Thursday, July 11, 2013


Bill Would Withhold Federal Funds From Schools With Irrational, Alarmist Idiots In Charge 
 By: / Personal Liberty Digest

There has been no shortage of knee-jerk idiocy on the part of American educators in the months since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Children have been kicked out of schools or disciplined for making gun gestures with their fingers, bringing water pistols or other toy guns to school, building Lego guns and even simply drawing pictures with guns in them.

Outside of the bureaucratically controlled brain trust that is the U.S. public education system, average Americans have rolled eyes and sighed at most of the aforementioned incidents. After all, it’s child’s play: cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians, soldiers.

Representative Steve Stockman (R-Texas) must also be tired of hearing about American educator pants wetting over plastic toys and hand gestures resembling firearms. He has introduced a bill that would protect the “harmless expressions of childhood play” and disallow educators to teach youngsters to “be afraid of inanimate objects that are shaped like guns.”

The Student Protection Act, H.R. 2625, lists several incidents where children have been victimized by zero-tolerance gun policies on school grounds which make even references to guns or gun-like things illicit.

From the bill:
Congress finds:
(1) So-called `zero-tolerance’ weapons policies in federally funded schools are being used to outlaw harmless expressions of childhood play.
(2) So-called `zero-tolerance’ weapons policies in federally funded schools are being used to teach children to be afraid of inanimate objects that are shaped like guns.
(3) A school in Grand Island, Nebraska, this year demanded a three-year-old deaf boy in preschool change his name because its sign language expression resembles a gun.
(4) A seven-year-old Colorado boy was suspended for throwing an imaginary hand grenade.
(5) In Talbot County, Maryland, two six-year-old boys were suspended this year for shaping their fingers in the shape of guns while playing `cops and robbers’ during recess.
(6) A 14-year-old in Kentucky was not only suspended from school this year for wearing an NRA T-shirt that said, `protect your right’, but the principal called police to have him arrested.
(7) A six-year-old Palmer, Massachusetts, kindergartner who brought a plastic G.I. Joe Lego toy gun on a school bus was given detention and ordered to write a letter of apology to the bus driver and fellow student passengers.
(8) This government-sanctioned political correctness is traumatizing children and spreading irrational fear.
Stockman’s proposal would dissuade school officials from spreading irrational fear about gun imagery by blocking Federal funds to any school that punishes students for a select list of activities:
(1) brandishing a pastry or other food which is partially consumed in such a way that the remnant resembles a gun;
(2) possession of a toy gun which is two inches or less;
(3) possession of a toy gun made of plastic snap together building blocks;
(4) using a finger or hand to simulate a gun;
(5) vocalizing imaginary firearms or munitions;
(6) wearing a T-shirt that supports Second Amendment rights;
(7) drawing a picture of, or possessing an image of, a firearm; or
(8) using a pencil, pen or other writing utensil to simulate a firearm.
The fact that a U.S. Representative feels that American educators need to be reminded that those activities are in no way dangerous ought to frighten anyone with a smidge of common sense.

Judicial Watch: DOJ Documents reveal Justice Department Organized Trevon Martin Protests

Bob Beauprez / Townhall Finance
 
Posted by Judicial Watch, July 10, 2013
 
Document: DOJ Community Relations Service was deployed to Sanford, FL, “to provide technical assistance for the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old African American male.”

Washington, D.C. – Judicial Watch announced today that has obtained documents in response to local, state, and federal records requests revealing that a little-known unit of the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Community Relations Service (CRS), was deployed to Sanford, FL, following the Trayvon Martin shooting to help organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman.

