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Zimmerman Not Guilty

What a travesty. What an utter and complete miscarriage of justice.

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“Only in America can a dead black boy go on trial for his own murder.” -Syreeta McFadden

Truer words never spoken.

I would say I’m speechless, but I’m not. I’m outraged. Meanwhile, a black woman in Florida is serving 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot over the head of her abusive husband when he tried to attack her. Apparently, justice in Florida IS a matter of black and white.

Why the City of Miami Is Doomed to Drown | Politics News | Rolling Stone

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Miami Tower | 110918-2135-jikatu (Photo credit: jikatu)

If you live in South Florida, you may want to check out this article: Why the City of Miami Is Doomed to Drown | Politics News | Rolling Stone. It’s scary as hell. With sea waters rising due to climate change, it’s likely that South Florida is going to sink rather rapidly into the sea as early as 2030. Miami will be gone, the Everglades will be gone, and the Turkey Point nuclear power plant is likely to become another Fukushima. Florida is currently a Tea Party state, and warnings from climatologists are going largely ignored down there. Little is being done to prepare for the rising seas, other than throwing good money after bad in efforts to update decades old pumping and desalinization systems. Miami and the resort towns around it will sink, and within decades become a new age Atlantis.  The article poses some realistically scary scenarios for Miami, as well as challenges that other low lying coastal cities such as Washington DC, New York City, and Boston are currently facing now, as well as in the future. If you believe in global warming, this article is a sobering must read.

My Thoughts On This Week’s RNC

The GOP platform is a farce, the nomination procedure was a farce (just ask Ron Paul supporters). The entire convention has been one giant anti-women, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-poor and middle class farce. All the convention has managed to do so far is show the world just how much of a fractured, dysfunctional, and hateful party the GOP is. All I can say is:

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Brian Beckmann Thinks Trayvon Martin’s Parents Are Sh!t Bags.

Apparently Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Department Captain Brian Beckmann doesn’t like the arrest of Trayvon Martin’s killer. It seems that he doesn’t think much of Trayvon’s parents either.   Beckmann is under investigation by Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue for this cute little rant he posted on Facebook:

Charges Against Trayvon Martin’s Killer Expected to be Announced Tonight.

George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

6 weeks after he killed Trayvon Martin, and 1 day after his lawyers dumped him on his ass, it appears as if George Zimmerman is finally going to be charged for Martin’s death. Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey will be holding a press conference at 6PM tonight, in which it is expected that she will announce that Zimmerman will be charged. Although details of the charges are not known yet, I would imagine it will be a manslaughter charge: Murder charges can only be filed by a grand jury under Florida state law, and Corey declined to convene the grand jury in this case.

As of right now, Zimmerman’s location is unknown. Zimmerman’s attorneys have stated that although he is still in the U.S, he is no longer in Florida. My guess is that he’s cowering in the basement of his personal confidant, Sean Hannity.

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UPDATE:

Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder, and is in custody without bail.

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Criminal Justice Petition: Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin | Change.org

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Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

Tell Florida’s 18th District State’s Attorney what you think about this miscarriage of justice. Just click on the link below:

Criminal Justice Petition: Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin | Change.org.

What Everyone Should Know About Trayvon Martin (1995-2012) | ThinkProgress

 

Let me see if I have the facts right: A 28 year old white man, with a history of violence, and armed with a 9mm handgun, felt threatened for his life by a 17 year old African American boy who was armed to the teeth with iced tea and Skittles. What possible threat could Trayvon Martin, a young man who earned A’s and B’s in high school, and according to one teacher “majored in cheerfulness,”  have posed to George Zimmerman? Was Zimmerman afraid  young  Trayvon would force him to taste the rainbow?

This young man was murdered before his young life ever really got started, and three weeks later, George Zimmerman is still free because he claimed self defense. I call bullshit, and I call racism on not only George Zimmerman, but the police department and prosecuting attorney of Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman belongs behind bars and should be standing trial for his heartless actions. Trayvon Martin deserved better, and George Zimmerman damn well better be brought to justice for robbing Trayvon of his future, and Trayvon’s family of their son.

Oh, and one more thing; if the situation was reversed, you can bet your ass that Trayvon would be under the jail, regardless of the circumstance.

What Everyone Should Know About Trayvon Martin (1995-2012) | ThinkProgress.

Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty! OJ Simpson Points And Laughs.

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The 12 jurors in the Casey Anthony trial found her not guilty in the 3 year old murder case of her daughter, Caylee. Although she was convicted of 4 counts of lying to the police during the investigation, the worse she’s going to get now is 1 one year of jail for each offense. If she was convicted of 1st degree murder, she probably would have received the death sentence.

I know what a lot of people are thinking: How could a jury in their right mind return with such a verdict? What were they thinking? Did they witness the same trial as everyone else? In other words, the same questions come up that were asked after the O.J. Simpson trial.

In my mind, she was guilty as hell. Casey Anthony is an inheritantly selfish and morally corrupted person. She’s a habitual thief and liar, and yes, I have no doubt that she killed her daughter, and hid her body. However, it is the law in this country that everyone, even Casey Anthony is innocent until proven guilty. In the eyes of the jury, the prosecution did not prove her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. As with the OJ case, don’t blame the jury, blame the prosecution.

The prosecution had more than enough to poke holes in the defense and put her away. Anthony lied about her “nanny” as well as a rich boyfriend she and her daughter supposedly stayed with. Their was enough forensic evidence to tie Anthony’s car to the body, including the presence of chloroform and hair follicles in the trunk. The prosecution blew the case, pure and simple.

