It’s Father’s Day, a time sons and dads get together and reminiscence fondly of their good times together. Or if you’re Robert Zimmerman Sr. whose son George faces second-degree murder charges for the killing of Trayvon Martin last February and you think he got a raw deal, what you do is dash off a $3.99 e-book on Amazon and you lay fault for all the woes of your family squarely on nearly every prominent Black politician and organization for being “the true racists.”
Who is it that has that knives out for George? Daddy Zimmerman has it all figured out and naming names:
- Congressional Black Caucus. “[A] pathetic, self-serving group of racists… advancing their purely racist agenda.” He later adds that “all members of Congress should be ashamed of the Congressional Black Caucus, as should be their constituents.” And finally: “They are truly a disgrace to all Americans.”
- The NAACP. “[S]imply promotes racism and hatred for their own, primarily financial, interests” and “without prejudice and racial divide, the NAACP would simply cease to exist.”
- NAACP President Benjamin Jealous. “[W]hat I would expect of a racist.”
- Trayvon Martin’s funeral director. A “racial activist and former head of the local NAACP.”
- Benjamin Crump, Natalie Jackson and Daryl Parks, attorneys for Travyon Martin’s family. “The scheme team.”
- The National Basketball Players Association.
- Black Chamber of Commerce.
- National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers.
- National Black United Fund.
- United Negro College Fund.
Pretty much everybody but The Harlem Globetrotters is gunning for Boy George Zimmerman. The old man also claims the Boston bombings could have been averted if the FBI wasn’t busy investigating the Martin murder.
The positive reviews on Amazon praising Zimmerman Sr., are just as eye-opening.
This book gives you a glimpse into what actually happened in February of 2012, without the lies and politics. Don’t be put off by other people who disparage this man and his family without bothering to find out what actually happened. The truth will come out during the trial, and the Zimmermans will be vindicated.
I have believed all along that this case was a travesty propelled by financial and personal gain by those whose interest is benefited from this being a criminal & race issue…Those of you that think this isn’t financially motivated read the book and then ask Trayvons grieving mother when & where she got those huge multi carat diamond earrings she was sporting on her media campaign?
To the Zimmerman family, I support your family, and I wish the Martin family would have recognized the signs for their son to get help. It’s a tragedy, and I wish we could bring Trayvon back, and have given him some guidance before he decided not to stop beating your son’s head into the pavement. A couple more poundings, and George would possibly have brain damage, and been a vegetable. If Trayvon would have kept his hands to himself, he still would be here for his family.
Okay, you get the picture. There’s a lot of sick, twisted bastards and far too many of them have computer access.
In the foreword of “Florida v. Zimmerman: Uncovering the Malicious Prosecution of my Son, George” Daddy Z declares, “Everything stated in this book is true to the best of my knowledge and my belief (You really believe that?). However, given the media’s egregious and misleading reporting (Because I certainly couldn’t be biased in favor of my son), I would certainly encourage readers research any and all information they may question (And if you’re expecting an impartial account to come from the father of a guy facing hard time behind bars you’re out of your mind).”
The only ones who could be interested in slanted, self-serving trash like this are the same fools who are making contributions to George Zimmerman’s defense fund. It’s a neat little Jedi mind trick Daddy Z has pulled off here. He appeals to racists by denouncing every African-American who has chosen justice for Trayvon over freedom for George as the real racists.
This strategy should do well with morons and Stormfront members.
Zimmerman, Sr.is engaged in two of the oldest defenses in the world: deflection and projection. Blaming others for the sins of racism that he and his family perpetuates continually and repeatedly.
Can I say with 100 percent certainty George Zimmerman was motivated by racism when he murdered Trayvon Martin? No. But what I can say is if he is he got it honestly.
Today is Father’s Day and there is no doubt Robert Zimmerman Sr., loves his son George very much . He loves him so much he would lie for him. He loves him so much he would spread his race-baiting venom to others to feed the seething racial resentment his son started with his reckless and criminal behavior . George is a killer and that reflects poorly upon how the elder Zimmerman raised him. His love is no excuse for being a lousy parent. The stupid and selfish actions of George took Trayvon away from his father and that’s why he’s on trial for murder, not because of anything the NAACP or the NBA did.
Today is Father’s Day and Robert Zimmerman Sr. shows his love by spewing hate.