JW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requested with the DOJ on April 24, 2012; 125 pages were received on May 30, 2012. JW administratively appealed the request on June 5, 2012, and received 222 pages more on March 6, 2013. According to the documents:
  • March 25 – 28, 2012, CRS spent $1,142.84 “in Sanford, FL to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain.
  • March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent $892.55 in Sanford, FL “to provide support for protest deployment in Florida.”
  • March 30 – April 1, 2012, CRS spent an additional $751.60 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31.”
  • April 3 – 12, 2012, CRS spent $1,307.40 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance, conciliation, and onsite mediation during demonstrations planned in Sanford.”
  • April 11-12, 2012, CRS spent $552.35 in Sanford, FL “to provide technical assistance for the preparation of possible marches and rallies related to the fatal shooting of a 17 year old African American male.” – expenses for employees to travel, eat, sleep?
From a Florida Sunshine Law request filed on April 23, 2012, JW received thousands of pages of emails on April 27, 2012, in which was found an email by Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board Program Officer Amy Carswell from April 16, 2012: “Congratulations to our partners, Thomas Battles, Regional Director, and Mildred De Robles, Miami-Dade Coordinator and their co-workers at the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service for their outstanding and ongoing efforts to reduce tensions and build bridges of understanding and respect in Sanford, Florida” following a news article in the Orlando Sentinel about the secretive “peacekeepers.”

In reply to that message, Battles said: “Thank you Partner. You did lots of stuff behind the scene to make Miami a success. We will continue to work together.” He signed the email simply Tommy.
Carswell responded: “That’s why we make the big bucks.”

Set up under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the DOJ’s CRS, the employees of which are required by law to “conduct their activities in confidence,” reportedly has greatly expanded its role under President Barack Obama. Though the agency claims to use “impartial mediation practices and conflict resolution procedures,” press reports along with the documents obtained by Judicial Watch suggest that the unit deployed to Sanford, FL, took an active role in working with those demanding the prosecution of Zimmerman.

On April 15, 2012, during the height of the protests, the Orlando Sentinelreported“They [the CRS] helped set up a meeting between the local NAACP and elected officials that led to the temporary resignation of police Chief Bill Lee according to Turner Clayton, Seminole County chapter president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.” The paper quoted the Rev. Valarie Houston, pastor of Allen Chapel AME Church, a focal point for protestors, as saying “They were there for us,” after a March 20 meeting with CRS agents.

Separately, in response to a Florida Sunshine Law request to the City of Sanford, Judicial Watch also obtained an audio recording of a “community meeting” held at Second Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Sanford on April 19, 2012. The meeting, which led to the ouster of Sanford’s Police Chief Bill Lee, was scheduled after a group of college students calling themselves the “Dream Defenders” barricaded the entrance to the police department demanding Lee be fired.  According to the Orlando Sentinel, DOJ employees with the CRS had arranged a 40-mile police escort for the students from Daytona Beach to Sanford.

“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.”

Pay Attention to Egypt

Michael Reagan / Townhall Columnist

Overseas the Arab Spring is turning into the Arab Nightmare that everyone but the Obama administration always saw coming.

At home the Obama Crew is fighting to socialize all of America's health care system, strangling the energy industry with new emissions regulations, and being exposed for ordering federal employees to spy on each other.

And what do our mainstream media think is the most important issue of the day?

The minute-by-minute play-by-play of the Zimmerman trial.

Yes sir, America.

Don't worry your little heads about the coming chaos in the Middle East. Or how the Obama administration's neutral position in the Egyptian coup is going to make it a virtual certainty Egypt will explode into a long and bloody religious civil war.

Don't worry about revelations that the federal government has been merrily intercepting our email, scanning the envelopes of our snail mail, and collecting communications data traveling on our undersea cables.

And don't worry about the weekly slaughter of dozens of young blacks by other young blacks in the streets of Chicago.

What the TV media think is really important to all of us is whether "white Hispanic" George Zimmerman killed a young black kid in self defense, as he says he did, or whether Zimmerman stalked and shot Trayvon Martin because he's a racist creep and a wanna-be cop.

It doesn't matter to the TV media what the evidence is. It doesn't even matter to them whether Zimmerman is guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter or nothing at all.

The TV media found the perfect white-on-black crime to exploit, and it exploited it to the max, stirring up racial passions and getting the ratings they wanted.

Of course, the TV media -- which have exaggerated the case far beyond its social or political importance -- are saying they sure hope an innocent verdict for Zimmerman doesn't create riots in the streets.

