Saturday, March 31, 2012

CONFESSIONS FROM THE WATER CLOSET ...

When it comes to his faith, Barack Obama -- probably the most biblically literate major party presidential candidate since William Jennings Bryan, certainly since Jimmy Carter -- continues to find himself between a rock and a Kaaba.

He obviously feels compelled to talk frequently and in great detail about his Christian beliefs. He did so again Saturday at the African Christian Methodist Episcopal quadrennial conference in St. Louis.

"I let Jesus Christ into my life," Obama told the AME delegates. "I learned that my sins could be redeemed and that if I place my trust in Jesus, that he could set me on a path to eternal life. That I submitted myself to his life. I dedicated myself to discovering his truth and to carrying out his works."

Short of nailing himself to a cross, Obama could not make a clearer confession of faith.

And yet, at the same time, he obviously feels compelled to distance himself from inaccurate but insistent rumors that he was or is a Muslim. As Post reporter Jonathan Weisman noted, Obama also tried Saturday "to dispel the notion that he comes from Muslim roots, pointedly mentioning that his father, a Kenyan who left his family and returned to Africa when Obama was a small child, was an atheist."

How bizarre. A presidential candidate, forced to resign from his church because of things said from the pulpit by Christian preachers, relying on his long-dead father's atheism to rescue him from any long-ago family ties to Islam.

But what else can Obama do?

On one hand, if he ignores the lies about Islam he risks losing swing-state voters like Ohio's Jim Peterman, who told Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow said he keeps hearing from friends and neighbors -- people he trusts -- that Obama is Muslim.

"I'll admit that I probably don't follow all of the election news like maybe I should," Peterman said. "I haven't read his books or studied up more than a little bit. But it's hard to ignore what you hear when everybody you know is saying it. These are good people, smart people, so can they really all be wrong?"

Makes you wonder about this whole democracy thing, doesn't it?

On the other hand, if Obama continues to distance himself from Islam (candidate Obama has yet to visit a mosque), he risks losing idealistic voters like Abed Z. Bhuyan, a recent Georgetown University graduate and On Faith blogger who feels betrayed by Obama's bow to Islamophobia.

"Obama has failed to understand that this whole issue about him being 'a secret Muslim' is not about him, but about Muslims and the criticisms of our faith," Bhuyan wrote recently.

That's too bad for all of us. If ever we needed a president with a deep understanding of and appreciation for Christianity and Islam, a president who could help us bridge the widening and more threatening gap between St. Peter the Rock and the Kaaba in Mecca, it is now.

But the Peterman vote is larger and more crucial in a presidential election than the Bhuyan vote. So Obama likely will keep talking about Jesus to assuage our fears and pacify our phobias. What else can he do?




















OPEN MIC ... INSERT FOOT ... YOU LOSE!!!



US to work with Russia on anti-missile issue

Updated: 2012-03-30 21:42

(Xinhua)



MOSCOW - Washington is ready to continue cooperation with Russia on the anti-missile defense issue, the US State Department's top arms control official said here Friday.
"There are many opportunities for such an interaction," said Rose Gottemoeller, acting under secretary of state for arms control and international security.
Broad bilateral cooperation met the national interests of both countries, Gottemoeller said. However, she stressed the US still considered it unnecessary to provide legally binding guarantees to Russia that the US-led European missile defense system did not target Russia.
Moscow has long opposed the deployment of the missile defense facilities near its borders and wants legally binding guarantees from NATO and the United States.
Meanwhile, Gottemoeller said the US was not ready to discuss with Russia reduction of its tactical nuclear arms.
"We are not ready so far to negotiate (that issue) but we are ready for a serious discussion of what it should look like," she said.
Gottemoeller also said comprehensive nuclear disarmament could not be attained in the foreseeable future.
It was a long-term task and conditions had not been created for such a disarmament, Gottemoeller said, adding disarmament "will definitely not happen in my lifetime."



















THAT DEPENDS ...