- The Nerve of This Man (thoughtprovokingperspectives.wordpress.com)
- George Zimmerman’s Father Says African-American’s Are The ‘True Racists’ (djsdoingwork.com)
- George Zimmerman’s Father Says The ‘True Racists’ Are African-American (soulbrotherspeaks.com)
- George Zimmerman’s dad lashes out at ‘racist’ Black community in e-book (rawstory.com)
The enjoyment and consumption of pornography is still a “don’t ask, don’t tell” situation where nobody talks about it openly, but it seems like almost everyone indulges in privately. Yet if porn isn’t as dirty as it used to be, it occasionally reminds polite society why it still deserves its sleaze ball reputation.
The man widely believed to be behind the porn industry‘s syphilis scare last year, adult performer Mr. Marcus, was sentenced today to 30 days behind bars for “knowingly exposing at least two co-stars to syphilis after testing positive for the disease days earlier,” the L.A. City Attorney’s office announced this afternoon:
His case rocked the porn world and sparked a short moratorium on production at a time when the industry was being pressured to adopt mandatory condom use, something that is now law in most of L.A. county.
Mr. Marcus will also see 36 months probation and 15 days of community labor, prosecutors said.
Four words of advice, Mr. Marcus. Don’t. Drop. The. Soap. A fellow inmate might want to show they’re ready to break into the jizz biz. By way of your rectum.
Porn may have become more mainstream in how the larger society views it and how it runs as a business, but it is still a business that traffics in flesh for fantasy and as such draws like moths to a flame some of the most desperate, damaged, depraved and unethical people in the world.
Some get out of it with body and soul intact. Others are left scarred for life based on their experiences. Sexually transmitted diseases and HIV are part of the risk of having sex with strangers all the time. There has to be a system in place to where the performers are being tested regularly and all it takes is one egotistical asshole to do what no law has done; shut the porn industry down.
”A lot of people in this industry didn’t know, were totally unaware how syphilis works. How this test reads it. I tried to cover it up. I didn’t want to have to share that part. Because I said it was like the scarlet letter. It’s the word. Syphilis, whoa. Mr. Marcus, syphilis? Mr. Marcus, the one I worked with? The one that everybody works with? The one that’s been in this industry forever?”
While others are probably culpable in allowing Mr. Marcus to perpetuate his dangerous deceit (and he may have contracted it from another porn star), the primary person responsible is Mr. Marcus. Remember: he deliberately altered his test results to indicate he didn’t have syphilis. That is stupid, selfish and high-risk behavior that justifies spending a little time in the slammer to think about his thoughtless behavior.
This isn’t about porn as much as it is about one extremely reckless, selfish and flat-out stupid “actor” who exposed women to a STD he knew he had, but kept working anyway. He knew what he was doing was wrong and putting others at risk. He simply didn’t care. These women were NOBODY to him.
Porn endures because it caters to fantasies of high-risk, yet risk-free sex, sex, sex. That’s one reason the industry is fighting legal initiatives to make condom usage mandatory. The pornographers claim it’s freedom of speech issue. It also interferes with the fantasy and the cash flow and that can’t be allowed.
Then along comes a 19-year veteran of porn who instead of wrapping that rascal or shutting it down until his infection cleared up goes full stroke ahead and screws up the screwing. Shit just got real.
30 days? The bastard got off easy.
- Porn Star Mr. Marcus To Do Jail Time #STD (blogboyz.com)
- Hats Off To You: Mr. Marcus Sentenced To Jail For Exposing Female Co-Stars To Syphilis (crunktastical.net)
- Nasty Mr. Marcus Gets Sentenced for Spreading Syphilis (thegrid6.com)
It was one thing for E. Gordon Gee, the now ex-president of the Ohio State University to make dumb remarks insulting the Southeastern Conference (dumb, but not a firing offense), Arkansas coach Brett Bilema (dumber, but still not a firing offense) a couple of potshots at other colleges. This wasn’t the first time Gee’s mouth had outrun his brain, but this time it turned out to be the last.
What were the magic words that led to a warning from OSU trustees and finally Gee’s sudden itch to go fishing?
“The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week,” Gee said at a Dec. 5 meeting attended by Athletic Director Gene Smith along with other staff, faculty and students. “You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that.”
Oh, Elwood, you’ve done it again! Now you’re slamming an entire religion? Now that’s a firing offense!
When you’re saying things that are true, others are free to object, but they can’t correct because it is true. But who you are saying these horrible but true, things makes a big difference. It’s one thing for a football coach to take swipes at a rival and quite another when you’re the president of a prominent university.
