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  • Polls: Public opinion on George Zimmerman shifting(FL)

    06/18/2012 7:23:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 118 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 17 June, 2012 | NA
    <p>SANFORD, Fla. – For weeks, the death of Trayvon Martin, the investigations it launched and the civil rights rallies it spurred were the most important news stories in the country, according to pollsters.</p> <p>At least six news organizations or polling companies did surveys. What they documented, in general, was that people were fascinated and outraged by the Feb. 26 death of the unarmed 17-year-old and angry at the shooter, Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman.</p>
  • Trayvon Martin Neighborhood Watch Shooting: 911 Tapes Send Mom Crying From Room

    Police recordings made the night a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain allegedly shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old boy outside his stepmother's home sent the boy's mother screaming from the room and prompted his father to declare, "He killed my son," according to a family representative. The series of emergency and non-emergency calls to police depict the apparent progression of events on Feb. 26 that led to the watch captain, George Zimmerman, 28, who is white, allegedly shooting Trayvon Martin, a high-school junior who is black, as the teen made his way home with a bag of Skittles and a can...
  • Trayvon's killer said to make self-incriminating statements

    05/24/2012 5:14:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    CNBC / Reuters ^ | May 24, 2012 | Tom Brown and Philip Barbara
    Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman made statements to police that help establish his guilt in the second-degree murder case against him for killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, prosecutors said in a court filing on Thursday. The claim came in a motion by prosecutors to keep some of Zimmerman's statements under seal pending his trial in a case that triggered civil rights protests across the United States, while sparking widespread debate over guns, self-defense laws and U.S. race relations. "Defendant (Zimmerman) has provided law enforcement with numerous statements, some of which are contradictory, and are inconsistent with the physical evidence...
  • George Zimmerman Will Never Be Convicted of Murdering Trayvon Martin (Severe Hurl Warning!)

    05/22/2012 12:44:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 22, 2012 | David R. Dow
    The new evidence released by prosecutors makes clear that if the case even reaches trial, which is highly unlikely, Florida’s Stand Your Ground law means Zimmerman is sure to get acquitted, writes David R. Dow. With last week's release of a trove of information about the Trayvon Martin killing, three things are now apparent. First, special prosecutor Angela Corey's statement last month that public pressure had nothing to do with the decision to bring charges against George Zimmerman is exposed for the bunk that it always was. Two weeks after the shooting, well before the story went national, a principal...
  • Witness Claims George Zimmerman Bullied Him, Made Racist Jokes (Islamic is a race?)

    05/18/2012 10:38:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | May 18, 2012 | Naeesa Aziz
    Among the recently released evidence in the Trayvon Martin case is an interview with a former co-worker of George Zimmerman’s who claims he was bullied regularly and harassed with racist taunts by the embattled neighborhood watchman. According to the witness, Zimmerman picked on him because he was new to the position and regularly mocked him because he is Middle Eastern, calling it “high school-like humor.” Zimmerman allegedly called the man a “f-----g moron” daily and used the voice of a fictitious character called “Achmed the terrorist” to address him. The man also said that Zimmerman would makes jokes about the...
  • Could the mob have been wrong on Trayvon Martin?

    05/18/2012 12:40:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    <p>A medical report by George Zimmerman’s doctor has disclosed that Zimmerman had a fractured nose, two black eyes, two lacerations on the back of his head and a back injury on the day after the fatal shooting. If this evidence turns out to be valid, the prosecutor will have no choice but to drop the second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman — if she wants to act ethically, lawfully and professionally.</p>
  • The Washington Post’s Romney hit piece comes apart (An astonishing journalistic train wreck.)

