Two forensics experts told the Orlando Sentinel George Zimmerman was not the one who cried out for help but Trayvon Martin, who the neighborhood watch captain murdered claiming self-defense. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Tom Owen, forensic consultant for Owen Forensic Services LLC and chair emeritus for the American Board of Recorded Evidence, used voice identification software to rule out Zimmerman. Another expert contacted by the Sentinel, utilizing different techniques, came to the same conclusion.
Thousands of protesters marched through 13th Street, the heart of the oldest black neighborhood in Sanford, Fla., Saturday, chanting “We want an arrest. Shot in the chest” and saying “I am Trayvon Martin.” The march in the Goldsboro community was organized by the NAACP, with Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and Ben Jealous demanding the arrest of shooter George Zimmerman. The protesters ended up at the Sanford Police Department headquarters.
The Florida Civil Rights Association announced that it supports Al Sharpton’s call for economic sanctions, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Sharpton spoke at the rally saying it is an “American paradox that we can put a black man in the White House but we can’t walk a black child through a gated area in Sanford, Florida.”
Rev. Al Sharpton is taking the Trayvon Martin murder case to another level and it’s very ugly and just plain irresponsible, considering that he has a show on MSNBC. He said his National Action Network will “move to the next level” if George Zimmerman is not arrested in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. He called for an escalation in a peaceful civil disobedience and economic sanctions, though he wouldn’t say what those sanctions would be.
Turner Clayton, the Seminole County chapter president of the NAACP, reacted immediately to Sharpton’s warning, saying, “We hope that the citizens of Sanford will govern themselves accordingly. We are not calling for any sanctions, against any business or anyone else. And, of course, what Rev. Sharpton does, that’s strictly the [National] Action Network. We can’t condone that part of the conversation, if that’s what he said.” Source
When you have the NAACP condemning a call for civil disobedience, you know you have a serious problem. Doesn’t Rev. Sharpton realize that innocent people will suffer as a result of economic sanctions? Nationally syndicated radio host Todd Schnitt is calling for MSNBC to fire Rev. Al Sharpton for his attempt at inciting violence. He also called for his arrest if riots break out. Um, if they arrest Al Sharpton for calling for civil disobedience, shouldn’t people like Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck be behind bars for some better of the crazy things they have been advocating.
Keith Olbermann has been kicked to the curbed by yet another network. He was fired from Current TV and his show will be replaced by the new Eliot Spitzer show. Dang, he just has a bad record. When you get fired from Current TV, that’s just bad. Here’s Keith Olbermann’s statement:
It goes almost without saying that the claims against me implied in Current’s statement are untrue and will be proved so in the legal actions I will be filing against them presently. To understand Mr. Hyatt’s “values of respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty,” I encourage you to read of a previous occasion Mr. Hyatt found himself in court for having unjustly fired an employee. That employee’s name was Clarence B. Cain.http://nyti.ms/HueZsa
I am convinced now more than ever that Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is a MORON, yes in all caps. You will recall Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), another media whore, was kicked off the House floor earlier this week after he donned a hoodie in defense of murdered Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Well, Tea Party darling (a man who Sarah Palin endorsed) thinks that was the right move and told radio host Laura Ingraham that his stunt caused a security concern because police were unable to recognized Bobby Rush. Um, could that be because he was a black man wearing a hoodie? Give me a break:
WEST: They’re watching us real close now. … Right now, the security folks there on the House floor are laughing about it, but initially, they did not know who it was. And hey were concerned that someone had just walked off the street, or you know, wondered off a tour group. But look, this is the type of immature gimmickry we see coming from the other side that you know, does not have any place, especially on the House floor and really in the United States. Source
I would like to know how Col. Allen West managed to con the people in his Florida district to vote for him. The man is a complete idiot and a laughingstock. It is highly unlikely that the security personnel didn’t recognize Bobby Rush, since he walked into the House chambers wearing a suit and tie, as well as with his congressional lapel pin. He was also recognized by the Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS), Speaker Pro Tem, to speak on the floor, so exactly what is this idiot talking about?
Rush Limbaugh is spewing some bullsh*t again, saying the Trayvon Martin murder outrage isn’t real. Yeah, just like the fake outrage about his slut comments towards Sandra Fluke. Yeah, Trayvon Martin’s murder and racism in general are a figment of our imagination. Isn’t that just what conservatives want us to think that there is no racism in America? Here’s an excerpt from his show’s transcript:
[T]he next time the media and the Democrat Party get all exercised about something happening in our country or in our culture or in our media, and when they’re all in unity on it, the reaction ought to be they’re lying. They’re making it up. There’s a political agenda here. There is no real outrage, for example.
