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An appeal to reason

Don't get caught up in misguided hysteria after Zimmerman verdict

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Who’s hounding whom now?

The very people who bitterly complain that George Zimmerman stalked Trayvon Martin now seem intent on dogging Zimmerman, even after a jury acquitted him in what everyone concedes was a fair trial.

They say they want justice, but only if it leads to the outcome they expect. The justice system spoke for itself, and on Saturday found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

As we warned in an editorial Saturday, those who tuned in to the former mainstream media were exposed to a perverted view of the case that presented the prosecution in an unrealistically favorable light – and were likely shocked by the outcome as a result.

The case was not only riddled with conflicting evidence and reasonable doubt, but also arguably some pretty compelling evidence that Zimmerman was being beaten before shooting Martin – which would buttress Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. As other news outlets reported long ago, the physical evidence indicated wounds on Zimmerman’s face and head – and on Martin’s knuckles.

If there is any reasonable belief that Zimmerman was defending himself – and there is – then the jury was duty-bound to acquit him.

Even in the face of such facts, the former mainstream media just couldn’t resist selling the story line that this was a racial incident reminiscent of America’s inglorious past. Many in the left-wing media seem to want that past to be true today. They want to believe the worst in America. They’re not interested in the evidence. It gets in the way of a good, self-loathing story.

There was no evidence that Zimmerman had any racist tendencies whatsoever. In fact, there was evidence to the contrary, with one black witness calling Zimmerman a friendly neighbor. FBI reports say the police concluded Zimmerman was an “overzealous” neighborhood watchman who exhibited “a little hero complex, but not as a racist.”

Indeed, the only racist intonations in the trial came from Trayvon Martin himself, who used a racial slur in describing Zimmerman to a friend on the phone just before the fateful encounter.

These facts, and many more, not only point clearly to a verdict of not guilty, but also bring into question the pretext for the charges. As strongly as Mr. Martin’s supporters feel about the verdict, many folks believe just as strongly that this case was filed as much for political reasons as legal.

Yet, even after the verdict, some still want to hound Zimmerman, urging the U.S. Department of Justice to put him on trial again for violating Martin’s civil rights – again, in the face of absolutely no evidence of racial motivation.

This mob-like pound-of-flesh incitement on the part of some is causing a hysteria that leads to civil unrest and irrational statements such as one protester’s lament of “58 years, and nothing’s changed.” That’s just lunacy. And it’s a particularly perilous genre of fiction.

Leaders appealed for calm before and after the verdict, while not really achieving it. What we might want to appeal for is reason.

George Zimmerman is not a cop, and he should’ve left law enforcement to the law enforcers. He should never have followed anyone as he did. But our hounding him makes just as little sense. The jury has spoken.

Neither this case nor its conclusion have anything relevant or coherent to say about race relations in America.

Unfortunately, the reaction to it does.

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internationallyunknown 07/16/13 - 01:15 pm
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Good news!

Rachael Jentel received a full scholarship to the HBCU of her choice.

She also speaks 3 languages.

God will bless you in the face of your enemies.

Trayvon was also one of the few students who didn't pick on her, so says her attorney.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/16/13 - 01:16 pm
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The reason we didn't riot after oj verdict

THE JURY HAD SPOKEN
THE JURY HAD RULED
THE JURY --THE JURY...

Some obey the law & respect even when we disagree...we dang sure the truth on that ...

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/16/13 - 01:25 pm
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BY HA Afadel, you are
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BY HA
Afadel, you are right....murder was NOT the correct charge. Since the only one who committed a crime is dead, NO charge would have been appropriate.
What the heck are you talking about. The kid tried to run away from this guy, How many lies was Zimmerman caught, Why was Travon in the grass if he bashing his head agains the concreth? What are you people thinking, This editorial is a slap in the face.

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Bizkit 07/16/13 - 01:29 pm
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So are you making a racist

So are you making a racist comment that because the father is one ethnicity that determines their supposed "race" of an individual-which there are no races. I can't believe that-every person has more genes from their mother than father-because they inherit all their mitochondria from Mom. The Mom provides two functional X sex chromosomes but one is randomly turned off, men have an X from mom and their Y is mostly junk DNA and the SRY gene that determines their gender. People should biologically be identified by their Mother rather than the ole patriarch mentality of men rule. That is sexist.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/16/13 - 01:39 pm
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Breaking News the ACES
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Breaking News the ACES supports A Murderer. The Child was almost home returning from the store, tried to run from a stranger and yet George did nothing wrong. I hope this doesn't happen to some of you in spite of the degusting comments on here. Look on youtube , there is show called What would you do. I want you see the difference in this world.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/16/13 - 01:40 pm
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Bod got 8 thumbs down on his 0713

What was that, a knee-jerk just because he/she posts a lot that you don't agree with?

