Larry Elder tells Piers Morgan what needs to be told

After interviewing her, Piers Morgan claims Zimmerman trial witness, Rachel Jeantel, is “one smart cookie”.

Black ConservativeLarry Elder, unconvinced, tweets back: “Would YOU hire her?”

So Piers Morgan invites him onto his show to spin some pain and play his soppy make-believe.

But things don’t go the way he planned.

If you want to see how Larry Elder thinks about things, you might also enjoy this YouTubed radio segment explaining the broad differences between Republicans and Democrats:

 

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Culture of Psychotherapy versus Truth and Rights

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Australian historian, Dr Anna Blainey Warner, sent The PRODOS Blog the following insightful note, which I’d like to share:

(Links, bracketed items and emphasis added by me)

It should be realised that this points to an underlying current in trial commentary that goes beyond Jesse Jackson or the Zimmerman trial.

I’m referring to the widespread assumption that the judicial system should be primarily for the alleged victim’s retribution rather than for the rights of the accused to be presumed innocent till proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

For example, you often hear people ask why the accused has all these rights and why aren’t we concerned with the victim, or why do we interrogate the poor victims after all they’ve been through.

Not only are victims to be presumed totally honest and credible through virtue of their alleged victimhood – the idea is that justice is not first and foremost about testing the truth of allegations, or protecting the accused against unjust accusations while protecting the wider society from criminals proved guilty.

Rather, it is about retribution for the victim on behalf of the individual victim.

This idea is encouraged not only by political advocates like Jackson but also by the culture of psychotherapy which has come to present trials in terms of ‘closure’ for the victim with the victim’s feelings being the first consideration.

A good reading on this topic is ( by writer for (TheAtlantic.com and FIRE, former ACLU board member) Wendy Kaminer’s (1996, 21 page) book entitled (It’s All the Rage).

A recent article at Legal Insurrection also touches on this interpretation, quoting part of Obama’s recent speech:

When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said this could’ve been my son.

Another way of saying that is, a Trayvon Martin could’ve been me 35 years ago.

When you think about why in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened.

I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.

As Robert Tracinski at RealClearPolitics writes in response to Barrack Obama’s recent speech on the George Zimmerman trial:

But there is a whole load of crushing disappointment carried in this line:

“I think it’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”

Shorter version: this is never going away.

The racial politics laid bare in the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case is never going to be healed. At least, not by him.

Pain and more pain. Therapy and more therapy. As far as the eye can see. For all eternity.

In contrast, here’s how “miracles are made” — A speech by Ronald Reagan — a man who never wallowed or traded in the pain-and-therapy scam.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2007 PRODOS interview on Triple J radio show, Restoring the Balance

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From the archives:

On Sunday (April 02 2007) I was interviewed on the Triple J radio show, “Restoring the Balance“.

Click here to listen JUST to the interview with PRODOS

Triple J is an Australian government-owned – i.e.taxpayer funded – national radio network which is part of the ABC.

It’s main focus is new music. It’s broadcast nationally and its signal can reach 95% of Australians. The show, Restoring the Balance, is supposed to be a send-up of the Conservative Right. The show’s humorous intro begins like this:

Thanks to the intervention of the ABC board, Triple J reluctantly presents two hours of unbiased, fair and balanced coverage of the week’s topical issues

The main presenter, “Sterling Addison” (not his real name) – who pretends to be a supporter of conservative, old-world, Liberal Party type ideals – and his faithful side-kick, “Spencer” – who pretends to be from the “Christian values” based Family First party – are very funny mock jocks.

Sterling presents himself asa proud,rich, privileged, lazy, narrow-minded, bigoted, pompous, “right wing” (whatever that means) conservative ass. Spencer portrays a righteous Bible-basher. Their interview with me centered on talking about International Capitalism Day.

The show opened with a short excerpt from my song “Privatize The ABC” (my lyrics, but the melody is based loosely on Irving Berlin’s song, Alexander’s Ragtime Band).

Because Spencer claimed that the Bible and Capitalism go hand-in-hand, I mentioned in the show that my studies of Christianity indicate that Christianity and Capitalism do seem to be compatible.

However, Islam and Capitalism are not compatible.

