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It’s Eric Holder’s World…

We’re just cowards here.

I stumbled across this interview Adam Carolla had with Taleeb Starkes last week, and found this part especially interesting:

STARKES: When Eric Holder said we’ve become a nation of cowards, blah blah blah, we need to talk about race more. The NAACP applauded that. You guys don’t want an actual conversation, you guys want a monologue.

CAROLLA: Who is ‘you guys’?

STARKES: The NAACP. And everyone that applauded that statement he made. You guys don’t want a conversation, because with that comes some ugly truths, some statistics, some hate crime facts, et cetera. And they don’t want that. They want a monologue, they want control of the dialogue, and Eric Holder, his speech put him in the drivers seat, as far as being the official race hustler in my mind.

I largely agree with that, and have written so, but I also wanted to read exactly what Holder said.

February 18, 2009 (less than a month in office):

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder declared.

Holder urged Americans of all races to use Black History Month as a time to have a forthright national conversation between blacks and whites to discuss aspects of race which are ignored because they are uncomfortable.

“[C]ertain subjects are off limits and that to explore them risks at best embarrassment and at worst the questioning of one’s character.”

“It’s a question of being honest with ourselves and racial issues that divide us,” Holder told reporters in a hastily arranged news conference. “It’s not easy to talk about it. We have to have the guts to be honest with each other, accept criticism, accept new proposals.”

The attorney general criticized past public debates on the issue as “too often simplistic and left to those on the extremes who are not hesitant to use these issues to advance nothing more than their own narrow self-interest.”

Although the use of “cowards” is inflammatory, his point is valid, if vague. I think many people, black and white, don’t “have the guts to be honest with each other, accept criticism, accept new proposals”. In relations between the “races”, this isn’t the same country as it was 50 years ago. Bull Connor, George Wallace, Robert Byrd, and other Democrats were the faces of intolerance then; Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright are today. As Starkes said, “You guys don’t want a conversation, because with that comes some ugly truths, some statistics, some hate crime facts”.

And Holder didn’t back down five years later:

“I wouldn’t walk away from that speech,” Holder told ABC News in an interview. “I think we are still a nation that is too afraid to confront racial issues,” he said, adding that Americans are still hesitant to reach out to “one another across the color line [to] talk about racial issues.”

[T]here’s still more we have to travel along this road so we get to the place that is consistent with our founding ideals,” he told ABC.

Still pretty vague, but is Holder ready to have the conversation? Not as such:

“There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” Holder told ABC, citing “people talking about taking their country back” as an example.

“There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”

It’s not the color of your skin, Eric, but its thinness. George Bush didn’t face vehemence? His Attorney General, John Ashcroft, didn’t encounter animus? Honest to god. It’s your politics (I don’t call you Eric the Red for nothing) and your dishonesty (Fast & Furious, IRS) that people don’t like, not your skin tone.

But Eric is having none of it. Monologue or conversation, he’s got a script and he’s sticking to it:

“I understand that mistrust. I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man,” Holder said at a meeting Wednesday with community leaders and students at the Florissant Valley Campus of St. Louis Community College, according to excerpts of his speech.

Holder recounted to the group of 50 how he was stopped in New Jersey twice, accused of speeding as officers searched his car.

“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” he said.

A touching story—one that prompted a similar reminiscence of my own—but irrelevant to the citizens of Ferguson, MO. What does a speeding ticket have to do with a very large man shoplifting cigars, roughing up the store owner, ignoring a police officer’s order to get out of the middle of the road, punching that officer in the face, reaching for that officer’s weapon, before dying as he “bull-rushed” the officer he had just punched and tried to disarm?

See what I mean about a conversation? Who’s the coward? Not me.

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Fast & Furious & Fuc*ed

Move over, Benghazi. Step aside, Lois Lerner. Take a seat, HeathCare.gov.

We have a new scandal in town.

Actually, an old scandal:

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gunwalking scandal, opening a new front in a controversy that has dogged President Obama’s administration since 2010.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson gave the department until Oct. 1 to hand the documents over to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been probing the issue for almost four years, according to the Associated Press.

The administration has previously declined to turn over the documents, and the president has invoked executive privilege to keep them confidential. The standoff even led the Republican-led House to vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in 2012.

Lawmakers on the House Oversight panel said the new documents could shed some light on why it took the Justice Department nearly a year to acknowledge that federal agents took part in gunwalking.

Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the documents requested “will bring us closer to finding out why the Justice Department hid behind false denials in the wake of reckless conduct that contributed to the violent deaths of border patrol agent Brian Terry and countless Mexican citizens.”

The part I cut out was CBS News reminding readers what Fast & Furious actually was. I didn’t think our readers had forgotten, but CBS’s low-information readers need to be reminded that the Most Transparent™, Scandal-Free© Administration Evah (Pat. Pend.) is dirty right up to its eyeballs. Eric Holder needs to spend less time prejudging in Ferguson, MO, and more time photocopying documents in DC.

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Want to Stop the Violence in Ferguson? STFU

What, pray tell, is the relevance of this?

Attorney General Eric Holder told residents of Ferguson, Missouri — the scene of heated protests since the death of an unarmed teen — that he understands their mistrust of law enforcement, saying as a black man, he too has been confronted by police.

“I understand that mistrust. I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man,” Holder said at a meeting Wednesday with community leaders and students at the Florissant Valley Campus of St. Louis Community College, according to excerpts of his speech.

Holder recounted to the group of 50 how he was stopped in New Jersey twice, accused of speeding as officers searched his car.

“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” he said.

Me, too, Eric. I was once in a car that was pulled over by the State Police on the Mass Pike. We were suspected of something, told to show our hands, get out of the car, prepare to be searched, the whole shebang. At one point, I looked at my companion, smiled ruefully, and shook my head in disbelief. One of the staties demanded to know what was so funny. When I declined to answer, he stormed around the car, got into my face, and screamed “WHAT’S SO FUNNY?!?” (This was many years before Joe Pesci’s famous scene in Goodfellas.) I can still see his angry face, distorted in a rictus of hate. His colleagues had to tell him to cool it.

Oh, did I mention he was black?

Whatever we had been suspected of, we weren’t guilty of even speeding or changing lanes without signaling. We were let go with barely an apology for the stop, yet not a word of regret for the behavior the trooper with anger issues. Talk about humiliation. Talk about anger. Talk about “the impact it had on me”. I’ve been down with the struggle ever since.

As a white man, I don’t doubt that Holder has felt unjustly singled out by the cops from time to time. Like I said, I been there. But what relevance is that to the case of Michael Brown? Is he declaring in advance of an investigation Brown innocent of any crime or provocation? Is he likewise declaring Officer Wilson guilty of racial profiling and shooting an innocent man?

There are facts in this case, many still to be learned, but Holder has just taken a steaming leak all over them. (Likewise the dumbass Gov. Nixon—figures—who called for a “vigorous prosecution” of the case. Before the facts had been presented to a grand jury!) Holder’s statements about his experience are almost as self-centered as Obama’s observation that if he had a son, the boy might look like Trayvon Martin. And? So?

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Aliens Among Us

Remember the song you used to sing on long road trips as a kid?

186 criminal aliens a day,
186 criminal aliens…
If one of those aliens commits another crime,
186 criminal aliens a day.

God, how did our parents ever put up with it?

Immigration and Customs Enforcement released 68,000 foreign nationals who had criminal convictions last year instead of pursuing deportation, according to newly uncovered documents — a statistic one senator said represents an enforcement “crisis.”

The internal documents were obtained and published by the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates stricter immigration enforcement. According to the documents and the group’s analysis, ICE agents reported encountering 193,000 “criminal aliens” in 2013, but only targeted 125,000 for deportation.

A total of 67,879 were released.

CIS called it a “large-scale abuse of authority.”

“The Obama administration’s deliberate obstruction of immigration enforcement, in which tens of thousands of criminal aliens are released instead of removed, is threatening the well-being of American communities,” study author Jessica Vaughan said in a statement. “It’s not a matter of if, but how many families will suffer harm as a result.”

The statistics challenge repeated claims by the administration that, when weighing whether to pursue deportation, they are prioritizing cases where the illegal immigrant in question has been convicted of a crime.

Remember, these 68,000 (186.3 a day) already had criminal convictions, presumably unrelated to their illegal presence here.

Illegal immigration is all fun and games until it’s your family injured in a drunken hit-and-run accident.

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Impeach Fuzz

I can’t say I’ll sign their petition, but I hope they succeed:

A coalition of black pastors announced on Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. that they are launching a campaign to gather one million signatures on a petition calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder for violating his oath of office by trying “to coerce states to fall in line with the same-sex ‘marriage’ agenda.”