What, specifically, was in that post that isn't true, or is offensive? I don't get you thumb clickers most of the time.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 07/16/13 - 01:49 pm
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gagirl40....the 911 operator
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gagirl40....the 911 operator NEVER told him to stop following, nor did he/she have the authority to order him to do anything. It's that simple. Following is not illegal....punching someone in the face IS....Only one crime was committed that night. As for the "coon" comment..... You just made that up.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 07/16/13 - 01:53 pm
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owensjef3........show me
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owensjef3........show me evidence to the contrary. There is evidence that Martin hit Zimmerman. Show me evidence that Zimmerman committed a crime.

"What the heck are you talking about. The kid tried to run away from this guy, How many lies was Zimmerman caught, Why was Travon in the grass if he bashing his head agains (sic) the concreth? (sic) "

He was caught in NO lies. Prove he lied about ANYTHING. Who do you suppose bashed his head in the concrete and made those wounds?

And sorry...If I'm on a sidewalk and I just shot an attacker who was on top of me, I just might push him off to the side so I can get up and call the police....as Zimmerman did. Did you expect him to just lay there with the body on top of him and wait?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 07/16/13 - 01:57 pm
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itsanotherday1....One of the
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itsanotherday1....One of the things Bod posted that is NOT true is "Since authorities told him to stop following Martin, he should have stayed in his truck and gone home."

That is simply NOT true. First...911 operators are NOT the "authorities" since they have NO authority.....second, they never told him NOT to follow him.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/16/13 - 02:16 pm
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He got pushed a long way.
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He got pushed a long way.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/16/13 - 02:18 pm
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Owens

You just posted a patent untruth about ACES. "Breaking News the ACES supports A Murderer". Zimmerman has been adjudicated in a court of law to be not guilty of murder. Just because you feel that way doesn't make it so. I think OJ Simpson is a murderer, but alas, there is no conviction to support my claim.

BTW, how do you get "murder" out of a man pummeling another's head into the concrete getting shot? Under those circumstances, a bystander might very well have been acquitted of wrongdoing had they shot Martin to save Zimmerman's life.

I suppose you have the same idea that lamebrain who called Austin's show does: "Trayvon had a right to confront and challenge the man who was following him." Well, yea, we all have that right, but we don't have the right to attack him and beat his head into the concrete; as many seem to imply. If anyone thinks Martin was justified in that, then they are part of the huge problem with today's youth embracing violence as the solution for problems. It doesn't matter that Zimmerman followed him because he fit the profile of past criminals operating in the area; that wasn't illegal, just ill-advised. It doesn't matter that Zimmerman got out of his vehicle to see where he went after losing sight of him from the vehicle; nothing illegal there either, and perfectly logical if he was trying to keep a visual on them until the police arrived. It doesn't matter that Martin circled back to get in Zimmerman's face about following him. Very understandable if he felt targeted because he was a black youth; I'm sure it would tee me off too. But, it was ill-advised to escalate the situation. Let the police come and then tell Zim you will sue his drawers off if he profiles you again.

So far, all that has happened is some ill-advised actions from both men (yes, Martin was a full grown man physically). Nothing illegal.

Only Zimmerman knows what words were exchanged next, but we DO know for sure that Martin pummeled Zimmerman, breaking his nose, bruising his face, and bashing his head into the concrete. Martin had nary a mark on him beyond the bullet wound and BRUISED KNUCKLES.

Also take into account that Zimmerman was a proven wuss. His trainer tried not to be too insulting, but his description of Zimmerman's physical attributes were clearly unflattering, describing him as a .5 on a 1-10 scale when he started, progressing to 1-1.5 in a year. Heck, I'm 59, fat, and out of shape; but I believe I could register at least a 3 on the fitness scale, and a 4-5 if I hit the gym for a few weeks.
Does this sound like someone who would start a fight? He had called 911 many times for suspicious people and not once, not 1 TIME had he confronted the person.

If you apply even a smidgen of common sense to the incident it is clear that Martin was the aggressor. He turned around and circled back to Zimmerman. And remember, no laws at all were broken until someone put their hands on the other; and it is clear from the totality of the circumstances and evidence that person was Trayvon Martin.

What would YOU do if you were underneath a grown 17 yo athletic man getting your head pounded into the concrete; lie there and just take it?