Yeah, right.

If riots come, you can bet the TV media will be on hand en masse to fan the flames -- and spike their ratings -- as long as they can.

The Zimmerman trial has been covered to death by TV, but there's little about the trial that's important to us in the long run.

It's a tragic -- and rare -- case that has been cynically milked and exploited by TV and professional race-baiters such as Al Sharpton.

What's important is what's happening in Egypt.
This week, instead of attacking a Hispanic senator, Marco Rubio, I will defend a Hispanic citizen, George Zimmerman, on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin. (Zimmerman would make a better senator.)

It's becoming painfully obvious why no charges were brought against Zimmerman in this case -- until Al Sharpton got involved. All the eyewitness accounts, testimony, ballistics and forensics keep backing up Zimmerman. We should send a big, fat bill for the whole thing to Sharpton, courtesy of MSNBC.

With the prosecution's witnesses making the defense's case, the inquisitors' last stand is to claim that, if the races were reversed, the black guy would have been instantly charged with murder. As explained in The New York Times:

"Had Mr. Martin shot and killed Mr. Zimmerman under similar circumstances, black leaders say, the case would have barreled down a different path: Mr. Martin would have been quickly arrested by the Sanford Police Department and charged in the killing, without the benefit of the doubt." (Also, CNN could have dropped the "white" and referred to Zimmerman exclusively as "Hispanic.")

The people who say this are counting on the rest of us being too polite to mention that it is nearly impossible to imagine such a case in a world where half of all murders and a majority of robberies are committed by blacks. To reverse the races with the same set of facts, first, we're going to need a gated, mixed-race community, similar to the Retreat at Twin Lakes, that has recently experienced a rash of robberies by white guys. The only way to do that is to enter "The Twilight Zone."

There were at least eight burglaries in the 14 months before Zimmerman's encounter with Martin. Numerous media accounts admit that "most" of these were committed by black males. I'm waiting to hear about a single crime at Twin Lakes that was not committed by a black male.

Just six months before Zimmerman's encounter with Martin, two men had broken into the home of a neighbor, Olivia Bertalan, while she was alone with her infant son. She had just enough time to call 911 before running upstairs and locking herself in a room. The burglars knew she was home, but proceeded to rob the place anyway, even trying to enter the locked room where she held her crying child.

Bertalan had seen the burglars just before they broke into her house -- one at the front door and one at the back. They were young black males. They lived in the Retreat by Twin Lakes.

In another case, a black teenager strode up to Zimmerman's house and, in broad daylight, stole a bicycle off the front porch. The bike was never recovered.

Weeks before Zimmerman saw Martin, he witnessed another young black male peering into the window of a neighbor's house. He called the cops, but by the time they arrived, the suspect was gone.

A few days later, another house was burglarized. The thieves made off with jewelry and a new laptop. Roofers working across the street had seen two black teenagers near the house at the time of the robbery. When they spotted one of the teens the next day, they called the police.

This time, the roofers followed the suspect so he wouldn't get away. The cops arrived and found the stolen laptop in his backpack. This was the same black teenager Zimmerman had seen looking in a neighbor's window.

The only reason it's hard to imagine the Zimmerman case with the races reversed is that it's hard to imagine a white teenager living in a mixed-race, middle-class community, mugging a black homeowner. This is not a problem of society's reactions, but of the facts.

There is, however, at least one case of a black homeowner fatally shooting a white troublemaker. He was not charged with murder.

In 2006, the ironically named John White was sound asleep at his nice Long Island home when his teenage son woke him to say there was a mob of white kids shouting epithets in front of the house. The family was in no imminent danger. They could have called 911 and remained safely behind locked doors.

But White grabbed a loaded Beretta and headed out to the end of the driveway to confront the mob. A scuffle ensued and White ended up shooting one of the kids in the face, killing him.

White was charged and convicted only of illegal weapons possession -- this was New York, after all -- and involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 20 months-to-four years in prison, but after serving five months was pardoned by Gov. David Paterson.

