Geraldo Rivera finds real culprit in Trayvon Martin slaying…..

The hoodie

(All I can say is WOW, another case solved by Geraldo)

By Zachary Roth | The Lookout – 5 hrs ago

Fox News host Geraldo Rivera sparked outrageincluding from his own son, apparentlyby suggesting on Friday that Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teen shot dead last month by a neighborhood watch volunteer, courted violence by wearing a hoodie. That piece of clothing killed Martin, according to Rivera “as surely as George Zimmerman.”

“I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was,” Rivera said on Fox and Friends. “You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a gangsta—you’re going to be a gangsta wannabe, well people are going to perceive you as a menace. That’s what happens. It is an instant, reflexive action.”

After co-host Steve Doocy noted that New Yorkers on Wednesday had held a “Million Hoodie March” in support of Martin, 17, Rivera added: “You cannot rehabilitate the hoodie.”

Rivera continued: “There are some things that are almost inevitable. I’m not suggesting that Trayvon Martin had any kind of weapon or anything. He wore an outfit that allowed someone to respond in this irrational, overzealous way. And if he had been dressed more appropriately—I think unless it is raining out or you are at a track meet, leave the hoodie home.”

In fact, it was raining out when Martin was killed.

Rivera followed that up by tweeting: “His hoodie killed Trayvon Martin as surely as George Zimmerman.”

After a firestorm of online criticismincluding the publicizing by Gawker of Fox News hoodiesRivera doubled down on his argument in a series of tweets.

“Justice will come to Zimmerman the Fla shooter-but I’m trying to save lives like Trayvon’s-Parents Alert: hoodies can get your kid killed,” he tweeted.

And then: “My own son just wrote to say he’s ashamed of my position re hoodies-still I feel parents must do whatever they can to keep their kids safe.”

And finally: “Its not blaming the victim Its common sense-look like a gangsta&some armed schmuck will take you at your word.”

In more pressing developments, whether George Zimmerman used a racial slur moments before he shot Martin is emerging as a potentially key question in determining if Zimmerman will be charged in the unarmed teen’s killing.

In Zimmerman’s call to a police dispatcher, the recording of which was released by the Sanford Police Department, he can faintly be heard saying two words right after telling the dispatcher that Martin, 17, was headed toward the back entrance of the Sanford, Fla., neighborhood where the deadly encounter took place.

CNN enhanced the quality of the recording to make it as audible as possible. It seems clear that Zimmerman’s first word is a swear word. The second word is less clear, but appears to be “coons,” an offensive, derogatory name for African-Americans.

Earlier in the call, Zimmerman had identified Martin as a black male.

What exactly Zimmerman, 28, said is crucial, because the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation of the case is focused on whether he committed a hate crime. That means prosecutors would need to proveamong other thingsthat Zimmerman, a white Hispanic, targeted Martin, an African-American, specifically because of his race.

The state of Florida is conducting its own probe, which is less focused on issues of race.

The Washington Post has reported that the FBI is using sophisticated audio equipment to similarly enhance the quality of the recording.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/geraldo-rivera-finds-real-culprit-trayvon-martin-slaying-182043689.html

 

By phoebe53 Posted in Crime

Farrakhan threatens retaliation

Farrakhan Tweets: ‘Where There Is No Justice, There Will Be No Peace…Law of Retaliation May…Be Applied’

Posted on March 22, 2012

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has been among the vocal voices weighing in on calls for justice for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old who was gunned down last month while walking home in Sanford, Florida. On Wednesday, a march was held in New York City in support of the teen’s family, as federal and local authorities launch investigations into how the incident unfolded and why the state’s “stand your ground” law applied to the shooter in this case.

On Twitter yesterday and today, Farrakhan sent some curious tweets regarding peace, justice and retaliation that could be interpreted as a veiled threat.

The text of his “justice” and “peace” tweet raises eyebrows. While one cannot know whether he is merely commenting generally on social responses to injustice or whether he is calling for the “law of retaliation,” the lack of clarity in his messaging raises questions.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/farrakhan-tweets-where-there-is-no-justice-there-will-be-no-peace-law-of-retaliation-may-be-applied/
By phoebe53 Posted in Crime

If only he was half white……

and born in Kenya, he could have been the son I never had, says Obama. 

Okay, from what I have heard of the situation, I think it was wrong of the neighborhood watch idiot to shoot the kid and should have been arrested immediately.  The gun laws in South Carolina allow the “stand your ground” rule but makes it illegal to kill a person if you instigated the conflict, I don’t know if that’s the case in Florida or not but I should check because I’m applying for a Florida CWP.   I can’t imagine anywhere that you can incite a conflict to kill a person. 

I don’t, however, thinks it’s a matter of National emergency for the President to interject his forced opinion into law enforcement activities, nor do I think it’s appropriate for the Al Sharptons of the country and their minions to make a national issue of this. 

There will be a race war in this country but it will not be started by the “crackers”. 

Obama gets personal over killing of black Florida teenager

Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:39pm EDT

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama weighed into the controversial killing of a black teenager in Florida in very personal terms on Friday, comparing the boy to a son he doesn’t have and calling for American “soul searching” over how the incident occurred.

Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin, dressed in a “hoodie” sweatshirt, was shot dead a month ago in Sanford, Florida by a 28-year-old white Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer who said he was acting in self-defense.

“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said in his first comments about the shooting, acknowledging the racial element in the case.

“Obviously, this is a tragedy,” Obama told reporters. “I can only imagine what these parents are going through. And when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.”

The case has rippled across the nation and prompted rallies protesting the failure of the police to arrest the shooter, George Zimmerman, and, more broadly, a pattern of racial discrimination black leaders cite in Sanford and elsewhere in the country.

