Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Story of Cap & Trade (2009)

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The Story of Citizens United v. FEC (2011)

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Forensic experts: Zimmerman was not crying for help on 911 tapes

Trayvon’s mother was adamant about the voice crying out for help.  She said a mother knows her child and the cries for help were Trayvon’s.  Now, it appears that George Zimmerman lied when he  told police that he was “crying for help and no one came“.

Anderson Cooper

Sybrina says she believes that voice on the line is her son, telling Anderson, “I believe that’s Trayvon Martin, that’s my baby’s voice. Every mother knows their child, and that’s his voice. “

“He was afraid for his life,” says his father, “He saw his death coming. He saw his death coming. The screams got more frantic.”

The Raw Story

Two forensic voice experts have told The Orlando Sentinel Saturday that neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman was not the voice crying for help in the 911 calls after he shot Trayvon Martin.

Tom Owen, a forensic consultant for Owen Forensic Services LLC and a court-qualified expert witness, used software called Easy Voice Biometrics to compare Zimmerman’s voice to the 911 calls with cries in the background after the shooting on February 26th.

“I took all of the screams and put those together, and cut out everything else,” Owen said. “As a result of that, you can say with reasonable scientific certainty that it’s not Zimmerman.”

Another expert, Ed Primeau of Michigan, used audio enhancement and human analysis to also determined that it was the slain teenager’s voice instead of his shooter.

“I believe that’s Trayvon Martin in the background, without a doubt,” Primeau told The Orlando Sentinel. “That’s a young man screaming.”

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Piers Morgan Vs. Toure – Piers Morgan Tonight (3/30/12)

A heated conversation between Piers Morgan and Toure’…

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Obama-Wan Care: Strike Me Down And I Shall Become More Powerful Than You Could Possibly Imagine

Single payer health care may resurrect itself if the SCOTUS knocks down the ACA.

By the way, Forbes‘ analogy is spot on…

ForbesStar Wars - Darth Vader

With so many having already decided that Obamacare is now destined to meet its demise at the hands of the five Dark Lords of the Supreme Court, Obi-Wan Kenobi suddenly appears to be a great prophet of the future of American health care.

Picture, if you will, the dramatic, Death Star battle between Darth Vader and Ben Kanobi as Obi-Wan faces his former apprentice one last time.

Now replace Ob-Wan and Lord Vader with the images of Obama-Wan and his own arch-nemeses, Darth Scalia. As Lord Scalia prepares to deal the final blow to Obama-Wan, our protagonist, at peace with what he knows to be his destiny, issues his final warning to the most powerful Lord of the Dark Side—

Strike me down and I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.”

There is great wisdom and prophesy in these words.

While an adverse decision in the Supreme Court would vanquish the Affordable Care Act to a footnote of modern American history, the systemic crisis in healthcare that the law exists to address will still remain. That crisis will, invariably, give rise to something far more powerful —and far more repugnant to the conservative side of the American force—than what Obama and the Democratic Congress originally envisioned for the country. This would be universal single-payer healthcare, courtesy of the United States government.

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The week in one-liners: Biden, Bush, Cain

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The top quotes in politics …

“I will transmit this information to Vladimir.” — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev offering to pass President Obama’s message along.

“It’s bulls—.” — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum getting annoyed with a New York Times reporter.

“Don’t retreat.” — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin encouraging Santorum.

“Aren’t you going to sing a song for us? Know when to fold ‘em?” — Former first lady Barbara Bush egging on her husband.

“The rabbit that we shot was a toy, stuffed rabbit.” — Former White House hopeful Herman Cain defending this ad.

“Mitt Romney has changed positions more often than a pornographic movie queen.” — Former Sen. Arlen Specter dissing Romney.

“Thank you, Dr. Pepper.” — Vice President Joe Biden flubbing a name in a speech.

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West Wing Week: 3/30/2012 or “I’ve Got Seoul”

The White House

This week, the President traveled to the Republic of Korea to attend a nuclear security summit where he also visited the DMZ, held a series of bilateral (and one trilateral) meetings, and gave a major address to students at Hankuk University. Back at home, the kitchen garden got underway with this year’s first planting.

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The Day In 100 Seconds: Feeling Lucky

The Day In 100 Seconds: Feeling Lucky

Good luck with the Mega Millions Lottery everyone…

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A fever is raging across America. No, it’s (still) not Romney fever, though there has been a bevy of endorsements for the Republican frontrunner in the last few days. A bout of lotto fever has swept the nation, as the Mega Millions jackpot reaches an historic $640 million (a jump of $100 million from earlier this morning), and the cable networks were more than happy to rain on everyone’s parade by pointing out the astronomically small odds of winning.

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Texas cop filmed threatening to arrest men for being afraid of Taser

An as-yet-unnamed police officer confronts several men outside of a Walmart in Houston, Texas. Screenshot via YouTube.

