Daily Archives: July 15, 2013

MoveOn.Commies Use Trayvon Martin to Raise Money

Straight from the mail box:

We wanted to make sure you saw the email we sent after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty. The petition has been signed by over 360,000 people already, and it’s getting lots of attention in the media. Please add your name and demand justice for Trayvon Martin. 

Sign the petition

Dear MoveOn member,

On Saturday, a jury acquitted George Zimmerman. But we are not done demanding justice for Trayvon Martin.

We’re calling on the U.S. Justice Department to open a civil rights case against George Zimmerman and have launched a petition to Attorney General Eric Holder. The petition says:

The Department of Justice has closely monitored the State of Florida’s prosecution of the case against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder since it began. Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act.

The most fundamental of civil rights—the right to life—was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin. We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation.

Please address the travesties of the tragic death of Trayvon Martin by acting today.Thank you.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.


–Benjamin Todd Jealous

This petition was created on MoveOn’s online petition site, where anyone can start their own online petitions. NAACP didn’t pay us to send this email—we never rent or sell the MoveOn.org list.

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Portland Street Punks Beat 70 Year Old Man With Skateboard in Downtown Portland

Portland Street Kids flicker shot
From Portland Street Kids Flickr Account. I’ve blocked out eyes to protect the innocent.

Portland’s street kids and gutter snipes have attacked a 70 year old worker of the venerable Portland Outdoor Store in downtown Portland. Here’s the release from the cops:

This afternoon, Monday July 15, 2013, at 2:30 p.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Southwest 3rd Avenue and Oak Street on the report of an assault outside the Portland Outdoor Store.

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the 70-year-old male victim suffering from a head injury. He was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment to the non-life-threatening injury.

Witnesses told police that a large group of transient “street kids” were involved in the assault of the man, an employee of the Portland Outdoor Store. Witnesses told police the victim was hosing off the sidewalk when he was attacked.

Officers recovered a skateboard possibly used in the assault but have not identified the suspect. One person was arrested on an unrelated warrant.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s not wearing a shirt, blonde shaggy hair above the shoulders.


Zimmerman Trial Fall Out: Rolling Stone Claims Stand Your Ground Killed Trayvon. SYG Not Invoked in Case.

Zimmerman Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone is reporting  that the Stand Your Ground law was used in the Trayvon Martin case. It wasn’t. Indeed, if you see my post here you’ll see that even after Stand Your Ground laws came into effect in Florida it didn’t change self defense law at all. LISTEN TO THE PROSECUTORS WHO SAID THIS VERY THING AFTER THE TRIAL!!

Prosecutor Angela Corey: “Well, justifiable use of deadly force has changed to a certain extent. Stand Your Ground is a procedural mechanism as we call it where we fully expected it because of what we were hearing that the defense would request a Stand Your Ground hearing, we would have put on the same evidence. It would have been front of just a judge instead of a jury. 

Reporter: What about the duty to retreat aspect?

Prosecutor Corey: Well the duty to retreat aspect had sort of disappeared before Stand Your Ground kicked in. 

And at 18:45 we have this question asked of  Prosecutor De La Rionda,

“Could I get your impression of the 2005 expansion of the Florida self defense statutes? Does this make your job harder?”

Prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda, “You know self defense has existed for a long time. And we’ve dealt with it in Jackson for a long time. We’ve tried a lot of self defense cases; I’ve personally tried ten-15 self defense cases. They’re tough cases, but we accept it so… The law really  hasn’t changed all that much. Stand Your Ground was a big thing, but really the law hasn’t changed. We have a right to bear arms and a right to self defense.”

Then we have this excellent piece in Reason Magazine here which also discusses the use of Stand Your Ground in the Zimmerman trial, which is to say, it wasn’t.

The story that George Zimmerman told about his fight with Trayvon Martin, the one that yesterday persuaded a jury to acquithim of second-degree murder and manslaughter, never had anything to do with the right to stand your ground when attacked in a public place. Knocked down and pinned to the ground by Martin, Zimmerman would not have had an opportunity to escape as Martin hit him and knocked his head against the concrete. The duty to retreat therefore was irrelevant. The initial decision not to arrest Zimmerman, former Sanford, Florida, Police Chief Bill Lee said last week (as paraphrased by CNN),  “had nothing to do with Florida’s controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law” because “from an investigative standpoint, it was purely a matter of self-defense.” And as The New York Times explained last month, “Florida’s Stand Your Ground law…has not been invoked in this case.” The only context in which “stand your ground” was mentioned during the trial was as part of the prosecution’s attempt to undermine Zimmerman’s credibility by arguing that he lied when he told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he had not heard of the law until after the shooting. During his rebuttal on Friday, prosecutor John Guy declared, “This case is not about standing your ground.” 


Zimmerman Trial: The Hysteria Begins

Zimmerman magazine coverOne more time: The Trayvon Martin‬ story is a tragedy but this cover does a disservice to the truth.

The prosecutors said George Zimmerman just pulled out a gun and shot Trayvon Martin but they they offered no proof and the proof that was introduced into trial showed that theory was false. The jury, correctly, didn’t buy it.

The defense used the the telephone time line to show there were four minutes that lapsed between time they parted and when Trayvon came back and the fight began.

Zimmerman defense attorney Don West said anyone who watched the trial knows they put on the case and “proved our client was innocent because the prosecution [whose job it is to put on a case], didn’t.”

I wish Zimmerman had just watched and observed and waited for the cops but what he did was not illegal. 

Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara said at the post verdict news conference in the last :45 seconds Trayvon Martin had more control over the situation than did George Zimmerman.

Please see all my posts below.