Gee’s run as the head honcho at OSU was long and distinguished. He’s an accomplished educator who has brought considerable riches and clout to the school and I’ve been to the dude’s house. Gee is a charming guy. He’s also an old man and like many old men with a habit of saying what he thinks he lets fly at targets that tick him off. Gee is almost 70 years old. He’s earned the right to speak his mind.
But along with the right comes the consequences of doing so. No one knows with completely certainty that Gee, who is a Mormon, has a real religious-based bias against Catholics, but it doesn’t matter. When Gee speaks he’s speaking as the head man of Ohio State and is held to a higher standard than any coach, professor or employee.
There are still certain things you can’t say. You can’t rant against Blacks and Latinos without being called a racist. You can’t rip women without being branded a sexist pig. Go ahead and blast lesbians or gays as offensive to God and find out how many you’ve offended by doing so. Gee’s distaste for Catholics would have gotten him removed immediately if he derided Jews in the same way. He tried to apologize, but it was far too late to backtrack. The odor of bigotry hung over Gee’s head and for that he jumped before he was pushed.
Across the country the Ohio State haters will be short-stroking this story. Oh, look. Ohio State is in the news again yet again for all the wrong reasons What the hell is going on there?
Those that already despised Gee and OSU only have another reason to. Goody for them and let them enjoy their laughs. It doesn’t matter. The haters are just as far off the mark as the ones who bleed scarlet and grey who are upset Gee is gonzo.
Whether Gee retired of his own volition or it was strongly suggested he should doesn’t matter either. Sooner or later he was going to leave anyway. When I met him at a gathering at his home he was frail and a bit shaky and I doubt I was the only one that noticed. Maybe he was already starting to lose it a bit. He certainly lost it enough to be eased into retirement.
You can only keep cutting your throat so long and so deep until you finally run out of blood. Or chances to cut your throat. Enjoy your retirement, E. Gordon. I’m sure it came a bit earlier than expected.
- Gordon Gee to Retire From Ohio State Presidency (insidehighered.com)
- Controversial Ohio State president Gordon Gee to retire July 1 (gantdaily.com)
- OSU prez quitting after belittling jokes (wcpo.com)
At the moment the National Association of Black Journalists and I are having our issues. Serious issues. Right now we’re in the middle of a trial separation. It’s touch and go whether it becomes a permanent one.
But every so often NABJ gives me reasons to reconsider.
Citing the stipulation that the meeting would be off the record, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Asian American Journalists Association said Sunday that they would not attend Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.‘s Monday meeting with journalists of color to refine guidelines on dealing with journalists during leak investigations.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Unity: Journalists of Diversity, Inc., umbrella group have said they would attend.
The Native American Journalists Association, also citing the off-the-record stipulation, has said it would not.
Gregory H. Lee Jr., president of NABJ, said by email, “I asked the board that nabj will not have official reps. If individual board members do attend it will not be under nabj representation. Nabj will not attend in . . . any official capacity.” Lee added by telephone that NABJ believes in freedom of the press and is “not happy with what’s going on at the Justice Department,” as stated in its May 15 statement on the Justice Department’s secret seizure of office and personal telephone records of journalists at The Associated Press.
In 2010, Holder appeared as the honored guest at the NABJ convention. He took no questions from the audience. Nobody knew then but the past was prologue. There has been a sneaky suspicion Holder and the Obama Administration hold the press in barely concealed contempt. The Attorney General’s dismissive attitude would seem to confirm this.
Many major news outlets rejected Holder’s off the record stipulation as well they should. With three of the major journalists of color organizations declining to participate in this farce as well, the ineptitude of the Justice Department has blown up in their faces.
There are times when the profession as “journalist” trumps the racial identifier of “Black.” This is one such time.
The National Association of Black Journalists should not take part in this off the record “meet and greet” with Attorney General Holder. Everyone knows the A.G. is engaged in damage control after the chorus of disapproval that has descended upon the Justice Department for their investigations into the phone records of journalists.
If Holder is willing to try to explain and defend his department’s actions he should be willing to go on the record. It’s one thing for the Obama Administration to say they believe in the freedom of the press. Quite another to see them walk it like they talk it.
NABJ is composed of journalists, not stenographers. This is nothing but a glorified photo-op with Holder trying to look reasonable and solicitous to a room full of journalists who are writing down and recording NOTHING. It’s pointless exercise in spin control.
NABJ can get their coffee and bagels elsewhere. Like where real news is occurring. I applaud the decision of President Gregory Lee and the board not to attend.
The Attorney General would serve his cause better by opening up and going on the record instead of continuing his distressing habit of only speaking when it serves his own purpose to do so. This is an approach that has not served Holder well. For five years President Obama has managed to avoid the sort of serious ethical and legal missteps that have blemished prior administrations.
