The Shelby County School Consolidation: A Lesson in Liberal Overestimation

children41313I was entering the tenth grade in 1973, when forced busing began in the city of Memphis, TN. To say that it was a time of great upheaval would be an understatement.

In my Middle Class neighborhood, in my typical Memphis City School, our administration tried to make accommodations for the new students. They decided that there would be two Sophomore Commissioners on the Student Council, a White one and a Black one. I was elected as the White Commissioner, and the last I heard of the fellow who became the Black Commissioner, he was a Doctor at Johns Hopkins.

And now, 40 years later, students in the Former Shelby County School System, are beginning to enter their own “Brave New World.”.

You see, a couple of years ago, the then overwhelmingly majority-Black Memphis City School System was swirling down the ol’ porcelain receptacle at an alarming rate. Decades of poor management and fiscal irresponsibility had taken a fatal toll. The City School Board was besieged by parents and city leaders alike, wanting them to actually do their jobs, and turn the struggling school system around. Of course, neither they, nor the school system’s overpaid administration had a clue as to how to actually be fiscally responsible leaders.

So, one of the mountebanks on the school board had an idea: Surrender the System’s Charter to the state, thereby dissolving the System, and forcing a merger with the fiscally sound, White-majority Shelby County School System.

In fact, in the “interest of fairness”, they held a referendum to allow the citizens to vote on whether to merge the school systems or not. The motion overwhelmingly passed.

Of course, the fact that they only allowed Memphis residents, and not the entire county to vote on the measure, probably had something to do with the outcome, don’t ya think?

An Interim School Board was formed, whose make-up just happens to have more representatives from the city system on it than the county’s. (Yeah. I was shocked, too. …Not.)

Then a discussion was started as to which School Superintendent to keep, the City’s or the County’s.

They “compromised” and gave both of them the boot.

But, not so fast. Again, “in the interest of fairness”, an attorney for the City Schools was made the new Superintendent. (Are you catching on, yet?)

Sounds like things were going just as the City School Board’s Professional Politicians planned, huh?

Well, in every life a little rain must fall. The Tennessee State Legislature ruled that the municipalities in the county could form their own separate school systems, if their citizens voted for it.

They did. (Dateline: July 16, 2013)

Voters in six Memphis suburbs decided Tuesday [July  to start public school districts in the municipalities where they live.

Residents of Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington overwhelmingly approved separate school systems in the second vote on the issue in less than a year. A federal judge invalidated the first vote.

More than 90 percent of voters in four of the six suburbs voted to approve new school systems, according to the Shelby County Election Commission. Eighty-seven percent of voters in Lakeland and 74 percent in Millington voted “yes.”

The suburbs want to avoid the massive merger between the struggling Memphis City Schools system and the more successful Shelby County Schools system. Suburban leaders and many parents fear that education quality and academic achievement will suffer if they join the huge merged system — known as the Unified School District — and they want control of their own school systems.

The merger, which has created a school system of 150,000 students, is to begin operating when classes start in August. Experts say the merger represents one of the largest school consolidations in decades.

But the makeup of that system could only last a year — the six new suburban systems could start operating in 2014.

Critics say the suburban separation will hamper the massive consolidation efforts, which have included intense budget battles and layoffs of hundreds of teachers and office employees. Some board members in the unified district worry about losing quality teachers and administrators to the new districts. They also stand to lose valuable tax dollars to the breakaway systems.

But the six suburbs have been galvanized in their efforts, spending hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars in a campaign that has included community meetings, public rallies and a bitter legal fight in federal court. All six municipalities already have voted to raise taxes to pay for schools.

A judge in November ruled that the earlier suburban schools vote in August 2012 violated the Tennessee constitution because it dealt with only one county. Lawmakers in Nashville wrote and passed a new law that applied statewide and allowed Tuesday’s vote.

You know , I saw yesterday where Nancy Pelosi and her Liberal brethren want to have a “National Conversation on Race”, in the wake of George Zimmerman being found not guilty of murder, in the case of Trayvon Martin.

This would not be a conversation, it would be a lecture, given by a bunch of didactic, pompous Liberals, who believe that they are smarter than average Americans.

Just like the Memphis City School Board thought that they were being smart by completely destroying what was once an award-winning school system, instead of taking responsibility for their own actions, or lack thereof.

Do you see the parallel, boys and girls?

Liberals overestimate their own intelligence…and nothing good ever comes from it.

Until He Comes,

KJ

Obama and the Zimmerman Trial: How to Divide a Nation

obamamyworkIn yesterdays Blog, I pointed out that Barack Hussein Obama is a Community Organizer, not a United States President.

From 1985 – 1988, Obama was a Community Organizer in Chicago.  What does a Community Organizer do?  I’m glad you asked.

Per Byron York in an article found at nationalreview.com:

Community organizing is most identified with the left-wing Chicago activist Saul Alinsky (1909-72), who pretty much defined the profession. In his classic book, Rules for Radicals, Alinsky wrote that a successful organizer should be “an abrasive agent to rub raw the resentments of the people of the community; to fan latent hostilities of many of the people to the point of overt expressions.” Once such hostilities were “whipped up to a fighting pitch,” Alinsky continued, the organizer steered his group toward confrontation, in the form of picketing, demonstrating, and general hell-raising.

Obama was hired by Jerry Kellman, a New Yorker who had gotten into organizing in the 1960s.  Kellman was trying to help laid-off factory workers on the far South Side of Chicago, in a nearly 100% black community.   He led a group, the Calumet Community Religious Conference, that had been created by several local Catholic churches in the industrial community.   Kellman was advised to hire a black organizer for a new spinoff from CCRC.  They called it the Developing Communities Project, designed to focus solely on the Chicago part of the area.

One of Obama’s projects while he was there, was to try to build an alliance of white and black churches and enlist them in the cause of social justice.  Obama had a problem, though.   He didn’t go to church himself.   And that, brothers and sisters, is how Obama, drawn to the preaching of Rev. Jeremiah Wright (and a political opportunity), joined Trinity United Church of Christ on 95th Street.

If you ask Obama’s fellow Community Organizers what his most significant accomplishments were, they’ll say two things: the expansion of a city summer-job program for South Side teenagers and the removal of asbestos from one of the area’s oldest housing projects.   Those  were his biggest victories.