    05/11/2012 4:37:44 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 63 replies
    Human Events ^ | 5/11/2012 | John Hayward
    The Washington Post was already skating on thin ice with its fantastically convenient hit piece on Mitt Romney, published in perfect synchronization with President Obama’s embrace of gay marriage. Designed to paint Romney as a mean-spirited homophobic bully during his prep school days – which, let us remember, occurred over seventeen thousand days ago – the ridiculously bloated and overly-dramatic 5000-word Post “expose” related the story of how Romney allegedly led a gang of high-school hooligans and forcibly cut the hair of a “presumably gay” fellow student named John Lauber. The piece does a great deal of mind-reading to insinuate...
  • George Zimmerman: Did he shoot Trayvon Martin in self defense? (Video walkthrough of scene)

    05/10/2012 9:18:10 PM PDT · by kristinn · 99 replies
    WJLA-TV ^ | Thursday, May 10, 2012 | Scott Thuman
    George Zimmerman admits he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. But was it self defense? ABC7's Scott Thuman went inside the Sanford, Florida neighborhood where the shooting happened. He talks with Frank Taaffe, a friend of Zimmerman's, and a former neighborhood watch volunteer himself, who says it was self defense. Taafe shows us what he says eye witnesses told him happened that night in the Twin Lakes neighborhood. In this now infamous neighborhood, there's almost as much foot traffic as vehicle traffic. There's a cut-through frequented by kids, some following the very same footsteps as Trayvon Martin. But in an area...
  • Trayvon Martin's parents visit Stephen Lawrence memorial (The roadshow hits London)

    05/09/2012 8:47:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    UK's Channel 4 News ^ | May 9, 2012 | Felicity Spector
    The parents of 17 year old Trayvon Martin arrived in London this morning, to thank the British people who have lent their support. Among the many letters of condolence which they received was one from Doreen Lawrence, whose own son was killed in a racist attack in South London 19 years ago. The two families met today, at the memorial to Stephen's death, united by a search for meaning, amid their personal grief. A day to look back, as well as forward: a reminder of a young man's killing that has become as totemic for America as Stephen Lawrence's death...
  • Florida nabs white supremacists planning "race war."

    05/09/2012 1:33:26 PM PDT · by libstripper · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 8, 2012 | Barbara Liston
    Ten alleged members of a white supremacist group training near Orlando and Disney World for a "race war" have been rounded up in a series of arrests in central Florida, authorities said on Tuesday. The arrests were based on evidence from a confidential informant who infiltrated the neo-Nazi organization known as the American Front 17 months ago, according to an arrest affidavit. "The American Front (AF) is a military-styled, anti-Semitic, white supremacist, skinhead organization and is known as a domestic terrorist organization," the affidavit said.
  • White supremacists arrested on 'race war' charges in Florida

    05/08/2012 1:27:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    The Chicago Tribune / The Los Angeles Times ^ | May 8, 2012 | Richard Fausset
    Law enforcement officials in central Florida have been rounding up members of a white supremacist group who were allegedly training with weapons at a rural Osceola County compound. The training was reportedly in preparation for a coming "race war." The group was also planning a "disturbance" at Orlando City Hall to recruit new members, according to court documents. The arrests of the 10 alleged members of the neo-Nazi skinhead group American Front, or AF, came after a confidential informant infiltrated its Osceola County chapter and shared information about the group's plans with state investigators. The arrests serve as one of...
  • Racist atrocities & class consciousness (Did you think the communists would side w/Zimmerman?)

    05/07/2012 7:02:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Workers World ^ | May 7, 2012 | Larry Hales
    It took a month and a half after George Zimmerman executed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin before an arrest was made. Though special prosecutor Angela Corey asserts that an investigation had been ongoing, all the evidence and statements made by the police chief and others involved with the case make it very clear that, had it not been for a massive outpouring, especially from the Black community, George Zimmerman would still be walking free. It was fear of a rebellion that led to the state responding and to Zimmerman’s arrest. And not to be forgotten or glossed over were the resilience and...
  • Funeral One Day After Investigators Say The Killing Is Justifiable [Ja'Quares Walker]

    05/06/2012 2:20:52 PM PDT · by kevcol · 43 replies
    abc3340.com [AL] ^ | May 5, 2012 | Cory McGinnis
    BIRMINGHAM - AL - Family and friends are in mourning, the funeral service was held at Living Stone Temple church, community members tell me they're not too happy that no arrests have been made. During the service, Walkers family was overcome with emotion during the ceremony and had to step outside. Many mourners wore red, black and white t-shirts with walker's picture saying "In loving memory of Tez". Dr. Al B. Sutton Jr. led a sermon preaching out the book of mark and had a direct message to young adults as well as the parents in the building. "Our son's,...
  • 4 Years Later, Race Is Still Issue for Some Voters (It's not called enemedia for nothing!)

