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  • Semi Satire: Metaphors for Israel and Islam

    07/24/2014 11:45:46 AM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | July 24, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The media, which have favorites and enemies, report accordingly. The UN Human Rights Council is much the same.IntroductionThis is a re-posting of a satirical article from May 23, 2012. It mocked media coverage of the death of Trayvon Martin (the Religion of Peace personified) at the hands of George Zimmerman (Zionism personified). It also mocked and compared media coverage of Israel and "Palestine" as of that date. With few exceptions, the media coverage of Israel, particularly in connection with her current operations in Gaza, has not substantially improved since then. Mr. Zimmerman was tried and convicted in the media. However, when relevant and admissible evidence was presented in a court...
  • Ky. must change its stand-your-ground law to make it fairer (Trayvon vs. Zimmerman, again)

    07/18/2014 3:29:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | July 18, 2014 | State Sen. Reginald L. Thomas, (D- Lexington)
    What may have started out as an ordinary evening in February 2012, ended with a dead teen-ager and a national controversy that is still unresolved. The fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the subsequent not-guilty verdict of the shooter, George Zimmerman, on July 13, 2013, prompted citizens across the nation to question the "stand-your-ground" laws. Such laws, often criticized as being "shoot first" laws, make it hard to prosecute cases against people who shoot others and then claim self-defense. Kentucky, as well as the other states with such laws, should revise them so that the one who initiates a...
  • Trayvon Martin friend Rachel Jeantel, who was humiliated during Zimmerman trial, turns life around

    07/14/2014 8:31:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Boroff
    One year after being outed as illiterate in the trial, Jeantel is a changed woman after graduating from high school. She hopes to get a college degree, too.She did it for Trayvon. One year after being outed as illiterate in the George Zimmerman murder trial, Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel is a changed woman after graduating from high school. Jeantel underwent seven hours of tutoring a day after her reading skills were ridiculed when she testified during the Florida trial last year at age 19. At the time, she had a fourth-grade reading level. "Very, very, very tough," she told...
  • There Are No Two Greater Heroes Than Trayvon Martins Parents! By Michael Skolnik

    07/13/2014 7:40:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Global Grind - The World According to Hip-Hop ^ | July 13, 2014 | Michael Skolnik, editor-in-chief and political director to Russell Simmons
    I remember growing up and always hearing my parents and their friends talk about one pivotal moment in their lives. They remembered exactly where they were at that point. Exactly who told them the news. Exactly how they felt once it all sunk in. When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, everyone who was alive during that time remembers. One year ago, today, was our generations moment. It was late on a Saturday night. Some of us were out to dinner. Some of us were home with our families. Some of us were still shopping. Some of us...
  • Crist says state should review gun laws

    07/13/2014 4:07:49 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 42 replies
    AP ^ | July 13, 2014 | MICHAEL J. MISHAK
    On Thursday, Crist recalled the acquittal of George Zimmerman without using his name, saying "the instigator of an event has no punishment for taking a life. There's something wrong with that."
  • Rachel Jeantel Blames Herself for Letting George Zimmerman Walk Free

    07/12/2014 11:01:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 12, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    Its been just over a year since the world was introduced to Rachel Jeantel, the friend of Trayvon Martins who testified on behalf of the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, but may have ended up doing more harm than good. CNN caught up with Jeantel this week, asking her if she blamed herself when Zimmerman went free. A little bit, she replied. Asked if she should have said something different or acted differently on the stand, she answered, Act different. Jeantel said the jurors in the case didnt take her seriously as a witness, judging her for...
  • FL: Black "Zimmerman" Finally Vindicated

    07/11/2014 1:29:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Gabriel Mobley Gabriel Mobley and a friend, Jose Correa, were attacked without provocation in February, 2008, as they stood on a sidewalk outside a restaurant. Jose had his eye socket fractured by the first punch thrown in the surprise attack. As the first attacker danced back after delivering the blow, the second of the team of attackers rushed the victims. Mobley said that he saw the second attacker reach under his shirt. He drew his legally concealed Glock pistol and fired at the attackers. Both were hit and died of their wounds. All of this was captured on...
  • Judge throws out George Zimmerman's libel suit against NBC