Why? Because Islam is thoroughly riddled with advocating violence and rejects any separation of Mosque and State. Click here for more information

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My wife talks about her fabric designs and more sinister things

Barboo aka Sydney Kendall aka Barbara Marinakis aka Tallulahdahling and supervillain Lex Luthor. No resemblance.

Barboo aka Sydney Kendall aka Barbara Marinakis aka Tallulahdahling and supervillain Lex Luthor. No resemblance.

Lana Gordon Rast over at Spoonflower interviews my wife ( … blog …. facebookinterview …) about her fabric designs and exposes her sinister plan to develop a supermind. When she was 3 years old. Is that normal???

A few samples of Barboo’s designs:

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Honda Hands video: Let’s see what curiosity can do

A beautiful and intriguing 2 minute animation ad by Honda.

The AdsGarage writes:

For its 65th anniversary, Honda released this fabulous commercial showcasing all there achievement from the 24th of September 1948 till today.

A bolt reaching the hands of that Honda engineer (I guess) is transformed from motorcycles to cars, to people movers, supercars, boats and even four-wheel farm bikes and jets.

It is a very clever way of showing, in a 1:56 minutes video, all the industries that those Honda engineers were able to tackle so far.

The ad is done by Wieden + Kennedy London the company responsible for the 2003 Honda “Cog” commercial that has been named the best car commercials of all time by AutoExpress. This all-new spot called Hands is even more entertaining and might aswell dethrone the old one. The two commercials are linked below. Enjoy!

If you want to see some more magnificent advertisements — cinematic and commercial masterpieces — created by Wieden + Kennedy CLICK HERE.

Try the “Best Job” video made for Proctor & Gamble for starters.

Actually, here it is:

 

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Was Trayvon Martin denied a “jury of his peers” as Jesse Jackson states?

Jesse Jackson’s massive blunder

Mark Finkelstein at NewsBusters briefly explains (emphasis added):

Appearing on MSNBC this morning, Jesse Jackson condemned the Zimmerman verdict as a “tremendous miscarriage of justice.”

It is a mark of Jackson’s misconception of just what constitutes justice that chief among his complaints was that Trayvon Martin was denied a jury of his peers because there were no African-Americans or men on it.

But — as Jackson is apparently unaware — the Constitution provides that it is the accused, not the possible victim, who is entitled to an impartial jury (in fact the Constitution nowhere speaks of a jury of peers).

Jury of one’s peers

Putting aside Jesse Jackson’s error, here’s a summary of what “a jury of one’s peers” actually means:

jury of one’s peers  n. a guaranteed right of criminal defendants, in which “peer” means an “equal.”

This has been interpreted by courts to mean that the available jurors include a broad spectrum of the population, particularly of race, national origin and gender.

Jury selection may include no process which excludes those of a particular race or intentionally narrows the spectrum of possible jurors.

It does not mean that women are to be tried by women, Asians by Asians, or African Americans by African Americans.

And a bit more here:

In 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court held that juries need not represent a cross section of a community, but merely must be drawn from a pool that is representative of the community (Holland v. Illinois, 493 U.S. 474, 110 S. Ct. 803, 107 L. Ed. 2d 905).

In 1991, it forbade prosecutors to use their peremptory challenges to exclude potential jurors on the basis of race (Powers v. Ohio, 499 U.S. 400, 111 S. Ct. 1364, 113 L. Ed. 2d 411).

And LegalZoom.com explains:

The 6th Amendment guarantees the accused the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury.

The phrase “jury of one’s peers” is not included in the Amendment, however, the courts interpret peer to mean equal, i.e., the jury pool must include a cross section of the population of the community in terms of gender, race, and national origin.

The jury selection process must not exclude or intentionally narrow any particular group of people.

A jury of one’s peers does not mean a black defendant must be tried by an all black jury or a female defendant must be tried by an all woman panel.

The objective is to select an impartial jury from a randomly selected juror pool who will be fair, listen to the facts of the case, and render a just verdict based on the evidence

The six jurors

In case you’re interested in knowing about the jurors in the George Zimmerman trial, here is a list and brief description of each from the FoxNews website:

B-51 is retired, not married and doesn’t have kids. She has lived in Seminole County for nine years. She has worked in real estate and run a call center where she said she had experience resolving conflicts. When asked if Zimmerman did something wrong by following Martin instead of waiting for police, she said: “Yeah, I guess he did do something wrong.”

