Saturday, July 13, 2013
Kruidbos testified before Zimmerman's trial began that Martin's cell phone contained images of Martin blowing smoke, images of marijuana and deleted text messages regarding a transaction for a firearm and that those images had not been given to Zimmerman's defense team.
He received the termination letter, dated July 11, on Friday, the same day jurors began deliberating Zimmerman's case. The letter states: "It has come to our attention that you violated numerous State Attorney's Office (SAO) policies and procedures and have engaged in deliberate misconduct that is especially egregious in light of your position."
...Kruidbos said that, when he printed a 900-page Florida Department of Law Enforcement report from Martin's cell phone in late 2012 or early 2013, he noticed information was missing.
Concerned that attorneys did not have all the information they needed to prepare the case, he said, he reported his concerns to a State Attorney's Office investigator and later to prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda.
Kruidbos said he generated a report that was more than three times the size of the one that had been handed over.
For example, Kruidbos said that 2,958 photos were in the report given to the defense but that his report contained 4,275 photos....
Through his attorney, Wesley White, Kruidbos informed Zimmerman's defense team that the information existed....
...the defense said Kruidbos' testimony supports its claim that the state violated the rules of discovery....
(defense lawyer Mark) O'Mara said he learned about the missing information months after he was to have received it. "The only way that we really found out about it ... and the only way that we really found out about the intensity of the failure to give us information was when a person from their own office, a whistle-blower, came forward and said, 'I gave them that information in the middle to end of January' and we didn't get it until June 4th."
◼ via GOP: This partisan experiment in government healthcare is failing - Andrew Malcolm/IBD
The last time I gave this address was back in 2009 when President Obama and the Democrats in charge of Congress were moving forward with their own go-it-alone plan for American health care reform.
Back then I warned that if Congress and the Administration messed this up, each and every one of us would pay for their mistakes, as would generations to come.
And, boy, are we paying for it.
All across the country health insurance rates are skyrocketing. Employees are losing coverage through their employers. Families are struggling to cope with higher costs and less choice. Businesses aren’t hiring full-time employees. (Scroll down for video of these complete remarks.)
Generally if it comes from Washington and it sounds too good to be true, it is.
No one likes to be right when what’s happening is affecting so many people in a negative way. The American people saw this coming, it’s a shame the President didn’t see it and didn’t listen.
It’s time to admit that this partisan experiment in government-run health care is failing. To get better they will have to acknowledge the problem.
Just last week, the Obama Administration was forced to admit that one of the key pieces of the health care law just isn’t working. The Administration can’t get it ready.
In an attempt to push the most economically crushing and burdensome regulations past the 2014 election, President Obama decided he had the authority to waive the employer mandate because he knows that it’s a political liability.
The delay will likely force even more people to either enroll on the exchanges, or be taxed if they don’t. This will likely increase the overall cost of this bill to the taxpayer, making it even more unaffordable.
Where did he find this authority to pick and choose what parts of the law he’ll put in place and when? Republicans and Democrats alike are asking how the Administration can possibly justify this decision.
The real answer is after 20,000 pages and still adding new regulations, and over 150 new bureaucratic agencies, boards, and programs, they still haven’t figured out what is in the law, or how to make the law work, which is why we need to permanently delay implementation of the law.
It appears that some Democrats want the health care train to wreck so we would be forced in to universal, single-payer, government-run, one-size-fits-all health care.
◼ link - RUSH
By the way, these students don't know what the hell is going on. This is all programmed in part of the campaign strategery of the Democrats. They've got these students pretending to be just, you know, run-of-the-mill, don't know what's going on. They've been told their student loan interest rate's gonna double, "Oh, my God, that's outrageous, how'd that happen?" "The Republicans are doing it." It's all made up. It's all trumped up, but the students are running around like they're really genuinely agitated, like they just learned about this, and now they're blaming the Republicans for it.
Friday, July 12, 2013
The Obama administration claims it wants to ensure that the rank political abuse perpetrated by the Internal Revenue Service is never repeated. Ask Donald McGahn how that's going.
Mr. McGahn is a Republican appointee to the Federal Election Commission, an agency with every bit as much potential for partisan meddling as the IRS. Due to leave the agency soon, Mr. McGahn's parting gift is a campaign to rein in an out-of-control FEC bureaucracy. But the left is fighting that oversight and is determined to keep power in the hands of unaccountable staff.
...over the years staff have come to ignore the law, and routinely initiate their own inquiries—often on little more than accusations they find on blogs or Facebook FB +0.39% . For a sense of how these investigations can go off the rails, consider that Lois Lerner—before serving as the center of today's IRS scandal—was the senior enforcement officer at the FEC. A Christian Coalition lawyer has testified that during a (sanctioned) FEC investigation in the 1990s—in addition to generating endless subpoenas, depositions and document requests, Ms. Lerner's staff demanded to know what Coalition members discussed at their prayer meetings and what churches they belonged to. Once staff gets rolling, there is little to stop them.
More troubling to some FEC commissioners has been the staff's unsanctioned and growing ties to the Obama Justice Department. In September 2011, Tony Herman was named FEC general counsel. Mr. Herman in early 2012 brought in Dan Petalas, a Justice prosecutor, as head of the agency's enforcement section. FECA is clear that a bipartisan majority of commissioners must vote to report unlawful conduct to law enforcement. Yet FEC staff have increasingly been sending agency content to Justice without informing the commission.
Tell Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate the IRS: ◼ Sign the Petition : 7,876 Signers So Far - citizensunited.org
Washington is embroiled in scandal and those at Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department cannot be trusted to conduct an independent investigation because there is a conflict of interest.
In a case this inflammatory - the politicization of the IRS - people serving at the pleasure of the President at the Department of Justice cannot be trusted to conduct an independent investigation because there is an inherent conflict of interest. How can you ask someone to fairly investigate their boss or others who work for their boss? The answer is you can’t.
The American people will not and should not stand for a political investigation into the politicization of the IRS. Please sign the below petition to tell Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a Special Counsel to get to the bottom of the IRS scandal. Make your voice heard!