    06/30/2014 8:55:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 06/30/2014 | By Rene Stutzman
    <p>A Sanford judge today put an end to George Zimmerman's libel suit against NBC Universal.</p> <p>Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson ruled that the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer is entitled to no money from the media giant.</p> <p>She issued a summary judgment in the network's favor, meaning that unless an appeals court reverses her, the case is now dead.</p>
  • Judge rules in favor of NBC in George Zimmerman's defamation lawsuit [Same judge as trial]

    06/30/2014 8:11:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    NBC ORLANDO ^ | 6/30/14
    Judge Debra Nelson has ruled in favor of NBC in a defamation lawsuit filed by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman filed the lawsuit in December 2012, saying NBC aired an edited version of the call he made to 911 right before his confrontation with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin...
  • Judge rules against George Zimmerman in NBC lawsuit

    06/30/2014 7:15:48 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 35 replies
    clickorlando.com ^ | 6/30/14 | Daniel Dahm
    Judge rules against George Zimmerman in NBC lawsuit Zimmerman claimed defamation in edited 911 call SANFORD, Fla. - A judge on Monday ruled against George Zimmerman in a defamation lawsuit he filed against NBC Universal over edited 911 calls made after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in 2012. In the ruling, Judge Debra S. Nelson said, "There are no genuine issues of material fact upon which a reasonable jury could find that the Defendants acted with actual malice."
  • Judge Rules in Favor of NBC in George Zimmerman's Defamation Lawsuit

    06/30/2014 6:23:11 AM PDT · by kristinn · 20 replies
    News 13 Orlando ^ | Monday, June 30, 2014
    SANFORD -- Judge Debra Nelson has ruled in favor of NBC in a defamation lawsuit filed by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman filed the lawsuit in December 2012, saying NBC aired an edited version of the call he made to 911 right before his confrontation with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. SNIPPDF file of judge's ruling.
  • Trayvon Martin Gun Control Laws Attacking Stand Your Ground In South Carolina

    06/27/2014 1:54:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | June 27, 2014 | Staff
    So-called Trayvon Martin gun control laws are still being supported by family lawyer Benjamin Crump, who has been traveling the nation campaigning against the expansion of Stand Your Ground laws in various states. At the same time, Trayvons parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy martin, have been active in helping with the Trayvon Martin Foundation. In a related report by The Inquisitr, a Trayvon Martin monument was created by an artist who is attempting to say that social changes have not yet advanced far enough since the Civil War. George Zimmermans lawsuit against NBC claims the companys employees purposefully edited audio...
  • Sorry, NBC: You Owe George Zimmerman Millions

    06/27/2014 7:29:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/27/2014 | A.J. Delgado
    NBC should be held liable for the editing of George Zimmermans 911 call in ways that made Zimmerman appear to be a racist. In a grotesque and apparently malicious act of misreporting, NBC, in multiple broadcasts, aired doctored, heavily edited versions of the 911 call, misleadingly moving around Zimmermans words like a Rubiks Cube. The result gave a false impression of the tragic incident in which Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, and it exposed Zimmerman to the hatred, scorn and contempt of millions of viewers. Zimmerman is suing NBC and the network is fighting back. But the networks...
  • Florida Memorial University is now home to Trayvon Martin Foundation

    06/26/2014 9:40:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Miami Herald's Miami-Dade blog ^ | June 26, 2014 | Ayana Stewart
    A narrow stairwell at Florida Memorial University leads to rooms filled with collages and paintings from around the country. While the artwork varies in style, theres one common theme: almost all of the pieces depict a young man in a hooded sweatshirt. This is the headquarters of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, established by Martins parents after the Miami Gardens teen was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was acquitted last year after a racially charged, contentious trial. The historically black university hosted a ceremony Thursday that started and ended with prayer and was filled with spiritual references. The...
  • Trayvon Martins Marijuana Usage Made Him Violent Against George Zimmerman?

    06/25/2014 3:53:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | June 24, 2014
    Did Trayvon Martins marijuana usage make him violent against George Zimmerman? Some reports are posing that controversial question now that marijuana legalization is quickly spreading across America. But while some police officers may support that contentious message others believe the controversy over Trayvon Martin, gun control, and drugs does not match up with the facts. In a related report by The Inquisitr, George Zimmermans lawsuit claims NBC employees purposefully edited the audio recordings of him talking to the 911 dispatcher in order to make it sound like the Hispanic man was racially profiling Trayvon. Whether or not Martin is a...
  • Rachel Jeantel: Im still standing.

