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Michael Savage is a horse’s arse – Part 2


2 Rolls Of Duct Tape needed.

OK, Last we heard Savage might have went round the bend. Ladies and Gents, he is now certifiable.  He makes 2 statements. One is about a racial slur Zimm says on tape and the weenie bleeps it out and puts his own racist meaning in.

Thanks to FOTM reader Mother124 Here is great link of audio blowing “Racial “Coons” Theroy  out of water. Wrong again Savage.  https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ceb_1333635188

He says we must find Zimm guilty because Zimms gun was loaded. One in the chamber and safety off. Says If it wasn’t Martin would still be alive. He’s right. And Zimmerman would be dead you  moron

Say What?

If Zimm did not carry HOT That night He was Dead. All Police FBI. Etc Carry Hot.  Some, I’d say Most people carry Hot myself included.. How you carry is a personal decision. I’m just glad you do.

For those that don’t let me explain. It is not Hollywood. When you carry a gun you carry “HOT” Which means one in the chamber and safety off. Why? Because if a situation arises as I say it is not “Hollywood where you see the guy Racking the gun and putting one in. If you have to do that and fumble for a safety you are dead. By then bad guy has shot you three times.

Jeff Poor                              https://dailycaller.com

Media Reporter              11:04 AM 07/04/2013

On his show on Tuesday night, talk show host Michael Savage said that George Zimmerman, who is currently on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, should be found guilty of second-degree manslaughter based on two things: 1) The state of his firearm and 2) The language he allegedly used on a 911 call when he was first reporting his suspicions about Martin.

But first Savage explained why his insight should be valued over others in the media covering the trial.

“I’m about to break an analysis that no one yet in the media has done, as you would expect from me — being the senior member of the American media and possibly the most insightful,” Savage said. “And I have to blow my own horn because everyone else tries to break my horn.”


“I will tell you that I broke the case down as follows,” Savage continued. “You want to hear it, or don’t you want to hear it? I know your mind is made up: White people generally think Zimmerman is innocent, except for liberals who are sure he is guilty; black people probably to the 99th percentile are sure Zimmerman’s a murderer. So where does Michael Savage fit in? I’m an independent observer and I call them as I see them, and I think Zimmerman committed what he’s being charged with: manslaughter. He didn’t intend to kill him, but he may as well have intended to kill him.”

avage laid out his case, saying that the murder could have been avoided, but based on Zimmerman’s gun having a round in the chamber with the safety off, Zimmerman intended “to find some he could shoot or intimidate.”

“Zimmerman was carrying a Kel Tec semi-automatic 9mm handgun,” Savage said. “So? Big deal. It is a big deal because he had a bullet chambered in the gun and he had the safety off… Had he not chambered a round prior to meeting Trayvon, and had he not taken the safety off, even if Trayvon, during the altercation even if Trayvon had tried to grab the gun away from Zimmerman — had that gun not been chambered with a round and safety off, Trayvon Martin would have had to use two hands. You can’t do it with one hand.”

“Many of you don’t own guns,” Savage said. “He would have had to let go of Zimmerman. He would have had to stop punching him. He would have had to take both hands on the gun, hold the pistol grip with one, pull the top back to chamber a round and then he would have had to unlock the safety, during which time the mixed-martial-artist-in-training Mr. Zimmerman would have had time to throw him off and pound the hell out of him. But because Zimmerman carried a loaded weapon with the safety off, Trayvon Martin is dead. Therefore, the responsibility is in the hands of Zimmerman.

“I don’t care which side you are on,” Savage continued. “He wasn’t just carrying a gun, he wasn’t just a watch guy: He was hunting. He was looking, he was hoping to find someone he could shoot or intimidate with that loaded weapon, ladies and gentlemen of the Savage jury.”

In addition to that, Savage said the controversial 911 call was also damning.

“[Z]immerman says the back entrance and under his breath, he can be heard saying ‘f-ing,’ and the first word is ‘f—ing;’ the second word begins with a ‘c’ and ends with ‘ns,’” Savage said. “I didn’t make that up. It’s on the 911 tape. And I’m afraid that the fact that he has this racist statement — made this racist statement on the 911 call — and that he was carry a loaded gun with a bullet in the chamber and the safety off, you have to find this man guilty of second-degree manslaughter is my opinion. Something’s wrong with this whole story.”

