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  • Florida-style 'Stand Your Ground' gun laws sub impulse for intelligent thinking

    04/30/2012 3:34:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 30, 2012 | Walter Rodgers
    Even as George Zimmerman stands trial for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, many Americans argue these laws make us safe. I've had pistols held to my head from Bosnia to Beirut. Your best self-defense is your tongue. Those who put their faith in guns will ultimately be outgunned. Because this is my last column, I want to challenge a deeply held belief that is, tragically, a core one for millions of Americans. [See editor's note at the end of this column.] One of the most common ideas emerging after the Trayvon Martin tragedy with Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is that...
  • Zimmerman’s Lawyer Launches New Website

    04/30/2012 10:58:58 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/30/12 | Joe Palazzolo
    George Zimmerman, charged in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, is building an online presence as his case moves toward trial. His defense attorney, Mark O’Mara, launched a new website – — that will seek donations for Zimmerman’s legal defense and “provide a voice” for the 28-year-old, who faces a second-degree murder charge in Martin’s death. O’Mara also created Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • When Zimmerman evidence is released, what will it show?(FL)

    04/30/2012 7:37:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 60 replies ^ | 28 April, 2012 | Rene Stutzman
    What evidence does Special Prosecutor Angela Corey have that prompted her to charge George Zimmerman with murdering Trayvon Martin? So far, she has refused to say. Before long, though, she will be required by law to release the evidence — which fills several boxes. What will it show? "It'll be like little bits and pieces that will have to be strung together," said Adam Pollack, an Orlando criminal-trial attorney. "Almost a bunch of little dots. Initially, the little dots don't make much sense, but if you step back, you see a bigger picture." The public could get access in the...
  • Trayvon Martin and race: Humans can't make progress until we move past stereotypes and prejudice

    04/30/2012 12:05:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | April 30, 2012 | Cole Thorna, H.S. Sophomore
    Trayvon Martin did not deserve to die. Everyone has heard the story of the 17-year-old black kid who was walking home from a Florida gas station, when he was shot dead by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman. Zimmerman wasn’t arrested until recently, since he was protected by Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law, which states that it’s all right to kill someone if they confront you. George Zimmerman claims that Martin attacked him. I’m a white kid, so some may argue that the gravity of the situation is somewhat lost on me, but it’s not. I’m a firm believer in the fact...
  • Is George Zimmerman on Your Campus? (A large pail, sack or bowl is suggested)

    04/29/2012 10:45:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Diverse Issues In Higher Education ^ | April 30, 2012 | Dr. Emery Petchauer
    In the weeks leading up to the arrest of George Zimmerman, many people were shocked to find him on campus at Ohio State University. Of course, he wasn’t there in physical form, but his name and the phrase “Long live George Zimmerman” was written (presumably by a student) on the Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center at Ohio State. This was a stunning and ugly act, analogous to racial slurs on campus walls, nooses on professors’ doors, and “ghetto”-themed parties that have become common extracurricular activities on college campuses. The response of the Ohio State administration is emblematic of most...
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks at Miami-Dade church about importance of voting

    04/29/2012 7:55:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | April 29, 2012 | Diana Moskovitz
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson preached Sunday afternoon in Miami-Dade County about the importance of teaching young people the importance of voting, the continued battle against racism and the controversial shooting of Trayvon Martin. Inside the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church in West Little River, to about 200 people in the pews, the civil rights leader opened his remarks with, “Long live the spirit of Trayvon Martin.” It was a bit late in the afternoon for a Sunday service, but that didn’t stop the congregants from singing and praising the Lord. Most came dressed in their Sunday best. It wasn’t hot,...
  • PICKET: (VIDEO) Chris Matthews faces his critics at WHCD [DC Chapter of Free Republic]

    04/29/2012 5:44:49 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2012 | By Kerry Picket
    The White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night brought out not only media celebrities but also their critics. The D.C. Chapter of Free Republic gathered outside of the Washington Hilton and heckled (H/T Marooned in Marin blog) attendees who walked past them or drove by. The group is known to do this every year for the past 13 WHCD's.
  • Is it time to boycott Florida? (Cover the keyboard in Saran Wrap)

