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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Tourism Trap

Regarding your recent cover story on the proposed casino for Springfield (“MGM: Vision or Mirage?”, July 11, 2013): I think that we are very late to this party. Many years ago I read a book by a nationally known urban planner, Jane Jacobs. She said that you do not revitalize a city by building things for tourists. You do it for your residents first.

Zimmerman Was the Perpetrator

The one who had a right to evoke Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law was Trayvon Martin, not George Zimmerman. Despite the fact that Zimmerman was ordered by police not to proceed, he stalked an unarmed black teenager with his car and then on foot.  But the difference was that Zimmerman had a gun. 

According to Jelani Cobb, director of the Institute of African-American Studies at the University of Connecticut, who had been covering the trial for TheNewYorker.com, Zimmerman had stalked 46 others in the past during his so-called Neighborhood Watch patrols. Each person he stalked was also black. Zimmerman’s concern for blacks walking in his neighborhood persisted despite the fact that 20 percent of residents in that gated community were black, so the sight of a black person in the neighborhood should not have been a cause for concern. 

As Zimmerman stalked Trayvon that night, the teen was justified in feeling his life was threatened. It was Trayvon who had a right to defend himself, and he did so, man to man. It was George Zimmerman who created the confrontation with the confidence that he could shoot to kill, if need be.  Zimmerman was not the poor victim defending himself, but the perpetrator. 

 

The Abominable Snowden

Edward Snowden is not a human rights activist. He is a loathsome, abominable traitor and spy. He stated that his aim was to inform the world about the surveillance programs operated by the NSA. He expressed concern that the U.S. government could monitor the communications of the U.S. public, but he did not say it occurred.

If Snowden is an activist who just wanted to expose the possible monitoring of the U.S. public, why did he go to Hong Kong with his four laptops filled with NSA information and probably allow the Chinese to copy the NSA material? If Snowden was concerned with the U.S. government infringing on our freedoms, why did he go to Russia, a totalitarian country opposed to our democratic values, a country that most likely copied the NSA information on his laptops?

Snowden could be a disgruntled individual who decided to get even with the U.S. over personal problems, possibly work-related. His aim is to harm our national security. He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for breaking the trust we placed in him.

Happy Mutts’ Day

July 31 is Mutts’ Day. I encourage people who are ready to give an animal a lifetime of love to consider opening their hearts and homes to a one-of-a-kind mixed-breed dog or cat from their local shelter. Mutts don’t come with “papers,” but they are also less likely to come with many of the serious health problems that plague their purebred cousins, including crippling hip dysplasia, blindness, deafness, heart defects, skin problems, epilepsy, and more. Adopting a mutt from a shelter saves a life and avoids supporting the “pet” industry, which brings more puppies and kittens into the world while millions of equally deserving animals must be euthanized in shelters for lack of good homes.

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You are obviously not aware Jelani Cobb was perpetrating - quite literally - outright baldfaced lies regarding Zimmerman:

"According to Jelani Cobb, director of the Institute of African-American Studies at the University of Connecticut, who had been covering the trial for TheNewYorker.com, Zimmerman had stalked 46 others in the past during his so-called Neighborhood Watch patrols. Each person he stalked was also black. Zimmerman’s concern for blacks walking in his neighborhood persisted despite the fact that 20 percent of residents in that gated community were black, so the sight of a black person in the neighborhood should not have been a cause for concern. "

Not half truths or partial truths - outright, easily veriable lies. Copies of the actual reports for all 46 are readily available online, as are numerous reviews of them for those too lazy to read for themselves. And there are recordinsg of the recent calls so you can hear for yourself as well.

Zimmerman made 46 calls over NINE years, not 6 - an average of 5 calls per year.

It is again a bald-faced lie that "all 46 were about blacks" and all 46 were about "black men" as Cobb has rpeatedly stated. The FACTS are there were 7 calls regarding about blacks. One of them was for a 'check the welfare' of a 7 year old playing in the street - hardly threatening. Another was regarding Trayvon Martin. A total of 5 calls over 9 years about blacks other than these ... along with calls about whites and Hispanics as well.

The rest of the calls were exactly the type calls the police ask neighbors to report, speeding cars, open garage doors and similar.

5 calls about blacks over the entire time - the 9 years of Zimmermans call record - did not serve Jelani Cobb's agenda - to ignore the multitude of facts and evidence that shows Zimmerman has lived side by side with, advocated for and supported blacks and the black community.

He didn't stop there either - in the same PBS roundtable he also repeated the lie Zimmerman got out of his car and followed dspite being told not to by police. This too is an outright lie. Again the tape of the call and transcript are readily available.

First - the police have noted the dispatcher has no authority to issue commands to anyone - they can only advise and recommend. That said the dispatched NEVER told Zimmerman to stay in the car - never told him not to get out of the car. Only AFTER Martin had "run away" did Zimmerman get out of the car. Some time after the dispatch noticed and asked if Zimmerman was following. He immediately said yes, and the dispatch said "we don't need you to do that." Zimemrman said OK and can be heard to stop - and arranged with dispatch to meet teh officer at his car.

Facts failed to stop Jelani Cobb again here - as he has repeated the lie that the police told Zimmerman not to leave his car. The truth again does not support Jelani Cobb's agenda - so he simply lies.

These aren't deep darl secrets either. A ten second Google search will bring up the actual police reports and tapes from Sanford PD - for the past calls and the Martin call.

Cobb and others simply do not care what the truth is - as its inconvenient to their narrative.


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