Obama: Of course Zimmerman was guilty, but…

posted at 8:31 am on July 20, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

As you may have already heard, the President showed up in the White House briefing room on Friday to give an impromptu address to the press corps on the current state of race relations in America and how the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial is affecting same. While supporters billed the appearance as a more generic, “healing” address in troubled times, it opened and closed with comments regarding the court case in question. We can leave for another day the issue of whether the Comforter in Chief should be diving into the results of one specific trial in Florida, but there was plenty of fodder for pundits included.

To begin with, not everything the President said was out of bounds or off the mark. There are still issues of racial tension in this nation (though the inaccurate perception that it’s vastly swinging in one direction need to be addressed) and it’s a subject which merits some work. But it’s difficult to see how this particular speech was helpful in terms of easing racial tensions given one of the glaring talking points – along with an equally glaring omission – which led off the event. (The full text of remarks can be found here.)

First of all, I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.

The second thing I want to say is to reiterate what I said on Sunday, which is there’s going to be a lot of arguments about the legal issues in the case — I’ll let all the legal analysts and talking heads address those issues. The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a case such as this reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury has spoken, that’s how our system works.

The second part of the quoted text is also worthy of note, and it’s to the President’s credit. Too many people analyzing this case completely skip over the fact that there was, in fact, a trial, and that it produced a result in accordance with the law. But to backtrack just a bit, Barack Obama’s opening paragraph still essentially shoots holes in the message.

The President isn’t just talking about a family losing a son, but with “the entire situation.” The rest of the speech goes back to the well again and again, talking about gun laws and self defense and, “what would have happened if” Trayvon Martin were white. This was about the trial, and the underlying message was simple: The Martin family was ripped off by the justice system because the system is biased and a guilty man was allowed to kill their son.

How does President Obama square that with the second paragraph of his speech? There is not one ounce of recognition of the possibility that the jury arrived at the correct verdict, that Martin was the aggressor and that Zimmerman was put in a position of feeling that he had to defend his life?

This leads us to the other glaring omission. You’ll note that in the initial expressions of sympathy and understanding, George Zimmerman’s name was not mentioned once. If my previous, far fetched idea that Zimmerman was innocent – backed up only by the flimsy excuse that a court of law found him to be so – were even possibly true, was the Zimmerman family also not feeling the sting of the long, drawn out proceedings which followed and the social stigma which will be trailing George Zimmerman for the rest of his life? Was there not a moment to spare in this “historic speech” (as Wolf Blitzer later termed it) for a few thoughts for the family of the man who was found innocent?

No, there was not. And with that in mind, what was portrayed as an important address to heal the racial divide in America could, in some part, wind up being even more divisive. Perhaps there are times when it’s best for the leader of the Federal Government to stay on the sidelines in states’ issues, including high profile trials.


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coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Buck Ofama.

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 9:40 AM

” On Thursday, limousine liberal Chris Matthews took it upon himself to apologize on behalf of all white people for unspecified transgressions.

“I’ll just tell you one thing,” Matthews said. “And I’m speaking now for all white people, but especially [the ones] who’ve tried to change the last 50 or 60 years. And a lot of them really tried to change, and I’m sorry for this stuff. That’s all I’m saying.”

The MSNBC host made those remarks in the context of a discussion he was having between one of his bosses, Val Nicholas, vice president and creative director at NBC News, and former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele about what Matthews and his guests said were a multitude of acts of alleged racial discrimination against black men. Given that context, it appears that is what Matthews was apologizing for but since he brought up the subject in talking about the George Zimmerman trial, one cannot be too sure.

At the end of the Hardball segment, a haughty Matthews thanked his two black guests “for both being colleagues of mine,” as if they had somehow done him a favor by gracing him with their presences.

In any case, we can’t help but agree with Allahpundit of Hot Air who wished “this should really be an hourly feature on MSNBC, tantamount to a regular news break at 30 minutes past.” One wonders what extreme lengths Matthews will go to apologize to what he clearly sees as the poor, utterly helpless black masses…”

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/joe-newby/2013/07/19/speaking-all-white-people-chris-matthews-apologizes-black-americans-somet#ixzz2Zap534SK

*burp*

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 9:16 AM

D’accord.
.
.
.

J’accuse!

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM

*burp*

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Time for that bucket?

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM

nonpartisan… we missed ya. Comedy gold.