In an interview with Washington Post Staff Writer, Dan Balz, on August 14, 2007, aspiring Democratic President Nominee said the following…

…I think it is fair to say that I believe I can bring the country together more effectively than she [HIllary Clinton] can. I will add, by the way, that is not entirely a problem of her making. Some of those battles in the ’90s that she went through were the result of some pretty unfair attacks on the Clintons. But that history exists, and so, yes, I believe I can bring the country together in a way she cannot do. If I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t be running.

…Her argument is going to be that ‘I’m the experienced Washington hand,’ and my argument is going to be that we need to change the ways of Washington. That’s going to be a good choice for the American people.

…The question is, moving forward, looking towards the future, is it sufficient just to change political parties, or do we need a more fundamental change in how business is done in Washington . . .? Do we need to break out of some of the ideological battles that we fought during the ’90s that were really extensions of battles we fought since the ’60s?

You mean like Racial and Class Warfare. Mr. President?

On November 17, 2008, Senator Barack Obama in a speech titled, “A More Perfect Union”, Senator Obama said,

But I have asserted a firm conviction – a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people – that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds, and that in fact we have no choice is we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union.

For the African-American community, that path means embracing the burdens of our past without becoming victims of our past. It means continuing to insist on a full measure of justice in every aspect of American life. But it also means binding our particular grievances – for better health care, and better schools, and better jobs – to the larger aspirations of all Americans — the white woman struggling to break the glass ceiling, the white man whose been laid off, the immigrant trying to feed his family. And it means taking full responsibility for own lives – by demanding more from our fathers, and spending more time with our children, and reading to them, and teaching them that while they may face challenges and discrimination in their own lives, they must never succumb to despair or cynicism; they must always believe that they can write their own destiny.

Ironically, this quintessentially American – and yes, conservative – notion of self-help found frequent expression in Reverend Wright’s sermons. But what my former pastor too often failed to understand is that embarking on a program of self-help also requires a belief that society can change.

The profound mistake of Reverend Wright’s sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. It’s that he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made; as if this country – a country that has made it possible for one of his own members to run for the highest office in the land and build a coalition of white and black; Latino and Asian, rich and poor, young and old — is still irrevocably bound to a tragic past. But what we know — what we have seen – is that America can change. That is true genius of this nation. What we have already achieved gives us hope – the audacity to hope – for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination – and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past – are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds – by investing in our schools and our communities; by enforcing our civil rights laws and ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system; by providing this generation with ladders of opportunity that were unavailable for previous generations. It requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams; that investing in the health, welfare, and education of black and brown and white children will ultimately help all of America prosper.

In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world’s great religions demand – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Let us be our brother’s keeper, Scripture tells us. Let us be our sister’s keeper. Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit as well.

For we have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. We can tackle race only as spectacle – as we did in the OJ trial – or in the wake of tragedy, as we did in the aftermath of Katrina – or as fodder for the nightly news.

As you may know, President Barack Hussein Obama is an acolyte of the before-mentioned, Saul Alinsky, author  of “Rules for Radicals”. His entire presidency has been an shining example of those rules in action, including his Administration’s involvement in the death of Trayvon Martin and the Trial of George Zimmerman.

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)

On Friday, March 23, 2012, President Obama was quoted in the following Reuters News Article

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 point I am trying to make is this: Instead of performing his job as the President of the United States, and being a “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, Obama, Community Organizer that he is, set out to divide out to “Divide and Conquer”, for the purpose of political gain.

Why attack George Zimmerman?

Please reference Alinsky Rule #12. 

By making the attack personal, he ignited the passions of his base. 

As history shows, it is what he has always done. It is all he knows how to do.

Obama is a divider. Not a Uniter.

Until He Comes,

KJ

The Zimmerman Verdict: “Content of Their Character”

mlkdreamIt’s the night of April 4, 1968.  A 9 (and almost 1/2) year old boy is watching a program on a black and white television set in his home in the mid-town area of Memphis, Tennessee.  Suddenly, the screen changes to the Civil Defense logo and he hears a voice saying:

Will all members of the National Guard, please report to the Armory and all police and fire personnel please report to their stations.

Normal programming resumed.  Then, all of the sudden, or so it seemed, President Lyndon Baines Johnson came on the television saying:

I come to you tonight with a heavy heart…

And everything changed.

Back to the Present…where American is witnessing a dark reflection of the past…

45 years after that fateful night, Dr. King’s wish that Black Americans would be judged by “the content of their character” does not seem to align itself with the wishes of America’s Liberal Black Leadership, and their “benefactors” in the Democratic Party.

America is tearing itself apart at the seams, thanks to the fact that America does not have a president. We have a Community Organizer.

And, a Community Organizer’s job is to stir up, to ignite if you will, the passions of “the community”.Which is exactly what his Machiavellian malfeasance, while in the most powerful political office in the world, has accomplished.

From the financing and organization of “protest rallies” last year, when this case first became public, one month after the incident happened, to the aftermath of the NOT GUILTY! verdict, in an American Court of Law, presided over by an Obama-supporting Democratic Judge.

An aftermath, which is being excused as a “pent-up rage that has been just under the surface in the Black Community”, now ignited by the “travesty of an unjust verdict for the killing of an innocent child”.

Uh huh. Well, somebody had to light the match. Cue the Professional Race Baiters…

Benjamin Crump, who represents the Martin family and is expected to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Zimmerman on their behalf, told the crowd [at the annual NAACP Convention, which just happened to be held in Florida at the same time as the trial] that that they should ‘refuse to remain silent because Sabrina [Fulton] and Tracy cannot do this by themselves.’

SiriusXM host Joe Madison said Martin’s death was ‘nothing more than a modern day lynching. George Zimmerman became the judge, jury and executioner’

‘If anything good is to come’ from Saturday night’s verdict, national NAACP spokesman Eric Wingerter told the Sentinel, ‘this is the time to build a movement.’

‘This goes to the heart of what racial profiling is – in this case, the idea that a young black teenager is by definition a thug instead of a son just visiting his father.’

Majic 102.1, a radio station in Houston, Texas, reported Monday that within hours of the trial’s conclusion, NAACP leaders called an ’emergency meeting,’ during which the group’s national youth and college director encouraged members to ‘effective[ly] get justice for Trayvon.’

A rally held Sunday outside Houston’s justice court, and other demonstrations like it, was planned at that Orlando gathering.

NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock told WKMG-TV6 in Orlando that NAACP members ‘can’t get to how you walk home in the rain from a local convenience store to being dead on the ground.’

‘Our community was prepared for a manslaughter conviction, we would accept that, but to have Mr. Zimmerman exonerated of all charges?’