    05/03/2012 9:12:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 3, 2012 | Sabrina Tavernise
    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — This is the land of die-hard Democrats — mill workers, coal miners and union members. They have voted party line for generations, forming a reliable constituency for just about any Democrat who decides to run for office. But when it comes to President Obama, a small part of this constituency balks. “Certain precincts in this county are not going to vote for Obama,” said John Corrigan, clerk of courts for Jefferson County, who was drinking coffee in a furniture shop downtown one morning last week with a small group of friends, retired judges and civil servants. “I...
  • More Social Justice for Trayvon

    05/01/2012 12:10:34 PM PDT · by massmike · 23 replies
    moonbattery.com ^ | 05/01/2012 | n/a
    At least when people are attacked by black mobs for being white it will be reported by the local media — provided the victims work for a newspaper. From Norfolk, Virginia: "Wave after wave of young men surged forward to take turns punching and kicking their victim. The victim’s friend, a young woman, tried to pull him back into his car. Attackers came after her, pulling her hair, punching her head and causing a bloody scratch to the surface of her eye. She called 911. A recording told her all lines were busy. She called again. Busy. On her third...
  • Google Scrubs References to Shooters Name (Vanity)

    04/30/2012 6:46:35 PM PDT · by loucon · 18 replies
    04/30/2012 | loucon
    Over the weekend, CNN carried a story about the "The fine line between self-defense and murder" (http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/29/us/stand-your-ground/?hpt=hp_c1) At last check this story has 8331 comments! Searching Google News for "Daniel Adkins" (3 results) does not return a link to this story. You must search for "Daniel Adkins" site:cnn.com to bring the story up. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=us&tbm=nws&q=daniel+adkins&oq=daniel+adkins&aq=f&aqi=d2&aql=&gs_nf=1&gs_l=news-cc.3..43j43i400.1960.1960.0.3337.1.1.0.0.0.0.55.55.1.1.0.#hl=en&gl=us&tbs=sbd:1&tbm=nws&sclient=psy-ab&q=%22daniel+adkins%22+site:cnn.com&oq=%22daniel+adkins%22+site:cnn.com&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_l=serp.3...53109.60659.10.62078.13.13.0.0.0.0.196.1042.12j1.13.0...0.0.t6RaLYBqPsc&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=3cdb24598c494ce6&biw=1352&bih=565 (2 results {Bing 5}) Sorry for the long link, but WTF. Is a "white Latino" any the less important than a "black American"? ...and before you shred me, I don't think these cases are equivalent!
  • Freep This Poll!

    04/30/2012 1:13:23 PM PDT · by tickedoffnow · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 4-30-12 | Unknown
    CNN US section running poll: Do you feel Florida's 'stand your ground' law is helpful or harmful?
  • Report: Almost 70% of Guns Found in Mexico Came From US

    04/30/2012 12:29:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 30 Apr 2012 02:58 PM | Newsmax Wires
    A new report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) shows that more than more than 68,000—or 68 percent—of the 99,691 guns recovered in Mexico between 2007 and 2011 were either made in the U.S. or legally brought into the U.S. at some point. As you might expect, gun-rights advocates and gun-control advocates view the data quite differently, The Hill reports. Gun-rights advocates say the 68 percent number is overstated because the sample pool only reflects guns submitted to the ATF for traces. There are many other guns in Mexico, and many don’t have a U.S. connection,...
  • Lyons: Facts don’t bother pundits(Zimmerman/Martin)

    04/29/2012 6:05:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies
    metrowestdailynews.com ^ | 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...
  • 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.
  • Trayvon Martin case: Sanford police chief quits, is called 'scapegoat'

