trayvon Martin’s life came to a violent end, the wheels of justice have finally begun to turn. This is an important first step toward bringing justice for Trayvon and his family. As we have seen, the system does not always work perfectly. But we have shown that when we stand together as a nation we can compel it to work. For the NAACP, this...
  • Trayvon, Zimmerman, and Prosecutors in the Media Age: In the Court of Public Opinion

    04/18/2012 9:06:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Corporate Counsel ^ | April 19, 2012 | James F. Haggerty
    George Zimmerman may be a crazed, racist, Neighborhood Watch-empowered psycho, hell-bent on bringing his own brand of justice to bear on anyone who dares trespass the streets near his home. Or he may just be a regular guy, attacked and savagely beaten by Trayvon Martin until he finally was able to get off a single shot in self-defense. But now, at least, a court of law will decide. And even in light of Florida’s “stand-your-ground” law, this is as it should be. From a public perception standpoint, it is abundantly clear that only public pressure could have gotten us to...
  • Trial of George Zimmerman Could Trigger Another Rodney King

    04/17/2012 11:27:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 184 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 18, 2012 | Mansfield Frazier
    Trayvon Martin’s shooter has a new lawyer. Mansfield Frazier hopes he’s advising his client to take a plea, since a protracted murder trial is the last thing we need. As George Zimmerman faces murder charges for shooting Trayvon Martin, it’s worth asking if America is in danger of facing Rodney King, Part II? That’s what I see down the tracks: If this case goes all the way to trial, it’s a train wreck waiting to happen. The time is now for strong hands to take the helm and steady the ship of state—not to mention our national racial, political and...
  • Why vigilantes make lousy cops (Nauseatingly awful)

    04/17/2012 10:31:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    When I heard about George Zimmerman killing Trayvon Martin in Florida, I thought about the 1992 Clint Eastwood film, Unforgiven. I wondered if Zimmerman had ever killed a man before. I wondered how he was feeling about it. "It's a hell of a thing, killing a man," says Eastwood's character, Will Munny, who has killed more than his share. "You take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have." The Schofield Kid (after killing someone for the first time) had just finished telling Munny, "It don't seem real ... how he ain't gonna never breathe again, ever ......
  • Michigan Teacher Fired for Organizing Trayvon Martin Fundraiser

    04/17/2012 5:39:37 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 29 replies
    Afro ^ | 4/14/12 | Alexis Taylor
    A civil rights advocacy group is pressing Pontiac, Mich., charter school officials to reinstate a Black 26 year-old middle school teacher who was fired over what she says was her role in encouraging student support for the family of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The plight of Brooke Harris, who twice has been named Teacher of the Year at the Pontiac Academy for Excellence Middle School, is becoming part of the firestorm that has evolved in the aftermath of the Feb. 16 shooting death of the unarmed 17 year-old in Sanford, Fla. So far, an estimated 30,000 signatures calling for...