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Friday, March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012 - Morning Headlines

Morning Headlines:

- Army Staff Stg. Robert Bales faces 17 counts of murder for his alleged shooting rampage against Afghan civilians (CNN):

- Sanford police chief Bill Lee stepped down after a vote of no confidence by the city commissioners. The Justice Department and the F.B.I. have launched special investigations into the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin (Fox News):

- Bank of America is going to test a pilot program where it will forgive homeowners about to enter foreclosure of their debt in exchange for a transfer of the home's title to the bank. The bank will then allow homeowners to rent the house from the bank for up to three years (Fox News):


  1. Goodness gracious this Trayvon Martin deal is beginning to get out of hand.

    “Where there is no justice, there will be no peace. Soon the law of retaliation may very well be applied." Louis Farrakhan tweet.

    I'm sorry, what in the hell does that mean? Isn't that inflammatory and incendiary? Against whom do you plan retaliating against? Do you plan on indiscriminately shooting white people or Hispanics or both? How many non-black people have to die before "justice is served"? Does this mean that the next non-black person killed by a black person is on the hands of Farrakhan or does that only work one way? That one is rhetorical; I already know how that one works.

    Now let's look at the facts. Some of them have been well documented. We all know that Trayvon was getting some Skittles for his little brother and was unarmed. It is also well documented that Mr. Zimmerman followed young Mr. Martin even after the 911 dispatcher told him not to. We also have another 911 call from a lady saying some one was calling for help and you could hear it (the pleas for help) on the 911 call.

    That brings us to Mr. Zimmerman's self defense claim. He claims that he was attacked and acted in self defense. The police claim that he was released because they had no evidence disputing his self defense claim.

    According to the police report (link to follow) Mr. Zimmerman was covered in grass and bleeding from the nose and the back of the head.

    This does not conclusively prove Zimmerman's claim. Zimmerman could have inflicted the wounds upon himself. However, I believe forensic evidence could prove or disprove Zimmerman's claim.

    Let's start with the bleeding from the back of the head. That's a pretty a strange area to be bleeding from. Did he claim to be struck from behind or did he hit his head while falling in a struggle? Did the police check his hand gun to see if that wound was caused by the weapon (to create a cover)? The back of the head is pretty tough (or mine is anyway).

    He also was bleeding from the nose. Having been in a scuffle or two in my day, I know that if you drew blood it most likely ended up on you. So did Mr. Martin have some of Zimmerman's blood on his knuckles?

    In light of Mr. Farrakhan's threat, I believe the Sanford Police Department should explain some of the evidence and reasons behind the lack of charges following their questioning of Zimmerman.

  2. Now let's look at how some in the media have played off of this story. Former DNC Communications Director, MSNBC analyst and Democratic strategist Karen Finney (and occasional MSNBC host) said this Thursday on MSNBC:

    "So, when Newt Gingrich, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says that, quote, "really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works. They have no habit of I do this and you give me cash, unless it's illegal," or Rick Santorum says, "I don't want to make black people's lives easier," or Rush Limbaugh calls a presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama a magic negro, or Mitt Romney says nothing at all, the effect is dangerous, because they reinforce and validate old stereotypes that associate the poor and welfare as criminal behavior with African-Americans and people of color, calling us lazy, undeserving recipients of public assistance. In the case of Trayvon, those festering stereotypes had lethal consequences."

    Read more:
    This may come as a shock to some of you but Ms. Finney left out the last half of Santorum’s quote. Here is the full quote that she only cherry picked from:
    "I don't want to make black people's lives better by giving them somebody else's money; I want to give them the opportunity to go out and earn the money."

    Oh yeah, Limbaugh didn't call 0bama a "Magic Negro", the LA Times did.,0,3391015.story

    Then on Friday, again on MSNBC, she blamed Republican governors and legislators through stand your ground laws and voter ID laws are responsible in part for the death of Trayvon Martin.

    So for the record, so far it is Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Rush Limbaugh, Mitt Romney (for not saying anything LOL), governors and legislators of any state that has a stand your ground law and/or voter ID law, and George Zimmerman's fault that Trayvon Martin is dead. Amazingly when 0bama said, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” that had no bearing on it all. No it was Gingrich and Santorum's comments, Rush repeating an LA Times story and Romney NOT saying anything. How stupid does someone have to be to believe that crap? Well, stupid enough to continue watching MSNBC, I guess.

    And to think I thought it was only an over zealous and paranoid neighborhood watch captain. Who knew it was such a vast right wing conspiracy to kill poor ole Trayvon?

    While I find the death of Trayvon tragic I find the politicizing of it disgusting. I understand the family wanting justice; who wouldn’t want justice. If Trayvon got tired of Zimmerman following him and attacked him it does kind of open up a situation wherein Zimmerman may have been justified in defending himself. It is possible to be beaten to death.