Cuba faces aging problem

Updated: 2012-03-31 10:46

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HAVANA - With more than 18 percent of Cubans now over 60 years old and a shrinking number of those under 14 years old, the island nation faces an aging problem, an official said Friday.
In just over a decade, the average age in Cuba will rise from 38 to 44, while 26 percent of the population will be around 60 years old and there will be a marked increase in age range over 80, Juan Carlos Alfonso Fraga, director of Center for Population and Development of NSB told delegates at an international meeting.
With a declining birth rate, "we will never reach the population of 12 million on the island," Fraga told the participants at the 8th National Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, including Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan as well as representatives from ten countries.
Cuban experts say that housing problems, low wages and lack of baby products are among the major factors discouraging Cubans to have more children. Increasing social independence has also enabled Cuban women to have more power to decide on their pregnancy.
The NSB reported that the island's population stood at 11,241,161 at the end of 2010, 1,467 less compared to the number in 2009.
Cuba is already one of the most rapidly aging countries in Latin America along with Uruguay and Argentina, and is expected to lead that list in the near future.

Friday, March 30, 2012

IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK, TALKS LIKE A DUCK, ... THEN IT'S A MAC DADDY ...


BEHIND THE NUMBERS

The Not-So-Evil Empire


Republican presidential front runner Mitt Romney criticized Barack Obama for making promises to the president of Russia, calling the country America's "number one geopolitical foe. Just over two decades ago, many Americans would have agreed with Romney's severe assessment. But the idea that Russia is America's biggest enemy has very little caché with the American public in the 21st century.
CAN I GET THAT IN WRITING?








Thursday, March 29, 2012

AL SHARPTON, JESSIE JACKSON & OBAMA ... WHERE WERE THEY?


Weekend of violence claims 10 shooting victims across Chicago


March 19, 2012|By Liam Ford, Peter Nickeas and Rosemary Sobol| Tribune reporters

At least 10 people were killed, including a 6-year-old girl, in shootings over the weekend in Chicago.

The slain were among at least 49 people wounded in shootings from 5 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, according to information compiled by the Chicago Tribune.

Two teenagers appeared in bond court today in the slaying of Aliyah Shell, as she sat with her mother, sister and a male about 3:30 p.m. Saturday on the front porch of her home in the 3100 block of South Springfield Avenue. Aliyah was killed when a pickup truck pulled up in front of the house and someone fired multiple shots out of the window, hitting her, according to Chicago Police Department News Affairs.

Prosecutors say Luis Hernandez, 16, fired several shots while Juan Barraza, 18, slowed the pickup truck to a stop in front of the home . Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil denied bail for Hernandez and set a $2 million bond for Barraza. (ARE THESE WHITE-HISPANICS?)

Both teens are said to be affiliated with the Latin Kings street gang, police said.

Of the shootings over the weekend, 35 happened between 9:30 p.m. Friday and 4:20 a.m. Sunday, most on the South and Southwest sides. In addition to Aliyah Shell, nine people, most of them men in the 20s and 30s, died following shootings from Friday evening through Monday morning:

A 19-year-old man shot Friday night in West Rogers Park died Sunday afternoon, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Anthony Scott, of the 9100 block of South Perry Avenue, was declared dead at 3:52 p.m. at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, according to the medical examiner's office.

The man identified as Scott was shot about 9:45 p.m. in the 6300 block of North Oakley Avenue in the West Rogers Park neighborhood, Greer said. Someone called Scott over to his vehicle and opened fire as he approached, hitting him in the head, according to police.

Joel Sanroman, 42, was shot near his home in the 5200 block of South Troy Street in Gage Park about 12:15 a.m. Saturday. He was a passenger in a car and after he was shot, the driver drove to 59th and Sacramento Avenue and alerted police, police said.

Sanroman was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospitalof Cook Countyand was declared dead at 1:02 a.m. Saturday, a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said.

Although the slaying appeared gang-related, the victim does not have any serious arrests and is not believed to have been the target of the shooting, police said.

• Police were questioning two suspects after Deering District officers were able to chase down the occupants of a car who fired on three people, killing one and wounding two others about 1:50 a.m. Saturday in the 5300 block of South Loomis Boulevard in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

The slain man was identified as Equilla Coleman, 24, of 325 166th St. in Calumet City. He was declared dead at 3:10 a.m. at Mount Sinai, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Bert Lindsey, 36, of the 7600 block of South Winchester Avenue, was killed on the 7500 block of South Wolcott Avenue in the Gresham neighborhood about 1:20 a.m. Saturday, police said. He was at a party on the block, in a back yard, when someone drove by and opened fire, police said. Police said Lindsey didn't have a criminal history. He was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center about 2:15 a.m., a spokeswoman for the Cook County medical examiner's office said.

Adrian Cruz, 24, was shot multiple times about 7:04 p.m. Saturday in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the same block as his home, police said.

