Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!

From Matthew Chapter 28:

28:1 Now after the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 28:2 Suddenly there was a severe earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descending from heaven came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. 28:3 His  appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 28:4 The  guards were shaken and became like dead men because they were so afraid of him. 28:5 But the angel said   to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know   that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 28:6 He is not here, for he has been raised, just as he said. Come and see the place where he was lying. 28:7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. He  is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you! 28:8 So they left the tomb quickly, with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 28:9 But  Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They came to him, held on to his feet and worshiped him. 28:10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.”

Eleventyseven - Love in Your Arms

Petra - He came, He Saw, He Conquered

Natalie Grant - Alive

Happy Easter! He is Risen!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Trayvon Martin Case: Enough Already. Seriously.

I wasn't paying attention for the first 9,000 or so reports about Trayvon Martin, a black 16-year-old who was shot by a white Hispanic guy named George Zimmerman. I don't know why I didn't; it might have been because I was on vacation when it happened and didn't want to deal with it. It might have been that, even though I didn't recognize it immediately, my BS meter had gone off.

But upon returning home, I was gobsmacked with a piece of information that really set my BS meter off: the New Black Panthers had put a bounty on Zimmerman's head and were in the beginning stages of a rout, that is, the prelude to a riot, over the fact that the police had determined that Zimmerman's story matched the evidence and did not arrest him.

Now, I have a specific litmus for any cases involving the Black Panthers, and sure enough, the evidence that came out proved me right.

It seems that Zimmerman was on his way back to his vehicle when he was assaulted (assault is a crime, by the way,) by Martin. Zimmerman sustained some injuries in the assault but was legally armed and defended himself from more serious injuries.

Martin is consistently portrayed as a victim in this incident even though HE initiated the attack. When you decide to assault someone, you have accepted all risks, including the fact that you might end picking a fight with someone who might be armed and just shoot you. It fills me with deep gall that outside the Internet, no one will tell the truth about what actually happened the night Zimmerman performed an act of self-defense.

People magazine has a picture of Trayvon Martin on their cover. This cover is a lie because that picture is about five years old. More recent pictures of Martin show him making gang signs to the camera. This a narrative the media has spun can simply not allow people to know that they have flat-out lied about the case. NBC doctored a tape of a 911 call relevant to the night Martin was killed. ABC tried to conceal evidence that Zimmerman was injured that night, only to be caught red-handed by and The Daily Caller. The New York Times accidentally let it slip that Zimmerman actually weighed 170 lbs, instead of the 200+ that had been the media's fib for so long. I say accidentally because they have damaged their myth that Zimmerman had the odds tilted in his favor in a fight and shooting poor wittle Trayvon was something he did because he was a racist meany.

Never mind the fact that Zimmerman mentored black kids or that he called out a cop's son for beating up a homeless black man. The mainstream media wants you to understand that Zimmerman is an evil racist jerk who hunted Martin down and shot him (despite the fact that the evidence we have contradicts that story.)

American Thinker put together a through article on this manufactured mess. I have some excerpts but you should make it a point to read the whole article:

"John" [a witness who observed the attack] told police that he saw two men on the ground, fighting.  The one on top, beating the one underneath, was Trayvon Martin.  George Zimmerman, in a red sweater, was yelling "Help, help!"  You can hear his screams on other 911 tapes.  A tape was played for Martin's father, and he confirmed that the voice crying for help was not his son's...

... According to Zimmerman's later testimony, he had returned to his truck and was waiting for the police when he was surprised by Martin.  The teen asked him if he had a problem.  When Zimmerman said "no" and reached for his cell phone, Martin punched him in the face.  Zimmerman fell to the ground; Martin jumped on top of him and began slamming his head against the sidewalk.

Zimmerman was not arrested for the simple reason that the physical evidence corroborated his testimony and "John's."  According to the police, he had a bloody nose, a swollen lip, lacerations on the back of his head, and scuff-marks or grass stains on the back of his jersey.  The police had no reason to believe that these were self-inflicted.  If Zimmerman's statement is accurate, Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, the subject of so much vitriol, may not have been relevant; it applies to individuals who are standing, not lying on their back being beaten.  In no state do you not have a right to defend yourself with lethal force if your head is being slammed into concrete.
Emphasis mine.

The way in which the story has been spun by the media should not surprise anyone who remembers earlier National Hate campaigns: the Tawana Brawley, Duke lacrosse team, Jena 6, and Jared Loughner cases.  Five-year-old pictures of Martin were repeatedly shown.  Photos of the 6'2" or 3" seventeen-year-old wearing gold teeth, sporting two prominent tattoos, and making gang signs, readily available on the internet, were suppressed, as were other images from his Myspace and Twitter accounts, where he called himself "No_Limit_Nigga."

Also missing was any background on the teenager.  He happened to be in Sanford because he'd been suspended from his high school in Miami for ten days on suspicion of selling marijuana.  ... This was Martin's third suspension.  Last October, he was caught with twelve pieces of woman's jewelry, a man's watch, and a flat-head screwdriver.  He told authorities that a friend had given him the jewelry, but he couldn't identify the friend.  When this information was released, the family and left-wing commentators accused those responsible of smearing the teenage martyr.

...Zimmerman's concern about a young black male stranger has been represented as pure racism -- that is to say, paranoia.  This is the assumption that frames the entire narrative spun by the media.  The corollary is that across the nation, young black males, especially those who choose to wear hoodies, are being targeted by white vigilantes.  ...

...Is this what's happening?

At the very beginning of his 911 call, Zimmerman tells the operator that there have been a lot of break-ins recently.  In fact, there were eight burglaries in the previous fifteen months.  Where the intruders were identified, most were young black males, including two who invaded the home of a young mother and tried to break into the bedroom she had locked herself into with her infant son.  This must have been a terrifying experience, but it was not of interest to the MSM....

... It's ... of interest what ordinary Americans -- and extraordinary Americans who are not members of the Fourth Estate -- think of the case.  They're not likely to reveal their opinions to pollsters.  You have to check the comments below news stories, when these aren't censored.  And maybe the election results later this year.  It's always "the economy, stupid."  But there's a possibility that voters this November might also wish to express their preference for candidates who are willing tell the truth about daily life in the real world.  There are still no cameras in the polling booths.

I am furious over the fact that the media absolutely refuses to tell the truth about this case. That Zimmerman had a bounty put on his head should be screamed to rooftops of every building in this nation until the media finally reports it, and the police should not let these threats against Zimmerman go unpunished.

My greatest fear is that the Grand Jury currently investigating this case will simply decide that to patronize Sharpton, Jackson, and race baiters et al, the best thing to do is feed Zimmerman to the lions. I greatly doubt that justice will happen in this case.

Here's a bit of food for thought: over the past year I have been made aware of something called the knock-out game, where a bunch of usually black thugs attack a passerby and try to knock them unconscious, in some cases killing them. Over on Gateway Pundit, the question was raised in the comments section of one of those stories: what will happen the first time these thugs decide to attack someone who is armed?

Now, this is pure conjecture, and I openly admit it, but I think we just found out what would happen in that scenario.