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November 18, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 18, 2013

Trayvon Martin shooter and all-around controversial guy George Zimmerman was just arrested on domestic violence charges. He apparently smashed a table and pointed a gun in his girlfriend’s face.

Because he dared perform a marriage for his gay son, a Pennsylvania United Methodist pastor was found guilty of violating church practices.

Dropbox, a company that (unlike Snapchat) has firm revenue streams, thinks it’s worth $8 billion. It probably is.

Wal-Mart may face federal labor charges for violating the rights of workers who chose to protest.

Bitcoin had a really good day.

20:17 // 5 months ago
September 14, 2013
Like gangster Al Capone going to Alcatraz for tax evasion and O.J. Simpson serving time for robbing some sports memorabilia dealers, some interpret this series of unfortunate events as part of some cosmic comeuppance for a wannabe cop.
The Associated Press, discussing George Zimmerman’s continued run-ins with the law since his acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
16:16 // 7 months ago
August 26, 2013

George Zimmerman wants the state to pay some of his legal fees

  • $200k+ the amount that George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, wants the state to reimburse him for legal fees. Various public agencies have spent more than $900,000 on the trial already. source
23:10 // 7 months ago
August 25, 2013
I think that it will be seen as a questionable judgment on the part of the judicial system down there, but I don’t know if it will have staying power. These cases come along and they blaze across the midnight sky and then after a period of time, they’re forgotten.
Colin Powell • Offering a mixed reaction to the Trayvon Martin verdict—suggesting it was a bad decision but also that the decision may have a limited impact in the long run.
18:20 // 8 months ago
August 23, 2013
vicemag:

"Paula Deen" Is Going to Kill "Trayvon Martin" on TV
Welcome to the Trayvon Martin Will Never Really Die edition of This Week in Racism. I’ll be ranking news stories on a scale of 1 to RACIST, with “1” being the least racist and “RACIST” being the most racist.
- Popular fiction often dabbles in what-ifs. What if Superman grew up in Soviet Russia? What if the Nazis had won World War II? What if God was one of us? Just a stranger on the bus? Trying to make his way home?
These are all fascinating questions worth exploring, but Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has decided to ask another, possibly more provocative, question: what if Paula Deen shot Trayvon Martin because she thought he was trying to rape her? I mean, doesn’t Paula Deen look like she packs heat?
The show’s executive producer Warren Leight explained the premise to Entertainment Weekly:

“[Jeffrey] Tambor is a defense attorney representing a very high-profile celebrity woman chef who thought she was being pursued by a rapist and turned around it was a teenager. And she shot him. There’s a lot of stop-and-frisk elements to that as well… Is racial profiling justifiable? Can self-defense involve racial profiling? We’re diving right into that,”

It appears that Law & Order’s plot generator, which has mixed and matched elements of popular news stories for decades, is broken. This sounds like the absolute worst idea I’ve ever heard.
Continue

There’s a lot to unpack here. Whew.

vicemag:

"Paula Deen" Is Going to Kill "Trayvon Martin" on TV

Welcome to the Trayvon Martin Will Never Really Die edition of This Week in Racism. I’ll be ranking news stories on a scale of 1 to RACIST, with “1” being the least racist and “RACIST” being the most racist.

- Popular fiction often dabbles in what-ifs. What if Superman grew up in Soviet Russia? What if the Nazis had won World War II? What if God was one of us? Just a stranger on the bus? Trying to make his way home?

These are all fascinating questions worth exploring, but Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has decided to ask another, possibly more provocative, question: what if Paula Deen shot Trayvon Martin because she thought he was trying to rape her? I mean, doesn’t Paula Deen look like she packs heat?

The show’s executive producer Warren Leight explained the premise to Entertainment Weekly:

“[Jeffrey] Tambor is a defense attorney representing a very high-profile celebrity woman chef who thought she was being pursued by a rapist and turned around it was a teenager. And she shot him. There’s a lot of stop-and-frisk elements to that as well… Is racial profiling justifiable? Can self-defense involve racial profiling? We’re diving right into that,”

It appears that Law & Order’s plot generator, which has mixed and matched elements of popular news stories for decades, is broken. This sounds like the absolute worst idea I’ve ever heard.

Continue

There’s a lot to unpack here. Whew.