Cruz was standing on the street in the 5900 Block of South Fairfield Avenue when a vehicle pulled up and one of the people inside stepped out, pulled a weapon and started shooting at him, the man told police. He was taken to Stroger Hospital where he later died.

Jeremy Anthony, 24, was found dead in a car outside the University of Chicago Medical Center about 10:20 p.m. Saturday, according to authorities. He's believed to have been shot in the back in the 6300 block of South Ellis Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood and driven to the hospital, police said. He lived about a block south from where he was shot.

Someone standing in the street shot him while he was sitting on the passenger side of the car's backseat and the driver of the car brought him to the hospital, police said.

Vincent Fitts, of the 4100 block of West Cermak Road, was killed in the East Chatham neighborhood Saturday evening.

Fitts was shot in the head and was dead on the scene about 7:52 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of East 79th Street at Cottage Grove Avenue, authorities said.

• Two people were being questioned after a man was found shot to death in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood late Sunday, police said.

Officers were called to the 1300 block of North Pulaski Road at 10:50 p.m. Sunday and found George Marrero, 27, dead on the scene with a gunshot wound to the head, according to Hector Alfaro, a police spokesman.

Marrero, of the 1400 block of North Harding Avenue, had been standing on the sidewalk when a vehicle drove by and someone inside fired shots, hitting him several times, according to police.

Area North detectives are interviewing two people, police said. A gun was found and the shooting is considered gang-related, police said.

Andre Pierce, 34, was fatally shot early Monday in the Lawndale neighborhood, authorities said.

Police said Pierce was shot several times in the chest at 1:35 a.m. outside his home in the 2500 block of West Lexington Street.

He was pronounced dead at 6:08 a.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

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AND GUESS WHERE THEY GO ... CHECK THIS OUT ...












This, folks, is the New Cook County Correctional Center, Chicago, Illinois
(Oh yeah, they can also choose meals from the diverse menu!)

Now WHO was the US Senator who arranged the funds to build this new " Punishment Center "?

You guessed it...

It was OBAMA!


No wonder he sees nothing wrong with the wasted spending in his "stimulus plan".

AND, why do you think he wants to move the Gitmo terrorists HERE when he closes the Guantanamo facility!

It's pride of Authorship! This was HIS pet project and he's very proud of it!

And we have Americans living in cardboard boxes, and those unable to get health care insurance, and those unable to secure a job in this market and folks who are losing their homes to default and on and on and on! But the terrorists suspected of killing innocent Americans can live out their sentences in a beautiful facility like this thanks to our President!















Tuesday, March 27, 2012

UNCLOTHE THE EMPEROR ...


27 March 2012 10:00 PM

Supreme irony? Top court poised to throw out Obamacare in echo of case Obama made against Hillary Clinton