◼ A tragic death was spun to fit a racial narrative - Jeffrey T. Kuhner/Washington Times
George Zimmerman is innocent. The evidence clearly shows this. Yet the liberal media have already convicted him in the court of public opinion. The result is not only that a man’s life — regardless of the verdict — has been shattered. Race relations have been poisoned, paving the way for possible deadly riots if Mr. Zimmerman is acquitted.
From the outset, liberal media outlets — CNN, MSNBC, NPR, CBS, ABC, NBC, the Huffington Post, The New York Times and The Washington Post — put forth one seminal narrative: The shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was a flagrant example of white racism against blacks. Modern-day Sanford, Fla., was transformed into 1960s Selma, Ala. Mr. Zimmerman has been turned into the poster child of a more subtle and polished, but revived Ku Klux Klan. For example, the audiotape of Mr. Zimmerman’s call to a 911 dispatcher on the night of the shooting was deliberately edited by NBC in a pathetic attempt to portray him as a vile racist bent on violence.
The entire mainstream media narrative, however, is based on lies.... If — and I stress if — there are race riots following the Zimmerman trial, then Mr. Obama and his media allies will have blood on their hands. They have smeared an innocent man, fanned the dangerous fires of racial division and hijacked a police investigation in order to pursue a political agenda of black victimology. This represents the ominous corruption of our justice system.
◼ Why the Zimmerman Prosecutors Should be Disbarred - Jack Cashill/American Thinker
...So absurd was de la Rionda's presentation, and the whole case for that matter, that the can was turned sideways so the label could not be read. Throughout the trial, prosecutors have called the drink "iced tea" lest the word "watermelon" be said in court. "F***ing" was okay. De la Rionda said it more times than the average rapper, but "watermelon," apparently because of its racial connotations, was not....
◼ Hiding the word "watermelon" was the least of de la Rionda's dishonesties. - Discussion at Lucianne
◼ New Black Panther Party coy on ‘rallies,’ ‘street maneuvers,’ post-Zimmerman trial - Cheryl K. Chumley/Washington Times
◼ Zimmerman Judge Ran Kangaroo Court - IBD Editorial
◼ O´Mara: No winners possible in Zimmerman case - Martin Savidge and Tom Watkins/CNN
◼ Zimmerman case's legal absurdities astound - Mark Steyn/Orange County Register
◼ Zimmerman jury adjourns deliberations for the day - AP
◼ Branco Cartoon – Fanning the Flames - A.F. Branco/Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
◼ Ann Coulter: Media Coverage of Zimmerman Trial is to Show White America is Out to 'Rape & Murder Black People' - Independent Journal Review
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Resigns, Named Next President of University of California System
◼ Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security chief, to head UC - LA Times
Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, is being named as the next president of the University of California system, in an unusual choice that brings a national-level politician to a position usually held by an academic. Her appointment also means the 10-campus system will be headed by a woman for the first time in its 145-year history.
Napolitano’s nomination by a committee of UC regents came after a secretive process that insiders said focused on her early as a high-profile, although untraditional, candidate who has led large public agencies and shown a strong interest in improving education.
UC officials believe that her Cabinet experiences –- which include helping to lead responses to hurricanes and tornadoes and overseeing some anti-terrorism measures -- will help UC administer its federal energy and nuclear weapons labs and aid its federally funded research in medicine and other areas.
“While some may consider her to be an unconventional choice, Secretary Napolitano is without a doubt the right person at the right time to lead this incredible university," Sherry Lansing, the regent and former film industry executive who headed the search committee, said in a statement being released Friday. "She will bring fresh eyes and a new sensibility -- not only to UC, but to all of California. She will stand as a vigorous advocate for faculty, students and staff at a time when great changes in our state, and across the globe, are presenting as many opportunities as challenges.”
Thursday, July 11, 2013
REAL-LIFE MIRACLE: PREGNANT WOMAN SURVIVES LIGHTNING STRIKE…THEN GIVES BIRTH TO BABY GIRL (AKA ‘LITTLE FLASH GORDON’)
Villanueva was just weeks from her due date and was rushed to University of New Mexico Medical Center where she had an emergency Cesarean section. Mother, father and baby survived relatively unscathed.
The couple named the baby Kimberly Samantha Rose Gordon and said they’ll also call her “little Flash Gordon.”
Mark Levin's opening monologue about "The Liberty Amendments, Restoring the American Republic." Take a listen.
In short, the founders made a way in the Constitution for the states to amend the Constitution WITHOUT the Federal Government’s involvement. It’s not a constitutional convention, but rather a convention for amending the Constitution. Mark Levin believes this is the only way back to a constitutional republic but he’s under no illusion that it will be easy. In fact, he said there has been at least one attempt to do this and it was not successful.
...Today, principled House Republicans are told they can't just do nothing when it comes to America's estimated 11 million illegals. But nothing is far better than another 1986-like amnesty....
The White House, in a classic political pump fake, issued a report this week claiming amnesty would stimulate the economy (though Obama never campaigned on that). For a president whose Keynesian economic policies have so utterly failed to, in effect, lecture House Republicans on how to revive the private sector is risible.
No, the millions of new votes for future Schumers and Obamas will not rejuvenate American business. And no, Schumer's warning that GOP is "going to be a minority party for a generation" by opposing amnesty and lose the less than 9% of the electorate that constitutes the Hispanic vote is not to be taken seriously.
But is Schumer right that Boehner fears doing nothing? Even a piecemeal approach can get Republicans enmeshed in another 1986-like amnesty disaster if they're not careful.
A Democratic president once assured the nation we have nothing to fear but fear itself. On immigration, beyond the obligation to secure the border, Republicans have nothing to fear from doing nothing.
Spitzer, in two TV interviews, continued to struggle to get beyond the prostitution scandal.
The local Democratic Party has known for a long time about sexual harassment allegations against Bob Filner, a former Democratic assemblywoman said in a Thursday interview.
“I blew the whistle on this two years ago to the Democratic Party leadership,” former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña said.
