Sunday, March 25, 2012

#JusticeForTrayvon Gun Owners Of America Defend George Zimmerman And US Motto "Shoot First "


Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America claims that in fact Trayvon Martin somehow managed to knock his stalker George Zimmerman to the ground and to beat on Zimmerman and at that point George Zimmerman had the right to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin.
Note Larry Pratt has been profiled at the Southern Poverty Law Center.

So according to Larry Pratt and other conservatives no matter how this incident is viewed Zimmerman was in the right and the Black teenager Trayvon Martin was in the wrong.

The basic assumption is either Blacks are always in the wrong and its OK to stalk an African-American because by being black he or she is possibly up to no good. But if a black man were to follow some white guy and the white man turns around and trips the black guy and then the black guy has a right to shoot the white guy ? Or is only the white person allowed to have a gun and allowed to shoot someone he perceives as a threat such as a black guy who was folowing him. Again no matter what the black guy is always in the wrong whereas we are supposed to always give the white guy the benefit of the doubt. This is the very essence of this type of racist based law.

The law grants certain rights to white people while denying the same rights to black people.

Cenk Uygur Blasts Gun Owners of America's Larry Pratt for Defending Murder of Trayvon Martin by Heather via Crooks and Liars March 23,2012

While the media and internet were abuzz with the tragic death of Trayvon Martin the governor of Florida was too busy to really bother about the death of another African-American teenager instead Governor Rick Scott was more concerned with pushing ahead with his Tea Party agenda ie allowing for School Prayer ,drug testing state employees,fighting Obamacare etc.
So as the article below states that Gov. Rick Scott has little interest in dealing fairly with minorities or with the poor.

Trayvon Case Not Exactly Top Priority for Florida's GOP Governor: Between school prayer, drug testing state employees, and fighting Obamacare, Rick Scott has had a few other things going on. —By Adam Weinstein at Mother Jones, March 24,2012

Last Monday, Rick Scott—Florida's beleaguered freshman tea party governor—made a powerful executive decision: He signed legislation to require drug tests of state employees. On Friday, he acted decisively and signed a controversial pro-school-prayer bill into law. His top cop, Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, spent the week on one of her top priorities: promoting the state's Supreme Court case against President Obama's health care reforms. The state's Republican Party this week also began airing a new pro-Scott ad, two years ahead of his next election, and Scott's also taken to bragging about his recent legislative accomplishments.

Somewhere in there, the governor addressed Trayvon Martin's killing.

As the public furor grows over Martin's shooting and the fate of his killer, Scott—one of the nation's least popular governors, and host of the Republican presidential convention this summer—seems to be struggling with how to respond to the case. It's not that he's done nothing. Last Monday, about the same time the Justice Department expressed its interest in Trayvon's case, he sent a one-paragraph letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (the state's FBI) directing the agency to investigate. He met with a group of protesters on Tuesday—though he didn't accede to their wishes to set up a task force on racial profiling.

In Scott's most substantive moves, he appointed a new special prosecutor to the case after meeting with Martin's family, and he's agreed to set up a task force that will investigate the state's expansive "stand your ground" self-defense law. But Scott's chosen prosecutor has been attacked by a respected law school dean as having "no enthusiasm for defending citizens," and the task force will be led by his lieutenant governor, with its members picked by Bondi and four top state legislators—all of them pro-gun Republicans. Scott signaled that the task force would tread carefully on Second Amendment ground, saying in a statement that it would "investigate how to make sure a tragedy such as this does not occur in the future, while at the same time, protecting the fundamental rights of all of our citizens—especially the right to feel protected and safe in our state."

As a result of these moves and his other recent legislative priorities, it's been difficult to gauge just how much interest the governor takes in Trayvon's case. But since taking office 14 months ago, he's made serious missteps before when attempting to engage Florida's minorities; they reacted harshly to his gutting of public schools and social services, his drive for prison privatization and voting-rights restrictions, and his push to drug-test welfare recipients at their expense. He's also been criticized for passing over minorities in his Cabinet and judicial appointments. In December, he tried to connect with a group of black student protesters by mentioning that he'd once lived in public housing. ("We're not poor!" one of them shouted back.)

*Countdown with Keith ...: Ben Jealous of the NAACP demands justice for Trayvon Martin, resignation

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Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, describes his concerns about the Sanford Police Department in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin shooting and calls for the resignation of Sanford, Fla., Police Chief Bill Lee. "In Sanford if you kill a dog you end up in jail the next day. Trayvon Martin was killed, this beautiful boy was killed, and his killer has been allowed to walk the streets for weeks," Jealous says.

