Archive for July, 2012

July 20, 2012

Batman Movie Massacre

(CNN) — A heavily armed gunman killed at least 14 people and wounded 50 more during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, police Chief Dan Oates told reporters. Police arrested a man believed to be the shooter in a rear parking lot of the theater, Frank Fania, a police spokesman, told CNN. The suspect was not immediately identified, though Fania said he was believed to be in his early 20s. “He did not resist. He did not put up a fight,” Fania said. Police seized a rifle and a handgun from the suspect, and another gun was found in the theater, he said. Oates said there was no evidence of a second gunman, and FBI spokesman Jason Pack said it did not appear the incident was related to terrorism.

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July 19, 2012

George Zimmerman: “I’m Sorry”

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman charged with murdering unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, said during his first televised interview: “I’m not a racist. I’m not a murderer.”

Zimmerman, joined by his defense attorney Mark O’Mara, sat down with conservative Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity and discussed the events that unfolded the February night Zimmerman shot and killed the 17-year-old Martin, the national outrage the shooting caused and what he perceived as the media’s rush to judgment.

“Is there anything that you regret? Do you regret getting out of the car to follow Trayon that night?” Hannity asked. “Do you regret that you had a gun that night?”

“No, sir,” Zimmerman, 28, replied. “I feel that it was all God’s plan and not for me to second-guess it or judge it.”

At times Zimmerman seemed to eke out a nervous smile, with sweat gathering on his upper lip. He spent much of the one-hour interview recounting the moments just before and after the shooting. But he also addressed Martin’s parents. When asked what he would say to them, he answered, “I would tell them again that I’m sorry.”

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July 17, 2012

Pandering 2012

Recently the NAACP had their annual convention in Houston, TX. Several prominent figures including Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden were present to campaign. Much criticism came upon President Obama, who was in the swing state of Virginia during the convention, for being “unavailable” to speak one of the premier organizations for African-Americans. Some pundits have said that Obama has taken for granted the support he has received from the Black community because of his scheduling conflict.

Romney made a bold choice by going to a place where his message would be unlikely to be received. It was great that Mitt presented his platform to the NAACP to recruit more Black voters (or even  convince them not to vote for Obama). Former Governor went so far as to fly supporters to Houston in order for him to have his personal “amen corner.” Even though he went to great lengths to look favorable, Mitt was booed and heckled  for vowing to appeal Obamacare.

Vice President Biden received a positive response from the NAACP. There were times when Biden, resembling a Baptist preacher on a Sunday morning, elevated his voice several octaves to energize his congregation.  Obama’s right-hand man was shown to be a seasoned politician by shaking every hand in the front row before his departure. This was truly campaigning (or pandering) at its finest.