Saldaña said that in summer 2011 six prominent women in local politics, business and education told her that Filner had physically or verbally harassed them. Saldaña had been exploring what turned out to be an unsuccessful bid for Congress and the conversations came in the context of the 2012 elections.
One thing that is incontrovertible about Obamacare — its brief history has been nothing if not dramatic. The plot is full of twist, turns, subterfuge, and villainy. As time goes on, the drama builds. How will this story end? Will it implode on itself? If it does, what happens then?
...It is hard to think of any government entitlement program being repealed ever. On the other hand, Obamacare is so badly conceived and designed, so internally inconsistent and hare-brained, that it is impossible to imagine how it will ever come anywhere close to being workable. The authors of Obamacare behaved as though a complete overhaul of one-sixth of the economy was no more complicated than changing a light bulb. Obamacare is naively ambitious beyond all imagining. This time the government may have bitten off more than it can chew.
Many observers believe the law’s architects always knew it could not work. Obamacare could just be a way station on the road to a more complete takeover of the health care industry such as the so-called “single payer” idea. Statists like Obama want the government to have total responsibility for the citizenry’s health.
It could well be that Obama, Pelosi, and Harry Reid knew from the beginning that Obamacare was doomed. After the inevitable catastrophe they can then say that a partial takeover was not successful but a complete takeover would be.
Will voters buy that line of reasoning? It’s another part of the suspense that will keep many of us on the edges of our seats....
Patrick Frey, who writes Patterico's Pontifications, uncovered the incriminating crowing:
A reader sends a very interesting tidbit buried in a ◼ November 17, 2011 Businessweek.com article about the IRS and not-for-profit universities. The article is about the IRS making inquiries into "whether schools improperly claimed tax-exempt status for taxable businesses." At the end of the article is this fascinating quote:
Lois Lerner, the IRS's director of tax-exempt organizations who is overseeing the investigation, says many schools are rethinking how and what they report to the government. Receiving a thick questionnaire from the IRS, she says, is a "behavior changer."Frey provides a timeline, noting the bragging took place months after the initiation of the targeting of conservatives and tea parties. Ed Morrissey explains the implication in the ◼ Fiscal Times:
The targeting of conservative groups by the tax-exempt unit Lerner ran also used the "thick questionnaire" tactic, which Lerner brags is a form of intimidation. An entertaining timeline of the IRS targeting scandal compiled by Freedom Works, which supports and trains Tea Party activists and groups, shows Lerner found out about the targeting by June 27, 2011 at the latest, and had initiated an audit of the office and its "be on the lookout" (BOLO) list used for the targeting.
That resulted in a broader BOLO being put into use, and five months later, Lerner is bragging about the "behavior changer" effect of IRS demands for extensive information. Targeting continued well into 2013, and most of the groups that applied for tax-exempt status dropped those requests, or never received approval.
◼ Yesterday: Zimmerman Defense Rests, Closing Statements Start Tomorrow - Andrew Branca/Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
◼ Jury will not get to see Trayvon fighting texts - Andrew Branca/Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
◼ Racial politics supported by State power come down on George Zimmerman - William A. Jacobson/Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
◼ TRAYVONGATE: NEWEST OBAMA SCANDAL IS 17 MONTHS OLD - Lee Stranahan/Breitbart
“Welcome to Trayvongate, where the President of the United States used both the bully pulpit, the Department of Justice and sly media manipulation to gin up charges of racism in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin shooting. Now that the trial is almost finished and the only act of racism mentioned so far came from the victim–Martin called Zimmerman ‘a creepy ass cracker’ according to testimony–the cynical and repeated use of the race card by the White house is even more abhorrent.”
◼ President Obama vs. George Zimmerman: America Loses - Karin McQuillan/American Thinker
As the Zimmerman prosecution falls apart, the country faces the threat of race riots. A case that lacked any evidence of malicious murder was wrongfully brought to court under political pressure. And our president, who instigated this mess, is floating above it all, having moved on to other things. Will Obama speak out to avert the racial violence he set in motion? Unless he sees some political advantage, the answer is no.
◼ Trayvon Martin case: Jury may consider lesser charges - AP
Zimmerman prosecutors seek 'child abuse' charge?
Police Bring In Horses, Batons, Plan Formations For Possible Riots After Verdict...
Flash Mob Fear...
Judge Confronts Zimmerman in Testy Exchange...
Ex-Sanford police chief says investigation was hijacked...
'They just wanted an arrest'...
REPORT: DOJ spent tax dollars to help organize, support 'Justice for Trayvon' protests...
Thanks to #BroChoice, abortion debate has gone from women's right to choose to men's right to use.— Jim Antle (@jimantle) July 10, 2013
◼ Texas blogger Ben Sherman, who considers himself to be staunchly “bro-choice,” vomited up a post last week bemoaning the many horrible effects that the Texas abortion bill would have on straight men.
Here’s the kicker:
Your sex life is at stake. Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add an anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys. And don’t be surprised if casual sex outside of relationships becomes far more difficult to come by.Because nothing says “I’m a man who cares deeply about women’s needs” like whining about not getting any.
◼ TEXAS HOUSE PASSES NEW ABORTION LIMITS - The Blaze
The bill requires doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers and ban abortions after 20 weeks.
◼ House GOP leaders look to drop food stamps from farm bill - sean Lengell/Washington Examiner
House Republican leaders are whipping interest among their members on whether to split the food stamp program from a multi-year farm bill and bring an agriculture subsidies-only measure to the floor — a plan that would run against angry Democrats and even some reluctant Republicans.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has been quietly pressing for separate food stamp and farmer aid bills since the GOP-led chamber last month stunningly voted down a five-year, comprehensive farm bill after more than 60 Republicans rejected the GOP-written measure.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
◼ Trayvon Martin's phone had hundreds of messages discussing criminal behavior, including trafficking black-market firearms. - Bob Owens/PJMedia
The forensic expert testified that he recovered multiple conversations between Trayvon Martin and specific family members and friends discussing multi-round street fights and schoolyard fights in which Trayvon Martin had participated. Martin’s half-brother, Demetrius Martin, even asked Trayvon when he would teach him how to fight. Trayvon Martin’s family appeared to know Trayvon was a street fighter.