    06/23/2014 3:51:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    District Chronicles ^ | June 23, 2014 | Jazelle Hunt
    As Rachel Jeantels high school graduation neared, she reminded herself of the promise she was keeping. Her slain friend, Trayvon Martin, would have wanted her to finish school, and she had promised his parents and other supporters that she would do it. And she did. The world met Jeantel during the investigation of Martins murder. It was disclosed that she was the last person to speak to him before he was killed by George Zimmerman. Over the course of two days, she testified as a key witness in the trial, withstanding questioning that lasted for six hours. She faced a...
  • What!!!? Actor Will Smith to Produced the George Zimmerman Story?

    06/20/2014 6:35:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | June 20, 2014 | Eric L. Wattree
    Americannews.com, Power105.1fm.com, and several other entertainment sites on the web are reporting that Will Smiths Overbrook Entertainment, which produced I Am Legend, Hancock, The Karate Kid, is producing the George Zimmerman Story, staring Smiths son, Jaden Smith, as Trayvon Martin. According to reports, the film is targeted to be released in the Spring of 2015 and George Zimmerman himself will be working on the film as a consultant for, get this $3.2 million. When I first saw the report I couldnt believe my eyes. . We contacted Overbrook Entertainment to get confirmation on this story, but they referred us...
  • Did You Know Theres A Tiny (Secret) Trayvon Martin Monument in Boston? (And illegal, of course)

    06/19/2014 4:18:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 18, 2014 | Justine Hofherr
    <p>If you werent paying attention, you might walk right by it, but theres a small, secret, metal monument dedicated to Trayvon Martin sitting atop a lamppost in Jamaica Plain.</p> <p>According to WBUR, Matthew Hincman, an associate professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, attached the small, cylindrical metal statue to a lamppost a couple weeks ago without any official permission from authorities. Its located at the corner of Eliot and Center streets in JPs Monument Square.</p>
  • Judge throws out part of Zimmerman libel case against NBC

    06/19/2014 10:49:30 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 2 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 6-19-14 | Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner
    SANFORD A judge this morning threw out part of George Zimmerman's libel suit against NBC Universal and held out the prospect that she may throw out the whole thing. Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson tossed the allegations related to one of five broadcasts and said she needs to do more homework before deciding about the others. Zimmerman is suing the media company, alleging that it falsely portrayed him as a racist.
  • Judge throws out part of Zimmerman libel case against NBC

    06/19/2014 8:35:35 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 54 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 06/19/2014 | Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner
    A judge this morning threw out part of George Zimmerman's libel suit against NBC Universal and held out the prospect that she may throw out the whole thing. Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson tossed the allegations related to one of four broadcast and said she needs to do more homework before deciding about the other three.
  • How Americans are duped by race-baiting: Fletcher reviews book that blows lid off Trayvon legacy

    06/17/2014 8:13:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 17, 2014 | Jim Fletcher
    The vast majority of Americans are not racist. In fact, minorities in this country enjoy legal protections not found in many other countries, and the American spirit of pulling oneself up by the bootstraps is pretty much the gauge by which the population lives. It is absurd, for example, to cry racism (Al Sharpton) when millions of white men rabidly cheer for mostly black professional sports teams. In 2008, the country even elected a black man as president. So it is with bitter irony that we note the escalation of race baiting at the highest levels of politics and media....
  • Why O.J.'s Saga Lives and Trayvon's Died

    06/13/2014 1:13:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 13, 2014 | Jack Cashill
    Twenty years ago this week, former football great O.J. Simpson savagely attacked and killed his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman. The double murder and subsequent trial generated a small library of videos and books, the most recent of the latter being Kim Goldmans, Can't Forgive: My 20-Year Battle with O.J. Simpson. I just finished Goldmans insightful memoir yesterday. I must have read at least ten other books on the case. A year ago this week, the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin began in Sanford, Florida. Although not as sensational as Simpsons, Zimmermans...
  • One year later, where are players in George Zimmerman trial?