A movement? Based around a 17 year old Gangsta Wannabe, with pot in his system and gold in his grill, carrying home the makings for the narcotic drink called”Lean”, who decided to break the nose of George Zimmerman and jump on him to continue the beating of his face, smashing his head into the concrete, until Zimmerman screamed in vain for him to stop?

This is the kind of person y’all want to build a movement around?

Will burglar tools, like Trayvon carried around in his backpack, be passed around, so that everyone can break into lockers and steal jewelry?

Will the term “White person” be replaced by “creepy a@@ cracka”?

Will Cursive Writing completely disappear because no one can read it?

Hey! Get your official Trayvon Hoodie here!

In Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963, standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Civil Rights Icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke the following words…

…But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

…I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I’m sorry, sir. As I mentioned before, evidently your wishes do not fit into the political plans of the current Liberal Black Leadership and their “benefactors”.

A 17 year old died because of his own bad decisions, and all the Black Leadership can see is a political opportunity.

And, America is all the worst for it.

Until He Comes,

KJ

The Zimmerman Verdict: Liberals Outrageously Outraged

chickenlittleAll day yesterday, the cable news channels were all abuzz over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin.

Of course, just as President Barack Hussein Obama helped to originally fan the flames of Racial Animus over what was ruled a case of self-defense, so did he use the trial’s aftermath to make a classless pitch, once again, for gun control:

I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.

Gun Control? Seriously, Mr. President? If George Zimmerman was not armed, pieces of the back of his head would still be all over that sidewalk.

Obama was not alone in his “grief”.

R&B Singer/Wannabe Actress/Personal Friend of Obama, Beyonce, held a moment of silence for Tray-Tray in her concert last night.

In fact, some Black “Pastor” even preached in a hoodie, yesterday morning.

If Trayvon was killed by another Black Thug Wannabe in a hoodie, he would have been just another horrible statistic in a national disgrace. Americans would have never known who he was.

The Professional Race Baiters, including the Administration, manufactured this whole build-up to divide the country, get Obama re-elected by firing up his base, and to distract from all of Obama’s scandals and the horrible job he has done as president.

Don’t believe me? Read this:

After interviewing nearly three dozen people in the George Zimmerman murder case, the FBI found no evidence that racial bias was a motivating factor in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, records released Thursday show.

Even the lead detective in the case, Sanford Det. Chris Serino, told agents that he thought Zimmerman profiled Trayvon because of his attire and the circumstances — but not his race.

Serino saw Zimmerman as “having little hero complex, but not as a racist.”

The Duval County State Attorney released another collection of evidence in the Zimmerman murder case Thursday, including reports from FBI agents who investigated whether any racial bias was involved in Trayvon’s Feb. 26 killing.

The evidence includes bank surveillance videos from the day of the killing, crime scene photos and memos from prosecutors.

Among the documents is a note from the prosecutor who said one of the witnesses said her son, a minor, had felt pressured by investigators to say the injured man he saw was wearing a red top. The boy’s testimony had been considered key, because it backed up Zimmerman’s allegation that he — wearing red — was being pummeled.

Federal agents interviewed Zimmerman’s neighbors and co-workers, but none said Zimmerman had expressed racial animus at any time prior to the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin, a black teen, in a confrontation at a Sanford housing complex. As Sanford police investigated the circumstances of Martin’s death, the FBI opened a parallel probe to determine if Martin’s civil rights had been violated.

Several co-workers said they had never seen Zimmerman display any prejudice or racial bias.

Two co-workers told agents they spoke with Zimmerman the day after the shooting, and both said they noticed injuries to Zimmerman’s nose and the back of his head. One person said Zimmerman was “absolutely devastated.”

So, Obama and AG Eric Holder knew that this was not a racially motivated incident.

However, just like the Main Stream Media,  desperate in their desire for Zimmerman to be White, erroneously identified him as such, then walked it back, by making up the term “White Hispanic”, Obama and his Administration, assisted in the coordination of the protests against George Zimmerman, putting pressure on the Dade County Prosecutor to file undeserved changes against Zimmerman.

And now, instead of  being able to use the trial as an example of his power, to win back his supporters, and bank some political capital, Obama is sitting there looking like Henny Penny, when the sky did not fall.

With the reports coming about concerning their original findings and Machiavellian malfeasance, the president will have  to explain to his supporters why it would not be a winning strategy to launch a full-fledged Government Investigation , like, for instance, the NAACP wants him to…against George Zimmerman.

Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, declared in a statement,

A jury acquitted George Zimmerman, but we are not done demanding justice for Trayvon Martin.

Justice? Justice has been done, Mr. Jealous. You want more publicity.

The great Conservative Economist and Thinker, Dr. Thomas Sowell, who just happens to be Black, wrote the following words in an article posted on March 27, 2013, when all this stuff was hitting the rotary oscillator:

The man who shot the black teenager in Florida may be as guilty as sin, for all I know — or he may be innocent. We pay taxes so that there can be judges and jurors who sort out the facts. We do not need Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton or the president of the United States spouting off before the trial has even begun. Have we forgotten the media’s rush to judgment in the Duke University “rape” case that blew up completely when the facts came out?

If the facts show that a teenager who was no threat to anyone was shot and killed, it will be time to call for the death penalty. But if the facts show that the shooter was innocent, then it will be time to call for people in the media and in politics to keep their big mouths shut until they know what they are talking about.

Playing with racial polarization is playing with fire.

And, it appears that the president, his Administration, the MSM, and America’s Liberal Black Leadership are all fighting over who gets to light the match.

Until He Comes,

KJ

The Zimmerman Trial: The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Men…

Zimmerman71413NOT GUILTY.

With those two words, the murder trial of George Zimmerman in the death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin ended. And, a National Liberal Hissy Fit began.

This whole national event was actually quite remarkable, when you think about it.

Zimmerman’s Defense Team beat not only the prosecution, but also, the Liberal Main Stream Media, the Professional Race Baiters, including the Justice Brothers, Jackson and Sharpton, and the Obama Administration.

The bringing of Zimmerman to trial, in the first place, left high information voters shaking our head, simply because there was no case there in the first place. Trayvon jumped Zimmerman, that fateful night of February 26, 2013, and wouldn’t get off, even with Zimmerman screaming at him to do so.

It was not murder. It was self-defense. Period.

As I have written, the Professional Race Baiters, including President Barack Hussein Obama, AG Eric Holder, the MSM, and the Justice Brothers, waited one month after it happened, and then turned a case of self defense into a cause celebre and a “Civil Rights Violation”.