Most troubling, Conner found multiple conversations — between four and six — where Trayvon discussed attempting to buy black-market guns.
The guns Martin discussed acquiring included a Smith & Wesson Sigma pistol and a .38 Special revolver. One conversation showed Martin trying to sell a .22 revolver, suggesting he was already in possession of it.
One of the participants in one of the gun conversations was a Fulton, possibly a relative on his mother’s side. All of these conversations took place immediately in the days and weeks before Trayvon Martin left Miami for Sanford.
The reason these conversations were hidden until recently is that the deleted texts were created by a password-protected hidden app designed to beat police surveillance by hiding data and data types as different kinds of files than what the police would be looking for.
The key facts in this development:
Trayvon Martin’s phone was password-protected. The password protection starts automatically after being left unattended for a certain amount of time.
The “stealth” app designed to further conceal Trayvon’s conversations about weapons, fighting, drugs, and pornography had an additional layer of password protection. He had to log into the phone first, and then to this app to access these conversations or delete them.
There were thousands of messages, texts, photos, Tweets, Facebook posts, and other bits of evidence hidden this way.
People who participated in these conversations are all documented by screen name, real name, phone number, social media personas, etc. They are all easily identified and could be deposed – if the defense is given time to do so.
The state hid this evidence until right before the beginning of the trial, when the prosecution’s Wesley White came forward to present testimony that the state was hiding and may have destroyed evidence. The defense has had no time to recover this data and to depose every witness.
This led to the showdown between incredulous defense attorney Don West, who can’t believe what he’s hearing, and Judge Debra Nelson, who puts the court in recess and exits — as the defense is still trying to talk to her.
By a 55 to 34 percent margin, American voters believe Snowden is a whistleblower, not a traitor.
Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents proving that the Department of Justice played a major behind-the-scenes role in organizing protests against George Zimmerman.
Your tax dollars at work, ladies and gentlemen: Judicial Watch used its trusty Freedom of Information Act crowbar to pry some more documents from the Most Transparent Administration in History, and what do you know, Obama’s Justice Department was actively helping to organize demonstrations and spread civil unrest....
This “large and growing division” of taxpayer-funded saboteurs needs to be de-funded immediately, and it’s probably time to give Attorney General Eric Holder another chance to commit perjury before Congress. He has a certain flair for it.
◼ Newly Released Documents Detail the (Eric Holder's) Department of Justice’s Role in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests - Bryan Preston/PJ Media
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the DOJ on April 24, 2012. According to the documents JW received, a little-known DOJ unit called the Community Relations Service deployed to Sanford, FL, to organize and manage rallies against Zimmerman.
...“These documents detail the extraordinary intervention by the Justice Department in the pressure campaign leading to the prosecution of George Zimmerman,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
“My guess is that most Americans would rightly object to taxpayers paying government employees to help organize racially-charged demonstrations....”
◼ Documents: Justice Department facilitated anti-Zimmerman protests - Patrick Howley/Daily Caller
◼ Revealed: How taxpayers paid for Justice Department unit to 'support protests after killing of Trayvon Martin' - Daily Mail
Documents published online Wednesday by a conservative watchdog group show that the Community Relations Service, an arm of the U.S. Justice Department, spent taxpayer dollars to help organize and implement plans for the initial string of rallies in Sanford, Florida following the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The protests were openly hostile to George Zimmerman, the volunteer neighborhood watch organizer who killed Martin, 17, after a struggle. Zimmerman is currently on trial in a Florida courtroom, charged with second-degree murder.
"Though CRS purports to spot and quell racial tensions nationwide before they arise, the documents obtained by Judicial Watch show the group actively worked to foment unrest, spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on travel and hotel rooms to train protesters throughout Florida," said Judicial Watch in a release to Secrets.
"The peacekeepers also met with officials of the Republican National Convention, scheduled for several months later in Tampa, to warn them to expect protests in connection with Martin's death," Judicial Watch added.
Justice had no immediate response.
...Proponents of political correctness say it is a way that we can be kind and courteous to everyone, but they need to recognize that it is quite possible to be respectful without imposing an unspoken law that is antithetical to one of the founding principles of our nation — namely, freedom of expression and freedom of speech.
Political correctness, which is vigorously enforced by much of the news media and many of our educational institutions, imposes a code of silence that prevents discussion of game-changing alterations of our fundamental social pillars. I was amused and saddened recently by the way the PC police intentionally took something I said out of context and distorted it in order to deviate the conversation away from what I was talking about and try to turn it into a conversation about me and whether or not I was a homophobe. This is a classical example of how this group works. I was asked whether I favor same-sex marriage. I said that I did not think that any group had the right to change the definition of a fundamental pillar of society....
We should stop submitting to political correctness and instead start engaging civil discussion. By doing so, we can arrive at logical solutions that work for everyone instead of retreating to our respective corners and throwing hand grenades at each other. We must not succumb to the forces that wish to divide and conquer us. There is a reason that we are called the United States of America.
This is why I hate Sudan’s President Bashir — and one year later this is STILL going on – absolute evil
◼ link - Greta Van Susteren/Gretawire/FOX
This video was shot recently and it shows the evil and cruelty continues…when will it stop? will it stop? How can anyone be this cruel? The people President Bashir is killing just want the killing to stop – they don’t want anything else from the world. They are not asking for money…just the ability to live their lives without hiding their families in caves and trying to find bugs and leaves to eat. Is that really too much to ask?
President Bashir is evil beyond words….
Then Nemesis struck. Not Republicans in the House, not right-wing judges, but Obama himself tabled much of the most important parts in the implementation of the bill. For now he has almost killed off his own offspring, not in the promised most transparent fashion in the history of the presidency, but cheaply and perhaps cowardly on a little read website at the start of a long holiday. It is as if the president can pick and choose which laws he administers and which he simply ignores, but is terribly ashamed to admit such.