It is a tad unfortunate that just days after the White House embraced the term "Obamacare" - previously regarded on the Left as a pejorative label - a majority of the nine Supreme Court justices have given strong indications they will rule it unconstitutional.
Even more ironic is that the justices, or five of them at least, look like they might force President Barack Obama back to the drawing board partly on the basis of the argument one Senator Obama made against then Senator Hillary Clinton in 2008.
At issue today was the so-called 'individual mandate" - the federal government's act of compelling Americans to buy health insurance. It is the centrepiece of the Affordable Health Care Act - aka Obamacare - which is the signature achievement of Obama's presidency thus far.
But back during the 2008 campaign, Obama argued strenuously against the individual mandate. In a debate in South Carolina, he said: "A mandate means that in some fashion, everybody will be forced to buy health insurance. ... But I believe the problem is not that folks are trying to avoid getting health care. The problem is they can't afford it. And that's why my plan emphasises lowering costs."
In February 2008, he said that you could no more solve the issue of the uninsured with an individual mandate than you could cure homelessness by ordering people to buy a home:
This was one of the policies that allowed him to differentiate himself from Clinton and John Edwards, the serial sleazeball who (believe it or not given what we now know he was up to) had a pretty good shot at winning the Democratic nomination.
Obama felt so strongly about the issue that he even cut an ad attacking Clinton for her support of the individual mandate. "Hillary Clinton's attacking, but what's she not telling you about her health care plan?" the April 2008 ad asked. "It forces everyone to buy insurance, even if you can't afford it, and you pay a penalty if you don't."
Once in office, Obama changed his mind, telling CBS in July 2009: "During the campaign I was opposed to this idea because my general attitude was the reason people don't have health insurance is not because they don't want it, it's because they can't afford it. And if you make it affordable, then they'll come. I am now in favour of some sort of individual mandate as long as there's a hardship exemption." This volte face merited a "full flop" rating from Politifact.
Fast forward to today and there were five justices who appeared to be dead set against the idea of an individual mandate. Justice Clarence Thomas hasn't asked a question in the court for six years but as the most conservative lawyer on the court is a safe "no". You can find a transcript of the oral arguments here and audio can be downloaded here.
Justice Antonin Scalia asked the flailing Solicitor General Donald Verrillii: "Could you define the market? Everybody has to buy food sooner or later, so you define the market as food, therefore, everybody is in the market; therefore, you can make people buy broccoli."
Chief Justice John Roberts queried: "So can the government require you to buy a cell phone because that would facilitate responding when you need emergency services?"
Justice Samuel Alito jabbed: "All right, suppose that you and I walked around downtown Washington at lunch hour and we found a couple of healthy young people and we stopped them and we said, 'You know what you're doing? You are financing your burial services right now because eventually you're going to die, and somebody is going to have to pay for it, and if you don't have burial insurance and you haven't saved money for it, you're going to shift the cost to somebody else'. Isn't that a very artificial way of talking about what somebody is doing?"
Worst of all for Obamacare supporters, Justice Anthony Kennedy, always viewed as the swing vote on the court, sounded like one of the most sceptical of all. "The reason this is concerning, is because it requires the individual to do an affirmative act," he said at one point. "In the law of torts our tradition, our law, has been that you don't have the duty to rescue someone if that person is in danger."
At other junctures he asked "Can you create commerce in order to regulate it?" and "So the Federal government says everybody has to join an exercise club?"
Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor seemed  on the side of upholding the mandate - though in the case of Sotomayor there was, surprisingly, some doubt. The only hope for liberals appears to be that Roberts, who is known to be leery of the court being seen as overly political, comes down on their side after some of his questions gave them a modicum of encouragement.
If Obamacare is thrown out it is likely to be a political disaster for Obama, and could very well be a nail in the coffin of his re-election hopes. Some Democrats believe such an outcome could allow Obama to run against a right-wing Supreme Court as well as a right-win, do-nothing Congress.
But it would be difficult to portray Justice Kennedy is an obstructionist Republican, just as it will be hard to run against a Congress that is controlled in one chamber by the Democrats. And running as an outsider while living at 1600 Pennsylvania? Good luck with that.
Given Obama's open mic gaffe - "After my election, I have more flexibility" - yesterday, the potential for creating a narrative that the President is a slippery, disingenuous campaigner is very real. American Crossroads, the Republican super PAC, has already been quick off the mark with this web ad on Obama as a health care flip flopper:
But the most fundamental problem for the President is that if the heart of Obamacare is ruled unconstitutional then he will be left empty-handed after spending two years and virtually all his political capital on jamming through the bill without a single Republican vote.
In short, it will make him look like a loser - not a quality Americans value in their presidents. And the fact that the Republican nominee will be able to quote Obama's own criticisms of the individual mandate against him will be the icing on the cake.
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BOOTAX ... WE HAVE TO PASS THE LAW BEFORE YOU CAN SEE WHAT'S IN IT!





HECKEL & JECKEL AND THE ECHO MACHINE


BOHICA ... A KABUKI DANCE IN THE STREETS

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120504/Trayvon-Martin-case-He-suspended-times-caught-burglary-tool.html?ICO=most_read_module  <= SOURCE OF ARTICLE


Suspended THREE times for drugs, truancy and graffiti and 'caught carrying a burglary tool': New picture emerges of Trayvon Martin (and did he attack a bus driver too?)

  • The teen was suspended from school three times
  • He was on suspension when he was shot in February, after officials caught him with a 'marijuana pipe' and a baggie with drug residue
  • Trayvon was kicked out of school in October for graffiti after he was allegedly caught with a 'burglary tool' and a bag full of women's jewelry
  • Officials also suspended him once for skipping school and tardiness
  • Tearful parents say their son is now the victim of a smear campaign
  • New poll shows 73 percent of Americans think Zimmerman should be arrested


Trayvon Martin was suspended from school three times in the months before he was shot dead by a neighborhood watchman, it emerged today.

The new claims, revealed in a leaked report, paint a different picture of a teenager who frequently found himself in trouble with authorities. 

