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Allen West On Trayvon Martin Case: 'This Is An Outrage'

Florida Rep. Allen West, a high-profile conservative and one of two African-American Republicans currently serving in Congress, lambasted the local authorities in the handling of the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

"I have sat back and allowed myself time to assess the current episode revealing itself in Sanford, Florida involving the shooting of 17-year-old Treyvon Martin. First of all, if all that has been reported is accurate, the Sanford Police Chief should be relieved of his duties due to what appears to be a mishandling of this shooting in its early stages. The US Navy SEALS identified Osama Bin Laden within hours, while this young man laid on a morgue slab for three days. The shooter, Mr Zimmerman, should have been held in custody and certainly should not be walking free, still having a concealed weapons carry permit. From my reading, it seems this young man was pursued and there was no probable cause to engage him, certainly not pursue and shoot him….against the direction of the 911 responder. Let’s all be appalled at this instance not because of race, but because a young American man has lost his life, seemingly, for no reason. I have signed a letter supporting a DOJ investigation. I am not heading to Sanford to shout and scream, because we need the responsible entities and agencies to handle this situation from this point without media bias or undue political influences. This is an outrage."

Posted by arely staircase | Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:07 PM (30 replies)

serious question about trayvon, zimmerman and stand your ground

ok, i have raised this in other threads with very little response but:

if trayvon did in fact initiate the physical altercation, as zimmerman alleges AFTER zimmerman chased him down and illegally detained him, as zimmerman admits, doesn't the stand your ground law apply to trayvons actions and not zimmerman's?

wouldn't trayvon be the one who had the right to stand his ground under florida law against someone committing a felony against his person?

Posted by arely staircase | Tue Mar 20, 2012, 08:46 PM (28 replies)

well now here is the "no-s***" story of the day

Trayvon Martin shooting: George Zimmerman dreamed of being a cop
Written by
Rene Lynch
Los Angeles Times - ‎44 minutes ago‎

By Rene Lynch When a rash of burglaries and other crimes broke out in and around a gated community in Sanford, Fla., residents wanted some form of protection.


Didn't everyone know a guy like this in high school?
Posted by arely staircase | Tue Mar 20, 2012, 08:32 PM (3 replies)

back to work tomorrow: or

how I stopped worrying and love high stakes standardized testing.

Tomorrow I will begin a whole week of prep for the starr test part one (writing). The ptbs want all attention on that. I will sneak in some social studies and science as writing cues but it will not make up for actually teaching the concepts.

This shit is out of control.
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Mar 18, 2012, 11:22 PM (8 replies)

happy birhday, kirk watson - a true texas progressive

I sure wish you were still my voice in the legs.
Posted by arely staircase | Sun Mar 18, 2012, 11:03 PM (4 replies)

gender roles, stereotypes, postcards, and leap year

i had no idea that it was concidered acceptable for a woman to propose marriage to a man during (and only during, of coure) leap year back in the day. the recurring assumptions in these "jokes" are that marriage is akin to punishment for a man - how ironic given how subserviant women were generally expected to be, especially in marriage, at the time.

also assumed is that "pushy" women are ugly.

Posted by arely staircase | Wed Mar 14, 2012, 01:52 PM (2 replies)

why i can't oppose the death penalty in all cases

let me preface this by saying i support repealing the death penalty as it stands in my state (texas) and the others that have it. it is applied to minorities at a much greater rate than whites and it has undoubtedly resulted in the execution of innocent people (Todd Willingham here in my state)

but as a moral and ethical choice, i simply cannot take it off the table for the soldier or soldiers who murdered those poor children in kandahar. i just cannot.

sorry for whomever this pisses off (and i hope you are still my friends) but the person who did this deserves to have their own life taken from them. and when i say the person who did this, i mean the person who has been proven to have done it through due process.
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Mar 12, 2012, 01:26 AM (111 replies)


i have noticed a distinct trend among acquaintances and coworkers. the same people who forward innacurate right wing e-mails also send easily debunked ones of the non-political variety - that take two seconds to debunk if one has access to the internet (as they clearly do.) sometimes it will even be quack medical advice that is easily refuted if they would take those two seconds to check it out before sending potentially harmful information to their friends and coworkers. almost to a person, they belong to fundamentalist churches that interpret the bible literally and one was recently ripped off for several thousand dollars in some sort of scam.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Mar 10, 2012, 11:03 PM (7 replies)

It’s Not Just National, Obama Improving In Swing States Too

President Obama’s improving national approval numbers are certainly helpful to his re-election efforts — they drive a positive narrative after years of disappointing news on the economy.

But while nationwide numbers provide a snapshot of the country’s mood, the battle for the presidency will be fought state by state. So are Obama’s numbers also looking up in the all important swing states? It sure looks that way.

Posted by arely staircase | Wed Feb 15, 2012, 02:49 PM (0 replies)

Syrian Activists Live Stream Their Revolution

Mainstream journalists are barred from entering Homs, so a team of activists decided to record the offensive themselves. The activists positioned their cameras atop buildings in the city. Each morning the view is blue sky, a minaret, a sea of rooftops. Then come the booms.
In one video, shot in a field hospital, Dayem walks through gruesome heaps of dead and injured people.

"We're not animals. We're human beings. We're asking for help," he says. "We're asking for your help. They're hitting us with rockets. They've not stopped with these for four hours now. They're gonna kill us all.

"If you don't help us now, they'll kill millions, and no one'll find out about us. Please, someone help us."

That same hospital itself was later hit by a rocket. The team immediately sent out a video of the aftermath.
As for Dayem, he says he hopes that once the Syrian revolution is over, he can just go back to being a regular guy.

"I just want to go back to my life — listening to music, seeing my friends — and forget about all this," he says.


I find it good to think about people like this before I start my day. It helps me put things like someone cutting me off in traffic or the kid who never does his homework in perspective. My life is pretty good in grand scheme of things.

Posted by arely staircase | Wed Feb 15, 2012, 08:49 AM (1 replies)
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