“President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have turned their backs on the values the American people hold dear, values particularly cherished in the black community: values like marriage, which should be strengthened and promoted, rather than weakened and undermined,” says a statement by the Coalition of African American Pastors that has been posted online with their impeachment petition.

“Our nation calls for the building up of a healthier marriage culture; instead, our elected leaders are bent on destroying marriage, remaking it as a genderless institution and reorienting it to be all about the desires of adults rather than the needs of children,” says the coalition.

“For abandoning the oath he swore in taking office and his duty to defend the common good, Attorney General Holder should be impeached by Congress,” says the coalition. “CAAP is calling on all men and women of good will to sign the following petition urging Congress to take action against the Attorney General’s lawlessness today!”

Again, I don’t agree with them on gay marriage, but there are plenty of reasons Holder should go (urging state AGs to ignore the law being the most recent one). I will also defend their right to their position, even if don’t agree with it. They are not haters; they are pastors taking a position on principle. But if they are to be true to their principles, they should call for Obama to go too.

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Judge, Jury, and Pardoner


I cannot tell a lie. Chris Christie chopped down this cherry tree.

Let’s all be very clear: The FBI did not conduct an “investigation” into the IRS scandal.

Not unless there are new protocols for investigating potential unlawful activities, which discard the quaint notion of speaking to the victims.

In May, President Obama hurriedly called a White House news conference to stem the outrage about the IRS’s admitted targeting of conservative groups, and emphatically told the nation: “I will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency but especially in the IRS, given the power that it has and the reach that it has into all of our lives.” He appointed Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a criminal investigation into possible wrongdoing — and since then, many of us have wondered, when actually is this investigation going to start?

Last week, we learned that the head of the “probe,” Barbara Bosserman, is a donor to Obama campaigns and the Democratic National Committee. This is someone who could hardly be trusted to understand what all the fuss is about.

Now we learn that the FBI has “concluded” that there was no actual illegal activity involved in the IRS scandal, conclusions reached without ever speaking to a single conservative or Tea Party organization leader or attorney to learn what actually happened these past four years.

Having represented dozens of groups before the IRS over the years, including many victimized by the IRS in this scandal, one might have thought the FBI might have called me or even one of my clients.

But, to paraphrase the song, if our telephone ain’t ringin,’ I guess it must be the FBI “investigating” the IRS.

Had the FBI bothered to contact or interview me, any of my clients, or anyone who actually could tell the FBI what the IRS did, we could have provided some specific facts about the IRS scandal.

And here are some additional inquiries I would have suggested:

• What did the FBI do in terms of investigating the obvious lies to Congress in 2012 by assorted IRS officials who claimed there was ‘no targeting’ of conservative organizations? Last time I checked, it is a felony to lie to Congress (ask Roger Clemens).

• Did the FBI investigate why Catherine Engelbrecht in Houston was visited by the FBI seven times, was audited by the IRS both personally and in her family business, was visited by OSHA and ATF (twice), all within 18 months of her filing exempt organization applications with the IRS for two conservative groups?

• Did the FBI investigate whether there were illegal political considerations related to the audits of conservative organizations and donors nationwide — and the correlation of that widespread abuse of conservative citizens to the targeting of the conservative organizations?

In short, how can there be any semblance of legitimacy to an investigation when none of the victims were even interviewed?

And what crimes should have been on the radar screen of the FBI in a real investigation, in addition to lying to Congress? How about abuse of power and abuse of the public trust? What about honest services fraud?

Those are some crimes that come to mind. I wonder if the Department of Justice will apply the same lax legal standards to its investigation of how Gov. Chris Christie’s administration spent federal storm relief tax dollars?

This is a new low for the FBI, which appears to have been completely silenced by this administration, starting with the president’s appointment of the very political Eric Holder, who in turn appointed Barbara Bosserman.

Shame on Robert Mueller and James Comey, the former and present FBI directors, for allowing this to happen on their watches Shame on them, too, for fighting very hard for months to keep from telling the truth to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa of California and subcommittee chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio about what the status of the FBI’s “investigation.”

Not the FBI’s finest hour when the entire episode appears to demonstrate a bureau tightly controlled by the Obama administration and its political partisans.

Reminds me of the last scene in the movie “Chinatown” when Faye Dunaway shouts at Jack Nicholson: “He owns the police!”

It appears that the partisan Democrats in Washington, starting with the president, do indeed “own” the police in the form of the FBI.

We can be sure that these lawless chickens in Washington will ultimately come home to roost; our nation was founded and depends on unflagging dedication to the rule of law.

