Trench on the Trayvon Martin shooting

Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman

Once again the internet is in total outrage over something and that would of course be the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. This time though there are two schools of outrage. One side says that George Zimmerman is a racist who was looking to a kill a black kid while the other says that Trayvon Martin was a thug and that Zimmerman was well within his right to defend himself. However even with two avenues of outrage both sides are wrong.

On the one side George Zimmerman was clearly in the wrong. He contacted police about a suspicious character in his community and the police instructed Zimmerman not to follow him and that they would be there soon. Zimmerman willingly chose to ignore that recommendation by police and took matters into his own hands. On most levels that makes Zimmerman a vigilante. While there had been a spate of burglaries in the community it wasn’t Zimmerman’s job to apprehend anybody. In the worst case scenario if Zimmerman stayed put some property may have been damaged or stolen. Now you can give me Martin’s alleged criminal behavior at school all you want but that’s immaterial. Zimmerman had no idea who Martin was or his supposed history.

On the other hand this had nothing to do with race. Last year I spent the better part of the year in my late mother’s development. I’ve seen how people in these communities act. No matter how affluent or not outsiders are always viewed as intruders no matter what color they are. Add the rash of robberies that I mentioned before and you could see why Zimmerman called the cops. Adding race into the mix doesn’t help anyone. For each false claim of racism a true hate crime may be doubted because of it.

Here’s how I think it went down. Zimmerman sees the 6’2″ Martin and calls police. Police tell Zimmerman to stay put, instead he pursues Martin in his SUV. Zimmerman gets out and Martin asks him why he’s following him. Words are exchanged and a scuffle ensues. Martin gets the best of the less than athletic Zimmerman. Zimmerman pulls his gun and shoots Martin. Now from what I understand about Florida’s self-defense law according to the law Zimmerman was within his right to protect himself. Agree or disagree with it, that’s the law. You can’t go back in time to change it. Morally though Zimmerman was definitely overstepping his role as neighborhood watch by pursuing Martin.

What will probably happen is the same thing that happened to Bernie Goetz. While Goetz was only charged with illegal possession of a firearm he lost a $43M civil suit to one of the men he shot. Zimmerman will rightly lose a wrongful death suit when it’s brought against him.

American Indian groups offended over Bin Laden’s death, sort of

It seems that some American Indian groups, which in my opinion are not really representative of the people they claim to represent, are offended over the use of the code name ‘Geronimo’ for Osama Bin Laden in the recent military operation which led to his death.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is speaking out against the use of Geronimo’s name for the bin Laden op.”These inappropriate uses of Native American icons and cultures are prevalent throughout our society, and the impacts to Native and non-Native children are devastating,” said Loretta Tuell, staff director and chief counsel for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. 

Steven Newcomb, a columnist for the weekly newspaper Indian Country Today, called the use of the freedom fighter’s name disrespectful. “Apparently, having an African-American president in the White House is not enough to overturn the more than 200-year American tradition of treating and thinking of Indians as enemies of the United States,” he said

I’ve said this before but I think the American Indian community as a whole has more important issues to deal with than a code name used in an operation to kill one of history’s greatest monsters. Not to mention I don’t think that President Obama and The Joint Chiefs sat around trying to come up with a code name that would intentionally be offensive to American Indians. It’s not like the code name was “We scalp ‘em fire water casino”.  Personally I wish his codename would have been “Mass murdering fuckface in a ditch covered in petrol on fire” but that would be a little too long.

Man beaten in hate crime

Teens Charged In Assault Of Man, 76:

I’m going to try and not do a lot of crime stories at this blog but you’ll see why I’m doing this one here in a second.

You see, I grew up in South Jersey and moved to North Carolina about 11 years ago. Now the South gets an unfair reputation of being a haven for racist activities and hate crimes. Let me tell you, I saw more instances of hate crimes in New Jersey then I ever did while living here in the South. For example…

Those two charming young lads are Zackary Dylon Watson, 17, and Emanuel Miller, 16. They’re accused of assaulting elderly fisherman James Privott who just happens to be black. They beat him enough to put him in the hospital. Police are saying the attack was racially motivated.