CW on July 20, 2013 at 9:40 AM

After HAL was banned, NP became the new king of comedy gold. Hope he posts more.

nobar on July 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Ignoring completely that a punk-ass young adult decided of his own volition to attack a “white” creepy “ass-cracker” who he suspected of being gay…and telling him “you gonna die tonight” while trying to beat him senseless…

In the commission of a hate crime, Trayvon was killed by his intended victim in what was ruled self-defense…

And the President King wants all of us to step back and look at the whole situation?

What part did I miss, your Majesty?

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM

They are not just ignoring that. They are canonizing St Trayvon.

And, St Trayvon’s parents are cashing in on it all.

Everything about this stinks, “from top to bottom”, to use and turn around on him Comrade O’s own words.

farsighted on July 20, 2013 at 9:47 AM

On behalf of all visual artists…I’d like to apologize to Humanity for the general degradation in the quality of Fine Art over the last 45 years…and for the inflated promotion and pricing of mediocre talent on the Art Market…

I also support the defunding of State Sponsored Art Programs because these contribute to the downslide of what was once a fairly intelligent enterprise that contributed to the culture at large…but now seems to be a reflection of the merely vacuous.

(I was inspired to do this by Preezy and Matthews)

*snicker*

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

After HAL was banned, NP became the new king of comedy gold. Hope he posts more.

nobar on July 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Oh, hell no!

We have Capitalist Hog, who I call HAL, Jr.

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Democrats are drama queens. Obama has been dying to re-create that scene from The American President when Michael Douglas’s character interrupts a presser to make an impassioned speech about gun-control, going “door-to-door to get the guns, if I have to,” and tapping Annette Benning’s character.

Pardon me if I yawn.

BuckeyeSam on July 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Oh, hell no!

We have Capitalist Hog, who I call HAL, Jr.

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Marxist Pig isn’t anti-gun (yet). That singular issue made NP better (or worse, depending on the viewpoint).

nobar on July 20, 2013 at 9:51 AM

On behalf of all visual artists…I’d like to apologize to Humanity for the general degradation in the quality of Fine Art over the last 45 years…and for the inflated promotion and pricing of mediocre talent on the Art Market…

I also support the defunding of State Sponsored Art Programs because these contribute to the downslide of what was once a fairly intelligent enterprise that contributed to the culture at large…but now seems to be a reflection of the merely vacuous.

(I was inspired to do this by Preezy and Matthews)

*snicker*

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Whoa, whoa, whoa — wait a minute!

There’s a lot to be said about a woman who gets naked on stage, smears herself in Hershey’s chocolate syrup, and quotes lesbian poetry.

What are you — a Puritan?

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM

*gin* up race riots….

Fat fingers, little screen

elowe on July 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Time for that bucket?

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM

HA!

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Trayvon Martin’s death was a tragedy. This didn’t have to happen. Cooler heads need to prevail in situations like this. It was unnecessarily escalated by both parties who should’ve walked away and didn’t. Someone instigated a fight, and it was most likely Trayvon Martin, who obviously lost.

ted c on July 20, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Ted, I’m sorry, but I have to disagree that Zimmerman could have walked away. He was doing that when Martin ambushed him, assaulted him and then battered him.

Zimmerman may have his faults, but in this situation, it comes down to Martin being 100% at fault, though perhaps Jeantel should share some of the blame for her wild stories about Zimmerman being a homosexual cracka.

I do think that Jeantel needs to be charged as an accessory, given her part in this tragedy.

Zimmerman was doing what he had done many times before, with the cooperation of the police, as a Neighborhood Watchman.

Martin, on the other hand, behaved in a way that was obviously suspicious and his doubling back is what led to his death.

ProfShadow on July 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

After HAL was banned, NP became the new king of comedy gold. Hope he posts more.

nobar on July 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

NP is much like HAL but 20 points lower on the IQ scale.

CW on July 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

OT:

helen thomas…..

d.ea.d 92

ted c on July 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

NP is much like HAL but 20 points lower on the IQ scale.

CW on July 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

That’s about right. I don’t think NP can spell ‘IQ’.

He probably doesn’t know the number for 9-1-1 in case of emergency.

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM

As to Obama…it is just another “Squirrel” necessary to cover up more failures and fecklessness. There is no other good reason for him to have taken a week to make these clearly racist and dishonorable statements. His statements are a mockery of the legal system he supposedly swore to uphold.

Race had nothing to do with the event.

Amazing…just when you think your opinion of someone can’t get any lower, you find that there are even deeper levels of disgust.

ProfShadow on July 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Whoa, whoa, whoa — wait a minute!

There’s a lot to be said about a woman who gets naked on stage, smears herself in Hershey’s chocolate syrup, and quotes lesbian poetry.