All these people supposedly calling advertisers of this program. There was no angry consumer outrage. It was all trumped up. The same thing was attempted with the Trayvon Martin case. To create a false reality, to make it look like the country is as agitated as the left is, but it never is. The country is never as roiled and as agitated as the left is. They can succeed in upsetting people. But the object lesson here is to, from this point forward, just don’t believe them. Source: Rush Limbaugh
Really Rush? So, the racism in America in the 1900s didn’t exist. You mean to tell me Jim Crow was a figment of our imagination too? Racial profiling is just some bullsh*t? What a dumbass. Um, there’s one slight problem to his “analysis,” several surveys contradict his position. A Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday shows 25 percent of Americans are following the Martin story more closely than any other story, making it the top news Americans were interested in last week. A CNN poll this week showed 73 percent of Americans think Zimmerman should be arrested. So, in the minds of most sane Americans, this wasn’t fake.
The bottom line is simply this, when you can walk in the shoes of someone who has been discriminated against, then you have the right to offer an opinion on the subject. In closing, Rush Limbaugh is forgetting one important detail, the Democratic Party didn’t start the Trayvon Martin backlash. His parents did because the Sanford police didn’t do it’s job for whatever reason, could be covering for the son of retired judge. Who knows, but it didn’t start with the Democratic Party.
Sarah Palin just couldn’t let the whole Trayvon Martin tragedy pass her by without giving her two cents on Fox News. Hey Sarah, have you ever heard of the term racial profiling? That’s what is the basic argument in this murder case. The teen was racially profiled. Sarah Palin said she believes (as though the majority of Americans give a sh*t) that President Obama orchestrated remarks he made about the teenager’s death. Um, tone down the rhetoric? So, I am guessing the thousands of people who marched didn’t do anything to force the governor of Florida to send the case to a grand jury because there seems to have been a cover-up. The Republicans want nothing more than to sweep this tragedy under a rug and for life to go on as business as usual.
“It’s not going to do anybody any good to ratchet up the rhetoric based on speculation,” Palin told Fox News. She shared her observations just hours after Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush was asked to leave the House floor after donning a hooded sweatshirt to protest Martin’s death.
“What concerns me – the facts still aren’t out there,” Palin said. “Obviously when we hear about a 17-year-old young man losing his life, it’s tragic. It’s horrible. I am so, so extremely sorry for the family.”
“It’s unspeakable the hurt, the sorrow, the loss this family is feeling,” she said. “People who are jumping in there without having all the facts first are making the situation even worse when you consider we are talking about a young man’s life.” Source
I do agree with Sarah Palin on one thing, that the politicization of the tragedy is unfair to the Trayon Martin’s parents and to his legacy. I will also concede the fact that President Obama could have given a more neutral response to the question instead of appearing to take sides, as he did with the Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. situation with the police in Massachusetts. Cooler heads need to prevail at this juncture. That involves race hustlers like Rev. Jesse Jackson taking a step back and let the legal process work. Now that we have the undivided attention of the special prosecutor, the Justice Department, the FBI and the court system, let them conduct their investigation into this tragedy. Threatening a march comparable to Selma isn’t going to solve this crime.
The Washington Times columnist Charles Hurt is out with a screed about President Obama’s horrible week and tried to blame him for the mess with Trayvon Martin, saying he has a tendency toward racial profiling. What? In case Charles Hurt hasn’t noticed, President Obama is a black man (though biracial but history dictates that he’s black) and yes, racial profiling is a huge problem for black men. That includes my father, who is now retired, but he was a law-abiding, hard-working Christian man, who was pulled over by a New York City cop in the early 1990s and roughed up over nothing and threatened by a white officer that he would take his “brand new car” if he mouthed off. I’m pretty sure that same white cop wouldn’t have told Mr. Hurt’s father that.
People on the right like Charles Hurt would like to sweep the racial injustices perpetrated against blacks for decades under a rug. They expect us not to take a stand when there has been an obvious police cover-up in the murder of an unarmed black teen, but to just accept that cover-up because it’s just the right thing to do in their eyes. When Charles Hurt has walked in the shoes of a black American, who has lived through the darkest days in this country’s history, then he has earned the right to accuse President Obama of having a tendency towards racial profiling. Here’s an excerpt from Charles Hurt’s column:
• Last Friday, Mr. Obama wandered into the killing of Trayvon Martin. Aided by his ignorance of the situation, knee-jerk prejudices and tendency toward racial profiling, Mr. Obama played a heavy hand in elevating a tragic situation in which a teenager was killed into a full-blown hot race fight.
