This blog will be about whatever suits my fancy. Chances are, it will concentrate on media misrepresentations of the American "Black community", Black politics, politics in general, and whatever else I want to mentally masturbate about.
1. Zimmerman won the case when the jury was selected. It was a jury of HIS peers.
2. The juror said she felt pity for Jeantel and couldn't understand her at times and didn't understand her slang at times. Right there is culture clash because I understood everything and it points out that I must be a hood rat or still able to code switch. (Think about it).
3. The juror said she liked Zimmerman and thought that he "went too far when he _CONFRONTED_" Trayvon Martin. So, if Zimmerman confronted Martin, it became self defense because he was getting his butt whipped?
4. On first vote, 3 wanted not guilty, 1 wanted second degree, 2 wanted manslaughter. I'm still wondering why it was a jury of six and not twelve.
5. Jeantel asked, wouldn't anyone feel creeped out if a strange man were following you in the dark and rain?
6. The juror thought walking at 7 PM at night was "late at night."
7. Jeantel's lawyer let her talk and she came across as credible while the juror said she wasn't credible except for the "cracka" comment.
8. The juror said the roles changed and then Trayvon became the aggressor. So, if she were being attacked and got the upper hand, the attacker would have the right to kill her and get away with it?
9. Even though the case was not to be judged on "stand your ground," the juror referred to that standard a few times.
10. Zimmerman won the trial at jury selection.
11. The juror said Zimmerman should have stayed in his car and not followed Trayvon Martin. That seems like a key for the civil suit.
A division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was deployed to Sanford, Florida in 2012 to provide assistance for anti-George Zimmerman protests, including a rally headlined by activist Al Sharpton, according to newly released documents.
The Community Relations Service (CRS), a unit of DOJ, reported expenses related to its deployment in Sanford to help manage protests between March and April 2012.
The problem with what is being "reported" and spread around by the conserva-kooks, is this. The CRS went down there to help DEFUSE tensions, not "support" the protestors.
The Community Relations Service is the Department's "peacemaker" for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin. Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, CRS is the only Federal agency dedicated to assist State and local units of government, private and public organizations, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, incidents, and civil disorders, and in restoring racial stability and harmony.
They went down there to support the state and local government, NOT the protestors. So, WHO is being the racial arsonists?
Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American Adults think most black Americans are racist, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 15% consider most white Americans racist, while 18% say the same of most Hispanic Americans.
There is a huge ideological difference on this topic. Among conservative Americans, 49% consider most blacks racist, and only 12% see most whites that way. Among liberal voters, 27% see most white Americans as racist, and 21% say the same about black Americans.
From a partisan perspective, 49% of Republicans see most black Americans as racist, along with 36% of unaffiliated adults and 29% of Democrats.
Among black Americans, 31% think most blacks are racist, while 24% consider most whites racist and 15% view most Hispanics that way.
Among white adults, 10% think most white Americans are racist; 38% believe most blacks are racist, and 17% say most Hispanics are racist.
Mair (@MairZdoatz) tweeted at 10:20 AM on Tue, Jul 02, 2013:
“It’s crazy in here!” Lack of security at Bel-Park Tower has elderly residents pleading for help http://t.co/S2yStESvNu @BaltimoreBrew
A 13-year-old boy who was cornered on an empty school bus, bound with duct tape and sodomized with a pencil by three older students has been bullied so intensely by his community for reporting the crime that his family has had to move.
The incident, which occurred during a Norwood High School wrestling trip in Denver, Colorado in February 2012, was reported to police by the victim's father, then the K-12 principal and school football coach.
Charges were quickly filed against teens Hayden Harris, 14, and Talon Harris, 16, whose father, Robert Harris, was the school's wresting coach and president of the school board, and their friend, Timothy Armintrout, aged 15.
The attackers later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges, according to the Denver district attorney's office.
News spread quickly of the incident in the small ranching town of Norwood, which is located near the Telluride ski resort and has just 500 residents.
But instead of condemning the heinous act, the community rallied around the three star wrestlers claiming the incident was a case of boys being boys.
The mother of one of the perpetrators even made T-shirts supporting the attackers, with the slogan 'Team TTH' - the boys' first initials.
Students, including the son of a Norwood High School teacher, wore them at the Norwood Schools' annual end-of-the-year barbeque in May 2012, until officials made them take them off.
Students also put 'Go to Hell' stickers on the victim's locker.
The victim's father, who was allegedly advised against reporting the assault to police by the school board and administrators, has since resigned as principal. He has taken another job paying half his previous salary in a town 200 miles away.
jill p carter (@jillpcarter) tweeted at 11:11 PM on Mon, Jun 24, 2013:
Contrary to the rhetoric I just heard on news #Baltimore is NOT getting better, not with 20 shootings & 10 homicides in one weekend, D*mm*t!
The stance of Democrats on education is one of the reasons why I'm not a fan of Democrat politicians. This story in The Washington Post nails it.
After taking the SAT, I was in the hall way and I saw a girl I went to school with in Jr. High. She was smart. She was in tears saying that she got all A's and B's in school but NEVER saw much of the material on the SAT. She brought up the math geometry questions and I told her I had geometry in the 9th grade and my classes built on top of that and I've had algebra since the 9th grade and was currently taking calculus.
Johnathon Carrington grew up on the sixth floor of a low-income D.C. apartment complex, a building most recently in the news for a drive-by shooting that injured 13.
His parents told him early on that education could be his escape, and Carrington took them at their word. He graduated Friday as the valedictorian of his neighborhood school, Dunbar High, and against all odds is headed to Georgetown University.