That 911 call was debated back in March and April 2012, with some saying Zimmerman said “fucking coon” and others saying it was “fucking cold” or “fucking punks.”


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Zimmerman Trial Update for Wednesday. Interesting.

Let me state for the record once again. I was not there so I have no knowledge of what happened between Zimmerman and Martin. No one was there except Zimmerman and Martin and maybe the one witness who testified he saw Martin on top of Zimmerman. We may have opinions, but to read some comments elsewhere, well it makes me sick. They state their “Opinion” as if it’s fact. Not to point out the obvious, but it’s usually a Racial comment. Damn the guy is not even white. I just don’t get why so much hatred for this guy. 


U.S. Army JAG corps officer and attorney Alexis Carter

U.S. Army JAG corps officer and attorney Alexis Carter

By  / 3 July 2013    https://clashdaily.com

I almost couldn’t believe what I saw happen today in the courtroom.

Maybe I’m the only one who saw it this way, but when George Zimmerman’s former college criminal law instructor was called as a witness for the prosecution this morning, he was ostensibly supposed to give testimony that the state could use to help convict the accused of being a murderer–instead, U.S. Army JAG corps officer and attorney Alexis Carter basically, glibly, unabashedly sent trans-racial “dog-whistle code” to acquit and absolve his former student, right there in front of the jury and everybody.

Captain Carter did something which completely surprised me, and told me and anyone else who heard the whistle:  This is a good guy, and he’s no murderer.

A rather dark-skinned, well-dressed black man, Carter presented a very relaxed, amiable demeanor as his testimony got underway.  After spending awhile answering probative questions from the prosecutor about his professional background and the criminal litigation course he taught to Zimmerman at Seminole State College, he was asked if he saw Zimmerman there in the courtroom.

Carter’s face immediately began to break into a broad grin as he said “Yes,” and turned to look in the direction of where Zimmerman sat at the defense table.  He didn’t even try to conceal his warm affection for his former student as he waved his hand at Zimmerman and greeted him, cutting right through the stuffiness and formality of the proceedings, saying “How ya doin,’ George!”

Translation:  I know the Law, I teach the Law; George is my man, and he’s innocent.  I vouch for him.  Let him go!

In reaction, for the first time since the trial got underway, Zimmerman (who had stood up from his seat in order to be identified by the witness, as is the protocol) was visibly moved by the message sent, and displayed affection in kind–evidence of the special sort of relationship that can develop between student and teacher.  His own face showed joy and relief, albeit somewhat forcibly suppressed for the sake of trying to stick to poker-faced decorum, as he fought to suppress his own grin by keeping his briefly smiling lips sealed tightly and contain his realization that his friend, Justice, had just made its principled presence felt.  His entire countenance was momentarily awash with relief.

Carter then proceeded to describe further the course contents of criminal procedure which he had transmitted to Zimmerman.  Asked in detail about legal theory applied in the state of Florida concerning justifiable use of deadly force as course material, Carter confirmed that Zimmerman not only had been instructed in things like “castle doctrine” and the newer “stand-your-ground” law, but that George had been one of his better, brighter students, and had earned an A in the class.

As the prosecuting attorney went on, querying Carter on a particular aspect of using deadly force in self defense, Carter’s wry, deadpan answer caused most of the courtroom to break into laughter.  The live TV camera didn’t miss George joining in the mirth shared among those in attendance, as this time he actually dared let his teeth show for a moment as he fought back a broad grin and a hearty chuckle.  Malik Zulu Shabazz must have been throwing furniture at his TV screen.

The intended tactic by the prosecution this morning was to try to show Zimmerman to be a vindictive, power-lusting, frustrated wannabe-cop who not only took the law into his own hands, but used his knowledge of legal theory to carefully craft a huge lie in order to conceal his murderous shooting of the angelic Trayvon Martin.

As with virtually every other witness in this horrible miscarriage of a kangaroo court, the state’s agenda again blew up in their faces–because it should have.  Because their agenda is based not on deliberately investigating true probable cause of wrongdoing, but on sacrificing some unfortunate, barely-white-enough neighborhood watch volunteer with a European name, in the interest of malicious racial pandering and politics.