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/16/13 - 02:20 pm
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Common sense should tell you
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Common sense should tell you if someone runs away they are trying to avoid a confrontation, now what this tells me is I can start a fight and if the other guy is a much better fighter I can kill him and claim self defense.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/16/13 - 02:21 pm
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Why are you telling me about
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Why are you telling me about OJ Simpson

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RMSHEFF 07/16/13 - 02:21 pm
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OWEN

It is the states job to prove their case "beyond a reasonable doubt". They did not do this. There were many reasons to doubt what happened. Any doubt in a case goes in favor of the defendant. Many people who are guilty, get off because of reasonable doubt or lack of evidence. Almost all of the testimony and evidence supports Zimmerman's account.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/16/13 - 02:23 pm
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Wow lets teach our kids to
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Wow lets teach our kids to let Creepy strangers follow them and not worry.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/16/13 - 02:58 pm
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I'm from Florida , nobodys
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I'm from Florida , nobodys getting off, you get in a fight like that and someone pulls a gun a shoots the other they are sent to license plate college. It may not be Murder but it is is something.

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RMSHEFF 07/16/13 - 02:37 pm
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That would depend on when you

That would depend on when you pull your gun. If you are in fear for your life you can use your gun. ( self defense) If Zimmerman had his gun out before the fight began this may have been a whole different case. Evidence shows and his testimony is that Martin hit him in the face and he went to the ground, Martin straddled him and began to hit his head on the sidewalk. In addition, the one eye witness testified that Martin was on top of Zimmerman. Only after these events, did he pull his gun and fire the shot. Is it reasonable for a person to fear for his life at this point?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/16/13 - 03:01 pm
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Owens, he did not "run away".

Owens, he did not "run away". He ducked out of sight and circled back on Zimmerman. No one in court, prosecution nor defense, disputed that.

Your version is that Zimmerman trailed him until he caught up with him, then started a fight a shot him, right? There is not one shred of evidence to that, not one. The prosecution never claimed that. Their whole case was predicated on what was in Zimmerman's heart (intent), and how things played out when Martin confronted him.

Let go the emotion, read the trial transcripts, and apply some logic.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/16/13 - 03:04 pm
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Maybe you shouldn't start
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Maybe you shouldn't start fights if you’re worried about being in fear of your life, with Republicans running all these states and wishing to allow guns everywhere we will have a lot of guys being braver than usual.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/16/13 - 03:06 pm
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It may not be Murder but it is is something.

I understand your feelings on that, I've felt that way from the beginning too, though there is no law to support it. Zimmerman had some culpability since his actions started the ball rolling and violated "rules' set for people in his volunteer position; but that is a moral issue, not a legal one since there are no laws addressing what he did.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/16/13 - 03:06 pm
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Oh I forgot Travon can't
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Oh I forgot Travon can't dispute that.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/16/13 - 03:07 pm
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We Know for a fact he walked
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We Know for a fact he walked away.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/16/13 - 03:09 pm
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HA

I think in the context he used "authorities", it was legitimate. The dispatcher has no legal authority by definition, but they are an extension of the sheriff's dept., and have more influence than a man on the street.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/16/13 - 03:10 pm
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We know for fact he was leery
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We know for fact he was leery of Zimmerman.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 07/16/13 - 03:11 pm
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Owens, show us I've shred of
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Owens, show us I've shred of evidence that Zimmerman started a fight, as you suggest. Why is it that you seem to support ANYONE who's skin color is similar to yours?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/16/13 - 03:12 pm
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We also know for a fact that

We also know for a fact that he came back.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 07/16/13 - 03:22 pm
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You know, even IF Zimmerman
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You know, even IF Zimmerman had racially profiled, which the FBI concluded he had not, it is STILL not illegal. Martin was STILL the only one who broke the law.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/16/13 - 03:30 pm
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The hoodie killed him....

The PC police eventually pressured him into an apology, but he speaks the absolute truth about peoples' perceptions. Right or wrong, offensive or unjust, it is life as it is and plain old human nature to profile. I do it and don't apologize for it. My well being and safety trumps someone elses feelings every time.
A few years ago I stopped on Milledgeville Rd. to grab a soft drink at a convenience store. There were a few people loitering around, and when I got out of the car I didn't hit the lock button, using my remote instead as I stepped up on the sidewalk. Of course, the horn blipped and the lights flashed. A young black male straddling a bicycle looked at me and said. "You didn't need to lock it, I ain't goan mess witcho car".
Sorry about your feelings young man. If so many others in your neighborhood didn't steal cars and carjack, I wouldn't feel the need to lock it up. Take out your hurt feelings on THEM. They are the cause of it.

http://tinyurl.com/6wvn923

owensjef3
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owensjef3 07/16/13 - 03:31 pm
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We Zimmerman got out that car
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We Zimmerman got out that car to do what ever he planned to do and still pursued , that to me starts the event

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/16/13 - 03:36 pm
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Why are you telling me about OJ Simpson

Because you claimed Zimmerman to be a murderer when he was found not guilty of it. I can't legitimately call OJ a murderer because he was found not guilty of it. Talk about a BS verdict, that was the most cockeye finding in history I am aware of. Where were the threats of violence and whizzing and moaning by the Reverends after that totally backwards verdict? Or are you one that believes in his innocence?

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