Helpless people…blame the freedom that left the killer free to kill, instead of the lack of freedom that prevented them from being able to stop him.
Read the whole thing…as they say.
Hat tip to Robb Allen.
Because everyone knows that an unarmed, angelic, black teenager (hoodie optional) could never harm a fully grown, adult, “white-hispanic” with their bare hands…right?
Santiago was followed by the three teens while walking on 3rd Street between Adams and Jefferson Streets in Hoboken on Sept. 10 when one of the juveniles threw a punch at Santiago’s head in what detectives believe was a game of “knockout.” Santiago then collapsed onto the fence, wedging his neck between two iron fence posts, where he died, the prosecutor said.
Too bad that white looking guy with a hispanic sounding name (versus a hispanic looking guy with a white sounding name) died, but sucker punching an innocent person on the street trying to knock them out is not REALLY a violent crime, it’s just a childish prank.
Also interesting that I had to go to the video to figure out the race of the young innocent pranksters, it wasn’t mentioned a single time in the entire article.
If this kind of crap keeps up and continues to be brushed under the rug…black violence against other races ignored or whitewashed while people defending themselves against black thugs is touted as evidence of racism and results in the modern equivalent of the Salem Witch Trials…there absolutely WILL be a race war in this country eventually. And blame for it can be placed squarely at the feet of the race hustlers in both the Black community and the media.
“We are a quiet people,” recall founder Tim Knight told his victorious friends when the results became known at the Stargazers Theater. “You may be tempted to ignore us. Clearly, that would be a mistake.”
The war on poverty can be declared a victory.
96.1% of those in “poverty” have televisions, and 83% have some sort of DVR.
So, what’s our exit strategy?
Update: Edited to fix David’s name…my bad
I have to admit I’m surprised anyone got it from that horrible picture, and I had a couple of other hints already lined up to narrow it down, but they got it on the first go.
The picture is of the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The trip up was a bit hot at times, I got rained on for about 10 minutes outside Fredericksburg, and it took something like two hours to get through the border crossing (Sunday evening is not the best choice of crossing times), but it was still a good trip…however, the trip back was even better. It was cool and clear the whole way. I took back roads through New York and Pennsylvania and had some beautiful riding.
The only bad thing about the trip back was that it was so cool, it didn’t even occur to me to put sunscreen on my face so I’ve got the “raccoon tan” going on now, but that’s a pretty minor issue to have. It’s been a while since I did a long-distance trip so it was very much enjoyed.
Next time I go up there, The Wife’s going too and we’re going to spend a day at Niagra Falls on the way up and then another day exploring Toronto. Going up into the CN Tower is on the short list of things we want to do while there.
Thanks to everyone who played.
Any body wanna guess where I went?
Granted, not a great picture because it was from quite a distance and a moving motorcycle, but I’m trying to direct your attention to the big spire looking building in the middle of the shot. Anyone recognize it?
A million internet points to the one who gets it.
I didn’t take many pictures because anyone who’s been here before have seen plenty of motorcycle trip pictures, but I took my bike on a business trip in stead of flying. The business was conducted on Monday and Tuesday, so Sunday and Wednesday were travel days.
1513 miles in four calendar days, two travel days.
Having been raised as a “law and order” conservative, I used to strongly support the death penalty and would have strongly supported its use being expanded to include all murders and even heinous instances of rape and child abuse.
Things like this are what prompted me to change my mind.
[John Thompson] was wrongly convicted not once, but twice — separately — for a carjacking and a murder. He spent 18 years at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, 14 of them on death row. His death warrant was signed eight times. When his attorneys finally found the evidence that cleared him — evidence his prosecutors had known about for years — he was weeks away from execution.
But what most enrages Thompson — and what drives his activism today — is that in the end, there was no accountability. [bold added]
The particularly striking thing about [the] argument that self-regulation and professional discipline are sufficient to handle prosecutorial misconduct — is that even in the specific Supreme Court cases where it has been made, and where the misconduct is acknowledged, the prosecutors were never disciplined or sanctioned.
It’s a very long piece, that touches on some unrelated topics and raises a few points that I disagree with, but the overall premise is right on the money:
In our legal system, which rewards prosecutors for convictions rather than justice and in which there are absolutely no repercussions for prosecutors who bend, twist and mutilate the law to obtain those convictions, there are no guarantees that the person convicted of a heinous crime is actually the one who did it.
Between 1973 and 2002, Orleans Parish prosecutors sent 36 people to death row. Nine of those convictions were later overturned due to Brady violations. Four of those later resulted in exonerations. In other words, 11 percent of the men Connick’s office attempted to send to their deaths — for which prosecutors suppressed exculpatory evidence in the process — were later found to be factually innocent.
