Trayvon Martin Shooting

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.”


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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Politico top quotes of the week

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


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.

West and Smiley Feud

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.