If five years ago some pundit or some politico had predicted that Chicago conmen do not change when they come to Washington, that ends-justifying-the-means radicals never become across-the-aisle moderates, surely we would have dubbed him unhinged, delusional, a racist, and a hater. Yet Obama’s own hubris accomplished all that and more — in a way that his most vehement critics could never have imagined.
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◼ A hostile exchange took place in the courtroom today where George Zimmerman is on trial for second degree murder as Judge Debra Nelson questioned the defendant about his plans to testify. - Dimitrios Halikias/National Review
The judge then began asking Zimmerman how much time he requires to determine whether or not he would like to testify. West again objected to the question and asked for more time to speak with his client, prompting Judge Nelson to raise her voice and exclaim, “Your objection is overruled!”
The tension escalated as another of Zimmerman’s defense attorneys, Mark O’Mara, was overheard asking under his breath, “What is going on?”
◼ Jury will not get to see Trayvon fighting texts - Andrew Branca/Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
◼ Zimmerman Trial Day 12: Live Video, Analysis of Defense’s Case & Witnesses - Andrew Branca/Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
◼ Zimmerman judge needs to read this case on authentication of text messages - William A. Jacobson/Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
◼ Judge to rule in morning about Trayvon fighting texts after contentious nightime hearing - William A. Jacobson/Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
◼ Noted Forensic Pathologist Says Zimmerman Story “Consistent” with Evidence, As Defense Case Nears End - Andrew Branca/Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
◼ ZIMMERMAN DEFENSE ATTORNEY: STATE 'TACTICS' BLOCKED US FROM GATHERING EVIDENCE
◼ Newly Released Documents Detail (Eric Holder's) Department of Justice’s Role in Organizing Trayvon Martin Protests - Bryan Preston/PJ Media
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the DOJ on April 24, 2012. According to the documents JW received, a little-known DOJ unit called the Community Relations Service deployed to Sanford, FL, to organize and manage rallies against Zimmerman.
...“These documents detail the extraordinary intervention by the Justice Department in the pressure campaign leading to the prosecution of George Zimmerman,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “My guess is that most Americans would rightly object to taxpayers paying government employees to help organize racially-charged demonstrations....”
◼ Documents: Justice Department facilitated anti-Zimmerman protests - Patrick Howley/Daily Caller
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
If you don't think Ted Cruz is serious about running in '16, listen to this speech by his father. They play for keeps http://t.co/L9q7yP3PQy— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) July 10, 2013
Cruz's father is his closest adviser. They talk constantly about politics, per people close to them. Father encourages his son's ambition.— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) July 10, 2013
Ted Cruz confuses many Rs on Hill. They see his Ivy pedigree and think he must be posturing. But you meet Rafael, you see that edge is real— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) July 10, 2013
◼ "You guys wanna sing and dance with me and have some fun?" - Charlie Spiering/Washington Examiner @charlesspiering
Censoring the f-word, the n-word, the s-word, and the a-word, singer Rachel Crow performed a kid-friendly version of rap artist Cee Lo Green's song "F*** You" at the White House.
Crow was the featured entertainment Tuesday, at Michelle Obama's second annual "Kids State Dinner" at the White House celebrating healthy food.
◼ But wait, there's more! Members of Liberal Teacher's Union Dance To (C)Rap Song With N-Word, Sexually Explicit Lyrics - Marooned in Marin
Paula Deen can lose her livelihood for admitting she'd used a racial slur over 20 years ago before anyone even heard of her, but none of the big warehouse stores that won't carry her cookbooks have gotten rid of the CD's from (c)rap "artists" who write lyrics containing the "n-word".
I'm sure no one at the liberal National Education Association (NEA) teachers union will lose their job after they had teachers boogie to a (c)rap song that had not only the n-word, but sexually explicit lyrics (WND).
At its 2013 national convention in Atlanta last week, the National Education Association encouraged teachers to dance to a sexually explicit rap song that featured the “N”-word and declared, “When it’s over you ain’t gon need ya vibrator.”
The school system decided to instead create its own lunch menu for next year.
The district lost about $100,000 trying out the federal menu, which offered such meals as “part” of a chicken patty on a minicroissant, EAGNews.org reported.
“Students felt they weren’t getting good value for their money,” Ms. Boehm said in EAGNews.org. “The high schoolers especially complained the portion sizes were too small and many more students brought in lunch from home.”
...The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in charge of managing the lunch program and estimates Mrs. Obama’s new wish list for student meals would cost about $3.2 billion to bring to fruition around the nation.
◼ Schools Starting To Dump First Lady's Unsavory, Unsatisfying School Lunch Program - Debra Heine/Breitbart
Michelle Obama's signature school lunch program has been unpopular since it first went into effect, two years ago, with students eschewing the "worse-tasting, smaller-sized and higher-priced" fare, and instead bringing their own "back alley meals", as Rush joked - meals like "Flaming Hot Cheetos and soda."
"We're eating more junk food, now, than last year", a student from the Los Angeles Unified School District explained in December of 2011.
◼ Cleveland Kidnap Victims Speak Out for First Time - Melanie Batley/Newsmax
Two guys kicked me out of Tahrir, said foreign journos "forbidden." Didn't care for press card or call to press office where I'm registered.— Ben Hubbardبين هابرد (@NYTBen) July 8, 2013
Just three hours earlier, Hubbard had retweeted this post from a Wall Street Journal correspondent noting Al-Jazeera’s expulsion from a press conference by the Egyptian military.
After Al Jaz kicked out, Police general says, "We believe in freedom of the press. Egypt is a country of freedom of democracy." #Egypt— Charles Levinson (@levinsonc) July 8, 2013
Haha, Egyptians kicking Al Jazeera out & telling New York Times journo @NYTBen to fuck off - GOOD. Bias propaganda is not journalism!!— Phil Greaves (@Philbobaggins01) July 8, 2013
◼ Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be joining Fox News Channel in mid-September. The current co-host of ABC's 'The View' will be joining Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy on Fox & Friends. Gretchen Carlson will be leaving FNC's morning show for a one-hour daytime show. - FOX
WELCOME ELISABETH HASSELBECK! JOINING FOX NEWS! http://t.co/NWidH98qi4— Greta Van Susteren (@gretawire) July 9, 2013
◼ A Gallup poll recently released found more Americans consider Fox News their main source for news than any other news outlet in the nation - Noel Sheppard/Newsbusters
...Fox is considered the number one news source by eight percent of respondents. CNN was second at seven percent.