If Holder, the nation’s highest law enforcement official, continues on his arrogant and autocratic path they may not make a sixth.
- Native American Journos Shun Holder (theroot.com)
- Brokaw: ‘Tough to See How’ Holder Keeps His Job (nationalreview.com)
- Holder: ‘I’ll protect journalists’ (21stcenturywire.com)
- Eric Holder ‘told US editors he would not repeat controversial searches’ (guardian.co.uk)
The job of the artist, the activist and the journalist is to engage in uncomfortable analysis. If they don’t then all they’re feeding the masses is a steady diet of nothing but comfort food. There is no intellectual nourishment in always entertaining people.
Then there’s Tavis Smiley. The self-appointed President of Black America who has been both a race hustler and a shameless corporate shill even as he prowls the country on a “poverty tour” designed for no other reason than to try to embarrass the twice-elected President of the United States.
Not that is has. Lately nobody seems to notice Tavis and his stunts. His pandering for press attention has reached Lindsay Lohan levels of desperation. For a minute it was fun to watch Smiley babble how he was going to hold Barack Obama “accountable.” It became clear Smiley really desired Obama to be accountable to him.
That’s when the rank odor of Smiley’s bullshit finally became overwhelming. Smiley used the 10th anniversary of his PBS television program to accuse the White House of pressuring advertisers to abandon his show and of course he had a reason why they would go after him.
“This administration does not like to be criticized. And the irony of it is, there’s nothing I have tried to hold the president accountable on that my white progressive colleagues have not…They’re labeled courageous critics, but if I say it, I’m an ‘Obama critic.’ There’s race at play in the very question…“I don’t have an anti-Barack agenda but this is what I do: My job is to raise questions of accountability.”
Oh Tavis, really? Now you’re so desperate to play the victim you’re reduced to hiding behind your “White progressive colleagues” as your beard? Negro, please. Your “White progressive colleagues” aren’t the ones grinding an axe since 2008 when you began your “I Hate Obama” campaign after he declined to appear at your State of Black America conference to kiss your arrogant ass.
The causal observer may notice when Smiley speaks about President Obama he asserts he’s only trying to hold him accountable. This might lead you to think that was Smiley’s favorite word. Perhaps it is and not simply the title of a book Smiley wrote that bombed. Here’s the thing about that word. It can be applied to Smiley too as it was in 2009 when citizen journalist Faye Anderson looked into the race hustlers rewarding relationship with Wells Fargo in pushing sub-prime loans to African-Americans.
Smiley’s complete lack of credibility and anti-Obama agenda has subjected him to a withering barrage of criticism for his latest unsubstantiated charges against the president.
Shannon Williams: Over the years I have watched Smiley go from a balanced public speaker who offered credible and thought-provoking perspective to his analyses to a bitter man who has used his platform to unjustly attack people who, in his opinion, have treated him in a bad or disrespectful manner. It almost seems as if he has had some sort of breakdown over the years that has caused him to speak in a vindictive and erratic manner. Though a breakdown would be a good escape goat, I think Smiley’s true problem is an overinflated ego. When people haven’t done what he thinks they should do, that ego gets bruised and Smiley gets angry. The way he “repays” the “wrongdoers” is he publically talks about them under the guise that he is holding them accountable.
Accountability is a marvelous thing that we all should be held to, but the said conclusions need to be derived from a thorough and fair judgment system. Public accountability cannot hold a personal vendetta.
Eric Wattree: …why would Tavis’s corporate benefactors even want to hide the fact that they were being pressured by Obama? Trying to put pressure on Walmart, Nationwide Insurance, or Exxon/Mobile would not only be extremely dumb on the part of the administration, but it would be a gift from God to Tavis’s ALEC connected corporate benefactors. Can you just imagine what Darrell Issa could do with something like that in his House Oversight Kangaroo Committee? He’d turn it into Watergate.
So it seems that yet again Tavis is being deluded by his overblown ego – the same ego that made him assume that Obama had an obligation to come on his “State of the Black Union” show to be anointed by Tavis to run for president; the same ego that made him think that he’s been slighted when Obama failed to do so; the same ego that caused him to go all over the media complaining that “For the very first time in my career I haven’t been invited to the White House;” and the very same ego that made him think that he had enough clout in the Black community to challenge the first Black president of the United States.
