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Husband, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Zimmerman Protesters in Oakland have shut down all lanes of I-880 near Broadway exit in Oakland.

Right now!!


Juror B37 sounds like a surefire teabagger.

She added that his killing was 'an unfortunate incident that happened' and said she believed there were riots in Sanford, Florida after the killing - which is not the case.

She was also vocal about her hate of the media - saying she refused to read newspapers as they were skewed.


Does this constitute workplace retaliation for jury duty?

A coworker of mine was out for jury duty today, which we all know is a legal obligation. However, last week, our boss warned her that all of her work better be done. So, to avoid getting written up, she has to work late into Friday night to get everything done. Does this constitute retaliation?

At least California convicted Johannes Mehserle.

I took a lot of flack a few years ago when I stood up and said that, while Johannes I never believed he intended to pull out his 9mm pistol to kill Oscar Grant on that terrible night at the Fruitvale BART station, he was at least criminally negligent that we was guilty of, and was convicted of manslaughter. He was held accountable. The People of the State of California did its job.Mehserle will never be a cop. He will never be allowed to own a firearm, In Florida, there was even less grey area and the State of Florida not only failed to do its job, Zimmerman is going to get his gun back and is likely going to be a celebrity of the Right Wing. For all the smack talk about Califorina, I feel much better living here than I would in the "Sunshine State".

Woman who attacked blues singer over Martin doesn't sound like she's well

HAYWARD -- A woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly jumping on stage at a music festival and attacking a legendary musician after he dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin, according to police and eyewitnesses.

The woman, who police identified as 43-year-old Dinalynn Andrews Potter of Barstow, apparently yelled, "it's all your fault" before shoving 73-year-old Lester Chambers, his family said Sunday.

"She had a crazed look in her eye," said Kurt Kangas, a friend of Chambers who ran to his aid. "I saw the devil there."

Chambers was performing at the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival downtown when around 5:15 p.m. he dedicated Curtis Mayfield's hit "People Get Ready" to Martin, the 17-year-old shot and killed by George Zimmerman.


Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas heading to New Hampshire

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is heading to New Hampshire as part of a summer swing through early voting states on the presidential calendar.

The freshman senator, a tea party favorite thought to be weighing a 2016 presidential bid, is scheduled to headline an Aug. 23 fundraiser for the New Hampshire GOP.

The trip represents Cruz's first visit to New Hampshire, which is expected to host the nation's first presidential primary. He has already visited South Carolina and has summer stops planned for Iowa and Florida.

The 42-year-old senator began serving his first Senate term in January.


Another Ohio Republican stands up for the Freedom to Marry.

Last Monday, another prominent Ohio Republican, former attorney general and state auditor Jim Petro jumped feet-first into the FreedomOhio petition effort, saying he’s “all for it” and will be active in the campaign to get the constitutional amendment on the ballot and get it passed.

Petro, who opposed same-sex marriage in his 2006 run for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, changed his position last year after his daughter legally married a woman in Massachusetts, one of 13 states where such marriages are legal.

Petro’s leap from a supporter of same-sex marriage to an active participant in the effort to overturn Ohio’s ban came a few months after Ohio’s junior senator, Republican Rob Portman, said publicly that his son Will is gay and that his son and others who wish to do so should have the right to marry persons of the same sex.

Unlike Petro, Portman didn’t jump into the petition campaign, but he did say that, if the issue reaches the ballot, “people will know where I stand.”


Congressman Blames Obama For Zimmerman Having To Stand Trial For Killing Trayvon Martin

Congressman Steve King (R-IA) suggested Sunday that George Zimmerman should never have even had to stand trial for killing Trayvon Martin, blaming President Obama and his Department of Justice for the case.

On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace claimed that though “local authorities originally decided not to prosecute,” Florida prosecutors decided to after civil rights groups and “even the president stepped into the case.” King furthered this misleading claim and then lamented that Zimmerman even had to stand trial for Martin’s death.

WALLACE: Congressman King, let me start with you. Should George Zimmerman ever have been prosecuted?

KING: From what i have seen of the evidence, I would say no. My sympathy goes out also to the Martin family and the Zimmerman family for this ordeal that they’ve been through. The evidence didn’t support prosecution and the Justice Department engaged in this, the President engaged in this and turned it into a political issue that should have been handled exclusively with law and order. I regret that this all happened. I’m sorry that it was turned into a race issue by the media. Otherwise, it would have been tried or not tried depending on the laws that were there. This is unfortunate.


Attorney General Greg Abbott launches campaign for governor

San Antonio — Declaring that he both literally and figuratively has a spine of steel, Attorney General Greg Abbott announced his candidacy for governor Sunday.

“When it comes to our freedom and our future I will never, never stop fighting,” said Abbott in prepared remarks being delivered at 2 under a blazing sun at the La Villita Historic Arts Village near the Alamo. “That’s why I am asking you — the people of Texas — to elect me as your next governor.”

Abbott’s announcement came six days after Gov. Rick Perry declared that he would not seek another term in 2014, and on the 29th anniversary of the accident that left Abbott paralyzed below the waist.

As he recounts in his speech: “On a steamy summer day like this, I went out for a jog. While I was jogging a huge oak tree suddenly crashed down on me. The falling tree crushed my spinal cord — piercing my body with pain — leaving me forever paralyzed. I would never walk again.”


Florida is a dangerous place for children and blacks.

It is a simple fact that the State of Florida is not a safe place for a child or a black person. I remember, under the oversight of Jeb Bush, one foster child after another turning up dead and all Jeb! ever had to say was "Another one of God's children was unloved". And of course, Casey Anthony was found not guilty after killing her daughter. Discrimination against blacks in Florida is a centuries-old problem. African Americans were systematically turned away from the polls in 2000 and again in 2012. And last night, a jury decided that a dead, rail-thin 17 year-old unarmed kid was more dangerous than a large adult with a handgun. Florida is just not safe.
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