Is this a miscarriage of justice? Yes. Little Caylee’s murderer will never be caught; the prosecution already set her free by not proving their case well enough.

Don’t blame the court system, don’t blame the jury. Instead, point your fingers at the prosecuting attorney, as well as the investigators. Apparently, they haven’t watched enough episodes of CSI or Bones, to figure out how forensic evidence is to be used in a capitol murder trial.

I’m very sorry Caylee, that the state of Florida could not do it’s job well enough to bring your murderer to justice. I can only hope that lessons are learned, and mistakes will not be repeated the next time around. What really hurts my heart is that there will be a next time… Many next times.

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Creationism: It’s Not Just For Christians Anymore.

As many of you know, I’m a born again atheist. What many of you don’t know is that I was reared in the catholic faith(No I wasn’t an altar boy, get your mind out of the gutter!). I attended catholic schools and went to church, just like all the other good little catholic children. After I graduated, I stopped going to church, but I continued to maintain my faith in god and based my moral decisions on my religious convictions. 

As I grew older, my faith became less important to me, and I began to question the validity of god. How could I not? It’s hard for me to believe that even the most devout christian wouldn’t question their faith in light if all the tragedy and evil that exists in our world. 

It was about 5 years ago when my faith completely disappeared. It became evident to me that life was a random act of nature, not a carefully planned process enacted by some invisible sky wizard. The whole concept of deity was devised by our Neolithic predecessors, who were attempting to define nature as well as themselves. Think about it; these early ancestors routinely witnessed the life, death, and rebirth cycle of plants, it was only normal to apply the same cycle to ourselves, and dream that someone above was watching out for us. Who, after death, would be able to refute the theory? 

Here is the simple truth; we’re born, we live, we die, our energy is released back to nature. Game over, end of story. If you choose to believe differently, that’s fine. I won’t argue with you unless you become a crazed fanatic about it, like so many extreme christian conservatives are doing now. Then I get pissed. These bible thumping nut jobs are trying to wedge their beliefs into political practice by attempting to define abortion as murder, and same sex marriage as an abomination against traditional marriage. Another attempt at ram-rodding religion down our throats is by force feeding our kids creationism in our public schools. If you want to teach that malarkey, fine. Keep it in your own schools, would you please?

I found this article on Mother Jones today, outlining 9 bills in 7 states that are trying to make creationism part of the public school curriculum. Without further adieu, here is the list, ribbed for your pleasure. 

1. Texas

Legislation: HB 2454 would ban discrimination against creationists, for instance, biology professors who believe in intelligent design. Defending his bill, Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler told Mother Jones, “When was the last time we’ve seen someone go into a windstorm or a tornado or any other kind of natural disaster, and say, ‘Guess what? That windstorm just created a watch’?”

Status: Referred to Higher Education Committee. 

2. Kentucky

Legislation: The Kentucky Science Education and Intellectual Freedom Act (HB 169) would have allowed teachers to use “other instructional materials to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review scientific theories in an objective manner.” Kentucky already authorizes public schools to teach “the theory of creation as presented in the Bible” and to “read such passages in the Bible as are deemed necessary for instruction on the theory of creation.” The state is home to the world-renowned Creation Museum and it may soon build the Ark Encounter, the world’s first creationist theme park.

Status: Died in committee. 

3. Florida

Legislation: SB 1854 would amend Florida law to require a “thorough presentation and critical analysis of the scientific theory of evolution.” In 2009, Florida state Sen. Stephen Wise, the bill’s sponsor, rhetorically asked a Tampa radio host: “Why do we still have apes if we came from them?”

Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Education Pre-K-12, which Wise chairs.

4. Tennessee

Legislation: HB 368 and SB 893 would require educators to “assist teachers to find effective ways to present the science curriculum as it addresses scientific controversies.” The bills list four “controversies” ripe for pedagogical tinkering: biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning. Modeled on Louisiana’s Science Education Act (which became law in 2008), the bills are believed to have a good shot at passing. Steven Newton of the National Center for Science Education, which promotes teaching evolution in public schools, worries that the legislation “will allow teachers to bring this culture war into the classroom in a way that is going to leave students very confused about what science is and isn’t.”

Status: HB 368 was passed by the House General Subcommittee on Education on March 16. 

5. Oklahoma

Legislation: The Sooner State kicked off its creationism legislation season early with the January 19 pre-filing of SB 554, a bill that would have ensured that teachers could present “relevant scientific information” about “controversial topics in the sciences” including “biological origins of life and biological evolution.” It also would have required Oklahoma to adopt science standards echoing those passed by in 2009 by the Texas state board of education. “Using your tax dollars to teach the unknown, without disclosing the entire scientific findings is incomplete and unacceptable,” wrote the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Josh Brecheen, in the Durant Daily Democrat. A second bill introduced in February, the Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act, resembled Louisiana’s Science Education Act.

Status: Both bills died in committee. 

6. New Mexico

Legislation: HB 302, another bill modeled on Louisiana’s Science Education Act. Sponsor Kent Cravens, a state senator from Albuquerque, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that the bill wasn’t anti-Darwinian, but rather was “intended to give the teacher the ability to disclose that there may be another way to think about this, whatever subject they are talking about.”

Status: Died in committee. 

7. Missouri

Legislation: HB 195 would permit teachers “to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of the theory of biological and hypotheses of chemical evolution.” Missouri is the site of the newly opened Creation Museum of the Ozarks.

Status: Not yet referred to a committee.

So far the score card looks like this: christian conservative politicians want to place their version of god in a woman’s ovaries, a person’s sexual orientation, and in secular class rooms. Does that about cover it?

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