The fact is, President Obama hasn’t given either Tavis Smiley, or Cornel West, a second thought since he’s been in office. He hasn’t had to, because he, like just about everyone else in America – at least, with good sense – could see that he didn’t have to. Tavis and West were making themselves look like perfect fools on their own accord, so the president didn’t have to say, or do a thing. All he had to do was sit back and watch them implode – and that’s exactly what he’s done.
Michael H. Cottman: In a month where Republicans have accused Obama of everything imaginable –with the possible exception of Robert Griffin III’s knee injury — it seems that Smiley snagged a timely moment to pile on.
I would argue that the White House doesn’t care enough about Smiley to assemble a team of administration officials who would surreptitiously spend time thinking up new and creative ways to suppress Smiley’s voice.
Smiley says his self-imposed mandate in life is to hold Obama’s feet to the fire and keep him accountable to black people. That’s his choice and his path to follow, but I don’t believe there’s a clandestine campaign within the Obama administration that is secretly trying to shut Smiley down.
He’s just not that important.
Couldn’t have said it any better myself. There is no reason for Obama to sic the dogs on Smiley because his importance is largely in his own mind and his impact is nil. Take down Tavis? Why bother? He doing a fine job of it all by himself.
- COMMENTARY: Tavis to Obama: Stop Trying to Shut Me Down (blackamericaweb.com)
- Tavis Smiley: White House Pressured Sponsors to Pull Support (theroot.com)
- Covert Conspiracy Against Tavis Smiley (thoughtprovokingperspectives.wordpress.com)
When the character of the defendant is less than sterling if you’re a smart (and somewhat unscrupulous) defense attorney the next best option if your client’s reputation is less than pristine is to dirty up the victim instead.
The trashing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman‘s attorneys and family has been brutal, ruthless, systematic and ugly. They are playing hardball. They are showing no mercy. Zimmerman’s lawyers began in earnest last week when they released text messages from Trayvon in trying to depict him as a punk kid with violent tendencies. Zimmerman’s mother did even worse to the teenager. She made him invisible and irrelevant in a letter she released to her son’s supporters.
Today, April 11, 2013 is the anniversary of the most unfortunate arrest of our son George. I am writing from my heart and with incalculable gratitude to our family members, dearest friends, and those we have not personally met but who have nonetheless offered their unwavering moral and spiritual support. Those who read this letter should do so of their own free will, and do so because they are interested in its message. If you read this letter with the hopes of finding material to mock or rebuke–please stop reading now, because this letter is not intended for you.
April 11 2012 will be forever remembered by the Zimmerman family as the day the justice system failed us as Americans, and as a consequence an innocent man was arrested for a crime he did not commit, solely to placate the masses. George was charged with murder. By confusing the public and manipulating perception in order to sway the “court of public opinion”, Benjamin Crump & co. finally achieved their “first base” victory.
A year later, we find ourselves–as Mr. Crump put it–in “third base” posture: we are awaiting trial. Throughout the past year, as evidence came forth and was later published, we have fought at every turn to be certain George is afforded a fair trial and equal protection under the law. It is imperative now more than ever that George receive fair treatment by the judicial system, as this is the quintessential birthright of every American.
From the beginning, this case has been heavily publicized and a false narrative was developed surrounding a very real tragedy when there was little evidence available to the public. It is astounding that despite the vast amount of information and evidence now available that supports George’s self-defense claim, the majority of the media avoids its publication. It is indeed alarming that even more media outlets do not regret misinforming the public and have not taken steps to retract the fabrications they are responsible for perpetuating.
The media, with the help of social media made it their prerogative to judge and sentence George before and after his arrest. Even members of Congress and self-proclaimed “activists” used and routinely use to this day the term “murderer” when they speak of him–in effect they are re-enforcing the only acceptable judicial outcome in their eyes. Many have seen to it that he be judged by the public, the very public they were keen on misinforming.
It is for these reasons I share my thoughts and heart with you today. Despite the mythological monster the media created, those who knew George did not abandon him, and those who have become familiar with him throughout the course of this ordeal have prayed daily for him, his wife, his parents and siblings. Without your constant prayer, words of comfort, and endless search for truth–our family would not have made it this far.
After reading Gladys Zimmerman’s letter and its total absence of decency or humanity I understand where George’s racism comes from. It is more than misleading, self-serving and selfish. It is inhumane. Not once is Trayvon Martin’s name mentioned. No one in the Zimmerman family has a shred of compassion in their cold hearts.
