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Even when Richard Cohen’s a racist, he’s a joke

I can’t believe how much time I’ve spent parsing this “On the issue of racism I’m more or less a centrist” editorial of Richard Cohen’s currently dropping jaws across the internet. I’m not about to indulge him, or his dimwitted attempt to shake up what he believes is America’s too-polite racial politics [Mr. Cohen? Can I get you a seat near the window?], but I really do want to understand what he’s trying to get at. So here goes:

I don’t like what George Zimmerman did, and I hate that Trayvon Martin is dead. But I also can understand why Zimmerman was suspicious and why he thought Martin was wearing a uniform we all recognize.

If it’s something ‘we all recognize’, it must be true. So is Cohen saying we can tell a criminal by his clothes?

But I’m tired of politicians and others who have donned hoodies in solidarity with Martin and who essentially suggest that, for recognizing the reality of urban crime in the United States, I am a racist. The hoodie blinds them as much as it did Zimmerman.

Yes, he is. Criminals do like to wear hoodies. That’s how poor George Zimmerman recognized the ‘uniform’ yet knew nothing of Martin’s literal underlying innocence. On the other hand, it was politicians who remained willfully ‘blind’ to this:

. . the public knows young black males commit a disproportionate amount of crime. In New York City, blacks make up a quarter of the population, yet they represent 78 percent of all shooting suspects — almost all of them young men.

Black kids do like to commit crimes. So, to sum up:

The result was a quintessentially American tragedy — the death of a young man understandably suspected because he was black and tragically dead for the same reason.

. . that’s just how the dominoes fell. </cohen>

For many Americans, the tragedy came about because George Zimmerman made dangerous assumptions based on someone’s appearance. For Richard, it happened once Zimmerman made realistic assumptions for the same reasons. Or, in shorter fashion, it was Trayvon’s fault.

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The New Black Panthers’ growing influence over conservative thought

Now that the verdict’s been handed down and the face palming, for the most part, is over the hard questions linger. Chief among them: How did we get here? How did a man manage to profile a 17 year-old neighborhood kid and then kill him without any legal consequences?

Ta-Nehisi Coates I think has the best answer. Frankly it’s a good one because it mirrors my own thinking and I have a blog. This has to do with the manner in which Stand Your Ground has polluted the legal environment.

Effectively, I can bait you into a fight and if I start losing I can can legally kill you, provided I “believe” myself to be subject to “great bodily harm.” It is then the state’s job to prove — beyond a reasonable doubt — that I either did not actually fear for my life, or my fear was unreasonable.

And how in the world does the state prove that? With difficulty. A psychic, maybe. Unless of course there are some terrific eyewitnesses. The best witness, really, being the – oh right he’s dead. A seance? Stand Your Ground legal reasoning happens to construct murder trials that are meant to be won. You might remember this the next time you get into a nasty fight. Remain calm, murder the other guy. Tell the police very little, and you should come out alright.

Of course there are other theories about our legal shambles.

If the head is split, you must acquit.

This is radio host Carl Boyd jr.

The George Zimmerman case was forced to court from day one when President Obama interjected himself in it . . Then came the race-baiters Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the New Black Panther Party proclaiming Zimmerman killed Trayvon because he was black. What about the evidence?

Naw, there was never a legal case here. No one even cared about this one little killing until the New Black Panthers got involved. I lay the blame for this fiasco at their dusky feet.

Like the racially-charged sham prosecution of the Duke lacrosse team, the racially charged prosecution of George Zimmerman was partly triggered by the threats of Malik Zulu Shabazz, the head of the racist and anti-Semitic New Black Panther Party.

Satanizing the miniscule Panther group happens to be J. Christian Adams’ life calling.

Shabazz is also the same defendant that Attorney General Eric Holder and his Justice Department cut loose from the voter intimidation case of United States v. New Black Panther Party, a case I prosecuted . .

After Trayvon Martin was killed, Shabazz took his act on the road to Sanford, Florida.

There, Shabazz used threats of mob violence, as he did in Durham, North Carolina, to cause Sanford law enforcement to tremble and to act.

The hands of the Sanford police department shook so badly they couldn’t even fill out the paperwork on Zimmerman’s indictment. Couldn’t even close the door on his cell. It took a Florida State Attorney, and a few Xanax, before George could be charged and brought to trial. The Nuge:

The race-baiting industry saw an opportunity to further the racist careers of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the Black Panthers, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, et al, who then swept down on the Florida community refusing to admit that the 17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe Trayvon Martin was at all responsible for his bad decisions and standard modus operendi of always taking the violent route.

Don’t snark at Ted because he can’t spell ‘operandi’. Cat Scratch Fever goes from ‘A’ to ‘B’ to ‘C’ and that’s as far as it gets. The gobbledygook is a phrase of Latin, and please remember: there are no italics in Kick Ass Guitar.

With an obvious racist chip on his shoulder, referencing the neighborhood watch guy as a “creepy ass cracker” to his fellow racist female friend who admitted under oath that that is how non-blacks are referred to normally in their circles, Trayvon had no reason not to attack, because it was the standard thug thing to do.