"Shoot to Kill" May Soon Be Replacing "In God We Trust" as US Motto by Mark Karlin at Buzzfash ,March 23, 2012

All the white sheets are flying off now, as white males are in open warfare against blacks and women. They've been using code words against Obama for nearly four years (no birth certificate, Muslim, etc.), but now we're just seeing hardcore racism without the filter - and misogyny without the euphemisms.

One comment on Facebook, in response to yesterday's BuzzFlash at Truthout commentary ("If Zimmerman Were Black and Trayvon Martin a White Teenage Athlete, Zimmerman's Ass Would Be in Jail"), nails it: "If Trayvon were white and Zimmerman black, headlines would be 'Crazed Black Man Kills Child for Skittles and Iced Tea.'"

Of course, Glenn Beck hasn't been getting much face time or love lately from the media - which affects his mega-income - so he decided to jump on the verbal lynching band wagon. On his website, the Blaze, Beck has a blog (by Mytheos Host) that basically calls Trayvon Martin a criminal and implies that he was deserving of being shot. Remember when blacks were lynched for looking at white women and being accused of being up to "no good."

Racist whites are coming out of the woodwork now. The fear of the other -- black, Muslims, Mexicans - has now become a virulent public cancer destroying our civil society and democratic principles.

With great emotional impact, President Obama stated today that: "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon." It was a powerful reassertion of our social responsibility to having equal rights without regard to race -- or simply being a member of "the other" category. We are one national family.

The Florida "Stand Your Ground"/License to murder law is just lynching with a bullet - along with a get out of jail free card.

At a gun range courting the NRA vote in Louisiana, Rick Santorum took a couple of shots as a supporter shouted "pretend it's [the target] is Obama."

"Shoot to Kill" may soon be replacing "In God We Trust" as the official motto of the United States.

Newt gingrich accuses Obama of inciting racism but this remember is the guy who said no more Mosques should be permitted to be built in the USA until Saudi Arabia allows Chritians to build churches in Saudi Arabia . Gingrich laughably claimed the Mosque Islamic center built in New York near the 9/11 ground zero was built to show that Islam was on its way to taking over America.

Newt Gingrich Condemns President Obama’s Thoughtful Words About Trayvon Martin, Calls Them ‘Appalling’ (AUDIO) by Stephen D. Foster jr. at March 24, 2012

What is truly appalling is that Newt Gingrich would use this tragedy as an opportunity to accuse the President of being a racist, when in fact, President Obama was being personal and identifying with the family who lost their son. If Gingrich had actually paid attention to everything President Obama said, he would have heard the President trying to unify Americans. Instead, Gingrich chose to be nasty as always. Here is what President Obama had to say in full.

“I’ve got to be careful about my statements to make sure we’re not impairing any investigation that’s taking place right now. But obviously this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through and when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. I think that every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened…But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon. And I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

Supporters of ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws don’t back down by Brian Wellner March 24,2012

Sponsors of “Stand Your Ground” legislation in Iowa and Illinois said they still intend to push their respective self-defense gun bills even in light of the national debate spawned by the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida.
Florida is among 21 states with “Stand Your Ground” laws that give people wide latitude to use deadly force rather than retreat during a fight, regardless of whether the action takes place in one’s home or on the street. Iowa and Illinois have “Castle laws,” in which the use of deadly force in self-defense is restricted to one’s home.
A Quad-City area lawmaker said he sponsored a “Stand Your Ground” bill in Springfield last month that languished. He intends to reintroduce it again.
“I support the lawfulness of using very strong force, if necessary deadly force, in self defense when you’re off your property,” Rep. Rich Morthland, a Republican from Cordova, said Friday. “I think it’s appropriate.”
Morthland said what happened in Florida is a tragedy and echoed President Barack Obama’s comments Friday morning that every aspect of the case needs to be investigated.

Jason Rosenbloom in 2006 considers himself the first victim of the Florida "Shoot First Law" and he believes bcause of that law he did not see justice done in his case. His case shows one could use any number of excuses claiming you feared for your life.

Florida man lives to tell of 'shoot first' horror by Tom Brown Reuters, March 13

MIAMI (Reuters) - On June 5, 2006, not long after Florida enacted the first "Stand Your Ground" law in the United States, unarmed Jason Rosenbloom was shot in the stomach and chest by his next-door neighbor after a shouting match over trash.

