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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

9 October 2013. And Now A Word From Our Sponsor… Reflect on What the Republicans REALLY Want During This Shutdown

00 Luo Jie. China Daily. Gun Control. 16.07.13

Gun Control vs Gun Abuse

Luo Jie

2012

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Do you want the world that the Republicans want to put into place? To help you, I’d advise you to ponder what happened to two people in Florida, one of the states misruled by a Republican junta today. What happens there now is what the GOP wants throughout the country.

Firstly, there was George Zimmerman, a self-appointed vigilante. I asked several cops and a lawyer if what Mr Zimmerman did was within the law and SOP for Neighbourhood Watch groups. To keep it short, it flew in the face of everything that responsible cops teach Neighbourhood Watch volunteers. Volunteers are ordered to NEVER to initiate contact with a suspect. NEVER EVER. The watch is supposed to inform the police, who’ll then send a patrol to make contact with the suspect. The volunteer is supposed to lay back, keep the suspect in sight, but never contact or accost them, ever. Besides which, no Neighbourhood Watch volunteer is supposed to be armed, and especially not with a firearm! In short, Mr Zimmerman flouted all the rules… and the Sanford FL PD supported him! Why? I’ve no doubt that Republican politicos threw their mantle of support over Zimmerman, because it’s what they want (lawless vigilantes beating up “uppity niggers n’ spics”) and because it fits their vision of a Radical Libertarian Anything-Goes Deregulated Paradise. The Sanford PD decided not to buck the politicos… by the way, Zimmerman is part-Cuban, a group detested and hated by all other Hispanic populations in the USA. Cuban-Americans, disproportionately, come from the classes that supported Fulgencio Batista… that is, they helped Batista rape Cuba for the benefit of the Americans. That’s why no Mexican or PR is going to vote for Marco Rubio, not now, not ever.

Secondly, there was Marissa Alexander. Last year, a Florida court convicted Alexander of assault with a deadly weapon with no intent to harm, and under Florida’s mandatory minimum laws sentenced her to twenty years in prison after firing a warning shot to ward off her abusive husband. Alexander attempted to have her case dismissed under Stand Your Ground, claiming her right to protect herself from a man who had repeatedly beat her, but was unsuccessful.

Do you see the Jabberwockian insanity in the above? THAT’S WHAT THE REPUBLICANS WANT THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. It’s why they’re “shutting down the government”. The “right to keep and bear arms” only applies to the people whom the Republicans like… as the Zimmerman and Alexander cases show. The Republicans want a pro-business thugocracy just like the one in Florida… if you doubt my word, ask the union organisers who’ve tried to organise Disney World… the ones who survived, that is.

This is what the shutdown is really all about… it’s all about the Republicans ripping up the US Constitution and putting a Libertarian Hell in its place. I’m against that… and I’m not alone…

BMD

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

18 April 2012. The Russian “Take” on Trayvon Martin is NOT that Expressed by the American Rightwing… Let’s Look at the Facts of the Matter

This is what I believe… if you don’t like it… tough beans. I won’t close my mind to suit any political, social, or religious Neanderthal. I’ll stand for what’s right, come what may. ‘Nuff said!

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As I read the Russian media daily (what I post here is only a smidgen of what I read), the Russian “take” on Trayvon Martin is consistent. NO Russian commentator takes the position of Fox News and the Republican Party. I did post a VOR article by Vladimir Gladkov (click here to read it) that was typical of Russian media reportage of the event. The Russian and Russian Orthodox media publicised the inability of the American authorities to secure any justice in this case. In Russia, there is ALWAYS reference to what Article of the Criminal Code is applicable in serious media reports. I notice that rightwing US media avoid the issue of Criminally Negligent Homicide. George Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin, in the technical legal sense, was NOT a “murder” (although in colloquial terms it was such). Murder requires premeditation not present in this case; it wasn’t a killing in the course of a felony, or a killing of a deputised peace officer. Yet, “Murder” isn’t the only form of legally-punishable killing, there’s also Manslaughter and Criminally Negligent Homicide. I believe that Zimmerman committed Criminally Negligent Homicide.