What are you — a Puritan?

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Ah yes…Performance Art…

The province of the mediocre who can neither cut it as thespians…or visual artists…

So…They perfected their own genre for an MTV generation…Their apostle was an untalented italian ummmm…sculptor…who in the early 70′s? masturbated in a box installed under the floor of one of his shows as he peeped at the people in the gallery.

And so we have 20 years later…Performance Art.

(Personally I thought Klien’s dousing nekkid models in International Klien Blue and flinging them onto canvas at the Met in the 60′s was more entertaining…but I digress)

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Jazz, you aren’t black. You wouldn’t understand where the President was coming from.

nonpartisan on July 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM

But the “Church Ladies From Hell” at a meeting here in Broward County are. They’re p!ssed, and not in the way you think.
We are all of an age where we actually lived through riots and saw the community destruction. The Ladies aren’t really crazy about rabble rousers right now.

katy the mean old lady on July 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

I am so sick of people acting like little victims and playing the race card nonstop. It is incredibly pathetic and tiresome.

When things don’t go their way, they cry racism. When they don’t succeed, they cry racism. When certain members of particular groups do badly in many areas of life, they cry racism.

What does Obama have to say about the anti-white racism that he and his allies in the news media love to try to foster? Obama is all about creating racial division. He is a cheap affirmative action president who is where he is largely because of his skin color (yes, I said it), yet he and his cohorts love to go on and on about how America is supposedly such a terrible place for blacks and how white Americans are supposedly so mean to blacks and will “never understand what blacks go through.”

It’s a bunch is bull, and I’ve had enough!

The biggest racists of all are the Barack Obamas and Jeremiah Wrights.

I love people like Larry Elder who have the brains and integrity and courage to actually think for themselves.

Race is such a meaningless thing.

Get the heck over it, Barack! Get over your skin color, all you whining, pathetic, excuse-making people who have been rioting and throwing tantrums because you are upset about a correct verdict in a criminal trial. You all look like a bunch of ignorant, bratty, immature babies!

bluegill on July 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

OT:

helen thomas…..

d.ea.d 92

ted c on July 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Other than I feel for her family-no comment. Better to say nothing….

CW on July 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM

So much power in race…the lemmings eat it up.

CW on July 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

But the “Church Ladies From Hell” at a meeting here in Broward County are. They’re p!ssed, and not in the way you think.
We are all of an age where we actually lived through riots and saw the community destruction. The Ladies aren’t really crazy about rabble rousers right now.

katy the mean old lady on July 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Dat old school.

We new school.

/

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

helen thomas…..

d.ea.d 92

ted c on July 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I just looked her up on wiki, here was the first line…Helen Thomas (August 4, 1920- July 20, 2013[1]) was the racist lady that said the thing about Jews.

They’ve already changed it.

Flange on July 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

I repeat –Zimmerman needs to speak out against this elitist mob in his own defense. I realize this is highly unlikely. But I’ve given up on the GOP. Breitbart is gone. SOMEONE needs to take on this punk. Zimmerman, as a citizen cleared of all charges and being daily maligned, has every right and expectation to challenge these attacks against truth and his character.

rrpjr on July 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Dat old school.

We new school.

/

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

“We’re older and have more insurance.”

katy the mean old lady on July 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM

(Personally I thought Klien’s dousing nekkid models in International Klien Blue and flinging them onto canvas at the Met in the 60′s was more entertaining…but I digress)

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

I know nothing about art, though I know what I like.

I have no problem with dousing nekkid women painted blue and flinging them onto canvas. Now that’s entertainment!

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

The Ladies aren’t really crazy about rabble rousers right now.

katy the mean old lady on July 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

To those who truly want to make it all about race, be careful what you wish for.

John the Libertarian on July 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

“We’re older and have more insurance.”

katy the mean old lady on July 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM

And we’re NOT leaving it to them!

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I think Obama is being hypocritical trying to appear conciliatory when his biased DOJ is persecuting Zimmerman by trying to pin an absurd civil rights violation on him.

Chessplayer on July 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Zimmerman was doing what he had done many times before, with the cooperation of the police, as a Neighborhood Watchman.

Martin, on the other hand, behaved in a way that was obviously suspicious and his doubling back is what led to his death.

ProfShadow on July 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Further, Zimmerman did not have to be a “Neighborhood Watchman” to everything he did.

Everything he did was legal and lawful. Anyone living in that neighborhood could have done everything he did, acting within their rights, without breaking any laws.