It was also revealed that he might have attacked a bus driver, according to a Twitter account that it is claimed belonged to the teen. 

The Miami Herald claims that in October, he was caught with a 'burglary tool' - a flathead screwdriver - and 12 pieces of women's jewellery. Martin insisted that they did not belong to him. 

Earlier, he had been suspended for skipping school and showing up late to class. And most recently, in February, he was suspended again when officials found a 'marijuana pipe' and an empty baggie with traces of the drug.

The fresh claims are likely to be seized upon by supporters of George Zimmerman who say the teenager launched an unprovoked attack on the neighbourhood watch volunteer moments before Trayvon was shot dead.
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Trayvon Martin
New picture emerges: This photograph, taken from a Twitter account the reportedly belonged to Trayvon, shows an older image of the teen -- just as new reporting are casting a different light on his behavior
Trayvon Martin
George Zimmerman
Killing: Trayvon Martin (left) was shot dead by George Zimmerman (right) one month ago today in a gated community in Sanford, Florida

The revelation about the suspension in October, in a school report obtained by the Herald, was condemned today by Trayvon's family as part of a campaign to smear their dead son.
The boy's mother said: 'They killed my son and now they're trying to kill his reputation.'

The conservative news site the Daily Caller and the blog the Wagist claim they have unearthed a Twitter account, which has since been taken down, that belonged to the teen.
Among many Tweets, the Wagist claims, is a message from his cousin implying that Trayvon attacked a bus driver.

'Yu ain't tell me yu swung on a bus driver,' a user Tweeted to Travyon's alleged account five days before he was killed.
Tracy Martin
Mourning: Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, weeps at a rally for his son Monday in Sanford, Florida

The Daily Caller, says it has published 152 pages of tweets downloaded from Trayvon's account. The site says Trayvon went by the Twitter handle NO_LIMIT_N***A. 

A few of the messages make reference to using drugs including one that says: 'Finna (I'm fixing to) smoke 1 wit my dawg wayne.'

But most are simply a take on daily life -- the same as most social media accounts.
'PLZZ EXERCISE YO RIGHT 2 REMAIN SILENT.. DAM,' he says. 

Another says: '2 glock 40's... b**** you got 80 problems.'

Meanwhile, Joe Oliver, Zimmerman's longtime friend, told Good Morning America Monday that no matter how the case comes out -- even if the shooting is ruled justified -- 'George has virtually lost his life, too.'

Mr Oliver said Zimmerman has gone into hiding and is in fear of his life over the public outcry for his arrest. A fringe group, the New Black Panther Party, has offered a $10,000 reward for his 'capture.'

The boy’s parents say that they have never heard the claim about the screw driver and jewellery. 

The October suspension was officially for graffiti, after he and some friends wrote ‘W.T.F.’ on a school locker.
Racial fury: Thousands of protesters attended the Sanford rally on Monday
Racial fury: Thousands of protesters attended the Sanford rally on Monday
Outrage: Tracy Martin (center) was passionate at a meeting of the Sanford city commissioners Monday, alongside his ex-wife Sabrina Fulton
Outrage: Tracy Martin (center) was passionate at a meeting of the Sanford city commissioners Monday, alongside his ex-wife Sabrina Fulton

According to an October report of the incident by the Miami Dade Schools Police, obtained by the Miami Herald, Trayvon never received any punishment for the jewellery because he said it was not his and it belonged to a friend.

ARE THESE TRAYVON MARTIN'S TWEETS FROM WEEKS BEFORE HIS DEATH?

The Daily Caller, a conservative news site, has published 152 pages of tweets it says were copied from Trayvon Martin's Twitter account before it was taken down.
Here is a small sample of the messages by a user with the handle '@NO_LIMIT_N***A' sent and received in the months before Trayvon's death:
  • (From a cousin): Yu ain't tell me yu swung on a bus driver
  • PLZZ EXERCISE YO RIGHT 2 REMAIN SILENT.. DAM
  • 2 glock 40's... b**** you got 80 problems
  • Finna (I'm fixing to) smoke 1 wit my dawg wayne
  • Lol so daisha think she a boss cuz she walkd in class late 2day.... i do that everyday
  • Sum stuff u jus gotta tak 2 da grav w/ u
  • Early release 2day. No skool 2maro >>>>>>>>>> 

In total, he had 12 pieces of mostly women’s rings and earrings in his bag.
Instead, he was suspended on October 21for the graffiti charge.