It wasn’t Murder, as it lacked intent. It wasn’t Manslaughter, as it occurred outside the commission of a crime. Yet, a death occurred due to George Zimmerman’s “high recklessness “. After he’d reported the situation to the 911 operator, the operator ordered Zimmerman to back off; the coppers would take care of it. He refused to follow instructions; he stalked Martin in his car, and confronted him, without any approval from any higher authority. Zimmerman was only a civilian member of a neighbourhood watch group, he was NOT a sworn and deputised peace officer authorised to bear and use armed force to enforce the laws of the State of Florida. George Zimmerman lacked the legal authority to confront Trayvon Martin with a firearm and demand that he “cease and desist”. Zimmerman was in his car; Martin was on foot. That means that Zimmerman had the means to “outrun” Martin if he didn’t confront him. In short, Zimmerman provoked the encounter, and that fact alone could justify a conviction under Criminally Negligent Homicide (but not Murder or Manslaughter).

Frankly, much of the brouhaha in the media over this disgusts me. On the right, there’s no discussion of the fact that Zimmerman provoked the encounter, and that he illegally usurped the authority of using deadly force. On the left, there’s too much discussion of racism… it’s there, no doubt on that score, but that’s not what’s ultimately important. What’s pivotal is that Zimmerman usurped the state’s authority to enforce the laws; he was nothing but a self-appointed and reckless vigilante. Yes… I believe that his racism motivated his refusal to pull back from the encounter, but racism isn’t what’s important in a court of law. What matters is that Zimmerman broke the law by taking upon himself the authority of a police officer. Full stop. If we keep racism out of that discussion, it’ll convince many good-hearted and well-intentioned people that not only George Zimmerman, but also the Republican Party in general, winks at gun violence and vigilante injustice (often motivated by a sick racism, to be sure).

I’ll tell you one of the reasons why the US media attacks Russia… I see that the Russian media exposed the filthy hypocritical face of US racism, embodied in white supremacy and ignorant attacks on President Obama’s birth and religion. One of the writers in the Russian press noted that if there really were a problem with President Obama’s birth certificate, the GOP would’ve been in court in a heartbeat; after all, Bush stole the election in 2000 on less of a pretext, didn’t he? On the other hand, take Joe Arpaio… he runs a brutal desert GULag that the American media would cry crocodile tears over if it were in Russia. That’s received much attention in the Russian press, too. Trayvon Martin has received much positive press in the CIS, especially from the KPRF and KPU. It’s something that Putin, Udaltsov, Zyuganov, and His Holiness agree upon (but not the pro-West running-dog Prokhorov… he’s all in favour of the US rightwing).

Doubtlessly, the rightwing will blame it all on “the liberal media”. They’ll call us “hypocrites” and “un-Christian” for supporting justice for Trayvon (and for his family, too). The Republicans have stirred the shit ever since they started to woo racist Southerners in the late ‘60s. The “liberal media” had nothing to do with it… there’s been a worldwide outcry. HH supports Trayvon… that’s why Langley hates him and wants to discredit him (the kafuffle over the blingy watch was a case in point). Indeed, the rightwing’s starting to use discredited terminology such as “race-traitor”. They’re unashamed about it all, too. That’s ugly and creepy! Not only that, it’s against everything that we believe in as Orthodox Christians. Let’s allow the court to act. God willing, the court will find George Zimmerman guilty of (at least) usurping the state’s authority… but this should be a warning to us all. Not only is there racism in the USA, “interested parties” want to exacerbate the situation for low and amoral political ends. Reflect on this… Fox News is owned by the same guy who published News of the World (it wasn’t called “Screws of the World” for nothing!)… like calls unto like, no?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 18 April 2012

Albany NY

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Situation around Trayvon Martin’s Murder Taking on Aspects of Low Comedy

All decent people… all patriots… all working and salaried people… should demand justice for Trayvon Martin. It isn’t a “Leftist” thing… it isn’t a “black” thing… it’s a “human” thing. We 99 Percenters have to stick together… otherwise, the greedy corporate bastards will win (and count their ill-gotten gains stolen from us in their McMansions). Do you want a George Zimmerman to shoot you or one of your loved ones… and walk away as free as a bird? That’s what the Republicans want to impose all over the country…  

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The shocking story of the murder of black teenager Trayvon Martin, killed by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, is beginning to look like low comedy. Despite widespread indignation in American society, the murderer of the black teenager is still free. Although it’s clear from the evidence provided by witnesses and experts that Zimmerman lied to the police, Florida hasn’t brought charges against him. It seems that the powers-that-be in the USA are trying to undermine Americans’ trust in the US legal system. That absurd explanation is the only way to make sense of the reluctance of the authorities to arrest the murderer.