    06/07/2014 2:02:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | June 7, 2014 | Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner
    A year ago Tuesday the first of several hundred Seminole County residents were summoned to the Sanford courthouse for jury selection. A half-dozen of them ultimately would decide whether former Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman was a murderer or someone who killed an unarmed black 17-year-old in self-defense. Five weeks later, on July 13, the all-woman jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. The trial was a top news story across the nation, making household names of attorneys, witnesses and other key players. What has become of George Zimmerman and other key figures in the...
  • For Trayvon Martins friend Rachel Jeantel, a village of mentors trying to keep her on track

    06/05/2014 7:35:45 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 60 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 4, 2014 | Krissah Thompson and Lonnae ONeal Parker
    The young woman walking across the stage in cap and gown in front of hundreds of celebrants has a familiar face. Even outside of this high school auditorium, she is recognized. On city streets here, strangers walk up to her and say, awkwardly, Oh my God, youre the girl from the Trayvon Martin case. Nothing angers Rachel Jeantel more. Martin was not the one on trial. Trayvon is the victim! she often snaps back. He did nothing. A year after Jeantel became a central figure in the trial of George Zimmerman, who had killed her 17-year-old friend,...
  • In Memory of Trayvon, Rachel Jeantel Keeps Her Promise: Key witness graduates from high school

    05/30/2014 2:01:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | May 30, 2014 | Nicole Phillip
    Donning a white cap and gown, Rachel Jeantel came through on a promise to her late friend, Trayvon Martin, this Friday. She graduated from high school. Jeantel was the last to speak to 17-year-old Martin, moments before the unarmed teenager was shot dead by George Zimmerman in 2012. Jeantel later served as a key witness for the prosecution. Unlike those that mocked Jeantels speech and mannerisms during the trial, Martin allegedly never judged Jeantel for her personality or the way she spoke. According to Jeantel, Martin cared about you. Thats a good human. Miami defense and civil rights attorney...
  • California History Teacher Dresses As Trayvon Martin For Yearbook Photo

    05/23/2014 2:35:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    News One for Black America ^ | May 23, 2014 | Hannington Dia
    A California history teachers decision to dress as Trayvon Martin for his schools yearbook photo has drawn a mixed reaction, KTUV reports. Spencer Smith (pictured center) is seen flashing the peace symbol while wearing a white hoodie and holding Skittles. Martin had just purchased the candy shortly before his death. Smith was reportedly attempting to make a political statement. Watch a news report about Smiths photo here: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Some have come out in support of Smith; others remain unsure. Alfreda Charway, president of Brentwood Heritage High Schools Black Student Union, called it a good idea because hes expressing himself. Because thats...
  • WKU senior's work shows Trayvon Martin protests

    05/09/2014 2:48:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Park City Daily News ^ | May 8, 2014 | Natasha A. Simmons
    New York summers are hot. In July, Western Kentucky University senior Demetrius Freeman, from Atlanta, a New York Times intern at the time, was enflamed enough by the Trayvon Martin march and protest to make a decision without the papers staff being aware. Freeman documented a Trayvon Martin march and protests in New York and created prints at reasonable prices. Photos from the Trayvon Martin March & Protest was on display and some were sold Tuesday in the Garrett Conference Center at WKU. Six double-sided gallery stands feature 12 images of New Yorkers outcries over racial tension, vigilantism, police practices...
  • Afeni Shakur Named Keynote Speaker At Trayvon Martin Foundation Retreat ("Former" Black Panther)

    05/07/2014 9:24:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Vibe ^ | May 7, 2014 | Tanay Hudson
    Afeni Shakur has been tapped as the keynote speaker for The Trayvon Martin Foundation's "Circle of Mothers Empowerment Retreat." The purpose of the weekend event is "to comfort , inspire, and empower mothers who have experienced the loss of a child due to senseless gun violence."​ “Like myself, Afeni Shakur has had her loss played out in the public eye," says the foundation's founder and Trayvon's mother, Sybrina​ Fulton, of the late Tupac's mom. ​"​We, partnered with Lisa Nichols, will be able to impart the tools and wisdom we've gathered to help everyone that attends." The foundation was formed shortly...
  • Obama makes botched execution the new Democrat dog whistle; Remember Trayvon Martin?