    04/23/2012 12:39:50 PM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    LATimes ^ | April 23, 2012 | Michael Muskal
    Bill Lee Jr., who had stepped aside as Sanford, Fla.'s police chief during the investigation of the shooting of unarmed African American teenager Trayvon Martin, has officially resigned as the community’s top cop, a city commissioner said Monday. Commissioner Patty Mahany said the chief submitted his resignation over the weekend; Lee temporarily left his post last month amid complaints about how his department handled the investigation of the Feb. 26 shooting. The city commission is scheduled to hold a special meeting late Monday afternoon to discuss Lee's severance package, Mahany said. "Elected officials used this man as a scapegoat to...
  • TV Corrects Itself, Just Not on the Air (NBC & Zimmerman)

    04/23/2012 10:15:58 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 23, 2012 | DAVID CARR
    After broadcasting an audio clip on the “Today” show about George Zimmerman last month that hit the trifecta of being misleading, incendiary and dead-bang wrong, NBC News management took serious action: it fired the producer in charge and issued a statement apologizing for making it appear as if Mr. Zimmerman had made overtly racist statements. The only thing NBC didn’t do was correct the report on the “Today” show. What is it with television news and corrections? When the rest of the journalism world gets something wrong, they generally correct themselves. But network news acts as if an on-air admission...
  • George Zimmerman: Attorney says apology 'self-serving'

    04/22/2012 6:16:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Central Florida News 13 ^ | April 22, 2012 | Bakari Savage
    ORLANDO -- The family of Trayvon Martin asked for an apology from their son’s shooter, George Zimmerman, and got one. But their attorney, Benjamin Crump, says it wasn’t good enough. Zimmerman, faces second degree murder charges and apologized during his bond hearing for shooting Trayvon Martin, but the family is unforgiving. “It’s real simple. When they called asking for this meeting the day before the bond hearing, we said this is not the appropriate time. And we certainly don’t think the bond hearing was the appropriate time because it’s very self-serving,” explained Crump. Attorney Ben Crump and the Martin family...
  • “Trayvon is looking down on us and saying, ‘Thank You’”

    04/22/2012 6:55:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Milwaukee Courier ^ | April 22, 2012 | Freddie Allen
    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – It was a telephone call that Tracy Martin, father of the 17-year-old African-American killed in Sanford, Fla. by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, worried that he would never receive. Forty-five days after an unarmed Trayvon Martin had been killed while walking back to a home he was visiting after purchasing a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona iced tea, Special Prosecutor Angela Corey called to notify Trayvon’s parents that Zimmerman had finally been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. “I was very emotional when I got the call from Ms. Corey,” Tracy Martin recounted. “I...
  • George Zimmerman railroaded by Democrats and Republicans alike

    04/22/2012 11:25:54 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/22/2012 | Doug Book
    Barack Obama’s “hate Whitey ‘cause he’s white” campaign of 2012 was to be based on the same dogma of class envy which had oozed from Democrat media and race hustling circles for decades. But worn out race baiting ploys were not going to guarantee the massive, black voter turn out the Manchurian Candidate would need in November. For the novelty of being the first black nominee and president was gone and finally, along with it, the decades-long effects of racial guilt implanted into the psyche of whites across the nation. Even with the 24/7 efforts of a dependably supportive media,...
  • Don't White People Kill Each Other, Too?

    04/22/2012 11:30:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 79 replies
    The Root ^ | April 10, 2012 | Edward Wyckoff Williams
    And yet we keep hearing about black-on-black crime because it fits the false media narrative.When it comes to America's racial past and present, lies and snake oil are sold in many colors. In the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, conservatives in media have sought to deflect from the racism and racial profiling that precipitated his untimely death by referencing the broader social malaise of supposed "black-on-black violence." On last week's episode of This Week on ABC, Washington Post columnist George Will said that despite the Trayvon tragedy, "150 black men are killed every week in this country," and "about...
  • ‘Stand your ground’ laws recall the Wild West

    04/21/2012 10:44:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The Southtown Star ^ | April 20, 2012 | Professor David McGrath
    The so-called “stand your ground” law that allowed neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman to shoot and kill Treyvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., without an initial arrest once was a principle that nearly every American believed in. And we were reminded of its key provision every Saturday night in prime time when watching “Gunsmoke,” among the nation’s longest-running and most popular TV programs. Each episode began with the same scene on Main Street in Dodge City, Kan., with Marshal Matt Dillon, played by James Arness, in a gun duel, staring at another man who stood 60 yards away. After several seconds...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Florida officials prepare for backlash if Zimmerman released on bail