Meanwhile, look at ABC, MNSBC, NBC, and PBS with only one percent, and CBS below that....
◼ In an initiative aimed at rooting out future leakers and other security violators, President Barack Obama has ordered federal employees to report suspicious actions of their colleagues based on behavioral profiling techniques that are not scientifically proven to work, according to experts and government documents. - Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor | McClatchy
Watch lifestyles, attitudes and behaviors...The techniques are a key pillar of the Insider Threat Program, an unprecedented government-wide crackdown under which millions of federal bureaucrats and contractors must watch out for “high-risk persons or behaviors” among co-workers. Those who fail to report them could face penalties, including criminal charges.
Odd working hours or unexplained travel...
Monitor co-workers stress, divorce and financial problems...
Those failing to report face penalties, criminal charges...
Obama mandated the program in an October 2011 executive order after Army Pfc. Bradley Manning downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents from a classified computer network and gave them to WikiLeaks, the anti-government secrecy group. The order covers virtually every federal department and agency, including the Peace Corps, the Department of Education and others not directly involved in national security....
All departments and agencies involved in the program must closely track their employees’ online activities. The information gathered by monitoring, the administration documents say, “could be used against them in criminal, security, or administrative proceedings.” Experts who research such efforts say suspicious behaviors include accessing information that someone doesn’t need or isn’t authorized to see or downloading materials onto removable storage devices like thumb drives when such devices are restricted or prohibited....agencies and their consultants have added their own indicators.
For instance, an FBI insider threat detection guide warns private security personnel and managers to watch for “a desire to help the ‘underdog’ or a particular cause,” a “James Bond Wannabe” and a “divided loyalty: allegiance to another person or company or to a country besides the United States.”
A report by the Deloitte consulting firm identifies “several key trends that are making all organizations particularly susceptible to insider threat today.” These trends include an increasingly disgruntled, post-Great Recession workforce and the entry of younger, “Gen Y” employees who were “raised on the Internet” and are “highly involved in social networking.”
The prosecution had attempted to stifle the introduction of such evidence gained from the toxicology report, and previously Nelson had agreed that the marijuana evidence was inadmissible.
Nelson allowed the evidence after medical examiner Shiping Bao changed his initial opinion that the level of amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) from marijuana in Martin’s system did not affect his physical or mental state the night of his encounter with Zimmerman. Last week, Bao stated that the level of THC in Martin’s blood “could have no effect or some effect.”
◼ Zimmerman Trial Day 11: Live Video, Analysis of Defense’s Case & Witnesses - Andrew Branca/Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
◼ Implosion: Police Testify Trayvon’s Father Originally Denied Son Was Screaming - Andrew Branca/Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
◼ The Zimmerman Trial as Media Pornography - Roger L Simon/PJMedia
If you still, for some reason, need proof that racism in today’s America is largely a liberal mind game, watch ten minutes of the George Zimmerman trial.
This farce of jurisprudence would never have occurred without leading “liberals” like Al Sharpton and his mainstream media buddies beating the drums endlessly for an indictment in a case the local Florida authorities never wanted to try (and for good reason).
Barack Obama helped out too, injecting the presidency (and race) in an unfortunate, but minor regional death by saying “If I had a son, he’d look just like Trayvon.”
I guess all black people look alike to Obama who, unlike Trayvon, attended the most exclusive private school in Hawaii followed by Occidental, Columbia and Harvard in that order. No such luck for Trayvon and, most likely, not much more had he lived. He wasn’t exactly an honor student and evidently dabbled in petty crime. But he did share something with the president, an attraction for cannibis sativa.
Whatever his or the president’s proclivities, this trial should never have happened. As we now know, with the prosecution’s case wrapped, not only is there no evidence to prove Zimmerman guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, there’s virtually no evidence to prove him guilty at all. Farce indeed.
◼ "Not only should this trial never have happened, the ongoing obsession with it is an absurd waste of time..." - Discussion at Lucianne
He avoided public remarks on several matters seen as more pressing, such as turmoil in Egypt and the wider Middle East, faltering efforts to reform immigration in the U.S. and the rocky implementation of ObamaCare. Instead the president spoke to a small group of reporters about his efforts to improve databases and make government more efficient.
“We’re working to make huge swaths of your government more transparent and more accountable than ever before,” Obama said at the White House.
Even to the most loyal Obama supporters, the move seemed irrelevant, even odd.
◼ BOEHNER TO OBAMA: WHY A BREAK FOR BUSINESSES ONLY? - AP
If the White House can grant a one-year delay for employers - as the administration did just last week - individuals should get the same consideration, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and other senior Republicans said in a letter to the president.
"Your decision to delay one part of the law affecting employers and leave in place provisions regulating individual and family health care creates many new questions and concerns," the GOP leaders wrote. "We agree with you that the burden was overwhelming for employers, but we also believe American families need the same relief."
The White House had no immediate response to Boehner's demand.
◼ Obamacare called ‘The fiasco for the ages’ - Wesley Pruden/Washington Times
Pundits and professors are rifling through the thesaurus, looking for the right word to describe what the Wall Street Journal calls “a fiasco for the ages.” The Journal editorialists reminded everyone that they “fought the Affordable Care Act from start to passage, and we’d like to apologize to our readers. It turns out we weren’t nearly critical enough.”
The editors of The New York Times, Mr. Obama’s most reliable sycophants, are deep in mourning, but working furiously to apply more rouge to the corpse before it turns the parlor too fragrant for a wake. It’s summer, and they’re running out of ice.