    05/03/2014 2:04:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Biz-Pac Review ^ | May 3, 2014 | Joe Saunders
    With his decision Friday to inject himself and the White House into the death penalty debate, President Obama once again inflamed a racial controversy in the country with the only apparent goal of benefiting the Democratic Party in upcoming elections. Its Trayvon Martin all over again. In March 2012, President Obama was looking at a tough re-election fight when he used a White House news conference to inject himself and his office into the debate over the fatal shooting of the black Florida teenager. On Friday, looking at a disastrous mid-term election looming in November, he used a White...
  • Democracy Has Failed Because We Have Failed

    04/29/2014 4:53:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The PanAm Post ^ | April 28, 2014 | Frank Worley-Lopez
    Until We Learn to Be Sovereign, the Illegitimate State Will Continue.A recent editorial column here at the PanAm Post spoke of the failures of the opposition parties in Venezuela and their culpability in the collapse of their country. The article raises some very important questions about democracy itself. Democracy, after all, is a very good system, and can produce some very positive results. However, it is also a system fraught with incredible danger. Democracy represents the will of the people, but it also represents their whims, their fears, and their prejudices. The Historical Legacy: False Promises, Division, Failure It was...
  • Justice effort aims to reduce racial bias in arrests (No more Trayvons!)

    04/28/2014 1:30:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    KDVR-TV / CNN ^ | April 28, 2014
    The Justice Department will collect data about police stops, searches and arrests, aiming to reduce possible effects of racial bias in the justice system, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Monday. The agency is launching a new National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice, which will focus data-collection on five cities over two years as part of a $4.75 million pilot program. Holder said in a video message the initiative grew from the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teenager shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Orlando in 2012 and from President Barack Obama to...
  • Trayvon Martin's dad speaks about son in NY

    04/24/2014 10:06:43 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 36 replies
    WFTV.com ^ | April 24,2014 | Associated Press
    According to Newsday, Martin said he would like to see his son's name "in the history books of modern days, taking his place beside Emmett Till." Martin's son was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who later was acquitted of second-degree murder under Florida's "stand your ground" law.
  • Trayvon Martin's father wants son's death to renew civil rights movement(New "Emmett Till")

    04/23/2014 8:38:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Long Island Newsday ^ | April 23, 2014 | Joan Gralla
    Tracy Martin wants his son, Trayvon, to be remembered as this century's Emmett Till, and have his death reawaken the nation's lagging civil rights movement. "We want him to be known as that child of central Florida who galvanized the country," said Martin, who was a guest speaker at Nassau Community College on Wednesday. "We would like to see his name in the history books of modern days, taking his place beside Emmett Till [though] Emmett Till has a legacy I don't think any African-American child will surpass." Till, 14, was killed in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of...
  • Spike Lee on the Possibility of Trayvon Martin Film: I Would Like to See It (Watch)

    04/20/2014 11:49:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    EURWeb ^ | April 19, 2014 | PJ
    *Famed film director Spike Lee has expressed his desire to see the Trayvon Martin story told on the big screen. During an interview with theGrio, Lee commended 27-year-old new director Ryan Coogler for bringing his acclaimed independent film, Fruitvale Station, the Oscar Grant story, to the big screen. He expressed his admiration for the film while stating that the film business isnt built in favor of young directors like Coogler to succeed. Love it. Its great, Lee said of Fruitvale Station. But its something that I have been doing for 15 year [sic]. I teach film. That is my job...
  • Names of six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman made public

    04/04/2014 9:28:28 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 105 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 3, 2014 | Jeff Weiner and Rene Stutzman
    The names of the six-member jury panel that acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin have been made public for the first time, after a new court order, records show. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, who had previously ordered the jurors' identifying information be kept confidential, granted access to the names in a ruling March 21.
  • USC's Black Student Assembly holds Candlelight Vigil for Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis

    04/04/2014 12:28:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Los Angeles Sentinel ^ | April 3, 2014 | Shonassee Shaver
    USCs Black Student Assembly (BSA) took a somber stance, honoring Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and other victims of racial violence at a Candlelight Vigil March 5. BSA Executive Director Ama Amoafo-Yeboah led the service to explore the past seven decades through short speeches and focus on the pattern of legalized lynching, police brutality and the infamous Stand-Your-Ground law and their social implications on race and ethnicity. The goal of the Trayvon Martin-Jordan Davis Candlelight Vigil is to provide a space through which people can come together across those lines of race and difference that too often keeps our community divided,...
  • Gary Stein: Time to make George Zimmerman disappear