    04/20/2012 3:05:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 20, 2012
    Florida officials were preparing for a possible backlash today if fatal shooter George Zimmerman walks free from a bond hearing. Barricades were placed outside Seminole County Courthouse in Sanford ahead of today's hearing. An Emergency Operations Center was on standby and a SWAT team will be placed on alert. "We are prepared for all the contingencies," Sanford city manager Norton Bonaparte told myFOXorlando.com. Zimmerman's attorney took extra steps to keep the shooter's relatives safe. Mark O'Mara asked a judge Thursday to keep phone numbers of family members private. They planned to testify by telephone to support Zimmerman. O'Mara added, "[There...
  • 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--...
  • CBC wants Trayvon Martin's death investigated as potential hate crime

    03/19/2012 5:45:25 PM PDT · by redreno · 129 replies
    http://www.politico.com ^ | | 3/19/12 5:55 PM EDT | By KEVIN ROBILLARD
    The Congressional Black Caucus wants the Justice Department to investigate the shooting death of a 17-year-old, unarmed black Florida high school student as a potential hate crime. “This case compromises the integrity of our legal system and sets a horrific precedent of vigilante justice,” Congressional Black Caucus Chair Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said in a statement. “Members of the Congressional Black Caucus stand together in the name of justice for Trayvon. As a nation we cannot, should not, and will not ignore, Trayvon’s brutal murder and the inconceivable fact that his killer remains free. Contrary to the flippant way this case...
  • New Account: Zimmerman Told Cops Trayvon's Last Words Were 'Okay, You Got It' [and more details]

    04/19/2012 11:36:58 AM PDT · by kevcol · 79 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Apr 19, 2012 | Aram Roston
    -snip- The law-enforcement source familiar with the case, who told The Daily Beast that he personally believes Zimmerman’s account, said Zimmerman has told three different law enforcement agencies his version of the events. -snip- Zimmerman told police officials that he lost sight of Martin and went around a townhouse to see where he was. Then he claimed Martin confronted him and punched him, knocking him down. According to The Daily Beast’s source, Zimmerman told police that when he was on the ground, Martin straddled him, striking him, and then tried to smother him. -snip- Zimmerman, the source said, told officers...
  • Soros-Funded Group Intimidates Organization for Second Amendment Support

    04/19/2012 1:26:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    New American ^ | 5/19/12 | Raven Clabough
    Color of Change, a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation that engages in lobbying and public advocacy, is organizing a campaign against the “stand your ground” self-defense laws in a variety of states, particularly in Florida as a result of the Trayvon Martin incident that took place in Florida. Color of Change was founded in 2005 by James Rucker and Van Jones. Rucker previously directed Grassroots Mobilization for MoveOn.org — one of multiple groups funded by George Soros. Jones served as Special Advisor for Green Jobs in the Obama administration, a position from which he resigned after it was exposed that he belonged
  • Robert Leider: Understanding 'Stand Your Ground'

    04/19/2012 1:27:33 PM PDT · by Aunt Polgara · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/18/12 | Robert Leider
    The shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman has spurred national outrage over Florida's Stand Your Ground law. Unfortunately, the discussion of this law has been marred by misinformation. Jeffrey Toobin, CNN senior legal analyst, erroneously claimed that the law "allows a disproportionate response; if someone comes at you with a fist, you can reply with a gun." Many have asserted that in Florida anyone who believes he is in danger can use deadly force, no matter how unreasonable his belief. These perceptions of the law are wrong. As compared with other states, Florida's Stand Your Ground law is neither...
  • Little-Known DOJ Cell Watches Trayvon Martin Protests

    04/17/2012 12:27:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 4/17/12 | Keith Koffler
    A largely unknown group of Justice Department officials has inserted itself into the local Florida protest movement surrounding the killing of Trayvon Martin, assisting the protestors and attending their meetings and rallies. While the officials are tasked with preventing racial violence, it appears that in carrying out their duties, they have provided significant assistance to those protesting the killing of Martin, who black, by George Zimmerman, who is half white and half Hispanic. The officials are members of the DOJ’s Community Relations Service, also known as “The Peacemakers,” a special unit established under the 1964 Civil Rights Act and empowered...
  • Lloyd Marcus: Yes, Calming The Storm of Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Related Racial Violence