Ben Crump, a lawyer for Trayvon’s parents, said that they ‘never heard anything like this about a bag of jewellery….And anyway, it’s completely irrelevant to what happened February 26.

‘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?

‘We think everybody is trying to demonize him.’
The Martin family has admitted that the October suspension was his second, and that he had previously been suspended for tardiness and truancy.

The third, and arguably most serious suspension, came in February in the days leading up to his death.

According to the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade Schools Police reported finding a bag with marijuana residue and a ‘marijuana pipe’ in the 17-year-old’s possession.

The boy was never criminally charged, but the Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drug related incidents so he was suspended for an undisclosed amount of time.
Mr Crump said: ‘If he and his friends experimented with marijuana, that is completely irrelevant. What does it have to do with killing their son?’

After rallies and meetings all day Monday in Sanford, Florida, where the shooting occurred, Trayvon's parents are expected to appear on Capitol Hill Tuesday as the US Congress takes up the issue of racial profiling.

The hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee comes as nearly three quarters of Americans believe Zimmerman should be arrested, according to a CNN/ORC International poll. 

Only 11 percent of the people surveyed believe Zimmerman should not be arrested. The rest are unsure. 

The unanimity against Zimmerman's shooting even crosses racial and lines. About 67 percent of whites support his arrest and 86 percent of non-whites. Majorities of Republicans, Democrats and independents are all on the same page. 

At a Sanford City Council meeting Monday, which turned into a public forum on the Trayvon shooting, Rev Al Sharpton gave city leaders a petition with 2 million signatures of people calling for Zimmerman to be locked up.
Kitted out: These supporters brought Skittles and Iced Tea with them to the rally, as they were the only two things Trayvon had on him at the time of the fatal incident
Kitted out: These supporters brought Skittles and Iced Tea with them to the rally, as they were the only two things Trayvon had on him at the time of the fatal incident
Demonstration: Thousands of people march down Park Avenue Monday in support of Trayvon Martin at downtown Sanford, Florida
Demonstration: Thousands of people march down Park Avenue Monday in support of Trayvon Martin at downtown Sanford, Florida

ZIMMERMAN'S LAWYER 'FLEES' MSNBC INTERVIEW

MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell claims he frightened away George Zimmerman's lawyer, Craig Sonner, because he planned to ask him tough questions.
Sonner has been making rounds with the media since Sunday and publicly defending Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon Martin as self-defense.
However, O'Donnell said previous interviews, mostly with network TV morning show hosts, have been too soft on Mr Sonner -- who has mostly refused to give specific details about the case.
'He's in our car right now, taking him home from our studio, afraid to face the questioning he would face on this show,' the host said.
In lieu of Mr Sonner, O'Donnell chose symbolically interview an empty chair and ask the questions he intended to put to the attorney.
They include:
'Who is paying you, Mr Lawyer?'
'Does George Zimmerman have a job?'
'Did you represent him when he was arrested for assault on a police officer in 2005?'
'Your client was not injured enough to go to the hospital that night. You say he sought some sort of medical treatment the next day. Do you have those medical records that you can show us?'

The new details about Trayvon’s past come the same day as thousands marched through the streets of Sanford, where the shooting happened, to demand justice. 
The boy's mother and father joined the rally, where they called for justice. 
His mother said: 'I know I cannot bring my baby back. But I’m sure going to make changes so that does not happen to another family.'
While his father Tracy said Zimmmerman 'needs to be arrested'. 'He needs to be put on trial.
The national attention from perennial leaders of the black community, Sharpton and Rev Jesse Jackson is not welcome, according to C.L. Bryant, the former head of the NAACP in Garland, Texas.
'His family should be outraged at the fact that they’re using this child as the bait to inflame racial passions,' the conservative pastor told the Daily Caller. 

He said they were 'acting as though they are buzzards circling the carcass of this young boy.'
Trayvon's parents and civil rights leaders spoke after a dramatic police account of the fatal shooting claimed the black teen launched an unprovoked attack on the neighborhood watch volunteer in which he punched him in the face, knocked him to the ground and then bashed his head into the sidewalk several times before trying to grab his gun.

The report, leaked to the Orlando Sentinel and ABC News and based on anonymous sources, supports accounts from George Zimmerman's allies that he acted in self-defense when he shot dead the 17-year-old one month ago in Sanford Florida.