    04/01/2014 5:18:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Context Florida ^ | March 31, 2014 | Gary Stein
    Florida is ground zero for the weird and unusual, but there are many people, places and events that Florida can point to with pride: Gov. Reubin Askew, our world-class beaches, beautiful wetlands, Disney World, Gasparilla and our universities title-winning athletic teams. But George Zimmerman is not something were proud of. For those people who have not listened to any form of media for the last few years, George Zimmerman is best known as the neighborhood watchman-turned-vigilante who shot and killed an unarmed 16-year old by the name of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman played police, judge and jury, assuming Trayvon was up...
  • Five Disturbing Observations About Kobe Bryant.

    04/01/2014 1:33:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | March 28, 2014 | Dr. Boyce Watkins
    Like the rest of the world, I was stunned to hear Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant argue that it was somehow an unecessary burden for a black man to stand in support of the late Trayvon Martin. If anything, the Trayvon Martin case brought black people together in ways that we havent seen since the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The case was clear cut: Trayvon had no weapon. He wasnt bothering anybody. He was stalked out and murdered for appearing to look like a thug. George Zimmerman is a free man and later showed that he...
  • Trayvon Martin and the Flat Earth Society

    03/31/2014 5:02:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/31/2014 | Ben Cohen
    TV journalist Lisa Bloom has just written a book about the Trayvon Martin case. Curious to find out more, I watched her interview with Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks. She started out by explaining that she wrote the book to demonstrate Zimmermans guilt, and show that the jury got it wrong. Instead of presenting new evidence, or a more compelling interpretation, she ignored exculpatory evidence, mangled the facts, made bogus inferences, and omitted much..
  • Kobe Bryant under fire for criticizing Lebron James and Miami Heat for supporting Trayvon Martin...

    03/29/2014 4:44:35 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 22 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | March 29, 2014 | James Nye
    LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant has been heavily criticized after saying that he didn't think he should necessarily have an opinion on Trayvon Martin's shooting just because he is African American. During an interview for a profile piece in the New Yorker, which will be published on April 4, the 35-year-old said also took the opportunity to pour scorn on Lebron James and the Miami Heat for posting a photo of them wearing hoodies in the aftermath of Martin's death at the hands of George Zimmerman. Asked about that, Bryant said he took exception to any idea that Africa-Americans should...
  • Zimmerman civil rights violations ruling coming soon? Holder hints Trayvon murder decision coming

    03/26/2014 7:00:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Sports World News ^ | March 20, 2014 | Glenn Minnis
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder strongly hinted on Thursday that the government will soon determine if George Zimmerman will face federal civil rights charges in the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin. A self-appointed neighborhood watch patrolman, Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida jury of murder charges last year and soon thereafter the federal government announced that the Justice Department would be probing the case for any civil rights violations that might have occurred. The 17-year-old Martin was unarmed and just steps away from the doorsteps of his father's gated community home when Zimmerman ignored a police dispatcher's stern advice to...
  • Stand Your Ground Nation: America used to value the concept of retreat. Now we just shoot.

    03/26/2014 5:51:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    Slate ^ | February 25, 2014 | Dahlia Lithwick
    Ever since George Zimmerman gunned down Trayvon Martin in his Sanford, Fla., gated community, its become an article of faith that the rash of lethal shootings in public placesfrom the Florida moviegoer who was killed after a texting and popcorn-throwing incident to Jordan Davis, shot in his car at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station to last weeks lethal shooting in an Arizona Walmartis attributable to the stand your ground laws enacted over the past decade in 26 states across the country. Aggressive human interaction, post-Trayvon, now follows a painfully familiar pattern: An altercation occurs. Someone says he feared for his...
  • Roseanne Barr Sued by George Zimmerman's Parents: She Sent Lynch Mob After Us

    03/12/2014 11:18:36 PM PDT · by kingattax · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3-12-14 | Tim Molloy
    The parents of Trayvon Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, are suing Roseanne Barr for tweeting their home address in what they say was an attempt to send vigilantes after them. Robert Zimmerman and Gladys Zimmerman's lawsuit says the actress and comedian also said she herself might go to their home herself. They said she posted their private information in violation of Twitter's privacy policies. Roseanne Barr knew at the time of her tweets and her threat to personally come to the Zimmerman's home that it was an open and obvious call for vigilante justice intended by Roseanne Barr to cause a...
  • Zimmerman's parents sue comedienne Roseanne Barr

