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ZIMMERMAN: "I mean if I did something that was wrong. I would apologize.”

George Zimmerman Discusses Confrontation With Trayvon Martin On Hannity
by Josh Feldman | 9:48 pm, July 18th, 2012
From Mediaite:


Zimmerman took zero responsibility for being the reason why those parents had to bury their child.

The real kicker came when Zimmerman accused African-Americans of rushing to judgement and asked everyone who he claims rushed to judgement to apologize to him. Zimmerman said, “I can’t guess to what their motives are. I would just ask for an apology. I mean if I did something that was wrong. I would apologize.”

His statement was very telling in that since Zimmerman himself never apologized specifically for shooting Trayvon Martin, he must not think that shooting him was wrong


VICTORY: Republicans Will Hate New NLRB Nominees! -Chosen by Obama after consulting head of AFL-CIO!


Update III: President Obama chose these nominees after consultation with Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO:

Republicans got to love that.

As part of the deal to avoid the so-called nuclear option, Republicans agreed not to block the replacement nominees for Richard Griffin and Sharon Block, which were picked Tuesday in consultation with AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka.

The nominees will get a hearing next week, said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Harkin said the two will be approved before senators break for August recess.

“We now have a path forward to having a functioning NLRB for the remainder of Barack Obama’s term and even into the next presidency. So I’m very happy about that. so everything worked out,” Harkin said


Where was the NRA on Trayvon Martin's right to stand his ground?

If there was a mass movement in Florida to arm young black men, Florida would pass the strongest gun control laws in the nation and Rick Scott would sign it so fast it would make your head spin.

Sometimes, silence is much more revealing than those words actually spoken. Such is the case with respect to how the NRA has responded to the George Zimmerman verdict: with virtual silence.

One might expect the NRA to respond to Trayvon Martin's death by calling upon young, black men across this country to arm themselves, since the only way to truly protect oneself from the threat of violene in this country is to own a firearm. To exercise one's Second Amendment right.

After all, that's how it's responded to any number of shootings in which white people have been killed in mass shootings.

Of course, by expect, I mean the opposite, an ironic point made by a Tweet yesterday from Anonymous:

Robin D.G. KelleyAuthor, 'Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times'

The U.S. v. Trayvon Martin: How the System Worked
Posted: 07/15/2013 1:40 pm

Where was the NRA on Trayvon Martin's right to stand his ground? What happened to their principled position? Let's be clear: the Trayvon Martin's of the world never had that right because the "ground" was never considered theirs to stand on. Unless black people could magically produce some official documentation proving that they are not burglars, rapists, drug dealers, pimps or prostitutes, intruders, they are assumed to be "up to no good." (In the antebellum period, such documentation was called "freedom papers.") As Wayne LaPierre, NRA's executive vice president, succinctly explained their
position, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." Trayvon Martin was a bad guy or at least looked and acted like one. In our allegedly postracial moment, where simply talking about racism openly is considered an impolitic, if not racist, thing to do, we constantly learn and re-learn racial codes. The world knows black men are criminal, that they populate our jails and prisons, that they kill each other over trinkets, that even the celebrities among us are up to no good. Zimmerman's racial profiling was therefore justified, and the defense consistently employed racial stereotypes and played on racial knowledge to turn the victim into the predator and the predator into the victim. In short, it was Trayvon Martin, not George Zimmerman, who was put on trial. He was tried for the crimes he may have committed and the ones he would have committed had he lived past 17. He was tried for using lethal force against Zimmerman in the form of a sidewalk and his natural athleticism.


The NRA has got to love THIS guy...

Rand Paul: Filibuster prevents ‘extremist’ Maddow from being Supreme Court justice

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Tuesday defended Republicans use of the filibuster, saying the tactic was necessary to prevent the nomination of extremists like MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

Republicans have filibustered dozens of President Barack Obama’s executive nominations, delaying the confirmation of heads of multiple government agencies. Paul said he also plans to hold up the confirmation of James Comey for FBI director over the use of drones.

“I think the leverage of using the filibuster to get information and to make the President obey the law, I think it is a very important tool and our Founding Fathers put it in there for precisely this reason,” Paul said on Fox News.

“For that reason, to call attention to what they’re trying to do, especially if you’re in the minority you an do that and, frankly, if you didn’t have a filibuster, what would stop President Obama from appointing say Al Sharpton as attorney general or Rachel Maddow on the Supreme Court,” host Eric Bolling added.

more trash:


Questlove: Trayvon Martin and I Ain’t Shit

Today at 12:46 PM 163Comments
Questlove: Trayvon Martin and I Ain’t Shit
By Ahmir Questlove Thompson


"What's wrong?" asks Rich.

How do I answer that? This does NOT feel like an average day. Remember how nice everyone was post–September 11? Eerie. Almost surreal. Like everyone is acting "too nice," and I don't know how to process that. Then there are people that are acting like nothing happened. ("Hey, Quest, where is Dave Chappelle at!?") It was just one of those days that didn't feel normal to me. But Rich keeps picking at the question like a three-month-old scab: "What's wrong?"

And I'm like, "Need I say it!?" I can't tell if he's provoking me or not. I don't know how to not internalize the overall message this whole Trayvon case has taught me:

You ain't shit.

That's the lesson I took from this case.

You ain't shit.

These words are deep because these are words I've heard my whole life: I heard from adults in my childhood that I needed to be "about something" other than all that banging and clanging and music I play all the time. As I got older, I heard I wasn't as good as so-and-so is at music. All the "you ain't shit" stories I got — Jesus, it's a wonder I made it.


the rest:

Don't Try This In California!

The McDonald’s Guide to Living On Its Wages



10 hardest working countries
Where in the world do workers toil the most each year? The United States is high on the list, but a few other countries work even harder.

1 of 10 hardest working countries mexico
• The four-day work week
Average annual hours: 2,317
Average annual wages: $9,885

In Mexico, workers average 45 hours a week, the most of any industrialized nation. They work about 519 hours more than the typical American worker each year, only to earn less than a fifth of the pay.

When the OECD ranks industrialized nations by education and work-life balance, Mexico comes out on the bottom in both cases. Only about a third of adults -- ages 25 to 64 -- have earned the equivalent of a high school diploma.

There's also a huge gender gap in the job market. Whereas 78% of men have jobs, only about 43% of adult women work for pay.


OUCH: Elizabeth Warren goes on CNBC’s Squawk Box & defends her plan

If you’re an Elizabeth Warren fan or really if you’re just into facts, you gotta watch this. It’s Elizabeth Warren going on CNBC’s Squawk Box, defending her plan to bring back a new version of the Glass-Steagall Act. It’s maybe the best example of the sort of matter-anti-matter reaction that happens when someone who actually knows some history and policy makes first contact with a gaggle of ignorant CNBC yakkers.

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