Americans, he admonished, need to do some “soul-searching.” And then, utterly inexplicably, he veered off into this bizarre tangent about how he and the poor dead kid look so much alike they could be father and son. It was election-year race-pandering gone horribly wrong.
• By the start of this week, Mr. Obama had fled town and was racing to the other side of the planet just as the Supreme Court was taking up the potentially-embarrassing matter of Obamacare. While in South Korea he was caught on a hidden mic negotiating with the president of our longest-standing rival on how to sell America and her allies down the river once he gets past the next election.
• Meanwhile, back at home, the Supreme Court took up the single most important achievement of Mr. Obama’s presidency and, boy, was it embarrassing. The great constitutional law professor, it turns out, may not quite be the wizard he told us he was.
By most accounts, Mr. Obama and his stuttering lawyers were all but laughed out of the courthouse. They were even stumbling over softball questions lobbed by Mr. Obama’s own hand-picked justices.
• Mr. Obama closed his week pulling off a nearly unimaginable feat: He managed to totally and completely unify the nastily-fighting Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Late Wednesday night, they unanimously voted — 414 to zip — to reject the budget Mr. Obama had presented, leaving him not even a thin lily’s blade to hide behind.
I am in agreement with Hurt’s argument about the Supreme Court and Obamacare. I really don’t see this as a win-win for the Democrats and the president if the Supreme Court throws out this legislation. It will be a big problem for President Obama’s reelection bid. But blaming him for the Trayvon Martin case and for fomenting blacks is just irresponsible. In case Charles Hurt hasn’t noticed, the black experience in this country has been tainted by racial profiling, among other things. Obama is right when he said the country needs to do some “soul-searching” because we have a faction of the population that continues to be racially profiled and too many innocent black males are losing their lives as a result. While I won’t go as far as to compare Trayvon Martin’s death to that of Emmett Till, it does bring the issue of racial profiling front and center. President Obama could have very easily said, while it’s a tragedy, I will allow the legal process to work.
What really happened to black male Dante Price, when he was allegedly shot to death by two white security guards, who were heard yelling a racist epithet at the dying man on March 1? According to the Dayton Daily News, Dante Price was killed on Summit Square Drive by white Ranger Security guards, who allege he was not being compliant with their orders. The shooters have yet to be arrested by police. Is this another case like the Trayvon Martin murder case?
In the 911 recording, one of the security guards tells a dispatcher, “We just had to shoot at him. He charged at us. The guard can be heard repeatedly yelling at Price to get out of his vehicle. “He was fighting my partner, doing everything he could to pull off, dragging my partner,” he said.
The recording captured what sounds like 20 shots being fired. The officer then tells the dispatcher that Price is hit. But Price’s foot was stuck on the gas and the car was smoking. Source: Dayton Daily News
The men were allegedly heard saying “let the nigger burn,” as a fire broke out in the car. To learn more about the Dante Price shooting, visit the Dayton Daily News. SiriusXM Satellite Radio host Joe Madison talked about the case on his show today and also brought it up during an appearance on Rev. Al Sharpton’s Politics Nation show on MSNBC.
The friends of two British tourists, James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, who were murdered by Florida teen Shawn Tyson are lashing out at President Obama for his indifference to the losses they suffered. Paul Davies and Joe Hallett spoke of the “living hell” they and others who knew the men had suffered since the murders, the U.K. Telegraph reports. You see, this is why I am also ticked off when President Obama wades into matters that should be litigated in a court of law and not in the general public. He can’t win when he gives his two cents. Shawn Tyson was sentenced to life in prison for the murders of the two men.
Later speaking after Tyson was jailed Davies and Hallett lashed out at Mr Obama saying the deaths of their friends was “not worthy of ten minutes of his time.”
Davies said:”We would like to publicly express our dissatisfaction at the lack of any public or private message of support or condolence from any American governing body or indeed, President Obama himself.
“Mr Kouzaris has written to President Obama on three separate occasions and is yet to even receive the courtesy of a reply.
“It would perhaps appear that Mr Obama sees no political value in facilitating such a request or that the lives of two British tourists are not worthy of ten minutes of his time.” Source
This stinging rebuke comes after President Obama took the side of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen who was killed by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. While I believe George Zimmerman didn’t follow the 911 dispatcher’s request of not to follow the teen and he obviously racially profiled Trayvon Martin, we can’t convict him in the court of public opinion without giving him due process in a court of law. President Obama has found himself, time and time again, mired down by issues that really are best handled by the legal process. That’s all he had to say about the Trayvon Martin situation. Now we have retired judge Robert Zimmerman, the father of Trayvon Martin’s shooter saying “so much hate is coming from the president.” You can’t pick and choose what tragedies you comment on. It has to be uniform and across the board.