There’s not much to be said about the Zimmerman trial. I wasn’t there, and neither were you. Based on the evidence presented, Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin was self defense. Here is what I said on Facebook after a wave of snotty indignation swept through many on my friends list:
1) THERE ARE NO WINNERS HERE. The Martin family lost a child, and Zimmerman will spend the rest of his life fighting off civil lawsuits, the NAACP and the thuglets on social media, posting his address, threatening to kill him and some probably attempting to.
2) NONE OF US WERE THERE. The only two people who know what happened were Zimmerman and Martin. And yet, we have amateurs sitting around making pronouncements about whether or not one murdered the other. FYI – murder is a very specific act, and none of you are qualified to make a judgment based on what the media feeds you.
3) THE CASE WAS TRIED, AND THE JURY HAS RENDERED ITS VERDICT. Not being a lawyer, but being a person who has half a brain, I could see that the prosecution had a very weak case. When a prosecutor tells a jury in his closing arguments to make a decision by looking into their hearts, instead of looking objectively at the evidence, you know the case is weak.
4) NONE OF US HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION TO JUDGE ZIMMERMAN GUILTY. I can sit here an postulate all I want on what I know about the case, but I’m not going to condemn the jury for their decision. They had way more information than we did.
Justice was served. The jury has examined the evidence and decided that the shooting was self defense. There was no “Stand Your Ground” issue in this case. Zimmerman couldn’t retreat with Martin on top of him, beating him up. Period. He is not guilty of murder. Nor is he guilty of manslaughter.
Unfortunately, the so called Department of “Justice” and Attorney General Eric Holder have decided that justice is only justice when the Department of Justice says it’s justice. And with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton shrieking, the NAACP screeching and millions of wannabe lawyers demanding action by the Obama Administration, justice, in this case, is apparently going to be determined by the inept and pathetic Eric Holder.
First, in an effort to tongue bathe the collective taints of the NAACP, Holder went on a verbal rampage against “stand your ground” laws – laws that allow a potential victim to stand their ground and fight their assailant, instead of mandating that they retreat – laws that had nothing to do with this case. Then, this incompetent buffoon, who couldn’t get his damn stories straight about Fast and Furious, about secretly investigating a Fox News reporter and about snooping in the media’s phone records, is trolling for tips about Zimmerman’s alleged racism by setting up an email address where the
Stasi… uh… Soviets… uh… concerned citizens can drop tips about Zimmerman’s Hitlerite KKK ways.
And now, the latest. The Department of inJustice has instructed the Sanford Police not to return Zimmerman’s property to him… including his firearm.
The U.S. Department of Justice, overseen by Attorney General Eric Holder, has ordered the Sanford, Florida police department to keep possession of all the evidence from George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial – including the exonerated neighborhood watch volunteer’s gun.
Sanford police confirmed on Thursday that the DOJ asked the agency not to return any pieces of evidence to their owners. Zimmerman was expected to get his firearm back by month’s end.
So Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury in a fair trial. By every standard of what is right and fair, he should be allowed to live his life, his property returned to him, and left alone by the government.
But the DOJ doesn’t like the outcome, and Holder his using his authority to bully the police into disarming George Zimmerman, stealing his property, and finding loopholes to try him AGAIN!
Look, this Attorney General and this Department of Justice are out of control. Absolutely off the chain!
Let’s forget for a moment the gun running scheme that funneled thousands of American guns to Mexican drug lords. Let’s forget that Holder lied about what he knew about this failed program and when he knew it. Let’s forget that Holder was held in contempt for Congress for refusing to cooperate in the Fast and Furious investigation, and that his pal Zero had to use Executive Privilege to shield him from further scrutiny.
Let’s forget his refusal to prosecute members of the New Black Panther party, who stood outside a Philadelphia polling place and intimidated voters. Let’s forget that Holder claimed that standing outside the polls wielding blunt objects wasn’t really “voter intimidation” – at least not comparable to other voter intimidation back in the 60s.
Let’s forget Holder’s ineptitude and inability to prosecute large banks for criminal acts.
Let’s not focus on the DOJ’s seizure of media phone records, the tracking and monitoring of Fox News reporter James Rosen and the subsequent outright lies about Holder’s knowledge of the case!
Let’s focus on the fact that Holder stuck his foul face into a local criminal investigation, used taxpayer dollars to foment discontent and protests when local authorities decided not to charge Zimmerman, and now is attempting to destroy Zimmerman’s life by prosecuting him again… after a jury found him not guilty of murder.
This is not justice. Holder is a corrupt, lying, racist cockholster, who wouldn’t know justice if it jumped up and bit him on his shriveled nutsack. He should have been booted out of office after lying to Congress about Fast and Furious. He should have been told to shut his fat yap after he called the people of this nation a bunch of cowards, who refuse to have an honest conversation about race. But instead, here he is, working to ruin the life of a guy, who is already screwed by all accounts, given the threats against his life, and fomenting racial hatred and divide that hasn’t been seen in decades in this country.