    04/16/2012 10:53:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    ThyBlackMan ^ | April 17, 2012 | Lloyd Marcus
    As a black conservative Tea Party patriot, I have been struggling with what I should do, if anything, in response to the rash of incidents of racial violence resulting from the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman case. Folks, a great evil is running the show in our country right now Prolific race-hustler Al Sharpton is heralded as a hero. http://bit.ly/IIUZR5 Attorney General Eric Holder ignores the New Black Panther “dead or alive” bounty on George Zimmerman. http://bit.ly/HM1Aiq Three major TV networks are caught manipulating facts of the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman case to fuel racial hatred and anger. http://bit.ly/HchWtZ...
  • George Zimmerman afraid of being killed in jail: lawyer

    04/16/2012 6:20:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 90 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/16/12 | DOUGLAS MONTERO
    <p>SANFORD, Fla. -- George Zimmerman is afraid of being killed while in jail facing charges of murdering Trayvon Martin, his lawyer said today.</p> <p>“There has been an upwelling of hostility and animosity towards him that can find its way to you in many different ways,” Mark O’Mara said outside the courthouse in Sanford, Fla.</p>
  • The Tribune's View: Zimmerman, Standing his ground

    04/16/2012 12:33:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | April 16, 2012 | Henry J. Waters III, Editor and Publisher Emeritus
    The state of Florida has charged neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman with second-degree murder for shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman will defend himself by claiming Florida law allowed him to "stand his ground" against Martin's threatening behavior. Evidence of what really happened is scant. Martin is dead, and no eye witnesses saw the encounter. A 911 recording casts doubt on Zimmerman's account, but the Florida law will make it hard to get a conviction. It's hard to believe under the circumstances that a large armed adult had to shoot an unarmed teenager in self-defense, but the extra layer of justification...
  • Media Malpractice [Liberal "news" and George Zimmerman]

    04/15/2012 5:32:58 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 2012 | Mark Hemingway
    Any hope that the media might fairly and responsibly cover the shooting death of black teenager Trayvon Martin was effectively doomed the moment Al Sharpton descended on Sanford, Florida, and started holding rallies with the victim’s family. Recall that Sharpton once said of Clarence Thomas’s tenure on the Supreme Court, “I remember growing up reading Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Now I get to see it.” Unless they agree with his race-driven political agenda, Sharpton is not above accusing even African Americans of wanting to return to a day when the Fugitive Slave Act was still on the books.
  • Letter: Ginned-up case against Zimmerman fits nicely into media mentality

    04/15/2012 1:47:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Jupiter Courier ^ | April 15, 2012 | Michael Keen
    I do not condone the willful killing of anyone except under dire threat. That said, the (mostly liberal) media have done their collective utmost to convict George Zimmerman, guilty or not. Oops. NBC News apologizes for an "unnamed employee" who edited the 911 call, further criminalizing Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Oops, again. ABC News admits "manipulating" the police arrest video, to blur injuries consistent with Zimmerman's story of being beaten by Martin. Another oops. CNN retracts the charge that Zimmerman used a racial slur after reporter Gary Tuchman revisits the audio in a "different studio." In...
  • Janet Napolitano Signed 'Stand Your Ground' Law for Arizona in 2006

    04/14/2012 4:14:23 PM PDT · by hope · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/14/12 | AWR Hawkins
    Amid Democrat attempts to use the Trayvon Martin shooting as a means to push for the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws, it’s been interesting to note how many Democrats have a past that includes support for them. For example, on April 2nd, I had a post on Big Government that highlighted how former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, used her Current TV show to lambaste Stand Your Ground laws, and to blame Republicans for the existence of such laws in the first place. However, as I showed, the dirty little secret is that Granholm signed Michigan’s Stand Your...
  • Did the administration and the media shoot itself in the foot in the Trayvon Martin controversy?