“For the Zimmerman family to allege that the justice system doesn’t work simply because they are unhappy their son was arrested in the first place is disingenuous and disrespectful to the very system that is currently affording him every available opportunity to defend himself. The arrest of an admitted killer is not a violation of due process, it is due process. “Most will agree that no one has been given greater consideration by the justice system for killing an unarmed child than George Zimmerman.”
The Zimmerman family is waging a public relations war on the behalf of their murderous son and nobody has been vocal in his unwavering son than kid brother Robert. His recent rampage of Tweets to slime Trayvon will likely have no effect on the upcoming trial, but it does show how low Bobby Z. is willing to stoop to.
The Zimmerman defense team released a series of photographs and text messages from Trayvon on their website depicting the teenager discussing guns, being suspended from school and smoking marijuana. In a text message sent 12 days before Zimmerman gunned him down Martin tells an unnamed friend he was suspended from school for fighting.
“Why you not in school?” a text he receives asks.
“I thought you was going out with ur friend,” the reply says.
“Naw my ol g say she dont want me home caus she think ima get in mo trouble,” he texts back.
Martin’s texts also indicate he may have been curious about guns.
“U gotta gun?” reads a text from Martin’s phone, sent on Feb. 18, 2012, to a friend of his who was on the phone with him on the night of the shooting.
“You want a 22 revolver” asks someone in a text he receives that day.
Three days later, Martin mentioned a caliber of gun while asking a friend in another text, “U wanna share a .380 w.[redacted]?”
Other texts released allude to problems Martin was having at home and with authorities.
“My mom just told me i gotta mov wit my dad,” says one from Nov. 22, 2011. “She just kickd me out.”
“Is the defense trying to prove Trayvon deserved to be killed by George Zimmerman because of the way he looked?” Benjamin Crump said, “If so, this stereotypical and closed-minded thinking is the same mindset that caused George Zimmerman to get out of his car and pursue Trayvon, an unarmed kid who he didn’t know. The pretrial release of these irrelevant red herrings is a desperate and pathetic attempt by the defense to pollute and sway the jury pool.”
From what I’ve read from legal experts none of this crap will probably ever be heard by a jury and will not be admissible. Certainly Team Zimmerman would like to put Trayvon’s character on trial as he is already dead and cannot defend himself. Perhaps there is also the hope that painting Martin as wannabee thug, doper and gangsta will play to the worst fears of potential jurors.
Of course, anyone with the brain power of a house plant should ask, “What does this have to do with why Zimmerman shot Trayvon? He didn’t know any of this.” But the defense is going to muddy the waters as much as they can to get their client off. If they have to trash Trayvon in the process, you’d better believe they’re gonna do it.
It doesn’t make it any less disgusting. Mark O’ Mara wants to “niggerize” Trayvon Martin as a wannabee gangsta and future criminal. That’s understandable since its his client who is a killer with a prior criminal record. Writing in his legal blog, attorney Frederick Leatherman denounced the tactics of Zimmerman’s defense team saying, “This is quite possibly the sleaziest tactic that I have ever seen. To intentionally poison a jury pool a couple of weeks before trial with false and misleading information about the victim of a homicide calculated to incite and unite White racists to approve of the execution of an unarmed Black teenager is astonishing.”
“These two lawyers are fortunate that I am not Judge Nelson because I would jail them for contempt of court and file complaints against the bar association requesting their disbarment from the practice of law.”
In a series of rulings that were described as favorable to the prosecution, Judge Debra Nelson denied the defense’s motions to admit Martin’s marijuana usage, disciplinary records from school, possible interest in guns and fighting. Robert Zimmerman called upon the prosecution to drop the second degree murder charge against his brother. The defense asked for a delay in the trial which Judge Nelson also rejected. Jury selection begins June 16.
What we’re witnessing now is simply the public relations spin and the preliminaries. When the trial actually begins that’s when the circus will really start.
- Statement From Trayvon Martin’s Family and Their Attorneys (tmwarriors.wordpress.com)
- Zimmerman’s mom thanks supporters (abcactionnews.com)
- George Zimmerman’s Attorney Trying To Put Trayvon Martin On Trial (blackamericaweb.com)
- Zimmerman Lawyers Smear Trayvon (boomantribune.com)
- Judge denies delay, bars evidence in George Zimmerman trial (usnews.nbcnews.com)
Maureen Dowd, the New York Times columnist whose rep is based upon her sharp-edged nasty snark than deep political insights sniped at President Obama over the Senate’s failure to pass any meaningful gun legislation, “Unfortunately, he still has not learned how to govern,” Dowd wrote with each word dripping in acidic scorn, “How is it that the president won the argument on gun safety with the public and lost the vote in the Senate? It’s because he doesn’t know how to work the system. And it’s clear now that he doesn’t want to learn, or to even hire some clever people who can tell him how to do it or do it for him. “
Dowd, who has never held any elected office besides runner-up to the homecoming queen helpfully suggested Obama should look to Hollywood for pointers on what to do, “The White House should have created a war room full of charts with the names of pols they had to capture, like they had in “The American President.”