    04/29/2012 2:10:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 29, 2012 | Bryian Revoner
    In the midst of this controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law issue in the Trayvon Martin case and in the Marissa Alexander case, three key questions immediately come to mind. Question number one is how much injustice is this ‘Stand Your Ground’ law going to inflict on the public and on good, old-fashioned common sense before it is either revised or repealed? Question number two would have to be is this barefaced differentiation in the applying of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law in regards to both of these cases a direct reflection of the ‘War on Women’, a war on minorities,...
  • Photo tells much about case against Zimmerman (Worth a look)

    04/29/2012 1:15:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 29, 2012 | George Parry, esquire
    To paraphrase President Obama, if I had a son who had been flat on the ground in a vicious fight, the back of his head would look like that of accused murderer George Zimmerman. Thanks to a photograph broadcast by ABC News showing Zimmerman’s bloody head wounds, those trying to use Trayvon Martin’s death to challenge “stand your ground” self-defense laws had better start exploiting some other tragedy. For the picture demonstrates that Zimmerman was unable to retreat, since he was pinned to the ground taking a beating when he shot Martin. And note that one of the depicted wounds...
  • Lyons: Facts don’t bother pundits(Zimmerman/Martin)

    04/29/2012 6:05:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies ^ | 28 April, 2012 | Gene Lyons
    Almost from the beginning, there were two aspects of the “George Zimmerman as racist assassin” story that made little sense. First, who calls the police, then murders a total stranger in cold blood knowing that the cops are minutes away? Panic seemed likelier than malice. Second, how does a 28-year-old man with a desk job catch a fleeing 17-year-old high school athlete, anyway? I say “almost,” because like most Americans, I responded to the Trayvon Martin tragedy as President Obama did — in sorrow, and with pity for the immense dignity of the young man’s parents. They and their son...
  • Man Booked in Hammer Deaths of Vegas Mom, Child

    04/29/2012 4:43:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 58 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 28, 2012 | Ken Ritter
    Using a hammer as a weapon, a "complete stranger" with no significant criminal history allegedly chose a family at random and attacked them in their home, killing a woman and her daughter, in a brutal crime that left investigators both baffled and aghast.
  • George Zimmerman: Afro-Peruvian White Hispanic Obama soul brother didn’t want a gun

    04/29/2012 4:38:23 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 12 replies ^ | April 29, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The deeper we dig into the Zimmerman-Martin case the more we prove the media’s narrative about George Zimmerman is filled with lies half truths and distortions. Based on new information, Zimmerman did not willingly purchase a gun. That came as a last resort to end the problem ……..neighbor’s pit bull who was continually menacing his family’s dog. After repeatedly calling authorities for help……. Zimmerman asked Seminole County Animal Control Officer if he should buy pepper spray to use against the pit bull. He was told it would do little good since pepper spray took two or three seconds it to...
  • The Mob in Mobile: The roosting of the Trayvon Martin chickens.

    04/29/2012 12:46:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4.25.12 | Quin Hillyer
    MOBILE, Ala. -- Last Saturday night at 8:20 p.m., when the white Matthew Owens was beaten into critical condition by a mob of dozens of black neighbors, Al Sharpton and the New Black Panthers got what they wanted: a white victim, any white victim, in payback for the killing of Trayvon Martin. May God have mercy on their miserable souls -- because the rest of us should shun them mercilessly from all decent society. Delmar Drive is one of those long, long blocks, the equivalent of probably four long city blocks without a single cross street, which sometimes gets wedged...
  • Martin/Zimmerman case: Prosecutor missed deadline to release evidence

    04/29/2012 12:04:09 AM PDT · by ElenaM · 31 replies
    Click Orlando/WKMG ^ | Click Orlando/WKMG
    Fight over public's right to know intensifies as lawyers disagree about record lawSANFORD, Fla. - As controversy over the $200,000 George Zimmerman raised on PayPal took center stage Friday, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey's decision to ignore legal questions raised over whether she's obeying Florida's public record law went largely unnoticed. But the issue of whether Corey has the legal right to continue preventing the public from seeing the evidence she says proves Zimmerman committed the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin seems to be coming to a head. The special prosecutor's office on Friday refused to make that evidence public...
  • The Trayvon Martin Case: A Lesson Still To Be Learned (Meh!)