I can’t even begin to explain how odious, repugnant and morally reprehensible Eric Holder is!
Time for him to go!
UPDATE: You know… Zimmerman was found not guilty. There’s no reason for him not to be able to pass a NICS check and simply go into a store and legally purchase a new firearm. If the DOJ is claiming they need his other firearm for their
witch hunt… investigation, they certainly have no cause to prevent him from getting a brand new, shiny tool of self defense.
I will say, this Martin shooting is getting interesting. A surveillance video taken the night George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin shows no visible blood on the guy, despite police reports and the lawyer’s contention that he had a broken nose and blood on his head.
What does this mean?
I have no idea yet.
I guess we shall see.
UPDATE: I thought the video was really unclear, but it certainly didn’t look like Zimmerman was bloody in it. However, someone said he was cleaned up before being taken to the police station, and the Daily Caller enhanced a still from the video, which clearly shows a pretty large gash on the back of Zimmerman’s head.
You be the judge.
CBC is crying RAAAAAAAAAAAAACIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISM in the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Dimwit #1: Bobby Rush removed from House floor for sporting the ever-so-fashionable hoodie.
Rush was wearing a grey hoodie under his suit jacket. He took off his jacket, pulled the hood over his head and put on sunglasses while saying “racial profiling has to stop, Mr. Speaker. Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum,” he said. [emphasis mine]
Because hoodies are obviously limited to black people. I’ll have to tell Rob, my son, my daughter, and… well… me to stop wearing hoodies, lest I be accosted and shot by a neighborhood watch captain. (Yeah, good luck with that!)
Dimwit #2: Frederica “The Hat” Wilson, who did not sport a hoodie, but did wear the ever so fashionable glitter hat.
Not one person has been arrested in Treyvon’s murder. I want to make sure that America knows that in Sanford, Florida, there was a young boy murdered. He is buried in Miami, Florida, and not one person has been arrested even though we all know who the murderer is. This was a standard case of racial profiling. No more! No more! We will stand for justice for Treyvon Martin. [emphasis mine]
Dimwit #3: Hank “Guam is Capsizing” Johnson.
“He was executed for ‘WWB’ in a ‘GC.’ Walking While Black in a Gated Community.” [no emphasis needed – stupid enough to stand on its own]
Dimwit #4: Maxine Waters, who claimed the shooting was a “hate crime.”
Personally, I hate it when some kid slams my head into the ground several times after he has broken my nose. Yep. Hate crime.
The usual suspects are creeping out to claim racism in this case.
I’m surprised it took this long.
UPDATE: Among all the screeching by the Congressional Black Caucus, the current Administration is accusing Republicans of politicizing the Trayvon Martin issue. Not even kidding.
Mr. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon” is accusing Republicans of playing politics!
“People have to stop politicizing it… It’s no surprise that some of our Republican opponents are trying to make an issue with this. But the President spoke from the heart and we need to let the investigation take its course.”
I don’t know whether to laugh, or to beat my head against the wall until I can UNSEE this insanity!
I guess someone told them!
Former NAACP leader C.L. Bryant is accusing Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of “exploiting” the Trayvon Martin tragedy to “racially divide this country.”
“His family should be outraged at the fact that they’re using this child as the bait to inflame racial passions,” Rev. C.L. Bryant said in a Monday interview with The Daily Caller.
The family isn’t outraged. The family is cashing in.
In the wake of the outcry over his killing, “Trayvon Martin” merchandise has been selling through the roof: T-shirts, buttons, pins, CDs, DVDs, and more. Now Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Martin, has filed papers to trademark two phrases based on her sons name: “I Am Trayvon” and “Justice for Trayvon.”
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This isn’t a race issue, and it shouldn’t be made into one. This is an issue of a 17-year-old kid’s death.
Let’s focus on the facts, shall we?
There’s been a lot said lately about racism in the shooting of Trayvon Martin on February 26th in Florida, after Martin was allegedly shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, who claimed he shot Martin in self-defense.
The 17 year old was unarmed, and our society began to demand justice.
T-shirts began to appear with Martin’s photo on them.
The hoodie he was wearing the night of the shooting has become more than a fashion statement, but a statement of support for justice in the case.
Facebook and Twitter exploded in a cacophony of support for the boy’s family, as did online petitions demanding justice in the form of arrest of Zimmerman.
The family asked the Obama Administration to get involved. The President loudly proclaimed his emotional connection to the case, claiming that if he had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin.