On March 23, 2013, the President of these United States, Barack Hussein Obama, stepped up to his podium in the Rose Garden, and spoke these words,

Obviously this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. When I think about this boy I think about my own kids and I think 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.

I’m glad that not only the Justice Department is looking into it, I understand now that the governor of the state of Florida has formed a task force to investigate what is taking place.

I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this happened. That means that we examine the laws and the context for what happened as well as the specifics of the incident.

But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon. If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon. 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 will get to the bottom of exactly what happened.

Do you guys remember a sitting president inserting himself in a personal manner in a local prosecution like this…ever? For that matter, do you remember the Department of Justice organizing protest rallies against an American Citizen, as it has been proven that Obama and Holder did…ever?

Why did this Administration inserted itself so deeply into what was a local incident? What did they hope to gain?

The answer is an ugly one, but, as old as politics itself. Obama and his Administration hope to once again divide the nation, this time substituting Racial Warfare, for Class Warfare, Racial Animus for American Unity.

Divide and Conquer.

As his second term is circling down the porcelain receptacle, Obama is looking like a 12 year old attempting to swim in the deep end of the pool for the first time. he is floundering.

Scandals are obstructing his grand scheme to change “The Shining City on a Hill” into a Socialist Utopian Paradise.

The death of Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old Gangsta Wannabe, with a history of burglary, pot smoking, and school suspensions, providing a much-needed distraction. In other words, the Administration used their minions in the Main Stream Media, along with the Professional Race Baiters, passing themselves off as “America’s Black Leadership, as nothing more than Political Stooges, engineering a Political Distraction.

The behind-the-scenes planning was impressive. Please notice, as I mentioned before, that it took a month for everything to hit the rotary oscillator, as it were. It took a lot of manipulation and coordination to move all of the chess pieces into place, including pressuring the local Prosecutor to file charges in the first place.

Once the match was lit, it was up to the Media to fan the flames, which they did, with the zeal of a female high school freshman trying out for the school cheer leading squad.

CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, and every Liberal Media “News” Outlet you can thing of, all jumped on the bandwagon, in a manner reminiscent of the Salem Witch Trials.

When it became obvious, during the trial, that the Prosecution had nothing, the judge, a lifelong Democrat, gave the jury the additional option of finding George Zimmerman guilty of Manslaughter, an option that came out of the blue, as if Judge Nelson had gotten her marching orders from someone in the “Halls of Power”.

It took the six female jurors 16 hours of deliberation to find Zimmerman Not Guilty.

And, despite dire warnings, designed to intimidate Americans, of possible riots, if the plans of the Administration, the MSM, and the Professional Race Baiters did not result in Zimmerman being found Guilty, we awake this morning to find America, and George Zimmerman, still free.

 The best-laid plans of mice and men, often go awry.

Until He Comes,

KJ

The Zimmerman Trial: Guilty By Presidential Decree?

trayvon2After a day of listening to the Prosecution attempt to weave a fantastical yarn, presenting a completely fabricated case against George Zimmerman, I’m having trouble  attempting to wrap my feeble old Southern Cracker mind around this whole unfathomable Dog and Pony Show.

If you were to come and tell me, oh, say, back in 2006, that a United States of America Presidential Administration would attempt to influence the outcome of a local trial in Miami, Florida, by fanning the flames of Racial Animus, becoming the largest apparatus for the support of Professional Race Baiting, ever known to man.

It boggles the mind by its brazen unconstitutionality.

Our System of Law stands on the principle that a man is innocent until proven guilty.

From the beginning of this whole, bloody mess, George Zimmerman has been the target of a Machiavellian-style plot designed to obfuscate, sensationalize, and downright lie about who Trayvon Martin was, and what happened on that fateful night.

For the sake of clarity, allow me to post the following story, which came out immediately following the incident, and may be found may be found at miamiherald.com:

In October, a school police investigator said he saw Trayvon on the school surveillance camera in an unauthorized area “hiding and being suspicious.” Then he said he saw Trayvon mark up a door with “W.T.F” — an acronym for “what the f—.” The officer said he found Trayvon the next day and went through his book bag in search of the graffiti marker.

Instead the officer reported he found women’s jewelry and a screwdriver that he described as a “burglary tool,” according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by The Miami Herald. Word of the incident came as the family’s lawyer acknowledged that the boy was suspended in February for getting caught with an empty bag with traces of marijuana, which he called “irrelevant” and an attempt to demonize a victim.

Trayvon’s backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver, according to the report, which described silver wedding bands and earrings with diamonds.

Trayvon was asked if the jewelry belonged to his family or a girlfriend.

“Martin replied it’s not mine. A friend gave it to me,” he responded, according to the report. Trayvon declined to name the friend.

Trayvon was not disciplined because of the discovery, but was instead suspended for graffiti, according to the report. School police impounded the jewelry and sent photos of the items to detectives at Miami-Dade police for further investigation.

A lawyer for the dead teen’s family acknowledged Trayvon had been suspended for graffiti, but said the family knew nothing about the jewelry and the screwdriver.

“It’s completely irrelevant to what happened Feb. 26,” said attorney Benjamin Crump. “They never heard this, and don’t believe it’s true. If it were true, why wouldn’t they call the parents? Why wasn’t he arrested?”

Trayvon, who was a junior at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, had never been arrested, police and the family have said.

“We think everybody is trying to demonize him,” Crump said.

No evidence ever surfaced that the jewelry was stolen.

“Martin was suspended, warned and dismissed for the graffiti,” according to the report prepared by schools police.

That suspension was followed four months later by another one in February, in which Trayvon was caught with an empty plastic bag with traces of marijuana in it. A schools police report obtained by The Miami Herald specifies two items: a bag with marijuana residue and a “marijuana pipe.”

The punishment was the third for the teen. On Monday, the family also said Trayvon had earlier been suspended for tardiness and truancy.

The Daily Caller, shortly thereafter, got access to the “Tweets”  of Trayvon.  They revealed a young man who was playing “Gangsta”, spewing vulgarities and talking tough.

Around that time, the Justice Brothers showed up, mugging for the camera, promising justice for Trayvon.

This all happened one month after Trayvon’s death…long enough to “organize” a marketing/publicity campaign of turning a 17 year old pot-smoking, “Lean-drinking”. burglarytool-carrying, Gangster Wannabe with gold in his grill, into an innocent, wide-eyed 12 year old child, wearing a white hoodie, who was savagely murdered by a mean, ol’ “White Hispanic”.