I watched the video below a couple of times.  My conclusion is that the police officer in question needs some serious time off along with some diversity classes and anger management classes…

The Raw Story

A video published to YouTube on Friday appears to show a police officer at a Walmart store in Houston, Texas threatening several black males with a Taser, then claiming he would arrest them, apparently because they cowered away from his weapon.

Reached by Raw Story, a Houston police spokesman said it was not one of their officers involved in the confrontation, and the man’s identity remains unknown.

“He’s an officer from a neighboring jurisdiction, but that’s not for us to say,” the spokesman insisted.

“The officer seen in this video is not a Houston Police Officer and does not work for the Houston Police Department,” another Houston information officer wrote in the video’s comments. “Officers from jurisdictions throughout the area often work extra jobs at businesses throughout the area and that is the case in this incident/video.”

In the video, the unnamed officer approaches several men who are filming outside of a Walmart, then draws his Taser after the men say that they do not have to show him their identifications. When one man reaches toward the officer, he reacts angerly and accuses him of resisting, then claims later in the video he’d already been “hurt,” although it’s not clear by whom.

The man who appeared to gesture toward the officer apparently did so out of fear that his friend might be tazed, and did quite make contact when the officer flung his arms up and knocked his hand aside.

“Don’t taze me, sir,” one man says. “Don’t taze me, sir.”

The men appear to remain calm during the confrontation, even after the officer appears to slap the camera down. “I’m sorry I scared you, but we’re not hostile people,” one of them explains. “We know our rights. We know the Constitution, sir. We know the Constitution. Do I sound illiterate?”

“You know what, I’m calling for a unit right now,” the officer replies. “We’ll see how well you know the Constitution.”

“What’s the– What’s the unit gonna do, take me to jail for knowing the Constitution?” the man answers. “For standing for my freedom?”

At the end of the video, another one of the men informs the officer that he’s a dialysis patient. “You were about to taze somebody– you don’t even know what I go through,” he says. “You might-a, coulda killed me. I’m a dialysis patient, sir! You could have tazed me and made my blood pressure go up.”

It’s not clear what happened after that, as the footage cuts off. It’s also not clear what time and date the incident occurred, but the video was published on Friday, March 30. Houston Police told Raw Story that it happened at the Walmart Super Center at 9460 West Sam Houston Parkway, but could not provide any further details.

The video’s description notes that none of the men were arrested.

This video was published to YouTube on Friday, March 30, 2012. It contains some adult language.

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Fox News Contributor Thinks ‘The Blacks’ Are Making Too Big Of A Deal About Trayvon Martin

When I hear a term like The Blacks, I get the feeling that the person uttering the phrase is not too fond of Black people.  Remember Donald Trump?   Am I being a bit too sensitive?  NO.

Think Progress

While the controversy over the killing of Trayvon Martin largely skirted partisan politics in its first month, some conservative media outlets apparently saw an opportunity in the case and have spent the latter part of the week alternately smearing Martin, defending Zimmerman, or screaming about the dangers of viewing the case through a racial lens.

The conservative Daily Caller, a purportedly reported and fact-based news outlet, published parts of Martin’s life on social media, but only “selected [items that] reinforce the argument that the victim of the fatal shooting was a menacing figurewho might plausibly have been mistaken for a criminal,” the New York Times’ Robert Mackey noted. They skipped over pictures from prom night or of Martin’s friends, cherry-picking shots of Martin flipping the bird or wearing fake gold teeth.

Former Republican congressman and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough called the posthumous vilification of Martin “beneath contempt” and “disgusting.” “I guess it’s because the President actually said something to comfort the parents, and I guess they just can’t handle that,” he said this morning.

Meanwhile, the Daily Caller did their best to defend Zimmerman’s account that Martin had beat him up, even when new surveillance footage cast doubt on that claim. But perhaps one shouldn’t expect better from an outlet whose top editors stood by a blatantly false report it published last year.

At the late Andrew Breitbart’s website attacked Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) for wearing a hoodie on the House floor in solidarity with Trayvon, writing a cynical story today headlined, “HOODIE-WEARING GUNMEN KILL 1, WOUND 5 IN BOBBY RUSH’S CHICAGO DISTRICT.”

On Fox News, host Sean Hannity and conservative media critic Brent Bozell, like many in the conservative echo chamber, have dwelled on the fact that the fringe New Black Panthers, who have been condemned by everyone, offered a “bounty” on Zimmerman’s head. And Hannity and Bozell found the real scandal here — that NBC News edited a 911 tape in a way that portrayed Zimmerman in a poor light.

Overall, the message seems to be, as Fox contributor Tamara Holder told Hannity: “The blacks are also making this more of a racial issue than it should be.” Watch it

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