With all due compassion for the kid who was killed, the public was overwhelmingly on the father's side -- a fact still evident in Internet postings about the case. The kids were punks menacing a law-abiding homeowner. Even the prosecutor complained only that Paterson hadn't called the victim's family first. The local NAACP had campaigned aggressively on White's behalf. There were no threats to riot in case of an acquittal.

The centerpiece of White's self-defense argument was his recollection of his grandfather's stories about the Ku Klux Klan. George Zimmerman's memory of young black males committing crimes at Twin Lakes is somewhat more recent.

John White wasn't jumped, knocked to the ground, repeatedly punched, and his skull knocked against the ground. He wasn't even touched, though he claimed the white teen was lunging at him. Talk about no reason to "follow," there was no reason for him to leave the safety of his locked home. White's son knew the kids by name. They could have waited for the cops.

So, yes, this case probably would be very different if Zimmerman and Martin's races were reversed. It is only when the victim is black that we must have a show trial, a million-dollar reward paid to the victim's parents and the threat of riots.

House and Senate Intelligence panel members vote to block Obama from arming Syrian jihadis, but Obama going to arm them anyway

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer

Obama quickly moving to stifle this outbreak of common sense in Washington. "Intelligence panels cut off aid to Syrian rebels by restricting funds," by Julian Pecquet and Jeremy Herb for The Hill, July 9 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):
House and Senate Intelligence panel members have voted to block President Obama from arming Syrian rebels, committee insiders told The Hill. They did so by placing severe restrictions on funding. 
Lawmakers made their decision last month for fear that the administration plan would let weapons fall into the hands of terrorist groups, such as the many linked to al Qaeda.
The exact nature of the restrictions is unknown because the committees voted privately on the basis of classified information. What is known is that the restrictions are sufficient to prevent the administration from delivering arms as planned, according to a source familiar with the actions.
The committee “voted to allow them to make some movement on this, but it’s restricted,” said one Senate panel insider, who declined to elaborate on the total aid or the restrictions added by the Intelligence panels, which both met again on Tuesday. “It was a very restrictive amount.”
Administration officials stopped shy of saying that the efforts had thwarted the effort to arm rebel groups, but said it certainly didn’t make it easier.
“They’re raising a lot of questions without having alternative answers,” said one senior administration official.
“Whatever we do, we have to make sure we do it right,” Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday.
“If we are going to arm, we have to make sure we have control of what arms are out there and how people are trained to use those arms so they don’t fall into the hands of our enemy al Qaeda,” Ruppersberger said.
Ruppersberger would not discuss what actions his committee had taken, but said that they were providing oversight.
“We have funding oversight, and that’s part of the checks and balances,” he said.
The administration has pushed to sell its plan to lawmakers in Congress, and Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Biden both briefed the panels in June on the administration’s plans in Syria....
White House press secretary Jay Carney did not discuss the reasons behind the congressional delays over the aid on Tuesday, but said it was coming nonetheless.
“In keeping with the president’s announcement of our stepped-up assistance to the [Syrian opposition’s] Supreme Military Council, we are going to consult with Congress on these matters, and we intend to provide that stepped-up assistance,” Carney said at Tuesday’s White House briefing. “We were not bluffing. The president was very serious, as I think he made clear.”
Op-ed:
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth...so help me God
By: Diane Sori

The truth…thanks to Barack HUSSEN Obama and the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, Louis Farrakhan and a host of other ‘supposed’ black leaders, race relations in our country have been set back 50 or more years, and the newest ground zero for this setback is the George Zimmerman murder trial.

The whole truth…by making Trayvon Martin the center point for this group of white-hating bigots who are being aided and abetted by an in-the-pocket for Obama media, race became the focal point and changed the equation in a simple ‘stand your ground’ self-defense case turning it into a trial about manufactured and manipulated racial hatred.

And nothing but the truth…American jurisprudence and the words ‘and justice for all’ have become twisted and perverted as healed over old racial wounds have been ripped open to expose a new breed of hatred that’s pitting black against white in a case staged for political theater…political theater as Obama and his minions stoke these new racial tensions to exploit this case to a crisis level that never should have been.