    04/28/2012 11:00:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | April 28, 2012 | Dr. Walter Brasch
    For years, my father, a federal employee with a top secret clearance, carried a copy of his birth certificate when he went into Baja California from our home in San Diego. Many times, when he tried to reenter the U.S., he was stopped by the Border Patrol. My father had thick black hair and naturally dark skin, and the Patrol thought he was a Mexican brazenly trying to sneak back into the country by claiming to be married to the black-haired, blue- eyed, light-skinned woman he claimed was his wife. Once back home, he faced discrimination because neighbors thought he...
  • Lawyer: Angela Corey missed deadline to release evidence

    04/28/2012 8:02:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    WKMG-TV ^ | April 28, 2012 | Sean Lavin, Assignment Editor
    SANFORD, Fla. - As controversy over the $200,000 George Zimmerman raised on PayPal took center stage Friday, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey's decision to ignore legal questions raised over whether she's obeying Florida's public record law went largely unnoticed. But the issue of whether Corey has the legal right to continue preventing the public from seeing the evidence she says proves Zimmerman committed the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin seems to be coming to a head. The special prosecutor's office on Friday refused to make that evidence public -- even though an attorney fighting for the public's access insists Friday...
  • Friday Afternoon Roundup

    04/28/2012 2:40:35 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 4 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Friday, April 27, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    TRUTH, JUSTICE AND JOURNALISM It seems almost redundant to link to the Reuters piece on George Zimmerman that nearly everyone has seen by now, but what's interest about it is just how routine it is. It's a standard background piece and thousands like it run after prominent crimes. Any sizable news organization can put one out within a week and smaller community papers and magazines regularly run them when there's a major case. When the case is big enough, some of them get turned into movies, mostly they help set a tone. All they really involve in meeting with some...
  • Sharpton Sows Seeds of Next L.A. Riot

    04/28/2012 10:16:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 28, 2012 | Jack Dunphy
    As we remember the last riot in Los Angeles, the seeds of the next one are being sown. Al Sharpton was in Los Angeles on Thursday, attending a church rally marking the two-month anniversary of Trayvon MartinÂ’s death. Why Los Angeles should be chosen as the venue for such an event may at first seem a mystery, but whatever one may think of him, Sharpton can be counted among the true masters at manipulating the media. And here in Los Angeles this week, much of the media has been consumed with observing the 20th anniversary of what is often referred...
  • Martin family attorney addresses Rainbow PUSH

    04/28/2012 4:22:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    WLS-TV/DT ^ | April 28, 2012
    April 28, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The attorney for Trayvon Martin's parents joined The Rev. Jesse Jackson Saturday at Rainbow PUSH. Benjamin Crump talked about news that a website has raised more than $200,000 for George Zimmerman, the man who killed the Florida teenager. Crump has called this revelation "a bombshell.'" Zimmerman was released from jail this week after posting bond. His family had told the judge they have had trouble coming up with the money to free him. Crump says this raises questions about Zimmerman's credibility. "Trayvon Martin is dead," Crump said. "We don't know his version of what...
  • Armed Neo-Nazis Now Patrolling Sanford, Say They Are "Prepared" For Post-Trayvon Martin Violence

    04/06/2012 11:28:42 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 186 replies
    Miami New Times Blog ^ | Michael Miller
    Neo-Nazis are currently conducting heavily armed patrols in and around Sanford, Florida and are "prepared" for violence in the case of a race riot. The patrols are to protect "white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety" in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting last month, says Commander Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement. "We are not advocating any type of violence or attacks on anybody, but we are prepared for it," he says. "We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over."
  • Trayvon Martin killing sparks fight against pro-vigilante law (Look at source)

    04/28/2012 3:44:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Militant ^ | The May 7, 2012 IKssue | Naomi Craine
    SANFORD, Fla.—Nationwide demonstrations have subsided in the weeks following the April 11 indictment and arrest of George Zimmerman—the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin here. At the same time, discussion among working people and public meetings continue, many focused on the fight to repeal pro-vigilante “Stand Your Ground” laws enacted in states across the country in recent years and brought to the fore by the local police department’s refusal to arrest Zimmerman. “What went through my mind was that finally the person who shot and killed my son was going to be held accountable for...
  • As LA remembers race riots, Trayvon Martin's name is invoked

    04/28/2012 2:47:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Axcess News / The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 28, 2012 | Patrik Jonsson
    On tour promoting his new book, Rodney King, the Los Angeles man whose videotaped beating by Los Angeles police became a flashpoint for the 1992 LA riots, is often asked to put his ordeal into contemporary terms. On the 20th anniversary of the riots, the name Mr. King often mentions is Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida boy who was shot and killed on Feb. 26 by a suspicious neighborhood watch volunteer named George Zimmerman. The police’s original decision to not charge Mr. Zimmerman with a crime again raised questions about the treatment of black men by police and the courts,...
  • I Guess This Is a Vanity: Zimmerman's Legal Defense/Case Website Is Up