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Democrat public defender: Zimmerman acted in self-defense

Jay Gaskill is a licensed attorney who was the Public Defender of Alameda County in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gaskill is also a registered Democrat who, despite his party ID, is my friend. LOL

It is therefore significant that, based on the trial testimonies thus far, Gaskill believes that George Zimmerman was acting in justified self-defense when he struggled with and then shot Trayvon Martin. Gaskill also believes that, given the facts, the prosecution should never filed and pursued a murder charge against Zimmerman. That the prosecution did do that suggests they’re acting from PC pressure, in a case that Obama, as the President of the United States, had unseemly and irresponsibly politicized with his incendiary remark: “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

FOTM is grateful for Mr. Gaskill’s permission to republish his essay from his Out*lawyer’s Blog.


ht_george_zimmerman_head_dm_120419_wmainZimmerman’s head wounds from his “encounter” with Martin.

Martin versus Zimmerman or Politically Correct Prosecution vs. Justice

Legal commentary & OPINION

By Jay B. Gaskill, Attorney at Law

June 28, 2013

Trayvon Martin died in a struggle, not – as one breathless media-bot proclaimed just before trial – from being “gunned down.”

The evidence now unambiguously shows that, at the time of the fatal shot, Mr. Zimmerman was down; and Mr. Martin was on top of him, administering a first class beating.

The following is a reasonably accurate summary of the general law as it applies to self-defense cases –

“The circumstances under which he acted must have been such as to produce in the mind of a reasonable prudent person, similarly situated, the reasonable belief that the other person was then about to kill him or to do him serious bodily harm. In addition, the Defendant must have actually believed that he was in imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm and that deadly force must be used to repel it. If evidence of self-defense is present, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Defendant did not act in self-defense.”

On the face of it – and from the prosecution’s case so far – it appears that Mr. Zimmerman has a strong self-defense case right out of the box.  Few prosecutors I know would – except in extremis and under relentless political pressure –file and pursue a murder charge in a case like Mr. Zimmerman’s.

If the prosecution can salvage anything from this disaster it might be a manslaughter case based on the doctrine of “imperfect self-defense”, on the notion – so far unproven – that Mr. Zimmerman provoked the struggle and then acted with unnecessary and unreasonable force when he began to lose the fight.

This probably won’t work.  No evidence has surfaced that Zimmerman initiated the use of force and the legal test of his response to being pummeled is what a reasonable person would do if similarly situated. 

Were it my defense case, I would argue – and this can be done very persuasively – that Mr. Zimmerman faced a deadly threat because he was carrying a firearm against a crazed opponent who could not be counted on to use restraint if he (Martin) got control of it during the struggle.

When violently attacked, there is no duty to flee or to turn the other cheek.

I know it is premature to comment, but as the facts have so far unfolded, it would appear to be a grave miscarriage of justice if Mr. Zimmerman were convicted of murder (absent some compelling new evidence, so far not even hinted at).  A manslaughter conviction would be more of a misfire, than a miscarriage, a repellant sop to those fevered souls who had hoped to turn this tragedy into some kind of racial cause-celeb.

I am deeply sorry the Mr. Martin died and that Mr. Zimmerman must go through this nightmare parody of a political trial.

Or so it seems from my remote viewing platform.


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George Zimmerman had voted for Obama

“If I had a son, he’d look just like Trayvon.” – Barack Hussein Obama
Bond Hearing Held For Trayvon Martin Shooter George Zimmerman
Astounding news from Breitbart.com.
Ben Shapiro reports for Breitbart, Feb. 6, 2013, that George Zimmerman, the half-Hispanic man who had shot Trayvon Martin and whom the media and race hustlers portrayed as a racist, had voted for Obama!
That’s the testimony of George’s brother, Robert Zimmerman.
Shapiro writes:

Not only was Zimmerman not a racist – he had a black business partner, has Afro-Peruvian roots, and helped out underprivileged black kids in his neighborhood – he also was a supporter of the very president who would later slander him by innuendo. As Robert, George’s brother, told me, George is “a registered Democrat. He registered as a Hispanic. He kind of did some internal family campaigning for Obama.”