Yes, thugs, with ‘their circles’ and ‘things’. Which brings us right back to today:

Roslyn Brock from the NAACP—who by the way, at their meeting this morning, the chatter at breakfast is there’s now 100,000 signatures on the DOJ petition. Well, the petition’s great for raising the roof, if you will, on what they want.

But in reality – where is the Justice Department and their actions on this? . . They have a conflict now. Their Community Relations Unit…went down there and spent money, taxpayer dollars, to fund rallies or facilitate rallies against Zimmerman. That’s picking a side.

Tea Party radio guy David Webb riffing post-acquittal. He’s talking about the possibility of a civil rights case being brought against Zimmerman, as well as referencing a debunked anti-Zimmerman conspiracy theory. They fit together nicely, don’t they?

Now the DOJ should really be looking inside and saying, “Are we doing the right thing?” Will Holder do that? I doubt it. Let’s see how he acts with the New Black Panther Party on this.

Bullseye. Thugs never quit. It’s the same lesson from the shooting.

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Conservatives taking news of the verdict as expected

11 o’clock at night on a Sunday. There are quite a few people wide awake and angry here in Los Angeles. There were enough of them a few hours ago that they swarmed onto the 10 freeway and shut the thing down. Plenty more of them around the intersection of Adams and Crenshaw, still calling for justice for Trayvon. Call for it all you like, but it’s long gone. Florida took its one and only swing at it and whiffed.

I just got done watching some of the live local coverage of the protestors. There was this young woman there who had giant tears slowly rolling down her face. She said something about America coming together. Someone, somewhere out there will find this hysterically funny and post the image of her sorry face on a conservative blog, and the hyenas will piss their khakis with laughter. I don’t know what’s more predictable: six white ladies in Florida letting Zimmerman skate or right-wingers utterly befouling themselves in the aftermath.

[Tucker] Carlson said that he felt “terrible” for the Martin family, but he was “positive that people like Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton do not deserve to be called civil rights leaders. They are not.”

“They are hustlers and pimps who make a living off inflaming racial tensions,” he continued.

Thank god we have Tucker around to douse the fires. He could have turned us into a permanent post-racial country by dropping a couple well deserved n-bombs, but then what would he do next? Cure cancer? With an asbestos vaccine, you can bet.

“I hope that this is the end,” [Karl] Rove said. “President Obama politicized this at the beginning of it, I believe, unfortunately, by injecting himself into it and saying that if Trayvon Martin — that if he’d have had a son it would look like Trayvon Martin.”

“We need a president to bring us together, not rip us apart,” he added.

Trayvon was too young to legally buy a beer, or join the army, or vote in an election. And he was black. But it wasn’t his murder that bothered Karl so much as having all that personal crap pointed out. If Obama had guessed that getting shot probably hurt, some part of the country probably would have seceded. Think of the fun Karl could have had running Dumbfuckistan.

Why it’s the Confederate Yankee, Bob Owens.

In all his glory.

That loser didn’t even graduate high school. Oh right, because he died. Still, it’s true.

Lastly, you’re going to have a hard time believing this one. There’s apparently a website called Mr. Conservative [no link because, well, you’ll see]. The guys who run the place decided, in the roiling wake of the trial, that they would grab their video cameras and go interview . . black people. I kid you not. Mr. Conservative wanted to know what The Blacks were thinking. These geniuses hadn’t caught any hints in the media over the past 17 months.

So they ventured outside, to an eerie urban locale we presume, and mere hours after the verdict they find some of The Blacks. And they ask The Blacks about it. And The Blacks turn out to be no fans of George Zimmerman, to be sure. But then the subjects turn the tables on the interviewer: “Well, what do you think?” And Mr. Conservative, the mental giant, says: “He had to stand his ground.” And whaddyaknow . .

. . this makes The Blacks angry. Furious, in fact, and they want to beat Mr. Conservative’s stupid ass. So of course Mr. Conservative now features the hottest webpage in the wingnut blogosphere: Black Mob Beats Up White Guy Over Zimmerman Verdict – ON TAPE. Fully appointed with trenchant commentary:

Scott Black

his first mistake was asking a bunch of yard apes an opinion on the rule of law.they only thing yard apes care about is free money and whitey paying for their shit, they are too lazy and too stupid to earn a decent living.


Shannon Mcentyre

there you have it folks…and to your left…the North American Street Monkey.


Chuck Harrell

Typical fuckings niggers that can’t handle the fucking truth, low life pieces of shit.


Doesn’t it make you wanna . . sigh. Charlie was right, nothing good came out of this mess. Scary to think that this could all be worse tomorrow.

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Roger Simon AARRGH

Clearly Roger is not on vacation. Or lost in a bedroom closet or gaming The Halo or anything else because he isn’t wasting any time.