    04/12/2012 10:20:11 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 32 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 13, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    Gateway Pundit carries an interview of Janet Murgula, President of La Raza, on Keeping it Real with Reverend Al Sharpton (guest host Andre Eggelletion). The gist of the conversation is Hispanics and blacks should join forces to address common “problems.” It is curious why such a conversation is taking place at the height of the Trayvon Martin issue. It seems the controversy is now driving a wedge between Hispanics and blacks. Janet Murgula wouldn't have made her statement otherwise. The friction has long been there. Look at the street gangs of Los Angeles, look at the prison gangs. They are...
  • George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin shooting, law enforcement official says

    04/11/2012 11:10:33 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 379 replies
    Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation.
  • George Zimmerman to Be Charged in Trayvon Martin Shooting, Law Enforcement Official Says

    04/11/2012 11:12:05 AM PDT · by kristinn · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday April 11, 2012
    Wednesday, April 11, 1:56 PM Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as this afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation. It was not immediately clear what charge Zimmerman will face. Martin, 17 and unarmed, was shot and killed Feb. 26 by Zimmerman, who said he was acting in self defense. Police in Sanford, Fla., where the shooting took place, did not charge Zimmerman, citing the state’s “stand your ground” law. Corey told reporters Tuesday night that she...
  • Is the drive by media photoshopping Jorge Zimmerman?

    04/07/2012 9:05:15 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 18 replies
    The original photo of George Zimmerman can be found on mugshots.com
  • Trayvon Martin call was "mistake, not deliberate": NBC

    04/07/2012 8:49:28 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 7, 2012 | Chris Francescani
    (Reuters) - NBC News' decision to air an edited call from George Zimmerman to police in the moments before he shot Trayvon Martin was "a mistake and not a deliberate act to misrepresent the phone call," according the president of network's news division. The edit in question, which aired on the network's flagship "Today" morning show last week, made it appear that Zimmerman told police that Martin was black without being prompted, when, in fact, the full tape reveals that the neighborhood watch captain only did so when responding to a question posed by a dispatcher. Under growing public pressure...
  • CNN's Banfield Falsely Claims Trayvon Martin Eyewitness Told Her Attacker Was Hispanic

    04/07/2012 6:34:23 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 4/7/12 | Noel Sheppard
    You'd think on the very day an NBC News producer was fired for editing George Zimmerman's 911 call to make it appear he was racist media members would be extra careful to be as factually accurate as possible when reporting on the Trayvon Martin shooting. CNN's Ashleigh Banfield clearly didn't get this memo for while substitute-hosting on Anderson Cooper 360 Friday night, she twice falsely claimed that an eyewitness she had just interviewed said the person she believed was the attacker - meaning the one on top during the fight near her house - was Hispanic (video follows with transcript...
  • Sanford (FL) Police deny any indication of neo-Nazis patrolling

    04/07/2012 11:45:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    LegalInsurrection.com ^ | 4/7/2012 | William A. Jacobson
    Did anyone bother to contact the Sanford Police? I did, and the Sanford Police deny any indication of Neo-Nazi groups patrolling in Sanford. Here’s the e-mail exchange: My initial e-mail (which included an embedded link to the Memeorandum thread): “There are a number of reports in the media that Neo-Nazis are conducting armed patrols in Sanford. Can you confirm or deny whether this is true, and provide any information you have on the subject? If someone is able to get back to me as soon as possible (and before Monday) that would be appreciated, since such rumors are spreading.” Response...
  • Voice forensics experts cast doubt on Orlando Sentinel analysis of Trayvon Martin 911 tape

    04/07/2012 12:07:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 6, 2012 | Chuck Rudd
    Voice recognition experts who spoke to The Daily Caller questioned the methodology and conclusions of a voice-identification analysis published by the Orlando Sentinel on March 31. Using two different forensic methods, the Sentinel’s chosen authorities determined that a scream heard in the background of a widely aired 911 call was not that of George Zimmerman, the man who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26 A police recording of the call captured part of the struggle that ended Martin’s life. The Sentinel’s reporting has landed a blow against Zimmerman’s self-defense claims, suggesting that it was Martin, not Zimmerman, who...