George supported Obama, Robert explained, because “He was like many young people who thought that the president’s club had been a club of white men since our founding, and that there really wasn’t a good reason for that, except that the right man for the job who happened to be black had not come along, and that electing a man who happened to be biracial or multiracial like we were, would reflect not just a situation that we found ourselves in ethnically in our family, but the reality of where America had come, which is that we are a melting pot of cultures and we are a diverse society.”

“Ironically,” Robert added, “the man who he campaigned for within his family was the same man seemingly indicting him in a way from the Rose Garden years later.”

You can watch Robert Zimmerman being interviewed by Ben Shapiro, here.
In other words, George Zimmerman is another “useful idiot.”
See also:

H/t my bud Mark S. McGrew.

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No Conscience: Blacks kill white college student for $10

Four blacks in Wilmington, NC, were on the prowl to hunt down some white person “in a good neighborhood,” convinced that “a good neighborhood” means “there’s money lying around.”
They found that “prosperous” white person, a college student who gave them what he had — $10 and his cell phone.
The black punks took the money, then shot the “prosperous” college student in the head.
Who will sound the alarm when evil like this goes unreported or cleaned up?
Do our black citizens benefit by covering up the truth? I think Bill Cosby would disagree.
Hollywood and the music industry continually spew out a stream of sociopathic monsters, and tell us to call them stars of popular culture. The latest is actor Jamie Foxx who proclaimed on SNL how great it was to star in Quentin Tarantino’s movie, Django, because “I get to kill all the white people in this movie! How great is that?”
And then when some black guys pick out a white kid, thinking surely he’ll have money, and murder him in cold blood, we are not supposed to draw a connection to Foxx or Tarantino?
~ Trail Dust

$10, cell phone and a bullet to head

By Colin Flaherty for WND, Dec. 20, 2012
Colin Flaherty is an award-winning reporter and author of the best-selling book, White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America and how the media ignore it. I’ve read the book and highly recommend it! ~Eowyn)
People who say racial violence is “random” either do not know what the word means, or they are not telling the truth.
The latest “random” attack – that wasn’t random – happened earlier this month in downtown Wilmington, N.C.
Four black people decided they needed some money for marijuana and travel, so they decided to look for a “white person in a good neighborhood (because) they’re bound to have money lying around,” said one of the suspected killers to the Wilmington Star News.
They tried to break into a home but ran away after they discovered someone was there. So they moved to the downtown area, where three of the group followed a woman for several blocks while the fourth trailed in their getaway car.
Such attacks are part of an epidemic of hundreds of cases of black mob violence in more than 80 cities over the last three years, as documented in the book “White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America and how the media ignore it.”
The woman escaped. And almost, but not quite, dialed 911.
Joshua Proutey was next, sitting nearby in his truck eating a sandwich when this mob found the 20-year-old white college student. They demanded money. He gave them all he had, $10. They took his cell phone.
Then they shot him in the head.
One of the accused, Chris Cromartie, said he wanted money to visit his 3-year old son in New York. Police arrested Cromartie at the Wilmington Coastal Boxing gym.
Cromartie was a “member of the Portia M. Hines Park Project, part of the New Hanover County Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence, and he claimed to be the manager of the gym, a nonprofit club for at-risk youth,” said the Star News.
Another suspect, 17-year old Daniel Henry, admitted to a local TV station that he was part of the crime. But he did not pull the trigger, so he did not deserve a life sentence, he said, dabbing away tears behind the protective glass. “I’m not the tough guy I look like,” he said. “I get stereotyped so much. I don’t want sympathy. I just want justice.”
The local police chief said the attack was random and could have happened to anybody.
That misstates the nature of the attackers and the victims.
See the Big List of black mob violence.
“As a black person it’s always racial,”” said actor Jamie Foxx in a recent interview with the London Daily Mail. “Every single thing in my life is built around race.”
If race had no role in this crime, the chances of four black people randomly gathering and randomly selecting a white person are estimated at 1.7 out of 10,000.
Umar Lee, a St. Louis writer, activist and boxing coach, says police often ignore the racial element of a crime, because it makes their city look bad. But the criminals pay close attention: They seek the defenseless.
“Most of the people who get beat up are vegans, gays, artists, non-violent types,”Lee said. “Many are kids from the suburbs or recent immigrants. People who are not prepared to defend themselves. There are white neighborhoods – blue collar, middle class neighborhoods – where these folks will not go because they know that people there are willing to defend themselves.”
And then there are places like downtown Wilmington.