KETK-Texas: ObamaCare Hurting The Health Care Industry in TX
◼ OBAMACARE SUBSIDIES DOLED OUT USING 'HONOR SYSTEM'; BILLIONS IN FRAUD FEARED - Wynton Hall/Breitbart
◼ Scandal: The administration's gun-running fiasco claims the life of a Mexican police chief, revealing that the weapons have made it into the hands of drug cartels deep inside Mexico. - IBD
It's been lost in the litany of Obama scandals, but Fast and Furious, like Benghazi, is one that has produced a body count, in this case one that's still rising as the White House and Department of Justice continue to restrict and hinder access to related documents. Attorney General Eric Holder remains in contempt of Congress for his role in the ongoing cover-up.
President Obama's contempt for the rule of law hit a new low when, on the eve of a vote to hold the AG in contempt of Congress, he granted Holder's 11th-hour request to hide sought-after documents on Operation Fast and Furious under the cover of executive privilege.
One internal document obtained by the Los Angeles Times shows how deadly Fast and Furious was and continues to be with the death of Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo. He was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire. A bodyguard was also killed.
◼ Mexican police chief killed by rifle connected to “Fast & Furious” gunwalking program - 21stcenturywire
The Obama administration invoked executive privilege during the House Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General Eric Holder last summer. Holder has been accused of withholding crucial documents that could reveal who was responsible for carrying out the illegal operation.
...It's from somebody in Alexandria who attempts to explain what happened in Egypt in ways Americans can understand by making the events that happened in Egypt happen here, so instead of Morsi's name you're gonna hear Obama -- and instead of Egyptian governmental institutions, you'll hear American institutions. The dates that you hear are not accurate as it relates to Obama's presidency. They are the dates related to Morsi's presidency....
◼ "In a Nutshell... - The Daily Bret
A lot of my dear American friends sill ask me what on earth really happened in egypt, for their benefit, and anyone else on earth genuinely trying to make heads or tails of us "crazy Egyptians" ; here's exactly what happened in egypt over the past 12 months, but expressed in 'American" terms...
There are no exaggerations or lies, these events all took place:
On June 30th 2012, democratically elected Barack Obama wins the election with 51.7%, takes the oath, and is sworn in as president of the United States.
First five months of his term go relatively smoothly, where he makes almost no decisions (except for some dubious presidential pardons to a dozen convicted terrorists, including some convicted for their part in the assassination of a former US President).
Suddenly, on November 21st 2012, president Obama issues a presidential decree giving himself sweeping powers, to the extent that his future decrees become un-contestable in any court, in effect his decisions henceforth are akin to the word of God.
His laws a new Bible...
Nationwide protests erupt as a result of this decree and 1.5 million people organize a sit-in at the White House to peacefully request he rescind it.... READ THE WHOLE THING.
◼ In second part of Glenn Greenwald interview, NSA whistleblower insists he is a patriot who regards the US as fundamentally good (Video) - Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill/Guardian
In the new excerpts, he explained his motivation for revealing the information. "I don't want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship is recorded," he said. "And that's not something I'm willing to support, it's not something I'm willing to build and it's not something I'm willing to live under."
He also insisted he had continued with his job while waiting for political leaders to rein in what he decribed as "government excesses".
But, he said, "as I've watched I've seen that's not occuring, and in fact we're compounding the excesses of prior governments and making it worse and more invasive. And no one is really standing to stop it."
Monday, July 8, 2013
◼ The Fiasco That Is Obamacare - JAMES C. CAPRETTA/Weekly Standard
On Friday, the Obama administration dropped another health care implementation bombshell.
In a 606-page regulation, issued the Friday after July 4, the administration announced that income and employment verification in the state-run exchanges in 2014 will be based on the “honor system.” That is, the state exchanges will not be required to secure independent verification of the household incomes of the applicants, nor will they have to track down whether or not applicants were offered qualified coverage by their employers. On both counts, the state exchanges can simply accept whatever is claimed by the applicants as accurate, and then pay out subsidies accordingly.
This announcement is another indicator—as if we needed one—of the complete fiasco that is Obamacare implementation.
◼ OBAMACARE: DEFUND AND REPEAL - David Limbaugh /Human Events
Could the boondoggle we call “Obamacare” be a bigger disaster? Is there any better example of the arrogance, incompetence and remorselessness of top-down central planning?
The very name of the law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is a deceptive euphemism, as it neither protects patients nor makes health care more affordable.
The law was born in hell. The premises upon which the bill was based, the promises its proponents made and the corruption and high-handedness in its legislative process tainted it from the outset.
◼ ObamaCare 'Honor System' To Determine Eligibility - Independent Journal Review
As reported by ◼ the Washington Post:
The Obama administration announced Friday that it would significantly scale back the health law’s requirements that new insurance marketplaces verify consumers’ income and health insurance status.
Instead, the federal government will rely more heavily on consumers’ self-reported information until at least 2015, when it plans to have stronger verification systems in place.
(Roughly translated: They’ll pretty much believe anything you tell them so as to get as many people dependent on government handouts as possible. [See: food stamps (SNAP)].
◼ THE OBAMACARE EXCHANGE SINGULARITY - John Hayward/Human Events @Doc_o
Bloomberg News ◼ explains how financially troubled cities are looking to dump retirees into those train-wreck ObamaCare public exchanges:
With U.S. cities facing rising benefit costs and billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities, more municipalities will consider moving retirees off city rolls and into the exchanges, even if they continue to subsidize the coverage, said Neil Bomberg, a program director at the National League of Cities inWashington.The worse the system malfunctions, the more it will cost… and the more politically difficult serious reform will become… until the long-awaited day arrives that ObamaCare can be pronounced an utter failure, not by the critics who were right all along, but by the former ObamaCare boosters who will force single-payer nationalized health care upon us. The black hole forming at the heart of ObamaCare was the true purpose of the program all along.
“Cities and towns will be looking at ways to reduce those costs, and the exchanges may provide a very viable mechanism,” Bomberg said in an interview.
