March 26, 2012

AP Searches on Trayvon Martin: One Vague Quote About Bounty, No Mention of New Black Panthers

A search on Travyvon Martin’s name (not in quotes) at the Associated Press’s main national site at 7 p.m. returned 37 items.

A search on “Trayvon Martin bounty” (also not in quotes) returned one item. Here is the relevant section of the related story by Jennifer Kay and Errin Haines, way down in Paragraphs 13 and 14:

A spokeswoman for the Maitland mortgage risk-management firm where (George) Zimmerman reportedly works, Digital Risk, said she couldn’t confirm anything about Zimmerman’s employment, but that he had not been at work since the shooting.

“Our utmost concern is for the safety of our employees, specifically based on the potential turmoil that could arise from the recent announcement of a bounty for his capture,” Brandie Young said Saturday.

The article gives no indication as to the source of “the recent announcement of a bounty for his capture” — and also note that the Kay and Haines chose to quote someone else about it, not report it as a fact themselves.

Two other searches done at the AP’s national site on “Trayvon Panthers” and “Trayvon Panther” (each not in quotes) come up empty.

In case you missed it, on Saturday the New Black Panthers “offered a $10,000 bounty for the capture of George Zimmerman.” It appears that the Essential Global News Network wants that news to be kept from as many people as possible.

Cross-posted at

Trayvon Martin Truth Coming Out …

… and it doesn’t exactly fit the narrative (Instapundit link; internal links, in order of appearance, are here, here, here, and here; red boxes are mine):


If more of this kind of info comes out, this saga seems destined to a quick media disappearing act.

Meanwhile given that President Obama has injected himself and his race (or, more correctly, half of it) into the situation (“if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”), it’s worth asking him if he would expect his son to also act like Trayvon allegedly did.

My bet is that no one has the stones to do it.


UPDATE: Speaking of stones and the lack thereof, it should be noted that Ben Jealous of the NAACP (who deflected to the supposed activity of the KKK in Sanford, Florida) and the president himself won’t condemn the New Black Panthers for issuing a $10,000 bounty for Zimmerman’s kidnapping.

UPDATE 2: At NewsMax — “Trayvon Martin Death: Police Say Witnesses Back Zimmerman’s Story”

The Etch a Sketch Candidate and Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:18 am

Well-done, except for the spelling of “philosophy” and one huge oversight:

The video’s maker missed a critical Etch A Sketch sequence, which goes back to 2002, has lasted almost a decade, and is by no means over.

The New York Times recounted it in December 2007 in a piece it published only because Romney had moved away from a previously publicly undisclosed position on same-sex “marriage” the Times favored (and which only a select few knew, including certain reporters at the Times) to one it did not (and still does not):


As an aside, what follows is what the public learned before the 2002 gubernatorial election about the results of that meeting (confirmed here):

Romney, although opposing same-sex marriages and civil unions, won the Log Cabin endorsement with his support for offering domestic partner benefits to public employees.

Clear the Etch A Sketch:


The Times then, and apparently Romney in 2002, didn’t understand that any “ruling” by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court which extends beyond the individual case before it is an opinion, NOT a (binding) “ruling.”

All the Court could do in its Goodridge opinion is strongly suggest that the state’s legislature pass a law legalizing same-sex marriage, setting a meaningless deadline of 180 days after the ruling.

The legislature never passed a law. Without a law, the executive branch had no authority to do anything in response to Goodridge. Mitt Romney, the state’s chief executive, once the bogus “deadline” arrived, unilaterally imposed same-sex marriage anyway. In doing so, Mitt Romney “legitimized” same-sex “marriage” and set a precedent for future states to follow. As a result, same-sex “marriage” opponents are fighting an uphill battle, despite the fact that voters have never agreed with the idea while rejecting it in 30 states.

Clear the Etch A Sketch again:


What follows is the Romney campaign website’s current position on marriage:


Clear that Etch a Sketch one more time:


What will Mitt Romney’s position on same-sex marriage be if he ever takes up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

Who can possibly know? After all, in 2002, he publicly said he opposes it while promising Log Cabin Republicans that he would, in the words of the New York Times story above, “not champion a fight on either side of the issue.”

What we do know is that instead, when he had a chance, he imposed same-sex marriage, in the process breaking the oath he swore to uphold the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts when he was inaugurated as Governor.

Why would anyone who supports traditional marriage be reckless enough to take a chance on this guy?

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032612)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:00 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.


Positivity: At Guanajuato Airport, Catholics overjoyed by Pope’s Mexico visit

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From Guanajuato, Mexico:

Mar 24, 2012 / 01:53 pm

Catholics at Guanajuato Airport were joyful, proud, and thankful for the chance to welcome Pope Benedict XVI on his first visit to a Spanish-speaking Latin American country on March 23.

Many of them told CNA that it was “a marvelous experience.”

Benita Espinoza, who arrived from Mazatlán in the state of Sinaloa, didn’t expect to feel the way she did when Pope John Paul II visited to the country. But when she saw Pope Benedict XVI, she said, “I felt something incomparable. That’s why I give thanks to God for allowing me to be here.”

Father Julio Salcedo, of the Missionaries of St. Joseph, noted that the Pope arrived “with great joy.”

“His happiness is immediately apparent,” the priest said. “He’s wanted to come to Mexico for some time. I do think he will offer us a message of peace.”

The experience of welcoming the Pope was “unforgettable” and is “something we will always have in our memories,” according to 21-year-old Victor Martin. …

Go here for the rest of the story.