His wife had this to say about the attack…

“What has happened is an unfortunately thing. I think we’re living in a prison world, because we’re not safe here.”

Now where do you think this happened? Alabama? Mississippi? How about Baltimore? Maryland may be below the Mason-Dixon line but it is far from being the south.

I get sick of people from the Northeast who think that they’re some kind of racial haven when obviously they’re not. I would even say that race relations are probably better in the South than anywhere in the country.

No colors allowed

That sign appears outside a bar in Lake Wylie, South Carolina.

I’ve seen this kind of sign on countless bars in my time. The first time I saw one I automatically thought that it’s referring to gang colors. In this instance it’s referring to biker colors. I thought that this was pretty much common knowledge.

However some woman from the area got butthurt because she thought it was a racist sign.

I thought that the real meaning of the sign was common knowledge but I guess some people don’t possess that knowledge. The guy who owns the bar was even approached by the NAACP and when he explained to them what the sign meant they understood and left.

Not everything is about racism and if you look everywhere for racism you’re going to find it whether it’s intended or not.

In other words, lighten up Francis.

Men of their word

Senator Dick Durbin apoligized for his seditious remarks but not really…

?More than 1700 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq and our country?s standing in the world community has been badly damaged by the prison abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. My statement in the Senate was critical of the policies of this Administration which add to the risk our soldiers face.?

?I will continue to speak out when I disagree with this Administration.?

?I have learned from my statement that historical parallels can be misused and misunderstood. I sincerely regret if what I said caused anyone to misunderstand my true feelings: our soldiers around the world and their families at home deserve our respect, admiration and total support.?

Not really much of an apology is it? He’s basically saying I’m sorry I put our soldiers at risk but I’m not sorry I compared Gitmo to Auschwitz, the Soviet Gulags, and Pol Pot. Unfortunately you can’t unring the bell Senator.


And a follow-up to Senator Robert Byrd’s (D-WV-KKK) memoirs in which he said…

Byrd says he never resented blacks, Catholics or Jews, but he failed to ?examine the full meaning and impact of the ugly prejudice behind the positive, pro-American veneer.?

Well an article from the Washington Post (who knew?) tells me other wise…

Byrd wrote that he continued as a “Kleagle” recruiting for the Klan until early 1943, when he and his family left Crab Orchard for a welding job in a Baltimore shipyard. Returning to West Virginia after World War II ended in 1945, he launched his political career, but not before writing another letter, to one of the Senate’s most notorious segregationists, Theodore Bilbo (D-Miss.), complaining about the Truman administration’s efforts to integrate the military.

Byrd said in the Dec. 11, 1945, letter — which would not become public for 42 more years with the publication of a book on blacks in the military during World War II by author Graham Smith — that he would never fight in the armed forces “with a Negro by my side.” Byrd added that, “Rather I should die a thousand times, and see old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels.”

Emphasis mine.

Yet he says he never resented blacks. Right. Whatever. And the left had the audacity to call Strom Thurmond a racist. At least he recanted his segregationist ways and I doubt you can call a man who fathered a black daughter racist. And yet the left says nothing about Exalted Cyclops Byrd.


Rep. John Conyers Jr. is all in a snit over the Washington Post Article by Dana Milbank about his little anti-semitic mock trial. He’s allegedly written a letter to the Post. I don’t know if they printed it or not but it’s all over the blog world and you can see a copy of the alleged letter here. The part of the letter I want to focus on is this…

In what can only be described as a deliberate effort to discredit the entire hearing, Milbank quotes one of the witnesses as making an anti-semitic assertion and further describes anti-semitic literature that was being handed out in the overflow room for the event. First, let me be clear: I consider myself to be friend and supporter of Israel and there were a number of other staunchly pro-Israel members who were in attendance at the hearing. I do not agree with, support, or condone any comments asserting Israeli control over U.S. policy, and I find any allegation that Israel is trying to dominate the world or had anything to do with the September 11 tragedy disgusting and offensive.