This woeful episode from the nation’s ostensible law enforcement authority is yet another nail in the coffin of that basic premise.

I tried to cut this, but I couldn’t. How do you undo what Obama has done? What are we if we are cut loose from the rule of law? Who tells us if the media won’t? And who wouldn’t act this way if we let him, encouraged him, begged him? Like Jim Jones and the People’s Temple, Obama is the villain, but we are his willing victims. Cheers!

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New Year, Old News

2014 will offer more of the same on Obamacare, the Middle East, Iranian nukes, government scandals, and Congressional elections. Oh sure, there’ll be a surprise or two—a Carlos Danger lurking in the shadows—but that’s the depressing truth.

But who says old news is bad news?

A dramatic shootout between authorities and suspected cartel gunmen at a Mexican seaside resort this month has ties to a botched U.S. gun operation.

A U.S. official said Tuesday that investigators have traced at least one firearm recovered at a December 18 gunfight in Puerto Peñasco, across from the Arizona border, to Operation Fast and Furious.

That’s the disastrous operation run by agents in the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Agents allowed suspected gun smugglers to buy about 2,000 firearms with the goal of trying to find and prosecute high-level traffickers. They couldn’t track the firearms and most are believed to have ended up with cartels and gangsters in Mexico.

Many have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States, including at a shooting that killed a U.S. border agent in 2010.

Guns recovered at such scenes are routinely checked with the ATF’s tracing lab to try to determine their origin. At least one AK-47 style firearm was found, and U.S. investigators identified it as one that was allowed to be sold to suspected traffickers as part of Fast and Furious, according to the U.S. official.

The ATF, in a statement, said: “ATF has accepted responsibility for the mistakes made in the Fast and Furious investigation and at the attorney general’s direction we have taken appropriate and decisive action to ensure that these errors will not be repeated. And we acknowledge that, regrettably, firearms related to the Fast and Furious investigation will likely continue to be recovered at future crime scenes.”

Guns from Fast and Furious have turned up at other high-profile killings in Mexico, including those of the brother of a Mexican state prosecutor and of a beauty queen.

I’m sure the beauty queen, regrettably, accepts the apology.

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Nope, maybe not.

Grassley, in a statement Tuesday, said: “In Operation Fast and Furious, the Mexican drug cartels found an easy way to supplement their own illegal ways. Worse yet, the Obama administration has yet to publicly hold anyone accountable for this disastrous policy. Unfortunately, guns from Fast and Furious will be found in operations like this for years to come.”

The gift that keeps on giving.

PS: Cross-filed under “Sensational Headline Watch”.

PPS: President Obama is, we’re certain, terribly broken up over the incident.

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A Nation Of Laws, Not Men

Holder ignoring Supreme Court, going after Texas

A quick personal note: I still have house guests, back in full on Sunday.

Ok, this is what a nation of Men, Not Laws, looks like:

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There is one thing to be said about Attorney General Eric Holder. He has a way with words that makes conservatives furious — especially when he starts talking about race and the law.

There are many examples. Early in the Obama administration, Holder said that we are “a nation of cowards” when it comes to issues of race.
The conservative chattering class erupted.

Now Holder is at it again. He has fired up the right with his comments about the Trayvon Martin case, blaming “mistaken beliefs and stereotypes ” for the shooting of the Florida teenager.

Civil rights organizations have called on Holder and the Justice Department to pursue federal charges against George Zimmerman after he was found not guilty in the Martin shooting.

At the annual conference of the National Urban League in Philadelphia on Thursday, Holder renewed his attack on a recent Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“Despite the court’s decision, I believe we must regard this setback not as a defeat but as a historic opportunity: for Congress to restore, and even to strengthen, modern voting protections,” said Holder.

He then announced the Justice Department will “ask a federal court in Texas to subject the state of Texas … to obtain ‘pre-approval’ from either the department or a federal court before implementing future voting changes,” similar to a provision in the Voting Rights Act.

His remarks are the Justice Department’s first significant response to last month’s court ruling and seeks to address Texas’ controversial redistricting law that Holder filed suit against in 2012.

Holder said the state had a “history of pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities that the Supreme Court itself has recognized.”
The attorney general previously has been accused by the conservative press of “abuse of power” and of “exploiting tragedies” by the National Rifle Association. Former U.S. Rep. Allen West attacked Holder for what he called “race-baiting” and “exploiting the law.”

Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree, who mentions Holder several times in his book about racial profiling, “The Presumption of Guilt,” said the attorney general “has no fear or reticence to talk about race wherever he thinks it needs to be discussed and that leads to a host of reactions, usually negative, from people.”

“I think he is being very straightforward, and some people take it as being provocative. He is very honest about his views about race and justice,” Ogletree said.

Ogletree is correct. He is very straightforward. He is a straightforward bigot, and not deeply concerned about the law of the land. We elected this crew and we must live with it, but it is a darn shame.

– Aggie

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Obama Administration Continues To Threaten And Harass George Zimmerman

They are sealing the evidence, including his gun.

The U.S. Department of Justice, overseen by Attorney General Eric Holder, has ordered the Sanford, Florida police department to keep possession of all the evidence from George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial – including the exonerated neighborhood watch volunteer’s gun.
Sanford police confirmed on Thursday that the DOJ asked the agency not to return any pieces of evidence to their owners. Zimmerman was expected to get his firearm back by month’s end.
The development is a sign that the criminal section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is seriously investigating Zimmerman to determine if federal civil rights charges should be filed.

Florida law requires that Zimmerman regain possession of his gun, but the DOJ has stepped in to prevent it
Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and manslaughter on Sunday in a Florida courtroom, but civil rights violations provide an exception to the U.S. Constitution’s protection against double jeopardy after a defendant has been found ‘not guilty’ in a state or local jurisdiction.
That’s because if Zimmerman were tried in federal court, he would be charged with violating Trayvon Martin’s civil rights, not causing his death.

WESH-TV in Orlando reported Thursday afternoon that police had confirmed the evidence ‘hold,’ meaning that everything related to the trial, from Zimmerman’s gun to the Skittles and iced tea Martin was carrying when the pair’s altercation began, will remain in the hands of law enforcement.
The DOJ did not immediately respond to questions about whether it will take custody of the evidence, or when that might occur.

Attorney General Eric Holder told NAACP convention-goers that the DOJ still has an open civil rights investigation in Zimmerman, despite his acquittal in Florida

MSNBC host Al Sharpton has planned a series of ‘Justice for Trayvon’ rallies, one of whose goals will be to call on the federal government to prosecute Zimmerman
But Holder himself confirmed on Tuesday during the NAACP’s annual convention that the Justice Department still has an open investigation into Zimmerman’s actions on Feb. 26, 2012.
‘I am concerned about this case,’ Holder told the assembled black civil rights activists, ‘and as we confirmed last spring, the Justice Department has an open investigation into it.’
‘While that inquiry is ongoing, I can promise that the Department of Justice will consider all available information before determining what action to take.’

Most lawyers will tell you that the Justice Department will not go after Zimmerman, but my gut is not so sure. The lawyers assume the rule of law. I think we are into a post-legal phase of the United States.

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Attorney General Scapegoats George Zimmerman

Appeals to public to help him “prove Zimmerman is racist”.

On Monday afternoon, the US Department of Justice appealed to civil rights groups and the general public across the country for “tips” on George Zimmerman in their pursuit of potential federal civil rights charges against the just-acquitted defendant in the Trayvon Martin killing. The DOJ actually went so far as to set up an e-mail address to allow such tips: Sanford.florida@usdoj.gov. The email address is slated to go operational by the end of the week.

Barbara Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law told the Orlando Sentinel that the DOJ had held a Monday conference call “calling on us to actively refer anyone who had any information” that would help build a case against Zimmerman. “They said they would very aggressively investigate this case,” Arnwine stated.

According to Arnwine, the call began at 3:30 p.m. with Tom Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States DOJ, and representatives of the FBI on the line. Several prosecutors joined the call, too.
Arnwine listed off other organizations represented on the call, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the ACLU, and several “human relations” groups.

Ok, I know you’ve heard alarm from me before, but this is absolutely horrifying. He is using the tools of the government to hound an individual who has spent the last year and a half successfully fighting a murder indictment. This is a fascist tactic and I am having a hard time believing that this is happening here.

– Aggie

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What’s That I Hear…?

It sounds like…no, it couldn’t be… is it…?

Another conversation on race?

Attorney General Eric Holder blamed racial attitudes for the killing.

“We are resolved, as you are, to combat violence involving or directed at young people, to prevent future tragedies, and to deal with the underlying attitudes, mistaken beliefs and stereotypes that serve as the basis for these too-common incidents,” Holder told the long-scheduled meeting of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

“I believe that this tragedy provides yet another opportunity for our nation to speak honesty about the complicated and emotionally charged issues that this case has raised,” Holder said, while pointing his finger for emphasis.