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B-29 recently moved to central Florida from Chicago. She enjoys watching the “Real Housewives” on television and works as a nurse on an Alzheimer’s section of a nursing home. She said she hadn’t paid much attention to the shooting. She said she has been arrested, but her case was disposed of. It’s not clear why she was arrested or exactly what happened to her case, though she said she was treated fairly. She is married and has several children. A prosecutor described her as “black or Hispanic” during jury selection.

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B-76 is a white woman who has lived in central Florida for 18 years. She manages rental properties with her husband of 30 years. She has two adult children, including one who is an attorney. She is involved with rescuing animals in her free time. During jury selection, she said she had been the victim of a nonviolent crime. “Everyone deserves a fair trial,” she said.

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B-37 is a white woman who volunteers rescuing animals. She is married to an attorney and has two adult children. She said she and her husband used to have concealed weapons permits. During the last round of questioning, she said she had an issue with the type of weapons people are allowed to carry. She also thought weapons’ training was inadequate for people seeking permits. “It should become harder,” she said.

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E-6 is a white woman who is married and has two children. She has worked in financial services and has lived in Seminole County for two years. She is active in her church and involved with her children’s school. During jury selection, she said she didn’t know the facts of the case well.

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E-40 is a white woman who works as a safety officer and recently moved to Seminole County from Iowa. She describes herself as a football fan. During jury selection, she said she had been the victim of a nonviolent crime.

 

 

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Pat Condell with a few kind words for leftie students

Amen!

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George Zimmerman found not guilty

Not Guilty.

Not Guilty.

FoxNews reports:

George Zimmerman has been acquitted of all charges in the February 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

The jury of six women informed Judge Debra Nelson shortly before 10 p.m. local time Saturday that they had reached a verdict after deliberating for approximately 15 hours over two days.

After hearing the verdict, Judge Nelson told Zimmerman he was free to go.

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Update:

http://video.foxnews.com/v/2543976710001/race-politics-responsible-for-zimmerman-trial/ …

The president crossed the line … injected politics … shouldn’t have intervened …

Both George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin “profiled” each other.

Juan Williams: The family wanted justice.  Concern (until pressure was brought to bear) that no-one was held to account and there was a dead child.

Geraldo Rivera: Case shouldn’t have been taken to court. It was a tragedy, but not a criminal tragedy.

FoxNews Lady: It’s wrong to lay charges to “make people feel better”.

Information withheld from Defense until whistleblower passed it on.

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http://video.foxnews.com/v/2543976702001/martin-famly-lawyer-makes-statement-after-verdict/

Daryl Parks & Ben Crumps Martin family’s attorneys:

Accept the jury’s verdict. Family is heartbroken.

Thanking those who protested and petitioned, urging the trial, and expressed support for Trayvon Martin.

Dr Bernice King (Martin Luther’s daughter) tweeted the attorneys, quoting her father:

We must conducted ourselves on the higher plane of dignity and discipline“.

Trayvon Martin as a symbol.

“For Travyon to rest in peace we must all be peaceful.”

Should acknowledge “racial undertones”.

Reporter asks, what if the races were the other way around? Ben Crumps sidesteps.

Lady attorney notes that a number of changes have now been made that may save the life of another child in the future. If, in the future, someone with a gun follows another, they’ll be more careful in the future.

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Australia: Kevin Rudd’s trail of disasters

New YouTube ad by the Liberal Party of Australia detailing the trail of disasters created by Kevin Rudd while he was Prime Minister.

And there’s plenty of more of where all that came from if Australia wants it.

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31 percent of blacks think most blacks are racists

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell writes:

… According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 31 percent of blacks think that most blacks are racists, while 24 percent of blacks think that most whites are racist.

… The time is long overdue to stop looking for progress through racial or ethnic leaders.

Such leaders have too many incentives to promote polarizing attitudes and actions that are counterproductive for minorities and disastrous for the country.

The Rasmussen Report which provided the date is HERE

Of course when Obama says things like: "If I had a son he'd LOOK like Trayvon" that can't possibly be helpful (or fair or just).

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