Even Trayvon’s Mom got into the spirit of things, by copyrighting Trayvon’s name, for merchandising purposes.

Something every normal, grieving mother does, when their son gets shot, right?

Back to the unconstitutional part of this whole deal…

As I reported yesterday, Obama and Holder had the DOJ help in the organization of all the “spontaneous” “Justice for Trayvon” rallies we saw early on in this case.That, gentle readers, is unprecedented, and positively Marxist, in nature. Not only that, but Judge Nelson took it upon herself to add a lesser charge of manslaughter, as one of the options for the 6 jurors to find Zimmerman guilty on.

The Government wasn’t even involved to this extent, in the trial of the kidnappers of Lindbergh’s baby, Sacco and Vanzetti.

Today, the defense gets to present its closing arguments. If this was a normal trial, it would be relatively easy to tear apart the Prosecution’s non-existent case, piece by piece, and to paint a picture of an out-of-shape Community Watch member, being struck repeated in the face with Martial Arts-style blow by a 17 year old thug who was straddling him, refusing to let him up, while slamming the back of his head into the sidewalk.

It should be easy, but , Zimmerman’s attorney is not just fighting the Prosecution. He’s going up against a clearly-biased judge, who in turn is being pressured by a Federal Government, who has turned the case into a cause celebre…a Racial Warfare Battleground, designed to show “the people” that “their president” is down with the struggle.

Well…you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

Let’s hope that those 6 Jurors are not easily fooled.

Until He Comes,

KJ

DOJ Organizes Rallies Against George Zimmerman. “Constitution? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Constitution.”

Trayvon3Boys and girls, if you don’t believe that this Administration has no respect for our Constitution or the Rule of Law, read this:

Judicial Watch announced today [yesterday] that it has obtained documents in response to local, state, and federal records requests revealing that a little-known unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Community Relations Service (CRS), was deployed to Sanford, FL, following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman.

JW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the DOJ on April 24, 2012; 125 pages were received on May 30, 2012. JW administratively appealed the request on June 5, 2012, and received 222 pages more on March 6, 2013. According to the documents:

  • March 25 – 27, 2012, CRS spent $674.14 upon being “deployed to Sanford, FL, to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.”
  • March 25 – 28, 2012, CRS spent $1,142.84 “in Sanford, FL to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.
  • March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent $892.55 in Sanford, FL “to provide support for protest deployment in Florida.”
  • March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent an additional $751.60 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31.”
  • April 3 – 12, 2012, CRS spent $1,307.40 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance, conciliation, and onsite mediation during demonstrations planned in Sanford.”
  • April 11 – 12, 2012, CRS spent $552.35 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance for the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting of a 17 year old African American male.”

From a Florida Sunshine Law request filed on April 23, 2012, JW received thousands of pages of emails on April 27, 2012, in which was found an email by Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board Program Officer Amy Carswell from April 16, 2012: “Congratulations to our partners, Thomas Battles, Regional Director, and Mildred De Robles, Miami-Dade Coordinator and their co-workers at the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service for their outstanding and ongoing efforts to reduce tensions and build bridges of understanding and respect in Sanford, Florida” following a news article in the Orlando Sentinel about the secretive “peacekeepers.”

Rush Limbaugh spoke about this on his show yesterday,

This is a fundamental disintegration, and it’s just one of many that are happening to this country under this administration. Judicial Watch was given the documents by the DOJ that prove the DOJ was in Florida organizing anti-Zimmerman rallies. You know the only reason this trial’s taking place? The only reason this trial’s taking place is because the race hustler industry flew down there the minute this case happened when Zimmerman wasn’t charged.

Now, the original law enforcement bunch that first was exposed to the evidence in this case didn’t charge Zimmerman. There was nothing to see here. And then Al Sharpton and the race hustlers got in business and flew down there, and Eric Holder flew down there and thanked Reverend Al, as he called him, for his community outreach and service, and this regime saw an opportunity to turn something into a profoundly racial case for the express purpose of ripping the country apart. I don’t know how else to describe it.

…I think stoking the racial stuff is the way Obama was raised. He was raised to believe this country was founded unjustly and immorally and slavery this and slavery that. This country, he’s got a chip on his shoulder about it, and he’s here to square the deal. And Holder, too.

I think all of these guys have an anger about them about the country and its past. As far as they’re concerned, there’s nothing that’s ever gonna happen to erase slavery. “It may as well still be going on, by God!” So all of this is being done so the rest of us can get a taste of it; find out what it’s like. That’s what the OJ jury was doing. “Okay, fine! How does it feel? Not guilty. We know he did it. How many times did you railroad us?”

I think that’s what’s going on here.

Pure and simple.

I don’t think it’s hard to understand at all. In addition to that, there’s also the specter gun control. They wanted to use the shooting of Trayvon Martin, Obama’s “could have been my son,” pushing gun control, and they didn’t like Florida’s “stand your ground” law. They didn’t like that. They had a bunch of things they could push here. This martial law business? I don’t even want to go there. I don’t even think you have to to find an answer for why they’re trying to foment racial division.

It’s the same premise of affirmative action.

Affirmative action is so that you get a taste of what it was like.

Get-even-with-’em-ism.

… If you look up the Community Relations Service at the DOJ on their website, it says that they are a “peacemaking outreach organization.” It’s just the exact opposite of what they did in the Zimmerman case down in Sanford, Florida.

Obama, Holder, and the rest of the professional race baiters, including the Justice Brothers (Revs.Jackson and Sharpton), knew from the get-go that there was not a case against George Zimmerman. However, the cameras were rolling, and they never miss a chance to remind their voting bloc that they are “down with the struggle”. Never mind that they are all millionaires, and the only time you find any of them in impoverished areas of the country, is when there is good publicity to be had.

To quote Pastor Ken Hutcherson, a Former NFL Linebacker, (who just happens to be a good friend of Rush Limbaugh) from an article released yesterday on the subject of our nation’s self-proclaimed “Black Leadership”…

As a black man Al [Sharpton], who went through the Civil rights fight in the 60s just like you did, and saw the first freedom bus burn in my home town of Anniston, Alabama, on May 14, 1961; I hated Dr. King for his non-violent philosophy. That did not change until I became a Christian later in life. Then I understood God’s biblical truth of love your enemy and do good to those who hate and persecute you. I think I have the right to tell you this sir; I think the likes of you and Jesse Jackson have done more damage to the black race than any white man will ever accomplish. You see as long as you can produce an ethnicity with a victim mentality to keep them in poverty, as the two of you get richer – you know like poverty pimps – and convince them that it is the white man’s fault because he has his boot on their necks, and as long as you teach our beautiful black women that there is a government out there to be their baby’s daddy, the two of you win. You are the self-proclaimed, appointed leaders of the black people. How we as black people have swallowed the lie that we have to have certain black leaders to get on the government teat escapes me.