    03/11/2014 1:35:29 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 53 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 3/11/2014 | Rene Stutzman
    SANFORD - The parents of George Zimmerman have sued comedienne Roseanne Barr, saying they fled their Lake Mary home in the middle of the night and have been unable to return because she posted their address on Twitter two years ago. Robert Zimmerman Sr. and Gladys Zimmerman filed suit Monday in state circuit courtm accusing Barr of trying to incite "a lynch mob to descend" and carry out "vigilante justice." According to the suit, Barr published their address on Twitter March 29, 2012, a month after their son, George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Sanford but...
  • Report: Gun show may be canceled over George Zimmerman appearance

    03/07/2014 3:26:08 PM PST · by Ray76 · 30 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | Mar 7, 2014
    An Orlando gun show may be canceled because the venue, Majestic Event Center, does not want Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman to attend, clickorlando.com is reporting.
  • George Zimmerman: I want to quit fighting in court with Angela Corey (So he can get on w/suing NBC)

    03/04/2014 10:42:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 4, 2014 | Rene Stutzman
    SANFORD Former Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman says he's done fighting in court with Special Prosecutor Angela Corey. In paperwork filed at the Seminole County criminal courthouse Feb. 20, Zimmerman says he is giving up his promised fight to make the state pay his legal bills. He's also wants to put an end to his lawyers' fight with prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda, whom they had asked a judge to punish, alleging unethical behavior, including hiding evidence. If Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson agrees, that would clear the way for Zimmerman to move forward with his defamation suit against...
  • Trayvon Martin's Mother, At UConn, Challenges 'Stand Your Ground'

    03/03/2014 11:35:39 AM PST · by Ray76 · 37 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | Mar 1, 2014 | Daniela Altimari and Rose Lichtenfels
    ... The case highlighted Florida's "stand your ground" law, which makes it easier for individuals to use deadly force in self defense by removing the shooter's duty to retreat from a confrontation. She began her speech by noting that Connecticut law does not have a similar "stand your ground" provision. That, she said, is a good thing. "It does not work, it is not fair and that's the reason why my purpose, my life work, is to go around the country" and push for the repeal of such policies, she said.
  • Young men, step up the Obama's challenge (New initiative for boys of color, "My Brother's Keeper")

    03/01/2014 4:18:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | March 2, 2014 | Solomon Jones
    ON THURSDAY afternoon, two couples sat stoically in a White House audience filled with those working to change the lives of black and Latino boys. That the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, two boys whose shooting deaths outraged a nation, could reach through their grief to take in President Obama's vision for saving other sons speaks to their resilience. More importantly, it speaks volumes to all of us. It speaks to the fact that Obama's new initiative for boys of color, "My Brother's Keeper," will require much more than the $200 million-plus foundations will spend to effect change....
  • Northampton Community College students debate merits of stand-your-ground laws

    03/01/2014 4:00:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Lehigh Valley Express-Times ^ | March 1, 2014 | Sara K. Satullo
    Northampton Community College students debating the merits of so-called stand-your-ground laws were so convincing, audience members seemed to forget the teams had flipped a coin to decide which position they'd take. Members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the college's Student Senate tackled the thorny issue Thursday as part of the college's celebration of Black History Month. The three students on the honor society team were deemed the victors by a panel of three judges. But as the judges deliberated in the hallway, the teams took audience questions and also were corrected a few times. Professor Vertel Martin...
  • Trayvon Martins parents join Obama for launch of minority initiative (My Brothers Keeper)

    02/28/2014 8:22:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 27, 2014 | Ben Wolfgang
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Two years and a day after their sons death, the parents of Trayvon Martin visited the White House on Thursday and were in the audience as President Obama announced a new initiative designed to keep young minority men on the right path. The president mentioned Trayvons parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, during his speech, drawing applause from a crowd gathered in the East Room of the White House. The man who shot and killed Trayvon, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty of murder in a Florida trial last year. The prosecution contended that Mr. Zimmerman singled out Trayvon because...