This notion that “Zimmerman bears some responsibility” for what happened is BS, propaganda, and a sop some on the right are using to avoid placing all of the blame where it belongs, for political reasons, on the guy who viciously and violently attacked and assaulted Zimmerman, after “profiling” him as a “crazy-ass cracka”.

If Zimmerman had not been armed he might be dead or he might be walking and talking funny for the rest of his life. If that were the case would anyone be saying he is at least in part at fault for what happened to him, whether or not a healthy unharmed Martin was caught?

farsighted on July 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Simple questions, from a simple man…

If any violence erupts anywhere across America this weekend as these 100 City Marches get underway…Justice for Trayvon and all that … can we hold Obama and his entire crew responsible??

As Chief Executive, he is, by law, the top law enforcement officer in the nation.

His minion, Holder, is merely head of the Justice Department…

But, since as Chief Executive, he is doing nothing to tamp down the rhetoric, merely stoking it again, and again…if the unlawful happens…is it Obama’s to own?

So…when Sharpton [author of the Crown Heights riots that led to the violent murder of Yankel Rosenbaum] can stand next to the President all chummie and stuff…and then call for mass protests, riots even, and demand “justice”…using the same means he did when he led the march into Crown Heights…our chief law enforcement officer is perfectly OK with this?

Obama is perfectly OK with this…all of it?

And, we, the People…mostly the white people…have to allow all these protests/marches/riots because the voices of those demanding social justice cannot be heard…deserve to be heard…

Hey…America…you elected a Black President…twice…dammit…

How much more voice do you need?

Or are you trying to do something else, sinister…and this Trayvon stuff is merely pretext?

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM

What are you — a Puritan?

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Nah….just a straight cracka artist…

So I’m unfashionable in the Fine Art market.

It’s all about the tribal grievances…and has been since the 90′s.

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM

OT:

helen thomas…..

d.ea.d 92

ted c on July 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Wow. She was very kind to me years ago. Actually took me to lunch and discourged the journalist career I was thinking of. Told me to be a high class hooker. I’d make more money and keep my self respect. Still laugh about that.
RIP, Helen.

katy the mean old lady on July 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

First of all, I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.

Evidence seems to indicate that they couldn’t be bothered to care about their son until his death became their winning lottery ticket.

Count to 10 on July 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

to do everything he did.

farsighted on July 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Can effing Obama have the decency to stand up for Zimmerman…also a US citizen(and a minority to boot).???

CW on July 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Re: Helen Thomas

Truly the end of an era for the White House press corps.

That’s all I’m saying at this time. I shall withhold any further comments until an appropriate amount of time has passed. (What I now call my Roger Ebert Rule)

JimLennon on July 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

So, will Helen still be attending White House briefings? :-)

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Too soon? :-)

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

He meant it to be divisive, under the cover of being “healing”, of course. But “healing” only to one side.

IrishEyes on July 20, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Reminded me of this:

President Barack Obama is a beguiling but confounding figure. As he said of himself in “The Audacity of Hope,” “I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”

It is indeed audacious that he should proclaim this consciously disingenuous attribute. And as one reads his inaugural address, it is hard not to conclude that it was crafted shrewdly to perpetuate such confusion.

Run-of-the-mill politicians try to hide their duplicity. Only the most gifted of that profession brag that they intend to confound and confuse the public. Such an effort is beyond ingenious; it is brazenly ingenuous

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/01/obamas_collectivist_nationalis.html

Fallon on July 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Helen Thomas is dead. Another proof the good die young.

celtic warrior on July 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Evidence seems to indicate that they couldn’t be bothered to care about their son until his death became their winning lottery ticket.

Count to 10 on July 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Well, no. It seems his mother sent him up there from Miami to try to get him on the right path. This came from a lady at our meeting who knows the family.

katy the mean old lady on July 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Obama doesn’t consider himself as president of all Americans. Just those of his color and political persuasion. And in that order also.

Herb on July 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

(Personally I thought Klien’s dousing nekkid models in International Klien Blue and flinging them onto canvas at the Met in the 60′s was more entertaining…but I digress)

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

I know nothing about art, though I know what I like.

I have no problem with dousing nekkid women painted blue and flinging them onto canvas. Now that’s entertainment!

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Klien was great really in his social commentary on the commercialization through politics on Fine Art.

He was the last of the Great Pop Artists…And Pop Art was the last serious Art Movement of potency…We’ve been stuck in this stupid post modern crapola ever since.

He was the first artist to patent a color…he named it International Klein Blue….IKB for short.