The embattled Sanford Police Department, while condemning the leak, confirmed that the story was consistent with information private to the State Attorney's office, which is currently considering whether to file charges against Zimmerman.

The police account is also based mostly on Zimmerman's own words to officers after they arrived at the gated community February 26, but it is the most complete picture of his side of the shooting that has been released publicly.

As the Orland Sentinel reports, Zimmerman got out of his car and followed Trayvon as he walked back to the home of his father's girlfriend after picking up snacks at a local convenience store.

Zimmerman called 911 to report a suspicious black teenager who looked like he might be on drugs.

As he walked after the teen, the police dispatcher told Zimmerman he didn't need to keep following.

A minute passes and police don't know what happens.

Then, according to Zimmerman, Trayvon approached him from behind and they 'exchanged words.'

Trayvon asked Zimmerman if he had a problem. Zimmerman said, 'no.'

Then, according to Zimmerman, Trayvon said, 'Well now you do,' and unexpectedly punched Zimmerman in the face, knocking him to the ground.

Trayvon, 6-foot-3 and 140 pounds, then reportedly climbed on top of the 250-pound Zimmerman and bashed his head into the sidewalk several times.
Frenzy: Trayvon's mother, Sabrina Fulton (center), seen next to her lawyer Benjamin Crump, attended the massive rally on Monday that was organized in Sanford to show support for Trayvon
Frenzy: Trayvon's mother, Sabrina Fulton (center), seen next to her lawyer Benjamin Crump, attended the massive rally on Monday that was organized in Sanford to show support for Trayvon
Sybrina Fulton
Rally: Sybrina Fulton (center), the Trayvon's mother, met with Rev Al Sharpton (second from the right) and Rev Jesse Jackson (right) at the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville, Florida Monday
Anger: Rev Jesse Jackson, right, speaks as Rev. Al Sharpton listens during a community forum on slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Eatonville, Florida
Anger: Rev Jesse Jackson, right, speaks as Rev. Al Sharpton listens during a community forum on slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Eatonville, Florida.

One unidentified witness, who did not see the shooting, said he saw a younger man on top of an older man and the older man was screaming for help.

Police say the cries that witnesses reported, which Trayvon's family say were coming from the teen, are actually likely from Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, who had a permit to carry a handgun, shot Trayvon once in the chest at very close range, killing him.

'If he and his friends experimented with marijuana, that is completely irrelevant. What does it have to do with killing their son?'
-Benjamin Crump, lawyer for the Martin family
According to police reports and accounts given by Zimmerman's lawyer, Craig Sooner, the 28-year-old's nose was bloody or broken, his lip was bleeding and he had a bloody gash on the back of his head.

As the national outcry over the shooting continued to gather momentum, Zimmerman's allies say he was in a 'fight for his life.'
'It's not a racial issue. George Zimmerman is absolutely not a racist,' Zimmerman's lawyer told the Today Show Monday. Zimmerman is half white and half Hispanic.

His friend Joe Oliver joined his lawyer for several TV interviews Sunday and Monday to publicly defend Zimmerman.

'The bottom line is there was a life and death struggle in that instance and someone was going to die,' Mr Oliver told the Today Show.

‘Because he was there and he knows what happened...he's been very confident -- naively -- that this would all blow over,' Mr Oliver said in an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America Sunday. He added that Zimmerman cried for days after the incident.
Too young: Trayvon Martin, seen here in a family photo from a ski trip, was simply holding Skittles when he was shot
Too young: Trayvon Martin, seen here in a family photo from a ski trip, was simply holding Skittles when he was shot
Joe Oliver and Craig Sonner
Rushing to his defense: George Zimmerman's friend, Joe Oliver (left), and his attorney, Craig Sonner (right), said the neighborhood watch volunteer shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense
Police did not arrest Zimmerman after the February 26 because he cited Florida's so-called 'Stand Your Ground' law, which does not require residents to retreat and allows them to defend themselves when they have reasonable belief that they will be killed or severely injured.

That law could also make it difficult to win a conviction if they file charges against Zimmerman, a top prosecutor told Good Morning America Monday.

'The Stand Your Ground law is one portion of justifiable use of deadly force,' veteran State Attorney Angela Corey said.

'And what that means is that the state must go forward and be able to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt… So it makes the case in general more difficult than a normal criminal case.'

Despite being legally justified, according to friends, Zimmerman is remorseful about killing Trayvon.