Coverage for about 7 million people expected to enroll in health exchanges next year will cost U.S. taxpayers about $26 billion, the Congressional Budget Office says. That figure nearly doubles a year later, and exchange coverage is expected to total $1.1 trillion through 2023. A spokeswoman for the agency, Deborah Kilroe, said in an e-mail that it has no estimate of how many people in exchanges will be retirees....
◼ AFP Launches Ad Campaign Against Obamacare - Leah Barkoukis/Townhall
You know who else inherited an economy from Bush? Rick Perry.— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 8, 2013
◼ Rick Perry leaving gov’s office, doesn’t rule out 2016 - Politico
CLIENT NO. 9 IS BACK, running against the madam who provided his hookers: Spitzer, Wiener, Madam in Ballot Threesome...
◼ With Anthony Weiner already running for mayor of New York City, you might be thinking that Big Apple politics couldn’t possibly get any classier. But think again - Twitchy
So Eliot Spitzer is now running for NYC Comptroller. And get this: he's running against the madam who provided his hookers. #CannotMakeItUp— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) July 8, 2013
◼ Spitzer snort! What makes one unelectable in NY? Andy Levy has the answer - Twitchy
What do you need to get caught doing to actually become unelectable in New York politics?— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) July 8, 2013
being a republican RT @AntDeRosa: What do you need to get caught doing to actually become unelectable in New York politics?— Andy Levy (@andylevy) July 8, 2013
Spitzer running for Comptroller, Weiner may be next Mayor; the head of every NY Post headline writer spontaneously explodes.— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) July 8, 2013
◼ “This is going to be the funnest campaign ever,” said Davis, who went to prison for three months for her role in running a high-end escort service. Spitzer, who was identified as “Client No. 9” by call girl Ashley Dupre and was known for keeping his black socks on during sexual encounters, was never charged in the scandal. - NY Daily News
◼ 'I am going to be on the street corners' - New York Times
◼ Ex-Madam: 'Spitzer broke state and federal laws in his use of prostitutes and paid no penalty; I broke the law and paid my debt to society'
◼ Best. Headline. Ever? NY Post announces Spitzer run as only it can [pic] - Twitchy
◼ Spit(zer) take! ‘A hooker in every pot’; Givers offer up hilarious #SpitzerCampaignSlogans - Twitchy
Let's stipulate: Americans shouldn't begrudge our political leaders some R&R over a holiday weekend, and I think some conservatives go overboard in their criticisms of the Obamas' vacations. But when your job description is America's top diplomat, you simply must abandon your rest and relaxation plans when one of the most vital countries in the Middle East is undergoing a real-time tectonic shift with American interests at stake. You most certainly should not be off on your yacht or kayaking....
A minor embarrassment, at worst. (Although a strong argument can be made that he should have canceled his vacation altogether based on the severity of the events on the ground -- including the death of a US citizen, and the removal of American diplomats from Cairo). Instead, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki -- a highly partisan Obama campaign retread in the mold of Stephanie Cutter -- categorically and repeatedly denied that Kerry was ever on his yacht during the events in Cairo:
Only when contradictory photographic evidence emerged did State come clean with the public:
CBS: after repeatedly denying it, state dept concedes secy Kerry spent time on his boat as Egypt coup unfolded http://t.co/bMfHv8aEqt— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) July 5, 2013
Which brings us to the real point, via Twitter's NumbersMuncher, and reinforced by Brit Hume:
Put another way: If the State Dept will so stupidly lie to cover up for Kerry, imagine what they'd do for Hillary or Obama. #Benghazi— NumbersMuncher (@NumbersMuncher) July 5, 2013
So would the State Dept. have stuck to its false denial re: Kerry & yacht if that photo hadn't surfaced? Not State's 1st trouble w/truth.— Brit Hume (@brithume) July 6, 2013
Another friendly reminder: The Hillary/Kerry State Department is embroiled in other serious scandals beyond Benghazi, involving covering-up and stymieing potentially damaging investigations into malfeasance. Can we believe anything Psaki says about any of them?
Unemployment report in a nutshell: the Taco Bell that had 30 40 hour workers now has 40 30 hour workers.— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 5, 2013
◼ If you like your job, you can keep it … as long as you don’t mind working less than 30 hours a week. As Twitchy noted earlier, the number of involuntary part-timers rose 322,000 to 8.2 million in June. It’s a part-time nation, courtesy of Obamacare. - Twitchy
◼ ‘My sides!’ Obama to lay out ‘vision’ for ‘smarter government’; Twitter envisions mockery - Twitchy
WH official says Pres Obama to use Cabinet Meeting this morning to "lay out his vision for smarter government during his second term."— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 8, 2013
The military has said that the overthrow was not a coup, and it was enforcing the will of the people after millions took to the streets on June 30 to call for Mursi's resignation.
But pro- and anti-Mursi protests took place in Cairo, Alexandria and other cities, and resulted in clashes on Friday and Saturday that left 35 dead.
It leaves the Arab world's largest nation of 84 million people in a perilous state, with the risk of further enmity between people on either side of the political divide while an economic crisis deepens.
◼ Massacre in Cairo deepens Egypt crisis - AlJazeera
◼ Islamists call for 'intifada' - Telegraph
◼ Sexual assaults rampant - NPR
◼ **WARNING GRAPHIC** Gang throws rivals from top of building - Mirror
◼ Islamic Lynch mob waving Al Qaeda banners - Daily Mail
◼ Law requires Obama cut off Egyptian aid - Daily Caller
◼ Cairo seeks Gulf help as unrest continues - FT
◼ Gunmen attack Sinai checkpoints close to Israel border - Reuters
◼ Hundreds of Morsi supporters rally in Chicago - Chicago Tribune
The motion was well-reasoned, and strongly founded on Florida’s case law. It was also doomed to fail before a Judge who has consistently denied reasonable defense motions out of hand, while rubber-stamping motions by the State that bear not the slightest relevancy to the facts of this case....
◼ In busting Zimmerman myths, Jonathan Capehart perpetuates the greatest myth of all - William A. Jacobson/Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion
Zimmerman was not, in fact, in his vehicle at the time the police said “we don’t need you to do that”
And, on to Day 10...