I’m certain Marcel Duchamp (The Grandaddy of Pop Art’s precursor DADA in 1917) was chuckling over his chess game.

Fine Art always precedes the culture while reflecting the culture…It is always prescient…and Duchamp predicted the decay in 1917. He finally got so disgusted he quit to play chess.

His interviews are poignant and hilarious in equal measure…He was a social commentary genius…imho

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

This latest little stint by the sorry communist puke occupying the White House was designed to incite racial tensions while at the same time attempting to let his sorry ass appear conciliatory and healing.

bgibbs1000 on July 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Wow, the irony -

You claim Mr. pResident, “35 years ago that could have been me” referring to a dead, black street thug in the making. The same thug wannabe whose final racist, homophobic and felonious act got him killed. Yet, here you are. A (half) black man who was elected in 2008 to what some would argue is the most powerful office/position on the planet.

Which is it?

Either race relations have been progressively improving for many years, at least up until 2008-9, allowing a (half) black man to run for and be duly elected to the Presidency by getting votes from both blacks AND whites, because it would have been a statistical impossibility for black only votes to have elected you, as they only make up 13-15% of the overall population. So there’s that.

Or, you and your ilk stole the election. As you yourself have claimed, you’ve been a victim of profiling and racism and you still survived the horrible, despicable and unthinkable racists conditions you endured when you were hang’n on the Hawaiian islands toking it up with the “choom gang” but then 35 years later you had to sneak into the Oval office through the back door? We’re not buying it. If race relations were anywhere near the turnoil you claim, you wouldn’t have even won the primaries.

So, do tell, Mr. pResident. Are all the problems blacks are having a direct result of white on black racism that’s oppressing the black man and holding him down? Or is this just another of the many, many, many lies you feed the dumb-masses to stir the pot? Those same low information dumb-masses who where either too blind to see who and what you really are, or were too stupid to know what will really happen to them, as the non-producers they are, when the economic collapse, that you and your minions have engineered, becomes reality?

Which way are you going to lie…er…lean on this one, Mr. President on this one?

ontheright on July 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Fallon on July 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Diabolic.

And ingenuous.

And ingenious…if your goal is to conquer…although, I recall a few in the last century or so who did the same. The results eventually were bad. Even more so for those who allowed they saw through the sham.

coldwarrior on July 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Helen Thomas is dead. Another proof the good die young.

celtic warrior on July 20, 2013

Far nicer than how I would have phrased it.

clnurnberg on July 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

I have no problem with dousing nekkid women painted blue and flinging them onto canvas. Now that’s entertainment!

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

photos are on the web…maybe even old video.

It was hilarious commentary on the cultcha…imho

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Well, no. It seems his mother sent him up there from Miami to try to get him on the right path. This came from a lady at our meeting who knows the family.

katy the mean old lady on July 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Sent him to the father that seems to have ignored him?

Count to 10 on July 20, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Helen Thomas is dead. Another proof the good die young.

celtic warrior on July 20, 2013
Far nicer than how I would have phrased it.

clnurnberg on July 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

I have never understood the anti-semites. The people of Israel have such a tiny portion of the land in the middle east . Look at a map…then note that there are about 5.5 million Israelis while there are 200,000,000 muslims in that area of the world . The real David is Israel.

CW on July 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM

ontheright on July 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Yes, more lies to stir the pot. Too many people in this country (the education industry is largely complicit) have decided that unless they are “given” the same education “given” to the wealthy they cannot be expected to do anything but loaf and sponge. They have been mistreated and disadvantaged. Never mind that plenty of the wealthy worked like dogs for what they achieved (unlike the Kennedy type wealthy who assume that every other well off person had it handed to them on a sterling platter)and truly earned their lifestyle. They must be made to suffer for their cruel achievements.
Now some have learned to play the left’s game. Warren Buffet and the hollywood ilk come to mind. Just mouth the right words and voila, they leave you alone or canonize you. The ideologically pure do not live by the rules they impose on the unwashed.

clnurnberg on July 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I have no problem with dousing nekkid women painted blue and flinging them onto canvas. Now that’s entertainment!

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

The culmination of this degradation is the MLK Monument…created in the Purposeful Super Soviet style…by a Chinese Artist in China…paid for by American Tax Payers.

It’s about as bad as any Stalin…and most of those were smashed…thankfully.