So help me God…Barack “If I had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin” HUSSEIN Obama butt into something he had NO business butting into, jumping on the racial ‘hate whitey’ bandwagon led by these blacks ‘of name’ whose own moral characters have been called into question over the years, as they forced a case to go public that NEVER should have been in the public venue to begin with…forced a case to be about race that was NEVER about race and now is all about race.

The George Zimmerman case is in reality a simple case of self-defense (‘Stand Your Ground’) but sadly in today’s America we are letting a small, vocal, militant, black minority tarnish the gains and respect the vast majority of Americans who happen to be black (NO hyphenated Americans for me) have made over the years, as they cry out in angry hate-filled voices that another white man murdered yet another innocent black child for what they perceive as for NO reason other than he was black.

And a liberal, bleeding heart, white judge like Judge Debra Nelson, who outwardly and unabashedly sides with the above mentioned vile ilk and the prosecution, helps in perpetrating this new racial divide either out of personal fear or just out of shear cowardice in being afraid of the repercussions that small, vocal, militant, black minority might do if Zimmerman is found innocent…as in doing what they always do when they don’t get their way…taking to the streets and rioting because, in this case, how dare that white man be found innocent even if he is innocent.

The simple fact is that George Zimmerman is being railroaded to appease and diffuse this small, vocal, militant, black minority as ruling after ruling by this judge do NOT allow the true character of Trayvon Martin to be called into evidence, yet George Zimnerman’s character, perceived motives, and supposed (but untrue) racism is heralded at every turn. Trayvon Martin is being portrayed as a sweet angelic 17-year old child who just ‘happened’ to be walking through a townhouse complex one rainy night…a portrait being aided by a media that keeps showing him in pictures from when he was 12-years old instead of showing him as he looked the night he was killed…a six foot tall, muscled thug in a hoodie being where he had NO business being for some say he knew NO one in that complex.

Being in a complex that had been having a rash of burglaries and robberies to such a degree that a citizen watch group had to patrol the area when the police couldn’t. A thug who had just been suspended from school for drugs (who was under the influence of drugs on the night he was killed as per autopsy results), a thug whose school locker when opened by authorities was loaded with watches and jewelery…his...you decide…and NONE of this was allowed into evidence. Nor were his cellphone text messages about fighting and purchasing a gun, photos of his homegrown marijuana plants, blowing smoke from a joint, a gun in a hand that was probably his, a naked teen…NONE of it was allowed into evidence. There was also a Facebook posting from a half-brother asking Trayvon when he was going to teach him how to fight….NOT allowed. And a defense computer-generated animation depicting the struggle between Martin and Zimmerman also NOT allowed.

All NOT allowed because it would tarnish the angelic image of a sweet innocent child supposedly racially profiled, targeted, and then murdered by a white man for NO other reason than this sweet child was black…an image instigated by white-hating black leaders and fed into by the media as our nation is being held hostage with threats of violence by the likes of the New Black Panthers if that image is tarnished or if Zimmerman is dared to be found innocent.

And so the bottom line in this case remains NOT truth and surely NOT justice but race…race and appeasing and catering to that small, vocal, militant, black minority so they don’t act up and riot, and if George Zimmerman must be thrown to the wolves to do that so it shall be…unless and this is a gamble…unless this jury has the guts and courage to do the right thing and say these race manipulated maneuvers be damned….evidence and truth will be how this case is decided.

I’m NOT going to hold my breath for that but will be pleasantly surprised if truth does win out over intimidation and threats….and then we’ll see if our president (gag) has the decency to diffuse a volatile situation of his own making by warning that small, vocal, militant, black minority against any rioting. If he does then race relations can start moving forward again much to the chagrin of certain other afore mentioned ‘supposed’ leaders who happen to be black, and if he doesn’t all hell could break lose.

But again…I’m NOT holding my breath for Barack HUSSEIN Obama to do the right thing as he NEVER has before so why should he start now.