Forget the over-zealous prosecutors and the repellent state attorney Angela Corey (who should be immediately disbarred or, my wife said sarcastically, elevated to director of Homeland Security) and even the unfortunate Trayvon Martin family (although it is certainly hard to forget them — they have our profound sympathies), the true loser at the Zimmerman trial was Barack Obama.

Franklin Roosevelt took a major hit too but Roger is a mensch and won’t mention it.

By injecting himself in a minor Florida criminal case by implying Martin could be his son, the president of the United States — a onetime law lecturer, of all things — disgraced himself and his office, made a mockery of our legal system and exacerbated racial tensions in our country, making them worse than they have been in years.

How many death threats have the Secret Service had to deal with? I’m not looking for a number, just pointing out the obvious.

This is the work of a reactionary, someone who consciously/unconsciously wants to push our nation back to the 1950s.

He is the Black Punisher. Tweaking sainted Roger’s nose. This idea would get more traction if the President weren’t hot-blooded like a turtle.

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Zimmerman found not guilty

Breaking, unfortunately:

A Florida jury on Saturday found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, in a case that sparked a national debate on race and guns.

The panel of six women, which was sequestered, deliberated more than 16 hours over two days until nearly 10 p.m. on Saturday (0200 GMT Sunday).

Zimmerman appeared stoned-faced as the verdict was announced, but then showed a slight smile of relief. His parents embraced each other and his wife was tearful.

Unbelievable.

Demonstrators exclaimed disbelief, one by one, as they learned on their phones Saturday night that George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin.

At 10:02 p.m. ET “Justice for Trayvon!” chants erupted from fist-waving people at the fountain across from the courthouse.

“The system has failed!” irate demonstrators started chanting.

The waiting game under way for the hundreds of protesters anticipating a verdict outside the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center was finally over.

Nina Mays of Tulsa, Okla., was outraged by the verdict.

“This is going to impact a lot of people in a lot of different places,” Mays said minutes after the announcement., standing a few yards from chanting protesters.

“How is the law different for one and not for the other? Trayvon was standing his ground when Zimmerman came and messed with him, a young man coming from the store,” she said.

That’s a good question. How can the law be different for different people? It always has been, I suppose. It still is.



Of course:

And race was nowhere to be found in this case, though it loiters conspicuously on Twitter.

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The verdict is in on Marty Peretz

Sorry, But The Verdict Is In On The Long American Excursion In Iraq. And It Is Favorable.
by Marty Peretz

There were moments–long moments–during the Iraq war when I had my doubts. Even deep doubts. Frankly, I couldn’t quite imagine any venture requiring trust with Arabs turning out especially well. This is, you will say, my prejudice. But some prejudices are built on real facts, and history generally proves me right. Go ahead, prove me wrong.


You don’t want to read this piece of shit. Or the article. 4 years ago, today:

Marine dies from injuries at Bethesda medical center

IRAQ US TOLL CAPSULESWALKER BASIN, Calif. — A Marine on his third tour of duty in Iraq died from injuries sustained in a roadside bombing just weeks before returning home, his family said.

Marine Cpl. Adam Zanutto, 26, died March 6 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he was being treated for injuries he suffered Feb. 25 outside Baghdad.

Zanutto’s wife, Amber, whom he married on the Fourth of July, and his mother were at his side when he died . .

I want him back, but he’s gone. You’re dead fucking wrong, Marty, and a racist.

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Mother of four illegally downloads 24 songs. RIAA doesn't want the $23.76, they want $1,900,000.00 in fines. They win.

Well, that’s certainly a reasonable punishment, millions for a theft of 23 bucks and change:

Woman fined to tune of $1.9 million for illegal downloads

(CNN) — A federal jury Thursday found a 32-year-old Minnesota woman guilty of illegally downloading music from the Internet and fined her $80,000 each — a total of $1.9 million — for 24 songs.

Jammie Thomas-Rasset’s case was the first such copyright infringement case to go to trial in the United States, her attorney said.

Attorney Joe Sibley said that his client was shocked at the fine, noting that the price tag on the songs she downloaded was 99 cents.

She plans to appeal, he said.

Cara Duckworth, a spokeswoman for the Recording Industry Association of America, said the association was “pleased that the jury agreed with the evidence and found the defendant liable.”

“We appreciate the jury’s service and that they take this as seriously as we do,” she said.

Thomas-Rasset downloaded work by artists such as No Doubt, Linkin Park, Gloria Estefan and Sheryl Crow.

This was the second trial for Thomas-Rasset. The judge ordered a retrial in 2007 after there was an error in the wording of jury instructions.

The fines jumped considerably from the first trial, which granted just $220,000 to the recording companies.

Thomas-Rasset is married with four children and works for an Indian tribe in Minnesota.


What a great day it is for the dirt-poor musicians of the world–No Doubt, Linkin Park, Gloria Estefan, and Sheryl Crow. If the RIAA somehow end up seeing any of that money, I’m sure they’ll be cutting up sizable chunks of it and doling it out to those particular unfortunates to cover the stolen ten or twenty cents…

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