OY! The Irony…

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

CW on July 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Hating Israel is chic even among lefty jews who say that “we are Americans first” and “have to do what’s best for THIS country”. I don’t see how undermining Israel is in the US best interest, but they do. Apparently placating the arab street and the obamunists is in the national interest. But Obama is a new god

clnurnberg on July 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Wow, Obama and his monster wife send their thoughts and prayers to the gangsta’s family. Did he send them while facing mecca and on a prayer rug? In any case that’s a whole lot of sympathy for a rotten lttle man, a thug and assaulter.

arand on July 20, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Well, no. It seems his mother sent him up there from Miami to try to get him on the right path. This came from a lady at our meeting who knows the family.

katy the mean old lady on July 20, 2013 at 10:13 AM

I will accept the narrative that Martin was a good kid up until the age of 14 or 15. Seems he was being raised by a step mother who kept him on the straight and narrow.

Then his father and step mother broke up and he went to live with his biological mother. Around this time things started going wrong and he started down a bad path.

His biological mother could not handle him and sent him off to his father after he was placed on a long suspension from school.

However, his father left a troubled Trayvon alone and unsupervised to go out for a night on the town with his girlfriend. He did not miss Trayvon until until the next morning. Nor did his girlfriend or her son. Seems no one staying in that townhome knew there was a deadly shooting the night before 100 yds from their back door, even though there was a major police presence there for many hours.

Which leads to the question, just how concerned about his son was Tracy Martin? Did he tell Trayvon that the neighborhood was experiencing a crime wave of robberies, burglaries, attempted break-ins, and home invasions?

farsighted on July 20, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I have never understood the anti-semites. The people of Israel have such a tiny portion of the land in the middle east . Look at a map…then note that there are about 5.5 million Israelis while there are 200,000,000 muslims in that area of the world . The real David is Israel.

CW on July 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Old habits die hard.

The Romans used it to deflect from the corruption within…Divert the Roman population from their memories of republicanism.

When the Roman Empire fell…the Antisemitism remained as a means to bind regional grievance in Europe.

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM

This latest little stint by the sorry communist puke occupying the White House was designed to incite racial tensions while at the same time attempting to let his sorry ass appear conciliatory and healing.

bgibbs1000 on July 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

That’s it. Always the disengenuous community agitator.

rrpjr on July 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM

arand on July 20, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Yep. I was hoping that the 0s would harp on the need for black achievement, but they seem to revel in gangsta rockers

clnurnberg on July 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I tend to be traditional when it comes to art. I’m a fan of Grandma Moses and Norman Rockwell.

I actually got to see an original Rockwell in the art museum in Rochester, NY. What you see printed does no justice to the man’s skill. The painting had almost a 3D quality to it.

I also love art of the Romantic Period, especially those works of dark wet-looking forests. Like with a Rockwell, I can get lost in them for hours.

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Once a Community Organizer, always a Community Organizer.

kingsjester on July 20, 2013 at 10:35 AM

If a white man were to punch Obama in the nose and then attempt to bash his head into a concrete sidewalk once he had him down, he’d be dead in a heartbeat.

And why would that be? Because someone would sense his life was in danger and would act accordingly.

Why is it some lives are worth more than others?

Obama and the rest of the race hustlers obviously feel blacks are more worthy of living than hispanics.

ButterflyDragon on July 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I like Art when it does it’s proper job…which is to provoke and inspire.

This hasn’t happened in a long time…because the art just reflects the disarray of the culture.

It no longer precedes simultaneously…which it has always done.

It has lost it’s way.

Sad but true.

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

I hate to break it to The Won but the locks on my car are engaged when I see any most people go by my car. And I have a hard time sharing an elevator alone with a man. It’s not racism, it’s self preservation.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Perhaps there are times when it’s best for the leader of the Federal Government to stay on the sidelines in states’ issues, including high profile trials.

First off, “Leader of the Federal Government”? *shudder*

Second, not in this case it’s not, since he injected himself into it in its earliest stages. What he should have done is apologized for pushing the meme that the issue was racial; it was not. However, if he wants to address the racial component in it then he should have addressed the fact that violent death in the black community is directly proportional to the rise of the thug culture growing in that community and not to any racial inequalities.

But this man, and his followers, who have been nurtured in grievance mongering, cannot see outside of that conditioning. I’m afraid we’re stuck with this until it erupts. And then all bets are off.

Research what De’ Togueville observed about race relations.

Cleombrotus on July 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM

more worthy of living than hispanics.

ButterflyDragon on July 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM

The fact that this President gives no benefit of the doubt or any support for George is just plain disgusting. This is all of our’s President FGS.

CW on July 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM

I loathe that man, and his administration, with every part of my soul.

