Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fla. "Stand Your Ground" author may seek changes

Stupid ass law!  Way to go Jeb Bush!




Stand Your Ground, map

Students at 34 Miami Schools Walk Out of Class for Trayvon Martin - Trayvon Martin case escalates into a cause

Do your walkout kids – stand up in solidarity!  It could have been any of us, it was me at 18 years old.


Krop Senior High Students Honor Fallen Classmate Trayvon Martin With "Chain of Life"

Krop Honors Martin With "Chain of Life"

Flagler students stage walkout to pay respects to Trayvon Martin

"A few hundred students" at Flagler Palm Coast High School gathered in the school's courtyard this morning to pay respects and pray for Trayvon Martin.

The student-led gathering started about 10 a.m. and lasted about 30 to 40 minutes, said Janet Valentine, superintendent of Flagler County schools. She said school staff told her the students were "extremely respectful and cooperative."


What began as a shooting at a complex in a Florida town north of Orlando that many people had probably never heard of has now become a cause for thousands of people. Even President Obama has weighed in.

A prayer vigil in Sanford Friday night was the latest show of support for slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

And the flame sparked by his death, at the hands of a neighborhood watchman, is engulfing the country.

As many as 8,000 people gathered in Philadelphia Friday night to march in memory of the unarmed 17-year old who was shot to death last month.

Trayvon Martin’s Death, LeBron James, and the Miami Heat


Thank you ‘Heat’, anyone of you could have been Trayvon.

Of all teams in the League, the Heat had the greatest responsibility to step up and be heard. They were Trayvon's favorite and he was killed that late afternoon after leaving his house for a snack during halftime of the NBA All-Star game, which featured the Heat's Big Three, of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

Given the depth of this movement, particularly in southern Florida, it's not too surprising that the Heat made this powerful gesture. But maybe it is surprising for many fans to learn that the effort was driven by “The King” himself, LeBron James. The photo was reportedly James's idea and it was first posted to his personal twitter account with the hashtag #WeWantJustice.

James later said, "It was very emotional, an emotional day for all of us. Taking that picture, we're happy that we're able to shed light on the situation that we feel is unjust."

Congregants wear hoodies, remember Trayvon Martin


Congregants bow their heads in prayer during a service at Middle Collegiate Church in New York, Sunday, March 25, 2012. Church-goers were invited to wear hoodies to services to show their support for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was wearing a hoodie on the night he was killed by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida.


Wearing hooded sweatshirts similar to the one that Trayvon Martin wore on the night he was killed, many preachers and worshippers echoed calls for justice Sunday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida last month.

The one-month anniversary of Martin's death is Monday. He was shot while wearing a "hoodie" as he walked home on a rainy night in a gated community. The neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, is the son of a white father and Hispanic mother, and the demands to charge him in Martin's slaying have grown ever louder. He had called police to report the hooded figure as suspicious; the 17-year-old Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea, talking to his girlfriend on his cellphone.

In African-American and other religious centers from Florida to Atlanta, New York and Chicago, messages from pulpits couldn't help but touch on a seemingly avoidable tragedy that continues to be rife with more questions than answers. But while the call continued for the arrest of Zimmerman, there were also pleas to use the incident to spark a larger movement.



Trayvon Martin is my son, 17, 140 pounds, hoodie wearing!


- James

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Santorum says Puerto Rico must adopt English for statehood – CNN Political Ticker - Blogs

Santorum says Puerto Rico must adopt English for statehood – CNN Political Ticker - Blogs: "Rick Santorum on Wednesday laid out one caveat he would hold for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico before it obtained statehood, saying the island would need to make English its principal language before it becomes a state."

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Troops' Mental Health: How Much Is Unknown? : NPR

Troops' Mental Health: How Much Is Unknown? : NPR: "The killing of 16 Afghan civilians last Sunday is now one of the greatest points of tension between the United States and Afghanistan. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly killed the civilians in cold blood; those close to him say they were shocked by the news."

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Eve Samples: Major spill at FPL solar plant gets glossed over »

Eve Samples: Major spill at FPL solar plant gets glossed over » "Last June, three months after Gov. Rick Scott stood in a field of mirrors and praised Florida Power & Light's new solar plant near Indiantown, an accident occurred that sent a hazardous chemical airborne.

Too much pressure had built up in the system at the Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center — the world's first hybrid solar thermal plant and the largest solar plant in Florida."

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Chevron executives barred from leaving Brazil over spill | Reuters

Chevron executives barred from leaving Brazil over spill | Reuters: "A Brazilian court on Saturday barred 17 executives from Chevron and Transocean from leaving Brazil, pending criminal charges related to a high-profile oil spill last November."

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Stocks Rally to Pre-Crisis Heights


Stocks climbed to new heights in part on rosy retail sales data, pushing the broad market to levels last seen in June 2008 and the Nasdaq composite index past the 3,000 milestone for the first time since 2000.

Monday, March 12, 2012

SSG Cold Blood!