The rank stupidity of Dowd’s brain-dead advice was not lost on Obama when he said during the White House Correspondents Dinner, “Everybody has got plenty of advice,” the president said with his own Snark Gun loaded and cocked, “Maureen Dowd said I could solve all my problems if I were just more like Michael Douglas in ‘The American President.’ And I know Michael is here tonight. Michael, what’s your secret, man? Could it be that you were an actor in an Aaron Sorkin liberal fantasy? Might that have something to do with it?”
Instead of the I.R.S. investigating the Tea Party, someone ought to investigate why the Times continues to give Dowd space to spew nonsense.
“Some folks still don’t think I spend enough time with Congress,” the president said. “‘Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?’ they ask. Really? Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?”
That was a laugh line for the president, but the next one was him speaking from the heart. “I’m sorry. I get frustrated sometimes.”
Obama has hosted Republican Senators for dinner. He invited Paul Ryan to sit down for lunch. He’s played golf with other Republicans. As far as outreach goes, the president has tried everything but a pajama party sleepover in the Lincoln Bedroom.
This is the kind of “bipartisan” reaching out b.s. that make the collective nipples of the Washington press corps hard and erect. In the wake of the I.R.S. investigations, the continued Benghazi story and the Justice Department’s surveillance of the Associated Press, last week was Christmas in May for the professional Obama bashers in the GOP and right-wing noise machine. What made things a bit more unusual was how the supposed Obama worship ping “liberal” media piled on as well.
The nature of the professional press is they are at your feet one day and at your throat the next. The easy (and lazy) way to lay the blame for the failure of Congress to get anything done even when a clear majority of Americans want it, is to go Dowd’s way and lay it all on the wimp in the White House. That allows the Republicans to claim their hands are clean and that is exactly the cover idiots like Mo Dowd provide them.
Dowd’s specialty is supposed to be politics, but she doesn’t seem to know how to count votes, how deals are cut to win votes, and how hard it is to “punish” lawmakers who don’t do the president’s bidding when they’re more afraid of special interest groups, possible primary challengers and irate voters back home than the man in the Oval Office.
Sometimes you must leave the high road and fetch your brass knuckles. Obama should have called Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota over to the Oval Office and put on the squeeze: “Heidi, you’re brand new and you’re going to have a long career. You work with us, we’ll work with you. Public opinion is moving fast on this issue. The reason you get a six-year term is so you can have the guts to make tough votes. This is a totally defensible bill back home. It’s about background checks, nothing to do with access to guns. Heidi, you’re a mother. Think of those little kids dying in schoolrooms.”
This is how bubblehead liberals like Dowd breathing the rarefied air in their ivory towers believe the world should work. Come on Obama, you gutless wonder! Be like President Josiah Bartlett and impose your will, reward your friends and punish your enemies. Guilt trip a balky Democrat if you can and ridicule them if you must. It’s easy. Just call President Bartlett and ask him!
And then what? What if Sen. Heitkamp says, “I’m sorry, Mr. President. My constituents don’t want this bill and I don’t either.” What can Obama do then? Call Harry Reid and tell him to make sure Heitkamp only gets the crappiest of committee assignments? Obama was in the Senate with Reid before he moved from the Capitol to the White House. He knows Reid has no clout juice and they don’t fear Obama, they laugh right in Reid’s face.
The truth why President Obama can’t seem to get anything through Congress the answer is simple The strategy of Congressional Republicans is to give him NOTHING. If Obama is for it, they are against it. Even if it is something Republicans normally favor. This has always been known. Now even some Republicans are ‘fessing up to the strategy, but that doesn’t shake the conviction of the skeptics who say if only Obama twisted arms a little harder and thumped that bully pulpit a little more.
There are far too many fools like Mo Dowd who think the President can do what he wants simply because he IS the President. They blame Obama because it is easier than to blame a few hundred Republican obstructionists in Washington whose policy position is if Obama is for it, they are against it. This is by design, not accident. I’m reading Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein‘s It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism and I’d be doing Dowd the biggest favor of her life if I passed it on to her to once I’m done. There are lots of answers for her between the book’s covers.