17:57 // 8 months ago
July 25, 2013
17:09 // 9 months ago
July 22, 2013
theatlantic:

President Obama: Pitch Perfect on Trayvon, Yet Silent on Abdulrahman

I can’t help but harbor complicated feelings toward Obama and the American people generally. You see, right around the same time that Obama gave his speech, the grandfather of a 16-year-old American, killed in an apparent incident of profiling, wrote in the New York Times, “They showed me the grave where they buried his remains. I stood over it, asking why my grandchild was dead. Nearly two years later, I still have no answers.” As he put it, “the United States government has refused to explain.” The 16-year-old “lived in America until he was 7, then came to live with me in Yemen. He was a typical teenager — he watched ‘The Simpsons,’ listened to Snoop Dogg, read ‘Harry Potter’ and had a Facebook page with many friends. He had a mop of curly hair, glasses like me and a wide, goofy smile.” In the autumn of 2011, Abdulrahman set out from his grandfather’s home in search of his father, who he hadn’t seen in years. He was still hundreds of miles away when the U.S. government killed his father, Anwar al-Awlaki, in a drone strike due to his affiliation with Al Qaeda. “Abdulrahman called us and said he was going to return home,” his grandfather wrote. “That was the last time I heard his voice. He was killed just two weeks after his father.”
Read more. [Image: Reuters]


"I want to believe that being an American citizen at least means that when you’re killed, the facts around your death will be investigated and wrongdoing will be punished, even if you have a Muslim name and a radical for a father. I fear I’ll never be able to believe it again.” — Conor Friedersdorf, folks.

theatlantic:

President Obama: Pitch Perfect on Trayvon, Yet Silent on Abdulrahman

I can’t help but harbor complicated feelings toward Obama and the American people generally. You see, right around the same time that Obama gave his speech, the grandfather of a 16-year-old American, killed in an apparent incident of profiling, wrote in the New York Times, “They showed me the grave where they buried his remains. I stood over it, asking why my grandchild was dead. Nearly two years later, I still have no answers.” As he put it, “the United States government has refused to explain.”
The 16-year-old “lived in America until he was 7, then came to live with me in Yemen. He was a typical teenager — he watched ‘The Simpsons,’ listened to Snoop Dogg, read ‘Harry Potter’ and had a Facebook page with many friends. He had a mop of curly hair, glasses like me and a wide, goofy smile.” In the autumn of 2011, Abdulrahman set out from his grandfather’s home in search of his father, who he hadn’t seen in years. He was still hundreds of miles away when the U.S. government killed his father, Anwar al-Awlaki, in a drone strike due to his affiliation with Al Qaeda. “Abdulrahman called us and said he was going to return home,” his grandfather wrote. “That was the last time I heard his voice. He was killed just two weeks after his father.”

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

"I want to believe that being an American citizen at least means that when you’re killed, the facts around your death will be investigated and wrongdoing will be punished, even if you have a Muslim name and a radical for a father. I fear I’ll never be able to believe it again.” — Conor Friedersdorf, folks.

9:28 // 9 months ago
July 21, 2013

"Justice for Trayvon" rallies sweep country

  • 100+ the number of ”Justice for Trayvon” rallies that took place nationwide on Saturday. Among the largest ones were the New York protest, which Trayvon Martin’s mother (and a few major celebrities) attended, and the Miami one, which his father did. ”This could be any one of our children,” Tracy Martin said. “Our mission now is to make sure that this doesn’t happen to your child.” source
10:30 // 9 months ago
July 19, 2013
This bill actually encourages people to shoot their way out of situations and that’s not how we live in a civilized society. It’s a mentality that has permeated the state of Florida. It’s a mentality of shoot first, and we should not have that in a civilized society.
Florida Senate Democratic leader Chris Smith • Discussing his party’s efforts to convene a special legislative session to modify or drop the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws. While the effort may prove a challenge—both chambers in Florida are controlled by Republicans, Gov. Rick Scott has created a task force to investigate the law. Smith and his Florida House cohort Perry Thurston suggest a ballot initiative is likely if a revised law isn’t passed.
0:23 // 9 months ago
July 18, 2013

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aboriginalpressnews:

Lester Chambers Attacked for Trayvon Martin Dedication - Exclusive Footage (by fuse)

Blues musician Lester Chambers, a 73-year-old man, dedicated a song from his set to Trayvon Martin. A racist in the audience felt some kind of way about it, so she climbed her thirsty ass on stage and attacked him.

Here is the video.

Now, see…

I’m not a violent man anymore but she would’ve got backhanded the fuck off that stage so fast, my dude.

This trial has made some people lose their fucking minds

We posted about this the other night, but now there’s video. It’s worse than the description of events suggested. This woman came up on stage from like the back to attack him.

0:44 // 9 months ago