Fair enough Congressman but James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal put’s it best I think…

But Conyers can’t get off so easy. After all, he invited Ray McGovern, the “witness” whose statements Conyers claims he doesn’t “condone,” to “testify” at his “hearing.” As blogger Richard Baehr notes, “McGovern’s views are well known (that is why he was invited by Conyers, presumably), and the activists were handing out their anti-Semitic literature openly to everyone in sight in the DNC office.”

He’s got a point.

Brought to you by the Democrats, the party of irresponsibility.


Sen. Byrd Discusses His Klan Background:
The party of tolerance just keeps on rolling along. In the wake of Senator Dick Durbin’s seditious comments and last Thursday’s anti-Semitic mock trial we have Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) releasing his memoir entitled “Robert C. Byrd: Child of the Appalachian Coalfields” in which he calls his admitted membership in the Ku Klux Klan “an extraordinarily foolish mistake”. Excuse me if I question his sincerity. By Byrd’s own admission he recruited some 150 members to the KKK and was elected to the Klan office of “Exalted Cyclops”. He even admits that his time in the Klan inspired him to seek public office…

He recruited 150 members, and when Grand Dragon Joel L. Baskin (search) came to a meeting in Crab Orchard, Byrd was unanimously elected Exalted Cyclops (search).

“You have a talent for leadership, Bob,” Baskin told him. “The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation.”

“Suddenly lights flashed in my mind!” Byrd writes. “Someone important had recognized my abilities. I was only 23 or 24, and the thought of a political career had never struck me. But strike me that night, it did.

Well isn’t that special. A Grand Dragon thought they needed a fellow Klansmen to help lead the nation and Byrd agreed.

But the best jaw-dropping quote from Byrd is this one…

Byrd says he never resented blacks, Catholics or Jews, but he failed to “examine the full meaning and impact of the ugly prejudice behind the positive, pro-American veneer.”

Sorry Senator but I fail to believe that. Even in the 40’s people knew what it meant to put on the white hood. What I find funny is that your friends on the left believe you. What?s even funnier is that Strom Thurmond, who I’m also not a fan of, recanted his segregationist views but even up until his death the left viewed him as a racist. The thing is Strom never belonged to the Ku Klux Klan!!! So the libs can call us RepuliKKKans all they want. We’re not the ones who have a Senator who was actually in the Klan. And remember kids it wasn’t Republicans that tried to stop civil rights, it was Southern Democrats. Isn’t it funny how the left tries to rewrite history?

Rampage is Racist

Reader’s Representative: Sorrowful news held extra challenges:

(Log in info) It seems that Kate Parry, the “Reader Representative” of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, has an issue with the way the Red Lake shootings were reported….

Like anyone, journalists make mistakes, especially when working fast and under difficult conditions. There have been mistakes in the Red Lake coverage, which we’ve corrected. One that can’t really be corrected but warrants discussion is the headline used on the first day of coverage. In large type it read: “Rampage at Red Lake.”

While the technical definition of “rampage” would accurately describe a shooting that leaves 10 dead, it was a poorly chosen word to describe a catastrophe on an Indian reservation. Portrayals of “rampaging Indians” fed hateful stereotypes in books and movies for many years. Yet I’ve seen the word used in many media around the country to describe the Red Lake shooting.

Here in Minnesota, where so many neighbors are Native American, we have the opportunity to be better informed about native issues and sensitive to language. Someone should have stopped that headline before it saw print.

Emphasis mine.

So the word “rampage” is racist because Jeff Weise was an American Indian. Well what word or phrase would you have preferred? That he went on a “merry jaunt”? That he “cavorted with bullets”? That he went on a “lead filled excursion”? The kid went on a fucking rampage. But if he was white, or black, or hispanic, or asian, then rampage would have been ok? It’s not like the headline read “Him go on warpath after he smoke ‘em peace pipe”. Instead of trying to be politically correct how about reporting this thing called the truth. And sometimes the truth hurts. Deal with it.

Link via Tongue Tied.