    04/28/2012 6:15:11 AM PDT · by onemiddleamerican · 18 replies
    Mark O'Mara Law Firm ^ | 4/28/12 | me
    Just an FYI for interested FReepers. The Defense Fund is not up and running yet, but this is the official page, per his lawyer. And for Facebookers, here you go: George Zimmerman Legal Case
  • Post-racial society still a dream deferred (Cover your keyboard)

    04/28/2012 12:04:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Attleboro Sun Chronicle ^ | April 28, 2012 | Lauren Carter
    Many people desperately want to believe America is post-racial. Surely a black family living in the White House is proof that we've overcome our embarrassing racial history and become a beacon of tolerance and respect where character, not skin color, informs the judgments we make. That sounds like a wonderful concept. It's just not reality. In reality, a barrage of shockingly racist tweets bashed Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward Wednesday night after he scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 7 against the Boston Bruins. Enraged Bruins fans, many of them teens, took to Twitter and branded Ward the...
  • Sharpton & the NAACP Use Megachurch to Host Racially-Charged Trayvon Martin Rally

    04/27/2012 8:26:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 27, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    It’s been two months since his death, but the drama surrounding Trayvon Martin is nowhere near over. As the courtroom battle is preparing to ramp up, the teenager, who was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, is still widely discussed in U.S. news outlets. On Thursday, celebrities, civil rights activists and Martin’s relatives all assembled to mark the two-month anniversary at a church in Los Angeles, California. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune has more about the rally, which was also held in honor of another young life that was more recently lost: Hundreds gathered Thursday night for a rally...
  • Think You Know George Zimmerman? New Timeline and Profile Could Change the Perception (& the Case)

    04/27/2012 7:47:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 26, 2012 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    When the Trayvon Martin case first started garnering national attention, there were many that thought they knew who George Zimmerman was: an overzealous racist with a vendetta against young black men who was on a mission to assert power with his gun. But then little details started emerging, such as pictures of Zimmerman’s bloody head that could bolster his self-defense claim; CNN even backtracked and said the tape it once suggested showed Zimmerman uttering a racist slur was actually him most likely saying it was “cold.” And now, Reuters has put together a detailed profile of Zimmerman that seems to...
  • Trayvon Martin and the End of Things (Hurl Thou Wilt)

    04/27/2012 7:04:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Esquire ^ | April 27, 2012 | Charles P. Pierce
    Dr. Mortimer looked strangely at us for an instant, and his voice sank almost to a whisper as he answered: "Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!" —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles The odds of convicting George Zimmerman on any charges stemming from the killing of Trayvon Martin for the crime of being in a neighborhood where Zimmerman thought he didn't belong were always pretty damned long. The local cops screwed the pooch on the case almost from jump. The Florida law under which Zimmerman has sought protection is bizarre and contradictory and...
  • Florida judge rejects bail hike for Trayvon Martin's killer

    04/27/2012 11:33:03 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 27, 2012 | Barbara Liston
    SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida judge rejected a prosecution request to raise the bond for George Zimmerman on Friday, after it was disclosed that the man charged with murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin had received about $200,000 from anonymous donors to fund his defense. "I'm not going to make a snap decision," Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. said during a hearing in Sanford, the central Florida town where 17-year-old Martin was shot dead by Zimmerman in February. He spoke after Prosecutor Bernardo de la Rionda said the disclosure by Zimmerman's lawyer on Thursday that donors had contributed...
  • Presence of firearm in Martin case woefully unaddressed (Heads full of mush alert)

    04/27/2012 10:12:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Lamron of SUNY Geneseo ^ | April 26, 2012 | Jessica Maslyn
    Since the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, racial backlash concerning the incident has consumed the media. Many suggest that Martin’s death stems from an inherent suspicion in this country of young black males. Others disagree with this assessment, citing that Zimmerman is Hispanic and therefore a minority himself. While I do not deny the significant role race played in Martin’s death, a key element of the case has seemingly gone unnoticed – 28-year-old George Zimmerman, Martin’s shooter, was unnecessarily armed with a 9 mm pistol. Regardless of Martin’s race and Zimmerman’s intentions, why was a 9 mm handgun...
  • Judge refuses gag order in George Zimmerman case