Our system of “innocent until proven guilty” and respect for individual rights is supposed to be engineered to err on the side of caution. Much better, our philosophy opines, that many guilty go free than for one innocent to be unjustly punished for a crime they did not commit.
The current legal system, with its protections against prosecutors (and other government officials) being held accountable for blatant misconduct, turns that philosophy in its head.
I have no problem whatsoever with the speedy, public, and graphic execution of those who commit murder or other horrific crimes, however when, in some locales, a conviction carries with it a 25 percent chance that the conviction was obtained illegally and an 11 percent chance that the convicted is DEMONSTRABLY innocent of the crime, then I’m very glad that our executions are not swift and I would strongly support the halting of them altogether until we can come up with better protections to ensure that only the guilty are convicted.
First among those protections should be prosecutors that are held accountable, are arrested and tried for misconduct and, if convicted, are as swiftly and harshly punished for such crimes as those that they prosecute.
“These people tried to eliminate me from the face of the earth,” Thompson says of his own prosecutors. “Do you get that? They tried to murder me. And goddamnit, there have to be some kind of consequences.”
But for the Grace of God go you or I.
The first thing I notice is that, even after the trial and all the evidence being spelled out in painstaking detail in court, virtually every article I’ve read that attempted to recount the events of that night got at least one major fact wrong. Most got several wrong.
Not surprising considering the state of Journalism today, but still aggravating and discouraging. And they wonder why we’re tuning out.
The second thing I notice is that every comment that I read by someone who disagreed with the verdict where they attempted to recount the events of that night, got most of what they said wrong. Apparently, the only requirement for disapproving of the verdict is not having any idea at all about what the evidence shows actually happened.
Some of the more common misconceptions:
Zimmerman wasn’t on a Neighborhood watch “patrol”. He was on his way home from Target. His activities had nothing to do with the Neighborhood watch other than his taking the initiative to call the police to report a suspicious person.
Zimmerman was not told to stay in his car. He was not informed that he “didn’t need to” follow Martin until well after he’d already exited his vehicle…in response to questions asked by the dispatcher.
Zimmerman was not following Martin immediately before the altercation began. As soon as he was informed that he didn’t need to follow Martin, he immediately replied “OK” and stopped. Any objective review of the non-emergency call between Zimmerman and the Dispatcher makes this abundantly clear. Shortly after replying “OK” to the dispatcher’s news that following wasn’t necessary, Zimmerman stated “he ran” (past tense…meaning it’s all over with and Martin is gone). Shortly after that, Zimmerman was reluctant to tell the dispatcher his home address aloud because “I don’t know where this kid is”.
Martin was not just trying to get home. Had he been trying to do so, he would have succeeded with plenty of time to spare. The top of the “T” sidewalk is only about 400 feet from the home Martin was staying in. One can walk 400 feet at a normal walking pace in less than 2 minutes. A 17 year old in decent physical shape (as Martin appeared to be) could run it in a flat out sprint in 12 to 15 seconds. Placing his gait at somewhere in the middle, call it a minute to get home and another minute to unlock the door and get inside.
Using the non-emergency call timeline, combined with the 911 call in which the shot could be heard, four minutes elapsed from the time Zimmerman lost sight of Martin and the fatal shot. By most accounts, the altercation lasted between 45 seconds and a minute. That means that Martin had at least 3 minutes to travel the 400 feet to the home he was staying in…yet the altercation started within a few feet of the top of the “T” (where Zimmerman’s keys and flashlight were found) and ended up no more than 30 feet from the top of the “T”. If Martin was only trying to get home and away from the “creepy ass cracker”, what was he doing during that 3 minutes that he was still right near the “T” as Zimmerman returned to his truck?
Zimmerman didn’t initiate the contact. Even according the the State’s star witness, the girl who was on the phone with Martin right up until the altercation began, it was Martin who initiated contact with Zimmerman.
And, Finally, if George Zimmerman was a “wanna-be cop”, why did he turn down an offer from the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator to take on a community policing position that would have had him wearing a uniform with a badge and driving a patrol car with lights?
George Zimmerman was the kind of neighbor most people like to have. The kind that takes an interest in their neighborhood and keeps an eye out for others. He WAS “minding his own business” that night…by keeping an eye out and reporting suspicious behavior in his neighborhood. He did exactly what he should have done and what I wish more people would do.
As many have said, no black (or white, or yellow, or green) “child” deserves to be shot and killed for nothing more than walking home from 7-11 with candy and a drink. But that isn’t what Martin was doing when he got shot. He was committing felony assault with a deadly weapon by pinning Zimmerman to the ground and pounding his head repeatedly against the concrete sidewalk. Sorry, but that absolutely IS grounds for being shot, no matter what skin tone you happen to have.