Panzerfaust ist nicht mehr

Supremacists Split After Race Allegation:

Panzerfaust Records is no more. I first told you about the white supremacist record company here. For those of you who don’t remember Panzerfaust tried distributing their racist music free to schoolchildren in something called “Project Schoolyard” in order to recruit new members to the White Trash…I mean White Supremacy movement. Well in a delicious turn of irony that would make Alannis Morrisette crap her pants, Panzerfaust has closed over a dispute between two of its owners over racial heritage. One of the owners, Byron Calvert, accused the other, Anthony A. Pierpont, of having a Mexican mother and having sex with Thai prostitutes. Calvert wanted the Pierpont to take a DNA test I’m guessing to prove his “racial purity”. Pierpont refused and Calvert closed the company. Maybe this is a sign of things to come and all the racist scumbags will take each other out. We can only hope.

Nazi Recruiters

I really hate to steal ideas from other bloggers but Zombyboy from Resurrection Song presents a really good point.

Panzerfaust Records is a neo-Nazi record label whose bands promote the usual Nazi rhetoric. What really sickens me is what they call Project Schoolyard. I’ll let them use their own words to hang themselves…

In the spring of 2004, German patriots announced their plan to produce 100,000 sampler CDs containing German nationalist rock and roll and distribute them to youth in their country. This effort, Project Schoolyard, was examined by lawyers to make sure that none of the music violated Germany’s oppressive laws against free speech. Although everything was approved, the project received much hysterical media attention, and the CD was outlawed by the German government. Every CD factory in the country was contacted by the government and warned not to produce the now “illegal music.” Every school in Germany was contacted by police and told to be on the alert for anyone distributing the forbidden CDs. It looked like Project Schoolyard had been shut down, but on Friday, September 3, 2004, the increasingly popular far right political party, NPD, put out a press release that a new CD had been arranged, a factory had agreed to produce it, and that 25,000 of the discs would be handed out all over Germany by volunteers on the weekend of September 4th and 5th. Since the government does not operate on weekends, the soonest that they could outlaw that CD is first thing Monday morning, but of course, they will all have been distributed by then.

As an expression of the increasing level of international solidarity and cooperation between White nationalists, Project Schoolyard has crossed the Atlantic and is being continued here in the U.S. Panzerfaust Records is pressing 100,000 copies of a pro-White sampler CD to be handed out to White youth from coast to coast in every state, including Hawaii. Volunteers from every pro-White group and organization in the U.S. have signed up to assist us in this project, as well as numerous unaffiliated individuals, consisting mostly of our customers/supporters who are high school students themselves. These CDs will be handed out in middle schools, high schools, university campuses, shopping malls, sporting events, mainstream concerts, parties, etc…

They want to recruit kids, your kids. Want to do something about it? Here’s their webhost Write them here. The host is based out of Houston TX. The local paper is the Houston Chronicle. Write the Chronicle about it here. Let them know that white supremacists and their sympathizers are not welcome near our schools. Don’t just sit back and do nothing.

(UPDATE: EV1Servers has since dropped that site)

Read English or Die

There was an incident the other day at my office where a patient was trying to find our office and kept calling in for directions. No problem. That happens all the time. The problem is the patient was a child and the parents spoke no English. So the child had to translate to the parents who were driving. The family was Asian.

My question is how do you drive in America without knowing how to read English? Especially if the only language you know uses an entire different alphabet than ours. They can’t be driving around with a school age child all time so how do they get around? How do they find street names or address or follow road instructions. They’re putting themselves and everyone else around them in danger.

I’m not sure about North Carolina but when I was living in Jersey the written driving test was given out in over 20 different languages. Call me xenophobic and racist if you want. If that’s what keeps you warm at night then fine. However if you’re going to expect to get anywhere in this country you need to speak English.

I know we do not have an official language in the U.S. but we should. The old adage still rings true that if I were to go to a foreign country whose residents didn’t speak English I wouldn’t expect them to cater to me because I didn’t speak their language. It should be a requirement for citizenship. Just on safety reasons alone.

If you want to speak your own language at home then that’s fine. But when you’re out in the streets don’t jeopardize my life because you can’t read the language.