Here’s a picture of the victim, 19-year-old college student Joshua Proutey:
Josh Proutey
When black Trayvon Martin was killed by half-white George Zimmerman, before details of the killing even became known, Barack Hussein Obama fanned the flames of accusations of racism against Zimmerman by saying “If I had a son, he’d look just like Trayvon.”
Since Obama is half-white, will he say “If I had a son, he’d look just like Joshua Proutey”?
I don’t think so! Why is that?
Oh silly me. It’s only “RAAAACISM” when whites (or half-whites like Zimmerman, or one-quarter whites, or….) kill blacks. But it’s not racism when a gang of blacks specifically targets whites “in a good neighborhood,” robs a white person of $10 and then shoots him in the head FOR NO REASON.
Obama, Jamie Foxx, and all you black racists, you have the blood of Joshua Proutey on your hands.

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Two CBS affiliates declared Obama the winner 18 days before election

Remember this?

And this?

And this?

Here’s the latest example:

On Oct. 19, 2012, two CBS affiliates — KPHO in Phoenix, Arizona, and WCPO in Cincinnati, Ohio — had already called the election with Obama as the winner.

Randy Hall reports for NewsBusters, Oct. 22, 2012, that during last Friday’s edition of “The People’s Court” at 3:30 p.m. on KPHO, Phoenix, a “lower-third graphic” scrolled across the bottom of the screen and stated that with 99% of all precincts reporting, Obama had won the nationwide vote, 43% v. 40% or 40,237, 966 votes v. Romney’s 38,116,216.


Here’s a blow-up of the banner:

After 17 seconds, the banner disappeared.

Soon after, WCPO in Cleveland posted a list of vote totals for the Nov. 6 election that again declared Obama the victor in the presidential election and even stated that Ohio’s Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown was re-elected to his U.S. Senate seat. Below is a screen shot taken by the blog TexasDarlin:

Here’s a blowup of the WCPO screen shot showing that in Ohio, with 100% of precincts reporting, Obama won by a 7 point margin, 46% vs. Romney’s 39%:

WCPO’s election results site is now back to 0% precincts reporting.

A commenter on TexasDarlin, Mike Dolanson, poo-pooed questions about WCPO’s premature election results: “I worked at local TV stations for years. Stations test their on-air and online systems in the weeks leading up to elections. Random results are put in to make sure everything is ready and then zero’ed out. Occassionally, something isn’t right and it appears on the screen for a second or on the website for a brief time. That’s all. There is no fix — unless you’re paranoid.”

To that, other commenters made these excellent ripostes:

  • cbas: “So why not put all zeros in the results instead of random numbers?”
  • Jim Wafwot: “Why not put exact numbers for each party so they show 45% – 45% ?”
  • Reidmere: “I own a radio site, and when working on ‘test’ pages that you want to have live, you put it on an unlinked URL, not your homepages. Any professional tech knows this. Poor excuse: And this is coming from a programmer and web dev.”
  • a: “Maybe if they say Obama wins they may think that people won’t bother to vote for Mitt….it is some kind of scam.”
  • Guy S: “Some will claim this is simply an accident as stations prepare for the election and test pages for broadcast. Sorry, I’m not buying it. I interned at a PBS TV Station in Boise, Idaho as a cameraman and believe you me, the directors are anal about what is and is not done. And that’s PBS! To say that an ABC or CBS affiliate would ‘accidentally” run something like this stinks to high heavens!”

One CBS affiliate making a mistake, I can understand.

But TWO? And BOTH “mistakes” are in Obama’s favor?

What are the chances of that happening “by accident”?


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Rapper Wyclef Jean’s Haiti charity a cesspool of fraud

Donating to charities is now a hazardous undertaking.

We must exercise caution and discernment when we give to even well-established charities like United Way, given disgraceful incidents of their CEOs’ misuse of donated funds on lavish personal expenditures like gold bathroom faucets. All the more dubious are charities set up by “celebrities” in the “entertainment” industry which lack a track record as well as institutionalized checks and balance. Madonna Louise Ciccone’s Malawi charity is an example. Here’s the latest.