    04/27/2012 9:24:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WKMG-TV ^ | April 27, 2012
    SANFORD, Fla. - A judge has refused the prosecution's request and will not issue a gag order on those involved in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, who's accused of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Saying he wouldn't entertain the state's request at this time, Florida Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said Friday he would not stop Zimmerman's attorneys from talking to the media if they chose. "Attorneys, specifically the defense counsel, are still commenting about the facts of the case," state prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda said. "I've been very careful. ... I don't have the evidence (in...
  • Judge: Zimmerman Can Keep $200K in Website Donations For Now

    04/27/2012 9:13:03 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 49 replies
    KTLA-TV ^ | April 27, 2012 | KTLA-TV
    George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of wrongly killing Trayvon Martin, will not immediately have to turn over donations to his website, a Florida judge said Friday. Zimmerman collected about $204,000 in donations through the website, but did not disclose the contributions during his bond hearing last week, according to Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara. O'Mara said he learned about the money on Wednesday and he and Zimmerman were trying to shut down Zimmerman's website, Facebook page and Twitter account to avoid concerns about possible impersonators and other problems. "He asked me what to do with his PayPal accounts, and...
  • Al Sharpton, Trayvon Martin family urge peace [backpedal alert]

    04/27/2012 8:15:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 49 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | April 27, 2012 | Liz Goodwin
    Al Sharpton, Trayvon Martin family urge peace on 20th anniversary of L.A. race riots To mark the 2oth anniversary of the deadly riots that engulfed Los Angeles following the 1992 Rodney King verdict, civil rights activist Al Sharpton and Trayvon Martin's parents are urging peace at events. Sharpton spoke to Yahoo News before he and Martin's family addressed a church on Thursday night. -snip- "I think even though people are angry and as concerned as I am, we don't feel like we have no options," he says. "Unlike [with] Rodney King, there's defined leadership in Trayvon Martin's case who have...
  • Should Attorney Benjamin Crump Be Disciplined for the Trayvon Martin Debacle?

    04/27/2012 3:54:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 25, 2012 | Jerri Cook
    In response to the Sanford City Council's refusal to accept the resignation of much the much maligned Chief of Police, Benjamin Crump, one of the attorneys for the family of Trayvon Martin said, "If Chief Bill Lee recognized that his resignation would help start the healing process in Sanford, city leadership should have accepted it in an effort to move the city forward" What is utterly mind numbing about this statement is that it was Benjamin Crump who opened the festering wound in Sanford. Crump caused the damage, and now he wants Lee to resign so the healing process can...
  • Martin attorney: Zimmerman misled court about money

    04/27/2012 3:14:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | April 27, 2012
    The attorney for Trayvon Martin's family says George Zimmerman should be back in jail because he failed to tell a judge he had $204,000 during a recent bond hearing. "They tried to portray themselves as indigent that they did not have any money," said Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump. "We think the court should revoke his bond immediately, and he should be held accountable for misleading the court." --snip-- Crump said Zimmerman's failure to reveal that he had the money shows that he is being dishonest. "If his testimony at the bond hearing is any indication of what is to...
  • Pundits not experts in Martin case

    04/27/2012 2:38:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Tennessee Valley Times-Daily / The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | April 27, 2012 | Gene Lyons, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    Almost from the beginning, there were two aspects of the “George Zimmerman as racist assassin” story that made little sense. First, who calls the police, then murders a total stranger in cold blood knowing that the cops are minutes away? Panic seemed likelier than malice. Second, how does a 28-year-old man with a desk job catch a fleeing 17-year-old high school athlete, anyway? I say “almost,” because like most Americans, I responded to the Trayvon Martin tragedy as President Barack Obama did — in sorrow, and with pity for the immense dignity of the young man’s parents. They and their...
  • Motivated By Media Lies About George Zimmerman, a Hate Crime Occurs In Chicago

    04/26/2012 7:06:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | April 26, 2012 | John Nolte
    We're learning today that in Obama's Chicago, 18 year-old Alton L. Hayes has just been charged by police with "attempted robbery and aggravated battery along with a hate crime" for attacking and robbing a 19 year-old man. Hayes is black, the victim is white, and Hayes told investigators "he was angry about the [Trayvon] Martin shooting and decided to attack the victim because of his race." Now why would Hayes do this? For starters, Zimmerman is Hispanic, not Caucasian. Secondly, there's absolutely zero proof Zimmerman was racially motivated to shoot Martin. In fact, an overwhelming amount of evidence suggests race...
  • Sanford city manager: I pressured police chief to quit over Trayvon Martin case