Pastor Hutch hit the nail on the proverbial head. This whole kangaroo court in Miami, upon the urging and support of the Professional Race Baiters, was organized for the purpose of rallying “the people”.

These guys could care less about Trayvon Martin. 

Organizing “the people” was not done for “justice”, it was done for distraction. Distraction from a horrible economy, which has hit America’s Black Population the hardest. Distraction from a weak and sniveling Administration. who, instead of protecting us from our enemies, has declared Americans to be their enemy.

If, when Zimmerman is acquited, and it is definitely looking that way, “the people” in Miami riot, any deaths that result, can be laid at the feet of these Professional Race Baiters.

They are the ones who made it about the color of Trayvon’s skin…and not about the content of his character.

Until He Comes,

KJ

An American Snapshot: The End of Shame

facepalm1Sitting here at my computer, I have been attempting to put all of the events which have been happening in America in the past week into some logical semblance of order, and attach a nice pink bow on them ( After the Supreme Court Ruling last Wednesday, can I say that?) in an attempt to make some sense out of them.

All the factors I have considered, lead me to one conclusion: Our Society has lost its sense of shame.

Please allow me to let you in on my thought process and perhaps you will agree with me.

Let us start with our nation’s Chief Executive Officer, Barack Hussein Obama. Scooter, Mooch, and the girls are currently in the middle of a whirlwind tour of Africa and the subcontinent. (I don’t know what that means, but, Cab Calloway said it while announcing the Blues Brothers in the first movie, and I thought it was kind of cool.) During the trip, paid for by us American Taxpayers, Obama is being greeted by the local populace (I was going to say native populace, but, I did not want to be accused of being another Paul Deen.) wearing “Welcome Home, Obama” t-shirts! (I couldn’t have said it better, myself.)

While over there, our Petulant President, during a press conference with the President of Senegal, said that African Nations needed to lighten up and embrace homosexuality. Needless to say, Obama’s proclamation was received about as well as Rosanne Barr at a Southern Gospel Festival. His Main Stream Media Minions are referring to the event as a “slip” and a “teachable moment”.

I call it shameless.

While we are one the subject of the “alternative lifestyle”, average Americans are still shaking our heads over the decision of the Supreme Court to take away the sovereignty of California Voters to decide whether of not to allow Homosexuals to “marry” in their state. The Supremes (Without Diana Ross) decided to “Stop in the Name of Love”, and uphold the decision of a Homosexual Appeals Court Judge. (No bias there, huh?)

Liberals called the ruling the greatest thing since sliced bread and the opening of a doorway, leading to the “normalization” of homosexuality in America. I call it the possible beginning of the Fall of the Greatest Country on the Face of the Earth. Shameless.

Meanwhile, over in the Senate, the Gang of Eight’s “Immigration Reform” Bill (Say it with me, boys and girls, AMNESTY) passed through the Senate in a landslide, with 14 Vichy Republicans, siding with their fellow DC Country Club Members. All those goobers called it “Bi-partisanship”.

I called it shameless.

Also, this week, the murder trial of George Zimmerman began. After the opening statements, the Prosecution called their “star” witness, a Miss Rachel Jeantel. She turned out to be a young woman,whose life consists of smoking pot, getting drunk, massacring the Queen’s English, and sending out vulgar tweets, blaming us white crackers for everything from her sorry state of existence to painful rectal itch.

While on the stand, Jeantel was caught in lies several times, insisting that “cracker” was not a racial term. (Right. And, 50 cent is a musical genius.) It was also learned, while she was giving her testimony, that Jeantel, a High School Senior, did not write a letter that she was supposed to have. In fact, the High School Senior cannot read or write Cursive….and can barely read or write anything at all. When she finished her testimony, she took her seat beside Trayvon Martin’s mother, who hired a lawyer after his death, to explore the “merchandising” of her dead son. (Hoodies! Get your Hoodies, here!)

It is very evident that Zimmerman is being railroaded. A witness on Friday collaborated Zimmerman’s account of the event, stating that Zimmerman was pinned to the sidewalk by Trayvon, who was “hitting him in the face with martial-art type blows”. (That doesn’t sound like the innocent 12 year old , whose picture has been circulated by his family. That sound more like the 17 year old thug, who had been suspended from school 30 times for smoking dope and breaking in lockers with the tolls he kept in his school bag.)

The reason for the screw job that Zimmerman is going through, is the initial protests lead by the Justice Brothers, Revs. Jackson and Sharpton, who never saw a camera that they didn’t like. The Prosecutor overreacted, and over-charged Zimmerman. Now, the Prosecution is trapped into going through with the Dog and Pony Show, because a certain element of Miami’s Black Population has threatened to riot, if Zimmerman is acquitted.

The Liberals are attempting to justify this farce by claiming that it is recuppence for past injustices.

I call it shameless.

Finally, there’s the crucifixion of Paula Deen, as “Interview With a Vampire” Novelist Anne Rice referred to the whole Bloody mess.

Paula Deen, successful chef, entrepreneur, and Food Network Star, is being sued, along with her brother, by a former employee of her restaurant in Savannah, GA. Under oath, she admitted that she had used the “N” word, before….a long time ago. She also admitted that she once thought that the idea of having an Old South, Antebellum Wedding, with Black waiters dressed in black tuxedos with white shirts, like the house “slaves” wore during that era, would look pretty cool.

I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you. (If I were to remark that those guys would look awfully spiffy in Black Tie and Tails, would that make me a RAAACIIIST?)

Hollywood must feel the same way, because I recently saw Garrett Morris, of Saturday Night Live fame [“Our top story tonight…”], playing a butler in a episode of Psych, dressed in the exact same manner as Ms. Deen described.

Anyway, now every corporation she is currently involved with, from Chinese-held Smithfield Hams to Harrah’s Casinos, have dropped her as if she was George Wallace (before his change of heart) re-incarnated.

Either she is actually the Wicked Witch of the West, away from the public eye, or all these corporations have grievously overreacted, so as to not have their profit margins affected by their association with her.