Wyclef Jean is a Haiti-born American rapper, singer, record producer, and aspiring politician. Although he has an estimated net worth of $50 million, Jean fancies himself one of the oppressed 99% and is a vocal supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

In April 2012, Jean released a song “Justice” as a musical tribute to Trayvon Martin

In 2004, Jean set up a charitable organization “Yele Haiti” to help his poor homeland. In 2010, a terrible 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing more than 316,000 and leaving one million homeless. Yele Haiti received millions of dollars in donation from viewers of the MTV telethon Hope for Haiti and audiences for numerous benefit concerts and other events.

The UK’s Daily Mail reports, Oct. 12, 2012, that Jean’s Haiti charity is a “cesspool of fraud and broken promises” and has collapsed under a mountain of debt.

The collapse of the organization once labelled by its founder as Haiti’s ‘greatest asset and ally’ comes after years of accusations of mishandled funds totaling $16million.

The group, which the Haitian-born Jean stated in 2004, was small in its first years of operation, with assets amounting to only $37,000, but according to the New York Times, after the devastating 2010 earthquake, donations started pouring in.

Jean said he raised $1million in 24 hours after issuing a plea for help on Twitter. But rather than using the money to help the millions of displaced residents living on the quake-ravaged streets of Port-au-Prince, the Times reported that Yele funneled a large portion of the funds to pay for  ‘offices, salaries, consultants’ fees and travel’ to say nothing of Jean’s family, friends and legal team.

In one case, the group allegedly shelled out $30,763 to fly Hollywood starlet Lindsay Lohan from New Jersey to a charity event in Chicago that raised $66,000.

In another instance, Yele Haiti spent nearly $58,000 on private jets to fly actor Matt Damon and Jean’s other celebrity friends to Haiti. [One would think that given Damon’s estimated earnings of $65 million and his vaunted reputation as a philanthropist, he could have paid for his own transportation to Haiti. ~Eowyn]

Wyclef Jean (why is he wearing army fatigues?) and Matt Damon handing out relief food to Haiti’s earthquake survivors.

‘If I had depended on Yele, these kids would all be dead by now,’ says Diaoly Estime, who runs an orphanage in Haiti’s capital.

Following the earthquake, Yele spent $9 million of its $16 million on office space, workers’ salaries and other expenses.

About $600,000 in donations went toward Yele’s headquarters, which have since been abandoned; another $375,000 was used to cover ‘landscaping’ costs; and more than $470,000 was spent on food and beverages.

Wyclef Jean, who made an unsuccessful bid for Haiti’s presidency in 2010, reportedly paid himself $100,000 to perform in a charity concert and gave his family over $500,000 for unspecified work. Also, $37,000 was paid by Yele to cover the rent of Jean’s Manhattan studio.

According to The Smoking Gun, the charity also made payments of more than $100,000 to the alleged mistress of the married 42-year-old singer.

As for Yele’s much-hyped revitalization plans, many of them never got off the ground. The group paid $146,000 to build a medical center inside geodesic domes and another $93,000 to erect temporary housing, but neither project was completed.

A New York attorney general’s investigation into Yele’s pre-earthquake activities has already found financial improprieties. The forensic audit covering the time period between 2005 and 2009 found $256,580 in illegitimate benefits to Jean and other Yéle board and staff members, as well as other improper transactions.

At the end of August, Derek Q. Johnson, Yele’s chief executive, announced his resignation after Jean rejected a settlement offered by the attorney general that would have required the singer and the two other Yele founders to pay $600,000 in restitution ‘to remedy the waste of the foundation’s assets.’

Before I give to a charity, I always check it out on websites such as Charity Navigator.


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Here’s a brilliant Halloween costume idea…


Florida campaign promotes ‘hoodie Halloween’ following death of Trayvon Martin

Daily Mail: A campaign in Florida fears one of the scariest Halloween costumes this year may be one already in your closet.

Fuelled by the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin who was shot while wearing a hoodie, the Halloween Hoodie Campaign is hoping to encourage a stand against negative stereotypes by donning the same hoods this season.

‘I’m a black man, are you afraid of me now?’ a YouTube video captures men and women of various races, including family of Trayvon, asking the camera as they cover themselves with a hood.

The hoodie is this ubiquitous piece of clothing that everyone wears but when black people wear it, it’s interpreted as a symbol of criminal activity,’ one of the campaign’s creators Gauis Benbow told the Orlando Sentinel.