Exactly what happened that day in Clearwater, Florida, is still open to dispute. Kenneth Allen, a retired police officer, said he shot Rosenbloom because he was trying to storm into his house.
Rosenbloom told Reuters in a telephone interview this week he never tried to enter the house and was in Allen's yard, about 10 feet (3 meters) from his front door, when he was shot moments after he put his hands up.

Now living in Hawaii, Rosenbloom said he had been unaware of the growing outrage over last month's shooting in Sanford, Florida, of an unarmed black teenager by a neighborhood watch captain.

...Allen was not arrested in the shooting of Rosenbloom. Sergeant Tom Nestor of the Pinella's County Sheriff's Office said Allen was found to have acted in self-defense when he pumped two rounds into Rosenbloom with his 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

"He meant for me to be dead and he never called 911," said Rosenbloom, 36, adding that Allen, now 65, bent over him and using an expletive, warned him not to tangle "with an ex-cop" as he lay bleeding on the ground.

"The police closed it on his words alone," said Rosenbloom, explaining how the case that began with a complaint about him leaving eight trash bags on the curb instead of the regulation six, was closed after what he described as only a summary investigation.

"They made me the bad guy," he added.

Allen, contacted by phone in rural Georgia, said on Thursday he had "no regrets" about shooting Rosenbloom, describing him as a "little punk" who was "lucky to be alive."
He denied using profanity after shooting his neighbor, who he claimed had forced his way into the house and threatened to "beat my ass."

DNC chair: Repeal ‘Stand Your Ground’ law by david Ferguson at,March 24,2012

Democratic National Committee chairperson and Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz has called publicly for the repeal of the so-called “Stand Your Ground” law, according to a post at Talking Points Memo’s Livewire blog.

The controversial law broadened the definition of what is considered acceptable force for private citizens to use when defending themselves and their property. It has been cited in defense of George Zimmerman, the Sanford, Florida man who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin in February.

Wasserman-Schultz posted on Twitter earlier today that the Martin case “is further evidence that Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground Law,’ which passed in 2005, needs to be repealed. The failure of the Sanford police to further investigate this crime as a result of their interpretation of this law is an injustice to Trayvon’s family and to all Floridians.”

The law is part of an initiative by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has worked closely with the NRA to launch similar initiatives in state and local governments across the country. Opponents of the law argued in 2005 that “Stand Your Ground” would promote a culture of violence and result in “racially motivated killings.”

For the truly bizarre in US politics aseveral republicans tell American women to donate to Democrats in order that they have a voice in government.

GOP congressman to women: Give your money to Democrats by David Ferguson at, March 23,2012

Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY) made a surprising request of women at a rally for the Equal Rights Amendment yesterday. According to a report at Huffington Post, the Republican Representative told women to open their wallets, dig deep and donate their money…to Democrats.

“I think these are very precarious times for women, it seems. So many of your rights are under assault,” he said, “I’ll tell you this: Contribute your money to people who speak out on your behalf, because the other side — my side — has a lot of it. And you need to send your own message. You need to remind people that you vote, you matter, and that they can’t succeed without your help.”

Hanna is a pro-choice Republican and co-sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment, which was passed by Congress in 1972, but which has yet to be ratified by the necessary 38 states to become established law. He was joined at the rally by his colleague, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, also of New York.

From the podium, Maloney mused that politics and society would be different today had the ERA passed at its inception. ”If equality had been enshrined in the Constitution for these past 40 years, I wonder if we would still be hearing today from right-wing presidential contenders that women should not serve in combat, that women should think twice before they seek to work outside of the house, that women should not use birth control, and that women who do are called names that are not fit to repeat here,” Huffington Post quotes her as saying.

Hanna has broken with his party on women’s issues, and urged women voters to throw their support behind the other side, perhaps in hopes of ultimately building a stronger Republican coalition. Polls have shown that the GOP is hemorrhaging women voters since the party decided to make women’s health issues into a major plank in its 2012 electoral platform.
And here's more from the extremists who  now dominate the GOP and the Religious Right and the Conservative movement who intend to push for more laws to limit the rights of women over reproductive issues and even concerning divorce.

Rick Santorum told women who were pregnant after being raped that they must realize that the child was a gift from God and therefore they have no right to an abortion. Now another republican chimes in :

"...Wisconsin Rep. Don Pridemore helpfully suggests that, rather than divorcing an abusive spouse, you should try to remember the things you love about the guy while he is beating you up"
so now these conservatives want to restrict the laws on divorce or at least encourage women to stop complaing about physical abuse.

Wisconsin Lawmaker: If You Are Being Beaten, Just Remember the Things You Love About Your Husband by Jodi Jacobson at RH, March 23,2012

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