Mr Oliver said Zimmerman wishes he could tell the boy's parents he is 'very, very sorry.'
Widespread protests: Maurice Collier (L) and Josie Dean stand in protest before students from historically black colleges in Atlanta arrive at the Georgia capitol to protest the shooting
Widespread protests: Maurice Collier (L) and Josie Dean stand in protest before students from historically black colleges in Atlanta arrive at the Georgia capitol to protest the shooting
Support: New York state senators Kevin Parker (left) Bill Perkins (center) and Eric Adams wear hooded sweatshirts during session in the Senate Chamber in Albany today to show their support for Florida teenager Trayvon Martin
Support: New York state senators Kevin Parker (left) Bill Perkins (center) and Eric Adams wear hooded sweatshirts during session in the Senate Chamber in Albany today to show their support for Florida teenager Trayvon Martin
'No justice': Marie Gonzalez, of Pembroke Pines, Florida, wears a T-shirt demanding justice for Trayvon
'No justice': Marie Gonzalez, of Pembroke Pines, Florida, wears a T-shirt demanding justice for Trayvon.

Furthermore, Mr Oliver says, Zimmerman, who is currently in hiding, didn't stop crying for days after the killing.

The interviews comes the same day as a new report says that Justice Department investigators may try to charge him with a hate crime, and they are thought to be using the alleged murmuring on the 911 call to argue he said a racial slur before fatally shooting the teen.


'They killed my son and now they're trying to kill his reputation'
-Sabrina Fulton, Trayvon's mother
'If that was a racial epithet that preceded the attack on Trayvon Martin, we definitely have a hate crime,' said Drexel University law professor Donald Tibbs.
'It sounds pretty obvious to me.'

Even if Zimmerman is not charged, the entire Sanford police department may be investigated regardless to see if they destroyed or hid any evidence during their initial investigation.
Mr Oliver also identified the voice screaming in the now-infamous 911 tapes as the Neighbourhood Watch captain, not of Martin as the teen's parents claim.

‘From the clips that I’ve heard online, I heard George. That sounded like someone who was in dire need of help. It sounded like George.’

'At that point, either George or Trayvon was going to die.'

Despite the defense from Zimmerman's allies, a new witness has stepped forward and said she and her roommate heard Trayvon screaming before hearing a shot being fired.

In an interview which aired on Dateline NBC Sunday night, Mary Cutcher said that she and her roommate ran out after hearing the shot.
Vigil: Marc Booker, of Sanford, leads a prayer during the candlelight vigil at the memorial site outside the gates of the Retreat at Twin Lakes, where Trayvon Martin was shot
Vigil: Marc Booker, of Sanford, leads a prayer during the candlelight vigil at the memorial site outside the gates of the Retreat at Twin Lakes, where Trayvon Martin was shot

Sweet gestures: Skittles are one of the common symbols of the fight for justice of Trayvon
Sweet gestures: Skittles are one of the common symbols of the fight for justice of Trayvon
Sweet gestures: Skittles are one of the common symbols of the fight for justice of Trayvon
‘We both saw him straddling the body, basically, a foot on both sides of Trayvon’s body and his hands pressed on his back,’ Ms Cutcher said of she and her roommate.

‘It sounded young.  It didn’t sound like a grown man is my point.  It sounded to me like someone was in distress and it wasn’t like a crying, sobbing boo-hoo, it was a definite whine.
‘He started walking back and forth like three times with his hand on the head and kind of, he was walking like kind of confused.

‘He was in shock.’

This version of events plays into the beliefs of millions of protestors who have called for Zimmerman to be charged with murder for shooting the teen and believe the killing was racially motivated.
Widespread: Concurrent rallies were held throughout the country, like this one in Atlanta, Georgia
Widespread: Concurrent rallies were held throughout the country, like this one in Atlanta, Georgia

Ms Fulton, Trayvon's mother, filed applications with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office to seek ownership of the phrases 'I Am Trayvon' and 'Justice for Trayvon’ which supporters have adopted as rallying cries.

Ms Fulton's lawyer, Ms Major Morris, told the Associated Press that the money that will be gathered from the trademark will go to 'projects that will assist other families who experience similar tragedies'.

She denied that Ms Fulton had any intention of profiting from the move.
The case has become a national issue, and the slain teen's parents have both quit their jobs to help see that the fight for justice continues. In that effort, they have allowed their lawyers to set up a donation fund for the legal costs, but now they fear that other fake sites have sprung up, hoping to profit from the national outrage.

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