Mr. Benbow and his partner Rochelle Oliver, both of Miami, hope it’ll inspire discussion, especially in connection to Halloween and what people perceive to be the scariest costumes of today.

‘This isn’t about being pro-Trayvon. It’s about being anti-stereotyping,’ Ms Oliver told the paper. ‘Seeing someone wearing a hoodie on Halloween will hopefully allow people to examine what they are feeling if they are scared or why they may be judging the person as a threat.’

Making a cameo in the short minute-and-a-half film is however Trayvon’s uncle, Ronald Fulton. Confined to a wheelchair as a  quadriplegic, black male, Mr. Fulton says he already has a number of  challenges against him, but when it comes to stereotypes, the list can  go on. People think that because I’m in a wheelchair that I’m stupid or slow but when you get to know me, you’ll realize how wrong that is,’ Mr Fulton told the paper.

‘I think this can lead to constructive dialogue about the issues surrounding my nephew’s death,’ stereotypically he said, without going into the criminal case. ‘I’m still a black man,’ Mr Fulton says in the video while donning a hood. ‘Are you afraid of me now?’

Trayvon Martin wasn’t shot merely because he was wearing a hoodie. But never let an unfounded crisis go to waste.

Seems to me the ones that are perpetuating stereotypes are these folks. A black guy walking on the street wearing a hoodie is automatically considered to be committing a crime? A person in a wheelchair is automatically assumed to be stupid? How insulting to law-abiding black kids and intelligent folks that use wheelchairs.


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Zimmerman reenacts Trayvon shooting

This morning, the Defense Team in the Trayvon Martin shooting case released a video of George Zimmerman reenacting and giving his account of the deadly shooting. The material was released by Zimmerman’s attorney on gzlegalcase.com, a website managed by the Zimmerman defense team.
Here’s the video on YouTube:
Arelis R. Hernández reports for the Orlando Sentinel, June 21, 2012:

George Zimmerman told investigators he fired one shot into Trayvon Martin‘s torso when he felt the teen reach for his gun while he was smothering him and pounding his head against the concrete.
Moments before, Zimmerman said, Trayvon “emerged from the darkness” and circled his vehicle to confront Zimmerman, who was on the phone with authorities reporting a “suspicious” youth, according to his written statement to Sanford Police.