Ah, the pointed finger for emphasis. Sounds more like a lecture on race than a conversation. But don’t let me judge!

“We must not, as we have too often in the past, let this opportunity pass,” he said, reminding listeners of the episode in 2009 when he called Americans “a national of cowards” for not talking about race in the way he wished.

Holder did [not] use the speech as an opportunity to explain beliefs that he believes are mistaken, nor to offer data that shows suspect attitudes and stereotypes are either commonplace or incorrect.

Then let me start: we are a nation of cowards. We have been afraid to hold some black people accountable for their words, beliefs, actions. That goes for white and black Americans. We pay millions to musicians and actors who drop the n-word like a Klansman with Tourette’s, yet a cooking show host confesses that the word has passed her lips and she’s a social leper. What a chicken[bleep] double-standard that is.

That’s a comment on words. How about beliefs? Why is black America so enraged about Trayvon Martin, whom every acknowledges at least started the violent nature of the confrontation, and so unenthused about the late Hadiya Pendleton?

It can’t be because Hadiya wasn’t a lovely young girl:

And Trayvon was a sweet innocent:

I confess those are biased choices of photos. But Hadiya never took a bad photo—Trayvon took about half bad photos.

Their silence wouldn’t be because Hadiya was killed in a gang-related case of mistaken identity, would it? Blown away by a couple of gang members of color, her tragic, wasteful, incomprehensible death doesn’t fit convenient patterns.

Those are beliefs. Actions?

Oh my, I don’t have the energy. Murders in Chicago, abortions in New York, the dissolution of the family everywhere, over decades. If you want a conversation, please take a seat. It’s going to take a while.

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DOJ Sent People To Florida To Gin Up Racial Tension

Tax dollars spent to support anti-Zimmerman demonstrations

DOJ sends secret “peacekeepers” where Trayvon Martin was killed
Last Updated: July 10, 2013

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Judicial Watch, Inc. on April 24, 2012 launched an investigation into the Trayvon Martin case based on reports that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had sent a secret team of “peacekeepers” to Sanflord, Florida, where Martin was shot on February 26, 2012 after wandering in a gated community after dark. George Zimmerman, a resident of the community and its neighborhood watch captain, is currently on trial for Martin’s death though he maintains he acted in self-defense.

Records obtained by Judicial Watch in response to local, state and federal public records requests show that the so-called peacekeepers are part of a large and growing division within DOJ called the Community Relations Service (CRS). Though CRS purports to spot and quell racial tensions nationwide before they arise, the documents obtained by Judicial Watch show the group actively worked to foment unrest, spending thousands of taxpayer dollars on travel and hotel rooms to train protestors throughout Florida. The peacekeepers also met with officials of the Republican National Convention, scheduled for several months later in Tampa, to warn them to expect protests in connection with Martin’s death.

CRS employee spent $1,142.84 to travel to Sanford, Florida from March 25-28, 2012 “to work marches, demonstrations, and rallies”;
CRS employee spent $751.60 to travel to Sanford, Florida from March 30-April 1, 2012 “to provide technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31”;
CRS employee spent $1,307.40 to travel to Sanford, Florida from April 3-12, 2012 “to provide technical assistance, conciliation, and onsite mediation during demonstrations planned in Sanford”;
CRS employee spent $672.24 to travel to Tampa, Florida from April 18-20, 2012 “to meet with RNC official related to possible protests and demonstrations during the RNC”
In response to a Florida Sunshine Law request to the City of Sanford, Judicial Watch also obtained an audio recording of a “community meeting” held at Second Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Sanford on April 19, 2012. The meeting, which opens with a gospel hymn and organ music, is reported to have led to the official ouster of Sanford’s Police Chief Bill Lee. A week earlier, a group calling themselves the “Dream Defenders” had barricaded the entrance to the police department demanding he be fired for failing to file murder charges against Zimmerman. The church meeting produced a nine-point plan, the main demand being the firing of Chief Lee.

In some ways, this is the most sickening abuse of power we’ve seen from the Obama administration. The Community-Organizer-in-Chief is continuing to sow racial hatred. The DOJ has taken the power of the government and used it to ruin a career and to incite racial hatred and to convict a man without a trial. I am so ashamed of our country.

– Aggie

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