The groundswell of outrage grew at the police’s refusal to arrest Zimmerman, who was found near the body with a bloody nose and a wound to the back of his head. This was exacerbated by the fact that Zimmerman apparently violated one of the biggest principles of his Neighborhood Watch manual, which states, “it should be emphasized to members that they do not possess police powers, and they shall not carry weapons or pursue vehicles.” (I’ll address that part later.)
Opportunistic swine Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton smelled blood in the water and are race-baiting in full force, and protest marches are planned in a number of cities.
I’m loath to scream “RACISM” as soon as something like this happens. I like to wait and examine the facts and see where the story leads. I just didn’t have enough information to make an informed decision, but I have to admit, even I have wondered if the kid’s shooting was racially motivated, thanks to the media’s consistent pounding of this case.
But this is why I wait. Because once the dust settles, there may be details we previously ignored.
Apparently there was an eyewitness. Apparently the eyewitness gave a statement to police. And apparently that statement is why the police were hesitant to prosecute George Zimmerman.
“The guy on the bottom who had a red sweater on was yelling to me: ‘help, help…and I told him to stop and I was calling 911,” he said.
Trayvon Martin was in a hoodie; Zimmerman was in red.
“When I got upstairs and looked down, the guy who was on top beating up the other guy, was the one laying in the grass, and I believe he was dead at that point…”
Zimmerman says the shooting was self defense. According to information released on the Sanford city website, Zimmerman said he was going back to his SUV when he was attacked by the teen.
Not as clear-cut as we initially believed, is it?
Now, there are other questions here:
Why did Zimmerman follow the kid when the police dispatcher told him not to?
How was a 28 year old unable to restrain or overpower the teen without fatally shooting him?
Why was he carrying a gun in the first place, contrary to the Neighborhood Watch rules?
These are all legitimate questions, and asking them is not only logical, but obligatory if you’re going to make a fair and rational judgment about this in your own mind.
I will say this:
If I am convinced that someone is about to commit a crime on my watch, I’ll certainly follow at a distance, but I won’t confront until I see a crime actually committed, and I will certainly call the police like Zimmerman did.
I have also seen some very large teenagers. I tend to judge all by the size of my son, who is on the small side, but there are 8th graders on his baseball team who are bigger than I am, who weigh more, and who could probably kill me with one hand tied behind their backs. I have seen reports that Trayvon Martin was the same size as boxer Thomas Hearns, but Zimmerman was a pretty big guy, so it’s difficult to believe that he couldn’t physically overpower the teen.
As for the gun…
Let me tell you something, folks. If I’m alone on a dark street, engaged in activity that specifically has me exposed to potential criminal element, damn skippy I’ll be carrying a gun! I’d be stupid not to! It is also my right to do so, and I’m smart enough and realistic enough to know that given my size and physical prowess I wouldn’t be likely to overpower an attacker. So yes. I carry. I would carry if I was performing Neighborhood Watch duties, and I would carry if I was out for a walk in the dark. It is not a question of “Why?” It is a matter of my taking responsibility for my own safety. It’s not a matter of whether or not I think police will protect me. They will not. Numerous court decisions have confirmed that police have no obligation to protect individual citizens, and even if they did, I certainly don’t have personal police protection on me 24/7.
But all this is irrelevant.
It is the right and responsibility of every individual to defend their own lives and the lives of others, and if we choose to use the best tool available on the market to do so, it certainly should not be used against us.
There are a lot of questions in the case of Trayvon Martin. I certainly ache for his family and friends, and I question whether he had to die that night.
But I’m not going to jump to conclusions in this case. There is no clear winner here.
The only thing I do know is that having experienced pretty severe forms of prejudice and racism while living in the former Soviet Union, I’m clearly sensitive to this issue and admit to having visceral reactions to it.
However, I’m stepping back and examining all sides and details of this case, and I would encourage everyone I know to do the same.
This case is not clear-cut, and having race baiters like Sharpton and Jackson screeching “RAAAAACISM” at the tops of their lungs doesn’t really help the situation.
Stop. Think. Examine.
That’s all I ask.
I’ll add one more thing. This guy first wrote about the previously unknown eyewitness. And for bringing doubt to a case the nation previously thought was a clear case of racist murder, he received a bunch of hatred and vitriol, tossed in with accusations of racism.
Are we racist for discussing additional evidence in a case the media has already convicted of being a white-on-black crime?
Are we racist for discussing doubts?
Are we racist for not falling into lockstep with the media narrative about a black victim and a white, racist gun nut?
No, I don’t think we’re racist. I think we’re rational human beings, and it’s a damn shame that any doubt cast on the existing “common” knowledge about this case is automatically turned into racism. It erodes our ability to rationally discuss issues. It significantly degrades the level of discourse (much like the common assumption that the guy who shot Gabrielle Giffords last year was a disgruntled Republican gun nut)…
…not that our level of discourse was all that lofty to begin with.