On 26 February, Zimmerman, a self-proclaimed leader of the local Neighbourhood Watch, attacked 17-year old black teenager Trayvon Martin, who was returning from a shop to his father’s house. Before chasing Martin, Zimmerman called 911 and told the operator that he’d noticed a “suspicions guy” and was going to detain him. As it turned out later, his main reasons for stopping Martin were his skin colour and the hoodie he was wearing. The record of the 911 calls proved that Zimmerman used racist remarks when describing Martin. Zimmerman ignored the operator, who tried to talk him out of tailing Martin. When he confronted the teenager, Zimmerman shot him with his pistol, killing Martin on the spot. When police officers arrived at the scene, Zimmerman told them that he shot Martin in self-defence after the teenager attacked him.

The strangest thing in this story is that despite numerous investigations by journalists, video/audio recordings, and witness testimony that proved that Zimmerman lied, Florida is slow to bring charges against him. Moreover, it turned out that local judicial agencies also lied, trying to protect Zimmerman. In particular, local police officers said that they didn’t arrest Zimmerman thanks to his good reputation. However, according to local WFTV TV news, in 2005, Zimmerman was arrested for attacking a police officer.

People from all levels of American society, as well as politicians and show biz stars, demanded justice from the authorities and expressed their support to Martin’s family. During a session in Congress, US Congressman Bobby Rush put on a hoodie expressing his solidarity with the family of the killed teenager and thousands of his supporters. There were some awkward situations as well. For example, well-known film director Spike Lee posted what he thought was Zimmerman’s address in his Twitter. Soon, it turned out that it was an elderly couple’s address. A storm of threats ensued, forcing them to move out.

Meanwhile, Zimmerman, who also had to move, decided to be more absurd that the authorities were by launching a website to collect donations in his support. This website can only fan the emotions of those who are demanding Zimmerman’s arrest. In a statement written against a background with a US flag, Zimmerman thanked his supporters and promised that the truth would win. He also urged his potential supporters to be careful, not to access spurious websites claiming to be his, and gave readers a link to transfer money right into his account. The launch of the website shows that Zimmerman is an absolutely inadequate person incapable of choosing the right tactics for his defence. Nevertheless, what are the Florida authorities thinking? It’s still a mystery as to why they refuse to bring charges against him. We need a trial not only to punish the murderer, but also to save the reputation of the entire US justice system, which has been diminished in the eyes of the global community.

10 April 2012

Vladimir Gladkov

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_04_10/71274263/

Editor’s Note:

This much is clear. George Zimmerman’s a hot-headed and impulsive SOB who should have NO access to firearms. He’s an unhinged “cop wannabe” who’s created a situation that’s only escalated to the point that it has because this is a presidential election year. The Republicans, being reliable racists and gun nuts, support Zimmerman, as they’ve prejudged Martin as a “violent nigger”. The GOP is caught in a corner… if it supports an arrest and trial for Zimmerman (the only way to get at the truth of the matter), it loses the support of its racist white Evangelical base in the American South. If it supports Zimmerman, it forfeits the support of many decent and thoughtful Americans outside of the White Southern Evangelical demographic. Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” has come to its logical conclusion… the GOP must pander to the worst element in American society or it faces utter collapse.

I believe that the coming election will be a “realignment”… the Republicans will become a regional/confessional “permanent minority”. It may destroy the GOP outside of the White Evangelical Looney-Tunes heartland in the South. If so, this result may bring unexpected results. The Democrats aren’t of the Left; they’re Centrists, they aren’t Socialists at all (if you believe that, you’re an obvious candidate for a brain transplant). A party to the left of the Democrats could emerge, particularly as the Democrats are a relentlessly bourgeois party with no problems with capitalism whatsoever (that is, in many ways, they’re “One Percent Lite”… but in this election cycle, they’re the only alternative to a Rightwing Theocratic Dictatorship). That is, we could see an American analogue of the Canadian NDP. That’d be good… I’d join it… and I wouldn’t be alone!

BMD

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