Obama, the first black U.S. president, made his remarks at a White House event to announce his pick to lead the World Bank, waiting briefly after the announcement to take a reporter’s question about the incident.

Martin’s parents thanked the president for his words.

“The president’s personal comments touched us deeply and made us wonder: If his son looked like Trayvon and wore a hoodie, would he be suspicious too?,” they said in a statement.

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law allows people to use deadly force in self-defense.

Similar laws are in effect in at least 24 states including Florida, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Calls are mounting to repeal them. Earlier this week, a Florida state senator said he was drafting new legislation to drastically change the law in Florida.

A South Carolina state representative said on Friday he had introduced a bill to repeal his state’s law. Bakari Sellers, a black Democrat and gun owner, said he wanted to prevent an incident like the Trayvon Martin shooting happening in his state.

“I’m six-five and a black guy,” he said. “I just know that it could have been me.”

Obama said the “Stand Your Ground” laws should be studied.

“I think all of us have to do some soul-searching to figure out how does something like this happen. And that means that examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident,” he said.

“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.”

RACIAL DIVIDES

Obama, the son of a white mother from Kansas and black father from Kenya, is often hesitant to reflect on race, a sensitive topic in the United States, which still grapples with a legacy of slavery, segregation and discrimination.

Early in his White House tenure, Obama inflamed another racially tinged incident after that declaring police had “acted stupidly” when arresting a well-known black documentary filmmaker, Henry Louis Gates, after an altercation at his home.

He later invited Gates and the white police officer, Sergeant James Crowley, to the White House, where the men shared a drink in what became known as Obama’s “beer summit.”

In Sanford, Norton Bonaparte Jr., the city’s manager, acknowledged that tensions between the black community and police “go back many, many years.” “The trust that existed is gone, so we have to start from ground zero,” he said. Sanford’s police chief and a Florida state prosecutor overseeing the case stepped aside on Thursday as criticism grew over the police handling of the investigation.

The U.S. Justice Department is also investigating. Senior officials from the department met with the Martin family in Florida on Thursday, along with their lawyer. A Justice Department spokeswoman said early in the week that they must collect evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there was intent to violate civil rights laws.

A Florida college announced it had suspended Zimmerman’s enrollment.

Zimmerman was working toward an associates degree in arts at Seminole State College in Sanford. He previously earned a vocational certificate in an insurance field, the school said. “Due to the highly charged and high-profile controversy involving this student, Seminole State has taken the unusual but necessary step this week to withdraw Mr. Zimmerman from enrollment,” a statement dated Thursday said.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the frontrunner in the Republican race to be nominated to face Obama in the November 6 presidential election, added his voice to the issue as well.

“What happened to Trayvon Martin is a tragedy. There needs to be a thorough investigation that reassures the public that justice is carried out with impartiality and integrity,” Romney said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/23/us-florida-shooting-obama-idUSBRE82M0QF20120323
By phoebe53 Posted in Crime

DeMint “almost” endorses Romney

March 22nd, 2012

DeMint calls for GOP assessment of race, praises Romney

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican and tea party favorite, said Thursday he was ‘excited’ about the possibility of Mitt Romney becoming the GOP presidential nominee.

While not an outright endorsement, it is the closest the Republican kingmaker has come to making his preference known in the race for the White House.

“I can tell conservatives from my perspective is that, I’m not only comfortable with Romney, I’m excited about the possibility of him possibly being our nominee,” DeMint said. “Again, this is not a formal endorsement and I do not intend to do that right now but I just think we just need to look at where we are.”

DeMint’s comments came the same day Romney met with influential Republicans on Capitol Hill, including House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan. Like DeMint, Ryan has not publicly backed a candidate in the GOP race, but is considered a prized endorsement for the White House hopefuls.

DeMint said Thursday he was “impressed” after his meeting with Romney.

“His leadership skills, the fact that he hasn’t lived his life in Washington. There’s a lot to like there,” DeMint said.

The other candidates in the race – including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum – need to make an honest assessment of where the race currently stands, DeMint said.

“I don’t have any immediate plans to do an endorsement but I think we all need to look at this presidential primary and encourage the candidates to do a little self-reflection here – what’s good for our country,” he said. “The sooner we can make a decision, I think the sooner we can focus on the real problem which is Obama.”

DeMint said taking the race to the GOP convention in August would be a mistake.

“They can drag it out to the convention if they want, but I think if some of them look at where they are the best thing they can do is maybe look at throwing their support behind the one who might be our nominee and that’s beginning to look like Romney,” DeMint said.

With his Romney comments, DeMint joined former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, another prominent conservative voice, in calling on the Republican Party to unite. Bush, who endorsed Romney, wrote that it was “time for Republicans to unite.”

Romney’s meetings with DeMint and Ryan came as part of a series of sessions with Republican members on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Romney met with Ryan and other members of the Wisconsin Congressional delegate ahead of that state’s April 3 primary. Wisconsin Republican Rep. Sean Duffy said the meeting centered around Romney’s plan for the country and his stategy for wrapping up the GOP nomination.

“There have been a few concerns that have been voiced,” Duffy said. “But as we roll through the process I think more and more conservatives, and more and more tea party folks, will be comfortable with the governor.”

Ryan has been widely lauded among Republicans for his budget plans, which call for major changes to taxes and entitlement spending. He has not backed a Republican candidate for president, but is considered a sought-after endorsement for the White House hopefuls.

Romney also met with members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation, a key state that holds its primary April 24.

A senior GOP aide said Romney also met with Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Missouri Rep. Billy Long.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/22/romney-meets-with-key-republicans-on-capitol-hill/