(Since Ms. Deen is a Democrat, who voted for Barack Hussein Obama twice (mm mmm mmmm), I would probably go with the second option.)

I am sure they call it “good business”.

I call it shameless.

Evidently, the majority of Americans agree with me, because Ms. Deen’s cookbooks occupy the top spot on amazon.com.

What has happened to America? 

Why are all of these jaw-dropping events, which would have been unthinkable a few decades ago, suddenly coalescing into a hurricane of senses – overwhelming shamelessness?

Mark Twain once said,

Man is the only animal that blushes – or needs to.

Perhaps, in this society of vanishing morals and situational ethics, perhaps we have lost our ability to feel shame and therefore, to blush.

We need to figure out a way to regain that ability, or, our nation will become a footnote in history.

Until He Comes,

KJ

The Trayvon Martin Trial: Does Character Matter?

trayvonThe trial of George Zimmerman begins today.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s killing and has pleaded not guilty, saying he acted in self-defense. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson has previously denied a defense motion to delay the trial.

What actually happened that fateful night?  Orlandosentinel.com reported at the time, that

With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk, leaving him bloody and battered, law-enforcement authorities told the Orlando Sentinel.

That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say. There have been no reports that a witness saw the initial punch Zimmerman told police about.

Zimmerman has not spoken publicly about what happened Feb. 26. But that night, and in later meetings, he described and re-enacted for police what he says took place.

In his version of events, Zimmerman had turned around and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from behind, the two exchanged words and then Trayvon punched him in the nose, sending him to the ground, and began beating him. Zimmerman told police he shot the teenager in self-defense.

…This is what the Sentinel has learned about Zimmerman’s account to investigators:

He said he was on his way to the grocery store when he spotted Trayvon walking through his gated community.

Trayvon was visiting his father’s fiancée, who lived there. He had been suspended from school in Miami after being found with an empty marijuana baggie. Miami schools have a zero-tolerance policy for drug possession.

Police have been reluctant to provide details about their evidence.

…On Feb. 26, when Zimmerman first spotted Trayvon, he called police and reported a suspicious person, describing Trayvon as black, acting strangely and perhaps on drugs.

Zimmerman got out of his SUV to follow Trayvon on foot. When a dispatch employee asked Zimmerman if he was following the 17-year-old, Zimmerman said yes. The dispatcher told Zimmerman he did not need to do that.

There is about a one-minute gap during which police say they’re not sure what happened.

Zimmerman told them he lost sight of Trayvon and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from the left rear, and they exchanged words.

Trayvon asked Zimmerman if he had a problem. Zimmerman said no and reached for his cell phone, he told police. Trayvon then said, “Well, you do now” or something similar and punched Zimmerman in the nose, according to the account he gave police.

Zimmerman fell to the ground and Trayvon got on top of him and began slamming his head into the sidewalk, he told police.

Zimmerman began yelling for help.

Several witnesses heard those cries, and there has been a dispute about whether they came from Zimmerman or Trayvon.

Lawyers for Trayvon’s family say it was Trayvon, but police say their evidence indicates it was Zimmerman.

One witness, who has since talked to local television news reporters, told police he saw Zimmerman on the ground with Trayvon on top, pounding him — and was unequivocal that it was Zimmerman who was crying for help.

Zimmerman then shot Trayvon once in the chest at very close range, according to authorities.

When police arrived less than two minutes later, Zimmerman was bleeding from the nose, had a swollen lip and had bloody lacerations to the back of his head.

Paramedics gave him first aid but he said he did not need to go to the hospital. He got medical care the next day.

The Daily Caller got access to the “Tweets”  of Trayvon.  They reveal a young man who was playing “Gangsta”, spewing vulgarities and talking tough.

Even though all the evidence seems to reveal that the young man was not as pure as the driven snow, it is still unfortunate that his young life ended that night.

Have those character flaws led to a re-writing of Trayvon’s life-story in an attempt to appease activists and convict George Zimmerman?

Just recently, a A court employee was placed on administrative leave for not turning text messages and photos from Tryvon’s phone, over to the defense. Former Prosecutor Wesley White said,

I was saddened by it, but I’m not surprised.

White had first learned about the evidence through the employee more than a month ago.

White led the Nassau County state attorney’s office before resigning in December, due to differences of opinion with the current prosecutor. He is now in private practice.

According to White, the photos Kruidbos got off the phone, were of a hand holding a gun and one depicted drugs. The content of the text messages wasn’t told to him.

I’m an officer of the court and I’m obliged to inform the court of any misconduct or any potential misconduct coming before the court. Whether it’s by the defense or prosecution.

This revelation led the Defense to release photos of a gun, marijuana plant and Martin’s text messages to the public. They announced that if prosecutors were going to label Zimmerman as the aggressor and Martin as the innocent bystander, they wanted the information to defend him.

However, the judge in the case, Judge Nelson,  has ruled that Defense Attorneys won’t be able to mention the teen’s drug use, suspension from school and past fighting during opening statements at the trial.

The thing is, since there were no eye witnesses as to what happened that night, shouldn’t Trayvon’s past behavior be taken into account?

The Miami Herald published the following on March 26th:

The Miami Gardens teen who has become a national symbol of racial injustice was suspended three times, and had a spotty school record that his family’s attorneys say is irrelevant to the facts that led up to his being gunned down on Feb. 26.

In October, a school police investigator said he saw Trayvon on the school surveillance camera in an unauthorized area “hiding and being suspicious.” Then he said he saw Trayvon mark up a door with “W.T.F” — an acronym for “what the f—.” The officer said he found Trayvon the next day and went through his book bag in search of the graffiti marker.

Instead the officer reported he found women’s jewelry and a screwdriver that he described as a “burglary tool,” according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by The Miami Herald. Word of the incident came as the family’s lawyer acknowledged that the boy was suspended in February for getting caught with an empty bag with traces of marijuana, which he called “irrelevant” and an attempt to demonize a victim.

Trayvon’s backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver, according to the report, which described silver wedding bands and earrings with diamonds.

Trayvon was asked if the jewelry belonged to his family or a girlfriend.

“Martin replied it’s not mine. A friend gave it to me,” he responded, according to the report. Trayvon declined to name the friend.

Trayvon was not disciplined because of the discovery, but was instead suspended for graffiti, according to the report. School police impounded the jewelry and sent photos of the items to detectives at Miami-Dade Police for further investigation.

A lawyer for the dead teen’s family acknowledged Trayvon had been suspended for graffiti, but said the family knew nothing about the jewelry and the screwdriver.