Ornstein, a fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, ” It’s time to acknowledge how far the Republican Party has veered towards tolerating extreme ideological beliefs and policies, and how the GOP has embraced cynical and destructive means to advance political ends over problem-solving.”
While Dowd would have us all believe if Obama would only grow a pair he could knock some sense into the GOP. Ornstein and Mann know that’s too simple by half and despite the eagerness of the press to slice the pie into even slices of who’s to blame for the political gridlock, they aren’t reluctant to point to the Republicans as deserving the lion’s share. “…However awkward it may be for the traditional press and nonpartisan analysts to acknowledge, one of the two major parties, the Republican Party, has become an insurgent outlier — ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition. When one party moves this far from the center of American politics, it is extremely difficult to enact policies responsive to the country’s most pressing challenges.”
Derailing Hillary Clinton 2016 is the real target of the Benghazi “scandal.” If it hurts Obama too, that’s just gravy to the wing nuts. According to her polling numbers, Clinton has become more popular, not less. The Republicans and Fox News haven’t laid a glove on her.
Dowd is impervious to reason, logic, history or fact. She preens from her perch as the Grey Lady’s Red-Haired Harpy lacking the gravitas of Paul Krugman, the intelligence of Thomas Friedman, the compassion of Nicholas Kristof or the social conscience of Charles Blow.
But she’s still got Obama to kick around for another three years. Unless her Republican friends successfully impeach him first. She’d probably like that.
I WENT to New York last week to cover the TV presentations for the new season, shows like “Scandal,” “Shark Tank” and a faltering “American Idol.”
I may as well have stayed here.
You know that the faltering American idol in the White House must be reeling in this scandalous spring. No Drama Obama is immersed in drama so over the top it could have been scripted by Shonda Rhimes and Karl Rove.
Who knows? If Washington keeps imploding, Hillary may run in 2016 on restoring honor to the White House.
You know Dowd is sippin’ that purple drank when an relentless Hillary-hater is looking wistfully to her for relief. Could that be why she forget how much she despises Hillary as she spitefully made clear in 2008.
As a possible first Madame President, Hillary is a flawed science experiment because you can’t take Bill out of the equation. Her story is wrapped up in her marriage, and her marriage is wrapped up in a series of unappetizing compromises, arrangements and dependencies.
Instead of carving out a separate identity for herself, she has become more entwined with Bill. She is running bolstered by his record and his muscle. She touts her experience as first lady, even though her judgment during those years on issue after issue was poor. She says she’s learned from her mistakes, but that’s not a compelling pitch…If Hillary fails, it will be her failure, not ours.
What is Dowd anyway? A smug, smart-ass who is passed off as some sort of “liberal” but comes off more like the Times version of a self-hating one like Fox’s Kirsten Powers or a TV critic? Why should anyone take seriously a political columnist who doesn’t seem to know how politics works?
If you believe the op-ed page even the Times doesn’t believe Dowd parroting the G.O.P.’s talking points about “scandals.”
The American public, Greg Sargent pointed out this morning, does not find a presidential scandal in either the Benghazi talking points or the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of right-wing groups seeking a tax-exempt and disclosure-free status.
In a C.N.N. poll released over the weekend, 61 percent of Americans say President Obama’s comments about the I.R.S. investigation were mostly or completely true, and 55 percent say the I.R.S. acted on its own. On Benghazi, 50 percent believe that early statements about the attack reflect what the administration believed at the time, compared with 44 percent – 76 percent of them Republicans – who say officials intentionally misled the public.
The blind hatred of the Republicans for this president will gradually lead them to overplay their hand. For now Obama will have to take incoming fire from the front from Republican Klingons trying to depose him as well as backstabbing “liberals” and the eighth biggest hack in journalism who have the long knives out after Obama the same way they were for Bill and Hillary, Al Gore, John Kerry and every other Democrat who doesn’t measure up to Joe Bartlett.
Because in Dowd’s wacky world, the only good Democrats are Democrat who aren’t real.
- Gibbs: I don’t read Maureen Dowd. Dowd: Backatcha (hotair.com)
- MSNBC’s Joan Walsh Blasts ‘Deeply Stupid’ Obama-Blaming Maureen Dowd Column, NRO Writer Agrees (mediaite.com)
- Maureen Dowd Discovers That Barack Obama Is Neither Andrew Shepherd Nor Josiah Bartlett (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Gentry Liberals and Brass Knuckles: The Case of Maureen Dowd (blogs.the-american-interest.com)