But Carrington, 17, is nervous, and so are his parents. What if Dunbar — where truancy is chronic and fewer than one-third of students are proficient in reading — didn’t prepare him for the rigors of college? What if he isn’t ready?
“I don’t think I’m going to fail everything,” Carrington said. “But I think I’m going to be a bit behind.”
It’s a valid concern. Past valedictorians of low-performing District high schools say their own transitions to college were eye-opening and at times ego-shattering, filled with revelations that — despite taking their public schools’ most difficult classes and acing them — they were not equipped to excel at the nation’s top colleges.
When these students arrived on campuses filled with students from high-flying suburban public schools and posh privates, they found a world vastly different from the one they knew in their urban high schools.
For Sache Collier, it meant writing her first research paper. For Darryl Robinson, it meant realizing that professors expected original ideas, not just regurgitated facts. For Angelica Wardell, who grew up going to school almost exclusively with African American students, it meant taking classes with whites and Asians.
Democrat politicans must be held accountable for this mess, especially Black politicians!
I was a part time dad with my daughter. Until the past few years, I didn't realize the impact I had on her, just “dragging her around" on the weekends when I had nothing planned but had errands to run.
When I brought dress clothes for work, who knew that today, she says there's something about men in suits and men wearing ties she just likes. Even if she can't figure out the combination to make it work.
A cute girl needs a transplant, but because of her age, is restricted to obtaining lung only from another child donor. As a result of that, the child may die. But, because it is happening under President Obama's administration and because of the "fear" being generated against Obamacare, conservatives are expressing faux outrage that the administration will not make the girl an exception to the age requirements.
For me the question isn't why the administration isn't making an exception, but why an exception should be made for this young girl, and not others? And why the same conservatives haven't said anything in the past about situations like this that have happened in the past, I'm sure. And why there is no call for an total overhaul of the transplant process.
This sideshow is wrong for a lot of reasons, and in this case, it is extremely cynical and EVIL for conservatives to be using this little girl in the manner that is being done.
I pray that I nor my family ever have to go through this process.
Father God, please place Sarah Murnaghan and her family in your loving care. Please give Sarah and her parents the strength and serenity to go through this period of fear and uncertainty, because we know You and only You are in charge. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Currently, the NYPD is in court over the racial profiling of their stop and frisk searches. With this ruling, I bet the NYPD will start arresting Black teenage boys a men on a humble, just to be able to swab for DNA. The NYPD WILL have a DNA database that Scalia(!) warns about.
“DNA identification represents an important advance in the techniques used by law enforcement to serve legitimate police concerns for as long as there have been arrests,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority.
The dissenters were three of the court’s liberals plus conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who amplified his displeasure by reading a summary of his dissent from the bench.
“The court has cast aside a bedrock rule of our Fourth Amendment law: that the government may not search its citizens for evidence of crime unless there is a reasonable cause to believe that such evidence will be found,” Scalia said from the bench.
In his dissent, Scalia wrote that the majority’s attempts to justify the use of DNA as an identification tool “taxes the credulity of the credulous.” He added, “Make no mistake about it: As an entirely predictable consequence of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national DNA database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason.”
And then once NYPD does it, the Baltimore City Police Department will follow suit. It WILL be a national database, state by state.
On Saturday I hosted a cookout for family and some friends. It was a lot of work and my wife and I were tired. Sunday, after church, I came home and was going to take a nap but my daughter came over and spent the afternoon and early part of the evening with us. We all laughed, talked, went down memory lane a little bit, and even discussed a little politics. She's my girl. :) The time Saturday and Sunday is priceless and is really time I'll never forget.
Today is Memorial Day, and I realize there are many family members who are remembering their military loved ones who were killed and are wishing those family members were there with them, today. Today is the day to remember those military people who were killed in the service for our country.
The cookout is fine. The family time is fine, but consider the military who lost their lives.
Is the I.R.S. going after current administration "enemies" a trick out of former President Richard Nixon's hand book?
An inspector general’s report due for release this week says senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew that agents were targeting conservative groups for special scrutiny as early as 2011, nine months before the IRS commissioner assured Congress the targeting was not happening.
The report is certain to raise questions about the timing of the IRS’s disclosure of the targeting on Friday, how high up were the officials who knew about the practice, and whether anyone outside the agency was aware of it.
Details of the inspector general’s audit, obtained by The Washington Post from a congressional aide with knowledge of the findings, revealed that Lois G. Lerner, who oversees tax-exempt groups for the IRS and made the disclosure Friday, knew about the targeting of tea party and other groups in June 2011. In March 2012, IRS Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman told Congress that the agency was not targeting conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status as “social welfare” groups.
"It is because of the revulsion that all of us have towards violent murder gangs in our state, that I view these indictments as a very positive achievement, and a very positive development in our fight to dismantle gangs," O'Malley said at a news conference Tuesday.
If former correctional officers, who quit the system before retirement, were to line up and start telling WHY they left, Martin O'Malley's political career would be over and the United States would have to take over the Maryland correctional institution.
There is a lot to this. You have prisoners and correctional officers coming from the same neighborhoods and you have prisoners who can have the correctional officer's family "touched." You have correctional officers who, even though they are making about $40K/year before overtime, who just want more money. You have correctional officers who, to go home at the end of the day, let "things slide" and before you know it, they are blackmailed into doing real dirt. And you have some correctional officers with gang ties either through family or themselves.
This is real nasty. The only solution, I see, is to ship the prisoners out of state so you don't have "neighbors" looking after imprisoned "neighbors."