    04/26/2012 5:03:33 PM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 26, 2012 | Jamie Novogrod and Tom Winter
    SANFORD, Fla. -- City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. acknowledges that he put pressure last week on Police Chief Bill Lee to step down over the Trayvon Martin case, though he stopped short of saying whether he threatened to fire Lee. During a discussion with NBC News on Wednesday, Bonaparte said he held frank conversations with Lee. “I did suggest,” Bonaparte said, “for the community to move forward, that he consider resigning.” Asked whether the suggestion constituted an ultimatum, Bonaparte demurred. "The chief of police, as all of the city department directors, serves at the pleasure of the city manager and...
  • CNN: Donations pour in to Trayvon Martin's killer

    04/26/2012 4:57:08 PM PDT · by maggief · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | April 26, 2012
    (CNN) -- The lawyer for the neighborhood watch leader who fatally shot unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, said Thursday that his client has received about $200,000 from supporters. Orlando lawyer Mark O'Mara told CNN's "AC360" that George Zimmerman told him Wednesday of the donations as they were trying to shut down his Internet presence to avoid concerns about possible impersonators. "He asked me what to do with his PayPal accounts and I asked him what he was talking about," O'Mara told Anderson Cooper. "And he said those were the accounts that had the money from the website he...
  • Magic Johnson, Stevie Wonder Expected at LA Trayvon Martin Rally- (Zimmerman Takes Down Website)

    04/26/2012 3:26:28 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 50 replies
    NBC News - Los Angeles ^ | April 27, 2012 | Jason Kandel
    A rally expected to draw prominent civil rights leaders is set to take place at a Los Angeles church on Thursday to mark the two-month anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death. The rally starting at 5:30 p.m. at the West Los Angeles Church in Christ at 3045 Crenshaw Boulevard will be attended by the Martin family, NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Bishop Charles Blake, who preaches at the church. Several celebrities are expected, including Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, David Banner, Paul Rodriguez, radio host Big Boy and Magic Johnson. (snip)...
  • The world’s most famous "white Hispanic" is part black

    04/26/2012 10:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Human Events ^ | April 26, 2012 | John Hayward
    How badly has the media mis-reported the Trayvon Martin shooting? Just look at how rapidly the story is mutating, now that George Zimmerman is up on charges – thanks to a ridiculously over-reaching affadavit, for which some observers, including legendary liberal lawyer Alan Dershowitz, think the prosecutor should be up on charges. Do you remember the story you heard on Day One, when this first became big national news? A racist white man gunned down an innocent little black boy for no reason, just because he was Walking While Black through a swanky gated condo community. The cracker cops of...
  • George Zimmerman's Black Ancestry is Revealed

    04/26/2012 10:19:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Gather ^ | April 26, 2012 | Jim Kane
    Al Sharpton isn't going to be happy when he hears this. Apparently, George Zimmerman, who killed an unarmed Trayvon Martin in February, has black ancestors. The 28-year-old former neighborhood watchman is depicted in the media as an "angry white man" with hatred toward other ethnic groups. That narrative fits perfectly with liberals' view of America as a racist nation in which black children live in constant fear of white vigilantes, but this story is taking some interesting twists. The neighborhood watchman shot an unarmed Martin inside a gated condo complex in Sanford, FL. It turns out he is of mixed...
  • Sybrina Fulton: 'I Can Wait A Year' For Justice (Trayvon Martin's mother)

    04/26/2012 9:17:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | April 26, 2012 | Staff
    Days after George Zimmerman was freed on bail to await a second-degree murder trial for shooting Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother, says she's "willing to wait for justice to be served" in her son's case. Speaking with Tell Me More host Michel Martin, Fulton also says that she feels like "I have a little hole in my heart. And that little hole is caused by the tragedy of Trayvon's death." The Trayvon Martin case has sparked a national debate on topics ranging from race and teen fashion to gun control and self-defense laws, after the unarmed teenager was killed...
  • 2 charged in Oak Park beating motivated by Trayvon Martin killing, official says