If one was a child of ten when he was elected the first time, that child will be an adult of eighteen when he finishes his second term. The youth will have this administration to recognize during their formative years, and no other administration to compare it to.

shar61 on July 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I have a totally different interpretation of Obama’s remarks. Examining other areas of the text.

There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.

Unspoken text, But did I pummel someone into the ground when I was falsely suspected of wrongdoing? No I didn’t. And Martin should not have either.Other blacks understand Martin’s subjective experience, it “happens often”, but the physical acting out in retaliation is not common, it doesn’t happen, ie that is not how it is, or should be handled.

And I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear. The African American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws — everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.

Unspoken text – People are misinterpreting the case because of their own experiences of being wrongly suspected. Just because you, a black person, were wrongly suspected at one point, doesn’t mean this case itself was judged wrongly.

Now, this isn’t to say that the African American community is naïve about the fact that African American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system; that they’re disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s not to make excuses for that fact — although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context. They understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.

Again, numerous references to “past” and “history” – ie “Not to make excuses” – but blacks are making interpretations “in a historical context”. And this is a major source of current, perpetuation of violence. Too much drawing from the past and from history. Obama may be delicately saying – Let it go. The past was admittedly “a very difficult history” but it is becoming a source of false interpretations for current events.

I think the reason these comments are so highly regarded is because Obama is attempting to show sensitivity to the experiences of blacks while at the same time pointing out how these past experiences can distort the judgement of the black community when something like this happens. And that is an extremely difficult and very delicate thing to point out. That’s why you’ve got to have an open mind with this text. Because Obama needed to be, and was, very careful with his words, what they say and what they suggest.

Jack Shaw wrote…

Was there not a moment to spare in this “historic speech” (as Wolf Blitzer later termed it) for a few thoughts for the family of the man who was found innocent?

No, for the reasons I stated. This speech was intended to be a very careful, very delicate invitation for the black community to examine the honest source of their own interpretation of events. That’s why it isn’t about Zimmerman. He was right not to even mention Zimmerman.

tartan on July 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I hate to break it to The Won but the locks on my car are engaged when I see any most people go by my car. And I have a hard time sharing an elevator alone with a man. It’s not racism, it’s self preservation.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Got that right! I show real estate to strangers, but I make sure that my phone is is my hand and I am always positioned between them and an exit. That is anyone. Male, female indeterminate. Any color. I also no longer allow clients to ride with me.

katy the mean old lady on July 20, 2013 at 10:48 AM

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Sadly, I tend to agree. I can’t think of a modern master, because I don’t fall into hype.

I guess that’s why I’m such a traditionalist when it comes to art. Remember — I know nothing about it and I have no such skill. I’d have to take lessons to purposefully draw a crooked line. *L*

I like American Primitive because there’s no pretentiousness about it, unlike those stuffy people Rembrandt painted.

I like Rockwell because he’s classic Americana. After seeing an original, I’m more hooked for life than before. I’d love seeing his original Four Freedoms collection in person, all in the same place.

Romantic art just holds me hostage, and the more intricate, the better. The Period was all about emotion. Maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about here, but I like being pulled into the ‘mood’ of what I’m seeing.

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM

A perceived crisis…..what is a community agitator to do?
The fuse lighter must be careful.

d1carter on July 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM

But I still will pick up any member of the military if they are htich hiked or in a bus stop.

katy the mean old lady on July 20, 2013 at 10:50 AM

How does President Obama square that with the second paragraph of his speech?

Easy:

The juries were properly instructed that in a case such as this reasonable doubt was relevant

Reasonable doubt is ALWAYS relevant in a criminal case. This proves that he’s not saying all you think he’s saying in this paragraph. (And proves that he’s either a charlatan or an idiot as far as his legal schooling goes – or both.)

and they rendered a verdict.

Notice he doesn’t say they rendered a just verdict. He doesn’t say they complied with the law as written, nor as it has been understood for a millenia (common law has always recognized the right to self-defense). Only that they rendered “a verdict”.

And once the jury has spoken, that’s how our system works.

In other words, no matter how fair or just you might think it is, the jury has spoken so we all have to shut up now.

That entire paragraph is written as the weakest tea possible to check the “oh, but we can’t do anything about it now” box.

GWB on July 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Fine Art always precedes the culture while reflecting the culture…

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

This hasn’t happened in a long time…because the art just reflects the disarray of the culture.

It no longer precedes simultaneously…which it has always done.

It has lost it’s way.