I’ll bet they didn’t.

CiteHR.com, in a article titled “Why Does Character Matter?” states that

Character can be defined in a variety of ways. Mental images abound as to the true definition but perhaps they can be summed up as, the motivation to do what is right; or who you are when no one is watching. To be a person of character, one must posses certain character traits like patience, love, perseverance, self-control, humility, diligence, and so on.

…Personal character clarifies one’s value system and defines behavior in a most explicit manner. As we observe culture and human behavior, we can almost always trace backwards from behavior to find the meaning, values, and beliefs rooted in a person’s worldview that subsequently influences behavior. In other words, our behavior is often consistent with our values; the way we act has meaning based on what we believe about ourselves, other people, the world, and for many a higher power.

Potential evidence as to Zimmerman’s character comes from an attempt to meet with Trayvon’s parents, which they refused.  Of course, witnesses have come forth to testify on behalf of George Zimmerman, also.

The only evidence we have of Trayvon’s character are his spotty school record, and the bloody gashes on the back of Zimmerman’s head, where Trayvon repeatedly slammed it into the sidewalk.

Did Trayvon, as a witness has related he said to Zimmerman, lay an a@@ whuppin’ on Zimmerman or did the 6’1″ teenager slam Zimmerman’s head into the sidewalk because he was scared of the older, smaller, neighborhood watch volunteer?

An impartial jury will have to decide that….and if “content of character” matters.

Until He Comes, 

KJ

The Trayvon Trial: Does Character Matter?

Yesterday was a big day for America’s race-baiters, as the Trayvon Martin case made it’s way to court.  George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed the black teenager, was given a bond of $150,000, a move which fanned the flames of the race-baiters’ righteous indignation.

Breitbart.com’s Big Government reports:

With ABC News’ release of the George Zimmerman photo showing blood flowing freely from his head, the question becomes whether Angela Corey, the prosecutor in the case, had access to the photo before charging Zimmerman with second-degree murder.

The arrest affidavit did not mention the photograph, or the bleeding, gashes, and bruises on Zimmermans’ head. Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law School stated upon release of the arrest affidavit that it was “so thin that it won’t make it past a judge on a second degree murder charge … everything in the affidavit is completely consistent with a defense of self-defense.”

After the release of the photo, however, Dershowitz went much further, telling Breitbart News that if the prosecutors did have the photo and didn’t mention it in the affidavit, that would constitute a “grave ethical violation,” since affidavits are supposed to contain “all relevant information.”

Dershowitz continued, “An affidavit that willfully misstates undisputed evidence known to the prosecution is not only unethical but borders on perjury because an affiant swears to tell not only the truth, but the whole truth, and suppressing an important part of the whole truth is a lie.”

When asked if it made a difference whether the prosecution had the bloody photograph at the time they charged Zimmerman, Dershowitz responded, “We do know that there were earlier photographs before the affidavit was done that strongly suggested blood on the back of the head, and we know the police had first access to him, so if there was blood they [the prosecution] would know about it …

“I’ve had cases in Florida against prosecutors,” Dershowitz said, “and this is not the first time they have willfully omitted exculpatory evidence. It’s a continuing problem. Here, it’s not only immoral, but stupid. The whole country is watching. What do they benefit from having half-truths in an affidavit?”

Dershowitz added, “I’m not taking sides, but I’m insisting that both sides play by the rules, and so far the prosecution is not playing by the rules.”

Speaking of half-truths, I wonder if Zimmerman’s lawyer is going to bring up Trayvon’s school record.  I hate to speak ill of the dead, but this young man was not the innocent little angel he is being portrayed to have been.

The Miami Herald published the following on March 26th:

The Miami Gardens teen who has become a national symbol of racial injustice was suspended three times, and had a spotty school record that his family’s attorneys say is irrelevant to the facts that led up to his being gunned down on Feb. 26.

In October, a school police investigator said he saw Trayvon on the school surveillance camera in an unauthorized area “hiding and being suspicious.” Then he said he saw Trayvon mark up a door with “W.T.F” — an acronym for “what the f—.” The officer said he found Trayvon the next day and went through his book bag in search of the graffiti marker.

Instead the officer reported he found women’s jewelry and a screwdriver that he described as a “burglary tool,” according to a Miami-Dade Schools Police report obtained by The Miami Herald. Word of the incident came as the family’s lawyer acknowledged that the boy was suspended in February for getting caught with an empty bag with traces of marijuana, which he called “irrelevant” and an attempt to demonize a victim.

Trayvon’s backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver, according to the report, which described silver wedding bands and earrings with diamonds.

Trayvon was asked if the jewelry belonged to his family or a girlfriend.

“Martin replied it’s not mine. A friend gave it to me,” he responded, according to the report. Trayvon declined to name the friend.

Trayvon was not disciplined because of the discovery, but was instead suspended for graffiti, according to the report. School police impounded the jewelry and sent photos of the items to detectives at Miami-Dade police for further investigation.

A lawyer for the dead teen’s family acknowledged Trayvon had been suspended for graffiti, but said the family knew nothing about the jewelry and the screwdriver.

I’ll bet they didn’t.

CiteHR.com, in a article titled “Why Does Character Matter?” states that

Character can be defined in a variety of ways. Mental images abound as to the true definition but perhaps they can be summed up as, the motivation to do what is right; or who you are when no one is watching. To be a person of character, one must posses certain character traits like patience, love, perseverance, self-control, humility, diligence, and so on.

…Personal character clarifies one’s value system and defines behavior in a most explicit manner. As we observe culture and human behavior, we can almost always trace backwards from behavior to find the meaning, values, and beliefs rooted in a person’s worldview that subsequently influences behavior. In other words, our behavior is often consistent with our values; the way we act has meaning based on what we believe about ourselves, other people, the world, and for many a higher power.

Potential evidence as to Zimmerman’s character comes from his attempt yesterday to meet with Trayvon’s parents, which they refused.  Of course, witnesses have come forth to testify on behalf of George Zimmerman, also.

The only evidence we have of Trayvon’s character are his spotty school record, and the bloody gashes on the back of Zimmerman’s head, where Trayvon repeatedly slammed it into the sidewalk.

Did Trayvon, as a witness has related he said to Zimmerman, lay an a@@ whuppin’ on Zimmerman or did the 6’1″ teenager slam Zimmerman’s head into the sidewalk because he was scared of the older, smaller, neighborhood watch volunteer?

An impartial jury will have to decide that….and if “content of character” matters.