    04/26/2012 7:34:47 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 26, 2012 | Joseph Ruzich
    A teen charged with a hate crime in Oak Park told investigators he beat his victim in anger over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, according to the Cook County state's attorney office.
  • George Zimmerman: the black, Hispanic, Peruvian, kind-hearted non-white, not-racist poster boy

    04/26/2012 4:37:26 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies ^ | 4-25-2012 | Bookworm
    “Facts are stubborn things.”I love that quotation. John Adams said it back in 1774 when he took on the unpopular job of defending the British troops charged with the killings in the event now known as the Boston Massacre. Arguing off those same stubborn facts, Adams was able to get those troops acquitted.“Facts are stubborn things.” You can lie about them and you can try to bury them, but they have a bad habit of revealing themselves. Sometimes, these revelations can take decades or even centuries, but sometimes — especially in a modern media age — those stubborn facts demand...
  • The Release Reactions (Zimmerman)

    04/26/2012 4:21:01 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 22 replies
    Afro ^ | 4/25/12 | George Barnette
    After walking free for two months before he was charged, George Zimmerman was released on bond for murder charges. That release has many people questioning the judicial system. Zimmerman was released on $150,000 on April 23. He is required to wear a GPS monitoring device and to check in with courts if he goes to another state. That result is insufficient to many who think the process has been a joke. “This whole Trayvon case has been so confusing from the start. I don’t understand how someone who admittedly killed someone gets to stay out of jail for weeks before...
  • What if Zimmerman Gets an All White Jury?

    04/26/2012 12:00:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Hutchinson Report News ^ | April 25, 2012 | Earl Ofari Hutchinson
    Accused murderer of Trayvon Martin George Zimmerman almost certainly will eventually face a jury. And what if that jury is all white? A recent Duke University study showed that all white juries in Florida were more likely to convict a black defendant than mixed ethnic juries. Though Zimmerman isn’t black, the defense almost certainly will pull out all stops to make the case that Zimmerman was the real victim and that Martin was the aggressor. In essence this means that jurors will be asked to do a defendant and victim role reversal and put Martin on trial. The massive barrage...
  • NBC6 Zimmerman Edit Explanation

    04/25/2012 8:26:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012
    On March 19 NBC6 ran a story on the phone call George Zimmerman made in connection with the Trayvon Martin case. In that story an error in editorial judgment was made in which a question from the operator was deleted which could have created the impression that Mr. Zimmerman’s statement may have been singling out Trayvon Martin because of his race. We take this incident very seriously and apologize to our viewers. After conducting an extensive investigation, we are putting a more stringent editorial process in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
  • Obama has chance to quell Zimmerman Trayvon Martin racial violence

    04/25/2012 8:37:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | April 25, 2012 | Ron Chapman
    This column has not commented on the Zimmerman/Martin case for good reason. Since the facts surrounding this incident still remain unclear, it serves no purpose to speculate about what transpired in the tragic event. That is what the court system is for and it should be allowed to operate without outside interference. Unfortunately, other media outlets and certain individuals seeking personal fame have taken to the airways, print, and streets staking out extreme positions while having no knowledge about the actual event. This has resulted in some very strong feelings on both sides of the issue that should and must...
  • Stand Your Ground makes sense

    04/25/2012 3:03:45 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | John Lott
    Call them what you will: “Stand Your Ground” or “Castle Doctrine” laws. Mayor Bloomberg and members of Congress, speaking on the House floor, go so far as to label them “shoot first” laws. This is a gross exaggeration — a slander, in fact, against legislation designed to reform a flaw in our treatment of self-defense. Earlier statutes affirmatively required potential victims to retreat as much as possible before using deadly force to protect themselves, sometimes putting their lives in jeopardy. The supposedly infamous laws passed in Florida and elsewhere, in contrast, use a “reasonable person” standard for determining when it...
  • New Black Panther chief defiant after racial rant

    04/25/2012 7:10:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | April 23, 2012 | Larry Clifton
    A Florida television station's claim that the Tampa Bay New Black Panther Chief, Michelle Williams, apologized for calling for a race war rings hollow. This month, Michelle Williams, Tampa leader of the New Black Panthers, called for a race riot on Bubba the Love Sponge's nationally syndicated radio show just before George Zimmerman’s arrest - days later she followed up with a tearful but remorseless television interview at Tampa Bay 10 News. Some of the racially derogatory comments made by the New Black Panthers chief that raised brows during Bubba’s Tampa Bay-based radio show included the following racial rant: “Let...