    While we don’t know exactly for sure what all did happen in those few moments, I can say if I were on the ground bleeding and getting the crap kicked out of me, calling out for help, I would shoot my attacker to save myself. I don’t think I would be checking his ID or his assortment of candy after feeling his fist pounding my head.

    This truly is a sad story and hopefully the police will be able to maintain order with the Sharpton circus down there and Farrakhan’s violence inciting rhetoric.

  3. It has been a while since I've been here, but I always like your take, slim.

    I was wondering where you were going with this, but you connected it and conveyed your ideas perfectly.

    I just LOVE how you call out the liberal slime balls on 2 fronts: you point out how they clip sound bites and don't give the WHOLE quote intentionally, and I love how you show their ridiculous attempt to somehow put this tragedy on the GOP.

    Keep it up good man! We need more people like you. Reports like this make you The Elephant in the Room!

  4. Wow, it's amazing what you can find if you read a gazillion stories on the same incident.

    Turns out there was a witness that saw Trayvon Martin attack Zimmerman.

    Turns out Trayvon Martin was serving a 10 day suspension from the Miami area school he attended. He was suspended for being in an unauthorized area on school property.

    Lots of links at the site above on this matter.

    Now an excerpt from Roland Martin's opinion piece on CNN:

    "America, no more. We will no longer accommodate your easily bruised feelings by clenching our teeth and praying it will all get better. No more. What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now. If you think for a moment that we will be satisfied with a police chief stepping down or press releases expressing outrage, you have another think coming.

    This, folks, is war. This is war on racism. This is war on bigotry. This is war on stereotypes. This is a call to arms. This is time for the soldiers in the battle for social justice to stand up and say, "I report for duty, sir."

    This fight will not become just a moment. We will not let that happen. This incident is about a movement. A movement for respect. A movement for decency. A movement to be treated equally, and not be stalked and stereotyped because of the amount of melanin in our skin."

    I copied and pasted that, so, yes, he did say "you've got another THINK coming". I always thought the saying was "you've got another THING coming".

  5. That "war on racism" stuff sounds harmless but the problem I see there could be some that interpret that as a "war on racists" and these days disagreeing with 0bama on anything gets you tagged as "racist". See a problem here?

    The media has painted Mr. Zimmerman as a murderer, a racist and a vigilante. Mr. Zimmerman was probably suspicious of Trayvon because he didn't recognize him and for good reason as Trayvon normally lived with his mother in Miami 250 miles away. Zimmerman was a captain of the neighborhood watch. Is it really a stretch to think he may recognize a lot of the residents and know who isn't normally there? I notice strangers in my neighborhood. I don't call 911 and follow them but I notice them.

    Mr. Zimmerman and his wife mentored a black teenage boy and girl. Isn't that what all racists do; spend their time and money with the race of people they loathe?

    Listen to this 911 call here:

    She calls because someone is screaming "help me". You can hear the pleas for help until the 41 second mark when you hear the gun shot. So we have an eyewitness that saw Trayvon beating this man and heard screaming for help.We heard the pleas for help for at least 41 seconds. That is an awful long time to be beating on someone. If that is not self defense then what is the proper amount of time to be beaten before you defend yourself?

    Our media is rather disgusting. Time for Reverend Al to take his circus back to New York.

    The media has painted him as so innocent and a victim. It appears that he was a violent ruthless thug. All of the photos you see are of him at age 10 and 12. They spout this unarmed stuff and "just getting a bag of skittles". He broke the guys nose and busted the back of his head open and beat him for 41 seconds that we heard on the 911 call. They stop those UFC fights after about 2 or 3 defenseless shots. This "innocent kid" was on top of Zimmerman and beating him for nearly a minute, maybe more.

    It is astounding how different the facts of the case are versus the racist narratives that have been shoveled out all this week.

    Mr Roland Martin, no more. We will no longer accept your easily played race card when one of your youth gets shot dead after savagely beating someone for over a minute mercilessly. We will not believe the lying ass media or your race baiters like Sharpton and Jackson nor your hate mongers like Farrakhan.

    As far as wars go, I sure hope your remarks and the very threatening remarks of Mr. Farrakhan don't lead to senseless and needless violence.

    What kind of justice does someone who beat a man pleading for help for over a minute need?

    If there is a war on anything in this country it is a war on the truth.

    One of the stories I read a couple of the "witnesses" said they "believed" it was murder because Zimmerman didn't really want to talk to them after the incident. Gee, the guy just got the hell beat out of him while screaming for help and he doesn't want to talk to the people that offered him no assistance at all. How odd, huh?

    What exactly would these "witnesses" testify about? "Well I heard this one guy screaming for help so I turned the volume up on the TV, then there was a gun shot, after a commercial came on I went outside. There was this guy that was bleeding and beaten up and a dead guy in the yard. The bloody guy didn't want to talk to me so I think it must have been the dead screaming for help. There was no way that was self defense."

    I wonder what major media distraction we are in for next week.