Sad but true.

workingclass artist on July 20, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Agree. Present day modern art is reflecting the elevation of self-indulgence, anger and ugliness along with the celebration of shock value and the purposeful disassembling of traditional culture (Post-Modernism?). What today’s art is projecting for the near future is not pretty.

Fallon on July 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

katy the mean old lady on July 20, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Leave it to the Left to find victimhood in logical behavior.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Leave it to the Left to find victimhood in logical behavior.

Cindy Munford on July 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

And in polite behavior, too.

There are feminists out there who resent a man holding open a door for a woman — as my dad taught me etiquette.

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM

He was right not to even mention Zimmerman.

tartan on July 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Correction, There is one reference to Zimmerman.

tartan on July 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM

“Just for once, I wish Obama would (blah blah blah . . . .).”

Come on, people. We elected a scorpion, remember?

BigAlSouth on July 20, 2013 at 11:02 AM

A century later and nothing has changed …

There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. — Booker T. Washington, “My Larger Education, Being Chapters from My Experience“ (1911), Ch. V: The Intellectuals and the Boston Mob (pg. 118 )

J_Crater on July 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

And in polite behavior, too.

There are feminists out there who resent a man holding open a door for a woman — as my dad taught me etiquette.

Liam on July 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM

An owner and I were standing on the porch when the prospective tenant pulled up and walked around to open the door for his wife. After we pulled our jaws off the ground, owner said “they’re in”

katy the mean old lady on July 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 14h

If Zimmerman wanted Obama to leave him alone, he should have just killed a US ambassador.

davidk on July 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM

OT:

helen thomas…..

d.ea.d 92

ted c on July 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

..what a day-brightener!

The War Planner on July 20, 2013 at 11:09 AM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 14h

If Zimmerman wanted Obama to leave him alone, he should have just killed a US ambassador.

davidk on July 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Likewise, maybe if Zimmerman announces that he is a staunch supporter of Planned Parenthood and 30-week partial-birth abortions, he’ll get the break he’s looking for.

Bitter Clinger on July 20, 2013 at 11:10 AM

There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off.

Yes, Mr. Obama, and they do it every time they hear your name, too. Maybe if you stopped reaching into their purses and our wallets as President, you wouldn’t get that reaction.

James on July 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

King Barry was pandering. As usual.

GarandFan on July 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM

O?T: (Breaking) Anti-Semitic moonbat “journalist” Helen Thomas dies at 92.

Bitter Clinger on July 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Oy vey!

timberline on July 20, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Nope, everything he said was out of bounds and off the mark…I won’t cherry pick the “good stuff” from him any longer. He wants to divide and conquer…he is actually trying to make things worse, so nothing he says has any value.

ellifint on July 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Re: Helen Thomas

Truly the end of an era error for the White House ress corps.

That’s all I’m saying at this time. I shall withhold any further comments until an appropriate amount of time has passed. (What I now call my Roger Ebert Rule)

JimLennon on July 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

I think the appropriate amount of time has passed.

NOMOBO on July 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

I’m sure His Lordship & Queen Mooch also send their condolences to all the black men who were killed in Chicago while the Zimmerman trial was going on…

Oh wait…what?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on July 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

There are still issues of racial tension in this nation (though the inaccurate perception that it’s vastly swinging in one direction need to be addressed) …

Ah, another delusional member of the “no really, it’s getting better” club.

Midas on July 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

O?T: (Breaking) Anti-Semitic moonbat “journalist” Helen Thomas dies at 92.

Bitter Clinger on July 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM

So Witch Hazel bites the dust and another leftist puke is no longer here to spew their nonsense.

bgibbs1000 on July 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

David Burge ‏@iowahawkblog 14h

If Zimmerman wanted Obama to leave him alone, he should have just killed a US ambassador.

davidk on July 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Truly LOL!

katy the mean old lady on July 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

I loathe that man, and his administration, with every part of my soul.

If one was a child of ten when he was elected the first time, that child will be an adult of eighteen when he finishes his second term. The youth will have this administration to recognize during their formative years, and no other administration to compare it to.

shar61 on July 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I second that. Both parts.

Cleombrotus on July 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Sorry, I disagree with everything Obama said in his speech. The only comment he should have made was that while he understands that tensions are running high, anyone using this as an excuse to commit unlawful acts will be punished to the full extent of the law. That’s it. By his statement I can only assume that he wants to ferment violence and unrest. By purposely interjecting himself in to an already volatile situation and then taking sides he has left no other conclusion.

bandutski on July 20, 2013 at 11:27 AM

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