“I shot him,” Zimmerman said.
Trayvon said back and said, “You got me,” Zimmerman told authorities.
In video and audio evidence released this morning, Zimmerman is heard for the first time in his own words detailing his version of what happened the rainy February night he fatally shot the 17-year-old.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon’s family, said after reviewing the evidence “it is clear to us and should be to everybody, why the special prosecutor charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder.” Specifically, Crump said Zimmerman was inconsistent in his statements, and altered his explanation of why he got out of his vehicle and walked in Trayvon’s direction.
Hours after the shooting, Sanford Police Investigator Chris Serino did most of the talking during an interview with Zimmerman.
The investigator tells Zimmerman he will face lots of questions about why he thought Trayvon was suspicious:
“Ever hear of Murphys’ Law?,” Serino asked.
“Yes sir.”
“OK, that’s what happened. This person (Trayvon) was not doing anything bad,” Serino said. “He was 17 years old. An athlete. A kid with a future… with folks that care….Not the goon.
“You have any prior training in law enforcement at all? As far as identifying people, what to look for that makes them really suspicious?”
Zimmerman said when they organized a Neighborhood Watch event, there was a Power-Point presentation that addressed that issue.
“If you guys continue Neighborhood Watch, typically the garb is black-on-black-on-black with a black hoodie. This guy had a gray hoodie. But his pants were beige. Not exactly your prime suspect type,” Serino said.
Serino then asks what was going through Zimmerman’s head that night when he made the non-emergency call. Zimmerman then talks about an incident weeks before when he saw a black man wandering around the neighborhood looking in his neighbor’s window.
“What did you see Trayvon doing that caught you as being suspicious?”
Zimmerman said Trayvon was looking at the same house he saw someone casing weeks before.
“You know you’re gonna come under a lot of scrutiny under this, the profiling aspect of this. You understand that, right?” Serino asked.
“Yes,” Zimmerman said.
“I got to ask that,” Serino said. “Like I said this child has no criminal record whatsoever. Good kid. Mild-mannered kid.”
Serino said one of Trayvon’s hobbies was videotaping everything he does. Trayvon had an extensive video library on his phone.
“There’s a possibility that whatever happened between you and him was caught on videotape….There’s a very strong possibility that what’s on there is either gonna help ya or not help ya,” Serino said.
Replied Zimmerman: “I pray to God that someone videotaped it.”
“Obviously you’ve passed a lie detector test and you’ve done all of that,” Serino said. “But if there’s anything that you haven’t said that might be in that phone…”
Zimmerman interrupted, “I prayed to God that someone was videotaping this or that the neighborhood has a video camera that I didn’t know about, or something.”
During the interview, Zimmerman reaffirmed what he wrote in a statement to police that night.
He says things like “You saw a suspicious person, you called the police, you followed him,” and then this exchange:
“He mounted you basically, and he started to beat upon you?” Serino asked.
“Yes sir,” Zimmerman replied.
“At what point did you draw your weapon?”
“After he hit my head against the concrete several times, uh, I yelled out for help,” Zimmerman said.
“Who yelled out for help?” Serino asked.
“I did. And he tried to smother my mouth and my nose. When he did that I tried to slide out and squirm and I realized my shirt came up and I felt him slide his hand toward my right side, and he said ‘you’re gonna die, (expletive),'” Zimmerman said.
Serino: “So he was going for your gun?”
“Yes sir.”
Serino asks about the gun and ammunition.
“I think it was hollow point,” Zimmerman said.
“What happened then?”
“I shot him.”
According to his written statement, Zimmerman’s bullet struck Trayvon in the torso and the teen sat back.
Zimmerman got on top of him to spread the teens hands away from his body and restrain him.
Trayvon allegedly said, “You got me,” the statement said.
That’s when an eyewitness appears and asks Zimmerman if he was OK. Police arrive soon after.
“You’re gonna have anxiety over this and nightmares and everything else, so you’re probably gonna have a hard time with this whole thing,” Serino said. “I’m here for that.”
“He told me he was gonna kill me,” Zimmerman said at the end of the six-minute recording.
“Exactly, he said he was gonna kill you,” Serino said.

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Zimmerman had multiple injuries to nose, eyes, lip, cheek, back, and head

ABC’s Matt Gutman and Seni Tienabeso have an exclusive report today that a medical report compiled by the family physician of George Zimmerman found that Zimmerman had sustained a “closed fracture” of his nose, a pair of black eyes, bruising in the upper lip and cheek, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor lower back injury the day after he fatally shot Martin during an alleged altercation. Of the two lacerations on the back of his head, one was nearly an inch long, the other about a quarter-inch long.

Trayvon Martin (l); George Zimmerman at his bail hearing (r)

Zimmerman faces a second degree murder charge for the Feb. 26 shooting that left unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin dead. Zimmerman has claimed self defense in what he described as a life and death struggle that Martin initiated by accosting him, punching him in the face, then repeatedly bashing his head into the pavement.

Zimmerman declined hospitalization the night of the shooting. The morning after the shooting, on Feb. 27, Zimmerman sought treatment at the offices of a general physician at a family practice near Sanford, Fla. The doctor notes Zimmerman sought an appointment to get legal clearance to return to work. Zimmerman declined the advice of his doctor to make a follow-up appointment with an ear nose and throat doctor.

A neighbor told ABC News that the day after the shooting he saw Zimmerman as he spoke to officers outside his home. He too recalled seeing black eyes and significant swelling — as well as a bandage over his nose.

Moments after the shooting Zimmerman told eyewitnesses he had shot Martin in self defense. He later told officers his head was being pounded into the pavement and that he feared for his life, but that it was only when Martin seemed to reach for Zimmerman’s gun wedged in his waistband that Zimmerman drew his weapon and fired directly into Martin’s chest — killing him.

Zimmerman was granted a $150,000 bail on April 20, and has gone into deep hiding.
Bolstering Zimmerman’s defense is a report by Orlando TV station WFTV that autopsy results show that the skin on Trayvon Martin’s knuckles was torn when he died — injuries that appear much less serious than Zimmerman’s bloody head wounds.

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