9 kids, 3 women, and 4 men killed in the cloche of the dark .

U.S. soldier held in deaths of 16 Afghans

A U.S. service member came out of his base in southern Afghanistan on Sunday and started shooting Afghan civilians, killing 16, including woman and children, Afghan officials said.

The shooting spree occurred in Panjwai district of Kandahar province. Little is known about the shooter, although CBS News has learned he was an U.S. Army sergeant in a Stryker Brigade based at Fort Lewis, in Washington state.;cbsCarousel

U.S. Extends Its Run of Strong Job Growth Another Month

Many will continue to find reasons why the economy has not recovered.  Why?  The more important point is that the tend points in the correct direction.



After a stretch of economic expansion so weak that Main Street struggled to detect any improvement, three consecutive months of solid employment growth have begun to lift the mood of consumers and the unemployed.

The economy added 227,000 jobs in February, the Labor Department reported Friday, and though the unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent, that was largely because nearly half a million people had joined, or resumed, the search for work in hopes their prospects had improved.

Fuel Fix » BP, plaintiffs reach spill $7.8 billion settlement

Fuel Fix » BP, plaintiffs reach spill $7.8 billion settlement: "BP has reached a tentative settlement with businesses and individuals harmed by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, officials said Friday night, delaying a trial that had been set for Monday but still leaving many legal issues unresolved."

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BREAKING: 98 Major Advertisers Dump Rush Limbaugh, Other Right-Wing Hosts | ThinkProgress

BREAKING: 98 Major Advertisers Dump Rush Limbaugh, Other Right-Wing Hosts | ThinkProgress: "When it comes to advertisers avoiding controversial shows, it’s not just Rush From today’s TRI Newsletter: Premiere Networks is circulating a list of 98 advertisers who want to avoid “environments likely to stir negative sentiments.” The list includes carmakers (Ford, GM, Toyota), insurance companies (Allstate, Geico, Prudential, State Farm) and restaurants (McDonald’s, Subway). As you’ll see in the note below, those “environments” go beyond the Rush Limbaugh show"

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Ohio Bill Would Require Men Submit Affidavit From Sex Partner Confirming Impotence Before Receiving Viagra | ThinkProgress


Ohio Bill Would Require Men Submit Affidavit From Sex Partner Confirming Impotence Before Receiving Viagra | ThinkProgress: "An Ohio State Senator is turning the tables on men seeking to regulate women’s access to reproductive health. Sen. Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) has introduced legislation regulating men’s access to erectile dysfunction drugs. The Dayton Daily News has the details:
Before getting a prescription for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction drugs, men would have to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency, if state Sen. Nina Turner has her way.
The Cleveland Democrat introduced Senate Bill 307 this week."

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Romney: I like grits and I cannot lie!


Friday, March 9, 2012

What's Behind These High Gas Prices? : NPR

What's Behind These High Gas Prices? : NPR: "With Americans consuming 300 million gallons of gasoline every day, this really is a billion-dollar question. The answer? It's complicated. The U.S. is the world's biggest gasoline consumer, and it increasingly relies on imports of foreign crude oil to meet that need. Global crude supply and demand, which is influenced by politics, speculation and natural disasters, has a powerful effect on the cost of gas in America. Federal and state taxes, regulations and the cost of distribution top off prices at the pump."

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Miracle tornado survivors in Kentucky - CBS News Video

Miracle tornado survivors in Kentucky - CBS News Video: "Miracle tornado survivors in Kentucky
March 5, 2012 4:19 PM
When a tornado swept through Jason Jackson's town of East Bernstadt, Kentucky, he and his family had no time to find cover. Lee Cowan reports on their amazing story of survival after the twister pulled them from inside their house."

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

In 1993, Rick Santorum Said It Was ‘Wrong’ For Government Not To Be ‘Proactive’ About Health Care


Back in 1993 (when Hillary Clinton was tackling the health care issue), Santorum appeared on The Editors, a television program in Pittsburgh. During that interview, Santorum, who was running in a Republican Senate primary, observed that government intervention is necessary in the health care system. Relying on market forces, he said, is not enough. From Mother Jones:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Report: Rev. Franklin Graham sorry for Obama comment -

Report: Rev. Franklin Graham sorry for Obama comment - "Franklin Graham, the evangelist and son of Billy Graham, has apologized for questioning President Obama’s Christian faith, insisting that religion has “nothing to do” with his decision not to support the president’s election, according to a report."

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Rush Limbaugh: Rick Santorum gave good answer on Satan - MJ Lee -

Rush Limbaugh: Rick Santorum gave good answer on Satan - MJ Lee - "Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday gave a signal of approval to Rick Santorum’s explanation of his 2008 “Satan” comment, calling it a “pretty good answer,” while warning that there is only one person who poses a threat to the country’s religious liberty: President Barack Obama"

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Stocks Return More With Democrat in White House: BGOV Barometer - Bloomberg

Stocks Return More With Democrat in White House: BGOV Barometer - Bloomberg:

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